Joey Votto is back to being Joey Votto

Something funny happened when the Nationals played the Dodgers last week. It was a small thing, but if you caught it, you were slightly dumbfounded. Color commentator F.P. Santangelo expressed his surprise on the air. Bryce Harper, power hitter extraordinaire, choked up on the bat in every single plate appearance. He wasn’t doing it merely […] The post Joey Votto is back to being...
Via Today's Knuckleball
25 minutes ago

Duvall's swing in fine form with two homers

The Reds certainly liked seeing left fielder Adam Duvall clear the fences again, which he did twice to keep them in the game Tuesday during a 9-7 loss to the Giants. But the return of Duvall's swing -- he felt -- actually came a night earlier on a ball that did not leave the park.
5 hours ago

Reds' homers not enough to close gap

In one month, the Giants have seen their formidable National League West lead shrink to a less comfortable cushion. Losing eight of nine games entering Tuesday certainly didn't help and made a 9-7 victory over the Reds all the more necessary. Their lead over the second-place Dodgers, which was seven games on June 24, remained at 2 1/2 games.
7 hours ago

Iglesias shining as part of Reds' fluid bullpen

Reliever Raisel Iglesias has been posting zero after zero and helped give the Reds bullpen some much-needed stability after some dismal months. What has yet to be defined for Iglesias, however, is a specific bullpen role.
9 hours ago

Reds prospect Scott Schebler hits for the cycle

Cincinnati Reds prospect Scott Schebler hit for the cycle on Tuesday, helping the Louisville Bats to a 4-3 International League victory over the Charlotte Knights in 10 innings. The Bats registered a total of eight hits in the contest, with Schebler collecting five of them. He drove in two runs and scored two more, including […] The post Reds prospect Scott Schebler hits for the...
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10 hours ago

Reds “Picking Up The Pace” On Jay Bruce Trade Talks

The Reds have “picked up the pace” on trade talks surrounding slugging right fielder Jay Bruce and are talking to “at least” four teams, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick (Twitter link). Cincinnati is seeking a top prospect in exchange for Bruce, who is in the midst of an outstanding rebound campaign at the plate. Bruce, 29, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery early in...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
14 hours ago

Bruce homers twice to power Reds past Giants 7-5

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jay Bruce hit a pair of two-run homers to help Anthony DeSclafani remain unbeaten, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 7-5 on Monday night. Eugenio Suarez also homered and Joey Votto doubled and scored twice for the Reds, who began their road trip with a win following a 6-3 homestand. Bruce homered for the third consecutive game as part of a...
Via Associated Press
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SAGNOF Report: Even Miranda Is Adding Hamilton

Today is the first time that I can look at Billy Hamilton and say, "now is the time if he was available in a league I was in, I would add him."  Chances are some ****** canoe has been sitting on him all year, playing him sporadically and reaping the semi-benefits of him.  Watching him recently and correlating that into his last nine games, he has 9 stolen bases and looks to be...
Via Razzball
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Much-maligned Reds bullpen much improved in second half

The Cincinnati Reds have won three consecutive series since the All-Star break and the pitching is largely responsible. The schedule’s been favorable and Reds’ pitching has done nothing but take advantage of it. Out of the break, Cincinnati boasts a 3.58 ERA. That’s the 11th-best ERA in baseball post-All-Star Game. Multiple Reds are behind the staff’s […] The post Much...
Via Today's Knuckleball
1 day ago

D-backs club 4 homers to power way past Reds, end skid

CINCINNATI -- Paul Goldschmidt made his only hit in three games count.Goldschmidt's solo home run in the fifth inning gave Arizona the lead for good, and the Diamondbacks finished with four homers in holding off the Cincinnati Reds 9-8 on Sunday.Yasmany Tomas chipped in a with a pair of solo home runs and Wellington Castillo had a three-run shot as Arizona ended a four-game losing...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs' bats go silent after first inning in loss to Reds

CINCINNATI -- Archie Bradley has been good at pitching out of threats lately. With two runners aboard, he couldn't keep one away from Joey Votto, and it cost him a game.Votto extended his post-All Star break surge with a three-run homer off Bradley, and Dan Straily pitched six innings on Friday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-2 victory over the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jay Bruce drawing trade interest

It turns out that there may be a new Bruce Almighty in town. According to a report by Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball on Friday, Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is drawing trade interest from many teams around the league, including the Indians, the Dodgers, the Rangers, the Blue Jays, and the Nationals. The 29-year-old Bruce is batting .263/.314/.530 for Cincinnati this season with...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Joey Votto Is Still Pretty Good at Baseball

Last week, I wrote about the disproportionate impact a disastrous April can have on our perceptions of a player. The example I used then was Ken Giles, who has largely put an awful first month of the season behind him and returned to being a dominant reliever. Now seems like as good a time as any to talk about another player who struggled mightily in April: Joey Votto. As Owen...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Reds feeling comfortable with healthy bullpen

CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds figured that when the starting rotation got healthy, the bullpen would stabilize itself. That's been the case of late.The return of Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen, who were projected starters prior to beginning the season on the disabled list, has given manager Bryan Price a lot more flexibility."We have different pieces now with Iglesias and...
Via FOX Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Billy Hamilton use his ridiculous speed to give the Reds a thrilling walk-off win

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton might not be the most feared hitter, but when he does reach base the slender speedster can cause absolute havoc. He gave us another reminder of that Sunday against the Brewers.With two out in the ninth in a scoreless game, Hamilton was on second base, representing the winning run. Hamilton took off for third and stole it without a throw....
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds: Changing the All Star Game

The Cincinnati Reds are back in action following the All Star break earlier this week. It was another All Star week of camaraderie and tradition. It was also another All Star Game where the ratings were lousy. The All Star Game for most people went by in a quick, unnoticeable and seemingly irrelevant flash. It would be a fair statement to say that the MLB All Star Game has lost it’s...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB is tired of managers arguing balls and strikes

Manager tirades at umpires have largely become a thing of the past thanks to instant replay taking away most of controversy in many decisions in baseball… except balls and strikes. Managers can still get their money’s worth arguing balls and strikes with the man behind the plate, though those tirades often end in vain, if not with a little entertainment for the fans watching...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

A Very Necessary Zack Cozart Follow-Up

Every year we go through the same routine. A previously unimpressive player has a couple great months and we wonder if we’re observing something new and meaningful or if it’s simply random variation and the regression monster is coming. I haven’t done a thorough analysis, but I’d imagine a larger percentage of articles written on sites like this during the first months contain...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds: an All Star Game recap

Another MLB All Star Game is in the record books. For Cincinnati Reds fans, last night’s game was mostly uneventful. However, there was a lot to recap from last night. Both from the Cincinnati Reds angle and overall. The Reds angle First, it’s fair to think Adam Duvall had a better All Star Game experience than Jay Bruce. Duvall won 3rd place at the Home Run Derby. Plus, while...
13 days ago  |  Discuss

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