Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Atlanta 3
Cincinnati 6

W: H. Bailey (3-3)
L: R. Delgado (2-5)
S: L. Ondrusek (2)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Sweep!

–Devin Mesoraco had the big blow, a grand slam in the sixth that turned a one-run deficit into a three-run lead.

–Homer Bailey pitched six strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk, striking out six. Bailey is now 3-3 with a 4.19 ERA. Even if that ERA were two runs lower, however, Homer will never be able to do anything right in the eyes of some fans.

–Drew Stubbs had two hits, including his third homer of the series (plus a stolen base, his ninth). Zack Cozart and Chris Heisey also had two hits.

–One day after his walk-off heroics, Todd Frazier had a double, a single, and a walk. He also scored a run and drove in a run. The kid can play.

NEGATIVES
–None.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Hey, that was fun, wasn’t it? Yes, I know Chipper Jones and Brian McCann weren’t playing for Atlanta, but still…the Redlegs just swept a pretty good team. I love it.

–That was the first four-game sweep of the Braves in Cincinnati since 1980.

–Six wins in a row for the fightin’ Redlegs, and the starters have compiled six straight quality starts. The Reds now stand at 25-19 on the season, and if the Phillies can hold onto their lead over St. Louis, the Reds will be in first place in the NL Central.

–Last time the Reds had a six-game winning streak? August, 2010. Did anything special happen that season?

–Heh. Indeed:

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–Probably could have put this under “Negatives” above, but I didn’t want to be a Negative Nancy: Brandon Phillips is not a good cleanup hitter. (I know, NEWSFLASH!!!) BP is hitting .259/.314/.392 on the year, and he grounded into two more double plays tonight. I don’t know if he’s still hurting or not (I suspect that he is), but he has not been good this season.

–I don’t know if the offense is waking up or not (I still have some real concerns), but this is interesting:

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–I like when Juan Francisco grounds into game-ending double plays. It wasn’t always thus.

–If Thom’s math is correct, the Reds have won 21 of 32 games.

–A reeling Colorado Rockies team comes to town next for a weekend series. Two out of three, and we’ll be dancing here in the Nation.

97 Responses

  1. Ima Funhaver

    I’ve still got some Braves hate left over from the 90’s. 1996 👿

  2. cliff

    This team is just extremely fun to follow right now.

  3. eastcoast redsfan

    … and if the Phillies can hold onto their lead over St. Louis, … nevermind

    … and if the Phillies can retake the lead over St. Louis, and hold on to it…

  4. Racine Red

    Reason why 3 run lead should not require the top relievers: today Reds put out a slightly above average reliever for the 9th, against the bottom of the order; he didn’t have good stuff, and the Reds won the game without even a major scare.

    I suppose Baker put Marshall in for the 8th and Ondrusek in for the 9th because he views Ondrusek as best suited for the 9th and Marshall for the 8th, even though Marshall has been and is the clear better pitcher. If so, that’s dumb. But it worked out great as Marshall pitched the tougher inning.

    Am I the only one that thinks this Hoover kid is better than Ondrusek? He sure looks better when I watch him.

    • pinson343

      RacineRed: But it worked out great as Marshall pitched the tougher inning.

      Exactly. Marshall pitched to the tough part of their lineup in the 8th. Good decision by Dusty.

    • AnnapolisHoosier

      Reason why 3 run lead should not require the top relievers: today Reds put out a slightly above average reliever for the 9th, against the bottom of the order; he didn’t have good stuff, and the Reds won the game without even a major scare.

      I suppose Baker put Marshall in for the 8th and Ondrusek in for the 9th because he views Ondrusek as best suited for the 9th and Marshall for the 8th, even though Marshall has been and is the clear better pitcher.If so, that’s dumb.But it worked out great as Marshall pitched the tougher inning.

      Am I the only one that thinks this Hoover kid is better than Ondrusek?He sure looks better when I watch him.

      No, Dusty used Marshall in the 8th because two of the three guys that came up were lefties and it was the tougher part of the line-up. Dusty actually did the smart thing with the bullpen again. Still hate his line-ups, but he’s done a good job with the bullpen this year as far as knowing who to pitch when and not being afraid to pull guys or go against the grain.

  5. RichmondRed

    LeCure gave up a run. That bummed me out. I think around June they should bump LeCure to AAA to start in some games because he’s a good go-to for some emergency starts if he can pitch in a real live game once every moon cycle.

  6. Racine Red

    @RichmondRed: Isn’t this really just an artifact of the team playing well? When the team has strings of bad games, Lecure will pitch more.

  7. zblakey

    Okay I will be negative nancy. QUESTION – if Francisco has so many holes in his game, and the Reds SHOULD be the team most familiar with him, how in the H.E. double hockey sticks does he hit two home runs in the series? 😯

    • eastcoast redsfan

      Okay I will be negative nancy. QUESTION – if Francisco has so many holes in his game, and the Reds SHOULD be the team most familiar with him, how in the H.E. double hockey sticks does he hit two home runs in the series?

      Francisco does have lots of holes, he is batting near the Lugwiff zip code. He also has a ton of power and if you put one in the wrong place he will hit it out. Its called poor location.

  8. hermanbates

    @Racine Red: Ondrusek is better than Hoover. I wouldn’t have said this if last years Ondrusek was around, but Logan has beefed up his fastball. Throwing 95-97 makes him a much better reliever. His strikeouts will go up and his splitter can get pretty nasty. Granted, once Masset is healthy, it won’t matter. He’ll retain his eighth inning role(after a couple warm up appearances, of course).

  9. RichmondRed

    If the RedTurds win tonight, I’m calling conspiracy.
    It’s painful enough I have to root for the Phillies.

  10. pinson343

    @eastcoast redsfan: “Poor location” in Francisco’s case means anywhere in the strike zone. He had a lot of terrible ABs this series and does not look at all improved to me, on offense or defense.

    • eastcoast redsfan

      @eastcoast redsfan: “Poor location” in Francisco’s case means anywhere in the strike zone. He had a lot of terrible ABs this series and does not look at all improved to me, on offense or defense.

      Totally, absolutely, completely agree. The pitch by LeCure looked like it was thigh high, middle of the plate.

  11. Racine Red

    @hermanbates: I have also noticed the increased velocity. I’ll wait to see how it impacts him. Will be interesting.

  12. Steve Mancuso

    The Reds are young, particularly this lineup. They are learning how to win games. Winning the series in Yankee Stadium the way they did might be a turning point in their confidence. Frazier and Mesoraco contribute GW home runs. Stubbs hits a few, Cozart, too. Solid SP and bullpen. Sure, there are still issues to overcome (mostly the lack of plate discipline) and moves to make (they can’t stand pat).

    But, big picture, you have to be pretty happy with this:

    1B – Votto (28)
    2B – Phillips (30)
    3B – Frazier (26)
    SS – Cozart (26)
    C – Mesoraco (23)

    LF – Heisey (27)
    CF – Stubbs (27)
    RF – Bruce (25)

    SP – Cueto (26), Bailey (26), Latos (24), Leake (24)

    RP – Chapman (24), Ondrusek (27), Marshall (29), Arredondo (28), Hoover (24)

  13. eastcoast redsfan

    Phils up by 2 again. Lets see if they can hold it this time.

  14. Greg Dafler

    Did I hear this right last night…the Reds have played more .500+ teams than anyone else in baseball?

  15. Steve Mancuso

    On the other hand, the bench, off-season signings, roster decisions out of spring training, all leave a lot to be desired.

    Willie Harris – disaster, already demoted. Should have brought Frazier with the club out of Arizona.

    Wilson Valdez – bad at the plate, shaky in the field at both 3B and SS. Should have brought Janish with the club out of Arizona.

    Ryan Ludwick – he’s had a couple big hits, but overall you have to say that signing him to more than a back-up role was a mistake.

    Scott Rolen – the notion that he was going to be a 120-game, clean-up hitter was fanciful.

    I do like the Francisco for Hoover trade. On the merits and it’s Dust-proofing function.

    The young talent has emerged on this team, in some cases in spite of the organizations moves and lineups.

  16. Steve Mancuso

    Marshall was the right call for the eighth inning to face the two tough lefties, Bourn and Prado to start off the inning. Isn’t it funny (the strange kind of funny) how Baker does better at matching his arms to the lineup quality when the closer isn’t available. I thought his bullpen use tonight was fine. Homer pitches the seventh if LeCure doesn’t need work.

    • pinson343

      Steve M.: Isn’t it funny (the strange kind of funny) how Baker does better at matching his arms to the lineup quality when the closer isn’t available. I thought his bullpen use tonight was fine.

      It is kind of ironic. Free Dusty of going by the assumed roles, and he makes better decisions. Actually I’ve been happy with his use of the pen since Bray went down.

  17. Steve Mancuso

    My seat is on the first base side, so I have a pretty good view of the left field fair/foul situation. When Mesoraco’s hit first went up in the air it looked like so many of those towering shots that are going to hook foul. That’s how it started off. But then it seemed to straighten out and at the end was plainly fair. I don’t know if there was a good shot of that on TV.

    The only “sweep, sweep, sweep…” chant of the night was after his HR. I think if the final out hadn’t been on a double play with two runners on base, the chant would have surfaced with two outs.

  18. pinson343

    @Steve Mancuso: Lots of good things going on with the young guys. Frazer and Heisey have become starting players. Cozart and Stubbs looking good in this series. Meso doing well catching Homer and Leake. (Like I said lat nite, give his bat a chance.)

    A bullpen with 4 guys picking up saves. (On a Dusty team !). And a 5th guy in the bullpen (Hoover) who might be the future closer. Can’t remember when I’ve seen so much bullpen depth.

    Homer pitching well again, the starting rotation continues its streak of strong starts.

    The bench is awful but of all problem areas, that ought to be the easiest to fix.

  19. Sultan of Swaff

    –The jury is still out on this offense, but there are encouraging signs that didn’t exist a few weeks ago, namely:
    –Heisey hitting the ball the other way. If he does that with regularity, he won’t relinquish the LF job.
    –Frazier. Him just being league average will make a huge difference. What we’re getting now is a bonus.
    –Phillips. I’ll have to gently take exception to Chad’s comment. You have to give him a pass to date because he was playing on one leg. Lately however, you are starting to see signs of the real BP. He’s staying inside the ball with 2 strikes and has been working the counts as good as Votto for about a week now. He’ll be fine.
    –Add it all up and at the very least the team statistics will creep back to the middle of the pack.

    Gotta love Homer’s newfound belief in the power of his splitter. It seems he has finally found an out pitch he trusts. If you notice, he threw it practically every 2-2 count.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Gotta love Homer’s newfound belief in the power of his splitter. It seems he has finally found an out pitch he trusts. If you notice, he threw it practically every 2-2 count.

      This is just anecdotal, but it seemed like Homer was throwing his off speed pitches a lot more tonight. I think he threw a curve ball on his second pitch of the game.

    • pinson343

      Sultan: –The jury is still out on this offense, but there are encouraging signs that didn’t exist a few weeks ago, namely:
      –Heisey hitting the ball the other way.If he does that with regularity, he won’t relinquish the LF job.
      –Frazier.Him just being league average will make a huge difference. What we’re getting now is a bonus.
      –Phillips.I’ll have to gently take exception to Chad’s comment.You have to give him a pass to date because he was playing on one leg.Lately however, you are starting to see signs of the real BP.He’s staying inside the ball with 2 strikes and has been working the counts as good as Votto for about a week now.He’ll be fine.

      I meant to say that about BP. His leg is now feeling better and he’s less upright. He changed his stance just before the game he hit 2 HRs. And he started hitting before that. He is himself now, he’s always hit into a lot of DPs, because he hits a lot of hard ground balls.

      I like Frazier. Even when his average is down, he has pop.

      Right on about Heisey. Stubbs is also going the other way more, he has a lot of power the other way. And recently I’ve seen Stubbs draw walks in ABs where last year he would have struck out.

  20. Sultan of Swaff

    Oh, forgot. Nice to see Mez keep that ball fair. He’s been so amped up at the plate so far this season, there have been a lot of hard hit balls that have gone foul. As he relaxes his numbers will go up. This is a very good sign.

    On Masset—I don’t believe for a second he’ll automatically get his setup job back. Heck, I’m not even sure I’d use him before Hoover. For me, his inconsistency is a major roadblock. I’m gonna want to see 2 or 3 solid weeks of pitching in the minors before I deem him ready to rejoin the club.

  21. hermanbates

    It’s funny. We come off this four game sweep, and everything’s great. After a couple horrible game it’s this, this, and that which needs fixing. But that’s baseball. And I love it. If I couldn’t be gloomier than the plague for a couple of days, I couldn’t be as elated as I am now. What a great game.

    On the other hand, I HATE Yadier Molina. The fact he does anything of value for anyone rubs me the wrong way. I don’t wish him, or any of the WLB personal success or team-wide success. I can’t and won’t. I don’t like the Phillies one bit either, but when they play St. Louis…it’s a whole-lot easier to pull for em.

    Come on, Philly. Give the Reds first place. They’ve earned it.

  22. Racine Red

    @Sultan of Swaff: If the Reds take back Rolen, Masset, and Bray (just suppose), then Frazier might be demoted, and I would guess Hoover and Lecure get demoted.

    So: injuries are quite possibly helping, not hurting, the Reds.

  23. CP

    Molina is just one of those Pete Rose-types. You love him if he’s on your team. Otherwise, the guy is an *******.

    • hermanbates

      @CP:

      Molina is just one of those Pete Rose-types.

      How dare you. You wash that mouth out with soap right now!

  24. CP

    Pete used up all his goodwill w/me when he wore that old lady outfit last year… 😀

  25. Steve Mancuso

    First time through the lineup, the Reds swung at the first pitch 7 of 9 times. No runs.

    Second time through the lineup, the Reds swung at the first pitch 2 of 9 times. One run.

    Third time through the lineup, the Reds swung at the first pitch 0 of 9 times, two walks, both scored on Mesoraco’s HR (which was on a 2-0 count).

    Swinging on the first pitch produces an occasional hit, but it doesn’t reliably produce runs.

  26. pinson343

    @Racine Red: The injuries are definitely helping, in a way. Or to put it differently, DL-ing the injured guys. Rolen and Bray were hurting and ineffective, putting them on the DL has helped the team. And Masset’s injury has at least given others a chance. I’ll be happy to see Masset back, he’ll be fresh in the 2nd half as others in the pen might tire.

    No positive spin on the injury to Madson.

  27. pinson343

    @Steve Mancuso: I didn’t watch this game, but I presume the Braves starter tired and lost command in the 6th. That’s part of the story.

  28. pinson343

    @Sultan of Swaff: Dusty already said how they’re going to take it slowly with Masset’s return. And he doesn’t become the 8th inning guy when he returns. Marshall, Ondrusek and Arredodno have that role now. As of now Hoover deserves to be in line ahead of Masset. As you say, Masset is inconsistent. But some of the relievers will tire in the 2nd half and Masset will be needed then.

    Good job last nite of saying how Mes has to keep his playing time with the Reds.

  29. pinson343

    Oh, I forgot: SWEEP !!!! Six game winning streak !!!

    • eastcoast redsfan

      Oh, I forgot: SWEEP !!!! Six game winning streak !!!

      And 1st place in the Central!

  30. Mutaman

    “but he has not been good this season.”

    Except for the great ab against CC on Sunday, the two home runs the other night, the game winning defensive play last night, and the all around typical golden glove play, he has not been that good. 🙄

  31. aktrainer

    Hey there, Nation. Long time lurker, first time poster. May I just start off with a SWEEEEEEEP! cheer! This last week has been a fun one!

    I wanted to ask whether anyone knew if Votto had been given a single day off this year so far, or at least in awhile. I was wondering if his recent slump could be attributed to that…I mean, I know he’s the guy we want in for every single day, but still.

  32. Ima Funhaver

    Cards lose!
    The Reds are in The Catbird Seat! 8)

  33. RichmondRed

    Despite the best efforts of the Phillies’ pitchers, they still beat the Cards. Welcome to first place. It’s been a long time.

  34. Johnu1

    Wow, the Phils have one brutal bullpen. Cards aren’t much better but have better hitters — even with 5 minor leaguers on the roster.

    So winning 6 in a row while our right fielder plays like Mike Costanzo … I guess we need to be thankful.

  35. kywhi

    @Steve Mancuso: “Swinging on the first pitch produces an occasional hit, but it doesn’t reliably produce runs.”

    It worked pretty nicely when Frazier swung at the first pitch down the middle of the plate for a double that knocked Heisey in for the first run of the game in the fourth inning.

    • Racine Red

      @Steve Mancuso: “Swinging on the first pitch produces an occasional hit, but it doesn’t reliably produce runs.”

      It worked pretty nicely when Frazier swung at the first pitch down the middle of the plate for a double that knocked Heisey in for the first run of the game in the fourth inning.

      “Reliably”, he said.

  36. dave6408

    Does anyone realize that this win streak coincided with Rolen going on the DL and Heisey getting the majority of playing time?

  37. RichmondRed

    I think Rolen doesn’t have that serious of an injury and is milking it because he thinks he doesn’t deserve to start anymore. Maybe I just like the guy and want him on the roster, even if he doesn’t start, and I’m being hopeful.

    I think in 5 years, we’re going to find out that Todd Frazier is just like Scott Rolen in 2010. A great teammate, a solid hitter, and hopefully a well-developed defender.

    • pinson343

      RichmondRed: I think Rolen doesn’t have that serious of an injury and is milking it because he thinks he doesn’t deserve to start anymore. Maybe I just like the guy and want him on the roster, even if he doesn’t start, and I’m being hopeful.

      I agree. And Rolen could help improve this team’s terrible bench, if only he were used that way. He could be a late game defensive replacement at 3rd base and has had a lot of success with the Reds as a pinch hitter.

      People could ask: spend all that money on a bench player ? The money’s already been spent, and Scott can help the team more off the bench than on the DL.

  38. pinson343

    @dave6408: Having Frazer and Heisey in the lineup every day has been a big part of it.

  39. pinson343

    @Ima Funhaver: Love that phrase, “The Catbird Seat”. Baseball broadcasters used to say it a lot.

  40. pinson343

    @aktrainer: Welcome aboard ! You’re right, Joey has not had a single game off. He’s started all of them. That especially gets tough with the Reds playing so many days in a row.

  41. dc937

    @pinson343: This made me wonder what the Reds infield would look like on a Votto off-day. In previous years its been Cairo, and sometimes Hernandez. The ESPN depth chart shows Frazier as the #2 option at first base, and he has played one total game at 1B in the majors (last July vs the Mets). And with Frazier at first, maybe that opens the door for T-Bone Costanzo’s defensive debut at third. Seriously, he’s appeared in nine different games in the past two weeks, but not even given a chance on the field? I don’t know if that is a reflection of his abilities or simply of Dusty’s “veteran loyalty”.

  42. MikiLove

    Stubbs owns a .266/.324/.430 line since April 17 (thank ESPN for this stat). I realize that this isn’t great, but this is a solidly average line. He’s not a whole in the lineup anymore, and we can count on him to get about one hit per game. His defense is often over looked too, and I feel Stubbs will only continue to get better overall over the course of the season

  43. Ima Funhaver

    @pinson343: I read somewhere that Reds broadcaster Red Barber used it after hearing it during a Depression Era poker game in Cincinnati. I always heard older folks say it when I was younger and always thought it sounded cool. Never knew what a Catbird was, though. 😆

  44. LVW

    Not only are the current Reds players piling on the longballs of late, former Reds are too- 3 of the top 5 in the AL in HRS- Hamilton, Dunn, and EE.

    • pinson343

      LVW: Not only are the current Reds playerspiling on the longballs of late, former Reds are too- 3 of the top 5 in the AL in HRS- Hamilton, Dunn, and EE.

      Yes some old friends are having excellent seasons. Even Austin Kearns was going great in a part time role: .375/.444/.646, but is now on the DL with an injured hamstring. I for one felt his downfall was due to injuries, not to a lack of talent.

  45. dave6408

    I’ve seen Costanzo play defense in Louisville, and trust me, you don’t want him in the field-a pinch hitting role is just fine.

  46. rightsaidred

    Home is where the heart is!

    Cozart was 7 for 16 in that series
    Stubbs went 5 for 11

    Then what everyone hoped, Frazier’s homer giving him confidence, seemed to happen. Two his in three appearances with a run scored, BB and RBI

    These three are showing that Votto and Bruce don’t need to carry this team.

  47. BloodyHo

    @Steve Mancuso:
    1B – Votto (28)
    2B – Phillips (30)
    3B – Frazier (26)
    SS – Cozart (26)
    C – Mesoraco (23)

    LF – Heisey (27)
    CF – Stubbs (27)
    RF – Bruce (25)

    SP – Cueto (26), Bailey (26), Latos (24), Leake (24)

    RP – Chapman (24), Ondrusek (27), Marshall (29), Arredondo (28), Hoover (24)

    Then we look over our shoulder to Louisville and our AAA active roster and these players will almost certainly never (again) see a spot on the 25 man roster

    IF – Kristopher Negron (26)
    IF/OF – Willie Harris (34)
    1B/OF – Daniel Dorn (28
    OF – Felix Perez (28)
    OF – Bill Rhinehart (28)

    SP – Brett Tomko (39)
    SP – Chad Reineke (30)
    SP – Jeff Francis (31)
    SP – Sean Gallagher (27)
    RP – Scott Carroll (28)
    RP – Jordan Smith ( 26)

    Maybe we could give some of the younger, actual prospects a chance and move them up a level?

    • TC

      @Steve Mancuso:
      1B – Votto (28)
      2B – Phillips (30)
      3B – Frazier (26)
      SS – Cozart (26)
      C – Mesoraco (23)

      LF – Heisey (27)
      CF – Stubbs (27)
      RF – Bruce (25)

      SP – Cueto (26), Bailey (26), Latos (24), Leake (24)

      RP – Chapman (24), Ondrusek (27), Marshall (29), Arredondo (28), Hoover (24)

      Then we look over our shoulder to Louisville and our AAA active roster and these players will almost certainly never (again) see a spot on the 25 man roster

      IF – Kristopher Negron (26)
      IF/OF – Willie Harris (34)
      1B/OF – Daniel Dorn (28
      OF – Felix Perez (28)
      OF – Bill Rhinehart (28)

      SP – Brett Tomko (39)
      SP – Chad Reineke (30)
      SP – Jeff Francis (31)
      SP – Sean Gallagher (27)
      RP – Scott Carroll (28)
      RP – Jordan Smith ( 26)

      Maybe we could give some of the younger, actual prospects a chance and move them up a level?

      I’m sure they will promote players as they are ready. Looking at the Farm Reports every day, it seems players are where they need to be at the moment.

  48. TC

    We need a nickname for Chapman, Arrendondo, Ondrusek, and Marshall.

  49. RiverCity Redleg

    Things just seem right in the world today.

  50. BloodyHo

    1st place feels real good this time of year! It’s been a little while but it feels like a lot longer. Now this year is looking bright and the future even brighter. Look out kids, dad feels a song coming on…

  51. CharlotteNCRedsFan

    Dusty has found a line-up and I hope he realizes it and stays with it. Another note: I would be weary of “resting” any regulars at this point. Try to have Votto and Bruce play through the slumps because either could break out at any moment. Point being, Dusty should do everything possible to keep the momentum going. Even if that if “doing” very little of anything.

    The main potential for disaster for this club is injury(s) as the bench can really help.

  52. CharlotteNCRedsFan

    Can being “can’t”.

  53. pinson343

    @AnnapolisHoosier: Yeh there are about 4 similar comments above, about Dusty’s use of Marshall in the 8th and his use of the bullpen when Chapman is not available.

  54. pinson343

    @BloodyHo: It’s not unusual for AAA rosters to be full of “major league ready” (i.e. experienced) players, some of them former major leaguers, and the better prospects to be at AA. Some people claim there’s generally more talent (but raw talent) at AA.
    Of course the AA prospects will play at AAA before coming up to the majors, but sometimes they’re not at AAA for long.

  55. pinson343

    @CharlotteNCRedsFan: Exactly. With the Reds weak bench, the thought of an injury to just about any of the starting players is scary. Another reason why the bench needs to be improved soon.

  56. pinson343

    @Ima Funhaver: Ahh the old Redhead. I enjoyed listening to him and Mel Allen do Yankee games when I was a kid. Red Barber was a great radio broadcaster, one of the first to paint a picture.

  57. pinson343

    @TC: Marshall (M), Arredondo (A), Chapman (C), Ondrusek (O) is close to spelling MACHO, as in the the MACHO Boys.
    Or the Sandmen ? Or Rally Kill ?

  58. pinson343

    @dc937: If Joey takes a day off, it would mean Cairo at first or Frazer at first and Valdez at 3rd.

    Ramon Hernandez played a good first base. Of course I wanted him to be let go and Mes brought up, but the Reds miss Ramon in some ways. He hit well last year, and helped the Reds offense during dry spells.

  59. pinson343

    @CharlotteNCRedsFan: But I wouldn’t mind resting Bruce against Moyer on Sunday. An off speed veteran like that might drive him crazy. Speaking of which, Jay’s slump started when he had to face Dickey (a knuckle baller) and Pettite on successive days.

  60. Sultan of Swaff

    @pinson343: Brilliant Pinson. Let’s make Hoover the H. And if you want, you can up the fancy quotient 40% by adding Sam LeCure. As in–

    Le MACHO boys!!

  61. RC

    Without adding the ‘H’, you could go with the COMA Kids, as in “they put your bats in a coma”… Eh.

    I apparently can’t go one very successful night without second-guessing *something* – I’d have considered leaving Marshall in to pitch to Hinske, then Ondru for the last two outs. Is that just me? Having said that, Hinske’s single was a defensive slap at a decent pitch… on the DAS (Dusty Annoyance Scale), that didn’t even move the meter. Loved that he didn’t try to drag one more inning out of Latos, and Marshall in the 8th/Ondru in the 9th was well done (though the reverse probably would have been fine, too).

    Let’s roll the Rockies!

  62. CincyStyle

    Our closers can also spell C – O – M – A

  63. CincyStyle

    I saw Valaika is going on the DL. I guess we can’t expect him to be called up to help our bench!

  64. pinson343

    MACHO Boys, COMA, Redbull, some good choices. Who’s going to rule ?

    We’ll want to stay away from Macho Men, because that song has the wrong connotation.

  65. pinson343

    @TC: Thanks, TC. If I’m going to invoke Vada Pinson with my moniker, I better have style.

  66. al

    Two things jump out at me from this thread.

    Phillips is really hurting the team at the plate, and he’s such a fan favorite that people will defend the slightest criticism.

    I believe that Phillips is coming around too, but that doesn’t mean he should be hitting cleanup. During the game thread I pointed out a very clear reason why. He has the third highest GB% on the team, at just under 50%. Even when swinging well, he is always going to hit into double plays, especially since he isn’t as fast as he used to be.

    Todd Frazier’s GB% is 23% and Bruce is in the 30s. If either of them were hitting cleanup you’d see fewer DPs.

    #2 is that while I like Hoover, I’m surprised people see him as such a prize. He’s been very lucky so far. He’s got a .160 BABIP and is pretty close to a one pitch pitcher.

    He’s thrown 75% fastballs, and there are plenty of times when he comes in and only throws fastballs. He throws in the low 90s without a whole lot of movement. I like the kid for sure, but dubbing him future closer already? Give me Ondru the Giant any day of the week.

    • TC

      Phillips is really hurting the team at the plate, and he’s such a fan favorite that people will defend the slightest criticism.

      How DARE you criticize Phillips!!

  67. al

    those were my two negative comments, but i can’t just be negative on a day when we take 1st place with a 6 game winning streak.

    the three overwhelming big picture positives for me right now are:

    #1 homer bailey honestly looks like a different pitcher to me. i’ve called for him to be traded, moved to the pen, and otherwise sent packing.

    and granted, with offense down across the league, the quality start statistic is more deceptive than it was in the steroid era. (which is to say that his 4.19 ERA is still worse than league average).

    but the guy legitimately looks like he’s figured it out to me. with all the injuries he’s had, he doesn’t have top of the rotation stuff anymore, but he’s getting good hitters out, attacking with secondary pitches, and going deeper in games. i have no problem with this homer bailey being in the rotation.

    #2 we’ve won 6 games in a row with no contribution from bruce and votto. if the reds have a strength on offense it’s the depth, and this is what i’ve been waiting for all year.

    we have 1 superstar, and 1 all-star level player. but if cozart, stubbs, frazier, hesiey, phillips and the catchers can all contribute, we’re going to score a lot of runs. this should be a reds team that doesn’t really have any holes in the lineup, when through the first month is was almost all holes.

    #3 dusty has somehow figured out how to, or been forced into a position to, use a bullpen pretty darn effectively. in the past he’s pushed coco out there 4 days in a row to get “saves” and gone crazy with left-right splits etc.

    during this winning streak i really feel like he’s used the best relievers at the most important times, and given late game chances to younger guys when the game isn’t on the line. can’t ask for any more, and right now our pen looks just this side of unhittable.

    great streak, lots of good stuff to look forward to i think.

  68. RC

    Yeah, Philip Phillips totally deserved to win!