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Game Thread: Wild Card Playoff Edition (Reds at Pirates – 2013.10.01)

I’m excited.  I’m nervous.  I’m sick. I’m anxious. I’m a mixed bag of emotions right now.  One game to decide the fate of the 2013 season.  Win and advance.  Lose and your season is over.  The roster has been announced.  All that is left to do now is play the game.

The Reds and Pirates played one another 19 times during the regular season.  The Reds won 7 8 of those games, dropping 11.  All eyes will be on Johnny Cueto.  Can he shut down the Pirates offense?  Is he healthy enough to win this one game playoff?  Was he the right choice over Latos?  Then eyes will be on the Reds offense.  Can they get enough hits and runs to beat Pittsburgh?  Will the Reds team that blasted Pittsburgh 2 weeks ago show up or will the same Reds team that got swept by the Pirates this past weekend rear its ugly head?  I wish I had these answers already.  It would probably help keep me from throwing up right about now.  Will this Reds team keep our hopes alive for a World Series title, or will they break our hearts?  We’ll know the answer by midnight.

Over the course of the 2013 season, I have asked you guys to do a lot of things in these game threads.  I have asked you to discuss the game,  cheer on the Reds, skip work, tell your boss to shove it, and probably even wooo a time or two.  I do not know what to ask you to do tonight.  Maybe pray, if that’s your thing.  Maybe sit intently and focus on the game or cheer loudly in a bar, perhaps.  If you’re like me, you’ll be sitting in your living room, beside your son who you’ve brought up to be a Reds fan as well, and you’ll cheer, scream (maybe cuss), and hope to goodness our beloved Reds can pull this thing out.  So what I ask of you tonight, Reds fans, is cheer your guts out, pull as hard as you can for the Reds to win, and hope that at the end of the night, you’re hugging your friends and family in celebration that the Reds have advanced!

Discuss the game here and…. Go Reds!!  Please!

243 thoughts on “Game Thread: Wild Card Playoff Edition (Reds at Pirates – 2013.10.01)

    • @jas_428:

      Honestly, I say this as a fan of baseball; watching this game. Does it matter?

      The number of Reds fan who know baseball that think Cincinnati will score even 2 runs tonight is less than 1%.

  1. Good thing we didn’t go after Marlon Byrd (or anyone) at the trade deadline.

  2. Just too many weak minded ball players!!!! This team doesn’t have enough determination and grit to win a tough game! Sad nothing but K’s and weak tappers! I guess they get it from their manager where he is to busy picking out wrist bands and chewing sticks to worry about managing a ball game!!!

  3. Halladay did it to us in the postseason; what’s to stop Liriano from doing it to.

  4. Cueto is not fooling anyone. He needs to be on a short leash tonight. The Pirates have come to play.

    • @icee82: “Needed” to be. Too late. Baker is playing with fire. He’s given up 5 balls that were absolutely crushed. Two went for homers.

      Not to mention 2 lucking hits (Marte and McCutchen) and a Cozart error just now.

      CUETO SHOULD BE OUT. He’ll give up 5 runs before Baker pulls him. What a waste.

  5. Let’s just forfeit. This game is obviously over, we should all stop watching. Why did they even show up to play?

  6. pirates are having another HR derby at our expense..

    we are having another hack and ground out exhibition in a PO game..

    nothing yet shows that Reds want to win this game.. nothing..

    6 more chances… but 2 runs seem like 20 runs… and Cueto doesn’t look sharp (then again who does lately)

  7. Let’s face it, Pirates are a better team. Let us all be reminded that they were the most aggressive team in the trade market while our overrated GM sat on his hands and did nothing. This organization is content with mediocrity. They’ll keep Dusty, Ludwick will be our unproductive LF, and ownership and all the Reds lapdog beat reporters (see John Fay) will keep telling us to be happy with a winning season and making the playoffs. We are Reds fans. We have higher standards.

  8. We are the more experienced team. When we get a couple runners on base – and we will – as long as it stays close there will be more pressure on the Pirates. This game is far from over.

    • We are the more experienced team. When If we get a couple runners on base – and we will might – as long as it stays close there will be more pressure on the Pirates. This game is far from over.

      Fixed for you :)

  9. ALfredo Simon, folks. Our first out of the pen. At least it’s not Ondrusek.

  10. So the Reds have NEVER come back from a 4-run deficit this year, right? Almost there. And Baker sits there and lets it happen. Cueto should have been OUT after an inning and 2/3. So frustrating.

  11. The Reds still do not have a 2 ball count in this game.

    Ludwick … PLEASE BUNT.

  12. Everyone wanted Votto to to swing with men in scoring position. Guess they got their wish

  13. How many swings and misses and swings at balls have the Reds had tonight? Make him throw strikes. Like that Jay!

  14. Alright, we’ve killed the momentum. Now for the relentless climb out, up and over the hapless Pirates!

  15. Why can’t the pirates swing at some of these pitches??? The reds are doing it!

  16. Why is Dusty bringing Marshall in, who just came off the disabled list? Parra has done pretty well after a bad start. But…it is a moot point. Pirates are hot at the end of the year, Reds are not. Plus…no way even if Reds won tonight would they have beaten the Cardinals in next round. Pirates play Cardinals pretty well overall, but still Cardinals will beat the Pirates next round.

  17. I haven’t lost hope, but at this point, this is just demoralizing…

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