2012 Reds / Game Thread

Game Thread: Reds at Nationals (2012.04.12)

Cincinnati (3-3) begins their first road trip of the season, starting with a 4-game series against the Washington Nationals (4-2) in the Nationals 2012 home opener at 1:05pm today. The Reds are 3-0 so far in day games and play three day games in this series. That obviously means the Reds will win three of the four games!

Today’s pitching matchup will see two of the big-name young pitchers who were traded this offseason, 24 year old right-hander Mat Latos (0-1, 7.71 ERA) versus 26 year old left-hander, Gio Gonzalez (0-0, 9.82 ERA). Both pitchers are looking to bounce back from their shaky debuts with their new clubs.

You can find the baseball-reference game preview here.

295 thoughts on “Game Thread: Reds at Nationals (2012.04.12)

  1. Let me say, though, that it was a lack of hitting that lost us the game. Not the pitching staff.

  2. I guess you could blame Harris’ presence on the Ludwick signing. If Walt had pursued a LH hitting LFer to platoon with Heisey than Frazier is probably on the Reds bench.

    • I guess you could blame Harris’ presence on the Ludwick signing. If Walt had pursued a LH hitting LFer to platoon with Heisey than Frazier is probably on the Reds bench.

      @Y-City Jim … So you were thinking perhaps Fukudome?

  3. It rarely seems like Dusty actually wants to win extra-inning games. Once that 10th inning rolls around, he reaches for the bottom of the bullpen and hopes for the best because he’s expecting the game to go 18 innings.

  4. johnny damon just signed with cleveland. i would have done for him over ludwick.

    the call wasn’t mesoraco’s. they went out and talked to simon and it was clear that they were going to try to unintentionally intentionally walk the guy.

    it was a dumb call because simon doesn’t have the control to do that.

    they should have just walked the guy straight up or brought in bray.

  5. here are the key problems in the reds offense:

    batting 1st .240/.269/.240
    batting 4th .048/.200/.095
    batting 6th .130/.200/.174

    those are key spots in the lineup, especially leadoff and cleanup. and lord, a .295 OPS in the cleanup spot? no wonder we’re not scoring.

  6. @al: Those are really ugly numbers. Granted that one or two solid games makes them turn around quickly but yeah, right now, that’s just Ugly (note the capitol “U”)… Do you think they will be that bad all year long though?

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