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Are the Reds sending a message to pitchers?

5:26 pm Jun. 27, 2017

CINCINNATI — It appears a message is being sent throughout the Cincinnati Reds system to pitchers — especially guys like Cody Reed and Robert Stephenson. And that message is, “Throw strikes, display some command of the strike zone.”

And if they don’t they’ll languish in the minor league sytem while the Reds search here, there and everywhere for help.

An example surfaced again Tuesday when the Reds made a roster move to

Reds’ pitching news: Always bad

7:03 pm Jun. 26, 2017

When it comes to news about the Cincinnati Reds 2017 pitching staff, all news is bad news.

The latest calamity struck Monday afternoon during the make-up of a rained-out game in St. Louis, a game the Reds eventually lost, 8-2.

Early in the game, while Brandon Finnegan was pitching for the first time since April 15, Jim Day of Fox Sports Ohio did an interview in the dugout with Bronson Arroyo.

BEFORE THE

Feldman puts a halt to Reds’ woes

8:26 pm Jun. 25, 2017

What Scott Feldman did Sunday afternoon just puts extreme emphasis on what the problem is with the Cincinnati Reds.

Starting pitching, starting pitching, starting pitching and, yes, starting pitching.

Feldman pitched seven innings against the Washington Nationals and gave up two runs, seven hits and just two walks to carry the Reds to a 6-2 victory.

WHAT IS SO SPECIAL about that? Feldman is the first Reds starting pitcher to win a game

Bailey blasted for eight runs, Reds lost, 18-3

7:53 pm Jun. 24, 2017

There is no such thing as a one-man cavalry.

Anybody who expected pitcher Homer Bailey to come charging over the hill on a great white horse to save the Cincinnati Reds isn’t dealing with reality.

The much-awaited and much-ballyhooed return of Bailey to the Reds rotation finally happened Saturday afternoon in Nationals Park, but if you blinked you missed it.

It is one thing to make three scoreless rehabilitation appearances in the minor

Reds bullpen can’t save Castillo’s win

2:14 am Jun. 24, 2017

One would think that if a team scores four runs in the first inning against Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, that team would win.

One would be wrong.

One would think that if the game came down to a battle between bullpens, the worst (Washington) versus one of he best (Cincinnati Res), the best bullpen would win.

One would be wrong.

THAT’S THE WAY IT went Friday night when the Cincinnati Reds lost yet

Reds winning streak stopped at one

11:01 pm Jun. 20, 2017

The Cincinnati Reds winning streak came to a quick halt Tuesday night.

One game.

After ending a nine-game losing streak Monday night, beating the Tampa Bay Rays, the Reds started a new losing streak Tuesday night, losing to the Rays, 6-5.

AND IT WAS MOSTLY DUE to a walk on the wild side by Reds starter Amir Garrett, who gave up all six runs in only 3 2/3 innings.

He walked four and the

Gennett ‘The Man’ as Reds end nine-game skid

10:26 pm Jun. 19, 2017

Losing Zack Cozart is not a good thing for the Cincinnati Reds. But getting Scooter Gennett more playing time is not a bad thing.

And that’s the way it played out Monday night when the Reds expunged a nine-game losing streak with a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Tropicana Field.

Cozart was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a quad injury before Monday’s game, meaning Gennett takes over

Arroyo admits his career may be over

5:23 pm Jun. 18, 2017

CINCINNATI — It is difficult to witness any career spiral to below sea level, a career crash and burn to ashes.

Baseball career obituaries are neither fun nor easy to write.

And it is more difficult when it happens to a class act, to a guy more honest than Abe and more hard-working than Big Bad John.

That, though, probably was the case Sunday afternoon for 40-year-old Bronson Arroyo. Those sitting in the

Reds keep the Louisville-Cincinnati shuttle on a regular schedule

12:13 pm Jun. 18, 2017

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati-Louisville Baseball Shuttle Service was in action Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, as it is all the time, nearly on a full-time schedule with the Cincinnati Reds.

First of all, catcher Stuart Turner was activated off the disabled list. And pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla was recalled from Class AAA Louisville to pump fresh blood into the weary bullpen.

To make room, pitcher Jake Buchanan was optioned back to Louisville and

Surprise? Reds 1 for 17 with RISP, lose eighth straight

8:25 pm Jun. 17, 2017

CINCINNATI — Gildna Radner, the old Saturday Night Live star, wrote a book entitled, ‘It’s Always Something.’

It wasn’t about the 2017 Cincinnati Reds, but it could have been because, indeed, with the Reds it is always something.

After a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night, the media swarmed Billy Hamilton and Zack Cozart because they were a combined 3 for 49, failing to set the table for a stagnant