What can the Reds do to follow up last night’s 15-0 stomping of the Nationals in which they bombed 6 homeruns?  How about win again and make it 4 in a row!  Or maybe win 16-0!

The Reds will send their #5 starter to the mound today in the form of Mike Leake.  Leake did not have an outstanding spring and his inclusion as the Reds fifth starter aroused plenty of spring debate.  But with that said, fans will be cheering for him today to shut down the Nats and their “Natitude”.

Discuss the game here and as always… GO Reds!

A simple Reds fan from a simple town. I have been a Reds fan all my life. The 1990 team was crowned Champions during my prime youth years and I grew up idolizing Chris Sabo all the way down to the flat top hair style and the #17. I have passed that love of the Reds down to my three boys who love the game and the Reds just as much as I do! Follow me on twitter @CoachWilson17

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  1. Hot damn! When you have a Choo and a Votto, anything is possible.

  2. Ryan Zimmerman is sooooo good.

  3. Cmon Cousin Brucie. Finish it.

  4. At least Bruce is hitting it…those first few games were just frightening…

  5. Hell of an inning wasn’t it. That was fun.

  6. Am I the only one that cringes whenever Joey is running? I’m so paranoid after last year

  7. I like bringing Chappy in here. Put up a big fat “zero” here and let Todd finish them off.

  8. I like Chapman facing the meat of this order.

  9. Harper did not even have a chance that AB.

  10. So the Nats have already used Clippard, Storen and Soriano, and they had to use some of their other guys last night. ……… Hold ’em here and bring it home in the bottom of the inning!!

  11. 8 pitches, 2 K’s …

  12. That guy is scary good.

  13. THAT is baseball porn.

  14. 12 pitches, 3 K’s. Amazing.

  15. I wouldn’t even think about stepping in the batters box against Chapman unless I was wearing a pair of extra strength Depends.

  16. Super Todd will end it right here.

  17. Does Chapman come back out, if necessary? One vote for yes.

  18. Todd can play a little bit.

  19. C’mon Zack, finish this!!!

  20. What a difference it is having a legit leadoff hitter. It’s been a nightmare for a long time but not with Choo. Dude is a pleasure to watch. Thank gawd Walt made this trade.

    FYI: Indians Manager, Terry Francona, bats Stubbs 9th. Last night? 0 for 3 with three strikeouts. So glad he’s not with us anymore and not having to painfully watch Dusty “try to get him going”.

  21. I’m already wondering if Dusty will start to think about Frazier in the 4 spot at some point…won’t be soon, but if he continues…

    • @Bill Lack: I’d wait for continued success from Frazier. Don’t want to mess up a good thing by placing undue pressure (real or perceived) on the youngin.

  22. Nice start to the Toddfather’s season.

  23. Mes can really help his cause right here.

  24. Big chance for Mez here!

  25. If necessary, i vote yes to bring Chapman in next inning. only threw 12 effortless pitches.

  26. So close.

  27. Crap!

  28. No tag up on that?

  29. Chris, quit making excuses…Frazier screwed up big time not taggin up there…what was he thinking out there?

  30. rollin the dice for the win.

  31. Ok now i agree you have PH… but I thought Sean Marshall was available?

    • @WedgieSanders: I missed the pregame stuff, unsure whether Marshall is available. … Hoping, if nothing else, that only going one inning today will mean Chapman is available tomorrow if needed, too.

  32. This would be a fine time for Hannahan to introduce himself

  33. Top of the order next inning. Hold them here and we should get a W.

  34. They’re going to have to DL Marshall after this game and bring up Arredondo for tomorrow. I don’t think Marshall can pitch yet, and they can DL him retroactive to late March since he hasn’t pitched. (Either that, or he ends up pitching in this one even though he’s hurt.)

    • They’re going to have to DL Marshall after this game and bring up Arredondo for tomorrow.I don’t think Marshall can pitch yet, and they can DL him retroactive to late March since he hasn’t pitched.(Either that, or he ends up pitching in this one even though he’s hurt.)

      And they could do that by moving Ludwick to the 60…if they needed to.

  35. Hoover is the new Farnsworth…Dusty pitched that guy EVERY game with the Cubs

  36. Ouch

  37. that didn’t take long

  38. Hoover is having a heckuva start to his season. Makes you long for Ondrusek.

    • @earmbrister: I like Hoover, but he’s been overused already. If Marshall wasn’t going to be ready, I wish they would have sent him to DL & kept Arredondo.

  39. Well that sucks. Ain’t no quit in this Res team though, we know they’ll keep plugging away.

  40. Maybe Hoover can hop on the bus with Louisville’s team after their game.

  41. So we are officially playing with 24 men. Why does Dusty insist on doing this year after year?

  42. You gotta be kidding me. Whats the deal with Hoover. Is he being overused.

  43. Well that was fun for about 10 minutes.

  44. Gotta admire Hoover’s consistency,

  45. Don’t be surprised if the Reds don’t send Hoover down after the game and recall Arredondo. They are going to need the arm tomorrow.

  46. So, is Marshall on the 15 Day DL? Can Wilson Valdez still toss?

  47. Marty said its not out of the realm of possibility that the Reds add a fresh arm to the bullpen. I wonder who?

  48. I’m pretty sure that this is what’s called overuse. Hoover hasn’t looked quite right since he pitched 48 or 50 pitches or whatnot. After having never pitched 40 in a MLB appearance before. Now here he is 4 out of 6 times.

    Is Dusty trying to ride him down to broke so he can bring back up Arredondo or Ondrusek?

    • @ToddAlmighty: Dusty used his “trailing lineup” of bullpen’ers Simon and LeCure for an inning each, then when the Reds got back in the game, using Broxton and Chapman left him with, who? Parra went two innings yesterday, Marshall isn’t available. … If a guy is hurt, especially this early in the season, DL him and get the arm you need. The bullpen was used heavily from the opening game of the season.

      • @Brian Van Hook: See, that’s ridiculous. Losing 5-1 and missing a bullpen pitcher due to the Reds hatred of the 15-day DL…. Simon needs to eat up 2, maybe 3 innings. Hoover shouldn’t have seen the field today.

  49. Hoover must have slept with Dusty’s wife, I guess. Won’t be seeing him again for a while.

    • @wildwestLV: Even worse. Hoover was so lights out in spring training that he forced Dusty’s hand on sending down “his guy” in Ondrusek. Same reason why Mesoraco didn’t get to start any of the first four games, he forced his hand in letting Olivo go.

  50. I don’t think I can remember a bullpen being worn out at one week into the season.

  51. Votto did HIS job

  52. And BP did HIS job!

  53. Plugging away baby.

  54. Nice job, BP!!!!!!!!!!!

    Your turn, Bruuuuce!!

  55. On three pitches.

  56. Yeah… didn’t have a good feeling about Bruce there.

  57. God Bruce has been awful so far this year…

  58. Nice try, Nation

    Get ’em tomorrow

  59. Reds made it interesting. Hoover, you can rest your arm on the bus ride to Louisville tomorrow. Arredondo, come on down.

  60. Hey you can’t say the Reds didn’t go down without a fight. They made the Nationals sweat to earn this win. No sweat for us though, we’ll get em tomorrow for sure. Go Reds!

  61. Hannahan and Bruce both took a pitch down the middle and then swung at two terrible pitches.

  62. Why was Hoover pitched yesterday with a 15-0 lead in the 9th?

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: Was definitely wondering that myself. Couldn’t Parra have been left in to get a cheap save and rest the remainder of the pen? It wasn’t like he was gonna be available today anyway.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: Maybe I’m wrong, but didn’t Parra hit in the last at bat before he took the mound?

      • @wildwestLV: Yes, he had two AB yesterday.

        • @ToddAlmighty: Dusty had already emptied the bench with such a big lead, he had no position players available to pinch hit.

          • @Brian Van Hook: But he could have left Parra in to finish? Probably wouldn’t have made a difference. Hoover is exausted though. Marshall has to be cleared to the DL though, if he’s still that bad. We have too many good teams coming up to keep screwing around with this.

          • @wildwestLV: yeah, that was my point, from a few comments above. let parra finish, and even get a cheapie save in the process … but unless parra got hurt, dusty had already decided to change pitchers for the ninth inning, yet needed somebody to go to the plate.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate:

      Hoover likely pitched last night with a 15-run lead because he kinda sucked the first two times he went out there this regular season. Parra only threw 27 pitches yesterday – he had to be available tonight as well.

  63. Whew. Good thing there’s no chance of exta-innings tomorrow, with Cueto vs. Strasburghttp://redlegnation.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_rolleyes.gif

  64. Well I called it when it happened – that blown call on Joey at first base that cost us a run ended up deciding the game.

  65. Adios Amigos.

  66. I think it woulda made more sense for them to put Parra in. He only threw 23 pitches yesterday. A lot less overused than Hoover.

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About Chris Wilson

A simple Reds fan from a simple town. I have been a Reds fan all my life. The 1990 team was crowned Champions during my prime youth years and I grew up idolizing Chris Sabo all the way down to the flat top hair style and the #17. I have passed that love of the Reds down to my three boys who love the game and the Reds just as much as I do! Follow me on twitter @CoachWilson17

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