A win over Milwaukee in today’s series finale will make this a day long remembered in Cincinnati. Search your feelings and you’ll know this to be true. It’s been a long while, though not quite a thousand generations, since the Reds were above .500, but with a victory today, they would be 15-16. Others may crave not adventure or excitement. But Cincinnati Reds fans do.
Many doubters had a very bad feeling about the Brewers series as Ron Roenicke’s team arrived in Cincinnati with their outstanding road record. I found their lack of faith disturbing. Only at the end will they realize the power of Super Todd Frazier. The force is strong with him. Tucker Barnhart‘s homer was a great shot, one in a million. But it counted on Thursday night.
Certainly there was reason to worry about Milwaukee’s powerful lineup. But fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. Those who doubted Johnny Cueto have found it is they who were mistaken. The Reds ace can bullseye womp rats, Carlos Gomez is no match. To those of you worried that Brayan Peña is due for a bad game, I say never tell me the odds. It’s a trap. Once you start down that dark path, forever it will dominate.
Skip Schumaker leads off and plays CF for the Reds today, as the club inches closer to being healthy. Roger Bernadina has been sent to the space mines of DFA. Reds fans look forward to witnessing Walt Jocketty’s roster when it’s fully operational. Let’s hope Brandon Phillips stays on target after his three hits last night.
Yesterday, with a successful inning for the Dayton Dragons, Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman came one step closer to returning to the team. But keep in mind that being good against A-level players is one thing, good against the living, that’s something else. The major leagues ain’t like dustin’ crops, boy.
For the most part, Bryan Price’s squad has played well against first-place Milwaukee and moved to within a half game of second-place St. Louis. Perhaps Price has found new ways to motivate his team. At times they’ve looked lethargic, but your eyes can deceive you, don’t trust them. Here’s the full line-up:
It’s a beautiful day for a baseball game.
Let’s blow this thing and go home (or to Boston).
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.