Well, the Reds’ roster doesn’t look much different than it did at the end of the season. But it was time to get back together and talk baseball in the dead of winter. So keep warm with us around the space heater, enjoy some Good & Plenty and hear our way-too-early predictions for the number of Ws in 2018.
We’re back from a two-week break and suddenly some of the young arms we’ve been promised just might be in the early stages of blossoming into a real rotation. What we’ve had this year can’t be called a rotation. The only thing rotating has been who’s in the rotation on a weekly basis. Tom is insightful as always about what he sees in the young arms. And we talk about what clutch hitting is and isn’t as Kim tries to wrap his head around another modern metric.
Trade talks involving the Reds are quiet this week, but we throw out a few suggestions for our Cincinnati Reds to consider. Hey, if they’d just listen to us all of their probelms would be solved, right. Isn’t that what all fans think? We also delve into the baserunning metric of BsR to give Billy Hamilton a little love, talk about Pete Rose and plate appearances and the significance of shutouts and Hall of Fame pitchers in the 1905 World Series.
After last week’s great look back at some fun Cincinnati Reds history, we talk about recent good things, ponder trade possibilities and look at why Joey Votto could’ve been voted a starter instead of a reserve to the All-Star Game. We talk wRC+, start a new feature called Baseball Card Recollections and reveal last week’s trivia answer. Also, instead of a Throwback Player feature, Tom shares a Throwback Unit.
We solve the mystery of who in the world was Bumpus Jones and why we care, continue to lament the state of our starting pitching and discuss what we appreciate about this year’s team. Tune in and hear why Ron Oester is an old favorite of Tom’s, what in the world xFIP is (we’re still not sure) and join the conversation of what might happen at the trade deadline.
The starting rotation continues to keep our Reds under .500, but we believe in the lineup and hold onto hope that our real starting pitchers will one day make an appearance and save the season. We look back and talk about Gary Redus, start a new segment on explaining one of the fancy new metrics that have taken over baseball analysis and make a fearless prediction. Most importantly we learn the importance of batting .270.
Fresh off a downer weekend in San Francisco, the guys look hopefully toward three games at Wrigley followed by three games at home against the West-leading Rockies. They also look ahead to what the lineup and rotation might look like post-All-Star break with and without Cozart. And a little All-Star game voting talk even though Tom thinks ballots shouldn’t be available till June 1. He’s serious.