The Reds attempt to snap a four-game losing streak tonight in Milwaukee. They have fallen to 3.5 games behind the Brewers and are in fourth place in the division. Game time is 8:10 p.m. Weather forecast doesn’t matter because of the roof.

Homer Bailey takes the mound for the fourth time this season against the Brewers. Most recently, two starts ago, he went eight innings but lost a 1-0 duel with Matt Garza who limited the Reds to two hits while striking out nine.

Bailey’s foe tonight is not Garza, it’s Jimmy Nelson, a 24-year-old rookie making his third start of the year for the Brewers. He’s considered the top prospect in Milwaukee’s system. Keep in mind that every organization has to have a top prospect, no matter how good he may be. Nelson is rated B by John Sickles and a possible #3 or #4 starter. He’s ranked the #63 prospect by MLB and their report on him says that scouts remain split on Nelson, who is viewed by some as a possible reliever. Nelson is a ground ball pitcher with a may-reach 96-mph fastball (average: 93.1) and a power slider. On July 12, Nelson was utterly rocked by the light-hitting Cardinals.

DL News: The Reds placed Logan Ondrusek on the DL with a strained right shoulder, retroactive to July 13 (Mark Sheldon). RHP Curtis Partch was called up from Louisville.

Devin Mesoraco is sitting out this game, for the second time since the All-Star break. Price was asked about it and said the Reds needed a really good start from Bailey. “We need a really good start,” Price said. “Homer threw really well in San Francisco against the Giants when he threw to Pena. Over the course of their careers together, Homer will throw a lot to Devin. Devin has scuffled a little bit at the plate. I think a day off isn’t the worst thing and putting those two together is good as well.” (Mark Sheldon) Hmm. Mesoraco caught Bailey’s great start against *the Brewers* two weeks ago.

Skip Schumaker (.255/.303/.340) is batting second.

The way Ryan Ludwick has looked against hard-throwing pitchers lately, I’m not sure about the match-up with Nelson.

Todd Frazier is back at first base which means Ramon Santiago is playing third, weakening the Reds at both positions defensively.

Have I mentioned the condition of the roster lately? #wegotjackforthat

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Skip Schumaker (L) 2B
3. Todd Frazier (R) 1B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
6. Brayan Pena (S) C
7. Zack Cozart (R) SS
8. Ramon Santiago (S) 3B
9. Homer Bailey (R) P
mmm

Go Reds!

 

Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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  1. Brewers lineup:

    1. Carlos Gomez (R) CF
    2. Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
    3. Ryan Braun (R) RF
    4. Aramis Ramirez (R) 3B
    5. Jonathan Lucroy (R) C
    6. Khris Davis (R) LF
    7. Lyle Overbay (L) 1B
    8. Jean Segura (R) SS
    9. Jimmy Nelson (R) P

  2. So Darwin Barney was DFA’d. does DFA mean that he is optioned if he has an option available?

    Or does he pass waivers and become a free agent? I would rather have him than Uggla

    • DFA means he is designated for assignment to (immediately) clear a spot on their 40 man roster as well as the 25 man roster. The Cubs have up to 10 days to do something with him. If they can’t trade him; and he clears waivers, then they can outright him to the minors. I believe he would have the right to refuse to be outrighted and instead could elect to become a free agent. Big caveat. If he chooses free agency he forfeits his remaining salary for the year which is guaranteed because he was on the 5 man opening day roster even if not directly guaranteed in the contract.

      • oops above clearly should say “25 man opening day roster” not “5 man…”

      • Cot’s contracts says he signed for $2.3M for this year with no extended obligation, so he is still due between $750K and 800K for the rest of this year. Given that in his entire career before this season (including initial signing bonus) he has “only” made around $4M, it is hard to see him putting the balance of this year’s salary at risk I’d judge. So a team is probably going to have to trade for him or win him on a waiver claim to get him now.

  3. This personal catcher stuff needs to stop already. Bailey needs to get over his dislike of throwing to Mesoraco. The team is on a 4 game losing streak where they’ve scored a grand total of 6 earned runs, all from solo homers. You’re up against the division leader. You can’t afford to take one of your two good bats (Mesoraco) and put him on the bench and then move your other good bad (Frazier) out of position. It’s not like the Reds have the offense to spare.

    • Nothing about this report says it is due to Bailey’s “dislike of throwing to Mesoraco.” Nothing. That’s just more of your Homer bashing. Don’t put the blame on him. Did you read what Price said? Partly due to Mesoraco being 0-11 and Pena with two home runs in NY, I suspect. Bailey has pitched to Mesoraco and well.

      • Who cares if he wants to pitch to Mes or not. I think Homer’s best outing was with Pena behind the plate (SF). If it works, who should care? If Homer pitches like Homer can, a run should do it. We argue all the time about advanced statistics but I will say this: HB has the best stuff out of the starters. We need to get him to reach the potential, that he is blessed with. If that is bashing, then I guess I’m bashing..

        To be hung up on a personal pitcher, or not, is missing the point. How about we see if this pair works and go from there? Winning games is too important to get hung up on nonsense like this, guys.

      • I don’t see how an 0-11 stretch now effected all those times in the past. Devin Mesoraco has only caught 12 of Bailey’s 20 starts.

        Last year Corky Miller started 12 games. Eight of those were for Bailey’s starts. Mesoraco only started 5 of Bailey’s starts last year. Miller had a career 49 OPS+ before last year.

        Despite being the majority starter at the position the last two years, Mesoraco has caught 17 of Bailey’s 52 starts in that time span. Either Bailey doesn’t like throwing to him, or it’s just some crazy two year happenstance.

        • I think there is probably something to it but I’m not going to get hung up on it.

          I look at Homer and wonder why is this guy’s ERA not under 3.00?? If it just so happens that he does pitch effectively to reach that number, with Pena, is Mes really going to make up the +1 run/game difference?? The real problem is Mes needs to be able to play another position, in addition to catching, to maximize his value. I want to see Devin Mesoraco out there 150+ games.

    • I like Bailey with Pena. I think HB gets discouraged easily when things don’t go right. It’s just an opinion and probably a 98% chance I’m wrong; however, if I just happen to be right…………: Pena has a softer touch when dealing with the pitchers, I see DM as a tough love kind of guy. If HB is already down on himself, I want a softer touch (Pena). Is that some crazy thinking or what – just killing time.

      Bottom line Homer Bailey should be a much, much better pitcher then he is and what does it hurt to let Pena work with him and see how it goes? Whatever works best is the thing I want. Homer, to me, is a diamond in the rough.

      • I like Homer with Pena too. But Mez should catch Cueto.

        • With Pena at 1b preferably. But right now if I had to choose: Cueto & Mes, and Homer with Pena. If I was any of the starters, Pena would be my preference. I like this guy’s attitude and it appears he can lift you up when you need it. Nothing against Mes but I do think Pena has a certain gift. If anyone disagrees, that is more then okay with me.

    • Whoever is to blame for Mes sitting, be it Bailey or Price, it’s the wrong decision.

      • Doc, here is my point: if Homer throws a gem tonight, why not let Pena catch him his next start? If you would, please argue it from that point of view.

        • I just don’t believe that the cake a catcher adds in calling a game justifies taking your best bar out if the order when the problem all week has been scoring runs. One is a minimal, subjective advantage, the other is a tangible, objective difference in the number of runs you can expect to score. If you don’t trust Mes to call games in important spots the. We’re screwed. Not just tonight or this season, but for years. Hell – call every pitch from the dugout if you want. You’re a pitching coach, after all.

        • Can you try to answer my question?

        • I thought I did. Our priority right now should be offense. A major league pitcher should be able to prepare a gameplan with a major league catcher so that they are on the same page. There shouldn’t be a consideration of “game calling” when writing a lineup card. Go with the better bat and make sure the battery is in sync.

        • I’ll take that as a no. I’m betting Homer pitches lights out tonight and Pena catches him his next start.

        • And again, Price is perfectly capable of calling every pitch of the game from the dugout. If there’s any concern that Mes doesn’t have the brains to call an AB then Price can tell him to look to the dugout after every pitch to know what signs to throw.

        • You’ll take that as a no? I just answered your question three times. Let me make this clear: Game calling should not be an issue when deciding who should be starting at C. Period. WILL they do that? Maybe, because Price learned baseball managing from Dusty. SHOULD he do that? No. No. No. No. No. No. Have I answered your question enough times?

        • Except there’s no consistency between Homer’s catcher and what he does. Mesoraco started his June 24th game. Bailey went 5.1 innings, 4 ER. Pena started his June 29th game. Bailey went 9 innings, 0 ER. Mesoraco started his July 5th game. Bailey went 8 innings, 1 ER. Pena started his July 10th game. Bailey went 5 innings, 3 ER.

          I am just going to go ahead and assume regardless of who is catching, it’ll be the same. Inconsistent performances ranging from occasional flashes of ace stuff, to absolute horrible headcase blowups.

        • Wasn’t the July 10th game when Homer suffered his injury??

        • Because if Homer throws a gem, or if he gets shelled, I don’t believe who is catching makes much of a difference, if at all. The difference behind the plate is neglible at best.

          The difference on offense is huge, though. Pena as a hitter isn’t even on the same continent as Mesoraco.

  4. Any reason to believe–from the Cardinals game maybe?–that Nelson really struggles against LH batters? That would explain playing Peña over Mesoraco, putting Bruce at cleanup, and playing both Santiago and Schu. Just a thought.

    I really hope Bruce has returned from his summer vacation. I wasn’t so worried about his offense in NY–it was his defense that concerned me.

  5. I would have bet money we would see Pena at 1B and Mes catching tonight with Begron at 2B. There’s obviously information we don’t have, but I wonder if Price is trying to do too much. Take your best hitters and find a way to put them in the lineup. The end. When you’re scuffling for offense you don’t sit your (second?) best hitter.

    • To that end I could even see justifying playing Santiago at SS over Cozart at the moment.

    • One thing I would say is that particularly with a catcher, it is hard to know just how banged up the guy could be; and, Price isn’t going to advertise to the world if it is a situation of sitting one day to save missing several down the line.

  6. Free Negron!

    • Ha! I really almost agree. I’d just like to see if he actually has some real pop in his bat. Could be trade fodder at worst.

  7. Anyone else here amazed Chase Headly was trade for Peanuts! We could have used him at 3B or LF.

    • I think Headley would have been a really disappointing addition that would preclude a better move by subtracting some chips from our farm system. I would have rather seen an Uggla signing, but I’m fine seeing neither. Now, if Walt does nothing in the next week then yes, I would rather have added Headley over standing pat. But I have a feeling there’s something bigger coming.

      • Yanks gave up a minor league free agent signing from this winter and the 15th ranked prospect who is a reliever. We could not find this in our system which is way better than the Yanks? Headley always has hit well in GABP and plays great defense and cost NY 2.8 million, thats all. Compare this to the price for Zobrist, who is a similar player.

        • There is nothing coming before the trade deadline, maybe in August.

        • The pessimism coming out of RLN is close to unprecedented. Walt has 9 more days to make a move and one of his top trading targets has said they won’t decide whether to move until 48 hours before the deadline. Can we all seriously just take a deep breath? Come August 1st if we haven’t made a move I will be right there with you in screaming about how ineffective this FO is but there is a lot of storyline left to play out.

        • Headley would have been a nice addition because he would have cost very little on our end, and could potentially have been a big boost to the offense hitting in GABP.

    • Chase Headley has never played an inning of OF, so I don’t know where that’s coming from. That leaves 3B. Could slide Frazier over to 1B until Votto comes back, then what do we do with Headley in September? Headley was traded for peanuts because that’s how he’s hit the past two years, and been injury-prone. The last thing the Reds need now is to take on another injury case.

      • http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/headlch01.shtml

        Headley played most of 2008 and 2009 in LF. Also, Frazier played LF most of 2010 in LF.

        • Yeah, I did that search too fast and was only looking at 2014. If he hasn’t played there since 2009 I don’t know how much help he would be there. The Reds don’t need a terrible outfielder.

      • Headley has absolutely played in the OF

      • Headley was traded for peanuts because that’s what an impending free agent who hasn’t hit well this season is worth on the trade market. That doesn’t mean he would be terrible for us. On the contrary, he would be the perfect guy to get when is trade value is at its lowest.

  8. Interesting thing. What if Bailey of 2013 is the change from the norm, not Bailey of 2014?

    Bailey’s career numbers: 4.25 ERA, 95 ERA+, 3.99 FIP, 1.320 WHIP, 9.0 H/9, 1.0 HR/9, 2.9 BB/9, 7.5 K/9, 2.58 K/BB

    Bailey 2013 numbers: 3.49 ERA, 110 ERA+, 3.31 FIP, 1.124 WHIP, 7.8 H/9, 0.9 HR/9, 2.3 BB/9, 8.6 K/9, 3.69 K/BB

    Bailey’s 2014 numbers: 4.21 ERA, 88 ERA+, 3.92 FIP, 1.326 WHIP, 9.0 H/9, 1.0 HR/9, 2.9 BB/9, 8.0 K/0, 2.76 K/BB

    ERA, FIP, WHIP, H/9, HR/9, BB/9, and K/BB are all REALLLY close to his career averages this year. The other stats I listed are closer to his career averages than his 2013 season. So… what if this *IS* Homer Bailey and he’s not having a bad year, but just a career average year and this is what we have to look forward to for the next 5 years?

    • Way to bum me out. In my mind, a perfect scenario is that Bailey has a lights out rest of 2014 and we are able to trade him in the offseason. That opens the payroll for a $150+ million extension for Cueto. Then you spend the next year figuring out Latos vs Leake.

    • This a great comparison. If he can be traded to an American League team with a more spacious park in left and right field he might shave .5 off ERA by reducing the HRs he gives up to .75 HR/9. Great time to give Homer B. a chance in the American League for a certified LF but that type of trade would take place at the winter meetings. I do agree that what we see is what we have. This “IS” Homer.
      Boy am I glad you put didn’t W/L record in the mix.

    • Not sure what opened the gate on your Homer Hatred tonight. I’m not going to argue with you about it because nothing I say will change your mind. I’m just going to say how I look at his career arc. Other people can decide for themselves which is the most reasonable view.

      Homer Bailey isn’t anything like the pitcher he was 2007-2009. So including those numbers in trying to make sense of what to expect from him is pointless.

      Starting in 2010, using the big-picture numbers that best reflect how he pitched (at least these are the ones I look at in evaluating pitchers) xFIP and SIERA, his numbers finally fell below 4.00. They were in the 3.75-3.90 range in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

      2013 was clearly his best year to date. His xFIP (3.34) and SIERA (3.32) were career lows, by a good margin. The “looking under the hood” numbers back that up. Bailey’s strikeout percentage, line drive rate, ground ball rate, swinging strike rate and fastball velocity all moved strongly in the right direction.

      2014 has not been as good from an ERA standpoint and also a few of the “under the hood” numbers. His walk rate has slid up a bit and strikeout rate has fallen a little. They are more in line with 2010-2012 than 2013. But other “under the hood” numbers like his ground ball rate, swinging strikes and fastball velocity have stayed strong and even continued to improve in a few cases. He clearly got off to a bad start this season, likely related to his spring training groin injury. Since the first month, his numbers have been pretty similar to 2013. His xFIP is 3.54 and SIERA is 3.61.

      So his 2014 is somewhere between his 2013 season and his 2010-2012 years.

      That could mean 2013 was a peak (age 27) and he’ll begin a gradual decline that a lot of pitchers do, or it might mean he could use that last 2.5 months to bring 2014 more in line with 2013. Jury is still out.

      I think this is a more reasonable way to look at his pitching than the way you do, believing him to be an “inconsistent head case” (and showing your true colors when it comes to him).

      • “inconsistent head case” Did I miss something or is this in reference to a past comment?

        • I think it’s reference to Bailey not getting strike 3 call vs Braun, and then delivering the next pitch into the RF stands.

  9. So this Nelson kid will throw a gem tonite ?

  10. I def. have a problem with Price benching Bruce yesterday just because he was cold for a few games in NY… he has been known to heat up without a need for a day off.. he could have launched an early home run yesterday and it would have changed the entire dynamic of the game… now he is benching Mes because of an 0-11? Sure Pena is a great guy and all, but maybe Mes should be the one taking grounders at 1B instead of Bruce.. isn’t that the kind of thing the manager can suggest to a player?

  11. Take it or leave it…
    On the pregame radio, Price just said Peña is catching Bailey because Price is focused on pitching for this game and feels Peña catching Bailey is their strongest battery and gives them their best shot for at least a quality start (none since the break) and hopefully even better. Price said a secondary consideration is Meso’s recent struggles at the plate.

  12. I request a win, please…for my sanity!

  13. Billy’s OBP is gonna take a huge dive if he keeps swinging at everything as I have been seeing lately… yesterday the guy just walked the pitcher and Billy swung at two balls out of the strike zone without taking a pitch.

    • He would’ve struck out looking. He was thrown strikes.

      • You can’t walk when you’re thrown strikes.

      • yesterday? no, after they walked Latos he was thrown two low pitches and he swung at both… he grounded out to 2B on a ball low…

        just now he swung at a ball out of zone to strike out. What are you talking about?

        • First two pitches to him were strikes.

        • when just now? Which AB are we talking about? Just now he struck out on a ball… not saying he should have taken the first two pitches, but he swung at a ball low… that is how they pitched him yesterday as well, he was swinging at low pitches below his knee.

  14. Gritty at bat by Schu.

  15. Nelson looks like a Latos clone.

  16. Way to make that rookie pitcher work.

  17. Home run derby screwed up Frazier’s swing.
    Here we go again…K, GO, GO. Mercy!

  18. Off to a fast start again I see

  19. I have to laugh it looks like Jerry Narron is running this team, he is always on camera and sems involved in everything going on.

  20. Listening to Chris Welch justify why Pena should be starting instead of Mes really reminds you who’s paying the broadcasters’ paychecks.

    • Yeah, the “You don’t have that big of a drop off.” bit… just an 87 OPS+ vs 159 OPS+. No biggie. Just a bigger different than Todd Frazier vs Zack Cozart.

  21. Call doesn’t go the way he wants it, next pitch is deposited in the stands. Oh hello again Homer Bailey.

  22. Man Homer just can’t help it – just pathetic

  23. Bailey missed high, Pena’s target was lower… argh..now back to back… team is snakebitten for sure.

  24. Pena helping homer live up to his name. Egads!

  25. Homer letting them see how far they can hit it

  26. Mercy. 2 runs behind already. 2 runs deficits have been a death sentence for this team.

  27. It’s a Homer run derby.

  28. So apparently it’s not the catcher

  29. Can Mesoraco come in & catch now?

  30. Good thing Pena was catching today; Mesoraco surely would have had Homer throw four meatballs instead of two.

    Whew. Brian Price MOTY!

    • Let’s not fully blame Price. The players get paid big money to play better than this. They can play better than this and that is the frustrating part for the fans. It helps to vent by making snide comments we don’t 100% believe. Keeps us sane.

  31. Let’s see if Jay Bruce can make any decent contact.

  32. Odds of a Bruce K? 50/50?

  33. Bruce picking up where me left off. Announcers talking up the rookie pitcher. It’s the offense that’s stinks not the pitching of the rookie!!!!

  34. Well this game is over.

  35. Put enough A-1 Sauce on crow and it not that bad.

  36. I still think Bruce is done, just like Tiger Woods. We’ll see.

  37. Rookie pitcher. Nelson, has a perfect game.

  38. Maybe they should trade for Hanigan just to catch Bailey.

    • Just a little early for the gallows humor, but considering the circumstance I guess it is better than the Walt bashing, that will come later.

  39. Are the Reds ripe for a no hitter?

  40. Nelson looks fantastic so far

  41. I keep wondering when the pitcher with the ERA of 5.40 who got tattooed by an offensively challenged Cards team is going to show up?

  42. Do you think Chad Fairchild behind the plate has anything to do with Mes sitting tonight?

  43. That’s plain fun.

  44. Big test for Jay.

  45. It’s taken a week and we’ve gone from optimism of the high point in the season, 1.5 games out and being a buyer (if we didn’t have Jock-less at GM) in the market to being on the verge of being a seller in 4th. Back to small market team on the outside looking in. Well, another ten years and we can compete again with the big boys. Reds fan forever (unless they implement the DH in the NL and then I’m out) but it’s a tough team to follow, not the Cubs, but still tough. At least the Cubs fans know they can get drunk like Harry and everything is alright.

    • That comment about dh just blows my mind. You would stop watching baseball if the NL got the DH? So you’re telling me that watching pitchers flail around with a bat in their hands is the thing about baseball that you can’t live without? Don’t tell me it’s the strategy. There’s nothing strategic about a pitcher batting. If there’s a runner on and less than two outs, he’s gonna be bunting. Everybody knows it. The double switch is not some brilliant tactical manoeuvre either. I just honestly don’t understand how people can say “oh I love baseball, but if the NL adopts the DH then I’ll never watch again.”

  46. Finally, a break goes the Reds way… Let’s get Frazier in and start over.

  47. Mancuso called it… Luddy gets blown away by the fastball in a situation where you have to put the ball in play. Sheesh.

  48. Really quality at back there, Ludwick

  49. That was the Reds first earned run since the All Star break that didn’t come from a solo homer.

  50. Watching Ludwick is painful; marginal power, average, on base ability at best. His bat speed is gone. Oy.

  51. Can someone explain to me how Frazier did not score on the double from Bruce? I watched the replay and they would not even have tried to get him at home. They tried to get Bruce at second.

  52. But for the 2 home runs, Bailey is cruising.

  53. Huge out here if the Reds want a legit shot at winning this game.

  54. Pitch/FX has 4 of the 5 pitches thrown so far as strikes vs Gomez. Killer.

  55. Homer tried to aim that pitch. C’mon Homer you can do it. Go Reds!

  56. I need a drink and i don’t even drink.

  57. Looks like the comments are posting out of order.

  58. Can someone restart my heart for me. i’m too old for this.

  59. This game is frustrating.

  60. I’ve always heard that the Home Run Derby screws up swings. I think it has messed up Frazier’s swing. He doesn’t look like the same hitter.

    • If my memory serves me, Todd looked like he was reverting to the “old” Todd in that last series before the all star break. Reaching at that low outside pitch.

  61. Schumaker’s AB looked as bad as Ludwick. No patience at all at the plate with a young pitcher that has been wild the past 2 innings.

  62. Looks like most everyone has left so I’m out too.

  63. Cards 1 Brewers 5 top 5th.

  64. Reds never take too long when at bat

    • I believe the team motto is something like: “You can’t hit a solo home run if you don’t swing the bat.”

  65. The score is 2-1 not 12-1 Brewers, but judging from the comments you would believe for all the world that it was 12-1 Brewers Bot. 6th inning. What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on around here. (as I wave my hat to clear the air)

  66. Skippy gritted that DP

  67. That’s the second fantastic defensive plays by Schumaker this game.

  68. Pirates 8 Dodgers 5 bottom of 7th
    Cards 1 Rays 6 top of 5th

  69. Brantley: “That ball almost took Schumaker’s lips off.”

  70. That’s a bummer to give the run back. With the way it looks like baseballs are jumping out of here, it makes me sad that Mes isn’t in the lineup, seeing as he’s a legit HR threat.

    • +1

      Would have loved to see Mes up there in the 4th with runners on 2nd and 3rd and one out, instead of Ludwick. I have a sneaking suspicion we would have at least 2 runs right now, if not more.

  71. Alright, not exactly speed demons on the paths, but there they are. Let’s bring them home. I heart Pena.

  72. Had to come back in briefly – Homer continuously gets beat on terrible breaking pitches – would like to know how many times this year he has given up home runs on his breaking ball – seems like an awful lot to me (maybe I’m wrong)

    • I think that if Simon had given up three dingers the conversation around here would sound a little different…..,

    • His split finger and slider both are positive in terms of weighted runs above average. It looks like his curveball and fastball are the problem (in terms of wRAA). Standardized pitch values (takes into account how often the pitches are thrown) show that he is struggling with his curve, but not his other two breaking pitches.

      These do not consider BABIP or park effects. Please keep in mind this is a descriptive stat, not a predictive one.

  73. That butcher boy play would look good here.

  74. Ludwick slow as molasses running uphill

  75. Take the walk Cozart

  76. Luds, why couldn’t that have come back in the 4th inning?

  77. This guy is cooked. He’s never gone this long at the MLB level. Gotta get him right now.

  78. Bruce might have to move to short stop.

  79. Good thing not a lot of kids near home plate lol

  80. Welp, here we go. Can we push a couple across here, or is that asking too much?

  81. Gotta make this guy pay – he is all over the freaking place

  82. I think Roenicke is challenging to get some time for his pen.

  83. This guy will walk a run in if the Reds hitters let him.

  84. Cozart’s finger has already turned purple.

  85. Wow, can anything else go wrong for this Reds team…

  86. Who plays short if Cozart has to leave?

    • Santiago to short, Frazier to third, Pena to first, and Mes to catch. At least that’s what I would do.

      If you don’t want to put Mes in, then do the first two changes and put Lutz in at first.

  87. My goodness.

  88. Bunting there, especially with the count 2-0 and 3-1 was incredibly conservative and against the odds.

    • AAgree. You fake a bunt maybe, and then swing away. With Luddy on base it really has to be a good bunt anyway.

    • Way conservative… I was a bit shocked.

    • Cozart is hitting .176 this season with RISP (.204 for his career), and tends to either pop up or hit ground balls directly at short or third. It’s a lot easier to imagine a double play than a hit.

  89. Here comes the sorry umpiring again

  90. Santiago has to make some kind of contact here.

  91. Santiago is an RBI guy.

  92. Yes – this dude couldn’t find home plate with a compass !!!

  93. Who is hitting ??

  94. Need a big hit here… it could change the whole series.

  95. Reds have got to make this guy pay for his wildness.

  96. Kid really fell apart that inning. Reds really don’t have a hard hit ball this inning. It’s about time those kind of breaks started falling this way a bit.

    That said, the Reds hitters have terrible strike zone appreciation.

  97. On the replay, looked like Santiago took one for the team. He watched the ball all the way in as it hit his foot and never moved it. Course, maybe he’s just old and slow like me.

  98. Heisey just needs to get the run in from third and avoid a double play.

  99. Man they gotta light this dude up – please no TOOTBLAN here

  100. That will do.

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About Steve Mancuso

Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky's Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve's thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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