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Game Thread: Dodgers at Reds (2013.09.07)

This is a lot more fun, isn’t it? The Reds have won four of their last five games and find themselves within two games of 1st place for the first time since May 31.

Today, the Reds face Dodgers starter Zack Greinke (14-3, 2.78 ERA, 1.14 WHIP). Greinke hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in any of his last seven starts dating back to July 25th. Of course, that July 25th start was against Cincinnati when Greinke surrendered homeruns to Xavier Paul and Jay Bruce and gave up 4 runs total over 7 innings.

The Reds would win that July 25th matchup 5-2 behind the strong pitching of today’s starter, Mat Latos (14-5, 2.98 ERA, 1.19 WHIP). Latos is coming off a complete game victory against the Cardinals and has allowed more than 2 runs only once in his last 9 starts.

On top of all the exciting game action, Joe Morgan Weekend continues today at GABP. There’s a lot of great stuff online today about Morgan. Check out this piece by John Erardi for starters. If you missed any of the Great Eight action last night, follow the links to videos and news stories.

There is no football season in September, only baseball! Watch the afternoon game and discuss it here. Go Reds!!

520 thoughts on “Game Thread: Dodgers at Reds (2013.09.07)

  1. Love how that’s what now.. two failed called bunt ABs that ended with game winning hits in the last 5 games? How about we skip the failed bunting part and just go for hits?

    This team wins so much in spite of Baker, it’s crazy. Billy Hamilton is great though. He absolutely flew to home to beat Puig’s strong arm.

    • @ToddAlmighty: Not only that, but Cozart’s 14th inning game tying single vs. the Cardinals was after a failed called bunt. Definitely, let’s skip the botched bunt part. Sometimes unfortunately the bunt is successfully laid down and it kills a rally.

  2. A sweep tomorrow is possible and the confidence of these boyz hasn’t been any higher. Unless we mail it in tomorrow, that should be a fun game to watch. Even the immortal Kershaw will have an off day … may that come tomorrow.

    In the mean time, Billy Hamilton, 4 SB’s, 3 R’s, 0 AB’s … so what does that make his OBP?

    Have a great day all – we pick up a full game on SOMEBODY today.

  3. sorry.. i am not giving Dusty much credit… he stinks and shouldn’t be managing…

    but the pitching is doing it.. and in these few games, we’ve got inner confidence to come back and win, despite the moves Dusty makes.

    happy for Izzy but quite frankly, he should not be in major league baseball at this stage. sorry..

    let’s sweep tomorrow…

  4. So I am finally in the group who thinks it’s necessary to do whatever process is necessary to do the necessary thing — Billy Hamilton needs to be on the playoff roster.

    AND HE NEEDS A NICKNAME.

  5. Oh, yeah. Having Hamilton on in front of Frazier decreases the number of breaking balls the Toddfather sees. It’s almost worth having him stay at first for a few pitches. Another reason not to have used him in a less advantageous situation in the 9th.

  6. I realize he’s not the sharpest guy in the world, but at some point doesn’t it HAVE to occur to Baker that almost NO bunts by position players actually produce runs? Doesn’t he HAVE to notice how many times a guy will get a hit after failing to bunt? I mean, it just HAS to sink in at some point, right? (No, probably not. I know.)

  7. We would have settled for 2 of 3 as we would have been ecstatic over a 3 of 4 against the Birds.

    Now we’re wanting a sweep and are upset we didn’t get one against St. Lou.

    Now that’s what I call a pennant race.

  8. Beautiful. Let’s not forget the great job Latos did in battling through 7 innings, and the super work turned in by the bullpen. I’m real happy for Hoover, getting the Win after one good inning instead of the loss after one good and then one bad inning like much of the year.

      • @Johnu1: Don’t know if you are serious or not but you have a point. Latos is a very fine ball player and JJ is a up and comer but how often do you see a guy with Billy’s unique talents?

        I was watching the plate when Puig delivered the throw and wondering where is Hammy. Then I saw a blur cross the TV screen. Unfortunately, not Mat Latos or anyone else can get me that excited in a baseball game.

    • @Eric the Red: I’ve had serious doubts about the bullpen at times this year but I’m glad they’re proving me wrong. And so far Duke has been a strong addition.

  9. Reds, Cards, and Pirates all have 81 wins for a few hours. Either 1.5 or 2 GB after tonight. Hope it is 2 back and 0.5 GB from STL.

    • @Kyle: Agreed, Kyle. Overall, I want to be close to the leader going into the final days (well, actually, I would rather have it sewn up by now). I would rather the leader be the Pirates since we meet them. I just don’t want the Cards nor Pirates to get too far out in front, also.

  10. I said before the Cards series in St. Louis, for these 13 games, we needed to go 7-6 at minimum for division consideration. We won one at St. L, one at Milwaukee, 3 against the Cards, and now 2 against the Dodgers. We made the 7. How about tomorrow making it 8. At this point in the season, there is no throwaway game unfortunately, not unless we don’t care about hosting the WC game or winning the division.

  11. I think having Hamilton illustrates VERY CLEARLY what the Reds need to be closer to a complete team. There is a need for speed.

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