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The Reds Report: May 28

Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

That’s more like it.

The Reds were able to put their recent struggles behind them, and they racked up a 4-2 record this week. Cincinnati won series against Cleveland and Philadelphia. They find now find themselves just two games out of first in the NL Central. There isn’t a team pulling away from the pack just yet, and if the Reds continue to get healthy things could get interesting.

Let’s get to this week’s Reds Report

It’s a Bad Idea to Heckle Joey Votto

This Indians fan learned the hard way that if you’re going to heckle Joey Votto, then he’s going to give it right back to you.

Can we talk about how bad this guy’s heckling skills are for a moment? “I remember when you used to be good?” Votto is hitting .287/.413/.567 this season with 12 HR and 39 RBI. He’s been one of the best 15 hitters in baseball. This guy needs to try again.

The Starting Pitching Stepped Up

Last week we lamented the state of the starting rotation. The Reds were desperate for a starter to give the team some quality innings. They got a few of those performances this past week. On Monday, Scott Feldman gave up one run over six innings of work. Tim Adleman was even more impressive on Friday. He pitched eight innings and held Philadelphia scoreless during his time on the mound.

Billy Hamilton is Still Fast

Can anyone go from first base to home plate on a single? Billy Hamilton answered that question this week.

The Reds Have Some Pretty Good Position Players

Earlier this week, Wick Terrell of Red Reporter wrote about how well Cincinnati’s position players are performing this season. According to FanGraphs, the non-pitching portion of the team has been the most valuable group in baseball. Check out Wick’s article to read his breakdown of this pleasant surprise.

What’s the Future for Zack Cozart?

Coming into the season, most fans assumed the Reds were going to try and trade Zack Cozart. His hot start hopefully increased his trade value, but is it possible it might be in Cincinnati’s best interest to try and extend Cozart now that the team is more competitive? You can read C. Trent Rosecrans’ answer to that question here.

The Return of Brandon Finnegan is Getting Closer

Mark Sheldon of provided an update on Reds starting pitcher Brandon Finnegan this week. Finnegan threw off of a mound for the first time since his injury, and it means things are heading in the right direction with his rehabilitation. As of now, Bryan Price expects to have Finnegan back on the mound at some point in June. You can read more about Finnegan’s recovery here.

Scott Schebler Keeps Hitting Home Runs

Fans weren’t quite sure what to expect from Scott Schebler in his first full season with the club. Needless to say, they’ve been pleasantly surprised with his production over the season’s first two months. Since Monday, Schebler has connected on three more home runs. He now finds himself tied for the National League lead in homers with Bryce Harper.

The Reds head to Toronto on Monday for three games with the Blue Jays. Over the weekend, they’ll welcome the Braves to Great American Ball Park.

You can read Eric’s writing all season long at Red Reporter and Baseball Prospectus. He also hosts the On Baseball Writing Podcast and appears on the Red Reporter podcast.

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.

4 Comments for The Reds Report: May 28

  1. WeAreUK69
    8:15 pm May 28, 2017 Permalink

    If we can get Finnegan & Garrett back in June, then add Bailey in July — Do you see us staying in the race ?? Really like the O, D, & Pen right now.

    What’s the chances of adding Disco after All-Star break ??

    • Sam Gormley
      8:30 pm May 28, 2017 Permalink

      If we can get the starting pitching back and they can be effective, this team has a chance of doing something. Whether it is making the playoffs or playing an effective spoiler. I like this team a lot.

    • Eric Roseberry
      8:42 pm May 28, 2017 Permalink

      To me, it still feels like a lot of this will be answered by the Cubs. I keep thinking that at some point they’re just going to turn it on. However, the longer this goes, the most you have to wonder if they’ll find that extra gear this year.

  2. kambone
    8:32 pm May 28, 2017 Permalink

    Desclafani too