Johnny Cueto vs. Paul Byrd. Discuss it here….

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  1. Y-City Jim

    Here we go:

    Jerry Hairston Jr. SS
    Adam Dunn DH
    Ken Griffey Jr. RF
    Brandon Phillips 2B
    Joey Votto 1B
    Jeff Keppinger 3B
    Jay Bruce LF
    Corey Patterson CF
    Paul Bako C

  2. Chad

    I keep saying I’m tired of this bunch, but here I am watching again. I’m hopeless.

  3. Jimmy James

    Cool throwbacks by the Indians.

  4. Jimmy James

    He hit that ball REAL hard. Line drive.

  5. Y-City Jim

    He showed that he was coming out of the slump in Toronto. Robbed of extra bases last night. Homer here so far.

  6. Y-City Jim

    Jacoby must be working with him.

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  7. Chad

    1-0 thanks to Dunn. Let’s see what Cueto is dealing today.

  8. Y-City Jim

    Be a little more aggressive, JC.

  9. Jimmy James

    Leadoff walk for Cueto. Not a good sign.

  10. Y-City Jim

    Interesting that Hopper played LF last night but Crappy is playing CF tonight. Elbow still an issue with Hopper I guess.

  11. Y-City Jim

    I love the double play!!!

    Let’s kick some Tribe butt tonight!!!

  12. Y-City Jim

    If KC can be on a streak of 12 wins in 14 games then certainly the Reds can run off a few hot streaks.

  13. Y-City Jim

    Watching Byrd is like looking back in time. He’s old school in his technique.

  14. Chad

    Double for Votto to lead off the second. I can’t wait to watch Votto continue to develop as a hitter over the next few years. He has an idea at the plate.

  15. Jimmy James

    Kepp HBP, right in the back. Two on for Jay Bruce with no outs.

  16. Y-City Jim

    Reds luck continues. Bad luck that is.

  17. K-Patt

    Do I really deserve to hit above Bako?

    Let’s see if I can get on, then Bako, then Hairston. It can be an ex-Cub reunion!

    That means I’d have to reach base, though.

  18. Jimmy James

    Broken-bat single by Bruce, but Patterson is up now.

  19. Y-City Jim

    Crap!!! Two on, one out with Crappy and Crappy II coming up.

  20. Y-City Jim

    By Welsh’s comments just now, Crappy is pretty much clueless on off-speed stuff, and he has been playing for how long?

  21. Jimmy James

    Patterson K’s (surprise) followed by Bruce getting nabbed at second. What a ridiculous inning. Good teams score in that inning. The Reds made two outs on the basepaths.

  22. Y-City Jim

    Thanks to the Crappy KO and Dusty brainstorm on running when Crappy is at the plate, we can look forward to Bako leading off in the 3rd.

  23. K-Patt

    Oops, I K’d again.

    I told Daddy Dusty not to hit and run with me because I can’t make contact.

    Even George Grande is ripping on me. He said I’ve struggled against Byrd, and “anyone that doesn’t have patience will.”

    I’m hurt.

  24. Jimmy James

    Wow, that qualifies as stinging criticism from Grande. he’s usually relentlessly positive.

  25. Y-City Jim

    Does Dusty think he is Whitey Herzog or Jim Riggleman or something?

  26. Y-City Jim

    Papa Smurf must be getting PO’ed.

  27. K-Patt

    I feel a little better because Welsh just ripped on Phillips and Bruce for not hustling.

  28. preach

    Phillips not hustling. Bruce should have reached second. Where’s the fire?

  29. Chad

    This team is just fundamentally bad. They don’t do many things well.

    A lot of talent on the roster, but they just don’t make it translate on the field.

  30. Y-City Jim

    In the 70’s, it was the Big Red Machine.

    In the 90’s, it was the Nasty Boys.

    Now it is Dusty’s Dumba**es.

  31. Y-City Jim

    I see a future for Casey Blake as a spokesperson for that beard hair dye for old guys on Viagra.

  32. Jimmy James

    Bako should have caught that one. That’s bush league. A passed ball puts two runners in scoring position.

  33. Y-City Jim

    Could the Reds please just call time and get into a bench clearing brawl with each other.

  34. Y-City Jim

    Almost a bench clearing brawl with the Indians there. That would have been cool.

  35. Y-City Jim

    Cueto escapes an inning as ugly as Casey Blake’s face.

  36. preach

    With bases loaded in the second I’m suprised we didn’t bring Weathers in…

    He’s sooo clutch.

  37. Jimmy James

    How was this Indians team so good last year?

  38. Y-City Jim

    Did any of the baseball players that served in WWII or Korea get killed in action?

  39. preach

    I’m suprised that George didn’t tell us that Griffey’s pop out was going to stay in the park….

  40. Y-City Jim

    Indians had a healthy Martinez and a lot of overachievers. Had Hafner not had the messed up shoulder they would have been unstoppable.

  41. ChicagoRedsFan

    Junior should be hitting 7th…

  42. DevilsAdvocate

    According to the Internetz, “No Major League baseball players were killed in World War II. The only major league baseball player killed in warfare was Eddie Grant, who was killed in World War I.”

  43. Y-City Jim

    Good one, preach.

    As we speak, Sizemore flies out to medium RF and George says “It’s going to stay in the park.”

  44. Jimmy James

    I like how the Border Patrol is advertising behind Cleveland’s home plate. “Now Hiring”

  45. Y-City Jim

    I know Ted Williams was a Marine pilot but how much action did most players see?

  46. Y-City Jim

    Jimmy, I saw the same advertisement at the Columbus Convention Center a couple of months ago.

  47. Y-City Jim

    Hafner’s shoulder problem seems to be a mystery. A couple of weeks ago, a caller to “All Bets are Off” hosted by the drab Bruce Drennan said that he had a friend that worked in the Cleveland clubhouse that knew what happened.

  48. Jimmy James

    Sal Fasano sits on his fat butt behind home plate.

  49. preach

    Wow. That had double written all over it. Came off the wall right to Gutierrez.

  50. Chad

    Votto could have had his second double, but he hit it TOO hard.

  51. Y-City Jim

    I think Votto might be seeing .300 real soon.

  52. Y-City Jim

    At least hit and run with Keppinger hitting makes some sense. With Crappy Patterson at the plate, it is base running suicide.

  53. Y-City Jim

    Paul Byrd is probably baseball smarter than anyone on the Reds roster.

  54. Y-City Jim

    Fasano is listed on at 225 lbs. That one lumpy 225 lbs.

  55. DevilsAdvocate

    That’s funny – preach, you’re on your game tonight!

  56. Y-City Jim

    His brother, Harvey Birdman, is a lawyer.

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  57. DevilsAdvocate

    A little more research reveals that there were two men killed in WWII with extremely limited major-league experience: Elmer Gedeon (5 games) and Harry Mink O’Neill (1 game, 0 plate appearances).

    Check out this website for info on baseball players in WWII. Seems pretty thorough. I didn’t know Warren Spahn was wounded (shrapnel in the foot).

  58. DevilsAdvocate

    K-Patt, you’re up with the bases loaded. Don’t screw it up!

  59. DevilsAdvocate

    Honestly. This is the worst I’ve ever seen anyone play for the Reds in my time as a baseball fan. It’s insane how badly Patterson is doing.

  60. Jimmy James

    Paul Bako is the greatest player ever.

  61. Y-City Jim

    Wonders never cease!!! Bako bases clearing double!!!

  62. Y-City Jim

    Drop Crappy to the 9 spot and move Bako up.

  63. Y-City Jim

    They just showed the Ohio Cup. I thought it was a Dippin’ Dots concession stand.

  64. Jimmy James

    The Ohio Cup is the lame trophy of the future.

  65. Y-City Jim

    Excuse my cultural insensitively but Sinn-Shoo Choo. What a name.

  66. preach

    What inning will we have the first double switch in this AL park?

  67. Y-City Jim

    Also excuse lousy spell checking.

  68. Y-City Jim

    Maybe the 8th inning so they can get Valentin in at 3B. I think LMM has a shot of being the All-Star 3B.

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  69. Y-City Jim

    Does George Grande know that the warning track is that brown rock material back there?

  70. preach

    I would hate to see a 96 mph fastball begin to rise toward my face.

  71. Y-City Jim

    Choo chugs into third.

    I think I can. I think I can.

  72. Y-City Jim

    Luckily the Gutierrez drive had some hang time.

  73. ChicagoRedsFan

    Was just checking out CP’s June numbers through his last AB:

    AB: 43
    BB: 0
    AVG: .163
    OBP: .163

  74. Y-City Jim

    I should have taped this inning for when I have trouble sleeping.

  75. Y-City Jim

    Wonder how many pitches Crappy saw this month? Less than 100?

  76. DevilsAdvocate

    I’m hoping Patterson sees, oh, about 0 pitches in July.

  77. Y-City Jim

    We need Eddie back ASAP. Hairston is playing some pretty lame SS.

  78. Jimmy James

    Yep, Hairston’s 15 minutes are up.

  79. Y-City Jim

    I wish JB would catch fire again.

  80. Y-City Jim

    Is Bruce get hitting advice form Crappy? What the heck was he swinging at there?

  81. Jimmy James

    Bruce is 2-3 tonight. Maybe he’s heating up again.

  82. ChicagoRedsFan

    At least Bruce striking out keeps CP from leading off the next inning ๐Ÿ˜€

  83. DevilsAdvocate

    It’s even worse than I realized. According to Marty: K-Patt, you have the lowest on-base percentage of all Reds position players in the last 48 years.

  84. Y-City Jim

    Crappy down to .190 after the fly out off an offspeed pitch.

    Is there a LHer going for Cleveland tomorrow?

  85. DevilsAdvocate

    Marty adds a qualifier the next inning – lowest OBP of all Reds’ position players with at least 180 plate appearances.

  86. Y-City Jim

    “That will make a nice lamp back in Puerto Rico.”

    George Grande guilty of some serious stereotyping of the Latin Americans.

  87. DevilsAdvocate

    Is Hairston injured again by that HBP? This joke isn’t funny anymore.

  88. Y-City Jim

    Dunn with .750 OBP tonight. Is that acceptable?

  89. Y-City Jim

    Is Junior’s bat hollow? Nothing jumps off of it.

  90. Y-City Jim

    Yeah, preach. Speier or else the Reds sign Pokey Reese from whatever beer league he is playing in.

  91. Y-City Jim

    Advice to Jerry – Don’t attempt to knock over Lumpy.

  92. ChicagoRedsFan

    CP went 3 for 5 on April 9. Since then he’s batted .164 in 158 ABs..think Dusty realizes this?

  93. Y-City Jim

    Bray has the initial hit out of the way. Strike out the next two now.

  94. DevilsAdvocate

    Someone please alert Dusty Baker to the strengths and weaknesses of his players.

    I’m sick of watching Bray brought in to face a lefthander, Weathers brought in to protect a small lead, and Patterson allowed to play at all.

  95. Chad

    I’m a little late weighing in on Jim’s comment at 112, but Bako DOES look like John Kinsella. It’s amazing. Same position and everything.

  96. mhopp

    Yep, more foolishness, Bray always gives up a hit to the first batter he faces. Of course CP fell getting to the ball, what an idiot

  97. Chad

    Oh crap, Weathers is in. Is a five run lead enough of a cushion?

  98. Y-City Jim

    Get Crappy one of those LifeAlert necklaces.

    “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

  99. mhopp

    I long for the day to come when DUSTY BAKER IS GOING, GOING, GOOOONNNEEEE!!!!!!!

  100. mhopp

    As if Dusty knew that was going to happen? You know they might could get someone for Weathers by trading him…just don’t make a deal with the yankees

  101. Y-City Jim

    Geesh!!! 1st pitch flyout. Crappy is so freakin’ clueless.

    .189

  102. Y-City Jim

    Is Patterson even coachable? I mean he is still doing the same knucklehead crap that he was doing two months ago.

  103. ChicagoRedsFan

    Forget the Interstate, CP’s next stop is the state route!

  104. mhopp

    Good thing that Patterson is in the OF…it’s as if Dusty and Crappy P want to lose

  105. Glenn

    I’m convinced that Patterson is getting dumber with each game he plays.

  106. mhopp

    I hate Crappy Outterson ๐Ÿ˜ก ๐Ÿ˜ˆ ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

  107. Glenn

    Are there any catchers in the Reds system that look promising? The 2 on the roster now are absolutely worthless at the plate. Notice I didn’t count Valentin. He’s a third baseman now….gulp!

  108. Y-City Jim

    Not close to being ML ready. Uncle Walt will have to address it through a trade or free agency.

  109. Glenn

    I’m just getting sick and tired of hearing how Ross and Bako are great “pitch and catch guys”. I’m pretty sure that’s code for, can’t hit a lick.

  110. mhopp

    Nice to see Dusty has saved the $46 million man for a 5 run lead.

  111. Y-City Jim

    Eric Wedge looks like he is hiding. Sort of like Henry Winkler’s character in “Waterboy.”

  112. Y-City Jim

    Speaking of lookalikes, Fasano looks like Borat.

  113. Y-City Jim

    Who’s that kid in the Reds dugout? Oh, it’s Cueto.

  114. Y-City Jim

    Interesting people in togas. Actually, I wish the Reds fans were that crazy.

  115. mhopp

    Looks like the Reds will be 20-19 with crappy p in the line up if they win tonight

  116. mhopp

    Sweet, I was looking at the ERA of the pitchers tonight…all below 4.00 except JC…and he is on his way down with a few more games like that.

  117. K-Patt

    Glad I could help the Reds win tonight. My four at-bats were awesome, and I almost caught that fly ball hit three steps in front of me.

    DevilsAdvocate – At least no one can ever accuse me of clogging the bases. I’ll swing at a feint to first.