Friday’s game vs. the Cardinals has been suspended due to rain. It will be resumed Saturday at 12:30 pm.

Saturday’s regularly scheduled game will begin approximately 40 minutes after the conclusion of the suspended game.

Tickets for Friday’s suspended game are NOT valid for EITHER game being played at the ballpark on Saturday. However, the Reds are offering fans the opportunity to exchange their tickets for one of the other remaining home games this season.

More details forthcoming from the Reds Ticket Office.


Michael Lorenzen tonight will make the 42nd consecutive start by a Reds rookie pitcher, breaking the modern Major League record set by the 1902 Cardinals.




From my pal @Bongreatness

Tonight is the 12th Fireworks Friday of the 2015 season, presented by Koorsen Fire & Security. Tonight’s postgame fireworks show, featuring Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks set to an All-American soundtrack, will begin approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of tonight’s game. Prior to the start of the fireworks show we will welcome crew members of the USS LST 325. The amphibious shipping vessel which saw action on Omaha beach during D-Day will be docked in Cincinnati at the Public Landing from 9/12 through 9/16, offering tours to the public each day from 9am-5pm. 18 of the 20 crew members of the ship are veterans of the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard & Army, including two veterans of World War II.

During pregame ceremonies tonight we will honor America and the memories of those lost in the 9/11 attacks as well as Police & Fire Appreciation Night with a series of activities including a performance by the Emerald Society bagpipers and ceremonial first pitches by representatives of the Cincinnati Police Department, Cincinnati Fire Department and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to the singing of our National Anthem, performed tonight by the 82nd Airborne All-American Chorus, we will unfurl a giant American flag in the outfield grass and observe a Moment of Silence. The giant flag today will be held by Reds Season Ticket Members and their families.

Please note that tonight’s National Anthem is scheduled a little earlier than normal, at 6:56PM.

During the middle of the 7th inning break tonight we will be joined by McKenna Medley who will lead us in the singing of God Bless America.


Keep checking today’s Baseline Items, as this post may be updated with information/news as the day progresses.




Thirty years ago today, while I sat on the living room couch in my Underoos and my mom ironing clothes nearby, I watched Pete Rose collect his 4,192nd Major League hit…

It was 8:01 pm when Pete singled off the Padres’ Eric Show.  Not soon after, Ramsey Family rules dictated that I had to go to bed.  I was upset when I found out the next morning that I missed Pete’s seventh inning triple and his head-first slide into third.


It was a big night for the Redlegs last night as they defeated the Cardinals, 11-0.  John Lamb earned his first Major League victory and Todd Frazier (3-for-5, 3r) collected his 32nd home run and 40th double.

From our friends at Elias Sports Bureau...


Regarding Frazier, he’s now in some pretty elite company.  He’s the fourth player in modern Reds history (since 1900) with 40 doubles and 30 home runs in a season.  The others are Jay Bruce (2013), Dave Parker (1985) and Frank Robinson (1962).


The Reds held another fabulous Season Ticket Holder Luncheon this afternoon at Great American Ball Park. Today’s luncheon gave Reds season ticket holders an opportunity to get photos with Reds players and participate in a Q&A session with players and staff.  The Reds also treated STH to a delicious lunch and prize raffle.

It’s always nice to see the fans who do so much in supporting the team get treated by the Reds with such perks as the Season Ticket Holder Luncheon.  If you’d be interested in reaping the benefits of a season ticket holder, CLICK HERE for more details.

Here are some photos from today’s luncheon…

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That’s all for now. More in a bit!

Expect good news,






From my pal @Bongreatness

During pregame ceremonies tonight Reds sponsor Liberty Mutual will present a check to the American Red Cross on behalf of its “Extra Effort” program in the amount of $8,500.

Singing our National Anthem this evening will be Annie Edgerton, who is embarking on a goal to sing the Anthem for all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums. Great American Ball Park & the Reds organization will be her 23rd team to date. To learn more visit


Keep checking today’s Baseline Items, as this post may be updated with information/news as the day progresses.


Congratulations to Linda Kammerer, who was randomly selected as the winner of yesterday’s Better Off Red contest!

Linda wins a mystery bobblehead and a virtual hug.

More BOR contests coming soon, so stay tuned!


I’m sure by now you’ve seen what happened in last night’s game in which both Joey Votto and Bryan Price were ejected by homeplate umpire Bill Welke.

Here’s what Price had to say to the media immediately after the game…


Votto today is celebrating his 32nd birthday!  Here’s a great story on him by columnist Phil Rogers.


The Reds are trying to play the role of spoiler in the final month of the 2015 season – 17 of their final 24 games are against teams currently eligible for the Postseason (7g vs StL, 4g vs NYM, 3g vs Chi & 3g vs Pit).


The Reds are hoping LHP John Lamb brings them success tonight against the Cardinals.  St. Louis is batting .263 as a team this season against righties, compared to .232 vs. Lefties.


Congratulations to the Reds High-A affiliate Daytona Tortugas for completing the 2-game sweep last night over Clearwater and advancing to the Florida State League Championship Series!

Daytona won a nail-biter, beating the Threshers, 2-1.

RHP Nick Travieso was outstanding for the ‘Tugas, allowing just 1 run on 6 hits in 7.0 innings (1bb, 5k).  C Chad Wallach belted a solo homer in the 4th.

Beginning tonight, Daytona will host the first 2 games of a best-of-five championship series against the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays).  RHP Jackson Stephens (12-7, 2.97) is expected to start for the Tortugas.


The Reds rookie level Billings Mustangs also won last night in the first game of their best-of-three game series against Missoula (Diamondbacks).  They beat the Osprey, 5-2.

RHP Wendolyn Bautista was solid in his 6.0 innings, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits with no walks and 4 strikeouts.

The Mustangs plated 5 runs on 7 hits.

The series moves to Missoula tonight, with the first pitch scheduled for 9:05 ET.  If Billings wins, they’ll advance to the Pioneer League Championship series to play the winner of the Orem/Idaho Falls series.

LHP Jacob Constante (4-3, 3.56) is scheduled to start tonight for the Mustangs.


The Reds Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos tonight begin their quest for the Southern League Championship. They host Biloxi (Brewers) in the first game of a best-of-five series. The winner of the series advances to play for the league title.  RHP Daniel Wright (10-11, 4.53) is slated to start tonight for the Blue Wahoos.

And speaking of Pensacola – they’ve been named the Southern League Organization of the Year!  Congrats to our friends with the Blue Wahoos!


Expect good news!






From my pal @Bongreatness...

During pregame ceremonies this evening Western & Southern will present a $20,000 check to the Barrett Cancer Center on behalf of their “Strike Out Cancer” program.

Today is Angioma Alliance Awareness Night at Great American Ball Park and during pregame ceremonies a check for $4,914.00 will be presented to the group on behalf of their efforts selling fundraising tickets to tonight’s game. Singing our National Anthem this evening will be Mary Joyner, the daughter of Olympian Florence Griffith Joyner who died from the disease in 1998 at the age of 38.


Happy Hump Day, folks!  Today at Better Off Red we have all kinds of goodies for you, including updated Reds intro music and a chance to win a cool prize from BOR HQ.  Enjoy!


Here’s the most updated Reds intro music…

#58 Adcock – “Seminole Wind” by John Anderson
#25 Badenhop – “Strangle Hold” by Ted Nugent
#51 Balester – “No Leaf Clover” by Metallica
#16 Barnhart – “Gonna Know We Were Here” by Jason Aldean (start at :53)
#27 Boesch – “April 29, 1992 (Miami)” by Sublime (start at :17)
#30 Bourgeois – “Pushin” by Bun-B (start at :08)
#32 Bruce – “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift (start at :03)
#67 Cabrera – “Fantica Sensual (Remix) by Plan B Feat. Nikki Jam (start at :45)
#54 Chapman – “Wake up” by Rage Against the Machine & “Jingo” by Santana
#52 Cingrani – “The King is Dead” by A Wilhem Scream (Pitching)
#52 Cingrani – “Black Nurse” by Glass Jaw (Hitting)
#53 Contreras – “Jehova de los Ejercitos” by Miel San Marcos
#2 Cozart – “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That” by Robert Randolph
#3 De Jesus Jr – “Que Suenen los Tembores” by Victor Manuelle
#3 De Jesus Jr- “Ya Llego” by Pirulo y La Tribu
#28 DeSclafani – “Moment of Clarity” by Jay-Z (batting)
#28 DeSclafani – “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen (pitching)
#70 Diaz – “Mozart LaPara” by Pa’Gozar
#23 Duvall – “Lean On” by Major Lazer & DJ Snake (Start at :32)
#52 Finnegan-“Notorious Thugz” by The Notorious BIG feat Bone Thugs
#21 Frazier – “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra
#6 Hamilton #1 – “Make Sum Shake” by Cool Amerika
#6 Hamilton #2 – “Ain’t Done Turnin Up” by Chief Keef
#6 Hamilton #3– “We In Da City” by Young Dro (start at :14)
#60 Hoover – “Awake and Alive” by Skillet (start at :05)
#26 Iglesias – “El Perdon” by Nicky Jam (start at :08)(Pitching)
#26 Iglesias- “Sigueme y Te Sigo” by Daddy Yankee (start at :35) (Hitting)
#65 LaMarre- #1 “Blessings” by Big Sean (start at :40)
#65 LaMarre #2 “I Love This Life” by LoCash (Start at :08)
#47 Lamb – “I’ve Been Waiting” by Ishe Dube (pitching)
#47 Lamb – “10 Toes In” by Tekulve (hitting)
#47 Lamb – “Find My Way” by J Ras (hitting)
#50 Lorenzen – “Awesome God” by R-Swift (from start) (pitching)
#50 Lorenzen – “Praise the Lord” by K-Drama (from start) (hitting)
#41 Mattheus – “In The Air Tonight” by Non Point (start at :20)


Cool Papa Bill is celebrating his 25th birthday today!


From today’s Reds Gamenotes:


  • His career on-base percentage of .423 ranks first among active players and T15th all-time in Major League history
  • His career OPS of .959 ranks third among active players (Albert Pujols .980, Miguel Cabrera .963) and T17th all-time
  • His .328 career average with RISP ranks third among active players with at least 800ab (Cabrera .337, Joe Mauer .332)
  • Has at least 100 walks for the third time in his career (110 in 2011, club-record 135 in 2013)
  • Thirteen times this season walked at least 3 times in a game, with a high of 4 walks on 7/31 vs Pit
  • His 38 walks in August were a club record for a calendar month (32, Joe Morgan, July 1979) and the most by any Major League batter since SF’s Barry Bonds walked 40 times in September 2004
  • Reached base safely in 122 of his 135 apps, including an active streak of 27 straight games beginning 8/11 that ranks as the fourth-longest active streak in the Major Leagues (33-85, .388, .570obp) and a season-high of 32 straight games from 5/20-6/25 (.310ba, .424obp)


  • On 8/20 and 8/21 missed 2 starts with inflammation in his right biceps tendon but has hit safely in 14 of 17 starts since his return (25-71, .352)
  • Since the All-Star break is hitting .325 (66-203), seventh-best in the National League and including .353 in his last 37 apps (53-150)
  • Is approaching 300 career doubles (294)


LHP Brandon Finnegan, who was recalled yesterday by the Reds from AAA-Louisville, spoke to the media about his promotion. Video of that media conference is below.

Finnegan is one of the three left-handed pitchers, along with John Lamb and Cody Reed, acquired from Kansas City in the Johnny Cueto trade.


Congratulations to the Daytona Tortugas!  They blanked Clearwater last night, 3-0, in the first game of  a best of 3 Florida State League playoff series.

LHP Amir Garrett was brilliant in his 7.0 shutout innings, allowing just 1 hit and no walks while striking out 12. C Chad Wallach paced the ‘Tugas with 2 hits and 3B Taylor Sparks belted a solo homer.  Clearwater did not have a runner advance past second base.

Garrett told the Daytona Beach News Journal: “This was one of the best games I’ve pitched. They (the Threshers) couldn’t seem to catch up with my fastball, so I kept throwing it. I also was able to mix in a slider which had some bite to it and a few changeups. Altogether, it all kept them off balance most of the time.”

Garrett’s Game Score last night was 87.  To fill you in on what Game Score is, here’s some help from Wikipedia (click on the image to enlarge):


The highest possible Game Score in a 9-inning game is 114, and that’s if the pitcher throws all 9 innings and strikes out every batter he faces. So, Garrett’s 87 is considered pretty darn good.


While we’re congratulating Reds minor league teams, we can’t forget about the Rookie level Billings Mustangs.  With last night’s 6-1 victory vs. Great Falls, the Mustangs clinched the Pioneer League North Division second-half title and became the third Reds farm team this season to qualify for the playoffs!

Billings takes on Missoula tonight in the first game of a best-of-3 playoff series.  Good luck, Ponies!


Wanna win a cool prize from Better Off Red Headquarters?  Of course you do!  Well, here’s how:

In the Comments Section of this blog post, tell me what song you’d like to hear your favorite Reds player use as his intro song.

I’ll choose one random winner by publishing his/her comment.  The winner will also be notified by email and receive a mystery bobblehead from BOR HQ.  Good luck!

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That’s all for now. Keep checking this blog post throughout the day for any other Reds news or tid-bits.

Expect good news,



As mentioned, the 2016 schedule has been released…

2016 Schedule-page-001


Tonight’s Reds lineup vs. Pittsburgh




The Better Off Red staff is saddened to hear the news of Joaquin Andujar’s passing.  The St. Louis Cardinals great was 62.

Andujar originally signed with the Reds in 1969 and was added to the Reds roster in 1973.  Here’s his bio from the Reds 1973 Media Guide…


Andujar was dealt from the Reds to the Astros in 1975 for RHP Luis Sanchez (relief pitcher for California from 1981-1985) and P/INF Carlos Alfonso (never made it to the Majors).  It wasn’t one of the Reds best trades.

Andujar became a very good big league pitcher for the Astros and Cardinals.  He was named to the All-Star team 4 times and twice won 20 or more games with the Cardinals.  Andujar was awarded a Gold Glove in 1984 and pitched in the World Series in 1982 and 1985 with St. Louis.

Our condolences go out to Mr. Andujar’s family, friends and fans.


Major League Baseball today released the 2016 schedule. The Reds open at home against the Phillies on April 4. The entire Reds 2016 schedule will be available soon on


In the second inning of Monday’s matinee against the Pirates, Jay Bruce collected his 1,000th career hit. Bruce reached the milestone on the 13th pitch of his first at-bat against Pittsburgh’s Jeff Locke. Here’s the video…



Down on the farm last night in AA-Pensacola, Reds minor league infielder Ray Chang played all nine positions in the 4-2 loss vs. Mobile.  Chang went 3-for-4 at the plate and stole a base.

“I came into the clubhouse today and our manager, Pat Kelly, came in and asked me if I wanted the day off or if I wanted to play all nine,” said Chang, a shortstop by trade. “I mean, it came out of nowhere, it surprised me, but for me that’s an easy answer. I wanted to play.”

Alex Kraft has more on Chang’s big night HERE.

On Sunday, Pensacola clinched the Southern League’s South Division second-half championship and became the first Reds double-A affiliate to secure a playoff berth since Chattanooga in 2006.  The Blue Wahoos join the Reds’ high-A Daytona Tortugas as organizational playoff teams.  Daytona earned a postseason spot out of the Florida State League’s North Division.

Pensacola will begin their playoff run Thursday in a best-of-five series vs Biloxi.

Daytona plays tonight at 7:05 in Game 1 of their division series vs. Clearwater.  Florida State League co-pitcher of the year Amir Garrett is scheduled to start for the Tortugas.


Amir Garrett


Don’t forget to sign up for Saturday’s “Sliding into OM” yoga event at Great American Ball Park! It’s your chance to participate in a special yoga session on the field!  For more information, CLICK HERE!



Thirty years ago today, this happened at Chicago’s Wrigley Field…


That’s all for now. I’ll have today’s lineup soon.

Expect good news,



Reds RF Jay Bruce is just 1 hit away from reaching 1,000 for his career.  Today will mark Jay’s 1,098th Major League game.  He’d become the 1,279th player with 1,000 career hits (1,170th since 1900).

According to Baseball Reference, the fastest ever to 1,000 career hits in the 19th century was Chuck Klein who needed just 683 games to get there.  Ichiro reached 1,000 hits in 696 games.  The youngest player to collect 1,000 career hits was Ty Cobb at age 24 years, 145 days.



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