NL Central race is going to be wild

CINCINNATI -- Welcome to the National League Central division race. It's going to be a fun one. One night after rallying from a four-run deficit to beat Pittsburgh, the Reds fell to the Pirates 6-5 in 11 innings. The Reds once again rallied from four runs down and had a lead in the ninth inning but reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen hit a solo home run off of Jonathan...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Pair of firsts: Pirates position player pitches to Reds reliever

Reds reliever J.J. Hoover made his first MLB career plate appearance in the ninth inning Wednesday against a guy making his MLB pitching debut. Pittsburgh sent outfielder Travis Snider to the mound in the ninth inning with the score 9-3. Snider was able to retire Skip Schumaker and Todd Frazier on groundouts to shortstop and struck out Joey Votto to end his one inning of work but...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers rally to post 4-2 triumph versus Reds

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Ryan Braun hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds Saturday. With one out in the eighth inning, Scooter Gennett ended up with a double after blooping a ball to center that Billy Hamilton got his glove on but couldn't hold. Braun then drove the first pitch from reliever J.J. Hoover (1-5)...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Middlebrooks’ Offensive Development Evident In Clutch At-Bat Vs. Reds

BOSTON — One must look beyond the numbers for a glimpse of Will Middlebrooks’ offensive development. Middlebrooks propelled the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning. The clutch, bases-loaded knock capped a seven-pitch at-bat in which Middlebrooks laid off several tough offerings from Reds reliever...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Stats say Reds bullpen is the worst in MLB

The Reds have a bullpen problem. That was pretty evident in Monday night's 6-5 loss to the Pirates. Statistically, the Reds went into Tuesday with the worst bullpen in Major League Baseball with a 5.77 ERA. It's early, but the Reds relievers are getting hit around at an alarming rate. Opponents are hitting .274 against Reds relievers. The Reds' relievers had the fourth...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Jonathan Broxton's Horrible, Terrible, No Good Very Bad Day

When Aroldis Chapman took a ball to the face in spring training, the Cincinnati Reds’ bullpen entered a state of flux. How long would Chapman be sidelined? Would J.J. Hoover emerge as a candidate for saves? Thankfully the Reds had another closer with long history of experience being the last man out of the bullpen: Jonathan Broxton.  While Broxton has been battling injuries...
Via The Sports Post
April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Ike Davis leads Mets to victory with pinch-hit grand slam (VIDEO)

Ike Davis belted a pinch-hit grand slam off J.J. Hoover in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Mets a 6-3 walk-off victory over the Reds Saturday.  The dramatic moment came just a day after manager Terry Collins announced Lucas Duda would start over him at first base.“That’s basically going to be my role, so that’s going to be every game,” Davis said later of being...
Via The Other Paper
April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Rank Relief: The pinnacle may have been reached

We may have witnessed the worst relief performance possible.  Forget Aroldis Chapman, the Reds just need Jonathan Broxton back.  JJ Hoover has been good as a reliable bullpen arm an has worked out of plenty of jams.  Tonight he put himself in one and then decidedly did not work himself out of.  He came in to close with a one run lead after Brandon Phillips helped the Reds get...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Davis leads Mets to victory over Reds with pinch-hit grand slam

Apparently the Mets’ bullpen is not the only one that stinks. Reds closer J.J. Hoover blew a ninth-inning lead and the Mets scored their second consecutive victory, winning 6-3 on Ike Davis’ walkoff grand slam. Davis drilled an 0-1 pitch off Hoover into the right-field stands to give the Mets the comeback win. Davis, who was on the bench with Lucas Duda starting at first base...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

After long delay, Cards fall to Reds 1-0

CINCINNATI -- J.J. Hoover (1-0) pitched out of a threat in the ninth, getting Matt Adams on a called third strike with two runners aboard. The NL Central rivals waited 2 hours, 40 minutes to get started. They wanted to get the game in because heavy rain was forecast for Thursday afternoon when they conclude their series. The Reds promoted it as opening night, complete with pregame...
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds break record slump, beat Cardinals 1-0 in 9th

CINCINNATI (AP) J.J. Hoover (1-0) pitched out of a threat in the ninth, getting Matt Adams on a called third strike with two runners aboard.
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April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Closer Report

It was all fine and dandy and then Roldy Chapman had to go and jump in front of a speeding bullet.  It caused the first waiver wire riot of the year.  Trick is, who to add?  Everybody jumped on the J.J. Hoover train and I don't blame them.  He seems like the only real healthy choice, but have you seen him in ST? He looks god awful, like he is throwing with the losing end...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

J.J. Hoover: Fantasy Baseball Draft Sleeper

After browsing some of the spring training box scores and taking into account the overall makeup of the roster for the Cincinnati Reds, I had narrowed it down to two players that could emerge as potential fantasy baseball sleepers in 2014. Outfielder Roger Bernadina and infielder Chris Nelson were those players, and while I still [...]
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March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Aroldis Chapman Suffers Facial Fractures

Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez. Chapman was diagnosed late Wednesday night with fractures above his left eye and nose. Chapman laid on the ground writhing in pain for several minutes before having to be carted off the field. How long Chapman will be out remains to be seen but the...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The Cuban Missile Crisis

If you want to see the worst video you can imagine, here's Aroldis getting hit in the face by a line drive. I say it's the worst video, not because of the graphic content, but because it looks it was shot by a blind man who has really large fingers. Which has me thinking, does braille come in different sizes? Things that make you go hmm... So, Aroldis Chapman got hit...
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March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 NL Central Preview: 3rd Place – Cincinnati Reds

The Reds are a rare case of a team who won 90 games, made the playoffs, outscored their opponents by over 100 runs, and still fired their manager.  Dusty Baker, who oversaw the reemergence of the Reds from relative anonymity, is now out of work, and has been replaced by his pitching coach, Bryan Price. Projected Record: 89-73, 3rd Place in NL Central Even though Shin-Soo Choo,...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Minor League Preview: Cincinnati Reds

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2013 (15) | 2012 (7) | 2011 (6) | 2010 (17) | 2009 (14) 2013 Affiliate Records MLB: [90-72] NL Central AAA: [69-75] International League – Louisville AA: [59-79] Southern League – Pensacola A+: [55-85] California League – Bakersfield A: [65-74] Midwest League – Dayton Graduated Prospects Derrick Robinson (OF); Tony Cingrani...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Over 60 Reds players, coaches, and alumni set to attend Redsfest 2013

In less than two weeks, Reds fans will migrate to the Duke Energy Convention Center to participate in the greatest annual event known as Redsfest.There will be games, autograph and picture opportunities, music, food, merchandise for sale, and of course a ton of loyal Reds fanatics mingling throughout the premises.There will also be plenty of players and coaches in attendance, both...
Via Redlegs Review
November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

The state of the Reds

CINCINNATI It was the first weekend of August, a showdown series with the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Cincinnati Reds were annihilated and obliterated in two of the games 13-3 and 15-2.The post-game clubhouse was quieter than a nursery school at nap time and chins were so low players could shave on the rug.One player stood up, one player told it the way it was. Relief pitcher...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
August 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Reds top Cubs for sixth win in seven games

The Reds played long enough Tuesday night to allow the Chicago Cubs to self-destruct. A couple of walks a wild pitch and an error loaded the bases for Shin-Soo Choo in the top of the 11th inning. Choo delivered a two-run single to lift the Reds to a 6-4 11-inning win over the Cubs before a few stranglers from the crowd of 33286 at Wrigley Field. Choo was 0-for-4 on the night and...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Reds 6, Cubs 4(11)

Shin-Soo Choo hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the 11th inning and J.J. Hoover provided terrific relief work on his 26th birthday, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Tuesday night. With no outs and the bases loaded, Choo jumped on the first pitch he got from Eduardo Sanchez (0-1) and lined it into the gap in right-center. Ryan Ludwick and Devin Mesoraco...
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August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Choo lifts Reds to 6-4 victory over Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) -- Shin-Soo Choo hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the 11th inning and J.J. Hoover provided terrific relief work on his 26th birthday, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Tuesday night.With no outs and the bases loaded, Choo jumped on the first pitch he got from Eduardo Sanchez (0-1) and lined it into the gap in right-center. Ryan Ludwick and Devin...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

What is wrong with the Reds’ bullpen?

Things like the win-loss record and place in the standings do not tell the story of what it’s been like to follow the Cincinnati Reds the last couple weeks. This team always has its ups and downs. When Joey Votto starts slumping, it seems like everyone follows. When Shin-Soo Choo can’t get to one ball in center, it seems like he can’t get to any of them. When it rains it pours...
Via Red Hot Mama
June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Reds limp into Chicago looking to regroup

CINCINNATI Late night flights arent fun. Theyre less enjoyable when theyve been pushed back because you had to work later than normal. When you have to get on that flight following an 11-4 loss to your division rival, well, you get the picture. The Reds chartered to Chicago early Monday after closing out their three-game series with St. Louis on the wrong end of a seven-run Cardinals...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
June 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Cardinals score seven runs in 10th

Matt Holliday's grand slam capped a seven-run 10th inning to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-4 on Sunday night. J.J. Hoover (0-5) walked Allen Craig to lead off the 10th. One out later, David Freese singled Craig to second, extending his career-best hitting streak to 19 games, tied with San Francisco's Marco Scutaro for the longest in the National...
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June 10, 2013  |  Discuss
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