2012 Reds / Titanic Struggle Recap

Titanic Struggle Recap: That’s more like it

Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Houston 1
Cincinnati 5

W: B. Arroyo (12-7)
L: B. Norris (5-12)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–A typical Bronson Arroyo performance: seven innings, one run allowed on seven hits, five strikeouts, two walks. Arroyo’s ERA is down to 3.66 on the season. What a brilliant year he has had.

–Brandon Phillips reached base four times from the leadoff spot: 2-3, two walks, and his 16th homer of the season.

–Jay Bruce hit his 33rd homer of the season; he also walked and scored two runs. Jay has now hit five homers in the last six games.

–Joey Votto was 2-3 with a double; it’s like he hasn’t skipped a beat.

–Henry Rodriguez collected his first major league hit tonight. Congrats, Henry!

NEGATIVES
–None.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Good win for the Redlegs. Me like. Even better, the Cardinals lost to Milwaukee. Cincinnati leads the division by 9.5 games.

As Jason noted, if the Reds play at a .500 clip for the rest of the season, the Cardinals will need to go 21-2 just to tie for the division lead. (Believe.)

–People have been complaining about Bruce all year, yet here are his numbers: .266/.342/.554, 33 homers, 95 RBI. Are you not entertained?

–Bronson Arroyo has been a huge reason for Cincinnati’s success this season. No one expected that, except Bronson’s mother, perhaps.

–Votto reached base in seven of his first nine ABs after returning. I’m not sure we should have expected anything less.

–Magic Number:

71 thoughts on “Titanic Struggle Recap: That’s more like it

  1. Baker is crossing the streams. Three lefties in a row. Guess he figures you could do it against the AAstros.

    1. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
    2. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
    3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
    4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
    5. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
    6. Xavier Paul (L) LF
    7. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
    8. Ryan Hanigan (R) C
    9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

    • @Steve Mancuso:

      1. Brandon Phillips 2B
      2. Didi Gregorius SS
      3. Joey Votto 1B
      4. Jay Bruce RF
      5. Todd Frazier 3B
      6. Xavier Paul LF
      7. Drew Stubbs CF
      8. Ryan Hanigan C
      9. Johnny Cueto P

      Wow…wow…

      I don’t know what to say about this lineup. Why, after 140 games this season, does Mr. Baker suddenly ‘see the light’? Bruce is hitting 4th behind Votto. That was simply a sacred rule that Mr. Baker steadfastly refused to break previously. The CF is hitting 7th. That was simply another sacred rule that Mr. Baker steadfastly refused to break, at least as it related to Stubbs. Neither Valdez nor Cairo in the starting lineup ande there are two substitutions to the starting lineup.

      Wow…

      Mr. Baker recognizes that Ludwick and Frazier need a break. With the abundance of good, proven OF help, a break for Ludwick is pretty easy to arrange and I think substituting XP in against a RHP is an excellent choice. With Rolen ailing and unavailable, Mr. Baker also recognizes that the options for giving Frazier a rest are much more problematic and he is holding out for a quick return from Rolen rather than substituting from the available options who are questionable or unproven in their performance. Then to top the entire equation off with a bang, he’s playing Didi at SS and hitting 2nd rather than playing Valdez.

      Wow…

      I fully expected Stubbs to rejoin the lineup today since Heisey didn’t have an exceptional offensive performance yesterday. but even with that done…Wow…

  2. Of players with 100 plate appearances or more, only Chris Coughlin has a lower OPS+ than Valdez. And he’s been in the minors since June.

    As we Reds fans might expect, Janish is one of the very worst hitters with 100 or more plate appearances (he’s 7th worst), but he’s far better than Valdez.

    Also unsurprisingly, Cairo is 3rd on this list.

  3. @Steve Mancuso: Per usual Cueto gets somewhat a rump end lineup behind him.

    I hope we see Rodriguez at 3B a time or two here in September.

    I think there is a reasonable chance either Gregorius or Rodriguez could be on a playoff roster depending how closely they want to cut it on pitchers, and the health of Rolen and Cozart. Rodriguez would figure to bring more at the plate but if Cozart is out or iffy the choice would abotu have to be Gregorius.

  4. @Hank Aarons Teammate: If Walt Jocketty is to be faulted for anything this time around it would be not picking up an infield utility guy who can hit a bit somewhere along the line.

    I can understand passing on Overbay since they had Paul in the pipeline but there had to be somebody he could have picked up and parked down at AAA to have just in case they were looking at a situation like they are with Rolen and Cozart.

    Also one wonders if they jumped the gun in outrighting Valaika. I know he has done little to nothing the last 2 years at AAA but he does have some MLB exoerience and has shown flashes in the process.

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