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What is Joey Votto going to fix this offseason?

What is Joey Votto going to fix this offseason?

The man has a Ph.D in Offseason Improvement. What’s he going to focus on this time? Joey Votto had a 2016 season for the ages, really. He led the NL in both OBP and OPS+, swatted 29 dingers, hit an absurd .408 in 314 second half PA, and for the fifth time in his career took home a Top 10 finish in NL MVP voting. Votto, ever the perfectionist, wasn’t merely satisfied with knowing he’d logged another season full of Hall of Fame caliber production. In fact, he identified a pair of aspects of his game where he thought there was significant room for improvement, and also noticed a...
Oct 18, 2017
Let’s figure out why Montana hates the Reds

Let’s figure out why Montana hates the Reds

Something is afoot in Big Sky country. There are two major tenets of Baseball Twitter. The first, of course, is to identify and celebrate each and every statistic of any ilk ends in ‘69,’ and if one doesn’t, create a new statistic that ultimately will. The second, though, is for all involved parties to retweet and discuss one topic and one topic only until every possible #taek has been divulged. Tenet two brings us here, now. Today’s overriding topic: the most hated MLB teams by each state, an exhaustive, parabolic study of fandom as dictated by state lines that I can only assume...
Oct 17, 2017
Championship Series Open Thread

Championship Series Open Thread

Game 4 in New York, Game 3 in Chicago Houston Astros @ New York Yankees Tuesday, October 17, 2017 5:00 PM EDT Lance McCullers vs. Sonny Gray This should be a good one, though both pitchers have been erratic thus far in the postseason. McCullers came in in relief during the Astros series with Boston, giving up two runs in three innings pitched. McCullers made his first All Star appearance this season, but dealt with several nagging injuries that limited his effectiveness as the season wound down. Gray was also bad in his divisional round matchup with Cleveland, putting up an 8.10 ERA in 3.2...
Oct 16, 2017
Cincinnati Reds links - Trading Billy Hamilton

Cincinnati Reds links - Trading Billy Hamilton

Monday links! There is hardly anything in common between how Billy Hamilton plays the game of baseball and how Jesse Winker does. Elite speed, elite defense, a throwing arm from the OF that’s gaining a reputation, and the occasional slap hit define how Billy’s carved out his career, while Winker burst into the Cincinnati Reds’ lineup with hitting, hitting, and pretty much just that - hitting. So, it admittedly sounds a bit weird to suggest that Winker’s emergence might have Hamilton’s playing days in Cincinnati numbered, since one is not the other’s direct replacement. However,...
Oct 12, 2017
Cincinnati Reds trade values, ranked

Cincinnati Reds trade values, ranked

Which players in the system would bring the greatest return if moved? The Cincinnati Reds just wrapped their third consecutive 90+ loss season, one that once again did so while also falling in-line with expectations. No, the 2017 Reds weren’t really a disappointment in the standings, really, since by all accounts this Year 3 of The Rebuild was supposed to look rough around the edges, albeit with young, promising talent now doing the losing instead of aging veterans waiting to be traded. Fortunately, much of the latter half of that scenario played out true to form, with many young,...
Oct 11, 2017
Nationals at Cubs, Yankees at Cleveland NLDS/ALDS open thread

Nationals at Cubs, Yankees at Cleveland NLDS/ALDS open thread

Let’s do some baseball. Two games highlight this Wednesday of baseball, with three former Cy Young Award winners getting starts (and the other, Stephen Strasburg, taking the mound under mysteriously odd circumstances). That’ll do. Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs will host Stras and the Washington Nationals at 4 PM ET, while Corey Kluber and Cleveland will welcome CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees at around 8 PM ET. For the Nats, it’s a do or die Game 4 to extend the series, while Cleveland and New York will do battle in a win-or-go-home Game 5. Grab a chair and some popcorn....
Oct 10, 2017
Five Reds set for hefty raises through arbitration process

Five Reds set for hefty raises through arbitration process

At least five, that is. Scooter Gennett, Billy Hamilton, Anthony DeSclafani, Michael Lorenzen, and Eugenio Suarez combined to make roughly $6.875 million combined in salary during the 2017 season. Barring trades (and assuming DeSclafani is finally healthy), all five figure to play significant roles again for the Cincinnati Reds in 2018, too - though this time, they’ll cost the club quite a bit more. MLB Trade Rumors released their estimates for all arbitration eligible players yesterday, and their rather exacting model has those five combining to earn $18 million combined in 2018. Gennett...
Oct 9, 2017
On trusting Brandon Finnegan and Anthony DeSclafani

On trusting Brandon Finnegan and Anthony DeSclafani

Can the Reds do just that? Devin Mesoraco will make over $13 million bucks during the 2018 season while also likely sitting on the bench for the majority of games. Adam Duvall, Jesse Winker, and Scott Schebler are three human beings who play corner outfield positions, of which there are only two in everyday lineups. Zack Cozart had a monster 5 WAR season, but is going to cost a pretty penny to keep around thanks to free agency. Oh, and mashing superprospect Nick Senzel is on the cusp of the big leagues with 2017 breakout performers Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett now blocking him at his...
Oct 6, 2017
One of the best baseball days of the year

One of the best baseball days of the year

Open thread We get a postseason baseball QUADRUPLE-HEADER today! The Astros and Red Sox start it up at 2pm, the Yankees and Indians at 5pm, Cubs-Nats at 7:30pm, and Diamondbacks-Dodgers at 10:30 pm. Lawsy mawsin’, that’s alotta baseball!
Oct 5, 2017
For whom to root - American League Edition

For whom to root - American League Edition

Let’s look at the American League, the dumb league Yesterday, I ran you through the National League competitors in this year’s edition of baseball’s postseason. Today, we can took a look at the Junior Circuit. Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros Game 1 today at 4pm EDT Do you remember when the Red Sox were the lovable losers, the Daffy Duck to the Yankees’ Bugs Bunny, the Paraguay to the Yankees’ Argentina? Yeah, me neither. This franchise has won three Worlds Series in the last 13 years. Also, the Patriots have won 14 Super Bowls in that time, the Celtics won a championship, and the...
Oct 5, 2017
Cincinnati Reds links - New minor league affiliate, roster moves, & Shohei Ohtani

Cincinnati Reds links - New minor league affiliate, roster moves, & Shohei Ohtani

Thursday links! The Cincinnati Reds had pretty comfortably settled on their MiLB franchises over the last few years. Since moving their AA affiliate to Pensacola from Carolina prior to the 2012 season, the lone shake-up came when the club left the crumbling facilities in Bakersfield to begin a new advanced A-ball partnership in the Florida State League with Daytona three seasons ago. That, though, appears to be changing. The Reds won’t be vacating any current affiliate, however; rather, they’ll be picking up an additional one, as it seems they’ll add a short season Appalachian League...
Oct 4, 2017
NL Wild Card Open Thread: Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks

NL Wild Card Open Thread: Colorado Rockies at Arizona Diamondbacks

One game to rule them all (or tonight, at least) Last night had a little bit of everything: early inning fireworks, starting pitchers chased, and a raucous playoff environment, until it somewhat devolved as it became fairly clear the Yankees bullpen was going to be too overwhelming for the Twins to overcome. For their troubles, the Yankees now get the privilege of facing the defending AL Champion Indians, who also just happen to be one of the hottest teams leading up to the playoffs. Tonight, the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks will get the opportunity to play a win or go home...
Oct 4, 2017
For whom to root

For whom to root

A Redsfan’s guide to the 2017 postseason You know that baseball is really really super cool. You wouldn’t be eyeballing this bloghole if you thought otherwise. But alas, your Cincinnati Reds are not participating in this year’s postseason. They decided to give some of the not-as-cool teams a chance to have some fun. They are really nice like that. So what is a Reds fan to do? I figured I could put together a guide for you so you can get as much fun as possible out of Redless baseball. There may not be any Reds, but it’ll still be pretty fun, I bet. If you listen to me. National...
Oct 4, 2017
About those Five Dumb Predictions for the 2017 Cincinnati Reds

About those Five Dumb Predictions for the 2017 Cincinnati Reds

They were predictions, all right. Dumb ones. The bylaws of the Red Reporter Rites of Spring dictate that at some point immediately prior to the start of a regular season there must be prognostication. Hair-brained prognostication. Prognostication of the dumbest possible variety such that no one anywhere may potentially attach any shred of accountability with this particular blog site web hole place. (At least, that’s what I think I remember them saying, though there’s not actually ever been a concrete copy of those published.) Anyway, the outset of the 2017 Cincinnati Reds campaign...
Oct 3, 2017
AL Wild Card open thread: Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees

AL Wild Card open thread: Minnesota Twins at New York Yankees

Post-Season baseball starts tonight! The 2017 MLB Playoffs start tonight with the American League Wild Card game, as the Minnesota Twins head to New York to face off against the Yankees. The Twins are somewhat of a feel-good story of the playoffs, as they bounced back from a 59-103 record in 2016 to make the post-season. Not only that, but they entered August with a record below .500, only to go 35-24 down the stretch to claim the second wild card spot. The Yankees, led by a young core of power hitters and a stacked bullpen, have been in a fight with the Red Sox for first in the AL East for...