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Game Thread: Reds at AAAstros (2013.09.17)

Cincinnati and Houston play game 2 of this series tonight in Texas.  The Reds have inched within 2.5 games of both Pittsburgh and St. Louis and must be thinking of sweeping this series to have any shot at catching St. Louis for the division.  With six games still left versus Pittsburgh, the Reds could use these wins to try and gain ground on the Pirates if the two teams are to meet in that one-game playoff.

Discuss the game here Reds fans!  Go Reds!

227 thoughts on “Game Thread: Reds at AAAstros (2013.09.17)

    • @RedTitan19: I think Reynolds will be OK. His bad outing came in emergency relief. As a starter his last two starts were good. He pitched the Reds best game and one win in Denver.

    • @RedTitan19:
      Not particularly, would feel a whole lot better about Latos going on his normal rest.
      But admire the all-in mentality. The Reds control their own destiny, win 7 of the next 10 and they are in, merely win the 2 series with Pirates and host the wild card if they can stay even with them on the other days.

  1. With the *assumed* win tonight…Reds Magic Number for the playoffs is 7 !

  2. hey look, we have a true AAA game now going on in Houston with the Reds subs.

  3. If there are concerns tonight, the AAAstros are not the Brewers. I cannot believe how bad Houston is.

  4. My only (paranoid) fear is that, after playing the ‘Stros (depending on what happens tomorrow), the Reds will feel like those guys in the DirectTV NFL Sunday Ticket commercials (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kgah-_Xem-c) and if the Padres sweep the Rats, reality will come crashing down, come Friday night.

  5. I have to assume that if Marshall isn’t used, then Marshall isn’t available.

  6. The 3rd base ump aka Cartmans Dad is past due for his midnight snack, he ready to go.

  7. Do you think it’s safer to be INSIDE Minute Maid Park, or OUT in the parking lot, right about now?

  8. How about Leake, that is over 20 staright scoreless innings. Do you leave him in for the Shutout?

    He probably pitches once more for 2013. I do not see how he makes the roster if Cueto and Marshall and Cigrani are available.

    It probably comes down to him or Simon

      • @Johnu1:
        If Cueto can start in the playoffs, Leake will not start.

        Like you said, a lefty is valuable. Zach Duke is more valuable in the pen than Leake, if Cingrani is healthy he can do everything Leake can do should they need a pinch-runner

        • @vicferrari: If it’s Cueto instead of Leake, yeah. If it’s Cingrani instead of Leake, then all you want Cingrani to do is run the bases? We have Billy Hamilton for that. Why would the Reds suddenly cut one of their starters out of the rotation just because it’s the playoffs? Cueto has pitched 5 innings since July.

        • @vicferrari: Even if not in the planned rotation, Leake should be on the roster as an emergency starter or a guy who could come into an extra inning game. It shoudln’t be assumed that he can’t pitch in relief.
          His relief experience as a rookie was after his arm was dead.

    • @vicferrari: Leake over Simon, not even close. Leake is a much better pitcher. It was a blunder last year to have Simon on the roster and Leake off. Then when Cueto got hurt, Leake had to be added as an injury replacement, so if the Reds made it to the NLCS and Cueto was healthy enough to pitch at that point, he couldn’t be added to the roster anyway.

      Also Leaks’s last turn in the starting rotation was skipped last year, which hurt him when he was the 4th game emergency starter.

      Last but not least, Leake has pitched much better in 2013.

  9. My gawd, how bad a hitter is Jack Hannahan, really?
    How did we end up with that guy? Free agent. Why?

  10. If it comes down to Leake or Simon, I go with Leake. If you carry Cueto as a starter, you have either Cingrani or Leake in case of injury. Heck, Leake can pitch, hit, and run. Hannahan can um……play 3B. lol

    • @hoosierdad:
      Leake has very little relief experience, Simon does, Cigrani can do all that Leake can. Its a tough call…
      But how many pitchers do they carry 4 starters, 7 relievers

      • @vicferrari: One thing Cingrani can’t do is go very deep into a game, if it ever came to that. I’m just awfully worried about Cueto’s health. Love having both Cingrani and Leake, but doubt that will happen.

        • @hoosierdad:
          If Cueto can bounce back nicely, give 6 to 7 against the Mets, he will start over Leake.
          Leake should start over Arroyo, but that will never happen so unless Leake can switch his throwing hand I see him the odd man out
          Dusty would love having 3 lefties along with Chapman in the pen

  11. Frankly I would be quite surprised if Dusty leaves Leake off the playoff roster. It mostly depends on whether or not Dusty considers Leake a veteran. Leaving a member of the starting rotation off the roster goes against Dusty’s grain. Leake has earned the right to be on the roster IMHO.

  12. Man, that last game in Milw the Reds blew a huge chance. We’d be ONLY 0.5 game behind the Pirates and only a 1.5 behind the Cards with 10 games left. MUST SWEEP the Stros tomorrow and roll into Pitt with some confidence and momentum.

  13. Marshall faces 3 RHed hitters and gets them 1-2-3, striking out 2. Nice to see him back.

  14. And, fittingly: BP’s play was the John Morrell Hot Dog Play of the Game.

  15. When Marshall is healthy he is a force to be reckoned with, he looked good tonight considering how long it has been since he last pitched. I just hope he’s finally completely healthy.

    • @Sergeant2:
      Its just admirable on the sportsmanship of the Astros, allowing the Reds injured players to get some minor league rehab in.

      Let’s go Reynolds biggest start of your big league career, do you want to be a millionaire?

  16. Mike Leake, 14-6. Is he ready to slide into Bronson’s shoes next year?

  17. Us Reds fans deserved a laugher of a game like tonight’s after some of the excruciating losses we have endured lately. More of these please. Can’t wait to see Brandon’s cheek to cheek replay on ESPN. Lets get em again tomorrow. Go Red! Adios Amigos.

  18. I will say it again … the biggest game of the year for the Reds could be against the Astros, and Greg Reynolds will be asked to pitch it.

    • @Johnu1:
      tomorrow’s game is just as big as game 1, or any of them, Reynold’s last start could have arguably saved the season…
      the next games against the Pirates are much more important and Dusty is throwing his best

  19. It’s all Dusty’s fault. (Watched the game but wasn’t able to be at the computer tonight. Just wanted to make sure I got that point across at least once. I have a nice streak going.)

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