Happy birthday, everybody. Let’s celebrate by being in last place (30-52) and playing the NL Central leaders (51-29.) Who are the Cubs. And–THREE times!  Let’s play them three times in a row, too, and start on a day when most liquor stores close early.


Also the Cleveland Indians are currently 5.5 games up in the AL Central, the opposing pitcher’s ERA is pretty much triple ours, it was 58 degrees on the third day of July, and I’m running out of explanations or blame for any of this. Suggestions may be emailed to GivingUpOnLifeInGeneral@aol.DialUpForever.AngelFire.com

1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Brandon Phillips (2B)
7. Billy Hamilton (CF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Cody Reed (P)
 1. Javier Baez (2B)
2. Kris Bryant (LF)
3. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
4. Willson Contreras (C)
5. Addison Russell (SS)
6. Jason Heyward (RF)
7. Jeimer Candelario (3B)
8. Kyle Hendricks (P)
9. Albert Almora (CF)

Let’s meet our Pitching Staff Member of the Day!



Kyle Hendricks 2.76 91.1 83 1.05 ‘MURCA!!
Cody Reed 9.00 16.0 20 1.81 An ERA of 9 is not ‘Murca



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Proud aunt Mary Beth Ellis is a freelance writer and college teacher who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Her home site, BlondeChampagne.com, has existed in at least some form since 2003, and Mary Beth has been a regular columnist with one publication or another from the age of 16. Her first book, Drink to the Lasses, was published in 2006. She currently teaches college, runs personal wine tastings, gives literary readings, and stares into the middle distance.

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  1. If you told me I’d see a reference to Angelfire today, I’d have not believed you.

    Interesting move by Maddon… Baez leading off and dropping the season-long-struggling Jason Heyward to 6th.

  2. Ted Power will stabilize the Reds pitching staff. Yes indeed: U.S.A. – best Brexit of all.

  3. I’m confused (not totally unusual). Yesterday somebody said something about 7 games in 7 days to the break. However, when I looked at the schedule page on the Reds.com, it said Thursday was an off day. Now Mary Beth is talking about playing the Cubs four times. What am I missing?


  4. 3 ER allowed after hitting a rookie on the foot with 2 strikes and 2 outs.

  5. Painful

  6. 36 pitches in the first inning.

    Gonna be another one of THOSE games

  7. Worst Reds team I’ve ever seen by far and I’m 50! They need to send Reed back down before they ruin him? He needs an off-speed pitch! BP Ks on an 88 mph fb right down the middle and then boots a routine ball. Just do him a favor and cut him like KC cut Infante. Its over for him in Cincy and he knows it!
    Bottom line…this team just has little to no hope? They’ve done nothing to fool anyone into thinking they know how to rebuild it?

    • You should watch more Cubs games. They do this to much more seasoned pitchers than Cody Reed. One of the best teams in awhile, really.

      • Not really. Cubs pitching has carried them. This lineup today has many young players. I was all for bringing Reed up, but this might be detrimental for him. He’s clearly not ready yet. Why not bring Stephenson back up? He had two decent outings earlier. That’s the thing about prospects, it sounds all great and dandy when talking about them, but they’re prospects until they pan out and many never do.

      • I watch the Cubs all the time. Fowler and Zobrist are out. They haven’t been scoring much lately except against us. We get boatraced by the Padres and teams like that too. Blowouts where the Reds quit by the 3rd-4th inning. Jocketty has put together a verified trainwreck! Little to no hitting in the pipeline either? I’m real excited about Winker. He has less xtra basehits then Peraza who has no power whatsoever. Billy is back to hitting flyballs and will be back to .215 in no time! You can put a dress on a pig if you want? That’s your right but I know what I see.

        • Very true. Our minor league system is devoid of top end position player talent. We have some pitching talent(Reed, Garrett, Stephenson), but if they aren’t developed or don’t pan out it looks pretty bleak for the future of the Redlegs. I hope our high draft picks develop fairly quick.

        • Yeah, and we are on our third year of bad baseball, and we are nowhere near having any MLB ready players in our system. Maybe, the Cubs organization is ran better than the Reds. Like Indy said.

      • You guys are all correct. The Cubs are a terrible offensive team. I’ll stop spouting such nonsense.

        • They lost 10 of their last non-Reds games. They shouldn’t be beating the kid like he’s a piñata? His other 2 starts weren’t good either. I’m not saying he doesn’t have a good arm but he’s obviously not ready.

        • Lost 10 of 11 of their non-Reds games

        • It’s not that, but they aren’t the ’27 Yankees or ’76 Reds. This lineup today is a very average to a little above average major league lineup. Let’s not act like Reed is getting blasted by some attack that has been plowing MLB pitchers left and right because they haven’t. Almost a third of Kris Bryant’s HR’s and RBI’s have came off Reds pitching. Reed simply isn’t ready, and that’s not his fault.

        • They’ve already lost Schwarber. Fowler has a hammy which is tricky and may miss more time? So they just roll out this Contreras kid and he’s have more HRs in a month then BP hits all year! Where are our reinforcements? Jocketty has failed at every level. He should be arrested for stealing a GMs salary

        • Indy…you do understand that in order to have “reinforcements” the Cubs had 3 years of awful baseball? I suppose Epstein stole money from 2012-2014.

        • I know Chuck. I’ve seen you post that many times and you’re correct BUT
          the difference is that the Reds plan to build around plenty of these guys unlike the 2012 Cubs. Votto isn’t going anywhere? Duvall, Suarez, Homer, Reed, Disco, etc. They have more talent then those Cub teams….guys with a decent ceiling

    • I’ve got to agree. The Cubs just came off a series where they had their rear end handed to them. They have been struggling of late except against our pitching.

    • Indy: I get being discouraged because we’re watching what’s happening this year, but do you think that a rebuild is accomplished and finalized at its beginning? It’s going to take a few years to know whether it has been effective or not.

  8. wow, I missed two innings and it’s already game over? sigh.

  9. And the beat goes round and round like a bad circus routine

    BP boots an easy grounder and Bryant launches the next pitch into orbit. It’s laughable how predictably bad this team can be

  10. Also, here’s an idea….


    How many HRs does he need to hit against us before we figure that out? 10? 15? 47??

    Just freaking roll the ball across the plate from now on, for all I care

    • It’s okay because Jumbo will plunk him at the end of the game.

      • Jumbo couldn’t plunk him if he tried. Like every other Reds pitcher he’ll serve up a 0-2 FB right down broadway, and it’ll land between 400-450 feet beyond the OF wall.

  11. So my question is this… I, like everyone else, wanted to see Reed. However, he has been hammered 4 in a row and probably needs to get sent down before his brain explodes. I’d like to see Stephenson again. In addition… Finnegan will reach his innings limit pretty soon. Threw 107 last year and is at 96 now.
    The obvious move if Garrett pitches well tonight is to bring him up and put Finnegan in the pen cause he shouldn’t throw more than 50 more innings tops.
    We can talk about service time issues with Garrett until out heads explode but this is a tryout year and I think we need to see what else we have.
    Am I way off here?
    Reed will be back but needs to gather himself.

  12. The notion that players will graduate from AAA and then step into the majors and be All Stars is nonsense. This game is really hard and part of any young player’s development will be to take your lumps and then adjust. The Cubs have a really good lineup. Time for Reed to get some mental toughness and good coaching and keep coming back aggressive and confident.

  13. 4 years ago today, the 30-50 Cubs took the field with this lineup

    1. De Jesus CF
    2. Castro SS
    3. Rizzo. 1B
    4. Soriano LF
    5. La Hair. RF
    6. Soto. C
    7. Barney. 2b
    8 Valbuena. 3B
    9. Maholm. P

    My recollection is a lot of time, energy and effort was spent criticizing this disgraceful lineup. That all seems a little silly now.

    • So, the Reds have had lousy teams three years in a row.

      Where’s our prize?

      I would guess we are going to have a few more years of last place teams in Cincinnati, until we get a CHANGE IN OWNERSHIP, and a change in management approach.

      This is the team that Bob Castelini and his GM, Walt Jocketty have built.

      Stand back and be amazed.

      • I’m with you. All this comparing our situation with the Cubs situation is fine. The one problem people aren’t seeing is our from office vs the Cubs FO. I have zero faith in our bungling crew to get anything done. Just look at our system now especially on the position player side. It’s not pretty. Not all prospects pan out either. The Cubs look to have hit gold with Bryant, Russell, etc. They’ve made some good trades and signings also. Does anyone see that happening here?

        • I have no idea if any of this will work….no one does. My point is that at this point expecting “anything” good is nuts.

          As great as Epstein is, he had never rebuilt a franchise. He Iinherited a 90 plus win team that went to game 7 of the ALCS his first year. In Boston, he inherited talent and was given virtually unlimited resources….shouldn’t they have been good?

          The Reds may eventually be good. Or ..this might be a decade long disaster. No one knows anything and it’s way to early to evaluate whether this is going to work.

      • The current on field product isn’t a team that was ” built”. It’s a mix of a few good pieces with some short term band aids and journeyman….sprinkled with a handful of guys that can go either way.

        The Reds all but said ” We’re going to be really, really bad this year”…rebuilds are not linear things in which tangible progress is incrementally made each game.

        • Chuck, if they were all young and making mistakes, I could live with that. I know you understand this, I am not trying to be pedantic.
          But they still have a core of experienced players in Votto, Bruce, Cozart and Phillips. This team plays poorly on most days. Cozart is the only one that has played fairly good defense at his position. Bruce has done okay in right field, but has also made some real misplays.

          Where would they be without Duvall?

          After all these years of watching the Dusty led Reds and now the Price led Reds, I still see poor execution of fundamentals, and poor on field strategy. What is wrong with this picture?

          i was opposed to this idea earlier in the season, but now it really is time to bench Phillips, and either waive him or let him sit out the season on the bench. His salary is a sunk cost, and he is not making the team better.

        • I agree. No one knows if this will work. I just don’t trust our front office. Now, in fairness to Dick Williams we really don’t know what he can do. The whole hire reeked of nepotism though which is their preroggative if that’s what they want to do. Personally, I’d like to have seen a young guy from a successful franchise hired. Was that feasible? Who knows? I do know that it will probably be later before sooner when and if the Reds contend. I get the sucking for 3,4, or 5 years and after almost 40 years as a Reds fan I can take that. I guess I’m saying all this to say I don’t really trust the Reds “baseball” people. Maybe I’m wrong.

  14. that guy never touched second base, votto should be safe

  15. If Reed really has major league stuff, he has to learn to locate the ball consistently. The pitch that Bryant sent into orbit was a slider, belt high, right down the middle of the plate… Reed pitched pretty well in his debut, except for two bad location pitches that were jacked out (against Houston). Now, he is getting beat pillar to post in every outing. Send him down and tell him what he needs to do to be successful. Give him something to work on. The Reds bullpen can’t stand to have so many games where they have to pitch 4-5 innings of relief every other day.
    I am also not impressed with how the game is being called, pitching wise.

    It’s not the notion that Reed was expected to be an All Star, but he is absolutely getting hammered. He’s not giving up dinkers and dribblers, he’s giving up rocket shots.

    • Send him back down to AAA and give him videos of Chris Sale to watch repeatedly! First of all everything with Reed seems to be hard so he needs to work on a change-up or slower curve. Another thing that appears to me to be killing him is his slider isn’t really a strike. He uses it as a put away pitch w/2 strikes but the MLB are picking it up and laying off of it. That’s where trying to copy Sale comes in! Sale is tall and rangy like Reed and he whips that slider way outside to righties and then it hits the outer half of the plate with late movement! Now Reed may never be half the pitcher Sale is but he needs to work the slider to both sides of the plate instead of just trying to work the RH hitters back foot because that pitch isn’t a strike.

      Bottom line….he needs more work at Lville! Alot more work

  16. Reed has and will take his lumps but he pitched really well at AAA and really has nothing to prove at Louisville.He needs to learn how to pitch in the big leagues and for all rookie pitchers it means you will get lit up from time to time.Its how you respond that makes the difference.

  17. Ted Power will get Cody Reed back on track.

    • Is there a passenger train line from Cincy to Louisville? 🙂

      Seriously, Reed is not ready for the ML. A lot of us thought he was, including me. His pitch location is terrible. Strailly does not have Reed’s velocity and stuff, but does better (relatively) because he can locate his pitches.

  18. Anybody who sees a silver lining, in that, “We’re where the Cubbies were a few seasons ago…” is just delusional. Two words: Theo Epstein. Dream on all you want, things are not going to change for the better until there is some major changes at the top. The fish rots from the head…Oh, and Happy 4th everyone!

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About Mary Beth Ellis

Proud aunt Mary Beth Ellis is a freelance writer and college teacher who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Her home site, BlondeChampagne.com, has existed in at least some form since 2003, and Mary Beth has been a regular columnist with one publication or another from the age of 16. Her first book, Drink to the Lasses, was published in 2006. She currently teaches college, runs personal wine tastings, gives literary readings, and stares into the middle distance.


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