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9/29/14 - It was the final highlight for the Cincinnati Reds, in a season that lacked many, as Johnny Cueto spoiled Pittsburgh’s bid for a Central Division title en route to his 20th victory of the season. Cueto finished the season with 20 wins (second in the National League) against nine losses, a 2.25 ERA and 0.96 WHIP (each also second in the NL), and a league leading 242 strikeouts in 243 2/3 innings. He also finished third in the NL in complete games with four. Offensively, it was the Todd Frazier Show on the banks of the Ohio; Frazier’s batting average of .273, OBP of .336, 163 hits, 29 homers, and 80 RBI were all team-leading totals; despite not having enough plate appearances, catcher Devin Mesoraco had the team’s top slugging percentage and OPS (.534 and .893, in 384 at bats).
9/22/14 - “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart.” So wrote former Yale University president and Major League Baseball commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti of the game that “stops and leaves you to face the fall alone.” And so it goes for the Cincinnati Reds, who enter the final week of the 2014 season in fourth place in the National League Central, 15 games in arrears of St. Louis, the division leader (and presumptive champion). The final six games will feature the Reds facing off against Milwaukee and Pittsburgh, who are battling down the wire to claim one (or both) of the NL’s wild card berths. One bright spot for the Reds is that Johnny Cueto, currently 18-9, is projected to have two more shots at the coveted 20-win plateau.
9/15/14 - If nothing else, the Cincinnati Reds have a chance to play spoiler to some Central Division team. Last week, the Reds took three out of four from division leading St. Louis, with the wins going to Mike Leake (his 11th, evening his record), “Big Pasta” Alfredo Simon (his 14th), and Cy Young candidate Johnny Cueto (his 18th, which tied him at that moment with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw for the league lead). However, following that, the Reds dropped two of three over the weekend to Milwaukee, with rookie David Holmberg picking up his first big-league win of his career. Another rookie, Daniel Corcino, drew a no-decision in his first start, the series opener with the Brewers last weekend.
9/8/14 - While division rivals Pittsburgh and St. Louis jockey for postseason position ahead of them, the Cincinnati Reds find themselves counting the days until the end of the season, all the while falling back towards the bottom of the division, just 3 ½ games ahead of the current cellar-dwelling Chicago Cubs. The Reds are one win and five losses into September, the lone win coming while ace Johnny Cueto collected his 17th win in a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets. Cueto has been the lone highlight in a very disappointing Reds season, first in the National League in wins and innings pitched, second in strikeouts, earned-run average, WHIP (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched), and complete games. He will be looking for win no. 18 later this week against St. Louis at Great American Ball Park.
9/3/14 - Opening the month on the road in Baltimore, the Cincinnati Reds start the month of September with six games against non-divisional rivals; after the three-game set with the American League East leading Orioles, the Reds face the New York Mets back home in Cincy before a visit from new National League Central leaders St. Louis, who have overtaken Milwaukee by a game as the stretch drive begins in earnest. After four games with the Cardinals, the Reds will embark on a nine game road swing to Milwaukee, Chicago, and St. Louis before closing out the season at home against Milwaukee and Pittsburgh.
8/25/14 - After breaking a four game losing streak with a pair of weekend wins over Atlanta, the Cincinnati Reds need to start making a move now if they want to make the National League postseason, with just six games remaining against non-Central Division opponents (at Baltimore, and at home against the New York Mets). The Reds have six games to make up in the wild-card race, two games back of Miami and 4 ½ behind Pittsburgh, their nearest Central rival. With Brandon Phillips’ return to the Reds lineup last week, key cog Joey Votto remains on the disabled list; he is eligible to come off the 60-day list on September 4, but still has not resumed what the club calls “baseball activities.”
8/19/14 - Bad news and good news for the Cincinnati Reds as they start a series with division rival St. Louis. The bad news: Starting pitcher (and innings eater) Homer Bailey was put on the 15-day disabled list over the weekend with a strained right elbow. The good news: Starting second baseman Brandon Phillips was activated off the DL and started the Reds’ first game against the Cardinals on Monday. Phillips had been put on the disabled list back in July with a torn ligament in his thumb. He’s wearing a brace on the thumb but collected two hits in his last rehab game. More good news: Third baseman Todd Frazier was also back in the lineup after missing three games.
8/11/14 - After taking three of four in a home-and-home series with Cleveland, the Cincinnati Reds dropped two of three to visiting Miami, claiming just Sunday’s game on the power of a pair of longballs by catcher Devin Mesoraco. The Reds, currently five games back and in fourth in the Central, are struggling to make up any ground against the three teams in front of them, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh, who are clustered within 2 ½ games of each other. Longtime rivals Pittsburgh currently hold the second National League wild-card slot, and the Reds are just 2 ½ games back, but with San Francisco and Atlanta in front. The Reds will face off against Boston in a pair of midweek interleague contests before heading on a seven-game road trip with stops in Colorado and St. Louis.
8/4/14 - Going into a four game, home-and-home series with their American League counterparts at the other end of Interstate 71 in Ohio (Cleveland), the Cincinnati Reds wrapped up July and started August on a positive note, taking three of four from Miami in south Florida, including the controversial 3-1 win in the opening game of that series marked by an overturned call involving the new blocking-the-plate rule. With all the injuries to various parts of the Reds offense, this has become Todd Frazier’s team – the Home Run Derby runner-up leads the Reds in most of the primary offensive statistics, including batting average, homers, RBI, on-base percentage, OPS, and runs scored. The other key stat leader is Billy Hamilton, who has become a quintessential leadoff hitter; Hamilton leads the team in doubles, triples and stolen bases, and is second in hits and runs scored.
7/29/14 - With a single game won out of their first 10 games after the All-Star break, the Cincinnati Reds are rapidly headed in the wrong direction. At one point being within a game and a half of the top of the super-competitive National League Central Division, the Reds are rapidly falling off the pace set by rivals Milwaukee, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. One of the killing factors for the Reds has to be the injury bug, which was responsible for bringing down two key cogs in the team’s offense, Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips. Phillips has begun throwing but is still unable to catch, as of a week ago; while Votto underwent another procedure for his strained quadriceps muscle. Adding to the pileup, Jay Bruce is now day to day, having been put on the team’s bereavement list, momentarily leaving the Reds with a significant power shortage; only Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco have homer totals in the double digits among the active roster.
7/21/14 - After slugger Todd Frazier nearly claimed the All-Star Home Run Derby last week, falling to defending champ Yoenis Cespedes of Oakland, the Cincinnati Reds needed to get off to a good start for the second half of the season. Unfortunately, the New York Yankees didn’t help, as the Reds were swept in the three game series in the Bronx. Two of the Reds’ losses were by a single run, while Alfredo Simon was knocked around in a 7-1 loss. The Reds are still very much alive, though, in what has become a four-horse race in the National League Central Division, 2 ½ games back of St. Louis and Milwaukee, but just a game back of resurgent Pittsburgh.
7/14/14 - With the All-Star break upon us, the traditional mid-point of the Major League Baseball season, the Reds have rallied from a slow start to the season to turn the National League Central Division into a three-horse race with rivals Milwaukee and St. Louis, with just a game and a half separating the three teams – the Reds currently sitting just a half game behind the defending NL champion Cardinals, and a game and a half in arrears of the Brewers. The Reds have been fighting an injury bug of late, having lost Brandon Phillips to a thumb injury for an extended period, and Joey Votto to a still balky leg from time to time. But the pleasant surprises have been pitcher Johnny Cueto, who has returned to the dominant power-pitching form he had in 2012; and center fielder Billy Hamilton, who overcame some massive early-season struggles at the plate to put himself squarely in the middle of the discussion of the NL’s Rookie of the Year candidates.
7/8/14 - A pair of news items: First, Jay Bruce started at first base in place of Joey Votto – a position Bruce, who normally plays in right field, hadn’t played since high school. It’s a precautionary measure for Votto, who is still dealing with a thigh injury which could hand him on the disabled list. On a more historical note: Before there was Jim Bouton and his tell-all look at the 1969 Major League Baseball season, there was Jim Brosnan, who chronicled a pair of Reds’ seasons, one of which was the National League championship of 1961, in a pair of best-selling books. The pitcher, who also played for the Cubs, Cardinals, and White Sox, was known for “The Long Season” (1960) and “Pennant Race” (1961); he passed away at the age of 84 in the Chicago suburb of Morton Grove, Ill. on June 28.
7/1/14 - Shhh…don’t look now, but here come the Cincinnati Reds. In what is arguably the most competitive division in the National League now, the Reds have won eight of their last 10 games, including their first four-game road sweep of San Francisco in over 40 years, and have put themselves in position to make a run at one of the NL’s two wild card slots at the end of the season. Mat Latos is back on the active roster for the Reds, but has split his first two decisions from his first four starts. While the man of the offense has become Todd Frazier, who leads the squad in batting average (.287), homers (17) and RBIs (46), Billy Hamilton has started to show some good production for the Reds at the top of their batting order. After a slow start to the season, Hamilton is hitting .281/.312/.402, with 16 doubles, three triples, and even four homers, and his 34 steals put him second in the NL behind the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dee Gordon, who has 40.
6/24/14 - The Cincinnati Reds are 13-8 through the month of June, and currently on a three-game winning streak, taking two out of three from high-flying Toronto before heading off to the Friendly Confines of Chicago’s Wrigley Field and grabbing a needed win in the first of a three game set. But while the offense struggles this season, the pitching has been the biggest factor keeping the Reds within shouting distance of St. Louis and division leading Milwaukee. Ace Johnny Cueto is clearly all the way back from the physical issues he had last season; while just 7-5, his 1.86 ERA and 0.84 WHIP are tops in the National League, as are his three complete games; his 119 strikeouts are second in the NL. The true revelation this season, though, has been Alfredo Simon, whose 10 wins put him first in the NL.
6/9/14 - So far this season, the Cincinnati Reds are a tale of two teams: offense, and defense. The pitching has generally been good – as a team, the Reds are third in the bigs in quality starts, fifth in batting average against (.235), sixth in WHIP (1.22), and ninth in ERA (3.57). The offense, though, is another story: 28th in runs scored (213), 27th in batting average (.237), 25th in slugging percentage (.372), and 29th – next to last in all of MLB – in on-base percentage (.299). The Reds are set to get a pair of key players off the disabled list soon – Joey Votto and Mat Latos are doing rehab stints with Triple A Louisville, and are expected back soon off the DL (Latos as soon as this weekend).
6/3/14 - The Cincinnati Reds finished off the month of May and started June the right way, taking three of four games from Arizona. The Reds claimed three straight after dropping the first game of the series in the Arizona desert, including a six-hit shutout anchored by Johnny Cueto’s 7 1/3 innings of work in which he allowed five hits and just one walk while striking out seven, increasing his league leading whiff total to 92 while dropping his ERA to 1.68. The next day, the Reds collected all four of their runs in their 4-3 win off the longball, with four solo shots from Zack Cozart, Todd Frazier (his team leading 10th), Ryan Ludwick, and Chris Heisey en route to giving Alfredo Simon his team-high seventh win of the season. Off the field, Reds first baseman Joey Votto was eligible to come off the disabled list over the weekend, but remained on in a day to day status with no timetable to return from a strained left quadriceps muscle. Billy Hamilton also is day to day with a sore right elbow as a result of a long throw from the outfield.
5/27/14 - The Cincinnati Reds arrived on the West Coast at the beginning of the weak, and faced a pitcher just coming off the disabled list – and it took an eighth-inning double by Todd Frazier to break up what had been up to then a perfect game bid by Los Angeles Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Reds offense woke up after than but it ended up being too little too late, as the Dodgers defeated Johnny Cueto (6 1/3 innings, four runs but just one earned, on four hits) and the Reds 4-3. Frazier scored the first Red run in the eighth on Chris Heisey’s sacrifice fly; then Billy Hamilton ripped a double to right center field which scored Ryan Ludwick and Brayan Pena, accounting for the remainder of the Reds’ scoring. The Reds have dropped three straight now, including two to division rivals St. Louis back home at Great American Ball Park, leaving them now in fourth place, a half game behind Pittsburgh and 6 ½ behind Milwaukee, still leading the division.
5/19/14 - After Johnny Cueto, the surprise of the season so far for the Cincinnati Reds has to be the pitching of starter Alfredo Simon. Simon is currently the Reds’ staff leader in wins, with a 5-2 record; Cueto stands now at 4-2; Simon also has compiled a solid 2.45 ERA through his eight starts – but still almost double the minuscule number (1.25) that is Cueto’s ERA. Cueto has also moved to the top of the National League strikeouts chart, with 76 whiffs. Over the past weekend, the Reds dropped two out of three to Philadelphia, winning the Friday night affair 3-0, then losing the next two by 12-0 and 8-3 counts. Slugger Joey Votto has missed the Reds’ last four games with a knee injury, and the club continues to hope that he will not need to go onto the disabled list.
5/12/14 - The Cincinnati Reds got a huge lift on May 11: the return of closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman struck out the side in the ninth inning of the Reds’ 4-1 win over Colorado, allowing Homer Bailey to notch his third win of the season. Chapman faced four hitters in the ninth inning, walking one; he threw first-pitch strikes to all four hitters, and ultimately tossed 21 pitches, of which 14 were strikes. Billy Hamilton ripped a triple as part of a 2-for-3 day at the plate, and also swiped his 12th base of the season (tied for third best in the National League); and Todd Frazier slammed his seventh home run of the year, tops for the Reds just ahead of Joey Votto, who has six. On the mound, Johnny Cueto, despite just a 3-2 record, is having an outstanding season; he is tops in the NL in ERA (1.75) and WHIP (0.73), and second in strikeouts (68, two behind Miami’s ace Jose Fernandez).
5/6/14 - nd down goes Jay Bruce. The Cincinnati Reds outfielder was scratched from the starting lineup on May 4, citing pain in his knee; he would see one plate appearance in pinch-hitting duty during the Reds’ 10-inning victory over division leader Milwaukee. However, later the team would announce that Bruce had torn cartilage in his knee which would require surgery, meaning he would be out for at least 3-4 weeks. The good news is that closer Aroldis Chapman is expected back with the big club in time for the next homestand; after making a pair of successful starts for Dayton (Single A), the Cuban smokeballer is expected to make a start for Triple A Louisville this week, and then possibly follow up out of the bullpen before returning. More good news on the field: The Reds claimed three of four from the division leading Milwaukee Brewers to start the month of May off on the right foot.
4/28/14 - After winning seven of their last 10 games – including five of seven against division nemesis Pittsburgh – the Cincinnati Reds went to Atlanta and were promptly swept by the Braves, even turning a stellar eight inning, three-hit, 11-strikeout performance by resurgent starter Johnny Cueto into a no-decision. The Reds also found themselves struggling for baserunners this past Sunday as well, managing just three hits off Braves starter Julio Teheran – though two were for extra bases (doubles by Brayan Pena and Ryan Ludwick). Cueto, who struggled with injuries through all of 2013, is just 2-2 in six starts, but already has a pair of complete games and a shutout to go along with 50 whiffs – second in the NL to Stephen Strasburg – and a minuscule 1.15 ERA, also good for second in the league behind former Red Aaron Harang.
4/21/14 - Taking two out of three in Chicago, the Cincinnati Reds have pulled to just a couple of games away from .500, and now in third place in the National League’s Central Division. The Reds bombed the Cubs on Easter Sunday, April 20, to a final score of 8-2; Homer Bailey tossed six innings of shutout baseball, striking out eight, and helping himself at the plate with an RBI single in the 4th inning. Jay Bruce and Zack Cozart each smacked homers in the 7th inning, while six Reds in total walloped extra base hits. In great off-the-field news, the Redleg Nation blog is reporting that shutdown closer Aroldis Chapman, who suffered a fractured orbital bone after being hit by a line drive during Spring Training, is scheduled to throw live batting practice on April 23, after which he should begin his minor league rehabilitation process.
4/15/14 - The Cincinnati Reds offense finally opened up over the weekend, giving the visiting Tampa Bay Rays a 12-4 shellacking on April 13. The Reds got longballs from Joey Votto, his second of the season; Devin Mesoraco, who also launched his second; and Chris Heisey left the yard for the first time this season, pinch-hitting in the bottom of the 8th inning. All of these runs came in support of starter Tony Cingrani, who threw 6 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out six to notch his first win of the season. This win came after a pair of one-run losses to the Rays over the weekend, 2-1 on April 11 in a duel of aces David Price and Johnny Cueto; and then being shut out 1-0 on April 12. The Reds collected a grand total of eight base hits across the two losses. The Reds, at 4-8 and tied with Chicago at the bottom of the NL Central, haven’t gotten off to this slow a start in almost 20 years.
4/8/14 - Did the Cincinnati Reds leave their offense behind in Arizona? It’s still early (just seven games out of 162), but as a team the Reds are 28th in Major League Baseball in runs scored, 26th in team batting average, 23rd in team on-base percentage, and 26th in team slugging percentage. Through April 7, the Reds are 2-5 and in last place in the National League’s Central Division, having scored 18 runs while allowing 24. Billy Hamilton’s struggles at the plate exemplify the team’s performance as a whole; in 17 at-bats, Hamilton had a grand total of one hit, a double, for a six-game slash line of .059/.111/.118. On the other side of the coin, Ryan Ludwick (.367) and Todd Frazier (.360 and 2 HR) are tearing the cover off the ball. Also encouraging is the performance of Johnny Cueto; in two starts (a loss and a no decision) and 14 innings pitched, he has allowed just three earned runs and struck out 17 as opposed to four walks.
3/31/14 - OPENING DAY: the phrase baseball fans live for, year after year. Until recent years, the Major League Baseball opener was an annual tradition in southwest Ohio, home of the first professional baseball club, the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds had an impressive string of 61 Opening Days scoring at least one run snapped on Monday, falling 1-0 to the defending National League champ St. Louis Cardinals. Reds fans did get some promising news out of the game, as starter Johnny Cueto pitched into the seventh inning, allowing three hits – including what would be the game-winning home run by Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina – and striking out eight while walking just one. The Reds’ offense generated just three hits, all singles; and only Todd Frazier could touch Cards starter Adam Wainwright for more than one base hit (two; Brandon Phillips had the other single). Billy Hamilton was 0-for-4, all whiffs.
3/24/14 - It’s every pitcher’s fear: the smoked line drive up the middle. And that’s exactly what happened to Cincinnati Reds smokeballing closer Aroldis Chapman in a Spring Training game against Kansas City. Chapman suffered a fracture over his left eye and a mild concussion after being hit in the bottom of the sixth inning by Royals catcher Salvador Perez. It's not only Chapman, though; the injury bug continues to bite the Reds. Not only will Chapman be out at least two months (and will he be as effective as he was before?), manager Bryan Price recited a litany of additional injury issues: pitchers Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall will start the season on the disabled list, and starter Mat Latos will likely join them – though Latos was expected to start a minor-league game at the beginning of the week; Johnny Cueto will also take a minor-league start; Homer Bailey is still recovering from a groin injury and will have bullpen sessions at the end of the week; and catcher Devin Mesoraco has an oblique muscle injury.
3/18/14 - Just two years ago in 2012, the Cincinnati Reds had all five of their starting pitchers go through the season without suffering any injuries. What a difference time makes – three starters have suffered injuries just during Spring Training alone, the latest being Homer Bailey, who signed a huge contract just before Spring Training started. Bailey was scratched from a weekend start with a mild groin sprain, although it was something characterized by Reds manager Bryan Price as “not a significant strain.” The Reds’ top returning starter from 2013, Mat Latos, is still recovering from meniscus surgery, but is said to possibly make his spring debut next week; Mike Leake started the spring with an abdominal strain but has made a pair of starts without any further physical issues. The most closely watched of the Reds’ starters, though, has to be Johnny Cueto, who has had injury issues since the first game of the 2012 postseason.
3/11/14 - Cincinnati.com sports writer Paul Daugherty notes that the Cincinnati Reds are “focused on what they have, not what they lost” – in other words, having speedy outfield prospect Billy Hamilton; proven vets Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, and Brandon Phillips; and a starting staff that, despite the offseason departure of innings-eater Bronson Arroyo, Daugherty called “among the best three or four in the league.” The big questions for the Reds right now? As Daugherty put it, “If Todd Frazier can…if Ryan Ludwick comes back…” When asked if the Reds are a “complete” team, Votto said, “I think so.”
3/4/14 - In a preview on the Redleg Nation blog, the Reds’ “biggest unknown” for 2014 is the ongoing project that is speedster Billy Hamilton. Blogger Jason Linden said, “Watching Hamilton run is a religious experience” – but notes that Reds fans are “hopeful and nervous.” Hamilton does have some sizable shoes to fill, as 2013 starting center fielder and leadoff man Shin-Soo Choo (now a Texas Ranger) had a slash line of .285/.423/.462 to go along with 34 doubles, 21 homers, and a team leading 107 runs scored. The two big questions regarding the Hamilton project are: How he will do at the plate over a full season, and what kind of defense he will bring to the Reds’ outfield as the starting center fielder. Thus far, Hamilton has appeared in four games for the Reds during Spring Training, hitting .333 (3-for-9) with a double, four runs scored, and a pair of stolen bases.
2/24/14 - Going into the meat of Spring Training 2014, the Cincinnati Reds have very high hopes pinned on speed merchant Billy Hamilton. The young outfielder astounded scouts and Reds front office personnel by stealing 258 bases across the 2011 (103) and 2012 (a minor league record 155) seasons. During a September callup by the Reds in 2013, Hamilton ripped off 13 bases in as many games, while going 7-for-19 with a pair of doubles and nine runs scored. Hamilton had a pair of special tutors last spring – Ken Griffey Sr. and Delino DeShields – and is working extensively this spring with another former Reds superstar, Eric Davis.
2/11/14- A now infamous article broke last Friday, profiling Cincinnati Reds LHP, Aroldis Chapman, the man who threw the fastest recorded pitch in MLB history (105 mph in 2010), and his longing for his old life in Cuba, smoking, sleeping and simply being bored for most days in the offseason. Now, Chapman is ready to brush off that winter slumber and hit the mound again, starting Feb 14, when Reds pitchers report for the first day of Spring Training practice. Cincinnati Reds tickets start at just $5 when they take on the Indians (Feb 27), see if springtime breathes new life into your young closer!
1/27/14 - The Reds are gearing up for life without leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo, but with gifted youngster Billy Hamilton and his world-class speed gear up for the challenge, things are looking more than promising. With new management and a craving for revenge against the Pirates, the Reds could definitely take the NL Central this year! Cincinnati Reds tickets are averaging $38 to see how the team stacks up in Spring Training starting next month.
9/24/13 - The Cincinnati Reds have clinched a playoff spot for the second straight year. But, there is one more accomplishment the Reds would like to achieve before the end of the regular season – a NL Central title. Cincinnati will play one of two divisional rivals still in the hunt to win that title, the Pittsburgh Pirates, in the final series this regular season at Great American Ball Park. The two ball clubs both boast a 90-67 record; both are two games behind current leader St. Louis Cardinals. The three game series is averaging $42 in Cincinnati. Good news for the Reds, Johnny Cueto is back on the mound and if he remains healthy, can greatly contribute to a squad who has seen much of its pitching rotation fall to injury throughout the season.
7/26/13 - Despite losing ace Johnny Cueto to significant time on the disabled list, the Big Red Machine continues to keep the pressure on Central Division rivals St. Louis and Pittsburgh. The heart of the Reds’ batting order – Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, and Jay Bruce – continue to be the engine of the Red Machine; while the pitching slack from Cueto’s injuries has been admirably picked up by Mike Leake, who is quietly having a career year on the mound. Reds fans have come to expect great things from this team, and 2013 will prove to be no exception.
3/26/13 – The City of Cincinnati might as well shut down for Opening Day – Reds fans consider the day an unofficial Holiday and flock to Great American Ball Park in masses. The Cincinnati Reds are the only team who always opens the season with a home game (aside from 1990) and for the first time ever this year, teams (including the Reds) will play interleague games on Opening Day. Demand for Reds tickets is high; it is not surprising than that Reds Opening Day tickets are the second most expensive in the League – only the Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees Opening Day tickets are more expensive. Following the Reds Opening Day series against the Los Angeles Angels, the team will host the Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins, and Chicago Cubs in April.
Cincinnati Reds 2014 Season
The Reds haven’t made much noise in the way of headlining news this offseason, with seven of eight position players and four of five rotation players back in the line up with Spring Training looming on the horizon. The Reds obtained Skip Schumaker from the Dodgers and Brayan Pena from the Tigers, while trading Ryan Hanigan to the Rays and losing Shin-Soo Choo in free agency, arguably the biggest change for the team this winter.
Making internal changes, the Red’s promoted Bryan Price (pitching coach) to manager after letting go of six-year manager Dusty Baker. Under Baker, Cincinnati made it to the playoffs three times, but could never reach the NLCS round. On the field, the Reds have enlisted young swift-footed Billy Hamilton to replace Choo as leadoff hitter in center after his promising rookie year. Last season won Cincinnati a trip to the Wild Card round, but the Reds will settle for nothing less than the division title this time around. Can they do it with a new manager? Score some Cincinnati Reds tickets now to see how they do!
Is "The Big Red Machine" back? With the Cincinnati Reds winning the National League's Central Division two out of the last three years, many fans would say, "Yes sir!" Manager Dusty Baker has the boys from Ohio's "Queen City" playing solid baseball, with timely hitting and solid pitching. However, the Reds do have a number of questions going into the 2013 campaign. Are slugger Joey Votto and ace starter Johnny Cueto fully recovered and rehabbed from late season injuries suffered last season? Votto suffered torn cartilage in his left knee midway through last season, and was only moderately effective as a hitter after a short rehab; Cueto strained a muscle in his back just eight pitches into Game 1 of the 2012 NL Division Series, and never returned, while the Reds dropped three straight to the eventual World Series champions from San Francisco. The Reds also acquired outfielder Shin-Soo Choo from their upstate rivals in Cleveland; Choo is expected to hold down center field while up and coming basepath burner Billy Hamilton learns to play the position in what many expect to be his final season in the minor leagues. Finally, can 100-mph fireballer Aroldis Chapman successfully make the transition back to starting pitching, after a 2012 season in which he was one of the dominant closers in the National League? All of this and more remains to be seen as 2013 opens at Great American Ball Park.
How much are Reds tickets? Cincinnati Reds tickets average $65 at Great American Ball Park in 2013. Opening Day tickets are priced from $95 in the Bleacher and View levels to more than $700 for Diamond and Infield Box seats — the Reds host the Angels in an Interleague game on April 1st. In addition to the Angels, this season's Reds schedule features huge series with the three other MLB teams from California: Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants. Reds fans on a budget should head out to GABP to catch Reds games versus the Colorado Rockies, Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers, and Washington Nationals; Reds baseball tickets to these series average under $45. Also, cheap Reds tickets for most 2013 home games start at $15 or less. Cincinnati's popular on the road too; Reds away game tickets average $70, $5 more than at home.