Well, it’s get-away day in Cincinnati as the Reds and the Astros play an afternoon contest. And no, we can’t get away from this team. We’re stuck with the ol’ Redlegs for better or worse.

The Reds try to salvage something from this series and this disastrous homestand today before heading out west to face the Dodgers and Padres. At least we have Aaron Harang to depend upon, and he’s due to have another good start. Harang hasn’t been awful, but he hasn’t been particularly good of late, either. I’m hopeful today will be a good one for him…and for us.

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82 Responses

  1. DevilsAdvocate

    Who needs to do, like, work and stuff? I’m going to turn it up in the office today. Co-workers will enjoy National League baseball. And the sharp tongues of the Brennamans, which got a lot of laughs here during the last weekday afternoon game.

  2. DevilsAdvocate

    So will Keppinger sit on the bench as emergency insurance, like Enrique Cruz did earlier? Or will he get thrown into the pot right away with a start at 3b?

  3. Justin

    Throw him in the pot with start at 3rd
    outfield looks like Dunn-Hamilton-Griffey with Hooper is reserve. IF of Hattieberg-Phillips-Gonzo-Freel.

  4. Justin

    We could get going again. Harang on the mound that is a good thing. MB pitched well and so has Arroyo. Our bad bullpen has cost us now, it might get the kinks out now then later. Need to have a positive outlook. It is a long season and still many games to be played. It does suck that we have let some slip away but hey it is baseball.

  5. DevilsAdvocate

    Courtesy of the inimitable C. Trent again, today’s lineup is:

    Cincinnati Reds

    Freel, 3b
    Hatteberg, 1b
    Griffey, RF
    Phillips, 2b
    Dunn, LF
    Hamilton, CF
    Castro, SS
    Ross, C
    Harang, P

  6. Ethan Hahn

    Conine has also played a lot of outfield, if needed…

  7. RagTag

    Has Conine played outfield at all this year?

    I know he’s played mostly outfield in his career, but when’s the last time he actually played out there?

  8. RagTag

    Was Edwin really sent to AAA? How does that make us a better team?

    I guess it gets Hamilton in the lineup full time, but if anyone thinks Freel is going to be better defensively at third than EE, they’re crazy.

  9. Randy

    They gave Jose Rijo’s old number to Jeff Keppinger.

  10. Chris

    Scapegoat. EE’s been hitting lately, and his defense has been 1/100th as costly as the relievers’ horribility, yet they’re still here.

  11. Jeff Gentil

    Wow, I’m shocked I haven’t heard much about how great it’ll be to have Freel at third everyday. I’m glad people realize it isn’t all EE’s fault. He hasn’t been great, but he hasn’t been nearly as awful as that thing they call a “bullpen”.

  12. Ethan Hahn

    Has Conine played outfield at all this year?

    No, he’s only played at 1B this year. Looks like he played 68 games in LF and 26 games in RF last year. Last time he played right was October 1st of last year.
    Baseball-reference.com page

  13. DevilsAdvocate

    I was surprised to just look up that Conine played a lot of outfield last year – 56 games in left for Baltimore, then played entirely in right and left for the Phillies after a deadline “trade”. Total in 2006 of about 630 innings played in outfield, and about 450 at first base.

    Hasn’t played anywhere but 1b for the Reds to this point.

  14. DevilsAdvocate

    Ha, you beat me to it, Ethan. Baseball-reference keeps us all awesomely informed.

  15. preach

    How’s Keppinger’s defense? Freel is a super-sub. That by its nature means that you are no long term solution at any particular thing. Trying to play him 140+ games a season would lead to a meltdown, regardless of position. He shouldn’t start more than 3-4 games a week, enter another 1-2 as a late inning replacement/pinch runner, etc.

  16. DevilsAdvocate

    Well, well – things looking really good to start this one! 4-0, with a 3-run homer by the Donkey. And that’s 11 homers, tied for the league lead.

  17. RagTag

    Boy, Dunn is really hitting well lately. I missed the homer, but I’m glad to hear it!

  18. DevilsAdvocate

    Oh my goodness, Castro gets a hit. Stop the presses!

  19. RagTag

    Ross is up now, and Marty is pointing out that he’s been better lately. I guess he has, but he couldn’t have been much worse. He hit as poorly at the beginning of the season as anyone I’ve seen.

  20. Randy

    Ross k’s to end the inning. Gotta go work for a while.

  21. RagTag

    How many runs do we need to ensure the pen doesn’t blow it?

  22. DevilsAdvocate

    First run scored on singles by Freel & Hatteberg followed by a Griffey sacrifice fly.

  23. DevilsAdvocate

    Griffey. Is. Red. Hot.

    6-0 on his HR.

  24. DevilsAdvocate

    No lead is safe if this bullpen gets significant exposure. Our positive-thinking should go towards the starting pitchers being effective deep into the game.

  25. John

    Jeff Conine has some experience playing 3B.

    .946 FP

    Interesting.

  26. al

    one thing you can say about harang, he knows how to pitch with a lead.

  27. RagTag

    Houston is just mailing this one in, aren’t they?

  28. RagTag

    Chris, even with a 100 run lead, I’d be afraid that Weathers would allow the tying run to get to the plate before closing out the game.

  29. DevilsAdvocate

    It’s Scuffy Moehler again! He weaseled his way out of that bases-loaded situation, for sure.

  30. Jared

    Well, no MLB.tv for me today.. What happened? Was it a broken bat or something?

  31. Chris W

    7-4. 1-2 pitch and Lee singles. Get the pen ready! I think it’s going to take another 7 runs to win this one. 🙄

  32. Chris W

    3rd out at 3rd base. 7-5 now. I wish I had a tv. Stinking job getting in the way!

  33. DevilsAdvocate

    Yikes. Harang continues to eat innings this year but only at an average (at best) run-allowing rate.

    It is now 7-5.

  34. CeeKeR

    Well, Griffey made a nice throw, but the run counted… 7-5 now… (gulp)

  35. Chris W

    2 games in less than a week we’ve had a guy 1 hit away from the cycle. WOW!

  36. Jared

    Dunn is turning in to a triple machine. Guess that’s way he rolls now. :mrgreen:

  37. Chris W

    9-5 after 5.

    Its going to take more than that I feel.

  38. DevilsAdvocate

    Well, the Reds are trying to deliver some more runs here. Two on and one out for cycle-seeking Dunn.

  39. Chris W

    Definately not a single. 2 rallies ended with DPs.

  40. DevilsAdvocate

    darn Berkman turns a doubleplay instead.

  41. Chris W

    We’ll need some more baserunners in order for Dunn to get another AB. Of course the bullpen will likely give Dunn a shot at batting in the 9th

  42. Jared

    So.. Hamilton’s the only starter without a hit? Who would have thought?

  43. Randy

    Oh, no. Not Weathers.

    This is a complete joke.

  44. RagTag

    I didn’t have a problem with the Stanton signing, but he can’t get anyone out.

  45. al

    why does jerry narron have so much faith in stanton. the other night he said the answer to the bullpen’s problems was to use stanton more, and i checked the stats and AT THAT TIME stanton had the worst ERA of any reliever on the team.

    i mean, veteran guy or not, you’d think narron would understand that the guy who has given up the most runs might not be the answer to the problem.

    if stormy gives up a granny to tie it here, i may have trouble rooting for this team.

  46. Randy

    Stick a fork in Stanton. His career is over.

    Good thing Krivsky gave him a two year contract.

  47. Jared

    if stormy gives up a granny to tie it here, i may have trouble rooting for this team.
    Yep. But what you won’t do is be surprised. 🙁

  48. RagTag

    Dang, Weathers hung that one! Oh my goodness, that was almost a grand slam!

  49. RagTag

    Oh man, the replay showed that that was ball four. Ensberg has a right to complain about that one.

  50. Justin

    Weathers got outt of the Stanton jam. ehen is Livingstone coming up???

  51. Randy

    Weathers eked out of that one, but I’ll say it again…

    …this team is a joke. I’ve never seen such a ridiculous bullpen. Krivsky hasn’t improved it ONE SINGLE BIT.

  52. DevilsAdvocate

    “Weathers just got away with a hangin’ breaking ball, bigtime,” say the Brennamen. And a called strike 3 later, he’s out of it. whooooo . . .

  53. DevilsAdvocate

    Reds need three baserunners to get Dunn another shot at a single.

  54. preach

    Dunner would never hit a single with bases loaded. He’s too selfish….

    and a grand slam is, as everyone knows, a rally killer.

  55. DevilsAdvocate

    damn, my wlw feed just crapped out and switched to that stupid endless ringing phone. What’s up with that?

    Now I have to listen to Houston’s guys.

  56. RagTag

    Okay, I’ve been in and out…but is it really true that Dunn got a triple?

  57. DevilsAdvocate

    Ha, it’s true…and Dunn’s second triple of the year, even. Just missed a homer on it, and the ball bounced off the CF wall and away from the outfielders.

  58. RagTag

    HE actually ran to first and didn’t lollygag like Brandon Phillips?

  59. RagTag

    Norris Hopper in the game for Dunn.

    Even with this lead…with this bullpen, and the chance you might need Dunn’s bat later, would you take him out of the game?

    I wouldn’t, especially since Dunn’s defense is so much improved this year.

  60. DevilsAdvocate

    Weathers is killing me too. A leadoff walk in the ninth? Come on!

  61. DevilsAdvocate

    Oh, already one out. And now two. I’m working.

  62. RagTag

    …and this one belongs to the Reds!

    Whew!

  63. DevilsAdvocate

    These are a bit more scary than they should be. Leads of 7-0 and 9-5 should be money in the bank, not the blood-pressure-affecting adventures that they’ve turned into. But good for them – no runs allowed by the bullpen in limited exposure!

  64. RagTag

    So why is Thom Brennaman going to be away for a week?