Rust-success of SP-fear of using?
The Reds bullpen has thrown 95 innings this year, fewest in MLB.
The Reds pen has thrown 16 innings fewer than the next team in MLB, Houston (111). The ML average for bullpen innings this year is 133.
The Reds bullpen ERA of 5.40 is 29th of 30 in MLB. The ML average is 3.75.

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Feeling it
Sports Pickle looks at the 28 stages of fan grief.


Sunday notes/stats from an 8-3 loss to Phillies

Turn One/What do we know?
Most GM's will tell you they need at least 40 games to get a sense and feel for what they have with their team. The Reds are now 42 games into the season. What have we learned about the Reds?
What are their issues?
What has been the most disappointing aspect of this team?
Most surprising?
Best player?
Most disappointing player?

Chasing 90
The Reds have played 42 of 162 games, that's 26% of the way through the season.
They have 120 games remaining. In order to win 90 games the Reds would have to go 71-49 the rest of the way (.592). That would be the equivalent of winning 96 games over a full season. Can the Reds go that? Will 90 wins be enough for a Wild Card?
The Reds have played .592 baseball or better for a full season once since 1981, in 2012 when they finish 97-65 (.599). The Reds did play .592 baseball for the decade of the 1970's.

The perfect team for.......
Reds longest winning streak is 3 and longest losing streak is 3.
Reds have had four losing streaks of 2 games.
Reds have had two winning streaks of 3 games.
Reds have one winning streak of 2 games.
Last 17 games: W, L, W, L, W, W, L, L, W, L, W, L, W, L, W, L, L

Offensive start to a fade
Last 4 games:
8 runs (1,3,1,3)
7 runs scored in 1st inning, 1 run in other 32 innings
BA 1st inning: 7 for 19 (.368), 7 runs
BA 2nd-9th inning: 14 for 109 (.122), 1 run
Last four games:
5 BB in 1st inning, 8 BB in other 32 innings
1 HR in 1st inning, 0 HR in other 32 innings
2 2B in 1st inning, 2 2B in other 32 innings

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 18: Catcher Devin Mesoraco #39 and center fielder Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds high five each other after Hamilton scored a run in the top of the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 18, 2014 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Bullpen woes
From listener Jeff
Reds Bullpen ERA and NL Rank last three seasons:
2014:  5.40 ERA, 15th(last in NL).
2013:  3.29 ERA,  4th in NL.
2012:  2.65 ERA,  1st in NL.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 18: Third baseman Cody Asche #25 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds on May 18, 2014 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

National perspective on Reds
Grantland's Shane Ryan looks at Johnny Cueto 
Fan Graph's Dave Laurila looks at Chris Heisey

Devin details
Devin Mesoraco is 27 for 54 this year. My Butler math tells me that's a .500 batting average. He's done that around two trips to the disabled list!
He started the season on the DL with a strained oblique.
He returned to the active roster on April 8 and hit .468 (22 for 47), 3 HR, 13 RBI in 13 starts. He went back on the DL April 26 with a strained hamstring.
He's returned from the DL May 16 to go 5 for 7 (.714), HR, 4 RBI.
Devin has played in 15 games. He has at least one hit in 14 games, 8 multi-hit games, three 3-hit games, one 4-hit game, at least an RBI in 9 games, and scored at least a run in 10 games.

Reds vs Nationals tonight
The Reds will face Stephen Strasburg

Did you miss Doc Kremcheck?
The Reds medical director joined Garrett Sabelhaus and Rick Ucchino for ESPN 1530's The Weekend Kickoff. He discussed Votto, Bruce, Latos, Cingraini and more.
Listen here: 


Down on the Farm

Lorenzen uses new weapon 

Stadium Journey reviews 5th/3rd Field in Dayton

Jesse Spector says it's time for MLB to expand to Las Vegas and Montreal.

Run ends for Thomas More
(MARIETTA, Ohio) – The seventh-seeded Thomas More College baseball team fell, 18-3, to third-seeded and 20th-ranked Case Western Reserve University today (Sunday, May 18, 2014) in an elimination game of the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional at Don Schaly Stadium in Marietta, Ohio.
With the loss, the Saints end the season at 25-19 and finish as NCAA regional semifinalists.  

Cyclones tonight
Game 1 vs Greenville: Notes and schedule

The Las Vegas Hotel has released 2014 NFL win totals.
9 Bengals
8.5 Steelers, Ravens
6.5 Browns
What do you think? Over or under?

Sports on Earth looks at the NFL's All-Hinge Team:
Defensive tackle: Geno Atkins, Bengals. Atkins is expected back from his ACL injury by the start of camp. When he's available and at full strength, the Bengals have perhaps the best front seven in the AFC; coupled with their skill-position talent, making them worthy Super Bowl contenders. Without Atkins, they must blitz to create a pass rush and become more vulnerable against the run, making them just another team looking up at the Broncos and Patriots, who are looking up at the 49ers and Seahawks, who are looking down upon all of us with patient amusement.

(Getty Images)


NFL 95: Peter King's puts together a list of 95 items to details the history of the NFL.

There is a Johnny Manziel song in Cleveland
Wreck This League:

BEREA, OH - MAY 17: Cleveland Browns draft pick Johnny Manziel #2 takes a snap during the Cleveland Browns rookie minicamp on May 17, 2014 at the Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)