Once again, we’ll put up the game thread early so you can follow along with this afternoon’s Cardinals-Marlins game. Remember, this is a make-up game from an earlier rainout, so it’s just one game before the Cardinals head to Pittsburgh, where they’ll play tomorrow night.

The Reds and Brewers will get it on later tonight, with Homer Bailey scheduled to make the start. At press time (I love pretending I’m an old newspaperman), we haven’t heard if Bailey will actually make the start. You remember, he experienced some dizziness or something last time out. If he isn’t able to go tonight, Sam LeCure or Matt Maloney will make the start.

I don’t want to overstate the importance of this series, but these games against Milwaukee are kinda big. If the Reds can just win two of these three games, it will go a long way toward cementing that division championship.

Here’s your game preview. Go Redlegs!

223 Responses

  1. dn4192

    My first question is if there is any “concern” over Homer is feeling, this should send up Red Flags. To still be dealing with dizzyness or such is more then just a stiff neck.

    My second question is if Homer can’t go, why are they even considering Harang?

  2. rayman5000

    Please…not Harang. I’m heading to the game tonight, and the last thing I need to see (while surrounded by Brewers fans) is Harang lumbering through 2 1/3 innings.

  3. rayman5000

    Just from following on Gamecast…looks like Carpenter is struggling with command. I like it! :mrgreen:

  4. OklahomaChase

    Long time reader, but I figure it’s time I start posting. Love the website. Things are looking good in Florida…always nice to see Carpenter struggling.

  5. Crutch23

    Hey rayman5000….I’ll be at the game tonight also. Wife and I and a couple of friends comin up from Illinois. Where ya sittin?

  6. Crutch23

    @rayman5000: Headin to the game tonight also…wife and I, and some friends comin up from Illinois. Where ya sittin…and GO REDS!!

  7. MrSaturdayNite

    @bho52: That’ll be hard for Carpenter to explain to his son.

  8. Kyle

    Wow, Marlins hit a grand slam in the second. I really hope that holds up. Its the breaks and all but I can’t really blame the Cards if they complain about this cross-country trip. That said, I hope they get the hell beat out of them all week long.

  9. dn4192

    I wonder why not give Yonder a game or two at first and see how he does? Also, why not move Hanigan up in the batting order?

  10. jdarts

    Phillips gets the night off tonight…just kidding.

    Phillips
    Cabrera
    Votto
    Rolen
    Gomes
    Stubbs
    Heisey
    Hanigan
    Bailey

  11. MrSaturdayNite

    @jdarts: Phew! I was worried there for a second. I mean how would this team survive w/o BP leading off?

  12. rayman5000

    Strikes out Pujols to end the top of the 8th!! Still 4-0 Marlins.

  13. renbutler

    After six innings and 86 pitches, and after facing the minimum number of batters in innings 4-6, Carpenter was pulled for a pinch hitter with the bases empty and one out making his first plate appearance.

    Have they given up?

  14. dn4192

    Since we have “clinched” according to eveyone I would have gone with:

    Stubbs
    Hanigan
    Rolen
    Edmonds
    Heisey
    Janish
    Valikea
    Yonder

    • jdarts

      Since we have “clinched” according to eveyone I would have gone with:Stubbs
      Hanigan
      Rolen
      Edmonds
      Heisey
      Janish
      Valikea
      Yonder

      It’s not clinched yet, but c’mon. You said last week the Cards had a big run left in them. Just not seeing it, sorry. They haven’t had anything resembling a huge run all season long.

  15. Kyle

    @jdarts: Hmmm, don’t really get why Bruce isn’t playing every day unless it is an issue with getting his right side some rest (which makes sense). Although Gomes should be playing against a LHP, I’d like to see him benched for Edmonds when RHP start.

    Marlins need 3 more outs.

    • jdarts

      @jdarts: Hmmm, don’t really get why Bruce isn’t playing every day unless it is an issue with getting his right side some rest (which makes sense). Although Gomes should be playing against a LHP, I’d like to see him benched for Edmonds when RHP start.Marlins need 3 more outs.

      Bruce should be an every day player right now, simple as that.

  16. renbutler

    Even if (when?) we do clinch, shouldn’t we at least make an effort to secure a higher seed?

  17. cstrand

    Did anyone else notice how John Fay quoted Chad’s entry on Brandon Phillips and said it was from Rob Neyer? I know Neyer quoted Chad but I thought it was funny

  18. MrSaturdayNite

    WLB down to the last out in Miami!

  19. renbutler

    Cardinals disposed of in less than two hours…

  20. Dave Lowenthal

    @jdarts: Hard to argue with him sitting because we don’t know his health. If he’s healthy and they are sitting him because of the left/right issue, that’s dumb.

    • jdarts

      @jdarts: Hard to argue with him sitting because we don’t know his health.If he’s healthy and they are sitting him because of the left/right issue, that’s dumb.

      I agree with this. If health is really is the only reason, fine.

  21. Matt WI

    @Dave Lowenthal: Question is, why is ok w/ the team to rest Bruce but not Phillips? Does that sway things to the horrendous slump side of the column?

  22. Matt WI

    Bets on LaRussa making some sneaky comment about how hard it was to have to squeeze the game in this time of year? Keep your eyes peeled for post game whine, er, quotes.

  23. dn4192

    Okay i give, with the Cards losing today I am willing to accept I have been wrong…

    WE DA TEAM..

    So when can we start celebrating? 😀

  24. OhioJim

    I have been painting not exactly worst case scenarios because I haven’t had the Reds collapsing but scenarios that highlighted what the Cards could force the Reds to do if they hung tough.

    Certainly it still isn’t over; and the Reds seem to be something of a funk themselves. However, it is really starting to look like the Cards have thrown it in. That salami was early and Capenter held the line afterward as did their pen yet they did not even make a run at the Fish. Hopefully the Reds will get back on track and post 4 (or more) wins before they get home to make sure the issue is all but mathematically settled by the time they get home.

    • Steve

      Hopefully the Reds will get back on track and post 4 (or more) wins before they get home to make sure the issue is all but mathematically settled by the time they get home.

      While I’d love for them to clinch as early as possible, I’d also love to be at the game in Cincinnati when they do it!

  25. Chris Garber

    @Chad Dotson: That was hilarious. God forbid Fay link directly to a humble blogger, even if we do have a partnership with his paper.

  26. Chris Garber

    Per Lance McAlister (and the laws of mathematics): If Reds go 6-6 (90-72) …..Cards must go 13-0 to tie

  27. Dave Lowenthal

    @Matt WI: Hah. Don’t confuse me with saying Dusty is ok!!! 🙂

    It’s clear when a guy’s hurt (as Phillips is, self admitted) that he shouldn’t play. When we don’t know how hurt a guy is, we really can’t say anything.

    It really is ridiculous, what they are doing.

  28. Dave Lowenthal

    @dn4192: Dude, no offense, but that is fairly lame. You flipped from Reds will lose to it’s over based on one game?

  29. Ethan D

    I can literally see no reason why Bruce isn’t starting tonight.

  30. beens999

    Ha! Classic Cards to complain about having to play that make-up game. Carpenter has become one of those players that I really get enjoyment from their on field struggles. In fact, he is at tge top os my “most reviled” list

  31. jdarts

    @beens999: They really complained about that? They just can’t help themselves. Being WLB’s is just in their DNA I guess.

  32. Steve

    I’m not entirely convinced on this “higher seed” argument for beating our Reds into the ground right up until the end.

    Today, it looks like Atlanta will be the wild card, but they still have SIX games left with the Phillies. If the Rockies keep streaking, they very well could end up with the wild card, and the Giants the West winners.

    In that scenario, the higher seed (Phillies) would play the Rockies and we’d play the Giants. Even with the Giants SP, I think I’d rather play them than the insanely hot Rox.

    Close call – and definitely too hard to predict accurately.

    In any case, my opinion is that we should try to get our players into the optimal condition for the playoff run. If that means giving some of them several days off in the last week of the season, we should do it, even if it affects our seeding.

  33. bho52

    It’s a tough balancing act between resting/getting healthy and keeping everyone sharp. Still, if we continue at our current clip, we’re probably gonna finish behind the wild card winner. There’s obviously a lot of baseball left and a lot of shuffling could happen, but it would be nice to string some wins together and get that 2 seed. A sweep in Milwaukee would be a nice start…

  34. dn4192

    @Ethan D:

    isn’t the starter a lefty? And we also don’t know how much the injury is still effecting Bruce.

    • jdarts

      @Ethan D:
      isn’t the starter a lefty?And we also don’t know how much the injury is still effecting Bruce.

      As stated earlier by Dave, if it’s the injury then fine. But Bruce should be in the lineup against both lefties and righties at this point. His bat’s just too important to keep out of the lineup.

      • Ethan D

        As stated earlier by Dave, if it’s the injury then fine. But Bruce should be in the lineup against both lefties and righties at this point. His bat’s just too important to keep out of the lineup.

        Exactly. No matter what team it is, if you take a .270 hitter with 21 bombs out of the lineup it’s not going to make you any better.

        And it’s not like he even struggles against leftys. This season he has a .264/.337/.493 line against them with 9 HRs, 22 RBI, 17 BBs. Add in his Gold Glove D and his rocket arm. You can’t afford to have him out of the lineup.

      • Truman48

        Exactly. No matter what team it is, if you take a .270 hitter with 21 bombs out of the lineup it’s not going to make you any better.
        And it’s not like he even struggles against leftys. This season he has a .264/.337/.493 line against them with 9 HRs, 22 RBI, 17 BBs. Add in his Gold Glove D and his rocket arm. You can’t afford to have him out of the lineup.

        I agree with you two. He should be in the lineup.

  35. dn4192

    @Dave Lowenthal:

    We lose tonight and I am so back on the we are NOT going to the playoff wagon your head will spin… 😀

  36. Reds03

    I can’t wait for the day they clinch.

  37. LVW

    Could we have some sort of contest by predicting what day the Reds will clinch and what their record will be at the end of the year and give some sort of prize to the winner.

  38. pinson343

    So wait, Fay can only quote Chad by quoting Neyer quoting Chad ?

    That confused me at first. I’d already read Chad’s post on BP, and there I was reading it again on Fay’s blog, but written by Neyer ? Then I click on the link and Neyer quotes and refers to Chad.

  39. dn4192

    With Bruce, phillips and even Rolen, right now I would error on the safe side adn rest them if possible.

  40. Dave Lowenthal

    @Ethan D: I don’t worry about this—even when Bruce was stinking up the joint Dusty usually played him versus lefties. I really think it’s just resting him. Yes, I know it makes no sense when combined with Phillips.

  41. Jason in Toronto

    I don’t think Dusty realizes Bruce is better now, I think he’s still under the assumption he’s hurt.

    • LVW

      @Jason in Toronto:

      I don’t think Dusty realizes Bruce is better now, I think he’s still under the assumption he’s hurt.

      I think he’s platooning him for some stupid reason. Reason being he’s started on the bench against every lefty since he got back and this includes today which is a night game after a day game.

      • Mark in cc.

        @LVW:

        @Jason in Toronto: I think he’s platooning him for some stupid reason. Reason being he’s started on the bench against every lefty since he got back and this includes today which is a night game after a day game.

        It is rough on a lefty versus lefty on that oblique muscle. Have a tendency to swing with your elbows a little closer to your body lefty vs lefty (righty vs righty for that matter) which forces a little more tension and stress on the oblique.

  42. Reds03

    Did anyone see Tyler Colvin get hit yesterday? Scary.

  43. MikeB

    Votto never seems to swing at the first pitch. I think the league has noticed, because lately, it seems like he always looks at strike one.

  44. Mark in cc.

    Anybody tired of seeing those balls Janish would field rolling into center?

  45. Steve

    Homer screwed by Joe West on two pitches to Fielder that were strikes.

      • Mark in cc.

        Homer isn’t dizzy anymore, but that first inning mad me dizzy.

        I thought he did OK. The Bailey of old would have tried to blow Fielder away rather than give him a walk with first base open. Pitched to Braun well other that one pitch to MaGahee he hit Hanigans glove on all of them

  46. Reds03

    The Stubblet to the opposite field!

  47. al

    For all the grief Stubbs has taken this year, 20 HR and 70+ RBI is no joke for a first year CF.

    • Steve

      For all the grief Stubbs has taken this year, 20 HR and 70+ RBI is no joke for a first year CF.

      And scored 84 runs with 25 stolen bases. Awesome first year.

      And he’s fast.

  48. MikeB

    @al: Makes the people who were calling for him to go to AAA look pretty stupid. If Dusty rested him a bit more during the summer, he never would have slumped like that, I think.

  49. LVW

    Get your playoff tickets at Stubbs HR Hub!

    • Reds03

      Get your playoff tickets at Stubbs HR Hub!

      Corny, but funny.

  50. Mark in cc.

    One thing kind of sad is there are twice as many people in the stands tonight for the eliminated Brewers than their were in 1st place Cincy last Monday.

  51. Truman48

    Well that was one way to not have to worry about the runner on first anymore.

  52. Reds03

    John Fay-With that HR, Stubbs has 28 homers in 660 big league at-bats. Same number he had in 1,588 ABs in the minors.

  53. Chris Garber

    Congrats to editor Chris W on the birth of his son today. He’s following the game from the hospital via Twitter and hopefully, RLN.

  54. Truman48

    @Reds03:

    That is an amazing stat.

    What is the reason for this? GABP=cheesbeox

  55. Steve

    Homer’s pitch count is a little high so far, but he’s pitching really well. Hit 97mph last inning.

    Let’s get some runners on for Votto for a change.

    • Reds03

      Let’s get some runners on for Votto for a change.

      So he can do that? 😀

  56. Chris Garber

    Thom is an insufferable know it all.

    • Mark in cc.

      Thom is an insufferable know it all.

      Acorn doesn’t fall from the tree.

  57. LVW

    Can’t keep letting the leadoff guy get on.

  58. Truman48

    Absolutely hate those leadoff walks. Especially to the fast guys.

  59. Chris Garber

    Is Rick Sweet an impressive guy, or what?

  60. earl

    I’d think if Dusty moves on, Rick Sweet is the guy.

    • Truman48

      I’d think if Dusty moves on, Rick Sweet is the guy.

      If Dusty moves on, I say we bring Frank Robinson back. Nobody messes with Frank Robinson and lives to tell about it. 🙂

  61. Mark in cc.

    That’s what we thought about Dave Miley.

  62. Truman48

    Looks like Gomes chased at least two balls.

    I hope the Reds two runs is not going to be it.

  63. Mark in cc.

    Doesn’t Torre’s wife’s from and her family live in Cincinnati?

  64. Mark in cc.

    Thom’s Stubb’s 20 HR stat sounds great unless you consider that is 1 in 5 teams. Still it is great, especially for a rookie but Thom overplayed that angle.

  65. MikeB

    I don’t see how Heisey is an improvement over Bruce in any way, shape, or form.

  66. earl

    Dave Miley didn’t have much pitching though. I don’t think even if Miley would have done everything perfect that any of those clubs would have been much better than they ended up.

    • Mark in cc.

      @earl:

      Dave Miley didn’t have much pitching though. I don’t think even if Miley would have done everything perfect that any of those clubs would have been much better than they ended up.

      If they had great pitching then you could manage them.

  67. Steve

    Both called strikes on the first two pitches to Heisey were out of the strike zone on GameDay. Joe West specials.

  68. LVW

    If HiC can’t hit lefties then there’s really no need for him to be on the playoff roster.

  69. earl

    It would be nice for BP to hit a gapper and get this runner in.

  70. Mark in cc.

    Chris,
    Thom just agreed with you that he doesn’t know.

  71. earl

    Nice pop, just needed it a bit more into the gap.

  72. Truman48

    Big inning for Homer coming up.

    Really wish BP could have given us something there.

  73. Truman48

    Oh I guess he came close. Watching Gamecast.

  74. Truman48

    First four hitters for Milwaukee are 3 for 6 with two walks so far.

  75. Mark in cc.

    Dos Votto seem to be taking more half cuts the last week?

  76. Kyle

    Very poor game from Votto thus far. Glad he didn’t get tossed there.

  77. Truman48

    A lead-off double and then the K.

  78. MikeB

    How much you wanna bet Gomes GIDP here?

    Prove me wrong, Johnny…

    • Truman48

      How much you wanna bet Gomes GIDP here?Prove me wrong, Johnny…

      I wouldn’t take your bet.

  79. MikeB

    Pop up would have been my second guess.

  80. Truman48

    Reds offense with more K’s than hits (again).

    Making a mediocre pitcher look pretty good.

  81. Steve

    Called third strike on Stubbs was out of the strike zone, according to GameDay. Joe West is terrible.

  82. vermilion red

    These kind of observations, I think, prove incorrect frequently, but soft-tossing lefties seem to give us all kinds of grief. Gotta give it to Cy Capuano, though.

  83. Ethan D

    I don’t know why Juan is batting right now instead of Bruce.

    • Mark in cc.

      I don’t know why Juan is batting right now instead of Bruce.

      Too early

    • Steve

      I don’t know why Juan is batting right now instead of Bruce.

      Darn good question. Or Edmonds. Baker has a total mancrush on Juan Francisco because of his bolts of power. If Baker had been managing Wily Mo Peña, Willy Mo would probably be starting for the Reds, and striking out 200 times a year.

  84. Truman48

    Double play huh? Boy, that wasn’t predictable. I am already tired of the rookie pinch-hitters. I really don’t care what “the percentages” say.

    • Ethan D

      Double play huh? Boy, that wasn’t predictable. I am already tired of the rookie pinch-hitters. I really don’t care what “the percentages” say.

      Bruce is on the bench, Edmonds is on the bench, even Alonso is a better option than Juan was.

  85. MikeB

    Sometimes I wish Cincinnati did have the sort of media who second guesses the manager for every move. I would love to know the logic behind Fransisco batting there.

  86. pinson343

    First pitch swinging at a pitcher’s pitch, double play. I don’t like Francisco as a PHer. Don’t know why Dusty uses him to PH so often.

  87. Steve

    Valaika or Janish would have been good pinch hitter options, or Alonso. Francisco is totally undisciplined up there. Baker is the only manager that would be giving him as many crucial ABs.

  88. Truman48

    Weeks has been a pain in the butt tonight. Hopefully not here.

  89. pinson343

    I hope Masset stays in to pitch the 8th.
    I would think so.

    Let’s beat their pen.

  90. Steve

    The Reds leadoff hitter is 9 for his last 72 AB.

    Cabrera has three hits, if the leadoff hitter had been on base at all tonight, we’d really have been in business.

  91. Dave Lowenthal

    Good thing Votto didn’t get chucked arguing earlier.

  92. MikeB

    There’s the Joey we know and love.

    Could Thom have been less enthusiastic on the call?

    • Chris Garber

      Could Thom have been less enthusiastic on the call?

      To be fair, I thought it was a fly out. That ball carried FOREVER.

  93. Kyle

    VOTTO!!!

    Shut the fans behind home plate up.

    • jdarts

      VOTTO!!!Shut the fans behind home plate up.

      I’m so glad he shut them up. That was driving me nuts.

  94. Dave Lowenthal

    Oh my god, a homer from Rolen.

  95. pinson343

    He kept throwing Joey outside fastballs. You could see that one coming.

  96. Reds03

    Does anyone recall my prediction of saying OC would have a very good September?

    • LVW

      @Reds03:

      Does anyone recall my prediction of saying OC would have a very good September?

      I remember being on board with that back when he was still on the DL

  97. LVW

    There’s are MVottoP!

    VOTTO BING VOTTO BOOM!

      • LVW

        @Steve:

        was waiting for that

        Got distracted with Maryse and Eve Torres. WOO HOO!

  98. pinson343

    Can’t say that I saw Rolen’s HR coming.

  99. Dave Lowenthal

    Does Votto ever pull a homer?

  100. jdarts

    Votto’s opposite field power is ridiculous. Every time he hits one I think it’s a pop out, then it just keeps carrying and carrying and carrying.

  101. Matt WI

    I love the Brewers bullpen so much! Somebody should look up the runs we’ve scored off them this year. Just awesome. I’m sending them a nice fruit basket when we clinch.

  102. Dave Lowenthal

    That was a bizarre inning, three terrible ABs and three ABs resulting in three runs.

  103. Dave Lowenthal

    @jdarts: No kidding, the sound is good and that’s the only reason I don’t think it’s a pop up to short left field. And then the thing goes into the upper deck. It’s just ridiculous off field power that that guy has.

  104. Dave Lowenthal

    If the Reds face the Phils in round 1, does anyone really think they can win if Phillips goes for 0 for 15 in the series batting leadoff?

  105. pinson343

    The way Masset is going, I would have let him finish the 8th.

  106. vermilion red

    MLB Network reports 17 opposite field homers for Votto, most in baseball. What is Reds’ mark for most players with 20+ homers?
    Rolen has really been a leader for the Reds. My impression is he’s worked really hard despite having a really bad back and he inspires confidence unlike any Red since maybe Barry Larkin. Not a very sabermetriclicious comment, but wins are wins. When he became a Red, we started winning.

  107. Chris Garber

    WTF is Thom talking about now? He has the most vivid imagination.

    I love that Welsh is unwilling to play along too much.

  108. Matt WI

    @Chad Dotson: Yes… he gets hosed on not one but two strike outs thanks to Joe West, and then calmly blasts a ball to LF in a game that will go a good way toward clinching thanks the earlier Cards loss. M. V. P.

  109. LVW

    McGehee has been the designated inning ender tonite.

  110. pinson343

    Do we trust CoCo with a 3 run save against the bottom of their order ?

    No, score more runs.

  111. Dave Lowenthal

    @pinson343: I can see your point, but Chapman’s got to get some time at some point, and Fielder seems like a good time.

  112. Dave Lowenthal

    @Matt WI: Are you sure? That looked like a strike (the strike 3) to me, in fact it looked pretty obvious. But I didn’t get a fox trac or whatever it is. The CF camera on the Brewers’ broadcast is off center.

    • Matt WI

      @Matt WI: Are you sure? That looked like a strike (the strike 3) to me, in fact it looked pretty obvious. But I didn’t get a fox trac or whatever it is. The CF camera on the Brewers’ broadcast is off center.

      Good call on the camera being off center. I looked at it on Gameday… the 3rd strike in the 6th was on the black. Good enough. Also, I gotta say I’m surprised at your praise for Bailey. I thought you’d be riding him for his full counts and extra pitches. But you’re right, that’s a killer lineup to get through. Harang used to be able to do that.

  113. Dave Lowenthal

    Why has Chapman’s velocity dropped to the high 90’s?

    He hasn’t pitched much, he can’t be tired.

  114. Dave Lowenthal

    Hey, Bruce is in on the double switch, they need someone to rob a game tying HR.
    (Cordero is coming in.) 🙂

  115. MikeB

    @Dave Lowenthal: Could be that he’s backed off a little for better control and saves the triple digits for when he needs it. Or, could be a variation in radar guns.

  116. Dave Lowenthal

    @MikeB: I thought of that, but Jeffress is hitting 97.

  117. Chris Garber

    @Matt WI: Have you guys heard this “Tulowitski for MVP” insanity? Wake me up when he plays 120 games.

    14 HR in September is incredible, but they’re still in third place.

  118. Dave Lowenthal

    Does it bother anyone else that Bruce is constantly twisting his body as if he’s trying to loosen up his oblique muscle? He’s been doing that for several games now. I wonder if he’s still feeling it a bit. (If so, he sure has a lot of power for a guy with a strained oblique.)

  119. Dave Lowenthal

    Cordero gets the crappy hitters in the 9th, 6/7/8. No excuses.

  120. jdarts

    Say your prayers, cross your fingers, do whatever you gotta do…it’s Coco time.

  121. pinson343

    Brandon draws a walk. He’s on his way back. Actually, odd pitch selection to him, after getting ahead with a curveball.

  122. Chris Garber

    I’m turning this game off. One of two things can happen:

    1. A boring, uneventful 9th. I’d be better served by reading.
    2. Cordero blows another one. My sanity will be better served by missing that.

  123. Matt WI

    @Chris Garber: Wow, I hadn’t heard that about Tulowitski. He’s just the flavor of the week. Like giving Denard Robinson the Heismen after the ND game. Uh, good job, but play 10 more times.

  124. jdarts

    If he the first batter gets on to start, you know what’s coming.

  125. MikeB

    @Chris Garber: Back during the time when Danny Graves was closing, I would take my dog for a walk whenever he came in. I knew that no matter what, I didn’t want to see what was going to happen. CoCo is getting very close to dog walking status.

  126. vermilion red

    In the playoffs, I would start Wood only against left-handed dominant lineups (Phils, for sure). I’m more confident with Bailey and Volquez against righty-dominant or balanced lineups. Wood might make a good long reliever if we would need a three-inning relief stint.

  127. LVW

    Bring out the 6 pack and after we use it up…………champagne!

  128. Matt WI

    That’s how it’s done. Nice job boys! Six. Six. Six. Six. Six. Six. Six. Six. Six. Six. Six. Six.

  129. Truman48

    YES! A BIG win. Great job CoCo.

    His fastball was down a little tonight some 92 and 93 mph.

    • Ethan D

      YES! A BIG win. Great job CoCo.His fastball was down a little tonight some 92 and 93 mph.

      I like when he’s down there. More strikes

  130. pinson343

    CoCo loves those 3 run saves against the bottom of the order. I’m not knocking him, it’s better than his walking 2 of them and facing Weeks, Hart, etc.

  131. jdarts

    I love a Joey Votto interview. Guy just shoots straight from the hip.

  132. pinson343

    @Truman48: I noticed that his fastball was down in velocity. Maybe that was on purpose, for better command.

    I like that approach, actually. Then when he dials up to 96-97, it’s more effective.

  133. vermilion red

    Another game successfully engineered by Dusty Baker, National League Manager of the Year. It’s pretty obvious he’ll get the award, don’t you think? They always give it to the manager of the team that surprises the most, and that has to be the Reds this year. Next year’s most popular ballpark giveaway: two wristbands pierced with a toothpick night.

    • baclightning

      Another game successfully engineered by Dusty Baker, National League Manager of the Year. It’s pretty obvious he’ll get the award, don’t you think? They always give it to the manager of the team that surprises the most, and that has to be the Reds this year.

      Depends if the Padres hold on or not. If they do, I think Bud Black will get it. And there’s the chance that if the Braves make the playoffs, Bobby Cox will get it as a going-away present.

  134. pinson343

    Nice win. Six sounds so good.

    We were back to our game tonite.

  135. pinson343

    @vermilion red: Two wristbands and a toothpick ? Will it be Dusty’s brands ? I’ll fly in from NY for that.

  136. pinson343

    A well-pitched game for us. I was confident, once it became a battle of bullpens against this club.

    Hanigan has so much success with our pitchers. The other nite someone dug out CoCo’s numbers pitching to Hanigan vs. Hernandez. With Hanigan catching, he’s been dominant. With Ramon catching, a disaster. I don’t know how that can be. I also don’t know why, with 3 catchers on the team, you’d ever leave Ramon in to catch Cordero for a save.

  137. vermilion red

    @pinson343:
    They will be the type of wristbands that harken back to the era of Barry Bonds and the face of Dusty Baker will be on both wristbands. Perhaps each wristband can have a marsupial-inspired pouch with a velcro closure, perfect for storing the toothpicks. And the Reds can have servers bring hors d’oeuvers (sp?) to the fans, who can then use their toothpicks to try the fare. Free appetizers on wristband night? I love this game.

  138. pinson343

    @vermilion red: The Reds’ marketing should hire you. I’d be flying in to Cincy every weekend.

  139. Dave Lowenthal

    @MikeB: That’s a good idea. You have categories of closers: great, good, and dog walking.