The Reds look to avoid starting this West Coast trip off by being swept by the Dodgers. To do so, they’ll have to try and win tonight’s finale in Los Angeles. Not an easy task considering the good guys face Clayton Kershaw.

Brian Price has shuffled the lineup again tonight to see if there is any magic in trying something new again. I’m afraid the Reds may need some magic (No, not of the Johnson variety) to defeat Mr. Kershaw this evening. Crazier things have happened so let’s all pull the Redlegs on to victory!

1. Hamilton CF
2. Frazier 3B
3. Phillips 2B
4. Mesoraco C
5. Bruce RF
6. Ludwick LF
7. Pena 1B
8. Cozart SS
9. Bailey P

211 Responses

  1. jdx19

    Let’s see Bruce take Kershaw deep again! Wahoo!!

  2. wildwestlv

    If it’s any satisfaction, I’d say about 2/3 of Dodgers Country cannot see any of these games: Time Warner Cable signed an exclusive agreement w/ LAD, & they want every other cable provider, out here, to pay $$$ for the priv to show Dodgers games. W/ blackouts, so many couldn’t even see Dodger’s games, including Beckett”s no-no. Oh, well. The Angels were always more fun to watch, for me, anyway.

    • ohiojimw

      I had read about this; and, last night I saw the add on the signs behind home plate trying to stir folks to action (i.e. tell their provider to carry the TW sports channel).

      TW has pulled the same here in Ohio with the Columbus Crew (MLS) games. Ho hum. Now if they mess with my Barclays Prenier League coverage come August, that is another deal altogether.

  3. Steve Mancuso

    Yadi leaves bases loaded. Yankees lead Cards 4-0 in the fourth.

  4. doublenohitter

    8, 0, 6, 4, 3, 3, 4. 2, 4, 1, 5, 3, 1, 3, 4, 4, 2, 5, 3, 0, 3, 3
    Anyone want to guess what these numbers are?

  5. ToddAlmighty

    Lutz goes 2-4 with a rocket of a gap double. Ludwick is “slugging” .316 in the month of May and is really slow/bad defensively.

    Why can’t we get Lutz in LF? Or RF for that matter since Bruce is clearly still not healthy.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Don’t fret, they will be playing for the future soon enough.

    • Vicferrari

      I would imagine becuase of Kershaw and the lefty- righty match-up, I would suspect Ludwick gives an advantage of Lutz and Bruce needs to get going and might as well try against someone he has had success with last year.

  6. ToddAlmighty

    Also did anyone else notice that in the Jocketty interview about the team’s struggles he doesn’t offer one solution or plan other than “Well, we’ll see what happens if/when we get healthy and if/when people magically just decide to do better than they currently are.”

    • charlottencredsfan

      Let me interpret: 2014 is done and don’t get your hopes up.

      • ToddAlmighty

        That’s not how this works Charlotte. I’m supposed to be all downed by the team sucking and Walt doing nothing. You’re supposed to tell me something like “Doesn’t matter, they’ll blow Kershaw out of the game after three innings and go on a ten game winning streak.”… know your role! Lol

        If you’re cashing in your chips, then we’re truly done.

      • charlottencredsfan

        I have tried my best to remain optimistic but I’m a realist at heart. It would be best to get on with the rebuilding process because it’s where were headed.

        Walt will be doing something very soon but it won’t be what many people expect. I will support his actions.

        Sorry if I let you down.

  7. wildwestlv

    Bottom of the 5th: Yankees-7, Cardinals-1. It’s so interesting, b/c the Yankees are the only team the Cardinals measure themselves against (despite their age/injuries/etc.). Whether they’ll admit, or not. This series is SO big for them.

  8. wildwestlv

    A REALLY sick, sounding Vin Scully, tonight. If you have MLB.TV., still better than Thom, Chris, Jim, or whoever they got going for FOX Ohio.

  9. AARON

    Let’s hope Homer can pitch with a lead tonight! Go Reds!

  10. vared

    Nice start. Once again we’ll see what Homer can do with a lead.

  11. Quiche

    Hard to imagine a more radical difference between the first two sick swings from BP and the bomb on swing #3…way to hang!

  12. charlottencredsfan

    Give a game off to BP and he comes back with a roar. Wish they would give Hamilton a string of games off now.

  13. ToddAlmighty

    I’ll never understand that. You see BP have one of the worst swings you’ll probably see all night (or until Ludwick sees a wild pitch 5 ft from the plate and in the dirt that he swings at).. so why would you ever give him any close to being okay to hit?

  14. charlottencredsfan

    BP is the pick to click.

  15. PRoseFutureHOFer

    A homerun and a great play. Just another day at the office for BP. I will never ever understand why so many people wanted to run this guy out of town.

    • Vicferrari

      Because of the article quote of saying it was a slap in the face, the profanity laced classless act of calling out Rosencrans, the decline at the end of the season, the attitude culminating with not talking to the Cincinnati media.
      What was amazing that nobody wanted him, I know he is on the decline, but being what he is at 2nd base makes a lot of clubs better, is he not one the top 10 2nd basemen in the league? I do not know, what is the consensus?

      • charlottencredsfan

        I really like BP and he still a good player. That being said, I’d deal him as I’m in the trading off over 30, slow and overpaid guys but it’s nothing against Brandon. We need to rebuild and he won’t be part of it.

      • Vicferrari

        I have a reluctance to rebuild, because unless just a coincidence occurs and you make great trades where all the prospects come up at the same time, you end up just trading the ones that pan out when they turn 29 after several seasons of sub .500 play

      • charlottencredsfan

        What’s the option? Just watch your team deteriorate slowly?

  16. wildwestlv

    Homer just dealing. Nothing to see here. Move on.

  17. NWOhioRedFan

    Ok, man on third and less than 2 outs…….let’s actually score the run.

    • NWOhioRedFan

      Wow…..all I can say is wow. This team is sooooooo offensively challenged

    • Vicferrari

      So what is the Dodger’s excuse, people complain all the time the Reds do not score a runner from 3rd with less than 2 outs, but are they any worse than the league average?

      • John Walsh

        To be fair, Dodgers haven’t done it night after night. The Reds have. I’d like to see consistent run conversion with men on base–driven largely by on-base, singles, and doubles.

      • Vicferrari

        I will settle for scoring more runs than the other team, I prefer 3 run homers myself

  18. VaRedsFan

    Cozart has to think he won’t get a hittable pitch…bad AB

  19. AARON

    Awful at bat by Cozart. Just Awful.

    I understand not wanting to take the walk, but a walk is infinite times better than a strike out

  20. Quiche

    Cozart = Walt Hriniak with a weed eater

    • Kurt frost

      I love his aggressiveness there. You can’t be selfish in that situation and take pitches.

  21. wildwestlv

    Vin Scully wil tell a TALE, re: Homer Bailey.

  22. VaRedsFan

    Arizona with a weeks worth of runs (Reds perspective) in the first two innings. (10)

  23. VaRedsFan

    Wild Pitch, but Mes should have had it.

  24. Kurt frost

    Walking is selfish and just inflating his OBP. He’s got to be up there flailing wildly.

  25. Dale Pearl

    Homer is taken care of business. Maybe he is about to get on one of his torrid hot streaks.

    • sergeant2

      It really is refreshing to read a positive comment every now and again. Lord knows the Reds deserve just about every criticism hurled their way, but still its nice to hear a Reds fan trying to stay positive. Go Reds!

    • Vicferrari

      I will settle for getting his season ERA matching his career ERA or better yet his career FIP

  26. RedInLA

    Went to Monday and Tuesday games at Dodger stadium. Don’t know who that team was the Dodgers played, but the only guy I recognized (by performance) was Cueto. Frazier fumbles, Cozart fumbles, Hamilton fumbles, and, as usual, 2 left on base in the 8th and 9th. And that’s just Monday.
    Other than Mesoraco finally getting a homer, nothing of note on Tuesday except the gal who sang the national anthem. Great pipes.
    Oh well, you put a pitching coach in charge, you expect hitting?…Saw this coming after seeing 6 games in Phoenix in spring training. (Including the game Chapman went down in.)
    I only get to see them live 3 games a year out here, since the reorg of the divisions.

    Probably for the best this year.

  27. ohiojimw

    Just had two examples in the bottom of the 4th on consecutive pitches to Gonzales of one reason the Reds struggle to win close games. They simply do not consistently do the little things right. Frazier inexplicably misplays the foul pop up then Meso fails to hold on to the foul tip. Little things that add up. This time they escaped but in the process cost Bailey another 5 or 6 pitches. Those could come into play several innings from now.

  28. mentalguy31

    To answer vicferrari’s question from earlier, the Reds are 14th(.326) in MLB in hitting with runner on third, less than 2 outs. The Dodgers are 22nd(.294).

    • Vicferrari

      Thanks, is there any correlation to winning or any stats on scoring that guy on 3rd.

    • Vicferrari

      Furthermore what I really would like to know, the success rate of scoring the runner at 3rd with less than 2 out- be it hit, error,ground out, SF and how it compares to the league

      • mentalguy31

        I am looking for that information, but I haven’t found it yet.

      • mentalguy31

        The Reds have come to the plate 98 times with a runner on third and less than two outs. In 55 plate appearances a runner has scored from third with less than two outs, but that might count some times when there was not a runner at third when they initially came to the plate (the runner stealing third, or a wild pitch). I would have to do these searches on baseballsavant for every team to know how that ranks.

  29. charlottencredsfan

    Billy should demand to be benched or traded.

    • CP (@nomoresalads)

      I can’t remember, was it you that was poking fun of me for liking Kolten Wong so much, after Wong was sent down to the minors?

      Well, he’s back now, hitting .283/.336/345, with a 93 wRC+. Stupid Cardinals.

  30. charlottencredsfan

    When we are eliminated, I’d like to see Mes tried in LF.

  31. VaRedsFan

    Said it several times before…Mes drops 4-5 pitches per game

  32. charlottencredsfan

    I really like to see Mes tried out in LF.

    • ohiojimw

      I think Meso to LF has possibilities. Meso works hard but he just doesn’t have soft sure catchers’ hands like say a Hanigan or Barnhart or many others. I’m not sure that is something that can be taught/ learned.

  33. RedAlert

    Catch the ball Devin !!!! Crap !!!!

  34. John Walsh

    I wonder how Bailey feels about Mes now. **facepalm**

    I hope that’s not a difference making. Every, single, night… there’s always something.

  35. AARON

    Danger Danger!!! This is where Homer has been known to fall apart….short leash

  36. RedAlert

    Well , Homer needs to bear down – gotta have this win !

  37. AD

    I am not trying to be a Homer hater….but this inning is what people talk about when they talk about Homer’s “composure”….when things go bad for him (ie Mes pass ball), Homer struggles to regain his composure throughout the rest of the inning

    • AD

      Great job by Homer to get out of it…but my comment about why people say Homer has composure issues still stands.

      • jdx19

        Observer’s bias. Where is your data to suggest he has composure issues?

      • AD

        I don’t need data…my point was that people on this board get blasted for suggesting he has composure issues. I was merely pointing out that last inning in the recent past for Homer has turned into a disaster inning for him leading to people talking about his composure.

        To Homer’s credit, this time he got the DP and out of the inning.

    • VaRedsFan

      He got the DP…but it wasn’t like it was tailor made….hot smash atom ball

  38. VaRedsFan

    huge double play…cozart to BP…

  39. Dale Pearl

    I guess that hot looking K-pop singer that Eitheir has been seen with has tapped his strength

  40. jdx19

    It is hilarious to come onto the board after an inning like that and find people blowing their gaskets at a passed ball and a few weakly hit singles. Geez. HOMER CANT PITCH! SEE HE GAVE UP A SINGLE

    • VaRedsFan

      all we have to go are previous results

  41. doublenohitter

    I don’t think 2 runs will win this game, especially with the Reds bullpen (the Dodger’s isn’t anything to write home against either).

  42. charlottencredsfan

    I hate feeling like this, but it will take a miracle to win this game.

  43. RedAlert

    Todd – with a rope !!!! Gotta cash this in !!!

    • RedAlert

      Brandon least gotta move him to 3rd

      • RedAlert

        Thank you for saving us from a TOOTBLAN – horrible baserunning again !!!

      • VaRedsFan

        ball hit behind runner…basic fundamentals…..not a mistake

      • RedAlert

        No boot by shortstop and he’s out by a mile !!!

  44. sergeant2

    Double play when its the last thing we expected to happen. Ya gotta love the game of baseball. Go Reds!

  45. sergeant2

    Is Bronson scheduled to pitch in the Reds@DBacks series. I would love to see him pitch against the Reds. I don’t want to see him win, just want to see the old high leg kick. Go Reds!

  46. charlottencredsfan

    Come on JB get the ball out of the infield!

  47. AD

    I see your passed ball and I raise you a passed ball.

  48. VaRedsFan

    Wild pitch…thank goodness because JB hardly has a clue

    • VaRedsFan

      two tappers to the pitcher and an infield popup…

      • VaRedsFan

        Ludwick equally as bad…2 K’s and a tapper to pitcher

  49. RedAlert

    Jay really needs a compass right now – wow is he putrid at the plate

  50. sergeant2

    Heck I would almost like to see Bruce bunt. Sure would surprise everyone. Well never mind a wild pitch will work 3-0 Reds. Go Reds!

    • AD

      Except he got a popout and a ground out after the passed ball.

      Nice try at your sarcasm, but …

      • Chris

        Except Bailey got the DP after the…oh, nvm.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Lucky for him, our guys have worse composure issues.

    • charlottencredsfan

      And killing his trade value. (Smile)

  51. charlottencredsfan

    Okay, got 1 and that will help.

  52. sergeant2

    Good at bat by Bruce, he induced Kershaw into throwing a wild pitch. Sly fox that Bruce. Go Reds!

  53. RedAlert

    Would rather see Lutz at the plate right now instead if either Bruce or Ludwick – don’t care if lefthander on the mound or not – those two guys offering no quality at bats whatsoever at this time – absolutely none!

  54. charlottencredsfan

    Let the meltdown commence.

  55. RedAlert

    Homer just simply can’t stand prosperity — it is absolutely amazing

    • RedAlert

      Better get someone up now – don’t wait Price – cause when he loses it he goes fast

    • George Mirones

      Dale if Votto plays before the end of June I will buy you a sundae, Latos needs two more rehab starts then he will be back in about 12 days so he may be start for the reds in about 14 days if he stays healthy.

  56. RedAlert

    Really like Pena’s approach at the plate – solid !

    • RedAlert

      Won’t be surprised if they call him out – reds luck with replay has been brutal

  57. charlottencredsfan

    Did Zack beat that throw?

  58. sergeant2

    Cozart has been getting props lately, but not from me. Cozart continues to be a rally killer. Maybe that wasn’t a DP but it very well could have been.

    • RedAlert

      Agree Sarge – he tends to hit into those a lot at the most inopportune times

    • charlottencredsfan

      Sarge, I’ve tried everything else so I’m going reverse psychology. I’m desperate.

  59. charlottencredsfan

    Homer better help himself because BHam is in a career-ending slump.

  60. Dale Pearl

    you have got to be kidding me…. leaving Bailey in? Is Price sleeping on the Bench???

    • RedAlert

      Thanks Homer – you bunt that’s another run

  61. charlottencredsfan

    Steve is going to hate that.

  62. Dale Pearl

    I sure hope Bailey can knock out the bottom of the order plus a pinch hitter. I guess Price doesn’t trust any of the arms in the bullpen either that or he really is sleeping off a hangover from last nights loss. I know if I managed this team I’d be a drunk by now. I’d have to go to the game already liquored up….. Tony LaRussa style.

    • RedAlert

      Indeed – especially at this level

  63. RedAlert

    Homer still seems to have good stuff – nice play Brandon !!

  64. charlottencredsfan

    Only 6 more outs. Can the Reds do the undoable? Let’s find out.

  65. Dale Pearl

    Pena is doing such a good job at first…. I am guessing that is just one more reason why we haven’t seen much of Lutz.

    • RedAlert

      Sure could slide him in a corner outfield slot though – wouldn’t you agree?

      • Dale Pearl

        yup but Ludwick makes the big bucks and we already know money plays before talent. Surely Lutz could spell Bruce though until he gets his groove back on.

  66. sergeant2

    3 up 3 down, not bad, not bad a-tall. Go Reds! If the Reds can score 5 or 6 insurance runs maybe I can relax a little. Go Reds!

  67. jdx19

    BP just wouldn’t be BP if he could draw a walk! 😉

  68. RedsFanPetaluma

    With the Reds hitters striking out much as they do. ..where is the Price “accountability” he fondly spoke of during his hiring. I guess he forgot !.

    • Dale Pearl

      Good question. But then again what I am hearing out of the mouth of both Jocketty and Price is basically all is well and we’ll get going here sooner or later. Jocketty really seems disconnected from the team, not sure what his deal is but at least in the years past he was able to put on a straight face and convince you that he cared and was trying to make positive changes. This year, He has the look of not caring at all and zero involvement.

  69. charlottencredsfan

    Jay looked a little better that AB. A couple of foul balls.

  70. RedAlert

    What is Jay now since he came back 1-15, 1-16 ??? Hard to believe

  71. RedsFanPetaluma

    Jay Bruce is another one ..who rarely can take a pitch the other way. ..he and Cozart must be attached at the hip. My guess it, no matter what hitting coach we hire, if the player or players don’t modify their hitting approach, well, it results in no improvement. This is what we see day in and day out except on rare occassions. No change equals no change.

  72. sergeant2

    Its do or die time for Homer, either reward Prices faith in you, or give the critics more ammo to fire at you and your manager. Oh! Well never mind, Manny Parra is in to replace Homer. Go Reds!

  73. RedAlert

    Worst man you could walk Parra – gas can #1 – freaking bullpen again !!!!!

  74. jdx19

    Broxton’s 92mph “heat” makes me nervous against Puig.

  75. sergeant2

    There are times to put your struggling relievers in to “get them going” but when your team is desperate for wins, as to not far too far behind the leaders in your division, well, that is not the time to pussyfoot around. You have to pull out all the stops when you have a chance to win a game. Go Reds!

  76. RedAlert

    Big BROX !!!!!! dude has really been pitching well lately-

    • Vicferrari

      All season, he is better than Chapman at the moment

  77. L.A. Red

    I kind of like that we have 2 catchers on the mound talking to Broxton

  78. sergeant2

    If I said it once I said it a thousand times, Broxton is just a big old drama queen. He knew he had things well in hand. Go Reds!

  79. Vicferrari

    I would like 2 more just to be sure, but I guess there really is no reason to worry since these 1 run games are starting to even out, right???

  80. RedAlert

    Sorry – brain wilson just looks stupid out there – dude has gotta draw attention to himself by looking weird

    • L.A. Red

      Vin Scully is hilarious talking about Bryan Pena: “he tried to time that swing then with all that weight behind it tried to drive it out of sight”

  81. Chris

    Wonderful to sandwich Pena between Luddy and Cozart. Brilliant! Course, not sure how many options there are.

  82. RedAlert

    I really like Cozart’s glove – he is simply too inconsistent at the plate – reds really need to be searching for a different option at shortstop sooner than later

    • Chris

      Yup. We need to look at Cozart as a late-inning defensive replacement.

    • RedsFanPetaluma

      I agree, Cozart’s fielding is his bright spot. His hitting, well. His approach is just so mediocre. I’d love to ask him what he is thinking. Does he even practice hitting the ball to the opposite field. Oh well. Here we go with Chapman, hopefully a 1-2-3 inning.

  83. sergeant2

    If Chapman doesn’t take care of business, than a Reds win just wasn’t meant to be. Go Reds!

    • Chris

      Wow, really? In Dodger Stadium? For a midweek Reds game? Wow.

      • sergeant2

        Well actually most in attendance were stand-ins for the Hollywood Dodger fans that had midweek appointments for their Botox injections.

  84. RedAlert

    Come on Chap – close it on up !

  85. RedAlert

    Ok nation – we can all sleep a little better now !

  86. kywhi

    Thank goodness I didn’t follow through with last night’s pledge to myself to never watch these Reds again!

  87. L.A. Red

    Wow Chapman looked upset while talking to devin on the mound with Pena translating