I’m excited.  I’m nervous.  I’m sick. I’m anxious. I’m a mixed bag of emotions right now.  One game to decide the fate of the 2013 season.  Win and advance.  Lose and your season is over.  The roster has been announced.  All that is left to do now is play the game.

The Reds and Pirates played one another 19 times during the regular season.  The Reds won 7 8 of those games, dropping 11.  All eyes will be on Johnny Cueto.  Can he shut down the Pirates offense?  Is he healthy enough to win this one game playoff?  Was he the right choice over Latos?  Then eyes will be on the Reds offense.  Can they get enough hits and runs to beat Pittsburgh?  Will the Reds team that blasted Pittsburgh 2 weeks ago show up or will the same Reds team that got swept by the Pirates this past weekend rear its ugly head?  I wish I had these answers already.  It would probably help keep me from throwing up right about now.  Will this Reds team keep our hopes alive for a World Series title, or will they break our hearts?  We’ll know the answer by midnight.

Over the course of the 2013 season, I have asked you guys to do a lot of things in these game threads.  I have asked you to discuss the game,  cheer on the Reds, skip work, tell your boss to shove it, and probably even wooo a time or two.  I do not know what to ask you to do tonight.  Maybe pray, if that’s your thing.  Maybe sit intently and focus on the game or cheer loudly in a bar, perhaps.  If you’re like me, you’ll be sitting in your living room, beside your son who you’ve brought up to be a Reds fan as well, and you’ll cheer, scream (maybe cuss), and hope to goodness our beloved Reds can pull this thing out.  So what I ask of you tonight, Reds fans, is cheer your guts out, pull as hard as you can for the Reds to win, and hope that at the end of the night, you’re hugging your friends and family in celebration that the Reds have advanced!

Discuss the game here and…. Go Reds!!  Please!

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. How obvious is the announcers bias towards Pitt tonight?>

  2. we look pretty bad… quick game i suppose.

  3. C’mon Johnny.

  4. reminiscent of the 2010 Halladay no hitter

  5. Domination … pure and simple.

    As bad as you can look in two innings at the plate, sadly nothing new. TURN IT AROUND.

  6. Reds look completely and thoroughly out-matched at the plate.

    Liriano is throwing nothing but sliders so they need to sit on it.

  7. Reds don’t look bad. Wait until the second time through the line-up.

  8. so many swings and misses. Not a good sign. just lots of flailing around. even worse, Liriano is doing exactly what every expert and commentator said he’d do. everybody got the memo except for the Reds hitters apparently. cant touch an average fastball and then are prisoners and victim to the unhittable slider. wow

  9. I am going to take the unpopular stance of Ludwick being the right guy to bat second. So there.

  10. Jesus. 6 batters and everyone has given up.

    • @vanwilder8:

      No … it’s been about 200 batters. Tonight is just an extension of what’s been going on. Nothing had changed / and the hope it had was just that.


  11. At least Frazier ran it out. Every Red needs to run towards 1st base like they were shot out of a cannon tonight. Go Reds!

  12. Looks like Cueto needs a shutout just to tie.

  13. Bottom of the second and posters are already giving in.

    • @OkcRedsFan: if we had given up, we wouldn’t be here… but this is not a start.. 1-0 pirates and all the momo… and our hitters look terrible

  14. need to be more patient at the plate… how many times we’ve said that this year… these Reds never learn or change… Dusty doesn’t say anything, no matter what the results are..

    let’s give Pirates more confidence by doing what we are doing.. longer this goes, Pirates will win despite lack of post season experience.

    we need a HR to break this game and shift some momo to our side… a solo shot by unlikely ones like Cozart, Hannigan perhaps

  15. The Reds had a full day off to prepare for Liriano. Could have watched video on him, practiced on that breaking ball, or even game-planned. I sat here in my living room and knew without a doubt that Bruce was gonna strike out on down and away sliders. Knew it. Something has got to change with this coaching staff.

  16. left that one up

  17. Well, we needed 1 anyhow.

  18. That sure wasn’t hard to predict. Marlon Byrd, ladies and gentlemen.

  19. Welp there it is. How’s that Walt? Didn’t feel like claiming Byrd or at least blocking him from Pitt

  20. Please get the ball down. Predictable. There is a scouting advantage, it seems.

  21. Wonder what the look on WJ face is right now? Just curious is all..

  22. I sure hope Leake doesn’t have to come in the game.

  23. As I said just after last inning. Terrible location. Was leaving pitches up. Bound to throw a fat one.

  24. I’ll keep the game on in the background while I work. But, as I’ve said for the past month, we already know the outcome of this game/season.

    Here’s to hoping Baker is not back next year.

  25. Cueto now given up 4 shots. Pretty lucky to be down 1-0. If he gives up any more hard hit liners that were just-miss-homers he needs to be OUT of the game. If he gives up 4 runs, then Dusty has failed.

  26. I’d say the Reds are toast.

  27. Chapman can go 7 innings right?

  28. Didn’t we just see this on Saturday?

  29. You’ve got to warm up Mike Leake now

  30. Cueto is not Cueto of last year… better have ball pen ready today..

    can’t allow 1 run here and there… not w/ our offense-less

  31. Well ladies and gentlemen … that should just about do it right? Last five AB’s have been walk, Line Drive, HR, Line Drive, HR.

    See you all next year.

  32. Yeah, I don’t think I agree with the assessment that it didn’t matter where this game is. PNC is rocking.

    • @ChrisInVenice:

      It was an assessment made by people who have never played baseball where the location mattered. It was also an assessment made “after the face” because the Reds have played so poorly down the stretch “Ahhh, no big deal, what’s the difference”.

  33. I’m still trying to figure out if this was just my nightmare, because I can’t fathom a worse start.

  34. Pirates hitting the ball all over the ball park. The Reds haven’t hit a ball out of the infield.

  35. 10 straight HR’s against the Reds now for the Pirates. TEN.

  36. I’m in shock.

  37. Site is crashing terribly. And cueto should be pulled.

  38. Tell me home field advantage does not matter now….

  39. Ugh!

  40. Thank god for Frazier. I thought this inning would never end.

  41. What a play!!

  42. Instead of getting someone up in the pen, Dusty better get his resume ready.

    See ya Dustbag!

  43. I thought Ludwick might have had a shot at Martin’s if he had sprinted toward the wall instead of drifting toward it.

  44. Frazier picks it.

  45. Come on Reds use your bats to hush the crowd. Go Reds!!!!!

  46. Cueto Pulled … comon. We know Baker will keep in him as long as the game is within 10 runs. I mean Arroyo gave up 5 HR’s and Cueto is his boy / so minimum of 6 HR here.

  47. Let’s start with a baserunner!

  48. I’m trying to figure out where the hell the HRs are coming from. I think that’s 10 HR in the last 29 innings. Unreal. God hates Cincinnati.

  49. 2 Ks and 5 weak grounders. Liriano perfect through 2 and a third.

  50. Could LeCure go some extra innings tonight?

    • @jas_428:

      Honestly, I say this as a fan of baseball; watching this game. Does it matter?

      The number of Reds fan who know baseball that think Cincinnati will score even 2 runs tonight is less than 1%.

  51. Good thing we didn’t go after Marlon Byrd (or anyone) at the trade deadline.

  52. like i said… this is reminiscent of the hallday 2010 no hitter.

  53. Liriano is going to pitch a perfect game! i’m calling it now.

  54. Just too many weak minded ball players!!!! This team doesn’t have enough determination and grit to win a tough game! Sad nothing but K’s and weak tappers! I guess they get it from their manager where he is to busy picking out wrist bands and chewing sticks to worry about managing a ball game!!!

  55. Im having flashbacks of 2010…

  56. Halladay did it to us in the postseason; what’s to stop Liriano from doing it to.

  57. Frazier will homer tonight.

  58. Roy Halladay 10/6/10.

  59. Cueto is not fooling anyone. He needs to be on a short leash tonight. The Pirates have come to play.

    • @icee82: “Needed” to be. Too late. Baker is playing with fire. He’s given up 5 balls that were absolutely crushed. Two went for homers.

      Not to mention 2 lucking hits (Marte and McCutchen) and a Cozart error just now.

      CUETO SHOULD BE OUT. He’ll give up 5 runs before Baker pulls him. What a waste.

  60. It seems like the other teams’ catcher has killed us all year.

  61. 2 run game, deep breaths still in it.

  62. Let’s just forfeit. This game is obviously over, we should all stop watching. Why did they even show up to play?

  63. pirates are having another HR derby at our expense..

    we are having another hack and ground out exhibition in a PO game..

    nothing yet shows that Reds want to win this game.. nothing..

    6 more chances… but 2 runs seem like 20 runs… and Cueto doesn’t look sharp (then again who does lately)

  64. Let’s face it, Pirates are a better team. Let us all be reminded that they were the most aggressive team in the trade market while our overrated GM sat on his hands and did nothing. This organization is content with mediocrity. They’ll keep Dusty, Ludwick will be our unproductive LF, and ownership and all the Reds lapdog beat reporters (see John Fay) will keep telling us to be happy with a winning season and making the playoffs. We are Reds fans. We have higher standards.

  65. We are the more experienced team. When we get a couple runners on base – and we will – as long as it stays close there will be more pressure on the Pirates. This game is far from over.

    • @FWIW567: Agree… Put a little pressure on them and see how they hold up…

    • We are the more experienced team.

      Yep, at losing in the postseason.

    • We are the more experienced team. When If we get a couple runners on base – and we will might – as long as it stays close there will be more pressure on the Pirates. This game is far from over.

      Fixed for you 🙂

    • @FWIW567: experience in what ? losing in PO’s? that’s what we have done… choking

  66. No strikes to Morneau.

  67. I’m glad someone showed up. GET “EM TODD!!!

  68. Nice play again Todd!!!

  69. Super Todd is playing with heart!

  70. @FrustratedRedsFan: The Astros, which were the worst team in recent history, won 51 games.

    All it takes is one walk and one hit and it’s a tie game.

  71. Frazier is MVP REDS!!! Games is not over Boys!!!

  72. Super todd is super.

  73. Nice DP… Oh, never mind.

  74. ALfredo Simon, folks. Our first out of the pen. At least it’s not Ondrusek.

  75. So is it time for the urgency?

  76. So the Reds have NEVER come back from a 4-run deficit this year, right? Almost there. And Baker sits there and lets it happen. Cueto should have been OUT after an inning and 2/3. So frustrating.

  77. Let the war begin.

  78. The Reds still do not have a 2 ball count in this game.

    Ludwick … PLEASE BUNT.

  79. Trying a new game thread to see if that helps mitigate the over load.

  80. The ToddFather-

    Getting ready to go to the ballpark. Thats not another player more pumped up then i am right now. Glad to be a #red today. #expectgreatness— Todd Frazier (@FlavaFraz21) October 1, 2013

  81. There goes the no-no.

  82. And down goes Votto, he did not see a single strike…

  83. Can someone please tell me why Dusty kept Cueto in the game?

  84. Everyone wanted Votto to to swing with men in scoring position. Guess they got their wish

  85. How many swings and misses and swings at balls have the Reds had tonight? Make him throw strikes. Like that Jay!

  86. Alright, we’ve killed the momentum. Now for the relentless climb out, up and over the hapless Pirates!

  87. This is nerve-wracking. If Dusty just uses Marshall to pitch to one batter, I’ll be unhappy.

  88. Why can’t the pirates swing at some of these pitches??? The reds are doing it!

  89. Why is Dusty bringing Marshall in, who just came off the disabled list? Parra has done pretty well after a bad start. But…it is a moot point. Pirates are hot at the end of the year, Reds are not. Plus…no way even if Reds won tonight would they have beaten the Cardinals in next round. Pirates play Cardinals pretty well overall, but still Cardinals will beat the Pirates next round.

  90. I haven’t lost hope, but at this point, this is just demoralizing…

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About Chris Wilson

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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