When Ashley began her coverage of the Pirates series on April 4, she mentioned that the Reds (1-8) were attempting to snap a four-game losing streak.

That did not happen. They are 0 for April.

Not only did it not happen, the reverse took place. They still haven’t won. Our parting gift, however, is what I nominate as the next mural to adorn the inner walls Great American Ball Park. On the outer walls, it must be painted on the river side and projected into space, that beings from other states and galaxies may know of our valor.

Steve Mancuso kindly invited me to take part in this week’s short answer. Because of the diarrhea which issues from my keyboard whenever I encounter an interesting subject, my submission was a bit over the 150 word limit (which, you have to admit, is a more admirable turn-in than the original draft, which was 149 words under), I posted the missing bits here, should you be interested (I quite like the part in which I wedge a discussion of yoga pants into an examination of the Reds and the psychological realities of neuroticism. REDLEG NATION: Come for the sports talk, stay for the psychosis and yoga pants!)

I included this link because I thought you might be need of something to pass the time while waiting for various Marlins (3-7) to finish running around the bases. That might not happen, of course, but my history minor math indicates it probably will. For the moment, let us hope for a reality of sunny with an increasing chance of, much like Jerry Seinfeld’s rental car counter employee, taking a lead… and then hoooooolding the lead.

We meet at 6:40 PM.

Starting Pitchers


Sup, Luis. Luis Castillo has a loss pinned on him, but at this point, with this team, that means absolutely nothing. The Internet informs me that his changeup has “caused chatter,” so there’s that.



I see promise here with this Urena fellow– more than with David, Lord of the Pine Tar, anyway. He has two losses. Maybe he’s terrible enough that the Reds can do something with that. I would type that his ERA is, like, 10 to indicate how much hope you should have, but his ERA literally is more than 10.

Luis Castillo   0 .789 12.2 17 1.42
Jose Urena 0 2.077 8.2 6 10.38



Our biggest concern about the Reds over the off-season was 1) the pitching 2) the pitching after the pitching. This turned out to be incorrect. We should have been concerned about the offense.

Currently my favorite thing about the bullpen is the way it acted after Matt Kemp broke the scoreless streak:

See? That’s adorable.


I could not find a tweet featuring the Marlins bullpen celebrating a Matt Kemp home run.



  1. Jesse Winker (L) RF
  2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
  3. Matt Kemp (R) LF
  4. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
  5. Scott Schebler (L) CF
  6. Derek Dietrich (L) 2B
  7. Jose Peraza (R) SS
  8. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
  9. Luis Castillo (R) P


  1. Curtis Granderson (L) LF
  2. Brian Anderson (R) 3B
  3. Neil Walker (S) 1B
  4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B
  5. Jorge Alfaro (R) C
  6. JT Riddle (L) SS
  7. Lewis Brinson (R) CF
  8. Peter O’Brien (R) RF
  9. Jose Urena (R) P


-Both teams have lineups.

-Remember how after Opening Day and the rainout, how those 48 hours without baseball seemed an age? How you just wanted to see Reds standing on grass?

Yeah that’s done. Yesterday’s day off seemed like a brief respite from being hammered in a field of weeds like the Office Space printer.

-Our Friend Puig is not in the lineup due to lameness. Not because he’s hurt. Because the MLB suspension people, as Doug Gray aptly points out, are laaaaaaaaaaaame.

News and Notes

Homer Bailey’s ERA is currently 9; also, he has to live in Kansas City.

-I visited Miami Beach once. It was like someone picked up Manhattan and plopped it down on the edge of Florida.

It’s not a good combination.

-This is the first thing I’ve written for Redleg Nation since the website redesign that has been rated as having Good Readability by WordPress. Expect great things, baseball-wise, from here on out.

98 Responses

  1. Matthew

    I’m confident that this will be the game that breaks the skid, but I would not be surprised if this lineup makes Urena look like deGrom.

  2. Mark Moore

    We must break the 2019 curse today, else the banner at GABP shall read …

    “Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter Here”

    Seriously … let’s get this party started!

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      thanks! We do aim for readability here.

    • ma

      also wasnt Homers ERA 4.50 this morning?

      • Mary Beth Ellis

        Check the link. It is indeed 9. I wouldn’t lie about Homer having an ERA of 9.
        We have so little to be happy about here, my friend. Grasp what you can.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      There is indeed. It’s in list form rather than the grid because I don’t know how to do the grid and don’t want to dedicate one thousand hours of my life trying to figure out how to do the grid.

      • ToBeDetermined

        Mary Beth Elis

        “Homer having an ERA of 9. We have so little to be happy about here, my friend. Grasp what you can.”
        If my happiness is determined by someone else’s misery then I’m certainly not focusing on what I should be

      • Mary Beth Ellis

        Oh, no, TBD– I didn’t mean that. I meant we should be happy that the Reds won this trade.

      • ToBeDetermined

        YEA !
        So much gets lost the sterile environment of the printed page.

        BTW, I love your writing style.
        you occasionally drop gems like “I visited Miami Beach once. It was like someone picked up Manhattan and plopped it down on the edge of Florida. It’s not a good combination.”
        It makes me want to read every thought in the article so as to not miss anything.

  3. ohiojimw

    MB> you’ve got to bear down on passive voice and those transition words. I’m trying to figure out how it isn’t somewhat oxymoronic to do both at the same time…..

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      1) If the Reds are going to be in passive voice than so am I
      2) Transition words are for amateurs and wimps

      • Daytonian

        @Mary Beth: Good one on Reds in passive voice.

  4. Indy Red Man

    Schebler doubles and homers and Reds win 6-3. He always looks good at times.

  5. Sliotar

    To @Matthew’s point above…. while doing a little research for tonight’s fantasy lineup….

    Reds are 30th, equally bad in wRC+ vs. both LHP and RHP….

    LHP – 37
    RHP – 37

    When a team is 2/3 worse than league average, regardless of who is throwing….yikes.

    At some point, we will look back and say, “that’s the night the offense got on track”, but until it actually happens, all bets are off.

    Go Redlegs.

    • lost11found

      Get this person a beverage, cookie or whatever prize they want!

  6. Wayne nabors

    i really wish matt kemp would hit a home run,that be sweet

  7. Sliotar

    Mary Beth,

    Glad to see you doing the set-up.

    I read your other work here, but feel a little too uncultured to post a comment below the line.

    This, though….


    -Both teams have lineups.

    Gold, Jerry, Gold.

    Fitting for where things are at the moment.

    • Mark Moore

      +500 … 495 of which goes to MBE.

      • Mary Beth Ellis

        Now that’s some math I can understand 🙂

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      Never too uncultured to comment. Everyone is always welcome to my party. The post I link to here contains the word “barfy” and discusses pants. So please come on in 🙂

      And… sometimes it’s nice to have a mathematically-related learning disability. You sure do get an alternate view of WAR and WHIP. Sabermetrics are important, but since I’m forcibly divorced from them, I have no choice but to view the game a little differently.

  8. Steven Ross

    I’d much rather see Peraza then Winker followed by Votto.

  9. Indy Red Man

    Kemp hacks at strike 4 there. Takes one down the middle then hacks at one thats a foot outside. He might get going somewhat, but he won’t be playing when the next good Reds team occurs. Personally give me anyone else in LF? Senzel, Winker, Lorenzen, Dietrich, etc

    Suarez is starting to come around! He made himself into a real solid player!

  10. doofus

    Another TOOTBLAN from Suarez. He is one of the dumbest baserunners I have ever seen.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      Someone in another thread used the phrase “Reverse TOOTBLAN.” I need to form a fantasy team for the sole purpose of naming it that.

  11. TyGuy88

    I’m still trying to understand why Kemp plays consistently, let alone bats in between 1-6.

  12. VaRedsFan

    At least it was a quality AB for Winker…didn’t get the result though.

  13. Indy Red Man

    Winker will be fine. Coming into tonite he has a .284 batting average, .382 obp, and .818 ops. He’ll get hot soon!

    • VaRedsFan

      He needs to prove it post-injury though. Shoulders mess up power and mechanics.

  14. Indy Red Man

    Suarez…lol. Carl Lewis in his mind…Fred Sanford in reality

  15. doofus

    Suarez out at 3rd. Another TOOTBLAN.

  16. Sliotar

    Suarez already halfway to the Golden Sombrero of TOOTBLANs.

  17. Indy Red Man

    Suarez doesn’t just get thrown out. The guy is holding the ball and waiting for Suarez to get there and start his slide. Enough is enough. Bell needs to set him straight!

  18. Roger Garrett

    Same little league stuff so far this year.Guess its ok because guys keep doing it and doing it and doing it.

  19. VaRedsFan

    6 hits in 3 innings, but only 2 runs.
    They need to take advantage of Urena while he’s still in there

    • CP

      I definitely agree, but I never realized how much I missed having runners left on base.

  20. Indy Red Man

    Reds pitchers have to be among the worst hitters in the NL? They can’t bunt or hit to save their lives. Greinke with 2 hrs the other night. DeGrom hit a hr. Its not illegal? Lorenzen would be able to make their numbers respectable if they gave him a shot, but he can’t pitch.

  21. VaRedsFan

    There you go Winker!!! Good AB’s better results!!

  22. Daytonian

    @Mary Beth: Miami (and Miami Beach) are more than just Manhattan in the sun and sand. There’s a new urban culture there that has vitality, if you can appreciate the food, the rhythms, and even the speed on the roads!

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      It terrified me! I’m used to the rather slower pace of Cocoa Beach, and when Josh the PIlot and I visited in December we couldn’t believe all the tall buildings and the concept of paying $22 for a cocktail. It was fun to see and hear people from all over the world, but we instantly developed a Midwestern horror of the resort tax.

  23. VaRedsFan

    Urena is very much like Lorenzen. A ton of arm, but lacks a lot in the command department

    • CP

      He reminds me of the guy he’s facing, Luis Castillo, when Castillo is having a rough day.

    • Indy Red Man

      Totally agree, but even Lorenzen wasn’t throwing 96-97 as a starter. I don’t know Urena’s intelligence or committment to the game, but he could easily pull a Charlie Morton turnaround if he got it together.

  24. Mary Beth Ellis

    I have now switched to the radio broadcast because I CANNOT look at those ice cream and shake ads behind the plate

    Days Left in Lent: Eleven

  25. Jhaze

    Castillo has had a great start to the year. That changeup makes me smile almost every time I see him throw it

  26. Indy Red Man

    Jay Bruce with #7 tonite. Seattle is on some kind of unholy roll with their hitting

    Winker!! Give the man his 500 atbats and he’ll score 100 with 18 bombs

  27. Mary Beth Ellis

    Basically what we have happening here is the Marlins are out-Redding the Reds.

    • VaRedsFan

      You might be on game thread duty for longer than you want.
      Never mess with a streak

      • Mary Beth Ellis

        I had to do a business chat with someone on the West Coast and the back to back to back happened immediately. I’m not letting her hang up

  28. vegastypo

    I have no doubt that the pitch hit Votto purely by accident. But this is the perfect response, home runs for everyone ! Now Schebler too !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Amarillo

    The whole team wasn’t going to stay cold for the whole season. We have been losing one run games. In last year’s 3-18 start we lost by 5 runs or more 7 times.

  30. Aaron B.

    This is actually bad… now all their averages will normalize in a single game against a mop up pitcher.

    • Rich H

      You could find a way to crap squarely and solidly on a rainbow, couldn’t ya Aaron?

  31. Roger Garrett

    Chen is literally taking it on the chin.If your going to take one for the team you might as well make it one to remember.Ouch.

  32. Mary Beth Ellis

    So they were saving it up for my game thread. YOU’RE WELCOME

    • Mark Moore

      +5000 … I just posted that in a comment.

  33. Mark Moore

    Anyone else notice that our Reds are HAMMERING the ball tonight and our very own MBE is running the game thread?

    Coincidence or Divine Appointment???

    You be the judge … I’m just loving the results.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      I haven’t sat down in about half an hour. All this game needed was for Votto go keep going towards the mound.

      • Indy Red Man

        MBE for MVP:) This is the beginning of a 23 game winning streak

      • vegastypo

        That pitcher had to wonder because as Joey went toward the mound briefly (if only to retrieve the ball), he still had his bat in his hand.

      • Mary Beth Ellis


        and I jumped up when Votto came up with the bat. I was like, “HE WOULDN’T….”

  34. VaRedsFan

    So maybe it was David Bell after all??? 😉

  35. Indy Red Man

    Farmer looks like he’s got short arms which can make a nice short swing possible. I like him!

  36. Roger Garrett

    Grab a bat guys Chen is still out there and well Farmer just went yard.Chen must be on somebody’s not so good list to be still be throwing in this game.

  37. Mary Beth Ellis

    At this point I just feel bad for Chen. Amnesty International should be filing legal action to get him off the mound

    • Mark Moore

      +5000 for that …

      You’re going to burn up the entire week’s worth of points at this rate.

      • Mary Beth Ellis

        I wish we could give him the same comforting hug he was giving Puig.

        But that would probably hurt.

  38. Hanawi

    Reds may have a positive run differential on the season after this one

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      Nick just posted on Twitter: It is now +1.

  39. Jeff in AL

    Just noticed that if this score stands, the Reds will 2-8 with a +1 run differential. That’s very hard to do friends. GO REDS!

  40. VaRedsFan

    Obviously something is amiss in the universe….
    Reds 14 runs
    Degrom has given up 6

  41. Mary Beth Ellis

    All 15 people at the ballgame tonight are getting quite the show.

    • Wayne nabors

      yessem i wish attendance would pick up,i plan on being there for 3 games in july and i live in Illinois