It’s the rubber match of this three game series with Colorado today, and Matt Buh-lissle will face off against Rodrigo Lopez. If the Reds can win this game, and the series, it will mean that the Reds are the greatest team on earth. Nothing less.

No pressure….

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  1. First hitter against Weathers clears the bases with a triple. This bullpen sucks so bad, I can hear it from here.

  2. No win for Buh-lissle.

  3. Blah Blah Blah

  4. Jerry, you should have NEVER taken Belisle out after he gave up a two-out SINGLE!!! Don’t you KNOW your bullpen SUCKS ASS???

  5. It’s time to start turning some of these back of the rotation starters in the minors into relievers.

  6. It took less than two innings to blow a six run lead. 😥

  7. They should just send the entire bullpen to the minors, or cut them, and bring up Louisville’s bullpen. Couldn’t be any worse.

  8. If Todd Coffey isn’t in St. Louis on Tuesday, it’ll be a crime.

  9. 9-8. Weathers is going to get the loss, and he deserves it.


  10. Well, thanks for getting my hopes up, Dave. Next time could you TELL Hawpe you’re going to pipe a fastball??

  11. If Krivsky HAD to trade Kearns and Lopez, couldn’t he have gotten at least ONE reliever who could pitch???? 👿

  12. Oh yeah, Coffey’s the answer. If the question is: name a Reds reliever who has sucked this year.

  13. Ready for Everyday Eddie or a real closer….or a real pull pen….please

  14. Castro-Moeller-Conine are due up in the ninth. There’d better be pinch-hitters for at least two of those.

  15. why does weathers deserve it? he didn’t load the bases, nor did he walk 3 straight. this is all about the cooter and the magic man. weathers wasn’t great, but he’s given up 1 run in one inning so far. if the others could do that we’d still be winning.

  16. name a Reds reliever who has sucked this year.

    Oof, there are a lot of correct answers to that question.

  17. jeff g i don’t know if your’re responding to my comment, but i certainly didn’t say coffey is “the answer,” but unlike sarloos, he is getting it done at AAA.

  18. I don’t care how sick Dunn is. Unless he’s on his death bed, he better be hitting this inning

  19. blah awful simply awful.

  20. Castro bats, and I die a little inside.

  21. No, Al. Wasn’t you. RagTag said it’d be a “crime” if Coffey isn’t in St. Louis Tuesday. What has he shown anyone that he’d be the answer to this mess?

  22. CAN ANYONE BUNT?????

  23. Coffey got it done in the majors, too, more than these other jokers. Check out his numbers, Jeff. His ERA in may was barely over 3.

    He had turned the corner and was being VERY effective, then he had one bad outing and Krivsky over-reacted (again) and sent him to AAA.

    Again, Jeff, check the numbers and compare them to the other stiffs in the pen. Coffey wasn’t as bad as you remember.

  24. And Castro resuscitates me. Wow, a leadoff double for Castro. Narron’s a freakin’ genius.

  25. Leadoff Double! Now, another bunt by Moeller and Conine SAC and we tie it up!

  26. No one said Coffey is “the answer,” but he’s better than all but one or two of the people currently in the bullpen.

    Randy said it best. Coffey had a terrible outing at the end, and a terrible stretch for a week or so, but he was the best or 2nd best REds reliever otherwise.

  27. Does either team want to win this game?

  28. Oh nevermind! Thanks for the help

  29. Good god. Castro can’t get picked off there – that’s what veterans are supposed to bring is critical knowledge of those situations.

    And yet it works out when they throw it away. Runner at third, no out now.

  30. And he doesn’t have to be “the answer” to improve this pen. There is no question whatsoever that this bullpen would be better with Coffey here and one of these other idiots sent out to pasture.

  31. Good Lord…it’s amazing how great Coffey is compared to the rest. But, he’s still been awful this year. CONINE!!!

  32. Rock on, Conine!

  33. a double sing and run scored…wow.

  34. Undeserving, but the Reds tie it up on a Conine single. 9-9. Yikes.

  35. so, do you bat for Weathers? Who do you send out in the 9th if you do.

  36. ERA of 3.18 in May, which encompasses about half of his appearances for the year. Yep, awful.

    Look, it’s just my opinion, which is worth approximately nothing, but I think he had gotten himself straightened out and had been very effective over his last ten appearances or so before he had one bad outing and was sent out.

  37. Marcus McBeth will come out to make his major-league debut in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game on the road. Godd luck, kid.

  38. Nope, Weathers is still in the game. Bit surprising.

  39. Oh, no he won’t. I forgot Conine was double-switched in earlier, not pinch-hitting for Weathers. So Weathers still in there.

  40. I don’t know if I want to see McBeth’s debut today, but I’m looking forward to seeing the kid pitch. He’s an intriguing acquisition.

  41. And Weathers looks dominant in the ninth. Of course.

  42. Let Weathers hit! Bullpen left: Stanton, McBeth, Salmon, Santos…if the Reds take the lead, who closes?

  43. Majewski’s ERA on the season: 15.00.

    That’s showing all your critics, Gary!

  44. what a crazy game. weathers, while it’s still not a great day for him with that bases-clearing tripple, still stepped up there.

    it’ll be marcus mcbeth on to save it after the reds take the lead. who pinch hits for weathers? dunn? javy?

  45. Good question, Jeff. I’d bet on Santos, actually. Is he rested?

    If not, probably Salmon.

  46. Weathers drives me nuts

  47. McBeth is gonna get his first career save after Ross goes yahtzee.

  48. Dunn pinch hits to lead off the tenth.

  49. I mean Dunn

  50. Hope you’re right, Alex.

  51. Dunn is deemed able to pinch-hit for Weathers. McBeth just by dint of his minor-league numbers might be the best major-league reliever the Reds have. 😛

  52. Alex, that’d be nice!

  53. Single for Dunn. I’ll take it.

  54. No homer, but we have a runner on with no outs for Junior.

  55. Double play. I think I’m going to curse.

  56. Good God Junior is SLOW

  57. Nothing doing in the top of the tenth. So…McBeth?

  58. well the heart of the order just went down like a sack of dirt. lets hope we get another shot at them.

  59. Nope, Santos comes on. And I was just readying my Shakespeare quotations, too.

  60. santos. i just don’t get it. why do you send livingston down to get mcbeth, and then not use him, either when you have a 6 run lead, or when you’re in extra innings. i just don’t get it.

  61. I smell trouble…

  62. I see trouble…

  63. WALK HELTON!!!!!!!!

  64. good to get to the guy with a HR and 2b already.

  65. Well, the Reds didn’t deserve this one. 10-9 Colorado in 10 innings.

  66. well, not too much to be said about this one. same as it ever was, bullpen and bullpen management. keep doing the same thing, and you’ll get the same result.

  67. why is McBeth, Salmon and/or Burton on the roster if you refuse to use them. I don’t get it. I’d rather see someone else blow the game then the same people over and over again. And say all you want about Weathers being solid this year. Check out his stats with inherited runners all but one has scored this year

  68. Narron would have been better off using McBeth.

    “We still have judgment here; that we but teach
    Bloody instructions, which being taught, return
    To plague the inventor.”

  69. How can one pitching staff be so bad! That was ANOTHER shameful performance by the bullpen.

  70. this is the worst season for ifs ands and buts i’ve ever had as a reds fan. this team finds ways to lose in games where that’s saying something. it just feels like they’re not that bad, but they are.

  71. Jerry Narron may not be manager by morning.

  72. Bang head repeatedly on wall……..Dump the Pen and replace them all with Gas Cans oh wait they already are gas cans. Any how make sure you employ gas van on any fire to put it out of the win because that is what this Pen does well right now.

  73. I am not sure if it matter who is managing the team anymore. The Starters all must go 9 to consider an attempt to get a win.

  74. I agree with Jim. Castellini and Krivsky were both in Colorado today. Narron may be gone with the off-day tomorrow.

    I also agree with Justin that it probably doesn’t matter. Bucky Dent will be the same deal.

  75. Narron’s not going anywhere. If he didn’t get fired after the disastrous homestand, he won’t get fired after 2/3 of the road trip.

    Bucky Dent will be the same deal

    And you know this how? Dent hasn’t managed a ML team in 17 seasons. What’s the basis for predicting his performance if and when he gets the job?

    I’m a lot less worried about who the manager is than I am about Krivsky getting fleeced in another panic trade to shore up the bullpen. I’m hoping the imminent return of Everyday Eddie will stave off any panic moves.

  76. I don’t know that about Dent. The point was that it likely doesn’t matter. Narron does some dumb things, but so does every manager, and there’s no reason to believe Dent would be outstanding.

    This team has problems that are a lot worse than the manager. That’s all I was trying to say. Even if Dent is the best manager ever, it won’t make a difference with this team.

  77. All this debate about Narron and/or the bullpen…I’d just like to see Krivsky grow some balls and be decisive again rather than hemming and hawing and not doing anything to improve this team outside of calling up a minor leaguer here or there. It’s obvious that this team needs outside help.

  78. If I had my way, guys like McBeth, Burton and Salmon would be carrying the mail right now.

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