Can the Reds make it back-to-back wins by taking today’s matinee matchup against the A’s?  It feels like forever since this team actually won two games in a row.  If you’re keeping track at home, it was exactly two weeks ago today that the Reds won two consecutive games.  To get that second win, the Reds will have to defeat Bartolo Colon, something that has only happened three times this season.  Perhaps Homer Bailey is up to the challenge.

It is a day game so tell your boss to shove it because you need to watch game 2 against the A’s.  Of course if your boss was a good boss, they’d take the day off with you to cheer on the Reds.  And if they were an exceptional boss, they would join in with our favorite cheer… Let’s!  Go!  Reds!

381 Responses

  1. MDredsfan

    Frazier in the two-hole! Should be interesting to see, especially if it lasts. He’s either been promoted to the new “cooler,” or Dusty recognizes the urgency of gettin’ him goin’. Either way, I think I’d rather see Todd lunge at balls in the dirt in that spot than see Cozart hit pop-ups.

    Seriously, though, if he can start working on plate discipline, it could prove to be an effective move.

    • ToddAlmighty

      @MDredsfan: In fairness (and also quite depressing to think about), as far as the Reds go, Frazier IS an OBP guy. Yes, I just said that about a player with a .325 OBP… but it’s the truth sadly. After Votto and Choo, there’s Frazier and Bruce both at .325. I know Paul is above him, but with half the AB and only going against pitchers he’s better against so I don’t really count it as fully.

      Frazier also is 3rd on the team in walks.


      Now if only we can convince Dusty to move Bruce to #4 and take BP out of the inning crushing DP spot. You know Dusty’s getting uncomfortable when Mesoraco bats 6th in a game, and now Frazier bats 2nd. Sadly they didn’t happen in the same game and instead it’s Frazier batting 2nd and Corky catching.

  2. bohdi

    Both Miami and LA have pitching advantages over Pitt and Stl tomorrow (Fernandez and Ryu). If the Reds can snag a win today they may be able to inch closer without even playing tomorrow.

  3. WVRedlegs

    I don’t think today’s game is on TV. It’ll have to be Marty and whomever today.
    After today, the Reds brutal period of the schedule is over. The Cards are only two weeks into their brutal period, thru Sept. 8. The Pirates are going through a tough part too, thru Sept. 11. They all those games still with STL and a 7 game west coast trip (SD & SF) and a road trip of Mil, STL and Tex in that time span. Plus 6 of the last 9 games are against the Reds.
    Time to make up ground though. Good things are on the horizon.

    • renbutler

      @WVRedlegs: It’s on MLB Network, with no blackouts in the Reds’ and A’s markets.

      So, it’s a truly national game. I just don’t know who is doing the broadcast, because neither team had planned to air this game.

  4. Matt WI

    FYI to Dusty: There is another off day tomorrow. Don’t be stingy. This is a game to go out and get by any means necessary.

  5. renbutler

    Some here look at the Reds as in a “free-fall” of sorts. But the Reds have been hovering between 10 and 15 games above .500 since MAY 21!

    Basically, they have been a .500 team for two and a half months now.

    I know we want more than .500, but this team hasn’t been in a freefall. They are remarkably stable, if anything.

    • renbutler

      @renbutler: Basically, the Pirates and Cardinals have had two big runs of wins this year. The Reds have had one, and the schedule is setting up favorably for a second.

      Winning the division will be tough, but I’m not nearly as pessimistic as most around here.

      • pinson343

        @renbutler: I’m not as pessimistic as most either. As you say, the Reds need another run, and it’s possible. Good teams play about .500 between runs. The Reds are overdue for a run, is one way to look at it.

      • bengalboy011

        @renbutler: I’d rather have them get on that run at the end of september, and keep playing 500-550 ball until then

    • WVRedlegs

      @renbutler:

      They’re treading water. The Reds are 31-32 since the 2 Indians serieses. Its been a brutal stretch. The hurricane has passed. Blue skies ahead.

  6. Davis Stuns Goliath

    Remarkably average. That’s the problem.

    I’m all for Frazier batting second, but I’m curious if Dusty is doing it primarily to silence the critics. He certainly isn’t crunching the #’s and considering OBP.

    Whatever the reason, it seems like a good day for Frazier to remember how to hit. Go team / rah rah / Whoa Bundy.

    • renbutler

      Remarkably average. That’s the problem.

      Like I said, we’d rather have a team that is better than .500.

      But it’s far from the free-fall that some see it as.

      Every team has it’s ups and downs — and thankfully the Reds haven’t had any prolonged down periods yet this season. Their WORST stretches of consecutive weeks are .500.

      • renbutler

        @renbutler: Okay, there were a couple bad consecutive weeks at the end of June/early July. But even those weren’t major free-falls.

      • pinson343

        @renbutler: The Reds have doldrums, currently a long one, but don’t have disastrous long losing streaks, and don’t get swept often, because they have a good pitching staff.

    • PanrovianMonk

      @Davis Stuns Goliath: If you’re going to toss away the 2nd batter’s at bats by sacrificing Choo to 2nd, then you might as well use someone who’s not hitting the ball anyway. 🙄

  7. pinson343

    First Mesoraco batting 6th and now Frazier batting 2nd – has Dusty been reading RLN again ? My guess is that he’s batting Frazier 2nd so he’ll see more fast balls, and of course “to get him going.” Not to mention that Dusty likes to put the worst (or 2nd to worst) hitter in the lineup in the number 2 slot.

  8. nvilleredsfan

    There’s a part of me that thinks that Frazier will do OK in the 2 spot. He certainly can’t do much worse than what Robinson has done recently. He might see some decent pitches with Choo getting on and Votto on deck after him.

    Is it a typical thing that 4 spot batters hit into a ton of DP’s? Seems like Phillips does that a lot and I wonder if other teams have the same problem…

    • pinson343

      @nvilleredsfan: It’s more typical that number 4 hitters strike out a lot, along with hitting a lot of HRs. BP doesn’t do much of either. He does hit a lot of ground balls, resulting in a lot of DPs.

    • vegastypo

      @nvilleredsfan: If Frazier keeps swinging at crap, I’m not convinced it matters where he bats in the order. Scouting reports are probably established by now … Dusty made some comment on the pregame show that Frazier said in the minors he hit leadoff quite a bit?

  9. Smithy

    Lets go Redlegs!! ill be rooting for you in my office 😛

    • tpteach

      Come on Homer!

      The no-hitter is on course.

  10. vegastypo

    Nice inning, Homer. And way to tame Seth Smith !!!

  11. vegastypo

    Can’t we keep Choo for a few years??????????

  12. vegastypo

    Those pitches to Frazier looked pretty good, but glad they were called balls. Two on!!!

  13. tpteach

    Interesting start. So here we are again. Runners in scoring position with less than 2 outs. Will we score?

  14. Steve Mancuso

    As of today, FIP standings for starting pitchers. 91 players have enough innings to qualify:

    1. M. Harvey 2.00
    2. A. Wainwright 2.30
    3. A. Sanchez 2.36
    4. C. Kershaw 2.46
    5. F. Hernandez 2.55
    6. M. Scherzer 2.71
    7. H. Bailey 2.79
    8. J. Fernandez 2.79
    9. C. Sale 2.92
    10. A.J. Burnett 2.94
    11. D. Holland 2.96
    12. M. Latos 3.04

    62. M. Leake 4.03
    65. B. Arroyo 4.16

    Two pitchers who don’t have enough innings pitched for this list:

    T. Cingrani 3.61
    J. Cueto 3.88

    • cincyreds14

      As of today, FIP standings for starting pitchers. 91 players have enough innings to qualify:

      1. M. Harvey 2.00
      2. A. Wainwright 2.30
      3. A. Sanchez 2.36
      4. C. Kershaw 2.46
      5. F. Hernandez 2.55
      6. M. Scherzer 2.71
      7. H. Bailey 2.79
      8. J. Fernandez 2.79
      9. C. Sale 2.92
      10. A.J. Burnett 2.94
      11. D. Holland 2.96
      12. M. Latos 3.04

      62. M. Leake 4.03
      65. B. Arroyo 4.16

      Two pitchers who don’t have enough innings pitched for this list:

      T. Cingrani 3.61
      J. Cueto 3.88

      FIP does NOT take into consideration the number of hits and earned runs a pitcher allows – only the number of walks/HBP, strikeouts and HR – so theoretically a pitcher could have a very low FIP but a very high ERA (for example, an ERA over 5.00) by allowing an inordinate number of hits (except for HR) and ER, while minimizing his # of walks/HBP and maximizing his # of strikeouts.

      Sort of like Homer. Too bad for Homer though, baseball is a team game and the # of ER he actually allows counts plenty.

      Actually prefer a pitcher who just doesn’t allow runs – thus I’ll take Cingrani, Latos and B Arroyo and M Leake any day.

  15. Bruuuuuce

    Oy vay!! Gotta push some runs across early here Redlegs. No more of this amateur hour BS!

  16. tpteach

    That first called strike to Bruce was generous to Colon. Thank God Bruce beat out the DP grounder.

  17. ToddAlmighty

    Who are these clown commentators for MLBN? They’re simply not good, and I am not even referring to them complaining about how Votto walks too much and in the last 12 games has a .480 OBP but only 1 HR.

    It’s like they can’t even keep track of what happened 1-2 ABs ago.

  18. ToddAlmighty

    Bases loaded, 0 outs, 4-5-6 hitters up and only one run scores.

  19. Hunt4RedsOctober

    Bases loaded and no outs and the Reds get 1. Seems to be par for the course. Just can’t seem to get that big hit.

  20. Bruuuuuce

    I’m with Ren on avoiding the ridiculously negative.

    Does anyone know how to search for situational stats? I was curious what the league average was for runs scored when there are bases loaded and nobody out.

  21. Steve Mancuso

    These announcers are terrible substantively. Baseball players are the most superstitious? What is that based on? It may drive me back to Marty for the afternoon. No Brantley today, though.

  22. Mwv

    Homer grooving early. Why do we pitch Homer and Latos back to back anyway? Seems a little weird.

    • Kyle Farmer

      @Mwv: I think Dusty does it to ensure that the won’t pitch against St. Louis.

  23. vegastypo

    Donaldson bites Homer again, barely

  24. tpteach

    Grrr. That bases loaded one run only inning looks even worse now.

  25. ToddAlmighty

    Getting to an AL Pitcher or no, intentionally walking a .200 hitter. Ouch.

    This has to be the game with the worst offensive catcher duo in recent history.

  26. Kyle Farmer

    Bases loaded. Nobody out. Clean up hitter coming to the plate. One freaking run. Ugh.

  27. Mwv

    Wow, Cozart hit that really hard the other way.

  28. Mwv

    These announcers need to stop complaining about Joey Votto. There is not a team in the league who wouldn’t sign him to a big contract if they could.

    • tpteach

      These announcers need to stop complaining about Joey Votto.There is not a team in the league who wouldn’t sign him to a big contract if they could.

      True but would hey hit him third?

    • ToddAlmighty

      @Mwv: Yeah, that cracked me up when they were talking about what Dusty wanted from Votto. Which made me ask myself “What could Dusty possibly tell Votto about batting?” Other than what it was like to be Hank Aaron’s teammate.

  29. Mwv

    Okay, is this reality? Corky Mustache Miller!!!!

  30. vegastypo

    that is wonderfully unbelievable

  31. TedTappett

    Is anybody else having trouble with the MLB At Bat app? I keep getting restarted on the audio, it goes back a minute or two and never catches back up. Once the inning ends it flashes back to the present for a minute, but then right back to the past. The gameday portion is doing the same thing. The only benefit is that I didn’t have to / get to hear the 1 run in the first, it backed up with the bases loaded.

  32. Mwv

    Did it look to anyone else like Cozart was limping a bit?

    • tpteach

      Did it look to anyone else like Cozart was limping a bit?

      Stumbled around 2nd base. We’ll see at the top if the 3rd.

  33. vegastypo

    Somebody better ask Ryan Hanigan if he ever heard of Wally Pipp.

  34. Kyle Farmer

    Get some oxygen out to Corky ASAP!

  35. ToddAlmighty

    Wow, Corky looked confused there. He didn’t know you were allowed to go straight to second base during your AB. If the Reds don’t crush Colon, there’s no excuse. He’s a fastball heavy thrower who is getting his velocity at 84mph.

    If you can’t beat up on multiple 84 mph fastballs in each AB, you need to retire or go to AAA.

    • CP

      @ToddAlmighty: Colon is 14-3 with an 2.50 ERA (& 3.29 FIP)

      The MLB would run out of hitters… 😀

      • ToddAlmighty

        @CP: Yes, but the announcers said that when he was getting that 14-3 record that he was throwing ~91mph and it’s just been the last couple weeks when he’s been throwing 84-86mph. 40-year-old almost entirely fastball pitcher who’s lost 5-6mph on their velocity? Less impressive then.

      • ToddAlmighty

        @CP: Kind of like that period a year or two ago when Chapman could only get his fastball up to like 94 for awhile and just got pounded on.

  36. Bruuuuuce

    He’s a rumbling, he’s a bumbling! Corky!!!!

  37. tpteach

    Was that called 3rd strike on Choo REALLY a strike??

    • Mwv

      @tpteach: Looked like it to me, one of those Sam Specials that came back over the plate.

  38. Mwv

    Wow, he got it up to 91 to slip that one past Frazier.

  39. Bruuuuuce

    Even though Frazier went down swinging, he has seen 14 pitches in his two ABs thus far. Good sign he is being patient.

  40. Hunt4RedsOctober

    I’d be curious to know what the percentage of scoring innings are 1 run innings for the Reds.

    • tpteach

      I’d be curious to know what the percentage of scoring innings are 1 run innings for the Reds.

      This.

    • homerandbruce

      @Hunt4RedsOctober: They used to be a team that put up one big inning and then didn’t score again. Now, they can barely scratch across one at a time.

  41. Mwv

    That was a great pitch, had him completely out of synch on that swing.

  42. Mwv

    Another good play by Bruce, not as spectacular as last night though.

  43. rhayex

    Anyone else suspicious that Colon lost 5-6 MPH on his fastball? Also, that this occurred around the time when the Biogenesis suspensions were up in the air? AND he was already busted for PED use last year?

    Just saying.

    • CP

      @rhayex: That isn’t how PEDs work. They aren’t like Bane & Venom.

      • rhayex

        @CP: Yeah, but he also got busted for PEDs LAST year. Could it be that he had to strain harder due to losing his velocity, until he couldn’t do it anymore and had to pitch normally? That’d make sense to me, a la how Bailey can hit 98 but stays around 92-95 normally.

        Also, plus one for reference.

      • CP

        @rhayex: I honestly think he just got old, similar to Bronson. The PEDs were probably just to keep him as injury free as possible. Bartolo is older and has weight issues. Depending on what he was using, PEDs make it easier to retain lean muscle mass while dieting. Otherwise, he’d really have to diet hard, making injuries even more likely.

  44. rhayex

    Anyone have a link to watch/listen to the game online? Mine don’t work, and I don’t have cable.

  45. Mwv

    Was making a sandwich, how’d Joey get on?

  46. tpteach

    Two BP at bats with men on base = two unproductive outs.

  47. Mwv

    That ball was murdered, zero doubts. BRUUUUUCE!!!

  48. tpteach

    BRUUUUUUUUUUUuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuccccccceeeee!!!!!!

  49. vegastypo

    Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Kyle Farmer

    Wow. What a pretty swing by Jay Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuce.

  51. ToddAlmighty

    Stupid Votto, clogging the bases with his high on base percentage. He should have been swinging wildly for HRs and HRs only. We don’t need no stinkin 2-run HRs.

  52. rhayex

    Dear lord, I want to watch this game so badly.

  53. pinson343

    Colon is the least scary 14-3 pitcher I’ve ever seen. Nothing but an 85 mph fsstball.

    • ToddAlmighty

      @pinson343: He was throwing 91mph for most of the season when he got that, apparently. 85mph is a lot less impressive.

  54. Bruuuuuce

    Joey Bats is heating up

    In his last 8 games coming into today, he is 11-24 with 9 BBs.

  55. pinson343

    Who would win a sumo wrestling match between Colon and Corky ?

  56. Sultan of Swaff

    A’s color man just said Bruce used to be an indifferent outfielder, and that he’s worked hard to make himself a better defender.

    ???

    LOL.

  57. Mwv

    Did he just throw at Corky’s stache? Is that legal?

  58. Mwv

    Okay this is not reality. I have to be asleep.

  59. vegastypo

    Nice job, Corky !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  60. Bruuuuuce

    Corky “Don’t call me Johnny Bench” Miller strikes again!

  61. pinson343

    Corky didn’t like that high and inside pitch.

  62. RedZeppelin

    Everything I thought I knew about baseball is wrong.

    • Mwv

      @josephneely25: Still a long way to go, Bruce might launch another one or Homer might throw a complete game. For the moment though I’d give it to him just for that angry double after his stache got brushed back for leaning over the plate.

  63. tpteach

    That is a pretty sight: opposing pitcher pulled after 2 2/3 innings. Sweet dreams are made of these.

  64. ToledoRedsFan

    Just dropped Bartolo Colon from my fantasy team and replaced him with Tony Cingrani: Kid Furious.

    Never been happier to drop a player. GO REDS.

  65. tpteach

    I love Choo at bats. Even though it was an out he looks totally in control. No hacking. Working the count. Will miss him next season.

  66. ToddAlmighty

    Has Corky even had two doubles in a SEASON before? Let alone a single game…

  67. Steve Mancuso

    Oakland double switches out Seth Smith who was batting second presumably because he’s batting like .900 against Homer. Either they didn’t really take such a small sample size seriously to begin with, or the last AB where Homer made Smith look silly was fresh in their minds.

    Either way, Homer getting some run support today.

    • vegastypo

      Either way, Homer getting some run support today.

      Long, long overdue …

      • ToddAlmighty

        @vegastypo: You know, part of that is Homer’s own fault. Despite Corky getting divine assistance and hitting two doubles today, Bailey’s insistence on throwing to him instead of Mesoraco has no small effect on lower run support I am sure.

  68. Omri

    Cozart is getting on base and Corky is smashing doubles. WHAT MADNESS IS THIS?!?

  69. Hunt4RedsOctober

    Corky now has a high BA than Heisey.

  70. tpteach

    Why am I nervous about this game right now?

  71. tpteach

    Yup. Thankfully they sent that runner.

  72. homerandbruce

    Bruce looking like he wants to be MVP.

  73. 315redsfan

    Corky blocked the plate with his facial hair. FEAR THE STASH!!!

  74. Kyle

    I have to think Bruce has a shot at the gold glove this year. Only one error, covering a lot of ground, and still has that arm. He was great in RF a couple of years ago, regressed a bit, and is probably better than ever this season. Good start to this game. Would be excellent to get the short sweep heading into a very soft run of games.

    Fun Corky stat:
    Corky has played for 5 teams. He has hits for 3 teams. The Reds are the only team he has more than 12 hits for (82 now). He has 12 for the Braves, 8 for the White Sox, 0 for the Twins and Red Sox.

    From 2004-2006 (Reds, Red Sox, then Twins), he hit .018 (!), going 1-55 during that stretch. For the Red Sox and Twins, he went a combined 0-16 with 0 BBs. So Corky has more hits today in 3 innings than he got in 3 years during the prime of his career.

    • ToddAlmighty

      @Kyle: Wonder how much those slumps effected him mentally which led to some defensive lapses. Now this year he’s been the most consistent he’s ever been and his defense has come back up with him. Gunning guys out at second or home. Making no small number of runners accept singles instead of doubles, stopping at 2nd rather than going first to third, and holding up at third rather than trying to score.

      • Kyle

        @ToddAlmighty: I’d be curious about what people think about Bruce’s year thus far. I think the stats would show a slight improvement over his average season at the plate. It feels like he is hitting better than that to me. Lots of doubles, just off his career high in HRs, going the other way, hitting LHP hard, and fewer slumps so far. His BB is down but everything else looks really good. None of this accounts for his defense, which has been excellent. A fun year to be a Jay Bruce fan to this point.

  75. 315redsfan

    Watching Todd at the plate is painful right now…

  76. Baseclogger

    Something like 8 games ago I said “I wonder if Todd Frazier will ever have another hit in the major leagues.” I THOUGHT I was joking….

    • renbutler

      @Baseclogger: Robin Ventura once went on an 0-39 streak — also in his second season.

      It’s an anomaly. A painful anomaly, but still an anomaly.

  77. vegastypo

    Corky seemed to limp off the field, now Devin pinch hitting?

  78. Kurt Frost

    1-8 with RISP and five runs??? Is this some kind of magic???

  79. Steve Mancuso

    I hate bunting the guy from second to third base. It lowers the run expectancy of the inning. Cozart was having a nice day at the plate. Can’t believe they pitched to Hot Mes instead of bringing up Homer.

  80. Mwv

    Oi, we’re up 5-2 and we have bunted into both outs in this inning.

  81. laus Deo

    Why is mes in so early? anyone know if something happened to doubles king corky? 😛

  82. vegastypo

    an insult to Super Todd !! C’mon, Todd. Time to break out of this!!!!!!!!!

  83. tpteach

    Walking Choo to get to Frazier? Seems like the right move to me. Make ’em pay Todd!

  84. Sultan of Swaff

    The ruling is error on Donaldson?!? That’s a hit for Mez IMO>

  85. Bruuuuuce

    Ok Todd, they are coming to you.

  86. Steve Mancuso

    Marty (the Reds broadcaster): “Sometimes he swings at off speed pitches like he’s never seen them before.”

    See, I just don’t think the Reds announcer should be saying stuff like that, even when it’s true.

  87. drgonzo

    i cancelled my mlb tv subscription yesterday, so the reds should win 20 in a row. man frazier looks goooooooooood.

  88. tpteach

    I am so glad there are others on this board who are against the sac bunting obsession of Mr. Baker. It’s like nails on a chalkboard to me and it’s nice to see others have the data to back up that sentiment. Can’t wait to see what next year’s manager will bring to the table with our team!

    • renbutler

      RE: bunt stats

      Okay, so the data say that bunting reduces run expectancy. Are the data broken out between hitting pitchers and position players? That is, among all pitchers’ bunt attempts, is run expectancy reduced?

      I mean, perhaps you don’t want decent hitters bunting. But what about .150-hitting pitchers? Is run expectancy decreased when just THOSE batters are considered?

      • renbutler

        @Steve Mancuso: Thank you. So anger about Cozart bunting is well placed, but anger about the pitchers bunting can often be wasted energy. (Although neither situation is an absolute, IMO.)

    • renbutler

      @tpteach: BTW, Baker will be back next year, and you’re going to have to learn how to deal with it.

      • tpteach

        @tpteach: BTW, Baker will be back next year, and you’re going to have to learn how to deal with it.

        We shall see about that.

  89. homerandbruce

    Mes in to catch Bailey. Hope Homer doesn’t get all out of whack.

  90. tpteach

    Uh oh. Is this inning proof why Bailey can’t pitch to Mes?

    • Mwv

      @tpteach: Too bad, no other catchers on the team. He’ll just have to learn to deal with it.

      • tpteach

        @tpteach: Too bad, no other catchers on the team.He’ll just have to learn to deal with it.

        Looks like he’s handling it well.

    • homerandbruce

      @tpteach: I hope not. Hopefully it’s just because Donaldson absolutely owns him.

  91. Bruuuuuce

    Ondru & Villanueva shouldnt sniff this game

  92. Mwv

    This A’s team is somehow constantly able to squeak balls down that first base line for doubles and triples.

  93. homerandbruce

    Or maybe Homer just can’t pitch to Mes. Gets in his head.

  94. Sultan of Swaff

    This is all Mesoraco’s fault!!!

  95. kywhi

    Now this is frustrating. Homer gets a big lead and has nearly blown it at a time when this team just can’t afford it.

  96. homerandbruce

    Homer got some runs today. All due respect to you FIP folks, but Homer ain’t no ace.

  97. pinson343

    This should have been an easy win. I’m disgusted.

  98. cincyreds14

    Homer is definitely a head case. Given a 6-2 lead into the 6th and blows up – he is just not mentally tough. Should have traded him and Chapman to Miami for Stanton at the trade deadline.

    • homerandbruce

      @cincyreds14: Pretty sure Stanton wasn’t available. And it would have taken more than that to get him.

      • cincyreds14

        @homerandbruce: Probably so, but it wouldn’t have hurt to ask. Who knows, Marlins need to sell tickets, a 100+ fast ball from a Cuban closer and 2 n-hitters from the other – who knows, Homer could throw the Marlins first no-no – that would be a selling point.

      • homerandbruce

        @cincyreds14: I’d definitely like to see them explore the market for those two this off-season though. Could bring back quite a haul.

  99. Sultan of Swaff

    I can’t remember a single changeup away to the A’s lefty hitters by Homer. Gotta make adjustments, guys.

  100. wildwestLV

    Wow. Homer really can’t toss to Mes.

    • cincyreds14

      @wildwestLV: It has absolutely nothing to do with who Homer is pitching to – he simply has an extremely fragile ego. If everything doesn’t go his way he implodes.

      • cincyreds14

        @Steve Mancuso: Hurt your feelings there, Steve? And as far as ridiculous statements – that’s your minority opinion – so please keep them to yourself.

      • cincyreds14

        @cincyreds14: Thanks for showing up to make an utterly ridiculous, unsupported comment. Straight of out 2009.

        These types of personal castigating others comments are really un-necessary. Please keep them to yourself and talk about the Reds.

      • Jason1972

        @wildwestLV: It has absolutely nothing to do with who Homer is pitching to – he simply has an extremely fragile ego. If everything doesn’t go his way he implodes.

        All the guy has done is to be awesome practically the whole year. Is Adroyo a head case too after his last performance? This comment is just ignorant and worthless arblgarbl.

      • cincyreds14

        @Jason1972: Yeah, it’s definitely Mez. That’s why the greatest catcher of all time, Johnny Bench, is singing Mez’s praises – so Bench must make ignorant and worthless statements as well.

  101. Sultan of Swaff

    Dumbest play in baseball—the mindless running on contact. Don’t think, just run! *facepalm*

  102. Hunt4RedsOctober

    I go away for 10 minutes and this happens?

  103. Bruuuuuce

    ESPN is showing 3 outs. What the hell is going on?

  104. Baseclogger

    Nobody hits Parra. Don’t even try.

  105. kywhi

    The improvement of Parra continues to amaze. Now let’s get some more runs and overcome the Homer meltdown.

  106. renbutler

    Man, Parra has been SO GOOD for the last two months.

    Not bad for a guy about whom some people here were saying should never even sniff an MLB roster…

  107. homerandbruce

    Sure am glad we stuck with Parra. Turned out to be a pretty good investment.

  108. Hunt4RedsOctober

    Where would the Reds be without Manny Parra?

  109. Baseclogger

    Our reaction to Manny Parra entering a game has evolved from “Looks like Dusty is giving up” to “Dusty is managing like it’s the 7th game of the World Series.”

  110. Steve Mancuso

    I don’t think Corky got hurt on the play at the plate. I think he got hit by a foul ball on the inside of his thigh after that.

  111. CI3J

    Yet another Homer meltdown…. Hope the Reds can at least salvage this one.

    • ToledoRedsFan

      @CI3J: They’d better. Blowing a four run lead hurts badly.

      • CI3J

        @Steve Mancuso:

        Or how about the 9th time Homer has given up 4 runs or more, by far and away worst on the team?

        We really need to get the Good Homer/Bad Homer meme going. I mean, he’s had more bad games than Arroyo (using 4 runs as the guideline) or the exact same number (using 4+ runs as the guideline).

        Seems a bit biased, doesn’t it?

      • Steve Mancuso

        @CI3J: Yes, we certainly need to get another “good/bad” meme going because they are so enlightening. Instead of trying to call outings “good and bad” just look at the season-long stats.

        Homer has been one of the top ten pitchers in the major leagues this year.

      • CI3J

        @Steve Mancuso:

        According to certain stats, yes.

        Other stats, not so much. Many would say he’s not even the best pitcher on this team, much less that majors.

      • ToddAlmighty

        @Steve Mancuso: I am sorry, but I simply don’t buy him being a top-10 in all of MLB. Even before this bad start of his, he was 43rd in ERA, 11th in Ks, 24th in WHIP, 31st in AVG, 34th in IP… and really too lazy right now to look up more, besides those numbers were before he went 5.1 innings, 9 hits, 5 runs, 1 bb, 3 k today.

        I’m sure he’s amazing in FIP or whatever, but that never seems to match his actual production. I just really don’t see how you can honestly say he’s a top-10 pitcher in all of MLB… unless you add an asterick that means: as long as FIP is what you go by.

  112. Big Ed

    Do they use Broxton in a tight game today?

  113. ToledoRedsFan

    I, too, am glad Parra has been better these past few months, but I’m still not 100% sold. He has a career WHIP of over 1.6, and a career ERA over 5. I don’t think the guy we’ve seen these past few months isn’t who Manny Parra is. I would be curious about whether the advanced pitching stats support me or not (I admittedly don’t understand all of them).

    • ToledoRedsFan

      I should add that @ToledoRedsFan: I should add that I hope I’m wrong–I really like what Manny has done for us lately.

  114. WedgieSanders

    I hope someone is warming in the Pen( not Broxton). Parra is looking good but he doesn’t get to face this manny* hitters very often.

  115. Kyle Farmer

    Sam! Would have been nice to see him brought into the game on Sunday while it was still in doubt.

  116. ToddAlmighty

    Man, how is it that all of the Reds pitchers other than Bailey can look so good even when Mesoraco is catching? I think Bailey is such a headcase that he’s convinced himself that he doesn’t pitch well when Mesoraco catches, so he doesn’t pitch well.

    LeCure threw a couple nasty pitches there. Also put that strike three right where Mesoraco was calling for it.

    • CI3J

      Man, how is it that all of the Reds pitchers other than Bailey can look so good even when Mesoraco is catching? I think Bailey is such a headcase that he’s convinced himself that he doesn’t pitch well when Mesoraco catches, so he doesn’t pitch well.

      Probably. There is a lot of evidence that Bailey has a very fragile ego, he’s just worked to cover it up in recent seasons.

  117. Sultan of Swaff

    You really gotta credit the Reds for paring down the repertoires of Simon and Parra, which has led to the success we’re seeing from them.

  118. Sultan of Swaff

    Bailey—he had a rough go of it for many years–rushed to the bigs, multiple coaches/managers, trashed by the media. You can build up a lot of resentments over that time. I think that’s part of the reason he marches to his own drummer and his trust level isn’t as high as some other guys. While I hope he re-signs, I could see from his point of view wanting a change of scenery…..especially with all the free agent money sloshing around.

    • CI3J

      @Sultan of Swaff:

      He’s a pretty decent player, and if he does re-sign it would save the Reds the trouble of having to scramble to find a replacement for him, which would be hard to do.

      However, there is no room for egos on this team. If Bailey thinks he can do/deserves better than the Reds, I hope the front office realizes it and trades him before other teams catch on.

    • homerandbruce

      @Sultan of Swaff: No evidence to support this, but I think Homer has no intention of re-upping with the Reds.

  119. Baseclogger

    I think it’s worth noting that Bailey gave up 2 runs in the first 3+ innings, and it would have been at LEAST 3 runs were it not for a great throw by Bruce. So I’m not convinced Mes’s presence had anything to do with anything. Bailey just didn’t have it today. These things happen.

  120. WedgieSanders

    Chapman is up and getting loose too. Maybe the day Frazier bats second is also the same day Chapman gets more than a three out save?

    • Baseclogger

      Chapman is up and getting loose too. Maybe the day Frazier bats second is also the same day Chapman gets more than a three out save?

      Baker sometimes likes to have Chapman warm up in the 8th to phrove ow flexible he is. No intention of using him, of course.

  121. Steve Mancuso

    These claims that Homer is a “head case” or has a “fragile ego” where is the support for them?

    Homer has pitched really well this year, by any measure. In more than half his games this year, he’s given up two or fewer runs. Did everything just go right in those games? Homer strikes me as having a lot of fortitude. He’s continued to excel this year despite historic levels of non-support from the offense.

    Regarding his compatibility with Mesoraco, again, that’s entirely speculation. Does anyone have any quotes from Homer or anyone else about it. Mes has caught Homer four times this year before today and over 20 times last season. Why in the world is “ego” involved in the catching situation today?

    I really wish fans would keep their psychological characterizations of players out of it. None of us really know anything about who or what these players are personally, either good or bad.

    • Baseclogger

      @Steve Mancuso: The proof is that he sometimes gives up hits and runs. Only a headcase would allow something like that to happen.

      • Jason1972

        @Steve Mancuso: The proof is that he sometimes gives up hits and runs. Only a headcase would allow something like that to happen.

        Hits and runs! The smoking gun to Homer’s head casiness!

    • CI3J

      @Steve Mancuso:

      It’s not speculation, Steve, there are media reports of Bailey taking subtle digs at Mesoraco. There is enough to it that people have noticed it. What, you think we’re all out just to bash Homer Bailey?

      • Steve Mancuso

        @CI3J: Got any links to those media reports? What the heck is a subtle dig?

        Anyone who makes a comment about Homer or any other player being a “head case” or “fragile ego” is yes, just out to bash a player. Yes. You think it would be the first time that *totally uninformed* fans got something wrong about a player.

        And then these things take on a life of their own through repetition, if left unchallenged.

    • ToddAlmighty

      @Steve Mancuso: His historic levels of non-support from the offense is in no small part due to the fact that he’s refused to pitch to the catcher with a 91 OPS+ and instead continues to pitch instead to the 55 and 41 OPS+ catchers. Combine that with the fact that he’s not really a great batter (career negative OPS+) and that’s already 2 black holes normally per game, 3 if you want to count Cozart.

      I don’t know if there’s a stat out there that measures how many times a pitcher mentally collapses in a game, so I don’t have any numbers to provide to you on that matter, I just know he’s always seemed to let things effect him and snowball out of control. Now granted he’s been better than he used to be, but I still wouldn’t put him in the same mentally tough category as say Tony Cingrani.

      As for the ego aspect, correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t Homer Bailey one of the last two players in all of MLB to avoid arbitration before this season? I know for awhile it looked like they weren’t going to be able to avoid it. That tells me he thinks he’s worth a whole lot more than maybe the team thinks he is. Ego.

      • Steve Mancuso

        @ToddAlmighty: There’s no evidence that Bailey has “refused” to pitch to Mesoraco. And it’s only been in the past couple weeks that Devin’s bat has mattered. The difference in catcher hitting on the Reds is, in fact, a *small part* of the overall offense.

        I’ll type this slowly: In Homer’s 10 losses, the Reds have scored 11 runs. That’s Bruce, Votto, Phillips everyone – has scored 11 runs in those games. That’s not on Hanigan’s shoulders.

        “Mentally collapse.” Please. Whenever a pitcher gives up more than four runs has he suffered a “mental collapse?” If not, please let me know how you can tell otherwise that Homer has suffered from one. Can you read his face? Please tell me what measure you use to compare Bailey and Cingrani’s mental toughness? The scowl on their faces?

        If he has all these “mental collapses” how do you explain all the successful starts, the no-hitters, the nearly perfect post-season game, the six shutouts this year, etc.

        Earlier in his career – like back in 2008 and 2009, it looked like he got flustered when things went wrong. But that’s just simply an out of date comment.

        Regarding ego. My guess is that most professional athletes have a pretty healthy one. Being one of the last two players to reach arbitration might have had to do with (a) agent, (b) order the Reds processed the cases, (c) the length of time that they may have been negotiating a longer deal, etc. And the fact that he did settle, if he had such a big ego – wait, I thought it was fragile – is it big or fragile – or both? Poor Homer Bailey and his ego. Anyhow, he signed.

  122. dc937

    Not sure if this has been mentioned already, but I think the scoreboard operator for MLB Network is drunk. There are constantly mistakes and delays in the ball-strike count, which has made it very difficult for me to score this game.

    Anyway, back to the ol’ scorebook. Go Reds!

  123. Baseclogger

    Here’s a perfect 4-out save opportunity. I’m not betting on it.

  124. Matt WI

    WHHHHHHHHHHHATTTT? Marty just said Dusy is on record as saying “we’re at the time of year now where I’ll bring Chapman out in the 8th inning”

    • vegastypo

      @Matt WI: Yeah, twice now Dusty has said after the fact he was ready to do it, but ended up not needing to. Sounds like lip service to me, though. The first time was on the West Coast road trip.

  125. ToledoRedsFan

    Marty just observed that now would be a good time for a four out save. Sigh. We’ve gotten to the point where it’s obvious to Marty.

  126. Baseclogger

    See, this Dusty’s new game. He warms Chapman up in the 8th to show how “flexible” he is.

  127. Larry1980

    One positive this year has been the attendence. In past yrs a day game like this would get maybee 20,000 at best. Today it looks like about low to mid 30,000’s.

  128. wildwestLV

    I’m growing really weary of these hirsute hackers. Put them away, Hoover.

  129. vegastypo

    Way to win the battle!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  130. Sultan of Swaff

    Reddick just missed that. Whew.

  131. Bruuuuuce

    Gamecast had that ball scalded. Can anyone with video please explain what happened?

    • vegastypo

      @Bruuuuuce: Hard shot to right-center. Choo and Bruce approached, Bruce laid down to avoid a collision, Choo made the catch. Ball was hit hard.

  132. ToledoRedsFan

    “Boy was that scary!” –Marty

  133. CharlotteNCRedsFan

    I like Homer but I would be willing to deal him right after his next no-hitter or near no-hitter. There are some that just flat overrate the guy. If they start using FIP when counting runs he would be a top-10 pitcher but in the meantime, he just isn’t. For whatever reason. I’m not here to sort out the reason(s) why.

    • cincyreds14

      @CharlotteNCRedsFan: Good afternoon Charlotte. Thanks for your level-headed comment about H Bailey. And I definitely agree, the Reds should have tried to trade Bailey and Chappy for a solid if not spectacular bat (maybe at 3rd) at the trade deadline. What would the Marlins have wanted to Stanton – other teams pick up upcoming superstars (Detroit did). Why can’t the Reds?

  134. Baseclogger

    Dusty operates at a much higher level than we do. He knows that by getting Chapman warmed up in the 8th, he’s sending a message to the guy at the plate: “this is your team’s LAST chance to win, because if you get a hit, I’m bringing in my best pitcher.” It puts so much pressure on the batter — and he wilts. Chapman shuts down the opposition in the 8th without even throwing a pitch. Genius.

  135. Larry1980

    Is it me or does it feel like the Reds have dominated this game yet they only have a 1 run lead.

    • Baseclogger

      That’ll teach Frazier not to hit a hard foul ball….

      • Baseclogger

        @Baseclogger: (wasn’t supposed to be a response to Larry. Baseclogger is having some problems today….)

      • wildwestLV

        @Baseclogger: That was a clown move, bro. (j/k for those following the Nats/Braves back & forth on Twitter last night)

  136. Kyle

    Was shocked to see that Hoover’s ERA is now below 3 and took a look at his game log. I did not realize he has not given up a run in 2 months (since getting hit hard against St. Louis in that extra inning blowout).

    • Kyle

      @Kyle: Hoover after June 9: 0.00 ERA, 19 G, 22.2 IP, 0 R/ER, 10 H, 7 BB, 26 K.

      • ToddAlmighty

        @Baseclogger: Sure hope so. He’s worth more in a trade than as a 3.00 ERA, 60 IP relief pitcher.

      • Baseclogger

        @ToddAlmighty: If the team understood this, he wouldn’t be used the way he’s currently being used. Unless there’s a new GM or manager next season, my money is on Chapman closing for the Reds.

      • cincyreds14

        @WVRedlegs: Chapman is leaving?

        Hopefully, with Homer Bailey for a solid bat at 3rd that could hit 2nd in the order, right after Mez is installed as the Red’s clean-up hitter.

    • homerandbruce

      @Kyle: Hoover would make an effective closer. All the more reason to shop Chappy this winter.

  137. cincyreds14

    The following 10 NL starting pitchers have easily been better than Bailey in 2013. As it is, it would be very difficult to put Homer in the top 20 at this point in time:

    1. Clayton Kershaw
    2. Matt Harvey
    3. Patrick Corbin
    4. Jeff Locke
    5. Jose Fernandez
    6. Adam Wainright
    7. Madison Bumgarner
    8. AJ Burnett
    9. Mike Minor
    10. Shelby Miller

    Second Ten:
    M Leake, J Teheren, S Strasburg, Ryu, C Lee, J Zimmerman, K Lohse, M Latos, J De Larosa and G Gonzales.

    And why do some posters need to take it personal when another poster doesn’t agree with their preposterous statements? Definitely uncool…

    • WVRedlegs

      @cincyreds14:

      To put this into some kind of context, it would be nice to know what kind of criteria you used. Is this just opinion, or did you take the top 20 ERA pitchers?
      Bailey is much better than what you want to give him credit for.

      • cincyreds14

        @WVRedlegs: Bailey a top 10 SP – hardly:

        Criteria #1:
        Top 10 pitchers on the list have ERAs under 3.00 (with Shelby Miller’s the highest of the 10 at 2.89).

        Criteria #2:
        Sabermetrics

        Criteria #3:
        Wins

        Others on this Board make statements w/o support – ask them about their criteria (and no hitters are definitely a thing of beauty – but they don’t carry a lot of weight in the trade market. If so, why wouldn’t the Fish take the earlier proposed trade (Chapman and Bailey for Stanton) and another poster say it would take a lot more than Chapman and Bailey to acquire Stanton?

      • Steve Mancuso

        @cincyreds14:
        1. ERA is a good measure. FIP is better – it weeds out the effects of fielding and luck.

        2. “Sabermetrics” lol

        3. Wins are a terrible way to measure how well a pitcher has performed. It may be the worst. Depends too much on offense.

      • cincyreds14

        @Steve Mancuso:

        @cincyreds14:
        1. ERA is a good measure. FIP is better – it weeds out the effects of fielding and luck.

        2. “Sabermetrics” lol

        3. Wins are a terrible way to measure how well a pitcher has performed. It may be the worst. Depends too much on offense.

        Earned run average (ERA)
        “You’ve definitely seen this one before. It’s one of the most useful ways to determine a pitcher’s level of success. But did you also know that it’s a sabermetric?

        Earned run average is among the most important statistics in baseball, as it measures the number of earned runs a pitcher gives up per nine innings. The pitchers who allow the fewest earned runs are the ones who are considered most dominant as they allow the opposing team the fewest chances to score. Out of the past five AL Cy Young winners, how many led the league in ERA? All five of them.

        Fielding independent pitching (FIP)
        There’s a very good chance that you have not heard of this one before. FIP is an advanced sabermetric statistic as it measures what a pitcher’s ERA should really look like in regard to four primary statistics found in any pitcher’s line score: walks, hit by pitches, strikeouts and home runs allowed.

        FIP is calculated by multiplying the number of home runs allowed by 13, adding walks and hit by pitches and multiplying the sum by three, then adding these two numbers up and subtracting the number of strikeouts multiplied by two before dividing the total of those calculations by the number of innings pitched.”

        It sure sounds like FIP and ERA are both sabermetrics. And you scoffed at them?

        Maybe ML Baseball 101 is a good starting point for you – it sure seems like you have a lot to learn – not only about baseball but also about proper consideration and etiquette.

      • cincyreds14

        @Steve Mancuso:

        @cincyreds14:
        1. ERA is a good measure. FIP is better – it weeds out the effects of fielding and luck.

        2. “Sabermetrics” lol

        3. Wins are a terrible way to measure how well a pitcher has performed. It may be the worst. Depends too much on offense.

        No FIP does not – it doesn’t even factor in the # of hits (other than HR) or ER the pitcher has allowed.
        Simply put, a purely ancillary stat – not one to truly judge a pitcher’s -overall- performance.
        Now how many runs has the pitcher allowed (ERA) – that is the REAL question. And FIP does not even take that stat into consideration.

      • rhayex

        @cincyreds14: Because the reason the Marlins would want to trade Stanton is for many premier, CHEAP prospects, not two guys whose salaries are about to rise.

    • Steve Mancuso

      @cincyreds14: Aren’t you the person who called another commenter today an “idiot”?

      Curious how you judge when someone takes something personally as opposed to just disagreeing?

      • cincyreds14

        @Steve Mancuso: yup, just after he castigated and personally judged my comment. Stop directing personal judgments and comments at a poster and everything would turn out fine. As it is, you began this with directing a personal comment in my direction and hopefully this ends it. Please keep your comments directed at the Reds and not posters. Appreciate it!

      • Steve Mancuso

        @cincyreds14: I was careful in my response to you to call your comments ridiculous and unsupported. I didn’t call you any names. Those aren’t the same thing. You’re the one who seems to take criticism of anything you say personally. It’s not even logical that I would take “personally” something negative you wrote about Homer Bailey.

  138. rhayex

    Reading the comments, I want to take an impromptu poll.

    Question (unscientific): Does Homer Bailey have a big ego

    Next: Should the Reds extend Bailey or should they extend Latos?

    Final: Which would bring more should the Reds be forced to trade them, Bailey or Latos?

    • rhayex

      @rhayex: Obviously unscientific as the first question is biased. I’m still curious who thinks Bailey is like that though.

    • CharlotteNCRedsFan

      @rhayex: Probably but I’m guessing only a handful of MLBers don’t.

      Bailey

      Depends on who you trade him to. If it is to Steve’s team, I say Bailey. All others, Latos.

    • ToddAlmighty

      @rhayex: Ignoring the rest of it, I think they should extend Latos. He’s 18 months younger, is working on his 4th straight season of sub-3.5 ERA, 180+ innings pitched, 30+ games started.

      Bailey is older, and is trying for only his second season ever of 30+ starts, and under 4.40 ERA, as well as this season’s only the second time he’s pitched at least 140 innings in a season.

      Latos is simply more consistently good. I know there’s FIP and K/9 and all that which I never mentioned, but I would much rather sign a guy who I have faith will start 30 games, throw for over 180 innings, and get an ERA under 3.5 every year. Person can be as talented as they’d like, but it doesn’t matter unless you have faith they can do it game after game, year after year. With Latos, I do.

  139. ToddAlmighty

    These guys are driving me crazy with their Joey Votto hitting more HRs obsession. Also now I suppose RBI obsession.

    • CharlotteNCRedsFan

      @ToddAlmighty: Some may be struggling that JV is a 20-23 HR, 75 RBI guy. I say put him in the #2 hole and quit worrying about it. He is who he is. Ted Williams? Naw. More like a George Brett and that ain’t too bad.

      • ToddAlmighty

        @CharlotteNCRedsFan: I never really imagined Votto to be a 40 HR type guy, personally. That was more who I viewed Bruce as. The only way I could see Votto as a 40/100 type guy is if he had someone constantly getting on base ahead of him and a good batter behind him. Otherwise, why would an opposing pitcher ever want to give him anything good to swing at?

        Instead he’s sandwiched in between whomever Dusty is trying to get going (normally someone who has no business batting #2 like Cozart or Izturis), and Phillips who has been spectacularly average this season. .261/.313/.403, 92 OPS+, on pace for like ~20 GIDP. I’d throw Votto junk pitches all day.

        I think Votto’s much better than Brett. I also think the Reds are better off with someone like Votto, who’s game doesn’t revolve around HRs. I recall the Reds trying to build HR-reliant teams in the past. They didn’t have very good records. Votto is a career .317/.419/.547 hitter. Who could possibly find fault in that?

      • CharlotteNCRedsFan

        @ToddAlmighty: Much better? Hmmmm. Go have a look at Brett’s numbers during his prime – I think I nailed it actually. Sure his career numbers don’t match Votto’s numbers “now” but let’s see what Joey’s look like at the end of his career. Brett played until he was 40 years old and after his 30th year his numbers were fairly pedestrian by mortal standards. Don’t be shocked it we see similar things with JV at that point too.

        George Brett was a first ballot HF’er if I’m not mistaken so I certainly do not believe it is a rundown to compare Joey to him.

      • cincyreds14

        @CharlotteNCRedsFan: Absolutely agree- if Joey is favorably compared to G Brett, that would be an incredible complement to JV. As you clearly stated, Brett was a first ballot HOF, can’t do much better than that!

    • msanmoore

      @ToddAlmighty: One of the more annoying themes those two mediocre idiots dwelt on for the game.

      The simple reason BP has more RBI’s is that Joey is in front of him and gets on. If BP were still batting 2nd like the plan said, Joey would have more RBI’s. Their HR obsession as “that’s what you are paying for” is absurd. I want to see our Reds pay to field winning teams – period.

  140. Kyle

    Top of the A’s lineup. The Reds really need Chapman to be good today.

  141. wildwestLV

    I just read Votto’s lips: he cursed. Better tighten that up (although I don’t think Dusty could hear him).

  142. Bruuuuuce

    Who does Oakland have left on their bench to PH for the pitcher spot in the 9th?

    • renbutler

      @Sultan of Swaff: Gameday says Ball 1 was marginal at best, Ball 2 was way high.

      Can’t see for myself, as I’m back at work.

  143. homerandbruce

    Why do I always feel like Coco Cordero’s back whenever Chappy enters a game?

  144. Matt WI

    End this thing so I can go to my meeting with a free mind.

  145. vegastypo

    yeah, baby, still got the W !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  146. Matt WI

    Sweet. Here comes a run baby. Go Reds

  147. Sultan of Swaff

    103mph!

    OK, that’s 2 in a row. Let’s start stacking up wins now. We got the Padres, Cubs, and Brewers. Gotta make hay NOW.

  148. WedgieSanders

    Nice, nice, very nice WIN today. A shame there’s another off day tomorrow. Hard to get momentum going.

  149. Larry1980

    The Reds next 17 games are the Padres,Cubs,Brewers, and D-Backs if they want to make a move now is the time.

  150. renbutler

    With apologies to Sarge:

    29,746 showed up for today’s Titanic Struggle. 29,746

  151. WVRedlegs

    The tough stretch is over. Blues skies and calm waters ahead. Even with Baker at the helm.

  152. kywhi

    If things had kept going like they were the last two weeks we probably lose both of these games to Oakland. Is this mini-sweep the start of that long winning streak we’ve been looking for?

    • renbutler

      @kywhi: Not necessarily. Just like the mini-funk wasn’t the start of the “free-fall” some had been claiming.

  153. rfay00

    101, 101, 103. Get out of town Oakland, pay back.

  154. pinson343

    103 mph. That will do it. The A’s broadcasters, who were optimistic about the A’s chances the whole game, even when the score was 6-2, gave up when they saw Chapman was in form, and were saying how “entertaining” it is to watch Chapman, and following the radar gun on every pitch.

  155. ChrisInVenice

    Remember we used to worry every time Chapman pitched back-to-back games about the second game? Now that’s flipped.

    Good to get the mini sweep.

  156. Larry1980

    Is Kristina Akra the best lookin lady on MLB Network?

  157. msanmoore

    Nicely done by the pen after Homer struggled a bit. Hard game to listen to as the announcing crew (must be the “E-listers” from MLB) couldn’t even get things right.

    Still, it’s a win and a smile!

  158. CI3J

    Anyone remember when Hal McCoy called Homer a “little bit of a headcase”? Dude has been around baseball longer than most of us have been alive… Figure he knows a thing or two…

    That said, Reds survived another episode of said headcase today… Let’s keep it rolling!

    • renbutler

      @CI3J: So, where did McCoy get his degree in psychology?

      LOL

    • cincyreds14

      @CI3J: Latos over Bailey – by a seismic mile. Package and ship – isn’t that Fedex’s motto – well it should be the Reds.

    • Steve Mancuso

      @CI3J: That was Homer’s rookie year. Talk about comments from the past. Try reading something more recent from McCoy about Homer.

    • Steve Mancuso

      @CI3J: Here, try this article Hal McCoy wrote about Homer Bailey, in June of this year. Here’s the gist of it:

      “Homer Bailey wasn’t the most likeable guy ever to put on a major league baseball uniform when he walked into the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse for the first time in 2007. In fact, he was rude, condescending and cantankerous — and remained that way for a couple of years. Then, as if somebody slipped ‘Get Nice’ powder into his Gatorade, Bailey did a ‘180’ and today is one of the most cooperative and fun guys with whom to talk — and not just about baseball. He is a voracious reader, a country music lover, a horseman, a hunter and, oh yeah, a doggone good baseball pitcher.”

      http://pressprosmagazine.com/hal-mccoy-homers-odyssey/

      McCoy is a Hall of Famer and long time observer of baseball. Over the years, I haven’t learned to trust his views of the personal sides of players/managers. He seems to equate someone’s character with how open they are to talk to him. You can even see from this article, that’s what turned him off Homer at the start and what won him back. It was Homer’s willingness to talk to him. That’s something, but not much, really.

  159. Gusandwally

    Is it just me or does anyone else ever notice this. When the Reds bunt a runner over and win the game by one, all the Sabre guru’s seem to fade into the sunset. Saw a lot of post’s earlier about Dusty, Stupidity, and giving away outs. I never seem to see WOW we won , and how about manufacturing that run.