The Pittsburgh Pirates enter the weekend trailing the St. Louis Cardinals by 1-game in the standings. I can’t stomach either team winning the division. But with all of that said, I want the Reds to play well and win games so the Reds need to try and play the role of spoiler one final weekend and beat the Pirates. It would be bitter sweet if the Reds could somehow take care of the Pirates this weekend much like the Pirates took care of the Reds over the final weekend a season ago.

Discuss the game here, Reds fans!

Lineup:
1. Negron 3B
2. Pena 1B
3. Phillips 2B
4. Bruce RF
5. Heisey LF
6. Rodriguez CF
7. Cozart SS
8. Barnhart C
9. Leake P

70 Responses

    • jessecuster44

      What has Big Bob seen since April 2013 that would give him confidence in Walt?

      Could not or would not deal for offense.

      Cannot effectively manage the 40 man roster

      Could not or would not replace injured position players effectively.

      Then add the ludicrous overpayment for relief pitching…

      Its really embarrassing that this team, which has been ready to win since 2010, has been undermined by first a stubborn manager in Dusty, and then a do nothing GM in Walt. I don’t have much faith in the next two years.

  1. ProspectCincy

    Wow … Reds just ensured a few more of these kinds of seasons.

    Worst news of the entire season IMHO.

  2. sergeant2

    Pirates @ Reds is being broadcast on MLB television network (regional coverage) Plus all the games on mlb.com t.v. are free this weekend. Go Reds!

  3. sergeant2

    Late arriving crowd at the old ball orchard tonight, more seats are filled than at the start of the game that’s fer sure. Go Reds!

  4. George Mirones

    Mike pitched well to get out of that.

    • Redgoggles

      I didn’t think it was a true TOOTBLAN in this case, but my judgement could be completely skewed by the abundance of them this year. That looked like good aggressive baserunning, in an effort to take advantage of their SS in no hurry to retrieve the ball.

  5. wildwestlv

    Did Steve Smith try to stop Mike?

    • Redgoggles

      He’s gotta go. Addition by subtraction.

      • wildwestlv

        He did try. Pirates feed showed it. He’s probably locked for 2+ years.

  6. sergeant2

    Unbelievable, the Pirates short stop more or less walked over to to pick up the ball that went off his glove and still threw Cozart out at second base.

  7. RedAlert

    Steve Smith is the absolute worst 3rd base coach in MLB – getting rid of him is the first move the Reds need to make – has no clue whatsoever when to send a runner and when not to – sick of his incompetence !

  8. sergeant2

    Leake ran through (thankfully) the stop sign thrown up by the 3rd base coach. I think the players have learned to use their own judgement, rather than trust Smith’s judgement.

  9. wildwestlv

    Steve Smith is the substitute in a tough high school class that NOBODY respects.

  10. Redgoggles

    Pirates or Cardinals to win the NL Central? Man, that’s tough.

    • wildwestlv

      This series is a win/win, IMO: get swept & screw the Cards (IF they lose 1, or 2, in AZ) OR…take 1, or 2, & screw the Bucs. Can’t lose, either way.

      • Redgoggles

        True, I just need to focus on the losers instead of the winners. That’s better, thanks.

      • sergeant2

        I guess if I had my druthers, I would druther (I don’t think druther is actually a word, but I like the sound of it) see the Reds go out on a winning streak. Go Reds!

      • wildwestlv

        Agreed. I guess it’s because I just expect the Cards to go deep in the postseason, regardless of how they have to get in, but screwing over the Pirates sure would feel good. GO REDS.

  11. sergeant2

    The “experts” seem to think the Dodgers are the team to beat in the National League. I hate to say it, but watch out for the Cardinals. They have a history of excelling in the post season.

  12. sergeant2

    THAT was an impressive throw by Barnhart to get the runner at 2nd. Very impressive. Go Reds!

  13. VaRedsFan

    How cool would it be to splice Tucker’s defense with Devin’s offense?

    • Redgoggles

      Ha. Maybe he should start sending them home on their HR trots. Just to up his average.

  14. sergeant2

    That new protective hat designed to protect pitchers hasn’t really caught on has it.

  15. BigRedSaguaro

    Reds hitters think the LOB category is a good one

  16. Redgoggles

    Villareal in the 8th of a tie game = Price doesn’t want Cardinals to win the Central.

    • Redgoggles

      Apparently, Jay Bruce doesn’t like them either.

      • BigRedSaguaro

        Jay might not like the Reds too much either lol

  17. BigRedSaguaro

    Hoover’s up next to help out

  18. wildwestlv

    Bruce is snakebit every which way.

  19. VaRedsFan

    And the beat goes on for Bruce, both, offensively and defensively.

  20. sergeant2

    I’m not sure what happened with Bruce on that play, unless maybe he was daydreaming out there. Normally he makes that play.

  21. VaRedsFan

    keep pitching to Cutch with a base open….why not…we’ve done it all year…burned every time.

  22. wildwestlv

    Game. Good move putting in Villareal. Looking forward to seeing Hoover tonight, as well. And looking forward to seeing more of these decisions from Price for the next two years.

  23. wildwestlv

    BP got his silly hat on. Trying to converse with Cutch.

  24. sergeant2

    Bruce coming up after BP, maybe Jay can atone for that misplayed ball. Go Reds!

  25. wildwestlv

    At least, somewhere, there’s some Cardinals fan, cursing and throwing their remote at the TV. Well, probably not, they’re playing the D-Backs, an even bigger dumpster fire than the 2014 Reds. Methinks they’ll be ok.

    • Redgoggles

      I don’t know. Teams normally win immediately following their coach/manager being fired. Guess we’ll see……

      • wildwestlv

        True, but Alan Trammell was ALSO fired. He just gets to manage the last three games.

      • Redgoggles

        True. Not a lot of history on that. Very strange.

    • BigRedSaguaro

      I know that’s how I feel watching the Reds most nights

  26. wildwestlv

    I thought that was cool of the fans, at GABP, to still cheer, “BRUUUUUCE” after his last two outs AB.

  27. sergeant2

    Striking out for the third time ain’t exactly what I would atoning. But I’m sure he had good thoughts, and its the thought that counts, just not on the scoreboard.

  28. Redgoggles

    Meeting on the mound: “So far, so good JJ. You have to remember to wipe the gas off your fingers before you throw the pitch.”

  29. sergeant2

    It really irritates me that the fans right behind home plate pay almost no attention to the game. Proof positive that life isn’t fair. (insert smiley face)

    • wildwestlv

      Yeah, and they don’t even have the courtesy to look remotely like Front Row Amy!

  30. wildwestlv

    Off topic, but I love the dugout shot in baseball when you can see the medicine chest opened up: Tums, Pepto-Bismol, Phillips’ Milk of Magnesia, Aspirin, Ibuprofen… basically a first-aid kit for hangovers. Things haven’t really changed all that much in America’s Pastime.

  31. wildwestlv

    I’d say old Jay has repented & atoned. Well played.

  32. sergeant2

    Another good catch by Bruce, but is he wearing roller skates tonight. Go Reds!

  33. BigRedSaguaro

    Cards down 2-0 to the Dbacks

  34. Redgoggles

    Cozart, Barnhart and can we get Jack for the easiest “save” in the history of MLB?

  35. wildwestlv

    Oh well. Sorry Cards. We tried. Really hard.

    • Redgoggles

      Yeah, and we’re even going to challenge it to prove it. Sorry Price, have you seen the Reds record in games that JJ Hoover has pitched in this year?