Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ludwick powers Cincinnati past San Diego

The Reds entered Tuesday's tilt against the San Diego Padres in search of starting a new winning streak after having their run of 10 snapped on Monday. And with their 7-6 victory over the visiting Padres (44-61), Cincy (62-41) may have just done that.

Ryan Ludwick provided the bulk of the offense and the bullpen was simply magnificent for the NL Central leading squad. The win also propelled the Redlegs to the best record in all of Major League Baseball.

Here's a quick look at the good, the bad and the notables:

Reds acquire Jonathan Broxton in exchange for prospects Joseph and Sulbaran

The Reds, owners of Major League Baseball's lowest bullpen ERA (2.66), added another arm to their relieving core on Tuesday as they acquired RHP Jonathan Broxton from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for minor league prospects LHP Donnie Joseph and RHP JC Sulbaran.

Broxton, 28, was 1-2 with a 2.27 ERA and 23 saves in 35 appearances for the Royals this season. He's still owed a little over $1.5MM in salary for the remainder of 2012 and is slated to hit free agency come 2013. It is presumed that he will assume the setup role in front of closer Aroldis Chapman.

MINOR details 7/30/12: Mejias-Brean leads Mustangs to only farm win of night

Bats (43-68), T-Last place International League West, 25.0 GB
-Brett Tomko started and gave up five earned runs in six innings. Travis Webb tossed a scoreless inning. Jordan Smith, Kanekoa Texeira, and Donnie Joseph (L 4-1, 2.86) were all charged with blown saves, with Joseph getting the loss allowing the winning run in the 11th.
-CF Denis Phipps collected two hits and an RBI. 2B Henry Rodriguez was 2-4, with a solo home run (3) and two RBI. LF Cody Puckett finished 2-5, with a double, a solo shot (8), three RBI, and two runs scored. C Corky Miller was 2-3, with an RBI. C Dioner Navarro and DH Willie Harris each drove in a run.

-Mark Serrano (L 6-3, 3.34) surrendered six earned runs in four innings. Chris Manno threw two scoreless innings.
-SS Billy Hamilton was 1-3, with an RBI, a run, and a steal (12, 116). LF Bryson Smith tripled and knocked in two runs.

Blue Wahoos (54-52, 20-17), 2nd place Southern League South, 2.0 GB

Reds Community Fund partnering with local company to restore nearby fields

The Reds Community Fund and P&G are partnering for a community service project on Thursday, August 2 at Cheviot Memorial Fields.

Over 400 P&G North America Marketing employees, along with Reds Community Fund staff and board members, will restore the Cheviot Memorial Fields, the historic grandstand, the Cheviot Memorial Fieldhouse and the surrounding community playground and picnic areas.

Teams of volunteers will complete the installation of new pitchers mounds, batter boxes, dugout benches, backstop fencing and bases along with 150 picnic tables, fresh coats of paint and landscaping.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Former Reds return to haunt their old team as Cincy's streak snapped at 10

All good things eventually come to an end, right? That was precisely the case for the red-hot Reds (61-41) on Monday as they saw their 10-game winning streak come to an end in a 11-5 defeat to San Diego (44-60).

It was a homecoming of sorts for Edinson Volquez, Yasmani Grandal and Yonder Alonso -- who were all traded away by Cincy in exchange for Mat Latos during the offseason. Both Volquez and Alonso played huge roles in sticking it to their former team as the prior picked up the win (7-7) while the latter notched four hits. All in all, it was a pretty ugly showing by baseball's hottest team.

Let's examine the good, the bad and the notables, shall we?

Longtime voice of the Reds to shave head as part of promise

It's been said before, you don't make promises that you can't or don't intend to keep. One person who's undoubtedly rehashing this in their mind right now is none other than longtime radio broadcaster Marty Brennaman. This is because the 70-year old wound up on the losing end of a promise on Sunday and must now hold up his end of the bargain, which is to shave off what's left of the poofy hair that lies on top of his head.

It all started a few weeks ago when Brennaman jokingly told team bench coach, Chris Speier, that he'd go bald if the Reds ripped off a streak of 10 wins in a row. At the time, the feat seemed near impossible as the club hadn't been unable to win more than six consecutively after three attempts. However, they were able to get over the hump in their most recent streak, obviously, and eventually notched their tenth straight victory in Colorado on Sunday. Thus, prompting the players, coaches, team personnel and fans alike to remind Brennaman of his promise.

Stubbs named National League Co-Player of the Week

A press release by MLB.com released earlier today...

A pair of National League Central center fielders, Carlos Gomez of the Milwaukee Brewers and Drew Stubbs of the Cincinnati Reds, have been named co-winners of the National League Player of the Week for the period of July 23-29, 2012. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.

MINOR details 7/29/12: Puckett sends Bats home a winner

Bats (43-67), 3rd place International League West, 24.0 GB
-Chad Reineke (W 4-7, 4.46) threw 7.1 innings of shutout baseball, striking out nine. J.J. Hoover got the save (8), allowing one earned run in 1.2 innings.
-SS Didi Gregorius was 2-4, with a solo home run (5). LF Cody Puckett hit a go-ahead, two-run shot (7) in the ninth inning.

Blue Wahoos (54-50, 20-15), 2nd place Southern League South, 1.5 GB
-Pensacola was off Sunday. They’ll travel to play the Tennessee Smokies on Monday, in a double-header with the first game starting at 4:30pm local time.

Blaze (57-50, 16-21), T-3rd place California League North, 6.0 GB

Todd Frazier for NL ROY?

by: Sara Spurr
Staff Writer

So far this season the rookie Reds have truly earned their spots on the roster, with one of them quietly standing out at third base... and first base... and left field. Last week Sports Illustrated pointed out something Reds fans known for months: Todd Frazier has been overshadowed by that 19 year old you-know-who in Washington. Although both seem to be hardworking and driven, Frazier does differ from Harper: when interviewed, he does not speak himself but instead deflects attention to the team’s overall success. In fact, when asked about possibly receiving ROY votes, Frazier actually mentioned the Reds’ success AND Bryce Harper. Pretty humble, huh?

These aren’t clown questions, bro: Why aren’t we hearing more about Frazier? Should we focus our attention on him for a Rookie of the Year (ROY) nod?

Stubbs could hold key to Reds' trade deadline plans

The best player available for the stretch run might already wear Red.
By Scott Eddy
Staff Writer

It's that time again. With less than 48 hours until Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline, Reds fans are all wondering - what moves will the team make?

In recent days, the Reds have been rumored to be in discussions for the Phillies’ Shane Victorino and Juan Pierre, the Twins’ Denard Span, and as recently as Sunday were linked to Cleveland’s Shin-Soo Choo.

Here’s a huge question that general manager Walt Jocketty must answer – is it worth trading away what’s left on the farm for the names currently on the market?

Video: Frazier loses control of bat

Todd Frazier has been known to have success with the no-hand bat approach before, but it didn't work out so well for him on Sunday, as you can see in the clip above. However, all is well that ends well, right? The Reds rolled to their tenth consecutive victory and third straight series sweep to tie the Washington Nationals for the best record in the National League at 61-40. It also means that legendary broadcaster Marty Brennaman must follow through on a promise to shave off his signature locks. Yes, things are going so well for the Reds right now that some fans may be tempted to wander if it's all just a wonderful dream. Well, go ahead and pinch yourself Reds fanatics, it's 100% real.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Reds Win 10th Straight, Sweep Rockies.

The Red Hot Redlegs have won their 10th straight game, and swept their 3rd series in a row with a 7-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Mat Latos was off to a rocky start to begin the game, giving up two runs in the first, but came back with 7 strong innings after that. His line was 8 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 SO and 1 HR, lowering his ERA to a 4.17 on the season. The offense also showed up big time today, including a Drew Stubbs homer to take the lead early in the game, and a monstrous upper deck shot by Jay Bruce. 

The Good
- Other than a solid Latos effort, the only other Reds pitcher to take the mound was Sam LeCure. Despite giving up 2 hits and walking a batter, LeCure managed to finish the game without giving up any runs and giving Aroldis Chapman a much deserved day off.
- Ryan Hanigan had a big day, hitting two doubles in 4 at bats, improving his average to .277.
- Miguel Cairo got a rare start at first base, getting an pair of RBIs on a single late in the game, and a sacrifice fly.
- Drew Stubbs continues to hammer the ball. he had a Home Run, 3 RBIs, 2 Runs and a walk. His Batting Average is now finally above .230
- Chris Heisey and Zack Cozart both hit triples and both crossing the plate twice.
- Jay Bruce had a massive solo shot to the right field upper deck of Coors Field. Hopefully that was what he needs to come out of his slump. Bruce is now hitting .242.

The Bad
- Not much bad at all on the mound outside of the rocky first inning pitched by Mat Latos, but he  recovered to throw an 8 inning, 117 pitch effort. It's almost unfair to list him here.
- Offensively, everyone contributed today except Todd Frazier, who had an uncharacteristic day today, going 0 for 5 at the plate, striking out 3 times and leaving 3 men on base.

The Notables
- 29,430 showed up to Coors Field to take in the game today. A decent sized crowd to see the struggling Rockies.
- A 90 degree partly cloudy day with wind coming into Centerfield didn't stop the Reds offense.
- The Reds have won 10 straight and swept 3 straight series. A loss to the Astros moves the Pirates to 3 games behind the Reds. St. Louis lost in extras to the Cubs, leaving them 7.5 games back.
- Today's win means that the Reds share the best record in the National League with the Washington Nationals. Both teams are 61-40.
- Homer Bailey's great memory had him recalling comments by Reds radioman Marty Brennaman from earlier in the season. Marty said that if this team won 10 straight during the season he'd shave his head. When reminded of his daring promise, Marty said that he's a man of his word.
- The Reds head back home tomorrow to begin a short home stand, beginning4 game series against the San Diego Padres before the division rival Pittsburgh Pirates come to town for three games.
- Tomorrow's game features Mike Leake (4-6 4.12 ERA, 78 SO) going up against former Red Edinson Volquez (6-7 3.30 ERA, 117 SO). First pitch is at 7:10 PM EST.

MINOR details 7/28/12: Puckett, Bats slam Mud Hens

by: Chase Fitzgerald
Staff writer

Bats (42-67), T-3rd place International League West, 25.0 GB
-Sean Gallagher (W 9-7, 4.86) allowed 4 earned runs in eight innings. Jordan Smith closed out the game
tossing a scoreless inning.
-2B Cody Puckett hit a grand slam (6) to give the Bats the lead in the ninth and 1B Neftali Soto had a
clutch RBI to keep the game alive for the Bats. SS Didi Gregorius went 2-5 with a triple and two runs.

Pensacola 6 Huntsville 4
Blue Wahoos (54-50, 20-15), 2nd place Southern League South, 1.0 GB

Worst deadline deals made by Reds in recent memory

Lohse is a guy the Reds would have liked to keep

In honor of the July 31st trade deadline that's fastly approaching, I've compiled a list of some of the worst deadline deals made by the Reds in recent memory. Click here to view a post highlighting the best deadline deals in recent memory. This post only includes trades made in July, so any made outside of that period (i.e. Mat Latos, Sean Marshall, etc.) were not eligible. Without further ado, here they are:

Ludwick's two homers power Reds past Rockies in a Coors Field special

Contrary to Friday, Saturday's affair between the Reds (60-40) and Rockies (37-62) featured offense aplenty. The two teams combined for 22 hits and 16 runs, however, Cincy wound up on the smiling side of the scoreboard by a tally of 9-7 to stretch their season-high winning streak to nine.

Johnny Cueto certainly didn't have his best stuff on this night, but he got ample run support to help lift his record on the year to 13-5. Ryan Ludwick powered the offense with a pair of solo home runs (17) while Aroldis Chapman slammed the door in the ninth to record save no. 21.

Here's a complete recap of the good, the bad and the notables from the Coors Field battle:

Saturday, July 28, 2012

MINOR details 7/27/12: Enter the Dragons; Stephenson debuts with Dayton

Stephenson was promoted from Billings to Dayton.
Bats (41-67), last place International League West, 25.0 GB
-Tim Gustafson allowed one unearned run in five innings. Donnie Joseph (W 4-0, 2.49) got the win, tossing two scoreless innings. J.J. Hoover picked up his seventh save.
-1B Neftali Soto hit a two-run home run (13) and scored two runs. 3B Henry Rodriguez also scored a run.

Blue Wahoos (53-50, 19-15), 2nd place Southern League South, 1.0 GB

Cueto among several aces around league searching for more support

Cueto is one of many aces who are struggling
to find run support in 2012
Think quick. What do Clayton Kershaw (LAD), Cliff Lee (PHI), Justin Verlander (DET), Felix Hernandez (SEA), Ryan Dempster (CHC), Clayton Richard (SD) and Johnny Cueto all have in common? Well, the obvious similarity between them is that each one is the ace of their respective team. What may not be so obvious, however, is the fact that all seven of them rank near the bottom in run support average this season -- which presents a troublesome trend indeed.

In Cueto's case, the relative lack of run support hasn't hurt him as much as it has others. Of course, boasting the majors' lowest ERA (2.23) certainly helps. As does recording the third-most quality starts of any NL pitcher with 16. Add it all up and you've got an ace with a 12-5 record. Only two pitchers in the league have notched more wins than Cueto's 12 -- New York's R.A. Dickey (13) and Washington's Gio Gonzalez (13). It's also important to note that Dickey and Gonzalez rank 11th and 12th in the NL, respectively, in support. More after the break...

Reds push winning streak to eight, blank Rockies 3-0

Cincinnati (59-40) stretched their winning streak to a season-high eight games by blanking the Rockies (37-61), 3-0, at Coors Field on Friday. Bronson Arroyo made the start for the visitors and proceeded to earn his sixth victory of the campaign, while Colorado rookie Drew Pomeranz (1-6) took the loss. Aroldis Chapman notched his 20th save of the year after fanning the side in the bottom of the ninth. Yes, it was another banner night for the front running Reds.

Here's an overview of the good, the bad and the notables from the series opener:

Friday, July 27, 2012

Top 10 prospects by trade value

by: Chase Fitzgerald & Ron Driesen
Staff Writer

This is basically the same as my last article, but only with prospects. The difference is one or a few of these guys might be traded very soon. This is not a list of which prospects are the best but a list of the value that other teams have for them. So keep that in mind before you start complaining that player A is much better than player B. Thanks for reading!

MINOR details 7/26/12: Dragons win; Travieso loses

Bats (40-67), last place International League West, 26.0 GB
-Todd Redmond (L 7-7, 3.58) struck out eight, but allowed five earned runs in 5.1 innings for the loss. Carlos Fisher tossed a scoreless inning.
-SS Didi Gregorius doubled, drove in a run, and scored a run. 1B Neftali Soto went 2-4, with a double, two RBI, and a run. LF Cody Puckett hit a three-run home run (5) and scored twice.

Blue Wahoos (52-50, 18-15), 2nd place Southern League South, 2.0 GB

Best deadline deals made by Reds in recent memory

In honor of the July 31st trade deadline that's fastly approaching, I've compiled a list of some of the best deadline deals made by the Reds in recent memory. This post only includes trades made in July, so any made outside of that period (i.e. Mat Latos, Sean Marshall, etc.) were not eligible. Without further ado, here they are:

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Breaking down the state of the Reds

No game today?
No problem.

Today is a rather strange day for the first-place Cincinnati Reds (58-40). The reason for this is they aren't playing a baseball game. Yes, it is indeed a well-deserved and much-needed off day for the club -- their first in two weeks and their last for another 18 days. So, while the players relish in their treasured day of relaxation, the fans are left to fill the void of their beloved Reds' absence.

Luckily for you, we don't take any days off here at Redlegs Review. Instead, I thought today would be an excellent time for some reflection. You know, a time to kick back and examine the state of the team -- where they stand and where they're headed.

With that in mind, here are some interesting stats and notes I've dug up for your off-day enjoyment. Go crazy, folks.

Video: Larkin's induction speech

Watch and listen (again) as no. 11 delivers his Hall of Fame Induction speech from Sunday. His entrance into baseball's hall of elites cements his legacy as one of the greatest Reds of all-time. Period. 

Reds top prospects could be nervous nearing MLB trade deadline

The end of July is a nervous time for prospects of a contender. It could mean that they will be switching addresses in order to help the Reds in their push for the postseason. A lot of the names on the top of this list are safe, but the farther down one gets, the more likely a chance a player could be included in a deadline trade.

Anyways, here's the top prospects update.
To see the previous update, go here.

#1 SS Billy Hamilton (AA Pensacola Blue Wahoos)

MINOR details 7/25/12: Bats, Mustangs get late heroics too

Louisville 5 Buffalo 4
Bats (40-66), last place International League West, 25.0 GB
-Brett Tomko went three innings, allowing three earned runs. Travis Webb struck out five in 2.2 scoreless innings. J.J. Hoover (W 4-0, 1.42) was awarded the win, throwing a scoreless inning.
-SS Didi Gregorius scored two runs, and went 3-5, including hit a walk-off solo home run (4). C Dioner Navarro knocked in a run. RF-CF Felix Perez was 2-4, with an RBI. LF-RF Cody Puckett drove in two runs.

Blue Wahoos (52-49, 18-14), 2nd place Southern League South, 2.0 GB

Ranking the current Reds with the most trade value

What could the Reds get in exchange for this guy?
Answer: A king's ransom

by: Chase Fitzgerald
Staff Writer

A lot of people on Twitter are asking questions like; what can we get for (insert player name here)? Or what would we need to give up to get (insert player name here)? So in light of trying to clear that up, I made a list of the current Reds with the most trade value. This is not saying that any of these players will be traded and for some of them there is absolutely no chance. This is just trying to give you more of an idea of some of the current Reds trade value. So, let’s get started.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

It's not over until Stubbs says so: Reds rally again, win 5-3

Drew Stubbs, ninth inning hero machine.

Talk about a game full of ups and downs. The Reds were on a night-long trip on the CoCo Coaster, but in the end they wound up on the right side of things by taking a 5-3 win over the Astros. For all the particulars, click the lovely link button below. 

MLB Power Rankings Update

Okay, so we at Redlegs Review don't pretend to be experts on Major League Baseball outside of the Reds (of course). Most of our focus goes toward watching the Queen City's team with an occasional shift of attention around the league. However, we feel like we know enough to justify ranking all 30 clubs from best-to-worst. Here's the result of our collaboration below.

One thing to keep in mind while reading: we took in consideration each team's overall performance up until this point along with their recent play on the diamond as well. That's how we can explain ranking the Yanks fourth despite being tied for baseball's best record with the Nats. They're 4-6 in their last 10 and were swept by the A's over the weekend. This is also how can peg Oakland as no. 6 in spite of having ten clubs with better records than they do.

Reds, Blue Wahoos reach four-year agreement

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos have impressed many in their inaugural season. None of the impressed was more important than Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini and Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty, however. They were recently in town to announce the finalization of a four-year extension between the Reds and the Blue Wahoos, according to their official website.

MINOR details 7/24/12: Gregorius goes yard as Bats win

by: Chase Fitzgerald
Staff Writer

Louisville 4 Buffalo 1
Bats (39-66), last place International League West, 26.0 GB
-Chad Reineke gave up one earned run in five innings. Newly acquired pitcher Will Ohman pitched one scoreless inning and Nick Christiani (W 1-5, 3.44) pitched two scoreless innings. Donnie Joseph (S 5, 2.75) tossed one scoreless inning.
-SS Didi Gregorius was 2-3 with two runs scored and a solo shot (3). 3B Henry Rodriquez and LF-RF Felix Perez each had a RBI.

Huntsville 6 Pensacola 1
Blue Wahoos (52-48, 18-13), 2nd place Southern League South, 1.0 GB

5 players who could solve Cincinnati's struggles at the leadoff spot

Anyone who has followed the Reds at all this season is well aware of the team's lack of production out of the leadoff spot. Entering play on Tuesday, Reds leadoff hitters ranked dead last in the National League in average (.202) and on-base percentage (.248), and second-to-last in slugging (.308), OPS (.557), total bases (128) and RBI (19). Those are very unpleasant numbers for a team looking to make a deep run in the postseason. And in order to do that, they must improve upon setting the table for their run-producers. This means addressing arguably their biggest weakness at the moment: the one-hole.

Despite repeated attempts at shuffling the man at the top, the combination of Drew Stubbs, Zack Cozart and others have failed to get the job done, statistically-speaking of course. Cozart has had the most at-bats there of anyone by far (286), but has only produced a a slash line of .217/.259/.360. Stubbs hasn't fared much better in his 57 ABs in the leadoff slot either. He is currently sporting a dismal line of .158/.226/.175. With no real options to turn to internally, the club may have to take a hard look around the league for an external solution. Mainly, pulling the trigger on a deal before the July 31st trade deadline.

With that in mind, here are five players the Reds should consider to help address the leadoff spot:

2012 Cincinnati Reds A-to-Z

It comes after "A" and "B."
I was inspired by this article to write an A-to-Z guide about the Redlegs. It’s a neat idea and a fun way to list all the things to know and love about the 2012 Cincinnati Reds because they are awesome. Here it goes. If you have better options, comment below and if it’s really good maybe it will get promoted from the comments to the post!

A - Aroldis Chapman.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Leake Dominant as CoCo Blows it Late

The good guys were gunning for six straight victories against the Houston Astros who are a shell of a team with 34 wins on the season and on the verge of losing seven straight. Mike Leake had a heck of a performance tonight and left the game with a 2-1 lead after 8 innings and on came former Red Francisco Cordero. CoCo blew the lead and ended up taking the loss in tonight's 4-2 Reds (57-40) victory.

Let's take a look at how the game unfolded with the good, the bad, and the notables in the teams win:

Todd Frazier for ROY gaining steam?

Dayn Perry of CBSSportsline.com recently published this piece in which he ranked the top 10 rookie hitters and pitchers. Los Angeles Angels phenom Mike Trout topped the list for the hitters, which was no surprise, but landing in third on the top rookie hitter's list was the Reds' very own Todd Frazier.

Here's what Perry had to say about him:

In addition to seeing time at three different positions, Frazier is hitting .285/.347/.542 in 236 plate appearances. And although the sample size is obscenely small, he's 6 for 10 this season as a pinch-hitter.

MINOR details 7/23/12: Dragons win behind strong start from Gerson

Bats (38-66), Last place International League West, 26.0 GB
-Sean Gallagher (L 8-7, 4.89) gave up five earned runs in five innings. Carlos Fisher tossed two scoreless innings, while Travis Webb added one of his own.
-SS Didi Gregorius was 2-4, and scored the only run. 3B Mike Costanzo and LF Felix Perez were the only other Bats to get a hit.

Blue Wahoos (52-47, 18-12), T-1st place Southern League South, 3.0 up
-Pensacola was off Monday night. They’ll get back on the field Tuesday at 7:00pm local time against the Huntsville Stars.

Blaze (55-46, 14-17), 3rd place California League North, 5.0 GB

Billy Hamilton: More than just speed

by: Chase Fitzgerald
Staff Writer

Billy Hamilton is no longer the Reds’ little secret anymore. Hamilton has become a household name but only because of one stat; stolen bases. Since Billy broke 100 stolen bases in only 78 games, he has been the focus of a tremendous amount of media attention including a MLB fan cave video listing the few things faster than Billy Hamilton. So, I’m here to tell you that Billy is famous for all the wrong reasons.

Cincy pummels Houston to increase division lead

Cincinnati rolled into the Lone Star State as winners of 11 of their past 13 games and hoped to continue that trend against the last-place Houston Astros on Monday night. As fate would have it, their pursuit of another victory was a successful one after they downed the host Astros (34-63) by a tally of 8-3 at Minute Maid Park. Thus pushing their overall winning streak to five and their record without Joey Votto in the lineup to 6-2.

Mat Latos delivered a less-than-stellar yet gritty performance to earn him his eighth win of the campaign. Meanwhile, the middle of the Reds lineup came through in a BIG way en route to the lopsided outcome.

As always, here's the inside track on the good, the bad and the notables:

Monday, July 23, 2012

My experience in Cooperstown along with tips for when you go too!

by: Sara Spurr
Staff Writer

Yesterday, Scott shared his Cooperstown experience, and now here’s mine. Barry Larkin has been all over the news lately so I won’t repeat what has already been written. Instead, I’ll focus on some Reds-specific things to look for in the Hall of Fame and Museum as well as some tips for partaking in an induction ceremony.

If you’re hunting for Reds artifacts and information in the Museum: Although I planned on simply taking it all in on my first visit, I did find myself seeking out specific Reds-related information and artifacts. I didn’t take notes, so please know that this from-memory list represents only a portion of what you can find in the Museum:

Longtime owner passes at age 100

Louise Nippert photo

A press release from the Reds regarding the passing of owner Mrs. Louise Nippert:

CINCINNATI (July 23, 2012) — The Cincinnati Reds offer condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Louise Nippert, an owner of the team since 1966 who died earlier today at age 100.

Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said, "The Nippert family has been a proud steward of this great franchise for decades, and its influence is woven into the fabric of our long and storied history. No person loved the Cincinnati Reds more than Mrs. Nippert, and her players loved her for her devotion to the family atmosphere she fostered within the organization. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time."

MINOR details 7/22/12: Travieso debuts; Four homers carry Blaze

Bats (38-65), Last place International League West, 25.0 GB
-Tim Gustafson threw 5.1 innings of one-run baseball. Kanekoa Texeira (L 0-2, 2.77) took the loss allowing two earned runs in two innings.
-CF Denis Phipps finished 3-6, with a solo home run (7) and two RBI. 2B Chris Valaika had three hits, including a solo homer (5).

Blue Wahoos (52-47, 18-12), T-1st place Southern League South, 3.0 up

Cueto ranks third in Cy Young Predictor

Is Cueto the best pitcher in the NL?
If you've ever fiddled around on ESPN.com's vast amount of online MLB resources you probably have come across a thing they call the 'Cy Young Predictor'. As the name may hint to, it's a formula co-authored by Bill James and Rob Neyer to predict Cy Young balloting at a given date. With that in mind, the Cy Young Predictor currently ranks Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto as the third-best pitcher in the National League, trailing only Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey and Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan.

Cueto's CYP score of 106.1 ranks as the eighth-best among all pitchers in MLB and is 1.1 points higher than the current fourth-place hurler in the NL, Giants starter Matt Cain.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Dominant Pitching Leads Reds to a 2-1 Victory and Sweep over Brewers

Cueto boosts his record to 12-5
In my opinion, today is the biggest day Reds fans have had since September 28th, 2010. The day Jay Bruce hit a walk off solo homer run to clinch the National League Central and ending a 15 year long Redlegs postseason drought.

Not only did today see Cincinnati native and true Redleg Barry Larkin inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but also a Reds 2-1 win over the Brewers, sweeping the series. 

Larkin induction a time to celebrate as Reds fans

Cooperstown has plenty of red this week, thanks to Barry Larkin.

The idyllic streets of Cooperstown, N.Y. typically have a quaint, quiet atmosphere typical of many small towns across America. About this time every year, however, those streets come alive with the energy of the nation’s pastime.

This weekend, Cooperstown has been painted red – Cincinnati red, that is. They’ve come from far and wide, nearly all proudly wearing Reds colors up and down the streets of town. Spend just a few minutes on Main Street and it’s clear – for this special weekend anyhow, Cooperstown has become Reds Country.

Getting to know Reds minor league speedster Theo Bowe

by: Chase Fitzgerald
Staff Writer

Theo Bowe is currently the lead-off hitter for the Reds High-A affiliate, the Bakersfield Blaze. He has been over-shadowed this season by the success of Billy Hamilton but he is quietly putting together a great year. He has 49 stolen bases now, but that number has probably gotten bigger since I wrote this (editor's note: he still sits at 49 entering play on Sunday). He is currently fourth in the minors in stolen bases and is gaining on the leaders. He started the season off in Dayton but since being promoted in 59 games he has been hitting .341 with a .416 on base percentage. He also had 30 RBIs in that span from the lead-off spot and 2-hole which is pretty impressive. He is a great young player with a lot of potential and could be an everyday player in a couple years. Since he has not been getting the attention he deserves, I decided to get to know him better in the interview below.

Homer Reaching His Prime?

Homer Bailey could arguably have been one of the pitchers that was the most highly anticipated to arrive to the Reds at the major league level. His career minor league stats (including rehab starts) are 40-29 with an ERA of 3.56. Any major league team would take a guy that can pitch with an ERA in the mid-threes.

Bailey made his major league debut with the Redlegs on June 8, 2007 against the instate rival Cleveland Indians. It was a game that saw Homer pitch five innings in which he allowed two runs on five hits. He walked four and struck out three in his debut. Bailey qualified for the win that night earning his first career major league victory in his debut. A month later, he was then sent down only to be brought back up in September of 2007.

Barry Larkin: Breaking down the shortstop's Hall of Fame career

Larkin celebrating the team's four-game sweep
over the Oakland A's in the 1990 World Series

One of the best players to ever put on a Cincinnati Reds uniform will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon, and he hails from the very city he played for. The man spent his entire 19-year career with the franchise and was a product of nearby Moeller High School. The homegrown product quickly became the pride of the Queen City and still remains to this day as one of the most beloved sports figures the city has ever seen. The man I'm referring to is Queen City legend, Barry Louis Larkin.

The Reds originally drafted Larkin in the second round of the 1982 Draft as a 18-year old out of Moeller, but the talented youngster opted to turn down his hometown team and a $50,000 signing bonus in favor of attending the University of Michigan on a football scholarship instead. Bo Schembechler originally recruited the multi-sport athlete to play defensive back for the Wolverines, but it turns out Larkin never would. It was during Larkin's freshman year at Michigan when he made the permanent switch from the gridiron to the diamond -- a decision that I'd say turned out to be a pretty decent one.

Reds Win Again 6-2

Brandon Phillips adds to the lead, stepping up since the loss of Votto
The Cincinnati Reds have continued to stay hot since the All-Star Break. Behind a strong performance by Bronson Arroyo and big hits my Ludwick and Phillips, the first place team won for the 6th time out of 9 games and with a win tomorrow would sweep both the St. Louis Cardinals and The Brewers. Preseason predictions had both of them competing for the NL Central Crown but right now it is a race between the Reds and the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates. Here is a brief recap of tonight's game with the usual Good, Bad, and Notables.  

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Video: Larkin discusses HOF weekend

The road to the National Baseball Hall of Fame ends in Cooperstown tomorrow for Barry Larkin. Congratulations to no. 11 on an outstanding career both on and off the field. His enshrinement into the Hall is well deserved to say the least. 

Five possible trade chip candidates

by: Chase Fitzgerald
Staff Writer

The trade deadline is coming up and with Votto’s injury; the Reds are now much more likely to be active. So this article is ranking the players that are blocked at their position or just don’t fit with the Reds anymore. The players listed below are in my opinion, likely to be included in a deal this trade deadline.

Five prospects to get excited about

2011 first round pick Robert
Stephenson is one of many
prospects to be excited about

by: Chase Fitzgerald
Staff Writer

The Reds farm system was mostly gutted this year thanks to the Mat Latos trade, but the Reds still have a lot of good prospects. The prospects listed below, in my opinion, have the best shot of any in the Reds farm system to turn into a everyday player for the big club.

A trio of Reds go solo to upend Brewers

The Reds (53-40) used a trio of solo homers and a fantastic start by Homer Bailey on Friday night to take the series opener over the Brewers (44-48), 3-1. The victory marked the 9th in the past 11 games for Dusty Baker's bunch and secured their stranglehold on first place for at least another day. They also improve their record to 3-2 without Joey Votto in the lineup, which hopefully means that they will be alright until he returns.

And now a look at the good, the bad and the notables from the contest:

Friday, July 20, 2012

MINOR details 7/19/12: Fellhauer powers Blue Wahoos

Bats (37-63), Last place International League West, 24.5 GB
-Chad Reineke (L 3-7, 4.90) gave up six runs, four earned, in 4.1 innings to take the loss.
-SS Henry Rodriguez finished 4-5, with a solo home run (2), two RBI, and three runs scored. 1B Neftali Soto was 2-4, with a double, a grand slam (12), five RBI, and two runs. 3B Mike Costanzo had two hits, including a solo homer (7), finishing with three RBI. 2B Chris Valaika drove in a run. LF Cody Puckett hit a solo shot (4).

Blue Wahoos (50-46, 16-11), T-1st place Southern League South, 3.0 up