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Tue. Sep 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chapman (arm) allowed one hit but struck out the side against the Pirates on Sunday to earn his 36th save of the season.
Impact: The lefty hurler capped off his dominant 2014 campaign with a three-strikeout effort in the season finale, after striking out two and retiring the side in order on just seven pitches Saturday. Chapman experienced some arm soreness during an appearance against the Brewers last Thursday, but he showed no ill effects over the weekend and it's likely a non-issue heading into the offseason. Despite missing the first five weeks after suffering a gruesome head injury in spring training, Chapman still finished seventh in the NL with 36 holds, and he set new major league records in strikeouts per nine innings (17.67), strikeout-to-hits ratio (5.05-to-1) and strikeout percentage (52.4 percent).
Mon. Sep 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Cueto singled home the go-ahead run and got his 20th victory in Sunday's 4-1 win over Pittsburgh.
Impact: Cueto (20-9) gave up six hits in eight innings, including Neil Walker's homer, as he became the first Reds pitcher to win 20 games since Danny Jackson in 1988. He's the first Reds right-hander to win 20 since 1965, when Sammy Ellis and Jim Maloney did it.
Sun. Sep 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Frazier scored four runs Saturday.
Impact: Frazier had never before scored more than twice as he doubled that total.
Sun. Sep 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Santiago hit a grand slam in the 10th, powering the Cincinnati Reds to a 10-6 victory on Saturday.
Impact: Santiago had been hitless in 11 at-bats so it proves baseball can be a funny game.
Sep 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton (concussion) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Pirates, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon.
Impact: The concussion Hamilton suffered robbing a home run Wednesday will end up costing him the final four games of his rookie campaign. Chris Heisey will get the start in center field on the season's last day.
Sat. Sep 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Manager Bryan Price said it is "unlikely" that Hamilton plays in Sunday's season finale, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Price did not rule Hamilton out completely, but given that the game is of little importance to the Reds, Hamilton figures to open Sunday's game on the bench unless he reports significant improvement with his concussion symptoms.
Sat. Sep 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cozart is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Pirates.
Impact: Cozart struggles against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano -- he's just 3-for-17 (.176) lifetime -- so he'll sit out Saturday after starting the last seven games. Ramon Santiago will get the start at shortstop in Cozart's place.
Sat. Sep 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bruce is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Pirates.
Impact: Bruce is 0-for-16 in his career against Pirates starter Francisco Liriano, so manager Bryan Price decided to give him the day off Saturday. Yorman Rodriguez will cover right field in Bruce's place.
Sat. Sep 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton (concussion) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Pirates.
Impact: Hamilton will miss his third straight game as a result of a concussion suffered in Wednesday's contest. It's not clear if he'll be able to play in Sunday's season finale, but he'll likely need to be cleared to do so. Chris Heisey will man center field for the Reds on Saturday.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leake struck out eight and walked two while giving up one run on three hits over seven innings against the Pirates on Friday.
Impact: The Reds' bullpen enabled the Pirates to plate the eventual game-winning run, but Leake's skills growth in 2014 should be viewed as a significant step forward. In addition to carrying a career-high 6.9 K/9, Leake maintained good control (2.1 BB/9) and induced groundballs at a career-high 53.4% clip. All signs point to another year spent as the Reds' No. 4 starter in 2015, provided that Homer Bailey and Mat Latos enter next season healthy behind ace Johnny Cueto.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Holmberg pitched six solid innings as the Cincinnati Reds officially ended Milwaukee's postseason hopes with a 5-3 win on Thursday.
Impact: Holmberg (2-2, 4.80 ERA) allowed two runs, three hits and a walk to earn his second career win, both in the last 12 days over Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo. The left-hander also had two strikeouts, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mesoraco is out of the lineup Friday against the Pirates.
Impact: Mesoraco will give way to Tucker Barnhart behind the plate for the second straight day, as he sat in Thursday afternoon's game as well. There doesn't appear to be any injury in play here, so it looks like manager Bryan Price is simply resting his regular backstop after a .276/.360/.541 season in which he's racked up 25 homers and 78 RBI.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton (concussion) remains out of the lineup Friday against the Pirates.
Impact: Hamilton left Wednesday's game with what was called a mild concussion, and he will be out of the starting lineup for a second straight game as a result, though he hasn't been ruled out for the season just yet. Kristopher Negron will bat leadoff for the Friday evening tilt, while Chris Heisey takes over in center field.
Fri. Sep 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Frazier is out of the lineup Friday against the Pirates.
Impact: Frazier has made six straight starts at the corner infield spots, but manager Bryan Price will award him a day of rest Friday evening. Kristopher Negron will take over at the hot corner, while Brayan Pena mans first base.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bruce went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored against the Brewers Thursday.
Impact: Bruce has had a disappointing 2014 season, currently sitting at a .219/.284/.377 batting line with 18 home runs and 66 RBI. He will fail to reach the 20-homer mark for the first time in his career if he doesn't hit two in the next three games.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Phillips went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run, two RBI and two runs scored against the Brewers on Thursday.
Impact: Phillips took the leadoff spot in the order for Thursday's game due to Billy Hamilton's concussion and took advantage of the opportunity. He is now hitting .263/.304/.372 with three games left in the regular season, but will likely miss double-digit home runs for the first time as a Reds player, needing two in the final three games to reach the mark.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chapman, who saved Thursday's game against the Brewers, experienced general stiffness in his arm after the outing, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Although the injury doesn't seem especially concerning, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Reds chose to rest him for the remainder of the season with the team eliminated from playoff contention. If Thursday's outing was indeed the last we'll see of Chapman, he'll finish the 2014 campaign with 35 saves, a 2.08 ERA and a spectacular 17.4 K/9.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chapman pitched a perfect ninth, striking out one, to pick up his 35th save of the season in a win over Milwaukee on Thursday.
Impact: The strikeout was Chapman's 101st of the season, and he now has more than 100 strikeouts in each of the last three seasons, recording 111 saves in that span.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holmberg picked up his second win of the season over Milwaukee Thursday, going six innings and allowing two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out two.
Impact: Holmberg finishes 2-2 on the season in five games started for the Reds, posting a 4.80 ERA.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Votto (quadriceps) is "physically in a lot better place," according to manager Bryan Price, but his status for the Reds' final three games remains uncertain, the Reds' official site reports.
Impact: The former NL MVP is hitting and running the bases without issue, but Price suggested Votto is still not quite at 100 percent. Considering there are only a few games remaining and the Reds have Votto under contract for a whopping nine more years, it's certainly understandable that they're reluctant to return him to action. At this point, it would be rather surprising if Votto played this weekend.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Corcino gave up two runs on four hits while striking out a pair and walking four over 4.1 innings against the Brewers on Wednesday.
Impact: The young right-hander took the loss on a night where Kyle Lohse tossed a two-hit shutout. Corcino made five appearances for the Reds this season -- including three starts -- compiling a 15:10 K:BB in 18.2 innings. Most likely, he'll begin 2015 in the rotation at Triple-A Louisville, a few slots away from a starting gig for the Reds. Just 24, Corcino still has time to fulfill the potential that once made him one of the organization's top pitching prospects.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton (concussion) is out of the lineup Thursday against the Brewers, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Hamilton made an outstanding play to steal a home run away from Ryan Braun in the third inning of Wednesday's game, but he crashed hard into the outfield wall and was later diagnosed with a concussion. Although it was deemed mild, the injury figures to jeopardize Hamilton's availability for the Reds' final series against Pittsburgh, though the team has yet to formally rule him out. Yorman Rodriguez is starting in center field Thursday, with Brandon Phillips leading off.
Thu. Sep 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mesoraco is out of the lineup Thursday against the Brewers, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: With the Reds and Brewers getting off to an early start Thursday after Wednesday's night game, Mesoraco will be afforded some rest. With the exception of perhaps Todd Frazier, no player has been more valuable to the Reds this season. Mesoraco's breakout campaign (.276/.360/.541 batting line, 25 homers, 78 RBI) has him in position to be drafted as a top-five catcher in most formats in 2015.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Negron is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers.
Impact: Todd Frazier will slide over to third to fill in for Negron. He's struggled lately, going just 3-for-21 over his past seven appearances, but this appears to just be a regular day off.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | STATS
News: Cueto kept his hopes of a 20-win season in play while sending the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-1 victory that pushed the Milwaukee Brewers to the verge elimination from wild card contention.
Impact: Cueto (19-9, 2.29 ERA) gave up Carlos Gomez's homer, three other hits and one walk over eight innings while striking out seven. He'll pitch Cincinnati's final game on Sunday against Pittsburgh at Great American Ball Park. The Reds haven't had a 20-game winner since left-hander Danny Jackson in 1988. The last Reds right-hander to win 20 games was Sammy Ellis in 1965. Cueto, 4-1 with his last five starts, is 6-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last nine versus Pittsburgh.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton left Wednesday's game against the Brewers with a mild concussion, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Despite the "mild" classification, Hamilton's season is presumably over as a result of the concussion, suffered in a collision with the outfield wall in the third inning of Wednesday's game. Even if he is cleared to return before the end of the weekend, the Reds figure to hold him out, with an eye toward 2015. The 24-year-old went 0-for-2 prior to exiting the game, marking his seventh hitless performance in his last eight contests.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton left Wednesday's game against the Brewers with an apparent injury, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Impact: Hamilton made a leaping catch at the wall to rob Ryan Braun of a home run in the third inning, and was then replaced in center field by Chris Heisey in the top of the fifth. The team has yet to provide a reason for his departure, but Fay noted that it looked like Hamilton was getting his left arm check out by trainers.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reds manager Bryan Price said he is hoping to have Bailey (forearm) in the rotation to begin 2015, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "I don't think he's in jeopardy of missing any significant time during next year, if any at all," Price said. "We're hoping he'll be ready by Opening Day but if not, it should be somewhere close to it."
Impact: Now close to three weeks removed from surgery to repair a torn flexor mass tendon in his right forearm, Bailey is still in a sling but has been working out at Beacon Orthopedic in Cincinnati. He faces a long rehabilitation, and his progress in the months ahead will determine whether a spot in the Opening Day rotation is realistic, but the Reds seem confident he'll be available for most of next season. In Year 1 of a six-year, $105 million contract, Bailey went 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 124:45 K:BB.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that he expects Latos (elbow) to be fine for spring training, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Latos still has not been able to throw completely pain-free since his setback with his elbow earlier this month, but Price said he doesn't think there's concern that it will be a long-term problem. The right-hander missed the first two-and-a-half months of the season with an elbow injury, but his current issue is reportedly unrelated. "We anticipate him -- without any hiccups, any concerns at all -- going in to spring training 2015," Price said. "There are no reservations at all in that regard."
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pena is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers.
Impact: Jack Hannahan will take over first base duties in place of Pena, who will sit for a fourth consecutive game. He appeared Tuesday as a pinch hitter, getting a double in his lone at-bat, but has been struggling of late, with just two hits in his last 16 at-bats.
Wed. Sep 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ludwick is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers.
Impact: Ludwick will ride the pine for a third straight game as Jason Bourgeois gets the start in left field. Ludwick can no longer be counted on as a regular starter, as he has only played in half the games this month.
Tue. Sep 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cueto tossed eight innings of one-run ball Tuesday, allowing just four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts against the Brewers for his 19th win of the season.
Impact: He bounced back from perhaps his worst start of the season in his last start, and knocked the Brewers out of the playoff race in the process. Cueto won't win the National League Cy Young award due to the fact that he shares the league with Clayton Kershaw, but he'll have a chance to become the first Reds 20-game winner since Danny Jackson in 1988 when he takes the mound for Cincinnati's final game of the season Sunday against the Pirates.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Mesoraco slugged a three-run homer in Sunday's 7-2 win at St. Louis.
Impact: Mesoraco's 24 homers are the most among all NL catchers.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Hamilton went 0 for 4 on Sunday.
Impact: Hamilton has gone 6 for 56 with just one steal over his last 18 games.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Bruce slugged a pair of homers in Sunday's 7-2 win at St. Louis.
Impact: Bruce is two away from recording his seventh consecutive 20-homer campaign.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bruce went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers and three RBI in Sunday night's 7-2 win over the Cardinals.
Impact: Struggling to a dreadful .149/.143/.213 slash line over his previous 15 games, Bruce broke out of his most recent slump in a big way. The 27-year-old slugger has put up one of the most disappointing efforts of any MLB regular in 2014, so maybe Sunday's two-homer performance will set the stage for a strong final week.
Mon. Sep 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Simon tossed six solid innings in Sunday's win over the Cardinals, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and two walks while picking up three strikeouts.
Impact: With now 15 wins to his credit, Simon has certainly put up one of 2014's most surprising efforts. The 33-year-old hurler earned earned his first All-Star selection this season and currently sports an impressive 3.34 ERA over 191.1 innings. Simon will wrap up his breakout campaign Saturday afternoon versus the Pirates.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ludwick is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Ludwick has made three straight starts in left field for the Reds, but will sit in favor of Yorman Rodriguez for the Sunday night contest. The 36-year-old is hitless in those three games and batting just .226 in September, so a day of rest was likely needed.
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Latos (elbow) won't make another start in 2014, MLB.com reports.
Impact: Latos has missed his last two starts with a bone bruise in his throwing elbow, and the team has made the decision to shut him down for the remainder of the season. "We haven't gotten beyond the game of catch at this time. It hasn't been fluid or completely pain free," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "It's safe to say that Daniel will make that start." The "Daniel" to which Price is referring is Daniel Corcino, who is slated to pitch in Latos' spot Wednesday against the Brewers. "My goal was we knew Johnny [Cueto] was going to pitch Game 1 against Milwaukee [on Tuesday], and we felt like if we got to the point where Game 2 or 3 was when [Latos would] be ready, he could pitch then," Price said. "That does not look like the case. We're just not moving along fast enough."
Sep 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Leake allowed six hits, two walks, and five runs in five innings against the Cardinals on Saturday. He struck out four in the loss.
Impact: Leake walked two and even hit a batter, all of whom scored. He also gave up two home runs, his 21st and 22nd of the season. Leake has now pitched a career-high 207.1 innings this season, and he's scheduled to make his final start of the year Friday against Pittsburgh.
Sun. Sep 21, 2014 | STATS
News: Mesoraco was pulled in the sixth inning because of a stomach bug Saturday.
Impact: Mesoraco could be back in the lineup as early as Sunday.
Sat. Sep 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pena is out of the lineup Saturday against the Cardinals, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
Impact: Pena will yield the start at first base to Todd Frazier, who will move over to first while Kristopher Negron gets the start at third. Pena is just 1-for-15 over his last five games but will be able to use Saturday to clear his head.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cozart went 2-for-3 with one RBI on Friday against the Cardinals.
Impact: The expectations for Cozart this season were much greater than what he's produced. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, he's kept his batting average around the .225 mark all season without supplying any of the power he did the previous two seasons.
Fri. Sep 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holmberg (1-2) took the loss on Friday against the Cardinals as he tossed six innings on five hits, while giving up two runs and three walks.
Impact: It was a decent quality start for Holmberg as he threw 106 pitches on the night, but he did give up two home runs in the first inning to Randall Grichuk and Matt Holliday. Holmberg should see one more start before the season is over.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cozart is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Impact: Cozart has struggled offensively of late, with just two hits in his past six starts. He'll join several other Reds regulars on the bench Wednesday, as Kristopher Negron starts at shortstop.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Frazier is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Impact: Frazier has not received a day off of late, and manager Bryan Price is resting several starters on Wednesday. Ramon Santiago will get the start at third, batting second.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Phillips is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Impact: Manager Bryan Price is giving several of his regular starters the day off for the final game of their series against the Cubs. Jake Elmore will assume second base duties on Wednesday in place of Phillips.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pena is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Impact: This will be Pena's third time out of the lineup in the last four games, but it appears manager Bryan Price is just trying to give his regular starters some rest. Jack Hannahan will get the nod at first in his place.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mesoraco is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Impact: Mesoraco sat Tuesday as well, so it's unclear if there's any larger issue at play here. Tucker Barnhart will fill in as the starter behind the plate for the Reds on Wednesday.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bruce is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Impact: Bruce will get his second day off in three games, as Donald Lutz starts in right field. With the Reds out of contention and facing the final game of their series against the Cubs, manager Bryan Price is electing to give most of his regulars the day off.
Wed. Sep 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
Impact: Hamilton has started the past six games, and will join several other Reds starters in getting a day off Wednesday. Yorman Rodriguez will start in his place in center.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cueto had perhaps his worst start of the season Tuesday, giving up six earned runs on six hits and a season-high five walks with eight strikeouts in 5.2 innings against the Cubs.
Impact: The six earned runs tied a season high, so Cueto's owners would be correct in being astonished by the Reds' ace's performance Tuesday. He pitches again next Tuesday against Milwaukee and then is scheduled to pitch the Reds' final game of the season against Pittsburgh on Sept. 28.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | STATS
News: Simon was brilliant Monday.
Impact: Simon pitched seven scoreless innings and faces the Cards over the weekend.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Latos (elbow) played catch for the first time Tuesday since being scratched from his last start and reported feeling no pain, the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reports.
Impact: He may be able to pitch in the near future after being scratched from last Friday's start with a bone bruise on his elbow. There's no official word on a timetable for Latos to return to the mound, but theoretically Wednesday and Friday could be possibilities if he's over the ailment, so stay tuned.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Votto (quad) is expected to take batting practice Tuesday night.
Impact: Votto will move on to live batting practice after taking underhand flips in the cage Sunday. He's already been working in the field, so it appears he's on his way to making a return before the end of the season, barring a setback.
Tue. Sep 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mesoraco is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cubs.
Impact: Mesoraco will get a day off after making three straight starts behind the plate. Brayan Pena will serve as the Reds' catcher Tuesday night.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Villarreal took the loss Monday, allowing an Anthony Rizzo homer in the ninth inning.
Impact: It was the first home run allowed by Villarreal this season. Villarreal has been up and down this season for the Reds, allowing five runs in 10.1 innings. The righty should bounce back the next time his number is called out of the bullpen.
Mon. Sep 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Simon pitched well in a no-decision Monday, going seven shutout innings against the Cubs.
Impact: Simon allowed just five hits in the outing, but the offense was nowhere to be found for the Reds. The veteran righty has allowed just two runs in his last 14 innings after allowing six runs in four innings in his first start of the month. Simon next takes the mound this weekend against the Cardinals.
Sun. Sep 14, 2014 | STATS
News: Frazier went 3 for 4 with a double in Saturday's 5-1 win at Milwaukee.
Impact: Frazier had been hitting .218 over his previous 14 contests.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Corcino will start Friday night in place of Mat Latos, who is 5-5.
Impact: Corcino is a September call-up who has no record and a 10.13 ERA in two appearances. This will be his first major league start.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Latos from his scheduled start at Milwaukee due to a bone bruise in his right elbow.
Impact: Daniel Corcino will start Friday night in place of Latos, who is 5-5. Latos spent the first two-plus months of the season on the disabled list with right elbow and left knee injuries.
Wed. Sep 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Mesoraco went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs in Tuesday's win over St. Louis.
Impact: He's homered three times in five games with eight RBIs.