8-11-10 GAME THREAD Cincinnati Reds (64-50) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (63-49)—C’mon, Let’s Salvage One Game and Stay In First Place

by DocProc 11. August 2010 11:20
Time: 12:35 pm EDT   TV/Radio: FS-O HD.  Radio: WLW 700. MLB.tv (audio and video with subscription), XM Radio Ch. 187   Lineups: Cincinnati   Phillips 2B Janish SS Votto 1B Rolen 3B Gomes LF Bruce RF Stubbs CF Hanigan C Arroyo P     St. Louis   Lopez 5 Jay 9 Pujols 3 Holliday 7 Rasmus 8 Molina 2 Schumaker 4 Wainwright 1 Ryan 6   Pitching matchup:  Bronson Arroyo (12-6, 3.83) vs. Adam Wainwright (16-6, 2.07 ERA)   Okay folks, I’m not going to put much time into this starter because the game begins soon, I have things to do, and I feel like our Reds have punched us in the gut.  Last night’s game was ugly on every level:  Pitching, defense, hitting.  And while I love Scott Rolen, he’s had an 0-fer at the plate this series.  We miss his big bat.  I could tell you all the other guys who haven’t hit well this series, but the list would be too long.  Hernandez is the only guy who has shown up in both games.  Ugh.   And I can’t believe Gomes is starting again today after his awful game yesterday.   Pitching matchup, from MLB.com:  Arroyo, one of just four pitchers with at least 200 innings in each of the past four years, leads all National League pitchers in starts (159) and innings (1026 2/3) since the beginning of the 2006 season. Arroyo has thrown at least seven innings in five of his past six outings and in 14 of his 24 starts this season.   The Cardinals, meanwhile, will start with an arm on the very short list of National League Cy Young contenders. Adam Wainwright, 16-6 with a 2.07 ERA, has been impressive on a number of levels. Wainwright, for instance, is only the second Cardinals hurler -- along with Hall of Famer Bob Gibson -- to have 16 wins and an ERA as low as 2.07 through 24 starts.   Wainwright's 2.07 ERA is also the lowest for a Cardinal through 110 games since John Tudor logged an identical mark in 1985. Wainwright and teammate Chris Carpenter, in fact, are the only Cards to reach 16 wins through 110 games in the past two decades, and they've combined to go 35-5 in their past 40 decisions against division rivals. Put all of those marks for dominance aside, though, and Wainwright is showing one strange disparity. The right-hander is 11-0 with a 1.22 ERA at home this season and 5-6 with a 3.00 mark away from Busch Stadium.            

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8-10-10 GAME THREAD Cincinnati Reds (64-49) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (62-49)—Hey, We’ve Played Two More Games Than They Have—That Gives Them Two More Chances To Lose

by DocProc 10. August 2010 11:12
Time: 7:10 pm EDT; 8:10 in the time zone of the “little b____s”   TV/r\Radio: FS-O HD.  Radio: WLW 700. MLB.tv (audio and video with subscription), XM Radio Ch. 187   Lineups: Lopez 5 Jay 9 Pujols 3 Holliday 7 Rasmus 8 Molina 2 Schumaker 4 Garcia 1 Ryan 6 Cincinnati Phillips 4 Janish 6 Votto 3 Rolen 5 Gomes 7 Heisey 9 Stubbs 8 Hernandez 2 Cueto 1   St. Louis   Garcia 1     Pitching matchup:  Johnny Cueto (11-2, 3.24 ERA) vs. Jaime Garcia (9-5, 2.53 ERA)   Yesterday’s game:  When a light-hitting infielder named “Skip” pounds a grand slam against you in front of a huge crowd and a national TV audience, you know you’re in trouble.  And when six of your starters—BP, Nix, Votto, Rolen, Edmonds, and Janish—are a combined 2-22 at the plate with no runs scored or driven in, you’re not going to win many ballgames.  Just a plain ol’ depressing game.   Tonight’s pitching matchup, from MLB:   St. Louis left-hander Jaime Garcia suffered through one of his roughest games his last time out, surrendering four runs in five innings, while being shelled for 10 hits. Garcia has a 4.05 ERA over his last five starts, and is barely averaging over five innings pitched per game in that span.   Reds starter Johnny Cueto, on the other hand, has been dealing for the better part of two months. He is 5-1 over his last nine starts with a sparkling 1.55 ERA over that stretch.   From the “It Could Be Worse” department:  The Reds are 64-49 and in first place.  Their record would have them in or near first place in five of MLB’s six divisions.  In the AL East, however, they would be tied for third with the Boston Red Sox, 6 games behind the Yankees and 4.5 behind the Rays.  I’m not crying for the Red Sox—I’m just sayin’ that’s one tough division.  Go Tampa Bay.   BP spill:  Many of you probably saw this line from Brandon on last night’s thread.  If not, here’s what he had to say about the Cardinals:   “I’d play against these guys on one leg,” Phillips told Hal McCoy, a columnist for the Dayton Daily News. “We have to beat these guys. All they do is b—- and moan about everything, all of them. They’re little b——s, all of them. I really hate the Cardinals. Compared to the Cardinals, I love the Chicago Cubs. Let me make this clear: I hate the Cardinals.”   My take?  While I agree with what he said and found it amusing, I think he should just shut his mouth.  His comments look particularly stupid after an 0-5 night at the plate in which he struck out to end the game.  Whining about whiners makes you sound like one of them.          

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8-9-10 (Hey, pretty cool—sequential numbers!) GAME THREAD Cincinnati Reds (64-48) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (61-49)

by DocProc 9. August 2010 11:34
Time: 7:10 pm EDT (I don’t care about any other time zones; this is being played in CINCINNATI, doggone it.)   TV/Radio: FS-O HD, ESPN.  Radio: WLW 700. MLB.tv (audio and video with subscription), XM Radio Ch. 187   Breaking News:  CincinnatiReds    Reds acquire OF Jim Edmonds from Brewers in exchange for OF Chris Dickerson. Travis Wood  optioned to AAA   Lineups: Cincinnati Phillips 4 Nix 7 Votto 3 Rolen 5 Edmonds 8 Bruce 9 Hernandez2 Janish 6 Leake p.   St. Louis:   Lopez, 5 Jay, 9 Pujols, 3 Holliday, 7 Rasmus, 8 Molina, 2 Schumaker, 4 Carpenter, 1 Ryan, 6   Pitching matchup:  Mike Leake (7-3, 3.86 ERA) vs. Chris Carpenter (12-3, 2.91 ERA)   Yesterday’s game:  Love me some Travis Wood.  The dude abides.  And speaking of abiding, Bruce came to life, Votto and Gomes scored four runs apiece (thanks for looking at pitches, Jonny!), and Monkey Poop and Soft J had two hits each.  And Jordan Smith continues to impress.  A good game against a lousy team.  We need to sweep teams like that.     Okay, I am going to acknowledge up front that this starter will have an editorial slant.  I think the Reds and their fans often feel intimidated by the Cardinals, not unlike how the Bengals and their fans sometimes feel cowed by the Steelers.  I’m here to tell you that we can play with this team—and I’ll offer some stats to back it up.     So let’s talk:   Batting   St. Louis is:   3rd in the NL in BA –THE REDS ARE #1   6th in the NL in Slugging –THE REDS ARE #1   7th in the NL in Runs –THE REDS ARE #1   4th in the NL in Hits –THE REDS ARE #1   7th in the NL in RBI –THE REDS ARE #1   The Cards’ batting stat leaders are Pujols, Holliday, and Rasmus—whose numbers are strikingly similar to those of Votto, Rolen, and Gomes.  The rest of our batting lineup kills theirs, hands down.  Yesterday, Reds’ castoffs Felipe Lopez and Aaron Miles were in the Cards’ starting lineup.  ‘Nuff said.     Fielding   St. Louis is:   7th in the NL in fielding percentage —THE REDS ARE TIED FOR #1—IN THE MAJORS   Pitching   Okay, St. Louis trumps us here—but only because of the three starters they’ll be trotting out during this series.  I’ll discuss them a day at a time.  But before talking about the starters, it should be noted that prior to yesterday’s game, the Reds’ relievers had an ERA of 2.14 since the ASG (lowest in the league).  Their opponents’ BA in that time was .174 (also lowest in the league).  Smith and Bray did nothing to tarnish that record, pitching shutout ball to close the game.   Carpenter:  Well, he’s 12-3, with a 2.91 ERA.  But some of his stats are worse than last year’s.  He had only 38 walks in 2009; he’s already given up 46 this year.  He gave up only 7 home runs in 2009; he’s already served up 16 this year.  His 2010 ERA is higher and so is his BA against.  And we’ve beaten him once before on an August 9th, which is today’s date.  Okay, that was in 2006—but maybe we can have some déjà vu all over again.   Leake:  I know we’ve all gotten a bit worried about this young man.  However, my son and I saw him pitch in Pittsburgh and believe that if Rolen hadn’t blown that double-play ball (which Scott acknowledged was an error), Leake might have escaped that horrendous inning and won the game.  His ERA would also be significantly lower if they called it an error, as all of those runs he gave up would have been unearned.  Oh, and he also got spooked by hitting a batter in the head.  My hope is that this cool, confident pitcher will rise to the occasion and match Carpenter pitch for pitch.   Having nothing to do with baseball, Pt. 1.    Last time I did starters for a series, I talked about food and rock and roll.  Time to move to another passion:  Movies.  Here’s today’s question:  What movie(s) in the past year did you like that others didn’t?  And which movie(s) did you dislike that others loved?  Here are a few of mine, off the top of my head:   DocProc liked; others didn’t:     Date Night:  This wasn’t a great movie, but my wife and I thought it was fun.  Perhaps people had higher hopes for Steve Carrell and Tina Fey.  Or maybe I just have a big fat crush on Tina Fey.   Knight and Day:  Again, not a great movie—but better than the reviews suggested.  Good, lightweight summer flick.     DocProc didn’t like; others did:     Inception:  This is the big divide of the year.  Most people I know loved this movie.  My wife and I found it long, boring, and a bit pretentious.  Fun concept and effects, but we didn’t care about the characters.   Crazy Heart:  There is no way that Maggie Gyllenhaal’s cute young character falls for Jeff Bridges as an old drunken lout.  We didn’t buy the premise, so we didn’t buy the bit.     So what movies fall into those categories for you?      

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8-8-10 Game Thread....Coco Will, Coco Will, WALK YOU!

by Grizzlyfox 8. August 2010 10:10
Time: 2:20 pm EDT, 1:20 pm CDT. I still hate Chicago day games. Hate ‘em. TV/Radio: TV: FS-O HD, WGN Radio: WLW 700, WGN 720 Lineups: Cincinnati (63-48, and coming off of a loss....wait they won? Lawdy, the Cubbies suck!) Heisey 8Cairo 4Votto 3Gomes 7Bruce 9Francisco 5Hanigan 2Janish 6Wood 1 Chicago (47-63, and 1-9 in their last 10)   Castro - SS Baker - 2B Lee - 1B Ramirez - 3B Byrd - CF Soriano - LF Nady - RF Hill - C Diamond - P Travis Wood (2-1, 2.42 era) v. Thomas Diamond (0-1, 4.50 era) From Reds.com:  Wood is coming off a seven-inning, two-hit outing against the Pirates on Monday, his second scoreless start. The 23-year-old has gone at least five innings in his last five starts, good for an ERA of 1.91. Diamond struck out 10 in his Major League debut Tuesday against the Brewers. He's the first Cubs rookie to do that in his first start since Mark Prior fanned 10 May 22, 2002, vs. the Pirates. To note: Diamond was not really a strikeout pitcher in AAA for the Cubs this year. He struck out just fewer than 9 per 9 innings, and walked 4.5 per 9 innings. Hopefully the Reds are patient, despite the fact that it’s a Sunday getaway day game before the Cardinals come to Cincy. Yesterday’s Game:  Volquez was not able to locate consistently, but still was good enough to only give up one run over 6 2/3 innings. Drew Stubbs went 3-4 with a homer and a double. Janish had another big hit. Ondrusek and Masset came in in crises situations and both got the job done. Oh, and apparently Cordero had some issues. It Finally Happened: There’s a reason you wait so long to make a move such as the one Dusty had to make with Cordero yesterday afternoon. Question #1: Who’s the closer today? Question #2: Who’s the 8th inning pitcher? Question #3: Who’s the RH that throws in 7th? Question #4: When is a good time to pitch Coco? Dusty was finally forced to open up this can of worms after Cordero walked 3 batters and hit another while only recording one out in the bottom of the 9th. I think it’s fairly safe to say Coco will not be coming in to the game in the next save situation. You can’t run a bullpen like that, holding Masset/Ondrusek in reserve in case Coco implodes. Now that the back end of the bullpen is completely unstable, no one has a role. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing for a bullpen, but it isn’t good either. The Reds have been using Chapman as the closer in Louisville, and he has thrived in that role. But I don’t see that being a viable option. My guess as to what happens and what I’d be more inclined to do? Tell the entire team that Cordero is the closer. Nothing changes. Next time is the last time, but you give him one last shot and hope that this was the wake-up call that he needed. Hal McCoy speculated on Jason Isringhausen. Yuck. http://www.daytondailynews.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/dayton/cincinnatireds/ Be Prepared for an Ugly Lineup: "We have a few guys kind of hobbling right now that we want to get 100 percent before the Cardinals series. So you might see a much different lineup out there." -- Dusty Baker My guess is we see Bruce, Stubbs, and someone else in the OF. Then Cairo, Francisco, Janish, and either Votto or Rolen manning the IF. Wouldn’t surprise me at all however to see a Francisco, Janish, Cairo, Hernandez infield. Grizz’s Growls: Jeff Suppan pitches for the Cardinals against Sean West and the Florida Marlins at 1:10 EDT. Hopefully this is a long, slow game that goes 35 innings-preventing the Cardinals from getting into Cincinnati until sometime around 3 in the afternoon on Monday. Cincinnati is one game behind San Diego, half a game behind Atlanta, and tied with San Francisco in the NL. They moved to 1.5 games in front of both the Cardinals and Phillies. As I said yesterday, as the Reds and Phillies have gotten hot the rest of the leaders in the NL have gone cold. The Cowboys play the Bengals tonight at 8 o’clock on NBC in the 2010 Hall of Fame Game. Should be interesting for about the first 30 minutes. Down in Louisville nothing really interesting happened. They won, Yonder had two hits, Frazier got his average over .250 and as Champ noted yesterday Cozart has 16 homers and 57 RBI. What did catch my eye however is that after Chapman had entered into the last 3 Louisville save situations, he did not pitch in the 9th last night in a 5-2 game. He’s only thrown once in the last 4 days now, so it wasn’t due to a heavy workload. I can’t imagine they’d have called up Fisher for 2 games before sending him back down, but who knows.  

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8-07-10 Reds v. Cubs.......It's Beginning to Look a Whole Lot Like Pittsburgh in Chicago

by Grizzlyfox 7. August 2010 09:35
Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Time: 1:05 pm EDT, 1:05 pm CDT. I hate Chicago day games. Hate ‘em. TV/Radio: TV: FS-O HD, CSN Chicago. Radio: WLW 700, WGN 720   Lineups:   Cincinnati (62-48, and winners of 7 of 9)   Phillips 4 Janish 6 Votto 3 Rolen 5 Nix 7 Bruce 9 Stubbs 8 Hernandez 2 Volquez RHP Chicago (47-62, and I could swear they are just the Pirates in different uniforms)   Fukedomo 9 Castro 6 Lee 3 Ramirez 5 Byrd 8 Soriano 7 Dewitt 4 Hill 2 Wells 1   Edinson Volquez (2-1, 6.35 era) v. Randy Wells (5-9, 4.40 era) From Reds.com:  Volquez struggled with his control for the third consecutive start, walking five, but came away with his second win since his return from Tommy John surgery. He struck out six, needing 96 pitches (just 55 strikes) to get through five innings.  Wells struggled in his last start against the Brewers, giving up seven runs on 10 hits over four-plus innings. In the fourth inning, he gave up six straight hits. Execution of pitches was the problem. To note:  Chicago has taken the third fewest walks in the NL, so this could be a really good matchup for Edinson, even if he still doesn’t have even moderate control.   Yesterday’s Game: Well, some dude named Bronson Arroyo threw these really slow pitches that moved a ton and had a pretty good game. I think the guy's got a future in the Bigs. Cubs starter Tom Gorzelanny only allowed three runs, and took the loss. Ryan Hanigan continued to show that I am a big dum dum, hitting a 2 run homer that ended up being the game winner.   Paul Janish had another hit, and over the last few days has proven to me that Dusty and Walt may just yet know what they are doing. I haven’t really thrown it out there much, but it just feels like this is sort of an apprenticeship with Janish. Sit. Wait. Practice. Watch. You’ll time will come, and we believe in you. This could be why they are allowing Cairo to be the backup SS. They don’t have any plans of not giving Janish every possible inning.   The Moves That Didn’t Happen, But May Yet Come to Fruition:  Well, the roster looks to be shaking today. Drew Sutton was claimed off of waivers by the Indians, opening a spot on the Reds 40 man roster. Aaron Harang can also be pushed to the 60 day DL if need be. The beat guys seem to all be speculating that if Springer goes on the DL then Chapman will be on his way up. Stubbs looks incredibly likely to be sent down to AAA with Dickerson coming back up. Bailey will remain in AAA, Leake will pitch on Monday. I take solace in the fact that because of a Reds off day on Thursday, Leake and Bailey’s turns on the mound will once again matchup. Both will have a projected next start of Sunday, after Leake takes his start on Monday and Bailey on Tuesday (in AAA).   And to bunk all of this, Carlos Fisher was seen in the hotel lobby by Mark Sheldon last night. So no Chapman, or so it would appear. Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth last night to earn a save in a 8-7 Louisville win, striking out a batter and hitting a batter.   Carl Crawford:  The Reds were mentioned as a possible suitor in a piece on MLBTraderumors.com. What say you? The guy plays a great left field, can lead off, and is hitting .302 this year with a .841 OPS, and 39 stolen bases. After Cliff Lee, he’s the best there is in free agency.   At the beginning of this season getting Crawford was somewhat of a pipe dream. Now? With increased ticket sales for not only this year, but also for season tickets next year, the Reds may actually be in the conversation. I’ll make my bet now: If this team makes it to the NLCS, Carl Crawford will be a Red. They’ll have the money, and that is the only way to use it that makes sense.   Grizz’s Growls:   Jake Westbrook pitches for the 61-48 Cardinals against Josh Johnson and his 10-4 record to go along with a 1.96 era. Supposedly he’s on the 53-56 Marlins. With that record and that era, it looks more like he’s on his own. Score some @#$# runs Florida!   Dusty’s Extension- Apparently the Reds and Dusty have been talking. Just get the darn thing done already, so I can stop writing about it.   Jose Guillen-Walt said he’s not sure he’s a fit. To me, he’s not a fit. I think Gomes is an absolute waste of space at this point, but if the ship ain’t sinking don’t make major changes unless if you know it will help. Guillen is a major change that is an enigma. No idea what he’d do here. Manny on the other hand....   Yasmani Grandal- No movement on this front, and the rumor is that Grandal wants a 40 man roster spot. To me, this is a no brainer. I don’t know what these scouts are doing, but they’ve been on. Mike Leake has come up and shown that he’ll be around for a while. Yonder Alonso is just about guaranteed to be a top 15 prospect next year. They thought at that time Grandal was the best player available, the grabbed him. He’s a catcher close to the Bigs. Sign this guy, cave in to whatever lingering demands he has right before the deadline. Even if Mesoraco turns into the next big thing and Hanigan continues to be dominant, you can never have enough catchers. Other teams would love to trade for this guy if he shows anything in the minors.   Daniel Ray Herrera and Jared Burton combined for a 6 run allowed inning last night in L’Ville. Herrera left having given up 2 runs. Burton entered with the bases loaded, allowing all 3 runners to score. All 3 were charged to Herrera. Burton went on to allow another single and an unearned run before the inning ended. Ouchie.   Cincinnati is a half a game behind Atlanta, 1 behind San Francisco, and 2 behind San Diego in the NL. As the Reds continue to get further over .500, the teams ahead of them in the NL continue to stumble. The Phillies have re-entered the picture, as the Reds are a only a half a game ahead of them.  

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08-06-10 Game Thread: Joey Votto Hates the Cubs! (And So Do I!)

by Grizzlyfox 6. August 2010 09:08
Time: 2:20 pm EDT, 1:20 pm CDT. I hate Chicago day games. Hate ‘em. TV/Radio: TV: FS-O HD, CSN Chicago. Radio: WLW 700, WGN 720  Lineups: Cincinnati (61-48, and wondering why Belmont.com has the Cardinals as 3:1 NL Central Favorites) Phillips 4Heisey 8Votto 3Rolen 5Gomes 7Bruce 9Hanigan 2Janish 6Arroyo 1 Chicago (47-61, and blaming it on Bartman, a goat, and your mother) TBA Bronson Arroyo (11-6, 4.01 era) v. Tom Gorzellany (6-5, 3.48 era)   From Reds.com:  Arroyo gave up just one earned run in seven innings in his last outing, shutting down the Braves to record his first win in 15 days. Arroyo has gone five or more innings in six straight starts, not allowing more than three earned runs in any of them.   Gorzelanny pitched well enough to win in his last start but did not get a decision as the Rockies won on Carlos Gonzalez's walk-off homer. Gorzelanny gave up five runs and nine hits over 6 1/3 innings. He finished July 4-0 with a 4.20 ERA.   Last Night’s Game:  The Reds beat the Pirates 9-4 on Wednesday, which was not last night. However, I did not want the headline to this recap to be, “The Reds last game which came on the afternoon of the day before yesterday.” Cueto pitched pretty well, Janish did some stuff with his bat, Russ Springer injured himself, and Juan Francisco showed that he could hit right handed pitching.   John Russell Hates Cincinnati and Loves Pujols:  http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22297882/23687778  Somehow Russell says the Reds may have the better rotation. No. They do not. As a die-hard Reds fan, I can’t even say that. Maybe a solid, 6, 7 inning 1 ER or less outing from Volquez and a good outing from Bailey on Tuesday could convince me otherwise. But right now, the Cardinals rotation is better. Cueto has matched Carpenter and Wainwright, Bronson is great, and Wood has been great. They need one of Volquez or Bailey/Leake to step up before we can say we have the better rotation. As far as the bullpens go, Russell says those are even. Well, that’s only because he did not see the Cardinals bullpen, which is atrocious. And he saw the Reds bullpen give up runs for what seems like the first time in two weeks. The Cardinals pen almost put the tying run on base in game three against the Astros despite going into the inning with an 8-2 lead and giving up something like 18 combined runs the previous two nights.As for the bats, yes, Pujols and Holliday are good. And combined they may be a little bit better than Votto and Rolen. But holy heck Batman, the Reds have the best offense in the NL for a reason. BP, the Reds catchers, and the Reds bench propel the Reds offense ahead of the Cards offense.   So that all being said, I don’t know why I’m rather pessimistic on the Reds chances to win the Central. They really are better in all facets of the game. I guess my worry is that guys like Gomes, Janish, Heisey, Stubbs, and Bruce will struggle worse over the last two months as compared to Miles, Craig, Molina, Schumacher, Jay, Lopez, Ryan, and Rasmus. I guess that’s what the division will boil down to anyway, which team’s diamonds in the rough will come up big down the stretch.   Today’s Moves Before They Happen:   After another great rehab outing for Homer Bailey, I think he will return to the rotation. The Reds brass has been saying all along three rehab starts for Bailey, two in AAA. Well, he’s done that, and the Reds have perfectly set up for his 5th day to fall on Tuesday. Cueto’s fifth day is Monday. Leake’s is Tuesday. Set up perfectly.   As for other moves, Chris Valaika is still missing in Louisville. I still don’t have any clue what’s going on here, but here’s my (worthless) take: He’s been traveling with the team in case of an injury to Janish. With Bailey’s good outing on Thursday, the team is now assured that he will rejoin the rotation. Thus, Valaika gets called up today, Leake gets optioned to AAA. Francisco stays with the team until Tuesday when Bailey is called up.   As for Stubbs, Bruce, and Dickerson, I think something is cooking on that front but doesn’t happen today. My early prediction is that Stubbs goes down and Dickerson comes up on Monday, but that could change depending on what we see this weekend.   Grizz’s Growls:   Adam Wainwright pitches for the 60-48 Cardinals against Ricky Nolasco and the 53-55 Marlins. The game is at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, and the Cardinals have struggled mightily on the road so far this year.   Anybody remember Thom Brennamen’s meltdown on April 15th against the Marlins? The Reds had gone down to Miami, and taken the first 2 games of a 4 game set. On April 15th, they were getting pounded in game 4 of that series, which resulted in a split. Thom let us all know that playoff teams don’t split 4 game series on the road after taking the first two. This team was showing at that instant that they were just another typical Reds crew. Well, Thom-like he does from time to time-drastically underestimated the Reds. It is truly amazing that a 4 game series in Miami in April did not determine what kind of team the Reds were going to have this year.   Well, as a kick in to my “Today’s Moves Before They Happen” segment, Mike Leake tweets at 12:17 EDT that he is happy to be in Chicago. It would suck to see the guy shipped out of Chicago so soon. And now I am rooting for him to get another start, against my better judgment.  

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08-05-10 Off Day Thread: No Game Today (That’s Why It’s Called an Off Day!)

by Soccerdad13 5. August 2010 10:42
Game Time: See Above Radio/TV: You just don’t get it do you? Lineups  Enough of your badgering! On an off day in Chicago, was slump busting in the plans for Bruce and Stubbs ? It Sucks To Be A Cardinal Freese is out for the year with ankle surgery and Motte went on the 15 day DL with a shoulder sprain. LaRussa is day to day with an enlarged ego.   Who Says Baseball Players Aren’t Tough? Andrew McCutchen, in his first at bat after getting hit in the back of the neck by a pitch the previous night, hit a home run off of Johnny Cueto. Seriously, That’s Badd A$z !   Mark Reynolds,of the Diamondbacks, who also got hit in the head the night before and had a USDA extra large egg over his left eye, played last night too.     Hey, Lady, I Ain’t No Athlete, I’m a Baseball Player Not to make light of a potentially serious situation, but what the heck, here I go. Carlos Silva was put on the DL by the Cubs for a cardiac issue. That brings to mind two things.   Point #1- Any of you who have met me or have seen pictures of me know that I gave up any pretense of being an athlete about ten years ago. So I say this in the way Phyllis Diller would make fun of someone for being ugly: Dear Mr. Silva, mix in a fresh vegetable or an oat bran cereal once a month or so. Even though you are in Chicago, there is more to eat than Polish Sausage, hot dogs, Italian Beef sandwiches and pizza. I’m just trying to be helpful.   Point #2 – I didn’t think any of the Cubs had any heart.     Rock And Roll ! This is a list of musical impressions of some of the players and others involved with the Reds this year. It may have to do with the title, lyrics or just the general aura of the song and player. This is all stuff from my collection, so it probably tends to skew a little older. My starter, my rules !   Bill Bray- Anything by Gov’t Mule (Bray like a mule,get it.) Coco  -   Cold Sweat –James Brown or Nothing is Easy- Jethro Tull Leake and Wood - The Kids Are Alright- The Who Bruce and Stubbs – Is It In My Head- The Who Ondrusek And Jordan Smith- Combination Of The Two – Big Brother and The Holding Company Ramon Hernandez- Walking The Dog – Rufus Thomas OCab- I’ve Been Everywhere- Johnny Cash Cairo- Everybody’s Everything- Santana (I couldn’t find a song about monkey poop.) Soft J - 30 Days In The Hole- Humble Pie BP – Let’s Get It Started- Black Eyed Peas Votto- Strange Brew -Cream (Figure it out yourself ya’ hoser) Dickerson –There’s a Doctor- The Who Owings- The Fish Cheer (Woodstock Version) - Country Joe and The Fish (It’s what I said everytime he came in the game) Rhodes-Old Man River- Jeff Beck Gomes-Kick Out The Jams- MC 5 Paul Keels- Dazed and Confused- Led Zeppelin Jeff Brantley- Eat it- Weird Al Thom Brenneman- Mr. Hate- The Tubes   Here’s another video from Woodstock. I love Joe Cocker before he started singing love songs from crappy movies and this is funny.  http://wn.com/Joe_Cocker__A_Little_Help_From_My_Friends__Woodstock_1969  

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08-03-10 Game Thread: Reds (60-47) VS Pirates (36-69)

by AshlandATeam 3. August 2010 12:23
Game Time: 7:05 ET (PNC Park)   Matchup: Mike Leake (7-2, 3.57 ERA in 121 innings) VS Paul Maholm (6-9, 4.52 ERA in 125.1 innings)   Lineups: Cincinnati: Phillips 4 Janish 6 Cairo 3 Rolen 5 Gomes 7 Bruce 9 Heisey 8 Hernandez 2 Leake RHP   Scurvy Pirates: McCutchen 8 Tabata 7 Walker 4 Jones 3 Alvarez 5 Milledge 9 Snyder 2 Cedeno 6 Maholm LHP     Breaking News! Juan Francisco has been promoted to replace Orlando Cabrera. Not what I would have done (see below), but okay.   Leading Off: You'll have to forgive me if I'm feeling down about our beloved Redlegs today. I know, I know - last night was a great night for Wood and Heisey, and the Reds are now in first place again thanks to the immortal Mike Macdougal. I should be happy. But instead, I can't help but think that last night was the beginning of the end.   The other day, someone asked John Fay what the difference between this team and past teams was. He tweeted two names: Rolen and Cabrera. It's hard to argue with the statheads on this, but I think he's completely right. There's something about the left side of our infield that goes beyond performance, and we all see it. These guys are the heart and soul of the team, on and off the field. And now, with O-Cab out at least two weeks, the team has lost half of its heart, and that scares me to death.   I already know how this will be received; after all, many Reds fans have been clamoring for Paul Janish all season. Many people don't think that 'intanglibles' exist, and many fans think that Cabrera on the team is simply an example of Dusty being Dusty. Those fans are wrong. Look at the development of BP; remember Cabrera's dugout undressing of Jay Bruce after a stupid play in the outfield; remember how many two out hits he's had, or how often he puts the ball in play with a runner on third. Cabrera's a player, and he's a HUGE part of this team's success.   Let's pray he's only out two weeks. Sure, there are series' against the Cardinals and the always tough for some reason Marlins during these next 15 days. But right after that, we get a nine game road trip to Arizona, LA, and San Francisco. We desperately need him back for that stretch.   Hopefully Janish is great and the stat guys are right. I would gladly be wrong on this, and would love it for the team to not miss a beat. Unfortunately, I don't think I am.   And speaking of injuries, hey Joey - when you have to have your wrist X-Rayed, it's more than a tweak, okay? I'd be SHOCKED if he were in the lineup during this roadtrip (sorry Doc). He's too important, and, quite frankly, the Pirates and Cubs are pretty terrible. Let's get him back at 100% for next week's showdown with the Redbirds.   And speaking of Joey, it was thrown out yesterday, and I think it's a whale of an idea: how bout we demote Stubbs and call up Yonder? I know that Cairo's been great, but he'll be needed at third tomorrow afternoon. Besides, with Cabrera out, we'll need all the pop we can get in the lineup, and Yonder was the IL Player of the Week last week. And with Yonder's unique contract, it's not like the service clock is an issue. Bring up Yonder, let him play three or four days in a row, see if he gets hot, and give yourself some options off the bench. And while we're on the subject,   If the Reds don't promote this guy, they're crazy: Drew Sutton. The dude can play any infield position and the corners in the outfield, and if Joey's out for a week or so, we'll need the flexibility. Calling up Yonder and Sutton will create some interesting problems for Dusty as he handles his bench, but it's needed.   No matter what, though, our two day injury bug is nothing to complain about. We could be Cleveland fans and watch the future of our franchise go down like this. Note: don't click if you're not ready for a Robin Ventura-like ugly injury.   You know who sucks? Miguel Cairo.   Here's something fun: MLB.com has power rankings that were released yesterday. St. Louis stood at #5 overall, while the Reds were #12. Weird how the standings paint a different picture...   And now, for a pirate joke that's sure to get me in trouble with Mary and Amy, Five pirates and one woman washed up to shore after a shipwreck. They decided to make a deal: each pirate would get the woman for his, um... needs, for a week. After the week, he'd pass her onto the next pirate, who would pass her on to the third, and so on. It was a great deal, as each man was taken care of and the woman got all she wanted as well.   For five years, everything went well. Sudenly, though, the woman died. After, the first week wasn't so bad. The second week was getting sketchy for everyone, while the third was downright bad. The fourth week was miserable, and the fifth week was horrible! Finally, the sixth week was unbearable.   So, they buried her.   AAAAARRRRGGGHHHHH!   Onto happier things, I Love Leake. I can't say that enough. And I think he'll need to bring his 'A' game tonight against Maholm, a slow left hander that the Reds never seem to hit well. I don't have any stats to back this up, but this guy scares me. How's THAT for detailed analysis?   And speaking of happy, $4 Arcade Fire for today.   Finally, in case you hated the starter, here's a video to make up for it. Especially if you grew up in the 80s/early 90s with the Apple IIe in your school's computer lab.    

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Game Thread: 08-02-10 Reds (59-47) VS Pirates (36-68)

by AshlandATeam 2. August 2010 12:36
Game Time: 7:05 ET (PNC Park)   Pitching Matchup: Travis Wood (1-1, 2.87 ERA in 37.2 innings) VS Ross Ohlendorf (1-8, 4.35 ERA in 82.2)   Lineups: Cincinnati: Phillips 4 Cabrera 6 Cairo 3 Rolen 5 Gomes 7 Bruce 9 Heisey 8 Hanigan 2 Wood LHP Scurvy Pirates: McCutchen 8 Tabata 7 Walker 4 Jones 3 Snyder 2 Milledge 9 LaRoche -5 Cedeno 6 Ohlendorf - P   Leading Off: With the trade deadline officially over, the big question now looming in Reds land is simple: does this team have enough to contend to the end?   Look, it's been a fantastic first four months, as even with the ups and downs, the team has posted a winning record in each month. But with St. Louis playing the way they have out of the break, the question bears mentioning: can we keep up? We know what we have. We know exactly who we are. Is this enough?   Personally, I'm not sure. On the one hand, I don't have a clue what Walt Jocketty could have done. This team simply has no holes. Want another bat? The team leads the league in runs and I defy to find an outfield upgrade over Bruce or Stubbs (well. Besides Heisey.). Want someone off the bench? As noted by Lance McAlister over the weekend, Nix, Janish, Cairo and Heisey combined to hit .364 with 4 HR in July. Want a bullpen arm? There's not a pitcher out there that's outpitched Jordan Smith and Logan Ondrusek of late. And unless your name is 'Cliff Lee,' I don't think there was a starter out there that is immediately better than Leake, Wood, Arroyo, Cueto or Voltron.   In other words, the Reds are ALREADY good. Now, is that good enough? I'm not sure. After all, we've still got an awful lot of young players who may play with their hands around their throats these next two months. But the talent is undeniable, and I think this team is destined for 90 wins - I predicted it in the spring, and I'm sticking to it.   And speaking of 90 wins... here's a scenario for you. Let's say the Reds finish 90-72, the Cardinals finish 92-70, and the Wild Card wins 91. Are you, Reds fan, happy with 2010? Is 90 wins enough to look at the season as a success? Is it enough to keep you confident heading forward? Or, is it playoffs or nothing at all?   And speaking of the Cardinals... Circle your calendars for August 9-11 (in Cincinnati) and September 3-5 (in St. Louis). That's the rest of the schedule against our biggest rivals. We've got six games, and if we don't go 4-2 in those games, you can forget the playoffs. I'll say two things: if those crowds in Cincinnati aren't batsh** crazy, I'm not going to be happy. And if the Reds are in first place on September 3, my self imposed boycott of Busch Stadium may have to end.   Fake Trade Alert! While I was completely fine with Walt sitting on his hands this weekend, if the team doesn't do what it can to turn Yonder Alonso into a usable piece this offseason, I won't be the happiest of campers. So, with that in mind, here's my first attempt to do just that:   Tampa Bay Rays get: 1B Yonder Alonso   Cincinnati Reds get: SS/2B/OF Reid Brignac   This deal makes so much sense I'm sure it would never happen. Brignac is a man without a position in Tampa, while Yonder is a man without a position in Cincy. Tampa needs to replace Carlos Pena cheaply, while the Reds need a shortstop of the future. Seriously. Why has this not happened yet!? This would make me very, very happy.   And speaking of making AAT happy, we're embarking on a six game road trip in Pittsburgh and Chicago. For me to feel good about this, we've got to go 5-1. That's what we like to call 'taking care of business.' These two teams are terrible, and with trips left to San Fran, San Diego, LA, and Colorado, the schedule is only favorable of we beat the crap out of these guys.   Almost finally, this has almost nothing to do with Reds baseball, but in 2005, I heard a little record by Ohio based House of Heroes called 'Say No More.' It was the perfect mixture of Jimmy Eat World and Blue album-era Weezer, and they've been my favorite band ever since. Plus, they're big fans of the Reds and Bengals. Today, they release their fourth record, called 'Suburba,' and it's friggin incredible. They've taken their JEW/pop punkish sound and thrown it in a blender with classic rock in the vein of the Who, Queen and Meatloaf, and it's truly great. Anyway, you can download the 13 track album for $2.99 here today. Do it for me. Do it for fellow Reds fans. Do it for good music everywhere. Just do it.   Finally, in case you hated the starter, you can make it better by making a trip to the home of America's best fast food chicken sandwich (that's right - better than Chic-Fil-A): Wendy's. If you need any more motivation, listen to this guy:    

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08-1-10 GAME THREAD: Atlanta vs. Cincinnati – Series on the Line

by RedFaced 1. August 2010 01:53
Time: 1:10 PM EDT, GABP   Radio/TV: Cincinnati: TV: FS-O HD Radio: WLW 700 Atlanta:  TV: FSS  MLB.tv (audio and video with subscription), XM Radio Ch. 175 Lineups: Reds (58-47) Phillips 4 Cabrera 6 Votto 3 Rolen 5 Nix 7 Bruce 9 Heisey 8 Hernandez 2 Edinson Volquez 1   Atlanta (59-44)   Conrad 5 Heyward 9 Infante 4 McCann 2 Hinske 3 Gonzalez 6 Ankiel 8 Cabrera 7 Tommy Hanson  1 Last Night’s game:  After letting Friday night’s game slip through their fingers you have to feel like the Reds stole one on Saturday.  The offense was once again mostly asleep for the game outside of Scott Rolen’s solo HR in the 4th but Ryan Hanigan came through with a 2 run 2 out double in the 7th, Hanigan would also score on the hit after Melky Cabrera did his best imitation of Mark Mallory’s 2007 opening day first pitch. View Here  Today’s Game:  If you are a Reds fan (and I’m guessing you are) then you have to be both curious and reluctant to find what you’re going to get from Volquez today.  After looking dominant in his first outing since coming off the DL he has struggled with his control mightily each of his last two games.  Let’s hope for the Reds sake during the stretch run that he finds his control today and doesn’t lose it again. Hanson has been pretty solid for the Braves most of the year but he has won only once in his last 7 games.  There have been two outings in that stretch in which he failed to complete 5 IP.  The Reds will need to get to him early – which seems to be the case with most of the opposing pitchers isn’t it? In case you missed it, Martin Prado who injured his right hand on a scoring play for the Braves Friday night (broken knuckle in right pinky), will miss at least a week. Reds stand pat… for now:  Note even a whimper was made at the trade deadline for the Reds.  The Braves did however pick up Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth from the Royals for 3 prospects.  I wonder if Ankiel will be in the lineup Sunday? Goodbye Bobby:  Unless the Braves and Reds meet in the post season Sunday will be the last time the Reds will see Bobby Cox as a Braves Manager.  I respect what the man’s done for the Braves – he’s had a heck of a run including this year but I’m glad he’s leaving.  Here’s hoping there will be 29 straight years of futility for the Braves upon his departure. Attendance Tipping Point Part III:  According to MLB.com “Sunday's anticipated sellout of Great American Ball Park will represent the first time the franchise has had three straight sellouts since 2004”.  With tomorrow’s sell-out the Reds will be pushing their avg per game attendance closer to 25K.  The Reds will have to avg about that same amount in order to hit the 2 Mil mark by season’s end. RedsOctober.com  - Return of the Posters: We had another high post night on the site and some old faces have been turning back up but others are still missing.  Let’s keep getting the word out that the site has moved and contact anyone for whom you may have an email account. Reds have another winning month:  With yesterday’s win the Reds had yet another winning month finishing July 14-12.  The Reds have had a winning month for each month of the season so far.  If that trend continues they will certainly be in the thick of things come season’s end.      Having issues with the new site? I’ve tried to keep up with those of you who have mentioned having issues with the site.  If you are still having one issue or another please feel free to contact me at redfaced@redsoctober.com and let me know what the issue is and I’ll see what I can’t figure out for you.  It’s difficult for me to keep track of them all when they are posted to the starter thread.  If it’s not sitting in my inbox I tend to forget it.   

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