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The Reds Report: May 16

You’re right, this is Kentucky Sports Radio, so why offer a Reds recap? The first football game isn’t for five months, Big Blue Madness is still 151 days away, and you need something to do this summer. Why not give rooting for the Reds a chance? Kentucky has won 82% of their games under Coach Cal. The Reds have won 39% of their games this season. Admit it, you like having a little adversity in your life.

Your Reds recap for this week…

1. Cincinnati finished the week going 2-4 against the Pirates and Phillies. At least they didn’t get swept in either series…

2. Fortunately the rough start to the season hasn’t taken a toll on Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto’s relationship.

3. On the KSR radio show you’ve probably heard Matt complain about the Reds bullpen. This week they only gave up the lead in one game. Still, the Reds have only accumulated three saves on the season. That’s second worst in all of baseball, and only one ahead of the 9-26 Minnesota Twins.

At this point if I had to put a bet on the Reds bullpen closing out a game or Isaiah Briscoe making back-to-back free throws, I’m going Briscoe all day.

4. Reliever Ross Ohlendorf did get the distinction of being the first R eds player ejected from a game this season. On Wednesday night SIX batters were hit in a game between the Reds and Pirates. Several players were hit after both benches were warned, but Ohlendorf was the only pitcher to get tossed. Zach Buchanan spoke with Ohlendorf after the incident, and he claimed that hitting Freese was unintentional.

5. On Saturday night the Reds dropped a game in controversial fashion. Cincinnati was trailing Philadelphia 5-4 in the 9th, and the Reds had the tying run on third. Eugenio Suarez tagged up on a pop out to left, and it led to a collision between Suarez and Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp. Rupp hung on to the ball, Suarez was called out, and the Reds lost.

MLB has taken steps in recent years to try and prevent this type of play from happening. As Mark Sheldon of noted, “The Reds challenged, questioning whether Rupp violated Rule 7.13 by blocking the plate.” Catchers aren’t allowed to block the plate prior to catching the ball unless the throw moves them into that position.

6. It’s never fun rooting for a team with a terrible record, but at least they get a high draft pick. Last season the Reds finished 64-98, their worst record since 1982, and landed the #2 pick in the upcoming MLB Draft. C. Trent Rosecrans looked at several mock drafts to see who experts think the Reds might be interested in. Of particular interest to KSR readers is U of L outfielder Corey Ray. He’s been at the top of most draft boards the entire season, and is a legitimate option for Cincinnati with the #2 pick.

7. Earlier this week Reds COO Phil Castellini acknowledge that the Reds likely won’t be competitive again until 2018. That means you’ll be able to enjoy roughly 291 Reds games before you can expect them to push for a playoff spot. While that’s not very encouraging, Red Reporter’s Wick Terrell gives fans reason to appreciate these statements.

“The 2014 season was awful with a turnaround nowhere in sight. What Phil Castellini said on Tuesday is that the 2016 season will be awful with a very, very bright spotlight at the end of the tunnel — just that the tunnel’s a bit longer than you were hoping for. Be mad about it if you want, but I’m focusing on the fact that the people in charge of the team I follow are logical, frank, and realistic.”

Don’t tell that to this guy. He still believes this could be the year.

David Kohl | USA Today

8. However, if you want a reason for optimism this season look no further than pitching prospect Cody Reed. Reed came to Cincinnati from Kansas City last season in the Johnny Cueto trade. The 6’5″ lefty is currently 2-1 with a 1.88 ERA and 27 strikeouts while pitching for AAA Louisville. Reed could be in Cincinnati later this season, and could be a huge addition to the pitching staff.

Here’s a little taste of Reed in his start against Toledo this week:

9. Starting catcher Devin Mesoraco underwent season ending shoulder surgery this week. Last season, he was shut down late in June after undergoing hip surgery. It’s a major setback for a player that Cincinnati hoped could be a force in the middle of the lineup.

10. This week I spent some time reading Jeff Passan’s revealing new book, The Arm. In it he talks about baseball’s problem with keeping pitchers healthy and the realities of coming back from Tommy John surgery. One player Passan followed for the book was former Reds reliever Todd Coffey. Coffey pitched in Cincinnati from 2005 through part of 2008. Passan dropped this little nugget about everyone’s favorite reliever:

That sounds…delicious?

The Reds open up a four game set against the Indians tonight (check out Red Reporter’s preview), and then finish off the week at home against the Mariners.

You can follow the Reds all season long, and read more of Eric’s writing, at Red Reporter.

Article written by Eric Roseberry

Eric covers the Reds for KSR and Red Reporter. He writes about fantasy baseball for Baseball Prospectus. You can follow Eric on Twitter @ericroseberry.

11 Comments for The Reds Report: May 16

  1. Booby Petrino
    1:51 pm May 16, 2016 Permalink

    “Why not give rooting for the Reds a chance?” While you’re at it, why not root for the Bengals too? Then you can have 2 crappy teams who will never win a championship (outside of division championships).

  2. Biglaw Dawgin'
    2:39 pm May 16, 2016 Permalink

    I like this idea. Most of us are Reds fans, so why not keep us updated. Also, if they ever start winning, those of you that don’t like this idea can still say “I’ve been following the Reds for years now” when you inevitably jump on the bandwagon.

  3. kentuckyrld
    2:51 pm May 16, 2016 Permalink

    Please, no more blogs about the Reds until 2018, assuming they are competitive then. It looks right now as though there are only a couple of players on the team capable of being any better than journeymen minor league players. Not fun to watch so spare us the pain.

    • trey
      4:53 pm May 16, 2016 Permalink

      A lot of our starters are injured and rehabbing. Things will turn around once they come back. Some of our starting pitchers have no business doing do. This is a rebuild year but you should be watching guys like Suarez improve and be prepared for our top prospects come up later in the year.

  4. david8577
    3:25 pm May 16, 2016 Permalink

    Remember when professional baseball was cool? Yeah, me neither.

    • UKPROF
      6:46 pm May 16, 2016 Permalink

      I do remember when Cincinnati had a professional baseball team.

  5. Bill127
    3:25 pm May 16, 2016 Permalink

    it’s always a good day when the reds lose

    • UKPROF
      6:45 pm May 16, 2016 Permalink

      Cmon Bill, now you know that was not very nice.

  6. deltasig41
    3:42 pm May 16, 2016 Permalink

    “Most of us are Reds fans,” is a bit of a blanket statement. Central and northern Kentucky, maybe, but western Kentucky is Cardinal country. Eastern Kentucky has a ton of Braves fans. The Reds are garbage, and have been for 25 years, save for one or two decent years.

    Go Red Birds.

  7. Memphis UK Cat
    4:06 pm May 16, 2016 Permalink

    I travel to see my Cats just like my Reds. I will be at the game tonight wearing my Reds shirt and UK hat behind the Reds dugout with more cat fans. UK will represent just like we do everywhere! Its a great game and a good excuse to drink beer. Keep up the post!

  8. CarltonBanks
    5:15 pm May 16, 2016 Permalink

    As a St. Louis fan, this post warms my soul. We’re not having a great year, but at least we’re doing better than the Reds!