Let’s recap today’s titanic struggle….

Cincinnati 2
St. Louis 4

W: L. Lynn (5-0)
L: H. Bailey (1-3)
S: E. Mujica (6)

–Votto, Bruce, and Phillips all reached base twice.

–Apparently, Homer Bailey should just not pitch to the Cardinals.

–The Reds scored 5 runs this series. Five. 5. Phive.

–The Reds have now gotten through their hardest stretch of the year. During the rest of May, they face the Cubs, Pirates, Brewers, Phillies, Indians, Marlins, and Braves. While some of those teams have played well, only the Braves should really leave you with any fear in your heart.

–A lot of people are cranky about baseball right now. It reminds me of last year. It was pretty dumb then and it’s pretty dumb now. I wish everyone would just have fun.

–Day off tomorrow. Cubs on Friday. That should cure what ails you.


Source: FanGraphs

Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.

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  1. They sure are making it hard to want to watch every game right now.

  2. Love the Jay Bruce twitter remarks, btw.

    • @TC: I know Jay’s power output is way down. However, I have been liking a couple of things he has been doing. He is hitting left handers great this year, 341/357/512. And, he’s been going to the opposite field a lot more. One of the things about a good hitter, taking what the pitcher is giving. If they pitch Jay outside, Jay needs to be taking those balls the opposite way.

      I’m not as worried about the power output as I am about hitting right handers. Jay is being Stubbs-like there if not worse, 218/299/282.

  3. Guess I’d be more excited about playing the Cubs if they’d scored any runs the last time they faced them.

  4. Good idea, lets move on.

  5. Sorry, Jason. While I’m not concerned about the season, losing every series at Busch just grates on my nerves.

  6. We were .500 on May 1, 2012, 3.5 games out of first in the division. And our only injuries then were Massett and The-Ex-Philly-Who-Never-Threw-A-Baseball-For-The-Reds-Or-The-Angels. So, yeah. Move on.

  7. What is the deal with Dusty and Corky Miller? When he came up, I figured he’d maybe catch Cingrani and get a couple starts, but Dusty is playing him twice as much as he ever played Mes when Hanigan was healthy. Dusty just melts in the face of veteraniness, even when it’s a guy who probably shouldn’t even be on the minor league roster anymore.

    Hard to ignore the offensive problems this team is facing right now, and a lot of that is the almost total lack of long ball power up and down the lineup. Votto has been discussed to death, but Bruce, the black hole in LF, and Frazier are what worry me. I don’t know what’s going on with Bruce. LF is what it is…I doubt we’ll make a trade anytime soon, but why isn’t Paul starting more? And Frazier has just fallen off a cliff. Combine that with Cozart locked back at the top of the order and the timely punch hitting of Cesar Izturis and I’m afraid we have some more 1-2 run outings to look forward to.

    • @eric nyc: Among significant contributors, only Bruce and Cozart are well below what could reasonably be expected. There are several players on the lower bound of what you might expect, but that’s not so surprising given the stiff April competition the Reds faced.

      I’m concerned, at least a little, about both Cozart and Bruce. Jay, you have to figure, will go on a tear sometime soon.

      And yeah, left has been a problem. At least they have Teahan now!

      • @Jason Linden: I believe that you’re right about this, Jason, and that seems to validate my thought that this team is good but not great, and can’t expect to run away with anything. There aren’t many guys on the roster who are formidable major league hitters, so why would we view the 2013 Reds as a reincarnation of great teams past?

    • @eric nyc: IMO, it’s got nothing to do with Dusty and veterans, but rather that he simply does not like Mesoraco as a player.

      Yes, they need to play better, but they’re still above .500 and not way behind or anything. Yes, they need to hit more HRs.

      • @Hank Aarons Teammate: Sure seems that way. He must really not like how Mes calls a game, because he’s clearly the best offensive option at that position. Still, Dusty could have Price feeding Mes signs for every single pitch if he was that concerned about it, or spend extra time in the video room hammering in exactly what he wants him to do every day. It just doesn’t make sense that he’s got such a distaste for the kid. Almost have to wonder if its something personal.

        • @eric nyc: I thought Mesoraco did a great job with Latos on Monday, defined by the “typical” what a catcher should do. Latos threw 5 balls at one point in a row, Mes went out there, calmed him down, and was really emotionally into it as Latos pitched great after that. I don’t put so much stock into that, but baseball people do.

          • @Hank Aarons Teammate: Exactly. Corky, a career minor leaguer, has his first 4 starts this year quicker than Devin had his first 4 starts this year. That’s disgusting. In this instance, something tells me it’s not Baker’s veteran-ness, even though it still could be. I would bank on it, though, that Baker simply doesn’t like Devin. And, from what we know, there’s no reason in the world to not like Devin. Devin seems to have been calling fine games while he’s been in there. The losses have been because of the offense. Now, does Devin contribute to that? Sure. But, is the offense solely on Devin? No way.

            I still remember just before this season started, Baker said how he was going to mix up the catching duties. That ended up being the biggest hogwash I’ve ever heard.

          • 2259912″>steveschoen: None of us being privy to whom Dusty likes or dislikes, it seems sensible that we refrain from making assumptions about it. The catching situation is very different when Hanigan is healthy and hitting reasonably well, and this not being the present case, the dynamic is different. For all we know Mesoraco has a minor but troublesome ding–catching is a tough job.

          • @greenmtred: If looking at only this season, I could understand. But, when you also consider the last 1-2 months of last season, how little Devin played then, there is something Baker doesn’t like about Devin. Make no mistake of that.

          • @steveschoen: Steve: Last year Devin couldn’t hit his weight and Hanigan was hitting well, along with being a superior defensive catcher. The Reds were not in rebuilding mode, they were competing for the pennant, so a sensible manager would play his best option at that important position. If Dusty had played Mes 40% of the time with his .213 (or whatever it was)avg., the people here would have roasted him alive, as they did concerning Stubbs who, at least, was a superior defensive player with no clearly better offensive option at his position. It’s reasonable to criticize Dusty for batting Cozart 2nd (though, again, not much choice except for Phillips, who would be sorely missed at cleanup, since Bruce and Frazier would be unlikely to get that job done), but I think it unlikely that Dusty would avoid his best options because of personal feelings: if he were that sort of person, I doubt that his players would be so evidently fond of him.

          • @greenmtred: #1, Hanigan played the same rate of games the last 1-2 months of the season. Navarro was called up the last month; Baker played him and went with him during the playoffs. Devin never saw the light of day after that. Baker intentionally talked bad about him to the papers. Baker talked of how he was going to mix up the catching duties with Hanigan and Devin since all the pitchers and catchers need to be ready to work with each other. Before Hanigan was injured, Baker did anything but mix up the catching duties even though Hanigan wasn’t even hitting twice Devin’s numbers even before his injury. It’s more than obvious, green, Baker has something against Devin. Sorry you can’t see it.

            Stubbs defensive is questionable. Widely known he goes back horribly to the fence, the reason he plays so far back. And, he lets lots of balls drop in front of him. As well as, Stubbs lags to the power alleys because, as he learned, when he overruns the balls, he takes another 5-10 yards just to change direction. I’ve seen plenty of balls hit the wall in the alleys with Stubbs out there. Stubbs rarely lay out for a ball. The only thing Stubbs had was an arm.

            Devin’s questionmark has been how well he would work with the other pitchers. That’s seems to have been answered with his current playing time. The staff hasn’t seemed to have missed a beat.

            The Reds as a team may not be in rebuilding mode. But, with the starting catcher out, you go with the young stud that you spent a first round draft choice on even more games. Either that, or you trade him off and let Corky take the catching duties with another minor leaguer to play cleanup duties. Christ, Corky is getting more games playing 2nd string to Devin than Devin was playing 2nd string Hanigan. The reason Hanigan even needs someone is supposedly he doesn’t have the frame to take catching much more than 100 games a season. I don’t think Devin will have that problem.

          • @steveschoen: Steve: Navarro got playing time last year because Devin couldn’t hit–that, at least, is the way it appears. I don’t disagree that Stubbs had/has defensive weaknesses, but his defense was better in cf than the options on the roster (I guess you could make a case for Heisey), and I, for one, noticed, in the fullness of time, that Stubbs sure could run down a lot of balls that other cfers would have missed or turned into spectacular diving catches. Back to Mes/Dusty: I don’t know what is in Dusty’s mind, and you probably don’t either. We can guess, if we like, and you may be right about this, but I see other possible explanations for Mes’s limited playing time.

  8. There’s a big difference between a sky-is-falling mentality and being frustrated that this team isn’t performing as it should. I think it’s fair to say most of us are in the latter camp. This team is not hitting, especially on the road, and the regression toward .500 indicates that.

    In the past, when the team was not as talented, sure losing 2 of 3 in st. louis was no big deal and coming home to beat up on a team like the cubs was comforting. But this year’s team should not have to rely on the cubs at home to pad the win column. If this team is playing as it should road series wins are a regular occurrence AND we trounce the cubbies at home. Not either/or

    • I guess I’m more positive than most. To me it was a hard-fought series against a really tough team at the tail end of a 20 game span with no breaks. We were in all 3 games, no blowouts. The pitching held up really well over the span of those 20 games. The offense could have done better but we ran into a heck of a lot of good pitchers.

      If we have this same offensive problem a month from now I’ll be a lot more worried.

      • @Mwv: While I agree that I’m not panicked, I really don’t like the “it’s been stiff competition” and “we’ve run into a lot of good pitching lately” excuses. If this was 2008 I’d say fine. But if you want to be an elite team, you should be able to beat anyone anytime. And while I don’t expect to win them all, we’ve been downright terrible against good competition so far.

        • @eric nyc: Not quite fair, the Reds have “only” done poorly on the road so far. The low point was getting swept by the Pirates.

          • @pinson343: Outside of the first week – which should be tempered seeing how bad the Angels have played so far – they’ve been pretty terrible. They had to squeak out series wins against the Marlins and Cubs at home. Those were almost all very very tight games against very bad teams. So basically, what the 2013 Reds have accomplished so far is one home series win against the Nats and a sweep of the Phillies. Not exactly doing cartwheels over here.

            As long as the offense starts picking up, and people start getting healthy, we should be fine. The best thing to come of April might be that we end up swapping Leake for Cingrani for the long haul. That could easily equal another couple wins.

          • @pinson343:
            Not exactly doing cartwheels over here.

            As long as the offense starts picking up, and people start getting healthy, we should be fine. The best thing to come of April might be that we end up swapping Leake for Cingrani for the long haul. That could easily equal another couple wins.

            I’m not exactly doing cartwheels either – disappointed about today, for one thing – but as you say, once the offense picks up … And it will.

        • @eric nyc: That’s simply unreasonable. Elite teams should be expected to be around .500 versus other elite teams. Against teams I expect to be quite good (I include Anaheim, they started rough last year and were still very good), the Reds are 7-9. Great? No. But you can’t reasonably complain about that.

          We did the rounds with this last year. People would freak out/get angry/panic about every Reds loss/how the offense was doing, we would tell everyone to chill because it’s a long season. And guess what? They won 97 games.

          If you had told me that the Reds would finish April 15-13, I would have been happy, so I’m not going to complain now.

          • @Jason Linden: Another point is that close wins over teams like the Expos and Cubs are not to be taken as a sign of “weak wins”. The difference between the best and worst ML teams largely shows itself in close games.

            The Cubs have lost a lot of close games, that’s what they do. And the Reds faced their three top starters, all of whom were on a roll.

          • @Jason Linden: I’m not trying to overstate things, but hitting well against top pitching is what makes a top offense a top offense. Just getting mowed down like everyone else makes you an average team. We were supposed to be an elite offense. Again, not passing judgement on the season, just saying I don’t like it as a “don’t feel so bad” measure. I have high expectations for this team as I think we all do. They need to do better. I’m confident they will, but I want to start seeing some signs of life. Even that spat of blowout wins seems like ancient history already.

          • @eric nyc: We have different expectations, then. I see them as an above average offense and elite pitching team.

          • @Jason Linden: I’ll buy that right now. Only problem is they were supposed to be a great offensive team and an elite pitching team. Which, given the teams they’re facing in the league, is what they need to be

            Splitting hairs for now. But the offense needs to pick up a LOT in the next 4-6 weeks.

          • @eric nyc: You’re really splitting hairs. I assume great=elite and I don’t recall anyone making the prediction.

          • @Jason Linden: Wrll I don’t have the energy to dig them all up right now, but most analysts were predicting this to be one of if not the best offense in the NL this year. With the addition of Choo, a healthy Votto, Frazier every day, etc that was a pretty common consensus. And count me as one who doesn’t think out pitching is quite as elite as some. Cueto is excellent, but I don’t think he’s a perennial CY candidate. Latos might just be out best starter and I’m not sure he’s at that level either. Then you get Arroyo and Bailey who are both crap shoots in different ways. 5 is 5. Whatever. And the bullpen isn’t the unhurt able machine people think it is, especially with Broxton stinking up his $7 mil/year contract.

          • @eric nyc: If by analysts, you mean talking heads who don’t do real analysis, you might be right. However, every preseason projection I saw had them as improved, but not top-tier.

            I think you’re quite wrong on the pitchers. We’ll see who’s right, I guess.

          • @eric nyc: Supposed to be a great offensive team by Reds fans, perhaps, but that reflects normal fan bias. We like these guys–we adore Frazier–and they are major league hitters who will do good things from time to time, but they are mostly about average.

          • @Jason Linden: Yes, we did do the rounds on this year. Some of us repeatedly pointed out that the Reds couldn’t deal with above-average pitching. Others bristled at that.

            Then the Reds were bounced out of the playoffs in the first round because — wait for it — they couldn’t hit above-average pitching.

            I think a lot of folks, including myself, are just worried because it seems like nothing has changed.* Yes, this team could (and should) win over 90 games again. But unless something changes, that may not mean a thing come October.

            *Given an admittedly small sample size

          • @RedZeppelin: At ATT, they battered Cain and Bumgarner. They hit Cain in game 5 too.

        • @eric nyc: This IS an elite team overall. Elite starting pitching, elite fielding, good offense. A good offense is no match for elite pitching which is what the Reds have faced in all 3 games against the Cardinals, and in 2 of the 3 losses vs the Nationals.

          Do you realize that in the last 8 games, the Reds have had to battle:

          L Lynn
          J Garcia
          A Wainwright
          J Zimmermann
          G Gonzales
          J Samardzija

          All elite. But hey, if it’s any consolation, Nationals and Cardinals fan were saying the same thing about their team’s offense. Read the fan boards. This is what elite pitching does… shut down offenses.

        • @eric nyc: I can understand, Eric. But, the Reds haven’t exactly done poorly. The games in St. Louis were all close games. We simply didn’t come out ahead. We simply aren’t getting our share of these close games. I entirely agree, top teams are able to find ways to win more games like this than they lose. And, it doesn’t seems like we have done that yet.

          And, why? The announcer stated it a couple of times last night I believe. We may be one of the league leaders in the number of games we’ve scored 10+ runs. But, we are also one of the league “leaders” in scoring 2 or fewer runs.

          This offense is still feast or famine. This offense still hasn’t improved over 2010 that much. The only improvement has come from the acquisition of Choo. It seems to me that the other teams have found ways to pitch to Votto and Bruce to keep V and B from beating them with HR’s. And, no one seems to have made any adjustments. For me, that goes not only on the players but also on the coaching. I remember Baker saying, “What are we going to do? We can’t hit for them.” How about analyzing what adjustments they need to make and train for them as such? In other words, be a freakin’ coach for crying out loud.

          If there is anything we can look forward to, it’s the face that April was a tough month schedule-wise. May is suppose to be looking better. Hopefully it will be.

          My hope still, if we don’t get past the first round of the playoffs (my first hope is always we win the WS), that Bakerman and Joke-aby will be let go. Who will take over? I don’t know, but with the kind of talent this organization has from top to bottom, I would think the list of candidates would stretch up I-71 all the way to Columbus. I don’t think we would have to struggle much in finding candidates.

      • @Mwv: I’m very positive about 2013, and mostly positive about April. There was nothing wrong with 15-13 in April, even the “experts” who picked the Reds to won the Central Division said they’d be at about .500 at the end of April.

        For the moment I’m just disappointed about one game – today’s – because I thought the Reds would finally win a series in St. Louis after winning the opener.

        And the little I saw of today’s game was depressing – Todd Frazier flailing away at a curve in the dirt and high fastballs to strike out with BP as the goahead run on 2nd. Someone’s got to tell him and Cozart to calm down and be patient, but instead they’re told: “Keep swinging !”

        That in contrast with Alan Craig take tough borderline pitches from Homer to start their big rally was just depressing.

        • @pinson343: My friend, when I saw the lineup I realized Dusty had already conceded the game and series. I like Donald Lutz and think he will be a good player, but I didn’t understand why Dusty played him in a rubber match against their biggest rival. Miller? LOVE Miller, but there’s an automatic out. And with Bruce and Frazier slumping right now (though Bruce had a good game), more than half the lineup was a black hole.

  9. Not that it changes the point, but the Reds scored 5 runs this series, not 4 (2, 1, 2). But the runs will come at some point. With this starting pitching, I’m confident this team will be there when it matters in October.

  10. How good teams win year in and year out:

    Step 1: Beat the teams you are supposed to beat.

    Step 2: play at or slightly above .500 against other good teams.

    (Checks Reds record)

    Nothing to see here folks. Move along.

  11. Any clue on when Ludwick is coming back? what is the deal with the 3-10 road record? That is a little troubling.

    • @Larry1980: He was in the booth the other night and said “July or August.” I’m not holding out much hope for Ludwick contributing much this year.

    • @Larry1980: That road record is alarming. The Reds have the worst road record in the majors, which no one should expect. That also probably tells us not to worry too much, unless we really think they’re the Astros on the road.

  12. Some quick facts about the Reds regarding plate discipline based on some quick FanGraphs lookups. I am actually a little surprised to see these figures:

    Pitches swung at outside the zone – 28.4% (8th lowest/best in MLB)
    Pitches swung at inside the zone – 67.1% (tied for 4th highest in MLB)

    This means that the perception that the Reds’ offense swings at bad pitches and takes good pitches is mostly false.

    Pitches swung at – 46.4% (12th highest overall in MLB)
    Contact % – 77.9% (tied for 22nd in MLB)

    They swing at a normal number of pitches and generally swing at pitches that should be swung at. The issue? They swing and miss an awful lot. The only teams with a higher swing and miss percentage are the Braves, Astros, Angels, RedSox, Mariners, and Padres.

    • @LWBlogger: I’m actually happy to read that, I feel better. It doesn’t completely surprise me. The only extreme hacking I see is sometimes from Cozart and recently from Todd. Todd will settle down and Cozart will hit better than he has.

    • @LWBlogger: Swinging and missing a lot is due to having legit power hitters but also due to certain players (I’ll pick on Cozart again) swinging for the fences when they should be trying to get on base.

    • @LWBlogger: Excellent stats. Thanks for that.

    • @LWBlogger: I would love to know the stats on how they rank in DP’s hit into. It seems like an awful lot this year and at the most inopportune times…

  13. The main reason to stay positive about the 2013 Reds is their pitching. The starting rotation will be awesome when Cueto returns (I’m assuming that Cingrani will stay, although of course that’s not settled yet). And with Marshall’s return, the bullpen is already settling down to one of the best in baseball.

    Everyone’s concern is the offense. I’ve been concerned about the hole in LF since Ludwick went done. But otherwise the lineup is solid.

    Hanigan was playing hurt and will hit better when he comes back, and hopefully Mes continues to get playing time (at least 2 of the 5 starters).

    Cozart is better than he’s hit and Frazer is better than he’s hit recently.

    Bruce will be Bruce (I predict a hot May) and those other 3 guys are scary to other teams.

    • @pinson343: I agree with all of this. Well said.

    • @pinson343: I wish I could share your optimism about Cozart but I don’t.

      I think if one looks at his minor league cumlative slash line and MLB slash line to date (174 games), they see about the same which interprets to a MLB OPS of about .700 with slugging clearly being the major component (400+ if he makes a 700+ OPS).

      I don’t think the 300ish OBP works in the #2 hole; and linked to the slugging % indicates he is an “anti Hanigan” type of batter if he ends up in the 7 or 8 slot.

      • @OhioJim: If one considers Cozart’s minor league stats, if you take out the, what was it, 1-3 months he was in the zone at AAA just before he got called up, his minor league numbers are similar to Janish’s. Coming up, Cozart was known as “Janish with a bit more power and speed, nothing more”. he was in the zone for about 3 months; that’s it. I hope he finds that zone again. But, I’m not expecting him to. He is what he is.

  14. I was really hoping that Mr. Baker would ride his contract to a world series victory this season, without demonstrating his usual ineptness and inciting the usual turmoil, then retire after this season with his world series victory in hand. After all, going into the season with Choo leading off, every roster spot and lineup position set, the starting rotation solid and the bullpen stocked, Mr. Baker didn’t have to really do much managing other than sitting in his office and espousing how Hank told him things should be done. Alas…

    The situation between Mr. Baker and Mesoraco has gone beyond ridiculous, beyond ludicrous. From an outsider’s perspective, Mr. Baker is simply being vindictive, petty and willing to risk sacrificing the Reds games just to put Mesoraco in his place or make some example of Mesoraco. In drawing this conclusion, I reflect back to Mr. Baker’s stupid, decade old personal feud when he used his position as the Reds manager to further his personal vendetta. He is exhibiting the same personal shallowness and lack of professionalism in dealing with Mesoraco. When the issue was playing time allocation between Hanigan and Mesoraco, Mr. Baker could hide behind a reasonably rational argument, but even that rationalization had fallen apart before Hanigan was DL’d. No rational argument can be proffered regarding the playing time allocation between Mesoraco and Miller. Mr. Baker’s decisions are based on sheer pettiness. Unfortunately, Mesoraco is in a no win situation with Mr. Baker holding all the power. If Mesoraco sits quietly and deals professionally with the smack-down by Mr. Baker, his career suffers. If Mesoraco goes public, then he is labeled as a malcontent and his career suffers. If Mesoraco simply requests or demands a trade from behind closed doors (and I would not discount that this may have already been done), he will be rebuffed since the Reds have no other catcher anywhere close to major league ready in their minor league system and they need Mesoraco.

    • @BloodyHo: Another side of the same story is that in the farm system Corky Miller was installed as Devin Mesoraco’s mentor. Now that Corky is finally back in the big leagues he’s supposedly staying at Mesoraco’s apartment. I get the impression that Mesoraco has some respect for Corky Miller, even if you don’t, and Corky’s return isn’t something making him want to storm out of town. Corky is his friend and mentor, somebody assigned to teach Mesoraco how to become better, not a guy trying to steal his job.

      Maybe Mesoraco should have caught every game since Hanigan got hurt. Instead Corky has played a few games, like you’d expect from a backup catcher. I don’t think it’s a big deal.

      • @RFM: What are you talking about? No one said Mesoraco said or thinks that Miller is trying to steal playing time. The question is how much Mesoraco should play. Those are two different issues.

        • @Hank Aarons Teammate: I was surprised to see Miller last night but I guess Dusty has moved Mes to Latos and Arroyo and allowed Miller to catch Leake, Bailey, and Cingrani.

          If Cingrani is going to stay up it would make a lot more sense for Mes to work with him and cease working with Leake altogether.

          It is dismaying to see an above average offensive catcher with a lot of potential limited to fifty/fifty time while the starter is out.

      • @RFM: I agree Corky may not be looking to steal playing time from Devin. But, like RFM said, it’s Baker giving it to Miller. I can understand Miller is suppose to be Devin’s mentor. But, first, that was in Louisville. Second, Devin is the better player now, which would put us in a better position to win a game. Third, mentor doesn’t mean Corky plays in front of Devin. Mentor would be like a coach, leading him along, not playing instead of him.

        While I can understand the backup catcher would get some playing time, also: 1) Corky has his first 4 starts this year quicker than Devin got his first 4 starts, 2) While I can understand that Hanigan may not have the physical strength and stature to handle catching 80+% of the time, I think Devin can handle that just fine, especially in big games against division rivals. Molina was playing yesterday.

        Make no mistake, RFM was correct. RFM may have made it out sounding like Corky was at fault. I don’t think that is the case at all. But, looking past that, I believe RFM was correct.

    • @BloodyHo: Look, I think that Miller is playing too much and Mesoraco is playing too little. What I don’t believe is that it’s some kind of conspiracy. It’s pretty rare that Baker plays a catcher a day game after a night game. It is also widely believed that Baker likes veteran guys. So far, Corky has started 4 games and Mesoraco 8 games since Hanigan went on the DL. Although I think Miller is playing too much, I don’t think it’s way out of line. If those numbers were reversed then I might buy into the “Dusty hates Mes” theory.

  15. Just think if there was someone on base in front of Votto. Who hits in front of him? Oh yeah, Cozart. How’d he do today you ask? The usual: 0-4. Now has an OBP lower (.225)than all of the Reds other starters batting averages. Let that sink in…http://redlegnation.com/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_sad.gif

  16. Cozart is on base 22 percent of the time. And Baker bats him 2nd. That has to be the single dumbest lineup decision in the entire National League. Unless you think starting Corky Miller over Mesoraco a majority of the time takes that prize.

    • @D Ray White: Corky hasn’t started a majority of the time. But, Corky has been getting more playing time playing behind Devin than Devin was getting playing behind Hanigan.

      As for Cozart, Baker is just being an idiot, again.

  17. Everyone seemed to be nodding their heads in silent assent when, before the season started it was said that if the Reds are above 500 after April things are going to be good. They are above 500, things are good. It’s gonna be ok.

    But, I am all for a social media berating of Baker and putting pressure on the front office to get rid of this guy. I mean really, you are going to start TWO minor leaguers in the rubber game of the series with our biggest rival? His lineups make no sense to anybody. It seems like he wants to tank this team, so people out there in the twitterverse need to make your voices heard.

  18. I believe if we make all the way to the WS and win it, Dusty is done. If we make it all the way to the WS and lose, Dusty is done. If we make it to the playoffs, in any capacity, and lose, Dusty is done. And if we miss the playoffs outright, Dusty is done. Probably all by his own choosing. But Dusty in 2013 is a lock, so let’s ride it. Statistics say that we’ll make the playoffs with Dusty, and this team has proven, time and time again, that they CAN win in spite of him. The mystery lies somewhere in between.

  19. Why did the team acquire Mark Teahan? Am I missing something? He bats left handed. Isn’t a righty off the bench what’s needed right now? Did I miss an injury?

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: Teahan is strictly minor league depth at AAA. Donald went down on the DL and they needed another IF. The Reds have no aspirations that Teahan will ever be more than minor league depth.

  20. They should make a move for a left fielder now.

  21. I didn’t grow up in the area so I can say this isn’t normal fan behavior. I’ve never seen a city with such a bipolar fanbase. I don’t mean that as an insult. WLW’s lineup from 1996-2008 (including but not limited to Marty, Alan Cutler, and ADAM FURMAN!) had something to do with it, but not so much anymore since Mo and Lance are the heavies there now.

  22. Excuses, excuses. I’m tired of the excuses. Tough April schedule. Injuries. All teams deal with injuries. The schedule will be much tougher in October, if they can make it that far. If the Reds are only mediocre against good teams, what does that say about October???
    Same as last year, one and done.
    WJ has got to make a move now.

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About Jason Linden

Jason has been a fan of the Reds since he was born. He really had no choice in the matter. He has been writing at Redleg Nation for a few years, and also writes and edits at The Hardball Times. His debut novel, When the Sparrow Sings, is available now and concerns baseball, among other things. You can find more information at jasonlinden.com.


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