Reds and Pads in game one tonight at Great American Ballpark. Discuss it here.

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76 Responses

  1. Chris

    Not sure Norris Hopper needs to be swinging at the first pitch. Not sure that helps.

  2. Chris

    I get the Reds in HDTV for a change.

    Reds vs. LHP, 2007:
    .242 .302 .395 697 OPS

  3. DevilsAdvocate

    I’ve noticed that over the past few weeks Dunn has gotten a lot less gratuitous grief from the broadcasters. I wonder if Dunn’s comments about Marty ‘n’ Thom were taken to heart.

    Of course, it also doesn’t hurt when he comes through with a two-out, RBI, non-homerun hit.

  4. Chris

    Belile almost took that one in the nuts.

  5. DevilsAdvocate

    Norris Hopper can lay the bunt single down, no doubt.

  6. Chris

    Padres backup play-by-play man is right along with the rest of the gang, saying that BP is “right up there with Utley.”

    Dude’s an interesting player, but the bottom line (or close to it, anyway) is that he has a .320 OBP. That’s 9/12 NL 2bs.

    Utley’s at .414, and SLGs 120 points higher, too. He’s 4th in the entire league in OPS. The difference between Utley and BP is the same as the difference between BP and Dave Ross.

  7. Chris

    That’ll do it for Ledezma.

    Some dude named “Jack Castle” coming in.

  8. ChicagoRedsfan

    The Reds finally found a lefty that they could hit!

  9. DevilsAdvocate

    Major league debut for this guy. Classic Castle maneuver.

  10. ChicagoRedsfan

    I was just looking at Hopper’s stats and was shocked to see that he only has 4 RBIs for the season! I realize he bats leadoff, but 4 RBIs in 180 ABs? WOW.

  11. DevilsAdvocate

    It’s a barren bottom of the order that the Reds throw out there most nights. Hence, 4 RBI coming into tonight for Hopper.

    Still, Hopper has had 34 plate appearances with runners in scoring position. Just seven hits in those situations, and when you consider that he’s an infield-hit guy, that may help explain it.

  12. Y-City Jim

    I notice Hopper’s Baseball Reference page listed no similar players. I guess he is in a league of his own.
    😀

  13. DevilsAdvocate

    Josh Hamilton is having some more fun in AAA tonight. 2-3 with a run scored & 2 RBI, and a stolen base, so far.

  14. Y-City Jim

    That was a real questionable call, which oddly enough went the Reds’ way.

  15. Y-City Jim

    Imagine if Bellisle could be consistent from pitch to pitch.

  16. DevilsAdvocate

    Ha – no one has ever been enamored enough with a Hopper-type player before, to give him a job in the majors. No offense Norris (ooooh, double meaning there).

    Baseball Prospectus’ PECOTA listed Jason Tyner, Darrell Brown, Luis Ordaz, and Homer Bush as “comparables.” Not exactly a great list.

  17. Chris

    The fact that nearly 25% of Hopper’s hits are bunt singles = 4 RBI.

    Adrian Gonzalez can hit, by the way.

  18. DevilsAdvocate

    For the second time, the defense comes up with an effort that allows Belisle a good chance to get out of the inning, and for the second time Belisle gives up a homerun to the very next batter. This time it costs them the lead.

  19. Y-City Jim

    This is what would bite. To be listed as similar to Mendoza.

    When you were as weak of a hitter as Mendoza how would one know when your career is over. Plus he is vested in MLB retirement.

  20. Chris

    Steve Quis and Tony Gwynn are talking about how it would be impossible to hit one into the river. I can’t wait until someone tells them Dunn did it.

  21. Y-City Jim

    When the power alley jets streams are flowing Norris Hopper might do it.

    😀

  22. Y-City Jim

    I should play that Indians-Reds instant lottery game. Free parking needs to be included in those prizes.

  23. Y-City Jim

    Survey time:

    If you could pick anyone to be a Reds announcer who would you pick?

  24. Chris

    I bet you Hopper couldn’t get it there if he got to throw the ball up in the air and hit it, three times.

  25. Y-City Jim

    This Majewski moment
    So different and so new
    Was like any other
    Until I met you
    And then it happened
    It took me by surprise
    I knew that you felt it too
    I could see it by the look in your eyes

  26. DevilsAdvocate

    Gary Majewski! Third time’s the charm.

  27. DevilsAdvocate

    Hmmmm. Not a good start for Gary.

  28. Y-City Jim

    Just like yesterday
    Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
    We don’t get fooled again
    Don’t get fooled again
    No, no!

  29. Y-City Jim

    At least his physical appearance is better.

  30. John

    Khalil Greene has a nice, shimmering mane.

  31. Y-City Jim

    Majewski makes a decent pitch! Wonders never cease.

  32. Y-City Jim

    How long has it been since Majewski actually pitched an entire inning at the major league level?

  33. Y-City Jim

    Ross on the verge of dropping below .200.

  34. Shawn

    Norris Hopper = Jason Tyner. I can see it.

    Marty and Thom have gone nuts about Hopper and Keppinger being “winning players.” Thom is going on about Hopper on TV tonight. Wonder how that fits with the 4 RBI?

  35. Y-City Jim

    Let the Hopper man love flow!!!

  36. DevilsAdvocate

    Hopper has increased his RBI total by 50% tonight.

    Marty saying the Reds should consider not sitting Hopper when Hamilton returns. Classic anecdotal judgements.

    Whatevs. Tie game!

  37. Y-City Jim

    Marty should be in the Idiots Hall of Fame.

  38. DevilsAdvocate

    Burton relinquishes the lead, lets an inherited runner score.

    But Griffey walks to lead off the Reds’ 7th. Hatteberg will hit off a new lefty – has he had any at-bats against lefties this year?

  39. ChicagoRedsfan

    So if they don’t sit Hopper, who’s on the bench? Marty probably wants it to be Dunn.

  40. ChicagoRedsfan

    Hatteberg’s hitting .185 in 27 ABs against lefties…

  41. ChicagoRedsfan

    How much longer is the Gary Majewski saga going to last? It’s getting beyond ridiculous. He’s terrible.

  42. Y-City Jim

    Outside of the dinger, I thought this might be one of Majewski’s finest moments as a Red. Seriously.

  43. Y-City Jim

    Place this clown back on waivers.

  44. DevilsAdvocate

    After the leadoff walk by Ross, the two speedsters Ellison ‘n’ Hopper offered up a couple of terrible at-bats. On to the ninth.

  45. Y-City Jim

    Hamilton 2 – 4 with 2 RBI, SB
    Votto 0 – 4
    Bruce 0 – 3

    Bats win 4 – 2 on only 4 hits

    Shearn the winner, McBeth with a Hold, Stone with the Save.

  46. ChicagoRedsfan

    I have a feeling they’ll bring Stone back in September. Majewk Man could set him up.

  47. Y-City Jim

    Do the Reds even get a hit in the 9th?

  48. DevilsAdvocate

    Brandon Phillips is as good as Utley, no doubt in my mind. 😀

    Leadoff double in the 9th.

  49. Y-City Jim

    Great AB by Phillips

    Lousy AB by Griffey

  50. ChicagoRedsfan

    Majewski’s era went down over a full run tonight, from 15.88 to 14.85. Congrats, Gary!

  51. DevilsAdvocate

    Hatteberg! That is quality.

    RBI double, 7-all. Very good.

  52. renbutler

    Terrible two at-bats for EE and AG.

    Valentin has a great history in those situations.

  53. Y-City Jim

    Great hit by Hatteberg

    Crap AB’s by Encarnacion and Gonzalez

  54. DevilsAdvocate

    Valentín is on the bench because the Reds are operating with a short bench. He and Keppinger are the last ones left available. Maybe Livingston could come in handy tonight.

  55. DevilsAdvocate

    Two consecutive scoreless innings from Stanton is a lot to ask . . . careful.

  56. ChicagoRedsfan

    Who were the Reds protecting when they lost Trevor Hoffman in the expansion draft? Tim Pugh? Scott Ruskin? LOL

  57. DevilsAdvocate

    How about that. On the night where the Reds back themselves into a corner and need innings from Stanton, he shows up with super-effective stuff.

  58. Y-City Jim

    Sounded like it was a civil war in the Bowden front office when it happened.

    This will be a quick bottom of the 10th.

  59. DevilsAdvocate

    26 walks in 42 innings for the new Padres pitcher Cameron, and he’s got an ERA below one? There’s a market correction in the offing for this guy.

  60. DevilsAdvocate

    Thank goodness for mlb gameday when Brantley is on the radio. Otherwise I’d have no idea what was going on.

  61. Y-City Jim

    Interesting listening to Welch’s rationale on why maybe Minnesota gave up on Cameron. Monetary investment in high picks may create unintentional bias. Demonstrates why Oakland can look at players more objectively since they don’t invest major dollars in anyone.

  62. DevilsAdvocate

    I’ll repeat the very first comment of the night from Chris:

    Not sure Norris Hopper needs to be swinging at the first pitch. Not sure that helps.

  63. Y-City Jim

    More punishment for those of us who continue to watch.

  64. DevilsAdvocate

    Oh, Weathers. 3 straight walks, and the batters didn’t exactly have to fight for them either.

  65. Y-City Jim

    If it has been on the money Dunn nails him.

  66. DevilsAdvocate

    Yuck. Weathers way off tonight; he’s reverting back to the pitcher he always had been.

  67. DevilsAdvocate

    Gets worse: Santos comes in, first-pitch homerun by Kouzmanoff. 12-7 in the 11th.

  68. Abner

    two steps forward. One step back.

    At least they showed some fight these last two nights. If the bullpen gets shored up, I can’t not belive they’d compete within this division.

  69. GregD

    Santos? Nah. Pre-game roster moves will be to send down Bellhorn and Livingston back to AAA and call up Saarloos and Stone.

    On the positive side, Majewski came in to give up a homerun in 1 inning last night and actually LOWERED his ERA.

  70. RickM

    I had a change in plans today and I’m stuck with two tickets for today’s game (8/11). Right field foul line, 5 rows from the field. Anyone interested?