The Astronomicals come to town tonight to begin a short two-game set against our heroes. Aaron Harang returns to the mound, where he’ll face someone named Chris Sampson. I think he played college basketball for Virginia in the early eighties, but I’m not sure.

Rosencrans advises that Edwin Encarnacion isn’t playing again tonight. While I can’t argue with keeping Freel and Hamilton in the lineup, I fully expect Encarnacion to be dealt before the July trading deadline. Just a hunch.

Thoughts? Here’s an open game thread to discuss whatever’s on your mind.

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149 Responses

  1. Nathan

    I would seriously hate to see encarnacion be traded unless they get something fairly impressive. As for the game tonight, i’m a little scared, the reds dont always do well against pitchers they dont know very well. Lets see though. GO Redlegs πŸ˜†

  2. Justin

    As for Edwin, he is at best in the dog house of Narron. If that is the case, I am sure Jerry is being the a ok to leave EE out of the line up from the man above. I say take anything you can for EE cause he isnt going to have more value then he does right now.

  3. Brian

    For Houston

  4. Brian

    For the Reds

  5. Brian

    Rosencrans says that Moeller has been DFA’d. Hopper will be called up to replace him. That’s interesting, I wonder if they have something in the works on a larger scale. The team hopes Moeller accepts the demotion. We’ll see.

  6. Chad

    I’m on the blackberry and away from a radio, so I’d appreciate any play by play updates you guys and gals can provide.

    A question: anyone know who is pitching for Houston tomorrow?

  7. Matt B.

    Who’s the umpire behind the plate? I remember him from earlier this year. He takes FOREVER to make a call. I almost thought he didn’t call strike 3 on Berkman.

  8. Chad

    Good news about Moeller. Hopper isn’t anything special, but he gives the team more flexibility than they would have when they’re saddled with a third catcher.

  9. Jeff Gentil

    Why the hell would the Reds settle on Freel at third base? I mean come on! This is ridiculous

  10. GregD

    Chad – both teams were 3 up, 3 down in the first inning.

  11. Chad

    Extra Innings and have spoiled me. I’m away from a tv, computer, or radio and can’t access the game, and it is killing me.

    There was a time when, if I could see 3 games on tv a year, I considered myself lucky. I grew up with Marty on the radio and attending 3 to 5 games a year. But now? I can watch virtually every game.

    I’m spoiled, no doubt, but it has deepened my love for this team.

  12. GregD

    2nd inning – Griffey jumps at the wall and steals a HR from Luke Scott. 2 out in the inning.

  13. TheNaturalMevs

    BTW, there is NO WAY that we trade Encarnacion at any point, any time soon. No way. Just my 2 cents. He’s dissapointed a bit, but he is a chip for the future.

  14. TheNaturalMevs

    Mr. Hatteberg, with a line drive. I’m liking this lineup. Hopefully we see some continuity with it throughout the season if we can stay healthy. This is a lineup that works against R and L

  15. Chad

    BP thinks we are still playing the Brewers.

    Did he hustle around the bases? πŸ™‚

  16. Jeff Gentil

    Harang looks pretty good so far

  17. Jeff Gentil

    2 nice plays by Junior so far!

  18. Jeff Gentil

    Ross couldn’t have hit that with a 9-iron

  19. Justin

    Williams tomorrow for Houston. Harang is in cruise control I hope

  20. Michael

    Why won’t Narron start Javi? Ross is giving us nothing but automatic outs…

  21. Justin

    Rosss looks bad. He must catch the pitchers well enough not to tinker. MB and JV didnt look comfy last nite.

  22. GregD

    AWFUL – struck out in his only time up this inning.

  23. GregD

    Through 3 IP
    Sampson 2H, 0BB, 2K, 1ER on Phillips HR
    Harang 1H 0BB, 3K, 0ER

  24. GregD

    Harang having issues in the 4th – bases loaded and only 1 out via a single and two walks.

  25. Jeff Gentil

    Nice strikeout pitch! Big out! Let’s get out of this now.

  26. GregD

    back-to-back strike outs to get out of the inning!

  27. Jeff Gentil

    BIG strikeout! Harang shaky but works out of it somehow.

  28. CeeKeR

    Harang strikes out 2 in a row with bases loaded… That’s getting out of a jam (that he put himself into by walking 2…)

  29. GregD

    Wow, Harang needed 30 pitches to get that inning. (Was at 36, now at 66 through 4.) May be a shorter night for Harangatang than initially expected.

  30. GregD

    Narron sticks with his starters too long. I wouldn’t give Harang 120 pitches tonight. I think Arroyo also is not yet stretched out to 7 innings.

  31. Jeff Gentil

    Fine, I’ll crush from a distance.

  32. Dave Massey

    This Josh Hamilton story has got to be one of the best baseball tales of all time. My mom, a casual Reds fan, called me yesterday to ask about him. Where’d we get this guy? I didn’t realize how much I loved his story until I had to lay it out for my mom, who ate it up.

    Congrats to Josh, congrats to the Reds for picking him up, and congrats to us for being able to watch a superstar in the making.

    Yeah, I said it.

  33. Michael

    Jeff, you can have Dunn. He’s been available ever since Kearns was traded…

  34. Jeff Gentil

    How nice is it to have Phillips and Gonzalez up the middle? Solid defense and very nice to watch.

  35. Michael

    Wonder what the Devil Rays (and the Cubs for that matter – they claimed him and traded him to the Reds) are thinking about Josh Hamilton now?!?!

  36. Justin

    Rays have to be pissed and the Cubs Duped!

  37. Nathan

    the cubs make me laugh and throw up at the same time

  38. Nathan

    wow he didnt strike out. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  39. Justin

    My buddy is a Cubbie fan he is lost already for this season. 4-2 Reds are against Cubs of 1st 6 of 16 meetings. He cant take it.

  40. RagTag

    So, this Josh Hamilton guy? What’s his story?


  41. Jeff Gentil

    Why do I feel like the Reds don’t have enough offense yet?

  42. Randy

    Harang gives up a double to start the 6th, then ball one to Berkman. How many pitches has he thrown now?

  43. Michael

    Ross is hitting .100 – he’s up to 3 digits! Woohoo!!

  44. Jeff Gentil

    But, it seems like the Reds are in cruise control because Harang is pitching well. I have a bad feeling

  45. RagTag

    Carlos Lee scares me here. This is the situation where Harang will sometimes make a bad pitch to screw up a good start.

  46. RagTag

    Does Phillips get an inside-the-parker on that hit last night, if he had hustled all the way? I didn’t see it, I’m just going on Rosencrans’s article about Phillips dogging it.

  47. GregD

    Other than the 2 HR’s, Sampson has been equally impressive, and he’s only thrown 60 through 5 innings.

  48. RagTag

    Okay, there’s strike three….

    Hamilton’s up this inning.

  49. Justin

    Lee and Berkman good at bats to take more pitches out of Harang. 6 IPs and nearly 100 pitches.

  50. Nathan

    i wish freel could do everynight what he did last night

  51. Chad

    Did I read that correctly? Did Hamilton really hit another homer?

    Where did he hit it?

  52. GregD

    Alright, let’s get some insurance runs. Freel leads off the 6th with a single!

  53. Nathan

    i can hear the natural theme music playing in my mind everytime hamilton comes up

  54. Jeff Gentil

    Went opposite field. It was long gone. Left fielder stopped running after about 3 steps

  55. Chris

    George Grande is back. Joy.
    He can’t shut up about how great Brad Ausmus is. Quite a contrast from Thom. πŸ˜€

  56. GregD

    Hamilton’s HR in the 4th inning was an opposite field HR.

  57. GregD

    I don’t know, Chris. Thom had a pretty big man-crush on every single D-back during that series.

  58. Justin

    Freel got beaned on an Asmus pick-off throw down.
    Lidge is up and ready in the BP for ‘Stros

  59. Jeff Gentil

    Yeah, Thom did. But he’s so much better than George it’s ridiculous.

  60. Chris

    Freel swung at a pitch that almost hit him in the …Farney. There were 2 strikes and it was a nasty running fastball, so I’ll excuse him. It just looked hilarious.

  61. GregD

    Nothing doing for the Reds that inning.

    Harang’s at 101 pitches. Hope he’s on a short leash this inning in a 1-run game.

  62. Justin

    Harang out Santos in. Harang had a very good outing. Should hold up.

  63. GregD

    Oops, I’m wrong. Harang doesn’t go out there for the 7th. Santos on the mound for Cincy.

  64. RagTag

    I saw that crazy swing by Freel, Chris. Very funny.

  65. Randy

    Anyone else surprised that Narron didn’t send him out there to start the 7th?

    Narron is legendary for leaving his pitchers in a batter or two too long and blowing quality starts.

  66. RagTag

    This Santos isn’t bad. He’s been a surprise.

  67. GregD

    Sorry, I’m voting for George + Chris vs Thom + Anybody right now. When I want to relax with a ballgame at night, I don’t want to hear my homer announcer berate all my favorite players on my favorite team. Thom needs to let the color commentator analyze the plays. What Thom does works a little better on radio because the way the Reds do it, there’s often just one guy at the mic at a time.

  68. Justin

    well I am surprised especially with Harang due up 4th in the bottom half. He has been very strong vs the bottom of the Stros line up too. But who is say. Perhaps he will allow Santos, Saaraloos, Coffee, Stanton and Weathers get the confidence up.

  69. Chris

    Cormier was warming up. Hopefully just getting his work in, but it’s not the time for that.

  70. GregD

    Randy, I was surprised for exactly the reason you stated. Also, I didn’t hear that anyone was warming up in the ‘pen, but I was also putting my kid to bed for the night.

  71. GregD

    I think Arroyo’s not quite stretched out to 7 innings yet. Perhaps they shouldn’t be skipping the 5th starter so everyone can get an extra day of rest early in the season. But I guess when your 5th starter is so skipable, you don’t have much choice.

  72. RagTag

    I can’t believe Ross popped o ut.

  73. Jeff Gentil

    EE the prototypical pinch HITTER. Not taking any pitches in this AB

  74. Justin

    EE is going to bat for Santos. Ross needs to have intensive batting practise.

  75. Nathan

    A rod hit another homerun just now, thats 9

  76. RagTag

    EE almost raised his trade value there.

  77. RagTag

    Come on, Java Man. He needs a few solid outings here to get that ocnfidence back up.

  78. Jeff Gentil

    oh boy here we go, Todd! Way to hit weak hitting Palmeiro

  79. RagTag

    No win for Harang. Way to go, Coffey.

    I’m so sick of the bullpen blowing wins for this rotation (this year and last).

  80. Jeff Gentil

    Don’t hit Orlando Palmeiro and you don’t have that problem, Coffey!! Thanks for nothing. You will NEVER be a closer

  81. Justin

    Basehit. Squared game, blown save. Lee at bat blah blah blah

  82. Justin

    Bring in Cromier or Coulangus or me!

  83. Dave Massey

    Coffey’s confidence HAS to be completely torn apart now. Two blown holds/saves in one week . . . yikes.

  84. Dave Massey

    Anyone see tonight’s attendance figures? Looks empty at GABP.

  85. Dave Massey

    Gosh, who would’ve thought that a mid 80s fastball right over the plate would be hittable . . .

  86. Dave Massey

    Cormier showing his true colors at last. The silver lining is that we probably only need to witness one more of these debacles before the Reds braintrust finally gets rid of him.

  87. Kerm

    Man I guess I was naive enough to think we weren’t going to have to worry this much about our bullpen this year, or did we just not utilize the right guys?

  88. Jeff Gentil

    Good God Oh yeah, Reds don’t have enough offense. Not glad to have been right on that one. Oh, and Ryan Freel, stop counting the damn stitches and throw the ball!

  89. Tom

    Maybe we can deal Hamilton and Encarnacion for a couple of middle relievers to fix the bullpen.

  90. RagTag

    Bite your tongue, Tom. That could happen.

  91. CeeKeR

    Ugh, how many more times do we have to see Cormier *ahem* pitch before we cut him?

  92. RagTag

    Well, that was a steaming pile of dog crap.

    Not to put too fine a point on it.

  93. Mike

    Just when you get pumped up about this team, we come crashing back to earth

  94. CeeKeR

    Ugh. Another wasted game. This team is so frustrating, and it’s only April.

  95. RedsFanInMd

    I am fed up with Coffey. He has been HORRIBLE since the all-star break last year (and Cormier hasn’t been much better). Everyone complains about Weathers, but Weathers has been pretty damn good since the all-star break last year.

    p.s. I can’t imagine that anyone in the world would rather listen to George Grande over Thom Brennaman.

  96. preach

    Anyone else get a bad feeling when Berkman stepped into the box righthanded last night?

  97. Bill


    Pre All Star: 3.52 46IP 1.10H/IP 5HR .282BA
    Post All Star: 3.66 40G 1.06H/IP 2HR .264 BA

    I don’t know about runners inherited, but it seems his second half and first half were pretty similar to me.

  98. Justin

    The only good thoughs I can figure is that Bray and Medjeski are recovering and will prove out to be a better balance to the trade last year. We have 2 roster spots ready for them now in Cromier and Coffee perhaps.

  99. GregD

    p.s. I canΓƒΒ’Γ’β€šΒ¬Γ’β€žΒ’t imagine that anyone in the world would rather listen to George Grande over Thom Brennaman.

    Well, I do. And I’ve not been paid by George, nor am I related to him.

  100. jimb823

    Same here, at least George sounds like he’s on our side

  101. preach

    Y’know it’s a flat out shame that we hate to have this conversation….

  102. RedsFanInMd

    Thom B isn’t paid to be “on our side” he’s paid to call the game as he sees it. George G. is a homer and doesn’t know what he’s talking about.