Our beloved manager Dusty Baker makes his long-anticipated return to Wrigley Field tonight to face his old club, the Cubs (or, as my son calls them, the “Stinky Cubbies”). Of course, former Red manager Lou Piniella will be managing the Cubs, so this is Bizarro World or something.

Baker is fortunate to be able to send Aaron Harang to the mound for his squad. The Cubs will counter with Ryan Dempster, who isn’t the most well-liked former Red, due to his putrid tenure with our favorite club. Let’s just call him Danny Graves Lite.

Discuss the game here. The Reds really need to get back on the winning track, especially against a club that is expected to be the best team in the division.

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  1. And Dempster starts the 7th at 98 pitches. Bako gets a hit to bring up Hatteberg, who will almost definately tie it up.

  2. Cubs only have 1 lefty in the bullpen? That’s a nice advantage for the Reddys.

  3. My wife just asked if Hatteberg “was the drug guy.”

    When corrected: “I was close – it had an ‘H'”.

  4. Thom is remarkably sensible tonight – making the good point that neither Hatte nor Votto are getting enough ABs to get into a groove.

  5. Dumpster gone after a hit and a walk. I’m really surprised Piniella even let him go out there.

  6. Thanks, Marmolade.

  7. Bases loaded, no out after a bad decision to throw to 2nd on the bunt. A different kind of error than EE is used to.

    So the plan is to drink a whole lot of beer after the game Thursday. Anyone have any suggestions for bars around Wrigley?

  8. Patience by Hatteberg. Maybe Patterson will do something.

  9. Earlier, Welsh said that Kepp would be relaxed in the 7th, because he already had his 2 hits for the night. Let’s see if he knows his psychology.

  10. WOW that was an incredible play by Fontenot. Too bad for us.

  11. There’s one run back. Runners on the corners with one away now.

  12. Wow that was a heck of a play.

  13. Speaking of the wisdom of wives, how come if you tell you wife that you are expecting a call in the next hour do they proceed to call someone and talk for a couple hours?

  14. Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Grifeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyy

  15. Disney makes you pay for internet, Jim? That’s absurd. How am I going to watch the Reds.

    Maybe I will just take my XM.

  16. Jackie Robinson hits into the double play.

  17. Murphy’s Bleachers beyond the LF foul pole is always a good choice.

  18. Dang, Junior…double play kills the rally.

  19. Great play against Keppinger then Griffey does exactly what you hope he doesn’t. This team is awful with runners on base.

    Jared-The Cubby Bear is a great place.

  20. I just threw up in my mouth.

  21. Aargh, Griffey.

  22. $10 bucks a day for Internet. In the All-Star Resort (aka the Disney Ghetto) it isn’t even wireless.

  23. I hope they show a replay of that hit. It looked like Keppinger was running away from it. Show me I’m wrong, FSN.

  24. This interview with Misty May is mind numbing

  25. How different might things have been the last eighteen years if Pinella had stayed?

  26. Brutal, isn’t it, Annapolis?

  27. What a bad pitch.

  28. No kidding. She isn’t interesting, she isn’t funny and she isn’t attractive. And the Reds are losing.

  29. Jarod Burton is the new Todd Coffey

  30. Jared-You are right on two out of three. She is kind of attractive 🙂

  31. What – Christian Slater wasn’t available?

    The worst of all is when the FSN Houston crew welcomes the girl from the promotions department in once a week, to shill the upcoming bobblehead and novelty helmet giveaways.

  32. Goodness, Burton.

  33. Patterson played that ball beautifully. For whatever that’s worth (very little, unfortunately).

  34. Is Dick Pole still employed as pitching coach? I’m just saying.

  35. It looked like Patterson ran to the wrong spot and got lucky that the ball rebounded to him.

  36. Do you get the feeling that the sum is less than the parts with this team?

  37. Ha! I saw a Christian Slater interview on a Dodger game two weeks ago. It’s was terrible.

  38. When Dusty walked out it sounded like a game at GABP.


  39. There goes our bullpen imploading. Like people were saying, first two weeks of the season doesnt warrent improvement. And little by little they are returning to form.

  40. I don’t know that you can denounce the bullpen based on a bad game at Wrigley with wind blowing out.

  41. I guess we should consider the fact that we at least got some runs out of the bases loaded situations as a sign of improvement after the weekend disaster.

  42. I guess we can blame Coffey’s melt down in Pittsburg on Wrigley too?

  43. I’d rather blame it on Coffey.

  44. Marmal is nasty. Don’t know why he isn’t closing instead of Kerry Wood.

  45. The Cubs are so much better off with Marmol throwing the big innings, rather than being shoe-horned into the stat-centric “closer” role. This stuff is just NASTY.

  46. Just think of what Dunn could do if he was better at making contact. Or if he had Ricky Henderson’s strike zone.

  47. Meanwhile the Cardinals keep winning. Say what you want about LaRussa, but it seems like they always win.

  48. Everyone’s going to bitch about Dunn going down looking (though not BP). But Marmol is just filty.

  49. Chris-Except I wouldn’t use him like that. I would have him pitch two innings to close it out. I do know what you mean though. Sometimes the biggest out comes in the sixth or the seventh inning and not the ninth.

  50. Wow, what a pitch to K Encarnacion.

  51. That was just absurd. I agree with Thom – I don’t think the radar gun was doing Marmol justice. That was more than 93.

  52. Good morning, good afternoon and good night.

  53. Yeah, but we have Todd Coffey

  54. Speak of the devil. Like the drink, only spelled different.

  55. And by devil, I mean terrible pitcher.

  56. Todd Coffey should never pitch in the Major Leagues ever again.

  57. I’m generally very optimistic watching games and I don’t give up on games down by 3 with an inning to go. But apparantly Dusty Baker does give up and runs Todd Coffey in to the game.

  58. I have had it with Todd Coffey’s antics.

  59. Such a waste of life

  60. Somebody’s going to get hurt out there.

  61. Coffey can hold runners on first looking backwards because his neck is so limber from watching home run balls fly out.

  62. when is todd coffey’s career going to be over? i don’t understand the good year he had anymore than anyone else, but it is clearly gone, the guy is just plain hittable.

    with reasonable options like bray, mcbeth, roenicke, when is it someone else’s turn to try? they can’t be any worse.

  63. The only thing more amazing than how consistantly bad Coffey has been is the fact that he was ever a closer.

  64. Everyone vote on this question………
    Should Coffey be in AAA and Bailey pitching in relief for the Reds???

    I vote Yes

  65. And now I’m getting him confused with Weathers. I don’t really feel like it was that big of a mistake though.

  66. Joey Votto with his first homerun. Just in time.

  67. I was wondering if the wind was blowing out only for the Cubs, but Votto answered that question.

  68. Joey V gets a HR.

  69. Coffey, Weathers, same difference.

    And if you remember, when Coffey was good that one time, the Reds DID make him a closer for a week or two until he completely blew up.

  70. that was a blast any day of the year in any park

  71. Long ball for Votto.

  72. reds trying to do anything they can to make this vaguely exciting. if coffey holds them at least we can make a run at it in the ninth. 5 runs is just so far to come back.

  73. Coffey is a turd.

  74. I think Coffey has had is last cup. Wek wek.

  75. Lulu really pulled Wurtz?

    Burn your closer with a 4 run lead, after Marmol throws two innings? Thanks, Pinella.

  76. Kerry Wood still looks like David the Gnome.

  77. It used to be that Coffey’s problem centered on choking in pressure situations. Now, it no longer qualifies as choking because he always sucks. He’s yet another example of how spring training oftentimes doesn’t translate to the regular season.

  78. [170]. Thanks. I’m ‘watching’ the game on sportsline.com. Kinda hard to tell. 🙂

  79. Majewski’s ERA is all the way down to 14.54. Great job, Gary!

  80. And when the offense finally does something the picture stinks…

    I know it’s early, but it’s getting discouraging.

  81. Nasty curveball to Patterson

  82. I’ve quickly become as disinterested as I was last September. This is no fun.

  83. Boo-earns.

  84. This stupid song they’re singing is one of the most un-cool things I’ve ever seen in sports. No wonder kids don’t like baseball.

  85. It was cool during the pennant race. Not so much in April.

  86. Lou gave us a gift by blowing his load with the bullpen. Only if we had a good pitcher tomorrow.

    Atleast Arroyo’s not pitching in the day game.

  87. Who’s up, Voltron?

  88. It’s about time for some Voltron, With Fogg going against Big Z I am already pessimistic about tomorrow

  89. pessimism is the word, unfortunately. 🙁 I’m headed to wrigley for tomorrow’s game and when I saw the pitching match up last weekend I was heart broken. Maybe Fogg can surprise, though. Good news is tomorrow’s my first baseball game as a 21 year old!

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About Chad Dotson

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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