Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Milwaukee 2
Cincinnati 3

WP: Maloney (2-2)
LP: Wolf (13-12)
S: Cordero (40)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Jay Bruce was 2-2 with his 25th homer…off another lefty. Bruce is just a different hitter right now than we saw during July and August. It’s fun to watch, and it couldn’t be happening at a better time.

–Jonny Gomes went 2-3 with a bloop hit that scored a run, and a single he ripped to left field.

–Joey Votto drove in the first run with a double to left-center; he also walked and scored a run. If he isn’t the MVP, I quit.

–Nice relief work by Logan Ondrusek, Matt Maloney, Jared Burton, Aroldis Chapman, and Francisco Cordero.

–I was proud of the 37,000+ Reds fans in attendance who gave Aaron Harang such a nice ovation when he left in the third inning with a blister.

NEGATIVES
–None.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–The Reds finished the regular season with 91 wins. That blows my mind.

–Bruce has hit 11 of his 25 homers against lefties, including 3 of his last 4. Remember when everyone was bemoaning Bruce’s poor results against left-handed pitchers? This is a crazy game.

According to ESPN, The Reds’ season attendance was 2,060,551. Last year they sold 1,747,919 tickets, their fewest since 1986.

–Thank you, Aaron Harang.

Playoffs, HERE WE COME!!!

Jay Bruce


26 Responses

  1. Furniture City Red

    Repost –
    Back on APRIL 3rd Chad ran a “Prediction Time” thread…

    https://redlegnation.com/2010/04/03/prediction-time/

    Only 2 people picked the reds to win the central – bjolley598 and MAR11 – bjolley actually got their 2010 record right also at 91-71, and I think wins a t-shirt…or something.

    Most picked the Reds to finish 2nd or 3rd, with a few 4th’s and 5th’s also. This team has surpassed nearly everyone’s expectations…It’s been a great year to be a Reds fan. Looking forward to the playoffs and even more expectations being exceded.

  2. LVW

    91 wins sounds good; 91+3+4+4 wins sounds even better.

  3. Wil Payne

    I’m thinking a negative is HArang having to leave due to a minor injury in the 3rd and not picking up the win. Left me a little bummed.

  4. CeeKeR

    Looking back at that prediction thread, the Reds exceeded my win prediction by only one game…obviously that makes me happy – especially since I was quite generous with a guess of 90 wins back in April!

  5. renbutler

    I figured there would be improvement, with a run at .500, with the “same old franchise” making an appearance around August. I’m very happy to be wrong.

    Similarly, I’m not TOO optimistic about our postseason chances. Again, I would be very happy to be wrong.

  6. renbutler

    Somebody on another forum said MLB Network revealed a 5:00 Wednesday game time for the Reds at Philly.

    I have not seen official confirmation yet.

  7. renbutler

    And now MLB has tweeted confirmation of that:

    Reds at Phillies 5:07 Wednesday.

    The rest of the schedule should be released soon.

  8. Chris Garber

    5:07 Weds and 6:07 Friday.

    Brian Anderson (MIL) and Joe Simpson (ATL) will call it on TBS.

  9. Fireball

    Say what you want about our chances against the Phillies, but you have to feel good about having two left-handed batters (Bruce and Votto) who are hitting the ball like they have been going into a series against two dominant right-handed pitchers.

    Will we win? I don’t know. But, if we can knock off one of the Roys in Philadelphia and bring the series home 1-1, you’ve gotta like our chances in our home ball park. Reds were 0-4 vs. Philly in Philly, but were 2-1 against them at GABP.

    • Ethan D

      Say what you want about our chances against the Phillies, but you have to feel good about having two left-handed batters (Bruce and Votto) who are hitting the ball like they have been going into a series against two dominant right-handed pitchers.Will we win? I don’t know. But, if we can knock off one of the Roys in Philadelphia and bring the series home 1-1, you’ve gotta like our chances in our home ball park. Reds were 0-4 vs. Philly in Philly, but were 2-1 against them at GABP.

      The Reds are 2-0 against Oswalt this year and 1-0 against Halladay
      I’m feelin good

  10. Matt WI

    I’m feeling very good right now. I like the Volquez decision, I do. Upon Votto and Bruce, this series is going to be fun, and end up in the Reds favor. Let’s play ball!

  11. pinson343

    I’m very happy with the Reds winning 91, putting them 20 games over .500 for the year. Today was nice, Aaron’s finale disappointing, but it just wasn’t his year.

  12. pinson343

    The announcement that Jordan Smith, Fisher, LeCure, and Maloney won’t be on the postseason roster makes it pretty clear that we’re going with 11 pitchers, which I like.

    That gives us 14 spots for position players. Assuming that Nix is OK, which he seems to be, we know who 13 of them are. We also know that Jim Edmonds will be the 14th if he is available. But what if Edmonds is not available ?

    The leading candidates then would seem to be Francisco, Alonso (as an injury replacement), and Corky. I would go with Corky. That would allow is to use Hernandez or Hanigan (whoever is not catching) as a PHer.
    Also, our pitchers love to pitch to Corky.

    If it’s not going to be Corky, I would go with Alonso over Francisco. ML pitchers know they don’t even have to throw strikes to retire Francisco.

  13. pinson343

    I was dreading starting the postseason playing against the Phillies, but now that it’s happening I’m OK with it.

    We tend to play crappily in California, for one thing. The Reds have major underdog status vs. the Phils, which takes some pressure off them. It’s a cliche, but if they relax/focus and play their game, they’ve got a good shot.

    I like starting with Volquez. Of the 3, he’s the most likely to be dominating and also the most likely to be terrible. Against Halladay in Philly, you might as well go with the most likely to be dominating, because a merely solid performance isn’t going to be good enough anyway.

    I like Arroyo, our steady guy, as no. 2 against Oswalt. Oswalt has that great career record against us, but we’ve hit him pretty hard the last couple of years. And I like pitching Cueto at home for game 3, we discussed in a thread not long ago how he’s better at home. We’ve got to get to Hamels in game 3, which is doable but not easy.

    Travis Wood should be brought in quickly if one of the starters doesn’t have it.

  14. pinson343

    Congrats to Stubbs on his 20+/30 HR/SB season. And to CoCo on his 40th save. Coco has made some adjustments and seems to have his mojo back.

    Above all congrats to Joey on his .600 slugging pct. That, along with the .424 OBP, is a fabulous accomplishment.

  15. pinson343

    We’ve got some banged up players, but overall we’re in good shape right now.
    Bruce has heated up at just the right time. Same with Stubbs. BP seems to be OK now.

    Overall our pitching right now is as good as it’s been all season.

    Let the games begin !

  16. pinson343

    A final note: Jared Burton finishes the season with 3 and 1/3 innings pitched, without allowing a base runner.

    Looking forward to his 2011.

  17. Travis G.

    What a season!

    This team has just been so much fun to watch, and I hope we get another month out of them. I’m with pinson: I’d rather go to Philadelphia than California. (Well, not myself, but the Reds. I would actually prefer it the other way around if it were just me.)

    • pinson343

      I’d rather go to Philadelphia than California. (Well, not myself, but the Reds. I would actually prefer it the other way around if it were just me.)

      LOL. W. C. Fields wanted to have written on his tombstone: “I’d rather be here than Philadelphia.”

  18. pinson343

    @Greg Dafler: If the pitching staff had fewer than 11 pitchers, Dusty would have a heart attack. He would refuse to use a relief pitcher until extra innings. (Exaggeration of course.)