2013 Reds / Titanic Struggle Recap

Titanic Struggle Recap: Reds Announce Their Presence with Authority

Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 15
Washington
0
W: H. Bailey (1-0)
L: D. Haren (0-1)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–15 Runs on 19 hits including 6 home runs. That is a good night at the ol’ ballpark. 11 players had at least on hit.

–Homer Bailey picked up right where he left off last year. 6 IP, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 runs. That is a good day at the office. Over his last 25 IP (incl NLCS): 1run, 7 H, 32 K, 5 W (h/t Chris Garber)

–Zack Cozart had two of the aforementioned homers. That would have been the best offensive night except…

–Todd Frazier was 4 for 5 today with two home runs.

–Joey Votto was among those who got right today. 3 hits in his first three at bats. We knew it was going to come, but still great to see.

–Jay Bruce also had a pair of doubles, one of which was nearly his first home run. Easily his best game of the year.

–Manny Parra went two innings and gathered a hit for himself. J.J. Hover pitched the final frame in fine fashion.The bullpen is now rested.

–The Reds have now clinched a .500 home stand. Everyone of us would have taken that against these two clubs. Still two games to go. Let’s get greedy.

NEGATIVES
–None

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–So, I guess we know which of these two teams is better, don’t we? Okay, maybe not, but the Reds have come out of the gate playing very well against a couple of really good teams.

–I can’t get over Shin-Soo Choo. His OBP right now is .500 and it’s not like they’ve been playing the Astros. So nice to have a leadoff hitter who can get on base.

–I was very glad to see Devin Mesoraco come into the game and get a hit in his first at bat of the season. We’re told Devin is starting tomorrow. I love Hanigan, but I hope Mesoraco starts to take the reins this year. His ceiling is so high.

–If he had pitched one more inning,Manny Parra would have gotten a save. In related news, saves are stupid.

–With each passing day, I find myself getting more excited about this team. I really do think they are an excellent group.

 

 

Source: FanGraphs

34 thoughts on “Titanic Struggle Recap: Reds Announce Their Presence with Authority

    • ESPN headline for this:

      “Harper hitless in Nats loss”

      No mention of the Reds will occur.

      lmao. So true. BTW, MLB.com and MLB Network somehow have the final score 14-2. Bryce must have scored those two phantom runs and robbed us of one of ours.

      • lmao. So true. BTW, MLB.com and MLB Network somehow have the final score 14-2. Bryce must have scored those two phantom runs and robbed us of one of ours.

        I had been wondering about that watching ESPN’s highlights from the 5-4 victory on Wednesday. No video highlights of any of the Reds runs, but most of the Angels runs were shown. Apparently the murder’s row of the middle of their lineup gets more attention. :)

  1. I thought the Expos weren’t in the league anymore…

    Must have missed their announcement to return.

  2. Hope we didn’t give up all our runs tonight and left some for Leake and especially for Johnny C on Sunday against the phenom…

  3. First Capman hits the bull and now we announce our presence with authority. I feel sorry for the first guy caught lolligagging. I love it. I’m loving this team too!

  4. Well done guys. I don’t look at the 15 run win as much as other things. Like, we scored first, making it a bit easier on the pitching. We scored 6 out of 8 innings. Most everyone contributed to the offense. Above average pitching. Overall solid win. Now, I hope we just don’t come up with two 1-run losses, overall making our offense look good but still losing the series. What’s the old saying, “Just win, baby.”

  5. To fill in the blank….

    Choo’s On Base Average (it’s not a bloody percent) is .500, after 15 at bats (20 PA) good for 16th in all of baseball. OPS is 1.300, good for 13th in all of baseball.

  6. I’ve been to a lot of Reds games but never one so very lopsided. A pounding and a shutout in the same game. Dusty offered the MLB version of the mercy rule/professional courtesy by removing the regulars and bringing in Manny Parra… resulting in still more runs and retaining a shutout.

    I went to the game with a Nationals fan who didn’t enjoy the game very much, for some reason. I think he was overconfident after the Nationals’ series against the Marlins.

  7. You know its been a phenomenal day for the Reds when Xavier Paul’s pinch hit GRANDSLAM isn’t even mentioned in the positives. This was a game i’ll surely remember, and oh how nice it was for the Reds to come out swinging against this Nationals club.

    • @rdcgRed: You know the game has turned into a joke when the regular players are pulled early to get some rest and the backups provide a grand slam. And when the opposing team has trouble getting the long reliever/mopup man (Manna Parra) out – Parra had a hit in his first AB and almost hit a homerun in his second.

  8. Not to take away anything from the offense tonight, but…..

    In just about any other stadium in the league, all but 2 of tonight’s home runs would have been flyouts to the warning track or else doubles off a wall.

    Sometimes, it really is just a game of inches.

    • @CI3J: The outfield wall was the difference between a homerun parade and the team cleverly manufacturing runs through doubles. I’ll take either.

  9. Yeah, but those 2 homers would’ve won this game just as well. And remember, those walls don’t move back for the other team.

  10. –I can’t get over Shin-Soo Choo. His OBP right now is .500 and it’s not like they’ve been playing the Astros. So nice to have a leadoff hitter who can get on base.

    As a side note Drew Stubbs is 2-17 with 8 strikeouts. Yikes!

  11. Just watched the game highlights on MLB.com
    best 45 minutes of Reds slugging EVER…….

    well not really 45 minutes but it was great none the less. :)

  12. A couple of thoughts from our trip to the ball yard.

    It looked to me like the Redlegs were intent on sending a message, especially when they sent home Bruce on Frazier’s last hit.

    Was anyone else a little shocked to see Hoover in the 9th? He has thrown a boat load of pitches this week. Love to see him getting opportunities.

    I was equally shocked to not see Mes catching. I hope he isn’ t doomed to only catch 1/5 games this year. So much talent to be misused that way.

    We noticed something we called the “Choo Effect” in the park last night. We saw lots of folks of Asian ethnicity at the game. I quietly asked my wife if she had noticed that as well and she agreed. One group of folks even had a South Korean flag with them. I think this is really awesome and hope it continues throughout the year!

    Looking forward to this afternoon’s titanic struggle!

  13. Bats manager Jim Riggleman said he took Hamilton out of the game with what appeared to be a cramp, adding that the prized prospect should return to the lineup over the weekend.

  14. Dusty said Homer didn’t have his best stuff last night. ??? Maybe true, maybe it was just average. If so, he’s gonna have a great year. I think his fastball command has improved greatly, and when you can sit at 94 like he was early, you’re gonna be real tough to beat.

    On SuperTodd—I think my new nickname for him might just be Doggie. Like Tony Perez, Frazier seems to have a knack for putting the bat on the ball when he needs to. The home runs aside, I just like how he defends the plate with 2 strikes….that he’s willing to adjust his swing. Among major leaguers, it puts him (and Votto) in the distinct minority.

    • @Sultan of Swaff: Homer was effective, not efficient. Despite only allowing 5 baserunners he had 98 pitches after 6 innings and had to be pulled as a result. Other nights he has better control, but who knows, maybe it was just the cold temperatures.

  15. I know it’s early, but anyone else on board with going big and extending Choo right now? We can figure out where he fits in the outfield later, I know where he fits in the lineup right now.

    • I know it’s early, but anyone else on board with going big and extending Choo right now? We can figure out where he fits in the outfield later, I know where he fits in the lineup right now.

      I know it’s early, but anyone else on board with going big and extending Choo right now? We can figure out where he fits in the outfield later, I know where he fits in the lineup right now.

      YES! He is going to be a very important piece of the Redlegs puzzle.

    • @preach:

      I love Choo. I just wonder how Dusty would slot him in the order once Hamilton comes up. As I said in another thread, he can only realistically hit 1st or 7th with Dusty at the helm, assuming Votto and Bruce keep hitting 3rd and 5th.

      But someone in another thread pointed out the intriguing idea of having BHam hit 2nd, since he could bunt Choo over and actually beat out the bunt himself to put 2 on for Votto/Frazier/Bruce. (I assume Frazier is going to end the year hitting 4th. Dusty already thought about it, but concluded he was “too young”. If Frazier has more than double the HR of Phillips by the ASB, I think we’ll see Dusty revisiting that thought.)

  16. I’d be willing to kick in $100 towards his contract just because he wears his pantlegs up to his knees!
    Love the redlegs!

  17. Was anyone watching the National’s TV broadcast of the game Friday night?

    Did I hear in one inning that “Hanigan is a good backp-up catcher.”

    and then in another inning “Mez is the main guy”?

    Thought maybe I was dreaming…. Did anyone else hear this?

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