Game Thread

Reds vs. NY Mets (4.5.14)

The Reds (1-3) send Johnny Cueto to the mound against the Mets for the 1:10 start this afternoon. You can read about the Mets and the probable pitching match-ups this series in Greg’s excellent series preview.

Other newsIf it makes you feel better, the Cardinals got drilled by the Pirates last night. Bryan Price says Sam LeCure is healthy (Mark Sheldon). Even though he hasn’t pitched yet, LeCure has warmed up in all four games. Billy Hamilton’s failed stolen base attempt last night was caused in part by the weather and partly by Mets pitcher Kyle Farnsworth’s ultra-quick move to first base (John Fay). Devin Mesoraco, who began the season on the DL with a strained oblique muscle, has been healthy in his rehab starts at Pensacola. The catcher will join the Reds Sunday night in St. Louis and play in the Cardinals series that begins Monday (Sheldon). Jay Bruce did it with the bat and glove last night (videos). Enjoy the mix of boos and Bruuuuuce after the homer. 

Update: Great News!: OMGreds tweets a picture of Aroldis Chapman tossing at GABP today.

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Weather: The game time weather forecast calls for 50º with partly cloudy skies and – hallalujah! –  zero percent chance of precipitation. 

Lineup: Cueto makes his second start of the season, after pitching exceptionally well against the Cardinals on Opening Day. Billy Hamilton and Zack Cozart return to the lineup after a day off. Tucker Barnhart gets his second start behind the plate. Brayan Peña, who got on base three times last night and robbed of an extra base hit one other at bat, gets the day off. Peña is presumably available to pinch hit, with Neftali Soto an option as the emergency catcher. [Update: Billy Hamilton is scratched due to a jammed finger he suffered during his head-first slide last night. Roger Bernadina takes his place in CF and in the lineup.]

Here’s Bryan Price’s batting order to face Mets RHP Dillon Gee:

  1. Billy Hamilton Roger Bernadina CF
  2. Brandon Phillips 2B
  3. Joey Votto 1B
  4. Jay Bruce RF
  5. Ryan Ludwick LF
  6. Todd Frazier 3B
  7. Zack Cozart SS
  8. Tucker Barnhart C
  9. Johnny Cueto SP

Go Reds!

111 thoughts on “Reds vs. NY Mets (4.5.14)

    • just horrible by Votto. They need to make it mandatory for him not to throw to 2nd on bunts

  1. I’m confused. I thought Lecure was being saved for a save? Then he takes him out in the 9th? This guy is Dusty Baker lite.

  2. UNBELIEVABLE. How Sam Lecure doesn’t pitch the 9th is beyond me.

  3. Cannot walk the leadoff guy in the ninth in a one run game. I am shocked Price didn’t leave LeCure in the game there. It will be interesting to hear his explanation. Turned out it wasn’t a one run game after all.

  4. Not an impressive showing of baseball management by Price through 5 games.

  5. Unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable. My summery of how this game ended. Mets win the game with a pinch hit grand slam in the 9th.

  6. Not impressed with Price’s managing so far. Dusty Baker would be getting seriously berated on the interwebs right now if he handled the bullpen as Price does.

    • Well Dusty was terrible for 6 years, I think we have to give Price more than 5 games.

  7. why does this remind me of last year –
    Votto fielding decisions and/or errors
    manager w/ bad pitching decisions.

    1-4 … it’s early but our team just looks like a mediocre team .. not a playoff team.
    came back from Korea to rout for my Reds, and this is not a good start.

  8. was the Bernadina sac bunt challenged or was it too late in game? was he safe?

  9. Put me on the “shocked that LeCure didn’t pitch the 9th” list. Embarrassing performance by Hoover. Walks the lead off man then can’t even take the free out the Mets were offering. Dang.

  10. for the many here that think anyone can close….get well soon Chapman.

    • Couldn’t agree more. We have heard a lot in the past about how Hoover could / should close so we could use Chapman in other situations. Looks like it might be a tougher job than some thing.

      Get well soon Chappy

  11. well, same old Reds …. wait, of course it is… we didn’t make any offseason moves to make the team better.

    1. managerial quesitions (Price has never been a manager so give hime time?)
    2. Votto fielding (nothing changed from last year)
    3. offense production across the entire line up (other than 2 HRs, just not a lot out there…).

    maybe it will be another long long season

    • Yes yes and yes. And Votto has made that particular bad decision way too many times, trying to get the lead runner (in this case a fast one) on a sac bunt when he doesn’t have time to set himself and make a good throw.

  12. This bullpen scares me more than anything else. Can’t believe I just said that.

  13. I think the lack of things being accomplished this off season is going to lead to a very disappointing season. Bryan Price has not followed on any of his word about “throwing the book” out, and the use of the bullpen reminds me too much of Dusty Baker. The accountability doesn’t seem to be there yet as the team is making the same mistakes game in and game out, nor does it look like any adjustments are being made.

    It’s early in the season, a lot of baseball to play – but the way this team is playing, they don’t look like a team destined to win more than 70 games.

  14. Grand slam – game over. It happens. An upgrade of the offense has been the Reds main problem for the last couple of seasons, and nothing was done in the off-season to fix it.

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