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.

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  1. This is what too many innings over two straight days does to a reliever.

  2. Sweet!

  3. what a double play!

  4. Wow. Tip of the cap to Arrendondo

  5. WHAT an ending to the 9th. Wow!

  6. Wow.

  7. @hermanbates: Can’t bring in Marshall. Even if he seals it, he’d be up first in the 10th.

  8. sweet DP

  9. VERY nice DP.

  10. So what are those odds on it being Harris? I’m saying 3 to 1.

  11. Dam I wish I could see or hear this game. Sounds like Ludwick & Rolen got some big hits. Who’s pitching for the Reds.

  12. We want to love you, Willie! Help us love you. 😀

  13. Do we need any more reason to move on from Harris?

  14. WHY WHY HWY is Willie Harris on this team?

    • WHY WHY HWY is Willie Harris on this team?

      Don’t know you know you HAVE to have a lefty bench bat?! Pretty sure it’s a rule.

  15. And now Stubbs again…two 8-hole hitters back to back. Great lineup, Dusty.

  16. Have to think Willie’s close to playing his way off the team. Dude has been pathetic. Won’t hold my breath though.

  17. getting ugly for stubbs too.

  18. God did we even need to send anyone to the plate this inning?

  19. wow. 3 ks on what 10 pitches? what the hell reds?

  20. 10 pitch inning, 3 Ks. Wow.

  21. Stammen made them look like little boys, even Cozart

  22. @SirRibShack: I refuse to believe there is not a lefty in Louisville right now who can be more valuable than Willie Harris.

  23. I got my stream going just in time to see that awesome throw by Meseraco. What did Willie Harris do?

  24. It’s like we sent those guys up there to get a scouting report: “don’t swing, just OBSERVE his pitches.”

  25. As if that wasn’t bad enough, here comes Simon.

  26. Alfredo Simon scares me

  27. @Jared: Guess.

  28. If Dusty puts Harris in I’m filing a Intentional Negligence Suit against Dusty for causing pain & suffering to the fans.

  29. Simon says, pitch well.

  30. @eric nyc: There isn’t. They are all struggling down there.

  31. This is awful.

  32. Video of the 9th-inning DP is now available on Gameday.

  33. Mesaraco looks the part today.

  34. Hey Alfredo…. YOU’RE AWFUL

  35. lucky poke by Werth

  36. @earmbrister: Once he becomes more assertive with the veteran pitchers, he’ll be fine.

  37. It seems every year Dusty has an unproductive pet player who he insists on sending out there everyday for reasons known only to him. Looks like its gonna be Harris this year.

  38. Simon can’t catch a break with these ground balls.

  39. @Y-City Jim: Struggling worse than batting .000/.000/.000?

  40. Lovely.

  41. Can we cut this man now?

  42. Terrible way to lose.

  43. Simon really has some crazy movement on his pitches. If he could harness it, he might be a really really good pitcher.

    • Simon really has some crazy movement on his pitches. If he could harness it, he might be a really really good pitcher.

      That’s why the Reds picked him up. Thing is though, as an O’s fan I can tell you that waiting for him to harness it, and not thinking he will ever “get it” is why the O’s let him go.

  44. No sooner than the TV announcer says u can’t throw it in the dirt … Game over.

  45. What a sh*tty way to lose a game. Mes needs to learn to stop calling for those low breaking balls in the dirt.

    • What a sh*tty way to lose a game. Mes needs to learn to stop calling for those low breaking balls in the dirt.

      Do we know he called for a breaking ball in the dirt? Serious question.

  46. The fact that we picked up this goon and kept Harris while Frazier rots in AAA purgatory makes me want to puke.

  47. @eric nyc: Rinehart is tops among LH bats at .214

  48. @CI3J: But he can’t. That’s why he was cut by the Orioles.

  49. I can’t wait for Massett to be healthy again. Also, I’m hoping for J. J. Hoover to get the call up next time we need an arm in the bullpen. Simon is worthless.

  50. @AnnapolisHoosier: thank you…what a strange assumption eric made, there.

    why wasn’t bray in to face the lefty?

  51. Boooo! Simon says get off my team.

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

  53. 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?

  54. @beroader: Correct.

  55. Bray was ready in the bullpen too…

  56. Get’em tomorrow, Reds.

    Good Bronson tomorrow.

    • Get’em tomorrow, Reds.

      Good Bronson tomorrow.

      Yep its 50-50 with Arroyo.

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. @LWBlogger: I don’t think you can use that word on the internet.

  60. @Sergeant2: Hmmm, perhaps not 😉

  61. 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.

  62. @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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