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:

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  1. i have to say I thought all those who were complaining about the lineup were full of it. But I have to say with BP first and Heisey 2nd and when Cozart is back at 8, that will be a darn scary lineup. I also have to say there are too many negative comments on this board. This is supposed to be fun and the Reds have been so much fun this season. I feel much better about this team in the playoffs than I did back in 1990 and I was very confident about that team heading into the playoffs. I think I want the 2nd seed. We will beat the Giants, not concerned at all. Split out in SF and then we will pound them in Cincy. And I can see ATL/LA or STL beating the Nats. The Nats are the only NL team that concerns me.

    • i have to say I thought all those who were complaining about the lineup were full of it. But I have to say with BP first and Heisey 2nd and when Cozart is back at 8, that will be a darn scary lineup. I also have to say there are too many negative comments on this board. This is supposed to be fun and the Reds have been so much fun this season. I feel much better about this team in the playoffs than I did back in 1990 and I was very confident about that team heading into the playoffs. I think I want the 2nd seed. We will beat the Giants, not concerned at all. Split out in SF and then we will pound them in Cincy. And I can see ATL/LA or STL beating the Nats. The Nats are the only NL team that concerns me.

      I don’t get all of this complaining about negative stuff. Whenever I hear that, it sounds exactly like the the schools doing something to try to combat childhood obesity, then someone else complaining about that, “That’s wrong. It’s a government takeover.” Even someone on here talking about being positive was questioning a pitcher’s ability, “being negative”. Why? He only wants what he believes is best for the team. It is regular not only to talk up the strengths but hope that the weaknesses are being strengthened, that they won’t affect us, that they are getting stronger so that we will be even a better team. In short, all the negative response to people thinking they are reading negative talk needs to stop. It’s not necessarily negative.

  2. Its fun to see that big 14 abover…almost like it was meant to celebrate the anniversary of Pete tying Cobb for the all time hits record.

  3. abover = above…time to go to bed.

  4. The magic thing about the magic number is watching it drop so quickly when we win and the Cards lose!

  5. I didn’t realize that the Brewers had been climbing back into a playoff possibility. They are 1 game below .500 and just 5 back of the Cardinals for the 2nd wildcard spot (with a couple of teams to climb over.)

  6. I said after the last Cards-Reds game that if the Reds went 16-17 or 17-16 the Cards would have to go 23-12 or 24-11 just to tie them, The Brewers are only 5 out of the WC now.

  7. @Greg Dafler: Maybee the Redas should clinch before the Brewers series.

  8. I think we are seeing just what impact his health played on last season with Bronson and that come season end Bruce is a very good player with a very team friendly contract.

  9. @Greg Dafler: I’d say “Go Brew Crew,” but Ryan Braun doesn’t deserve the satisfaction.

  10. @RichmondRed: Yeah, I wouldn’t go that far…would rather see Braves & Dodgers face off in the 1-game play-in.

  11. @Greg Dafler: The Brewers haven’t gotten much attention, but they’ve been playing extremely well. They always play well at home (painful reminder of their sweeping the Reds) and recently they’ve been winning on the road too. Rickie Weeks and Axford are looking better, Braun (like him or not) is awesome. He beat out a routine ground ball to second for a hit tonite.

    I enjoyed listening on the radio last nite (early this morning actually) to the extra innings of Brewers-Cardinals. The Brewer broadcasters (including Ueck) were flat out assuming that unless the Brewers sweep, their season is over. It was high drama, as the Cardinals were on the verge of winning the game twice against struggling Brewer relievers. I was really happy about the Brewer win, and not just because it helped the Reds.

    If it weren’t for the back end of their bullpen melting down this year, the Brewers would be our main concern right now. The Cardinals are a good team but their pitching just isn’t that good.

  12. I feel like this team really found themselves through Votto’s time on the DL. I was nervous about him missing time yet i was optimistic about a swift return. About 2 weeks in i honestly quit worrying about the return because this team showed the professionalism and a never say die attitude you dont expect to see in the Queen city. for lack of a better term i found peace in the injury, and pride in my team.(dont get me wrong having JV back is huge!). I guess what im saying is, maybe the injury was a blessing…in disguise?

    • I feel like this team really found themselves through Votto’s time on the DL.

      I agree, it’s hard to argue otherwise. I also feel Joey came back just in time.

  13. Marty and the Cowboy were pretty stoked about Bruce after the HR but then they were pretty stoked about the sorry excuse of a hit by Valdez.

  14. I’m a big fan of both Arroyo and Bruce, in good times and bad, and am very happy for and about both of them.

  15. Do we want the Brewers to lose tomorrow? I dont want them or the Cards in. The Dodgers could be scary but seem dysfuntional now.

  16. @Greg Dafler: The Braves and Dodgers as the two WC teams is looking more and more possible. Don’t like the Dodgers with the fantasy lineup they bought in July and August.

  17. Listened on the car radio to the game, driving back to Cincinnati from Ann Arbor. I loved hearing Marty talk about the Reds magic number. It brought back memories of the Big Red Machine.

    Someone on this blog a few days ago was saying that Jay Bruce wouldn’t get 95 RBI this year. As of September 8, he now has 95. I think he just might get to 95.

    Players in MLB with more than 30 HR and more than 30 doubles: Miguel Cabrera, Jay Bruce, no one else. That’s the list.

  18. @Steve Mancuso: Thanks for bringing back a “W” from AA too Steve. A little closer than one likes, but fun.

  19. @gschiller13: I like the Brewers more than the Dodgers, and as a baseball fan would rather see them in the playoffs. As a Reds fan, it’s hard to say who I’d rather face. The Dodgers have a ridiculous lineup now. But other than Kershaw, their pitching is shaky.

    Overall I think the Brewers would be more dangerous, for an “old school” reason. They’re a real team, of guys who have played together a lot and are on a roll as a team. The Dodgers are largely a patched together group.

    • @gschiller13: I like the Brewers more than the Dodgers, and as a baseball fan would rather see them in the playoffs. As a Reds fan, it’s hard to say who I’d rather face. The Dodgers have a ridiculous lineup now. But other than Kershaw, their pitching is shaky.

      Overall I think the Brewers would be more dangerous, for an “old school” reason. They’re a real team, of guys who have played together a lot and are on a roll as a team. The Dodgers are largely a patched together group.

      I just know the Reds wont be favored in any series. Giants their pitching. Dodgers the lineup. Brewers would be so hot. Cards bc they are the Cards and the media loves the Nats.

  20. Kemp is sidelined for a while, could be an interesting series with them in two weeks..

  21. Hey 1990 Reds fans.Does anyone know how to get the radio montage WLW did that was a collection of all of Lenny Harris’s bad plays. Still the funniest piece of Reds Radio history.

  22. Aren’t we playing the winner of the west and nationals get WC?

  23. The Reds have been very good this season about losing the first game of a series and then winning the remaining games. (Not that they’ve done that yet this weekend.) If they win tomorrow, I’ll look up how many times they’ve done that.

  24. Has anyone ever come back from an oblique strain in a week?
    Seems to me that it’s 2-8 weeks, usually. And most often at least 4.

  25. @pinson343: The Reds are always underrated (and largely ignored) by the national media. But I think they’d be favored to beat the Brewers, and possibly the Dodgers. Otherwise I agree.

  26. Phillips and Heisey at the top of the order, setting the table for the big bats, for the past three games are hitting .346 with a .392 OBP. Yeah Baby!

    Joey V:
    0.348 AVG (Cutch leads MLB qualifiers with 0.342)
    0.474 OBP (Fielder leads MLB qualifiers with 0.412)
    0.607 SLG (Braun leads MLB qualifiers with 0.605)
    1.080 OPS (Braun leads MLB qualifiers with 0.993)

    The only hitter in MLB with more than 300 AB and leading Votto in any major hitting category is Ortiz with a 0.611 SLG and he is a DH on the DL.

  27. @pinson343: 6 times they lost the 1st game and then won the rest of the games. June 28-July 1,July 16-19, and Aug 20-23 they lost the 1st game in a 4 game series and spilt.

  28. As a Reds fan I find myself wanting to play the Nationals the most. With Stephen down they are a team on decline going into the playoffs, and I’m close enough to Nats park to go should a ticket grace my palms. If I got to pick, I’d go

    Nationals
    Giants
    Cardinals/Dodgers(/Brewers/Pirates are less likely)
    Atlanta

    because Atlanta has a quintessential dark horse vibe to them. They are playing good ball and hiding in the shadow of the Harpers and no one expects much of them just like recent World Series champs St Louis and San Francisco.

  29. Great win for the Reds made better by the Cardinales losing again. Would have been even better if JBruz would have hit the Toyota sign (if you didn’t see, his HR was just a bit (~10 feet) to the CF side and maybe a touch short as I saw it)…

    Give Wilson Valdez some credit. his RBI “single” was something of a flukey dribbler like the Phillips hit in the 9th on Friday but he battled like the dickens and got the job done in the end (thanks to the Astro defense for the wild throw which plated the other run on the play). Valdez also started a tough DP there in the 6th (or was it 5th) when it looked like the Stro’s might tie the game (or better).

    • Great win for the Reds made better by the Cardinales losing again. Would have been even better if JBruz would have hit the Toyota sign (if you didn’t see, his HR was just a bit (~10 feet) to the CF side and maybe a touch short as I saw it)…

      Give Wilson Valdez some credit. his RBI “single” was something of a flukey dribbler likethe Phillips hit in the 9th on Friday but he battled like the dickens and got the job done in the end (thanks to the Astro defense for the wild throw which plated the other run on the play). Valdez also started a tough DP there in the 6th (or was it 5th) when it looked like the Stro’s might tie the game (or better).

      He hit the ball back to the pitcher. Barely. I can’t believe that qualifies as a good AB, no matter how many pitches he saw.

      I really wouldn’t care, except for the fact that there exists a chance he’s the starting SS in game 1 of the NLDS. Is it possible to get someone in September via trade and sub him in for a guy on the DL on the playoff roster?

    • Great win for the Reds made better by the Cardinales losing again. Would have been even better if JBruz would have hit the Toyota sign (if you didn’t see, his HR was just a bit (~10 feet) to the CF side and maybe a touch short as I saw it)…

      Give Wilson Valdez some credit. his RBI “single” was something of a flukey dribbler likethe Phillips hit in the 9th on Friday but he battled like the dickens and got the job done in the end (thanks to the Astro defense for the wild throw which plated the other run on the play). Valdez also started a tough DP there in the 6th (or was it 5th) when it looked like the Stro’s might tie the game (or better).

      Its been 3 or 4 years hearing about the stupid Toyota sign…I would LOVE for Bruce to start denting that sucker so they have to move it..

      • Its been 3 or 4 years hearing about the stupid Toyota sign…I would LOVE for Bruce to start denting that sucker so they have to move it..

        I’ve read that those types of giveaways are typically covered by a fulfillment insurance policy. If their insurance has to fork over a truck to somebody, I wonder of their policy would get cancelled like my home owner’s did when they had to replace my roof because of hail damage????

  30. For a big ol’ cherry on top of the Reds playoff sundae, I would really like the Yanks & Birds to miss out making the wildcard playin game. Anybody else making the playoffs is fine with me since I think the Reds will match up with anybody and can beat anybody. I would like to see the reds lock up the home field advantage for any and every series during the playoffs to allow as many fans to attend GABP as possible.

  31. It was a pleasure to watch Henry Rodriguez’ whole AB, culminating in his first major league hit. Looked like it would lead to another insurance run.

    Then Valdez takes off for 3rd with no chance unless the RFer throws the ball into the dugout. Many have noted his physical limitations. But my main problem is with the mental part of his game, on the bases, at SS, and sometimes at the plate. Enough about him.

  32. @OhioJim: Glad to read your positive comments about Valdez. I only saw this one from the 8th inning on.

    • @OhioJim: Glad to read your positive comments about Valdez. I only saw this one from the 8th inning on.

      It was a 9 or 10 pitch AB with the bases loaded, one out and the score 3-1. He chased one high heater early in the count but then came back to spoil a number of breaking balls and a fast ball or two.

      • It was a 9 or 10 pitch AB with the bases loaded, one out and the score 3-1. He chased one high heater early in the count but then came back to spoil a number of breaking balls and a fast ball or two.

        It is sad when the most you can get out of Valdez is a decent AB that ends in a squibber to the pitcher to plate a run…off of the DisAstros. Of course, if that is the only negative, I guess I can live with it.

  33. Since tomorrow is likely the last time the Reds will see the Stros for a very long time, I expect a good old retaliatory plunking of Wallace or Dominguez tomorrow. The one Frazier took in the middle of his back can not go unanswered and Mr. Baker is nothing if not old school.

    • Since tomorrow is likely the last time the Reds will see the Stros for a very long time, I expect a good old retaliatory plunking of Wallace or Dominguez tomorrow.The one Frazier took in the middle of his back can not go unanswered and Mr. Baker is nothing if not old school.

      I agree game situation allowing. Don’t forget Votto got plunked just above his (good) knee and there two right in BP’s face.

  34. @Larry1980: Thanks, Larry. I remember in particular the two 4 game series against the Padres. At the time most of us were thinking the Reds were “supposed” to do that, but actually the Padres have played well before and since those series.

  35. On an unrelated note- the mighty Hogs got beat tonite by little bitty Louisiana-Monroe of the conference my REDWOLVES are in, the Sun Belt, HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Valdez had a few heads up defensive plays we usually see with Cozart. Very happy about tonight, especially Joey Votto still being Joey Votto.

    The Hunt for Reds October is on!

  37. Phillips on base four times in one game. When Cozart and Stubbs were batting 1 and 2, how many times did they get on base 4 times in one game combined?

  38. Well here is one from the college football world that is hard to believe. Indiana beat their opponent (UMASS, 45/6) by more than MSU beat theirs (CentMich, 41/7). Hard to believe there is anyone this side of D3 that the Hoosiers could beat on like that…..

    • Penalty for the Hoosier bash. Buckeyes really didn’t look so hot in their game. By the way Indiana lost its only talented player, the quarterback for the season and its going to be a long one.

      Well here is one from the college football world that is hard to believe. Indiana beat their opponent (UMASS, 45/6) by more than MSU beat theirs (CentMich, 41/7). Hard to believe there is anyone this side of D3 that the Hoosiers could beat on like that…..

      • Penalty for the Hoosier bash. Buckeyes really didn’t look so hot in their game. By the way Indiana lost its only talented player, the quarterback for the season and its going to be a long one.

        Yeah there were times in the Buckeye game when the “new” offense looked a lot like the “old” offense except it was out of a pistol look formation instead QB under center I formation.

        • Yeah there were times in the Buckeye game when the “new” offense looked a lot like the “old” offense except it was out of a pistol lookformation instead QB under center I formation.

          There was even one time I noticed when Miller appeared to forget which year it was and started to stick his hands under the center only to catch himself and drop back into long snap position.

  39. The Blaze just won game #1 of their playoff against the Nuts, 5-4.

  40. @Hank Aarons Teammate: I think a swinging bunt would be a fair description. Definitely the pitcher was well off the mound to the 3B side which is never an easy path for a RH pitcher. The bottom line is he put the ball in play; two runs were scored; no outs were recorded on the play. Would you rate Hanigan’s flare as any more worthy? Craziness like that inning is a big part of what makes baseball what is is.

    All that said, it certainly has crossed my mind that they need a better option for the playoffs. The guys being subbed in for DLed personnel have to have been somewhere in the Reds org prior to 1 Sept. Don’t think there is any way around that, The Reds need to get this thing wrapped so they can get Gregorius on the field for a long loook to see exactly what they have in him.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: I think a swinging bunt would be a fair description. Definitely the pitcher was well off the mound to the 3B side which is never an easy path for a RH pitcher. The bottom line is he put the ball in play; two runs were scored; no outs were recorded on the play. Would you rate Hanigan’s flare as any more worthy? Craziness like that inning is a big part of what makes baseball what is is.

      All that said, it certainly has crossed my mind that they need a better option for the playoffs. The guys being subbed in for DLed personnel have to have been somewhere in the Reds org prior to 1 Sept. Don’t think there is any way around that, The Reds need to get this thing wrapped so they can get Gregorius on the field for a long loook to see exactly what they have in him.

      Re: Valdez, yes, Hanigan had a bloop, but that was more worthy than Valdez’ “blast”.

      OK, on to important things. I don’t know that even I would sub Gregarious in for Valdez. And I’m the #1 guy down on Valdez, as should be obvious from my posts. I don’t really believe in experience, but even I’d be pretty nervous throwing a guy out there that’s never played in the bigs. He won’t hit worse than Valdez, but while I believe his defense is better, under the bright lights of the playoffs…?

      In terms of your point, heck, they could play Gregarious now. They’re 9.5 up on September 8th. It’s over. I’d rather see what he can do than try to get the #1 seed.

  41. @Hank Aarons Teammate: ….They’re 9.5 up on September 8th. It’s over… I was raised a catcher when the Yogi’s aura still hung heavy in the air. It is never over till it is over….

  42. @Hank Aarons Teammate: It’s not possible for a September pick up to be on the playoff roster. Where a player is DL’d, substitutions are allowed from among the players on the 40 man roster as of August 31. In particular I think anyone who’s been on the 25 man roster at any point in the season before August 31 is eligible. Someone here would know the exact rule.

  43. @gschiller13: My above comment meant to be in reply to you: “The Reds are always underrated (and largely ignored) by the national media. But I think they’d be favored to beat the Brewers, and possibly the Dodgers. Otherwise I agree.”

  44. @pinson343: I haven’t specifically looked it up but when the Hamilton call up flap was going on, in some of our local media here it was written/ said that Hamilton could be made playoff eligible because he had been in the org prior to 1 Sept (even though he would not have been on the 40 man).

    Likely one of the reasons they sent Bray home was they were convinced there was no play off role for him this year and did not want to lose the substitution possibility by activating him.

  45. I’m sure glad the Reds are having a great year. I’m praying for a world Series. That’s the only thing that might get me through this football season.

  46. Knew it wasn’t just a dream … the Reds won, Cards lost, and magic number down to 14! Every morning that combination happens it’s like Christmas morning!

  47. What an enjoyable baseball season this has been. I really think the team chemistry is such a big reason for the team’s success.

  48. No negatives? The one, huge negative is Wilson Valdez. The worst hitter in MLB this side of Miguel Cairo.

    If Cozart can’t play, at least put Didi out there. His defense more than make up for anything he doesn’t do on offense.

    Wilson Valdez…please!

  49. Note to gschiller13: I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the Giants. That’s the last team I want to face in the 1st round. Cain, possibly twice, Vogelsong, Bumgarner & Linecum. Tall order.

    • Note to gschiller13:I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the Giants.That’s the last team I want to face in the 1st round.Cain, possibly twice, Vogelsong, Bumgarner & Linecum.Tall order.

      Linecum has been pretty bland this season and I think we did pretty good against the Giants over the past couple of seasons..

  50. I’m not Arroyo’s mother, but I would like to say I fully expected Arroyo to put up numbers similar to what he did in the 2 years prior to his mono year last year.

    I didn’t jump the gun and assume that just because Arroyo had one bad year (again, due to mono) that he was done.

    Given Arroyo’s pitching style, I think he will be effective well into his late 30’s, early 40’s, ala Greg Maddux or Jamie Moyer or someone like that.

    Arroyo, for the next 5 years, is going to give you an ERA around 3.50-4.20, and about 15 wins every year. I honestly and truly believe that.

  51. @gschiller13: I like a Reds Giants matchup, the Giants do not play well in GABP, their pitchers just dont pitch well there.

  52. 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…

  53. 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.

  54. @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.

  55. @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.

  56. @JAMinPA: JAMinPA, where are you from in PA?

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