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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
It’s been a season of ups and downs for the last place Cincinnati Reds so far this year. The downs include a piss poor start that ended up costing the manager his job. The ups were the best June in all of baseball, and 3 All-Star appearances by our beloved team. With that said, it’s the halfway point, and it’s time to hand out some awards.