2013 Reds / Game Thread

Game Thread: Reds at Rangers (2013.06.28)

The Reds have lost 6 of their last 10 games and will look to get back to winning by taking on the team with the 2nd best record in the American League in the form of the Texas Rangers.  Despite how bad things have seemed lately, the Reds are still the 3rd best team in the NL and are just 3.5 games behind 1st in the division.  I am not panicking yet, and neither should you.

Who better for the Reds to send to the mound tonight and get back on the winning track than Johnny Cueto.  Cueto had his worst start of the season in his last outing against Arizona, which means he is due for a bounce back game tonight.  That’s right, I’m calling it.  Johnny Cueto pitches well tonight and the Reds win!

Before the Reds get that win tonight, we must discuss how the game plays out here! Oh, and the Reds must GO!

465 thoughts on “Game Thread: Reds at Rangers (2013.06.28)

  1. The kiss of Reds death – a leadoff double. We’ve seen plenty of those go to waste. Even worse, Washiongotn didn’t even go to a lefty for Choo, who absolutely can’t hit them, and Votto. It’s likely managing vs. a high school team.

  2. Nice inning, Sam. Bullpen has pitched well enough to win. Can the Reds rally to make it so?

  3. The Reds are supposedly a warm weather team, don’t get much hotter than +100. No reason the Reds can’t tie it in the 9th. Go Reds!!

  4. The question tomorrow will be, what lineup can Dusty put out that can score A run. Just 1. Right now, that would be a small victory.

    I go with this lineup.
    Izturis
    Heisey
    Hannahan
    Paul
    Phillips
    Votto
    Mesoraco
    Bruce
    Robinson

    • @RedForever: I don’t think it’s a lineup construction issue. Votto and company just can’t square one up right now especially with runner in scoring position.

        • @Kaleb: Let’s be honest, Joey has struggled with RISP for a while now. Leading off might be the ticket to getting that part of his game back to normal. Facts are facts, lying about it does nobody any good. Doesn’t mean I’m not rooting with all my heart for the guy.

        • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: Yeah, I have to agree with Kaleb. RBI ability? The only way to get RBIs without depending on someone else to get on base first is to hit HRs. So unless you just want Votto to solo homerun nonstop, he’s not going to drive in a ton of runs.

          Newsflash though.. Votto has the 4th most runs scored in the NL. So all that “RBI ability” you say he lost that I can only assume you think Phillips and Bruce have? Largely due to the fact that Votto keeps getting on base.

        • @ToddAlmighty: Thanks for making my point – that’s why I would like to see him leading off for awhile. Night guys. We’ll get them tomorrow. Go look up how JV has done with RISP for the last couple of weeks, I’m guessing it isn’t very pretty.

  5. I really don’t see how Bob can’t see some changes need to be made, he can’t be that blind or loyal.

  6. Nice of someone to borrow my name to post comments about how terrible this team is. I wonder which recently banned individual that might be?

  7. For every squeezed call vs Reds pitching the Rangers have gotten the liberal strike zone. Very one sided.

  8. While I’ll be flying to Cali for vacation tomorrow. Hate I’m going to miss the game, hopefully you guys can get them going.

  9. For the record: anyone called “baseclogger” posting comments about how terrible the team is — it’s not me. I make fun of Dusty Baker and the Reds’ approach to hitting, but anything beyond that is coming from the imposter.

  10. Good luck. Milton needs to appear, not because of the team and their play, but management and medical are ridiculous in missing Cueto. This is an absolute j-o-k-e of a Major League Baseball Team, right now. Go ahead, challenge me on this. I welcome it. But, at the very least, be honest with yourself.

    • @wildwestLV: No challenge here. I’m a very frustrated but loyal fan right now. I haven’t had a very good opinion of the medical staff since Votto’s injury last year. If I hear or read “But Johnny told us he didn’t need an MRI (or whatever the equivalent is) or he didn’t want one” I will scream. Who is the employer and who is the employee? Yes, maybe I’m jumping the gun but something isn’t right.

  11. Here is a positive if the Cardnials lose tonight they have dropped 5 out of 6 just like the Reds. The Problem is the Pirates have won 6 straight.

    • @Larry1980: The bigger problem is the Reds can’t score/beat anybody right now, which makes it hard for me to like any pitching matchup. The Rangers can score against anybody, and just about anybody can shut down the Reds.

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