What do good teams do to pad their record during the regular season?  They beat up on the bad team!  That is exactly what the Reds have done as late.  The Reds swept the Cubs in Chicago.  They swept the Brewers at home over the weekend.  And now the club is 1/3 of the way to doing that against the Marlins now.  The Marlins are bad!  Which is exactly why the Reds need to take care of business today and get one step closer to another sweep.

Mike Leake will look to capitalize on the competition tonight and try and duplicate what Homer Bailey did last night.  A good start from Leake tonight would help his chances of keeping his starting job and perhaps make Walt’s decision a little more complicated and tough when Johnny Cueto returns to the rotation.  I’ll be pulling for Leake tonight.  Not because I think he’s the best fit in the rotation but because I want the Reds to go!  And if Leake is going tonight, so will the Reds!

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  1. Nice job, Sean. Now take a week off with the kids, and we’ll see you back at the park next Wednesday.

  2. Any struggles Marshall may have is totally on Dusty, its almost criminal the way Dusty uses Marshall. Major props to Marshall for getting the job done in spite of the lack of work he gets.

  3. I just cannot stand Dusty Baker and his love for certain players and disdain for others.

  4. 25 more votes for Choo, Votto, Phillips et. al.

  5. Lutz can run.

  6. Lutz is fast.

  7. One batter for Marshall. He’s really earning that $16.5 million.

  8. Why cant Marshall pitch an inning and a third here??? I dont understand this.

  9. 14,866 showed up for tonight’s titanic struggle, 14,866.

  10. While I am quite upset Marshall was used for 1 batter in a week, I have to say that I sure do enjoy watching LeCure pitch. Guy has some nasty pitches.

    • @ToddAlmighty: Steady Sam just gets it done.

      • @Mwv: I call him “lunch pail”. Just shows up for work everyday and get’s it done.

      • @Mwv: I was thinking Cool Slingin’ Sam. Then the Marlin broadcasters said how he looks like a guy from an Old Western. They do pretty well for guys with such a tedious job.

        BTW you misunderstood my Marshall comment, see above.

  11. Lecure strikes out a batter per inning with a 90 MPH fastball. No one gets more out of his stuff than Lecure.

  12. Boy, Dobbs looked like he was thinking about his postgame meal out there. I thought Mesoraco almost had him, but of course no replay.

  13. Wonder if Choo can get on for a fifth time?

  14. Some finely distilled LeCure…

  15. So will Dusty bring in Chapman for the 9th?

    The last time Chapman pitched in a really high leverage situation (1 run up or down, or tied) was April 29th.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year. Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year. Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year. Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year. Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year. Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year. Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year. Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year. Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year. Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year. Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year. Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year.

      • @Steve Mancuso: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

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  16. Choo sucks.

  17. Say what you will about Baker, but when he took Leake out of the game, he sure made a good move. Yes bringing Marshall in then was a good move. But the one I point to is when Baker got to the mound. He didn’t just take the ball from Leake, pat him on the shoulder and tell him good game. No, he kept him on the mound for several seconds explaining the situation to him. That was a good teaching moment from Baker. Don’t see those very often.

    • @Summer Breeze: Maybe he was talking about dinner. I couldn’t see what he’d be teaching him; he didn’t give up any runs…

      • @Summer Breeze: Maybe he was talking about dinner. I couldn’t see what he’d be teaching him; he didn’t give up any runs…

        HAT, you certainly are the biggest idiot and antagonist on this board. You nit-pick many people’s comments, then post your own obsurdities. You pick arguments that are just insane to begin with. Please, put a sock in it. If you don’t have anything good to say, just don’t say anything.

    • @Summer Breeze: As one of Baker’s biggest critics, I agree and saw the same. Leake acquitted himself quite well tonight and Dusty has had a good game too.

      • Probably Baker trying to explain why he allowed Homer to pitch through the 9th last night and not letting Leake get out of the 7th.

  18. Before that AB, Choo’s batting average against left-handed pitchers was .163 and slugging percentage was .209.

  19. Yup, boo Choo.

  20. Cards are at it again. 2 more 2 out RBI hits including one by their backup catcher who had 1 hit all year before that. Who’s gonna stop them?

  21. Chapman has now pitched in five games this month. In three of those games, he was brought in with a four-run lead. Mop up time.

    Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year. Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year. Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year. Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year. Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year. Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year. Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year. Using Chapman in this role gives the Reds a better chance to win this year.

  22. That AB by Votto in top of the ninth was wonderful. I know he is amazing but sometimes I am still shocked at how good he really is. Simply beautiful AB.

  23. Perhaps Chapman isn’t cut out to be a Closer? What’s left? Maybe he can be a LOOGY…

  24. 25 more All Star votes.

    (channeling my frustration with the Chapman situation into something constructive, I recommend it…)

  25. Chapman hit 100 at least twice that last at bat. Is it just me or is that more of a rarity so far this year?

  26. This is just so irritating.

  27. Someone needs to get up in the pen. How about Marshall? Oh well…

  28. Polanco is incompetent. Thank you. Tying run on deck, Chapman wild, you swing at 2-0.

  29. Perhaps Chapman needs a personal catcher?

    It must be difficult for a catcher to give the sign for a fastball, then have Chapman miss the spot, over and over.

  30. 102 whew

  31. Lot of pitches tonight. 24+

  32. Wow. That was evil incarnate. He couldn’t even move, just froze him in his tracks.

  33. Nasty slider! About time!

  34. Great, great strike 3 pitch.

  35. That last slider was filthy.

  36. Finally throws the breaking pitch for a strike. Ball game.

  37. Wow, Mesoraco thought it was a fastball, and instead it was the best slider I maybe ever saw.

  38. Your normal combined 11 hit shutout by 4 pitchers.

  39. Chance for the sweep tomorrow. Go Reds!!!

  40. More sliders!!

    • @Liptonian: His problem tonite was that he couldn’t throw the slider for a strike, until that last pitch. And he couldn’t throw it for a strike because he hasn’t been throwing it enough.

      • @pinson343: He throws it once every 15 pitches. I just think he should throw it more. Even if it is out of the zone it is going to get a lot of people swinging who are looking only for the fastball.

  41. I really can’t believe Mesoraco caught the ball.

  42. Chapman really isn’t that much of an elite closer, through the first 6 weeks. Check out the stoppers in the NL. There are several that are very, very good. Of course, just 6 weeks.

  43. In the month of May.. Aroldis Chapman has pitched 5 times now for 4.2 innings, 6 hits, 4 ER, 5 BB, 7 K, and 117 pitches. That’s 15 days we’re talking about. That’s not okay.

  44. That was some slider. Maybe he should throw that a little more

  45. The Choo signing just gets more and more brilliant, even with the fielding blips here and there. Great pitching lately.

  46. And the Reds win their 5th in a row! Go Reds Go! Lets make it 6 in a row with a sweep of the Florida Guppies tomorrow. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  47. Jason Grilli is striking out more batters than either Kimbrel or Chapman. And Mujica has a K/BB ratio of 15.

  48. I would love to see see the fastball slider combination in the rotation every fifth day! He would have to throw more of them hence developing the pitch further. The potential of this club is insane- if we hit on all cylinders we could be really scary. It’s a long season so enjoy the talent we have!

  49. Mets get a runner to 3rd with one out and as usual the Cards pitchers escapes unscored on.

  50. Jim Day:

    “Tonight, perhaps, Mike Leake made a statement.”

    Really? I wouldn’t say he pitched bad by any measure. But he’s pretty much the exact same pitcher he was last year. I don’t really care if a lot of the hits were bloop hits…that’s exactly why strikeout pitchers >>> contact pitchers.

  51. Cardinals starter Shelby Miller now has ERA of 1.40. Wow

  52. Ankiel just tied the game with a 2 run no doubt about it.

  53. Dusty Baker is a actual, real life troll. It’d actually be pretty awesome if he wasn’t the Reds manager.

    (paraphrased)

    Mike Leake is his my #5 starter. I don’t understand where this Mike Leake versus Tony Cingrani debate started…

  54. 2 out o on Descalso walks, Kozma gets another big hit, then they take the lead on a wild pitch.

  55. He’s gotten several big hits for them. Doesn’t surprise me.

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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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