Hall of Fame baseball writer Hal McCoy shares his thoughts on the Cincinnati Reds

Finnegan struggles in last tuneup

6:41 pm Mar. 29, 2017

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price used his Opening Day lineup and batting order Wednesday in his team’s final spring exhibition game in Arizona, a 9-6 loss to the Cleveland Indians.

The lineup: CF Billy Hamilton, 2B Jose Peraza, 1B Joey Votto, LF Adam Duvall, 3B Eugenio Suarez, RF Scott Schebler, SS Zack Cozart, C Tucker Barnhart.

OPENING DAY STARTER Scott Feldman was not on the mound. Brandon Finnegan, who will pitch Game

Adleman, Romano out, Arroyo may be in

7:08 pm Mar. 28, 2017

While the 1962 New York Mets were in the dubious process of losing 120 games in the team’s first year of existence, manager/comedian Casey Stengel aske facetiously, “Can anybody here play this game?”

So far during spring exhibition games this year the mantra for the Cincinnati Reds is, “Can anybody here pitch?”

THE COMPETITION FOR available spots in the five-man Reds rotation was reduced by two Tuesday morning and it seems it

Reds’ Reed crushed by Giants regulars, 14-2

7:00 pm Mar. 27, 2017

It was a mismatch when the managers turned over their lineup cards to the home plate umpire Monday afternoon when the Cincinnati Reds traveled to Scottsdale to play the San Francisco Giants.

On Reds manager Bryan Price’s card there was one regular and it was Jose Peraza, playing shortstop instead of second base, where he will be on Opening Day.

Meanwhile, Giants manager Bruce Bochy had his Opening Day lineup on the

Reds lose twice, including 22-4 to the Cubs

8:24 pm Mar. 26, 2017

If the Cincinnati Reds were smart, they stayed out of the casinos this weekend during their visit to Las Vegas.

They would have returned to Goodyear Sunday night wearing their underwear.

And Reds pitcher Tim Adleman may not have even had his underwear.

THE REDS PLAYED TWO games in Las Vegas against the Chicago Cubs and not only lost them both, they gave up 33 runs in two days.

They lost Saturday, 11-7, as

Reds-Brewers enact bizarre exhibition (23 runs)

10:09 pm Mar. 24, 2017

As Cat Stevens once sang, ‘Oh, baby, it’s a wild world.’

And it certainly was a wild world Friday afternoon when the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers gathered in Goodyear, Ariz., for an exhibition baseball game.

Twenty-three runs. Thirty-five hits. It wasn’t a day to be auditioning for pitching jobs as the Reds outlasted the Brewers, 12-11.

Sal Romano, trying to put an exclamation point on his casting call for a spot in

Reds get dose of what Team USA got from Quintana

6:57 pm Mar. 23, 2017

If the Cincinnati Reds happened to see what Chicago White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana did to Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, then they should have been prepared for what he did to them Thursday in Glendale, Ariz.

Quintana, pitching for Colombia, held Team USA, the eventual WBC champion, to no hits for 5 2/3 innings, although the U.S. won the game, 3-2, in 10 innings.

The scheduled Opening Day starter

Reed outstanding but Reds routed, 9-1

7:10 pm Mar. 21, 2017

Cody Reed obviously realizes what is at stake and he put his best foot forward Tuesday afternoon in Goodyear, Ariz.

And he may be landing both feet squarely into the Cincinnati Reds starting rotation.

It is hard to believe that anybody for the Reds pitched well in a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim that the Reds lost, 9-1.

But Cody Reed was awesome.

HE PITCHED A GLORIOUS 5 2/3 innings against

Feldman Opening Day pitcher — by attrition

7:10 pm Mar. 20, 2017

The selection of Scott Feldman as the Opening Day starter by the Cincinnati Reds can be reduced to one word: attrition.

The Reds announced Monday that the 34-year-old righthander will face the Philadelphia Phillies on Opening Day April 3.

They had only two real options — Feldman or Brandon Finnegan. From there they aren’t even certain who will fill out the rest of the rotation with two weeks remaining in spring training.


Garrett struggles but Stephenson strong

8:36 pm Mar. 19, 2017

While most of the sports world is distracted these days by the NCAA basketball March Madness, the Cincinnati Reds are engaged in their own version of March Madness.

Trying to find more than warm bodies to fill the starting rotation is maddening.

For most of spring training, Amir Garrett has been saying “Why not me?” with some eye-opening performances.

It was not one of those days Sunday.


Arroyo hit in face but appears OK

7:24 pm Mar. 18, 2017

The pitching mound continues to be a disaster area, a black hole and a land mine for the Cincinnati Reds.

The latest victim on that little island in the middle of a baseball field is 40-year-old Bronson Arroyo.And it was a freak accident. He forgot to duck. He was hit in the face by a throw from catcher Devin Mesoraco in the second inning of a game in Goodyear, Ariz., against