Cincinnati Reds Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Jay Bruce, RF7/3/2015 10:53:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was 1-for-4 with a run scored in the loss to the Brewers on Friday.
Insight: It was a tough loss as Bruce scored Cincinnati's only run, and the Brewers scored 12. Furthermore, Bruce didn't score his run until the ninth. Bruce is hitting .238 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI in 269 at-bats this season.
Aroldis Chapman, RP7/1/2015 5:54:00 PM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman recorded his 16th save of the season in the, 2-1, victory over the Twins on Wednesday.
Insight: Chapman is 16-for-17 in save chances this season. He also has a 1.83 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 60 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings. He will likely be dealt to a contender at the deadline, which should help his fantasy value because he isn't getting to many save opportunities with Cincinnati.
Johnny Cueto, SP7/1/2015 5:52:00 PM
Description: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto pitched a gem, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out eight and walked just one to beat the Twins, 2-1.
Insight: Cueto improved to 5-5 with the victory. He also has a 2.84 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 100 strikeouts in 104 2/3 innings this season.
Joey Votto, 1B7/1/2015 5:49:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto picked up the Reds only RBI, but it was enough to beat the Twins, 2-1.
Insight: Votto was 0-for-2, driving in a run on a sacrifice fly. In the fifth, he walked, and Billy Hamilton scored on a throwing error. Votto is hitting .282 with 14 home runs and 39 RBI in 277 at-bats this year.
Brandon Phillips, 2B7/1/2015 11:09:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (thumbs) is back in Wednesday's lineup.
Insight: He missed the past two games but is ready to go on Wednesday. Phillips is batting leadoff and playing second base.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/30/2015 2:09:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has been playing through a left thumb injury, but Sunday left the games with what appeared to be a right hand issue and is not in Tuesday's lineup.
Insight: He also missed Monday night's game. Phillips is batting .287 with five homers, 30 RBI, 32 runs and 11 steals. And playing his usual stellar second base. Ivan De Jesus will start at 2B and bat second behind Billy Hamilton.
Mike Leake, SP6/29/2015 10:26:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake was not sharp Monday versus Minnesota.
Insight: Leake gave up seven runs on nine hits and one walk over just four innings. He struck out five and is not a relevant fantasy option, with a 4.38 ERA this season.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/29/2015 2:04:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has been playing through a left thumb injury, but Sunday left the games with what appeared to be a right hand issue and is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Phillips is batting .287 with five homers, 30 RBI, 32 runs and 11 steals. And playing his usual stellar second base. Ivan De Jesus will start at 2B and bat second behind Billy Hamilton.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/29/2015 9:42:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has been playing through a left thumb injury, but Sunday left the games with what appeared to be a right hand issue.
Insight: Phillips is batting .287 with five homers, 30 RBI, 32 runs and 11 steals. And playing his usual stellar second base.
Todd Frazier, 3B6/28/2015 9:39:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hit a home run Sunday against the Mets.
Insight: Frazier continues to be one of the best power hitters in the NL over the past two seasons. He is now hitting .290 with 25 dingers and 53 RBI in 2015.
Johnny Cueto, SP6/26/2015 10:10:00 PM
Description: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto needed 112 pitches to get through six innings.
Insight: Cueto allowed two runs on two hits and three walks. He struck out six and now has a 2.98 ERA this season.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/25/2015 4:00:00 PM
Description: X-rays on Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup due to a jammed left thumb, showed no fractures or tears, according to Reds beat reporter Mark Sheldon.
Insight: Phillips suffered the injury on Tuesday versus the Pirates. The Reds will wait for him to take batting practice to determine if he can play Thursday night.
Jay Bruce, RFHot6/25/2015 10:07:00 AM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is on a tear this week, but faced a historically bad matchup on Thursday.
Insight: This is one of those really tough decisions. The streaky Bruce is batting .364 over the past two weeks with a 1.110 OPS, but he's just 3-for-31 with 11 strikeouts against Pirates starter A.J. Burnett. When Bruce gets hot he usually hits anything, so I give the edge to the hitter, slightly, in this one.
Marlon Byrd, RF6/24/2015 10:46:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd had three RBI during Wednesday's win over the Pirates.
Insight: Byrd finished 2-for-4 with a homer on the night. He is hitting .223 with 12 homers and 29 RBI this season.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/24/2015 4:12:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is a late scratch from Wednesday's lineup due to a jammed left thumb according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Phillips suffered the injury on Tuesday versus the Pirates. Ivan DeJesus will play second base.
Todd Frazier, 3BHot6/24/2015 3:38:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is 4-for-11 with two home runs in his career versus Pirates ace Gerrit Cole.
Insight: Cole has 11 victories this season to lead the league, but Frazier has experienced success against him, so owners should have no concern leaving Frazier in the lineup on Wednesday.
Jay Bruce, RFHot6/23/2015 10:51:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs in the, 7-6, loss to the Pirates on Tuesday.
Insight: Bruce had two RBI in the first four innings as the Reds jumped out over the Pirates, 4-0, but Pittsburgh responded with seven runs in the fourth. Bruce hit a solo homer in the sixth to bring Cincinnati within a run, but that was it for the scoring. Bruce is batting .237 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI in 236 at-bats this season.
Josh Smith, SP6/23/2015 8:59:00 PM
Description: Reds right-hander Josh Smith's major league debut versus the Pittsburgh Pirates didn't go so well.
Insight: Smith didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning, but he walked six batters in the meantime. Pittsburgh finally made him pay on the last walk to lead off the fourth. Pedro Alvarez hit a RBI-double, then Francisco Cervelli smashed a three-run bomb to tie the game, 4-4. That chased Smith from the game. He finished with four runs allowed on two hits, six walks and four strikeouts in 3+ innings.
Todd Frazier, 3BHot6/23/2015 10:35:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hit his 23rd home run on Sunday and leagues the majors in total bases. He's also 8-for-18 with two home runs against Tuesday's starter Jeff Locke.
Insight: Others, like Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper and getting more media attention, but Frazier is a fantasy stud. He is carrying the Reds on his back this season, batting .292 with 23 HR, 48 RBI, 50 runs and eight stolen bases.
Aroldis Chapman, RP6/22/2015 4:11:00 PM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has been placed on the paternity leave list.
Insight: Chapman is 3-3 with a 2.01 ERA, 1.309 WHIP and 56 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings this season. He's converted 15 of 16 save chances. J.J. Hoover or Burke Badenhop are likely to get the save chances until Chapman returns.
Jay Bruce, RFHot6/21/2015 4:15:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce slammed his 11th home run of the season to extend a modest hitting streak to five games.
Insight: In case you haven't been paying attention, the streaky Bruce has been warming up with the weather. He's batting .288 over the past 14 games with three homers and a .920 OPS. Time to start using him in your lineup again.
Todd Frazier, 3BHot6/21/2015 4:10:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hit his 23rd home run on Sunday.
Insight: If not for the otherworldly performances of Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper we'd be singing Frazier's praises. Frazier is carrying the Reds on his back this season, batting .292 with 23 HR, 48 RBI, 50 runs and eight stolen bases.
Michael Lorenzen, SPHot6/21/2015 4:08:00 PM
Description: Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen made it two solid outings in a row on Sunday after earning a 5-2 win over Miami.
Insight: He gave up two early runs then shut the Marlins dow over the next five innings for the win. Lorenzen gave up two runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out five. He's now 3-2 with a 3.56 ERA.
Anthony DeSclafani, SP6/20/2015 8:50:00 PM
Description: Red starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani allowed three runs Saturday versus Miami.
Insight: DeSclafani went five innings and gave up four hits and three walks, while striking out three. He now owns a 3.48 ERA overall.
Devin Mesoraco, C6/20/2015 4:34:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) will undergo season-ending surgery.
Insight: No surprise here, as Mesoraco was hurt in April, and had issues catching ever since. He appeared briefly as a designated hitter when the Reds played in American League parks, but this move seemed imminent. Bryan Pena will continue to serve as the team's everyday catcher.
Marlon Byrd, RF6/19/2015 9:53:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd hit a home run in his return to the lineup on Friday against the Marlins.
Insight: Byrd broke a scoreless tie in the fourth with a solo bomb. He was 1-for-4 in the game. Bryd is hitting .213 with 11 home runs and 26 RBI in 169 at-bats this season.
Jay Bruce, RF6/19/2015 9:52:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was 1-for-3 with a two-run double in the, 5-0, victory over the Marlins on Friday.
Insight: Bruce hit his double in the eighth to give Cincinnati two insurance runs. He is hitting .233 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 223 at-bats this season.
Mike Leake, SP6/19/2015 9:49:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake threw seven shutout innings versus the Marlins on Friday.
Insight: Leake didn't allow a hit until the sixth. He yielded just two hits in the seven frames. Leake also had seven strikeouts and three walks. He is 4-4 with a 4.01 ERA this season.
Marlon Byrd, RF6/19/2015 2:52:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd (wrist) could be back in the Reds lineup as soon as Friday, according to sources.
Insight: Byrd has played two rehab games at Dpuble-A Pensacola. he hasn't played since a June 2 fracture of the right wrist. he was batting .212, but did have 10 home runs to his credit.
Todd Frazier, 3B6/18/2015 3:17:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is not in Thursday's lineup.
Insight: Considering he has back-to-back two home run games, this is an unusual strategy. frazier is carrying the reds on his back this season, batting .294 with 22 HR, 46 RBI, 48 runs, eight stolen bases and a 1.000 OPS.
Jay Bruce, RF6/18/2015 3:13:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce will sit on Thursday against the Tigers and Justin Verlander.
Insight: A bit unusual after Bruce produced his first career five-hit game on Wednesday. He has 10 home runs and 30 RBI to go with a .232 average in 220 at-bats this year.
Joey Votto, 1B6/17/2015 3:47:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto is out of Wednesday's lineup.
Insight: Chris Dominguez is starting at first, giving Votto a routine day of rest.
Todd Frazier, 3B6/16/2015 9:48:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier blasted two home runs Tuesday against the Tigers.
Insight: Both of the homers were solo shots, and he now has 20 dingers on the year. Frazier is hitting .293 with 41 RBI overall.
Jon Moscot, SP6/15/2015 7:48:00 PM
Description: Reds pitcher Jon Moscot left Monday's game with a right arm injury.
Insight: Moscot dove to make a tag, and bent his arm in the wrong direction. He had to be helped off the field, as the injury did not look good.
Billy Hamilton, CFHot6/15/2015 11:26:00 AM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is still mired at the bottom of the Reds lineup, but posted a stunning five stolen bases Monday night.
Insight: Hamilton is batting .224 with three homers, 17 RBI, 30 runs and 31 steals after last night's performance. We liked him a lot better as a leadoff man, but fantasy owners still have to keep him in their lineup because of his amazing stealing ability. He's stolen eight bases in the past four games.
Joey Votto, 1B6/14/2015 9:30:00 AM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto clubbed a homer during Saturday's loss to the Cubs.
Insight: The homer was a solo shot and Votto finished 2-for-4 on the night. He is batting .296 with 14 homers and 36 RBI this season.
Aroldis Chapman, RP6/12/2015 8:03:00 PM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman nailed down the 10th inning to record his 13th save of the season as Cincinnati beat the Chicago Cubs, 6-5.
Insight: Chapman went to full counts on two batters, walking one batter and striking out the other on a 101 MPH fastball. The other two batters he faced struck out and flew out. Chapman has just one blown save with a 2.22 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings this season.
Todd Frazier, 3B6/12/2015 7:33:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hit a home run and scored the game-winning run in the, 5-4, extra-inning victory over the Cubs on Friday.
Insight: Frazier reached on an error to begin the 10th and came around to score on two singles. The winning run was the third one Frazier scored on Friday. He also had a RBI-double and came around to score in the first and then hit a solo bomb in the third. Frazier is hitting .290 with 18 home runs and 39 RBI in 231 at-bats this year.
Eugenio Suarez, SS6/12/2015 7:29:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Eugenio Suarez picked up his first hit with Cincinnati, and it won the game for the Reds on Friday.
Insight: Suarez hit a ball passed the pulled in Cubs infield with one out in the top of the 10th. The single broke the tie, and the Reds won, 5-4.
Billy Hamilton, CF6/12/2015 2:02:00 PM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton (wrist) was out of the lineup on Thursday, but is making his return in Friday's lineup batting ninth.
Insight: Hamilton is batting .222 with three homers, 17 RBI, 29 runs and 25 steals, but he was a much better value when he was at the top of the lineup.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/12/2015 1:30:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (groin) was out Wednesday and Thursday and is not in Friday's game either.
Insight: The injury is being reported as minor, so consider Phillips (.308, 3 HR, 25 RBI, 27 runs) day-to-day, but it's time to be a bit concerned. Ivan DeJesus will start at second base.
Chris Dominguez, 3B6/11/2015 11:12:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Chris Dominguez hit a solo home run in the loss to the Cubs on Thursday.
Insight: Dominguez went 1-for-4 in the game. This was his first start of the season and he is 1-for-7 this year.
Billy Hamilton, CF6/11/2015 3:54:00 PM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton (wrist) remained out of the lineup on Thursday.
Insight: Hamilton also missed Tuesday and Wednesday's contest, but the injury is not considered serious. Kristopher Negron has been starting in center field.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/11/2015 3:53:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (groin) was out Wednesday and will not start in Thursday's game either.
Insight: The injury is being reported as minor, so consider Phillips (.308, 3 HR, 25 RBI, 27 runs) day-to-day. Chris Dominguez will start at second base on today.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/11/2015 11:05:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (groin) was out Wednesday and is questionable for Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
Insight: The injury is being reported as minor, so consider Phillips (.308, 3 HR, 25 RBI, 27 runs) day-to-day. Ivan De Jesus started at second base on Wednesday.
Billy Hamilton, CF6/11/2015 11:04:00 AM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton (wrist) remained out of the lineup on Wednesday and is questionable for Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
Insight: Hamilton also missed Tuesday's contest, but the injury is not considered serious. Kristopher Negron has been starting in center field.
Zack Cozart, SS6/11/2015 11:01:00 AM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart left Wednesday's game with a right knee injury and is expected to be placed on the disabled list.
Insight: Cozart (.258, 9HR, 28 RBI, 28 runs) attempted to beat out an infield single and appeared to sprain his knee. He had to be carried off the field, so make plans to be without him for a while.
Ivan De Jesus, 2B6/10/2015 3:20:00 PM
Description: Reds infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. hit his second homer in three games Wednesday against Philadelphia.
Insight: It was his lone hit in four at-bats, and also was his second career homer. The home run was a three-run shot, and fantasy owners must monitor De Jesus' progress, as he should continue to see steady at-bats.
Zack Cozart, SS6/10/2015 1:10:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart left Wednesday's game with a right knee injury.
Insight: Cozart attempted to beat out an infield single and appeared to hyperextend his knee. He had to be carried off the field, making a DL stint likely.
Billy Hamilton, CF6/10/2015 9:46:00 AM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton (wrist) remains out of the lineup.
Insight: Hamilton also missed Tuesday's contest, but the injury is not considered serious. Kristopher Negron will start in center field on Wednesday.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/10/2015 9:44:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (groin) is out Wednesday.
Insight: The injury is being reported as minor, so consider Phillips day-to-day. Ivan De Jesus will start at second base on Wednesday against the Phillies.
Joey Votto, 1B6/9/2015 10:06:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto had an absurd night Tuesday against the Phllies.
Insight: Votto went 3-for-4 with three homers, four RBI, four runs scored, and a walk. He homered in three consecutive at-bats during the third, fifth, and seven innings. Votto is hitting .300 with 13 homers and 35 RBI overall.
Anthony DeSclafani, SP6/9/2015 10:04:00 PM
Description: Red starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani allowed two runs during Tuesday's win versus Philadelphia.
Insight: DeSclafani went 6 1/3 innings and gave up 10 hits and one walk, while striking out seven. He is now 5-4 with a 3.53 ERA this season.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/9/2015 9:19:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips left Tuesday's game versus the Phillies with a strained left groin according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: This is very unfortunate as Phillips recently returned from the disabled list. It is unclear how serious this injury is, so stay tuned.
Billy Hamilton, CF6/9/2015 2:00:00 PM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game versus the Phillies.
Insight: We liked Hamilton a lot better when he was on top of the lineup, not at the bottom. That's one less at-bat per game. He's still a stolen base threat with 25 steals in 29 attempts, but you can't steal first and he's batting just .222 with an ugly .572 OPS. Brennan Boesch is in center tonight.
Zack Cozart, SS6/8/2015 10:02:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart had a big game Monday versus Philadelphia.
Insight: Cozart finished 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI, and two runs scored. He is batting .261 with eight homers and 25 RBI overall.
Mike Leake, SP6/8/2015 9:18:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake went six innings Monday against the Phillies.
Insight: He allowed three runs (two earned) on 10 hits and one walk. Leake struck out four and now has a 4.29 ERA this season.
Ivan De Jesus, 2B6/8/2015 1:38:00 PM
Description: Reds infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. will make his first start this season - in left field.
Insight: De Jesus was batting .303 when he was called up last Wednesday and has one at-bat since then. he's play8ing in left field because Marlon Byrd is on the disabled list with a fractured wrist.
Jay Bruce, RF6/7/2015 3:41:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce hit a pair of bombs in the, 4-0, victory over the Padres on Sunday.
Insight: Bruce had all four RBI for the Reds and actually the only RBI in the entire game. Bruce was 2-for-4 with two home runs and a strikeout. He has nine home runs and 28 RBI to go with his .223 average in 184 at-bats this year.
Johnny Cueto, SP6/7/2015 3:38:00 PM
Description: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto threw seven scoreless innings as Cincinnati shut out San Diego, 4-0, on Sunday.
Insight: Cueto allowed just four hits in the seven frames with nine strikeouts and two walks. Cueto is just 4-4 this year, but his 2.64 ERA and 0.94 WHIP are in the top 10 in the National League. He also has 73 strikeouts in 78 1/3 innings.
Devin Mesoraco, CCold6/7/2015 12:40:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco will begin his rehab assignment with Triple-A Lousiville on Monday according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Mesoraco hasn't been able to catch since April 12 due to a hip impingement. He is expected to make three or four rehab starts before returning to the big leagues.
Todd Frazier, 3B6/6/2015 8:16:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier was 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored in the, 9-7, loss to the Padres on Saturday.
Insight: This looked like an easy victory for the Reds when they led, 6-1, in the fifth, but San Diego scored eight of the game's last nine runs. Frazier had two doubles, scoring three runs. He is hitting .273 with 16 home runs and 35 RBI in 205 at-bats this season.
Anthony DeSclafani, SP6/4/2015 9:52:00 PM
Description: Red starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani picked up his fourth win of the season.
Insight: DeSclafani defeated the Phillies, going seven innings and allowing four runs on six hits and two walks. He is now 4-4 with a 3.60 ERA.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/4/2015 9:50:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had three hits and two RBI Thursday versus Philadelphia.
Insight: Phillips finished 3-for-5 with a double. He is having a solid season, batting .311 with 25 RBI overall.
Mike Leake, SP6/3/2015 9:47:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake was sailing along through eight innings, but did not pick up a win Wednesday versus Philadelphia.
Insight: He had a 4-0 lead entering the ninth, but could not get anyone out, Aroldis Chapman entered the game to close it out. However, Chapman gave up a sacrifice fly, then a three-run homer to Maikel Franco, which took the decision away from Leake.
Joey Votto, 1B6/3/2015 9:38:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto blasted a homer Wednesday against the Phillies.
Insight: The homer was a two-run shot in the ninth to make the score 4-0. Votto is hitting .289 with 10 home runs and 28 RBI so far this season.
Marlon Byrd, RF6/3/2015 7:48:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a fracture in his right wrist.
Insight: There is no timetable for his return at the moment. Skip Schumaker and Brennan Boesch will see extended time in left field.
Joey Votto, 1B6/3/2015 3:12:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto is just 2-for-14 in his career against Phillies ace Cole Hamels.
Insight: That's bad enough for a .143 career average. At least he puts the ball in play as he has only one strikeout, but if owners have a better option at first base, go with that on Wednesday.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/3/2015 3:10:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips does not have much success in his career versus Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Insight: Phillis is just 5-for-33 with 10 strikeouts against Hamels. As a team, Cincinnati has bad numbers versus Hamels, so it could be a long day for the Reds hitters. It would be better to find a different second baseman option.
Marlon Byrd, RF6/2/2015 10:43:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd suffered a fractured right wrist on Tuesday night.
Insight: It is unclear how long he will be sidelined. Brennan Boesch and Skip Schumaker will likely see their playing time increase.
Johnny Cueto, SP6/2/2015 10:02:00 PM
Description: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto went six innings, and left in line for the win, but the bullpen could not hold it for him.
Insight: Cueto allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits. He struck out four and looked good after missing his previous start. Cueto has a solid 2.90 ERA.
Johnny Cueto, SP6/2/2015 10:15:00 AM
Description: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto (elbow) missed his last start, but should be ready to go against Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Insight: Who wouldn't want to face the sad Phillies lineup? It's enough to make any pitcher feel better. Cueto is 3-4 with a 3.03 ERA, but stunning 0.964 WHIP. The Phillies lineup is scoring a league-worst 3.02 runs per game.
Todd Frazier, 3B5/31/2015 4:00:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier cracked another homer during Sunday's win over Washington.
Insight: Frazier finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. He is hitting .287 with 16 homers and 31 RBI this season.
Michael Lorenzen, SP5/31/2015 3:06:00 PM
Description: Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen allowedtwo runs on just on hit Sunday versus Washington.
Insight: He did however, walk six over 6 1/3 innings. Lorenzen struck out four and now has a 3.06 ERA this season.
Marlon Byrd, RF5/31/2015 10:43:00 AM
Description: Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd is out for Sunday's game.
Insight: Normal day of rest for Byrd. Skip Schumacker will start for him in left.
Joey Votto, 1B5/30/2015 7:15:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto smashed a two-run homer Saturday against Washington.
Insight: Votto is hitting .282 this season with nine homers and 24 RBI.
Raisel Iglesias, SP5/30/2015 6:26:00 PM
Description: Reds pitcher Raisel Iglesias allowed five runs over 5 2/3 innings Satursay versus Washington.
Insight: Iglesias is not a fantasy option at the moment. He owns a 5.11 ERA so far this season.
Brandon Phillips, 2B5/30/2015 11:33:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was listed as probable for Friday's game against Washington, but was not in the lineup while continuing to deal with turf toe and is questionable for Saturday's game.
Insight: Phillips pinch hit Wednesday night, so we know he's very close to returning to the starting lineup. He's slashing .297/.335/.355 with two home runs and 18 RBI. Update: Phillips is in the starting lineup, though this game is likely to be dealing with a rain issue.
Brandon Phillips, 2B5/30/2015 10:02:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was listed as probable for Friday's game against Washington, but was not in the lineup while continuing to deal with turf toe and is is questionable for Saturday's game.
Insight: Phillips pinch hit Wednesday night, so we know he's very close to returning to the starting lineup. He's slashing .297/.335/.355 with two home runs and 18 RBI.
Aroldis Chapman, RP5/29/2015 10:28:00 PM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman picked up his eighth save of the season on Friday.
Insight: Chapman struck out two and allowed one run in the, 5-2, victory over the Nationals. It is disappointing Chapman only has eight saves, but that is because the Reds have lost so much lately. He has a 1.69 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 36 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings this season.
Todd Frazier, 3B5/29/2015 10:26:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hit his 15th homer in the, 5-2, victory over the Nationals on Friday.
Insight: Frazier was 2-for-4 with the solo homer in the seventh. He is hitting .266/.357/.584 with 29 RBI in 173 at-bats this season.
Joey Votto, 1B5/29/2015 10:22:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the, 5-2, victory over the Nationals on Friday.
Insight: That was Votto's eighth of the season. He is hitting .275 with 22 RBI and 20 runs in 171 at-bats this season.
Brandon Phillips, 2B5/29/2015 3:38:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was listed as probable for Friday's game against Washington, but is not in the lineup while continuing to deal with turf toe.
Insight: Phillips pinch hit last night, so we know he's very close to returning to the starting lineup. He's slashing .297/.335/.355 with two home runs and 18 RBI.
Brandon Phillips, 2B5/28/2015 11:09:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is probable for Friday's game against Washington, while continuing to deal with turf toe.
Insight: Phillips pinch hit last night, so we know he's very close to returning to the starting lineup. He's slashing .297/.335/.355 with two home runs and 18 RBI.
Mike Leake, SP5/27/2015 2:21:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake was not very sharp Wednesday versus Colorado.
Insight: Leake allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four and now has a 4.66 ERA.
Joey Votto, 1B5/27/2015 11:12:00 AM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto is 6-for-15 (.400 BA) lifetime against Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Votto has one homer and two doubles against Kendrick, and could be in line for a strong game on Wednesday afternoon.
Aroldis Chapman, RP5/26/2015 9:57:00 PM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman worked a scoreless ninth, then picked up his third win of the season.
Insight: The Reds managed a run in the bottom of the ninth to give Chapman his third win of the season. He struck out the side and is now 3-3 with seven saves and a 1.77 ERA.
Johnny Cueto, SP5/26/2015 4:20:00 PM
Description: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto (elbow) will play catch Wedesday after an MRI revealed no structural damage.
Insight: This is great news for owners, as a DL stint is looking unlikely. Stay tuned though.
Brandon Phillips, 2B5/26/2015 3:03:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Phillips slashing .299/.337/.357 with two home runs and 18 RBI. Kristopher Negron will get the start, but Zack Cozart will jump up to the leadoff spot to add to his fantasy value.
Johnny Cueto, SP5/26/2015 11:43:00 AM
Description: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto had his Sunday start pushed back due to tightness in right elbow and will have an MRI on Tuesday.
Insight: Hopefully, Cueto's issue is minor. He's pitched solidly, with a 3.03 ERA and 0.964 WHIP.
Billy Hamilton, CF5/25/2015 10:28:00 AM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is back in the starting lineup on Monday versus the Rockies.
Insight: That's the good news. The bad news is that he's batting ninth which means at leat one less at-bat per game than when he was at the top of the lineup. He's batting just .211, but does have 17 steals.
Johnny Cueto, SP5/25/2015 9:22:00 AM
Description: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto had his Sunday start pushed back due to tightness in right elbow
Insight: Cueto's issue appears to be minor and no trip to the DL is warranted. He's pitched solidly, with a 3.03 ERA and 0.964 WHIP.
Marlon Byrd, RF5/24/2015 5:22:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd hit a home run in the, 5-2, loss to the Indians on Sunday.
Insight: Byrd's bomb was a solo shot. He has nine homers in 143 at-bats this season, but he is also hitting just .203.
Billy Hamilton, CF5/24/2015 11:18:00 AM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is not in the starting lineup on Sunday versus the Indians.
Insight: Hamilton has a banged up shoulder and wrist. He was able to play through it on Saturday, but the Reds want to give him some rest on Sunday. Brennan Boesch is starting in center on Sunday.
Anthony DeSclafani, SP5/23/2015 7:50:00 PM
Description: Red starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani allowed one run on three hits in seven innings but received a no-decision against the Indians.
Insight: DeSclafani also struck out six and walked two. He is 2-4 with a 3.46 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 40 strikeouts in 52 innings this season.
Jay Bruce, RF5/23/2015 7:45:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce was 2-for-4 and scored Cincinnati's only run in the, 2-1, loss to the Indians on Saturday.
Insight: Bruce scored on Zack Cozart's sacrifice fly in the second inning. Bruce is only hitting .216 this season, but he is 11-for-22 in his last six games. Bruce also has seven home runs and 19 RBI in 139 at-bats.
Devin Mesoraco, CCold5/23/2015 1:33:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco felt pain while attempting to squat Friday and is not expected to do anything but pinch hit over the next few days.
Insight: Mesoraco has been unable to catch since April 12 and his hitting has been ugly, batting just .178 this season in 45 at-bats. He been one of fantasy's biggest disappointments this season after posting a .273 average with 25 HR and 80 RBI last season.
Marlon Byrd, RF5/23/2015 12:18:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Marlon Byrd is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Just a routine day off for Byrd. The outfielder is still hitting home runs at a nice rate (eight), but he's batting just .201.
Billy Hamilton, CF5/20/2015 3:56:00 PM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton had been moved down to the eighth spot in the Cincinnati order on Wednesday.
Insight: Unfortunately, Hamilton's only value to fantasy owners this season has been steals, and that will take a huge hit with him hitting eighth. He is batting just .212/.264/.336, so in order to continue adding the his 17 steals and reclaim the leadoff spot, it appears Hamilton will have to get out of his slump.
Johnny Cueto, SP5/19/2015 10:26:00 PM
Description: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto threw seven solid innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, but he took the loss as Cincinnati fell to Kansas City, 3-0.
Insight: Cueto struck out four and walked one in the 102 pitch outing. He is 3-4 with a 3.03 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 60 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings this season.
Devin Mesoraco, C5/19/2015 4:40:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) will DH Tuesday against Kansas City.
Insight: Mesoraco is still unable to catch, but will be in the starting lineup on Tuesday in an AL park. It was been frustrating for owners this season, as Mesoraco has been unable to catch since April 12.
Billy Hamilton, CF5/16/2015 2:29:00 PM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is not in the starting lineup versus the Giants on Saturday.
Insight: Hamilton is just getting the day off. Brennan Boesch is starting in center field.
Todd Frazier, 3B5/16/2015 12:37:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is a .500 career hitter with two home runs versus Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong.
Insight: Frazier is 5-for-10 versus Vogelsong, so it's a small sample size, but judging by the fact Frazier has 12 home runs this season, he is a must start.
Billy Hamilton, CF5/15/2015 10:13:00 PM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton was 2-for-5 with a solo home run in the, 10-3, loss to the Giants on Friday.
Insight: Hamilton has been great stealing bases, but he hasn't done much else this season. He does have 22 runs scored, but he is slashing just .212/.264/.336. He has 17 steals and has been caught stealing just twice.
Brandon Phillips, 2B5/15/2015 5:10:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips will return to the lineup on Friday versus the Giants.
Insight: Phillips missed the last two games with turf toe according to MLB.com. He is slashing .311/.349/.345 with a home run and 15 RBI, which is solid but owners would like to see more power numbers. He has just two extra-base hits in 119 at-bats.
Jay Bruce, RFCold5/15/2015 2:48:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is not in Friday's starting lineup
Insight: Bruce doesn't have a good past history versus Giants Madison Bumgarner. Of course, a lot of guys can say that.
Johnny Cueto, SP5/14/2015 10:27:00 PM
Description: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto threw seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and three walks in a no-decision on Thursday.
Insight: Cueto hasn't been able to register many victories as he is 3-3, but he has a 2.93 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. He also has 56 strikeouts and just 11 walks in 58 1/3 innings this season.
Marlon Byrd, RF5/14/2015 10:20:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Marlon Byrd hit the game-winning home run in the eighth as Cincinnati beat San Francisco, 4-3, on Thursday.
Insight: Byrd was 2-for-2 with three RBI. He had a two-run single in the fifth to give Cincinnati the lead and then with the game tied, he hit a solo bomb in the eighth. Byrd is hitting .226 this season, but he is 11-for-32 in his last 10 games.
Brandon Phillips, 2B5/14/2015 5:44:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is not in Thursday's lineup against the Giants.
Insight: Phillips missed Wednesday's game due to a toe issue, so this is his second straight missed game. Consider him day-to-day.
Brandon Phillips, 2B5/14/2015 10:55:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (toe) missed Wednesday's contest and is questionable for Thursday's game against San Francisco.
Insight: Phillips left Tuesday game with the injury, but it is not considered serious. Consider him day-to-day.
Joey Votto, 1B5/13/2015 9:26:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto was 2-for-4 with an RBI and run in the victory over the Braves on Wednesday.
Insight: Votto didn't have a hit in his last three games, so it was nice to see him get one with a man in scoring position. He is hitting .306/.408/.529 with seven home runs and 21 RBI in 121 at-bats this season.
Todd Frazier, 3B5/13/2015 9:25:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hit his 12th homer of the season, going 1-for-3, in the, 5-1, victory over the Braves on Wednesday.
Insight: Frazier is now tied with Bryce Harper for the National League lead in home runs. Frazier is also hitting .238 with 23 RBI in 126 at-bats this season.
Zack Cozart, SS5/13/2015 4:18:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (wrist) is back in the lineup for Wednesday's game.
Insight: He missed the past two contests, but is ready to roll on Wednesday. Cozart is batting second and playing shortstop as per usual.
Brandon Phillips, 2B5/13/2015 4:00:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (toe) is out Wednesday.
Insight: Phillips left Tuesday game with the injury, but it is not considered serious. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Devin Mesoraco, C5/12/2015 10:08:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco had a walk-off pinch-hit double in the ninth as Cincinnati beat Atlanta, 4-3.
Insight: Mesoraco has only been able to pinch hit with his hip issue, so he isn't really fantasy relevant. If owners used him on Tuesday, at least they got an extra-base hit and RBI.
Todd Frazier, 3B5/12/2015 10:06:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer in the, 4-3, victory over the Braves on Tuesday.
Insight: Frazier was 1-for-3 in the game, hitting the two-run blast in the first inning. He has 11 home runs and 21 RBI but is hitting just .236 this season.
Zack Cozart, SS5/12/2015 4:14:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart (wrist) is out Tuesday against the Braves.
Insight: He was scratched from Monday's game as well, and is clearly not 100 percent. Kris Negron will continue to fill in at short.
Devin Mesoraco, C5/11/2015 2:43:00 PM
Description: It's back to the bench for Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip).
Insight: He has been unable to since April 11. Now playing in an NL ballpark, Mesoraco will become a full-time pinch hitter.
Michael Lorenzen, SP5/10/2015 5:06:00 PM
Description: Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen allowed on run Sunday against the White Sox.
Insight: He went five innings allowing the one run on seven hits and four walks, while striking out two. Heis 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA this season.
Marlon Byrd, RF5/10/2015 12:24:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Marlon Byrd is just 3-for-20 with one RBI in his career versus White Sox starter John Danks.
Insight: Byrd might be hard to sit because he has four home runs in the last seven days, but his numbers versus Danks are just awful. Start Byrd with caution.
Joey Votto, 1B5/10/2015 9:24:00 AM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto accounted for half of Cincinnati's hits in the nightcap of a doubleheader versus the White Sox on Saturday.
Insight: Votto went 3-for-4 in the second game after he sat out the first one due to a suspension. Votto drove in two runs on a single in the third, which were Cincinnati's only two runs of the game. Votto is hitting .327/..424/.579 with seven home runs and 20 RBI in 107 at-bats this season.
Marlon Byrd, RF5/9/2015 8:08:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Marlon Byrd has found his stroke as he has five straight games with two hits.
Insight: Byrd was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the White Sox on Saturday. Cincinnati won, 10-4. Byrd is hitting .230 with six home runs and 17 RBI this season. Four of his six home runs have come in the last week.
Johnny Cueto, SP5/9/2015 8:05:00 PM
Description: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto wasn't able to record the CG, but he did throw 8 1/3 and allowed four runs on six hits in the Reds, 10-4, victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader versus the White Sox.
Insight: Fantasy owners probably wish Cueto wouldn't have gone for the complete game. He allowed just one run through eight innings, but yielded two hits, a walk and three runs in the ninth. J.J. Hoover came in to mop up the mess in the final frame. Cueto is 3-3 with a 2.98 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings this season.
Joey Votto, 1B5/9/2015 1:06:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: It's a doubleheader day, so expect him to be back for the nightcap.
Zack Cozart, SS5/8/2015 4:30:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is questionable for Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox. Update: Cosart is back in the lineup.
Insight: Cozart (.304, 5 HR, 12 RBI) is experiencing some soreness in his left wrist after being hit by a pitch. He did take batting practice on Thursday, so is certainly close to returning. Kristopher Negron (.118) has started the past three games, but is not a good fantasy replacement.
Devin Mesoraco, C5/8/2015 4:20:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (hip) is batting as the designated hitter for Friday's contest.
Insight: He is unable to catch still, but this will be his first start since April 11. Mesoraco will hit cleanup.
Joey Votto, 1B5/8/2015 4:16:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto has been suspended one game for making contact with the home plate umpire.
Insight: He was ejected during Wednesday contest for the offense, so no surprise here. Votto will serve the suspensio on Friday.
Devin Mesoraco, C5/8/2015 10:26:00 AM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has not started a game since April 11 and we are still waiting to hear when he'll put on the "tools of ignorance."
Insight: He's only been a pinch hitter and for now that appears to be his continuing role. It's got to be killing his fantasy owners after his breakout season of 2014 (.273, 25 HR, 80 RBI).
Zack Cozart, SS5/8/2015 10:22:00 AM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is questionable for Friday's game against the Chicago White Sox.
Insight: Cozart (.304, 5 HR, 12 RBI) is experiencing some soreness in his left wrist after being hit by a pitch. He did take batting practice on Thursday, so is certainly close to returning. Kristopher Negron (.118) has started the past three games, but is not a good fantasy replacement.
Anthony DeSclafani, SP5/7/2015 9:36:00 PM
Description: Red starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani went five innings Thursday versus Pittsburgh.
Insight: He gave up three runs on seven hits and four walks. DeSclafani struck out one and owns a 2.50 ERA.
Jay Bruce, RFCold5/7/2015 10:20:00 AM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is just 3-for-29 (.103) with 11 strikeouts versus Pirates starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Bruce is 1-for-12 over the past three games and could get a day off. Even if he plays, he shouldn't be in your fantasy lineup.
Zack Cozart, SS5/7/2015 10:02:00 AM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was not in the starting lineup again on Wednesday and is questionable for Thursday's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Cozart (.304, 5 HR, 12 RBI) is experiencing some soreness in his left wrist. He took a pitch in the wrist on Sunday and hasn't played since. Kristopher Negron (.067) will likely start again at shortstop, but shouldn't be used by fantasy owners.
Mike Leake, SP5/6/2015 10:00:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake did not allow a run during Wednesday's victory against the Pirates.
Insight: Leake allowed six hits an no walks, while striking out two. He is now 2-1 with a 2.47 ERA.
Joey Votto, 1B5/6/2015 9:22:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto was ejected Wednesday for spiking his helmet.
Insight: He may even receive a suspension, as Votto made contact with home plate ump. Stay tuned.
Zack Cozart, SS5/6/2015 3:31:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is not in the starting lineup again on Wednesday.
Insight: Cozart is experiencing some soreness in his left wrist. He took a pitch in the wrist on Sunday and hasn't played since. Kristopher Negron will start again at shortstop.
Michael Lorenzen, SP5/5/2015 10:02:00 PM
Description: Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen picked up his first career victory.
Insight: He defeated the Pirates by allowing just one run on three hits and three walks over six innings of work. Lorenzen struck out four and now has a 3.27 ERA this season.
Marlon Byrd, RF5/5/2015 10:00:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Marlon Byrd posted four RBI Tuesday versus Pittsburgh.
Insight: He went 2-for-4 with a homer and a double. Byrd is hitting just .193 with four homers and 13 RBi so far this season.
Zack Cozart, SS5/5/2015 4:01:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart left Sunday's game with a bruised right index finger and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Pittsburgh. Update: Cozart is not in Tuesday's lineup.
Insight: Consider him day-to-day. Cozart is off to a fine start, batting .304 with five homers and 12 RBI, so hopefully he returns quickly and this doesn't change his swing.
Zack Cozart, SS5/5/2015 10:33:00 AM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart left Sunday's game with a bruised right index finger and is questionable for Tuesday's game against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Consider him day-to-day. Cozart is off to a fine start, batting .304 with five homers and 12 RBI, so hopefully he returns quickly and this doesn't change his swing.
Johnny Cueto, SP5/3/2015 3:45:00 PM
Description: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto was not very sharp Sunday versus Atlanta.
Insight: He allowed five runs on nine hits and one walk over six innings of work. Cueto struck out two and now has a 2.72 ERA this season.
Zack Cozart, SS5/3/2015 3:05:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart left Sunday's game with a finger injury.
Insight: Hopefully it is not too serious. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Marlon Byrd, RF5/3/2015 10:31:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Marlon Byrd will get some rest on Sunday.
Insight: He is not in the lineup, as Skip Schumaker will start in left field. Byrd should be back ina ction next time out.
Billy Hamilton, CF5/3/2015 10:30:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton is not in the lineup Sunday versus Atlanta.
Insight: Just a routine day of rest of for Hamilton. Brennan Boesch will take his place in center field.
Zack Cozart, SS5/2/2015 9:48:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart had a big game Saturday againt the Braves.
Insight: Cozart went 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBI, and two runs. He is hitting .308 with five homers and 12 RBI so far this season.
Jason Marquis, SP5/2/2015 9:17:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Jason Marquis went 6 1/3 innings Saturday against Atlanta.
Insight: Marquis allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four. He now owns a 5.22 ERA.
Homer Bailey, SP5/1/2015 2:50:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Homer Bailey will have season-ending Tommy John Surgery.
Insight: Bailey won't be of value to fantasy owners until sometime in mid-2016. Michael Lorezen has take his spot in the rotation, but has yet to prove fantasy worthy (0-1, 5.40 ERA. 1.80 WHIP).
Brandon Phillips, 2B5/1/2015 11:08:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips was a late scratch from Thursday's lineup versus the Braves due to illness and is questionable for Friday's game against Atlanta.
Insight: Skip Schumaker will start at second. Phillips could be back on Friday, but certainly by the weekend.
Mike Leake, SP4/30/2015 10:53:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake had an excellent start, throwing eight shutout innings and allowing only two hits versus the Braves on Thursday.
Insight: Leake also had three strikeouts and two walks. He threw 97 pitches with 62 of them being strikes. He is 1-1 with a 3.03 ERA and 25 strikeouts in three starts this season.
Joey Votto, 1B4/30/2015 10:47:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto was 2-for-5 with an RBI-double in the, 5-1, victory over the Braves on Thursday.
Insight: Votto broke a scoreless tie with his double in the sixth. He is hitting .317 with seven home runs and 17 RBI in 82 at-bats this season.
Brandon Phillips, 2B4/30/2015 6:10:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is a late scratch from Thursday's lineup versus the Braves due to illness according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Insight: Skip Schumaker will start at second. Phillips should be back on Friday.
Devin Mesoraco, C4/30/2015 5:07:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in the starting lineup again on Thursday.
Insight: There really is no new update. Mesoraco has been dealing with a hip impingement since April 11, and the Reds still haven't put him on the disabled list.
Michael Lorenzen, SP4/29/2015 3:22:00 PM
Description: Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen allowed three runs over five innings Wednesday against the Brewers.
Insight: He struck out five and allowed eight his and one walk. Lorenzen's ERA is now 5.40 this season.
Joey Votto, 1B4/29/2015 10:56:00 AM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto is getting the day off on Wednesday.
Insight: Kristopher Negron is getting the start at first base. Votto should be back in action next time the Reds take the field.
Jay Bruce, RF4/29/2015 10:38:00 AM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce could be in line for a string Game Wednesday versus Milwaukee.
Insight: Bruce will go up against Matt Garza, who he is 9-for-25 lifetime against, with three doubles, two homers, and six RBI.
Johnny Cueto, SP4/28/2015 9:35:00 PM
Description: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto went eight innings for his second victory of the season.
Insight: He allowed two runs on three hits while striking out six. Cueto is now 2-2 with a 1.95 ERA this season.
Joey Votto, 1B4/28/2015 9:33:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto had two hits, including a home run, Tuesday against the Brewers.
Insight: It was his seventh homer of the season, and Votto now has a .316/.429/.645 line this season.
Devin Mesoraco, C4/28/2015 6:07:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in the starting lineup again on Tuesday.
Insight: Mesoraco hasn't played since April 11 due to a hip impingement, but he is still on the active roster. He is day-to-day.
Todd Frazier, 3B4/28/2015 3:38:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is just a career .125 hitter against Brewers starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Frazier started the season hot, but he cooled off after the first week. He is 3-for-12 in his last four games and is hitting .250 with five home runs this season. If owners have a better option, it's alright to sit Frazier on Tuesday.
Jay Bruce, RF4/27/2015 9:55:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce smacked a three-run homer Monday against the Brewers.
Insight: He also walked three times and scored two runs. Bruce is batting just .175 but does have four homers and 12 RBI.
Jason Marquis, SP4/27/2015 9:47:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Jason Marquis had a strong outing Monday versus Milwaukee.
Insight: He allowed just two runs on seven hits and two walks over eight innings. Marquis struck out three and now has a 5.48 ERA this season.
Homer Bailey, SP4/27/2015 7:00:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Homer Bailey has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow ligament sprain.
Insight: The move is retroactive to April 24, which should allow owners to hope he will need a minimum amount of time on the DL.
Devin Mesoraco, C4/27/2015 3:37:00 PM
Description: As of Monday, Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is still not in the starting lineup.
Insight: Mesoraco has been pinch-hitting, getting three plate appearances since April 12, but fantasy owners are growing tired of waiting for him to return to the lineup.
Todd Frazier, 3B4/26/2015 4:09:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hit a solo home run in the, 5-2, loss to the Cubs on Sunday.
Insight: Frazier went 1-for-4 in the game. That was his fifth homer of the year. He is hitting .254/.329/.537 with 14 RBI in addition to the home runs this season.
Jay Bruce, RF4/26/2015 11:13:00 AM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is not in Sunday's starting lineup versus the Cubs and Jake Arrieta.
Insight: Bruce is a career 2-for-11 with six strikeouts against Arrieta, so manager Bryan Price has elected to give Bruce the day off. Brennan Boesch is starting in right field for the Reds.
Jay Bruce, RF4/25/2015 10:40:00 AM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is not in Saturday's starting lineup versus the Cubs and Jake Arrieta.
Insight: Bruce is a career 2-for-11 with six strikeouts against Arrieta and combined with a slow start (.164 this season) has earned him a day of rest.
Mike Leake, SP4/24/2015 9:27:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake struck out nine Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: Leake also allowed three runs on four hits and one walk over seven innings of work. He now has a 3.90 ERA this season.
Devin Mesoraco, C4/24/2015 1:56:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in the starting lineup Friday's series opener against the Cubs.
Insight: Mesoraco has been pinch-hitting, but when he returns to the field remains unknown.
Marlon Byrd, RF4/23/2015 4:14:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Marlon Byrd his his first homer with the team on Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Byrd has struggled early on, but hopefully this will get him going. It was his only hit in three at-bats, but the home run was a two-run shot. He is hitting just .127 with six RBIs in total.
Homer Bailey, SP4/23/2015 4:13:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Homer Bailey allowed two runs in a no-decision Thursday versus Milwaukee.
Insight: Bailey went 5 2/3 inings and allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Kevin Gregg took the loss, and Bailey now owns a 5.56 ERA overall.
Todd Frazier, 3B4/23/2015 11:04:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is just 3-for-24 (.125) against Milwaukee right-hander Kyle Lohse and is not in the Thursday starting lineup.
Insight: Frazier has been productive this season despite a low .237 batting average with four homers and 13 RBI through the first 15 games.
Todd Frazier, 3B4/23/2015 10:25:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is just 3-for-24 (.125) against Milwaukee right-hander Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Frazier has been productive this season despite a low .237 batting average with four homers and 13 RBI through the first 15 games. However, Thursday doesn't look like a good matchup for the third baseman.
Devin Mesoraco, C4/23/2015 9:48:00 AM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was not in the starting lineup Wednesday and is questionable for Thursday's game against Milwaukee.
Insight: Mesoraco did pinch hit on Tuesday night, but doesn't appear to be ready for everyday catching duties.
Johnny Cueto, SP4/22/2015 10:19:00 PM
Description: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto was fantastic Wednesday against the Brewers.
Insight: Cueto allowed just one run on five hits and two walks, while striking out eight ovr eight innings of work. He now owns a 1.86 ERA on the season.
Todd Frazier, 3B4/22/2015 9:28:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hit a grand slam in the, 16-10, victory over the Brewers on Tuesday.
Insight: Frazier was 2-for-4 and his grand slam in the fourth put Cincinnati ahead, 8-4. He also had two walks and three runs. Frazier is hitting .250 with four home runs and 13 RBI this season.
Joey Votto, 1BHot4/22/2015 9:23:00 AM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto hit yet another home run in the, 16-10, offensive slugfest against the Brewers on Tuesday.
Insight: Votto has three home runs in the last five games and six on the season. He was 2-for-5 on Tuesday with the solo home run, walk and three runs scored. Votto is hitting .377/.492/.792 with 13 RBI as well.
Devin Mesoraco, C4/21/2015 6:20:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in the starting lineup, but he can pinch hit on Tuesday versus the Brewers.
Insight: Mesoraco is dealing with a hip impingement and a family issue, but he was expected to start on Tuesday. He will not, though, he is with the team and could enter the game as a pinch hitter. Brayan Pena will start at catcher for Cincinnati.
Devin Mesoraco, C4/21/2015 9:40:00 AM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco went home on Monday to attend a personal matter, but is expected to return to the team on Tuesday.
Insight: That doesn't mean Mesoraco will be in the lineup as he's still dealing with the hip issue, but perhaps he could pinch hit.
Anthony DeSclafani, SP4/20/2015 9:56:00 PM
Description: Red starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani pitched eight shutout innings as he won his second game of the season, 6-1, versus the Brewers.
Insight: DeSclafani has extremely well this season, posting a 0.86 ERA in three starts. He allowed just two hits in his last start against the Cubs, and he again yielded just two hits on Monday. He is 2-0 with 16 strikeouts and 0.62 WHIP in 21 innings this season.
Joey Votto, 1BHot4/20/2015 9:54:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto hit another home run as he continued his strong start to the 2015 season.
Insight: Votto was 2-for-4 versus the Brewers on Monday, hitting a two-run bomb in the seventh that pretty much sealed the win. Cincinnati won, 6-1. Votto is hitting .375/.492/.771 with five home runs and 12 RBI this season.
Todd Frazier, 3BCold4/20/2015 1:26:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is just 1-for-11 with three strikeouts against Milwaukee right-hander Wily Peralta.
Insight: Frazier has hit three homers this season, but they were in the first five games. Since then he's gone 5-for-29 (.172) with just a couple of doubles. Avoid this matchup.
Billy Hamilton, CF4/20/2015 10:25:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton (groin) sat out Sunday and should be considered day-to-day.
Insight: Hamilton's best asset is his blazing speed, so this injury could be a big drag on his ability to steal bases. He's 8-for-8 this season which is a huge improvement over his 56 steals and 23 times caught stealing in 2014 (70.8 percent).
Joey Votto, 1BHot4/19/2015 10:36:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto continued his hot start as he went 2-for-4 on Sunday even with Cardinals ace pitcher Adam Wainwright on the mound.
Insight: Votto singled in his first two at-bats versus Wainwright, scoring in the third inning. That was the only run the Reds scored as the Cardinals won, 2-1. Votto is hitting .364 with four home runs, eight runs, 10 RBI and 10 walks in 44 at-bats this season.
Homer Bailey, SP4/18/2015 4:21:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Homer Bailey had a rough outing Saturday against the Cardinals.
Insight: He allowed five runs on nine hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings of work. Bailey did no record a strikeout either.
Todd Frazier, 3B4/18/2015 10:23:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is just 1-for-9 with five strikeouts against Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez.
Insight: Frazier has hit three homers this season, but is batting just .220 through the first 10 games and this unfavorable matchup isn't likely to help.
Joey Votto, 1BHot4/17/2015 11:35:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in the, 6-1, loss to the Cardinals on Friday.
Insight: Votto has continued to hit very well in the two-hole of the Reds lineup. He is slashing .378/.489/.811 with four home runs and 10 RBI this season. Votto is proving he definitely wasn't healthy last season.
Devin Mesoraco, C4/17/2015 5:59:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not cleared to catch yet, but he is available to pinch hit on Friday according to MLB.com.
Insight: Mesoraco has an impingement in his left hip, so it might be awhile until he starts catching again. For what it's worth, he is trying very hard to avoid the disabled list.
Jay Bruce, RF4/17/2015 11:30:00 AM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce should be avoided on Friday night against the Cardinals and Michael Wacha.
Insight: Bruce is hitless in 16 at-bats against Wacha and struck out in half those at-bats. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
Aroldis Chapman, RP4/14/2015 10:56:00 PM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman recorded his third save of the season on Tuesday versus the Cubs.
Insight: Chapman made it interesting, allowing a hit and a walk, but he struck out two, and the Reds won, 3-2. Chapman has a 0.00 ERA in six innings with nine strikeouts and two walks this season.
Joey Votto, 1BHot4/14/2015 10:53:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto continued his hot start, going 2-for-3 on Tuesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Votto had an RBI-single in the fourth. That was his ninth RBI of the season. Votto also had a double. He is hitting .375 with three home runs in the first eight games.
Devin Mesoraco, C4/14/2015 10:59:00 AM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Chicago Cubs to a left hip issue.
Insight: Mesoraco was scheduled to have an MRI on the hip, but we haven't heard any news. It can't be a good sign that the team brought up catcher Kyle Skipworth from the minors. Mesoraco was a huge factor in 2014 setting career marks in nearly every category including 25 HR, 80 RBI and an .893 OPS.
Devin Mesoraco, C4/13/2015 4:20:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco sat out Sunday for a rest day, but it may also have been related to a left hip issue.
Insight: Mesoraco is scheduled to have an MRI on the hip, according to Cubs beat writer Mark Gonzales. Mesoraco was a huge factor in 2014 setting career marks in nearly every category including 25 HR, 80 RBI and an .893 OPS. This season has started very slowly for the Reds catcher.
Brayan Pena, C4/13/2015 10:32:00 AM
Description: Reds catcher Brayan Pena is doubtful for Monday's game against the Chicago Cubs due to a sprained left shoulder.
Insight: Regular starter Devin Mesoraco just won't get a day off for a while. Pena has no fantasy value.
Jay Bruce, RF4/12/2015 5:24:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce smacked a homer Sunday against St. Louis.
Insight: Bruce has just a .200/.360/.500 line early this year, but does have two homers through six games. The power will be there for him.
Todd Frazier, 3B4/11/2015 5:02:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hit another home run as he continued his hot start to the 2015 season.
Insight: Frazier went 2-for-4 in the loss to the Cardinals on Saturday with a solo bomb. He has three home runs with six RBI in the first five games of the season. He is also hitting .316 with a .842 slugging percentage.
Johnny Cueto, SP4/11/2015 4:52:00 PM
Description: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto had another solid start on Saturday but received the loss.
Insight: Cueto pitched seven innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits. He also struck out four and walked one, but the Cardinals scored an unearned run, and the Reds mustered just one run versus Michael Wacha. Cueto also didn't win on Opening Day as the bullpen blew his seven shutout innings, so he is 0-1 this season.
Joey Votto, 1BHot4/10/2015 9:40:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto smashed two more homers Friday against the Cardinals.
Insight: He went 2-for-3 with four RBIs, two runs, and the two home runs. Votto has a .412/.444/.941 line through four games this season.
Aroldis Chapman, RP4/9/2015 4:42:00 PM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman picked up a victory Thursday against the Pirates.
Insight: This is great for fantasy owners, as wins are just an added bonus for closers. Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth and struck out two. The Reds pieced together the game-winning run, with the climax coming on a Gregory Polanco error, allowing Jay Bruce to score.
Joey Votto, 1BHot4/9/2015 4:40:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto continued his solid start to the 2015 season.
Insight: After two RBI last night, including the walk-off knock, Votto was back at it on Thursday. He helped the Reds sweep Pittsburgh with his first homer of the year. It was a two-run shot, and Votto now has four RBI through three games.
Jay Bruce, RF4/9/2015 10:12:00 AM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is just 3-for-27 (.111) with 10 strikeouts against Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Bruce usually hits right-handers better than lefties (.262 vs. .226), but this is an exception to the rule. The Reds left-handed slugger homered on Opening Day as he tries to rebound from a disappointing 2014. Thursday is probably a day for fantasy owners to look elsewhere.
Jay Bruce, RF4/6/2015 7:33:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce went 1-for-2 with a solo bomb against the Pirates on Opening Day.
Insight: The Sports Network has Bruce has a big bounce back candidate this season, and this is a great way for Bruce to start 2015.
Todd Frazier, 3B4/6/2015 7:30:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier hit a three-run bomb in the bottom of the eighth as Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh, 5-2, on Opening Day.
Insight: Frazier was 1-for-4 on the day, hitting the impressive homer down the left field line on Pirates stellar relief pitcher Tony Watson. Frazier should be a top-five option at third base this season.
Johnny Cueto, SP4/6/2015 7:26:00 PM
Description: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto pitched excellent versus the Pirates on Opening Day.
Insight: Even a rain delay in Cincinnati couldn't slow down Cueto, who pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits. He also struck out 10 and walked just one. The Reds bullpen, however, blew the lead in the eighth before Todd Frazier's home run gave Cincinnati the lead for good, so Cueto did not get the victory.
Jay Bruce, RF4/6/2015 10:39:00 AM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is a career 0-for-16 with six strikeouts against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Bruce hit just .217/.281/.373, but he is one of The Sports Network's bounce back candidates this season. It just isn't likely to start on opening day against Liriano. Sit him.
Paul Maholm, SP3/30/2015 1:50:00 PM
Description: Left-hander Paul Maholm has been released by the Reds on Monday.
Insight: Maholm couldn't win a starting job and there was no room in the bullpen. He went 1-5 with a 4.84 ERA and 1.557 WHIP last season for the Dodgers.
Devin Mesoraco, C3/29/2015 5:30:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco left Sunday's game with a cramp in his quad.
Insight: Looks like owners dodged a bullet here, Mesoraco came up lame rounding third, but should not miss significant time.
Aroldis Chapman, RP3/29/2015 10:03:00 AM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in his one inning on Saturday versus the Cubs.
Insight: Chapman appears to be in midseason form already, strikout out 16 and walking just three in 11 innings. He will once again be one of the top closers taken in fantasy drafts this season.
Todd Frazier, 3B3/29/2015 10:01:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and four RBI on Saturday versus the Cubs.
Insight: Frazier also hit a home run on Thursday. He has four dingers this spring with 12 RBI. Frazier is also hitting .262 in March, showing that once again he can provide power, a little bit of speed and an ok average.
Devin Mesoraco, C3/16/2015 9:39:00 AM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (mild concussion) returned to the lineup Sunday.
Insight: You always have to worry about concussions, particularly concerning catchers, but you can stop worrying about Mesoraco. The catcher exploded onto the fantasy scene with a .276 batting average, 25 HR, 78 RBI, 54 runs and a .901 OPS.
Billy Hamilton, CF3/12/2015 4:26:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton (shoulder) returned to batting practice on Wednesday.
Insight: He has been sidelined since last Friday, but is clearly progressing. Hamilton should be ready for Opening Day, and will look to improve upon his .250/.292/.355 line and 56 stolen bases from last season.
Jay Bruce, RF3/11/2015 2:57:00 PM
Description: The Reds scratched outfielder Jay Bruce from Wednesday's lineup due to a strained right calf.
Insight: Bruce hit just .217/.281/.373, but he is one of The Sports Network's bounce back candidates this season. As long as he is healthy, he could be a fantasy sleeper.
Devin Mesoraco, C3/9/2015 2:41:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco suffered a mild concussion when he took a foul tip off his mask in Saturday's game.
Insight: The catcher exploded onto the fantasy scene with a .276 batting average, 25 HR, 78 RBI, 54 runs and a .901 OPS. Each of those is a personal best. Hopefully he won't be out long as he's expected to be a top catching option for fantasy owners.
Johnny Cueto, SP3/6/2015 10:15:00 AM
Description: Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto posted two scoreless innings Thursday.
Insight: Cueto is picking up where he left off. He posted career-highs with 20 wins, a 2.25 ERA and 242 Ks in 243 2/3 innings while finishing a distant second to Clayton Kershaw in the NL Cy Young race. Cueto can become a free agent after this season, so his name could come up at the trade deadline.
Aroldis Chapman, RP3/6/2015 10:12:00 AM
Description: The Reds closer Aroldis Chapman appears to be in mid-season form already, striking out three batters in his Thursday's appearance.
Insight: Chapman posted 106 strikeouts in 54 innings last season along with his 36 saves. He's one of the top closers because he also helps your strikeout total along with his saves.
Raisel Iglesias, SP3/4/2015 8:13:00 PM
Description: Reds pitcher Raisel Iglesias made a spring training debut to forget on Wednesday, allowing two unearned runs.
Insight: Iglesias yieled a single, two walks and two wild pitches. Third baseman Neftali Soto also made a fielding error, which hurt. Despite the rough outing, the Reds like his stuff, and he should get lots more opportunities.
Joey Votto, 1B3/2/2015 2:55:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto is not up to "game speed," according to manager Bryan Price.
Insight: Votto (knee) should be healthy at the start of the season and has a .310/.417/.533 career slash line. Of course, he was nowhere close to that in 2014 when he hit .255 with six homers and 23 RBI in 62 games. Hopefully the batting stroke will return.
Homer Bailey, SP2/25/2015 3:27:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Homer Bailey might miss opening day according to MLB.com.
Insight: Bailey is recovering from flexor tendon surgery and even though he hasn't suffered a setback, he is a little behind the other pitchers in camp. Price is expected to throw a bullpen session in the next few days.
Aroldis Chapman, RP2/13/2015 10:31:00 AM
Description: The Reds and closer Aroldis Chapman agreed to a one-year deal that will have him throwing his triple-digit fastballs in the ninth inning for them again this season.
Insight: Chapman was once again one of the best closers in baseball and his strikeouts per nine innings was the highest of his career (17.7). Despite missing time early in the season he finished with 36 saves, a 2.00 ERA and 0.833 WHIP.
Joey Votto, 1B1/22/2015 10:49:00 AM
Description: Reds manager Bryan Price said first baseman Joey Votto's health is looking "very, very good" according to MLBlogs.
Insight: That's reassuring for a first baseman who missed 100 games last season due to a distal quad strain. Votto should be healthy at the start of the season and has a .310/.417/.533 career slash line.
Johnny Cueto, SP10/29/2014 3:19:00 PM
Description: The Reds exercised their $10 million club option on Johnny Cueto for the 2015 season according to Sports Nation.
Insight: That is a no-brainer. Cueto posted career-highs with 20 wins, a 2.25 ERA and 243 2/3 innings. He will be one of the top pitchers selected in 2015 fantasy drafts.
Sean Marshall, RP10/9/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Reds reliever Sean Marshall is progressing along in his rehab from surgery on his left shoulder according to MLB.com
Insight: Marshall has made only 31 appearances over the past two years due to shoulder problems. He had surgery in June to repair a torn labrum. Marshall should begin a throwing program in November and plans to be ready for opening day. 2015 is a contract year for Marshall.
Aroldis Chapman, RP9/28/2014 4:05:00 PM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman strikes out side for 36th save.
Insight: After missing the first few weeks of the season, Chapman did not miss a beat. He is a top-five closer in a ll of baseball.
Johnny Cueto, SP9/28/2014 4:04:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto does it all in 20th victory of season.
Insight: Not only did he go eight innings of one-run ball on six hits, while striking out seven, but Cueto also had the go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning. He had a monster season, going 20-9 with a 2.25 ERA. Target him early in 2015.
Billy Hamilton, CF9/28/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton (concussion) remains out of the lineup for the season finale against Pittsburgh.
Insight: With the Reds out of contention, it made sense for them not to rush Hamilton. He finishes the year as a favorite for the NL Rookie of the Year Award, as he slashed .250/.292/.355 and had 56 stolen bases. Jason Bourgeois gets the start in center field.
Johnny Cueto, SP9/28/2014 9:10:00 AM
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto will try to win 20 games for the first time in his career on Sunday.
Insight: It will be no easy task, as he will be opposed by Pirates righty Gerrit Cole. However, Cueto has been great as of late, going 2-1 with a 2.91 ERA and 0.88 WHIP over his past three starts.
Todd Frazier, 3B9/27/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Reds 3B/1B Todd Frazier keeps hitting during the final week of the season.
Insight: He clubbed another homer for his 29th of the year, Frazier now has 79 RBI, to go along with a .274/.337/.461 line. Owners who gambled on him this year, have had it pay off tremendously.
Jay Bruce, RF9/27/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is a good choice to sit Saturday as he's hitless in 16 at-bats against Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Bruce's numbers are down this year. He is still two home runs shy of 20 on the year, which he has reached in each of his first six seasons, and well of the 30 plus homers he's mashed the past three seasons. Bruce is batting .217 with 18 home runs and 66 RBI this season.
Chris Heisey, LF9/27/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Reds outfielder Chris Heisey is 5-for-12 (.417) with a pair of home runs against Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Heisey should see plenty of playing time over the weekend with Billy Hamilton sidelined due to a concussion. Heisey posted a pair of hits in the series opener Friday night.
Mike Leake, SP9/26/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake pitched seven great innings, allowing one run on three hits, struck out eight and walked two but received a no-decision as the Reds lost, 3-1, to the Pirates on Friday.
Insight: Leake finished the season strong as he kept the surging Pirates at bay. Gaby Sanchez's solo home run accounted for the only run scored against the Reds pitcher on Friday. Leake finishes the year 11-13 with a 3.70 ERA and 164 strikeouts.
Devin Mesoraco, C9/26/2014 1:50:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is on in Friday's starting lineup
Insight: It will be his second straight game on the bench. The catcher exploded onto the fantasy scene with a .276 batting average, 25 HR, 78 RBI, 54 runs and a .901 OPS. Each of those is a personal best.
Billy Hamilton, CF9/26/2014 1:48:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton was removed from Wednesday game due to a mild concussion and it appears that it may leave him on the bench for the final weekend series.
Insight: If he doesn't play again this season the National League Rookie of the Year contender would finish the season with a .250/.292/.355 line and 56 stolen bases.
David Holmberg, RP9/25/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Reds pitcher David Holmberg threw six innings and allowed two runs on three hits as Holmberg captured his second big league victory, 5-3, over the Brewers on Thursday.
Insight: Both of Holmberg's big-league victories are against Milwaukee. In four starts, Holmberg is 2-1 with a 1.82 ERA in 23 2/3 innings.
Jay Bruce, RF9/25/2014 4:04:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce went 3-for-4 with a RBI and run as the Reds defeated the Brewers, 5-3, on Thursday.
Insight: Bruce has been down this year overall, but he had a good Thursday. He is still two home runs shy of 20 on the year, which he has reached in each of his first six seasons. Bruce is batting .219 with 18 home runs and 66 RBI this season.
Brandon Phillips, 2B9/25/2014 3:53:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run to seal the victory over the Brewers, 5-3, on Thursday.
Insight: The Reds eliminated the Brewers from playoff contention with the victory. Phillips scored in the third to tie the game at one, and his two-run bomb came in the sixth to extend the Reds lead to 5-2. The second baseman is hitting .263 with eight home runs and 51 RBI on the season.
Ryan Ludwick, LF9/25/2014 10:00:00 AM
Description: Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick is a career .333 (12-for-36) hitter with three home runs and 11 RBI against Brewers starter Yavani Gallardo.
Insight: Ludwick has also posted a .442 on-base percentage and .639 slugging percentage in his career against the Milwaukee right-hander. The Reds have a chance to score a lot of runs on Thursday as five hitters in the lineup will have a lifetime .300 or greater batting average against Gallardo.
Billy Hamilton, CF9/24/2014 8:53:00 PM
Description: Updating on a previous item: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton was removed from Wednesday game due to a mild concussion, according to Mark Sheldon
Insight: With the concussion being mild, there is a chance Hamilton returns this season. However, if he is unable to return in 2014, the potential National League Rookie of the Year will finish the season with a .250/.292/.355 line and 56 stolen bases.
Billy Hamilton, CF9/24/2014 8:30:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton left Wednesday's game against Milwaukee with an undisclosed injury according to C.Trent Rosecrans.
Insight: He robbed Ryan Braun of a homer, but we do not know why he left the game in the fifth inning. Chris Heisey replaced him in center field. We will update his status as soon as the Reds clarify the situation.
Todd Frazier, 3B9/23/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Reds 3B/1B Todd Frazier blasted his 28th homer of the year in Tuesday's win against the Brewers.
Insight: He was 1-for-11 coming into the game against Mike Fiers, but took him deep in the first inning. Frazier added a double off Fiers later, and now is hitting .277 with 77 RBI. It has been a coming out party for Frazier in 2014.
Aroldis Chapman, RP9/23/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman struck out the side for his 34th save.
Insight: He had to retire Ryan Braun with runners on the corners, to end the game. He did so by blowing Braun away with an 102 MPH fastball. Chapman has a 2.12 ERA, and has secured another monster season.
Johnny Cueto, SP9/23/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto earned his 19th win of 2014 beating the Brewers Tuesday.
Insight: He did so in spectactular fashion, going eight innings, giving up one earned run and eight strikeouts. Any other year Cueto would be in the running for the CY Young Award. However, this year he will have to settle for a potential 20-win season.
Todd Frazier, 3BCold9/23/2014 1:36:00 PM
Description: Reds 3B/1B Todd Frazier is 1-for-11 with four strikeouts in his career against Milwaukee right-hander Mike Fiers.
Insight: Although he's put together the best season of his career, he's fadied a bit since the All-Star break. He hit 18 homers and batted .290 pre-Summer Cklassic and .252 with eight homers after it. Avoid this matchup.
Mat Latos, SP9/22/2014 2:08:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mat Latos will not pitch the remainder of the season, according to an mlb.com report.
Insight: Latos was 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.153 WHIP in 16 starts this season. He's been a solid fantasy option the past two seasons, but struggled with injuries in 2014.
Joey Votto, 1B9/21/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: The return of Reds first baseman Joey Votto this season is looking doubtful according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Votto has taken batting practice and ran the bases this week, but according to Reds manager Bryan Price, he is not pain free. The club has little incentive to bring back the former MVP for one meaningless week of baseball, so we do not expect to see him again until 2015.
Todd Frazier, 3B9/21/2014 10:27:00 AM
Description: Reds 3B/1B Todd Frazier is 3-for-23 with 12 strikeouts in his career against Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn.
Insight: Not too friendly. Frazier does, however, have two home runs against Lynn. He is still a big risk to play on Sunday.
Jay Bruce, RF9/21/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is a career .480 (12-for-25) hitter with two home runs, two triples, a double and eight RBI against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn in his career.
Insight: Bruce was likely on your bench on Saturday as he was 0-for-11 against Michael Wacha in his career coming into the game. Bruce should go back into the lineup with this favorable matchup on Sunday.
Mike Leake, SP9/21/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake pitched seven great innings, allowing one run on three hits, struck out eight and walked two but received a no-decision as the Reds lost, 3-1, to the Pirates on Friday.
Insight: Leake finished the season strong as he kept the surging Pirates at bay. Gaby Sanchez's solo home run accounted for the only run scored against the Reds pitcher on Friday. Leake finishes the year 11-13 with a 3.70 ERA and 164 strikeouts.
Zack Cozart, SS9/20/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart supplied his fourth homer of the year against the Cardinals.
Insight: Cozart has not been great at the plate this season, with a .227 average. However, he continues to play solid defense, and will look to improve offensively, next year.
Brandon Phillips, 2BCold9/20/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is hitless in 12 at-bats against Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha.
Insight: Phillips has been ugly since the All-Star break batting just .228 with a .591 OPS over his last 56 games. Avoid this matchup.
Jay Bruce, RF9/20/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is a "must sit' Saturday against Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha.
Insight: Bruce is 0-for-11 with seven strikeouts in their matchups. He's had an off season in 2014 and is unlikely to crack the 20-home run mark this season (he's got 16 at the moment) after three consecutive 30-homer seasons.
Brandon Phillips, 2B9/17/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Cubs.
Insight: With the Reds managing only one hit last night, a ton of regulars are not in the starting lineup this evening. Kristopher Negron is batting leadoff and playing second base.
Jay Bruce, RF9/17/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce getting the night off on Wednesday.
Insight: Bruce is one of many Reds not in the lineup after a weak effort against Jake Arrieta Tuesday night in which they were one-hit. He's had an off season and is unlikely to crack the 20-home run mark this season after three consecutive 30-homer seasons.
Billy Hamilton, CF9/17/2014 3:57:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds lineup on Wednesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Just a routine day off for Hamilton. Yorman Rodriguez will get the start. Hamilton has been good this season, batting .257 with six homers, 48 RBI, 72 runs and 56 steals.
Johnny Cueto, SP9/16/2014 11:30:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto pitched his worse start since May 20, allowing six runs in five and 2/3 innings and losing to the Cubs, 7-0, on Tuesday.
Insight: Cueto obviously did not have his control as he struck out eight but also walked five batters, a season high. To put things in prespective, Cueto walked just seven batters in six starts during the month of May. He is still in the Cy Young conversation, even though Clayton Kershaw is the clear leader, at 18-9 with 2.33 ERA, 228 strikeouts and 0.98 WHIP.
Ryan Ludwick, LF9/15/2014 4:37:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati outfielder Ryan Ludwick is not in the starting lineup Monday night versus the Cubs.
Insight: Ludwick's playing time has been sporadic of late, but he has hit well over the past 14 days (7-for-20, with 1 HR and 3 RBI). His inconsisent playing time, makes for a tough start for fantasy owners moving forward. Jason Bourgeois gets the nod in left field tonight.
Jay Bruce, RF9/15/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce getting the night off on Monday.
Insight: It's just a routine night off against Cubs' lefty Travis Wood. Bruce has been extremely disappointing this season (.215 BA, 16 HR, 61 RBI, .284 OBP), but always has the potential to leave the yard. He should be back in the lineup tomorrow.
Kristopher Negron, 2B9/15/2014 3:43:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Kris Negron will get another start at second base with Brandon Phillips getting a routine day of rest.
Insight: Negron is batting just .246, but has a solid .748 OPS with 12 extra-base hits in 114 at-bats. He's 0-for-2 against Monday's starter, Travis Wood.
Brandon Phillips, 2B9/15/2014 3:39:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is not in Monday's starting lineup against the Cubs.
Insight: Phillips is getting a routine day off. He's never had great success against tonight's pitcher, Travis Wood, though he did take him deep once. Phillips is batting .258 with seven home runs and 48 RBI this year, but just .202 since returning from a thumb injury.
Alfredo Simon, SP9/15/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati's All-Star starter Alfredo Simon has continued to struggle mightily during the second half of 2014.
Insight: Overall, Simon is 2-7 with a 4.96 ERA since the All-Star break (12-3, 2.70 ERA before All-Star break), and has not been any better during his past three starts (1-2, 5.50 ERA). He will look to get it together tonight when the Reds head to Wrigley to take on the Cubs, and with the wind blowing in tonight at 11 MPH, combined with the quality of the opponent, Simon could be line to do just that.
Todd Frazier, 3B9/14/2014 7:01:00 PM
Description: Reds 3B/1B Todd Frazier hit his 26th home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Brewers.
Insight: Frazier hit a solo shot in the sixth, which accounted for half of the Reds runs on the day. Along with the 26 diggers, Frazier has 75 RBI, 79 runs and 20 stolen bases.
Jay Bruce, RF9/14/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce has eight hits, including two home runs in 22 career at-bats against Brewers pitcher Matt Garza.
Insight: Bruce is hitting just .214 this year with 16 home runs and 61 RBI, but this is a very favorable matchup for him.
Todd Frazier, 3B9/14/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Reds 3B/1B Todd Frazier went 3-for-4 with two runs and a strikeout to help the Reds defeat the Brewers, 5-1, on Saturday.
Insight: It was Frazier's third multi-hit game in the last nine games. He is hitting .279 in September and that is his season batting average as well. Frazier also has 25 home runs, 74 RBI and 78 runs this year.
David Holmberg, RP9/14/2014 9:25:00 AM
Description: Reds pitcher David Holmberg threw six innings and allowed one run on two hits as Holmberg captured his first big league victory, 5-1, over the Brewers on Saturday.
Insight: Aramis Ramirez hit a solo home run off Holmberg in the fourth to score the only Milwaukee run. Holmberg will likely start again next week, but it would be unrealistic to expect another start like Saturday's. In three starts, he is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA over 18 innings this year.
Joey Votto, 1B9/12/2014 1:50:00 PM
Description: Reds 1B Joey Votto (quad) made the trip to Milwaukee with the team.
Insight: We still don't have a timetable for his return, but this is encouraging news.
Todd Frazier, 3BCold9/12/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Reds 3B/1B Todd Frazier is just 2-for-18 (.111) against Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Frazier's numbers since the All-Star break aren't very good (.249, 6 HR, 21 RBI, .667 OPS) and this matchup won't help. Frazier is hitting .276 with 74 RBI and .789 OPS to go along with the 25 homers.
Johnny Cueto, SPHot9/11/2014 3:12:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto pitched eight shutout innings, allowed three hits, struck out seven and walked one as the Reds defeated the Cardinals, 1-0.
Insight: Cueto keeps winning as the victory gives him 18 on the season, tied for the most in the National League with Clayton Kershaw. He is also second in the NL with 2.15 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 220 strikeouts.
Aroldis Chapman, RP9/11/2014 12:40:00 PM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman earned his 32nd save on Wednesday as the Reds defeated the Cardinals, 4-2.
Insight: Chapman induced a ground ball to Mark Ellis and struck out Peter Bourjos and Tommy Pham to end the game. Chapman topped out at 103 mph on the gun Wednesday night. Chapman has converted 32 out of 34 save chances while posting a 2.30 ERA and 0.87 WHIP in 47 appearances this year.
Brayan Pena, C9/11/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Brayan Pena has been scratched from the Reds' starting lineup on Thursday due to illness.
Insight: Pena was in the lineup to catch for pitcher Jonny Cueto. Regular starter Devin Mesoraco will catch due to Pena's illness. Pena should be available on Friday.
Billy Hamilton, CF9/10/2014 2:48:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds lineup on Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Insight: Just a routine day off for Hamilton. Chris Heisey will get the start. Hamilton has been good this season, batting .260 with six homers, 46 RBI, 72 runs and 55 steals.
Devin Mesoraco, C9/9/2014 10:56:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco hit his 23rd home run of the season on Tuesday as the Reds went on to beat the Cardinals, 9-5.
Insight: Mesoraco slumped at the end of August as his batting average dropped to .273. The catcher has been back on track this month though and has raised his average to .287. He also has 24 doubles, 73 RBI and 50 runs in just 345 at-bats.
Jay Bruce, RFCold9/9/2014 3:27:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is hitless in 11 career at-bats, with seven strikeouts, against right-hander Michael Wacha.
Insight: The streaky hitter is in one of his typical cold spells (15-for-89) and this matchup doesn't figure to help him get out of it. UpdateL Bruce is not in the starting lineup.
Jay Bruce, RFCold9/9/2014 11:59:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is hitless in 11 career at-bats, with seven strikeouts, against right-hander Michael Wacha.
Insight: The streaky hitter is in one of his typical cold spells (15-for-89) and this matchup doesn't figure to help him get out of it.
Mat Latos, SP9/7/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mat Latos did not give up a single earned run in six innings of work against the Mets on Sunday, but New York scored three unearned runs and Latos received the loss.
Insight: It should be noted that Latos did give up a home run, but he pitched well enough to give his team a chance to win. He is 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA in 16 starts this season.
Todd Frazier, 3B9/6/2014 8:16:00 PM
Description: Reds 3B/1B Todd Frazier hit a home run for the second straight game against the Mets, going 2-for-3, as the Reds won, 2-1, on Saturday.
Insight: Frazier broke out of his six-game slump on Friday, going 3-for-5. He is now 5-for-8 in the series against the Mets. The home run was Frazier's 25th of the season. Frazier is hitting .278 with 73 RBI and .801 OPS to go along with the 25 homers.
Johnny Cueto, SPHot9/6/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto pitched seven innings and allowed one run to beat the Mets on Saturday.
Insight: It was typical Cueto domination, scattering six hits and two walks over his seven frames. He also struck out eight. Although we all expect Clayton Kershaw to get the Cy Young award, Cueto remains in the conversation as he is 17-8 with a 2.23 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 213 strikeouts in 214 innings.
Todd Frazier, 3B9/5/2014 11:01:00 PM
Description: Reds 3B/1B Todd Frazier was 3-for-5 with an RBI and run in a losing effort against the Mets on Friday.
Insight: Frazier came into the game hitting .125 in his last six games, so the big game looks like the third baseman is out of his slump. On the season, Frazier is batting .276 with 24 home runs and 72 RBI.
Zack Cozart, SS9/5/2014 3:50:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is not in Friday's lineup against the NY Mets.
Insight: Cozart missed time for the birth of a child, but is also dealing with a sore right wrist. After a decent 2013 season, Cozart's number have fallen below a fantasy-worthy level (.228, 3 HR, 35 RBI, 45 runs, 6 SB).
Zack Cozart, SS9/5/2014 10:21:00 AM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is questionable for Friday's game against the NY Mets.
Insight: Cozart missed time for the birth of a child, but is also dealing with a sore right wrist. After a decent 2013 season, Cozart's number have fallen below a fantasy-worthy level (.228, 3 HR, 35 RBI, 45 runs, 6 SB).
Devin Mesoraco, C9/5/2014 12:06:00 AM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco went 4-for-4 including his 21st home run of the season Thursday night.
Insight: Mesoraco was the best catcher in fantasy for the first half of the season (.304, 16 HR, 45 RBI) but he faded after the break. He's down to .286 even after Thursday's output with 69 RBI.
Homer Bailey, SP9/4/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Homer Bailey (elbow) will undergo forearm surgery on Friday to repair a torn tendon.
Insight: Cincinnati is hopeful that Bailey will be ready for the start of the 2015 season, but that is up in the air at this point. After signing a outlandish six-year, $105 million contract in February, Bailey was highly disappointing, pitching to a 9-5 record with a 3.71 ERA in 145 and 2/3 innings this year.
Billy Hamilton, CFHot9/4/2014 3:46:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton is not in the Reds lineup on Thursday against the Orioles.
Insight: Hamilton went 2-for-4 on Wednesday and broke the rookie stolen base record with his 55th steal of the season. Thursday looks to be just a routine day of rest. In addition to the steals, Hamilton is hitting .269 with 71 runs.
Homer Bailey, SP9/1/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Homer Bailey (elbow) will not pitch again this season.
Insight: Bailey is dealing with a strained flexor mass tendon in his right forearm and has been out since Aug. 8. He had a PRP injection to help speed the healing process, but it didn't work as hoped. The Reds are out of playoff contention, so there's no reason to bring Bailey back.
Johnny Cueto, SPHot8/31/2014 5:57:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto pitched eight strong innings against the Pirates, allowing two runs to earn his 16th victory.
Insight: Cueto allowed solo home runs to Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer in the first and second inning, respective. Those were the only runs Pittsburgh scored. Cueto also struck out six and walked one. He is 16-8 with a 2.26 ERA, 0.97 WHIP in 207 innings this year.
Chris Heisey, LF8/31/2014 4:57:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Chris Heisey accounted for all three of Cincinnati's runs on Sunday, hitting a two-run and solo home run to carry the Reds to a 3-2 victory over the Pirates on Sunday.
Insight: Heisey finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs. Sunday was Heisey's first start in a week, but with the big game, it is a good bet he will be back in the lineup on Monday when Cincinnati goes to Baltimore. He is hitting .227 with seven home runs and 18 RBI in 233 at-bats this year.
Jay Bruce, RFCold8/31/2014 9:28:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is hitless in 16 career at-bats with six strikeouts against left-hander Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Don't be surprised if Bruce gets the day off Sunday. The streaky hitter is in one of his typical cold spells (8-for-45) and this matchup doesn't figure to help him get out of it.
Devin Mesoraco, C8/29/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco went 2-for-3, driving in Cincinnati's lone run in the team's Friday night loss.
Insight: The catcher is suddenly five for his last eight after going 31 at-bats with just one hit. In 319 at-bats this year, Mesoraco is hitting .282 with 20 home runs and 65 RBI.
Billy Hamilton, CFHot8/29/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 1-for-3 with a walk, run and two steals in the Reds loss on Friday.
Insight: With the two steals Friday, Hamilton now has 53 on the season, which is second only to Dee Gordon. Hamilton is also hitting .268 with 38 extra-base hits, 46 RBI, and 70 runs in 489 at-bats this year.
Mike Leake, SP8/29/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake tossed seven scoreless innings on Friday only to see reliever Jonathon Broxton cough up the lead in the eighth.
Insight: Leake is 10-11 with a 3.38 ERA and has not allowed a run in his last 13 and 2/3 innings pitched.
Joey Votto, 1B8/29/2014 5:28:00 PM
Description: Reds manager Bryan Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Joey Votto (quad) had "some fairly significant discomfort when he got lateral side-to-side" while fielding ground balls on Wednesday.
Insight: Cincinnati does not look ready to shut Votto down completely, but with the Reds playoffs chances dwindling, it looks less likely that he will make a comeback this season. Do not count on him for your fantasy playoff run.
Jay Bruce, RF8/29/2014 10:05:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is 6-for-11 (.545) with a home run against Pirates starter Edinson Volguez.
Insight: This may not be the time to jump on the Bruce bandwagon after last night's "Olympic Rings" performance a.k.a. 0-for-5 with five strikeouts.
Dylan Axelrod, RPHot8/28/2014 4:22:00 PM
Description: Former Chicago White Sox starter, Dylan Axelrod, has pitched well in two spot starts for Cincinnati.
Insight: Axelrod got the win Thursday, going five innings and striking out eight while yielding just two hits and no runs. He also started a game on Aug. 17 going six innings and giving up two earned runs, but striking out seven. The high strikeout total should interest fantasy owners (15 Ks in 11 IP).
Todd Frazier, 3B8/28/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Reds 3B/1B Todd Frazier stole two bases to go along with two more hits and a couple of RBI.
Insight: Frazier's sore back must be feeling a lot better. He's about to become a member of the 20-20 club. He's already hit a career high 22 home runs and is one stolen base short of 20 with today's two swipes.
Billy Hamilton, CFHot8/28/2014 4:15:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 2-for-2 with a double and his 51st steal of the season Thursday against the Cubs.
Insight: Fantasy owners were a bit scared back in March that Hamilton would be able to hit enough to make his speed worthwhile. That hasn't turned out to be a problem. He's batting .267 with 25 doubles, seven triples, six homers and 69 runs scored in addition to the steals.
Billy Hamilton, CFCold8/27/2014 10:38:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 2-for-5 with his 50th steal of the season Wednesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Hamilton has hit .219 since the All-Star break and was also caught stealing for the 19th time Wednesday.
Mat Latos, SP 8/27/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mat Latos struck out a season-high 10 batters in Wednesday's win against the Cubs.
Insight: Latos allowed four runs on seven hits (two HR) in seven innings. The right-hander's K/9 this season is just 6.60 even after Wednesday's game.
Homer Bailey, SP8/27/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Homer Bailey's return this season is in doubt after his MRI results Wednesday did not give him the green light to resume throwing, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Bailey is dealing with a strained flexor mass tendon in his right forearm and has been out since Aug. 8. He had a PRP injection to help speed the healing process, but it hasn't worked as hoped.
Devin Mesoraco, CCold8/26/2014 4:23:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in Tuesday's starting lineup. Brayan Pena will be behind the plate.
Insight: He's managed just one hit in his last 31 at-bats. He's still hitting .273 with 20 homers, 63 RBI and an .880 OPS in 311 at-bats.
Alfredo Simon, SP8/24/2014 5:16:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati starter Alfredo Simon won his first game since the All-Star break Sunday against Atlanta.
Insight: He allowed one run on five hits and struck out six in seven innings. Simon was 12-3 with a 2.70 ERA at the break, but he went 0-5 with a 5.40 ERA in his first seven starts of the second half. After Sunday's game, he's 13-8 with a 3.26 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP on the year, but his 4.44 FIP will make him a shaky option down the stretch.
Billy Hamilton, CFCold8/24/2014 5:06:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton, who went 0-for-4 Sunday, has batted .217 since the All-Star break.
Insight: Hamilton hit .285 with five homers, 38 RBI, 47 runs, 38 steals and a .742 OPS prior to the break, but his strikeout, line drive and infield fly-ball rates have all been worse in the second half.
Todd Frazier, 3B 8/24/2014 5:01:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs Friday against the Braves.
Insight: Frazier has been playing through a sore back for the past two weeks and he's hit .248 with three homers and 15 RBI since the All-Star break.
Devin Mesoraco, CCold8/23/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has gone 1-for-28 (.036) in his last nine games.
Insight: His only hit during that span was a pinch-hit double on Aug. 20. He's still hitting .276 with 20 homers, 63 RBI and an .887 OPS in 345 plate appearances.
Mat Latos, SPHot8/23/2014 9:14:00 AM
Description: Reds starter Mat Latos gave up one run on nine hits in six innings Friday against Atlanta.
Insight: Latos struck out three batters and has a career-low 6.08 K/9. However, he's managed to record a 2.99 ERA in 84 1/3 innings. Batters are making more contact on Latos' pitches out of the zone, but they aren't doing much damage. He has a 17.2 percent infield fly-ball rate, a 5.1 percent HR/FB and he's allowed just 20 extra-base hits.
Zack Cozart, SSCold8/22/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is hitting .400 (4-for-10) with two home runs in his career against Braves starter Mike Minor.
Insight: Cozart is hitting .149 in his last five games, so perhaps he comes out of his slump on Friday.
Devin Mesoraco, C8/21/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco was not in the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals, but returns Thursday, batting fifth against Julio Teheran and the Braves.
Insight: Mesoraco has gone hitless in his last 19 at-bats and faces the tough Teheran making him a questionable start for fantasy owners.
Aroldis Chapman, RP8/20/2014 6:51:00 PM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman (shoulder) should be good to go Wednesday, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Chapman has been dealing with a sore shoulder the past two days. In his last appearance on Sunday, he walked all four batters he faced and J.J. Hoover allowed the remaining three to score after he replaced Chapman.
Devin Mesoraco, C8/20/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Insight: Mesoraco has gone hitless in his last 19 at-bats, so he'll get the night off. Brayan Pena is catching.
Jay Bruce, RF8/20/2014 12:27:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce hasn't been able to get into any sort of groove this season, but he's homered in two of his last four games and is 9-for-19 (.474) with a double, two triples and two homers against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn.
Insight: Bruce is hitting .221 with a .686 OPS, 14 homers, 55 RBI, 61 runs and 11 steals this season. At this point he's strictly a player to use in matchups like the one he has Wednesday.
Aroldis Chapman, RP8/19/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was reportedly "not available" Monday night while dealing with an achy shoulder, according to manager Bryan Price.
Insight: That could explain his ugly outing Sunday in which he walked four batters and was pulled. His ERA will jump almost a full run to 2.82, but he's still an elite closer with 26 saves and 74 Ks in 38 1/3 IP. Consider him questionable for Tuesday.
Devin Mesoraco, C8/18/2014 4:23:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is in Monday night's starting lineup despite struggling at the plate.
Insight: Mesoraco is hitless in his last four games (0-for-11) but is still one of the top fantasy catchers this season - batting .289 with 20 HR, 63 RBI and a .924 OPS.
Todd Frazier, 3BCold8/18/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: A sore lower back has kept Todd Frazier out of the Reds lineup since Thursday, but he'll return for Monday night's game with St. Louis
Insight: He's batted just .240 with one homer, 11 RBI and a .584 OPS over 100 at-bats since the All-Star break after hitting .290 with 19 homers, 53 RBI and an .853 OPS prior to the break.
Brandon Phillips, 2B8/18/2014 11:28:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips went 2-for-3 with a double in a rehab start for Class-A Dayton on Sunday.
Insight: He is expected to be activated from the disabled list and return to the Reds on Monday against the Cardinals according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. The 33-year-old has been out of the lineup after tearing a ligament in his left thumb on July 11. He is hitting .272 with seven home runs and 40 RBI this year.
Jay Bruce, RF8/18/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is a career 2-for-14 (.143) against Cardinals right-hander Justin Masterson.
Insight: Bruce has been a disappointment to fantasy owners, batting just .221 with 13 HR and 51 RBI. Coming off three consecutive 30-home run seasons, and 109 RBI in 2013 a lot was expected to the Reds outfielder.
Aroldis Chapman, RP8/17/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman threw 28 pitches, 16 for balls, walking four batters without recording an out.
Insight: Chapman didn't appear to be hurt, just wild. Chalk this one up to a rare bad outing and move on. His ERA will jump almost a full run to 2.82, but he's still an elite closer with 26 saves and 74 Ks in 38 1/3 IP.
Jay Bruce, RF8/17/2014 8:35:00 PM
Description: After going hitless in the first two games of the series, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce exploded Sunday with three hits, including a home run and three RBI.
Insight: Bruce has been a disappointment to fantasy owners, batting just .224 with 13 HR and 50 RBI. Coming off three consecutive 30-home run seasons, and 109 RBI in 2013 a lot was expected to the Reds outfielder.
Zack Cozart, SS8/17/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is 5-for-9 (.556) with three extra-base hits and a 1.711 OPS versus Rockies Game 1 starter Jordan Lyles.
Insight: Cozart's production has dropped each season since his debut in 2011, but he's been batting .282 over the past two weeks and may be worth a one-day flier in this favorable matchup.
Todd Frazier, 3BCold8/16/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: A sore lower back with keep Todd Frazier out of the Reds lineup for a second straight game Saturday, according to Mark Sheldon of mlb.com. Kris Negron is starting at third base and Skip Schumaker is at second against the Rockies.
Insight: Frazier is day-to-day. He's batted just .240 with one homer, 11 RBI and a .584 OPS over 100 at-bats since the All-Star break after hitting .290 with 19 homers, 53 RBI and an .853 OPS prior to the break.
Todd Frazier, 3BCold8/16/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier did not play in either game of Cincinnati's double header matchup in Colorado on Sunday due to a sore back. Mark Sheldon of mlb.com reported Sunday that Frazier was hoping to play in one of the games.
Insight: Frazier tweaked his back on Thursday while swinging a bat and has not played since then. The All-Star had a tremendous first half of the season, but since the break, Frazier has just one home run and 11 RBI in 100 at-bats.
Homer Bailey, SP8/16/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Homer Bailey has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right flexor tendon in his elbow and a bulging disk in his neck.
Insight: Bailey hopes to pitch again this season. The right-hander started off poorly (5.44 ERA in first nine starts), but he's gone 6-2 with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP over his last 14 starts (94 1/3 IP). Dylan Axelrod will start Saturday against Colorado.
Kristopher Negron, 2B8/16/2014 1:45:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Kris Negron went 4-for-4 with one RBI Friday at Colorado.
Insight: Negron has batted .310 with two doubles, a triple, a homer, six RBI, seven runs and two steals in August. He'll continue to start at second base until Brandon Phillips returns later this month.
Todd Frazier, 3BCold8/15/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: A sore lower back with keep Todd Frazier out of the Reds lineup Friday night.
Insight: Frazier is day-to-day and expects to either be back Saturday or Sunday. He's batted just .240 with one homer, 11 RBI and a .584 OPS over 100 at-bats since the All-Star break after hitting .290 with 19 homers, 53 RBI and an .853 OPS prior to the break.
Devin Mesoraco, C8/15/2014 4:53:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in Friday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Even the best need a day off once in a while. Mesoraco is batting .294 with 20 HR, 63 RBI and a .938 OPS.
Jay Bruce, RF8/14/2014 5:00:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce (illness) was not in the lineup Wednesday against Boston, but will return for Thursday's game against Colorado.
Insight: Bruce has been a disappointment to fantasy owners, batting just .224 with 12 HR and 46 RBI. Coming off three consecutive 30-home run seasons, and 109 RBI in 2013 a lot was expected to the Reds outfielder.
Jay Bruce, RF8/14/2014 3:04:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce was not in the lineup Wednesday against Boston and is questionable for Thursday's game against Colorado due to illness.
Insight: Bruce has been a disappointment to fantasy owners, batting just .224 with 12 HR and 46 RBI. Coming off three consecutive 30-home run seasons, and 109 RBI in 2013 a lot was expected to the Reds outfielder.
Brandon Phillips, 2B8/14/2014 2:31:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, out since July 9 with a torn ligament in his left thumb, could begin a rehab assignment Friday, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Phillips (.272, 7 HR, 40 RBI, 33 runs) took batting practice Tuesday and worked out Wednesday. he could be ready to go for the Cardinals series which begins Monday.
Homer Bailey, SP8/14/2014 2:26:00 PM
Description: A Cincinnati Enquirer report says Reds right-hander Homer Bailey will be placed on the disabled list with a flexor mass injury in his right arm.
Insight: Bailey has given up just two runs over the past three starts with 16 strikeouts in 22 IP. He's not a big strikeout guy, but his ERA is down to 3.71after his ninth win of the season. The report states he does not need surgery and should return this season.
Jay Bruce, RF8/13/2014 12:23:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is not in the lineup Wednesday against Boston.
Insight: Bruce was scratched with an illness. Skip Schumaker is starting in right field.
Mat Latos, SPHot8/12/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mat Latos held the Red Sox to one run on five hits in seven innings Tuesday night, but he took a no decision after the bullpen blew a 2-1 lead.
Insight: Latos has a 2.95 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP even though he's struck out just 47 batters in 73 1/3 innings (5.77 K/9). He struck out at least 7.95 batters per nine in each of the previous four seasons. The right-hander could run into trouble when his .216 BABIP regresses.
Devin Mesoraco, C8/12/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI Tuesday against the Red Sox.
Insight: Mesoraco has 40 extra-base hits (20 HR) in 313 plate appearances, a fantastic 12.8 percent extra-base hit rate, and he's hitting an even .300.
Brandon Phillips, 2B8/12/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, out since July 9 with a torn ligament in his left thumb, took batting practice on the field for the first time since his injury Tuesday, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Phillips has been hitting in the cages for about a week and taking ground balls for the last few days. The second baseman will need a minor league rehab assignment prior to returning. Since he isn't feeling pain when hitting, he could be back in less than two weeks.
Homer Bailey, SP8/12/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: A sore right elbow will push Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey's next start to Sunday at Colorado.
Insight: Bailey has given up just two runs over the past three starts with 16 strikeouts in 22 IP and is a must-start candidate. He's not a big strikeout guy, but his ERA is down to 3.71after his ninth win of the season. Keep putting him out there until the streak ends.
Joey Votto, 1B8/11/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto (quad) may be available for the final 4-5 weeks of the season, according to Dr. Tim Kremchek.
Insight: Votto (.255, 6 HR, 23 RBI, .799 OPS) has been dealing with a left quad strain since May. That would be a return around Sept. 1.
Johnny Cueto, SPHot8/10/2014 5:24:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto tied Adam Wainwright, Wily Peralta and Clayton Kershaw for the Major League lead in wins Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: Cueto struck out nine and allowed two runs on five hits in eight innings. If not for Kershaw, Cueto (14-6, 2.05 ERA, 0.91 WHIP) would be the frontrunner for the NL Cy Young Award.
Devin Mesoraco, C8/10/2014 5:22:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco sent a pair of balls to Souvenir City Sunday against the Marlins.
Insight: Mesoraco hit a two-run shot in the first inning and a grand slam in the fifth, both off Brad Hand. In just 276 at-bats this season, Mesoraco has hit .293 with 19 doubles, 20 homers, 61 RBI and a .945 OPS.
Brandon Phillips, 2B8/8/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (thumb) has been cleared to begin swinging a bat.
Insight: This is just the next step in the process. Phillips suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb on July 9. He's expected to be out until late August.
Homer Bailey, SPHot8/7/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey was excellent Thursday night for seven innings, yielding four harmless hits and a walk.
Insight: Bailey has given up just two runs over the past three starts with 16 strikeouts in 22 IP. He's not a big strikeout guy, but his ERA is down to 3.71after his ninth win of the season. Keep putting him out there until the streak ends.
Johnny Cueto, SPHot8/5/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto tossed his fourth complete game of the season Tuesday night at Cleveland.
Insight: Cueto (13-6, 2.04 ERA, 0.91 WHIP) gave up two runs on five hits and struck out six. The right-hander posted a 2.58 ERA in each of the first four months this season and he's off to a good start in August.
Jay Bruce, RF 8/5/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce went 3-for-5 with a homer and two RBI Tuesday at Cleveland.
Insight: Bruce has gone 7-for-15 in his last three games, but he's still hitting just .225 with 11 homers, 45 RBI and a .693 OPS in 334 at-bats.
Devin Mesoraco, C8/5/2014 6:14:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is out of the lineup Tuesday against Cleveland.
Insight: Mesoraco has been an offensive force this season, hitting .298 with 35 extra-base hits, 18 homers, 54 RBI and a .944 OPS in 289 plate appearances. He's played nine straight games, so he'll get a night off Tuesday.
Alfredo Simon, SP 8/4/2014 10:35:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati starter Alfredo Simon gave up five runs on six hits in five innings Monday at Cleveland.
Insight: Simon's poor fielding-independent numbers (5.54 ERA, 1.11 HR/9, 4.49 FIP) are starting to catch up to him. He's gone 0-4 with a 5.06 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP in four starts since the All-Star break. Simon has 12 wins and a 3.07 ERA after Monday's start, so he still has trade value.
Brandon Phillips, 2B8/3/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (thumb) has begun fielding ground balls, according to a Cincinnati Enquirer report.
Insight: This is just the next step in the process. Phillips suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb on July 9. He's expected to be out until late August.
Mat Latos, SP8/1/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mat Latos has found success his season despite striking out just 5.68 batters per nine innings.
Insight: Latos, who allowed one run on five hits over seven innings in a win at Miami on Friday, is 3-3 with a 3.07 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP in 58 2/3 innings. However, his ERA could rise as his .211 BABIP does. His stuff hasn't been as sharp, possibly because he had a flexor mass strain in his elbow earlier this season. Batters are offering at and making contact with a higher percentage of his pitches out of the strike zone, which has led to the drop in K rate.
Jay Bruce, RFCold8/1/2014 3:30:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce has returned from the bereavement list and is in the starting lineup batting second and playing right field.
Insight: The streaky Bruce is in one of those ugly down moments, batting just .103 over the past eight games, and should be left on the bench.
Johnny Cueto, SPHot7/31/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto threw seven innings, allowed one run and struck out nine in a win over the Marlins on Thursday.
Insight: Cueto (12-6, 2.05 ERA, 0.92 WHIP) has recorded an ERA of 2.58 or lower in every month this season and he struck out 44 batters in 38 1/3 innings in July.
Billy Hamilton, CFCold7/30/2014 4:14:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton received a day off to rest on Wednesday and had a single as a pinch-hitter.
Insight: Hamilton hit .344 with 23 RBI, 20 runs and 13 steals in his last 29 games before the All-Star break, but he's gone 8-for-45 (.178) with 12 Ks since the break.
Devin Mesoraco, C7/30/2014 3:48:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco belted his 18th home run of the season Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
Insight: Mesoraco has picked up 35 extra-base hits in just 270 plate appearances (13.0 XBH%) while hitting .295 with 52 RBI.
Mike Leake, SP7/29/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake tossed seven scoreless innings on Friday only to see reliever Jonathon Broxton cough up the lead in the eighth.
Insight: Leake is 10-11 with a 3.38 ERA and has not allowed a run in his last 13 and 2/3 innings pitched.
Jay Bruce, RFCold7/29/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce will return from the bereavement list on Friday, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Bruce has left the team due to the death of his grandfather. He sat out Tuesday and will miss two more games.
Jay Bruce, RFCold7/29/2014 4:08:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce was placed on bereavement leave.
Insight: Bruce is two for his last 17 at-bats without an extra-base hit.Chris Heisey should see addition at-bats.
Johnny Cueto, SPHot7/26/2014 6:38:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto was masterful again Saturday, yielding just four harmless hits over seven innings in a 1-0 Reds win over Washington.
Insight: Cueto's ERA is now 2.08 as he notched his 11th victory of the season. He's certainly among the top-three pitchers in the NL.
Devin Mesoraco, C7/26/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in Saturday's starting lineup versus Washington and Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: He's just 5-for-33 (.151) over the past seven games so perhaps this routine day off will help.
Mike Leake, SPCold7/23/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake has given up four runs in each of his last three starts.
Insight: Leake has allowed 48 hits and 17 earned runs in 31 2/3 innings this month. He's 7-9 with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.
Devin Mesoraco, C7/22/2014 3:41:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in Tuesday's starting lineup versus Milwaukee.
Insight: He's just 1-for-11 over the past three games so perhaps this routine day off will help.
Brandon Phillips, 2B7/21/2014 9:06:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips (thumb) did some throwing on Monday, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Phillips suffered a torn ligament in his left thumb on July 9. He's expected to be out until late August.
Joey Votto, 1B7/21/2014 9:03:00 PM
Description: Reds GM Walt Jocketty said Sunday that Joey Votto (quad) is still roughly five weeks away from returning. SOURCE: Jim Bowden, ESPN and SiriusXM
Insight: Votto (.255, 6 HR, 23 RBI, .799 OPS) has been dealing with a left quad strain since May. He spent nearly a month on the disabled list and batted .250 with zero homers and 11 RBI in 23 games after returning before going back on it on July 8.
Jay Bruce, RFCold7/21/2014 6:26:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is not in the lineup Monday against the Brewers.
Insight: Bruce is hitless in his last 15 at-bats and has gone 8-for-65 (.123) over his last 18 games, so the Reds will give him a break.
Homer Bailey, SP7/18/2014 9:22:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey (knee) is expected to start Tuesday against the Brewers, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Bailey left his last start on July 10 due to soreness in his right patellar tendon. The right-hander has gone 5-2 with a 3.26 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and a 0.54 HR/9 over his last 66 1/3 innings after going 3-3 with a 5.44 ERA, a 1.58 WHIP and a 1.58 HR/9 in his first 51 1/3.
Aroldis Chapman, RP7/16/2014 9:08:00 AM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman tweaked his left hamstring while covering first base during the All-Star game on Tuesday.
Insight: Chapman has been dealing with the injury for a while, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer. He's expected to be fine for Friday.
Todd Frazier, 3BHot7/13/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier went 1-for-5 Sunday, but his lone hit was a home run.
Insight: Frazier has a big chance to introduce himself to casual baseball fans during the All-Star break, as he'll participate in the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game. Fantasy owners are already very familiar with him, as he's batted .290 with 19 homers, 53 RBI, 57 runs, 14 steals and an .852 OPS this season.
Jay Bruce, RF7/13/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce doesn't have a hit in 14 career at-bats against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Of course, that could mean he's due, but fantasy owners shouldn't take the chance Sunday especially with Bruce hitting .233 with a.726 OPS this season.
Todd Frazier, 3B7/13/2014 12:11:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier has gone 5-for-14 (.357) with a double, two homers and three walks against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Frazier has been the Reds' best hitter this season, batting .291 with 18 homers, 51 RBI, 56 runs, 14 steals and an .850 OPS. He'll put his power on display Tuesday in the Home Run Derby, but not before getting a crack at Liriano Sunday.
Todd Frazier, 3B7/13/2014 12:30:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier continues to pound the baseball with a pair of hits and his 18th home run of the season Saturday night.
Insight: Frazier leads the Reds in hom,e run and RBI (51) and without him Cincinnati wouldn't be in the pennant race.
Todd Frazier, 3B7/12/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier, on a modest six-game hitting streak, is 5-for-12 (.417) with one home run among four extra-base hits against Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton
Insight: Frazier carried the Reds offense early on this season and has been playing at an All-Star level, batting .289 with 17 HR, 48 RBI, 13 SB and an .839 OPS.
Billy Hamilton, CF7/11/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 3-for-5 with one RBI Friday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Hamilton exited Wednesday's game with hamstring tightness, but he showed no ill effects of the injury Friday. The center fielder led off the game by bunting down the first base line and he avoided a tag from Gaby Sanchez by stopping on a dime, jumping back and diving for first base.
Billy Hamilton, CF7/11/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton pinch hit Thursday night and has made his way back into the starting lineup for Friday's series opener with Pittsburgh.
Insight: Hamilton has been one of the best players in fantasy baseball over the past month and with both Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips sidelined by injury he'll be needed to help carry the Reds offense.
Todd Frazier, 3B7/11/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is 5-for-12 (.417) with one home run against Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke.
Insight: Frazier carried the Reds offense early on this season and has been playing at an All-Star level, batting .289 with 17 HR, 48 RBI, 13 SB and an .842 OPS. Cincinnati will need him to carry them a bit further with all the injuries they have suffered recently (Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Billy Hamilton).
Billy Hamilton, CF7/10/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton was not in Thursday's starting lineup, but did get into the game as a pinch hitter.
Insight: It's never good when a speed guy injuries a leg, but the fact he was used on as a pinch hitter is a good sign.. Hamilton has been one of the best players in fantasy baseball over the past month.
Brandon Phillips, 2B7/10/2014 4:48:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips diagnosis has been changed to a torn ligament in his left thumb and will miss 8-12 weeks, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Insight: Phillips suffered the injury Wednesday when his glove hand bent while he was diving for a ground ball. He was batting .272 with seven homers, 40 RBI, 33 runs and a .701 OPS.
Homer Bailey, SP7/10/2014 2:33:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey left the game in the sixth inning with a right patella tendon injury.
Insight: Bailey (8-5, 4.15 ERA, 1.349 WHIP heading into the game) was coming off two very good starts, yielding just one run over 17 innings. He left Thursday's game after giving up three earned run on three hits and two walks.
Jay Bruce, RF7/10/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs.
Insight: Just a day of rest. Bruce had homered in three consecutive games until Wednesday's game. The Reds Thursday lineup looks like a Triple-A roster due to rest and injuries.
Devin Mesoraco, CHot7/10/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Routine day off after a night game, though with the Reds having so many missing parts its a little bit surprising. The 26-year-old catcher continues amaze batting .306 with 14 doubles, 15 home runs, 43 RBI and a .976 OPS in 196 at-bats. Brayan Pena will get the start, but has no fantasy value.
Brandon Phillips, 2B7/10/2014 10:08:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has been diagnosed with a sprained left thumb and will miss Thursday's game.
Insight: Phillips suffered the injury Wednesday when his glove hand bent while he was diving for a ground ball. His X-rays came back negative so he doesn't have a fracture, but he may have an MRI to check if he has any structural damage. He could easily sit until after the All-Star game.
Billy Hamilton, CF7/10/2014 10:06:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton left Wednesday's game with tightness in his left hamstring and is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: It's never good when a speed guy injuries a leg, but hopefully he'll only miss a couple of days. Hamilton has been one of the best players in fantasy baseball over the past month. The Reds keep losing key players. Joey Votto went on the DL this week and Brandon Phillips left Wednesday's game as well with a sprained left thumb.
Alfredo Simon, SPHot7/9/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati starter Alfredo Simon will end the first half with a 12-3 record, 2.70 ERA and 1.05 WHIP.
Insight: Simon struck out eight batters and gave up one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Cubs. He didn't make the NL All-Star team but could be added in place of the pitchers who start Sunday and are ineligible to pitch in Tuesday's game.
Brandon Phillips, 2B7/9/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has been diagnosed with a sprained left thumb, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Phillips suffered the injury Wednesday when his glove hand bent while he was diving for a ground ball. His X-rays came back negative so he doesn't have a fracture, but he may have an MRI to check if he has any structural damage.
Billy Hamilton, CFHot7/9/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton left Wednesday's game with tightness in his left hamstring, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: The Reds keep losing key players. Joey Votto went on the DL this week and Brandon Phillips left Wednesday's game as well with a sprained left thumb. Hamilton has been one of the best players in fantasy baseball over the past month. His main weapon is his speed, so a hamstring injury could be troublesome.
Brandon Phillips, 2B7/9/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips exited Wednesday's game after appearing to hurt his left wrist, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Phillips' glove hand bent while he was diving for a ground ball. Joey Votto was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, so the Reds can't afford losing Phillips.
Billy Hamilton, CFHot7/8/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a double and two steals Tuesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Hamilton has batted .330 with 11 doubles, a triple, three homers, 21 RBI, 17 runs and 14 steals over his last 27 games.
Jay Bruce, RFHot7/8/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce homered for the third straight game Tuesday against the Cubs.
Insight: Bruce has gone 4-for-12 with three homers, seven RBI and five runs in his last three games after going 0-for-21 from June 29 to July 5. This is nothing new for Bruce, who may be the streakiest hitter in the league.
Joey Votto, 1B7/8/2014 12:07:00 PM
Description: The Reds Joey Votto has been placed on the disabled list due to a quad injury.
Insight: Votto (.255, 6 HR, 23 RBI, .799 OPS) had zero homers since he returned from the same injury on June 10 after spending nearly a month on the disabled list and he clearly needs more time off. He'll get it. Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier and Brayan Pena will all likely see time at 1B.
Todd Frazier, 3BHot7/8/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is 6-for-17 (.353) with two home runs against Cubs starter Travis Wood.
Insight: Frazier carried the Reds offense early on this season and has been playing at an All-Star level, batting .293 with 17 HR, 48 RBI, 13 SB and an .859 OPS. He has four multi-hit games in the last five contests.
Jay Bruce, RF 7/7/2014 11:04:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce homered for the second straight game Monday against the Cubs.
Insight: Bruce started at first base with Joey Votto sidelined. He's one of the streakiest hitters in the league and could be streaking in the right direction now after going 0-for-21 from June 29 to July 5.
Billy Hamilton, CF7/7/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton drove in four runs Monday against the Cubs.
Insight: Hamilton had one RBI on a single in the fifth inning and cleared the bases with a triple in the eighth. The 23-year-old has proven there's more to his game than just speed since the start of June.
Joey Votto, 1BCold7/7/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: The Reds are waiting for test results on Joey Votto's quad before they place him on the disabled list, according to Mark Sheldon of mlb.com.
Insight: Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Sunday that Votto (.255, 6 HR, 23 RBI, .799 OPS) was going to go on the DL with a strained left quad and he likely still will. He's batted just .250 with zero homers since he returned from the same injury on June 10 after spending nearly a month on the disabled list and he clearly needs more time off.
Jay Bruce, RFCold7/7/2014 3:51:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce will start at first base Monday night.
Insight: With Votto sidelined, Bruce could gain 1B eligibility. Bruce has got to be the streakiest hitter in the big leagues. When he's hot you have to start him every day, but when he's cold it doesn't matter whether its a good matchup or bad. Bruce has one hit in his last 18 at-bats.
Joey Votto, 1BCold7/6/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto (knee/quad) will be placed on the DL, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Insight: Votto (.255, 6 HR, 23 RBI, .799 OPS) hasn't homered since May and might as well get sit out and get healthy because he's not doing fantasy owners any good limping around at 60 percent.
Aroldis Chapman, RP7/6/2014 4:46:00 PM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman did not close on Sunday, that job went to Jonathan Broxton.
Insight: Chapman is dealing with a sore hamstring, according to manager Bryan Price. It doesn't appear to be serious and he should be back for their next game on Tuesday.
Jay Bruce, RF7/6/2014 4:21:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce ended a six-game hitless streak with a home run in the eighth inning.
Insight: Bruce has got to be the streakiest hitter in the big leagues. When he's hot you have to start him every day, but when he's cold it doesn't matter whether its a good matchup or bad.
Jay Bruce, RF7/6/2014 10:56:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is 15-for-44 with two home runs and nine RBI against Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: Bruce, like Brandon Phillips, has great numbers against Gallardo and has been struggling of late, so perhaps he's due for a big afternoon. Three of his 15 hits against the Milwaukee righty have been doubles and he's also walked four times and stolen two bases against him.
Brandon Phillips, 2B7/6/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips owns a robust .351 lifetime average against Milwaukee right-hander Yovani Gallardo with two home runs and eight RBI in 57 at-bats.
Insight: Holy sample size, Batman. Phillips, naturally, has seen Gallardo quite a bit, notching 20 hits off of him with two doubles and three homers. The Reds' longtime second baseman has been cold of late (.206/.263/..382 in his last 10), so maybe facing Gallardo will jumpstart his bat.
Joey Votto, 1BCold7/6/2014 10:41:00 AM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto (knee/quad) will sit out Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Insight: Votto (.255, 6 HR, 23 RBI, .799 OPS) hasn't homered since May and can probably use some time off. At this time he isn't fantasy worthy.
Ryan Ludwick, LF7/6/2014 10:38:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati outfielder Ryan Ludwick is in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against Yovani Gallardo and the Brewers.
Insight: Ludwick hasn't played much of late, but has a favorable matchup against Gallardo. He's a career .375 hitter (12-for-32) with three home runs in their matchups.
Devin Mesoraco, CHot7/5/2014 1:20:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup, not sitting this one out as previously announced.
Insight: The 26-year-old catcher continues amaze batting .313 with 13 doubles, 15 home runs, 41 RBI and a 1.020 OPS in 176 at-bats. Brayan Pena will get the start, but has no fantasy value.
Jay Bruce, RFCold7/5/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is 8-for-19 (.421) with two homers against Milwaukee starter Matt Garza.
Insight: Bruce's recent hot streak is a thing of the past as he's hitless over the past five games. At times like this his hot/cold streak usually outweighs the matchup. Look elsewhere for outfield help.

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