04-28-2017 GAME THREAD: Back to Busch (and Back to Winning, Please)

by Mary 28. April 2017 19:52
The Reds did pretty well the first time through St. Louis this year, but have fallen on hard times since then.  Can the decent starting pitching we saw them return and give the offense a fighting chance to come out on top?  Sure hope so, or this could be a really long summer.

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04-24-2017 GAME THREAD: Back On the Road Again in Milwaukee

by Mary 24. April 2017 16:59
Here's hoping Amir Garrett continues his sterling starts tonight against the slugging Brewers.  We can hope Eric Thames is entering a cold spell and doesn't go on another HR spree this week.    

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04-21-2017 GAME THREAD World Champion Cubs Come to Town

by Mary 21. April 2017 16:33
With the news that Tony Cingrani is on the 10 day DL and Phillip Ervin called up, we see more roster changes.  We can expect some more in the very near future as Devin Mesoraco and Rookie Davis should be back in a few days.     Let's hope the offense remembers what the bats are to be used for and actually support what has been very good pitching this home stand.

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04-18-2018 GAME THREAD: Birds of A Different Feather Fly Into GABP

by Mary 18. April 2017 16:23
That rarest of species (at least in GABP) arrives tonight for a three game series--the Baltimore Orioles. There will be a few different names on the Reds' roster to greet them, with Sal Romana returning to the Bats after his not so great debut on Sunday and RHP Lisalverto Bonilla called up.  Bonilla is a mystery to me, but I gather he last pitched in the big leagues in 2014 for the Rangers (5 games total).  An old familiar name starts for the Reds tonight --Bronson Arroyo.  Sure hope this is the night his magic fountain of youth is rediscovered.

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04-13-2017 GAME THREAD: Brew Crew Invades GABP For Four Games

by Mary 13. April 2017 10:29
Coming off an unbelievable 5-1 road trip to St. Louis and Pittsburgh, the Reds look to maintain the special feeling to the start of the season by winning their 4th straight series.  The old guys are starting the first two games (Arroyo on Thursday and Feldman on Friday) and I hope Bronson turns it around and Feldman keeps it where he was his second start.  Who will pitch in Rookie Davis's slot on Sunday is still TBD.  My personal bet is that it will be Sal Romano from L'Ville, as it slots into his day to pitch and his last outing was commanding for the Bats.

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04-10-2017 Another Day, Another Series: Reds Head to Steel City

by Mary 10. April 2017 14:31
Reds start another series with the beanball warriors (AKA Pirates).  Let's hope the endless HBP and predictable retaliatory pitches are a thing of the past and not an ongoing thing for yet another year with the Pirates.     Hard to believe, but the Reds going into the series have the best ERA in the NL (three shutouts in six games--in spite of one 10 run blowout--will do that).  The bullpen continues to show that the last half of the 2016 season was only a sneak peak of their capabilities.  Without being overworked, I think they can be one of the best pens in the league--something we would laugh at this time last season when no late inning lead was comfortable or likely to last.

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04-07-2017 GAME THREAD: The Little Red Machine Moves On to Birdland

by Mary 7. April 2017 16:16
It was a fun first series with no stupid moves and some very good pitching from the bullpen and Brandon Finnegan.  Hope we see more of the same as the Reds take the show on the road for the first time this season.  Amir Garrett (23 YO rookie) will be followed on the mound on Saturday by the Ancient Mariner (does Arroyo still have his boat?).   

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04-03-2017 Game Thread IT IS REALLY TIME FOR BASEBALL IN CINCINNATI!

by Mary 3. April 2017 00:05
Well, Cincinncati's annual (un)official holiday is today with the start of the baseball season following the Findlay Market parade.  I don't have high expectations for the final standings of the Reds team at the end of the season, but am looking forward to the continued growth of Billy Hamilton, an MVP season from Joey Votto, and a few high kicks from Bronson Arroyo. I am also anticipating some growing pains with all the rookies/near rookies on the mound and in the field, but hope that enough of them succeed at the top level of baseball  so that respecctable expectations on any particular day are that the Reds could post a win.  Nothing like starting the season off on the right foot, huh?  Photo from my sister who has an office near here.  

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10-30-2016 Thread: This Could Be the Final Game in 2016?

by Mary 30. October 2016 18:11
The Cubs are choking at home, resulting in the Indians being one game away from a World Series championship.  Will the Cubs manage to send the series back to Cleveland, or is tonight the night Cleveland takes it all?  We'll know in a few hours.

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10-22-2016 THREAD: Cubs Still Alive

by Mary 22. October 2016 13:47
And up 3 games to 2.  Hard to imagine that the world series this year could be the Cubs versus the Indians.  Not exactly a match that jumps to the top of the preseason prediction list.   Onward to the WS!!

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