Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 0
Seattle 1
WP: Rowland-Smith (1-6)
LP: Harang (5-7)
S: Aardsma (15)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–None.

NEGATIVES
–Everything.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Are you kidding me? One run in three games against a last place team? Did that really happen? Just a complete embarrassment.

–That’s six losses in seven games.

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  1. As much as I want Baker gone, the FO has to wait until the season is over. I’m not interested in Chris Speier running the club the rest of the season. I would like the FO put there foot down in regards to the Cabrera situation though. Baker has demonstrated over and over again to place far too much faith into marginal, at best, ballplayers.

  2. anyone else notice how the Chapman hype is disappeared.
    I guess a 4.11 ERA and 40 BB in 65 innings can do that

    has there been any news on Bailey, Hanigan or Dickerson?

  3. -Gomes is back to looking utterly clueless like he did early in the season.
    -Cabrera is killing us and Dusty, as usual, is a week late in recognizing he needs a couple games off.
    -Where’s this never say die attitude that is so contagious? Just goes to show you can’t ascribe non-quantifiable qualities to baseball teams. Like ‘chemistry’, they don’t exist, only talent or lack thereof.
    -Our offense swung the bats like they couldn’t wait to escape from Seattle. Nice patience, guys.

    And yet, I’m not ready to give up on these guys. St. Louis and Chicago haven’t run into the kind of pitching we have, and they’re just muddling along. We’ll be fine so long as we snap out of our hitting funk.

    • And yet, I’m not ready to give up on these guys. St. Louis and Chicago haven’t run into the kind of pitching we have, and they’re just muddling along. We’ll be fine so long as we snap out of our hitting funk.

      I’m with you on this one, Sultan. I may be disappointed but as a fan I have to believe they will come out of this slump. I just don’t think that the offense performance over the last month and half is sustainable. I didn’t realize just how out of whack their numbers with RISP were compared to the overall number. No matter how much veteran leadership you have numbers like that will eventually regress to the mean. Same with how Jay Bruce numbers with RISP will eventually move up closer to the mean, LVW, like his batting average did earlier this year and last year due to his extreme low BAPIP>

  4. Bailey and Dickerson are likely a month away. Volquez will probably be ready before Bailey assuming he doesn’t have a setback. Hanigan is probably a week away from going on a rehab assignment.

  5. that 7th inning was one of the most depressing baseball I’ve seen in a while.
    it showed a complete lack of focus and execution on many levels

    you are losing a game 0-1
    leadoff BB (why didn’t Stubbs try to steal?)
    then Heisey BB (so it’s pretty clear the pitcher is wild)
    they put in a reliever
    Corky is asked to sacrifice (despite having PH on the bench and very fast players on the basepaths)
    Cabrera and Phillips then saw 15 pitches only 3 of which were strikes (it could be argued that only 2 were strikes) and both struck out.

    to be honest, with the slump Cabrera was in I probably go with a PH for Corky and if that PH doesn’t come through another PH for Cabrera.

  6. Louisville Courier-Journal columnist Rick Bozich has an optimistic column in Sunday’s print edition of the paper.

    However, he does sound one LOUD ominous note:

    When he wrote the article, we were 37-31. We were also 37-31 in:

    2006 and we finished 80-82

    2004 and we finished 76-86, 29 games behind the Cardinals

    In 2002, we were 38-30….and ended 78-84, 19 games behind the Cardinals

  7. I have to offer one positive…Arthur Rhodes added 2/3 of an inning of scoreless baseball. His ERA is now 0.29.

  8. Since I live in Washington, got to see my beloved Reds for 3 games. As lousy as the Mariniers are, thought we would win at least 2 of 3. I told Marinier fans, how come they didn’t play like that against the other teams?? Hope they keep it up against the ugly Cubs. Not all was lost, my grandson got his picture taken with Bronson, Gomes gave him his batting gloves & Cueto gave him a ball!! Reds were very nice to him!! Now we need to get some runs down in Oakland and turn this ship around. Cardinals are still waiting for us!!

  9. the first 2 games I’ll just chalk up to ace caliber pitchers carving us up…but there’s no way we should’ve made the pitcher today look this good

  10. The Cabrerea situation has become depressing, it’s hard to not talk about it. Janish did not even appear in a single game in this series. I’d hoped Janish would play on Saturday nite (OC doesn’t hit righties much, of course right now he’s not hitting anyone much).

    OC could have gotten some rest and maybe would even have done better today, as in getting the run in from 3rd, which he was doing well early in the season.

    • The Cabrerea situation has become depressing, it’s hard to not talk about it.Janish did not even appear in a single game in this series. I’d hoped Janish would play on Saturday nite (OC doesn’t hit righties much, of course right now he’s not hitting anyone much).OC could have gotten some rest and maybe would even have done better today, as in getting the run in from 3rd, which he was doing well early in the season.

      Lance McAlister has even gotten into the Cabrera debate:

      Everyone admits that Orlando Cabrera has had a gimpy ankle since June 6……and he’s really struggling at the plate.
      So….why can’t Paul Janish play?
      Cabrera is now hitting .190 with a .244 OBP in the 11 games since the injury.
      Why has Cabrera started all but one game since the injury? What’s the point?
      Janish recorded a DNP…did not play….in 14 games in April, 16 in May and 12 so far in June.
      The Reds have played 68 games and Janish has appeared in 23, with just 48 plate appearances.
      He’s had stretches of games where he didn’t appear of 4, 6, 5, 4 and 9 games.
      Why?
      It’s like what Dusty did with Ramon Hernandez last year. Ramon had a bad knee and yet Dusty kept running him out there, day after day. From May 29 to July 16 last year Hernandez started 37 of 38 games. What happened?
      Hobbled by the bad knee he hit .200 in that stretch, wound up going on the DL and had to have surgery.
      So I ask again…would it kill Dusty to play Janish and let Cabrera get some time off to heal?

      I think the parallel with Hernandez last year is interesting and I hadn’t thought of it.

  11. Another positive is that Harang showed he can pitch against a weak hitting team in a spacious park. Maybe one of those West Coast teams that plays in a big park will take notice.

  12. @Steve Price: That’s what some here forgot as the Reds bolted out to a good record. There’s a reason you play 162 games.

    In my mind we have more players playing above their ability (compared to where they will probably end up) than below. Plus an easy schedule…that’s why I can’t see them over .500.

    Off the top of my head, in the above category I put Rolen, Votto (slightly), Leake, Cueto, Rhodes (duh), Gomes (playing every day now, so I think he’ll drop a tiny bit), Phillips (slightly), Hernandez, and especially Hanigan. Below, maybe Bruce, Harang. About what I expect: Cabrera, Stubbs, Bailey, and most of the crappy bullpen.

    Over the long haul, to me this says that the team will not play over .500 ball in the next 100 games, barring significant trades.

  13. I think Harang should be given som credit for only allowing 3 hits on the day. If there was a real failure in this whole series, it was one of startegy—-or lack thereof—-from Baker. We probably should have guessed how the series would turn out when Baker made Cairo the DH for the first game. It shows he underestimated the Mariners determination. They haven’t given up on their season. Meanwhile, Baker seems to think his is in the bag

  14. @Y-City Jim:
    Actually, I think if Baker goes, so will Speier. It seems the last few times the Reds made a managerial change during the season, they put in someone from elsewhere in the organization (Miley from the minors, Mackanin from the scouting dept)—-the exception being Jerry Narron (I will still argue that they should have stayed with him in 07; the reason they lost that year was because evryone kept getting sick).
    I predict that if Baker is fired, as he should be for his shortsightedness and mishandling of the bullpen, they will go with either Rick Sweet, Freddie Benevides or Bill Doran—-wich I would like to see. Doran played a long time, had a good career, he’s a smart baseball man and he’s a Cincinnati guy.

  15. @Python Curtus: I also notice that they played hard and haven’t given up. And their fans haven’t either, the attendance seemed good for the series.

  16. I had a bad feeling before the series started, and said so. That Lee and Felix would shut us down and that would carry over into a slump on Sunday.

    Oakland won’t be easy, they play well at home, they pitch well at home.

    We fell from first place in 2002 in mid-June when we went into Seattle and Oakland and got swept by both. They were much better teams then than they are now.

    We fell from first place in June 2004 when we went into Oakland and Cleveland and got swept by both.
    Our pitching staff got exposed in those sweeps – Oakland routed us all 3 games and Cleveland beat our bullpen all 3 games, including 2 wins from way behind.

    This series against Oakland will tell us something about whether the 2010 team is better than those teams. We do have the right starters pitching for us.

  17. Do any of the reporters ever ask Baker why he doesn’t play Janish?

  18. Janish is not the second coming of Barry Larkin people…this is really getting old…dude hit .211 in 250+ at bats last year…how is that kind of hitter starting gonna help anything whatsoever?

  19. @De_Here:
    The point is, he’s a better fielder than Cabrera. The game isn’t all about out hitting the other team—-wich is how the Reds have been playing it since the days of Leatherpants. It’s also about making the plays on the field that keep the other team from getting anywhere. Haven’t you noticed how the other teams always seem to have their fielders right where the Reds are hitting the ball? Don’t you remember how they always played the infield shift on Dunn and Griffey? And no one on the Reds ever devised a counter strategy for them to hit out of the shift? Apparently, the Nationals have. Dunn’s hitting around .280 now and no one plays the shift on him anymore!
    The point is, the Reds in general and Dusty Baker in particular have not bothered to rethink their strategies. Cabrera is incapable of getting to the balls in the hole, so he must play evryday without fail. How does that make sense? Janish, at 10 years younger, has proven that he can make the plays consistantly, so he must rot on the bench. How does this make sense?
    Plus, despite only hitting .211 last year, Janish hit more than 20 doubles. How does a part time player manage to get that many extra base hits?

  20. @Python Curtus: he hasn’t proven he can do anything at all consistently…he had his shot last year…when Gonzalez was traded Dusty stuck him in there at short and put him 2nd in the lineup for pretty much the rest of the season…that was his chance to impress and apparently he didn’t…I like Janish but this seems like backup qb syndrome to me…the guy that doesn’t play HAS to be better than the guy that’s out there right?…

  21. @De_Here:

    I don’t thin anyone is under the impression that he’ll light up the world with his bat, but at least he’ll give you outstanding defense at a premium position that could easily be worth 10-15 runs. And besides, it’s not like he can hit much worse than Cabrera and his .630 OPS at this point.

  22. @Bill Lack: There’s not only a parallel with Hernanzez last year, there’s a parallel with Gonzo last year, who Dusty would play every day until he broke down twice (while he was trying to recover from knee surgery).

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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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