The Reds will look to take the series tonight in game 2 of the series versus the Mets.  They’ll call on Mike Leake to get the job done.  Leake is having a nice season up to this point, which may come as a surprise considering many of us (myself included) have clamored for Chapman or Cingrani to have his spot in the rotation.  I am sure nearly 99% of MLB teams would love to have a guy with a 3-2 record and 3.72 ERA entering tonight’s game as their #5 starter.

While many eyes are waiting for tomorrow’s matinee pitching matchup, the Reds can secure their 6th win on this 9-game road trip with a win tonight.  Regardless of who is on the schedule, having a shot to go 6-3 or 7-2 on a road trip is a nice way to boost your record and your standing within the division.  Can the Reds get it “going” again tonight?  Let’s hope so.  Go Reds!

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    • L.A.Red

      @CI3J: Yeah that article steals a lot of hope. Let’s just hope that the more time Choo spends with the guys in the clubhouse and has fun winning, he’ll tell Boras to make a deal.

      • Shchi Cossack

        @L.A.Red:

        he’ll tell Boras to make a deal.

        Or better yet, tell Boras to ‘take a hike’ like multiple players have recently done.

    • MikiLove

      @CI3J: You have to keep in mind Choo won’t play at this level for ever. He has a few more elite years left in him, but he’s going to be *the* top free agent on the market next year. He will receive at least 15 mil a year, probably more if he goes to the Yanks or BoSox, which is likely. Is it really worth over investing in a player when you’re only going to get a three or four year return of investment? And Hamilton, while struggling now, is the future of leadoff. He takes walks, he can hit for a decent average, and he really does have game changing speed. The amount of sheer distraction and stress he puts on the opposing pitcher can only help the number two spot get on base more.

      • RiverCity Redleg

        @MikiLove: why does it have to be one or the other? Choo can easily move over to left. Problem solved.

      • MikiLove

        @RiverCity Redleg: Because we still have Ludwick, tacking up a decent chunk of payroll, plus a myriad of decent bench options that can fill in admirably. Plus the money we could use to sign him could be utilized better to possibly buy better production in the long run. I’m not saying that signing Choo would be the end of the world, I’m just saying it is neither financially practical nor feasible, and if the Reds want to continue to contend for more than five years, which we have a decent shot for giving veteran leadership, young talent, and good management, signing Choo isn’t the best option.

  1. CI3J

    Speaking of Choo, he’s out of the lineup tonight:

    Robinson
    Cozart
    Votto
    Phillips
    Bruce
    Frazier
    Lutz
    Mesoraco
    Leake

    • HOF-13

      @CI3J: Choo out of the lineup today has been planned for a while. Choo was originally out of the lineup yesterday because Niese was supposed to pitch then but Dusty switched it. I guess he needs a day off sometime, might as well make it against a lefty.

  2. al

    It’s really amazing how dramatically Dusty is willing to change the lineup in some ways, and how stubborn he is about changing other things.

    He won’t move our worst hitter out of the #2 spot, because that would shake things up too much. But he’s fine taking Choo, Hannigan, and Paul out at the same time, who have been 3 of the Reds better hitters this month.

    I get that all these guys need days off, but why all at the same time?

    • beavertucky

      @al: Well, if we’re gonna get Choo a day off it may as well be vs. A lefty, we gotta get Lutzy going and Leake is the only one on the staff with the moxie to pitch to Mes

  3. JCTENRED

    Well, Choo has to have a day off sometime, it’s Mesoraco’s turn to catch, and I like to see Lutz get some opportunities in LF. I like Paul, I like Paul a lot, but Lutz is better defensively, has more power, and surprisingly, so far, has handled ML pitching fairly well. Paul has been very good coming off the bench as a pinch hitter.

  4. RedZeppelin

    Bloody hell. Grande again? Every time he uses one of his corn pone buddy buddy nicknames I come close to having a seizure. “Here with the crafty left-handed…” NNNNNG

    • Eric the Red

      @RedZeppelin: he’s better than Thom! I posted this very late on last night’s recap, so I hope folks won’t mind me posting it again: With Thom, I mind the constant shouting, sentences that–and I think we can all agree; well, maybe not all of us, but I mean a very high, and I’m talking about 80 or 90 or even NINETY FIVE percent, which is a number that is above ninety four and, correct me if I’m wrong Cowboy, below 96–never end, and endless discussions of the early 2000 Arizona Diamondbacks. But maybe that’s just me. 🙂

      • HOF-13

        @Eric the Red: I saw that and it cracked me up. Thom’s headstone should say, Correct me if I’m wrong cowboy, but I think I’m dead.

      • Eric the Red

        @HOF-13: Glad you liked it! Thom’s epitaph would be a lot longer than that. It might take two or three tombstones before the sentenced would be finished. Mercy!

    • RedForever

      Bloody hell. Grande again?Every time he uses one of his corn pone buddy buddy nicknames I come close to having a seizure. “Here with the crafty left-handed…”NNNNNG

      Grande sucks. He just never shuts up.

  5. RedForever

    Cozart had no idea what he was doing. Shouldn’t he be batting 8th? Oh, I forgot, he is the SS.

  6. Eric the Red

    Niese is the guy who beat the Cardinals. (They missed Harvey, of course, because they’re the Cardinals.). I hope we don’t suffer the same fate.

  7. hydeman

    I hate to say it, but I kind of like the Grande master flash…..I think if you listen to anybody all season its hard not to get sick of em. I’m sick of the Thom…..

  8. Mwv

    I am really digging how after our first 2 batters go down on 7 pitches suddenly this is a 27 pitch inning.

  9. George Culver

    Love to see a 40 pitch first inning even if they don’t score.

  10. Mwv

    Atta boy Frazier! He worked to get that pitch, even if it’s an error that ball was smashed.

  11. hydeman

    Not sure if I can root root root for a guy more than Super Todd!

  12. RedForever

    40 pitches in the first by Niese!

  13. George Culver

    Love an early lead. Can the breaks go any better for the Reds?

  14. Mwv

    Neise is looking gassed out there right now.

  15. George Culver

    This could get real good real fast if Mez cashes in.

  16. George Culver

    Half a game’s worth of pitches in the first inning.

  17. Mwv

    Then again, so was that. Nice job Mez.

  18. RedForever

    Mike leake gets to swing the bat before he throws a pitch. Gotta like that.

  19. SFredsfan

    Love it when our pitcher comes to bat prior to throwing a pitch. Nice first inning!

  20. George Culver

    Leake with a pitcher’s AB that time.

  21. RedForever

    Padres beat the Cards last night.

    Cubs up 3-0 on the Pirates

  22. George Culver

    Good to see Frazier getting back to hitting.

  23. HOF-13

    Leake is looking good. I thought he had Tejada struck out. Good job stranding him on 2 nd.

  24. RedForever

    Leake’s got that good sinker working.

  25. vared

    Starting to look a lot like last night: 3 early runs and try to make it stand up.

  26. Steve Mancuso

    This road trip was against three weak hitting teams. The Phillies, Mets and Marlins are three of the four lowest teams in baseball in runs scored the past 30 days. Betcha can’t guess who the other team is in the bottom four without looking.

  27. HOF-13

    Can’t believe they didn’t send Duda.

  28. HOF-13

    A guy hitting .151 up next, I definitely would have sent him.

  29. Steve Mancuso

    Prediction – Leake solid six innings. Seventh will by dicey if we don’t go to the bullpen.

  30. Mwv

    Zack going the other way again.. is that him making an actual adjustment? It’s happening more lately.

  31. Steve Mancuso

    Miguel Cabrera with another homer tonight, against the Indians in a pretty big series. It was really diabolical for the Tigers to go out and get Prince Fielder to protect Cabrera, otherwise no one would ever pitch to him.

  32. George Culver

    Damn. What was BP swing at? The moon?

  33. HOF-13

    The Mayans should have predicted today as end of the world. Cozart singled and Votto struck out.

  34. George Culver

    How about Frazier again. He’s back.

  35. Mwv

    Frazier is really starting to come around overall. He’s hesitating less on some of the pitches he can handle.

  36. RiverCity Redleg

    Did anyone else hear Welsh say that he reads Reds Reporter? Kinda cool. I was hoping he was going to say Redleg Nation.

    • George Culver

      I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a batter put a ball in play after it hits the dirt? Weird.

  37. George Culver

    It seems hard to see WAR as important when a losing team like MIL has 3 of top 10? Again, It’s all about pitching.

    • CP

      @George Culver: Definitely true about pitching, but their 1B & 2B have negative WAR and their bullpen is turrrrible, which negates the offensive production.

      • Sergeant2

        @CP: Thumbs up for the Charles Barkley pronunciation of “turrrrrible”

  38. steveschoen

    I haven’t paid great amounts of attention to the game. From from reading the line, it looks like Leake is having another one of his games that I mentioned his trend. When the team gets him an early lead, he seems to have some success. When he is coming from behind, he tends to struggle.

    I’m not saying that’s good. That is still something Leake needs to address. Hopefully, it will be something he will never need to address (I hope he always has a lead to work with). But, odds are, he will have the situation again; he has to be able to step up.

      • steveschoen

        @beavertucky: If you want to call losing by 1-2 runs struggling, then yes. I wouldn’t necessarily call that struggling to get behind by that much.

        Maybe if I put it this way. When the Reds get him an early lead, he seems to pitch well. When the Reds get behind early with him on the mound, he seems to struggle.

  39. RedForever

    Pretty bad AB by Devin. Pressing.

  40. Sergeant2

    Stop the presses! (that’s a quaint expression ain’t it) its time for “Ask Marty”

  41. Hank Aarons Teammate

    I predict that within 3-4 weeks, there is going to be a deafening clamor to have Lutz in the minors…if he’s not there already.

    He’s swinging at an unbelievable 45% of pitches out of the zone. He swings at everything…58% of pitches thrown.

    He is not ready for the major leagues, despite what Thom, Marty, and Brantley are asserting. Get him work in AAA. He needs it.

    • CP

      @Hank Aarons Teammate: I disagree. Partly due to playing time or lack thereof, but most people are just gonna remember his hot first 30 ABs, see him start to struggle and assume he’s slumping. All the media guys will push that theory as well. It took, what, over half a season of Cozart sucking for any of the media-types to notice Cozart never gets on base.

      Plus, kinda wonder when Heisey comes back? Seems like another month would be pushing it.

      • Hank Aarons Teammate

        @CP: My point was that people would want him down in AAA. I’m trying to understand what you are disagreeing with (respectfully).

      • CP

        @Hank Aarons Teammate: I disagree that people will want him down in the minors. First impressions are hard to break. All Reds fans have heard about is how Lutz is so impressive, then he came up and performed well.

  42. George Culver

    I can’t decide which is worse, Votto leading off an inning or Votto up with the bases empty and 2 out?

  43. Mwv

    I’ll say it again, Frazier is rock solid at third.

  44. preach

    I’m in the minority, but I like George Grande, unless he’s broadcasting Pirate games. the term “Bucco” gets old after 50 times or so.

    I’m in the majority, I can’t stand Thom.

    • CP

      @preach: I like Grande also. At least he’s positive. Shame you can’t merge his personality with Thom’s play-by-play ability.

      • AnnapolisHoosier

        @preach: I like Grande also.At least he’s positive. Shame you can’t merge his personality with Thom’s play-by-play ability.

        I would rather listen to anybody than George Grande. The absolute worst.

    • HOF-13

      @preach: I like George. Course I also like Brantley on TV but I hate when he does play by play on radio.

  45. George Culver

    Why is Leake still in there with 96 pitches? Just asking for trouble.

    • Hank Aarons Teammate

      @George Culver: I think it’s safe to leave him in until at least one guy gets on. I’d do that in the 8th, even. He’s having a pretty dang good game. But he does lose it quickly, so I’d have Sammy in there if one guy gets on.

      • AnnapolisHoosier

        @George Culver: I think it’s safe to leave him in until at least one guy gets on.I’d do that in the 8th, even.He’s having a pretty dang good game.But he does lose it quickly, so I’d have Sammy in there if one guy gets on.

        I would go with Lecure to start the 8th.

      • Hank Aarons Teammate

        @George Culver: Maybe my plan is good, maybe not, but I’m pretty sure if they left Leake in only until one guy got on, he couldn’t lose the game.

  46. Hank Aarons Teammate

    I think Ike Davis is about ready to demote himself to AAA. When you’re struggling, don’t hit it near Phillips…

    • Mwv

      @Hank Aarons Teammate: I wouldn’t hit it near Phillips if I was struggling or if I was Ted Williams. He is a black hole where hits go to die.

  47. preach

    I guess with so many starters out, it makes sense to keep Leake in for his bat. Should hit in the two hole.

  48. AnnapolisHoosier

    I’m pro-Cingrani but I would be a liar if I didn’t say that Leake has pitched great ever since Cingrani was called up and he continues tonight. Well done Mr. Leake, well done.

    • Hank Aarons Teammate

      @AnnapolisHoosier: He has indeed. But it’s a long season, and I don’t expect a 120 ERA+ all year…it’d be great if it happens.

      • AnnapolisHoosier

        @AnnapolisHoosier: He has indeed.But it’s a long season, and I don’t expect a 120 ERA+ all year…it’d be great if it happens.

        Oh I don’t either. Just giving credit where credit is due.

  49. preach

    Whatever those last two pitches were to Bruce, they were rather filty. Looks like the hit streak is over.

  50. Hank Aarons Teammate

    Come on folks. Lutz must go. Nothing personal, but we’re trying to win a World Series here.

    • AnnapolisHoosier

      Come on folks.Lutz must go.Nothing personal, but we’re trying to win a World Series here.

      Lutz has done fine. Has been good off the bench, is good in the field and can really run. I’m fine with the LF platoon of Paul and Lutz right now. It’s better than Heisey. I like Lutz better than Robinson. Who do you want in his place?

      • CP

        @AnnapolisHoosier: Well, I’m assuming Heisey gets his spot back when he’s healthy (and he should, it’s not like Lutz has lit the world on fire).

        The real question is, who should be the 5th OF? Although DRob is nothing special, I think Robinson is more useful. Faster + can play CF + switch hitter. Plus Lutz should be in the minors playing everyday, whereas Robinson is what he is.

      • Hank Aarons Teammate

        @AnnapolisHoosier: No way in my mind is Robinson inferior to Lutz, today. We’ll agree to disagree here. Cingrani is better than both. 🙂

  51. mthomas5810

    The Reds only have 1 pitcher(Broxton) on their whole roster with an ERA over 4.00. Wow. That is getting it done

  52. HOF-13

    I like Yosemite Sam here. Question is who pitches next?

  53. nlredsfan

    Mr. LeCure is myfavrite bull pin guy

  54. CP

    Dusty is gonna have Chapman pitch 3 days in a row, simply because this is a save situation, isn’t he?

  55. Sergeant2

    Something about Leake that I think people forget, is that the young man went from college ball straight to the Majors. He hasn’t had the luxury of learning and developing his skillz in the Minors. The fact that he has performed well enough to maintain his position on the major league roster is very impressive.

  56. preach

    Sam is teasing with the fastball out of the zone and attacking with the curve.

  57. steveschoen

    I believe someone made a statement that the pitchers love to pitch to Hanigan. And, I am not doubting that. But, I will say this. I wonder how many times they have had to pitch to Devin? Or, how often had they had a chance to pitch to Devin? You can’t “love” to pitch to someone if you never pitch to someone. And, just like Bakerman said himself, “I will be mixing up the catching duties, so that everyone is prepared with everyone”, that is the way to work it. But, Baker has done anything but that. To where, the only time Devin will even be catching the other pitchers will be out of need, like with Hanigan’s injury. That becomes a double “situation” to work with, then, Hanigan’s injury “and” the other pitchers pitching to Devin. I would think that’s something you don’t want to happen; you would just make a Hanigan injury doubly difficult to work with.

    • Greg Dafler

      @steveschoen: I think catching Hanigan so frequently contributed to his injury and makes it likely he’ll be injured again before the year is out if he’s not cut back to 60% of the starts.

  58. Hank Aarons Teammate

    Lecure would make a fine stopper. He should pitch the 9th.

      • steveschoen

        @George Culver: I agree. I thought he would his first year up here, not so much last season, but more again this season. As well as, if given the chance, I believe there are several down there who could do the job fine. But, Bakerman won’t give anyone else the shot. He has plan A and never will consider a plan B until he has to have a plan B. He probably considers Plan B to be Walt’s problem, even though Bakerman has several guys down there who can be plan B.

  59. CP

    That’s what Mes needs to do if he wants more playing time.

    • steveschoen

      @CP: Shoot, Mes could be leading the league in HR’s with as little playing time as he’s been getting, Bakerman won’t give him more playing time. Like someone said, not until Hanigan tires, not until Baker has to.

  60. Sergeant2

    23,183 showed up for tonight’s titanic struggle, 23,183.

  61. Steve Mancuso

    Crazy closer business on display.

    First, Chapman was warming up for the ninth even though he’s pitched two consecutive games and the Reds have a three run lead, which any pitcher in the pen could finish off.

    Second, now that it’s a four run lead, Chapman sits down for someone else.

  62. Steve Mancuso

    Tomorrow’s pitching matchup (afternoon game) should be a great one. Latos vs. Harvey. I haven’t seen Harvey pitch yet and am looking forward to it.

  63. preach

    I thought the same thing Greg. We know our manager, huh?

    I’d trade Baker for Mattingly straight up, BTW.

  64. RC

    I’m sure I’ve said this before, but since ol’ GG is back for another round, I’ll say I don’t mind George much. Mainly because his kind of pleasant pablum is so easy to ignore. Unlike Thom, who I can NOT ignore. I’ll take silence, thanks.

    Oh, and GO REDS!

  65. dn4192

    I am not sure how any of the broadcasting guys can bother anyone…

  66. Steve Mancuso

    Wonder who Mesoraco will start to catch beside Leake. Latos might have made the most sense, but Latos and Leake are now back to back in the rotation.

  67. 315redsfan

    Logan the Giant! C’mon now. 3 outs!!!

  68. preach

    I think pitchers might prefer to throw to a catcher who can hit home runs. If Mes refines his stroke, he will look more attractive behind the dish.

  69. Steve Mancuso

    Marty still doesn’t understand the save rule. Said if Duda gets on base it becomes a save situation, which is wrong.

  70. CP

    Wow, just glanced at Mesoraco’s stats v. Ryan Hanigan. I didn’t realize Hanigan’s HR the other night is his only extra base hit of the season. I’m willing to write off his first 50 ABs due to his injuries, which I blame Dusty & Walt for letting linger on so long, but that’s a rough stat line through May 21.

  71. HOF-13

    I would be surprised if Mes catches tomorrow, day game after night.

    • CP

      @HOF-13: I believe the Reds are back to the 4 games for Hanigan, 1 for Mes model. Which is sad. I hope I’m wrong.

      (I could also see it being a 7/10 games for Hanigan, 3/10 for Mesoraco)

    • steveschoen

      @HOF-13: Same here, even though it’s not like Devin is “getting tired out or run down”. Devin would be able to handle it fine. I just don’t think Bakerman will catch Devin tomorrow.

  72. HOF-13

    That was a pleasantly mundane inning.

  73. Sergeant2

    Battle of the undefeated tomorrow afternoon Latos vs Harvey (the invisible rabbit?) Gonna be a good old good one.

  74. 315redsfan

    Nice comeback after the CRAP that happened in Philly. Sweep tomorrow boys!

  75. Sergeant2

    Everything seems to be coming together for the Reds. Good pitching, good and timely hitting and as always excellent defense. A sweep of the Mets would be sweet. Go Reds!! Adios Amigos.

  76. petejohnson

    Can’t say I’ve ever been the biggest Leake fan, but a 3.25 ERA out of your #5 at this point is really, really good and he is doing well so far.