Posted September 24, 2013 on AP on Fox
Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer off Mike Leake, whose long streak of scoreless innings got shattered early, and the New York Mets beat Cincinnati 4-2 on Tuesday night, a costly setback to the Reds' hopes of a second straight NL Central title. The Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates clinched playoff spots on Monday night, but hope to chase down the first-place St. Louis Cardinals with closing surges. Leake's one very bad inning made that much less likely for the Reds, who opened the day tied with Pittsburgh two games behind St. Louis. Leake (14-7) gave up four runs and eight hits in only 1 2-3 innings, matching the shortest start of his career. Wilfredo Tovar ended his scoreless innings streak at 21 2-3 with an RBI single, and Murphy's homer gave left-hander Jon Niese (8-8) the big lead.

Reds release once-promising prospect

The Reds officially parted ways with right-handed pitching prospect Kyle Lotzkar on Tuesday. The 23-year-old was designated for assignment earlier this month to help make room on the roster for Johnny Cueto and Sean Marshall. Lotzkar was taken 53rd overall by Cincinnati in the 2007 MLB Draft and was once regarded as one of the top pitching prospects in the organization. At...

Cincinnati Reds RHP Mat Latos fires back at critical fans, discloses injury

The MLB Playoff Bound Cincinnati Reds ace pitcher Mat Latos fired back at fans critical of his recent mediocre outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates by disclosing that he’s been pitching hurt since before the All-Star break. After a 6-inning, 4-run performance against the Bucs, in which the Reds are in a street fight for the National League Central and/or Wild Card home game, Reds...

Joey Votto Passivity Index

Joey Votto is the major-league leader in walks, by counting and by rate. He’s always been a guy willing and happy to take a free base, and I should note that the very term “free base” is disrespectful to the base on balls, as if walks don’t require work. Anyway, Votto is also the National League leader in on-base percentage. The point: Votto doesn’t make many outs, relative...

Reds win in 10th, clinch playoff spot

Shin-Soo Choo drove in the winning run with a single off the wall in the 10th inning, and the Cincinnati Reds secured a playoff spot Monday night after beating the New York Mets 3-2. Second-place Cincinnati clinched at least an NL wild card when Washington lost to first-place St. Louis 4-3 moments after the Reds' game ended. Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said there would be...

Homer Bailey Proves Late Bloomers Do Exist

From 2005-2007, Baseball America, along with many other minor league baseball publications, raved over one pitcher. Homer Bailey, drafted straight out of high school with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2004 draft, was considered to be the top prospect within the Cincinnati Reds organization over those three years.  Although he was drafted in the same class as pitchers like Justin...

Ted Kramer's love of the game

Teddy brings a smile to Brandon Phillips face. Eric D. Schabell Contributing Writer This is not a Boston Red Sox story, nor is this a Cincinnati Reds story. It is bigger than a single team. This is about baseball, a love of the game that is pure joy to watch. It is about Ted Kramer's love of the game. Tonight on ESPN's 'E:60' between 7-8PM, there will be a 12...

Cincinnati Reds Minor League Park Factors: Part 2

Fifth Third Field in Dayton played as a hitter friendly park in 2013, but not to all parts of the stadium.

Charlie Sheen predicts Reds and Athletics in World Series

Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. Actor Charlie Sheen, a noted Cincinnati Reds fan, star of the television series Two and a Half Men, and the man who played Vince "Wild Thing" Vaughn in the Major League movies has made his prediction for the 2013 World Series. Celebrity gossip site TMZ caught up with Sheen as he took a break outside a court room...

Choo Gotta Be Kiddin’ Me… Harang and Duda Bright Spots In 3-2 Loss

DEEP ENOUGH… CHOO WINS IT FOR REDS… Aaron Harang went six strong and Duda had a day, but it was not enough as the Reds edged the Amazin’s 3-2. The Reds struck first when (future Met?????) Shin-Soo Choo hit a grounder right back up the middle to bring around Todd Frazier. Harang then issued consecutive walks, plating Ryan Hanigan and giving the Reds a 2-0 lead. The Mets hit...

Catching Billy Hamilton

The big secret isn’t much of a secret. As a base-stealer, Billy Hamilton has seemed automatic — but he did get thrown out in the minors. In fact, he got thrown out a whole mess of times. Since debuting in 2009, Hamilton was thrown out stealing in the minors on 84 occasions, and his overall success rate was right around 82%. Granted, that’s excellent. Granted, maybe Hamilton...

Video: Juan Centeno Guns Down Billy Hamilton

During today’s Mets’ 1-0 win over the Reds, starting catcher Juan Centeno became the first backstop to ever catch Billy Hamilton stealing in the majors. After Hamilton legged out an infield single in the fifth inning, the 23-year old Centeno gunned a perfect throw to nail the speedster at second base. In case you missed it, here’s the video: Entering today’s action, Hamilton...

Is Choo a $100M player? Boras suggests that figure is actually low

Rare has one contract prediction created such a stir as when one unnamed general manager suggested in a rundown of the top 30 free agents last month that Reds outfielder/leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo would get “$90 million to $100 million” via the free-agent market this winter. Commenters tweeps and readers couldn't believe it. Almost collectively they shot back “No way!...

Mets Rumors: New York may target Bronson Arroyo this offseason

Bronson Arroyo is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the season and is likely going to garner some interest on the open market. The 36-year old Arroyo would be a good addition for a team on a one or two-year deal. The New York Mets may target starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo this winter, multiple industry sources told Mike Puma of the New York Post. One talent evaluator...

From Blue September Comes Red October

Congratulations to the Cincinnati Reds for clinching a playoff spot against your New York Mets. They did so via the cold hands of Shin Soo Choo, who had three hits and drove in two runs. It's a glimpse of what the Mets aspire to have, but will probably fall a few million dollars short from getting. So it isn't even like we can salivate at the sight of him with a straight...
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