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Pitchers like Aroldis Chapman don’t pop up very often. The guy has a fastball that averages 98 mph, something that only one other pitcher did last year (Andrew Cashner, anyone?). He made significant strides in his second season in Cincy, dropping his walk rate under 3.00 BB/9 and turning what was a serious weakness in 2011 into a major strength. In fact, Chapman’s 5.30 K:BB ratio was good for 11th among the 325 pitchers who tossed at least 50 innings last year, and among that group his 2.89 BB/9 could actually be considered high.
As for 2013, the question becomes, “How will Chapman’s stuff translate to the rotation?” Admittedly, I have my concerns. Last year we saw two big-name relievers begin the transition to the rotation (Chris Sale, Daniel Bard) and they went in vastly different directions. Sale was built to become a starter, mixing four pitches even when he worked out of the bullpen. Bard was just a two-pitch reliever, and when he tried to get through lineups a second or third ...
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The Reds already had a playoff caliber roster before acquiring Shin-Soo Choo this winter. They were also pretty well off with Aroldis Chapman as their closer. But instead of moving forward with the 2012 team that saw their campaign end in the NLDS, the club thought they would be better off to roll the dice and shake things up for 2013.
That is precisely why the Reds added Choo...
Aroldis Chapman‘s bid to join the Cincinnati rotation is fascinating for two reasons: He’s such a unique player with very few good comparables He was extremely valuable as a closer (his 3.3 WAR was the third-best by a RP in the last seven years) I’ve been highly critical of Chapman over the last few weeks, questioning whether he had a diverse enough repertoire to make it...
Jan. 3, 1942 - The Burger Brewing Company and radio station WKRC hire Waite Hoyt to handle the play-by-play duties for Cincinnati Reds broadcasts.
Hoyt did the play-by-play for the Reds until 1965 and became a Cincinnati institution. A Hall of Fame pitcher who was a longtime friend and teammate of Babe Ruth with the Yankees in 1920, Hoyt regaled listeners with stories of his...
At first glance, there probably doesn't seem like a whole lot to improve upon when you win more games than every MLB team except one. That's precisely what the Reds managed to do during the 2012 regular season after emerging victorious in 97 contests, second only to the 98 games won by the NL East champion Washington Nationals. As fate would have it though, both clubs bowed...
ESPN's Buster Olney continues to crank out "top 10 pieces" and his latest one involves the best lineups in baseball. After cracking the top six in starting rotation, outfield, and infield, the Reds take a step back on this list after settling in the No. 9 spot. Nonetheless, Cincinnati made the list and its batting lineup projects to be in the top third in MLB.
Jay Bruce in right, Shin-Soo Choo in center, and Ryan Ludwick in left -- this appears to be the outfield trio manager Dusty Baker will be penciling in on a regular basis in 2013. Chris Heisey, Xavier Paul, and perhaps Billy Hamilton will be called upon to patrol the GABP grasses at times next season, as well. So, how does Cincinnati's outfielding unit compare to those...
Phillips and the Reds grabbed the top spot in the NL
It's no small secret that Dusty Baker has one of baseball's best infields at his disposal. It has been that way for several years now thanks to the likes of Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, Scott Rolen and others who have manned the dirt at GABP along the way.
With that in mind, the fact that Buster Olney dubbed...
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The Redlegs have made some pretty notable moves this offseason. Namely, the re-signings of reliever Jonathan Broxton and Ryan Ludwick, and the acquisition of Shin-Soo Choo from the Cleveland Indians.
MLB.com's Hot Stove crew recently chatted it up on how those aforementioned additions have improved the club heading into the 2013 season.
Don’t be fooled by Homer Bailey‘s “breakout” 2012 season. Yes, he finally lasted a full season, topping 200 innings for the Reds. And yes, his 3.68 ERA was 33 points lower than the 4.01 major league average. But on a per-inning basis Bailey hasn’t developed much over the last three years. His strikeout rate, walk rate, OBA, BABIP, WHIP, and HR/9 were almost identical in...