Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Video: Highlights from Johnny Cueto's complete game masterpiece against Pirates



Both Johnny Cueto and the Reds entered Wednesday eagerly looking to notch a win. Cueto was aiming for his first win in 2014 while the Reds were simply looking for their first series victory in five tries. As fate would have it, both found what they were looking for on a crisp afternoon on the banks of the Ohio River.

In short, Cueto was absolutely dominant in this particular game, stifling Pittsburgh's bats to the tune of just three hits and no walks in a dazzling complete game shutout. The Dominican native also struckout a career-high 12 hitters en route to lowering his season earned run average to a tidy 1.50.

Highlights of one of Cueto's best starts in his career came be seen in the video clip above, courtesy of MLB.com. It doesn't take a baseball aficionado to realize Cueto was on his game today.

Video: Another look at Mike Leake helping his cause with a two-run blast



Mike Leake is one of the best hitting pitchers in professional baseball and the Arizona State product reminded us of this Tuesday night.

After lacing a double earlier in the game, Leake helped his cause in the bottom of the sixth by cranking an offering from Gerrit Cole into the left field seats.

As fellow Reds fan Nick Kirby notes, Leake has been raking for years.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Homer happy Homer Bailey



by Andrew Wright
Staff Writer

The Reds and Pirates broke a GABP record Tuesday night, slugging 10 home runs before the game was suspended for rain. Homer Bailey nearly broke his neck on the mound as he watched the Pirates torch his pitches.

“It seemed like everything they hit went out -- anything up in the air left the yard,” Bailey said afterward. Not quite, Homer, but close.

The home run barrage fanned the flame for conspiracy theories. We can ask the ball to explain why it kept leaving the yard, but we should probably ask Homer a few questions, too. For starters, “Where is your head?”

Video: Reds-Pirates shatter single-game stadium record with 10 home runs



In what was arguably the most entertaining game in Great American Ball Park history until rain suspended play after the sixth inning, the Pirates and Reds have already smashed the stadium record for most home runs hit in a single game with 10 (6 - PIT, 4 - CIN).

The video clip above features all 10 of those monster home runs and sheds some insight on just how back-and-forth this game has been.

What it makes it even crazier is the fact that we're still technically just two-thirds of the way through a regularly scheduled game. So, there's a chance we could see more fireworks when play resumes at approximately 5:30 p.m. local time Tuesday.

Offensive: An early look at the Reds' bats


by Andrew Wright
Staff Writer

First, let’s get some disclaimers out of the way. The 2014 season is barely two weeks old, making for a small statistical sample. Brandon Phillips leads the Reds with 49 ABs, with only two others topping 40. And, as the old adage goes, batters generally lag behind pitchers to begin a season (or is it the other way around -- adages are called old for a reason, I suppose).

Nevertheless, there is a lot of handwringing going on in Redlegs Country these days about the offense. The statistics bear witness to that pessimism. The Reds rank in the bottom-third of National League teams in every major statistical category. Most notably, only the Padres separate them from the league basement in runs scored. A bleak statement considered in light of Sunday's 12-run outburst led by Devin Mesoraco and Chris Heisey.

Was Sunday a harbinger of things to come, or merely fool’s gold? A glimpse into this small statistical window might help.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Video: Todd Frazier cracks third home run of the season




After scoring 12 runs on Sunday, the Reds picked up right where they left off on Monday, thanks to this long drive by Todd Frazier in the bottom of the first.

Frazier's third home run of 2014 came with Joey Votto aboard and essentially gave the home team an early 2-0 lead.

The Reds are vying to snap a four-game losing streak to Pittsburgh dating back to the end of last season. The most notable loss came when the Buccos eliminated the Reds from the postseason in the Wild Card game at PNC Park.

Tony Cingrani shares his unique philosophy on pitching


Playing baseball at the major league level is more complicated than ever before. There is an endless supply of analytical tools such as heat maps, spray charts, and video for players to study. And all of this information can sometimes make the game more complicated than actually has to be.

Let's take Tony Cingrani for example. In a recent interview with Anna McDonald of ESPN.com, Cingrani shared his unique philosophy on pitching, which essentially involves a casual approach labeled "grip it and rip it." Simply put, the southpaw gives very little thought when he uncorks one of his fastballs to the plate.

"I don't even think about it. I just throw it," Cingrani says. "There's literally no thought process. It just goes. That's all it is." 

Cingrani relies on his four-seam fastball more than any other left-hander in MLB. Last season, he threw his heater 81 percent of the time, which was second in the league only to Bartolo Colon.

Video: Another look at Joey Votto's second home run of the year



After scoring just one run in the first two games of the series, the Reds exploded for 12 against the Rays on Sunday including two on this swing by Joey Votto.

Votto's second blast of the season came in the bottom of the third and gave the Reds a lead they would never relinquish.

Devin Mesoraco added a three-run blast while Chris Heisey came off the bench to smash his first career grand slam in the bottom of the eighth as well.

All in all, it was a good day for an offense that has been struggling mightily as of late. The Reds will hope to keep the bats going when they welcome Pittsburgh to town Monday.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday's batch of Reds news and notes


At 3-8, the Reds officially own Major League Baseball's worst record heading into play on Sunday. Of course, five of those losses have come by one run and another by a walk-off grand slam against the Mets, so it's not as if Bryan Price's club is being completely overmatched. They've been competitive in just about every single game they've played, but while being close is nice, they need to start coming out on the right side of the scoreboard more often.

Anyone who is following this team knows the main problem is Cincinnati's inability to score runs. At this point, the Reds have scored just 28 runs through 11 games. This figure ties them for last among all teams with the Padres. The good guys will strive to turn that around on Sunday and avoid a sweep at the hands of the visiting Rays. Can they do it? We shall see.

In the meantime, here's a look at some news and notes:

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Video: Billy Hamilton's speed compared to Deion Sanders



You don't need a stopwatch to realize Billy Hamilton is incredibly fast. A simple "eye test" is all that is needed to determine his exceptional gift.

For the sake of fun and debate, Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds and Mike Lowell teamed up on MLB Network earlier this week to break down Hamilton's speed. One of the guys they used as a comparison was none other than former Reds center fielder Deion Sanders.

Check out the video clip as they do side-by-side comparisons of Hamilton legging out a triple compared to Sanders and themselves.