HOT TAKE ALERT: Sometimes Watching Losing Reds Baseball on TV is Better Than Competitive Baseball

Ok, hear me out. Yes, I would much rather the Reds be winning and in the conversation for all of the National League playoff spots that are up for grabs heading into the final weekend of the season. But the fact of the matter is that we haven’t had a single glimmer of hope that they’d be competing for the postseason since ehhh, let’s say early April. Some might argue sooner, but I’m an optimist.

When winning baseball is on TV, the broadcast is largely about the product on the field and focusing on every excruciating pitch as your team’s season hangs in the balance. When you’re the Reds, the folks in the booth have to find better, more interesting things to talk about as the Reds struggle to score runs throughout the month of September.  Continue reading

Is This the End of the Homer Bailey Era in Cincinnati?

Haha yeah right. We know exactly how this is gonna play out. Despite Jim Riggleman’s announcement that Tyler Mahle will replace him in the rotation, we know exactly where Homer Bailey will be in 2019. That’s right, starting on Opening Day after spending the rest of this season on the DL after they find something wrong with him here in a few days.

I’m sending my medical bills to the Castellini family when I have a stroke..  Continue reading

Brandon Phillips Homers in His First Game With the Boston Red Sox

It’s time to put the Debbies in Boston on notice. Dat Dude has arrived.

Brandon Phillips has had a strange post-Cincinnati career. The surefire Reds Hall of Famer (talkin’ Cincy, not Cooperstown) was shipped out of town for pennies on the dollar after waiving his no-trade clause to play for his hometown team, the Atlanta Braves. Not only did the Reds send a 3x All-Star, 4x Gold Glove winning, Silver Slugger winning second baseman to Atlanta, THEY PAID THEM $13 million to take him off their hands. Continue reading

Joey Votto Continues to Be the Gift We Don’t Deserve

Every day I wake up and think I can’t love Joey Votto more than the day before, then he goes and does something like this.

As the great Tom Green said in Stealing Harvard: I wanna be Kyle. I knew this guy at camp. He was maybe 13. He got two girls pregnant, man. Two girls pregnant. Yea, Kyle.  Continue reading

Aaron Boone Suspended One Game For Losing His Shit

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It’s hard to believe a manager leading the Evil Empire to a 86-50 would be feeling the heat, but that’s the world we’re living in. Thanks to the Red Sox and their impressive 94-43 record, putting them 7.5 games in front of the Bronx Bombers entering play Sunday, Aaron Boone has had every single move he makes critiqued. Sure, some of them have been head scratchers but its kinda what you expect out of a first year manager.  On Friday night, Aaron finally snapped and put on quite a show for people who love manager meltdowns.  Continue reading

Homer Bailey Sums up Post-2014 Reds Career With One “Pitch”

You’d like to think things couldn’t get much worse for Homer Bailey and the Reds. The Cincinnati Reds are an astonishingly bad 1-15 in games started by Bailey this season. That’s almost impossible to do. Even the worst of pitchers manage to get a few no-decisions or at least enough run support to bail them out of a loss after a miserable effort on the mound. We’re talking about a guy who has two career no-hitters. Homer Bailey may go down in history as the worst pitcher to ever have multiple no-nos on their Wikipedia page. Even if he holds that moniker, the once highly-touted prospect should be faring better than he has been. Hell, in his first two starts after returning from a Triple-A rehab assignment due to “knee inflammation” *wink wink*, he had a stat line of 14.2 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 14 K. Things were looking up for David Dewitt Bailey, Jr., but as it’s turned out, that success was short lived. With the exception of a few pockets of decent outings, everything Homer has touched has been a disaster after signing his six-year, $105 million deal in 2014. He essentially balked (hehe) at the idea of moving to the bullpen earlier this year to help his team, forcing the organization’s hand to keep him in the rotation since they can’t afford to pay him not to pitch. Small-market baseball.. sigh.  Continue reading

Trade Deadline Passes Without Matt Harvey Being Dealt

When the Reds acquired Matt Harvey from the New York Mets in exchange for Devin Mesoraco in May, the assumption was they’d move him on or before the July 31st trade deadline. Harvey’s Mets career had come to an unceremonious end in New York and the Reds were willing to take a chance on the former All-Star and hope to get a nice return in a trade. Harvey is on an expiring contract and by all accounts he and his agent Scott Boras (ever heard of him?) plan on testing the free agent market in the off-season.

Everyone thought today was the day, but as 4PM struck, Matt Harvey was still a Red. And he and his teammates seem happy about it.  Continue reading