Breaking News: Joey Votto is good and Shin-Soo Choo reached base 5 more times while we slept last night.  I love watching these guys hit.  In a matter of just a few weeks, Choo has shot up the ladder of my current favorite Reds players.  It doesn’t hurt that the guy wears my beloved #17.

Today the Reds send Homer Bailey to the bump to try and polish off a series win against the Marlins.  Anything less than taking 3 out of 4 against this squad will be disappointing.  Bailey was lights out in his last start against the Phillies and I expect a similar outing today.

It looks like a nice day for baseball!  Let’s sit back, relax, and cheer on the good guys today.  Go Reds!  WOOOOOO!

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. Choo’s been on base more times in the last two days than Ryan Hanigan has all season.

  2. Choo has been on base 10 consecutive PAs. That has to be approaching some kind of Reds record.

  3. Imagine Votto batting after Choo here. What would the odds be that the Reds get a run this inning?

    • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: I know we all wish we had a legit #2 hitter right now, but you don’t really want Joey batting 2nd. 2 hole hitters have to be willing to lay down a bunt. Joey Votto will not lay down a bunt for the rest of his career.

      And that was a nice hit from XP there while i typed that.

  4. And another excellent starting pitching performance wasted. I’m sure Bailey is comforted by the fact that his “no decision” has nothing to do with the Reds not hitting when they had RISP today. It’s just a coincidence.

    In other news, Choo is quickly becoming the Yakov Smirnoff of baseball. In Soviet baseball, ball hits you.

  5. Did you notice Paul was choked up on the bat?

  6. Joey Votto with a strange single there.

  7. Wow. Lucky.

  8. The Marlins defense is absolutely putrid.

  9. Can’t believe they’re leaving this guy in the game.

  10. BP!!!! Keep getting runners on base and we will score.

  11. What an at bat!

  12. Phillips keeps this up, he is definite MVP candidate.

    • @CharlotteNCRedsFan: Yes he would be. But he almost surely won’t keep up this pace of good hitting for the season. He is fairly predictable, year to year.

  13. marlins continue to kick the ball all over the outfield. reds can’t get any RBI because of the outfield errors.

  14. What a fantastic AB from Brandon.

  15. Thankfully, they throw pitches near the strike zone to Phillips. I’d have thrown the ball in the dirt with 2 strikes there every time. I’ll certainly take it!

  16. BP !!! Stanton’s awful out there. I don’t think Paul should even have started to hold up at 3rd.

  17. Timely hits are a beautiful thing.

  18. So is Chapman available today?

  19. I’m starting to think we have a problem with our temporary 3rd Base Coach. On a number of occasions he’s seemed extremely conservative about sending runners. And on that replay, you could see it was Paul that noticed Stanton bobbled the ball and broke for home. Speir had stopped Paul, and never restarted him.

  20. Nice patient at bat by Bruce there.

  21. Nice AB by Jay, after going 0-2.

  22. Man, Rauch must be incredibly frustrated right now…two killer at bats, 17 pitches…

  23. Let’s go Mesoraco…end it here

  24. What a bad strike one call there to Mesoraco.

  25. Mez! Nice job.

  26. Waking up the echos

  27. OK, Mesoraco, that makes up for the blooper throw a couple innings ago.

  28. Phillips is simply amazing right now. So fun to watch.

    And I’d be willing to bet that Votto’s two HRs in this series are partially due to him getting some better pitches to hit because of the threat Phillips poses now.

  29. Good hitting from Mes. Went out for that pitch out of the zone and put it right where he wanted it.

  30. it doesnt look like heisey is swinging on a level plane the past week or so. He seems to have developed a looping swing that has produced a ton of pop ups. hopefully he changes that soon.

  31. Man, Heisey really really stinks.

  32. Heisey’s just lost right now.

  33. Heisey is really running out of chances. I’d rather see Phipps up here at this point.

  34. This inning was set up by our wearing out their bullpen in the earlier games of the series. They were forced to stay with their starter too long, and don’t have many good options to bring in.

  35. LOL Heisey. /sad trombone

  36. The reds are a good bet to have a big inning about four times a week.

  37. Terrible AB by Chris Heisey. I was never on the “free Heisey” bandwagon. I’d trade him in a heartbeat. He can only hit balls on the inner half and has no plate presence.

  38. Super Todd!!!! Yeah baby.

  39. Awesome drive!!! Base-clearing double for Frazier!!!

  40. This is more like it.

  41. Todd just learned the magic of high socks.

  42. Nice to have Todd come up in the 9th spot.

  43. Well, that helps. Now Baker won’t (hopefully) have to bring Chapman in. He could use the rest.

  44. I’d trade for Stanton by he is a terrible outfielder.

  45. Wow he missed a grand Sam there by INCHES!

  46. question answered, the reds can score more than 2 runs.

  47. The Todd does it again.

  48. If Choo hadn’t jumped, he’d have been hit for the THIRD time…

  49. How many 5+ run innings does that make it this year?

  50. That Choo guy is pretty good too.

  51. This outfield is amazing. The Marlins are really earning their soon-to-be .211 winning percentage…

  52. Choo…My lord.

  53. Choo !!! I could play RF better than Stanton, and I’m over 60. He’s “redefining RF as a postion”, one of the Reds broadcasters just said.

  54. Drew Stubbs just hit his 1st home run. But I’ll take Choo all day and twice on Sunday.

  55. Dear Redlegnation,

    If the Reds strand Choo here, they suck. They would leave ANOTHER runner on base.

    Sincerely yours,

    Marty Brennaman

  56. So right now Choo, BP, and Votto all have to be in the top 10 at least for MVP.

  57. If I were managing the Marlins I might pull Stanton while we’re batting. He looks disinterested in the field and at the plate.

  58. Pardon me boys, is that the Cincinnati Soo Choo.

  59. This is how you take care of a Sunday game. No worries about extras now. And Ondrusek can get a shiny “W.”

  60. The interesting thing about Choo’s AB was that he took a fat pitch on 3-1, trying to work the walk. He’s really into the “leadoff hitters get on base” thing. But if the game were tied, I’d want him to swing at that pitch.

  61. 10 runs again!

  62. X-man! Pour it on.

  63. After watching Giancarlo Stanton play like a lazy zombie all series, I’ll take back ever wanting to trade for the guy. I know playing for a crooked owner on a bad club is no fun, but be a professional.

    • @earl: it had to be expected. they should have traded him last winter. he’s young and immature, when he started tweeting about how pissed off he was, that should have been a good indication of where his mental state was at.

      i’m not defending his poor play, just saying that we all saw it coming.

  64. I hope Paul’s winning the starting job over Heisey.

  65. Shin-Soo-Nati

  66. EricNYC: Is an 8 run margin good enough? 🙂

  67. We also tag on Dusty for odd pitching changes, but man this inning by the Marlins – yowza, I don’t get it at all. Mike Redmond pretty much gave up on this game leaving his starter in too long and then allowing Rauch to get clobbered.

  68. What a bum. This Votto guy needs to learn how to get that run in from second.

  69. Now THIS is what we should’ve been doing to the Marlins crappy bullpen Friday and Saturday. But I’ll still take 3 out of 4 anytime.

  70. Choo’s been on base 11 times in the last two games. I bet there are weeks last year where Stubbs didn’t reach base 11 times.

  71. Well that certainly was fun, listening to Brantley however was not. I don’t know which is more cruel the Reds having Brantley work solo, or the fans having to listen to him work solo.

  72. 28,882 showed up for today’s titanic struggle, 28,882.

  73. The Reds now lead the Majors in Runs scored, and have the top two hitters in OBP. Looking good.

  74. BREAKING: An MIT study on baseball just released states that getting hits with runners in scoring position can often lead to runs.

  75. I would make an offer to the Cubs for Soriano. The Cubs would have to eat most of the salry but I think a deal could be had. Once the trading deadline hits and ludwick is back, you could flip Soriano or ludwick for a reliever.

  76. Anyone know how many runs we’ve scored off errors and wild pitches, passed balls, etc. this year? It’s not always hits that are scoring us runs. I just know that if we keep clogging the bases all year we’re going to do just fine.

  77. Looks like the Redlegs have this game well in hand. Its 60 and sunny out, think I’ll take me a little walk down to the neighborhood store. I was hoping for a sweep but 3 outta 4 is the next best thing. And how bout that Votto kid I say we keep him. Next! Go Reds!! Adios Amigos.

  78. Manny Parra just does not seem like a good relief pitcher.

  79. Parra is bad at baseball. I hope Marshall is ready to go this week.

    • @eric nyc: How does Parra stick around when Marshall comes back?

      • @Brian Van Hook: He doesn’t. That’s my point.

        • @eric nyc: My concern is that because of the paw he throws with, he sticks around and Hoover gets sent down. Hope not, but …

          • @Brian Van Hook: Why wouldn’t Marshall coming back push a marginal lefty from the pen? Seems like the obvious move. I already think Hoover should be replaced by Arredondo.

          • @eric nyc: I think Marshall for Parra SHOULD happen. Why wouldn’t it? If Dusty wants two lefties in the pen. (Not counting Chapman, who is saved for the obvious by-the-book usages. … I know about Arredondo’s success against lefties, unsure how Dusty values that, also unsure how Arredondo has been faring in AAA.

  80. Man, that Manny Parra guy is pretty awesome.

  81. I’m not a Manny Parra fan.

  82. Well that should do it for Manny Parra. Can’t even handle mop up duty against the Marlins. Good bye.

  83. Parra just killed the team ERA! Wow!

  84. Win. But lesson learned: Manny Parra should only be used with 8+ runs in the book.

  85. So Parra is better than Arredondo ?

  86. Thanks to Manny Parra, the Reds no longer have the best run differential in MLB. That was quick

  87. Manny being Manny

  88. Votto just made a quasi-joke in an interview and laughed. The world is ending.

    • @ToddAlmighty: Can you share for those of us without access to the interview?

      • @Love4Reds: Oh, my bad.. he was asked a question about homeruns as the fireworks were going off and they completely cut him off with booming noise over the interview. He paused and when it got quieter, he said “Well, we were talking about homeruns.” and then laughed.

  89. This scares the hell out of me: “As the Reds try to bring out the talent, the 30-year-old Parra has worked to have his mind be an equal to that talent. He spent the winter working with a sports psychologist, whom he initially hired while still with the Brewers.” -Mark Sheldon

    • @wildwestLV:

      Agree. Wowever, in what universe is Parra staying on the 25man roster when Marshall returns?

      • @Love4Reds: Dusty Baker’s. No matter how poorly he pitches, he will ultimately remain very left-handed. Therefore, he will remain on the roster until he either gets hurt or someone who is equally as left-handed replaces him (Marshall doesn’t count because he is left-hander #1 already). All bullpens require two left-handed pitchers. I fear it will be poor J.J. who gets sent down when Marshall comes back.

  90. Hmm. Weird question, but could Todd Frazier be the Dovahkiin?

  91. In spite of the fact that Stubbs hit is first home run in the AL today, I am thinking the Reds got the better end of that deal. Last season, Drew Stubbs got on base 149 times. At his current pace, Shin-Soo Choo will equal Stubbs’ total times on base by June 8th. That’s game number 62.

  92. The value of W-L as a statistic: Ondrusek has one more W on the season than Mat Latos.

  93. Parra is not the answer with the Reds, obvisiouly. Need to either bring up Arredondo to just face left handers, or make a trade, or better yet, bring up a left hand reliever. If Dusty sticks with Parra, they are going to be sorry. Unless, he comes in with a 6-8 run lead for mop up duty.

    • Parra is not the answer with the Reds

      Depends on the question. If it’s the Reds pitcher opposing batters most want to face, then that’s the answer.

      Seriously, though, I’m not sure Arredondo is a solution to this problem either. In his splits at Louisville (admittedly small sample size), he’s been far more effective against right-handed batters. The 17 strike outs he’s recorded over nine innings is nice, but the eight walks are not.

  94. ESPN’s recap calls Choo both “Shoo” and “Chin” at various points. Fail.

  95. Can anyone tell me where I can find a “Quality Start” stat listing? I have looked several places but haven’t been able to find one. I know that it isn’t the best stat to gauge a pitcher’s success. But, like with all, many differ as to what is the best. The thing is, I have found enough of where to find all the others. I haven’t been able to find one for “Quality Start”. Can someone assist? Thank you.

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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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