UPDATE:

Let’s just make this a recap thread.

FINAL
Los Angeles 0
Cincinnati 6

W: M. Latos (13-4)
L: S. Fife (0-2)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Mat Latos is a stud, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips hit homers, and the Reds clinched the NL Central Division championship.

NEGATIVES
–The only negative is that Dusty Baker remains in a Chicago hospital, and was unable to celebrate the clinching game with his team. I picture him in a straight-jacket right now, like Shooter in Hoosiers.

NOT-SO-RANDOM THOUGHTS
–Wooooo!

Blame Chad for creating this mess.

Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

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  1. Is there going to be any post game coverage on FSOH?

  2. Wooooo’s all around. There is supposed to be coverage on FSN.

  3. Lovin’ this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. @StealYourBase: They had some post game coverage on mlbnetwork, and said they’d have more.

  5. More post game coverage on mlbnetwork coming up.

  6. Thanks-forgot about the mlbn

  7. Today I liked the Woooooo. Woooooooooooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!

  8. Go Reds!!!
    WTF Fox Sports Ohio?!?

  9. Latos looked totally in command right from the start. Figured the Reds just needed a couple of long balls. Nice going, Bruce and BP !

    Plenty of other positives today: Frazer singled, doubled, and hit a fly ball that almost went out.
    Two hits by Cozart. Chapman got his feet wet.

  10. @pinson343: Dodgers didn’t even get a guy to second base? That’s awesome. No walks, either. Amazing.

  11. Latos did good against his old West coast buddies! I liked hearing the national broadcasters commenting the Reds had 3 OF on the field capable of playing center.

  12. @pinson343: No walks for Latos, at least … Real good to see Chapman get back out there, too!!

  13. Mat Latos getting interviewed on mlbnetwork.

  14. Coverage on fsoh coming up

  15. @MikeC: Tim McCarver said it a few times, in particular when Heisey, Stubbs, and Bruce were out there in the 9th. The FOX guys also love the Reds IF defense.

  16. Total fail for FSO. How can they not have been set up for this? And how could it take so long for them to cut in?

  17. @vegastypo: Latos was just putting the ball where he wanted, quality strikes. I haven’t seen him much sharper than that.

  18. Now WJ on mlbnetwork.

  19. @Steve Mancuso: it had to do with The National Network having to get out first and then changing everything over so they can cover it. not something that is easy to do.

  20. Did ANYBODY get to see this game? I’m an MLB Extra Innings guy down here in Atlanta and we were of course blacked out like the rest of you. Phillies-Braves = Not Woooo. So the first two of my thousand questions – How did Chapman look? Top speed was?

    And Congratulations to the 2012 Cincinnati Reds. Bring on the playoffs!!

  21. @pinson343: Agreed. Great to see that confidence level. A rarity for me to get to see the game, since we weren’t blacked out way out here, but I hope mlb network shows that stuff (interviews) again later in the evening …

  22. Chapman was back up at 97-99 with his fastball. Rusty, but throwing easy. Velocity back.

    • Steve M.: Chapman was back up at 97-99 with his fastball. Rusty, but throwing easy. Velocity back.

      Right. He was throwing easy but also freely, not overcautious with his arm. The FOX coverage was better than I expected, they said before he even threw a pitch that Price would have told him to throw that way.

  23. @pinson343: McCarver was a lot more positive about the Reds. That would be Bowden and whoever his partner is. His partner has been very big on the Cardinals all season, still is. And yesteday he favorably compared Wainwright and Laynce Lynn to Latos (!).

    Anyway McCarver was raving about the speed and athleticism of the Reds starting lineup. The guys in today’s lineup plus Stubbs, I think he meant.

  24. @CFD3000: Gameday showed that he was just throwing fastballs, in the 96 to 99 range. I couldn’t tell whether he was staying away from Adrian Gonzalez on purpose or was having trouble locating, every ball to him was low. Got in on Kemp, though, looked good.

    • @CFD3000: Gameday showed that he was just throwing fastballs, in the 96 to 99 range. I couldn’t tell whether he was staying away from Adrian Gonzalez on purpose or was having trouble locating, every ball to him was low. Got in on Kemp, though, looked good.

      It was control issues vs Gonzalez for sure.. he was rusty but he looked healthy and that’s what counts.

  25. @pinson343: Oops, I meant McCarver was a lot more positive about the Reds than the mlbnetwork radio guys have been, in particular Bowden and whoever his partner is.

  26. @CFD3000: I got to see the game on Fox’s national broadcast.

  27. @vegastypo: He wasn’t staying away from AGon in that situation. Momentarily something was off and every pitch was low in about the same spot.

  28. Wow! EPIC FAIL FSOH!!!

  29. Go Reds. This is only the beginning though, I hope.

  30. Can’t believe how much champagne they’ve spilled.

  31. @pinson343: i cant believe how much FSOH is failing but yes that is a lot of champagne but there can never be enough champange in that situation

  32. Oh, alright. Wooooo, dammit!

  33. By the way, Richard from Springboro wants to know what all the fuss is about…

  34. @payinblood: The mlbnetwork coverage has been good, they keep returning to the Reds celebration. So glad I don’t have to reply on espn any more.

  35. Now they’re interviewing Chris Speier.

  36. Just awesome.

  37. Speier seems like a good guy. He’s obviously concerned about Dusty’s health.

  38. @pinson343:
    Where can I find this MLBNetwork coverage if I’m not subscribed? Celebrating alone is draining the wind from my sails.

  39. @pinson343: where do u live?

  40. Columbus.

  41. Fitting that the 2010 Reds, an offensive juggernaut, clinched on a walk-off homer, while the 2012 Reds, a team built around pitching and defense clinched on a double play in a shutout.

    • Fitting that the 2010 Reds, an offensive juggernaut, clinched on a walk-off homer, while the 2012 Reds, a team built around pitching and defense clinched on a double play in a shutout.

      Astute observation, MrSaturdayNite. A good omen, maybe.

  42. Speier sure that Dusty is doing better and returning to Cincy tomorrow but probably not managing yet.

  43. Latos a Cy Young candidate for the next few years?

  44. @payinblood: if by chance you have directv, it’s channel 213

  45. @Larry1980: Yonkers NY, just north of NYC.

    • @Larry1980: Yonkers NY, just north of NYC.

      Yeah, I was shocked I wasn’t forced to watch the Yankees or Mets today.

  46. Just (really unfortunate) (BIG TIME) that Dusty’s not there. Get well, BIG GUY, & get back here. GO REDS!

    • Just (really unfortunate) (BIG TIME) that Dusty’s not there. Get well, BIG GUY, & get back here. GO REDS!

      Right on. Too bad the BIG GUY wasn’t there. I’m sure he was dancing around in his hospital room.

  47. From FSO facebook page,

    Ok Reds fans! We feel your frustration and we are so sorry the celebration is not showing yet. We’re still trying – having transmission issues. We’ll keep updating here as we make progress. Thanks for your patience.

  48. @vegastypo:
    Nope, U-verse.
    Thanks for the help folks. I guess it’s just drunkenness & an early bed for me. (& the only reason I got cable was for the Reds.) But I realize I should be less bitchy & more thankful… good, good times!

  49. @KyleDKushner: I think so. Latos talked about how he had to make an adjustment to pitching in Cincy. Said he would mainly throw high fastballs in SD, but that if you do that in Cincy you’re down 7-0 in the 2nd inning.

  50. Thanks for the Chapman updates. Don’t mind the inconsistent location – he’s had a long break. I’d be a little happier if he broke the 100 mark, but if it really was “free and easy” then hopefully that extra velocity will be there as he gets back in the groove. Count me in the Chapman should be starting camp. Even if his location isn’t precise, with his fastball and even a decent slider and change or curve he could be a Randy Johnson type threat. Closers aren’t that hard to come by – see Hoover, JJ, and Broxton, J for two obvious candidates.

    I have been impressed by Chris Speier for some time now, and even more so these last few days. Get well soon, Dusty, but Speier and Bryan Price have been real assets to this team all year long (and I have nothing but positives for Mark Berry and Billy Hatcher too). No comment on Jacoby.

    Enjoy the celebration boys!!

    • 2010

      Interesting point. The walkoff homerun in 2010 was far more exciting than this big lead and shutout but the way they clinched in both seasons demonstrated how they finished in first to begin with.

      Fitting that Mat Latos, the big trade acquisition who should solidify the rotation to allow them to reach the playoffs, pitched well and got the win.

      Latos a Cy Young candidate for the next few years?

      No. He’s not even a candidate this year. His numbers (ERA, WHIP, wins) are nearly identical to Bronson Arroyo’s, to put things in perspective.

      Thanks for the Chapman updates.Don’t mind the inconsistent location – he’s had a long break.I’d be a little happier if he broke the 100 mark, but if it really was “free and easy” then hopefully that extra velocity will be there as he gets back in the groove.Count me in the Chapman should be starting camp.Even if his location isn’t precise, with his fastball and even a decent slider and change or curve he could be a Randy Johnson type threat.Closers aren’t that hard to come by – see Hoover, JJ, and Broxton, J for two obvious candidates.

      I have been impressed by Chris Speier for some time now, and even more so these last few days.Get well soon, Dusty, but Speier and Bryan Price have been real assets to this team all year long (and I have nothing but positives for Mark Berry and Billy Hatcher too).No comment on Jacoby.

      Enjoy the celebration boys!!

      It isn’t hard to write somebody into the 9th inning role but good closers are hard to come by. Remember how much many fans hated Francisco Cordero? Broxton has lost the closing role with other teams. Sean Marshall lost the closer role this season. JJ Hoover has experience closing in AAA. Marshall and Hoover are set to return for next season but that certainly doesn’t guarantee that either would be successful in the closer role.

      I think Jacoby has done well but he receives more respect from the front office than he does from the fans. Bad offensive season by Stubbs and Mesoraco, bad hitting by the utility infielders (Cairo and Valdez). Impressive offensive seasons by Frazier, Ludwick, and Xavier Paul. Cozart, Rolen, Bruce, Votto, Hanigan, Phillips, and Heisey all hit around what people probably expected out of them. I wonder how many fans in Saturday’s sellout crowd knew the name of the Reds’ bench coach a week ago since Speier gets so little attention.

  51. Just ordered all three variations of the championship t-shirts, including two each for my kids

  52. @payinblood: did u get the game?

  53. @CFD3000: Nice note, I like Speier and Price too. Enjoy !

  54. @Larry1980:
    Yeah, on the Fox network. Their coverage ended with “tune into FSOH for postgame coverage.” I realize that it happens but FSOH dropped the ball BIG TIME on this one. The important thing, however, is NL CENTRAL CHAMPIONS!!! Now it’s time to get serious.

  55. @Richard Fitch: I live in Griffith In, 1 hr eastof chicago we got Twins-Tigers.

    • @Richard Fitch: I live in Griffith In, 1 hr eastof chicago we got Twins-Tigers.

      I live in Fairview Heights, IL which is 14 miles from St Louis and I have gotten every Saturday Reds game when the WLBs weren’t playing at the same time.

  56. FOX Sports Ohio @FOXSportsOH 2m
    Reds fans, we sincerely apologize for waiting 2 C Reds celebration. Intended to be live but transmission issues out of Cincy. No show 2nite.

    :'(

  57. @RedsFan19: We got the 2 cardnials-reds games that were on, the other 2 times the reds were on saturday this yr the cubs were on.

    • @RedsFan19: We got the 2 cardnials-reds games that were on, the other 2 times the reds were on saturday this yr the cubs were on.

      Guess I’m just lucky. I only hope my 2012 NL Central Champion shirts arrive in time for the games at Busch next week. Nothing starts up a conversation on the metro like Reds apparel. Lol

  58. So, I followed the play-by-play guy’s advice and quickly tuned to Fox OH for the postgame. Turned on the Dish DVR and waited . . . and waited . . . and waited. . . Cruise In! . . . By the time I realized nobody was going to be home, I turned to MLB Network in time to see the interview with Walt. Is there any site that has the postgame celebration and initial interviews? . . . Major buzz kill here.

  59. If you missed the celebration, does anyone know where you can watch it online?

  60. Way to go Reds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Bring on October!

  61. Reds IN!!!!!!

    Reds WIN THE CENTRAL!!!

    now on to getting Home field advantage

    something I noticed today. Bruce hit his 34th HR and already has 34 doubles

    only 7 Reds before have gone 34 HR/34 HR or greater

    Votto 2010 (37 HR, 36 2B)
    Dunn 2005 (40 HR, 35 2B)
    Dunn 2004 (46 HR, 34 2B)
    Dave Parker 1985 (34 HR, 42 2B)
    Bench 1970 (45 HR, 35 2B)
    Lee May 1970 (34 HR, 34 2B)
    Robinson 1962 (39 HR, 51 2B)

    Bruce gets one more each each and he becomes only the 5th Red to ever do 35/35 or more

  62. I was at the game and just my view from row X in the bleachers….

    Kinda late arriving crowd

    Tables were pre set up in gift shops ready to sell NLCD CHAMP shirts..already selling 2012 playoff hats at a crisp $32

    I challenge anyone to convince my Latos should not be game 1 playoff starter

    Chapmen looked okay, lot of pitches low in the zone, no pitch over 98mph

    Frazier so close to having two leave the park

    Never really heard much wooooing in bleachers

    Anyone still think the Latos deal was bad?

    Oh…and how do you come late to this game and then leave in the 8th? Many in our area did…..

  63. NPR Saturday Morning had Bill James to talk about the end of the season and playoffs. James pretty much said he thought the Rangers were by a good step the best club in baseball and the AL. Nats he thought were very good at all facets but the Reds were a very solid club, he liked Cueto and their starters and with Votto perhaps the best hitter in baseball. He said the Giants seem to play great for 2 weeks and then very mediocre for 2 weeks and if the playoffs align when they are great for 2 weeks, they might have a shot.

  64. Congrats to the team on a well earned Division Crown!!

    In some ways, the challenge of playing nearly 2 months w/o Votto may just benefit this team in the playoffs. Glad to see Chapman back out there, hopefully he can get some more work in to get him ready.

    Some big choices remain wrt to playoff rosters, but for now its time to WOOOOOOO!

  65. Well done, Reds!!! 2 out of 3 years. I wonder when the last time that was done with this club.

    Now, what do we do? Do we play for the one seed? Do, we be happy with the 2-3 seed, which we know would put us against SF? Who to pitch where?

    I say start playing the bench more. Allow the regulars to get their rest, rest up any injuries, play just enough to stay sharp. If the 1 seed happens, it happens. “It is what it is”.

    As far as pitching, I still say it can depend upon where the games are. I could even understand pitching Latos and Homer in Games 1 and 2 if we are in SF. Latos with his success and knowledge there. And, Homer’s record being much better on the road; not sure sure about him pitching at home, if he does start. But, then, doing that essentially takes Cueto out of pitching two games if needed. Hmmm, the questions, the questions.

  66. You should turn the image at the top into a t-shirt.

  67. I guess the question is –
    Would you rather face SF or Atl (who I think will win the WC playoff)?

    Would you rather face Bumgarner, Cain, Vogelsong and Linecum or Hudson, Hanson, Maholm and Medlen?

  68. @dn4192: We saw many people leaving in the 8th as well. WTF, indeed. I don’t get that at all.

    I consider myself very lucky to have been there. I live in Indy and don’t get to go to many games — maybe 1 or 2 a year, tops. But I bought the Joey Votto Bobblehead 4-Pack last winter as soon as it went on sale. I chose four Saturday night games scattered throughout the year. The last one I chose came down to this homestand or the previous one. I looked at the dates and thought, “If they’re close to winning the division, then 9/22 might be a great game.”

    I can’t believe the dumb luck of buying a ticket for a game months in advance and having it turn out to be the clincher. I’m walking around today in a daze that had nothing to do with Oktoberfest.

  69. anyone else notice the problem with the article.. let me copy and paste what I see:

    FINAL
    Los Angeles 3
    Cincinnati 1
    W: M. Latos (13-4)
    L: S. Fife (0-2)

    Looks like Friday’s score..

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Blame Chad for creating this mess. Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, "The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds" is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad's musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.

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