Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 5
Pittsburgh 4

W: D. Willis (1-6)
L: D. Moskos (1-1)
S: F. Cordero (35)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Dontrelle Willis finally got his first (only?) win as a Red, going six innings and giving up three runs. Willis also doubled in two runs at the plate and raised his batting average to an even .400. Not bad.

–Jay Bruce had two hits, including a double. Chris Heisey had two hits and a walk. Juan Francisco and Paul Janish also doubled.

NEGATIVES
–None, I guess. Francisco Cordero had a typical ninth, giving up a hit, a walk, and a run before recording the save.

–Oh yeah, I remember another negative: we still have to suffer through three more games.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–One more series to go, in New York, beginning tomorrow.

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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.

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Join the conversation! 19 Comments

  1. Even though this season has been awful and I’m excited for the pain to be over, I always hate the final series of the season. Almost time for the long, cold, baseball drought.

  2. I have UK basketball to keep me warm!

  3. I got interested in this game, wanted to see Dontrelle win 1 game as a Red.
    And getting swept by the Pirates would have made a bummer of a season even worse.

    Dontrelle’s hits have not been cheap, he drives the ball.

  4. Who are the likely candidates that the Reds would target as a ‘veteran’ shortstop to share time with Cozart next year?

    • Who are the likely candidates that the Reds would target as a ‘veteran’ shortstop to share time with Cozart next year?

      75% chance it’s Miguel Tejada

    • Who are the likely candidates that the Reds would target as a ‘veteran’ shortstop to share time with Cozart next year?

      Clint Barmes would be a pretty good option.

  5. I’ll be in Houston on business this week, starting Tuesday afternoon. Will try to take in one of the games, and heckle the Cardinals.

  6. I saw Moneyball this weekend and had to wonder how much the dynamic between Jocketty and Baker is like the movie’s acrimonious relationship between Billy Beane and Art Howe. Beane had to trade players away in order to force Howe to play the players the team was designed around.

    • I saw Moneyball this weekend and had to wonder how much the dynamic between Jocketty and Baker is like the movie’s acrimonious relationship between Billy Beane and Art Howe. Beane had to trade players away in order to force Howe to play the players the team was designed around.

      Ha, right. I thought the same thing. 3 stars.

  7. @pinson343: I think the Reds should offer a multiyear deal to Dontrelle as a long reliever with the understanding that he begin to concentrate more on hitting and fielding. He has enough left in the tank to transition to a corner OF spot of his pitching falls off. I think he is worth the chance.

    • @pinson343: I think the Reds should offer a multiyear deal to Dontrelle as a long reliever with the understanding that he begin to concentrate more on hitting and fielding. He has enough left in the tank to transition to a corner OF spot of his pitching falls off. I think he is worth the chance.

      I don’t mind Dontrelle’s coming back in that role. He can still strike guys out, and he doesn’t give up all that many homers, so he hasnot lost his stuff. I think he has so many moving parts that he loses his control too often and too easily, but he’s pretty effective at times. If they can harness the moving-parts issue, he’s certainly useful, and he is an easy guy to root for. Baseball is better off with him than without him.

      And if he was my client, I’d have him play outfield in the Dominican league this winter. Why not? They’ll find his holes if he plays a lot, but he can hit. He ought to stay in the National League for hitting purposes alone.

  8. of is if. And his pitching falling off may no longer be a hypothetical situation.

  9. @Travis G.: If the Reds end up with Barmes, I’ll actually be legitimately pleased. That guy actually isn’t terrible. 32 years old with 3.2 WAR this season according to Fangraphs. He’s not great with the stick, but he never has been, and that means that Dusty is way less likely to make him hit in front of Votto. I think he would be worth 4 mil.

  10. @lookatthathat: That should finish, “I think he would be worth the 4 mil to keep the Reds away from Renteria/Tejada.”

  11. @RiverCity Redleg: Go Bearcats ! Basketball, I mean.

  12. I agree with the above opinions that Dontrelle has value, but I’d stay away from the multi-year deal. Too many ifs, including his health.

    But why not use him as a LOOGY ? Chapman won’t be in the pen next season, and lefties cannot hit Dontrelle. He’d also be well fitted for the long man role, given his hitting ability. He’s only 29.

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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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