2013 Reds / Titanic Struggle Recap

Titanic Struggle Recap: Reds win (yawn)

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Chicago (NL) 2
Cincinnati 5

W: H. Bailey (3-3)
L: T. Wood (4-3)
S: A. Chapman (12)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Ryan Hanigan, who has been hitting much better since returning from the disabled list, was 2-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored.

–Homer Bailey pitched six innings, giving up two runs on five hits to even his record at 3-3 with a 3.08 ERA.

–Sam LeCure and Aroldis Chapman each pitched a perfect inning of relief.

–Derrick Robinson had a single, a walk, and he executed a perfect suicide squeeze to pick up an RBI, as well.

NEGATIVES
–None.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Five straight wins for the mighty Redlegs. Thirteen out of sixteen. Thirteen games over .500. Life is good.

–Cincinnati’s record stands at 31-18, the club’s best start since 1995.

–That’s 16 wins in the last 18 games vs. the Cubs. Sweet.

Source: FanGraphs

30 thoughts on “Titanic Struggle Recap: Reds win (yawn)

  1. Homer Bailey has been our most dominant starter(at least in terms of ERA and K’s). Who woulda thunk it?

  2. Yawn is right. I was at the game and wandered around more than I ever don. Slowest game EVER. But at least the right team won

  3. This team is good. 31-18, best start since 1995. Lost our #4 hitter 3 innings into the season, lost our ace for 5 weeks, Marshall has thrown a total of 8 IP all year, Heisey hurt and ineffective thus far, Broxton struggling, Hanigan out 3 weeks, so ALL things considered, I will certainly take 31-18… Just gotta keep pitching and playing great defense. Our bullpen needs another shutdown LH RP, hopefully Walt can make a move. Mike Dunn from Miami would be nice.

  4. Anyone else notice Choo’s splits?
    RH – 349/491/651
    LH – 137/302/176
    His .478 OPS against lefties is much worse than the slugging Cozart’s overall total of .601 or even Hanigan’s .561 after his terrible start.

    Love what Choo has done so far, but I have to see how things progress through the season before wanting to commit to a 5 year contract.

    • @MikeC: Yes, that’s worrisome. His career splits aren’t quite so bad, though. In fact his career OBP against LHP is still a reasonable .336, compared to an amazing .407 against RHP. It’s a huge split, but I’d still be glad if the Reds extend him.

    • Anyone else notice Choo’s splits?
      RH – 349/491/651
      LH – 137/302/176
      His .478 OPS against lefties is much worse than the slugging Cozart’s overall total of .601 or even Hanigan’s .561 after his terrible start.

      Love what Choo has done so far, but I have to see how things progress through the season before wanting to commit to a 5 year contract.

      So you wouldn’t extend him because he’s struggling with lefties this year? You realize you face way way more righties than lefties don’t you? I would take Choo back on this team in a second.

      • @AnnapolisHoosier:

        I didn’t say I would not re-sign him. He has not been great against lefties in his career. I would like to see how things progress this season before inking a 5 year/ $80 million contract. It’s early in the season still, but he currently is slipping toward being a platoon hitter.

        • @MikeC: @MikeC: Only a platoon player if the other player had a 349/491/651 split right handed. I’d still take Choo in the clutch. His splits could just be taken as a contract negotiation trac.

  5. See where the Cards had another starting pitcher leave a game because of shoulder issues? It’s kinda unbelievable how many injuries they have had with their pitching.

    • @HOF-13:

      Yeah, they should start firing their training staff left and right!

      Someone needs to held accountable, right? That’s….. That’s how things are done, right?

  6. Not to throw a wet blanket on all this, but what’s the team’s record against teams with .500 records or better? Seems like it’s beaten a lot of baby Marlins and Cubs to death during the streak.

  7. I think Robinson should start in CF the days we face a LHP on the mound. When Heisey is back, our lineup vs LHP:

    Robinson
    Cozart
    Votto
    Phillips
    Bruce
    Frazier
    Heisey
    Mesoraco

    • I think Robinson should start in CF the days we face a LHP on the mound. When Heisey is back, our lineup vs LHP:

      Robinson
      Cozart
      Votto
      Phillips
      Bruce
      Frazier
      Heisey
      Mesoraco

      No way should Robinson ever start in front of Choo unless he needs a day off. Crazy talk.

  8. I live in the Chicago area. I was a huge Cubs fan when I was a kid. Today shows why I went from Cubs to Reds.

  9. im a dusty basher but I gotta give him credit for taking the chance on the suicide squeeze. surprised me!

  10. The Reds have a tough 13 game stretch coming up when they are done with the Cubs where they play only teams with .500+ records (Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Colorado, and St. Louis)

    If the Reds were to go, say, 8-5 in that stretch, things would be looking good indeed.

    • @CI3J:

      Actually, expanding on that, the rest of their schedule before the all star break is pretty rough. Out of 46 games, 33 of them are against teams with .500+ records including a mini Western swing through Oakland, Arizona and Texas.

      Time for the Reds to work on fixing that losing record against winning teams.

  11. Nice job by Robinson and good call by Dusty on the suicide squeeze. Dusty’s good for a few of them(suicide squeezes) a season.

    Reds starting pitching has been great this season. Not sure any one expected them to be *this* good. The only team better is the WLB’s..kinda amazing what they’ve done considering all their injuries. Cardinal starter are 28-10 with an 2.58 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. Cardinal starter have also only given up 16 HR’s….You’d think the WLB’s starting rotation will cool off at some point right?

    Think about Votto, Phillips and Bruces’ RBI #’s if there wasn’t an .247 on base % guy batting second…

    Choo is batting .224/.385/.461 for the month of May…kinda worrisome.

    • Choo is batting .224/.385/.461 for the month of May…kinda worrisome.

      Because of his average? Because a .385 OBP is very solid. His May OBP/SLG is nearly identical to his career average.

      His stats vs LHP are in only 64 PA.

      • @Greg Dafler: Yeah you’re right. His main job is to get on base, which he’s still doing nearly 4 out of 10 times. That(‘kinda worrisome’) wasn’t a well thought out comment on my part.

        • And, remember, if the batter doesn’t get anything good to hit, his batting average may very well go down.

  12. So chad I know you don’t like when the reds bunt to move guys over. so why was Robinson suicide squeezes not a negative. Was it because the reds took the lead with it. Or was it the same as a sacrifice fly. in your eye.

    • @nlredsfan: I don’t like to speak for another individual, but this is such an absurd, shallow question that I felt compelled to respond for myself.

      The entire point and goal of any offense is to score runs. A suicide squeeze scores a run, just like a sac fly or an BRI single or a HR.

      A sac bunt, does not score a run. I sac bunt gives up one of three outs available for an offense to try and score a run. Even a successful sac bunt still requires at least one additional successful offensive AB in order to score a run, while significantly limiting any chance for scoring multiple runs in an inning.

      Occasions and situations (albeit infrequently) do arise during a game when a sac bunt might be advantageous and justified, but giving up an out routinely just to advance a runner one base is not a sound or valid offensive strategy. If that understanding is beyond your comprehension, I’m sorry.

  13. What if the squeeze had failed? Was it still the right call? Absolutely. The reason for the call – to get a win for Homer Bailey – makes it even more the right call.

  14. Choo will be too expensive to resign, but I understand the intrigue.

    Billy went 3-5 yesterday. He is actually on a tear at AAA after starting slow. By August we may be wondering why he was not called up sooner, as he is playing great center field by all accounts.

    Shchi, I agree with most of your posts, but I watch a lot of college baseball also and always wonder why the bigs do not sacrifice more. The runner at second with one out seems to score more often that the runner at first with no outs. I do not have the stat on it, but the sacrifice puts the defense on their heals and often leads to more than one run scored.

    Maybe the sac more in College because the players are not as physically mature and more hr’s are hit in the bigs, but it sure seems like I see a lot of big innings begin with guy on and a sacrifice. Of course I am an Oregon State fan and that is what Casey (2 time college World Series champ coach)does. But so does Horton at oregon and he won a series with Fullerton

    • @reaganspad: There is a reasonable debate regarding the efficay of the sac bunt. The data I have seen indicates a decided efficacy for eshewing the sac bunt in most situations, but we all know that numbers are very fickle things and can be manipulated and interpreted to provide diametrically opposed results.

      I have personally expanded and contracted my opinion regrading the sac bunt, or at least when the sac bunt might be appropriate, multiple times over the years.

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