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

DeSclafani refuses to ask, ‘Why me?’

4:54 pm Aug. 4, 2017

CINCINNATI — Nobody would fault Cincinnati Reds pitcher Anthony DeSclafani if he dropped his head and said, “Why me?”

After all, after pitching only half a season last year due to injuries, he hasn’t thrown a pitch in the big leagues this year.

And he appeared close to returning last week when he made a rehab start and was throwing 95 and 96 miles an hour with no pain in the ulnar

Pirates’ Kuhl cools off Reds, 6-0

9:53 pm Aug. 3, 2017

The Pittsburgh Pirates wore their camouflage uniform tops Thursday night, perhaps hoping the Cincinnati Reds wouldn’t see them.

After all, the Reds won eight of the first nine games played this season between the two bottom feeders of the National League Central.

For sure, the Reds couldn’t see Pirates starter Chad Kuhl — at least they couldn’t see what he was throwing.

KUHL PITCHED SEVEN SHUTOUT innings, giving up only four hits, as

Does Dave Bristol belong in Reds Hall of Fame?

4:00 pm Aug. 3, 2017

It is popular consensus, and rightly so, that Bob Howsam was the architect of The Big Red Machine, and that manager Sparky Anderson was carpenter who nailed it together.

There is, though, another man who seldom receives his proper props for being an early part of The Machine’s success.

HIS NAME IS DAVE BRISTOL. FIRST of all, Bristol managed the old minor league San Diego Padres, the Reds top affiliate in the

Stephenson, Winker lead Reds to third straight

11:29 pm Aug. 2, 2017

Robert Stephenson provided a sniff of what the Cincinnati Reds hope he is all about Wednesday night in PNC Park.

After walking the population of a small village in his previous start in Miami, Stephenson was spot-on against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Reds won, but Stephenson was not credited with the win, even though he pitched 5 2/3 innings and didn’t give up a run while he was on the mound.

Stephenson, the

Reds on the precipce of a ‘winning streak’

10:07 pm Aug. 1, 2017

As Lou Brown, the mythical manager of the Cleveland Indians said in the movie ‘Major League,’ “You won a game yesterday. You won a game today. If you win tomorrow, that’s called a winning streak. It has happened before.”

Well, if the Cincinnati Reds can beat the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday night, they’ll have a winning streak.

They made it two in a row Tuesday night against their cousins from Pittsburgh. A 9-1

Castillo throws a gem at his former teammates

4:26 pm Jul. 30, 2017

When the Cincinnati Reds traded 14-game winner Dan Straily to the Miami Marlins last winter for minor league pitcher Luis Castillo, the howls from fans could be heard from the Ohio River to South Beach in Florida.

As luck would have it, Straily and Castillo faced each other Sunday afternoon in Marlins Park.

While Straily was good, victimized by some tough luck, Castillo was just plain outstanding in pitcher the Reds to

Monotony personified: Reds starting pitcher ineffective

9:45 pm Jul. 29, 2017

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A Cincinnati Reds pitcher didn’t make it beyond 4 1/3 innings and the Reds lost.7Add Tim Adleman to the list

He pitched 4 1/3 innings Saturday night against the Miami Marlins and gave up six runs, six hits and the inevitable home run.

The Reds, of course, lost again, 7-3 — their sixth straight loss on this 10-game trip and their 14th loss in

Romano walks six, can’t hold 3-0 lead

10:12 pm Jul. 28, 2017

Sal Romano was provided with three runs in the top of the first inning Friday night before he had to throw his first pitch to the Miami Marlins.

It wasn’t enough.

The night turned into another walk-a-thon by a Cincinnati Reds rookie pitcher, followed by a bullpen meltdown that led to a 7-4 defeat.

And after the 3-0 jump start in the first inning, the moribund Reds offense didn’t score again.


Stephenson takes another walk on the wild side

11:01 pm Jul. 27, 2017

Robert Stephenson can’t seem to grasp the concept — a pitcher has to throw strikes in the major leagues or find another profession.

When Stephenson was sent back to the minor leagues in late May, after struggling while working out of the bullpen, the message Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price gave him was simple: “Throw strikes.”

And he did that for the most part at Class AAA Louisville and earned his way

Interleague play a ‘bummer’ for the Reds

4:10 pm Jul. 26, 2017

Most National League aficionados wish that interleague play would just go away, never to re-surface, and the Cincinnati Reds pray that it will go away.

And soon. But it isn’t going to happen so the Reds have to continue to slog along.

Since interleague play began in 1997, the Reds have the worst interleague record of all major league teams and there have been some very good Reds teams in that span.