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Brewers at Reds (May the Fourth)

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:

1. Skip Schumaker (L) CF
2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
3. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
6. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
7. Brayan Pena (S) C
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Alfredo Simon (R) P

It’s a beautiful day for a baseball game.

Let’s blow this thing and go home (or to Boston).

271 thoughts on “Brewers at Reds (May the Fourth)

    • Simon was doing the same thing. Don’t know what report these guys are using.

      • And last year the Reds lost 3 games on fast balls to Davis. I’ve watched other teams pitch him with breaking stuff and fastballs that are out of the strike zone.

    • I like this kid! Hopefully he can hit enough to be a staple in the bigs at some point!

  1. I just now tuned in. What’s up with this Dusty-like lineup? CF leads off because they’re in CF, RF bats cleanup because they’re a corner outfielder, C has to bat way down there?

    Well, at least BP looks like he’s hitting again and Votto has a couple hits. Positives.

  2. That was one of the most pathetic bunt-pop-up-outs I’ve ever seen.

  3. I’m walking Gomez now, but worried about Sam’s control with bases loaded.

  4. This is not a good turn of events. Looks like that slipped out of Sam’s hand.

  5. Fabulous pitching by LeCure to Gomez. Three really nasty pitches.

  6. Wow. Of course I didn’t want to see LeCure walk Schaefer, but I could understand his trying to strike him out with a breaking pitch. But after that pitch over Gomez’ head, I was wondering what was wrong. Anyway now it’s time to give him a birthday present.

  7. Phew. LeCure doesn’t look sharp at all. Glad he got out of that.

  8. Brantley: They’re gonna send him. There’s no arm in left field.

  9. FRAZIER !!!!! Heisey can motor, wow. I thought the play to the plate was going to be closer. Happy 30th birthday, Sam !!!

  10. Todd’s interview with Jeff Piecoro was great! I hope he sticks around in Cincy for awhile.

    • Todd has shown me this year that he might not be a HOFer, but he belongs manning 3B for the Reds for a long time. He’s the heart and soul of this team.

      • As much as I love this team we don’t have any future HOFers on our roster. What a silly thing to say about Frazier, let’s wait until he has 4 or 5 great seasons when he is yet to have even 1.
        Votto and Phillips aren’t even HOFers at this point. Brandon is sitting on the fence and if he has a productive 2 or 3 years he could do it. Votto is downward trending, looks like his MVP season was his peak and I doubt we ever see that level out of him again.

        • Ok Bummertown, USA. Take any talk of HOF out of the equation, Todd is putting up a 120 OPS+ season right now and seems to be proving he’s a legit major league 3B. Add in his clubhouse presence and I want his presumably very affordable contact on this team.

          Also, don’t sell Votto short. He could easily top 70 WAR which got Larkin in with one MVP and one ring. Hopefully Joey gets at least one of the latter.

  11. Nice double by Frazier, but free Heisey! That speed/hustle to score from first on a long double is so nice.

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