Last night’s game was awful.  Let’s hope the Reds get going tonight and get a W on the board.  Mat Latos will balled upon to do just that.  Discuss the game here Reds fans and let’s hope the Reds Go tonight!

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. Cozart is out of the Two hole, so we’re off to a good start.

  2. “Mat Latos will balled upon to do just that. ” … what?

    • @RedForever: Good God, I hope the Cards don’t do this to us, as well. We were humiliated enough last night. I am stuck with the FOX national Angels/Red Sox, so I’ll be scoreboard watching. Maybe it’s a good thing I can’t watch this one.

  3. Latos has pitched well his last 3 starts against the Cardinals, including last October, when he pitched a 5 inning tuneup for the postseason.

    Prior to that, he pitched terribly against the Cardinals and has been hit hard by some of them, in particular Beltran. Beltran left yesterday’s game with a tweaked hamstring, was hoping he’d be out of the lineup.

  4. There aren’t any “must wins” at this point in the season but this is the closest thing to it.
    Reds don’t want to go 5 games down. The Cards have an easy schedule for the next 2 weeks so catching them any time soon would be almost impossible.

    Pirates up big on the Stupid Cubs so a Reds loss would drop them into 3rd.

    • @RedForever: I agree that tonite is a big one, considering that it’s early June. My main concern is that a loss tonite could lead to an at home sweep and 6 games back. Need to win one of the next two, and tonite is the best pitching match up for the Reds in this series.

  5. Took Dusty 46 games to figure out Cozart shouldn’t be hitting second. This is an unusually fast learning curve for him. Bodes well for the future.

  6. I’m gonna make some $$$ off tonite’s loss by taking the Cards at +135. A $500 bet will return $675.

  7. Cozart is hitting .280 and slugging .490 against left handed pitchers. Choo is hitting .150 and slugging .180 against lefties.

    • @Steve Mancuso: Remarkable thing there is that Choo’s OBP against lefties is still a tick higher.

      • @pinson343:

        More to the point, on the whole team, Cozart’s OBP against lefties is higher ONLY that Frazier’s, Lutz’s, and Heisey’s.

        Yet, some people still want him hitting higher in the order against lefties. Yes, it’s nice Cozart is slightly more successful against left handed pitchers, but there is still no justification for a .310 OBP hitting high in your lineup.

    • Cozart is hitting .280 and slugging .490 against left handed pitchers. Choo is hitting .150 and slugging .180 against lefties.

      Dusty would NEVER even think about moving Choo. Not in a million lifetimes. he’s not that smart.

  8. Maybe he just “got him going” in 2nd, and now is returning him to 8th.

  9. The Reds really need a HUGE game from Latos. Reds pitching has been getting shelled.

  10. Maybe Thom will be better on a National broadcast.

  11. Dusty on the pregame w/ Marty: sounds like he’s ready to shake up the bullpen.

  12. Remember how the Reds hit, facing Miller for the first time last year? Not good. Interested to see tonight’s results, vs. Lyons.

  13. I actually think Bronson will do the best against this Cardinals lineup. They ALL hit. Pitch for contact seems to be the best plan.

  14. Everyone swinging at the first pitch. Don’t the Reds hitters watch how the Cardinals work the counts and grind out ABs? Mercy.

  15. If Cozart had hit that ball, that would have been a DP.

    Sometimes, speed DOES come in handy.

  16. Votto 3 for his last 31! Never thought I’d ever see him slump that badly.

  17. 7 pitches, 1 infield ground out and 2 ground ball double plays.

  18. Allen Craig saw more pitches than all of the Reds hitters in the first inning

  19. Cardinals are just fundamentally sound offensively. They really impress me. If their pitching holds up, they will run away with the division.

  20. Why…don’t we pitch around Molina?

  21. Am I the only one who is watching this game as an almost playoff game? I feel like if we lose this series, we’re acknowledging that the Cards are a better team, spotting them a healthy lead with a few weeks to the break, and setting ourselves up to play for a wildcard spot. I can’t imagine watching another 120 games just for the privilege of sitting through a one game playoff with the Nats or whoever…

  22. Bruce!

  23. Bruce

  24. My apologies for my earlier snarky comment about Votto/Bruce.

    Apparently, Votto COULD learn a thing or two from Bruce.

  25. Interesting stat – the Reds are the worst in MLB in hitting the first pitch at .265. The MLB average is .330.

  26. Nice AB by Frazier there, even though he had two bad calls go against him.

  27. Reds have hit 1 ball out of the infield. Fortunately, it went out of the park.

  28. Reds with 3 more weak grounders. Reds offense looks terrible.

    • @RedForever: I think this game showcases the complete opposite ends of the offensive spectrum currently. STL is historically hot right now and CIN is just really poor (Bruce being maybe the only outlier).

  29. Only BP can make that kind of play look routine.

  30. Ridiculous.

  31. Cardinals don’t strand runners in scoring position.

  32. The Reds would be an incredible team if they’d stop swinging at pitches a foot outside the zone. I assume every pitcher in baseball knows the key to beating this team is to avoid throwing more than one strike per at-bat. Get ahead in the count and then throw the next three in the dirt, and the Reds will take care of the rest.

  33. That inning typifies the difference between the Reds and Cards. Reds get a lead off double from Votto and can’t get him in.

    Cardinals get a lead off double and get a fly to right to get him to 3rd and an infield single to get him home.

    I’m not conceding the Central to the Cards but right now there is no way the Reds can beat them. They are that good.

  34. I think some of you guys need to step back and relax a little. You’d think the Cardinals are the ’27 Yankees and the Reds are the Cubs of any vintage with the comments on this board.

  35. Well, I have learned one thing at least in the last couple nights. The comments section here during Cards game goes into a black hole of negativity that isn’t worth reading. Enjoy the night ladies and gents.

  36. Yeah, seriously. To read these comments, you’d think the Reds were down 20-0 in the first inning.

    Guys, it’s a ONE RUN GAME in the 5th.

  37. I, for one, am sick of all the negative comments about negative comments. To read some of these comments, you’d think those of us who are down on the Reds are comparing them to Nazis and terrorists. We’re just pointing out their flaws as a baseball team, folks. It’s a baseball blog. This is going to happen.

  38. Nice Mes! That looked like a pop up on television

  39. I, for one, am sick of the negative comments about negative comments about negative comments about… a….


    Uh, baseball?

  40. Why do you throw Molina a first pitch fastball? Whew!

  41. Whew times 2!

  42. Latos doing a Jonathon Broxton imitation this inning.

    The Reds can play some defense.

  43. Reds will definitely win the series when it comes to great defensive plays. Now, if they can also manage to win the series…

  44. I guess we are supposed to come on here and talk about sunshine and candy hearts and balloons! How every at bat by the Reds is a great one and the Reds are the greatest team on the planet and simply can’t be beat. If another team does win it is just dumb luck.

  45. Bruce made that play look better than it really was. Don’t think the jump was even necessary after seeing the replay. Good game going on here.

  46. Nice hit by Robinson. I really like this kid.

  47. If the Reds don’t score in this inning, they’re worse than Nazis and terrorists combined.

  48. That is the swing we need to see by Votto. Crushed!

  49. The Cards defensive lapses/errors are going to cost them some games. Terrible defense there. ITS GREAT TO SEE VOTTO HITTING AGAIN!

  50. Big AB here for Bruce. Increase the lead

  51. It’s a beautiful night in Cincinnati. The smoke stacks look great. I like the red truck.

  52. Getting ahead of myself a bit here, but please please please let’s not see if Broxton can blow a 4th game for Latos this year……….

  53. Wow. Cardinals looking stupid.

  54. Bruce hits one 380, then hits on 30! LMAO!8O

  55. Both teams failed on that at-bat.

  56. That day off may have helped Joey.

  57. Gots to get Votto in from 3rd, gots to

  58. Big AB for Mez.

  59. Not swinging at balls = good

  60. What was someone saying about the Reds never being able to beat the Cardinals?

    I must be watching the wrong feed or something.

    • @CI3J: That was never said. Read the entire thread. Nowhere did anyone say the Reds were never able to beat the Cardinals.

      • @RedForever:

        Ok, then what was someone saying about “right now there is no way the Reds can beat them. They are that good.” ?

  61. Way to go Meso!!!!!!!!

  62. There’s the run producer we hope Mez is going to be.

  63. Better get Cozart back to the top of the order. Gotta get him going.

  64. I like sunshine and balloons.

  65. I assume Baker is unhappy with the lack of aggressiveness shown by Mes and Frazier.

  66. I’ll take those 2 runs and be grateful to have gotten them. Go Reds!

  67. Mez with a great AB…Cozart…not so much.

  68. Jeez, Speier is terrible. Bruce should’ve scored on Mes’s ground ball. Ugh, too conservative.

  69. If only the Reds can get a couple more runs in the 7th, Broxton can probably hold the resulting 4 run lead.

  70. Good play by Cozart, that was a looonnng throw.

  71. Votto pulls a Phillips!

  72. That was completely unnecessary. Stupid

  73. Wow, wow, wow ya had to see it to believe it. Votto fields the does a behind the back throw to Latos who was covering 1st base, Latos catches the ball barehanded.

  74. So is Latos going to pitch the 8th? Normally of course Dusty would pinch hit here, but given the bullpen, it’ll be interesting to see what he does. I’d keep Latos in and have Lecure ready if someone gets on.

  75. It was a struggle, but all in all, a good outing by Latos.

  76. Once again, it’s set up for the Cards: 3-4-5 vs Broxton (I assume Broxton, anyways). The Reds need runs.

  77. Cozart is now (career) 3 for 18 with the bases loaded. Even with a few sacrifice flies in the mix, he has a grand total of 9 career RBI in bases loaded situations. Other than the relief pitchers, I’d rather see literally anyone on the team at the plate in those situations. Even Izturis has better stats.

  78. This is the first time I remember trolls being on Redleg Nation. Hopefully their life span is short.

  79. Rodriguez does not belong in the major leagues at this time. Has anyone in the organization checked out that he’s got a .689 OPS at Louisville this year?

  80. DR is the man!

  81. Robinson totally going with the pitch= Awesome.

  82. This is good. Maybe Dusty will see how well Robinson “worked” and keep the Paul/Robinson platoon 2nd. (I say “worked” because it’s one game.)

  83. I love Robinson in the 2 spot. High contact. High OBP.

  84. I love me some Derrick Robinson these days…

  85. Need these two runs here!

    I have noticed a lot of the freak outs on here….I think it was a stretch to think the Reds were going to win game 1 of this series. The panic is a bit premature.

    Go Reds!

  86. Gotta get this game Broxton-proofed.

  87. unable to watch/listen. who is going to pitch the 8th inning for the Reds?

  88. What was Votto waiting on? 2 pitches right where he likes them. Blech!!

  89. That was a lousy AB from Votto. I’m firmly on Joeys side in terms of the R I vs OBP argument, but what is he doing taking those pitches in that spot? They weren’t even close to being off the plate. A walk is worthless there.

  90. Have to think the Legend of Joey Votto got into his own head there. He went to the plate not thinking for a second they were going to give him anything to hit. He took one crack at the first pitch and then said “No chance they aren’t going to walk me.”

  91. Wow. Brutal.

  92. Opportunity missed.

  93. That’s just painful. A lot of chances to put this one away.

  94. This game is in serious jeopardy. The last two innings have been really disappointing, and now comes Broxton with only a 2 run lead against the heart of the order.

  95. Boy this game could be a blow out right now…Really crappy hitting wRISP. But no worries. 2 run lead in the 8th inning…What could possibly go wrong?

  96. Let the hand wringing begin.

  97. Maybe Broxton surprises us and has an easy inning. Stranger things have happened, right? Like UFOs and Bigfoot and stuff.

  98. Of course Chapman not even stretching yet. Let alone getting loose.

  99. Not to jinx it, but I got a good feeling about Broxton tonight.

  100. Whew times 3, wow!

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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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