“Nothing like playing the Cubs to fix what ails ya!”

“Cubs gonna Cub!”

We’ve created some nice little quotes this season as a result of playing the “silly” Cubs.  I wonder if we can create some new sayings today as the Reds look to extend their record by winning in Wrigley for the 12th consecutive time.  Of course let’s face it, they might as well rename the place Great American North at this point.

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. Lineup! Facing a left-handed pitcher, we have a player hitting .157 and slugging .186 vs LHP as The Cooler before Joey Votto.

    1. Derrick Robinson (S) LF
    2. Shin-Soo Choo (L) CF
    3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
    4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
    5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
    6. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
    7. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
    8. Cesar Izturis (S) SS
    9. Mike Leake (R) P

    • @Steve Mancuso: Plus they are benching Cozart, who hits LHP better. Must have been that double Izturis hit last night. Gotta keep him going!!!

      • @rfay00: Yes, bad day to rest Coz. Not to mention Devin is more like a 4/5 spot hitter against lefties. At least CI’s cameo pushes him to 7th . . .

      • @rfay00: Mes is .343/.439/.514 in 41 PAs against lefties this year.

        Last year he only got 41 PAs for the season against lefties with .308/.341/.462 to show for it. That was a L/R differential of +.213 in his OPS, this year it’s +.350ish

        The point is Mes should be targeted to start against lefty pitchers. Change the system!

    • His OBP is .322 against lefties.

      Lineup! Facing a left-handed pitcher, we have a player hitting .157 and slugging .186 vs LHP as The Cooler before Joey Votto. 1. Derrick Robinson (S) LF2. Shin-Soo Choo (L) CF3. Joey Votto (L) 1B4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B5. Jay Bruce (L) RF6. Todd Frazier (R) 3B7. Devin Mesoraco (R) C8. Cesar Izturis (S) SS9. Mike Leake (R) P

      • @CaptainTonyKW: Since when has this manager cared about .OBP in front of Votto?

        • Just saying…it could be worse. Not to mention, Choo ought to get more strikes batting in front of Votto.

          @CaptainTonyKW: Since when has this manager cared about .OBP in front of Votto?

      • Amen, Ace! Need to get Choo out of the lineup ASAP, cuz we can’t trust him to get on base and score…Yoiks!

        Love how our supposedly beloved team can be playing .600+ ball and every peckerwood and wingnut can attribute all failures to Dusty–EVEN WHEN WE WIN!
        You birds need to check yer buckets. Dusty has his maddening idiosyncrasies, and I’m often ready to string him up, but could we all possibly agree to give him props when the stuff works?
        Iztouris blows, but he’s on the roster and actually had an overall positive game. I’d rather Izzy was a long-gone memory replaced by Hen-Rod, but that’s not the deal we got.
        Keep in mind that EVERYONE wanted Cozart batting 10th forever, but truth be told, he’s the spitting image of a dream #2 hitter,and has generated a decent level of production this past week. He was on his way to serious performance right up to his freakish fold-back of his glove-side elbow, and is finally finding that level at the plate.
        As a fielder, though, I’ll take him everyday and night.

  2. How freakishly strong is Todd Frazier? He appears somewhat wirey but when he hits bombs like last night strictly with his forearms he amazes me! Plus he is very athletic over at 3b, a joy to watch in the field every day!

  3. Also, like i’m sure almost everybody else in here i’ve been very impressed with Xavier Paul this season. I know his upside is capped but can he sustain this for the rest of the season? Would be nice to roll into the playoffs without having to give up even more prospects for a rental, halfway decent LF.

    • @zab1983: I like him more as a late inning PH versus a tough right than a starter.

    • @zab1983: I keep expecting XP to start showing why the Nats cut him loose in the middle of last season. And just he keeps on being a generally-good-guy-to-have-around.

      Keep making me look stupid, XP!

      • @zab1983: I keep expecting XP to start showing why the Nats cut him loose in the middle of last season.And just he keeps on being a generally-good-guy-to-have-around.

        Keep making me look stupid, XP!

        Actually, I think he had an “opt out”, they didn’t cut him loose, but I’m not 100% sure.

      • @RC: He’s a defensive liability without much speed or power, who has trouble hitting off speed pitches? He’s done well for us, he’ll make a good LH PH going forward, but he’s our 5th or 6th best outfielder. Don’t get me wrong–I’m glad he’s on our team and before we picked him up last year we had absolutely no LH bat off the bench, but he’s a decent backup and that’s it.

    • @zab1983: The Reds are 24-7 when Xavier Paul starts. That’s my Not-Quite-As-Fun-As-Before Fact of the Day.

  4. Go, Reds, Go!

    Cub, Cubs, Cub!

    • “Cub,Cubs, Cub” may be the most beatific Chi-town mantra ever.

      Thanks for elevating (and breaking) wind beneath my wings….

  5. seemed like a good day to give either Votto or Choo a day off. But instead we give Cozart the day off after he had a big game last night.

    • @WedgieSanders: In response to this, the early sac bunt last night, and many other things, all I can say is Dusty gonna Dusty.

    • @WedgieSanders: If Votto doesn’t get the day off tomorrow, I’ll be surprised. Because today’s a day game it’s kind of like having 2 days off, which is how Dusty likes to do it. And if not tomorrow, I can’t imagine when he’ll get a day off in the near future.

  6. Um, why have they all the sudden become the silly cubs?

    Please explain reasoning in changing from the stupid cubs.

  7. “Of course let’s face it, they might as well rename the place Great American North at this point.”

    We will tempt karma, won’t we? 😉

    • @RC: I know Cubs fans who call GABP Wrigley Field South because all of the Cubs fans that go there.

  8. I hate tempting karma….you never mess with a streak, respect the streak.

  9. Chris Welsh is wearing a jacket from the Liberace Collection.

  10. Dusty’s shenanigans with the two spot are really just his way of trying to make Joey Votto a better player. It’s his version of Kung-Fu style “take the rock from my hand Grasshopper”… if Joey is so great, he’ll learn to make RBI’s appear out of thin air once he learns the ways of Hank Aaron though Dusty.

    Yeah, that’s it. Dusty is so zen we just don’t understand him.

  11. The Reds have 5 outfielders, 4 of whom are left handed hitters. None are truly centerfielders. I’m not in love with the lineup, but they go have some roster limitations against lefties.

    There is bound to be a righthanded hitting OF somewhere in the system that could replace Lutz.

    • Yorman Rodriguez is the only RH outfielder on the 40 man and he ain’t exactly tearing the cover off the ball in Bakersfield. Unfortunately our minor league depth is not good in this area.

      The Reds have 5 outfielders, 4 of whom are left handed hitters. None are truly centerfielders. I’m not in love with the lineup, but they go have some roster limitations against lefties.There is bound to be a righthanded hitting OF somewhere in the system that could replace Lutz.

  12. I think Castro and Barney’s career numbers aren’t good indicators of future results.

  13. Love that Robinson is leading off today! Hate that Izturis still wears a uniform.

  14. At the 2 spot, Choo does what any good lead off hitter should do and walks

  15. Do i get any sympathy for being a Reds fan who lives in the Chicago area,and has a lot of friends who like the Cubs.

  16. I am confused. Coz is prohibited from running in front of Votto but Choo can against one of the toughest pitchers to steal against? Why?

    • @rightsaidred: @rightsaidred: I think the theory is that lefties will pitch to Votto with a guy on second, but righties will walk him. I don’t think it has anything to do with Cozart per se, although he hasn’t run much ever in the majors.

  17. I have a feeling Wood is going to be tough against the Reds today.

  18. Marty, “Reds miss a big opportunity!”

    It wasn’t that big, Marty.

  19. Scouts apparently believe that Votto has a small hole with inside, hand-high fastballs. Wood hit that spot exactly. Good luck with that over the long run, though.

    • @Big Ed: The league tried that about a month ago. It worked for a couple days then he made the adjustment and that’s what started his hot streak that had all the naysayers suddenly saying ‘Now he looks like Votto!’. He has no real hole in his swing, he just adjusts endlessly.

  20. Another routine play by our second baseman.

  21. From Marty’s call, that sounded like a “gold glove that, Darwin!” kind of play by BP.

    • @Matt WI: It was, it’s probably his second best play of the year (next to that insanity where he knelt on second base to start a double play). He timed that leap absolutely perfectly, landed hard on the turf and still gunned it to Votto from his knees.

    • @Matt WI: It was pretty spectacular. BP makes plays like that frequently, but can’t tell me he isn’t just a little bit more motivated when Darwin Barney is in the other dugout.

      • Sorry for the late question; I’ve been dealing with some health issues that are kicking my donkey.

        Did anyone else think that Donald Lutz’s back-to-the-infield, full-tilt, high-leaping acrobatic catch at the top of his elevation in the 9th inning of the Wrigley Fog Game was as miraculous as I did?

        I mean, the years and years of Jim Edmunds’ (and company’s)delayed/timed sliding grabs for “Web Gems” are all well and good, but Lutz (to my mind) made one of the best and most unique successful retrievals of a white-hot double (or more)at full speed, full extension and the top of his leap. I’ll throw that bad-boy down with any catch I’ve ever seen. Not quite Mays at the Polo Grounds, maybe, but then again, maybe so…

  22. Just so everyone knows the Cardnials have 17 games left against the Cubs.

  23. What’s this criticism of Xavier Paul? No speed and subpar defense, I agree. But no power? He’s slugging .475, and it’s .500 against righties (he shouldn’t be playing vs lefties). His OPS is .887 vs righties. That’s extremely good.

    Maybe he’ll turn back into a pumpkin, but as a Red, he’s been really good.

  24. Does Marty seem grouchier than those in redlegnation?

  25. Frazier may be strong, but he sure doesn’t have any idea what he’s doing up there a good part of the time.

  26. Both Bruce and Mes hit the ball right on the nose that inning.

  27. If Leake ends the season with a sub 3.00 ERA, does Mesoraco get any credit?

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate: That’s a trick question! That’s like saying “if the Cubs end up in first place…”

      • @Matt WI: You got me. Of course, if it happened, people here would say that if only Hanigan had caught him, he’d have had a sub 2.00 ERA.

        • @Hank Aarons Teammate: You got that right. Although, I’m a former catcher and think that cERA is overvalued. The pitcher is going to throw what he wants to throw for the most part. The biggest assets catchers provide are framing pitches, preventing wild-pitches, and helping to control the running game when the pitcher gives him a chance to. Some catchers also have some leeway as far as putting on defensive plays and in positioning fielders. I had some of that leeway when I played for an USAF team.

  28. Nice bunt by DRob, but Wood is too good of a fielder to try that. He’s like Mike Leake from the other side.

  29. That was Avery good play by Wood. I thought for sure Robinson would beat it out.

  30. Seems like the Reds don’t hit well in day games. I could be wrong.
    I’d like to know their record and BA in day games.

  31. I really don’t know what this team’s deal is with XP, or why everyone is so sure he’s going to suck.

    This is XP’s career line in the minors: .294/.362/.455/.817. The lowest OPS he put up in any season in the minors was .721. He’s always walked, he’s always hit for some power.

    The only knock on Paul is that in his first 600 ABs or so in the big leagues he struggled. But a) plenty of rookies struggle and we give them a pass based on their minor league numbers, and b) those ABs took place over 4 years, so it’s not like he was ever getting consistent playing time.

    Is he the best LF in the game? Far, far from it. But is he a better hitter than Cozart? By a mile. Is it reasonable to expect him to put up an 800+ OPS against righties for the rest of the season? I think so.

  32. Choo just looks very uncomfortable against lefties

  33. White Sox home game tonight already postponed in advance of the issued High Risk of severe weather tonight.

    Hopefully the Reds and Cubs will finish ahead of the weather.

    http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html

  34. Reds getting no-hit through 4 innings. Didn’t see that coming.

  35. Kelch talking about Castro’s offensive woes: “For awhile he had an OBP under .300, almost unheard of.”…. unless you play for Team Dusty. Let’s trade Cozart for Castro.

  36. Is it far fetched to say that Wood reminds me a little of Cliff Lee?

  37. Keep in mind that Wood is the guy who almost no-hit the Phils and at times can have swing-and-miss stuff. He’s not a bad pitcher.

  38. I only started looking at gameday last inning or so, but seems like a small strikezone both ways to me..

  39. 3 of those ball were borderline strikes, according to Game Day.

  40. Of all people…Izturis breaks up the no-no.

  41. Leake up with 2 on… help yourself young man. Pretend like it’s Macys!

  42. Who had Izturis getting the first hit? Anyone?

  43. At least that inning raised Wood’s pitch count a little bit.

    Radio guys were saying the Cubs might trade Ian Stewart to the Nationals for their wild pitcher Henry Rodriguez. Henry Rodriguez and Carlos Marmol in the same bullpen?

  44. I saw where Pedro Ciriaco was DFAed by the Red Sox. I’d take him over Izturis.

  45. Alright, time to get some runs for Leake. Top of the order, let’s get some.

  46. Hank Aarons Teammate, it doesn’t look like Travis Wood is “seriously regressing” today. Wood is good. Too bad its against the Reds today. Hopefully they get to the Cubs bullpen and then get the W.

  47. BP does it again!

  48. BP got an RBI? Color me shocked.

  49. @datdudebp does it again!

  50. BP is an RBI machine.

  51. Finally, something to interrupt my Grandpa Simpson on the couch routine.

  52. In 2o13 our (reds) “superstars” have to beat the Cards’ “organization” meaning BP, Jay, Johnny, Joey and Aroldis really have to carry us to the promised land and what a great group of guys to count on!

    • @zab1983: Disagree. Our stars are going to be stars. The season will make or break on guys like Leake, Robinson, Paul, our catchers, etc. They’re the glue that lets the other guys function. Especially on defense guys like Frazier and Cozart are going to be extremely important.

    • @zab1983: We’re not going to catch the Cardinals. They’re too talented and too deep. Our only hope is to win the wildcard, and then outplay the Cards for three games in the division series.

  53. My story begins in nineteen-dickety-two. We had to say “dickety” because the Kaiser had stolen our word “twenty”. I chased that rascal to get it back, but gave up after dickety-six miles.

  54. @WVRedlegs – I think that Hank Aaron’s Teammate is implying that over the course of the season, it’s unlikely that Wood will be able to maintain his very low BABIP and is likely to regress some because of it… And yes, Wood is a decent pitcher. He’s a MLB guy, so when he’s on, he’s tough.

  55. There were people earlier in the season that wanted the Reds to trade for DeJesus.
    His numbers are actually worse than Xavier Paul’s.

  56. Marty can’t get over the fact they cancelled the White Sox game already.

    • @Matt WI: It’s now turned into the dreaded Particularly Dangerous Situation in Northern Illinois. This is some serious stuff today.

      Be ready here this evening in Indiana, and later in parts of Ohio.

      • @renbutler: I live in TN and we get this stuff all the time. You go about your business until it gets close. Then you hunker down until it passes. I’m with Marty, they should have waited at least until it develops/gets closer. They might not get anything.

        • @RedForever: With a standard likelihood of a thunderstorm, I agree.

          But this is the first High Risk issued for Chicagoland since May 30, 2004. This isn’t your standard event. It seems a little early to me, but I also wouldn’t want to send people anywhere near the ballpark during a PDS.

  57. Frazier says “Wind? What wind?” Super Todd!

  58. Our own Man of Steel debuts today, Super Todd Frazier!!!!

  59. Super Todd! Wow! We’ve got a lead!

  60. Looks like SuperTodd finally came out of the phone booth!

  61. I couldn’t tell from the replay, was that another 1-hander for Todd?

  62. Another one armed HR for Frazier. And now things are as they should be, the Reds are ahead of the Cubs 2-1.

  63. Storms starting to pop near Rockford.

  64. Leake struck out the side, wow.

  65. Weatherman is predicting a long night at the firehouse tonight in Columbus. Be safe everyone.

  66. I think this game is huge for Leake. He got behind early 1-0, but kept the team in the game the entire time. I think that’s huge for Leake. I don’t remember the last time he’s done that.

  67. Through seven innings with one earned run, Leake now has a 1.15 ERA over his last six starts. Amazing.

  68. Prepare for Choo sacrifice out. At least it will be against a LHP.

  69. Please, no.

  70. Choo didn’t seem to be too happy about being asked to bunt.

  71. 0-4 against the Cubs? Time to think about trading Joey Votto.

  72. I like it… let Leake try to finish off the back end of Cubs order this inning and turn it to Chapman.

  73. Pretty cool that the two pitchers that are neck and neck today were neck and neck in Reds spring training once upon a time.

    • @Matt WI: I always think of them as linked. Both good hitters, both good fielders, both fast runners. They were really similar at the time we traded Wood. Have to admit at the time I thought Leake would be better long term. Wood is having a good year this season so far.

  74. We really need to start including GIDP’s as additional outs when calculating batting averages. Izturis hits into DP’s about once every five at-bats.

  75. Good morning, good afternoon and good night. Mercy!

  76. Okay, Mez has to stop doing that immediately. He sets up way outside and telegraphs that slider. Unless they’re going to mix it up with outside fastballs too.. that’s a no-no.

  77. Bring the brooms tomorrow fellas.

  78. How do you like back to back sliders to K Rizzo?

  79. I scoff at karma. Until tomorrow…

  80. Great performance by Leake and and a nice comeback win for the Reds. We’ll get em again tomorrow afternoon. Go Reds!! Adios Amigos.

  81. Of our six starters (including Cueto and CIngrani, but not Villarreal) the highest ERA is Bailey at 3.47. Cueto, Leake, and Latos are below 3.00. This is by far the best starting pitching staff we’ve ever had, at least over the past 40 years.

  82. @MattWI – I love back to back sliders from Chapman to Rizzo. Cingrani even threw him breaking balls though.

  83. People say the Cubs are a few years from contending, but I just don’t see it…

  84. The reds should win in cub land
    They have flaws big time
    Can’t beat their equals. Time to do 3 things

    / make changes in bullpen
    / left Field options
    / dusty don’t over manage
    All star break 50 wins plus says reds win 95 for season
    That might win the division

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