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  1. Crutch23

    Really dont understand why Baker doesnt give Alonso some at bats with Votto out with a sinus infection. Leave Edmonds in centerfield and lets see what Yonder can do in a full game. With that said…Edmonds and Heisey will probably have the games of their lives tonight.

    • eastcoast redsfan

      Anybody else see that the WLB’s released Felipe Lopez for showing up late yesterday

      Also concerning ex-Reds, Josh Hamilton has broken (cracked) ribs.

  2. Ethan D

    Phillips 4
    Cabrera 6
    Bruce 9,
    Rolen 5
    Edmonds 3
    Gomes 7
    Hernandez 2
    Heisey 8
    Volquez 1

    I like Bruce 3rd in the absence of Votto

  3. Reds03

    Why is the date written like they write it in Spanish?

  4. Crutch23

    Was at the game in Milwaukee last night…great seats, 4 rows behind Reds dugout. Surprised to see a lot of Reds fans, it was a great time.

  5. Reds03

    @Crutch23: There were a lot of Reds fans here in Pittsburgh during the 3 game set in early August vs the Bucs.

  6. Crutch23

    @Reds03: I was impressed…the wife and I drove up from Illinois. Brewers fans were decent also, a few told us how much they hate the Cardinals and want Reds to win the division.

  7. jdarts

    That video was great. I really need to party with Alice Cooper.

  8. Ethan D

    I like that statue of the Fonz they have there in Milwaukee

  9. AndyS

    The Wayne’s World clip made my night. I literally cannot hear the word “Milwaukee” without informing everyone around that it’s Algonquin for “the good land.”

    • jdarts

      The Wayne’s World clip made my night.I literally cannot hear the word “Milwaukee” without informing everyone around that it’s Algonquin for “the good land.”

      Since we’re on the Wayne’s World theme, if the Reds win tonight this video would be great in the recap.

      • Chris Garber

        Since we’re on the Wayne’s World theme, if the Reds win tonight this video would be great in the recap.

        What’s all this talk about Krivsky all of the sudden?

      • Chad Dotson

        Volquez back out for the eighth inning. I don’t have a problem with that at all. Facing the bottom of the lineup.

  10. AndyS

    And the Cards had men on 1st and 3rd with one out and did not score.

  11. pinson343

    @bearcats2004: Read the article about Felipe. Seems like the wheels have fallen off for him, and for the Cardinals.

  12. pinson343

    @Crutch23: Interesting about Brewer fans rooting for the Reds to beat the Cards. I heard the same thing in Houston from Astros fans.

    And early this season, the Astros fans I spoke with were more optimistic about the Reds chances than most Reds fans were.

  13. mike

    I got to wondering how many Reds CFers have hit 20 or more HR since Stubbs has 20

    Not many

    Jr had 20 or more HR 5 times
    Cameron
    Eric Davis 6 times
    Tolan
    Pinson 6 times
    Gus Bell 3 times

    also 4 Reds have 20 or more HR, Bruce, Rolen, Votto and Stubbs

    only twice in Reds history have that had more than 4 players with 20 or more HR in a season
    1956 Ed Bailey / Gus Bell / Ted Kluszewski / Wally Post / Frank Robinson
    and
    2008 Jay Bruce / Adam Dunn / Edwin Encarnacion / Brandon Phillips / Joey Votto

    Gomes is 3 HR away and Phillips 4

  14. pinson343

    @Greg Dafler: Don’t know if you’re making a reference to the time Carpenter yelled at Felipe the entire time Felipe was circling the bases after homering off him.

    Felipe didn’t watch the ball or do anything wrong at all. Turned out that Carpenter thought it was a cheap HR.

    • Greg Dafler

      @Greg Dafler: Don’t know if you’re making a reference to the time Carpenter yelled at Felipe the entire time Felipe was circling the bases after homering off him. Felipe didn’t watch the ball or do anything wrong at all. Turned out that Carpenter thought it was a cheap HR.

      It was a reference to every time Carpenter yells. There’s not enough space on the server to document it all.

  15. TheNatural

    No one has mentioned it yet, but look at Jonny down there in the 6 hole 🙂

  16. pinson343

    @mike: I was talking about this topic last nite. When BP hit numbers 15 and 16 in SF the nite before he hurt his hand, he looked like a cinch to hit 20.

  17. eastcoast redsfan

    It is nice to see BP get a hit. Hope it starts a hot streak for him.

  18. jdarts

    How did Thom Brenneman not know that, when I did a half an hour ago?

    • Chad Dotson

      Edmonds with a homer, and he evidently hurt himself on the trip around the bases. Somehow.

  19. jdarts

    I love Cairo, but I would have preferred it be Yonder.

    • Kyle

      I love Cairo, but I would have preferred it be Yonder.

      Pretty much how I feel. Never thought the words “love” and “Cairo” would be said together at the start of this season.

      • jdarts

        Pretty much how I feel. Never thought the words “love” and “Cairo” would be said together at the start of this season.

        Yes, those are words I never thought I’d utter early on this season.

  20. TheNatural

    Nasty, nasty stuff from Volquez so far.

  21. Mark in cc.

    Cairo or Alonso? Great choice Dusty. Still either is better than Edmunds.

    • Mark in cc.

      @Kyle:Veteran > Rookie

      Old Journeyman > Young Future Star

  22. Steve

    Add me to the chorus of wanting to see Alonso at 1B instead of Cairo.

  23. eastcoast redsfan

    Hope Edmonds comes back by the end of the season – I wanted his bat on the bench for the playoffs.

  24. LVW

    Dickerson’s line as a Brewer coming into tonite:
    .229/.283/.292

  25. RiverCity Redleg

    Everybody gets days off but BP, OC, an Gomes.. the three that need it the most. Add me to the list that would like to see Yonder, especially vs a weak right hander.

  26. Ethan D

    It sort of looks like Cairo has makeup on

  27. Greg Dafler

    Add me to the list that would like to see Yonder out there. He hasn’t had a start yet, let him get a couple of at-bats today. Maybe he gets the start tomorrow if Votto needs another day?

  28. jdarts

    Every time I say, “I would have preferred it be someone else other than Cairo”, he makes me looks stupid. I’m glad Miguel Cairo continues to make me look stupid.

  29. earl

    YES, this is much more like the club we have seen most of the season.

    Nice hit there by Miggy.

  30. Mark in cc.

    Maholm pitching against the Cardinals like he does against the Reds.

  31. Mark in cc.

    Aaron Miles just into the game for the Cards. Reds are paying him. Isn’t that about $2.5 Million that comes off the payroll next year?

  32. jdarts

    In basketball, they hand out 6th man of the year awards. Baseball needs a “bench or utility player of the year award”. Miguel Cairo(in my book) would win it hands down.

    • mike

      In basketball, they hand out 6th man of the year awards. Baseball needs a “bench or utility player of the year award”. Miguel Cairo(in my book) would win it hands down.

      I think this is an amazing idea!
      criteria are you have to NOT qualify for the batting title and at least play 3 positions (not including playing only the 3 OF positions)?

      here is a current ballot (of course it would be write in like usual and the writers would get it wrong but that’s a different story)

      Jamey Carroll (LA) 101 OPS+ / 2.5 WAR 400 PA has played SS/2B/3B/LF

      Wilson Valdez (PHI) 111 OPS+ / 1.2 WAR 334 PA has played SS/2B/3B

      Eric Hinske (ATL) 110 OPS+ / 1 WAR 311 PA has played LF/1B/3B

      Adam Kennedy (WAS) 79 OPS+ / .8 WAR 373 PA has played 2B/1B/3B

      Jeff Baker (CHC) 91 OPS+ / .8 WAR 218 PA has played 1B/2B/3B/RF

      and in comparison, Cairo
      101 OPS+ / .2 WAR 209 PA has played 1B/2B/SS/3B/RF

      one interesting note…all the above players are old
      and the hard part about figuring this out is reconciling playing time and different positions played

    • Y-City Jim

      In basketball, they hand out 6th man of the year awards.Baseball needs a “bench or utility player of the year award”.Miguel Cairo(in my book) would win it hands down.

      Not Omar Infante?

      • jdarts

        Not Omar Infante?

        Okay, maybe Infante. My heart just goes with Miggy because I’m a homer. 😀

  33. OklahomaChase

    Volqy looked EXCELLENT that inning.

  34. jdarts

    Volquez looks real good too. Through 3 innings, he’s thrown 27 pitches, 21 for strikes.

  35. Mark in cc.

    One thing I like about Hernandez is that there is at least one major leaguer slower than most of us.

  36. Old Right Hander

    The Reds will be just fine come playoff time. Some of the new kids will get plenty of cuts in the final week of the season.

  37. Greg Dafler

    Votto’s MVPness wears off on others. Cairo at 1B this season: .381 AVG/.438 OBP/.571 SLG. That’s a 1.009 OPS at 1B vs 680 OPS when not playing 1B

    • Old Right Hander

      Votto’s MVPness wears off on others.Cairo at 1B this season: .381 AVG/.438 OBP/.571 SLG.That’s a 1.009 OPS at 1B vs 680 OPS when not playing 1B

      Now that’s doing the homework!

    • LVW

      @Greg Dafler:

      Votto’s MVPness wears off on others.Cairo at 1B this season: .381 AVG/.438 OBP/.571 SLG.That’s a 1.009 OPS at 1B vs 680 OPS when not playing 1B

      Don’t forget the career day Janish had at Wrigley when he took MVottoP’s place in the lineup after he got ejected.

      • Greg Dafler

        @Greg Dafler: Don’t forget the career day Janish had at Wrigley when he took MVottoP’s place in the lineup after he got ejected.

        According to b-r.com, the only “lousy” Reds first baseman this year was Ramon Hernandez.

        Edmonds went to 1.600 OPS at 1B after his HR. (10 PA)
        Cairo at 1.030 after his 2-for-2 day (49 PA)
        Votto at 1.018
        Alonso at 1.000 (2 PA)
        Hernandez at 0.400 (5 PA)

  38. TheNatural

    Voltron: 35 pitches, 27 strikes

  39. jdarts

    Wow. Edinson looks real good tonight.

  40. Matt WI

    Man oh man. Please tell me this is the Voltron we can expect the rest of the way.

    • jdarts

      Man oh man. Please tell me this is the Voltron we can expect the rest of the way.

      I hope so, because tonight’s reminding me of the Volquez of 2008. He looks filthy.

  41. Kyle

    Man, Volquez is on fire tonight. He is too inconsistent at this point (should be expected), but I think he is going to be a guy who is a huge asset next year. The Reds should not sell low on him this offseason.

  42. OklahomaChase

    What’s more important after we clinch….resting players or gunning for the 2 seed to avoid the Phils?

    • jdarts

      What’s more important after we clinch….resting players or gunning for the 2 seed to avoid the Phils?

      In my opinion, rest.

  43. Matt WI

    @jdarts: And interestingly enough, on the same day we learn that Josh Hamilton could be done for the season and playoffs with broken ribs. Kinda weird.

  44. jdarts

    @Matt WI: That is rather ironic. Especially considering since Volquez has struggled recently, the “we should have never of traded Hamilton” crowd came back out in full force.

  45. Matt WI

    @OklahomaChase: I vote rest myself. No fun playing with broken down guys if you don’t have to. We can beat anybody on a given night, moreso when our guys are healthy. Can’t plan to beat the Phills in a 7 game series instead of 5. Just get there and go at it with your best, whoever it is.

  46. Steve

    Keep in mind that the #2 seed is only necessary to avoid the Phillies if Atlanta is the wildcard team. If the wildcard comes from the West, which is increasingly likely, then there is no way we could play the Phillies in the first round. So from the standpoint of avoiding the Phillies, the #2 seed may not end up being crucial.

    On the other hand, the #2 seed would assure the Reds of home field advantage in the first round, which, given the way we have played in Coors and San Francisco, might be really important.

    All said, I’d still error on the side of resting the team.

  47. hoosierdad

    @jdarts: Also, rather ironie that Hamilton used illegal drugs before hs was with the REDS and EV used banned substances after the REDS got him.

  48. TheNatural

    @mike: I think you have to throw Infante into that mix. Ugh.

  49. Mark in cc.

    Johnny Temple (next to last #5)

  50. TheNatural

    It looks like Phillips’ pitch recognition has returned.

  51. Crutch23

    It is so painful to watch Phillips bat….AARRGGHH!!

  52. TheNatural

    @Crutch23: You’re kidding right? He was obviously looking 100% fastball and Coffey threw an excellent slider. You cannot do anything about that as a hitter. Tonight Phillips has looked excellent at the plate.

  53. John D.

    After the end of the Cards/Pirates game, the Pirates announcers were saying that it’s possible for the Pirates to have a winning home record this year if they win 4 of their last 5 home games. I hope they do it or at least win their next two.

    It’s their first four game winning streak in over a year.

  54. Mark in cc.

    Wish Thom would shutup about Volquez being so impressive.

  55. John D.

    @TheNatural: Yeah, I thought Phillips was smiling because he guessed wrong and it was a good pitch.

  56. Chris Garber

    Infante is either 9th Man of the Year or batting champ. Can’t be both. 🙂

    Here’s the key to Mozeliak finding his principles:

    Lopez’s salary was $1 million, and he already had earned $400,000 in performance bonuses by reaching 400 plate appearances. He had 425 and would have earned an additional $200,000 for reaching 450.

  57. Crutch23

    @TheNatural: No I wasnt kidding….he is the biggest guess hitter in baseball. What is he now…10 for his last 75…that my friend is PAINFUL!!

  58. Crutch23

    @TheNatural: Then I guess we can say his pitch recognition has been awful. He has done nothing the whole month of September…not contributing offensively at all. Most people would probably agree that everytime he comes up lately, we expect an out.

  59. Dave Lowenthal

    @TheNatural: I haven’t watched the game, but you’ll then guarantee that before the end of the regular season, Phillips will actually do something at the plate, like hit a double? A homer?

    I hope he comes back, but when you’re touting a strikeout as one of his excellent ABs, I’m just not sure.

  60. Chris Garber

    MLB has a slew of silly (sponsored) votes right now. All include a Red, since we were so into voting Votto (and one of the few teams still paying attention):

    Captain Locks (best awful haircut), sponsored by Capt. Morgan – including Voltron
    http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?topic_id=10390870

    Roberto Clemente Award (good citizen), sponsored by Chevy – Cordero is the Reds nominee
    http://mlb.mlb.com/sponsors/chevy/clemente/y2010/?cid=OLA_4759481_374588_51836659_38277771

    Sears Five-Tool Player of the Year (5 tools) – including Joey Votto?!
    http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/sponsors/sears/five_tool/index.jsp

    These things are ridiculous (even the Clemente, to the extent it’s open for vote), but most of the sponsors are good enough to offer a trip to the World Series as a prize.

    • Mark in cc.

      Edinson needs our votes. He’s 4th

  61. earl

    Considering who is coming up in this inning, even though Volquez has been cruising along, I’d get someone up in the bullpen and not wait until there are 2 on with no outs. They got the heart of the Brewers lineup coming up and these guys can hit.

  62. CarolinaReds

    Wow, can we all laugh now about Crappy Patterson?
    Or Dusty’s daughters relationship with Patterson?
    Or Stormy Weathers?
    Anyone missing Edwin Encarnacion being at 3rd?

  63. earl

    Dusty needs to play this one like a playoff game and make sure that win gets on the book.

  64. Crutch23

    @Dave Lowenthal: Good call on the Dave….and he hasnt driven in a run since September 6th….on a day he was 0 for 5.

  65. TheNatural

    @Crutch23: That last pitch had nothing to do with pitch recognition. Have you ever played baseball? You’ve got a 4 run lead with the bases loaded, two outs and a full count. You’re geared up for a dead-red fastball. If the pitcher throws a quality slider, like Coffey did, you can be Ted Williams and still strike out.

  66. earl

    Nasty pitch there, it locked up Corey Hart.

  67. Dave Lowenthal

    I don’t know what Hernandez is doing calling a curve on a 3-2 pitch with a 3 run lead and no one on base….but that was some curve Volquez just threw to Hart.

  68. Crutch23

    @TheNatural: Obviously he didnt recognize it was a slider and not a fastball. And yes…I played four years in college.

  69. Truman48

    I think Thom is overdoing the Volquez love here.

  70. earl

    Even the announcers who knew Coffey well were betting big on fastball, that’s his M.O. Phillips smiled as he knew Coffey dropped in one on him.

    It’s Coffey, the dude doesn’t have good off speed stuff, it was just a good call and pitch.

  71. TheNatural

    @Dave Lowenthal: If his hand is bothering him still, I can’t guarantee any power whatsoever. You and I both know the effect that wrist/hand injuries have on a hitter’s power (see Bruce, Jay). However, if Phillips can take some BB and line singles into the OF…what else do want from our leadoff hitter?

  72. vermilion red

    I’m just settling down to catch up with the game. Is Edmonds sort of hurt or really limping badly hurt? We could certainly use Edmonds in the postseason, but I’m enough of a baseball romantic to appreciate the beauty of limping into the sunset after smacking a Brewtown Downtown Beatdown.
    I’m sure we have plenty of time for Edmonds to tape his muscles together for the playoffs.

  73. TheNatural

    @Crutch23: You’re totally missing the point. You must have played at a community college.

  74. Crutch23

    I agree…it was a great pitch by Coffey to BP. Did anyone actually expect him to get a hit in that situation with the way he has swung the bat in September??

  75. Truman48

    Get the bullpen going now, please.

  76. TheNatural

    @vermilion red: Looks like he re-aggravated his Achilles. However, once he pulled up on the bases it looked like he kinda shook it off and started jogging harder to test it out. It’s not like he collapsed or anything.

  77. hoosierdad

    Gee, who would’ve ever thought CD would have to leave a game due to an injury.

  78. Truman48

    I played Koufax League. I couldn’t hit a slider either, or a fastball, or a curveball, or a changeup.

    Looks like the old Volquez is back. And he should not be staying in here. This is disapointing.

  79. Dave Lowenthal

    @TheNatural: Sorry, but if you tell me that Phillips can’t hit for any power, I don’t want him the lineup. I mean, the guy had, before the injury, what, an .820 OPS or something? If you change all his doubles and homers to singles…what do you get? I doubt you get better than Cairo. And that’s IF he reverts to form with the singles and walks.

    I agree, it’s all probably because of the hand injury.

  80. Truman48

    Thom put the major hex on Volquez.

  81. jdarts

    Brenneman overdid it when Volquez was doing well, but now he’s really overdoing it since he’s started to struggle.

  82. earl

    Whew…nice to get that twin killing.

  83. jdarts

    …and look what he did, got out of it.

  84. Truman48

    Sorry I doubt you Dusty and Eddie.

  85. Dave Lowenthal

    Got the DP.

    As an aside, I hate that the Reds catchers seem to no matter what put the target on the corner, at the knees, etc. 3-0, 3-2, no matter what the count.

    There was a great article about the Twins, and how they discourage the catcher from putting the glove anywhere but near the middle of the plate. It’s a tradeoff, of course, between walks and pitching for contact. But with a guy like Volquez, you don’t need to nibble like they do. He ends up walking guys.

  86. MikeB

    @jdarts: I find that Thom tries to emulate the same tone that his father does when the Reds are struggling, but he comes off as as condescending when he does it.

  87. earl

    Volquez should be done, I just don’t think he has the gas in the tank right now to go much past 5-6 innings. We got 7 tonight, but I think it was pushing it.

  88. TheNatural

    Cairo also inherited Joey’s proclivity for arguing with the home plate umpire 😀

  89. LVW

    Every position player has a hit except the 2 hottest hitters.

  90. LVW

    Time for AC to face his 3 favorite hitters. 😆

      • jdarts

        I’m still considering going to fantasy camp next year. Who’s coming with me?

        I’m 29, but at some point in my life I have to do that. From what I hear it’s rather expensive though.

      • stormbringer

        I’m still considering going to fantasy camp next year. Who’s coming with me?

        I’m planning on going, but not until 2012. Vacation already spoken for next year…….

  91. Crutch23

    Great game tonight from Volquez….the 4 dp’s were quite helpful. Glad to see him have a nice game.

  92. vermilion red

    With his stuff, provided he’s healthy and finishes with some consistency, I really think Volquez has to be considered our number three. As we discussed yesterday, a different ballgame playing the Phils. But I can’t imagine leaving The Predator’s arm on the bench in favor of any other pitcher on the staff, including our obvious 1 and 2 starters. Teams with horses win in the playoffs, and Volquez is a horse when healthy.

  93. Crutch23

    Alonso pinch hitting against a lefty….im puzzled

  94. MikeB

    AND PHILLIPS HITS A TRIPLE! AND PHILLIPS HITS A TRIPLE! GO CRAZY, FOLKS! GO CRAZY!

  95. Truman48

    BP with a two hit night. Maybe this is the beginning…

    Not sure about the trying for three part but he made it.

  96. Crutch23

    Great hit…would have been nice a few innings ago..put a nice swing on that one though

  97. al

    I still can’t believe the Reds magic number is 5. My brain doesn’t know what to do with that information.

    Did the Cardinals ever collapse or what? They’re now only 4 games over .500.

  98. Matt WI

    Poor Brandon Phillips. Always getting left on base that guy 😀

  99. al

    Is it just me, or does Cordero look all messed up? His timing looks funky.

  100. Crutch23

    CoCo….yuck! Saw him in person last night…3 up 3 down…was amazed!

  101. MikeB

    Prediction on Rickie Weeks: The Brewers sign him to a long term deal this off season, worth about 8 million per, on average, and he will never have a season as good as this season.

  102. jdarts

    @Chad Dotson: He did last night. I’d assume he’d do the same thing tonight. You know what they say about making assumptions though.

  103. Chad Dotson

    And Prince Fielder comes to the plate. He’s the tying run.

    Chapman should be in right now.

  104. eastcoast redsfan

    9 of the last 12 batters the Reds sent to the plate struck out – Phillips being the only one that got on base – thats not good.

    • Truman48

      9 of the last 12 batters the Reds sent to the plate struck out – Phillips being the only one that got on base – thats not good.

      Big K!!!

      I can’t believe there are teams that K more than the Reds offense.

      Big K Cordero.

  105. jdarts

    “And now the tying run comes to the plate.” How many times have we heard that this year?

  106. earl

    That was a bang bang call, but I will take it.

  107. Chad Dotson

    Wow, ump just bailed CoCo out. That strike three on Fielder looked way inside. I’ll take it.

  108. eastcoast redsfan

    I’m sick of Reds errors

  109. vermilion red

    All around the tri-state area, dogs owned by Reds’ fans are getting their exercise.

  110. jdarts

    Ugly, ugly, ugly. That’s just embarrassing.

  111. MikeB

    There goes Jay Bruce’s gold glove.

  112. jdarts

    Is giving all of us a heart attack in ever appearance really necessary, CoCo?

  113. earl

    Cordero got ticked off and went with the heater.

    They need to get him mad more often.

  114. Truman48

    Cardiac Kids!

    A win is a win!

    97 mph on the last pitch.

  115. Kyle

    Magic number at 4, but another bad outing.

  116. Crutch23

    Shooey! Cordero always keeps us on the edge of our seats. Quite frankly, im sick of it. Happy to get the win though!

  117. CarolinaReds

    Just checked back in…can someone tell me why in the hell Dumpy Baker put Cordero in again in a game that they don’t NEED to win?

    • CarolinaReds

      Just checked back in…can someone tell me why in the hell Dumpy Baker put Cordero in again in a game that they don’t NEED to win?

      I mean, is he trying to destroy his arm…he has been shaky lately.

  118. eastcoast redsfan

    Give Cordero some credit – yes he mostly put himself in the situation (with some help) – but he got it done.

  119. earl

    Coco was really cranking it up on that last hitter. He hit 96 the pitch before the last strike.

  120. Truman48

    Boy, the Reds really have been making a lot of errors lately. Sloppy.

  121. LVW

    Let’s see if anyone can fill in the blank:

    If Votto wins MVP he would be the 1st ever NL MVP that was_____________________________.

    • CarolinaReds

      Let’s see if anyone can fill in the blank:If Votto wins MVP he would be the 1st ever NL MVP that was_____________________________.

      A Cincinnati Red?
      A Canadian born player?

  122. vermilion red

    I think that could have been four errors if only there were enough bases to which to advance, three by Bruce alone. Obliques aren’t just for offense any more. Overall though, he’s been great in the field.

    • LVW

      @hoosierdad:

      @LVW: Candadian, eh?

      Larry Walker 1997 MVP winner is Canadian; thou Votto does have something in common with Walker that’s partially relevant to my answer.

  123. Matt WI

    I’m not worked up. Jay Bruce isn’t going to do that very often. One bad half inning. Now Coco, he’s going do that often, and that scares me. Gee, do you think you’d like to put Chapman in against Fielder with the game on the line? Next thought: What if that’s Howard in game 3 of the NLDS? What are you going to do Dusty?

  124. LVW

    Votto would be the first ever NL MVP that was a left handed hitting/right handed throwing 1st baseman.