It’s Sunday afternoon, and today’s game has the makings of a good ol’ good one, as Marty might say. Bronson Arroyo vs. Jake Peavy and the Padres. A win means the Reds will have won three straight series’ after the debacle in Washington.

Enjoy the roller coaster ride, and discuss it here.

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56 Responses

  1. GodlyCynic

    If Hamilton’s healthy enough to be activated, isn’t he healthy enough to start over Ellison or Hopper?

  2. Chris

    One would think, wouldn’t one?

    Ellison to completely pointless.

    Bad Bronson on the hill today.

  3. GodlyCynic

    Chris Welsh’s concern that the removal of Ross from the game will unhinge Bronson Arroyo is very touching. They have that special bond that allowed Arroyo to be mediocre this year and already giving up 3 in 3 to the Padres. Without Ross, it will be 27-0 by the end of 5.

  4. DevilsAdvocate

    You’ve got to be kidding me. Brian Giles has five homeruns now this weekend. He had TWO in the entire season leading up to this trip into Cincinnati.

    5-0 Padres. So far Valentín has an 18.00 CERA today with Bronson, while Ross did twice as well with a CERA of 9.00. Obviously Arroyo needs Ross. πŸ˜•

  5. Y-City Jim

    How many ABs until Keppinger has similar player comparisons on Baseball Reference?

  6. Y-City Jim

    Are their any Moneyball-type field managers available this offseason?

  7. DevilsAdvocate

    From one of Baseball-Reference’s FAQs:

    “Note that a player must have 100 innings pitched or 300 at bats before being considered,” where Keppinger has 255 career at-bats coming into today.

  8. DevilsAdvocate

    The thing about implementing a “Moneyball”-style philosophy is that it doesn’t really require much from the field manager, other than a person who is willing to follow commands from the upper management.

  9. DevilsAdvocate

    So Ron Oester is probably not a guy that Billy Beane would hire, is another way to look at it.

  10. Y-City Jim

    But it would be nice to have a field manager that actually based his decisions on something other than instinct.

  11. Y-City Jim

    Hamilton says “up yours” to Mackanin with a triple.

  12. Y-City Jim

    Can we just sign Hatteberg to a lifetime contract?

  13. Y-City Jim

    Here’s a strange statement: Hopper hit that ball too hard for Hatteberg to score.

  14. Y-City Jim

    If you pitched out on the first pitch to Phillips would he swing?

  15. GodlyCynic

    You’d almost wonder at this point if Hatteberg has a future job as a hitting coach waiting for him.

  16. Y-City Jim

    Decent inning so far. It would be nice to make it even better.

  17. Y-City Jim

    If Hatterberg could communicate his philosophy to hitters then he would be a good one. Big Klu probably was able to get his philosophy across for fear that he would break you in half if you didn’t do what he told you.

  18. Y-City Jim

    Keppinger reduced to mere mortal that AB.

  19. DevilsAdvocate

    Hatteberg is a curious case. His home/road splits while in Cincinnati are almost too extreme to be believable. I wonder if that’s why he didn’t attract a lot of attention at the trading deadline.

  20. Jared

    Majewski coming in. I know people don’t like him, but at least he’s not Coffey, Saarloos or Stanton.

  21. Y-City Jim

    The inning’s hopes lie with Norris Hopper.

  22. GodlyCynic

    DA, I know GABP ranks high as far as home run rates, but where does it rank in other offensive categories? Just curious as Hatteberg’s splits are astounding especially as he’s not a slugger.

  23. Y-City Jim

    I don’t think the umpire was in the best position for that call.

  24. Y-City Jim

    This is what is know as a golden opportunity.

  25. Jared

    I can’t imagine Gonzalez’ foot was on the bag if he didn’t argue. They haven’t really shown a good angle though.

  26. Jared

    With Hopper on 1st that could have easily been 3 runs if BP had got it by Gonzalez

  27. Matt McWax

    Nice bullpen call imo, not using Guardado to pitch to Giles. We’ll see if it works.

  28. Jared

    I really like the red jersies. I always use them when I play MLB2k7 πŸ™‚

  29. GodlyCynic

    Is that really the same Burton who would come into a game and throw 12 straight balls in April?

  30. Jared

    That’s the same Burton that’s by far the best guy we’ve got in the pen now. Three pitch strikeout to close the dreaded 8th inning.

  31. Matt McWax

    Nice job again by Burton. I think Guardado should be used in low pressure situations until he gets his bearings. The Reds need this game (for what I’m not sure). Big at-bat for Dunn coming up.

  32. Y-City Jim

    Reds survive the journey through the Valley of the 8th Inning. It would be nice to pull out a win with a nice comeback. Have we had any late inning comebacks this year?

  33. Y-City Jim

    Dunn making Norris Hopper-type contact. Unfortunately he doesn’t have Norris Hopper-type speed.

  34. Y-City Jim

    Well, that was a pitiful attempt at a comeback. When are we releasing this Ellison clown?

  35. Y-City Jim

    Seeing jersey numbers like Guardado’s in the 80’s sort of takes some of the nostalgia and mystique away from the game. He doesn’t even look like a wide receiver.

  36. Y-City Jim

    Only the Reds would pick up somebody’s released trash and insert them in the starting lineup.

  37. Jared

    Just let ocho uno do his thing. He’s very self conscious about his number. πŸ™‚

  38. Y-City Jim

    Ocho Uno must think this is the Ocho inning.

  39. Y-City Jim

    Two absolutely ugly final innings in three days.

  40. Jared

    Every Day Eddie reminding us football season is right around the corner.

  41. Y-City Jim

    So who is Bellisle replacement in the rotation?

  42. Y-City Jim

    If the Reds were to score three more runs (field goal) it would reinforce that reminder of football season approaching.

  43. Y-City Jim

    If Ross has to spend time on the DL, which probably isn’t likely, I certainly hope the Reds don’t pick up somebody else’s crap for a 2nd catcher. We have perfectly fine crap in the minors.

  44. DevilsAdvocate

    Just to answer GC at comment25, here’s an ESPN page on 2007 park factors. I don’t see anything in there that explains Hatteberg’s split stats, though.

  45. GodlyCynic

    Thanks, DA. I’d say that Hatteberg’s splits must be a fluke, except he had similar splits last year. How very odd.

  46. Chris

    Anyone else remember all that b.s. about “as soon as we get Guardado, Majewski, and Bray back, the bullpen will be much improved”?

    I feel like I started reading that in May, and it didn’t stop until – well, until we got those guys back and everybody remembered what they were like.

  47. Y-City Jim

    We better not see another freakin’ Ellison & Hopper infected lineup on Tuesday.

  48. Y-City Jim

    Cueto was lights out again today as was Coutlangus.

    Votto 2 -4 with a 2-run HR
    Bruce 1 -2 with 2 BB

  49. Y-City Jim

    Bring those four up and it might be interesting to see what might happen.