2013 Reds / Game Thread

Game Thread: Pirates at Reds (2013.06.17)

Well hello there Pittsburgh.  You’re so cute!  You hang around in the standings, giving your fans hope.  But we all know who you really are.  Time to trend that record back to under .500 like we know you will by October.  What better time to start that downward trend than tonight in Cincinnati!

The Reds now begin a stretch of 16 consecutive games against winning teams.  Eight of those are at home and eight are on the road.  This will be a true test of where this team stands as we head into July and the All-Star Break.  Mike Leake gets the stretch started tonight by taking the mound for the Reds.

Go Reds!

189 thoughts on “Game Thread: Pirates at Reds (2013.06.17)

    • @vegastypo: Whoever it is a couple of more runs wouldn’t hurt. Is Big Lutz getting a little more comfortable with this MLB thing?

  1. I’m rooting for the new LOOGY, but Baker is going to fall in love if this goes exceptionally well.

  2. Uuuuuuuugh. Dusty you have a FOUR GAME SERIES here. You’re going to burn LeCure for 1 out to being in MANNY PARRA? I hate it when Dusty starts doing stuff…

  3. The predictable first pitch hitting Reds are susceptible to the opposing pitchers ground ball pitch, and hitting into a DP.

  4. So you bring him in for a righty who kills lefty pitching? Dusty, what is this crazy dance you take me on…

  5. This is where Chapman only being a one-inning guy can really hurt.

    Nice comeback Tony!

  6. I love this so much! So much complaining about mgmt. Gotta give credit where credit’s due. This just makes so much sense for his career and this team this year – a la Wainwright, David Price, Rosenthal, etc.

    • @caps: Yep. This kid is an MLBer right now. If he doesn’t get to work on his secondary pitches during the regular season, there is always winter ball.

  7. According to ESPN gamecast, three of those balls were strikes, including two right over the plate. For what’s it worth, which I guess is nothing.

  8. Wow how could the ump not call that a strike. I don’t know what the umps do in the off season, but they need to work on calling balls and strikes. Its terrible league wide.

  9. Well.. given the club’s history it looks like we have seen the last of Cingrani in a SP role hah

    • @Boneill1621:

      I really think Chapman is a very special case, which a very special situation coming over from Cuba. He’s almost oddly insecure. He found something in being the closer that worked for him, and I don’t think he wanted to be uncomfortable again after finally getting adjusted to a totally new life. I wouldn’t put that all on the Reds and management, and I don’t think it’s gonna be a problem with Cingrani. This is actually a very normal, sensible way to bring a prospect along into the rotation!

  10. After that slow start he was dealing, good to see. Still wary about how things will end up with him but it’s fun to watch while he’s here.

  11. Helluva job, Tony!

    On a side note: we love to pick on broadcasters, so I think it’s worth noting that Chris Welsh is one of the best analysts in the business. Good commentary tonight – liked the observation about Meso being “busy” behind the plate, and loved that stuff about suggesting Mesoraco pretend the umpire admitted he missed that pitch. Good stuff.

  12. In all seriousness though, if he can be handled like David Price then huge props are in order for management.

  13. Big ups to Leake for going 7 innings tonight therefore allowing Dusty to mix and match in the 8th.

  14. Now come on, how is he NOT one of our 12 best pitchers. Like I said in the previous thread, we’ve got to keep him up and HOPE eventually he works on his 2nd and 3rd pitch up here.

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