2012 Reds / Game Thread

Game Thread: Reds vs. Rockies (7.29.2012) [Update]

The Reds play at Coors Field this afternoon for their tenth win in a row. They haven’t had a ten-game winning streak since 1999. They also have the chance for a 6-0 road trip before heading back to GABP to play the Padres and an enormously important series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Standings: Your Cincinnati Reds (60-40) enter the game tied for the best record in MLB with the New York Yankees and Washington Harpers. They continue to hold a two game lead over Pittsburgh and have stretched their lead to 6.5 games over the WLB. The Rockies (37-62) remain in last place in the NL West.

Pitching: Mat Latos (8-3, 4.30 ERA, 4.32 FIP) takes the mound for the Reds today, looking to pitch more than five innings for the first time in four starts. He’s pitched pretty well (2-1, 3.51 ERA) in four careers games at Coors Field.

In Jonathan Sanchez, the Reds face their third consecutive left-handed pitcher from the Rockies. The lefty pitched for the San Francisco Giants, where he had a 2-1 record in five starts against the Reds. Then the 29-year-old Sanchez was traded by the Giants to Kansas City for Melky Cabrera. In his 12 starts for the Royals, Sanchez (1-6) was awful, running up a 7.76 ERA. Last week, the Royals traded Sanchez to the Rockies. In his one start so far for the Rox (0-1), Sanchez gave up five earned runs in four innings.

While Votto recovers: Mark Sheldon reports: In 12 games without Joey Votto, Drew Stubbs is batting .333 (15-for-45), Scott Rolen is batting .306 (11-for-36), Brandon Phillips is batting .364 (16-for-44) and Ryan Ludwick is batting .342 (13-for-38, 4 HRs).

Update: Marty’s All In – John Fay reports that Marty Brennaman promised he would shave his head if the Reds win ten in a row.
During the back-and-forth banter on the team plane with third base coach Chris Speier, Marty Brennaman said he would shave if the Reds won 10 in row. This happened a couple of weeks ago. The Reds have won nine in a row going into today. Speier and other witnesses reminded Brennaman of the promise when he arrived this morning. “I’m a man of my word,” Brennaman said. “I’ll do it.”

Today’s lineup: The top four remain the same. Rolen rests on the day after a night game. Frazier moves to 3B and bats fifth. Miguel Cairo fills in at 1B. Chris Heisey replaces Ludwick in LF. Hanigan catches Latos  per usual. All standard fare.

311 thoughts on “Game Thread: Reds vs. Rockies (7.29.2012) [Update]

  1. I wonder if we can swing a trade for CarGo. Maybe offer Heisey and the entire AA team.

  2. Whats this Marty’s gonna shave his head business, they’ll have to use a jackhammer to clean off ‘ol helmet hairs dome. I’ll believe it when I see it, and I would love to see it.

  3. K-Rod has got to be the dumbest pitcher in baseball. 3 times! this week he’s walked a guy with a multi run lead and the bases empty late.

    • K-Rod has got to be the dumbest pitcher in baseball. 3 times! this week he’s walked a guy with a multi run lead and the bases empty late.

      The man’s a shell of his former self.

  4. First really bad strike call I’ve seen this ump make today. Anything’s refreshing after that nonsense last night.

  5. One real bad pitch for Latos today. Nice outing so far. If he gets through this inning it’ll really put a cap on the roadtrip.

  6. Who is it that wants EY Jr? He could be had for a minor prospect. He’d only be an upgrade over Cairo.

    • Who is it that wants EY Jr?He could be had for a minor prospect.He’d only be an upgrade over Cairo.

      Exactly! That’s why I want him. He could be had for almost nothing, and he’d be an upgrade.

  7. You send him out for the 8th? Just over 100 pitches, he looks like he’s good for 10-20 more. Be great to rest the bullpen.

    • You send him out for the 8th? Just over 100 pitches, he looks like he’s good for 10-20 more. Be great to rest the bullpen.

      Yes. Definitely.

  8. Astros are well on their way to blowing it. Would be better off with CoCo still out there than Chuckie Fick, 3 straight singles and a wild pitch, none out.

    • Astros are well on their way to blowing it.

      That kind of stuff only happens when my one of my pitchers is in line for a win

  9. washington is losing, pirates lost to houston. gotta root for the redsox tonight. reds could have the best record in all of baseball by the end of the night. ALL OF BASEBALL!!!!!!

  10. The Nats just won’t go away in Milwaukee. I really hope we hang on and take this division because I don’t want to face them in the first round of the playoffs.

  11. As much as I hate his lineups, especially on Sundays…I think we have only lost on Sunday once…I think? Still hoping someone lets me know how old Marty’s new spouse is?

  12. The way everyone from Stubbs to Ludwick and now Heisey has been hitting on this road trip, it really makes it seem like trading for extra an extra bat is unnecessary. Have to keep in mind that we’ve faced some pretty bottom of the barrel pitching lately though.

  13. I would say I’m afraid Cozart’s two hits will keep him at the top of the order for the foreseeable future, but of course so would an 0-5 with four strikeouts, so I’m glad he got a couple hits today.

    • Kind of surprised to see Latos back out there.

      Only at 100 pitches, been rolling since the homerun in the first, big lead and a tired bullpen. I’d be surprised if he wasn’t out there.

  14. Hell if he gets out of this quick I wouldn’t be surprised to see him out there for the 9th.

  15. I realize this probably won’t be a popular statement.. but I’d really like to see Bray out there in this game with a safe lead. He needs work and we need to figure out if he’s worth having around.

    • I realize this probably won’t be a popular statement.. but I’d really like to see Bray out there in this game with a safe lead.He needs work and we need to figure out if he’s worth having around.

      I was just going to say this, but was afraid to for the backlash. Good for you.

    • I realize this probably won’t be a popular statement.. but I’d really like to see Bray out there in this game with a safe lead.He needs work and we need to figure out if he’s worth having around.

      I don’t call a 5 run lead in Coors safe.

  16. I said it a little while ago, and I’ll say it again: the Reds have themselves a pitching staff.

  17. I know it’s fun to get Latos the complete game or whatever but we’re headed into a big series soon with the Bucs and Bray has yet to come in that I can remember in a low-stress situation to actually get a chance to pitch an inning without fearing a quick hook. I could be wrong but I’d just like to see him rather than a known quantity during junk time like this.

    • I know it’s fun to get Latos the complete game or whatever but we’re headed into a big series soon with the Bucs and Bray has yet to come in that I can remember in a low-stress situation to actually get a chance to pitch an inning without fearing a quick hook.I could be wrong but I’d just like to see him rather than a known quantity during junk time like this.

      I said the same thing last night. As the season wears on, the key to keeping this bullpen fresh might be Masset and Bray. Last year, part of the Braves epic collapse was Kimbrel’s fade at the end. Since Bray has come back, he’s been put in high leverage situations and kept on a short leash. This is Bray’s April. People forget that.

      • I said the same thing last night.As the season wears on, the key to keeping this bullpen fresh might be Masset and Bray.Last year, part of the Braves epic collapse was Kimbrel’s fade at the end.Since Bray has come back, he’s been put in high leverage situations and kept on a short leash.This is Bray’s April. People forget that.

        Ditto here. On the tube, they said before the game, Baker would do anything to keep from having to use Chapman again. Sorry, but this is what I don’t like about Baker. The only person who chooses to use Chapman as much or little as he does is Baker. He does have other staff out there. No none who have shown as much dominance as Chapman, we all have seen going from last year (Coco and no one else) to this year, wondering who would close. It is always good to have another guy. There is nothing in the rule book that says someone other than the closer can get a save. Most all closers started out as something like a set up guy. Chapman did. We have set up guys. There is no reason in the world Baker couldn’t have used someone else for some games besides Chapman. Baker trying to say hoping for a blowout or complete game where he won’t have to use Chapman. Sorry, don’t buy it for one minute. The only person who keeps rolling Chapman out there is Baker.

  18. Poor WLBs. Reds keep winning without Votto, and they’ve just lost a series to the (stupid) Cubs.

  19. REDS WIN!!!!! And as Marty just said, “my head will be shaved absolutely bald!”. Got heeeem!! Get those shears ready, Homer Bailey, on Fri.!!!

  20. What a road trip. It was fun but I’ll be happy to see them back in the land of breaking balls that break.

  21. I think we all know dusty, he’s letting Bruce know he has confidence in him. Bruce needs the attention and confidence from his team. You don’t get someone out of a slump by sitting him on the bench.

    This one crosses the line for me.Many of us have our issues with the decisions Baker makes over and over again.But mental illness?Addiction?C’mon.Look, the guy has an approach to baseball that I think is deeply flawed.But, we know Dusty well enough now to understand his reasoning.He doesn’t value OBP.He values speed above everything else.Heisey’s probably playing because of his well-documented “everybody plays” mentality.He wants his bench players to feel like they are part of the team and contributors.We may or may not agree with the approach, especially when it’s at the expense of guys who are hot, but it’s what Baker believes in.And he’s pigheaded and not going to change. And that’s all it is.

    What a road trip.It was fun but I’ll be happy to see them back in the land of breaking balls that break.

    • I think we all know dusty, he’s letting Bruce know he has confidence in him.Bruce needs the attention and confidence from his team.You don’t get someone out of a slump by sitting him on the bench.

      This one crosses the line for me.Many of us have our issues with the decisions Baker makes over and over again.But mental illness?Addiction?C’mon.Look, the guy has an approach to baseball that I think is deeply flawed.But, we know Dusty well enough now to understand his reasoning.He doesn’t value OBP.He values speed above everything else.Heisey’s probably playing because of his well-documented “everybody plays” mentality.He wants his bench players to feel like they are part of the team and contributors.We may or may not agree with the approach, especially when it’s at the expense of guys who are hot, but it’s what Baker believes in.And he’s pigheaded and not going to change. And that’s all it is.

      Entirely agree. And, it is to a fault. Most definitely, a fault. Being patient with young players is fine. Bruce is in his, what, 4th, 5th season? The guy is, what, mid twenty’s? If the man can’t handle taking the bench for a game or two, he’s in the wrong profession. Only MVP caliber players like Votto get that kind of treatment of playing everyday including through slumps, not regular players like Bruce and Stubbs. It’s worked before, resting players actually helping them.

  22. I think we all know dusty, he’s letting Bruce know he has confidence in him. Bruce needs the attention and confidence from his team. You don’t get someone out of a slump by sitting him on the bench.

    This one crosses the line for me.Many of us have our issues with the decisions Baker makes over and over again.But mental illness?Addiction?C’mon.Look, the guy has an approach to baseball that I think is deeply flawed.But, we know Dusty well enough now to understand his reasoning.He doesn’t value OBP.He values speed above everything else.Heisey’s probably playing because of his well-documented “everybody plays” mentality.He wants his bench players to feel like they are part of the team and contributors.We may or may not agree with the approach, especially when it’s at the expense of guys who are hot, but it’s what Baker believes in.And he’s pigheaded and not going to change. And that’s all it is.

    What a road trip.It was fun but I’ll be happy to see them back in the land of breaking balls that break.

  23. I think we all know dusty, he’s letting Bruce know he has confidence in him. Bruce needs the attention and confidence from his team. You don’t get someone out of a slump by sitting him on the bench.

    This one crosses the line for me.Many of us have our issues with the decisions Baker makes over and over again.But mental illness?Addiction?C’mon.Look, the guy has an approach to baseball that I think is deeply flawed.But, we know Dusty well enough now to understand his reasoning.He doesn’t value OBP.He values speed above everything else.Heisey’s probably playing because of his well-documented “everybody plays” mentality.He wants his bench players to feel like they are part of the team and contributors.We may or may not agree with the approach, especially when it’s at the expense of guys who are hot, but it’s what Baker believes in.And he’s pigheaded and not going to change. And that’s all it is.

    What a road trip.It was fun but I’ll be happy to see them back in the land of breaking balls that break.

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