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

Reds Trade Adam Duvall to Atlanta for OF Preston Tucker and Minor League Pitchers

Adam Duvall, Matt Harvey, Billy Hamilton, Scooter Gennett, Raisel Inglesias. All names we heard as possible trading chips as the Reds put the finishing touches on their rebuild. Well, Adam Duvall wasn’t the most likely player to be dealt, but he was the first.

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Johnny Cueto’s 2018 Campaign Ends, Tommy John Surgery a Possibility

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MLBTradeRumors.com – There’s a “strong possibility” that righty Johnny Cueto will require Tommy John surgery, Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters today, including Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group (via Twitter). Cueto was placed on the disabled list earlier this evening.

Though clearly a final decision has yet to be made, it’s obviously poor news for a Giants organization that surely hoped for quite a bit more from the veteran starter.

Terrible news out of San Francisco today, where Bruce Bochy said it was a strong possibility that Johnny Cueto would require Tommy John surgery. I remember Cueto’s MLB debut like it was yesterday, striking out 10 Diamondbacks during an afternoon game at Great American Ball Park. The year was 2008 and I didn’t know what a true hangover felt like yet. Man, those were the days.  Continue reading

If This is the End, I’ll Miss You Matt Harvey

With the July 31st trade deadline looming, its very possible Saturday night was the last we’ll see of Matt Harvey in a Reds uniform*. To say the trade to bring Matt Harvey from New York was a success would be a major understatement. A lot of people scoffed at the idea and predicted he’d be unhappy in Cincinnati, leading to poor performance and clubhouse drama. In fact, the exact opposite has happened. By all accounts, Matt Harvey has been a valuable asset on and off the field. Other veterans on the team don’t want him to be traded, and that tells me all I need to know about Matt Harvey.  Continue reading

Congratulations Padres, You Played Yourselves

Usually Minor League Baseball is good for gimmicky promotions and ticket packages, but the San Diego Padres decided to throw their hat into the ring. I can’t decide if I love or hate this.

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Shoulder Surgery Will End Jesse Winker’s National League Rookie of the Year Campaign

Cincinnati.com – Throughout the last couple of seasons, Jesse Winker dealt with pain his right shoulder. 

After he felt more pain Monday, it was determined that Winker would need surgery to repair his shoulder. He will miss the remainder of the season.

A potential Rookie of the Year candidate, Winker was batting .299 this season with seven homers and 43 RBI. The outfielder ranked fourth in the Majors with a .405 on-base percentage. He had more walks (49) than strikeouts (46). 

Welp, that sucks. Jesse Winker was a bright spot for the 2018 last place Reds, having a season that would have likely resulted in the NL’s Rookie of the Year honor if he kept his first-half pace. He either lead or was in the top-5 of every stat among his fellow rookies. Sure, his glove wasn’t much to speak of, but this is a bat the Reds will miss in their lineup for the rest of the season.  Continue reading