This team is frustrating. I’m almost glad I will be in court during today’s game.

For those of you who will be watching or listening, discuss it here….

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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.

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  1. We were going to go today but I can’t support this team while Corey Patterson is on this team.

  2. At least Hopper is in the line up instead of Sorrey Out…only because of his .667 batting average against the pitcher. Has anyone heard of whether Darryl Thomson is coming up? I can’t wait to see Kepp hitting again!! He is a real spark plug that this team needs!

  3. i am at the game today i was happy to see corey was not starting hopefully the reds will avoid the sweep!!! GO REDS!!!

  4. OMG!!! Dusty has the line up pretty much how it should have been all season…with your worse batters at the bottom. Someone must have pointed out the obvious, of course Dusty will act like nothing as usual. 😯

  5. C. Trent & Marty & Brantley all think that Thompson will be called up to make a start in New York this weekend. Apparently the scheduled 5th starter slot falls on his normal rest.

  6. Chad,
    Unfortunately, my court schedule cleared up so I am stuck here in the office listening to the game.
    By the way, while we all blame Dusty for putting Patterson in the lineup, who is to blame for keeping Patterson on the team in the 1st place? Does Jocketty deserve some heat?

  7. Why am I listening to this? Dodgers are up 3-0.

  8. I was complaining this morning that it wouldn’t be televised, now I’m glad it isn’t

  9. Its televised here in CA on FSN. Phillips was a dead duck there at 2nd, good thing the ball skipped away.

  10. BP on third. Maybe now is our chance to get the usual one run.

  11. Dunn and EE get it done again, not…these guys rock, Cant even get BP home from 3rd with one out. Fire Brook Jacoby!

  12. Maybe we should start a “number of times adam dunn strikes out with a runner on third w/ less than 2 outs watch.” 2 days and counting…

  13. nope, the usual 0 runs. What is wrong with this team? the public deserves an explanation…thank God I’m going back to class and then will be on the road so I don’t torture myself with watching it. 😑

  14. 5-0 Dodgers.

  15. Hit the showers Harang! Fire Dick Pole!

  16. This = Brutal.

  17. Harang to the DL with a ‘mystery’ injury after his 10th loss today?

  18. Way too much pressure on the starters with our anemic offense. Sure, Harang isn’t lights out like he used to be, but jeez, come on, offense.

  19. …and the Reds make another no-name pitcher look like Cy freakin’ Young.

  20. Another Cy Young performance against the Reds by another “what’s his name” rookie.
    Pathetic.

  21. jinx, Dallas

  22. On a lighter note, It’s nice to see the Red jerseys on a day other than Sunday. Now back to sucking…

  23. Nice one Buddy.

    Back to the game…the Reds couldn’t hit water if they fell out of a boat. This is awful.

  24. Wow, a hit, a walk and a hit batsman…Mike Lincoln’s the man, I can see why Crusty keeps running him out there.
    Meanwhile 3 hits today, Fire Brook Jacoby!
    O well, looky there, back to back from Hopper and Bruce. Now get ready for BP and the rest of these bums to leave them stranded.

  25. BOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Donkey dribble….Cy Young Stults through 6.

  26. this is one of th emost pathetic offensive stretches i’ve ever seen. i’m not convinced the reds will ever score another non-home run run.

    thanks gabp, for saving us from being shutout every night.

  27. I dont know Al, I don’t even think GABP is gonna save us today but I look forward to the meaningless solo shot in the ninth. Go Reds!

  28. Wow. We get a break.

  29. OMG, Stultz is human.

  30. If we have finally succeeded in having Patterson removed from the line-up we then need to concentrate on getting Bako out next. Even if he was the greatest defensive catcher to ever play the game his bat is so incredibly horrible. The way this team is struggling offensively Valentin needs to be getting some starts behind the plate.

  31. Scott Proctor has an era of 5.58
    Shows you how pathetic Torre realizes the offense of the Reds is! 😑

  32. Helen Keller would have have a better chance of driving an 18-wheeler from coast to coast then the Reds rallying for some runs.

  33. Hopper!

  34. That’s because her eyesight and hearing are better than Dusty Baker’s

    Go Bruuuuce!

  35. When was the last time a Red was able to do that with the bases loaded? Welcome back Hopper, Goodbye Corey Patterson.

  36. i can’t believe the reds have the tieing run to the plate in this game. i expect them to fall way short, but that in itself is pretty amazing.

  37. I think Dusty might be getting a crush on Norris Hopper.

  38. Hopper did it against a RHP which is the typical spot for Crusty “The Clown” Baker to put him CP in at!

  39. Well, at least BP can’t ground into a DP πŸ˜†

  40. I’m telling you. I see a serious man-crush coming on.

    Norris and Dusty sitting in a tree…

  41. Keppinger had the best avg. with RISP (maybe with two outs or something) in the NL…I remember it was over .400
    We’ll be so glad when he comes back. He has been the most valuable hitter this year as he adds consistency. I’m trying to be positive here! πŸ˜›

  42. I can’t remember the last 4-run inning?

  43. If you are driving you might want to check the rear view mirror. If there is an 18-wheeler with a women wearing dark sunglasses get out of the way.

    πŸ˜€

  44. Hahhahaha! Y-City Jim

  45. How many guys do the Dodgers have that throw in the upper 90’s?

  46. It worked out for the Dodgers but did Torre realize that lifetime Eddie hits .391 with the bases loaded?

  47. How much of the Bako hate is because he’s seen as a Dusty guy? He’s doing better than Ross, who barely finished last year above the Mendoza line for God’s sake!

  48. OMG! Did EE just ground out to short? I have never seen that before. EE now 0-10 with bases loaded. Of course it would still be 6-1 if it were’nt for Jeff Kents brainfart error that should have been a double play.

  49. Jim, .391 lifetime but 0-10 this year. I’m about over EE.

  50. I just think Bako is taking AB’s away from Valentin. Yes, we know Bako is better defensively than Valentine but LLM kicks his butt offensively.

  51. Then buddy, what has happened because before this year Encarnacion was the last person an opposing team wanted to face with the bases loaded?

    Compare each year

  52. Cabrera pinch hitting for Janish. They should have Arroyo pinch hit. He’s got a better chance getting a hit than either of those two.

  53. I don’t know what’s happened Jim, I see the stats, I’m perplexed. It just seems like he’s been “developing” for 5 years.
    And now it doesn’t seem like he’s developing at all…regressing actually…pull, pull, pull…I know he’s only 25 but I’m starting to get a sneaking suspicion that EE is all he’s ever gonna be…believe you me I wish it wasn’t so…Where’s Brook Jacoby?

  54. Great idea, then Arroyo could start singing the JTM song and they’d let him go to second just to get rid of him, same thing at second, third, and a run is in!

  55. Exactly! It boggles my mind to see the lame 1.5 years of hitting instruction that Jacoby has provided. His predecessor was canned because his 2006 Reds hitters had a bad September.

  56. If Patterson leads off the 9th, I’m drinking the Kool-Aid.

  57. Well, I guess I’ve lived a full life. Goodbye, cruel world.

  58. Bruce gets tossed. Sounds like he tried to call timeout, but it was granted and it was a strike 3 pitch.

  59. should have said “was NOT granted”

  60. The thing about Bruce getting tossed that really irks me is that he is seldom even steps out of the box. If he was one of those irritating hitters that is stepping out all the time and delaying the game I could see Davidison not calling time out.

  61. Nice of the Reds to help salvage the Dodgers road trip. Is it me or is it tiring hearing GABP called a bandbox by opposing announcers, which I suppose it is but why not move the fences back a bit? It’s not like we need the seats and at least we could eliminate the “line drive” HR.

  62. Glad I didn’t waste too much time watching this team lose yet again. I did notice that with Hopper in the line up the whole game there were 4 runs scored, compared to an average of just over 2 with CP in on this home stand. Now if Kepp can come back they should be better at scoring runs…if Crusty doesn’t screw it up.

  63. Actually adding seats to that open end of the ball park would be more likely to decrease the HR “friendliness.” It would decrease the jet stream that makes balls carry so well. Ever notice that fly balls just seem to carry and carry and carry?

  64. The dimensions of Great American are normal and very similar to those of Riverfront. Moving the fences back probably doesn’t offset the jet stream factor and it makes the outfielders have to attempt to cover more ground.

  65. mhopp, I share your optimism. I think increasing catching time for Valentin would help as well. Dusty needs to stop worrying about playing the best defensive catcher and take every opportunity to insert offense into the line-up.

  66. Interesting Jim…yea having lived in CA the last 15 years, I’ve only been to GABP a handful of times so I’m not all that familiar with how the jet stream works. Does it blow through that gap in the structure that faces downtown?

  67. Ben said (12): Maybe we should start a β€œnumber of times adam dunn strikes out with a runner on third w/ less than 2 outs watch.” 2 days and counting…

    Never let the facts get in the way of good old-fashioned Dunn bashing.

    Dunn this season, w/ a runner on 3rd and < 2 outs: .308 .429 .308 .736 6K, 4 BB in 21 PAs. Note the .308 SLG and 0 HR, which should please those who want him to "adjust his approach" in that situation.

  68. Great effort by the Donkey on the fly ball in the 9th. which helped to add run #7 for the Dodgers!

  69. I got a hit! I’m up to .195!

    Send Hopper back to Triple-A. I’m going to break the Mendoza line.

  70. Yea but how about those stats WITH 2 outs and a runner on third- .143 .500 .286 .786. Or how about just 2 outs and RISP – .136 .387 .455 .842 Nevermind the last 14 days – .128 .320 .385 .705. Spin it any way you want. The Donkey is what he is. What he should be is a DH in the American league but after JP’s comments and that horrible audition for Boston that might not be so easy. OR KEEP HIM if you want but then it becomes imperative to find a catcher that can hit and another outfielder who can hit for avg. which means goodbye Griffey. Playing the way they do this team cant afford to keep both Griffey and Dunn (more and more the same guy). So who goes Griffey or Dunn? Or both? Who brings the most in return?

    Never let what we saw on TV get in the way of some good old fashioned Dunn-hugging.

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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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