1:41 PM EDT, Mon April 23, 2018
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Farmers Only Weekend Harvest: Shed Long goes Streaking!

Farmers Only Weekend Harvest: Shed Long goes Streaking!

The Blue Wahoos second baseman continues his hot start at the plate. Brandon Larson Honorary Star of the Weekend Shed Long struggled with his first taste of Double-A baseball in the second half of the 2017 season, hitting only .227/.319/.362 in 42 games for the Blue Wahoos. He went into 2018 looking to improve upon that line and has done so in a big way so far. This weekend, he went 5 for 10 with a double and 1 RBI and extended his hitting streak to 10 games on Sunday. He has that slash line up to .340/.397/.453. Keep it up, Shed. Friday, April 20 Louisville Bats 1, Syracuse Chiefs...
20 hours ago
This is the most abysmal stretch of baseball I’ve ever seen.

This is the most abysmal stretch of baseball I’ve ever seen.

It was bad. Then it got worse. The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game Bruh. Key Plays Kolten Wong turned around a Luis Castillo meatball in the Bottom of the 2nd, his solo dinger putting the Reds behind, 1-0. Castillo walked Matt Carpenter to lead off the Bottom of the 3rd, and that haunted after Yadier Molina and Dexter Fowler both singled - the latter being an infield dink variety that brought in a run. A Paul DeJong single then set up a Tyler O’Neill sac-fly, and the Reds trailed, 3-0. A Carpenter error helped the Reds finally scratch the scoreboard, as he allowed Jose...
Apr 22, 2018
Reds at Cardinals, Game 3: Preview and Lineups

Reds at Cardinals, Game 3: Preview and Lineups

Please just win, would you? So here we are, hoping the Reds don’t get swept in a series again. Again. And again. Whatever, this season’s already pounded the life out of me. Today, we’ll see Reds pitcher Luis Castillo vs. Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas. Castillo wrecked Brewers hitters with his change up last time out. He had eight strikeouts total, and the Reds will hope for more of that type of pitching in this one as they try to dig themselves out of the awful hole they find themselves in. Really this team showing life would be really nice. Mikolas owned the Reds the last time...
Apr 22, 2018
Reds at Cardinals, Game 3: Preview

Reds at Cardinals, Game 3: Preview

Please just win, would you? So here we are, hoping the Reds don’t get swept in a series again. Again. And again. Whatever, this season’s already pounded the life out of me. Today, we’ll see Reds pitcher Luis Castillo vs. Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas. Castillo wrecked Brewers hitters with his change up last time out. He had eight strikeouts total, and the Reds will hope for more of that type of pitching in this one as they try to dig themselves out of the awful hole they find themselves in. Really this team showing life would be really nice. Mikolas owned the Reds the last time...
Apr 21, 2018
It was close, but the Reds still lost

It was close, but the Reds still lost

Cincinnati pitching was bitten by the long ball, something their offense can no longer muster these days. The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game Not a single player on the Cincinnati Reds is hitting for any power at the moment, but at least Jesse Winker is getting on base at a furious rate. Now healthy, the Reds rookie has his OBP up to a Vottonian .444 for the season, boosting it with a great outing on Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Winker walked twice and singled twice, and while he’s dealt with a shoulder issue and still can’t hit with a ton of authority,...
Apr 21, 2018
Reds at Cardinals, Game 2: Preview and Lineups

Reds at Cardinals, Game 2: Preview and Lineups

Game one of the Jim Riggleman era in Cincinnati went just about how the final 18 games of the Bryan Price era went: poor starting pitching, solid bullpen work, and a dead offense. Hopefully game 2 will go a little differently and the Reds can go on one of those classic, 2018 1-game winning streaks. Homer Bailey (0-3, 3.42 ERA) makes his 5th start of the season in a year that has been pretty successful for the veteran righty. He faced this same Cardinals team in his last start back on April 15, where he gave up 3 runs on 4 hits over 7 solid innings in what would be a losing effort for the...
Apr 20, 2018
Yawn 3-16.

Yawn 3-16.

Gahhhhhhhhhh. The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game Raise your hand if you’d ever heard of Dylan Floro prior to his call-up last week. Now that I’ve seen zero hands, it’s worth a gradually building slow-clap for Floro, as he bailed out the Cincinnati Reds after another abbreviated start by Brandon Finnegan, and did so by firing 3 innings of scoreless relief, in which he fanned 2, allowed 3 hits, and walked just a lone St. Louis Cardinal. Welcome to The Rebuild: Phase II or VIIX or MMLXXV. Honorable Mentions are due to: Alex Blandino, who singled twice (and drove in a...
Apr 20, 2018
Reds at Cardinals, Game 1: Preview and Lineups

Reds at Cardinals, Game 1: Preview and Lineups

A new hope? Return of the Redi? The Manager is dead. Long live the Manager! After exactly 666 career games as the skipper of the Cincinnati Reds, the Bryan Price era is officially over, leaving Jim Riggleman and Lou Brown and who the heck else to try to steer this ship back on-course. Their first shot will come in St. Louis against a Cardinals team that just swept these Reds, which is always an admirable spot for a struggling Reds club to try to pick up some easy wins, right? Right. Brandon Finnegan, who just got shelled by these Cardinals for 5 ER in 4.1 IP, will get his second start of...
Apr 20, 2018
So, about Jim Riggleman.

So, about Jim Riggleman.

Is there anything about his past that will tell us what to expect? Yesterday, the Reds relieved both manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins of their respective jobs from the Cincinnati Reds. It was a somewhat surprising move, if inevitable for a team that’s started out 3-15 to begin the 2018 campaign. It’s also a move that isn’t likely to accomplish a whole hell-of-a-lot of anything, unless you’re one of the nineteen-hundred-thousand Facebook commenters that tends to believe everything bad that happened was Bryan Price’s fault. Some of it was, to be sure. A lot of it...
Apr 20, 2018
18 Games that got Bryan Price fired

18 Games that got Bryan Price fired

Selective endpoints on the 2018 Reds: Games 1-18. Welcome back to 18 Games at a Time! This is where I get to break down the Reds season into 9 different 18-game capsules and talk about all the awesome things they did over the last 18 games. I know you all are just excited to read about the last 18 games as I was to recap it, so let’s get down to it. Jesus Christ, that was bad. There is really no other way to put it. The losing, while frustrating, is understandable. We expected the Reds to start turning a corner in 2018, but we never truly expected them to compete for a playoff spot. They...
Apr 20, 2018
Farmers Only - Jesus Reyes strikes out almost everyone

Farmers Only - Jesus Reyes strikes out almost everyone

All the Thursday action from the Cincinnati Reds farm. Brandon Larson Honorary Star of the Night Jesus Reyes earned a spot on the 40-man roster of the Cincinnati Reds after his 2017 campaign, one that saw him post a 3.60 ERA in 137.1 IP spent between A+ Daytona and AA Pensacola. His 2018 season got off to a bit of a rocky start with the Blue Wahoos, but his Thursday effort showed the upside that landed him a roster spot to begin with. He retired 15 batters in his Pensacola start, and 9 of them came via K. That’s the kind of effort that’ll have a few more eyes on the 25 year...
Apr 19, 2018
Firing Bryan Price was both unfortunate and inevitable

Firing Bryan Price was both unfortunate and inevitable

Welcome to Phase II of the long, long rebuild. There is a large portion of me that feels bad for Bryan Price, and has for quite some time. Since taking over as manager of the Cincinnati Reds prior to the 2014 season, he has watched a sinking ship jettison valuable player after valuable player, turning what had been an NL Central juggernaut into a youth movement with few stalwarts left over. Then, even those stalwarts began to falter, with injuries to Joey Votto, Ryan Ludwick, and Homer Bailey immediately torpedoing his first season, with Bailey’s issues continuing thereafter alongside...
Apr 19, 2018
Breaking: Reds fire Bryan Price, Mack Jenkins

Breaking: Reds fire Bryan Price, Mack Jenkins

After a 3-15 start, the Reds have given Bryan Price the boot, along with his pitching coach. The Reds have announced they are replacing manager Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins. Effective immediately, bench coach Jim Riggleman is interim manager, Louisville manager Pat Kelly is bench coach, and Pensacola pitching coach Danny Darwin is major league staff.— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 19, 2018 Price exits his post with a .419 winning percentage in just over 4 seasons as the Reds’ manager. Also leaving is Mack Jenkins, who replaced Mark Riggins in July of 2016. Jim...
Apr 19, 2018
Farmers Only: Greene Pitches, Orewiler Was Better

Farmers Only: Greene Pitches, Orewiler Was Better

Cause life is all about those twist and turns. The Brandon Larson Honorary Star Of The Night Austin Orewiler - 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K On a night where we were all watching Hunter Greene (who pitched well) it was Austin Orewiler that stole the show. 8 K’s in 4.2 innings freaky damn good. I don’t have much else to go with this, and I feel like I need to write a full paragraph for emphasis. My 7th grade English teacher, Mrs. Hurliss, must be so ashamed of me. I also spelled her name wrong. Whatevs. Louisville, don’t play baseball in Buffalo. We need to see Nick Senzel. ...
Apr 18, 2018
Reds lost.

Reds lost.

Cincinnati fell to 3-15 on the season after another shutout loss. The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game Tyler Mahle is a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, which means he’s in charge of serving up dingers to Milwaukee Brewers slugger Eric Thames. That’s exactly what happened again on Wednesday, though at least Thames was the only Brewer to really get to Mahle. The rookie righty was far from his absolute best, but aside from the Thames blast, Mahle pitched his way out of trouble repeatedly - and even touched 97 mph with his fastball. His final line - 5 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K...