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Game Thread: Reds at Cardinals (2013.04.09)

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!

369 thoughts on “Game Thread: Reds at Cardinals (2013.04.09)

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

    • @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.

    • @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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

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

  10. 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.

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

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

  16. -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!

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

  18. 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.

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