The Reds have won 6 games in a row and I am convinced they will never lost again.

OK, that is highly unlikely but I wouldn’t mind seeing this winning streak continue on and last through this Phillies series.  I am still a little bitter over some of those games back in 2010 and especially how the 2010 NLDS played out.  Nothing would please me more than another sweep this week, the third consecutive by the Reds.

But first, Tony Cingrani must tame the Phillies lineup and the Reds must hit Cliff Lee in tonight’s game 1.  Cheer on the Reds to Go here!  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. No Xavier Paul in the lineup? That doesn’t bode well.

    (Reds are 16-1 when he starts. I’m going to keep riding this fun fact as long as I can.)

    • @renbutler: The Reds are facing a LHP. Fun facts aside, I guess we have to settle for baby steps from Dusty. Cozart is still in the #2 hole (UGH!), but at least Robinson is starting in LF against the LHP and is also hitting in the #8 hole rather than the catcher. Maybe Dusty is moving toward a strict platoon in LF and maximizing the player’s abilities while we wait for Ludwick’s return.

      Now, if we can get that LF platoon hitting in the #2 hole with Cozart moved to the #8 hole…but baby steps.

  2. Got a feeling there’s gonna be a lot of balls leaving the yard tonight

  3. In a season with poor usage of the catchers….does it really make sense that our rookie pitcher will have had three of them? And if Mes was going to catch him again, why was Corky getting 40% of the starts? Ugh!

    • @Eric the Red: They don’t care. Cingrani could pitch a perfect game tonight with 27 strikeouts, and he’s going to Louisville tomorrow.

      • @Hank Aarons Teammate: He should go back down. But I’d like to win the games while he’s up here, and 3 different catchers in three starts, and a heavy dose of Corky’s bat may not be the best way to accomplish that goal.

  4. It just boggles my mind why Dusty continues to bat Cozart 2nd in the order. Any player is better than Cozart in that spot. Put Frazier to give him more fastballs in front of Votto, or use Paul or Mesoraco. Cozart has a 0.236 OBP between two guys with an OBP of 0.450. Only two players in MLB have a lower OBP than Cozart, and they are batting 7th or 8th.

  5. Did anyone else see the Brandon Phillips highlight reel they played on FSO after the game last night? Darwin who?!?!??

  6. Any chance the Reds send out Ondrusek and keep Cingrani in the bullpen?

    • @RedForever: I doubt it. I would not be in favor of that given the way that Baker uses the long man (in combination with the fact that their rotation is good enough that it’s not common to need the long man). And I’d be very upset if they made him a short reliever.

  7. had their writers give current their all star picks. Most didn’t select Phillips or Votto, and only one–one!–chose Choo. Ridiculous.

  8. How can you not choo-choo choose Choo? That really is nonsense.

  9. Terrific AB. Both Paul and Robinson are pretty good at drawing walks and extending ABs.

  10. And…why is Cozart in the 2 hole?

  11. it is my understanding if a pitcher goes to his mouth with his hand he must wipe his hand off before going to the ball, yes??
    if so, is it legal for Cingrani to wipe his brow and apply the sweat to the ball? I notice he does that quite often.
    Sorry if this seems like a stupid question..

  12. Guess the strategy of having the worst hitter batting second didn’t work out that time.

  13. I honestly want to give Dusty the benefit of the doubt because clearly he knows more about baseball than I do, but PLEASE tell me what characteristics of a #2 hitter does Zack Cozart display besides playing shortstop?

    • @eric nyc: What do you mean BESIDES playing shortstop? There are no other qualifications. Never have been, never will be.

    • @eric nyc: Honestly, and I do believe this is the case, I think that for Baker, being a bad hitter with some speed is the definition of a good #2 hitter.

      The #2 hitter is supposed to move the leadoff man into scoring position with a bunt or a grounder to the right-side. He has to beat out double plays sometimes, so speed is good too.

      Why would you want to have a good hitter hitting in the 2-hole when that spot in the order is supposed to get out?

      Stupider like a fox.

  14. Surprised by Choo’s career OBP of 382 vs LH starters, 337 vs all LHP.

  15. Lee already up to 50 pitches.

  16. See…this is when it hurts having Cozart in the #2 spot, just left the bases loaded. Especially against good teams and in the playoffs, this will come back to haunt the Reds. The Cardinals have Beltran & Holiday that deliver in the clutch and the other hitters help out as well. I think if the Reds want to make a run and get in the playoffs, they can do so with the same lineup as now. But, if they want to win in the playoffs and compete, they need to make a trade and get a “proven” bat, even when Ludwick comes back. Choo & Phillips are going to be pitched around, until Cozart or whoever is in the #2 spot is a hitting threat, and Bruce can deliver clutch RBI’s in a consistent manner.

    • @JEFFMO: I agree that hitting your worst hitter the second most times doesn’t make sense. But all this stuff about how great these other teams offenses are, how mahy runs have they scored?

      The Cardinals are winning because their starters have a combined ERA just over 2. You cannot say that the Reds need another impact bat to win when they’re scoring runs like they are. It just doesn’t make sense.

      It would be great to have great hitters up and down the lineup, but show me one single team that has that.

    • @JEFFMO: also, beltran has a .901 OPS and holiday has an .805. that’s good, but hardly leading the world.

      votto > beltran
      phillips > holiday

      and they don’t have anyone who can even come close to choo’s 1.052 mark.

  17. I’ve pointed it out before, and I’ll point it out again. Look at Cozart’s career batting averages prior to tonight’s game:

    Bases empty: .264
    Runners on: .202
    RISP: .181
    RISP w/2 outs: 167
    Bases loaded: .071

    Very clear what’s going on. Guy can obviously hit major league pitching, but needs a psychologist.

  18. has cingrani allowed any runs that haven’t been on HRs?

    also, jimmy rollins sits on the plate. he needs to be pushed back a lot.

  19. Brantley just said Cingrani has given up 7 HRs in 30 innings. Not sure but that seems like a lot.

  20. he just can’t throw strikes right now.

  21. Gonna be a long night for the bullpen.

  22. cliff lee is making todd frazier look pretty bad tonight.

  23. He’s making a lot of our guys look bad right now, he’s getting in a groove.

    • @Mwv: Reds had their chances early but had the misfortune of having the number 2 hitter come up at an inopportune time.

  24. What is it about this ballpark that the Reds just don’t hit well there? I mean they are swinging and missing at 86 mph fastballs?

    And Todd Frazier’s bat looks very slow.

  25. Fading indeed.

  26. Pinch hit for Cingrani here in the Top?

  27. Cozart going the other way.. a rare sight.

  28. Looks like that 6 game winning streak is history.

    I guess they will have to start a new one tomorrow.

  29. how in the world was that not a HR?

  30. Charlie Manuel is completely insane having Rollins bunt the pitcher to third base with no outs. That’s just totally crazy.

  31. Think the Cards are going to beat MIL today. 5-0 in the first, Wily Peralta pitching. (He’s the guy the Reds bombed.)

  32. I’d say Cingrani is heading back to AAA, after this terrible outing.

    • @RedForever: Terrible? Hardly. It only seems terrible because the Reds are loosing. A better CF catches that ball. A bettter manager walks young to get to Howard. 3 runs in 5 innings isn’t good, but it’s hardly a disaster.

  33. Even Thom Brennaman figured out that you walk the right handed hitter and pitch to the left handed hitter.

  34. Yiks!

  35. Game Day shows that 2-2 pitch to Howard as in the middle of the strike zone. And called a ball.

  36. Can’t believe the Reds pitched to Michael Young ahead of Ryan Howard with a lefty on the mound.

  37. Cingrani was already headed to AAA, regardless of today.

    Funny thing is, if Mike Leake gives up 3 runs in 5 innings, most people congratulate him for keeping the team in the game. If Cingrani gives up 3 runs in 5 innings, he’s terrible.

  38. Did Shoo have chance at catching Young’s shot?

  39. Have the Reds ever won a game in this stadium?

  40. Reds could win this game. Lee isn’t going to pitch a complete game. Not likely to win it, but it’s not over.


  42. If the Reds can get Lee over 100 pitches this inning, they’ll get to he bullpen.


    Man, Bruce hit that off a tough lefty pitcher.

  43. Wow, bruce. That ball was a hanger in his eyes.

  44. Bruuuce!

  45. Yes. That was awesome. Bruce, homering, in a “clutch” situation, off a lefty. Take that naysayers.

  46. Like I said, the Reds could win this game.

  47. Mesoraco so often seems off balance on his swings.

  48. I’m so tired of umpires. I want balls and strikes called by machines.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: I’m generally with you, but my question is, do they calibrate the machines for each player’s height and stance? When they show the strike zone graphic it always looks the same.

      Unless they started embeding player’s uniforms with censors at the back of the knees and the numbers, it seems pretty tricky to have the machines call balls and strikes live, with an ever-changing strike zone.

      • @al: I bet we’re closer to it than we think. Maybe sensors, like you say. I don’t know, I just know they should look into it but never will.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: I like the variances in umpire strike zones — as long as they are reasonably close to rule book and consistent for both teams. I like pitchers and batters having to adjust to slight differences.

  49. some hard hit balls in that inning besides Bruce’s.

  50. That was a nice AB from Bruce (and Phillips before him). Bruce did a great job of spoiling a nice pitch right before the HR.

  51. Lee at 104 pitches, he may be done.

  52. Ondrusek was at 97 and 96 that inning.

  53. The Reds can’t go quickly this inning or they’ll face Lee again in the 8th.

  54. Why didn’t Dusty double switch and bring in Paul in the pitcher’s spot and put Odrunsek in the 8 hole?

  55. Guy starts the inning at 104 pitches.. and we make 2 outs on 2 pitches. Hurts my mind.

  56. Can’t believe the first two hitters swung at the first pitch.

  57. Todd Frazier is drifting dangerously into Ryan Freel/Adam Rosales territory. Sure he’s a fan favorite, hard worker and great guy, but the league seems to be figuring him out pretty quickly he needs to make adjustments at the plate. His fielding isn’t strong enough to warrant him starting if he continues at this pace.

  58. 2 pitches 2 outs sometimes the Reds hitters have zero hitting I.Q.

  59. Cozart’s at bat was the only one that made sense that inning. That is not a good sign.

  60. 7 pitch inning . Ugh

  61. I am really curious to know if any of coaches or the manager reminded the hitters that Lee was at 104 pitches, and to make him work.

    • @Sergeant2: Sadly, I think it far more likely thatbLutz was reminded to be aggressive and not let Lee get ahead of him.

  62. Drew Stubbs has homered tonight.

  63. After 3 innings its Cards 6 Brewers 0. The Brewers are really, really struggling big time.

  64. That pitch just got murdered. Wow. Votto.

  65. I’d say that answers the questions about his knee.

  66. 43,129 turned out for tonight’s titanic struggle, 43,129. And Votto goes deep!!!! We got us a tie ball game ladies and germs.

  67. Got Mission Impossible 2 on for back ground noise. IMO the lesser of the four.

    Very nice Votto!

    Tied. New Ballgame!!

  68. Jay is just white hot right now. He’s taking those easy clean swings and the ball is jumping off his bat.

  69. Frazier needs to break out right now.

  70. I am very happy seeing Bruce coming around, but will be very very happy if there is more to come out in the HR department for Votto.

    go Reds!

  71. Frazier continues to hit into bad luck.

  72. Gotta feel for Frazier

  73. Jay Bruce has definitely come a long way on hitting leftys.

  74. I really think this club is very close to exploding. When a few players return to norm, we will score plenty of runs. Good time to be a Reds fan!

  75. Lee really didn’t think the bullpen would hold.

  76. People need to stop calling out Reds fans for being pessimistic or shortsighted. We all know this is a very good team. One of the best in the league. But we want the World Series. You won’t beat Atlanta, STL or Texas playing at this level.

  77. Dusty isn’t really going to bring Broxton in for a single batter is he? In a game that could very well go to extras?

  78. Pleasr don’t pull marshall

  79. The Reds are getting very little out of this Marshall investment. I wish they would leave him in there to try to clean this up. A walk after a good AB and a fluke hit. Its pretty obvious he is only trusted with LH batters. Disappointing.

  80. Well geeze, Marshall could have stayed in and hit the guy.

  81. Broxton continues to be everything but sharp.

  82. #justshakinghead

  83. And Broxton promptly hits the next batter. Just a bad move to the bullpen. Going to take a whole lot to get out of this.

  84. For some reason Dusty just doesn’t like Marshall, why? Marshall is the second best pitcher in the bullpen, behind Chapman.

  85. I walk away with 1 out and no one on…. what happened to Marshall?

  86. That is some serious voodoo.

  87. Reds were kinda due for a meltdown.

  88. Unbelievable. What an inning: 9 pitch walk, Howard infield hit, hit batter, error. Incredibly frustrating but also a lot of bad luck.

  89. Just incredible

  90. Hmm.. Crazy inning..

  91. Great play by Hanigan, looked like a bad call but close.

  92. Well, at least we know Baker can leave the bench to stick up for his players.

  93. Total implosion by the bullpen. You don’t see that too often.

    • @RedForever: Honestly, I don’t think that was an implosion. Some bad luck and a good AB from Michael Young. It isn’t like they hit the ball hard.

  94. Well, I guess I can’t get on Dusty’s case for only letting Broxton pitch to one or two batters now.

  95. I said this last season and I’ll say it again this year: When Dusty starts doing stuff, bad things happen.

  96. Hard to call it an implosion. More like beaten to death by a feather duster. Two errors, two weak ground balls, a walk, a sac fly and bad (albeit close ) call at plate, and a routine flyball. Not a sharply hit ball among them.

  97. Why sign Marshall for 7 mill to make him a LOOGY? The guy deserves more use. Its the one true head-scratcher in the pen, unless the use of Chapman draws your ire.

  98. And now the let-down of having Cozart hit in front of Votto…

  99. You never know, Cozart could swing into one. Weirder things have happened.

  100. Another quality AB from Cozart….. says no one.

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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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