Well, that was some scary shizz last night, fam.  The young season’s “They Tried to Blow It But Did Not” pile grows ever higher. Tipsy games ain’t where it at, but as long as they finish in our favor, I’ll take what we can get. The best news is that the Reds are increasingly showing the realization that runs in baseball came come from means other than depositing the ball outside the stadium and engaging in awesome all-team brawls over the matter. The Entenmann’s cheese-filled crumb coffee cake currently in my face agrees with me.

Starting Pitchers

Tanner Roark 3.60 1.55 20.0 20 1 0
Mike Soroka 1.80 1.20 5.0 6 0 0

Tanner Roark was born when I was in the 3rd grade. I’ll allow it. There’s a dude in the MLB who was just drafted who was born in 2001 and I don’t care to think about that.


This Sorka fellow seems troublesome. He is from Canada, but not the weird part. He was born in Calgary, the pretty part. I wonder if he’s friends with Michael Buble and William Shatner and Votto. People from Canada automatically know all the other people from Canada, so I’ll make sure to ask him about it if we ever meet.


Our bullpen is kinda melty, but last night the Braves’ was even meltier. I’m OK with that.

Starting Lineups


1. Joey Votto (L) 1B
2. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
3. Jesse Winker (L) LF
4. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
5. Derek Dietrich (L) 2B
6. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
7. Phillip Ervin (R) CF
8. Tanner Roark (R) P
9. Jose Iglesias (R) SS
You like Votto in that one spot? You got him.


1. Ozzie Albies (S) 2B
2. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
4. Ronald Acuna Jr. (R) LF
5. Nick Markakis (L) RF
6. Dansby Swanson (R) SS
7. Brian McCann (L) C
8. Ender Inciarte (L) CF
9. Mike Soroka (R) P

News and Notes

The biggest breaking story out of yesterday’s game was the fact that the Puig guys with the horse heads are back, and they somehow found dates:

Actually, these guys are tremendous and I want to party with them. If you’re gonna live the Power Stacks life, bring three friends to be the U-I-G.


ALSO BREAKING: Sonny Gray is a total cutie pie.


I leave you with an epic human drama in three acts:



59 Responses

    • matthew hendley

      Also, Ervin getting a start, nice, assume its a righty on the mound for the Braves as DD is in the lineup, lets socre another 7 and not give up 6 this time

  1. Old-school

    A win tonight and the Reds have 2 series wins in a row. Go reds

  2. Bred

    I am glad Ervin got to start. That way he is not available to pinch hit for Winker.

    • Warren Leeman


      With a short bench, designed by DB, pinch hitting for your starting LF, who just happens to lead the team in HR and has been as hot as anyone on the lineup, just smacks of lunacy.

      I was thrilled to see Ervin walk with the bases loaded, but that doesn’t come close to making the move a good decision.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      Oh yeah btw guys Winker and also Ervin are starting today. Way less important than the baby horse though


    Let’s get ready to rumble!!!

    I’m officially a Puig fan.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      people who aren’t are not my friend

  4. PhoenixPhil

    I posted this in last night’s game recap and didn’t see an answer, so I will post it again, sorry. 🙂

    I was at the game last night and noticed something that was (I thought) weird. During pitching changes Puig would go into the Reds bullpen. Anybody else see this or know why? My brother said, “I think he has the trots.”

  5. Sliotar

    To take MB’s themes further….

    -Sonny Gray, realizing that he does not have Chapman/Betances/Green/Others following him, and wants to stay in race past July 4th, offers to pitch more.

    If that makes him cute, he’s adorable to me as well.

    -Since you asked….no, it’s kind of ridiculous that an age 36 guy in decline is leading off, especially when he is sporting a 26% K rate.

    There are other, much younger options that could be groomed for the role.
    But, there is a very much “gotta avoid those 90 losses” scrambly feel to this team right now, IMO.

    Go Redlegs.

    • Old-school

      Where would you hit Votto? He had 3.5 WAR last season. Most aging curves suggest a .5 drop per year after 30. After 35, maybe it’s .75 – 1. We don’t know. But say Votto drops to a 2.7 WAR player. Power is declining but avg and OBP should still be very much about average. I see a player who slashes ~ .280/.390/.390. Senzel looks like my leadoff hitter a month from now but Votto is still a #2 and a trial at #1 in this offense is worth a look. No?

      • CP

        Votto and Suarez are the best hitters on the team, and I’d rather have Votto hitting leadoff than Suarez. Those guys back-to-back are difficult to deal with.

        I think Senzel comes in and probably leads off, pushing Votto and Suarez to 2-3. Add in Puig and Winker at some combo of 4-5, and the Bell has probably created the most optimal lineup he could possibly create by actually having the best 5 hitters hit 1-5…something his predecessors consistently failed at doing.

        The traditional speedy/slappy leadoff hitter that Sliotar is referencing doesn’t really exist anymore. We tried to groom one and it didn’t work.

      • CP

        Actually Sliotar didn’t reference the speedy/slappy type so that’s my bad. Still, there isn’t really another guy on this team suited to leadoff other than Winker, so I’m not sure who they are supposed to “groom” until Senzel is with the club.

      • Drrobo

        No! Put him back #3 where he is comfortable. He as much as said that a few days ago. Time to revert to lineup order resembling last year. What do they have to lose?

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      I like Sonny’s hair. He has nice hair and doesn’t look like a db in a backwards baseball cap. These are rare accomplishments. Let’s put him in the Reds HOF.

  6. Old-school

    Good hitters at the top of the order pay off. Go reds

  7. matt hendley

    Vlad Jr getting the call Friday for the Blue Jays.

  8. Steve Mancuso

    That’s a double into the corner by Freeman if the Reds aren’t playing 4 OF. Maybe a triple.

  9. Mary Beth Ellis

    I’m very sad the horse head guys missed that catch

  10. matt hendley

    Braves are very slap happy tonight

  11. matt hendley

    Roark probebly out after 5, gutty performance. Not great, not bad. Reds need to get into this bullpen and get hits and runs

  12. Mary Beth Ellis

    I do not like this baseball game ANYMORE

  13. WVRedlegs

    Stewardess. Ma’am I believe we have seen this movie before. It’s called Deja Vu All Over Again.

  14. matt hendley

    At least Schebler made contact this time….lol

  15. Wayne nabors

    I no I’m beating dead horse,but man what would there record be if they would have kept senzel over schebler,that guy is dead weight,and I no a few got excited cause he hit a couple homers of a few minor leaguers that will never make it to mlb,but David bell getting hoodwinked is surprising

    • matt hendley

      THe Hero Senzel, 3K, 1 single and a misplay in center last night…. so no.

      • Wayne nabors

        And yet you love schebler,obviously I’m older than you and I’ve seen em come and go,this guy will hit a lot

      • matt hendley

        dont feel one way or the other on Schebler but…. 1. I would have been pissed if Senzel had busted his ankle in a MLB ST game forcing a MLB IL stint, meaning he would be burning service time with the same lack of use. 2. Service time is an important concern. 3. Schebler is the better everything then Senzel when Senzel has a busted ankle. 4. Senzel has had roughly a dozen games in center at night. Might as well put me in defensively with that level of numbers. He will be up soon, possibly as soon as 2 weeks…. if he doesn’t get injured again. 6. I do want to see senzel up this season but more importantly, I want to see him succeed, and with the incredibly small sample size of one game to go on, he needs to get comfortable before we bring him up. I

  16. matt hendley

    Classic VOtto, 2 strike count is the first step to a walk

  17. Mary Beth Ellis

    Chris Welsh just described Joey Votto as “squashed down,” in case you’re wondering how this ballgame is going

  18. VaRedsFan

    2 nice innings by Garrett. Bloop and a blast time.

  19. VaRedsFan

    The inevitable Winkler vs winker battle

  20. matt hendley

    Obviously for anyone watching the reds like us are only seeing 1/15th of the games at any time, (more or less) the umpiring in Reds games has left much to be desired. Is that the same with the rest of the league as well?

  21. Mark Moore

    Jobu asleep again tonight … one more chance to wake up. Rally to support MBE!!!

    • Mary Beth Ellis


  22. BigRedMike

    Might be a tough loss allowing only 2 runs in a game started by Roark

    Offense just cannot get it going

    Garrett impressive again. 2 solid innings

    • Mark Moore

      2 runs … only 1 earned. Hard pill to swallow.

  23. Mark Moore

    Stick a fork in us for the night … sorry MBE. You’re still our fave though!

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      I’m already on to tonight’s episode of Property Brothers

  24. WVRedlegs

    Oh well. He’s human after all.

    • Mark Moore

      Based on Gameday he really grooved that one.

  25. matt hendley

    Oh well…. rubber match tomorrow. tough luck for Roark.

  26. VaRedsFan

    Hoping the Braves go with Venters instead of Winkler

  27. Colorado Red

    Why did that idiot pinch hit for Lorenzen, with someone who cannot hit his way out of a paper bag.
    DB is an idiot.

  28. Curt

    Is it me or does Dietrich look like he just stepped out of the dugout for the 1986 Mets? 🙂

  29. VaRedsFan

    In regards to Matthew’s article today….put this in the ledger….scored 1 run after scoring 6 or more

    • Doug Gray

      Everybody Poops.

      This is the second time today that I’ve gotten to say this and I’m not sure I’ve been living my best life until today.

  30. Mary Beth Ellis

    This is one of the many benefits of following the Reds. You tend to hit your daily poop-related vocabulary quotas early and often. It’s enriching for both young and old.

    • greenmtred

      The last four comments make this the best game thread ever. Careful use of euphemism is to be admired.