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08-10

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Flu-Like Symptoms: Finding New Ways to Stink
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Rob Mains

07-11

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Circle Change: The Fate of the Unknown All-Star
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Zach Crizer

06-19

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Short Relief: Joey Votto Reacts, How to Sell Baseball, and How Baseball is Sold
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Holly Wendt, James Fegan and Meg Rowley

05-12

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Rubbing Mud: Can Amir Garrett Make This Work?
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Matthew Trueblood

05-10

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Banjo Hitter: Beyond the 90th Percentile
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Aaron Gleeman

04-07

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The Call-Up: Amir Garrett
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Jeffrey Paternostro and Eric Roseberry

03-24

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Cincinnati Reds
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Eric Roseberry

03-24

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Short Relief: Puttin' On The Reds / Historical Unwritten Rules
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Matt Sussman and Mary Craig

03-21

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Rubbing Mud: Lift Yourself Up By Your Launch Angle
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Matthew Trueblood

03-10

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Rubbing Mud: Dan Straily's Maybe Changing Two-Seamer
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Matthew Trueblood

02-13

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Transaction Analysis: Old Second Basemen Never Die
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Bryan Grosnick and Jeffrey Paternostro

02-06

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Transaction Analysis: Bargain Bin Bullpens
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Bryan Grosnick, Eric Roseberry and Jared Wyllys

02-03

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Players Prefer Presentation: Here We Are Again
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Meg Rowley

01-22

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Transaction Analysis: Reds Cash In Straily
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Bryan Grosnick and Steve Givarz

01-06

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Transaction Analysis: Post-Christmas Shopping
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Matthew Trueblood, Jared Wyllys and Brendan Gawlowski

09-20

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What You Need to Know: The Best Bullpens Are the Ones You Don't Need
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Daniel Rathman

09-08

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Retro Transaction Analysis: Latos, Later
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Bryan Grosnick

08-26

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Prospectus Feature: Coleman/Hamilton, Pt. 1: What We're Missing Out On
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Rob Mains

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bruce Makes For a Crowded Metropolitan Area
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Bryan Grosnick, Jeffrey Paternostro and Scooter Hotz

06-20

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The Call-Up: Cody Reed
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Kourage Kundahl and George Bissell

06-19

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BP Bronx
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Nick Ashbourne

06-17

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Life at the Margins: Lightning Strikes Adam Duvall Twice
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Rian Watt

05-25

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Prospectus Feature: The RISP Mystery
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Rob Mains

05-25

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Team Chemistry: Diagnosing the Swing Swings
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John Choiniere

05-24

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Cold Takes: Make OBP Honest
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Patrick Dubuque

05-16

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Prospectus Feature: A Short History of Reds and Pirates Hitting One Another With Baseballs
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Rob Mains

04-21

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What You Need to Know: Raisel Iglesias' Deus Ex Machina
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Demetrius Bell

03-21

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Winter Is Leaving
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R.J. Anderson

03-04

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Fifth Column: Killing God and Willard Hershberger
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Michael Baumann

02-18

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Painting the Black: PECOTA and Seeing Red(s)
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R.J. Anderson

02-18

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Painting the Black: The Cincinnati Reds Are the Anti-Royals
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R.J. Anderson

01-05

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Rumor Roundup: The Slow Burn Of Ian Desmond's Free Agency
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Daniel Rathman

12-29

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Players Prefer Presentation: On Aroldis Chapman, Opportunity and Cost
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Meg Rowley

12-29

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Transaction Analysis: What's Chapmaning
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford and George Bissell

12-15

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Rumor Roundup: Rumors About Melancon Aboil
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Daniel Rathman

04-22

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Rubbing Mud: Bryan Price's Other Sins
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Matthew Trueblood

04-20

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Transaction Analysis: Rays Grant Balfour Farewell
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R.J. Anderson

04-01

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Every Team's Moneyball: Cincinnati Reds: Go Your Own Way, Young Man
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Brendan Gawlowski

03-20

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Rubbing Mud: The Reds Chose the Wrong Time to Move Cingrani
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Matthew Trueblood

03-17

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Rumor Roundup: Tony Cingrani Won't Start, to Start
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Chris Mosch

02-09

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Transaction Analysis: Texas' New Platoon
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R.J. Anderson

02-09

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Rumor Roundup: Dayan Viciedo's Home Runs Are the Least Wanted Home Runs
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Daniel Rathman

02-04

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Daisy Cutter: Welcome Back, Votto
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Sahadev Sharma

01-28

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Transaction Analysis: Reds' Mes Around
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R.J. Anderson

01-05

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Transaction Analysis: The Byrd Has Landed
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R.J. Anderson and Ben Carsley

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: The Pitchers the Reds Shed
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R.J. Anderson, Zachary Levine and Jordan Gorosh

12-09

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Fantasy Team Preview: Cincinnati Reds
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Bret Sayre

11-21

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2015 Prospects: Cincinnati Reds Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

09-19

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Pebble Hunting: Cueto's Quirks
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Sam Miller

09-12

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Transaction Analysis: The September Shuffle
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R.J. Anderson

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August 10, 2017 6:00 am

Flu-Like Symptoms: Finding New Ways to Stink

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Rob Mains

How the Reds' pitching staff is bad in a new way.

Here are two things that are true about the 2016 and 2017 Reds. One is that their record is one of the worst in baseball. That’s irrefutable. Through Tuesday, the Reds are 45-66. Their .405 winning percentage is the third-lowest in the National League, better than only the Giants and Phillies. Last year, they were 68-94, tied with the Padres for the worst record in the league.

The second thing that’s true about both the 2016 and 2017 Reds is that their pitching staff is bad. Last year, the Reds had an ERA of 4.91, 13th in the league. Or, if you prefer a pitching statistic that’s more process-driven than output-driven, their DRA was 5.14, also 13th. This year? It’s even worse. They’re last in ERA, 5.22, and last in DRA, 5.80. Their WARP is -4.5, which means that Reds pitchers have cost the club four-and-a-half wins relative to replacement-level hurlers.

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July 11, 2017 6:00 am

Circle Change: The Fate of the Unknown All-Star

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Zach Crizer

Which of this year's All-Stars will be forgotten?

One year ago, when the All-Star game loped into the eighth inning, the National League team trailed 4-2, and then-Yankees terror Andrew Miller came in to face the third wave of Terry Collins’ squad. To spare you the mess of a Midsummer Classic box score: After two outs and two singles, it became apparent that the ultimate destination of the tying runner would be decided by Reds outfielder Adam Duvall and Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz.

Duvall was hitting .249 to that point in 2016—in his first sizeable stretch of major-league action after coming over from San Francisco in the Mike Leake trade—and getting on base at just a .288 clip. But (but!) he’d tallied 23 homers for a team that, by rule, needed an All-Star. When he stepped into the box, you could almost hear the chorus emanating from America’s armchairs. Adam Duvall? Who’s that?

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Meg wonders what Joey Votto's deal is for a second, while Holly and James dive into marketing strategies for baseball, which attain varying levels of success.

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May 12, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: Can Amir Garrett Make This Work?

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Matthew Trueblood

Cincinnati views the rookie left-hander as a long-term building block, but maybe he's in the wrong role.

The Reds are treating Amir Garrett like a central part of their rebuild, and perhaps a part of their very long-term future. After his start on Saturday, Garrett was optioned to Triple-A, a move the Reds say will allow them to manage his innings and keep him on the mound well into September—an important consideration, if you’re willing to make a certain set of assumptions, because the team leads the NL Central at the moment.

Of course, a more cynical person might point out that the Reds are unlikely to be contending by the time Labor Day comes, so Garrett could just as easily be shut down then to protect him from accumulating an undue workload for the full season. That person might also observe that the demotion will probably last long enough to keep Garrett from accruing a full season of service time this year, thus delaying his potential free agency by a year. If that person were a real bulldog, they might also say that Garrett turned 25 years old last week, has faced between 550 and 600 batters in each of the past three seasons while in the minors, and might not really need this kind of protection.

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This season is old enough to know better, but some early hitting performances really stand out.

I know it’s still too early in the season to draw meaningful conclusions about much of anything because my beloved Twins have a winning record, but we are far enough along that only seven hitters with 100 or more plate appearances are beating their 90th percentile PECOTA projections by at least 200 points of OPS. Two of those seven, Bryce Harper and Freddie Freeman, are great hitters off to especially strong starts, leaving five genuine, out-of-nowhere surprises among full-time position players. By the end of the season they may all have turned back into pumpkins, but in the meantime my curiosity is piqued.

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April 7, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Amir Garrett

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Jeffrey Paternostro and Eric Roseberry

From the Red Storm to the Red Legs.

The Situation: The Reds found themselves without Homer Bailey and Anthony Desclafani, the former due to bone chips, the latter to an elbow sprain. Cincinnati decided to press some of their young prospect arms into service, and Amir Garrett—their top pitching prospect—will get the ball every fifth day at the back of the Redlegs rotation.

The Background: The Reds drafted Garrett in the 22nd round of the 2011 draft, but gave him a cool million bucks as part of a two-sport deal that also allowed him to play basketball at St. John’s. As you’d expect, he moved rather slowly through the Cincinnati system, not getting an extended full-season ball assignment until 2014, while playing 20+ minutes a game as a swingman for the Red Storm in the offseason. Since he started focusing fully on baseball, Garrett’s stuff and performance ticked up and posted sub-3.00 ERAs the last two years, striking out nearly a batter an inning. He will turn 25 in a month, but there may be more improvements yet to come considering how late he came to baseball full-time.

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For every Scott Feldman, there is a Joey Votto. And lots of running.

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Matt recounts how history was made on a bad Reds team in 1998, while Mary does some social archaeology through customs of baseball past.

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Reds prospect Zach Vincej explains how he changed his hitting approach through tinkering and ignoring cliches.

Late last May, Zach Vincej’s career was on life support. He’d turned 25 years old a few weeks earlier and was playing for the Reds’ Double-A affiliate in Pensacola—or, worse and more accurately, not playing for them.

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March 10, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: Dan Straily's Maybe Changing Two-Seamer

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Matthew Trueblood

Traded from the Reds to the Marlins, Dan Straily is an example of how new pitching data can help change a repertoire.

For nerdy baseball fans, the worst trade of the offseason was the Reds’ swap of Dan Straily to the Marlins. That’s not because there was an especially egregious mismatch in value in the deal; it was because the move separated Straily from the Reds’ beat reporters.

Just before being dealt, Straily spent almost an hour on a podcast with Zach Buchanan, one of the Reds writers for the Cincinnati Enquirer (and author of the Reds chapter in this year's Baseball Prospectus Annual). It was a delightful listening experience: wide-ranging but detailed, relaxed, smart. They talked about hunting and (ironically) what it’s like to be blindsided by a trade. My favorite discussion centered on the trip to Driveline Baseball from which Straily had returned just before the interview.

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February 13, 2017 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Old Second Basemen Never Die

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Bryan Grosnick and Jeffrey Paternostro

Brandon Phillips finally accepts a trade, Chase Utley returns to the Dodgers on the cheap, and the Cubs and Royals make a minor swap.

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Greg Holland chooses Colorado for his comeback, Jerry Blevins and Fernando Salas stay in New York, Scott Feldman looks to eat innings in Cincinnati, and Boone Logan needs context.

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