J.J. Hoover RP CIN 2 months ago

Hoover pitched a scoreless eighth inning Sunday against the Padres, retiring three batters on nine pitches while protecting a four-run lead.

There wasn't an opportunity for a hold on Sunday, but Hoover is going to pitch more eighth innings now with Jumbo Diaz getting sent down. It'll likely be he and Tony Cingrani (who has been faltering lately) sharing that job.

J.J. Hoover RP CIN 2 months ago

Hoover got a vulture-win Sunday against the Nats, giving up a game-tying single in the seventh inning before getting two outs on a line-drive double play.

Unlike Saturday's win, this was hardly earned. Hoover gave up two hard shots, then watched the Reds score six runs in the bottom of the inning. Nonetheless, Hoover has been better this season, but the walk rate looms as a portent of danger.

J.J. Hoover RP CIN 2 months ago

Hoover picked up his third win of the season Saturday, pitching a perfect eighth inning.

The vultured wins have given him some value, but despite his 2.25 ERA and 0.95 WHIP, Hoover's 16:11 K:BB ratio in 20 innings is a far cry from his usual rates, and a big correction could be coming.

J.J. Hoover RP CIN 4 months ago

Hoover (1-0) went the final two innings in Wednesday's extra-inning affair against the Pirates, striking out one and allowing just one hit to gain the win.

He didn't get called upon 'til extras, but Hoover acquitted himself well nonetheless, which is promising for those hoping to get some holds out of him as the year goes on.

J.J. Hoover RP CIN 4 months ago

Hoover still has an outside shot to pitch in high-leverage situations for the Reds this season, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Hoover still has a live fastball and can miss bats, but gets in trouble when he falls behind in the count. He has already given up two homers this spring after giving up 13 last season.

J.J. Hoover RP CIN 11 months ago

Hoover was called back up by the Reds as part of their September roster expansion.

It's been a miserable season for Hoover, who has lost 10 games in relief this year. With Jonathan Broxton in Milwaukee, Hoover might be forced into a more important role than the Reds would prefer.

J.J. Hoover RP CIN 11 months ago

The Reds optioned Hoover to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.

Hoover has struggled all season and pitched three of the last four days, so the Reds decided to send him to the minors for the first time since 2012. Expect Hoover to return to Cincinnati at some point in September.

J.J. Hoover RP CIN 11 months ago

Hoover lost a team record 10th game as a reliever Tuesday night, hitting the Cardinals' Jon Jay with the bases loaded.

With Aroldis Chapman apparently unavailable, Hoover got the last out of the eighth inning and then stayed in to pitch the ninth in a 4-4 game, with Jonathan Broxton being held back for any potential save situation. He subsequently allowed back-to-back singles, walked a batter, then hit Jay to end the game. The nightmare season continues for Hoover.

J.J. Hoover RP CIN 12 months ago

Hoover was brought on Sunday to relieve Aroldis Chapman after Chapman walked four batters to start the ninth. Hoover retired two batters, but then gave up a game-ending homer to Drew Stubbs.

That about sums up Hoover's season - he now has allowed 10 homers over 53.1 innings, and his record dropped to 1-9 with the homer.

J.J. Hoover RP CIN 1 year ago

J.J. Hoover allowed one run in his only inning of work against the Brewers on Thursday.

Hoover recently became a candidate for saves as the Reds suffered injuries to relievers Aroldis Chapman, Jonathan Broxton, and Sean Marshall. However, Hoover has had struggles all spring. Thursday's outing, in which he allowed two hits and walked two, leaves him with a 5.63 ERA and a 4/7 K/BB ratio in eight innings.