Reds losing ground as Diamondbacks come to town

The longer the Cincinnati Reds' offensive slump continues, the more it threatens to derail their chances of reaching the postseason for a fourth time in five years. Cincinnati looks for just its second win in 10 games in Monday night's series opener against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. The Reds (52-52) are six games behind NL Central-leading Milwaukee and continue to...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Is Devin Mesoraco the Reds' catcher long term?

Devin Mesoraco has risen among catchers like a rocket this season. He has certainly made a lot of fantasy players happy (including this one) with his sixteen homers in only 244 plate appearances. His .406 wOBA is outstanding and he was an All Star this season. That's pretty heady stuff. But, of course, there are two sides of catching. There is the offensive side, which Mesoraco...
Via The Flagrant Fan
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Covedale Athletics trip to the Louisville Slugger Museum

First, it was the chance to ride in the Reds Opening Day Parade. Second, was a week of Reds' baseball camp ending with the chance to meet Reds' catcher Devin Mesoraco. Finally, the end to Covedale Athletics summer with FOX Sports Ohio? A trip to learn about 'The Heart of the Game', the crack of the bat. On Wednesday, the youngsters from Covedale Athletics loaded up...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
10 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Best First-Half Hitter Values

Photo credit: John Doukas With Yoenis Cespedes claiming his second straight Home Run Derby crown and the Derek Jeter Memorial Game All-Star Game over with, the festivities of the All-Star break are officially in the rear view mirror. The second half of the 2014 Major League Baseball season is about to commence, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a look back the top performers...
Via The Fantasy Fix
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Buy Low, Sell High: Catchers

This is the first in a series of posts looking at buy low and sell high candidates at the All-Star break.  It’s based on looking at the difference in fantasy value from the first half of the season and projected fantasy value for the second half (using the Steamer projections published at FanGraphs).  The idea here is that some fantasy owners in your league might be willing to...
Via Batting Leadoff
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Tuesday morning news and notes

There are a lot of little notes from around the system today. First is a note for those that subscribe to the site (and if you aren’t one of those people, you should look into it – it helps make the site better). I haven’t had an article yet this week because I’m working on some reports from Billings that I also want to add to when they are on this week. My plan is...
Via Reds Minor Leagues
13 days ago  |  Discuss

All hands on deck as Reds rally past Pirates

CINCINNATI -- Things couldn't have gone much worse for the Reds through the first six innings against Pittsburgh Friday night. Starting pitcher Mat Latos had left the game with lower back spasms, adding to the team's injury woes, and the Pirates had a 5-1 lead after scoring a run off of reliever Carlos Contreras. Until this past Tuesday night against Chicago the Reds hadn...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
16 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball, Week 15 Tools of the Trade: Devin Mesoraco Ascending’s “Tools of the Trade” is a unique guide for owners to use while attempting to make an even trade with their league-mates in a standard 12-team mixed, 5×5 head-to-head or rotisserie redraft league. The values present in this guide are simply the basis for a trade. A full-blown analysis of each team’s strengths and weaknesses are essential prior to proposing...
Via The Fantasy Fix
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Reds: Devin Mesoraco is a worthy All-Star

Last winter when the Cincinnati Reds traded away catcher Ryan Hanigan to the Tampa Bay Rays, the question that popped up into many Reds’ fans minds was “can Devin Mesoraco step up to the plate?” In the first half of the 2014 season, Mesoraco proved he has what it takes to be an everyday catcher, and not just an average one. Even with two stints on the disabled list already...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Keith Law rips Devin Mesoraco All-Star selection over Buster Posey

In a bit of a surprise, Devin Mesoraco was tabbed for his first career All-Star selection on Sunday when National League manager Mike Matheny decided to include him on the 34-man roster. This was music to the collective ears of Reds Country to see Mesoraco, who was batting .317/.379/.634 with 15 home runs and 42 RBI, be awarded of the distinct honor.One person who was not thrilled...
Via Redlegs Review
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Johnny Cueto headlines four Reds headed to All-Star Game

On July 15, Major League Baseball will hold the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field. And we now know that at least four Reds players will have a chance to appear in the game. These players include right-handed ace Johnny Cueto, third basemen Todd Frazier, catcher Devin Mesoraco and closer Aroldis Chapman. For Cueto, Mesoraco, and Frazier, this will mark their first trip to the...
Via Redlegs Review
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Frazier, Mesoraco, Chapman, Cueto named NL All-Stars

CINCINNATI -- Four Reds have been selected to the National League All-Star team, Major League Baseball announced Sunday night, including three first-time selections. Third baseman Todd Frazier, catcher Devin Mesoraco and pitchers Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman were all named to the squad. This is the third consecutive selection for Chapman but the first time for Frazier, Mesoraco...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Devin Mesoraco: Big Red Hitting Machine?

Logic says that Devin Mesoraco should have cooled off long, long ago. The nice thing for him, and Cincinnati Reds fans, is that logic doesn’t always apply to baseball. Last Tuesday, Mesoraco homered for the fifth game in a row, tying the franchise record of one of baseball’s oldest and most storied clubs. Mesoraco’s season […] The post Devin Mesoraco: Big Red Hitting Machine...
Via Punch Drunk Fantasy Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: Devin Mesoraco’s Delayed Breakout

It’s hard being a young catcher. Even ones as highly regarded as Devin Mesoraco — rated the 11th best prospect in baseball the year he debuted — find the adjustment difficult. 589 plate appearances into his big league career, the young catcher entered the 2014 season still looking for a regular job and an approach […]
Via Fangraphs
28 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Real Offensive Value — Catchers Part 1

Source: Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America There is and always will be a tension between fantasy baseball and real baseball. Real statistical analysts often ignore run producing statistics (runs and RBI) because they are largely what we may call opportunity statistics. They are dependent on the quality of the players around a particular player and not necessarily a reflection...
Via The Fantasy Fix
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Don’t be surprised if the Reds win the Central

Devin Mesoraco – Photo Credit – Shawna Pairan   Forget about their 7-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs last night. The Cincinnati Reds have been a pretty good team lately. They’ve rebounded from a slow start to get right back in the mix in a very crowded NL Central. A loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 10th left them at 29-34 and with all the injuries they have been dealing...
Via Hot Stove MLB
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

GOING FOR HISTORY: Putting Devin Mesoraco's tear in perspective

Devin Mesoraco is already among baseball greats like Ken Griffey Jr. in the Reds record books. Wednesday night, he can take sole possession of a franchise mark. If Mesoraco hits a home run for the sixth straight game, he'll take sole possession of the Reds team record. With his home run Tuesday night, he tied Griffey Jr. (2003), Ted Kluszewski (1954), George Crowe (1957), Johnny...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB tweaks home plate rule after controversial play

The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates were involved in a controversial play last week that called into question the validity of MLB’s new home plate collision rule. On Tuesday, the league took a formal step to ensure such controversy wouldn’t happen again. The rule in question was Rule 7.13, a new edict that prohibits catchers from blocking home plate without possession...
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Devin Mesoraco's 'Groundhog Day' is a record one

Considering he hails from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, it's a safe bet Devin Mesoraco has heard a joke or two about the movie "Groundhog Day" over the years. He just so happens to be living in a repetitive cycle right now - one he has no interest in seeing come to an end. The hot-hitting catcher attempts to set a Cincinnati Reds record by homering for a sixth straight...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Devin Mesoraco ties franchise record with home run

Your browser does not support iframes.To say Devin Mesoraco is hot at the plate right now would be an understatement because the Reds catcher is on absolute fire.Case in point came last night when Mesoraco blasted his fifth home run in as many games. The dinger effectively tied a franchise record for most consecutive games with a home run.The blast marked the 14th of the season overall...
Via Redlegs Review
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds have won 18 of last 20 at Wrigley

The Chicago Cubs are in the NL Central basement and scuffling at the plate during their latest slide. They may not need to produce much with Jake Arrieta taking the mound. Arrieta looks to continue his outstanding stretch and end the Cubs' dismal one in his first career meeting with hot-hitting Devin Mesoraco and the visiting Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Chicago (31-43)...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Devin Mesoraco talks about big performance against Cubs

Your browser does not support iframes.The Cubs couldn't find a way to retire Devin Mesoraco on Monday.Cincinnati's catcher managed to reach base five times during the 6-1 victory. He drew two walks and two hit by pitches, but the biggest moment came in the top of the ninth inning when the Pennsylvania native blasted a grand slam just over the wall in left field.It marked...
Via Redlegs Review
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds score 5 in ninth, beat Cubs 6-1

CHICAGO (AP) -- Devin Mesoraco hit a grand slam with two outs in Cincinnati's five-run ninth inning, leading the Reds to a 6-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. Mesoraco went deep for the fourth straight game, driving a 1-0 pitch from Hector Rondon (1-2) into the basket in left-center for his 13th homer. It was Mesoraco's second grand slam of the season and No...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Most exciting walkoffs of the week

WHOA. WHAT. Why are the most exciting walk offs of the week being featured TODAY? Well, we’re shuffling things up a little bit at TOC – the most exciting walk offs are moving to Mondays, and the best defensive plays of the week are moving to Wednesdays. Don’t worry – you’ll still have your fix of long homers every Friday. Anyway, this past week featured some pretty wild...
Via The Outside Corner
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest – Devin Mesoraco, eater of souls

I don’t normally like to spotlight a player in the opening of the Dugout Digest, but I felt this was important. Devin Mesoraco of the Reds has come into his own this year, and it seems like he’s getting overshadowed by half of the catchers in the National League for one reason or another. Mesoraco is fifth among all catchers in baseball with 2.0 fWAR, and he’s racked up just...
Via Bloguin Best
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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