Canada Hates Joey Votto

Joey Votto is arguably one of the best Canadian-born baseball players of all time.  So it’s no surprise that many Canadians were displeased to hear him come out and say that he doesn’t “give a rat’s ass” about Canadian baseball.  In a recent interview for Yahoo Sports MLB Podcast, Votto was asked about fellow Canadian James Paxton’s no-hitter that he threw recently in Toronto.  While Joey did say he was happy for Paxton as an individual and as a fellow baseball player, he said that he didn’t care about the fact that Paxton did it as a Canadian or that he did it on Canadian soil.  Votto went on to explain that having spent almost half his life in American baseball, he really doesn’t feel a strong connection to Canadian baseball anymore.  He later apologized for what he said, and for how bluntly he said it, but many Canadians are still not happy with him.  At least according to Twitter.

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Scooter Gennett Named National League Player of the Week

What a stretch of baseball for the Cincinnati Reds. As a team, they’ve rattled off six straight victories and are the owners of the league’s longest active winning streak. I guess they don’t call us #Wincinnati for nothing. Two weeks ago Joseph Daniel Votto was named the National League Player of the Week, and now Scooter Gennett earned the same honor. Somewhere out there, St. Louis Cardinals fans are debating that Yadier Molina deserved the award despite being on the disabled list after failing horribly as a catcher and getting hit in the nuts with a baseball.

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I’m Regaining Confidence in the Reds and That Scares Me

Why oh why must they do this to me? As I watch Saturday night’s tilt vs. the Hollywood Dodgers, the Reds have won 4-straight and are showing signs of a team that can put some runs on the board backed by quality pitching. Sure, the mini-winning streak has come at the hands of the tumbling Mets and injury ridden Dodgers, but it’s lightyears ahead of what they were playing like earlier in the season.

Listen, I don’t think the Reds are going to charge back into the conversation of winning the division of wild card spot. Actually, yeah they will. At least in my dumb brain. If they can string together 20 more wins without losing more than 2 or 3 heart breakers, we’re looking at a contender. They haven’t shown me anything in the last four games that makes me think it isn’t possible. Guys are getting key hits and the bullpen has been ready to finish off strong performances by the starting rotation. The 2018 Reds are back, baby. Continue reading

The Cincinnati Reds Reach the Ten Win Threshold For First Time Since 2017

All it took was the Mets batting out of order, killing a 2-out scoring opportunity and Adam Duvall hitting his first career walk-off home run in extra innings in front of a 1/3 capacity crowd at GABP.

Baby, we’re back.

They said it couldn’t be done, and to be honest, I was starting to believe them. Howevah, the Reds did what seemed impossible today as they hit the 10 win mark for the first time since 2017. Things weren’t looking great early on, but a managerial shakeup and shuffling of the lineup finally got the hometown team over the hump.

Not to mention, they also acquired Matt Harvey just moments before dinner on Tuesday night, so I’m thinking that adds about 100ish wins to the current Reds lineup. Before you know it, we could be talking playoff tickets and deciding which soul crushing way we prefer to be eliminated in the NLCS at the hands of the New York Reds-Mets.

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though. Let’s focus on getting win #11 (shoutout Barry Larkin) before June. That might require Jesse Winker leading off on a regular basis though, so we might be looking at a July ETA on the coveted 11th tally in the win column.

Reds Acquire Matt Harvey, Add Second Batman to Starting Rotation

On Tuesday, just hours before the Reds took on the Mets in game two of their three game series, Cincinnati sent often-injured Devin Mesoraco and cash to Queens in return for the shell of Matt Harvey. I want to hate this trade so bad, but it’s hard to get too upset over the Reds trying to catch lightning in a bottle during what has been a dreadful start to the 2018 season. I was always a huge Mesoraco fan and it sucks to see him go after we sat through season after season of bad luck injuries, eventually losing his starting job to the Gold Glove Tucker Barnhart.

I think the long term fate for Mez is in the AL so he can finish his career as a designated hitter, but for now he’ll get to call New York home and likely start on a regular basis with Travis d’Arnaud out for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The Reds are now faced with a very troubling situation in their starting rotation: who is the real Batman? I’ll let them sort it out, but I’m at the game so I’ll have any live reports of Matt Harvey showing up to Great American Ball Park in the Batmobile to fight Homer Bailey.

The mother fucker better like Skyline.

Your 2018 Cincinnati Reds are Bowl Eligible

 

At the beginning of the season, there wasn’t much hope for the Reds and their postseason chances. Well, today they proved all the haters wrong by becoming bowl eligible as they recorded their 7th win of the season by way of a 8-2 win over the Minnesota Twins, hot.

In all seriousness, finally getting to 7 wins is a really big deal for this Cincinnati Reds team. After starting the season 3-15 and costing Bryan Price his job, the Reds have gone 4-6 and have won 4 of their last 7. That may seem like a rough stretch of baseball for most teams, but when the season started the way it did, any little glimmer of hope makes this team worth tuning into. Some will say this is simply a regression to the mean (we’re talkin’ statistical math, folks), which is probably a large factor, but you can’t deny the fact that Peraza and Votto are finally starting to hit the ball well, which makes the top of the Reds lineup very dangerous for opposing pitchers.

Can we talk about how great Tyler Mahle has been in his last few starts too? He followed up his 11 strikeout performance vs. the Atlanta Braves with another stellar start, striking out 7 Twins on his way to his second victory of the season. His only other win came earlier in the season in the one-game-sweep of the Chicago Cubs. In a season where Luis Castillo has been a disappointment so far, it’s nice to see Mahle performing at a level most thought he could reach after his successful career in the minors, including a perfect game in Double-A Pensacola last season. If the Reds can continue to get some run support for their starting rotation, we could be looking at a .500 team by June. Ok, maybe not. But at least they’ll be more fun to watch than what we saw earlier in the season when they were getting beat 14-3 in Pittsburgh.

One series at a time.. before you know it, our Cincinnati Reds could be playing in the Sugar Bowl. And you know what shirt would look perfect as the Cincinnati Reds take on the Auburn Tigers in New Orleans? That’s right, a Rigglemania shirt. Catch them before they’re gone, brother.

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The “New” Intentional Walk Rule in the MLB Sucks

I know it’s not brand new this season, but while watching the Reds game last night I found myself annoyed with how much the new intentional walk rule sucks. Since way back in 2017, the manager has been able to call for an intentional walk, giving the batter first base without making the pitcher throw four pitches outside of the strike zone. I can understand the desire for this rule in theory, but it sucks a load of… donkey stuff… in practice. The idea behind the rule, or so I assume, is to help speed up the game and eliminate additional pitches that can cause wear and tear on a pitcher’s arm. Is that worth sacrificing some of the greatest and funniest moments in baseball history for? I say no.

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