Matt Belisle takes on Chad Billingsley. Let’s hope Belisle can get the Reds back on track with a good start tonight.

Discuss it here.

75 Responses

  1. nick in va

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Belisle has a good start.

  2. RagTag

    Patterson leads off with a K. What a surprise.

  3. RagTag

    Jr gets a hit. He is back, I think.

  4. renbutler

    Game is supposed to be in HD, but I’m not seeing it on DirecTV. The channel is active, but I’m just seeing the DTV logo. ❗

  5. Ellis

    This CF-SS combo at the top of the lineup is getting fucking ridiculous.

  6. Chad

    Same here, renbutler. I’m watching the Dodgers HD broadcast. Vin Scully’s better than George Grande anyway.

  7. RagTag

    Patterson almost misplayed that one, but he recovered well and made the grab.

  8. Jared

    Great diving catch by Patterson, probably the only guy on the team that could have made the play.

  9. Chad

    Two hard hit balls, but somehow Belisle has managed to retire the first two hitters.

  10. Chad

    Adam Dunn, for what it is worth, is on pace for 42 homers and 110 RBI. And we’ve all been complaining about him.

  11. ChicagoRedsFan

    The CF at 1 and SS at 2 in the order is beyond ridiculous, and quite frankly, a bit disturbing, but it could be worse…

    Castro could still be on the team batting second as the starting shortstop! 😀

  12. RagTag

    Reds are making Billingsley look like Don Drysdale reincarnated.

  13. RagTag

    Good point, Chicago, but it couldn;t be MUCH worse. It’s absurd.

  14. Jack Bauer

    Anybody else feel like we are just going to get blasted tonight?

  15. Ron

    I really hate the way Belisle gets scared of the strikezone after giving up a hit, its almost a given he gets behind in the count after every hit

  16. CeeKeR

    Reds are making Billingsley look like Don Drysdale reincarnated.

    And the Dodgers are making Belisle look like….well, Belisle.

  17. Matt B.

    Wow, Ross, the ball goes in your glove, buddy.

  18. renbutler

    Ross is terrible at fielding throws at the plate. I can’t remember how many balls he has dropped.

  19. Chad

    That’s terrible, Ross. Kent should have been out at the plate.

    Now Janish makes another error!!! I thought he was supposed to be able to field?

  20. Scott

    Explain to me the point of a no hit, all field catcher when he can’t field

  21. CeeKeR

    I guess the good news is I won’t have to stay up late to watch this trainwreck of a game.

  22. Chad

    They gave that guy a hit? How was that not an error on Janish?

  23. Ron

    Here we go again … behind 2-0 to the #8 hitter

  24. Chad

    Belisle gives up a hit to the pitcher. Unreal. He was a hair away from getting out of this inning nearly unscathed.

  25. Scott

    How is Vin Scully calling it a missed double play when he didn’t even tag the guy

  26. Andy G

    Belisle is a human hitting tee…he throws his 90-92 mph fastball down the middle of the plate expecting major league hitters not to hit it…I mean come on, get some control

  27. Jack Bauer

    You and Ross can go back and dominate AAA

  28. Ron

    Ok, Belisle has had his starting op. Who is next? Throwing a BP fastball to the pitcher with the bases loaded is a one way ticket to AAA in my book …

  29. CeeKeR

    Scully really giving it to the Reds. Saying they can’t possible compete at any level if they can’t field. It’s sad how true that is.

  30. Ron

    The Reds HD channel is up and running now

  31. Chad

    Yep. Scully hit the nail on the head. The last two nights, the Reds have looked like a Little League team.

  32. Dave from Louisville

    HE gets the earned run from an rbi from the pitcher. Ridiculous!

  33. RagTag

    Well, that inning could have been a lot worse.

  34. renbutler

    It’s amazing that LA scored only two runs that inning.

  35. CeeKeR

    There you go Reds.

    Scully: “The Dodgers have gotten about 5 outs so far this inning.”

  36. Scott

    The Reds have to be leading the free world in doing that

  37. CeeKeR

    Another sacrifice attempt and another “free” out without moving the runner over.

  38. CeeKeR

    Patterson and his .220 average can go back to AAA and stay there. (He might as well take Belisle and Ross with him, save fare with the taxi.)

  39. Relient k Car

    as much as i want the reds to win
    i hope beslile gets destroyed so bad
    that we release him and call up bailey.

  40. Ron

    Im all for trading Ross, Bailey, Belisle, & another prospect for another established starting pitcher … if only we could con some team into taking that deal

  41. CeeKeR

    I don’t think any team wants Bailey anymore? If they do, we should ship him out… He reminds me of a Mr. Todd Van Poppel wayyyyyyyy to much.

  42. renbutler

    I wonder if our outfielders can play any infield?

  43. Dave from Louisville

    Good half inning, fast……..great play by Jr

  44. Chad

    Bailey is only 21 still. Try to keep that in mind before giving up on him.

  45. Dave from Louisville

    Griffey is starting to see the ball well, i bet he breaks is home-run drought really soon.

  46. renbutler

    “Strike three” to Philips missed by about half a foot. Gameday confirmed it.

  47. TylerS

    It’s going to be another one of those nights where a 2-0 lead in the 2nd is insurmountable. Let’s hope the final score is 13-0 instead of 2-0 so Belisle gets put on a bus to Louisville tomorrow.

  48. Ron

    I havent given up on Bailey, I’ve given up on his attitude … if only one person squawked about it .. I would blow it off, but when every media guy, scout, or personnel guy who runs across him all say the same things, it tends to lend credence to his lable. Can he change? Yes. Does he want to? Doesnt seem to so far … remains to be seen. Until we see it … Im not buying into it.

  49. BenL

    “Let’s hope the final score is 13-0 instead of 2-0 so Belisle gets put on a bus to Louisville tomorrow.”

    You know, Belisle isn’t actually pitching all that badly tonight. The second inning was at least partially due to cheap hits and bad fielding, and otherwise he’s been fine. Maybe we should hope that Belisle’s finally coming around to be the #5 starter we hoped he would be.

  50. Chad

    Everything I’ve heard this year from anyone not named Hal McCoy is that Bailey went down to AAA and began working enthusiastically to address the issues the Reds wanted him to work on. The whole attitude thing is completely overblown, in my opinion. None of Bailey’s managers have ever said anything like that; they’ve only praised him.

    And I think he’s made pretty good strides so far this year as far as working on his shortcomings. I just can’t figure out why everyone wants to give up on him. He’s only 21, and he’s getting better all the time.

  51. John of Muncie

    Once again we see why BP should not bat cleanup.

  52. Chad

    Great play by BP there to save a run almost makes up for grounding into a double play last inning.

  53. Ron

    We can agree to disagree on Bailey … Hal mentioned two sources in his story … a scout and a front office man, both said the same thing. Reading magazines during a game he was suppose to to be charting, and looking over all disinterested when he has pitched the last 3 times out. What some may view as over blown, others see it as an example of what they view him doing in between starts, when he is pitching, and how acts during interviews. He did well in his first few starts but he has regressed to his old output. Poor control, & lack of concentration. Is he bored? Maybe … but so what, you dont see Bruce out there sloughing off. He is dominating and Bailey needs to follow his example.

  54. Brett

    Interesting to look at Bailey and Philip Hughes, who have gone from being the next two great pitchers to widely disavowed by their own fans. Actually, Steve Philips thinks we can get Hughes for Jared Burton and Matt Belisle.

  55. Chad

    Yeah, Steve Phillips is an idiot. I’d make that trade in a heartbeat. Actually, I thought he said Burton and Affeldt.

    As for Bailey, I saw that report about reading magazines. The report was that he was reading a magazine between innings. There are no pitches to chart between innings. And “looking disinterested”? What’s that? That’s the same crap that people have always said about Adam Dunn and Andruw Jones and any number of other players. It’s garbage, in my opinion.

    I guarantee there are 29 other teams that would like to have Bailey.

    I guess we will have to agree to disagree. I just can’t understand why everyone is so down on a 21 year old kid who is improving.

  56. Kenny

    Hal McCoy is a hack. He hasn’t been right about anything in ten years, at least. Time for him to retire.

  57. Chad

    Gotta give Belisle credit. Nice start.

    Too bad the offense had to disappear tonight.

  58. Chad

    That’s all for me. I’ll listen to the rest on the radio if I can stay awake.

    Good night.

  59. Ron

    You must not watch him pitch .. I have MiLB extra innings and have caught most of his starts. At the start of the year, I was very impressed with his demeanor on the mound. He attacked hitters and the strikezone. Over the last few starts, you see him not get a call from an ump, or give up a hit, and he loses concentration … starts nibbling at corners, and shows no competitiveness. THAT is what is meant by “looking disinterested.” And that is not improving to me. Its regression to old habits that got him sent down in favor of Fogg in the first place.

    Like I said, I havent given up on his talent … its his attitude that has worn on me. If and until he returns to the form he showed early on, that stigma is going to stick with him like glue. Right now he is more valuable to us as trade bait for an establish ML arm than as a prospect. Only he can make himself invaluable to us like Bruce is doing.

  60. CeeKeR

    Farney strikes out. End of game. Goodbye 6 game winning streak, hello 2 game losing streak. Why did I even bother to stay up?

  61. nick in va

    At least the shutout was avoided…..

  62. AnnapolisRed

    Ross is just horrible on defense. He has dropped about 25 throws to the plate the last two years. They did miss an opportunity for a double play as Votto SHOULD have stepped on first before throwing to Ross, except Ross probably wouldn’t have tried to tag him anyway.

    As for Bailey, I kind of agree with Ron in that his attitude is a bit disconcerting. This isn’t just a Hal McCoy thing. Definitely don’t want to trade him though, but would like for him to show more maturity. Bruce needs to be up NOW.