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!

Lineup:
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

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. Is that really the lineup or are you just messing with us?

  2. Mes 6th, Heisey 4th? Heis must be 1-1 lifetime off Liriano. Unreal.

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

  4. I was going to stop complaining about the lineup but geez Price. C’mon.

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

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

    Mesoraco
    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: http://redlegnation.com/2014/06/16/the-futility-of-using-pitcher-batter-matchup-history/

  6. 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.

    • Charlotte it is day game 🙂

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

    • What is 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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  9. 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!

  10. Heisey in cleanup and MesVP sixth? What am I missing here?

  11. 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.

  12. What, no Neftali Soto hitting third? Wow

  13. FYI this is the free game of the day on MLB!

  14. 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 …

  15. 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.

  16. Not sure what Frazier was thinking on that last pitch. Right down Broadway.

  17. 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.

  18. Andrew Mace, of Paris, IL bought a t-shirt. Thanks, Andrew!

  19. 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.

  20. from mlbtraderumors.com

    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.

  21. Price is a genius! Cleanup hitter gets a double!

  22. Did they learn that from the Cubs?

  23. Heisey is going to hustle, give him that.

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

  24. Poor throw on that one. Wish he could of done that last night.

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

  26. Negron, pick ’em up.

  27. NEGRON!!!!

  28. Negrooooooooooooooon!!!!!

  29. Negron!!! What a blast, wow.

  30. Holy F’in Sh1t…..

  31. Negron!!!

  32. super wowsa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Um, what did I just witness? Wow.

  34. Went the other way with it. Pay attention Redlegs.

  35. He hit a ball well in the 9th last night too

  36. Was not expecting that!!

  37. KNeg! Who’d a thunk it!

  38. Well done, welcome to the big leagues young man!

  39. I’m guessing Negron wants to stick around for a while. Atta boy!!!

  40. This team is something else this year…

  41. Brian Price’s brilliance in lineup construction.

  42. Really gotten Liriano’s pitch count up, too. Nice AB from Cueto.

  43. He almost did that last night but came up a little short.

  44. Nice, Johnny!

  45. Francisco a little shaken up perhaps??

  46. Come on Billy!!

  47. Just missed!

  48. Billy Billy Billy! Almost got that one out.

  49. Billy with RH’d power!!!

  50. Wow…Billy missed that by about 6 inches.

  51. Cueto “clogging up the bases” in front of Billy.

  52. Missed it by THAT much …

  53. Give Todd a chance, Cozy.

  54. Walking Cozart takes some serious effort. Go Liriano!

  55. Big Todd time. Clear the bases Frazier.

  56. Liriano is not long for this game.

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  58. 3381 ft. HR by Negron. Go Reds!

  59. Beautiful inning. Let’s hear it for the kid.

  60. Well that was disappointing. Really would have loved one more run there.

  61. love the baserunners, but hate seeing Cueto on bases

  62. I like the lineup that Bryan Price’s lineup today. Makes liriano have to give Cozart and Heisey pitches to hit so he doesn’t put them on base for Frazier, Bruce, and Mes.

    • No one is pitching around Cozart and Heisey.

      • He still has to challenge them though instead of giving them bad pitches to hit and Heisey/Cozart getting themselves out.

        • I guess? Think you’re stretching a bit. This is not a smart batting order.

  63. Thunder and dark clouds in the northern suburbs. No rain yet, but coming.

  64. JC knows how to handle a lead. Nice quick inning.

  65. Simon to the All-Star Game. Couldn’t be more deserving. Congratulations Big Pasta!!

  66. Simon in the All Star game. We can all knock off that debate.

  67. Bruce, also a team player!

  68. Why is everyone congratulating Simon in the dugout?

    • Simon was named a replacement on the pitcher staff for the NL All Star Team. They said on the TV broadcast that three pitchers would not be pitching in the game because of starts today.

  69. Way to get Liriano back in the game, fellas.

  70. Simon is an all-star, we’ll deserved, no numbers rehash, please let’s just enjoy his performance this season.

  71. Going to be interesting to see Simon and Chapman together in the dugout with Anthony Rizzo. I would pay to see that.

  72. Back to earth, Chris……after a difficult inning for the opposing pitcher, and with your pitcher on the base paths the previous inning after drawing a WALK, let’s swing @ first two pitches…..why does this happen?

  73. Liriano still can’t find the zone and Heisey and Bruce saw one pitch each. Talk about helping a struggling pitcher out. Still, great to have the lead with Cueto on the mound.

    • Never a problem with guys swinging at strikes. Why would you want Liriano out of the game?

  74. Just a random thought but quick innings get Cueto back on the hill faster and he seems to thrive in a fast game environment.

  75. I hate that the Reds are not capitalizing on these opportunities, all to often it comes back to bite you in the rear end, and there’s a lot of time left for the Pirates to do some damage.

  76. Doesn’t look like the rain is a threat to the game. It’s just scattered bursts. Had a strong one here in the suburbs that lasted for two minutes and stopped.

  77. Can’t catch a break with this guy…Sheesh.

  78. Bad luck run. Still like our chances with Cueto out there.

  79. If McCutchen comes up in a situation where he can do damage today, Bryan Price better walk him.

  80. That’s what happens when you play a 1B in RF.

  81. Almost the same pitch that hit in the previous at bat for an out.

  82. Pulling for the Brewers or Cards? Think I’ll go with the Brewers. Hate having the Cards go into the break on a crazy hot run. and have sole possession of first place.

  83. stuck his arm right into that one, stinky

  84. Cueto with a high pitch count. Really don’t want to see any middle relievers today.

  85. Lets get that run back, + a few more

  86. Mario Soto OPS 140 pts higher than Neftali Soto…..

  87. Bad news bears

  88. Johnny B-hamming it up the line. Impressive.

  89. I really don’t want Cueto running the bases.

    • You’re right. Too late now but man that would have to take something out of him. The competitor in him wouldn’t shut off.

  90. It seems like pitching from the stretch ruins Liriano’s control.

  91. John Hay of Owensboro, KY bought a shirt. Thanks, John!

  92. Cozart with 2 walks today. Must be some kind of record.

  93. MIL 2, STL 0

  94. TF quit helping him out.

  95. Oh Todd.

  96. Come on Todd. That is the Todd Frazier of last year chasing that garbage.

  97. That was an ugly K from Todd. Sure am glad Heisey is batting right now instead of Jay Bruce.

  98. I don’t think Todd is seeing the ball good

    • Let him off the hook once more – this is the type of stuff thst ends up costing Hanes and reds have been atrocious at it

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