Game Thread

Pirates at Reds (July 13, 2014)

The Reds and Pirates conclude their series with today’s rubber match at GABP. The first two games have been exciting and I expect nothing short of that in today’s finale. Both teams are looking for a win and the series in order to stick right with the Brewers and Cardinals who are now tied atop the division.

Today’s game concludes the first half of the regular season. We will all get to relax for a few days and enjoy the Homerun Derby, the All-Star game, and a day off. Let’s hope the Reds have some momentum heading into those 3 “off” days.

Discuss the game here Reds fans. Go Reds!

1. Hamilton CF
2. Cozart SS
3. Frazier 3B
4. Heisey LF
5. Bruce RF
6. Mesoraco C
7. Pena 1B
8. Negron 2B
9. Cueto P

447 thoughts on “Pirates at Reds (July 13, 2014)

  1. If Heisey makes the last out of this game this site is going to actually explode.

  2. Basing decisions on previous match-ups is wrong. Small sample size. Disproven by research to be reliable forecast.

    vs. Liriano (8 PA) – .429/.500/1.000
    vs. LHP 2014 – .188/.231/.313
    vs. all 2014 AB – .224/.283/.355

    vs. Liriano (12 PA) – .444/.583/.667
    vs. LHP 2014 – .300/.379/.500
    vs. all 2014 AB – .298/.364/.600

    Short version, Mesoraco’s superior 2014 stats based on 200+ PA should trump Heisey’s advantage based on 8 PA. [And Mesoraco actually has a higher batting average an on base percentage vs. Liriano, so preference for Heisey based on a single swing of the bat, a home run last year. Not a good basis.]

    Long version:

  3. I think if Heisey wouldn’t insist on trying pull everything, he probably could be a decent hitter. Until then, expect many more K’s, weak GB’s and lazy FB’s to right/right center/center. When the stars align just right, he can tattoo a pitch.

    • Also, much like Ludwick in the 10th last night, I do not see much evidence that Heisey ever shortens up or adjusts his swing at 2 strikes or when it seems clear he is over matched. Sort of like Hoover thinking a pitch he never should have thrown for strategic reasons was a “good” pitch the batter just happened to hit.

  4. I hope Chapman is available today because Broxton doesn’t have The Closer Mentality™.

      • Guts my friend. No mere relief pitcher can strut out of the bullpen with a no one on base and a three run lead, heavy metal music blasting. Just because a relief pitcher can come in and strike out a guy with the bases loaded and 1 out in a tie game in the 7th inning doesn’t mean he can get out of a clean inning with a three run lead. Those last three outs, they are special.

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  6. Steve I just wanted to apologize for ranting against you yesterday regarding the decision to pitch to McCutcheon… It was the emotions of the game. When I said to walk him there I even qualified it by saying “I know its crazy but…” Yes, I know the numbers say you don’t put the tying run on first… its just McCutcheon had a swagger yesterday and a glare in his eye… pretty sure he was on drugs when I saw him talking to himself in CF after his catch in the 12th… anyhow, let bygones be bygones there will always be second-guessing in baseball. Go Redlegs!

  7. Cueto is due for a dominate start. Let’s hope he gets it done today in 9 innings, 3 hits, 109 pitches, and 0 runs. That will send the message that the Central division does not want to hear.

  8. Price on pregame show sounds like a guy who realized he gambled and lost by using up so much of the bullpen in the 8th inning. Came out of it with the lead but paid for it in extra innings …

  9. Leake, Simon, Cueto likely to pitch in New York after break, Price says. Homer/Latos to get held until the next series vs. Milwaukee since coming off injuries.

  10. I hope Negron proves me wrong, but why not continue with Santiago as well as he’s hitting? It’s not like he’s overworked.

  11. It’s only 2 innings but JC looks in complete control. Pitch count might be a tad high but that can be corrected soon enough. Keep on keeping on, Ace.

  12. from

    The Giants are considered to be the team most interested in Ben Zobrist, Marc Topkin reports, with the Reds and Mariners among other teams also intrigued by the 33-year-old. Zobrist would help the Giants and Reds at second base while the versatile 33-year-old would fit in Seattle as a shortstop or right fielder since Robinson Cano has the keystone locked up for the M’s.

    • Price = MOY.. joking, but he’s pushing some correct buttons lately with a depleted lineup

  13. You mean you can pitch around a guy when the hitters behind him are weaker?

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