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Johnny Cueto has established himself as a staff ace. You can look at his declining ERAs if you’d like — 4.81, 4.41, 3.64, 2.31, 2.78 — but that gives the impression that either Cueto was worse last year than 2011 or, at best, had plateaued.Take a look at his FIPs and you’ll see Cueto has improved every year, even last year — 4.90, 4.69, 3.97, 3.45, 3.27. Last year Cueto jumped his strikeout rate to over 7.00 K/9 after it had resided in the low-t0-mid 6.00s (and declining) for the prior three seasons, and his walk rate fell to just 2.03 BB/9.What’s been the difference for Cueto over the last two years? He’s gone from an almost perfect ground ball/fly ball split to very ground ball heavy, he’s induced a greater percentage of swings on balls outside the strike zone, and he’s cut back on his slider usage in favor of more two-seamers (in 2011) or change-ups (in 2012). Seeing as the change-up is generally a better strikeout pitch than a two-seamer (better for inducing grounders), it shoul...
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In 2004, the Reds signed an amateur free agent by the name of Johnny Cueto out of the Dominican Republic. In 2013, that same player enters the season as the undisputed ace of the pitching staff.
Cueto will turn 27-years-old on Friday, but he has already established quite the resume for himself in five big league seasons. The right-hander finished fourth in the Cy Young Award...
The Redlegs have been adamant about moving Cuban sensation Aroldis Chapman into the starting rotation for three years now. However, he is found himself pitching out of the bullpen in Cincinnati for each of the first two seasons. But the Reds appear serious about dubbing him a starter this go around after re-signing Jonthan Broxton to a multi-year deal to be the team's closer...
Reds fans probably thought they had seen the last of Miguel Cairo last season. However, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that "Miggy" will stay on as a member of the organization and join the baseball operations staff as a special assistant to the general manager.
Cairo will be in camp tomorrow. He’ll work as an instructor with major leagues and minor...
From FOX Sports Ohio....
CINCINNATI, OH – FOX Sports Ohio today announced its 145-game Cincinnati Reds television schedule for 2013. The Reds regular season begins with their home opener on Monday, April 1st at 4pm against the LA Angels at Great American Ball Park. The entire schedule is below.
The network will kick off its coverage of the home opener at 3pm with a special...
Drew Hayes came into 2012 after a dominating year out of the Dayton Dragons bullpen where he worked as the closer on most nights. With Dayton he saved 22 games while posting a 1.35 ERA in 60 innings with 27 walks and 89 strikeouts. The Reds held him and a few others back from promotions during 2011 to try and keep the team together for a strong run. To make up for that, they pushed...
Last season, like usual, Joey Votto was amazing, but last season, unlike usual, Joey Votto then injured his knee. It happened at the end of June, and while Votto tried to play through it for a time, he wound up being sidelined for a number of weeks before returning in September. He hit his final home run on June 24, before the injury, and down the stretch and in the playoffs, it...
The Reds have converted Stephen Hunt to a pitcher. Hunt hit .262/.335/.385 since being drafted in the 15th round of 2010. He has made four appearances as a pitcher to this point in his career throwing 4 innings with 4 strikeouts, 6 walks and an ERA of 11.25.
Billy Hamilton is among several position players in camp early, but so far, the only prospect in camp who isn’t...
Not that it should be surprising, but Mark Sheldon says that Tony Cingrani will be used as a starter in spring training. I like what Dusty had to say about it though, as it is something that has been repeated when it comes to Cingrani’s future. The one thing that does stick out about this though, is that Cingrani won’t be looked at in any way as a potential lefty out of the bullpen...
Reds first baseman Joey Votto will go ahead and play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic, pleased with the way his knee has handled the first two weeks of spring training.
Votto got the last spot on Canada's team, but wanted to waited to see how his left knee felt before making a commitment. He had surgery to repair torn cartilage last season, missed 48 games and wasn&...
The Associated Press Reds first baseman Joey Votto says his knee feels fine and he's decided to go ahead and play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic.
Votto got the last spot on Canada's team, but wanted to waited to see how his left knee felt after a couple weeks of spring training before making a commitment. He had surgery to repair torn cartilage last season, and...
by: Dan Howard
In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love…..and heavily thinks about BASEBALL, especially if he’s one of the millions of people who play fantasy baseball. With sincere apologies to Lord Tennyson, it’s not my intention to wax poetic, but hey, Spring Training is here!
There are a lot of unanswered questions going...
Long-time Major Leaguer Miguel Cairo has retired. The former infielder has decided to call it quits without walking away from baseball entirely. He has accepted a job with the Cincinnati Reds' front office which will allow him to stay close to the game.
According to a tweet from the Reds organization, Cairo will join the front office as a special assistant.
When he suffered the injury in the 2012 playoffs, it was unclear exactly how bad Johnny Cueto's strained oblique was. He was originally diagnosed with a mild strain, but Cueto was unable to go for the rest of the postseason. Now, as spring training games approach and pitchers and catchers are reporting, the Cincinnati Reds are not concerned about his oblique.
The impossible finally happened. Miguel Cairo retired. Cairo hung on for 17 seasons — he made his debut the season after Mariano Rivera. One would be hard-pressed to find one season in which he was much good. His highest seasonal WAR came in 1998 with the good ol’ Devil Rays at 2.7, and that was mostly due to 22 Total Zone fielding runs. That season and 1999 were the only seasons...
It gets lost in the shuffle sometimes just how important of a Cardinal Scott Rolen was. And with his career perhaps coming to a close this week, it’s a ripe time to take a look at why. Perhaps it’s because it ended on such a dismissive note that what he represented in St. Louis at such a high point in the franchise’s history.
How will he be remembered? Overall, he’ll stand...