2013 Reds / Game Thread

Game Thread: Nationals at Reds (2013.04.06)

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!

264 thoughts on “Game Thread: Nationals at Reds (2013.04.06)

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

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

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

  4. 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!!

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

  6. 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”.

  7. 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.

    • @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.

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

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

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

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

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

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