Time for Barry Larkin to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. I’ve been looking forward to this day for a long time. The fact that I was unable to clear my schedule to get up to Cooperstown today is going to end up being one of the great regrets of my life.

Also, it’s time for the sweep! If you really wanted to sweep the Brewers, is there any pitcher you’d rather see on the mound than Johnny Cueto? Yeah, me either.

Discuss the game and the HOF induction here. Go Redlegs. And go Barry!

107 Responses

  1. BloodyHo

    Heisey, LF
    Valdez, SS
    Phillips, 2B
    Bruce, RF
    Ludwick, LF
    Frazier, 3B
    Cairo, 1B
    Hanigan, C
    Cueto, P

    Looks like Cozart needs another day off to rest. At least Valdez has started hitting better lately. He even has 2 BB in his last 4 games (for a grand total of 3 BB for the year). OK Reds, bring out the brooms and sweep the Brew Crew into sellers as the trade deadline approaches.

  2. BloodyHo

    At least Stubbs sits while Heisey plays CF and leads off against a tough, young RH pitcher. That is something positive with the lineup. Shut ’em down Cueto. Show the youngster how an ace puts away a division opponent.

  3. gosport474

    Congratulations Barry Larkin, you are now one of the Boys in the Hall. You were also the first player I picked in my first rotisserie league way back in 1990.

  4. OhioJim

    @BloodyHo: The line up almost has the look of one of Bob Boonedoggle’s Sunday afternoon specials.

    It makes sense that Heisey would play and Rolen would sit (especially with them travelling after the game) but that is tough having Valdez and Cairo both in there.

    This is where they really miss having the LH bench bat with the potential to run into one fro a little frequency as he would figure to be at 1B today.

  5. seat101

    Todd Frazier needs a rest. Soon. No joke.

    • CharlotteNCRedsFan

      Todd Frazier needs a rest. Soon. No joke.

      5 for his last 14. What is the rest for he is only 26-27 years old?

  6. MikiLove

    @OhioJim: That’s a thing with Baker, he loves starting multiple bench players on Cueto weekend games. It’s a big reason why Cueto is 11-5 and not 14-2.

  7. nelly33

    This inning and Cueto’s pitch count really is on Cairo.

  8. Mwv

    Batters against Cueto now this year with the bases loaded.. 0 for 14. Crazy.

  9. RedLegHerrm

    @Mwv: If there was a slipperiness metric, Cueto would be leading the Majors.

  10. Adam Hilton

    We need to run on this guy every time we get on base. His delivery is slower than Latos’.

  11. Mwv

    Quit making me look bad Bruce! Oh well.

  12. Mwv

    What is with all these sunday game lineups from Baker though? Never understand his “sit as many people as I can on the same day” philosophy.

  13. MikiLove

    Lol, the announcer confused the Reds fans for Cardinals fans at the induction ceremony. He’s going to get some hate mail.

  14. nvilleredsfan

    I hope that the bottom part of the order today is not the Reds undoing. Cairo, Hanigan, and Cueto are pretty much auto outs right now.

  15. CharlotteNCRedsFan

    Valdez!

    Hits pretty well with RISP too.

  16. Mwv

    We needed that, great job Valdez and BP.

  17. CharlotteNCRedsFan

    Talk about manufacturing runs – Bravo boys.

  18. CharlotteNCRedsFan

    If Bruce can start taking that ball to the opposite field, he is probably a .300 hitter.

  19. RedForever

    Padres signed OF Carlos Quentin to a three-year contract extension.

    No need to discuss him as a trade possibility, although I never thought the Reds would consider him.

  20. Steve Mancuso

    Chris Welch: “Johnny Cueto has been more of a contact pitcher this year, trading in strike outs for ground balls.”

    Cueto’s strikeout rates:

    2011: 6.00 K/9
    2012: 6.70 K/9

    Cueto’s ground ball rates:

    2011: 54%
    2012: 47%

    • RedForever

      Chris Welch: “Johnny Cueto has been more of a contact pitcher this year, trading in strike outs for ground balls.”

      Cueto’s strikeout rates:

      2011: 6.00 K/9
      2012: 6.70 K/9

      Cueto’s ground ball rates:

      2011: 54%
      2012: 47%

      Its obvious that Chris Welch does look at stats before he says something.

  21. RedForever

    Ryan hanigan should really be a backup cacher. His offense is zip.

  22. CharlotteNCRedsFan

    I love me some Ryan Hanigan but it might just be time to change that 60/40 split, in Mes favor.

  23. CaptainTonyKW

    So Hanigan shouldn’t bat second?

    • CharlotteNCRedsFan

      So Hanigan shouldn’t bat second?

      Maybe 3 weeks ago but not now.

  24. CharlotteNCRedsFan

    JC needed a quick inning and got it.

  25. Mwv

    Love when Cueto reaches back and gives it that extra oomph for an out.

  26. LVW

    Dumb baseball on the Brewers part- 2 out 0 on and a guy that can tie the game with one swing bunts for a hit to bring up a guy that couldn’t hit one out in a phone booth.

  27. CharlotteNCRedsFan

    No HRs through 6. Is the streak in danger?

  28. CharlotteNCRedsFan

    Alright. Another great game from our ace. Let’s get a couple of insurance runs, to reward him.

  29. Mwv

    Can’t say I’m too concerned about that particular streak considering more than a few of them were against us rather than for us.

  30. CharlotteNCRedsFan

    @RedLegHerrm: RLH good to see you posting today. Haven’t seen you around these parts too often. Everything good with you? Hoping you will be posting more, I miss your insight.

  31. RedForever

    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates see Shane Victorino as a “perfect fit,” but they won’t trade for him unless the Phillies drop the price “dramatically.”

  32. Sergeant2

    Cueto is wheeling & dealing & movin’ & grooven. 😀

  33. CharlotteNCRedsFan

    Got to get this run in.

  34. Sergeant2

    Alright the table is set, lets score some runs.

  35. Mwv

    Pit and the Cards both winning at the moment.

  36. CharlotteNCRedsFan

    Hani does his job. Time for X Paul to do his and make a mark!

  37. nvilleredsfan

    And we have another Paul sighting… will there be a hit here?

  38. RedLegHerrm

    @CharlotteNCRedsFan: Doing well my friend, thanks for asking. Life’s gotten a bit busier so haven’t been able to post on here as much. Still an avid reader. Hope to contribute on here more often as we enter the dog days.

    Nice to see Miggy poke on. Good job Ryno, let’s get this run in.

  39. nvilleredsfan

    and he strikes out… sheeze

    • LVW

      and he strikes out…sheeze

      with a runner on 3rd less than 2 outs were you actually expecting any other outcome.

  40. MikiLove

    Now it all comes down to Heisey…

  41. preach

    I just heard Cowboy say “Cueto peers in vividly.” Guess that’s to entertain Hanigan.

  42. Sergeant2

    I guess this was destined to be a one run game. Its up to the bullpen now, and that’s not a bad proposition a-tall.

  43. CharlotteNCRedsFan

    Game is now in the hands of the Reds’ very capable bullpen.

  44. nvilleredsfan

    Man, that strike out was a killer… OK, bullpen, let’s hold ’em.

  45. Steve Mancuso

    Classic DustyBall.

    Leadoff double. Give up an out. Send up a minor league pinch hitter because he’s left handed. Strikeout. Then the third out. No run.

    • Racine Red

      Classic DustyBall.

      Leadoff double. Give up an out. Send up a minor league pinch hitter because he’s left handed. Strikeout. Then the third out. No run.

      It’s really ridiculous when you bunt a guy to third to give the key at bat to Xavier Paul.

      Remember, Baker thinks Paul is a great pinch hitter, even though he’s actually horrible in his major league career.

    • steveschoen

      Baker

      Agreed. I could even see hitting a left hander there. But, umm, there is a guy named Bruce on the bench. And, Baker hits Paul? That’s just where Baker being the “players manager” just doesn’t work for the team. Did that cost the game? Of course not. Could it have easily cost the game? Yes.

    • lthedaug

      At least in this case, the defense is Loe is much worse versus LH batters. Paul has about 8 more days to show he’s the LH bat off the bench, so today I’ll give the manager a break in trying to find out.

      But a major league hitter has to make contact, runner on third, less than two outs.

      • CharlotteNCRedsFan

        At least in this case, the defense is Loe is much worse versus LH batters.Paul has about 8 more days to show he’s the LH bat off the bench, so today I’ll give the manager a break in trying to find out.

        But a major league hitter has to make contact, runner on third, less than two outs.

        @lthedaug: I’ll second that verbatim.

    • steveschoen

      @Steve Mancuso:

      Got to do it by “The Book.” “The Book” don’t lie.

      When Baker doesn’t go to a left handed batter like Bruce, instead going to Paul, it is those times I even question if Baker even read the book.

      • steveschoen

        When Baker doesn’t go to a left handed batter like Bruce, instead going to Paul, it is those times I even question if Baker even read the book.

        Oops, entirely sorry. I just got home from work trying to catch up. I see Bruce started. I thought he was one that sat. Still better batters on the bench than Paul is.

  46. preach

    See in the box score that Valdez is the only one with more than one hit. Glad to see some production from the top of the order, even if he’s not a top of the order guy…

  47. CharlotteNCRedsFan

    Ondru!!!!!!! Coming through.

  48. LVW

    The most amazing thing about Cueto this year- only TWICE has he allowed a run in the inning immediately following when the Reds have scored. That’s the epitome of a shutdown starter.

  49. CharlotteNCRedsFan

    Where was Jay’s head at? Ugh.

  50. Sergeant2

    He’s just a kid, he’s still learning, Bruce that is.

  51. Racine Red

    Wow, Bruce has made more “head up rear end” plays since that Giants game where he dropped the ball than I would think possible.

  52. RedLegHerrm

    Just seeing the Bruce play. Inexcusable at any time, but especially given the situation with a chance to add an insurance run.

  53. MikiLove

    Well, it seems the home-run streak at GABP is about to come to an end ladies and gents. That’s assuming that Chapman can close this down.

    • earmbrister

      @MikiLove:

      Well, it seems the home-run streak at GABP is about to come to an end ladies and gents. That’s assuming that Chapman can close this down.

      That’s just bad karma to be saying that.

  54. Sergeant2

    If have to wonder whats going through the batters mind that’s waiting in the on deck circle to face Chapman.

  55. Racine Red

    I don’t know the Brewers, as in I don’t watch them every day, but when you know Chapman’s pitching the 9th, and you have Izturis up with 2 on, 2 out against Ondrusek, how do you not pinch hit? Izturis is hitting .232, with a .546 OPS this year.

  56. earmbrister

    Aw-oki has been tough on the Reds this year

  57. earmbrister

    And thanks for playing, take a seat.

  58. Racine Red

    That is a really ill-timed walk, with Braun on deck.

  59. Sergeant2

    Sweep!!!! Sweep!!! Sweep!!! Go Reds Go!!!

  60. CharlotteNCRedsFan

    5 and 2 with Votto on the DL. Not too bad.

  61. laus Deo

    Great sweep and homestand. Go Reds!!

  62. Mwv

    It’s almost like I’m psychic. Or like I’ve done entirely too much watching of that slider this weekend.. whichever. Batters are now hitting .027 against it so far this season.

  63. earmbrister

    Another sweep for the hottest team in the NL, if not all of MLB.

  64. Catalytic

    Chapman’s slider is just not fighting fair! Thank you for finding that pitch again.

    • Racine Red

      Chapman’s slider is just not fighting fair!Thank you for finding that pitch again.

      I honestly believe that if he’d been throwing the slider in his whole time as closer, the
      Reds would have at least 2 extra wins right now.

      The real question is: when it gets hit—and it will get hit eventually, by someone—will he keep throwing it? I hope so.

  65. jas_428

    and the Reds win with their “weak” lineup!

  66. Racine Red

    The slider is unhittable given how good his fastball is. It’s not as good as Kimbrel’s slider (which looks like he actually has it on a string), but Kimbrel’s fastball is not as deadly.

  67. LVW

    Luckily Morgan and not Gomez was out there on Valdez’s RBI hit; Gomez has a much better arm.

  68. Mwv

    Yeah due to his fastball and much improved control hitters literally cannot sit on that slider, ever. So if it’s in the zone, it is a strike.

  69. MilnersGhost

    @Racine Red:

    You just can’t give the man a break can you. 15 games over and in first plce. They brought Paul up to be the lefty off the bench. It was righty vs. Lefty, textbook move. If he just pulls the ball to the right side there is another run, but the guy didn’t do his job. Is that Dusty’s fault? Good Grief.

    • Racine Red

      @Racine Red:

      You just can’t give the man a break can you. 15 games over and in first plce. They brought Paul up to be the lefty off the bench. It was righty vs. Lefty, textbook move. If he just pulls the ball to the right side there is another run, but the guy didn’t do his job. Is that Dusty’s fault? Good Grief.

      Is it Baker’s fault that Paul struck out? Of course not. Did I say that? I don’t have nearly as much of a problem bringing Paul up to the plate as I do bunting. Though I wouldn’t have brought him up to hit at all.

      Of course, Mancuso brought this up in the first place, why not respond to his post? I think I know the answer.

    • steveschoen

      @Racine Red:

      You just can’t give the man a break can you. 15 games over and in first plce. They brought Paul up to be the lefty off the bench. It was righty vs. Lefty, textbook move. If he just pulls the ball to the right side there is another run, but the guy didn’t do his job. Is that Dusty’s fault? Good Grief.

      Since Paul was the only left handed batter on the bench, I can understand putting him in there to prove himself at this time. But, how much of a leash do you give him? He hasn’t been a good pinch hitter his entire career. There are batters on the bench who hit right handed pitching better than Paul. Thus, textbook move? Not necessarily. A move I still would have possibly done. But, everytime there is no success, that leash has to get shorter. For, like with Harris towards his final AB’s, everytime Baker went to him over a right handed hitter for a right handed pitcher, the textbook move, it wouldn’t be the right move.

  70. Sergeant2

    8-2 Home Stand can’t ask for more then that. Now the Reds gotta become road warriors and hold their own on the upcoming road trip. Not to be greedy but no reason the Redlegs couldn’t sweep the Astronomical’s. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  71. kywhi

    @steveschoen: When Baker doesn’t go to a left handed batter like Bruce, instead going to Paul, it is those times I even question if Baker even read the book.

    How could Baker have pinch-hit Bruce instead of Xavier Paul when Bruce was the starting right-fielder?

  72. kywhi

    @steveschoen: Oops, entirely sorry.

    In other words, you were just trying to make the manager look as bad as you possibly can. If you haven’t noticed, the Reds are on a roll and are tied with the Nationals for the most wins in the league. Complain all you want, though.

    • steveschoen

      @steveschoen: Oops, entirely sorry.

      In other words, you were just trying to make the manager look as bad as you possibly can. If you haven’t noticed, the Reds are on a roll and are tied with the Nationals for the most wins in the league. Complain all you want, though.

      No, in other words, I messed up and thought Bruce was one of the regulars that was on the bench.

  73. earmbrister

    On to the Astros and the Rockies: two of the worst teams in all of baseball.

    The Reds are in a sweet spot right now.

  74. earmbrister

    How frustrating is for the Pirates, who have won 5 in a row, and still can’t make up any ground against the Reds.

  75. CaptainTonyKW

    If pinch hitting Paul against there was an absolutely preposterous decision then you Dusty bashers need to point your fingers at the man who put him on the major league roster. If Paul should not be used as a LH pinch hitter against RH pitching then he should not be on the club in the first place.

    In the mean time I am going to enjoy the sweep and this first place ballclub.

    • steveschoen

      If pinch hitting Paul against there was an absolutely preposterous decision then you Dusty bashers need to point your fingers at the man who put him on the major league roster.If Paul should not be used as a LH pinch hitter against RH pitching then he should not be on the club in the first place.

      In the mean time I am going to enjoy the sweep and this first place ballclub.

      They both are at fault. Walt only decides who’s on the roster. Baker decided to use him in that situation, when there are better batters on the bench.

    • steveschoen

      If pinch hitting Paul against there was an absolutely preposterous decision then you Dusty bashers need to point your fingers at the man who put him on the major league roster.If Paul should not be used as a LH pinch hitter against RH pitching then he should not be on the club in the first place.

      In the mean time I am going to enjoy the sweep and this first place ballclub.

      But, don’t worry about us. We are enjoying the sweep just as much if not more.

      • CaptainTonyKW

        But, don’t worry about us.We are enjoying the sweep just as much if not more.

        Really? Every comment of yours in this thread and the next is negative.

  76. mlb

    Paul also had a chance yesterday, when he grounded out with two outs and the bases loaded. I was definitely surprised to see him being used in a high leverage situation today. I’m thrilled we won. I just think Baker made poor decisions that inning. As Steve said, classic Dustyball. Nice job Cueto and Reds!