I would like to start today’s game thread off with an apology.  Yesterday, I exposed a lot of hatred towards a variety of teams, most notable of those being the St. Louis Cardinals.  That was not right of me and I should not have done so.

To make up for that, I would like to display all the ways I actually like the St. Louis Cardinals.  I like watching your fans cheer Shin-Soo Choo for dropping two fly balls only to have him lace a 3-RBI double against you in the 9th.  I like watching your pitchers walk countless batters in an inning.  I like watching your fans leave their seats in large numbers late in a game.  But most of all, I like how you dream about Brandon Phillips at night!

So with all the love I am sharing today,  I hope Bronson Arroyo allows your batters to return to their seat in a quick and speedy fashion today while he twirls a masterpiece.  I hope your fans did not trip over themselves yesterday on their way out the gate and are able to find their way back tonight to see the Reds offense continue to terrorize opposing pitching.  And most of all, I hope you did not dream about Brandon Phillips last night.  Instead, I hope you dreamt about Joey Votto retiring the final out from the seat of his pants yesterday!

As always… GO REDS!  Beat the WLBs!

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. Hanigan doesn’t look like the same contact hitter he was last year. I’m sure he’s feeling the hit to the hand big time right now, but that AB was ugly.

  2. Okay, I think I have it figured out. I knew they did some lineup shuffling today but it’s a Tuesday and Cueto isn’t pitching so I was fooled. This is the Sunday special game. Now it makes sense.

  3. Thinking big picture, how long until Mike Leake is farmed out in favor of Tony Cingrani? Maybe sometime in May? June?

  4. That foul tip he took off the hand certainly didn’t help, I bet.

  5. Can’t believe he took BA out of the game. Gotta believe he had 1 more inning in him.

  6. Wasn’t Parra horrible for the Brewers last year?

    • @nvilleredsfan: Yes, dreadful. But Baker remembers some previous time when Parra looked good in a game against Votto and Bruce. Baker’s first hand observation of a tiny sample size of AB trumped the collective evidence of, you know, lots of statistics. I’m not sure Baker was the person who wanted Parra – maybe it’s related to Marshall’s fatigued shoulder – but he’s so bad that Baker has been really reluctant to use him. Let’s hope he can work out of this one.

  7. I hope this isn’t pouring gas on the fire.

    • @George Culver: If this is a throw-away game, might as well use the least effective pitcher today and save the others for tomorrow – makes perfect sense.

  8. Instead of Arroyo getting credit for, and feeling good about an awesome performance early on, the highlights will show Bronson getting hammered. I give Bronson a thumbs up for his performance tonight. Its not his fault he was left in the game.

  9. Reds are playing bunt. with Manny on the mound? No. freaking. way.

  10. The person I’m really tired of is not Baker, but Walt Jocketty. There is zero excuse for the general manager of the club to allow one of the team’s top prospects to rot on the bench while an above average but not great (despite what the media says) catcher is playing at least 4 out of every 5 games.

    I have no inside info, of course, but either Jocketty is allowing this, or he should be smacked by Castellini. Either way, I’m not happy.

    I really thought Mesoraco would be in another organization by this time, and he’s not, but he’s sort of not in this organization either.

  11. Heisey instead of Paul.


  12. My brain is melting. Simply melting. I’m not angry right now because I simply cannot feel. And we’re lucky Molina is the SLOWEST dude ever.

  13. Wait…Heisey is on a timeout…where’s Paul?

  14. Leaving Arroyo in.. and following him up with Parra even though LeCure was warmed up. Did Dusty Baker have any intention of actually winning this game?

  15. I think Dusty has waved the white flag in the name of saving his bullpen…

  16. 5 pitches thrown, runner on second and third. Anyone suprised here (Besides Dusty)?

  17. Big strikeout there…

  18. Good job by Parra working out of the jam.

  19. Phew! Now another shot at it…

  20. Whew. Okay. Now um.. let’s try to hit some fastballs.

  21. This would be the inning to do some business.

  22. Despite Dusty’s best efforts, the Reds are still in this thing.

  23. Wow, nice recovery… Thank God Molina was the leadoff and can’t run.

  24. Parra got out of it. There’s still hope.

  25. I understand this move. Heisey is usually fairly good at hitting the heater, need baserunners for our bench to make a real difference, and Heisey is a better defender…..of course by the time I am done typing, Heisey strikes out, but I still don’t mind the strategy.

  26. Choo’s dreamy.

  27. and the beat goes on for Choo… isn’t it wonderful to have a lead off hitter that gets on base?

  28. Choo on base twice again. Consecutive game streak at 8.

  29. and Cozart pees in the Wheaties…

  30. Cozart, not so much.

  31. Oh yeah, Cozart in the 2 hole was a real good idea.

  32. Isturis tomorrow? Anyone?

  33. Hard to believe Choo is ONLY batting nearly .400…

  34. Yeah.. so Baker is saving his Bullpen

  35. Did Dusty have money on the Cards tonight? I can’t believe those pitching decisions. 😡

  36. So yeah, that Ask Marty isn’t going to make the “best of”…

  37. So… sure glad we get two innings of Parra. Rather than you know, a good reliever.

    Also, Isturis and Hanrahan and all of them are going to play whenever Cueto next pitches. Dusty loves to give Cueto the B-team lineup. He did it like 8 times last season.

    • @ToddAlmighty: The alternative is blowing out Sam Lecure’s arm. I like this move, actually. The chance of scoring 3 runs in the 9th isn’t high. It’s very low.

  38. This Parra guy seems less than awesome tonight.

  39. What is the deal with Marshall? I mean, still fatigue. And they pitched him one day so no retro DL move to spring training is possible. Meanwhile, the bullpen is going to be overworked because the starters aren’t going deep into games. I just don’t get it.

  40. Just out of curiousity: Is anyone ready in the pen?

  41. wow. This is awesome.

  42. Remind me why Parra made this team?

  43. Sounds like, from Marty and Jeff, that he’s out there to work out of it or not…

  44. That ball landed like 5 feet short of the plate.

  45. Is Parra our long relief guy now? If so I’m afraid.

  46. -Cozart batting 2nd.

    -A struggling veteran playing over the hotshot prospect.

    -Bronson Arroyo left in 2-3 batters too long.

    -Questionable double switches

    While the world changes at a breakneck pace, it’s nice to know that some things never change. We are witnessing vintage Dusty. And we didn’t even have to buy tickets!

  47. I know I’ve been a Arredondo apologist, but Parra over him? Really?

  48. This one is over. let’s get them tomorrow.

  49. God, this just dreadful. Reds slide to the #2 position in CharlotteNCRedsFan’s Power Ranking. Moving the Nats backup. DJohnson>DBaker.

  50. Thankfully there are some Family Guy episodes coming on the TOON network in a few minutes. I could use a few laughs right about now.

  51. Arredondo release surprised so many people around the league that no one bothered claiming him off waivers…shocking!

  52. Well, only gave up 1 run somehow.. okay.

    • @Mwv: Guy reminds me of a hand grenade with a very loose pin. Just waiting to blow up in our faces.

  53. The Cards just threw a life preserver to the Reds. Boggs is coming in to pitch the 9th.

  54. Looking at the bright side … That inning wasn’t as bad as it could have been and the rest of the bullpen is good for tomorrow now.

  55. I suppose another nine run ninth would be asking for too much? I thought I saw Fred Lewis tonight too.

  56. Cards really helped out. Let’s have another ninth like last night.

  57. Joey does not look like Joey.

  58. Votto missing cake pitches right down the pipe. Weak to second. Ouch. Hurts to watch.

  59. Brandon, tap Molina’s shin guard. What the heck.

  60. I don’t know what happened tonight but on offense we just look asleep at the wheel.

    • @Mwv: Really, they haven’t hit that well the last several days. The numbers are really misleading. Lots and lots of cheap hits.

  61. Can anyone explain why we have this Parra guy on the roster? I know Marshall is hurting, but I believe he had a high ERA in spring training, and I see he has already given up a run and four hits this game. Why didn’t the Reds go after Burnett? He is now with the Angels?

  62. I really don’t understand why some people are so sure that Votto is fine. He sure doesn’t look fine.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: I am starting to wonder too.

      I wonder if the long layoff from the injury followed by the off season is making it harder on him to get back to being his complete self. With his skills and approach, he could fall out of bed and be a singles hitter OBP machine like he was in September. It is another whole thing to get back to the top of his game by adding in the clutch power aspect.

  63. You know who looks pretty good this year? The Kansas City Royals. Their SP is still a little thin, but their lineup is solid, got a good mix of young players and vets, solid bullpen.

    • @CP: And look at their farm system. It’s probably the best in baseball. Certainly in the top 3. They could be solid for a while or deal from some serious strength.

      • @preach: The Shields trade really hurt their system, but still they’re pretty decent. Kind of similar to the Reds system really, some pitchers on the way, but not very many bats.

        Still, they have a lot of players seemingly entering their prime. The Shields trade was too expensive relative to the Latos/Gio deals, but still, I’m sure they felt the pressure to have some pitchers to go along with the hitters entering their prime years.

    • @CP: 100% agree and the manager does not mess with the lineup. Good call.

  64. Reds struck out 14 times tonight. Way too many times!

  65. Pack a lunch for tomorrows game. St Lo. is expecting thunders boobies all day tomorrow (speaking of thunder boobies I’m looking forward to seeing Front Row Amy when the Reds travel to Mil.

  66. Well, I did tell them to save some hits for today….

  67. I wish there was a new MLB Law that said that any General Manager and especially the Manager of a MLB team has to log on to a blog like this and answer all our questions, one by one.

  68. Do I want to watch this post game show? Nah, don’t want to endure that again.

  69. Think the Reds had a tough night? Astros are pounding the Mariners 9-0 in the “2nd inning”. How is that even possible?

  70. Now that this sacrificial lamb of a game is over, I’m looking forward to a Reds win tomorrow. We’ll get em tomorrow. Go Reds!! Adios Amigos.

  71. Bowtie Tuesday my butt.

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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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