The Reds are headed to Atlanta for the first round of the playoffs, and we haven't been this excited about a Reds team since 2012. Join us for our 50th episode, which is almost as remarkable of an accomplishment as what the Reds did over the final three weeks of the season. Nobody gave us or the Reds much of a chance to make it this far. Hang in till near the end to hear quite the logical discussion of whether it's more important to win Game 1 or Game 2.
We attempt to answer that question with our less than infinite wisdom. We do get some help from our old friend and coach, Don Callan. He coached a little baseball back in the day, watches the Reds every day and wore a leather helmet the first day he stepped on a football field. Join us for fun, old stories and the laughs that go with them and for a deep dive into what the numbers say about how David Bell manages his pitching staff.
Jeff and Tom gather via Zoom with a friend who is a Pirates fan. But don't let that scare you. We have a good time talking about what it's like not to have any baseball, let alone the majors. But we are hopeful the season will find a way to start in May even if the division alignments are wacky.
Will the 2020 Cincinnati Reds win more than 80 games? Are the new position players - Moose and Shogo - enough of an upgrade? Can old Votto be at least a little more like young Votto and not 2019 Votto? Who will be in the outfield rotation? We know thousands are asking. And we're here with answers, or at least muddled thoughts.
It's no secret that the Cincinnati Reds need an offensive boost next season. We compare the Reds to the Cardinals and Dodgers and talk about the kinds of changes we want to see before next season. Please forgive the audio quality. We had some technical issues, but we wanted to post this show anyway. Please hang in there. It's a shorter show than usual anyway. Go Reds!
The Reds might be only on the fringes of the playoff chase, but that's better than being the completely out of it like the Pirates. We talk about Trevor Bauer the roster shakeup (and Aquino), what this team might do down the stretch (and Aquino) and what next year's roster might look like (and Aquino). Lots of good stuff to talk about this time of year for a change. Be sure to also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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 to read their minds. Hang around to the end to hear Part 3 of our look back at the Reds 3-for-5 trade with the Astros in 1971.
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.