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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I Don’t Get Most Reds Fans

I’m baffled. I follow a number of Reds fans on Twitter, and they kind of confuse me. The talk all offseason was how we didn’t do much in free agency, and how we weren’t going to be very good this season. Now, everyone is surprised that they’re off to a bad start? Is it because we (yea, I’m one of those fans that say “we,” get over it) are off to a worse start than expected? It’s the beginning of the season people, chill out.

If you think this is a bad start, I’ve got some horrifying news for you: things probably aren’t going to get any better immediately. Suarez getting hit in the thumb by an errant pitch isn’t great for business. The bats haven’t been there yet for the team, with Geno and Scooter being a couple of the exceptions. And if the Reds choose to bring up top prospect Nick Senzel on Friday, I’m not expecting him to be an all-star. The kid has barely played any AA and AAA ball. He’s still very raw.

In the meantime, as we struggle through this long season, I’m going to try and focus on the fun parts of the team. Like Billy being amazing in the outfield, and lightning on the base paths. I love seeing Tucker calling a good game and swinging the bat well early on. Hell, I even laugh whenever Joey trolls the fans, like last night in Philly.

While we wait for this team to produce runs, I’ll try to enjoy this young pitching rotation as they learn how to be major leaguers. It’s not going to be fun every night, but a lot of the young guns have potential (I’m looking at you Romano, Mahle and Garret).

And please dear lord, don’t let Barry Larkin inherit this team as-is. The last thing I want to happen is for all of Cincinnati to turn on our boy Barry.

Let’s chill out, Reds fans. It’s a 162 game season. The Reds are bound to win 20.

Nati Boys #52: The Struggle is Real

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The Reds have struggled out of the gate in 2018, Tiger Woods is struggling at The Masters and the Nati Boys are struggling in general.  We power through it though to bring you another electric episode where we try to find a bright spot in the Reds opening week and we look forward to watching some playoff hockey in Columbus.  We wrap up the show with a fantasy draft of changes we would implement to make The Masters more entertaining for television viewers.

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Cincinnati Reds Complete One Game Sweep of Chicago Cubs

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Wow. If you told me the Reds would start the season by getting swept by the Nationals, I probably would’ve believed you. If you told me they’d follow up their 0-3 opening series with a sweep of the Chicago Cubs, I’d tell you to shut up and get the hell outta my parents basement because I’m not supposed to have friends over after 8pm. But that’s where we are #RedsCountry. The Reds have swept the Chicago Cubs. If you ask me, that should catapult the Reds into the conversation of who will come out as King of the Central Division. Have the Brewers or Cardinals swept the Cubs yet? Ha! I didn’t think so. What about the Pirates? The Pirates couldn’t sweep a junior college team. So the answer’s no. (I’m really gonna regret this when the Pirates sweep the Reds this weekend)  Continue reading

Nati Boys #51: Opening Day!!

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The Nati Boys get you ready for the upcoming MLB season this week with a preview of the Reds, and our predictions for the World Series. Our fantasy draft this week is of things that deserve a parade similar to Opening Day. Enjoy the show!

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I Think I’m Going to Dinner With Marlins Man

Tonight was just an ordinary Monday night. I was sitting around scrolling through Twitter, getting ready to start Monday Night Raw on a delay because 8pm always sneaks up on me. How is someone supposed to consume five hours of wrestling a week, hold a normal 9-5 job and blog along with other necessary things like helping raise a kid, catching up on Kevin Can Wait and making sure the dog is fed? It’s insanity. I’m not saying I’m a hero, but I don’t know many people that can pull it off quite like I seem to every week. Oh yeah, the Reds are on too. Crap, I don’t know how it’s gonna get done tonight, but I’ll find a way.  Continue reading