Do these American League teams really think they can compete with the mighty Cincinnati Reds?

Kyle Lohse takes to the mound tonight in an attempt to make it 4 out of 5 on this inter-league homestand. World Series hero Jon Lackey will pitch for the Angels.

Again, and I know we say this often, we have to wonder which pitcher will show up tonight: Dr. Kyle or Mr. Lohse. Lohse is sometimes brilliant, sometimes terrible, occasionally in-between. I’m hoping for Good Kyle tonight.

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  1. So how Reds have bobbleheads now?

  2. Still loving that slide from Hamilton last night.

  3. Jim, any Paris Hilton updates? I heard that her parents cut in line to see her…

  4. Please, a Paris update! I’ve been waiting all day!

  5. Paris still isn’t sleeping much. She is also avoiding food and water because she fears prison staff snapping a photo of her going to the bathroom. I guess kidney failure is a better option for her.

  6. No Hopper in the line-up. Narron will be avoiding food and water all night!!

  7. I see that Oakland has given Billy Bean a seven-year extension on his contract.

  8. Let’s see if Eddie and Josh can ignite some offense!!!

  9. Ryan “Kamikaze” Freel in the dugout tonight.

  10. The way Lackey is pitching that 1 run may stand up.

  11. No Hooper? The world has turned crazy all of a sudden. Dogs and cats, sleeping together…mass hysteria!

  12. They should have given Beane a lifetime contract.

    If they hadn’t extended him, some small market team would have been wise to break the bank to sign him. It would have been a great investment.

  13. As my daughter would say, that Lackey guy weirds me out.

  14. So how does Gary Mathews, Jr. going from being a Juan Castro type hitter to batting cleanup for the Angels?

  15. That is one thing Ross does well!!!

  16. Who is going to be brave enough to get their hair cut at the ball park? There are going to be a lot of bad haircuts that day!

  17. I’ve only been listening for a inning or two, but Thom seems more restrained in his comments and more deferential than when he’s teamed with dad. He punches up his comments too much when he’s with Marty, like he’s trying to live up to his father’s outspoken nature. I like Thom tonight–he tends to grate on me other times. Good to have Joe back, too.

  18. Nothing even close to a hit so far.

  19. Where’s Marty?

  20. Nice back up by Lohse!!!

  21. Obviously Lohse understands the need to back up Ross who has a habit of not catching the ball.

  22. If you were a manager would you ever let the hitting instructor near Guerrero? The guy is so unorthodox but, man, can he ever hit.

  23. It’s the home plate umpire’s call.

  24. OK, I have to surrender the Internet for a while. Long story. Maybe back on later.

  25. Woo! It’s a run!

  26. Woo! It’s two runs!

  27. Woo! It’s three runs!

    Homer by Hatteberg hits a solo shot for the 3-2 lead.

  28. God I love Joe in the booth. No one gets as excited as he does. Its the ultimate background comentation.

    Reds on top thanks to Hatte: 3-2

  29. A solid start being ruined, as Lohse is blowing up here in the 6th.

  30. Boy, I agree about Joe. His enthusiasm and passion for the Reds is so infectious.

    He has flaws as an announcer, but he’s still great.

  31. Vladimir is awfully good.

    Angels up 4-3.

  32. Yeah, I was about to write something earlier about how Joe called Guerrero “Pedro,” but I figured, why should I call that out? He’s too much fun to listen to.

  33. Re: Guerrero

    I couldn’t agree more with Jim’s comment above. I wouldn’t let a hitting coach touch him. He has very little patience — and I’m big on plate discipline — but I love watching the guy. He can flat-out hit the baseball.

  34. Ha, Pedro Guerrero! Awesome!

  35. There’s one of the flaws I wsa talking about, DA. He couldn’t pronounce a name if he had to, but who cares? He’s ours.

  36. Lohse back for the seventh. And gives up a base hit on his first pitch.

  37. …and I bet no one is warming up.

    Personally, I can’t think of anyone I’d like to see warming up. Is Clay Carroll still around?

  38. First two runners reach. Bad news all around in the seventh.

  39. Two batters into the 7th here, Lohse is sitting at 97 pitches.

  40. Re: Joe. Let’s not underestimate the difficulty in calling bb games at the major league level–part-time. Hard to get or stay in any sort of flow. For a guy in his 70s, too, Joe does beyond great. And I love his cheering in the background on Reds homers, too.

  41. Hey. the reds have won 4 of 5 with a solid bullpen with that.. let’s have a little faith

  42. Lackey won’t get pinch-hit for, after they sacrificed the runners over to bring him up?

    This has got to be a squeeze coming up.

  43. I don’t think anyone here would disagree with you, crypticphrasing.

  44. Ummm…james, you are kidding, right? Have faith in this bullpen? Based on the last five games?

    Have you forgotten the weeks of games before that? Or the one game that was lost was blown by the pen?

  45. Oh, yes he is pinch-hit for. Thanks, Joe!

  46. what a play!!!!

  47. No problem. Lohse wriggles his way out of the jam, thanks to Edwin and his spectacular amazing super fantastic glove.

  48. I said a LITTLE faith. I come on here every game and hear about the bullpen and i agree that it has been pathetic. But it’s all we have right now and for the last few games it has been respectable.

  49. Well, get ready, because Lohse is certainly done for the evening. See if the bullpen can keep up the good work.

  50. And also, i never agree with the guys narron puts in there to pitch, but we are fans and we have the right to disagree. I think we are right with more of the calls than narron is too..haha

  51. Do you agree with this bullpen move, to face the dangerous 2-3-4 hitters?

    “I don’t know what caffeine does for you, but without it? Your head caves in.”

  52. what is gonzo doing??????????

  53. Well, this is a quick collapse.

  54. Those were hit hard, but the “great” shortstop needs to make one of those plays.

    And i wouldn’t of put caffeine in to pitch. I like to see someone like McBeth in there. He’s young, but he hasn’t had strings of bad pitching like coffey.

  55. Tough luck for Coffey. Two groundballs towards short, two singles. And they don’t even let him continue. I don’t trust rookie Coutlangus that much.

  56. that’s one.. nice pitch

  57. Nice.. the old guys aren’t doing well.. play the young guys.. 1 more out to go though

  58. Be a hero, Dunn; let’s go. You’re at home, hit a homer.

  59. Not quite. Nuxie knows what’s up – Thom asks him what he’d try and finish off the batter with, he replies “Good hard slider, down and in,” and that’s exactly what Shields threw to get him swinging.

  60. Three runs against Francisco Rodriguez is a tall order indeed. But that’s what the Reds need in the 9th, down 6-3.

    He’s go one blown save this year, and 2 in his last 44 opportunities dating back to last year.

  61. Can we take up a collection to have Jeff Brantley whacked? Surely Chris and Chad can make a case for justifiable homicide. Brantley redefines stupid.

  62. Phil, I think I could be indicted if I say put me down for $50. So I won’t say it . . . cough . . .

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About Chad Dotson

Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine. You can email Chad at chaddotson@redlegnation.com.

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