Matt Belisle vs. Jo Jo Reyes. Over-under on runs scored by both teams in this game is 21.

Oh, wait. Reyes is a left-hander. That’s means the Reds will be lucky to get four hits tonight. If the offense doesn’t come around soon (and by soon, I mean immediately), the Reds are going to find themselves so far back that the season will be lost before it’s halfway done.

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  1. This line-up might do okay. Griffey and Dunn are really the only two struggling with RISP. Phillips and EE have been fine but, of course, many of the critics have failed to notice that 1-2 haven’t been real great at getting on so far.

  2. Sad story at the Derby today with Eight Belles.

  3. Bats running another of their 30-year-old SP out today. I suppose if he throws a shutout the Cincinnati.com types will be yelling for him to get called up.

  4. does everything go slow in the south? reds.com has gametime at 7:00.

  5. If Patterson re-appears as the lead off hitter we need to start the “Imprison Corey Patterson” campaign.

  6. Yahoo said 7:10 start time.

  7. pretty hard throwing lefty. made jr look bad.

  8. 1-2-3

    Deja vu all over again.

  9. Jr may well be toast.

  10. 93 mph fastballs thrown right by him.

  11. 13 pitches by Jo-Jo in the 1st.

  12. Has Matty B ever thrown a scoreless first inning?

  13. I really hate Chipper Jones. I mean, really.

  14. Brandon Phillips may well bat 3rd forever.

  15. McCann must be as slow as a snail. That wasn’t even close.

  16. Votto hits it hard. When was the last time a Reds hitter hit one hard?

  17. tonights 3-4-5 looks like the middle of the order for years to come with BP, Votto and EE just throw Bruce in there and thats it.

  18. George Grande’s perception of fly balls may be the worst in all of broadcasting history…..

  19. Two hard hit balls that inning. That’s encouraging. I’m desperate for anything positive offensively.

  20. BP is much more a 6-7 hitter than a 3.

  21. Wrong part of the park, Ross.

  22. Freel a .222 hitter in this situation.

  23. I’m desperate for anything positive offensively.

    A Reds’ pitcher laid down a successful sacrifice bunt this inning!

  24. Maybe with Senior being at the ball game, Junior will get some advice that gets him on track.

  25. This is boring.

  26. Reyes looking like Smoltz that inning.

  27. Somebody call me when this shit stops

  28. Plenty of game left, but so far I’d say that the shaken-up lineup hasn’t done so much shaking-up.

  29. Gotta feel pretty good about the way Belisle is pitching so far, though. Right away in the first innings Brantley said he picked up on a mechanical adjustment Belisle had made. Of course that was followed by two consecutive doubles, but not a whole lot more than a couple singles since.

  30. Good job by Edwin to lead off with a walk. Methinks it’s about time for Dunn to start not slumping.

  31. Wonder how our owner is feeling right now.

    That, my friends, is as example of why striking out isn’t the worst thing you can do up there.

  32. Interesting to see Chipper Jones as the pivot on a doubleplay.

  33. How our owner is feeling? Is it too early to fire Walt Jocketty? 😕

  34. I sure hope Alex Gonzalez won’t be the starting SS by default when/if he returns. Keppinger has simply gotten it done on both sides of the ball.

  35. Reds looked a little better on offense in the last inning. Need to continue & elaborate.

  36. Jesus. Ryan Freel makes more mental mistakes than anyone I’ve ever seen at the major league level. The guy makes one idiotic move per day.

  37. Frickin finally.

    What’s it been – 20-some innings? Nice rope by BP.

  38. I LOVE me some Adam Dunn … sign him up to a 10 year extention so we can have another decade of his clutch hitting!

  39. Not bad from Belisle. Not bad at all.

  40. Double-switch. Dusty’s boy enters the game in CF.

  41. The savior CP enters the game!

  42. Braves’ bullpen is suspect. This lineup will score runs in bunches now!

  43. Yup, nice outing by Belisle … and once again our vaunted offense provides plenty of support

  44. That reliever had a fastball in the Chris Hammond range, and the Reds went down in order.

  45. Bases-loaded walk after getting 0-2 on Teixiera, on four straight breaking pitches.

  46. Thats the difference between a professional hitter like Texiera, vice hackers like most every batter in the Reds lineup

  47. A very bad night for Affeldt puts this game more-or-less out of reach.

  48. And Burton deletes the “more-or-less.”

  49. Nice phantom hustle by Freel. Could have caught that ball standing up. Typical crap.

  50. I’m so sick of losing!!!! Somebody, please make it stop!

  51. that’s just what the announcers were saying and i think that’s total crap. sure freel isn’t the best ball player in the world, but to insinuate that he’s doing it for the highlight reel, that’s bush league. you ever tried running one of those balls down? it’s pretty tough to judge and he was damn close to pulling it down.

    Enough on that BS.

    If there’s anything phantom on the reds it’s their offense. They need to reasses what it is that they really have here. They’re assuming that guys are going to do things that they just won’t reliably do. Like Chris said above, Phillips is really a 6-7 hitter, but he hit 30 homers once, so he’s a clean up hitter. Griffey hit close to 30 last year, so he’s a 3 hitter.

    They’re not going to make the moves they need to make if they can’t accurately asses what it is they have here. I hope Jockety can handle it.

  52. Jacoby is going to get axed because they need someone to blame.

    Personally I think this offense needs a psychiatrist.

  53. Maybe Dusty needs to clarify that his aggressive approach philosophy requires that hitters get hits.

  54. i have to wonder if some of the struggles are due to dusty baker telling people to be more aggressive at the plate. I have no data to back that up, but it’s a thought.

    really what it comes down to is they don’t have a real centerpiece to build the lineup around. whenever i do lineup games in my head with this team, i’m always trying to force 4 guys into the 2 hole and 4 guys into the 7 hole. There’s no one i want to say ‘this is the guy who HAS to be in the heart of the lineup.

    hamilton could have been that, but i wasn’t sad to see him go, and the return seems fair. bruce could be that i suppose, but we don’t know, and he probably won’t be until next year at the earliest anyway.

    maybe they need to try to deal bailey for a a hitter with a big contract.

  55. I think Bruce will be here sooner than next year.

  56. Were George & Chris saying Jocketty may take a while because he needs to learn the club/organization? He was GM of a division rival for more than a decade until this offseason, and he’s been special advisor to the owner OF this organization since January. WTF does he need time for? Or if he does still need time to “learn the organization” then let’s go ahead and just move to the next GM.

  57. right on Greg, seems ridiculous to fire the guy who does know the org for the guy who doesn’t. let the guy learn and then fire the other guy.

    y-city, i’m with you, i was just saying that counting on bruce to be THE guy this season is a stretch.

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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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