Cincinnati Reds Team of the Decade: First base

Surely there cannot be a more obvious choice in the whole of baseball. Joseph Daniel Votto is not only the best first baseman the Reds have had this decade, he’s arguably been the best hitter in the whole game over the last 10 years not named Mike Trout. Let’s take a look … Home runs: …

Cincinnati Reds Team of the Decade: Catcher

I was quite surprised to see that, over the last 10 years, the Reds are an average team behind the plate, ranking 16th out of 30 teams both offensively and defensively. To be honest, I didn’t think we were that good. Going deep 48 times, Devin Mesoraco hit the most homers but he also had …

Gone with a whimper not a bang

So the 2019 season is at an end. The Reds finished 75-87, although our Pythagorean record suggested the 701 runs scored and 711 runs conceded should have equated to a 80-82 win-loss record. It was still sub-.500 whatever way you cut it. Here is the season in eight stats: Home record: 41 – 40 Away …

Another day, another disappointing loss

The good news about the three-game series vs. the Mets was that two of the games were at UK-friendly times. Saturday’s match, which Cincinnati won 3-2, with Raisel Iglesias securing his 34th save of the season, was easily the best. On Friday, Luis Castillo tossed a gem, only allowing three hits. Two of which the …

We needed that win

2-1 series vs. Diamondbacks Reds hadn’t won a series since the end of August. And that was against the Marlins (no offence), and no offense was the trouble in this series. On Saturday, Reds became the first team in the modern era (that’s around 100 years) to have lost while only allowing one base runner. …

Lost the first two games of the series again

Who knew that the Reds hadn’t won a game in Seattle since 2007? I didn’t. I’m indebted to the Twitter account @HeyGingersaurus who advised that the Reds went 1-2 in 2007 and 0-3 in 2010. The 2013 and 2016 series were played in Cincinnati. Despite this, the Reds salvaged one game of the series, with …

Tough weekend in Missouri

Four games in two days, and it wasn’t pretty to watch. The Cardinals showed a level of tenacity that is missing from Cincinnati at the moment. Now that the dust has settled, I can look at it with more discerningly. We won one, lost one and blew two ninth inning leads. That’s a whisper away …

Fish battered

Oh come on! That is a magnificent title for the first post on this new site for the Cincinnati Reds in the UK. I’m not going to say it was “only” the Marlins, but it was certainly relieving to get a series win. 3-1 in Miami (and the one was courtesy of a walkoff homer …