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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Joey Votto’s incredible journey to the Reds | MLB.com

Votto and the Reds, a love story.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 11, 2019 at 09:31 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: joey votto, reds

Friday, May 31, 2019

Inside the Reds’ historic pitching turnaround

In October, David Bell was hired as the team’s new manager. His first coaching hire was to convince Derek Johnson to jump from the Brewers, where he’d spent the previous three seasons garnering positive reviews for his work as Milwaukee’s pitching coach. They later added Caleb Cotham, who had pitched in 23 games for the ‘16 Reds, as assistant pitching coach with a focus on analytics. Cotham had been teammates with a few current Reds, and he’s been tasked with bringing the Reds up to date on the technical revolution overtaking the game.

“Feel, a lot of times, just isn’t real,” Cotham told MLB.com in January. “A lot of guys think they’re throwing a 12-6 curveball, but then you look at it and it’s closer to a slider. Without high-speed cameras or really chewing into the Trackman, you could be practicing and working on your curveball for months, and it could have been addressed maybe in one session. It’s dealing more in the reality and what are some absolutes.”

It’s only been a few months, but the way Cincinnati pitchers talk about it, the impact has been immense.

“The stuff they are coming at us with is the best I’ve ever seen in my Major League career,” reliever Jared Hughes told the Cincinnati Enquirer earlier this month. “It’s cutting edge and it’s helping us a ton.”

“I feel like it is light years ahead of where we were last year,” David Hernandez echoed.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 31, 2019 at 06:05 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

MLB roundup: Reds’ Dietrich hits three homers

Derek Dietrich had a career-high three home runs and drove in six to lead the Cincinnati Reds to an 11-6 win against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night. Dietrich blasted two-run homers in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings.

The run support was more than enough for Cincinnati starter Lucas Sims in his season debut. Sims, who was recalled from Triple-A Louisville earlier in the day, was working on a shutout before giving up a grand slam to Kevin Newman in the eighth.

Sims went 7 1/3 innings, the longest outing of the season by a Cincinnati starter, allowing four runs and six hits, striking out nine and walking one.

Tucker Barnhart drove in three runs, Jose Iglesias had two hits and scored twice, and Jose Peraza homered for the Reds. Elias Diaz had two hits for the Pirates, including a two-run double in the ninth inning, and Starling Marte also had two hits.

 

 

QLE Posted: May 29, 2019 at 05:35 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: derek dietrich, lucas sims, reds

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Raisel Iglesias: ‘The way [the Reds] are using me is horribly wrong’

Reds closer Raisel Iglesias has had a frustrating year. After serving up a tie-breaking two-run home run to Brandon Crawford in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game against the Giants, Iglesias owns a 4.86 ERA with two blown saves and five losses.

While Iglesias admits he hasn’t pitched well, he also blames the way the Reds have been using him as a contributing factor for his struggles. Per Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Iglesias said, “You can see the other closers, they don’t pitch in tie games. I’m the only one who comes in tie games and I’ve given up homers and I’m losing some games. I feel really bad.”

Iglesias added, “The way they are using me is horribly wrong.” He elaborated, saying, “The closer comes in to finish the ballgames. I’ve been coming into tie games on the road. I get it. There are situations that the team needs me.”

So, how is it that relief pitchers have arms with the strength of Waterford crystal and the mental toughness of Don Knotts’ characters on The Steve Allen Plymouth Show, and yet still roll in cash?

 

QLE Posted: May 07, 2019 at 04:22 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: raisel iglesias, reds, relief pitching

Bees Invade Giants-Reds Game

When it comes to bees, they get what they want. Today, they wanted to be at the Cincinnati Reds’ stadium as the team was getting ready to play against the Giants

The bees swarmed the field just as the Reds were taking the field for the scheduled 12:35 start. The umpires ordered the players off the field, and everyone just sort of stood around and watched the bees for a little bit.

NO! NOT THE BEES!!!

 

QLE Posted: May 07, 2019 at 03:46 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bees, giants, reds

Monday, May 06, 2019

Reds become first team in 12 years to homer on three straight pitches

After hitting eight combined homers in their first two games against the San Francisco Giants, the Cincinnati Reds did not need much to time Sunday to make it nine homers for the series.

It took them even less time to make it No. 10 and No. 11.

Eugenio Suárez, Jesse Winker and Derek Dietrich all hit back-to-back-to-back homers for the Reds in the first inning on Sunday, pouncing on Giants starter Jeff Samardzija for an early 4-0 lead.

Unfortunately for the Reds, they turned back into the Reds after the first inning….


Sunday, May 05, 2019

Reds release Matt Kemp

CINCINNATI—The Reds’ crowded outfield came into clearer focus Saturday when Matt Kemp was released and Scott Schebler, who has been struggling at the plate, was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

Kemp, who was acquired from the Dodgers in December along with outfielder Yasiel Puig, utilityman Kyle Farmer, left-hander Alex Wood and cash, missed the past 11 games with a broken rib he suffered on April 21 when he ran into an outfield wall at San Diego.

The 34-year-old’s role with the Dodgers was reduced in the latter stages of the 2018 season, and it was unclear following the trade where Kemp would fit in Cincinnati. Kemp played 20 games with the Reds and hit .200 with one home run and five RBIs over 60 at-bats.

There was talk of the Reds trading Kemp during the offseason, but no deal transpired. Kemp’s salary with the Dodgers was $21.5 million, with the Reds responsible for $14.5 million. The Reds also received $7 million from the Dodgers as part of the December deal.

The arrival of top prospect Nick Senzel, who debuted on Friday, and the production of the versatile Derek Dietrich off the bench forced the Reds’ hand.

“We just didn’t see a great fit for Matt here,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He’s obviously had a great career and has been a great player. Just how our outfield is shaping up and the roster construction, we didn’t see a great fit for Matt and that’s how the decision was made.”

Bell said the starting center-field job now belongs to Senzel, 23, who collected his first career hit on Friday and also showed signs of promise defensively.

“We’re going to treat Nick like we treat all our players, keep him healthy, keep him strong, get him in there most days,” Bell said. “There will be days when we’ll rest him, but he’s our starting center fielder. He’s an everyday player on this team. He’s new to the position. It’s not going to be perfect. We are very confident in the makeup he brings. We’re confident in the direction we’re going with him and the rest of the outfield.”

akrasian Posted: May 05, 2019 at 07:22 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, reds

Cincinnati Reds release Matt Kemp, demote Scott Schebler and call up Cody Reed

Reds manager David Bell didn’t call it a shakeup. But releasing Matt Kemp and demoting Scott Schebler on the same day are two pretty big moves, especially after a 12-11 loss in which the Reds blew 8-0 and 10-3 leads.

“With Matt, it was about we had made the decision,”  Bell said.  “And we didn’t want to delay that decision. The way the roster constructed, the outfield, he wasn’t going to be a part of that mix.

“It really wasn’t anything to shake anything up. We’re not satisfied by any means with where we are – not even close. We’re constantly looking at ways to improve every day. But, at the same time, we’re not at a point where we’d do anything to shake it up. I think there are a lot of good things happening. Last night was disappointing. But if you look at the overall in the last couple of weeks, a lot of good things have happened. I don’t want to say we played well because our expectations are high.”

This wasn’t what they had in mind when they traded for him, is it?

QLE Posted: May 05, 2019 at 03:37 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: david bell, matt kemp, reds, releases

Saturday, May 04, 2019

MLB roundup: Giants dig out of 8-0 hole to beat Reds

Evan Longoria belted a homer to lead off the 11th inning, and the visiting San Francisco Giants overcame an eight-run deficit to post a 12-11 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday.

After striking out a pair of batters in a scoreless 10th inning, Jared Hughes (2-1) saw his 0-1 slider to Longoria deposited just inside the left field foul pole to begin the 11th.

The blast capped San Francisco’s comeback from an 8-0 deficit, highlighted by Stephen Vogt’s game-tying homer off closer Raisel Iglesias with two outs in the ninth inning.

Joe Panik launched a two-run homer, and Steven Duggar and Brandon Belt each had a two-run single for the Giants, who overcame a pair of three-run homers by Derek Dietrich to snap a seven-game losing streak in Cincinnati.

The last time the Giants came back from such a deficit? 1989- also against the Reds.

Something to make fans of both teams feel better: The Giants reached the World Series that year, and the Reds won the World Series the year afterwards.

 

QLE Posted: May 04, 2019 at 04:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: comebacks, giants, reds

Friday, May 03, 2019

Why Jesse Winker has been waving at Met fans after Reds’ victories

Could it be because he’s a preening, posing, lunkheaded jackwagon?  Naaaah….


Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Report: Reds to call up top prospect Nick Senzel soon

Jon Heyman is hearing that the Reds are “contemplating” a call-up for top prospect Nick Senzel and that it could happen as soon as Friday. Friday would make sense as that’s when the Reds begin their next home stand.

Mind you, with Heyman one needs to take grains of salt so big they’d keep an entire deer park happy….

 

QLE Posted: May 01, 2019 at 05:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: nick senzel, prospects, reds

Friday, April 26, 2019

Reds analyst Chris Welsh offers apology over Ozzie Albies comment

Reds television analyst Chris Welsh caused an internet firestorm Wednesday night when he said this about Atlanta second baseman Ozzie Albies:

“It’s funny, I’ve read a lot about it, and I’ve read opinions on both sides. A lot of people are blaming the agent for letting him sign a deal like that. But Albies came from a very poor background, he’s from Curaçao, and when somebody offers you 35 million dollars – I mean, he may not know the difference between 35 million dollars and 85 million dollars. It’s going to have a tremendous positive effect on his family and himself. Maybe the people in his immediate family or extended family. It changes the lives of so many people.”

Albies signed a seven-year, $35 million contract on April 11. It was widely considered to be team friendly.

Sites like deadspin.com and awfulannouncing.com jumped on the story.

Wait- are any of you Chris Welsh under an assumed name? This sounds like arguments some of us made when the contract was announced.

 

QLE Posted: April 26, 2019 at 05:03 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, ozzie albies, reds

Monday, April 15, 2019

Kershaw to make season debut as Dodgers host Reds

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw is set to make his season debut when the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Cincinnati Reds in the opener of a three-game series on Monday night.

The three-time National League Cy Young Award winner was shut down during spring training because of inflammation in his throwing shoulder and didn’t make the Opening-Day start for the Dodgers for the first time since 2010.

“He’s champing at the bit,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

Kershaw will likely face two former teammates in Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp.

Well, the Reds are as good a team as any for a start of this nature….

 

QLE Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: clayton kershaw, dodgers, reds

Saturday, April 13, 2019

LEADING OFF: Cards-Reds in Mexico, suspended Archer starts

MEXICAN MATCHUP

Major League Baseball returns to Estadio de Béisbol de Monterrey when the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds begin a two-game series. Adam Wainwright starts for the Cards against Tanner Roark.

The Astros and Angels play a two-game series at the same park in early May.

MLB began holding regular season games in Mexico in 1996, and the 1999 season opened with a matchup in Monterrey between the Padres and Colorado. Last May, the Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers played a three-game series at the stadium — Walker Buehler and the Dodgers bullpen combined for a no-hitter.

Ahh, the joys of neutral-site games….

 

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mexico, neutral site games, reds

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Reds Joey Votto gets beaned, chooses fun over fighting against Marlins

Just days after brawling against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cincinnati Reds were ready to thrown down once more. Until they weren’t.

Squaring off against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday, relief pitcher Wei-Yin Chen nailed Reds first baseman Joey Votto in the back in the sixth inning.

Votto promptly charged the mound, but instead of throwing fists, he threw back the ball to Chen.

One wouldn’t think that the OBP king would object to something getting him on base….

 

QLE Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: beaning, joey votto, reds

Reds break losing streak, Harper cannot stop Nationals

It’s not often a two-win team is one of the highlights of Major League Baseball action but, on Tuesday, the Cincinnati Reds pulled off an impressive victory using a seven-run sixth inning to top the Miami Marlins, 14-0.

Cincinnati was already up 4-0 before a Jesse Winker single to right field led to a Miami error, which plated two runs. Next came the home runs.

First, Matt Kemp. Then, Eugenio Suárez. Finally, Scott Schebler, who extended the lead to 11-0.

Kyle Farmer added a three-run homer in the seventh. All in all, it was a very good night for the previously struggling Reds.

Pondering what it means when the Reds are able to beat up the Marlins so….

 

QLE Posted: April 10, 2019 at 07:56 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: losing streak, marlins, reds

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Reds prospect Hunter Greene needs Tommy John surgery

CINCINNATI (AP) — Reds pitching prospect Hunter Greene will have Tommy John surgery after medical tests found new ligament damage in his right elbow.

Greene was the second overall pick in the 2017 draft. He pitched in the Futures Game in Washington last year, hitting 100 mph with all of his 19 fastballs, one of them gauged at 103 mph.

Something to ponder- if the mound is moved back, is there a chance this will result in softer pitches and less arm wear and tear?

 

QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 03:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hunter greene, prospects, reds, tommy john surgery

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Nick Senzel Suffers Ankle Injury

In some ways Senzel is Nick Johnson’s little brother.  Both OBP-heavy top prospects with decent power.  Unfortunately the similarity extends outside of the batter’s box, as they both seem to be made of glass.  And not even some shatter-resistant safety glass either.


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Reds’ Scooter Gennett injures leg, sent for scan

PHOENIX (AP) — Cincinnati Reds All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett injured his right leg while fielding a grounder against Milwaukee and was helped off the field.

Gennett ranged to his left for a ball off the bat of Yasmani Grandal leading off the second inning Friday. Gennett slid to make the stop and threw to pitcher Robert Stephenson covering first for the out. Gennett went to his knees and was helped off by Reds head athletic trainer Steve Baumann and manager David Bell.

“I don’t know exactly if it was when he fell or when he made the throw,” Bell said. “He felt something in his groin.

So, will this affect his ability to scoot?

 

QLE Posted: March 23, 2019 at 10:04 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, reds, scooter gennett

Friday, March 22, 2019

MLB season preview: Five over/unders you can count on in 2019

Want an easy way to prove to your friends you’re smarter than everyone else when it comes to baseball? Just look at some MLB over/unders.

By looking at win totals, you can get a quick snapshot of where you differ from the general consensus. Do you find the Tampa Bay Rays’ 84.5 win total insulting? Tell your friends they are going to be much better than anyone expects. Think there’s no way the New York Mets surpass 85.5 wins? You just identified a bust.

Feel extra confident in those predictions? Well, you can wager some hard-earned gummy bears on the outcome.

Somewhere, Sport Sullivan is suspecting that he was born a century too early….

 

 

QLE Posted: March 22, 2019 at 07:20 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves, cubs, overunder, phillies, previews, reds

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Reds mourn Chuck Harmon, team’s first African-American player

CINCINNATI — Chuck Harmon not only blazed a trail as the first African-American Reds player, he did it with dignity and grace and earned the highest admiration in the ranks of pro baseball’s first and oldest franchise.

“The entire Reds family is saddened to lose one of its great ambassadors. The first African American to play for the Reds, Chuck Harmon was much more than a ballplayer. He represents a pivot point in Reds history,” Reds Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said of Harmon’s death this week.

“Chuck’s positive attitude and disposition helped diffuse the adversity he faced, and set the tone for those following in his footsteps. He was beloved by his teammates during his career and remained a treasure to this franchise and its fans throughout his life. He will be missed.”

RIP- his generation of players is now passing from the scene, and they deserve to be remembered as they do so.

 

QLE Posted: March 21, 2019 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: chuck harmon, integration, reds, rip

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Tao of Yasiel Puig: The Reds’ New Star Riffs on Bat Flips, Life and His Rocky End With the Dodgers

Some key lines:

Yet the Yasiel Puig Story, as full of fun as it’s been, remains frustratingly incomplete. He’s struggled to match the hype of his thrilling 2013 arrival that launched him into superstardom. He’s clashed repeatedly with managers, coaches and teammates over the years and earned scorn—often unfairly, sometimes deservedly—over his behavior on and off the field. His time in Los Angeles featured six straight division titles and back-to-back trips to the World Series in 2017 and ‘18, yet a championship eluded both him and a team that hasn’t captured one since two years before he was born. “It’s nice, but we haven’t won,” the 28-year-old Puig says in Spanish of his frequent trips to the postseason. “The only thing we’re getting is one more month instead of being on vacation. It’s as if you did nothing.” And for as much as he loves Los Angeles, he’s bitter about parting with his old team.

“It’s their problem,” Puig says of the Dodgers’ decision to move him. “I don’t know what they did with that trade, because they didn’t get anyone who could help them the way I could. But that’s business.”

With that business comes the closing of one chapter and the beginning of the next. But as Puig sheds blue for red and, to paraphrase Bill Belichick, moves on to Cincinnati, can he stay and grow in baseball’s spotlight as he leaves Los Angeles behind?


Kremlinologists among us, do you care to interpret these remarks?

 

QLE Posted: March 15, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flips, dodgers, reds, trades, yasiel puig

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Reds roster moves likely won’t help, but here’s hoping they do

The downside to striving for competitive balance is disengaging a lot of revenue generation from winning. The MLBPA really needs to get its act in order.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2019 at 09:50 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: reds

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Yasiel Puig admits he ‘never worked hard’ in L.A, vows to up effort in contract year with Reds

Shield your eyes, Los Angeles Dodgers fans.

Actually, take a long look. Because this is funny.

Yasiel Puig admitted to ESPN recently what was evident to most who were paying attention to the Dodgers in recent years.

He didn’t work hard in Los Angeles.

Fine by me- but, then again, I’m a Giants fan…..

 

QLE Posted: February 26, 2019 at 05:41 AM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, reds, work ethic, yasiel puig

Friday, February 22, 2019

Reds having Michael Lorenzen prepare as a two-way player

For decades, a legitimate “two-way player” — a player who functions as both a pitcher and as a position player — was nothing but a fantasy. The skill sets required for both are too distinct and require too much prep work, it was thought. The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani shattered that illusion in 2018, posting a .925 OPS in 367 plate appearances as a hitter while posting a 3.31 ERA in 51 2/3 innings as a pitcher.

Since then, several more players have been considered in two-way roles. The Rangers signed Matt Davidson earlier this month and could potentially use him as a corner infielder as well as a reliever. Also earlier this month, James Loney signed with the independent Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters, who plan to use him as both a first baseman and as a pitcher.

You can add Michael Lorenzen of the Reds to that list. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that the Reds will have Lorenzen prepare this spring as a two-way player. He could both start and relieve while occasionally playing in the outfield. Lorenzen, in fact, took batting practice with the outfielders on Thursday. Previously, he had taken batting practice as extra work following a workout with fellow pitchers.

It’s going to be interesting to see how long this trend lasts- especially given MLB’s current seemingly-insatiable lust for relievers….

 

QLE Posted: February 22, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: michael lorenzen, reds, two-way players

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