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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  1. 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. 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. The Mets DFAd Julio Franco today – sad news.

  4. Baseball Prospectus is free right now, too.

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

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

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

  11. Bring up Jay Bruce now! Start him in CF!

  12. Freakin’ Stanton. Don’t walk the park.

  13. 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.

  14. I hate the 8th inning.

  15. And yet no runs score.

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

  16. Phillips better not get caught leaning.

  17. Come on, Edwin. Be a hero.

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

    YOU NEVER TAKE OFF FOR THIRD WHEN THE BALL IS HIT ON THE GROUND IN FRONT OF YOU, BP!!!!!!!

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

  19. Sheesh, Phillips. That’s just terrible.

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

  20. Maybe Conine can do something here.

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

  22. 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.

  23. …which is nice.

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

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

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

  27. Where was Bruce hitting in the lineup?

  28. 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.

  29. Struck out.

    And opposing manager Dave Miley comes out to change pitchers.

  30. 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.

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

  32. Nice play by Bruce out in CF. He can go get ’em.

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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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