The Reds continue playing teams from the West by welcoming in the San Diego Padres tonight. The Padres, like the Reds, are just hovering right below that .500 line trying to gain some traction and catch the teams atop the division. Hopefully one of those teams will gain that grip starting tonight, and let’s hope that team is wearing Red.

Perhaps adding Chapman back to the club is a spark in the right direction. Maybe now the Reds start winning games consistently all the while adding back injured pieces back to the fold over the next few weeks and begin to make things fun and interesting in the National League. Let’s hope so! Discuss the game here Reds fans!

1. Hamilton CF
2. Pena C
3. Phillips 2B
4. Votto 1B
5. Frazier 3B
6. Ludwick LF
7. Heisey RF
8. Cozart SS
9. Leake P

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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. One great pitching performance after another ends in a Reds loss by 1 run due to inept hitting.

  2. I’m a Chris Heisey fan, but these are the kind of nights that keep him parked on the bench. So sad.

  3. And Price sounds just like Dusty in all his interviews. No sense of urgency to turn things around. This whole organization is a steaming mess.

    • Starting to think it isn’t urgency, but simply a lack of offensive talent. At what point does it go from an urgency problem to a talent issue? Either way, changed need to be made.

      • The return of Mesoraco and Bruce will help but it’s still not championship caliber.

  4. Our offense just has to many flat hitters. Votto, Ludwick. Bernadina/Heisey, Cozart, and now Pena.

  5. The sad part is that he is in decline before his contract extension kicks in. What an albatross this guy’s gonna be in three years.

    • you are right on. Since steroids are now gone we are back to where players start to fade after 30 so we are stuck with this painful show called “Votto’s decline” for another 4 or 5 years… I think I like the guy but it is a major dark cloud that is dragging the entire team down. They need to just trade him ASAP and eat the difference in his contract. Maybe Yanks will take him for $8M or so…

    • They need to deal him in the off season as the Reds can’t afford that much of their resources on one player anyway. This is whether they finish in the cellar or win a World Championship.

  6. The good news is, Chapman’s back. Headley’s homer aside (good swing for him), Hoover or Ondrusek would have blown that wide open. He still kept it within extra-innings, or even walk-off, range. Go get ’em, tomorrow, J.C. & REDS!

    • You betcha! See you tomorrow night West.

    • Why is it good news more pitching is back? Unless we start pitching shutouts every night, no chance at all. We have a massive issue with Votto and Phillips at their salaries and not being winners. Stands are going to be empty by mid summer. This is the most boring baseball I have seen in my life.

  7. Votto is not the 2010 version and he is not coming back. People need to get over it, He is still a very good offensive player just maybe not a great hitter. He will not finish batting .270 with a Slugging Percentage less than .450. This will have to a team effort relying more than ever on great pitching and defense. I’m confident in this club once everyone is back and healthy. Minimum we are in this race until the end of September.

    • How much better can the pitching (aside from a few bullpen stumbles) and the defense possibly be? At some point runs have to be scored. And Votto has to be a big, big part of that. I hope that happens but look forward I see a creaky 1B past his prime who’s contract is going to hamstring the organization for years to come.

      • No, he needs to be a “part” of it. He will no longer be a big, big part of it. The starting pitching will have to hold serve and the bullpen will round into form with the return of Latos and Simon back in the pen. JJ will be serviceable as the 7th man in the pen. If you think this team has played its best ball, than the good news is your summer is now free for other activities. I’m just not there.

        The game is changing, we are not in 90’s but much more like the late 60’s. You are going to have to scratch out wins more than has been necessary in several decades. The really good part is we have the poster boy for that style of play – Billy Hamilton. Have a good evening and I’ll look for you back here tomorrow night.

  8. Mesoraco will help, but the Reds have to bring in someone that can hit for the bench. I don’t care if the guy can’t play a position in the field, but letting Cozart hit in key situations is getting absurd.

  9. Yes, the guy with the 146 wRC+ is the problem.

    Sometimes, I think I’ve stepped into the banana phone dimension.

    • Superstars have to carry their teams. Votto is no longer capable of that. Yes, he is a large part of the problem.

    • what the heck. The only number that matters is game winning RBI’s considering 12 one run losses and Votto is $20M man. He has 2 in 2014. He is batting about 0.150 with runners in scoring position. All other stats don’t really matter. Team is very low scoring and does not have “men” who can get it done. Legends are about players who are clutch when it matters and Votto is not in that league. Look at playoffs and down the stretch runs. He folds up and hides. That is just sad truth.

      • ring ring ring ring ring….

      • ring,ring,ring.

      • Hello is this adam from Milwaukee? Yes, I’d like to discuss game winning RBI and batting with RISP. Nothing else matters. Nope, your new fangled numbers don’t mean squat. It’s all about clutch and grit. Votto’s got no clutch and his grit is dull like worn down sandpaper. Don’t tell me about obp. Obp is a selfish number. Getting on base never did anybody any good. It’s all about game winning RBI, hitting in the clutch and having the eye of the Tiger when the game is on the line.

  10. This team really doesn’t have an identity yet under Price. Excuses and injuries aside, this team needs to develop some killer instinct. Nobody on this team can deliver it, especially on offense. There are no real leaders on this team. There is a reason that not one player on this team can wear a big “C” on their uniform for captain. The Reds haven’t had a “C” since Larkin retired, and they still don’t have one. They look like they belong at the country club in Caddyshack. Ted Knight is managing this team.

    • Foolishly, I hold out hope that Mesoraco can be that leader. Votto sure isn’t gonna do it.

    • perfectly said. I went to a lot of games down the stretch last year and was booing near the end. They shriveled up under the pressure and wanted to just get to their winter homes. No winners. Did you feel the difference in the RedSox series. Their guys walk out of the dugout chewing on their bats. Ours look like little kids afraid of the spotlight.

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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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