2013 Reds / Game Thread

Game Thread: Reds at Phillies (2013.05.18)

The Reds 6-game winning streak ended last night which means it is time to start another winning streak of equal length or longer today.  The club will have to solve the curse that is playing the Phillies in Citizens Bank Ballpark if the hope to do so.

Bronson Arroyo will be called upon to get the job done for the Reds today.  Meanwhile, everyone who is not participating in the game will be checking to see if Votto’s HR ball from last night has landed yet.

Let’s cheer for the Reds to Go today and get the Win!

116 thoughts on “Game Thread: Reds at Phillies (2013.05.18)

  1. I’m sorry I will miss the game today.
    I’ll be going “Where no one has gone before”.

    Prosperity and long life!

  2. So, the game is not on FSN and it appears (according to my guide) that the ChiSox game is the Fox game of the week in my area. Do I have any recourse here or am I simply out of luck?

    • @Drew Mac: I cant figure out how MLB determines who can view which games. I’m in Virginia and the Reds are not Fox game of the week in my area, but I can pick up the Fox national broadcast of the Reds with MLB At Bat on my Ipad.

  3. Dear Dusty,

    Please bat Cozart anywhere below 7th in the order.

    Sincerely,

    Everyone but you and Hank Aaron

    • @al: Good point. Staggering your lefties at the expense of the quality of your lineup makes no sense vs. a RH starter since you’ll probably get three AB that way compared to one with the bullpen.

  4. The only possible reason for hitting Cozart 2nd is that he’s good at making productive outs (since he’s really good at making outs generally). So it’s especially frustrating when he can’t move a runner over.

  5. Imagine yourself as a RH starting pitcher. Which looks scarier?

    Choo, Cozart, Votto, Phillips

    Choo, Lutz, Votto, Bruce

  6. I just got done listening to Thom and whatever idiot Fox picked up for the Saturday game. Bunting Cozart was a very good move, they said. In the first inning. Jesus. Of course, they made the point more when Votto’s single didn’t get Choo in. So yes, the bunt’s a good play in case a single doesn’t score the runner from second.

    Then they had time to make fun of SABR folks, quoting Phillips as saying OBP and everything else doesn’t matter, just knocking in runs. Figures. Phillips isn’t a rocket scientist.

    In any case, I love the contradictions by Thom (who’s also not a rocket scientist): you should bunt Cozart there, but Phillips hits .450 with RISP this year. If you believe in BA/RISP, shouldn’t you not bunt, because Phillips is so good?

  7. Remember when Tom Verducci (who make our Thom look like a rocket scientist) was all over Votto for 2 weeks of the season slugging .188 with RISP?

    Now he’s .417. And his OBP is .529. And his average is .361.

    What do you say to that, Verducci? I’d rather hire your basic 5 year old to write articles, if I were SI.

  8. Marty and Jeff talking about whether Frazier’s troubles on the road could be as much mental as anything physical. Isn’t it possible it’s as simple as not seeing the ball very well compared to the hitting background he’s more accustomed to in Cincinnati?

  9. haha.. key to the game.. bridging to Chapman? What the heck is that? I could think of several much better keys to the game for the Reds. Get into the Phil’s bullpen. Good Bronson. Have Dusty make as few decisions as possible. Etc.

  10. Okay I don’t even know.. that very last replay made it look like he was out. Glad I’m not an ump.

    • @Steve Mancuso: If you mean bad call in that the ump couldnt possibly see it correctly, ok, but it ended up being the correct call. Replays show front foot coming off and runner completely off the base while Frazier has the tag still applied. Then back foot hits the base.

  11. According to Marty, he was safe but came off the bag for a split second so was out.

  12. Marty actually said “The Phils are trying to figure out what Baker’s going to do” when Hanigan was up. I think he meant, would Baker bunt. ???????? Arroyo was on deck.

  13. John Fay said that Dusty told Cingrani he needs to be more pitch efficient. To me, pitch efficiency for someone like Cingrani would be a consequence of improving his offspeed pitches. If he does that, he’s likely to strike out hitters earlier in the at bat.

    I hope the message isn’t for Cingrani to strike out fewer hitters and try to become more pitch efficient that way.

    I’m sure people here (I can think of a few for sure) want Cingrani to strike out fewer hitters and throw fewer pitches (which isn’t even true, that fewer K’s means fewer pitches). I hope people remember when the brass told Bailey to pitch to contact. (That was the previous brass.) Why anyone would want a guy who can strike out hitters to not strike them out is beyond me.

  14. I’m not really understanding why Lutz is playing. I mean, it’s not a horrible thing, but I think Paul’s a better player right now.

  15. If the Reds lose this game, it was innings 1 and 3 that will be the culprits. This game could be 5 or 6-0 right now. And Arroyo is likely to tire and give up a few runs, which wouldn’t be a big deal if it were 6-0.

  16. Jimmy Rollins is one of the most overrated players in the game. I’m really tired of hearing about him. He’s basically a slightly above average player for his career.

  17. Jeff Brantley is the worst play by play announcer. I mean, I am sitting here and I still don’t know if Michael Young is on or not. A line drive hit him on the arm, but it doesn’t sound like Young’s on first. What’s going on?

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: THANK YOU. I meant to point that out myself but didn’t. There were a few other plays, these involving balls hit to the outfield, and I’m waiting and waiting to hear whether it was caught or not, and I can’t tell until Brantley says what is going on with the baserunner(s). He’ll just say a “line drive to right,” for example. Line drives can be caught. Just drives me nuts.

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