Final
Houston 3
Cincinnati 2
W: D. Carpenter (1-3)
L: N. Masset (3-6)
S: M. Melancon (19)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
-Brandon Phillips led the bottom of the first off with a homerun to get the Reds going early.

-Travis Wood pitched 5 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits and walking 2 while striking out 2.  He left the game with the Reds up 2-0.

NEGATIVES
Logan Ondrusek pitched only 15 pitches in the 6th inning, but it was enough for him to blow the entire 2-run lead.  Ondrusek gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and a walk.

-Nick Masset picked up the loss by giving up a homerun in the 8th inning to break the 2-2 tie.

-The Reds managed only 4 hits.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
I thought the season was over, but then Chad asked me to do tonight’s recap.

-The offense struck out 11 times tonight.  Are they even trying at this point?

-The Reds must now go 7-1 to close the season at .500. 

A simple Reds fan from a simple town. I have been a Reds fan all my life. The 1990 team was crowned Champions during my prime youth years and I grew up idolizing Chris Sabo all the way down to the flat top hair style and the #17. I have passed that love of the Reds down to my three boys who love the game and the Reds just as much as I do! Follow me on twitter @CoachWilson17

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  1. Just how far has Nick Masset’s stock fallen? And how ridiculous is it that with 8 games left Renteria is playing whole games at SS and batting 2nd? My goodness Dusty, put the Batboy out there, at least he has more of a future with this team than Renteria.

  2. “It’s like a nightmare, isn’t it? It just keeps getting worse and worse.”

  3. @gosport474:
    This tells the story about the 2011 Masset. Coming into tonite this is his opp Avg/OB%/Slug%
    Tie game .373/.492/.510
    Within 1 run .313/.414/.420
    Within 2 runs .299/.392/.407
    Margin > 4 runs .259/.306/.328

  4. A lot of people have been saying all season the problem has been the starting pitchers. But while there have been some serious failures there (especially Volquez), the hitting has been the real problem. The hitters have put up decent numbers all year, but when runs could have been had when they really needed them, they have not delivered. They need to improve in pressure situations. Is this on Jacoby or is this part of Baker’s strategic failures?

    • A lot of people have been saying all season the problem has been the starting pitchers. But while there have been some serious failures there (especially Volquez), the hitting has been the real problem. The hitters have put up decent numbers all year, but when runs could have been had when they really needed them, they have not delivered.

      What I think is that Dusty didn’t utilize the strategy of the bunt nearly enough. That would have helped. 😀

  5. Dusty Baker’s record managing the Cincinnati Reds:

    317-323

    • Dusty Baker’s record managing the Cincinnati Reds:

      317-323

      So why does anyone want him back? Mediocre Baker is putting up numbers Mike Brown would admire. But not anybody who wants to win.

  6. I’m curious as to what percentage of Reds runs score via the home run and if there’s any sort of norm for winning teams?

    They certainly look to all be swinging for the fences now.

    • ……They certainly look to all be swinging for the fences now.

      They may be over swinging more now but most of them are big free swingers to begin with. That has always been one of the issues for the offense.

    • I’m curious as to what percentage of Reds runs score via the home run and if there’s any sort of norm for winning teams?

      I can tell you there is no norm for runs scored by winning teams
      the norm for winning teams is scoring more than you allow in an infinite number of different ways/ratios.

      the problem is pitching. not the offense. Oh, the offense isn’t great but the pitching is horrid.

      so if you are GM and you are trying (I’m not clean Reds management is trying) to improve the team you can do it in ANY number of ways.
      make it an offense power house by finding a SS, LF and 3B OR you can find about 5 pitchers. Doesn’t matter how you win as long as the ratio of RS vs RA leans you’re direction.

      that said, this season the Reds scored more than they allowed but the problem was Dusty.

  7. @mike:
    A night of solid, even very good pitching can go up in smoke in a NY minute at GABP. Just think how differently we might regard Homer Bailey right now if his home park wasn’t GABP.

    Thus given the resources the Reds org has, its home park, and the players in it now, I think it might be more reasonable that they try to build an offensive team that can win 50+ games at home and try to skate to the .500 mark on the road.

  8. @OhioJim: I think (am not 100% positive) I agree.

    that said, honestly, how bad could Cueto, Leake, Bailey, Wood and Chapman be?

    too bad we didn’t get a chance to find out this year

  9. @mike: Great point. Let’s look at Wood. Since his return to the Reds in mid-August, he’s pitched only 5 times: 9+ innings without allowing a run. There were 4 relief appearences, 3 in blowouts and one in an emergency. And now an emergency start.

    Here the Reds have had a crappy bullpen and only 3 starters who give the Reds a chance to win (now down to one) but no use of Wood ? Maloney is picked over him for a start ? And yesterday DB did everything he could to get Willis on the mound instead of Wood. Willis goes to a chiropractor, Dusty lists him as the starting pitcher, but his back (predictably) tightens up.

    One of those blowouts Wood pitched in was on Satuday nite ! The stupidity of that has already been commented on in the game thread.

  10. Ondrusek and Masset have been brutal since the all star break, a regular Murderers Inc.

  11. I vowed to stop commenting on this team, but I just had to come out and say this. God Masset sucks. I said it at the beginning of the season that I don’t know why everyone loves Masset, and everyone scoffed at me. Now they all are scratching their heads wondering what happened with him as well. Best thing to do this offseason…..ship Volquez and Masset out of town for ANYBODY ELSE. The thought of those two in a reds uniform again makes me want to vomit

  12. I didn’t scoff, I never liked Masset either. But Sabernerds determined his peripherals were great when Jupiter aligned with the asteroid belt using a quadratic equation and I was just being stupid.

  13. Masset is not the answer for the closer role. For several seasons, it looked like he might take the next step. The only step that he has taken this season is backwards. One of the first things that Mr. Jocketty needs to do is release Edgar Renteria, Masset, Dontrelle Willis, and Ramon Hernandez. I am not convinced that Willis can help this team next year although he has shown flashes of his past, it has been spotty. I would offer Volquez arbitration because he does not have much of an argument for a huge salary increase. Maybe he can get it turned around and find the plate again. I wonder if they tried to bring him back too soon and his arm was just not at 100%. In any event, he would probably come cheap and let him lose his job in spring training. Then they can send him to Louisville to ride out the string if he cannot produce at the major league level. What do you do with Bailey? I think that I would try to box him up in a trade with someone. It may be time to just say that he is never going to reach what they thought was his potential when they drafted him. Mr. Jocketty needs to read the book about the Big Red Machine. When Bob Howsam took over, he decided to keep Dave Bristol but after a season or two, he decided that he was not the man. Mr. Jocketty needs to relate as Dusty Baker is not THE man to take this team to the next level. It will be an expensive separation but Dusty is too willing to take bad performances and try to explain them away. There seems to be no accountability. Okay…I lost the game but we are going to do better tomorrow night. Let’s find a manager that has accountability. Let’s find someone that few people in Cincinnati have ever heard of. Let’s find someone that the players have never played for and have the players accountable. Is that too difficult?

  14. Phillips is up to 17 HRs and 80 RBIs. Just an amazing season for the guy. The consistency he’s shown in accumulating those numbers has been equally impressive and sorely needed w/ the streakiness of Bruce and Stubbs.

  15. Can anyone explain why Wood only went 69 pitches and 5 innings?

    • Can anyone explain why Wood only went 69 pitches and 5 innings?

      Beacuse he’d pitched more than an inning in a mop up role on Saturday nite.

  16. @dn4192: Probably b/c he hasn’t thrown very much since coming back from AAA. Meanwhile, the Reds were starting a guy that is 100% not coming back as a starter, and a guy that is injured/sick who they know exactly what they’re getting. Yay future!

    • @CP
      : Probably b/c he hasn’t thrown very much since coming back from AAA. Meanwhile, the Reds were starting a guy that is 100% not coming back as a starter, and a guy that is injured/sick who they know exactly what they’re getting. Yay future!

      So what you are saying is that due to poor handling of our pitching staff by Dusty resulted in Wood only being able to go 5 innings and 69 pitches last night? HMMMMM

  17. @dn4192: It’s tempting to blame everything on Dusty but WJ deserves most of the blame here. He could easily tell Baker he needs to bench D-Train (or cut him himself) and make the decision to shelve Arroyo. Since it’s inevitable that Arroyo is in the rotation next year, there is simply no reason Bronson shouldn’t have been told, “you’re in our rotation 100% next year, we know what you’re capable of when healthy. Get rested up because we need you.” This isn’t a Dusty Baker move, it’s the general manager’s call.

    Instead, we’re benching Travis Wood and letting him become de-conditioned, simultaneously letting Bronson go for the single season HR record.

  18. @CP: Agree about the underuse of Wood. And Dusty did everything he could to go with Willis. I said more on these topics above.

  19. It is Dusty who chose not to give Wood starts and then bring him in for 2 pointless innings on Sat KNOWING he was going to need starting pitching due to Cueto and Leake. More proof he is using darts to determine his moves…

  20. @dn4192: Exactly.

  21. I asked on the game thread last nite why, with the score tied at 2 in the 7th, Philipps swung at a 3-0 pitch with runners on first and second and two outs. Ordinarily, one could say: because there’s 2 outs, and he’s a better hitter than Renteria. But the kid who was pitching (Carpenter) had walked 3 hitters while only retiring one in his previous outing and none of the first 3 pitches to BP were even close to being a strike. One more ball and the bases are loaded, and from there a walk would bring in the go-ahead run.

    In short, I was amazed that BP swung (grounding out). It turns out that a take sign was on (see column just posted on Fay’s blog).
    BP wanted to be the hero. Whether you agree or disagree with his taking that pitch, when he’s told to take, he’s got to take.

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A simple Reds fan from a simple town. I have been a Reds fan all my life. The 1990 team was crowned Champions during my prime youth years and I grew up idolizing Chris Sabo all the way down to the flat top hair style and the #17. I have passed that love of the Reds down to my three boys who love the game and the Reds just as much as I do! Follow me on twitter @CoachWilson17

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