2013 Reds / Game Thread

Game Thread: Reds at Phillies (2013.05.17)

The Reds have won 6 games in a row and I am convinced they will never lost again.

OK, that is highly unlikely but I wouldn’t mind seeing this winning streak continue on and last through this Phillies series.  I am still a little bitter over some of those games back in 2010 and especially how the 2010 NLDS played out.  Nothing would please me more than another sweep this week, the third consecutive by the Reds.

But first, Tony Cingrani must tame the Phillies lineup and the Reds must hit Cliff Lee in tonight’s game 1.  Cheer on the Reds to Go here!  Go Reds!

153 thoughts on “Game Thread: Reds at Phillies (2013.05.17)

  1. Allowing Cozart to accumulate more AB’s than Votto, Phillips, Bruce, etc…. is just stupid. It goes contrary to sound baseball. The guy deserves to hit 7th or 8th. Stupid.

  2. How many shortstops in AAA or AA around the league do you think can play premium defense and hit higher than .210? I’d say 20 if I’m being conservative. Zack Cozart is not a major league baseball player.

  3. Now hitting .208 on the year. For comparison, Cozart’s OBP was 100 points lower than every starter tonight. 100 points…

  4. Zach is a major league defender. He’s very good in that aspect. But he’s criminally miscast as a table-setting 2 hole guy. 7th since 8th shalt be the catcher is where Cozart should hit.

  5. Talk about the air coming out of the balloon, that’s definitely what tonight’s game was like, at least for Reds fans anyway. The Reds are a better team then the Philly’s. The Philly’s owe lady luck and Marshall coming out of the game a thank you for tonight’s win. I expect the Reds to win the series, the Reds are a better team. We’ll get em tomorrow. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  6. The Phillies get two runs in the eighth without benefit of a hit out of the infield.

    The people who crunch the numbers on lineup construction will say that at most a lineup will make a difference in just a handful of games over the course of a season. Tonight might have been one of those nights. There is simply no good reason go keep putting the worst hitter on the team in the #2 spot of the lineup. You can defend Dusty Baker all you want, but there is simply no way that makes sense. Tonight, only two hitters got an extra AB, one of our two best (good) and one of our two worst (stupid).

    Sean Marshall was lifted with one out in the eighth inning and replaced by Jonathan Broxton. Unless the Reds were lucky enough to get a double play, they were going to face two batters. One of those was right-handed, one was left-handed. Who — between Marshall and Broxton — was better situated to get those two hitters out?

    You may think the obvious part of that answer is that Marshall would be better to get the lefty out and that’s obviously correct. Dating back to 2010, lefties have hit approximately .191/.238/.248/.486 (yes that last number is OPS) against him. Broxton’s numbers are actually decent against lefties, too approximately (.235/.328/.300/.628) but nowhere near as good as Marshall’s.

    Here’s the kicker. Sean Marshall has been a substantially better pitcher against *right-handed* hitters than Broxton. Again, Marshall since 2010 against righties .250/.312/.324/.636 compared to Broxton .296/.350/.415/.765. Not even close.

    For some reason, Dusty Baker (and maybe Bryan Price) think that Broxton is a better pitcher than Marshall. There is simply no reason in the world to believe that. Tonight was one of those nights when Baker’s lack of information/understanding/evaluation really cost the Reds their best chance to get out of the eighth inning without giving up a run.

    The Baker Tax was pretty punitive tonight.

  7. See….this is why both the Owner of the Reds & the GM of the Reds need to have a meeting with Dusty and point out the below information to Dusty. Then ask Dusty, “So Dusty, as your bosses, we want to both know Why the heck do you always pull Marshall after a batter or two??

    Dating back to 2010, lefties have hit approximately .191/.238/.248/.486 (yes that last number is OPS) against him. Broxton’s numbers are actually decent against lefties, too approximately (.235/.328/.300/.628) but nowhere near as good as Marshall’s.

    Here’s the kicker. Sean Marshall has been a substantially better pitcher against *right-handed* hitters than Broxton. Again, Marshall since 2010 against righties .250/.312/.324/.636 compared to Broxton .296/.350/.415/.765. Not even close.

  8. See….this is why both the Owner of the Reds & the GM of the Reds need to have a meeting with Dusty and point out the below information to Dusty. Then ask Dusty, “So Dusty, as your bosses, we want to both know Why the heck do you always pull Marshall after a batter or two??

    Dating back to 2010, lefties have hit approximately .191/.238/.248/.486 (yes that last number is OPS) against him. Broxton’s numbers are actually decent against lefties, too approximately (.235/.328/.300/.628) but nowhere near as good as Marshall’s.

    Here’s the kicker. Sean Marshall has been a substantially better pitcher against *right-handed* hitters than Broxton. Again, Marshall since 2010 against righties .250/.312/.324/.636 compared to Broxton .296/.350/.415/.765. Not even close.

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