Pete Mackanin and the suddenly red-hot Redlegs return to action for the second half of the season tonight. The good guys are on the road, taking on the Mets at Shea Stadium.

Bronson Arroyo will be pitching for the Reds, attempting to come back from a less than stellar first half of the season. The Mets will counter with some old guy.

Let’s hope the Reds can get off to a good start and finish the season strong. It begins tonight. Discuss it here.

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33 Responses

  1. Twill815

    Just another reminder to all the Reds fans out there….Directv is showing a MLB Extra Innings free sample starting today and running through the 18th. I assume this is for other cable providers as well. So if you’re an out of market Reds fan like myself..check it out!!! Go Reds!!

  2. Matt B.

    Reds lineup:

    Hatteberg 1b
    Freel cf
    Griffey rf
    Phillips 2b
    Dunn lf
    Encarnacion 3b
    Gonzalez ss
    Ross c
    Arroyo p

    Haven’t seen the Mets yet. In other news, the Reds claimed a LHP from (SURPRISE!) the Twins. Here’s the note from Rosecrans:

    In other transactions, the Reds claimed off waivers from the Twins LHP Alexander Smit. He has yet to be assigned to a Reds minor league affiliate.

    Smit, 21, went 1-4 with 1 save and a 5.86 ERA in 18 appearances (8 starts) this season with Class A Fort Myers, including a 3.86 ERA in 10 games as a reliever (8er, 18.2ip). Last season with Class A Beloit, Smit went 7-2 with a 2.99 ERA in 34 appearances (13 starts). He was named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for August 7-13.

    Smit, a native of the Netherlands, was ranked by Baseball America as the Twins’ 14th-best prospect in 2003. In 2001 and 2002 he was a member of the Dutch National Junior Team and was selected to play on the Dutch Olympic Team in the 2002 International Cup in Cuba.

  3. Chris

    Baseball Prospectus is free right now, too.

  4. Mike

    Hatteberg has to me on a few wish lists as we approach July 31.

  5. DevilsAdvocate

    Tuning in late, I see that it was an ignominious start to the second half for Arroyo. Homers to the first two batters he faces?

    Nothing allowed since, though, and 2-2 in the bottom of the 4th.

  6. DevilsAdvocate

    Oh, Freel. So close, and yet so frustrating.

  7. Chad

    I watched the first two Mets homer, then turned it off to go play with the kids. They’re in bed, and I’m back.

  8. DevilsAdvocate

    Homerun Jay Bruce late in his AAA debut. His first hit in Louisville.

  9. DevilsAdvocate

    Listening to the Chattanooga radio guys announce that Bruce homer: “Well, that’s it. We won’t see him again.”

  10. DevilsAdvocate

    Freakin’ Stanton. Don’t walk the park.

  11. DevilsAdvocate

    Hey, Jared Burton is back! Now he can walk everyone that Stanton couldn’t.

    Sorry, it’s the eighth inning. It’s fated/destined/cursed.

  12. DevilsAdvocate

    And yet no runs score.

    Go Phillips! Nothing like a leadoff single in the ninth, down in a 1-run game.

  13. DevilsAdvocate

    Phillips better not get caught leaning.

  14. Jimmy James

    Brandon Phillips is the perfect Red. He’s an idiot.


    That’s some of the worst baserunning I’ve seen that didn’t involve Ryan Freel.

  15. Chad

    Sheesh, Phillips. That’s just terrible.

    At least EE stole second, so we have a runner in scoring position again.

  16. DevilsAdvocate

    Phillips takes hope away. Then Edwin brings some hope back.

  17. Jimmy James

    If Conine gets on, Norris Hopper is on deck and he’d be coming up with two outs. So we have that going for us.

  18. Chad

    A winnable game that we can’t pull out. Maybe Mackanin isn’t a miracle worker after all. 😐

  19. DevilsAdvocate

    Nope, nope, nope. 3-2 Mets, final. Arroyo’s back to his season-starting ways – good performance but no run support.

  20. Chad

    Bruce is batting in Louisville now. Bottom of the 8th, down one run.

  21. Jimmy James

    Where was Bruce hitting in the lineup?

  22. DevilsAdvocate

    Well, actually I guess it was a decent performance for Arroyo. Homers to the first two batters of the night kind of got the momentum started in the wrong way.

  23. Chad

    Struck out.

    And opposing manager Dave Miley comes out to change pitchers.

  24. DevilsAdvocate

    Oh my. This was Homer Bailey’s start tonight in Louisville. He was AWFUL. 3.1 IP, 6 runs. Worse, on 6 hits, 5 walks, and 4 K.

  25. DevilsAdvocate

    Bailey also had 2 bases stolen off him, had a wild pitch, and even a balk.