It’s Sunday afternoon, and the Reds and Cubs are about to start the rubber match of this weekend series. Your fifth-place Reds send Matt Belisle to the mound, and Belisle really needs to start pitching well. He’s had one good performance in the last month.

I hope many of you are at the ballpark today. As Jeff Wallner noted, there are too many Cub fans in the stadium this weekend. I noticed the same thing last year when I attended a Cubs series in June. Blue shirts everywhere. It’s disgraceful.

Let’s hope for a big win today. Discuss it here.

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15 Responses

  1. Matt B.

    Some more interesting trade rumors:

    “Here we go!!! With the trade rumors flying around like June Bugs in June, ESPN 1000 is reporting that a deal that would send Murton and a couple of prospects to the Reds is taking shape. The cubs are said to have “no interest” in acquiring Adam Dunn and ESPN is speculating that the Cubs have made a “strong push” towards acquiring Griffey Jr. and have offered the Reds an “very attractive package of players” that could send Pie along with Murton and a couple of pitching prospects( tho they didn’t say what prospects). They also speculated that this could be a three way trade or the Reds could be offering Arroyo up if the Reds get Hill, Pie, Murton, and a prospect but that seems unlikely. If the deal goes thru it wont be finalized until after the Reds/Cubs series which ends Sunday.”

    From a Cubs’ fan blog, but it is still ESPN who is reporting it.

  2. DevilsAdvocate

    Cincinnati Reds

    Hatteberg, 1b
    Freel, CF
    Griffey, RF
    Phillips, 2b
    Dunn, LF
    Keppinger, SS
    Valentín, C
    Encarnacíon, 3b
    Belisle, P

    Edwin dropped to eighth? That’s potentially an offense-filled lineup, especially for a Sunday.

  3. DevilsAdvocate

    Same old same old for Matt Belisle. 2-0 Cubs after one.

  4. DevilsAdvocate

    Absolutely no mention of the Enquirer articles today during the second inning beat writer discussion. However, it was Hal McCoy from a (sort of) competing paper, so maybe that’s why.

  5. Chad

    Nothing doing for the Reds through two innings. And Ba-lissle isn’t looking very good.

  6. RagTag

    Zambrano looks alright today. I’m afraid we’re in trouble today.

  7. DevilsAdvocate

    Zambrano always looks alright until he gets rattled. Then he can give up 4 runs before anyone realizes what happened.

    Trouble is, he hasn’t gotten rattled in about a month. If nothing else, he doesn’t look dominant today, at least not through 3.

  8. DevilsAdvocate

    News on Harang is that his back is still very sore today, to the point where they went ahead and did an MRI. “No structural damage” was the verdict. He will not be with the team in DC, where he was originally scheduled to start. Hopes to rejoin the team in Pittsburgh next weekend.

  9. DevilsAdvocate

    Belisle seems to have settled down after a very hittable first two-plus innings. But the Reds can’t get anything going themselves. Still 2-0 after 5.

  10. DevilsAdvocate

    Freel hitting bullets today with nothing to show for it.

  11. DevilsAdvocate

    In the interest of posterity, 6-0 final. Three-hit shutout, and the Reds got mauled the past two days.

    Lots of cheering for the Cubs came through over the radio, or more than felt comfortable, anyway.

  12. ChicagoRedsFan

    I found the huge number of Cubs fans at the games this series extremely embarrassing. They might as well have played at Wrigley.

  13. Tom

    A big crowd for the Reds is 30,000+ so there are plenty of seats for the irritating Cub fans. I’m pulling for the Brewers.