Season Recap: Cincinnati’s hitters showed plenty of power, but the lineup ran hot and cold all season. The pitching staff turned out to be the Reds’ strength. Trevor Bauer, Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray, and Raisel Iglesias kept the club in the division race and a red-hot September boosted the Reds into the playoffs. However, they could not score against the Braves in their Wild Card series and lost 2 games to 0.
Season Preview: The Reds added some impressive players to their team in the off-season, including Nicholas Castellanos, Mike Moustakas, and Shogo Akiyama. They join a talented lineup that includes sluggers Joey Votto, Jesse Winker, and Eugenio Suarez. Sonny Gray, Luis Castillo, and Trevor Bauer give the Reds a chance to win whenever they take the mound.
Season Recap: The Reds played like an above-.500 team in 2019 but ended up 75–87. The bullpen ran hot-and-cold and clutch hitters like Joey Votto and Jesse Winker left way too many runners on base. The only batter who played above expectations was Eugenio Suarez, who belted 49 homers. Cincy’s strength turned out to be its starting pitching, which many believed would be its weakness. Sonny Gray, Luis Castillo, and Anthony DeSclafani were consistently good all year.
August 14, 2019: Rookie Aristedes Aquino became the fastest player in history to reach 9 home runs. He hit #9 in his 14th big-league game.
July 13, 2019: The Reds became the first team in history to hit five triples and three homers in the same game in a win over the Rockies.
Season Preview: The Reds look ready to make a big move in the NL Central. They added three good starting pitchers in Alex Wood, Tanner Roark, and Sonny Gray—as well as slugger Yasiel Puig—and gave up very little in return. Joey Votto leads a power-packed everyday lineup, but the Reds will probably only go as far as their new arms will take them.
Season Recap: The Reds hit well in 2018, but the team’s pitching could not keep pace. The result was a 95-loss season. Third baseman Eugenio Suarez emerged as a star, with 34 homers and 104 RBIs. Scooter Gennett led the Reds with a .310 average. The bullpen, led by hard-throwing Raisel Iglesias, held its own, giving fans hope for a turnaround in 2019.
Season Preview: The Reds batting order should produce plenty of runs in 2018, thanks to Joey Votto, Eugenio Suarez, and Scooter Gennett. But can the pitching prevent runs at the same pace? The staff is led by young Luis Castillo, who had a great year after his call-up in 2017. Behind him is more young talent, including Tyler Mahle, Sal Romano, and Amir Garrett. Cincinnati’s ballpark is not kind to inexperienced pitchers. Reds fans hope that this group will find a way to learn and win at the same time.
Season Recap: The Reds were great against the division-rival Pirates and terrible against everyone else. The team’s hitting was very good—six players hit between 24 and 36 home runs—but the starting pitching struggled all year long. Relievers Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen were great, but their chances to close out victories were few and far between.
June 7, 2017: Scooter Gennett hit four home runs in a game against the Cardinals. He was the first player with five hits, four homers and 10 RBIs in a game.
November 1, 2016: The Reds brought up the rear in the NL Central with 68 victories, and began the slow process of rebuilding their team. Cincinnati fans got a glimpse of the future with young stars Adam Duvall, Jose Peraza, Raisel Iglesias and Brandon Finnegan. First baseman Joey Votto had his usual fine year, but it wasn’t enough to power the Big Red Machine.
October 5, 2016: Cincinnati pitcher gave up 258 home runs—by far the most in history. On the plus side, the Reds found themselves three surprising sluggers: Eugenio Suarez, Scott Schebler and Adam Duvall. Will they continue to pound home runs in 2017? Will flamethrower Raisel Iglesias be the team’s closer? The team may be ready to turn things around.
June 26, 2016: Peter Rose’s #14 was retired by the team. He was also inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame.
October 14, 2015: Cincinnati had plenty of hitting, but not enough pitching to compete with their NL Central rivals. Todd Frazier put together MVP-type numbers, Joey Votto and Jay Bruce combined for 55 homers, and Eugenio Suarez did a great job filling in for injured shortstop Zach Cozart .
July 19, 2015: Reliever Aroldis Chapman struck out the 500th batter of his career in a game against the Indians. He accomplished this in just 292 innings. No one in history reached 500 strikeouts faster.
July 13, 2015: Todd Frazier edged Joc Pederson of the Dodgers 15–14 in the All-Star Game’s Home Run Derby.
April 5, 2015: The Reds have as much talent as any club in baseball, but it has not yet come together, mostly due to injuries. Cincinnati needs All-Star seasons from Billy Hamilton, Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, and Johnny Cueto to compete in the NL Central. If closer Aroldis Chapman can’t get the job done, the team has good power arms in the minors.
November 1, 2014: Many thought the Reds had enough talent to run away with the NL Central, but injuries and poor seasons from key players rocked the ball club and limited Cincinnati to 76 wins. That was a shame, because three young hitters—Devin Mesoraco, Billy Hamilton, and Todd Frazier—became stars. Johnny Cueto won 20 games and Alfredo Simon chipped in 15 wins to lead the pitching staff.
July 11, 2014: Reliever Aroldis Chapman struck out a batter for the 40th time in a row. He broke the record for relievers of 39, set by Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter.
March 31, 2014: All eyes will be on Billy Hamilton in 2014. He is one of the fastest players in history. If he hits well enough to stay in the everyday lineup, the Reds could score a ton of runs. A bad injury to Aroldis Chapman in spring training threw the bullpen into turmoil, but if they stay in the hunt until he comes back, Cincinnati will contend for the division title.
October 1, 2013: The Reds made it to the playoffs despite playing most of the year without their cleanup hitter, Ryan Ludwick. Tony Phillips filled in and had an MVP-worthy season, along with Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto. Cincinnati’s dream of a pennant ended with a loss to Pittsburgh in the Wild Card game.
September 18, 2013: Billy Hamilton stole four bases in his first big-league start. He is the first player to do so in the Live Ball era (since 1920).
July 2, 2013: Homer Bailey threw a no-hitter against the Giants. The most recent no-hitter in baseball was also thrown by Bailey, against the Pirates at the end of the 2012 season.
March 30, 2013: A deep, powerful offense got even better over the winter when Shin-Soo Choo joined the club. Choos, Brandon Phillips, and Joey Votto lead the Reds into battle for the NL Central title. They will need help from a pitching staff led by Mat Latos and Aroldis Chapman.
October 12, 2012: The Reds had a great year. They won the NL Central easily with 97 victories, and got great pitching from starters Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, and Homer Bailey, and reliever Aroldis Chapman. Joey Votto was slowed by injury much of the year, but Jay Bruce, Ryan Ludwick, and Todd Frazier picked up the slack. Cincinnati won the first two games of the National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants, but San Francisco caught fire and swept the final three games to end the Reds’ season.
September 29, 2012: Homer Bailey pitched a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was the team’s first no-hitter since Tom Browning threw one 24 years
earlier, in 1988.
August 25, 2012: The Reds retired #11 to honor their newest Hall of Famer, Barry Larkin.
April, 2012: Big Trade! Cincinnati fans got an early Christmas present in 2011 when the team traded for starting pitcher Mat Latos. The Reds gave up prospects Yonder Alonso, Yasmani Grandal and Brad Boxberger, as well as Edinson Volquez. They also signed Ryan Madson to be their new closer. If they get a full season out of fireballer Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati could have an awesome pitching staff in 2012.