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Cincinnati Reds Player Notes
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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: 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.
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.
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.
Billy Hamilton, CF7/4/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Friday against the Brewers.
Insight: Hamilton has surprisingly hit five home runs to go with his 35 steals and 41 runs. He's been one of the most valuable hitters in fantasy since the start of June.
Alfredo Simon, SPHot7/4/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati starter Alfredo Simon tied Adam Wainwright and Zack Greinke for the NL lead with 11 wins after beating the Brewers Friday.
Insight: Simon (2.78 ERA) threw 7 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on six hits. The 33-year-old is a strong regression candidate because he's posted a 4.35 FIP and a .233 BABIP.
Todd Frazier, 3B7/4/2014 11:42:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is just 1-for-12 against Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse.
Insight: Frazier has been very good this season, batting .289 with 17 HR, 47 RBI, 13 SB and an .859 OPS. This unfavorable matchup, however, should be avoided.
Joey Votto, 1BCold7/4/2014 10:31:00 AM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto (knee/quad) limped his way through the recent road trip and is a shell of the player fantasy owners are used to seeing.
Insight: Votto has batted .263 with zero homers, 10 RBI and a .729 OPS in 21 games since he returned from the disabled list. At this point he's providing no power and can't be installed in lineups. Another trip to the DL could be in his near future.
Joey Votto, 1BCold7/2/2014 3:00:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto is getting a day off Wednesday, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Votto has batted .267 with zero homers, 10 RBI and a .738 OPS in 20 games since he returned from a left quad strain.
Homer Bailey, SP6/29/2014 6:49:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey fired his fourth career shutout Sunday at San Francisco.
Insight: Bailey's last two shutouts were no-hitters. He gave up just three hits and struck out seven Sunday. After going 1-2 with a 6.15 ERA over his first five starts, Bailey has gone 7-2 with a 3.79 ERA in his last 12.
Devin Mesoraco, CHot6/29/2014 1:56:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in Sunday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Simply a routine day off for Mesoraco. The 26-year-old catcher continues his stunning season batting .307 with 11 doubles, 14 home runs, 40 RBI and a .999 OPS in 166 at-bats.
Jay Bruce, RFHot6/29/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is in one of his typical hot streaks and has a favorable matchup on Sunday making him a must-start candidate.
Insight: Bruce is 3-for-7 with a home run against Tim Hudson, but more importantly is hitting .440 over his last six games and batting .323 over the past four weeks. Never abandon Bruce while he's hitting like this.
Jay Bruce, RFHot6/28/2014 10:53:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is in one of his typical hot streaks and has a favorable matchup on Saturday making him a must-start candidate.
Insight: Bruce is 6-for-13 against the struggling Matt Cain, hitting .440 over his last six games and batting .315 over the past four weeks.
Jay Bruce, RFHot6/27/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is in one of his typical hot streaks and at this time you should ignore the bad matchup and play him anyway.
Insight: Bruce is just 1-for-12 against Madison Bumgarner, but he's also hitting .417 this week, on a seven-game extra-base hitting streak and batting .307 over the past four weeks.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/26/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is back in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Giants. SOURCE: MLBlogs.com
Insight: He missed last night's game with a bruised heel. Phillips' numbers aren't as good as last year (5 HR, 33 RBI in 285 at bats) but because second base is a shallow position in fantasy, he still has plenty of value.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/26/2014 10:09:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips was scratched Wednesday against the Cubs and is questionable for Thursday's game against San Francisco.
Insight: His bruised heel hasn't fully healed yet. Phillips (.274, 5 HR, 33 RBI) would be a nice option if he's in the lineup as he's 8-for-16 in his career against Ryan Vogelsong.
Mat Latos, SP6/25/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mat Latos was dominant in Wednesday's victory over the Cubs.
Insight: He held Chicago to one run in seven innings. Latos has looked sharp since his return from the DL, going 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA in three appearances.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/25/2014 6:16:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips was scratched Wednesday against the Cubs. SOURCE: John Fay, Cincinnati Enquirer
Insight: His bruised heel hasn't fully healed yet. Phillips (.274, 5 HR, 33 RBI) could be available to pinch-hit later in the game. Skip Schumaker (.223, 1 HR, 11 RBI) is starting at second base.
Joey Votto, 1B6/25/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto is a career .381 hitter with two homers and three doubles against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: Votto's season has been a disappointment so far and his home-road splits are concerning. Despite his success against Jackson, he's hit all six of his home runs at Great American Ballpark and is batting .326 there as opposed to .204 on the road. If this game wasn't at Wrigley, he'd be a much stronger play.
Devin Mesoraco, CHot6/24/2014 9:39:00 AM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco reached base five times and hit a ninth-inning grand slam off Hector Rondon Monday at Chicago.
Insight: Mesoraco also walked twice and was hit by two pitches. The 26-year-old catcher has homered in each of his last four games and is hitting .315 with 10 doubles, 13 home runs, 38 RBI and a 1.035 OPS in 146 at-bats. For some reason, he's still available in 28 percent of Yahoo leagues.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/23/2014 8:23:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips didn't start Monday against the Cubs.
Insight: Phillips suffered a bruised heel on a backswing and left Sunday's game. He's day-to-day. Skip Schumaker started Monday.
Devin Mesoraco, C6/23/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco is a career .545 hitter (6-for-11) with a home run against Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Mesoraco's "career year" continues - he's batting .310 with a career-high 12 homers and a .992 OPS. He had another hot week with three homers in his last four games.
Alfredo Simon, SPHot6/23/2014 9:15:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati starter Alfredo Simon held the Cubs to one run on five hits and struck out five in seven innings Monday, though he took a no decision and remained 10-3.
Insight: Simon continues to defy his fielding-independent numbers (4.41 FIP) and now has a 2.92 ERA. He's been incredibly lucky to this point, getting a .240 BABIP despite a 20.2 percent line-drive rate and a 9.5 percent infield fly-ball rate, neither of which are extraordinary. He should fade in the second half.
Johnny Cueto, SPHot6/22/2014 5:21:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto picked up his seventh win of the season Sunday against the Blue Jays and lowered his MLB-leading ERA in the process.
Insight: Cueto scattered seven hits and gave up three runs (one earned) while striking out eight batters over eight innings. He has a 1.86 ERA, a 0.84 WHIP and a 119/27 K/BB in 116 innings.
Todd Frazier, 3BHot6/22/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is climbing up the NL home run leaderboard.
Insight: Frazier hit his eighth homer of June and 17th of the season Sunday against Toronto. He's third in the NL in home runs.
Jay Bruce, RFHot6/22/2014 5:17:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: Bruce hasn't gone more than one game without a hit in June and has hit .279 with six doubles, four homers and 12 RBI in his last 19 games.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/22/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips suffered a bruised heel Sunday against Toronto. SOURCE: Mark Sheldon, MLB.com
Insight: Phillips went 0-for-2 before leaving in the fifth inning. It's unknown if Phillips (.274, 5 HR, 33 RBI) will be ready to play tomorrow against the Cubs.
Billy Hamilton, CF6/22/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton will get the day off Sunday against Toronto. SOURCE: Reds on Twitter
Insight: Hamilton (.273, 4 HR, 23 RBI) will have to wait until Monday to extend his eight-game hitting streak. Eleven of Hamilton's 31 steals this season have come in the last month.
Mike Leake, SP6/21/2014 7:41:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake was dealing Saturday against Toronto.
Insight: Leake (5-6, 3.59 ERA) limited the Jays to four hits and one run in eight innings of work. He'll go for his third win in a row Thursday against the Giants.
Zack Cozart, SS6/21/2014 1:24:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Cozart has done nothing this season, batting .237 with two homers and 17 RBI. He hit 15 homers in his first full season back in 2012 and a dozen last season, but at this pace won't get close to doubler digits. Ramon Santiago will get the start, but has no fantasy value.
Jay Bruce, RF6/21/2014 10:24:00 AM
Description: Always streaky Reds outfielder Jay Bruce has been stuck in a bad rut through the first part of the season and isn't likely to come out of it against left-hander J.A. Happ.
Insight: Bruce (.218, 6 HR, 24 RBI) did homer on Friday night, but is just 1-for-9 with five strikeouts against the Blue Jays left-hander.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/21/2014 10:20:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips is a career .500 hitter (6-for-12) with three homers, six RBI and a 1.867 OPS versus Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ.
Insight: Phillips (.275, 5 HR, 32 RBI) has been solid the past two weeks, batting over .300 with 10 RBI and should continue in this favorable matchup. He's unlikely to reach last year's triple-digit RBI total, but that's primarily due to no longer being the everyday cleanup hitter.
Ryan Ludwick, LF6/20/2014 2:06:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati left fielder Ryan Ludwick didn't play Thursday and isn't in Friday's starting lineup against Toronto.
Insight: Ludwick has been dealing with "back tightness." He was 5-for-8 in the recent two game series with Milwaukee and had gone 2-for-4 before the injury against Pittsburgh. He picked a bad time to come up lame, just as his bat was heating up.
Billy Hamilton, CFHot6/19/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton has gone 12-for-24 (.500) with four doubles, two homers, six RBI and six steals in his last five games.
Insight: Hamilton went 1-for-5 with a double and a steal Thursday at Pittsburgh and is hitting .344 with eight extra-base hits, 12 runs, 11 RBI and eight stolen bases in June.
Todd Frazier, 3BHot6/19/2014 10:25:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier is 4-for-9 with a double and home run against Pittsburgh starter Jeff Locke.
Insight: Frazier is playing at an elite level in June with seven homers and a .977 OPS. For the season he's batting .273, 16 HR, 41 RBI. He's a must start in the favorable matchup.
Billy Hamilton, CFHot6/18/2014 9:29:00 AM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton contributed three hits and three steals Tuesday in a win over Pittsburgh.
Insight: Hamilton is scorching hot right now. Since the start of the month, he's hitting .340 with three homers, eight RBI and eight steals. It took him a little while to get going but Hamilton (.272, 4 HR, 18 RBI) is finally living up to his massive hype.
Devin Mesoraco, C6/17/2014 2:19:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in Tuesday's starting lineup, Brayan Pena will be behind the plate.
Insight: A .241 lifetime hitter, Mesoraco is having a "career year" batting .305 with a career-high nine homers and a .920 OPS. He's come back to earth in June, batting .184 through 10 games.
Todd Frazier, 3BHot6/15/2014 6:45:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier plated four runs Sunday in a win over the Brewers.
Insight: The power surge continues for Frazier, who now has six jacks in only 53 June at bats. At this rate, Frazier (.273, 15 HR, 39 RBI) could have a new career-high in homers by the All-Star break.
Devin Mesoraco, C6/15/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco delivered three hits Sunday in a win against Milwaukee.
Insight: A .241 lifetime hitter, Mesoraco has been almost unstoppable in 2014 with nine homers and 28 RBI in 37 games. Unfortunately, he's been a risky fantasy proposition because he splits time at catcher with Brayan Pena (.262, 3 HR, 13 RBI).
Ryan Ludwick, LF6/15/2014 5:40:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati left fielder Ryan Ludwick exploded for four hits Sunday in a win against Milwaukee.
Insight: Ludwick's batting average has gone up 23 points in his last three games. Prior to Sunday, the 35-year-old had been just 1-for-12 in his career against today's starting pitcher, Marco Estrada.
Billy Hamilton, CF6/15/2014 5:34:00 PM
Description: Sunday was a day of highs and lows for Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton. The center fielder crushed three hits including his fourth home run of the season but he also struck out three times.
Insight: The hits keep on coming for Hamilton, who is now batting .306 in 49 at bats this month. With 25 steals already this season, Hamilton (.264, 4 HR, 18 RBI) should be owned in all fantasy leagues.
Jay Bruce, RF6/15/2014 11:24:00 AM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce has been a massive disappointment this season, but he has a great matchup Sunday against Brewers starter Marco Estrada.
Insight: Bruce (.215, 5 HR, 21 RBI) is a career .368 hitter with a double and four home runs in 19 at-bats against Estrada, who has allowed a whopping 20 home runs in 79 innings this season.
Mat Latos, SP6/14/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Mat Latos allowed two hits and didn't walk anyone in six scoreless innings Saturday in his 2014 debut. He left with a 1-0 lead but the Reds' bullpen couldn't hold it.
Insight: Latos missed the entire season due to a flexor mass strain in his elbow. He's averaged 200 innings, 13 wins, a 3.27 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP and 186 strikeouts in his four full seasons in the big leagues.
Billy Hamilton, CF6/14/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton homered for the second time in his last six starts on Saturday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Hamilton also had a double, a walk and two runs scored, but he was caught stealing for the eighth time in 33 chances this season.
Ryan Ludwick, LF6/14/2014 12:24:00 PM
Description: Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick is 11-for-29 with three homers and a 1.210 OPS versus Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: Ludwick hasn't done much this season and is no longer a full-time starter, but he should certainly get a chance with this favorable matchup. he's batting .253 with five homers and 20 RBI in 162 at-bats this season.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/13/2014 7:14:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips is ready to go Friday against Milwaukee. He left Thursday's game after hurting his finger. SOURCE: Andrew Gruman, Fox Sports Wisconsin
Insight: His X-rays came back negative so we figured he would play today. So far, Phillips (.270, 4 HR, 23 RBI) has suited up for 64 of the Reds' first 65 games.
Jay Bruce, RF6/13/2014 11:52:00 AM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is a career 6-for-16 (.375) with a pair of homers against Milwaukee starter Matt Garza.
Insight: Bruce is starting to get his bat going. He has gone 10-for-42 with three doubles, two homers and seven RBI in his last 11 games. This matchup may add to those totals.
Alfredo Simon, SP6/12/2014 9:21:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati starter Alfredo Simon won for the ninth time Thursday against Los Angeles.
Insight: Simon (8 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 5 K's, 0 BB) has had a remarkable season, limiting opponents to just a .233 average in 82 1/3 innings. Prior to this season, Simon's career-high in wins was only six.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/12/2014 8:09:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips had to leave Thursday's game against the Dodgers because of a sore finger. SOURCE: John Fay, Cincinnati Enquirer
Insight: Phillips (.270, 4 HR, 23 RBI) went 0-for-3 before exiting. The injury doesn't sound too serious and we wouldn't expect him to miss much time.
Billy Hamilton, CF6/12/2014 11:44:00 AM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Hamilton's numbers at the plate aren't great (.252, 2 HR, 14 RBI, .634 OPS), but he has 24 steals and 27 runs.
Joey Votto, 1B6/12/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto is a career .381 hitter with three homers against Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke.
Insight: Votto has a hit in each of the two games since returning from the disabled list. He's batting just .259 with six homers and 14 RBI in 41 games.
Johnny Cueto, SPHot6/11/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto was at it again Wednesday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Los Angeles managed just three hits in Cueto's six innings of work. If the season ended today, Cueto would be the easy choice for the National League Cy Young Award. He leads the NL in both strikeouts (109) and ERA (1.85) and is second in quality starts (11).
Mike Leake, SPCold6/11/2014 9:18:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Mike Leake's ERA has gone up from 2.92 to 3.61 over his last two starts.
Insight: Leake allowed 10 runs on 17 hits in 10 1/3 innings during that span. He's 3-6 with a 1.16 WHIP and 63 Ks in 87 1/3 innings this season.
Mat Latos, SP6/10/2014 5:30:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Mat Latos (elbow) has been cleared to start Saturday, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Latos has missed the entire season due to a flexor mass strain in his elbow. He's expected to replace Tony Cingrani, not Alfredo Simon, in the rotation. He's averaged 200 innings, 13 wins, a 3.27 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP and 186 strikeouts in his four full seasons.
Skip Schumaker, OF6/10/2014 3:29:00 PM
Description: Outfielder Skip Schumaker will start in left for Tuesday's matchup with Los Angeles and Josh Beckett.
Insight: Ryan Ludwick will take a seat on the bench. Schumaker has faced Beckett two times and owns a pair of hits.
Joey Votto, 1B6/10/2014 3:25:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto (quad) has been activated from the disabled list and will bat third Tuesday versus the Dodgers.
Insight: Votto has started slowly, batting just .257 with six homers and 12 RBI, but he's still worth owning in fantasy. He's 3-for-3 in his career against tonight's starting pitcher, Josh Beckett.
Ryan Ludwick, LF6/9/2014 3:06:00 PM
Description: Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick is 5-for-9 with two homers and a 1.778 OPS versus Dodgers right-hander Dan Haren.
Insight: Ludwick hasn't done much this season and is in a shared situation with Chris Heisey and Skip Schumaker, but gets the start in this favorable matchup.
Homer Bailey, SP6/8/2014 4:50:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey was dealing Sunday against the Phillies.
Insight: In eight innings, he allowed just six hits and one earned run, walking three with seven punchouts. Bailey is 4-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his last four starts. He's trimmed his ERA by almost a run over that span (5.44 to 4.60).
Mat Latos, SP6/8/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Mat Latos (elbow) will rejoin the rotation later this week if he doesn't have any issues during Monday's rehab start, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Latos' last rehab start was supposed to be his final one before returning to the rotation, but he left with a calf cramp. The right-hander has missed the entire season due to a flexor mass strain in his elbow. He's expected to replace Tony Cingrani, not Alfredo Simon, in the rotation.
Jay Bruce, RF 6/7/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce hit his first homer since April 20 and fourth of the season Saturday against the Phillies.
Insight: Bruce is starting to get his bat going. He has gone 5-for-17 with two doubles, a homer and six RBI in his last five games.
Todd Frazier, 3BHot6/7/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier went deep for the fourth time in six games Saturday against the Phillies.
Insight: Frazier now has 13 homers, just six shy of his career-high 19. The 28-year-old is batting .279, up 45 points from 2013.
Joey Votto, 1B6/7/2014 3:02:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto (quad) is scheduled to head out on a short rehab assignment beginning Sunday.
Insight: Votto is expected to play just one or two games down on the farm and be ready to go, perhaps as early as this weekend. He's started slowly, batting just .257, but he's almost always a must start when healthy.
Devin Mesoraco, C6/6/2014 2:08:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in Friday night's starting lineup.
Insight: Mesoraco has been a fantasy stud since coming off the disabled list. He's batting .324 with nine homers, 27 RBI and a 1.016 OPS in 30 games. It appears to be a routine day off.
Mat Latos, SP6/6/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Mat Latos (elbow) left his third and what was expected to be his final rehab start due to a leg cramp.
Insight: Latos was expected to throw 90-100 pitches and then rejoin the Reds rotation. He may make one more rehab start because of the cramping issue, but a final decision hasn't been announced. In 2013 Latos went 14-7 with a 3.16 ERA and 1.21 WHIP - certainly fantasy worthy numbers.
Todd Frazier, 3BHot6/5/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier hit his third homer in four games to raise his total to 12 in 57 games.
Insight: Frazier should easily break his personal high of 19 homers before this year is done. He's already put up 25 extra-base hits in just 211 at-bats.
Jay Bruce, RFCold6/5/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is 1-for-9 (.111) with three srikeouts versus San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Bruce has batted just .184 in the 10 games since he returned from knee surgery. Cold hitter, bad matchup equals a spot on the bench.
Ryan Ludwick, LFCold6/5/2014 9:35:00 AM
Description: Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick is just 1-for-16 (.063) against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
Insight: Ludwick hasn't done much this season and finds himself in a shared situation with Chris Heisey and Skip Schumaker, so he likely won't be in the lineup.
Todd Frazier, 3B6/4/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier hit his 11th homer of the year Wednesday against the Giants.
Insight: Frazier already has 25 extra-base hits in 232 plate appearance (10.8 XBH%). His extra-base hit rate in 600 plate appearances last year was 8.5 percent.
Brandon Phillips, 2B6/4/2014 11:39:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has had great success (7-for-14) against San Francisco right-hander Ryan Vogelsong in his career.
Insight: Phillips (.269, 4 HR, 22 RBI) has been his regular ol' self this season, batting close to his lifetime average of .271 and he's well on-pace to record his fifth career season of 30 doubles or more. Six of his seven hits against Vogelsong have been singles, but that shouldn't dissuade you from starting him in all formats.
Devin Mesoraco, C6/3/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco's lone hit left the park on Tuesday.
Insight: Mesoraco has nine homers this season. He has gone 8-for-47 (.170) in his last 13 games but hit five homers in that span and is still batting .347 with a 1.084 OPS and 27 RBI on the year.
Billy Hamilton, CF6/3/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton had two hits, two steals and two runs in his return to the lineup Tuesday.
Insight: Hamilton missed Sunday's game with a sore elbow. His numbers at the plate aren't very good (.256, 1 HR, 10 RBI, .639 OPS), but he has 22 steals and 24 runs.
Billy Hamilton, CF6/3/2014 1:38:00 PM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Giants despite dealing with a sore right elbow.
Insight: The Reds' speedster missed Sunday's game after his elbow started bothering him Saturday following a long throw. Hamilton appears ready to go as he attempts to add to his MLB second-best stolen base total (20).
Billy Hamilton, CF6/3/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Giants with a sore right elbow, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com.
Insight: The Reds' speedster missed Sunday's game after his elbow started bothering him Saturday folllowing a long throw. With the off day Monday, Hamilton could be ready to go by game time as he attempts to add to his MLB second-best stolen base total (20).
Ryan Ludwick, LF6/3/2014 10:10:00 AM
Description: Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick is just 3-for-23 (.130) and strikes out almost half the time (11) against Giants starter Tim Lincecum.
Insight: Ludwick hasn't done much this season and finds himself in a shared situation with Chris Heisey and Skip Schumaker, so may not even be in the lineup for this unfavorable matchup.
Joey Votto, 1B6/3/2014 12:08:00 AM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto (quad) should be headed out on a short rehab assignment this week.
Insight: Votto is expected to play just one or two games down on the farm and be ready to go, perhaps as early as this weekend. He's started slowly, batting just .257, but he's almost always a must start when healthy.
Jay Bruce, RF6/1/2014 4:07:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce is not in the starting lineup Sunday.
Insight: It appears to be a regular day of rest for Bruce, who has started eight of nine games since he returned from knee surgery.
Billy Hamilton, CF6/1/2014 4:04:00 PM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup due to a sore right elbow, according to Mark Sheldon of mlb.com.
Insight: It's not clear if he suffered the injury Saturday or if this is something that has been gradually building up. He stole a base in each of the last two games and has 20 this season.
Johnny Cueto, SPHot6/1/2014 9:24:00 AM
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings and struck out seven batters Saturday night.
Insight: He's only 5-4 even though he has a 1.68 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP. Cueto has a career-high 4.38 K/BB and he's allowed line drives at a rate of just 14.7 percent, tied for third lowest in the majors.
Devin Mesoraco, C5/31/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco will take a seat Saturday against the Diamondbacks. SOURCE: John Fay, Cincinnati Enquirer
Insight: Mesoraco clobbered two homers in last night's ball game, giving him eight round-trippers for the season. Brayan Pena, who has also had a nice season for the Reds, will catch for Johnny Cueto on Saturday.
Mat Latos, SP5/30/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Mat Latos (elbow) threw 81 pitches and didn't allow a run in 4 2/3 innings in his second rehab start Friday night, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Latos said he expects to throw rehab outing to get up to 90-100 pitches and then rejoin the Reds rotation. He's been out all season, first due to knee surgery and then a flexor mass strain in his elbow.
Devin Mesoraco, C5/28/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Tuesday at Los Angeles.
Insight: Mesoraco sent Zack Greinke packing in the top of the eighth with his two-out jack. The catcher was just 2-for-25 (.080) in his previous seven games, which wasn't surprising because he hit .500 in his first 54 at-bats.
Zack Cozart, SS5/25/2014 12:16:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart hasn't had much luck against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright in his career.
Insight: He's hitting a buck-82 against him with four strikeouts in 22 at bats. Cozart, a .250 lifetime hitter in 343 major league appearances, isn't currently on the fantasy radar.
Brandon Phillips, 2B5/24/2014 10:31:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips touched the Cardinals up for three hits Saturday at Great American Ballpark.
Insight: That extends Phillips' hitting streak to six games. Two of the three hits he registered Saturday went for extra bases. He's hitting .290 against St. Louis this season.
Todd Frazier, 3B5/24/2014 11:22:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier continues to smack the ball with another home run on Friday night, but faces a tough matchup on Saturday which fantasy owners should probably avoid.
Insight: Frazier is just 1-for-11 (.091) against Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia. Frazier is swinging a hot bat of late with a 1.090 OPS and two homers over the past week and he's hit safely in 18 of his last 21 games.
Todd Frazier, 3B5/23/2014 3:25:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier will make his first start of the season out of the No. 2 hole.
Insight: He's normally been a middle-of-the-order RBI guy. Frazier is swinging a hot bat of late with an .879 OPS over the past week and he's hit safely in 17 of his last 20 games.
Alfredo Simon, SPHot5/21/2014 8:07:00 PM
Description: Reds right-hander Alfredo Simon had a second straight dominant outing Wednesday at Washington.
Insight: Simon gave up one run on five hits with six strikeouts in seven innings to improve to 6-2 with a 2.31 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. He only has 36 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings, but he's picked up 14 Ks in his last 14 2/3.
Jay Bruce, RF5/21/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Jay Bruce (knee) has been activated from the disabled list, though he isn't in Wednesday's lineup.
Insight: Bruce had surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his left knee just over two weeks ago. He was expected to miss 3-4 weeks but needed the minimum amount of time on the DL. The Reds need him back with Joey Votto (quad) going on the disabled list Wednesday.
Joey Votto, 1B5/21/2014 5:52:00 PM
Description: The Reds have placed first baseman Joey Votto (quad) on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Votto was hoping to return this weekend, but the team will give him more time to get healthy. The move was made retroactive to May 16, so Votto is eligible to return on June 1. He should be back around that date.
Devin Mesoraco, C5/20/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco is out of the lineup Tuesday after catching all 15 innings Monday against the Nationals.
Insight: Mesoraco went 0-for-6 with a walk Monday but he has batted .450 with four homers, eight doubles, 17 RBI and a 1.283 OPS. He's also made two trips to the disabled list already, which is why he only has 60 at-bats. The former first-round pick should be owned in all leagues.
Joey Votto, 1B5/20/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that he is "optimistic" Joey Votto (quad) will return to the lineup Friday against the Cardinals, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Votto will sit out Tuesday and Wednesday and the Reds have a day off Thursday. The first baseman hasn't played since May 15.
Todd Frazier, 3B5/20/2014 3:33:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier will make his first start at first base since 2012.
Insight: Frazier is swinging a hot bat of late with an .827 OPS over the past two weeks and he's hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games. Ramon Santiago will make the start at 3B.
Joey Votto, 1B5/19/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto will miss Monday's game against Washington due to a strained left quadriceps
Insight: That's good news as the team was worried about his surgically-repaired left knee. He's batting .257 with six homers and 12 RBI. Still a very patient hitter, fantasy owners would like to see him get more aggressive and take less walks.
Devin Mesoraco, C5/18/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco went ballistic Sunday versus the Phillies.
Insight: Mesoraco went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a pair of singles. Somehow, he's hitting .500 for the season with 17 RBI in just 54 at bats. Mesoraco has been splitting time behind the plate with Brayan Pena and Toby Barnhart but that may not last if he keeps hitting like this.
Brandon Phillips, 2B5/18/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati 2B Brandon Phillips has been very successful in his career against Phillies starter Cliff Lee.
Insight: Phillips has gone 10-for-31 (.323) with five doubles and a homer against Lee and has hit .347 with eight doubles and two home runs in May. He should be one of the players you consider for second base on Sunday.
Homer Bailey, SP5/17/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Homer Bailey was lit up by the Phillies on Saturday night.
Insight: Bailey gave up six runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. He had gone 2-0 with a 2.95 ERA in his first three starts of May, but his ERA and WHIP are back up to 5.44 and 1.58. Bailey's issues have been partially caused by a .348 BABIP, but he has no one to blame but himself for a 3.16 BB/9 and a 1.58 HR/9.
Devin Mesoraco, C5/16/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (left hamstring) hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat back from the disabled list Friday night.
Insight: Mesoraco missed nearly three weeks with a hamstring strain. The former first-round pick is hitting .460 with four homers, 16 RBI and a 1.329 OPS in 50 at-bats this season.
Alfredo Simon, SP5/16/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Reds right-hander Alfredo Simon fired 7 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out eight batters in a win over the Phillies on Friday night.
Insight: Simon didn't strike out a batter in his previous two starts and has just 30 Ks in 51 1/3 innings this season, but his ERA and WHIP are now 2.45 and 1.03, respectively.
Devin Mesoraco, C5/16/2014 5:23:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (left hamstring) is batting fifth Friday against the Phillies.
Insight: Mesoraco missed nearly three weeks with a hamstring strain. The former first-round pick batted .468 with six doubles, three homers, 13 RBI and a 1.296 OPS in his first 13 games this season and may finally be realizing his potential.
Joey Votto, 1B5/16/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: According to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds first baseman Joey Votto's MRI revealed no structural damage in his knee.
Insight: Votto has a left quad strain and won't be placed on the disabled list yet. It's relatively good news because it initially appeared that the first baseman hurt his left knee, which was surgically repaired in 2012.
Joey Votto, 1B5/16/2014 12:05:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto did not travel to Philadelphia with the rest of the team and could be headed for the disabled list, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Insight: Votto's batting average is down about 50 points from last season and he is once again a very patient hitter, leading the league with 33 walks, but his left knee has apparently been acting up and we await the results of an MRI.
Joey Votto, 1B5/16/2014 9:54:00 AM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto is 6-for-15 (.400) with three extra-base hits against Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Votto's batting average is down about 50 points from last season and he is once again a very patient hitter, leading the league with 33 walks, but he's still a viable fantasy option. Beware of bad weather along the east coast which could make this selection a bit of a gamble.
Zack Cozart, SS5/15/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati shortstop Zack Cozart pounded three hits in Thursday's win over the Padres.
Insight: Cozart plated two runs in the victory. That snaps a streak of 16 consecutive games without a run batted in. Cozart (.208, 1 HR, 11 RBI) will have a good game now and then but he isn't consistent enough to be on the fantasy radar.
Johnny Cueto, SPHot5/15/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Reds ace Johnny Cueto continued to pitch like a Cy Young contender Thursday against the Padres (9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 8 K's).
Insight: Thursday was Cueto's fourth career shutout. He hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his nine starts this season. Cueto (4-2, 1.25 ERA) will be on the mound next Tuesday against the Nats.
Tony Cingrani, SP5/14/2014 9:04:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati left-hander Tony Cingrani will likely start Sunday or Monday, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Cingrani was hoping to start Saturday, but the Reds had a rainout Wednesday and will presumably push everyone back. The 24-year-old left-hander has been out since May 1 due to shoulder tendinitis.
Brandon Phillips, 2B5/14/2014 11:41:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati 2B Brandon Phillips is hitting .077 in his career against San Diego right-hander Ian Kennedy.
Insight: Phillips (.285, 2 HR, 9 RBI) had three hits in last night's series opener but we don't imagine he'll enjoy much success Wednesday with Kennedy (2-4, 3.12 ERA) throwing for the Padres.
Tony Cingrani, SP5/14/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati left-hander Tony Cingrani expects to be activated from the 15-day DL Saturday against the Phillies. SOURCE: Cincinnati Enquirer
Insight: He's missed the past couple weeks with shoulder tendinitis. Cingrani had been 2-2 with a 3.34 ERA before the injury.
Mike Leake, SP5/13/2014 9:51:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Mike Leake allowed just two hits and one run in eight innings Tuesday against the Padres.
Insight: Leake took a no decision and remained 2-3 on the season despite a 3.09 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP.
Brandon Phillips, 2B5/13/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips went 3-for-4 with a double and one RBI Tuesday against San Diego.
Insight: Phillips (.285) has just nine RBI in 36 games this season; he drove in 21 runs in his first 18 games of 2013. He's also not running much for the second straight season. If you can get someone to buy him for his 20-20 production of 2009 or even his 18-103-5 numbers last year, go for it.
Mat Latos, SP5/13/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Mat Latos (elbow) threw his first bullpen session on Sunday since he suffered a right flexor mass strain in April and he'll throw another one on Wednesday, according to mlb.com's Mark Sheldon.
Insight: Latos will throw a third bullpen session following Wednesday's and then he'll progress to a simulated game and eventually a rehab assignment. If all goes well, he could be back by the end of May or the first week of June.
Devin Mesoraco, C5/13/2014 4:38:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (left hamstring) will begin a short rehab assignment Tuesday in Louisville.
Insight: Mesoraco has batted .468 with six doubles, three homers, 13 RBI and a 1.296 OPS in 13 games this season and hopes to be back in the lineup in a couple of days.
Homer Bailey, SP5/11/2014 6:20:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Homer Bailey improved to 3-2 Sunday with a win over Colorado.
Insight: He limited the Rockies to just four hits and one run over 7 1/3 innings. After getting off to a slow start, Bailey has won three of his last five outings with an impressive 3.24 ERA over that span.
Aroldis Chapman, RP5/11/2014 4:16:00 PM
Description: Reds closer Aroldis Chapman made his 2014 season debut on Sunday and looked as solid as ever.
Insight: Chapman underwent surgery after taking a line drive off his face in spring training. He walked the first hitter (Troy Tulowitzki), then struck out the heart of the Rockies order - Carlos Gonzalez, Nolan Arenado and Justin Morneau.
Todd Frazier, 3BHot5/11/2014 4:12:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier slammed his seventh homer of the season Sunday against Colorado.
Insight: Frazier has now hit safely in 11 consecutive games to raise his average to .266 with 21 RBI and 21 runs. He was batting just .210 on April 19, but is hitting .323 since.
Brandon Phillips, 2B5/11/2014 9:29:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has gone 3-for-3 (.158) with a double, triple and home run against Colorado right-hander Juan Nicasio.
Insight: Ok, the sample size is tiny, but he's obviously seeing the ball well. Phillips is batting .279 this season, but his .695 OPS is the worst since he became a full-time starter.
Alfredo Simon, SP5/10/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Reds right-hander Alfredo Simon allowed five runs on eight hits (3 HR) in three innings Saturday against Colorado.
Insight: Simon was going to carry a 1.99 ERA all season. He's 32 years old, has a career ERA of 3.97 and a K/BB of 22/12 in 43 2/3 innings this season. The right-hander has given up five homers in his last 10 innings.
Devin Mesoraco, C5/10/2014 6:09:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (left hamstring) expects to go on a one- or two-game rehab assignment, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Mesoraco did simulated baserunning on Saturday and said he felt great. The 25-year-old former first-round pick has batted .468 with six doubles, three homers, 13 RBI and a 1.296 OPS in 13 games this season and should be owned in most leagues.
Billy Hamilton, CF5/10/2014 2:28:00 PM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton (fingers) is not in the lineup Saturday.
Insight: Hamilton sprained two knuckles on his left hand on a diving catch last Thursday against the Brewers. He has no structural damage and won't further damage his injury by playing with it but needs to get to a point where he can tolerate the pain. So far, he's only pinch hit.
Joey Votto, 1B5/10/2014 1:26:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto is a career .667 (6-for-9) versus Rockies hurler Jordan Lyles.
Insight: He's batting .409 with five homers, but just 11 RBI. Perhaps this is a result of losing Shin-Soo Choo at the top of the lineup. Votto is once again a very patient hitter, leading the league with 28 walks.
Zack Cozart, SS5/10/2014 1:23:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is 5-for-7 (.714) against Colorado starter Jordan Lyles.
Insight: Cozart's bat has been silent all season (.195, 1 HR, 9 RBI), so despite this favorable matchup we recommend looking elsewhere. He's been a double-digit home run producer the past two seasons, but his OPS has headed in the wrong direction in each succeeding season.
Johnny Cueto, SPHot5/9/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto remained 3-2 despite allowing two runs on five hits in eight innings Friday against Colorado.
Insight: Cueto has a 1.43 ERA and a 0.73 WHIP this season, but he's received very little run support. The right-hander is obviously due for some regression -- he has a .160 BABIP and a 99.5 LOB% -- but he's still an excellent starter who has a 9.71 K/9 and a 2.29 BB/9.
Todd Frazier, 3B5/9/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier launched his sixth homer of the season Friday against Colorado.
Insight: Frazier has trimmed his strikeout rate for the second straight season and is down to 16.9 percent after Friday's game. He's hitting .267 with 20 RBI and 20 runs.
Joey Votto, 1B5/9/2014 9:53:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 1-for-4 with a walk-off solo homer Friday against Colorado.
Insight: Votto is batting just .262 this season and has 11 RBI in 122 at-bats. He has gone 3-for-18 with runners in scoring position while walking 11 times in those situations. Votto often has been content to take a walk with men on base rather than expanding the zone and has driven in just 84 runs in his last 880 plate appearances.
Devin Mesoraco, C5/9/2014 5:51:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (left hamstring) could be back Sunday when he's first eligible, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Mesoraco ran sprints Friday and said his hamstring "felt normal." The 25-year-old former first-round pick has batted .468 with six doubles, three homers, 13 RBI and a 1.296 OPS in 13 games this season.
Aroldis Chapman, RP5/9/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: According to Mark Sheldon of mlb.com, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman (head) is expected to be activated Saturday.
Insight: Chapman underwent surgery after taking a line drive off his face in spring training and has made good progress. He's ready to be activated Friday, but manager Bryan Price wants to see him play catch first.
Billy Hamilton, CF5/9/2014 5:41:00 PM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton (fingers) is not in the lineup Friday, but he said his hand is feeling much better, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Hamilton sprained two knuckles on his left hand on a diving catch last Thursday against the Brewers and has been unable to grip a bat. He has no structural damage and won't further damage his injury by playing with it but needs to get to a point where he can tolerate the pain.
Billy Hamilton, CF5/7/2014 2:48:00 PM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton (fingers) isn't in the lineup Wednesday at Boston.
Insight: Hamilton sprained two knuckles on his left hand on a diving catch last Thursday against the Brewers and is still unable to grip a bat. Hamilton has no structural damage and won't further damage his injury by playing with it but needs to get to a point where he can tolerate the pain. GM Walt Jocketty said the team has no plans to place him on the DL at this time, but those plans could change if Hamilton still cannot handle the bat in a day or two.
Brayan Pena, CHot5/7/2014 2:46:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Brayan Pena (hamstring) will start Wednesday's game at Boston.
Insight: Pena missed Tuesday's game with a hamstring issue. He's homered in three of his last five games and is hitting .328 this season. The 32-year-old will continue to start behind the plate while Devin Mesoraco recovers from a strained hamstring.
Brandon Phillips, 2B5/7/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips has gone 3-for-19 (.158) with four strikeouts against Boston's Jake Peavy.
Insight: Phillips has collected multiple hits in three straight games while going 7-for-13 with three doubles, a home run and five runs in that span, but he hasn't performed well against Peavy.
Billy Hamilton, CF5/6/2014 8:44:00 PM
Description: According to Mark Sheldon of mlb.com, Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton said Tuesday that he was unable to hold onto the bat when he tried to swing.
Insight: Hamilton didn't start for the fourth straight game on Tuesday due to sprained knuckles on his left hand. He suffered the injury on a diving catch Thursday against the Brewers. Hamilton has no structural damage and won't further damage his injury by playing with it but needs to get to a point where he can tolerate the pain. GM Walt Jocketty said the team has no plans to place him on the DL at this time, but those plans could change if Hamilton still cannot grip the bat in a day or two.
Billy Hamilton, CF5/6/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Reds GM Walt Jocketty doesn't expect Billy Hamilton (fingers) to need a trip to the disabled list, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Tuesday will be Hamilton's fourth straight game out of the lineup due to sprained knuckles on his left hand. He pinch ran on May 1 and 4 but felt pain when he tried to swing a bat on Tuesday. He has no structural damage and won't further damage his injury by playing with it but needs to get to a point where he can tolerate the pain.
Aroldis Chapman, RP5/6/2014 4:51:00 PM
Description: According to Jon Morosi of foxsports.com, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman (head) could return to the active roster as early as this weekend.
Insight: Chapman underwent surgery after taking a line drive off his face in spring training and has made good progress.
Billy Hamilton, CF5/6/2014 1:44:00 PM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton isn't in Tuesday's lineup.
Insight: Tuesday will be his fourth straight game out of the lineup due to sprained knuckles on his left hand. He pinch ran on May 1 and 4 but isn't ready to wield a bat yet.
Chris Heisey, LF5/4/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Chris Heisey will take over the starting right-field job while Jay Bruce (torn meniscus) is on the DL.
Insight: Bruce is expected to miss 3-4 weeks but could be out longer. Heisey has good power but fantasy owners don't need to get overly excited about him.
Jay Bruce, RF5/4/2014 9:57:00 PM
Description: According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, Reds right fielder Jay Bruce will undergo surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus in his left knee.
Insight: Bruce was scratched from Sunday's lineup with what was initially called soreness. He's expected to miss 3-4 weeks, but it could be longer. Teammate Joey Votto had surgery for the same injury in 2012 and was given the same timetable, but he ended up missing nearly seven weeks.
Jay Bruce, RF5/4/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce may need surgery on his left knee, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Bruce was scratched from Sunday's lineup with soreness in his left knee. The outfielder has hit just .218 with three homers, 14 RBI and a .721 OPS this year, but he averaged 32 homers, 102 RBI and 87 runs the last three seasons.
Jay Bruce, RF5/4/2014 2:32:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right fielder Jay Bruce has been scratched from Sunday's starting lineup. SOURCE: John Fay, Cincinnati Enquirer
Insight: He's dealing with soreness in his left knee. Chris Heisey (.255, 1 HR, 6 RBI) is filling in at right field. Fantasy owners should consider Bruce day-to-day.
Ryan Ludwick, LF5/4/2014 1:53:00 PM
Description: Fantasy owners may want to stay away from Reds left fielder Ryan Ludwick on Sunday.
Insight: Ludwick is just a .143 career hitter against Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse. He's had a good series (3-for-7, three RBI) so fantasy owners shouldn't get too down on Ludwick if he struggles a bit on Sunday.
Billy Hamilton, CF5/4/2014 12:52:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton won't compete Sunday against the Brewers.
Insight: He's now missed three straight games with sprained knuckles. Skip Schumaker (.000, 0 HR, 0 RBI) will hit leadoff and start in center field Sunday in the series finale.
Johnny Cueto, SPHot5/3/2014 11:05:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto yielded a pair of home runs, but turned in another good performance in earning his third win of the season.
Insight: Cueto has given up two runs or less in all seven starts this season and owns a 1.31 ERA. He's also struck out 10-plus batters in three of his last four starts. He's a must start until further notice.
Brandon Phillips, 2B5/2/2014 5:09:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is getting the night off Friday against Milwaukee. SOURCE: Reds on Twitter
Insight: This will be his first absence of the season. Ramon Santiago (.143, 0 HR, 1 RBI) is filling in at second base.
Billy Hamilton, CF5/2/2014 5:04:00 PM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton won't be in the lineup Friday against Milwaukee. SOURCE: Jamie Ramsey, MLB.com
Insight: Hamilton bruised two of his knuckles in last night's series opener. With Hamilton out, Roger Bernadina (.160, 0 HR, 1 RBI) will get the start in center field.
Ryan Ludwick, LF5/2/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati left fielder Ryan Ludwick won't start Friday against the Brewers. SOURCE: Reds on Twitter
Insight: It's a routine off day for Ludwick, who is hitting .259 this season with two homers and 12 RBI. Chris Heisey (.277, 1 HR, 6 RBI) is filling in at left field. Neither player is helpful in fantasy.
Billy Hamilton, CF5/1/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton left Thursday's game with a sprained knuckle on his left hand. SOURCE: John Fay, Cincinnati Enquirer
Insight: He's day-to-day. Hamilton was replaced in left field by Chris Heisey (.244, 1 HR, 6 RBI). Hamilton (.245, 1 HR, 6 RBI) is tied with Ben Revere for fourth in MLB with ten steals this season.
Tony Cingrani, SP5/1/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Tony Cingrani has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with left shoulder tendinitis.
Insight: That explains why he struggled on Wednesday. Cingrani has a 3.34 ERA and 32 Ks in 32 1/3 innings this season.
Tucker Barnhart, C5/1/2014 2:50:00 PM
Description: Reds backup catcher Tucker Barnhart will get another start on Thursday.
Insight: Brayan Pena is the workhorse with Devin Mesoraco out of the lineup, but Barnhart will get a chance today. He's 2-for-8 since being called up, both singles. Barnhart batted .260 at Double-A Pensacola last season with three homers and a .696 OPS. That's not fantasy worthy.
Jay Bruce, RF5/1/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is 6-for-17 (.353) with four homers and eight RBI versus Milwaukee right-hander Marco Estrada.
Insight: The streaky Bruce has just two hits in his last 19 at-bats and may not be ready to take advantage of this favorable matchup.
Aroldis Chapman, RP4/30/2014 7:12:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said Wednesday that closer Aroldis Chapman (head) is likely 7-10 days away from returning to the team, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Chapman underwent surgery after taking a comebacker off his face in spring training and has made good progress. He'll begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Dayton on Thursday.
Billy Hamilton, CF4/30/2014 9:44:00 AM
Description: Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton boosted his average to .244 with three hits Tuesday in a win against the Cubs.
Insight: Hamilton became the fourth player this season to reach double-digit steals with his first inning theft of second base. Unfortunately, he was caught for the fifth time two innings later. This night was also notable for Hamilton because he took Jeff Samardzija deep for his first career home run. If Hamilton can keep hitting like this, he'll be a must-start in all formats.
Aroldis Chapman, RP4/29/2014 5:25:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman (head) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment Thursday with Low-A Dayton, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Chapman underwent surgery after taking a comebacker off his face in spring training and has made good progress. He could be back in 10-14 days.
Joey Votto, 1B4/28/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto is a career .214 hitter (6-for-28) versus Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija with eight strikeouts.
Insight: Considering he's a career .313 hitter, that's a huge drop off. The 2010 National League MVP is batting .287 with four homers and a .909 OPS, but he hasn't gone deep in 10 games. It probably won't happen Monday either.
Johnny Cueto, SPHot4/27/2014 5:02:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Johnny Cueto fired eight scoreless innings Sunday against Atlanta.
Insight: The Reds weren't able to score for Cueto (2-2, 1.15 ERA) so he had to settle for a no-decision. Cueto has allowed just one earned run in his last 30 innings pitched (0.30 ERA). He and Julio Teheran, the two starters featured today at Turner Field, might be the two hottest pitchers in baseball right now.
Devin Mesoraco, C4/26/2014 4:47:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco (left hamstring) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: This is a disaster for fantasy owners as Mesoraco has been the best hitting catcher in baseball this season. The former first-round pick is hitting .468 with six doubles, three homers and 13 RBI in 47 at bats this year.
Todd Frazier, 3B4/26/2014 2:22:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier left Friday's game with tightness in his left leg and is not in Saturday's starting lineup
Insight: Frazier (.256, 4 HR, 10 RBI) remained in the game earlier after an awkward slide into second base, but later came out of the game. Neftali Soto will make the start at the hot corner. Soto has just seven at-bats this season with a pair of hits.
Homer Bailey, SPCold4/25/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey gave up five earned runs on nine hits in six innings Friday at Atlanta.
Insight: Bailey has a 6.15 ERA, a 1.78 WHIP and a 2.39 HR/9 in 26 1/3 innings this season. Home runs were an issue in the past for Bailey but he cleaned that up last year (0.86 HR/9). He should be OK once his .416 BABIP returns to normal.
Devin Mesoraco, C4/25/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco left Friday's game with a strained left hamstring, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Mesoraco suffered the injury while rounding third base. Catcher Tucker Barnhart was removed from Triple-A Louisville's game shortly after Mesoraco's injury happend, so it appears the team expects to place Mesoraco on the DL and recall Barnhart. Mesoraco, a former first-round pick, is hitting .468 with six doubles, three homers and 13 RBI in 47 at-bats this year.
Devin Mesoraco, C 4/25/2014 9:26:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco appeared to pull a hamstring as he rounded third base trying to score from second during Friday's game.
Insight: Mesoraco fell down after coming around third base and then limped the rest of the way home. He was visably frustrated and immediately went to the clubhouse. The former first-round pick is hitting .468 with six doubles, three homers and 13 RBI in 47 at-bats this year.
Todd Frazier, 3B4/25/2014 9:04:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier left Friday's game with tightness in his left leg, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Frazier (.256, 4 HR, 10 RBI) remained in the game earlier after an awkward slide into second base, but his leg must have tightened up.
Mat Latos, SP4/25/2014 7:55:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Mat Latos (elbow) threw on flat ground Friday for the third time since he was diagnosed with a flexor mass strain in his right elbow. SOURCE: C. Trent Rosecrans, Cincinnati Enquirer
Insight: Latos has made good progress and should be able to start throwing off a mound soon. When he throws a couple of bullpen sessions we should get a firmer timetable. The Reds haven't missed him yet because replacement Alfredo Simon is 3-1 with a 1.30 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.
Tony Cingrani, SP4/24/2014 5:49:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Tony Cingrani held the Pirates to one run on six hits in six innings Thursday afternoon to pick up his second win of the season.
Insight: Cingrani has a 2.86 ERA and 30 Ks in 28 1/3 innings this season. His only blemish is a 4.76 BB/9.
Devin Mesoraco, CHot4/24/2014 12:01:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco will bring an 11-game hitting streak into Thursday afternoon's game.
Insight: Through 11 games, Mesoraco is hitting a stunning .525 with three homers and 13 runs driven in.
Billy Hamilton, CF4/24/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton is not in Thursday afternoon's starting lineup.
Insight: Hamilton had two consecutive multi-hit games to raise his average to .230, but Chris Heisey will get the start in center field. Heisey is batting .278 in limited action.
Jay Bruce, RFHot4/23/2014 10:49:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce has gone 10-for-21 with three doubles, a homer, five RBI, five runs in his last five games.
Insight: Bruce raised his averagefrom .157 to .250 during that timeframe. He went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two steals Wednesday.
Zack Cozart, SSCold4/23/2014 12:14:00 PM
Description: Reds shortstop Zack Cozart hasn't done much versus Pirates starter Charlie Morton.
Insight: Cozart has only managed one hit in 13 at bats against the right-hander. With a .149 average through 18 games, Cozart hasn't been on the fantasy radar.
Todd Frazier, 3B4/23/2014 12:10:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati third baseman Todd Frazier has had good success against Pirates starter Charlie Morton (5-for-9).
Insight: Frazier has had his moments this year (four homers, ten RBI) but he's probably just an average fantasy third baseman. Today, however, he should definitely be starting.
Billy Hamilton, CF4/22/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati center fielder Billy Hamilton went 2-for-5 with a steal and a run Tuesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Hamilton has gone 8-for-25 (.320) with five runs and six steals on six attempts his last six games after going 7-for-44 (.159) at the plate and 2-for-4 on the basepaths his first 13 games.
Johnny Cueto, SPHot4/22/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto threw a second straight complete game Tuesday.
Insight: Cueto (1.38 ERA, 0.77 WHIP) shut out the Pirates on three hits his last start, and he victimized them again Tuesday in a 4-1 win. The right-hander has given up 19 hits and six earned runs while striking out 39 in 39 innings this season.
Devin Mesoraco, CHot4/22/2014 2:45:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco is not in Tuesday's starting lineup.
Insight: Through 10 games, Mesoraco is hitting a stunning .541 with three homers and 12 runs driven in. It's a shame he has to split time with Brayan Pena behind the plate while his bat is this hot.
Aroldis Chapman, RP4/21/2014 4:05:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman (head) will throw live batting practice Wednesday, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquire.
Insight: Next step after BP is a rehab assignment. He's expected to return in mid-May. Chapman had to undergo surgery to repair facial fractures after being hit on March 19.
Jay Bruce, RF4/21/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is still seeking his first hit against Pittsburgh starter Francisco Liriano.
Insight: Bruce is 0-for-11 with six strikeouts. He's smacked three homers, but is batting just .220 with 18 strikeouts in 59 at-bats.
Devin Mesoraco, CHot4/20/2014 9:14:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco continued his torrid start to the season with three more hits Sunday in a win against the Cubs.
Insight: Through nine games, Mesoraco is hitting an impossible .515 with three homers and 11 runs driven in. It's a shame he has to split time with Brayan Pena (.308, 0 HR, 1 RBI) behind the plate.
Zack Cozart, SS4/20/2014 9:07:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati shortstop Zack Cozart broke out for three hits Sunday in a win over the Cubs.
Insight: He also drove in three runs with two of those coming on a homer in the seventh. Cozart hasn't been very productive this season (.153 AVG in 59 at bats) so maybe Sunday is a sign that he's close to getting back on track.
Brandon Phillips, 2BCold4/20/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips has mustered three hits in 24 at-bats (.125) against Carlos Villanueva of the Cubs.
Insight: Phillips is one for his last 11 and will face Villanueva on Sunday, so avoid him.
Jay Bruce, RF 4/19/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce went 3-for-3 with a walk and one RBI Saturday against the Cubs.
Insight: Bruce has been much more selective this year than in the past -- he has a career-low 18.3 percent chase rate and a career-high 20.3 percent walk rate. However, he's only batting .204 with two homers.
Billy Hamilton, CF4/19/2014 7:22:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati CF Billy Hamilton has gone 5-for-12 with one RBI, three runs and four steals over his last three games.
Insight: Hamilton went 3-for-5 Saturday at Chicago to raise his average to .214.
Ryan Ludwick, LF4/19/2014 3:25:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick took a foul tip off his big toes and is expected to miss a couple of games, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: X-rays came back negative. Ludwick is averaging .289 with a pair of homers and six RBI while striking out 13 times. He needs a good season to protect Joey Votto in the Reds lineup.
Jay Bruce, RFCold4/19/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is an ugly 1-for-14 (.071) against Chicago right-hander Edwin Jackson with five strikeouts.
Insight: The streaky Bruce is batting .157 this season and should be avoided until he gets hot.
Joey Votto, 1BHot4/19/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto is a career .375 hitter with a pair of home runs against Cubs starter Edwin Jackson.
Insight: The 2010 National League MVP is off to a fine start, batting .309 with four homers and a 1.025 OPS. All of his home runs have come in the past seven days.
Brandon Phillips, 2B4/18/2014 7:54:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips left Friday's game because of back spasms. SOURCE: John Fay, Cincinnati Enquirer
Insight: He went 1-for-2 before exiting in the third inning. Consider Phillips (.313, 1 HR, 3 RBI) day-to-day.
Todd Frazier, 3B4/18/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier has a pair of homers and a career .375 batting average versus Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Frazier isn't batting for much of an average, but he has scored six runs in the past four games. His fantasy owners are hoping he'll rebound from a disappointing 2013 campaign (.234 AVG in 531 at bats).
Devin Mesoraco, CHot4/18/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco is 5-for-9 (.556) with a home run against Cubs starter Jeff Samasdzija.
Insight: Mesoraco has been hot since he returned from an oblique strain. he's batting .500 with three homers and nine RBI in six games. We saw former first-round catcher Jason Castro bloom last season for the Astros, and now it may be Mesoraco's turn. Start him in today's favorable matchup.
Johnny Cueto, SPHot4/16/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto was feeling it Wednesday in a shutout win over Pittsburgh.
Insight: Cueto (1-2, 1.50 ERA) finished with a career-high 12 punchouts in the victory. His next start is scheduled for Tuesday against these same Pirates.
Mike Leake, SP4/15/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Mike Leake had an eventful evening Tuesday against Pittsburgh.
Insight: Not only did Leake strike out eight en route to his second victory of the season, but he also delivered two hits including his third career home run. He's now a .253 hitter in 237 lifetime at bats.
Joey Votto, 1BHot4/15/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 4-for-4 in Tuesday night's win over Pittsburgh.
Insight: None of Votto's hits went for extra bases. The 2010 National League MVP is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak (.471, 3 HR, 6 RBI).
Joey Votto, 1BHot4/15/2014 9:13:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto homered for the third time in his last four games Monday against the Pirates.
Insight: The game was suspended due to rain after six innings and completed on Tuesday. Votto went into Tuesday night's game with a .277 average and a 1.003 OPS.
Homer Bailey, SPCold4/15/2014 9:08:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey allowed four homers over five innings in Monday's start against the Pirates.
Insight: The Reds have scored 18 runs in Bailey's three starts but haven't won any of them because he has an 8.16 ERA and a 2.02 WHIP in 14 1/3 innings.
Aroldis Chapman, RP4/14/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman (head) threw his first bullpen session Monday since he was hit by a line drive in spring training and said he felt great, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Chapman had to undergo surgery to repair facial fractures after being hit on March 19. He doesn't have any concussion symptoms but still isn't expected back for 4-6 weeks.
Jay Bruce, RF4/14/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is a must-sit on Monday night in an unfavorable matchup.
Insight: Bruce is a career .086 hitter (3-for-35) with 16 strikeouts in his matchups against Pirates lefty Wandy Rodriguez. The streaky Bruce is batting .179 this season.
Joey Votto, 1B4/14/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto is a career .352 hitter (19-for-54) with seven extra base hits and a .952 OPS against Pittsburgh left-hander Wandy Rodriguez.
Insight: Both of Votto's home runs this season came off left-handers (David Price, Cesar Ramos). Beware, however, that there is rain forecasted for Cincinnati for most of the day and night and they may have trouble getting the game in.
Tony Cingrani, SP4/13/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Tony Cingrani owns a 20/9 K/BB, a 2.60 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in 17 1/3 frames this season.
Insight: We'd like to see him get his walks down, but there's no arguing the 24-year-old is tough to hit. He's allowed just 86 hits in 127 career innings.
Devin Mesoraco, CHot4/13/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco has gone 7-for-14 with three doubles, two homers and six RBI since he returned from an oblique strain.
Insight: Mesoraco hit .225 with 16 homers, 62 RBI and a .641 OPS over 589 MLB plate appearances prior to this season, but he's a former first-round pick. We saw former first-round catcher Jason Castro bloom last season for the Astros, and now it may be Mesoraco's turn.
Brandon Phillips, 2B4/13/2014 7:39:00 PM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips had three singles in five at-bats Sunday against the Rays and is hitting .327 with a homer and three RBI this season.
Insight: Phillips has 11 Ks in 52 plate appearances and has benefited from a .405 BABIP. He's not a .300 hitter and fantasy owners shouldn't expect this to continue. He also doesn't run much anymore (five steals last year, zero this year).
Joey Votto, 1B4/13/2014 7:38:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto hit his second homer of the season Sunday against the Rays.
Insight: Both of his home runs this season came off left-handers (David Price, Cesar Ramos). He hit just .251 with nine homers against lefties last year.
Jay Bruce, RF4/13/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce had a double and four walks in five plate appearances Sunday against the Rays.
Insight: Bruce also scored four runs. He's hitting just .179 this season but he has two homers, eight RBI, nine runs and 11 walks. The 27-year-old is streaky but he's consistently produced at least 30 homers, 97 RBI and 84 runs in each of the last three years.
Mat Latos, SP4/13/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Mat Latos has been diagnosed with a flexor mass strain in his right elbow. He's out indefinitely. SOURCE: C. Trent Rosecrans, Cincinnati Enquirer
Insight: A recent MRI revealed the bad news. There doesn't appear to be any damage to his UCL, which means Tommy John surgery won't be necessary. Either way, we wouldn't expect Latos (14-7, 3.16 ERA in 2013) to be back on a mound anytime soon.
Alfredo Simon, SP4/12/2014 9:58:00 PM
Description: Reds right-hander Alfredo Simon (8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 4 K's, 1 BB) was lights out Saturday in a loss to Tampa Bay.
Insight: Simon's only blemish came in the second inning when he gave up a solo homer to James Loney. Unfortunately for Simon, Alex Cobb was just as dominant for the Rays, surrendering only four hits over seven scoreless frames. Simon (1-1, 1.20 ERA) will try to redeem himself next time out against the Cubs.
Joey Votto, 1B4/11/2014 10:34:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto blasted his first homer of the season Friday against the Rays.
Insight: Votto (.257) took David Price to left field to break a shutout in the bottom of the ninth inning. Votto has just two RBI this season because opponents pitch around him with men on base and he refuses to expand the zone.
Aroldis Chapman, RP4/11/2014 8:25:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman (head) will throw a bullpen session Monday, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: It will be his first bullpen since he had to undergo surgery to repair facial fractures caused by a line drive in spring training. He doesn't have any concussion symptoms but still isn't expected back for 4-6 weeks.
Mat Latos, SP4/11/2014 8:05:00 PM
Description: According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Reds starter Mat Latos still felt soreness in his right elbow when he threw a bullpen session Friday.
Insight: Latos had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus in February was scratched from his rehab start Tuesday due to the elbow issue. He'll get treatment before attempting to throw again. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect to see him until May. Alfredo Simon (7 IP, 1 ER, 6 K in first start) will stay in the rotation.
Mike Leake, SP4/9/2014 6:28:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mike Leake blanked the Cardinals on four hits over eight innings Wednesday afternoon.
Insight: Leake had his best season in 2013, going 14-7 with a 3.37 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Due to a lack of strikeouts, Leake is an average fantasy option.
Devin Mesoraco, C4/9/2014 6:21:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco hit a two-run homer off St. Louis starter Shelby Miller Wednesday.
Insight: Mesoraco returned from an oblique strain Tuesday and has gone 4-for-8 with two doubles and a homer in two games. He hit .238 with nine longballs and 42 RBI in 323 at-bats last season.
Billy Hamilton, CF4/9/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati CF Billy Hamilton went 3-for-4 with two runs and two steals Wednesday at St. Louis.
Insight: Hamilton entered play just 2-for-22 with zero steals on one attempts. Panicked fantasy owners can calm down.
Mat Latos, SP4/9/2014 5:18:00 PM
Description: Reds manager Bryan Price says that Mat Latos' elbow inflammation "doesn't look like a significant setback," according to Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Latos had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus in February was scratched from his rehab start Tuesday due to the elbow issue. "We're going to give him a couple of days off," Price said. "He's had some improvement."
Mat Latos, SP4/8/2014 5:43:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mat Latos was scratched from his scheduled rehab start on Tuesday due to elbow inflammation, according to Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Latos had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus in February and is still working his way back, but an elbow injury will delay his return. Reds manager Bryan Price said that it isn't a serious issue and that Latos could play catch as soon as today.
Jonathan Broxton, RP4/8/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: Reds relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton (elbow) has been activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Insight: Broxton will be Cincinnati's ninth inning man until Aroldis Chapman (concussion/facial fracture) is ready to return. He has 111 career saves with a high of 36 back in 2009.
Jay Bruce, RF4/8/2014 1:40:00 PM
Description: Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is a career .438 hitter with four extra base hits in 16 at-bats versus Cardinals starter Lance Lynn.
Insight: The outfielder doesn't get as much credit as he should because of a mediocre batting average which sometimes hides the fact that he's been a lock for 30 homers and 95-plus RBI for the past three seasons. Start him Tuesday.
Brayan Pena, C4/7/2014 10:04:00 PM
Description: Reds catcher Brayan Pena bashed three hits Monday in a loss to St. Louis.
Insight: It's his first three-hit game since August 13th. Despite a .298 average since the start of 2013, Pena doesn't play enough to warrant fantasy consideration.
Billy Hamilton, CF4/7/2014 2:46:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati CF Billy Hamilton (finger) is back in the lineup for Monday against St. Louis.
Insight: Things couldn't have gone much worse for Hamilton in his first five games of 2014. He went 0-for-12 with six Ks and hurt his finger Friday when he was caught stealing while pinch running. Hopefully he can start to feel more comfortable in the batter's box.
Billy Hamilton, CF4/6/2014 3:35:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati CF Billy Hamilton (finger) is expected to be back in the lineup Monday, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Things couldn't have gone much worse for Hamilton in his first five games of 2014. He went 0-for-12 with six Ks and hurt his finger Friday when he was caught stealing while pinch running.
Billy Hamilton, CF4/6/2014 10:02:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati CF Billy Hamilton will sit out again Sunday due to a jammed left middle finger, according to Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Things couldn't have gone much worse for Hamilton in his first five games of 2014. He went 0-for-12 with six Ks and hurt his finger Thursday when he was caught stealing while pinch running. Hamilton was able to play center field in the ninth inning Saturday, but his finger is probably giving him trouble when he grips a bat.
Joey Votto, 1B4/6/2014 9:33:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto hasn't offered any power in the first five games this season and he hasn't had an easy time against Mets starter Jon Niese.
Insight: Votto (.316) has gone 2-for-15 (.133) with seven strikeouts against the Mets southpaw, though one of those hits left the park. The Reds first baseman batted .251 with nine longballs against lefties last year and is 0-for-3 against them in 2014.
Brandon Phillips, 2B4/6/2014 9:31:00 AM
Description: Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips is 7-for-18 (.389) with two homers in his career against Mets starter Jon Niese.
Insight: Niese was supposed to start on Opening Day for New York but he was set back by shoulder and elbow issues. Phillips went deep Saturday and is 5-for-20 with seven Ks this season.
Johnny Cueto, SP4/5/2014 7:05:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Johnny Cueto has struck out 17 batters in 14 innings over his first two starts.
Insight: Cueto dealt with shoulder irritation late in spring training but he has tossed seven innings in each of his first two starts and allowed eight hits and three earned runs. He made three trips to the DL last year due to a right lat strain and has only thrown 200 innings once in his career, but he has posted a 2.61 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP when he's been on the hill the last three seasons.
Tucker Barnhart, C4/5/2014 12:16:00 PM
Description: Reds backup catcher Tucker Barnhart will get the start on Saturday.
Insight: Brayan Pena is getting a day of rest. barnhart batted .260 at Double-A Pensacola last season with three homers and a .696 OPS. Those numbers won't earn you a start on any fantasy team.
Devin Mesoraco, C4/5/2014 12:12:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco (left oblique strain) is expected to return Monday or Tuesday, according to Reds general manager Walt Jocketty. SOURCE: John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Mesoraco hit .238 with nine homers, 42 RBI and a .649 OPS in 323 at-bats last season and is expected to serve as the Reds' primary catcher this season.
Billy Hamilton, CF4/5/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati CF Billy Hamilton is not in the starting lineup on Saturday after missing Friday.
Insight: He's dealing with a jammed left middle finger. Given his slow start (0-for-12 with six strikeouts) this seems to be a smart move. Hamilton has yet to steal a base, which could be a continuing problem if he can't get hits.
Billy Hamilton, CF4/4/2014 4:58:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati CF Billy Hamilton is not in the starting lineup on Friday.
Insight: Given his slow start (0-for-12 with six strikeouts) this seems to be a smart move. Hamilton has yet to steal a base, which could be a continuing problem if he can't get hits.
Todd Frazier, 3B4/3/2014 9:09:00 PM
Description: Reds third baseman Todd Frazier blasted a pair of jacks Thursday in a loss to St. Louis.
Insight: It's Frazier's fourth career multi-home run game. He's looking to rebound from a disappointing 2013 campaign (.234 AVG in 531 at bats).
Jonathan Broxton, RP4/2/2014 8:42:00 PM
Description: According to the Associated Press, Reds manager Bryan Price said Wednesday that Jonathan Broxton (elbow) could return from the DL next week.
Insight: Broxton would step into the closer role almost immediately. "Once he gets reacquainted with being back here, he'll be that guy to hold down the fort until (Aroldis) Chapman's ready to go," Price said. Chapman was hit in the head by a line drive during spring training and had a plate inserted above his left eye. He'll miss all of April and some of May.
Billy Hamilton, CF3/31/2014 8:43:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati CF Billy Hamilton struck out in all four trips to the plate on Opening Day.
Insight: Yikes. Besides an injury, that's the absolute worst way Hamilton could have started the season, as he didn't even get a chance to put his speed on display on a ball in play. Hamilton hit .327 with one home run and nine steals on nine attempts during the spring.
Joey Votto, 1B3/31/2014 12:36:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto won't be of much use to fantasy owners Monday versus Adam Wainwright.
Insight: Votto owns a .148 career average versus the St. Louis right-hander. We're not as high on Votto as we usually are after he drove in just 73 runs last season. He came in at No. 7 in our preseason first baseman rankings.
Devin Mesoraco, C3/30/2014 5:42:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco has been placed on the disabled list with a left oblique strain.
Insight: The move is retroactive to March 21. Mesoraco hit .238 with nine homers, 42 RBI and a .649 OPS in 323 at-bats last season and is expected to serve as the Reds' primary catcher this season. Brayan Pena (.297 last season, .258 career) will fill in until Mesoraco is ready to return in early April.
Mat Latos, SP3/28/2014 6:15:00 PM
Description: The Reds hope to have starter Mat Latos (knee) back on April 13 or April 14, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. He'll begin the season on the disabled list.
Insight: Latos had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus in February and is still working his way back. The right-hander has thrown between 184 2/3 and 210 2/3 innings, struck out 185-189 batters and posted an ERA between 2.92 and 3.48 in each of the last four seasons, so he's a safe pick in the middle rounds.
Johnny Cueto, SP3/27/2014 5:54:00 PM
Description: The Reds have cleared Johnny Cueto to start on Opening Day, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Cueto was scratched from a Cactus League start due to irritation near his shoulder blade, but he fanned 11 batters over five innings in a minor league game on Tuesday. Cueto made just 11 starts last season due to a recurring lat injury that landed him on the DL three separate times.
Billy Hamilton, CFHot3/23/2014 1:50:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati CF Billy Hamilton has stolen nine bags without being caught this spring. He also has hit .341 with two doubles, one triple, a homer and a 7/6 K/BB in 44 at-bats.
Insight: There's some risk involved with drafting Hamilton at his ADP of 64 in Yahoo leagues, but he has legitimate 100-steal, 100-run potential.
Aroldis Chapman, RP3/20/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman will be out 6-to-8 weeks after undergoing facial surgery on Thursday. Chapman took a line drive off the face Wednesday in a game against Kansas City. SOURCE: Reds on Twitter
Insight: The game was postponed after Chapman was taken off the field on a stretcher. He never lost consciousness but he did suffer a broken nose and orbital bone as well as a mild concussion. With Chapman sidelined, J.J. Hoover is likely to begin the season as the Reds' closer.
Mat Latos, SP3/17/2014 9:17:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mat Latos (knee) is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Wednesday, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer. However, he must get through playing catch on Tuesday without any pain.
Insight: Latos had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus in February and is still working his way back. The right-hander has thrown between 184 2/3 and 210 2/3 innings, struck out 185-189 batters and posted an ERA between 2.92 and 3.48 in each of the last four seasons, so he's a safe pick in the middle rounds.
Homer Bailey, SP3/15/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati right-hander Homer Bailey missed Saturday's game with a strained groin. SOURCE: John Fay, Cincinnati Enquirer
Insight: The team is saying it's a mild strain and that Bailey's absence was merely a precaution. He should be okay for his first start of the regular season. That will probably come April 3rd against St. Louis.
Chris Heisey, LF3/14/2014 4:40:00 PM
Description: Reds outfielder Chris Heisey is batting .400 with four home runs in 30 spring training at-bats.
Insight: Unfortunately, Heisey is just a fourth outfielder for Cincinnati and doesn't figure to get enough at-bats to be fantasy worthy.
Mat Latos, SP3/13/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mat Latos (knee) will throw live batting practice Friday, according to mlb.com.
Insight: Latos had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus in February and is still working his way back. The right-hander has thrown between 184 2/3 and 210 2/3 innings, struck out 185-189 batters and posted an ERA between 2.92 and 3.48 in each of the last four seasons, so he's a safe pick in the middle rounds.
Mat Latos, SP3/9/2014 12:19:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mat Latos (knee) could be ready to start on April 6, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Latos had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus in February and is still working his way back. The right-hander has thrown between 184 2/3 and 210 2/3 innings, struck out 185-189 batters and posted an ERA between 2.92 and 3.48 in each of the last four seasons.
Mat Latos, SP3/4/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mat Latos (knee) is expected to throw his first bullpen session of the spring on Wednesday, according to cincinnati.com.
Insight: Latos had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus in February and tweaked the same knee last week while working out. The right-hander has thrown between 184 2/3 and 210 2/3 innings, struck out 185-189 batters and posted an ERA between 2.92 and 3.48 in each of the last four seasons.
Mat Latos, SP3/3/2014 6:13:00 PM
Description: Reds manager Bryan Price is "optimistic" starter Mat Latos (knee) will throw off a mound this week, according to C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Latos had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus in February and tweaked the same knee last week while working out. The right-hander has thrown between 184 2/3 and 210 2/3 innings, struck out 185-189 batters and posted an ERA between 2.92 and 3.48 in each of the last four seasons.
Mike Leake, SP3/2/2014 2:16:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati righthander Mike Leake missed Sunday's start because of a strained abdominal muscle but it looks like he's going to resume throwing on Monday. SOURCE: John Fay, Cincinnati Enquirer
Insight: Opening Day isn't for another four weeks so the Reds can afford to ease Leake back into action. Though he isn't a big strikeout guy, it's tough to ignore the impressive ERA Leake posted in 2013 (3.37 in 192 1/3 innings).
Mat Latos, SP2/27/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mat Latos, who had surgery to repair a torn left meniscus three weeks ago, said that he suffered a "simple flare-up" with the knee while working out. SOURCE: mlb.com
Insight: "I aggravated it a little bit doing some extra exercises. It was a simple flare-up, nothing spectacular," Latos said. "It's like anything else. You overwork something and it gets aggravated, whether it's after surgery or not." The right-hander has thrown between 184 2/3 and 210 2/3 innings, struck out 185-189 batters and posted an ERA between 2.92 and 3.48 in each of the last four seasons. His next step is throwing off a mound.
Mat Latos, SP2/23/2014 3:06:00 PM
Description: Reds starter Mat Latos stretched and worked out with the team Sunday and says he feels "fantastic," according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Insight: Latos had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee less than two weeks ago. He also had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow in October, so he'll carry a bit of risk in fantasy drafts. The right-hander has thrown between 184 2/3 and 210 2/3 innings, struck out 185-189 batters and posted an ERA between 2.92 and 3.48 in each of the last four seasons.
Homer Bailey, SP2/19/2014 2:51:00 PM
Description: The Reds and Homer Bailey have agreed to a six-year, $105 million contract extension.
Insight: The deal includes a mutual option for a seventh year which carries a $25 salary or $5 million buyout. Bailey had his best season in 2013, winning 11 games with a 3.49 ERA (3.31 FIP) and 199 strikeouts in 209 innings. He has thrown two no-hitters since September 2012.
Mat Latos, SP2/14/2014 1:47:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati starter Mat Latos had surgery on Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. SOURCE: MLBlogs
Insight: Add this on top of last October's surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow and Latos will be a high-risk selection at this year's draft. He had one of his best seasons in 2013, finishing with 14 wins and a 3.16 ERA. Latos should start throwing again in about 10 days, but could have a delayed start to his season.
Jeff Francis, SP1/13/2014 9:38:00 PM
Description: Cincinnati inked a minor league deal with lefthander Jeff Francis on Monday. SOURCE: Jerry Crasnick, ESPN
Insight: Francis didn't do much in Colorado last season (3-5, 6.27 ERA in 23 appearances). He's unlikely to crack the Reds' starting rotation in 2014.
Billy Hamilton, CF12/22/2013 9:48:00 AM
Description: Cincinnati speedster Billy Hamilton appears to the team's starting centerfielder and leadoff hitter with Shin-Soo Choo now a Texas Ranger.
Insight: Given 500+ at-bats, Hamilton is the favorite to win the NL stolen base title. He managed to steal 13 in 13 games last season in his MLB cameo and stole 75 bases at Triple-A Louisville in 123 games last season.
Shin-Soo Choo, CF12/19/2013 11:27:00 AM
Description: According to Yahoo's Jeff Passan, the Yankees offered Shin-Soo Choo seven years and $140 million but he turned it down.
Insight: There's no way Choo is going to get a better offer than that so it's pretty puzzling that he would reject it. The Astros are also said to be interested in Choo, who hit .285 last season with 20 steals and 21 HR. His .423 on base percentage was fourth-best in the majors last season.
Bronson Arroyo, SP11/30/2013 2:03:00 PM
Description: The Mets are making a play for free agent righthander Bronson Arroyo. SOURCE: Chris Cotillo, SB Nation
Insight: The Giants had been the frontrunner for Arroyo until they signed Tim Hudson and Ryan Vogelsong to fill out their starting rotation. Arroyo is 3-0 with a 2.32 ERA in four career starts at Citi Field.
Skip Schumaker, OF11/18/2013 9:18:00 PM
Description: Skip Schumaker will be a member of the Cincinnati Reds as soon as he passes his physical. SOURCE: Ken Rosenthal, Fox Sports
Insight: The sides agreed on a two-year, $5 million contract earlier today. Schumaker hit .263 as a part-time player for the Dodgers last season.
Bronson Arroyo, SP11/10/2013 3:38:00 PM
Description: Free agent starter Bronson Arroyo is being pursued by Minnesota, Philadelphia and San Francisco. SOURCE: Nick Cafardo, Boston Globe
Insight: Arroyo pitches to contact, which can get him in trouble sometimes, but he did manage to post an ERA under four for the second consecutive year. At age 36, he won't net more than a two-year contract.