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Episode 42: Happier than usual at All-Star break

To be in the hunt at the All-Star break is fun for a change. But can the Reds play at a high enough level over the last 75 games to climb into first place or earn a wild-card berth? We figure it's going to take playing close to a .600 level or better. Fortunately none of the other teams in the division look like a 90-win team either. We talk about our all-star pitchers, who we want around next year (and disagree on Puig) and try to guess a little at what the Reds might do. But it's not easy...


Episode 41: Feeling positive about the Redlegs

Positive vibes are vibing around the Reds these days. What should we expect? Hard to say, but we have some opinions of course. We talk about the whole buyer-seller thing at the trade deadline, possible future of the starting rotation, Senzel and many other insightful things. We also take another look back at the big trade in '71 and discuss why we remember Ed Armbrister.


Episode 40: Going batty waiting for this team to hit

We're back after a too-long hiatus with another exciting episode. When will this team hit? Wish we knew the answer. One thing is for sure: the next four weeks are crucial and will determine whether the Reds are buyers or sellers after the All-Star break. We field several questions from listeners, and we wish we had more concrete answers. And we look back at one of the key acquisitions in the big 1971 trade with Houston. Bet you'll learn something or be reminded of something you forgot if...


Episode 39: Theoretically the Reds are getting better

In our first episode since opening day, we grade David Bell on his performance as a manager while he's navigated the treacherous lineup waters with a team that hasn't exactly been known for its offense. Of course, we love what we've seen from the pitching staff. We talk about some interesting theories we are developing. Hang in till the end and hear our predictions about whether the Reds can be over .500 a month from now and when we think Senzel will get the call. And in honor of Episode 39...


Episode 38: Opening Day edition and bold predictions

A more anticipated Opening Day than we've had in a few years is here. The roster is set and we talk about that, the Senzel injury and handling, the bench, the bullpen and well, just about everything. We also give our over-unders on the how many wins we can expect. The gap between the least optimistic and the most optimistic of us is six games. That's a pretty big gap. And Tom is going to Opening Day. Jeff and Kim are jealous, but we've got Fox Sports Ohio.


Episode 37: Roster decisions, pizza and M&Ms

We discuss the depth the Reds have suddenly amassed and think out loud about what it all means. We have different opinions on what to do with Nick Senzel, who to start opening day, etc. Jeff clarifies how to pronounce Taylor Trammell's last name while trying not to cough too much. Mostly we have a good time as always talking about our favorite baseball team.


Episode 36: Caravaning with the Reds

Reds superfan Jim Lisle joins Jeff and Kim fresh off three stops on the Reds Caravan. We've got interviews with Scooter Gennett, Sal Romano and Cody Reed from the Dayton stop. They talk about putting the rebuild in the rearview mirror, the excitement of the coaching and player additions, and about being ready and healthy for spring training and the 2019 season. This is a must-listen episode. But, of course, they all are.


Episode 35: New arms, new bats, new attitude

The Reds celebrate a Merry Christmas with a blockbuster deal with the Dodgers, and we break it down. We like the aggressiveness of the front office and the additions of Wood, Puig and Kemp as well as Roark. We also debate the merits of Peraza and Winker as leadoff hitters or at least top part of the order guys. And what about another pitcher? There is no shortage of opinions on this show. And could one of our current pitchers throw like an ace at least for one season. It's happened before,...


Episode 34: Christmas wish list

Yes, we are eagerly awaiting our new starting pitchers. We're not too picky, but they have to be good. We hope Billy Hamilton lands in a good spot in the new year. But we are intrigued to see who our new center fielder will be. Will it be Nick Senzel? Two of us want to see him there. One of us says, "Yeah, but he's not proven."


Episode 33: Reds ring the Bell

David Bell is the big topic of conversation in this episode and there are varying opinions from the 3 regulars, our friend John and a new friend to the show Jim, an uber Reds fan, who runs the popular Cincinnati Reds Rounding Third and Heading for Home Facebook page. He loves Suarez.


Episode 32: A little apathy ... just a little

We still love the Reds, but it's been rough since the All-Star break. No surprise, but we're still begging the Reds to go out and get pitching and stop trying to develop it all. If the Reds do that, we will be looking forward to next year. And apologies to Joey Votto. Right after we recorded this episode he hit a grand slam later that day and another homer the next day. He's still really good. And so is Scott Schebler.


Episode 31: We want a pitcher

The Reds' future still comes down to improving the starting rotation. We want a new face next year to lead the rotation and talk about who the five guys could be that will lead the Reds into contention. We learn that a legendary Red once wore No. 31. And we're split on whether Riggleman will be back for 2019.


Episode 30: All-Star talk, roster talk and Joe Morgan

While sitting poolside, we celebrate the resurgent Reds, the Reds' three all-stars, wonder what the Reds could and maybe should do with their roster and hear about Jeff's pressbox visit with Reds Hall of Famer Joe Morgan.


Episode 29: The Reds are great!

The Reds are playing their best baseball since we started this show and they show no signs of slowing down. So we revel in that, talk about the merits of the double switch as it relates to Jesse Winker, reminisce about new Reds HOFer Fred Norman and lots of other cool Reds stuff.


Episode 28: Jesse, Scooter, Hunter and the future

We're just as happy as everyone else that Jesse Winker is playing. Two of us at least think it's at least worth talking to Scooter Gennett about a new contract. We talk about the progress Hunter Greene is making in Dayton. And we love that guy who sprints in from the bullpen.


Episode 27: Sick and tired of being sick and tired

We work really hard to see the glass half full with Tom's data-driven quiz. But it's hard when you talk about the outfield situation, the error-prone infield and Homer Bailey. The big question is does this management team have a viable plan? We also discuss Scooter, Hawaiian shirt day and a throwback player who got away.


Episode 26: Your Reds questions answered ... sort of

Since we last met Bryan Price has been replaced by Jim Riggleman. The Reds are still struggling with their worst 25-game start in history, so who's to blame. We don't think it's Price. The blame starts at the top. We discuss Billy Hamilton's inability to learn to be a good hitter and what it will take to make fans believe the front office really wants to win. We talk a little Hiunter Greene. And we remember the 1970s Reds team, which went to the World Series with all of its best players in...


Episode 25: Bad start but at least there's Hunter Greene

We gather for a Saturday morning breakfast of omelets to soften blow of the bad start to this Reds' season. We have not lost all hope despite the titanic struggles this team has had. But we do find something positive to talk about, and his name is Hunter Greene. Is he the next Doc Gooden? Hey, at least baseball is back, and that's always a good thing.


Episode 24: Play ball!

The offseason is finally over and it's time to see if the Cincinnati Reds can actually improve on the past two years. Jeff shares thoughts about things that could happen that would ensure a better season. Our guest on this show is Lynn Howard. He came to Studio 82 with several Reds caps and had great stories to tell about each of them, including autographs from some all-time Reds' greats. And Lynn talks about his unique experience of attending all of the Astros' home postseason games on...


Episode 23: Spring is here and we're optimistic this season will be better

Joey Votto says he's tired of losing, and so are we. A healthy rotation (cross your fingers), position players who are finding their way (especially, we hope, Winker and Senzel) and good managing by Bryan Price of the young guys (again, cross your fingers) are our reasons for optimism. We answer the challenge of an over-under on Ws this season from a listener, and we relive some of our memories at spring training games.