Considering the Reds just took it to the Cardinals and Dodgers by winning 6 of 7 games last week, it could be concerning to how the club’s focus will be as the lowly Cubs stroll into GABP for a series.  The good news is the Reds have owned the Cubs the last two seasons and they need to continue that trend with this series.  I hate to be extremely greedy, but anything less than a sweep against the Cubs will feel like a let down after the club’s play this week.

I was fortunate enough to be at Saturday’s and Sunday’s games in Cincinnati.  However like most of you, I will be forced to the living room couch for this series.  Let’s hope the Reds keep going and beat the stupid Cubs!  Discuss the game here!

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. We have no plate discipline, horrible pitch recognition and no patience at the dish. How come we can never have a blow out win or a nice and easy win? Its all always close and its always a case of missed chances and blown opportunities.

    • @Josh:

      Actually, prior to the weekend series against LA, four of the Reds’ last 5 wins had been by at least 4 runs. Cincy has had plenty of blowout wins this year.

  2. Another odd stat for the night:

    Through six innings, Reds are hitting 6 for 17 with runners NOT in scoring position. They are hitting 0 for 7 with RISP.

    Just bad luck that the hits have not been in succession. Maybe our luck will change the next couple innings.

  3. Cubs aren’t gonna lay down.

  4. Soto again? Really? WTF?

  5. Wow. Soto again

  6. Soto … will he see 4 pitches or 5?

  7. Neftali Strikeout is up.

  8. Soto – this is getting a little silly.

  9. Ace pinch hitter – Neftali Soto.

  10. He saw a ball!!!

  11. What’s the odds Dusty saw how much everyone made fun of him for having Soto PH yesterday so he decided to do it again?

  12. Well, at least he didn’t strike out.

  13. Will DB put Soto on the Playoff roster? It appears that he is the favorite PH.

  14. Soto is just hitting in some tough luck. That last pitch, he was all over it.

  15. Is there a risk that Soto gets demoralized and loses confidence? He is supposed to be a prospect, correct? Or is he considered a throw-away like Izturis?

  16. This game is over. What a horrible loss. Missed chance tonight! We’d be only 1 game out of first place. Watch the Pirates beat Texas and Darvish tonight as well. Back to 2 games back and in 3rd place.

    • @Josh: Jeez. This game is not over. Surely you didn’t think Travis Wood, who is the Cubs’ ace, would lie down for the team that traded him, did you?

    • @Josh:

      Would you feel better if we had lost last night and won tonight instead? We’d be in the same position anyway.

  17. So you want to start some offense, you put in a guy who clearly cannot hit big-league pitching. How many guys do we have on the bench? And why is Soto even on the roster?

  18. Reds gonna Cub

  19. I guess we want to give an out to the cubbies, Soto .. really? again? what gives?

    I guess since we won last 2 series, it is ok to lose this one.. Dusty’s way

  20. Gio Gonzalez, 6 innings into a no-no.

  21. Dusty really has surrendered this game. Soto and now Ondrusek?

  22. Can I ask a serious question? Does tonight’s game count less than last night’s game in the standings?

  23. Soto first off the bench, Ondrusek in the 8th. Operation: White Flag is now complete.

    • @ToddAlmighty: With the other right handed pinch hitting options not exactly being stellar, maybe Dusty is trying to catch lightning in a bottle with Soto by giving him a test. I think the experiment is a failure so far, though.

  24. Does that make Ondrusek a ROOGY?

  25. guess 6 of 7 was a surprise… so losing this one balances it out? 1 less game to to the season.. and we will be 3 games out of Cards on the loss column…

    sorry but i don’t see us making up that against the cards…3 with 17 to go is tough to make up in baseball..

    Reds and Pirates 1 game hopefully in GABP… then we play the Braves? that would be fun….not really..

    well at least last week was exciting…

    • @tae:

      Actually, I think it would be quite fun to play the Braves in the division series. I would love to see it happen, and I believe we would win.

      • @docmike: since the choices are Braves, Dodgers and prob Cards, yes, I suppose Braves would be “better” one to play than the other two.. We slept the Dodgers but they are very good… just loaded lineup and pitching…

        • @tae:

          Yeah, that’s probably the team I would worry about the least, even if the Braves do have home field advantage. Would much rather go to ATL than have to fly out west or go to Busch.

  26. Would rather see Hamilton get an AB – Soto has contributed nothing at this point since callup

    • No crap. Billy Hamilton is supposedly banned from ever having a plate appearance, but Soto is Instant Offense according to Baker. I guess his .313 AAA OBP is much more impressive than Hamilton’s .308.

  27. Ondrusek doesn’t bother me in that situation. The Soto move is just mind-boggling.

    • @Johnu1:

      Agreed. The kid is CLEARLY overmatched right now.

      Maybe Willy Tavares passed along some of those incriminating photos he had a couple years ago?

    • @Johnu1: yup! mind boggling.. just don’t get it… maybe it’s a family favors.. or just plain dumb.. Ondrusek is fine here…

      we need to score in 8th… have #2, 3, and 4 hitter…

    • @Johnu1:
      i was kinda wondering about the Soto thing and thought they might have wanted to save Mes or Ludwick for late innings and I checked other RH batters…
      Robinson is batting over .280 against Left-handers why not use him?
      Is there any reason, I thought there is talk he might take the final roster position?

  28. I still like our path via the WC and playing the Braves first over facing the Dodgers in the NLDS.

  29. Nice AB by Phillips.

  30. This team certainly does not get very many “productive” outs.

    • @kywhi:

      I don’t want a “productive out” from Votto. I want him swinging for a hit, preferably a double or homer.

        • @kywhi:

          The point being, I don’t want him trying to make a productive out in that situation. I don’t want him giving up his out, just so he can advance the runner with a grounder to second.

          What I want is for him to be Joey Votto and try to drive the ball. Sometimes luck is not with you and a line drive goes right at somebody. That’s baseball. I still don’t want to change his approach.

      • @docmike: Didn’t Votto line out to the left fielder? And then Frazier line out to the first basemen? Bruce’s at bat was awful, of course. Is there an actual scouting report on these call-up unknown pitchers, and if so, do the Reds batters actually read it?

  31. Brutal AB by Bruce.

  32. Mama said there’ll be days like this…

  33. Yep, we’re beat tonight.
    Who is Pedro Strop?

    • @Johnu1: Strop is pretty talented but erratic. He was great for Baltimore last year. Traded to the Cubs in the Feldman deal.

  34. Terrible to lose to the lousy Cubs but the Reds only lose a half a game.

    Hopefully, they will show more of a sense of urgency tomorrow.

    I was hoping Milton was gone for the year.

    • @Hunt4RedsOctober: This game is not Milton-worthy. Just getting beat by good pitching.

      • @Billy Joe in Chi-Town: maybe not Milton worthy, but we need to beat good pitching… what do you think playoff teams bring… nothing but good pitching every game…

        using Football analogy, I “do” think today, we have a bit of a letdown from 7 intense games last week… not an excuse, but that is what it seems to me..

        this game is done… we r not coming back down 2.. against a very good closer in the 9th.

        never say never, but this year, I don’t see it

      • @Billy Joe in Chi-Town:

        The same thing just happened to the Dodgers a couple weeks ago. Travis Wood beat Clayton Kershaw in another pitcher’s duel. It happens.

    • @Hunt4RedsOctober: only lose 1/2 game yes, but we would be 3 games on the loss column w/ only 17 to go…

      unless Cards go on a .500 win/loss streak rest of the way against inferior competition, we aren’t likely to catch up… not like this… we need to go 14-3 or 13-4 to have a real decent chance to catch up… and we have 6 games against pirates…

      not a high chance…

      i m mentally preparing for a one game playoff against pirates hopefully at our home… that way, i m just going to enjoy the rest of the season instead of stressing each and every game remaining..

      as many have said, once we r in, and win one in the playoff, then anything can happen…

      let’s relax and enjoy

    • @Hunt4RedsOctober:

      I would say no Milton, if only because Arroyo pitched very well. Milton should be saved for a complete, total team collapse.

  35. The truth is that, even the games the Reds win, the offense is quite erratic … or more specifically, not very good.

    I am still in the camp of being a bit weary of hearing about overall numbers. You can’t keep winning games in the bottom of the 9th.

  36. So Parra is supposed to get lefties out … I guess the sample size suggested this would happen.

  37. Nobody in the bullpen?
    Throw in the towel, Baker.

  38. This reds team just aren’t sharp… one week of good ball… entire year of mediocre ball…

    worse yet, managed by a sleep walker who believes Soto is the answer to hitting..

    God I hope he’s gone after this year… can’t stand watching Dusty for more years to come…

    • @tae: Thought you were going to stop stressing out over this? A true fan, we can’t keep promises to ourselves despite our best intentions.

    • @tae:

      Come on now… going into today the Reds were 82-62, twenty games over .500. There were exactly six teams that were more than twenty games over, making us tied for the 7th best record in baseball. That’s hardly mediocre.

  39. Parra pitch count at 25 and counting. Scary.

  40. I miss Marmol.

  41. Another excellent pitching performance from reds staff – can’t ask for anything more – offense “out to lunch” again; has happened way too many times this year; its amazing that the pitching has been so good considering all the key injuries

    • @RedAlert: There just are not enough talented hitters on this team. Really only two, one is an ideal two-spot hitter who is hitting three because there is no one better, the other is a good lead-off man but struggles to hit lefties. Then BP and Bruce, who have moments but are very inconsistent and can go days without a clue. That’s about it. The rest are in the .250 or less category, no speed and not much power. So it is pitching or nothing as a general rule with this team.

  42. Who’s Dusty signaling to? I didn’t think anyone was throwing.

  43. Parrots are on the board.

  44. Odd. Brantley and Kelch were saying no one was warming up in the bullpen, yet Dusty signals for Simon to come in. Did Simon not warm up?

  45. According to Brantley, the Reds have not been shut out by the Cubs since 08.

  46. Rally caps, gentlemen.

  47. Breath of life.

  48. Cozy! C’mon Ryan. Need another hero AB.

  49. Chapman loosening.

  50. I will say if this turns out to be the real Cozart, and the light bulb stays on, that is major good news for the Reds future. Then you just need to solve the third base and left field bat problem.

  51. Seems like every time we get a man on, we end up hitting a line drive right at somebody.

    • @docmike: I suspect the Dodgers felt a bit like that last night. It happens sometimes. Swinging at balls out of the strike zone means there are less of those line drives to eventually fall in, though. I am talking to you,
      XP!

      • @Billy Joe in Chi-Town:

        Sometimes the baseball gods are smiling at you, like when Frazier’s routine grounder found a hole on Saturday. Sometimes, when the Reds’ line drives end up in somebody’s glove, it’s apparent that it’s just not your night.

      • @Billy Joe in Chi-Town: XP was trying to be the hero when he had a good chance to set up Choo at the plate as the go-ahead run.

  52. Anemic performance. Sux. This team needs to get some rest. 🙁

  53. Season over!

  54. Also seems like every time tonight we got a 90 mph fastball down the heart of the plate, we just fouled it off. Those are the ones you have to get.

  55. Great pitching by Bronson and the pen but won’t win if you can’t score. Can’t lose many more games if we hope to take the division. Get them tomorrow.

  56. Bad loss to a bad team

    • @RedAlert:

      Maybe, but you can’t expect the Reds to beat the Cubs every game. They are still 13-4 against them after tonight, I’d say that’s pretty good.

  57. On 2-0 in that situation (Choo on deck as the go-ahead run), and a pitcher who has a high walk rate, XPaul should have just looked for a meatball right down the plate, otherwise take the pitch.

    • @pinson343:

      Agree completely. He HAS to take that pitch, and if it’s called a borderline strike, so be it. At 2-0, you just don’t swing at a pitcher’s pitch.

    • @pinson343: Well, he thought it was a meatball that was bouncing along the floor, so he swung at it.

  58. 22,920 showed up for tonight’s game, 22,920.

  59. Sorry but don’t see the big deal, again I think our chances are better facing Braves in NLDS over Dodgers.

  60. “Anything less than a sweep against the Cubs will feel like a let down.” In that case the whole series already feels like a letdown. Actually I’ll feel OK if the Reds win the next two.

    • @pinson343:

      I would be very happy with 2 out pf 3 from the Cubs. That would be an 8-2 homestand, and I’ll take that every time.

    • @pinson343: if you look at the one series, you r right.. but if you want to win the pennant, it’s not ok… because w/ every loss gives you less chance to reduce the gap between us and Cards… it’s now 3 games on loss column… if you do the math, it’s very unlikely we would be able to catch up 3 games with 17 to go… can be done, but you can’t afford another night like this one…

      see u tomorrow.. i am sure we will wake up for tomorrow’s game..

  61. I take back what I said about BA. This is all on the offense.

  62. for some reason, winning a thriller versus losing to Cubs… today’s loss gives a lot more emotion for me… these kind of games you really can’t afford to lose this late in season .. hope this wakes them up and realize they have to go play EVERY game like it’s the last game of the year…

  63. As a Reds fan I think I felt as flat as the players looked tonight. After the week the Reds just had I think the Reds were susceptible to a bit of a letdown having to face the hapless Cubs. We’ll get back on track tomorrow no doubt. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  64. 13-4 against Cubs is indeed very good – the timing of this loss stinks though

  65. Even though this loss hurts, I ask everyone: How would you feel if we had lost to Kershaw last night, and won tonight instead? We are still in the same position as if it had been the other way around.

  66. True, true

  67. Just think about it this way. Yes, we lost a game to the Cubs that, on paper, we should have won. But last night, we stole one from Clayton Kershaw that, on paper, we should have lost. It all evened out in the long run.

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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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