Game Thread

Reds at D-Backs (June 1, 2014)

April 24. That was the last time the Reds were successful in winning three consecutive games. It has been over a month since then but the Reds have a chance to win a 3rd straight game if they can defeat the Diamondbacks this evening. The pitching matchup favors the Reds again so the odds are in the good guys’ favor.

Today’s lineup has something I can’t recall the last time it happened (my luck it happened last week and I forgot). But the Reds will send two catchers to the plate (one playing 1B) back to back. And not just back to back, but in the MIDDLE of the lineup. Is that a good sign or a bad sign about the Reds though?

Discuss that and the game here…

Lineup:
1. Hamilton CF
2. Frazier 3B
3. Phillips 2B
4. Mesoraco C
5. Pena 1B
6. Ludwick LF
7. Heisey RF
8. Cozart SS
9. Simon P

Lineup Change:
1. Heisey RF
2. Frazier 3B
3. Phillips 2B
4. Mesoraco C
5. Pena 1B
6. Ludwick LF
7. Schumaker CF
8. Cozart SS
9. Simon P

156 thoughts on “Reds at D-Backs (June 1, 2014)

  1. With a one run lead, and only one out, I really don’t understand letting Simon hit there. Cueto just pitched deep into the game again, the pen is rested, and we need more runs.

      • I think this a result of not having faith in your middle relief core, Broxton not being fresh, hoping squeeze a few more outs of Simon, and somehow thinking Chpaman cannot pitch more than an inning

        • Let LeCure go two, then Chapman in the ninth. Or even LeCure for one and Chapman for two.

      • My guess is that since Broxton has worked 3 out of the last 4, Price probably doesn’t want to use him today. Sam for the 8th and Chappy for the 9th.

  2. Why on earth is Simon hitting for himself? Even more to the point, why is he trying to squeeze a SEVENTH inning out of him?

    Once again, with tomorrow off you have full use of your bullpen. You could go Lecure for 2 then Chapman, or just go LeCure-Brox-Chapman.

    • Plus who knows how that inning goes if someone pinch-hits for Simon? Maybe we score 1 or 2 runs.

    • Brox has pitched 2 straight, so not entirely sure about his availability. But I agree with your point

      • Ok, maybe they don’t want to pitch Big Brox today. But I know LeCure can go 2 innings. Or heck, let’s get really crazy and let Chapman throw 2 himself.

        • exactly what I was thinking, the trade off of Lecure going 2 over whatever Simon gives you in the 7th would seem enough incentive to try to get a better hitter in that spot, agree poor decision given the off day and everyone fresh besides Broxton

      • I would have much rather had the pinch hitter for Simon’s spot in the top of the 7th, than to try to squeeze an extra inning out of him. Just giving up an out.

        • But, after a rough 4th, he was pitching well. Thought process was probably not so much squeezing another inning out of him but letting him keep cruising. Not like the middle relief has been that good this year.

  3. So, you get one extra out out of Simon, and for that you’re willing to give up his AB in the previous inning? That doesn’t make sense.

    • And now LeCure doesn’t get to start the inning fresh, the tying run is already on base. That one out was really worth it, wasn’t it?

  4. Did Price really think Lecure could not have done that, wasted an out, hopefully Sam is not in too big of a hole to get it done, would be nice to have 1 pitch GIDP here.

  5. Was Ludwick running in quicksand?
    Followed by an at’em ball to right.
    Insurance runs please!

    • Aroldis made it look easy. Three wins in a row.

      Attaboy to Price for superb bullpen management.

        • Go back and read through the game thread. I think he made it look easy. Price is coming on strong and not a minute too soon.

    • Weren’t you calling for a fire sale earlier in the week?, I have pretty much written the season off for any hope of a winning record, let alone playoffs… I lost hope when they lost back to back series to the Padres and Phils, I would like to say anything short of winning the series against this crappy team would have been the season but I wrote that off after the last Card series. They came in and took care of business but they have unbelievable years from about 5 players and there are 3 games under still in June.

      • Yes. Truth be told we will probably still need, and have one, but I’m praying it won’t be necessary. Sarge is still all in and I’m willing to follow him.

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