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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)

  1. Domination … pure and simple.

    As bad as you can look in two innings at the plate, sadly nothing new. TURN IT AROUND.

  2. Reds look completely and thoroughly out-matched at the plate.

    Liriano is throwing nothing but sliders so they need to sit on it.

  3. so many swings and misses. Not a good sign. just lots of flailing around. even worse, Liriano is doing exactly what every expert and commentator said he’d do. everybody got the memo except for the Reds hitters apparently. cant touch an average fastball and then are prisoners and victim to the unhittable slider. wow

  4. I am going to take the unpopular stance of Ludwick being the right guy to bat second. So there.

    • @vanwilder8:

      No … it’s been about 200 batters. Tonight is just an extension of what’s been going on. Nothing had changed / and the hope it had was just that.

      Hope.

  5. At least Frazier ran it out. Every Red needs to run towards 1st base like they were shot out of a cannon tonight. Go Reds!

    • @OkcRedsFan: if we had given up, we wouldn’t be here… but this is not a start.. 1-0 pirates and all the momo… and our hitters look terrible

  6. need to be more patient at the plate… how many times we’ve said that this year… these Reds never learn or change… Dusty doesn’t say anything, no matter what the results are..

    let’s give Pirates more confidence by doing what we are doing.. longer this goes, Pirates will win despite lack of post season experience.

    we need a HR to break this game and shift some momo to our side… a solo shot by unlikely ones like Cozart, Hannigan perhaps

  7. The Reds had a full day off to prepare for Liriano. Could have watched video on him, practiced on that breaking ball, or even game-planned. I sat here in my living room and knew without a doubt that Bruce was gonna strike out on down and away sliders. Knew it. Something has got to change with this coaching staff.

  8. Welp there it is. How’s that Walt? Didn’t feel like claiming Byrd or at least blocking him from Pitt

  9. Please get the ball down. Predictable. There is a scouting advantage, it seems.

  10. As I said just after last inning. Terrible location. Was leaving pitches up. Bound to throw a fat one.

  11. I’ll keep the game on in the background while I work. But, as I’ve said for the past month, we already know the outcome of this game/season.

    Here’s to hoping Baker is not back next year.

  12. Cueto now given up 4 shots. Pretty lucky to be down 1-0. If he gives up any more hard hit liners that were just-miss-homers he needs to be OUT of the game. If he gives up 4 runs, then Dusty has failed.

  13. Cueto is not Cueto of last year… better have ball pen ready today..

    can’t allow 1 run here and there… not w/ our offense-less

  14. Well ladies and gentlemen … that should just about do it right? Last five AB’s have been walk, Line Drive, HR, Line Drive, HR.

    See you all next year.

  15. Yeah, I don’t think I agree with the assessment that it didn’t matter where this game is. PNC is rocking.

    • @ChrisInVenice:

      It was an assessment made by people who have never played baseball where the location mattered. It was also an assessment made “after the face” because the Reds have played so poorly down the stretch “Ahhh, no big deal, what’s the difference”.

  16. I’m still trying to figure out if this was just my nightmare, because I can’t fathom a worse start.

  17. Pirates hitting the ball all over the ball park. The Reds haven’t hit a ball out of the infield.

  18. Instead of getting someone up in the pen, Dusty better get his resume ready.

    See ya Dustbag!

  19. I thought Ludwick might have had a shot at Martin’s if he had sprinted toward the wall instead of drifting toward it.

  20. Cueto Pulled … comon. We know Baker will keep in him as long as the game is within 10 runs. I mean Arroyo gave up 5 HR’s and Cueto is his boy / so minimum of 6 HR here.

  21. I’m trying to figure out where the hell the HRs are coming from. I think that’s 10 HR in the last 29 innings. Unreal. God hates Cincinnati.

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