Game Thread

D-Backs at Reds (July 30, 2014)

The Reds look for a rare series victory if they can manage to defeat the Diamondbacks for the second consecutive day. As we have witnessed since the All-Star break, it will likely require the Reds starting pitcher to throw a shutout in order to post a W in games from here on. Can Reds pitching blank the opposition from here on out? Sure! Why Not!?

Alfredo Simon, today is your day to blank Arizona! Go to Work!

1. Chris Heisey (R) CF
2. Ramon Santiago (S) 2B
3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
5. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
6. Brayan Pena (S) 1B
7. Skip Schumaker (L) RF
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Alfredo Simon (R) P

Discuss the game here Reds fans! Go Reds!

204 thoughts on “D-Backs at Reds (July 30, 2014)

  1. Yup, saw that coming. As I said a couple posts ago. Mesoraco made it close, but I had no faith in Ludwick to continue the inning. Well, at least it LOOKS like it was a closer game than it actually was. Still a series loss to the freaking Diamondbacks. Come on. That’s like losing a series to the Cubs.

  2. Surprisingly, Price came out and said he thought the Reds were buyers and that they still feel like they can win.
    That is the problem. It is kind of like being an alcoholic and not knowing you are on

  3. Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo
    #Reds, #Orioles, #Mariners, #SFGiants among teams in on Bonifacio, trade likely soon. @MLBBruceLevine has been on this too

    • Please no… a .279/.318/.373 hitter isn’t the answer to the Reds’ problems.

    • The Reds being in on Bonifacio just kills me. The Reds needed a guy that could play multiple positions, including SS, and who could possibly play CF if Hamilton couldn’t cut it. So they let the Cubs sign Bonifacio for a 1 year deal, and sign Skip Schumaker to a multi-year deal, as well as Ramon Santiago. Makes sense.

      • About as much sense as failing to block Byrd to Pittsburgh, getting absolutely pummeled by his bat to finish the season, and then potentially being in on him at the trade deadline this year. Lol… it’s comic how bad Walt is.

      • Yeah. The Cards get Masterson, The Pirates are rumored to be in on Lester, and the Reds counter with Bonifacio. At this point, what is the point?

        • Provided the cost isn’t high, I think Bonifacio would be a fine pickup for the team. Way better than running Santiago/Schumaker out there. I seriously doubt that the Reds would be done, it’s just makes a lot of sense for the Reds needs.

          The funny thing is that the Reds would be trading for a guy that made way more sense to sign as a FA. Walt rushed to sign Schumaker in November to a multi-year deal, for no apparent reason, then decided they needed a backup SS, who could never legitimately start for a contender. Walt doesn’t value position/roster flexibility enough, and we end up with a terrible hitting bench, year after year.

  4. Lots fireworks unleashed late in a game is deceiving for those of us downtown.

    Mes is a horse. Hoover is a goat – that Francisco trade is finally looking bad this year . . .

    • The Francisco trade allowed Frazier to become the everyday 3rd baseman rather than Francisco. There is no way for that trade to EVER look bad.

    • Where exactly would you play Francisco? He’s not a 3rd basemen, not a LF nad we have Votto at first and the NL doesn’t use the DH.

      • Some teams use a backup 3B/1B. Frazier could play LF. It has been done before….

        Heck, Toronto is doing it right now and it seems to be working just fine.

        • So you move a guy who is playing very well at 3rd to LF which isn’t his base position and put a guy at third who on his best day is about average? What do you do on days Frazier is at third?

        • He sits on the bench collecting a pay check, waiting for a spot to pinch hit, or Joey Votto gets hurt, whichever occurs first.

          I know it’s been a while, but backups are allowed to not actually stink at hitting.

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