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Spring Training Games 26 & 27: Royals at Reds, Reds at Mariners

Spring Training Games 26 & 27: Royals at Reds, Reds at Mariners

Split-squad action on a busy, busy Thursday. With exactly one week - one week! - remaining between now and Opening Day, the Cincinnati Reds are looking to cram as much baseball as physically possible into their final days in Arizona. That means split-squad action today, with a matinee against the Kansas City Royals at home in Goodyear followed by an evening tussle with the Seattle Mariners at their complex in Peoria. Yes, that’s the same Seattle Mariners who just played regular season ball in Tokyo the last two days, depending upon on which side of the international date line you reside....
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The Red Report 2019 — Zach Duke

The Red Report 2019 — Zach Duke

The veteran lefty fills an important role for Cincinnati. Fast Facts Left-handed pitcher 35 years old (will turn 36 on April 19) Beginning his second stint in Cincinnati Organizational history Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20th round of the 2001 MLB Draft. Traded by the Pirates to the Arizona Diamondbacks on on November 24, 2010. Has signed free agent contracts with the Houston Astros, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins since 2012, and has been traded twice. Signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Reds on Feb....
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NCAA Tournament Open Thread

NCAA Tournament Open Thread

SPORTS! Baseball is cool, and all. More on that later. In the meantime, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament officially tipped off today despite what those recent ‘first four’ shenanigans would have suggested earlier in the week. That means 16 games of virtual non-stop buzzer-beating absurdity for your sport-brain pleasure stacked wall to wall all day long. I know there are ample NCAA hoops fans among our Red Reporters, so if you’re so inclined, yap heartily about the upsets, blowouts, and general craziness here. Hey! That was Chris Mack just yelling on my tv! /catjack’d
Mar 20, 2019
Spring Training Game Twenty-Six: Reds at Rangers

Spring Training Game Twenty-Six: Reds at Rangers

Tanner Roark takes the mound. Fresh off a 6-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox under the lights on Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds will take on the Texas Rangers on Wednesday afternoon over in Surprise, AZ. That’s the burb you get to if you drive from downtown Phoenix through The Land of the Endless Strip Mall...apologies if those directions don’t narrow things down enough for you. Tanner Roark will take the mound for the Reds today, now fresh with the knowledge that he’ll start the Reds third game of the regular season. He’ll be backed by a lineup featuring Jesse Winker, Scott...
Mar 20, 2019
FanGraphs suggests the Cincinnati Reds have a big pitch framing problem

FanGraphs suggests the Cincinnati Reds have a big pitch framing problem

A tweak in how catchers are valued reveals a lot about the Reds offseason. The rumors persisted for much of the latter-half of winter, that the Cincinnati Reds - fresh off multiple major additions to their outfield and pitching staff - were in hot pursuit of star catcher J.T. Realmuto. The Miami Marlins are run as a combination ATM/vacuum, and Realmuto was the last star on their roster who had yet to be traded, and the Reds maintained contact with the fish until Realmuto was ultimately flipped to the Philadelphia Phillies for fireballing prospect Sixto Sanchez, among others. Front and...
Mar 20, 2019
The Red Report 2019 — Curt Casali

The Red Report 2019 — Curt Casali

Examining the man who may have started the overhaul of Cincinnati’s bench Fast Facts Catcher 30 years old Graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he was teammates with Reds right-hander Sonny Gray and Reds pitching assistant Caleb Cotham, and played under Reds pitching coach Derek Johnson. Organizational history Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 10th round of the 2011 draft. Traded by the Tigers to the Tampa Bay Rays on March 25, 2013 for retention of a Rule 5 pick. Released by the Rays after the 2017 season, then was signed and released by both the Los Angeles Angels and the Texas...
Mar 20, 2019
Expanding MLB is the only way to save baseball

Expanding MLB is the only way to save baseball

The best way to fix baseball’s broken player salaries is to have more baseball Just think of him. One of the eight or nine best humans at what he does, just flicking lint from his belly and looking at his friends’ likes on Insta. There’s no reason Dallas Keuchel isn’t playing for real this spring — other than that 30 teams don’t quite think he’s worth how much he’ll improve their team. It’s not just him, of course. And even those guys who do have contracts — Derek Dietrich and Jose Iglesias ought to be worth 1000 PAs in the pivot, not carrying water at the far end of a...
Mar 19, 2019
Luis Castillo to start for Cincinnati Reds on Opening Day

Luis Castillo to start for Cincinnati Reds on Opening Day

It’ll be the first such honor for the fireballin’ righty. There was no single bigger mandate for the Cincinnati Reds this winter than to ‘get the pitching,’ based obviously on that collective unit’s failures over the first few years of the massive rebuild. That landed them Sonny Gray, Tanner Roark, and Alex Wood, among others, high-profile names that should conceivably help the Reds climb out of the NL Central cellar for the first time in a long time. Come Opening Day, though, none of those new names will be taking the mound first for the Reds. On Tuesday evening, they revealed...
Mar 19, 2019
Spring Training Game Twenty-Five: White Sox at Reds

Spring Training Game Twenty-Five: White Sox at Reds

Late night Reds are on TV! The Cincinnati Reds will play host to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, and they’ll do so with a pretty power-packed lineup. Nick Senzel, Joey Votto, Yasiel Puig, and six other Reds I deliberately skipped over in favor of listing those three names are all expected to get some extended run in this one, seeing as the regular season starts in just over a week and it’s time to ramp everything up. Lucas Sims will make his second start of the spring, and continues to be a pitcher on the roster that seems to be flying completely under the radar. I’ll be...
Mar 19, 2019
Red Reposter - Alex Wood to start season on 10-day IL

Red Reposter - Alex Wood to start season on 10-day IL

Tuesday links! In case you missed it, Major League Baseball has instituted a plethora of pinatas rule changes this winter, from the consolidation to one July trade deadline to expanding rosters to 26 players, some of which go into effect immediately. One such change is that the DL - the disabled list - is no longer the DL...it’s the IL now, as in Injured List. That’s the kind of procedural change that won’t stick in my head until I’m forced to use it repeatedly. Unfortunately, I’m getting the first real taste of it today, as it seems that new Cincinnati Reds starter Alex Wood is...
Mar 19, 2019
The Red Report 2019 - David Hernandez

The Red Report 2019 - David Hernandez

Can he repeat his brilliant 2018? Fast Facts Born on May 13, 1985 in Sacramento, CA Former teammate of Mike Trout Attended Elk Grove (CA) High School, which also produced Nick Madrigal, the #4 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft (via Oregon State University) Later attended Cosumnes River College, alma mater of both former Red Kris Negron and long-time big leaguer Jermaine Dye Might have Mike Trout’s phone number Set to earn $2.5 million in 2019, his final year under contract Organizational History Drafted in the 29th round of the 2003 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies out of Elk Grove...
Mar 18, 2019
Spring Training Game Twenty-Four: Reds at Rockies

Spring Training Game Twenty-Four: Reds at Rockies

Tyler Mahle takes the mound. It would certainly appear that Tyler Mahle has made the Cincinnati Reds roster for a second consecutive Opening Day. You may remember that last year, at the ripe age of 23, he picked up the first win for the Reds in their 2018 season, out-dueling Tyler Chatwood in a epic Tylertanic struggle on April 2nd with 6 scoreless innings. Mahle was originally on the outside looking in to break camp with the big league Reds this year thanks to the numerous outside additions, but as MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon relayed earlier today, manager David Bell officially expects Alex...
Mar 18, 2019
Reds make more spring cuts, including Brandon Finnegan

Reds make more spring cuts, including Brandon Finnegan

The lefty was reassigned to minor league camp. If the Brandon Finnegan comeback tour is truly going to have a Disney ending, they’ve worked incredibly hard to add depth to the plot. After a disastrous 2018 season that was one year removed from injuries to both of his shoulders, the hope was that Finnegan would finally be healthy in 2019 and able to resurrect his once promising career, but that’s certainly not what we saw in his initial Cactus League action this spring. So while it’s unfortunate, for sure, it’s wholly unsurprising to see that he was one of five players cut by the...
Mar 18, 2019
The Red Report 2019 - Matt Kemp

The Red Report 2019 - Matt Kemp

Can he repeat his All Star form? Will he even get the chance? Fast Facts Born on September 23, 1984, in Midwest City, OK Graduate of Midwest City High School (OK), which also produced current Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch Has won a pair of Gold Glove awards in his career despite his career defense being valued a -16.9 dWAR Has been traded more times than you have. See below. Earning $21.75 million in 2019 in the final year of an 8 year, $160 million contract originally signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers that is now being paid by roughly eleven different countries and their...
Mar 18, 2019
Red Reporter Game 2 Outing Info

Red Reporter Game 2 Outing Info

We are a go for March 30th! Answers to some remaining questions you may have... Where are we meeting? We’re going to plan on meeting at Yard House at the Banks, and we can walk to the stadium from there. I should be there around noon (for the 2PM start), but I’m sure others may start congregating before then. We’ll probably close out and walk to the stadium around ~30 minutes before first pitch, depending on the weather. Where are we sitting, and how much? We did get tickets in RF this year, so we’ll be within shouting distance of Yasiel Puig as we were hoping. The part of the...