2013 Reds / Game Thread

Game Thread: Reds at Nationals (2013.04.25)

The Reds roll into Washington for their second road trip of the season.  The last one did not go very well, with the club losing five of six.  This trip is for ten games, so needless to say, it needs to go better than the previous one did.  Hopefully the club carried some good vibes from their 8-2 homestand with them on this trip.

Bronson Arroyo takes to the mound tonight to face the tough Gio Gonzalez.  Not a great matchup for the good guys as the lefty Gonzalez has been tough on the Reds in the past.  But I am sure the man with the golden locks is up for the challenge tonight.

It is Reds vs Nationals.  Which means one thing: The FSO coverage will be blacked out here in Virginia, forcing me to listen to the Nationals broadcast.  I can’t think of many things worse than watching and listening to a Nationals broadcast.  Maybe I’ll opt for a nice evening on my porch listening to Marty on the radio.  Regardless of what I do, I’ll be pulling for the Reds to Go!

205 thoughts on “Game Thread: Reds at Nationals (2013.04.25)

  1. Gio Gonzalez can be brutally tough on lefties. Our lineup has three lefties in the top five. Throw in Cozart who is hitting his weight batting second and BP in a slump, you’ve got a recipe for getting shutdown like tonight. The Reds have one hit.

  2. Cozart has gotten on base 20 times in 92 plate appearances. #2 hitter.

    Mesoraco has gotten on base 17 times in 44 plate appearances. #8 hitter.

    • Cozart has gotten on base 20 times in 92 plate appearances.#2 hitter.

      Mesoraco has gotten on base 17 times in 44 plate appearances.#8 hitter.

      Cozart is the ss, they bat 2nd

      Mes is a catcher, they bat 8th

  3. We really miss Ludwick’s bat against these top lefties. Usually Choo and Votto at least can hang in there against middle level lefties. But the great lefties – and Gio qualifies for that on nights when he has his control – can neutralize Choo and somewhat Votto. With Heisey sort of disappearing as a hitter, it’s a huge drop off from Ludwick.

  4. Hoover looked really good tonight. After that rough start when he got used so much the first week of the season, he’s really settled down and has become the pitcher we saw in spring training. Looks like Marshall will be back in a day or so. With Chapman, Broxton, Marshall, LeCure and Hoover we have deep quality in the bullpen. Simon isn’t bad either. Only Parra – and surely he’ll be cut for Marshall – and Ondrusek are left.

    • @Steve Mancuso: I like Ondrusek. I want him to succeed. I agree about Hoover. I will no longer refer to him as everyday JJ. Really supports Dusty’s mismanagement of the bullpen.

    • Hoover looked really good tonight. After that rough start when he got used so much the first week of the season, he’s really settled down and has become the pitcher we saw in spring training. Looks like Marshall will be back in a day or so. With Chapman, Broxton, Marshall, LeCure and Hoover we have deep quality in the bullpen. Simon isn’t bad either. Only Parra – and surely he’ll be cut for Marshall – and Ondrusek are left.

      After this outing, maybe Ondrusek will be cut.

      • After this outing, maybe Ondrusek will be cut.

        I’d still rather have Logan in a pinch than Parra.

  5. There is a statistic I would be interested in seeing…..there has been a lot of talk about how many strikeouts our pitchers have had (and I have been reaping the pizza rewards)….so who has more strikeouts…our pitchers or our hitters.

  6. Davey Johnson is about to violate one of Dusty Baker’s cardinal rules of bullpen management – he’s bringing the closer in with a five run lead. He’s doing that because Soriano hasn’t pitched for four nights.

  7. The offense is not an issue. All teams have rough short term stretches. Gio (and Samardzija before him) is a great pitcher…he makes lot of hitters look terrible.

  8. At some point, though, the team has to suck it up and start hitting against all these “awesome” pitchers we’re facing. Otherwise, you can just write off the next six games right now.

  9. Thanks for the Happy Birthday’s I really appreciate it. Not exactly what I was hoping to find after returning from my birthday meal. Well on the bright side nobody got hurt right. right?

  10. Painful… this is why Cozart needs to not bat 2nd. I am a Cozart fan/supporter, and I think he belongs on this team.. just batting 7th or 8th. Mesoraco needs to be batting #2.

  11. One game day thread, when things are going like they went tonight, it’d be fun to sit around and post possible Dusty lineups with other contending teams’ rosters.

  12. Hey all, glad to be back after a short break…
    Seems to be a lot of back and forth about Cozart, and it reminds me of all the Stubbs talk last year…the only way to get Stubbs out of the top of our lineup was to send him north. Hard to believe we still suffer from such poor lineup decisions. Is it really that hard to see that someone incapable of hitting or getting on base should not be near the top of your lineup? The question is not whether Cozart should be playing (although it may be debatable due to his bat, but his defense is clutch – though we could have kept Janish), but whether he should be put at a spot in the lineup where his inefficiency is most damaging. The idiot-proofing didn’t quite work, and it is becoming more and more frustrating to watch…

    • @MarvinBakerDustyLewis: There’s a reason why Paul Janish is in the minor leagues right now. He has a *career* .577 OPS. Last year he “hit” .186/.269/.234, and I think Cozart has better range than Janish.

  13. Dusty doesn’t have tons of options. He needs to get Cozart and Heisey going. It is bizarre to get them going by benching one and moving the other down in the lineup, but maybe that’s the best move.

  14. Why does Brook Jacoby still have a job. Same horrible approaches and waste of at bats EVERY SINGLE NIGHT

  15. In my opinion, Dusty is batting Cozart 2nd for two reasons: (1) he thinks the second hitter is there to bunt over the lead-off man and (2) if he buries Cozart in the seven/eight hole, then the bottom of his order becomes a black hole of outs (Heisey/Cozart/Hannigan/Pitcher). Better to sprinkle those outs around. I don’t agree with this thinking at all, but there you go. My best guess at Thinking Like Dusty™.

    Should Mes establish himself in Dusty’s eyes as an offensive threat (it will take at best one day longer than anyone else and at worst, forever) he might escape batting eighth.

    I know the maxim here is that Dusty bats his catchers eight, but Ramon Hernandez batted fifth IIRC. Maybe if Mes had a nickname like Devil Dawg or G-Ride Bouncer he’d get more love?

    • @I-71_Exile: Think you’re pretty close on the idiot-thinking-button. Congrats if you want it lol…I thought last year moving Hanigan toward the top of the order was an intriguing thought (clearly not called for now) – The obvious choice would seem to be Paul #2, or BP if you thought JB could handle 4, or Frazier as well…just making the point to respond to idiot’s “who else can I bat #2″ question, like “who else can I bat at the top of the order” last year or “who else can I bat leadoff except Corey Patterson” etc. etc. from his entire managing mis-career (Marvin Benard, etc…)

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