Welcome back to St. Loo, Walt Jocketty. The new Reds GM returns to the scene of his greatest triumphs, and the Reds look to win the middle series on this 9-game road trip.

Tonight, of course, is game one of the series, and its very important for Bronson Arroyo to start pitching well if the Reds are going to have a decent team in 2008. Tonight is a good time for Arroyo to start the turnaround.

Discuss it here….

UPDATE: Welcome back to the majors, Bill Bray. So long, Java Man.

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  1. What the fuck was that? Only happens withour runners.

    Ridiculous.

  2. StL TV mentions the Reds pen has a 6.57 ERA on this roadtrip – how much of that was Decaf?

  3. If it wasn’t for Dunn’s terrible luck this year, it would look like he was playing like he’d just secured a contract.

  4. At least that wsa some improvement for Arroyo.

  5. Mean — probably about 15.00 of it.

  6. Gotta love patterson’s defense!

  7. So what if Coffey were to come in in a game like this?

    If no more runs are scored, would this be just the 3rd save opportunity of the year?

  8. The Cardinals broadcaster just called the Cubs and Cards, baseballs best rivalry.

  9. That sure was some weak base running by Ankiel.

  10. Oh, and the best rivalry in baseball is clearly Royals and Rays.

  11. EEEEEEEEEEEE!

  12. YES! Awesome play by Chris Sabo saves Burton.

  13. The worst part about Dunn hitting BP is that it raised his batting average.

    Sweet play by Edwin.

  14. The glove is golden. And right after Thom mentioned that there must have been a scoring change on an earlier play to assign an error to Edwin.

  15. Why is that the worst part, Dave?

  16. Affeldt is in the game. He’s been better than I thought he’d be (though I thought he’d be a decent pitcher out of the pen). I’m afraid he’s due for a bad outing, though.

  17. Credit to Affeldt. He looked very shaky in his first couple outings of the year, but he’s been pretty much lights-out since.

  18. Because that did not deserve a hit. I think that would have been a fielder’s choice.

    Affeldt looks great.

  19. We need some runs here in the ninth!

    I imagine Coco will be on in the 9th to save the game, but I’d like a couple more runs to make it safer!

  20. Another good outing by Affeldt.

  21. Patterson with an EdE-esque bunt attempt.

  22. Why is patterson such a horrible bunter?

  23. Crap, Patterson.

  24. Dave: oh. I didn’t see it, but Marty was saying it was hit very hard and would have been a hit.

  25. Dusty is a baseball intellectual, according to Marty.

  26. I’m not disagreeing, by the way, it’s just rare that you hear a manager described that way.

  27. I’d give anything for a Phillips homer here.

  28. Or a three run homer by Dunn here.

  29. Do they pass Dunn again just so the Reds can embarrass themselves with the bases clogged again?

  30. George is saying it would’ve been a hit too, but I don’t see it. I think the 2B could’ve got it with a dive.

  31. Coco…Coco…Coco…Coco!!!!

  32. Bottom of the ninth, one run lead. I’m nervous, but at least Danny Graves or David Weathers aren’t coming into the game.

  33. Wow, Hawks just beat the Celtics to tie the series.

  34. I think this’ll be Coco’s first real save op – entering the final inning with a 1-run lead.

  35. Dunn is removed for defensive purposes. Hairston is in left now. He’s faster, but is he that much better a defender than Dunn?

  36. Can Arroyo get his first win of the year? Can the Reds win the first game of a series for the first time in 2008? Can Pujols be held in check?

    Stay Tuned!

  37. Hope he converts it, Chicago…

    And there’s a strikeout for out number one! Coco brings some serious heat. Love this guy.

  38. No need for defense when you get K’s!

  39. Finally, cable and RR is back on after the storm. Even radio was out for a while.

    Well, this is what Cordero is here for.

  40. 6-3 for out number two!!!!

  41. ugh. Ankiel looks like a goon up there. And Kepp puts him away.

  42. base hit!!! No!!!

  43. …and this one belongs to the Reds!!!

  44. It would have been nice for Phillips to have made that play to redeem himself for getting plunked by Dunn’s shot.

    EE ends it with a nice grab.

  45. Reds win!!!

  46. Another nice play by Edwin, game over.

    And four runs was enough to win, after all.

  47. An ugly out but an out and a win!!

  48. That’s a nice win, and it’s been a good road trip so far. Outstanding!!! :mrgreen:

  49. All the starters get hits except the speedster.

  50. It’s no nice to finally have a REAL closer again!

  51. Amen, ChicagoRedsFan.

  52. CORRECTION:
    It’s So nice to finally have a REAL closer again!

  53. Another Amen, brother.

  54. I am starting to get the feeling that if we have the lead after the 7, then its lights out.

  55. In contrast to several years of lights on.

  56. Edwin is just one of those players that makes fans crazy. The guy will make some total goofball plays on the easy ones and then MAKES the impossible ones.

    It’s just Edwin being Edwin.

  57. It is unlike Freel to complain to the media. He’s gotta feel pretty bad about Hairston jumping that much ahead of him on the depth chart.

  58. I’m liking this…

    3/5th of the rotation is solid:
    Volquez 1.23 ERA, 1.23 WHIP
    Harang 2.76 ERA, 0.99 WHIP
    Cueto 4.05 ERA, 0.87 WHIP
    plus Arroyo is swimming back into shape?

    5 solid relievers:
    Cordero 1.64 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
    Lincoln 3.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
    Mercker 1.86 ERA, 1.03 WHIP
    Affeldt 1.54 ERA, 1.11 WHIP
    Burton 3.65 ERA, 1.30 WHIP (and lead team in K/9 with 18 K in 12.1 IP.

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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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