2012 Reds / Titanic Struggle Recap

National League Central Division Champions!!!

UPDATE:

Let’s just make this a recap thread.

FINAL
Los Angeles 0
Cincinnati 6

W: M. Latos (13-4)
L: S. Fife (0-2)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Mat Latos is a stud, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips hit homers, and the Reds clinched the NL Central Division championship.

NEGATIVES
–The only negative is that Dusty Baker remains in a Chicago hospital, and was unable to celebrate the clinching game with his team. I picture him in a straight-jacket right now, like Shooter in Hoosiers.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Wooooo!

82 thoughts on “National League Central Division Champions!!!

  1. Thanks for the Chapman updates. Don’t mind the inconsistent location – he’s had a long break. I’d be a little happier if he broke the 100 mark, but if it really was “free and easy” then hopefully that extra velocity will be there as he gets back in the groove. Count me in the Chapman should be starting camp. Even if his location isn’t precise, with his fastball and even a decent slider and change or curve he could be a Randy Johnson type threat. Closers aren’t that hard to come by – see Hoover, JJ, and Broxton, J for two obvious candidates.

    I have been impressed by Chris Speier for some time now, and even more so these last few days. Get well soon, Dusty, but Speier and Bryan Price have been real assets to this team all year long (and I have nothing but positives for Mark Berry and Billy Hatcher too). No comment on Jacoby.

    Enjoy the celebration boys!!

    • 2010

      Interesting point. The walkoff homerun in 2010 was far more exciting than this big lead and shutout but the way they clinched in both seasons demonstrated how they finished in first to begin with.

      Fitting that Mat Latos, the big trade acquisition who should solidify the rotation to allow them to reach the playoffs, pitched well and got the win.

      Latos a Cy Young candidate for the next few years?

      No. He’s not even a candidate this year. His numbers (ERA, WHIP, wins) are nearly identical to Bronson Arroyo’s, to put things in perspective.

      Thanks for the Chapman updates.Don’t mind the inconsistent location – he’s had a long break.I’d be a little happier if he broke the 100 mark, but if it really was “free and easy” then hopefully that extra velocity will be there as he gets back in the groove.Count me in the Chapman should be starting camp.Even if his location isn’t precise, with his fastball and even a decent slider and change or curve he could be a Randy Johnson type threat.Closers aren’t that hard to come by – see Hoover, JJ, and Broxton, J for two obvious candidates.

      I have been impressed by Chris Speier for some time now, and even more so these last few days.Get well soon, Dusty, but Speier and Bryan Price have been real assets to this team all year long (and I have nothing but positives for Mark Berry and Billy Hatcher too).No comment on Jacoby.

      Enjoy the celebration boys!!

      It isn’t hard to write somebody into the 9th inning role but good closers are hard to come by. Remember how much many fans hated Francisco Cordero? Broxton has lost the closing role with other teams. Sean Marshall lost the closer role this season. JJ Hoover has experience closing in AAA. Marshall and Hoover are set to return for next season but that certainly doesn’t guarantee that either would be successful in the closer role.

      I think Jacoby has done well but he receives more respect from the front office than he does from the fans. Bad offensive season by Stubbs and Mesoraco, bad hitting by the utility infielders (Cairo and Valdez). Impressive offensive seasons by Frazier, Ludwick, and Xavier Paul. Cozart, Rolen, Bruce, Votto, Hanigan, Phillips, and Heisey all hit around what people probably expected out of them. I wonder how many fans in Saturday’s sellout crowd knew the name of the Reds’ bench coach a week ago since Speier gets so little attention.

  2. Just ordered all three variations of the championship t-shirts, including two each for my kids

  3. @Larry1980:
    Yeah, on the Fox network. Their coverage ended with “tune into FSOH for postgame coverage.” I realize that it happens but FSOH dropped the ball BIG TIME on this one. The important thing, however, is NL CENTRAL CHAMPIONS!!! Now it’s time to get serious.

    • @Richard Fitch: I live in Griffith In, 1 hr eastof chicago we got Twins-Tigers.

      I live in Fairview Heights, IL which is 14 miles from St Louis and I have gotten every Saturday Reds game when the WLBs weren’t playing at the same time.

  4. FOX Sports Ohio @FOXSportsOH 2m
    Reds fans, we sincerely apologize for waiting 2 C Reds celebration. Intended to be live but transmission issues out of Cincy. No show 2nite.
    :'(

    • @RedsFan19: We got the 2 cardnials-reds games that were on, the other 2 times the reds were on saturday this yr the cubs were on.

      Guess I’m just lucky. I only hope my 2012 NL Central Champion shirts arrive in time for the games at Busch next week. Nothing starts up a conversation on the metro like Reds apparel. Lol

  5. So, I followed the play-by-play guy’s advice and quickly tuned to Fox OH for the postgame. Turned on the Dish DVR and waited . . . and waited . . . and waited. . . Cruise In! . . . By the time I realized nobody was going to be home, I turned to MLB Network in time to see the interview with Walt. Is there any site that has the postgame celebration and initial interviews? . . . Major buzz kill here.

  6. Way to go Reds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Bring on October!

  7. Reds IN!!!!!!

    Reds WIN THE CENTRAL!!!

    now on to getting Home field advantage

    something I noticed today. Bruce hit his 34th HR and already has 34 doubles

    only 7 Reds before have gone 34 HR/34 HR or greater

    Votto 2010 (37 HR, 36 2B)
    Dunn 2005 (40 HR, 35 2B)
    Dunn 2004 (46 HR, 34 2B)
    Dave Parker 1985 (34 HR, 42 2B)
    Bench 1970 (45 HR, 35 2B)
    Lee May 1970 (34 HR, 34 2B)
    Robinson 1962 (39 HR, 51 2B)

    Bruce gets one more each each and he becomes only the 5th Red to ever do 35/35 or more

  8. I was at the game and just my view from row X in the bleachers….

    Kinda late arriving crowd

    Tables were pre set up in gift shops ready to sell NLCD CHAMP shirts..already selling 2012 playoff hats at a crisp $32

    I challenge anyone to convince my Latos should not be game 1 playoff starter

    Chapmen looked okay, lot of pitches low in the zone, no pitch over 98mph

    Frazier so close to having two leave the park

    Never really heard much wooooing in bleachers

    Anyone still think the Latos deal was bad?

    Oh…and how do you come late to this game and then leave in the 8th? Many in our area did…..

  9. NPR Saturday Morning had Bill James to talk about the end of the season and playoffs. James pretty much said he thought the Rangers were by a good step the best club in baseball and the AL. Nats he thought were very good at all facets but the Reds were a very solid club, he liked Cueto and their starters and with Votto perhaps the best hitter in baseball. He said the Giants seem to play great for 2 weeks and then very mediocre for 2 weeks and if the playoffs align when they are great for 2 weeks, they might have a shot.

  10. Congrats to the team on a well earned Division Crown!!

    In some ways, the challenge of playing nearly 2 months w/o Votto may just benefit this team in the playoffs. Glad to see Chapman back out there, hopefully he can get some more work in to get him ready.

    Some big choices remain wrt to playoff rosters, but for now its time to WOOOOOOO!

  11. Well done, Reds!!! 2 out of 3 years. I wonder when the last time that was done with this club.

    Now, what do we do? Do we play for the one seed? Do, we be happy with the 2-3 seed, which we know would put us against SF? Who to pitch where?

    I say start playing the bench more. Allow the regulars to get their rest, rest up any injuries, play just enough to stay sharp. If the 1 seed happens, it happens. “It is what it is”.

    As far as pitching, I still say it can depend upon where the games are. I could even understand pitching Latos and Homer in Games 1 and 2 if we are in SF. Latos with his success and knowledge there. And, Homer’s record being much better on the road; not sure sure about him pitching at home, if he does start. But, then, doing that essentially takes Cueto out of pitching two games if needed. Hmmm, the questions, the questions.

  12. I guess the question is –
    Would you rather face SF or Atl (who I think will win the WC playoff)?

    Would you rather face Bumgarner, Cain, Vogelsong and Linecum or Hudson, Hanson, Maholm and Medlen?

  13. @dn4192: We saw many people leaving in the 8th as well. WTF, indeed. I don’t get that at all.

    I consider myself very lucky to have been there. I live in Indy and don’t get to go to many games — maybe 1 or 2 a year, tops. But I bought the Joey Votto Bobblehead 4-Pack last winter as soon as it went on sale. I chose four Saturday night games scattered throughout the year. The last one I chose came down to this homestand or the previous one. I looked at the dates and thought, “If they’re close to winning the division, then 9/22 might be a great game.”

    I can’t believe the dumb luck of buying a ticket for a game months in advance and having it turn out to be the clincher. I’m walking around today in a daze that had nothing to do with Oktoberfest.

  14. anyone else notice the problem with the article.. let me copy and paste what I see:

    FINAL
    Los Angeles 3
    Cincinnati 1
    W: M. Latos (13-4)
    L: S. Fife (0-2)

    Looks like Friday’s score..

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