9:03 PM EDT, Wed October 26, 2016
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World Series Game 2: Cubs at Cleveland (Arrieta vs. Bauer)

Cleveland will look to capitalize after taking Game 1. Corey Kluber was nails, Jon Lester was finally hittable, and the Cleveland Indians smacked the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday to win Game 1 of the 2016 World Series.  The two sides will return to the field again on Wednesday for Game 2, and they'll do so an hour earlier than initial scheduled due to the threat of heavy rain in the Great Lakes region. Trevor Bauer and his sliced-up pinky finger will take the mound for Cleveland, and he'll look to go much deeper into the game than the 0.2 IP he provided in his final start of the ALCS.  That,...
Red Reporter Oct 25, 2016

World Series Game 1: Lester vs. Kluber (8:08pm EDT)

Did you hear the Cubs made the World Series? I haven’t seen that posted anywhere. Six months of baseball playing and we’re down to this: the Chicago Cubs visit the Cleveland Indians to kick off the 2016 Fall Classic. It’s been quite a year in Believeland; just a few months ago the city was awarded its first professional sports championship seemingly in forever when the Warrors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. Somewhat fittingly, the Cavs will kick off their season tonight at the Q, so all eyes in the sporting world will be on Cleveland tonight. That’s such a weird thing to...
Cincinnati.com Oct 25, 2016
Middletown Police cheering on the Cubs. Here's why

Middletown Police cheering on the Cubs. Here's why

Some people have, apparently, taken a bit of exception with Middletown Police Department's support of the Cubs in the middle of Reds Country.          
Better Off Red Oct 25, 2016


I was advised many moons ago to always stay on the good side of the Baseball Gods.  Admittedly, I’ve veered off course from time to time and was justly punished with 4-hour games, long rain delays and ninth inning heartbreaks. But today I’m here to renew acquaintances with those mythical diamond deities by bringing an apple to […]
Red Reporter Oct 25, 2016

John Lamb has (another) back surgery

He likely will not be ready to begin the 2017 season John Lamb is only 26 years old, but it's an old 26. He began the 2016 season on the DL after offseason back surgery, and it seems like he'll do the same dang thing again in 2017. Since Lamb came over in the Johnny Cueto deal with the Royals in July of '15, he has started 24 games. He has been both hittable and crushable (10.7 H/9, 1.7 HR/9), but he has also flashed some good stuff when healthy. Good enough, at least, to earn the benefit of the doubt from the Reds' braintrust. But as the pitching staff begins to suss out, it's looking...
Cincinnati.com Oct 24, 2016
Reds pitcher John Lamb has another back surgery

Reds pitcher John Lamb has another back surgery

Cincinnati Reds left-hander John Lamb underwent back surgery Monday, and every Reds coach has opted to return.         
Better Off Red Oct 24, 2016


The Cubs and Indians are set to square off in the 2016 World Series with Game One emanating from Cleveland on Tuesday night at 8pm.  These two pennant winners have gone a very long time since their last world championship; for the Cubs (1908), it’s been 108 years and 10 days (39,457 total days).  For the […]
Red Reporter Oct 24, 2016

Cincinnati Reds - Arizona Fall League update

Checking in on the farmhands out West. The Cincinnati Reds sent eight minor leaguers to the Land of the Endless Strip Mall last month, tasking them with joining the Peoria Javelinas of MLB’s Arizona Fall League and improving upon their overall skills. This particular set of players was different than the groups sent in prior years, as the 2016 crop featured no former 1st round draft picks and nary a Top 100 overall prospect. Instead, it was chock full of players with a few years of MiLB experience already under their belt who will be angling for coveted 40-man roster spots in the coming...
Red Reporter Oct 22, 2016

NLCS Game 6: Kershaw vs. Hendricks (8:08pm EDT)

The Dodgers look to stay alive while the Cubs try and make it to the World Series for the first time since your grandparents were born. This could be all for the Dodgers. After shutting the Cubs down for 21 straight innings over games 2 and 3, Dodgers pitching has failed it as Chicago has won big in the last two. Doing so put the Cubs on the cusp of the World Series for the first time since 1945. Luckily for the Dodgers, they have the best pitcher on the planet on the mound for them tonight. Clayton Kershaw shut the Cubs down in game 2, to the tune 7 scoreless, 2 hit innings. The Cubs will...
Red Reporter Oct 21, 2016

Updating the Top 100: Joey Votto

In which this generation's best Red gains entry into a new level of the pantheon JOEY VOTTO -€” 8 Played as Red Primary Position Career Rank Peak Rank Prime Rank 2007-2016 1B 9 6 6 Percent Breakdown of Value Best Season Best player on Reds Hit Field Pitch 2015 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 95% 5% 0% Awards/Honors as a Red Leading the League On the Reds Leaderboard Most Valuable Player -€” 2010 Hank Aaron Award -€” 2010 All Star -€” 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Gold Glove -€”...
Red Reporter Oct 20, 2016

Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers, NLCS Game 5 - (Jon Lester vs. Kenta Maeda)

Who'll take command of the series? The Chicago Cubs finally saw their bats come to life in NLCS Game 4 on Wednesday, as they belted 13 hits and scored 10 runs to drop the Los Angeles Dodgers.  That evened the series 2-2, creating a virtual Best of 3 series to decide who will get to face the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series. The final game the Dodgers will host this series features Kenta Maeda on the mound for the Fightin' Scullies, and he'll look to improve upon his Game 1 start that saw him allow 3 ER in just 4 IP.  He'll be opposed by his counterpart from that same Game 1, Jon...
Better Off Red Oct 20, 2016


I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the end of this long election cycle than with the season premier of the Reds Hot Stove League and Better Off Red Baseball Trivia at the Holy Grail Banks on November 9! The Reds Hot Stove League show will air live on the Reds Radio Network from the […]
Red Reporter Oct 20, 2016

Cincinnati Reds links - The best overall draft of 2016

Thursday links! If you’re a believer that online polls are completely truthful, well executed, and without flaw, you’ll be happy to hear that Baseball America weighed the collective opinions of their top writers and the top scouts in the game to judge the overall 2016 MLB Draft - and that the Cincinnati Reds were judged to have had the best one of all teams. Based largely on the very, very early returns from the top selections in the draft, BA determined that the Reds had, in Nick Senzel, both the best pure hitter in the class as well as the bat closest to reaching the majors, a flag...
Cincinnati.com Oct 20, 2016
Doc: Predicting Bengals-Browns; comparing Indians & Reds

Doc: Predicting Bengals-Browns; comparing Indians & Reds

The Sunday Men prediction from Paul Daugherty. The Indians are good, why not the Reds?         
Red Reporter Oct 20, 2016

Updating the Top 100: Brandon Phillips

In which the long time second baseman does things a little differently but ends up in the same place BRANDON PHILLIPS - #24 Played as Red Primary Position Career Rank Peak Rank Prime Rank 2006-2016 2B 16 48 31 Percent Breakdown of Value Best Season Best player on Reds Hit Field Pitch 2011 Never 69% 31% 0% Awards/Honors as a Red Leading the League On the Reds Leaderboard Gold Glove -€” 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013 All Star -€” 2010, 2011, 2013 Silver Slugger -€” 2011 N/A - 8th in career doubles - 9th in...