The Reds and Cardinals close out the month of April with a “friendly” match-up.  The winner will be ahead of the other one in the standings to close out 2013’s first month of play.  The Reds are hot on a 2-game road winning streak thanks to some outstanding starting pitching.  Bronson Arroyo will look to continue that run of good starting pitching while the offense looks to continue scoring some runs against the WLBs.

That won’t be an easy task as the Reds face Jaime Garcia tonight.  Garcia is only 8-2 with a 3.39 ERA against the Reds in his career.  That just means the Reds are due, right?

Discuss the game here and let’s kick some WLB butt.  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. Zero strikeouts for Arroyo in 7 innings.

  2. Jesus this bench got bad quick.

  3. Reds are exactly average (before tonight) in slugging percentage in the NL. That’s extremely disappointing, given the park they play in and the expectations I had.

  4. Wilson Valdez/Miguel Cairo/Cesar Izturis is up.

  5. Good news for the Reds is that Cozart is guaranteed at least one more at-bat, while the terrible 6 and 7 hitters might not have to hit at all.

  6. The Reds have only 2 right handed bats on the bench….Izturis & Corky Miller. Vomit.

  7. this game might come down to one bad decision by arroyo to throw back to back curveballs to holiday

    • @Larkin219: And what will be lost is that it was a good outing and if the starter gives up only 2 runs, they should win more often than not…..unles you are a Reds starter.

      • @Stephanie: not really concerned about 0 strikeouts by arroyo, i think he actually pitched a really great game. one mistake, gotta get more from your offense. i agree.

    • this game might come down to one bad decision by arroyo to throw back to back curveballs to holiday

      I think more importantly, this game came down to the fact that once again the starting pitcher is going to enter the 9th inning against the Reds. 92 pitches in 8 innings isn’t exactly making him work for it.

      THAT is what it came down to. Terrible managing leading to players hack away horribly… yet again. They just had a complete game (91 pitch) 1-hit shutout against them a few games ago, and now here’s another guy poised to go all 9 innings against the Reds again.

  8. Izturis really can’t be your first guy off the bench, can he?

  9. I would pinch hit Leake before those two guys. Seriously.

  10. Three weak infield groundouts. Couldn’t even make Garcia work that inning.

  11. We wouldn’t want to work a count or anything.

  12. Is Arroyo coming back out?

  13. Reds may lose this game by a run, but at least Cozart’s opportunities were maximized, so let’s all give Baker some credit for that.

  14. I can’t remember the last time the Reds had a really good bench (except for johnny).

  15. I would think Lutz gives the Reds a better chance of scoring than Izturis, but I dunno. Options are limited when you have 2 left handed hitters with bad splits against LHP, Corky Miller, and a rookie without a major league hit.

  16. A damn shame they are going to lose this game. yep, a damn shame.

  17. When Izturis is your best option to score, it’s time to go shopping.

  18. Good night folks. Will finish up with MLBN and sound off. Go Reds!

  19. Looked like Todd gave up on that one.

  20. They’re going to have to go out and get someone to hit from the right side.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: I don’t love either of these options, but Casper Wells or Shelley Duncan were DFA’d recently. Wells in particular, hits LHP well: .261/.345/.482 over his career.

      Duncan stinks, but he’d be a better option off the bench than Lutz, given the current roster construction.

  21. I think it would be interesting to ask Dusty which players he would like to have (at the end of the year) with the most at bats. You could promise him you’re not asking about lineups. Just tell him to list the guys from 1-9 and see who he would put down.

  22. Cozart has hit about as well as you could ever expect from him in the #2 spot, with a .257 AVG.

    His OBP is 0.286. Gross.

    • @CP: That REALLY speaks volumes of Choo’s and Joey’s OBP for Phillips to have that many RBI’s. Although, they aren’t paid to walk….

  23. Izturis is very close to the OPS+ put up by Wilson Valdez last year. Everyone that was so happy that he is on the team instead of Valdez, well, that’s over now.

  24. 37,535 on hand for tonight’s titanic struggle, 37,535.

  25. Costas can’t pronounce Sam’s name correctly. Really? La-Coor…

  26. In some lifetime Dusty Baker will understand that batting a guy at a certain spot in the order has zero effect on his performance, long term. With maybe a slight difference in the #8 spot because of the pitch-arounds and IBBs.

  27. Because I enjoy banging my head against the wall, I’m still watching.

  28. Wait, it’s Mujica? Maybe I can stop hurting my head.

  29. Mujica throws strikes, so this is a guy we may get something on since we like to swing so much. Happy thoughts.

  30. I reeeeeally don’t want to see Bruce stike out to end the game. C’mon Joey! (or BP!)

  31. Now how in the heck is that a strike now?

  32. I really do not think that was strike 2.

  33. That’s terrible by Votto.

  34. This team loves to swing at pitches in the dirt. Change the name of this team to the Cincinnati Plow Horses.

  35. As was mentioned earlier no homers=struggling offense. Just not getting ANY power from the middle of the order is killing the offense.

  36. Bruce will strike out because that is what Bruce does.

  37. Nice big hack at ball one and ball two.

  38. Outstanding Jay

  39. Phillips is a very good player. However, he is by far the most overrated offensive player around. He’s slightly above average league wide, which means he’s pretty good for a 2nd baseman. But he’s not a great hitter, never will be.

  40. Starting to think the spirit of Drew has taken over Jay’s bat.

  41. Mujica was acquired by the Cards for a bag of baseballs. But let’s keep Chapman in the bullpen.

  42. Struck out the 3-4-5 batters… embarrassing.

  43. One pitch. This game was decided on one pitch. Crazy.

  44. I was optimistic coming in to this series, but I would be shocked if the team won tomorrow. I expect zero or 1 run.

  45. Jay Bruce is making me long for Drew Stubbs.

  46. Just glad Cozart got a fourth chance to hit, while the weaker 6, 7, and 8 batters didn’t. Hope we get to see it again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next, and the next….

  47. At least they looked good swinging…

  48. 12th time in the last 28 games the Reds have scored two runs or less. That’s bad.

  49. A 2 hour 15 minute game. Swing at he first pitch much?

  50. 15 runs in the last 8 games. Day game tomorrow so expect Caesar in the 2 hole and a heavy dose of Corky, Hannahan and Lutz. How bout not going to games until the toothpick and the hitting coach are canned. Some kind of boycott needs to happen. This is friggin pathetic.

    • @EastCoastVibes: There is a lot to say for that. Hasn’t been this year so far but in years past I hated going to Sunday games. Dusty rested the whole dang team! Last I checked Sundays are part of the weekend and should be a good day to draw fans. But seriously, I don’t want to spend money to see the “B” team.

  51. Tomorrows a day game, so hell the bat boy might be in the lineup. I’ll be back rooting my Reds on nonetheless. Reds can still win the series you know. Strike Out, Strike Out and Strike Out to end the game and give the Cardinals the win. I hope this isn’t going to be one of those seasons where when the bats wake up, the pitching goes south, and like now the pitching is good but the lumber is in slumber. Well, back at em tomorrow and a win for the Reds. Go Reds!! Adios Amigos.

  52. Player A: .241 avg, 2 HR, 3 2B, 27 so.

    Player B: .252 avg, 1 HR, 7 2B, 38 so.

    Who do you like?

    • @George Culver:

      Answer: Player A – Drew Stubbs

      Player 2 – Jay Bruce

      Not much Difference. Ugh.

    • Player A: .241 avg, 2 HR, 3 2B, 27 so.

      Player B: .252 avg, 1 HR, 7 2B, 38 so.

      Who do you like?

      Neither?

    • @George Culver: Need more info….how many walks?

      • @Stephanie: But….are walks a good thing or a bad thing? Who’s paid to walk? Are they improving OBP or clogging bases? I’m so confused……

        • @preach: I want walks and RBI’s. I’d rather be on base than not….and if the batting average is lower because when there is a player on third you know how to slap the ball to the right side and thus get an RBI I’ll take it. Batting average isn’t everything.

      • @Stephanie: Walks

        Stubbs – 8 Bruce – 10

        But the real eye catcher is the strike outs. We hated Stubbs for that and this year Bruce is worse.

    • @George Culver: Do you really think Jay Bruce will end up this close to Drew Stubbs in late September?

      If he does, this season is going to end with the Reds having about a month to plan for Halloween.

      • @Hank Aarons Teammate: All I can say is that I hope not.

        On the bright side, Jay Bruce has a history of being the MLB player of the month in the month of May. So, I am looking forward to that.

  53. I don’t want to overblow it, but three weak groundouts in the eigth and three K’s in the ninth. Seems very, very sad.

  54. Just watched the game on MLB network. Votto should have let that last pitch go, he would have walked. Reds could not get the hit to bring in extra run when they needed it. I knew 1-0 was not going to hold up. That is why the Reds need a big bat that can do like Holiday and get the HR when needed. I don’t know how long this Jacoby has been the Reds hitting coach, but same old same old story all the time, bad plate discipline and lack of timely hitting. Somehow, he is not getting through to the hitters. Either find a new hitting coach, or if you keep the coach, then you got to start thinking about some kind of trade to get a reliable bat in the lineup. Cozart, Bruce, Heisey, and Hanigan are going to do same exact thing. Braves made changes and look what they are doing? I know we have a long season ahead of us, but I have seen the same exact thing on Reds Hitting for 3 years now. Its not fair to ask the pitchers to constantly shut out the other team with 1-0 or 2-1 leads……..

  55. Garcia’s a good pitcher but tonight was a bunch of dirt farming. Just kept digging the pitches in the dirt.

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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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