2013 Reds / Game Thread

Game Thread: Reds at Cardinals (2013.08.27) – 1

At this point, I just hope the Reds: 1. Know how many outs there are; 2. Don’t give up any grand slams; and 3. Don’t get hammered by the Cardinals!  It would be nice to at least take 1 game before this series is over so that the club doesn’t lose too much ground.  Mat Latos, you’re our only hope!

OK, that’s about as negative and pessimistic as I can be. I don’t really feel that way.  Even though last night’s loss was a bummer, I know the Reds can just as easily take the next two games in the series and suddenly everything is fine and dandy again.  Just trying to appeal to as many Reds “fans” as I can with this game thread!  Discuss the game here and GO REDS!

211 thoughts on “Game Thread: Reds at Cardinals (2013.08.27) – 1

  1. How about we go to a 3 man rotation and trade three of our starters to the Braves for some offense? So TOdoesntS!

  2. Cardinals, with 2 outs, drive a ball into the gap. That’s the difference in having a hitting coach and having Brook Jacoby.

  3. Four runners stranded in the first 2 innings, both times one of the runners was on 3rd base. When opportunity knocks ya gotta answer the door.

  4. Cardinals – up the middle, up the middle, up the middle…2 runs.
    Reds – pull, pull, pull…nothing

  5. The Cardnials 1-7 hitters have to be the best in MLB. There are no easy outs on this team. They just are good hitters and they grind out at bats. They also dont swing at the first pitch.

  6. I’m getting so tired of this idea that the Cardinals go the other way all the time, and the Reds need a better manager or hitting coach because of that.

    I haven’t seen the spray charts, maybe the do, maybe they don’t go the other way more than other teams. If it’s true, I think the Reds hitters can figure out that that’s a possibility without a hitting coach. Maybe the Cards are just better hitters?

    Does anyone in the league go the other way more than Votto? You think the Reds don’t get that you can hit to all fields?

    • I’m getting so tired of this idea that the Cardinals go the other way all the time, and the Reds need a better manager or hitting coach because of that.

      I haven’t seen the spray charts, maybe the do, maybe they don’t go the other way more than other teams. If it’s true, I think the Reds hitters can figure out that that’s a possibility without a hitting coach. Maybe the Cards are just better hitters?

      Does anyone in the league go the other way more than Votto? You think the Reds don’t get that you can hit to all fields?

      One guy does that for us. Every guy (seemingly) does that for them.

    • @al: Oh, they are better hitters all right. Regardless of which way they “go,” they know how to punish a pitcher. They score early and they give their starting pitcher a chance to get settled and deep into the game. The Reds are playing from behind A LOT.

    • @al: You think the guys are TRYING to hit the other way on pitches outside, but just can’t quite figure out how to do it? When Ludwick rolled over on a ball low and away and grounded weakly to the left side, you think he was trying to punch it to right but just hasn’t quite figured out how to do that?

    • @al: One thing is apparent: they play the game of baseball better then our guys. Reds are a pretty good team, Cards are probably the best team in MLB. Just being objective so the pain is not so bad.

  7. Isn’t it time we realize that we are a good team that just doesn’t have what it takes to be in the category with the likes of the Cards, Dodgers, Braves, Rays, Tigers are in this year.

    • @RedTitan19: He just hasn’t delivered in big spots this year. Hopefully it’s just a 1 year thing and he will be back to “Clutch” Joey next year.

  8. Case in point with Votto: Joe Kelly challenges him with straight up fastballs and Joey answers with two harmless fouls and then is 0-2. 0-2 is NEVER a good thing. Don’t care how good anyone is, even Miguel Cabrera is not as good with an 0-2 count. End result = very weak and pathetic tailor made double play ball to the short stop. Please, I want a Votto apologist to argue this.

    • @fiercev: Is Joey Votto a failure in your eyes if he doesn’t get a hit every time at bat? You do realize that even the best hitter makes an out over half the time. Votto leads the league in OBP and is third in OPS. He creates more runs than any other hitter in the league. That’s over the entire season, not just one at bat.

      • @Steve Mancuso: He just isn’t coming up big when the team needs him the most. Stats may say otherwise but for the guys that watch every game, it should be obvious. But he is a very skilled hitter, no doubt.

  9. This being the Cardinals, I’m not optimistic, but the Reds have certainly hit some balls well in this game. I think we’ll eventually score. Maybe.

    • This being the Cardinals, I’m not optimistic, but the Reds have certainly hit some balls well in this game. I think we’ll eventually score. Maybe.

      Scoring against the Cardinals has never been a problem. That’s not what beats the Reds. They just don’t have the tools to beat this team.

    • Anybody still believing in this team?Just curious?

      I believe they will play 163 games this year. All other notions are subject to discussion.

      • @cincyreds14: @Johnu1: John – I think that will definitely be the case. Simply won’t matter in the long run though, will it. The Reds as well as their respective cumulative energy level is simply anemic.

        GO REDS!

    • @Larry1980: No, because as history has shown: if the Cards don’t resign him he isn’t worth the money and/or the length of contract he desires. We are not the Yankees or Dodgers.

  10. Don’t you feel like the Cardinals are just toying with the Reds? We got a 2 spot, now we’ll give you a chance for a couple of innings. Then we’ll get a 3 spot and give you another couple of innings. Then we’ll get another 2 spot and say goodnight.

    • Don’t you feel like the Cardinals are just toying with the Reds?We got a 2 spot, now we’ll give you a chance for a couple of innings.Then we’ll get a 3 spot and give you another couple of innings.Then we’ll get another 2 spot and say goodnight.

      I figure that by the 7th or so, it should be about 9-1.

  11. Cards announcer Al Hrbosky (spelled wrong I’m sure) concerning Frazier’s batting stance said he asked Jacoby if he taught that, Jacoby replied “No”.

  12. Holliday goes down in a heap – for all we know he has a season-ending broken bone — and Thom is yapping about fantasy football. I really hate these guys.

  13. The Cardinals got three singles in a row in the first inning. Then they hit into a double play. The Reds have the same number of hits as the Cardinals in this game. Is cheering for your team not as much fun as posting as many pessimistic comments as possible? You’d think the Reds were losing this game 10-0.

    • The Cardinals got three singles in a row in the first inning. Then they hit into a double play. The Reds have the same number of hits as the Cardinals in this game. Is cheering for your team not as much fun as posting as many pessimistic comments as possible? You’d think the Reds were losing this game 10-0.

      Mainly because the Cardinals have runs on the board?

  14. Even the Cowboy on the Reds network is losing it – lost track of the number of outs in the bottom of the 3rd as he had a runner at 2nd before he realized the inning was over.

    Man, it should be real exciting at the old ball yard next week, eh?

  15. Cowboy just stated that strike 2 looked like a pretty good pitch to hit.

    Have these guys quit?

  16. Reds again demonstrating the hitting philosophy: Swing when you don’t need to, then get super selective with two strikes. Nothing changes. Ever.

  17. Are the Reds really as bad as they look? Or is it simply systemic? Grandpa is taking a nap on the bench.

  18. Why in the world does none of this amaze me?

    And Grandpa is still asleep on the bench.

    Still…

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