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Mahle Day.

We’ll see what happens.

Your Cincinnati Reds are now clear and away not in last place again. Can they maintain it? Will Mahle continue to consider life pretty ridiculous at this point? Will this city ever again see a sky not dumping sadness and hatred upon us? What about the dream last night I had where I was trying on clothes in the house I grew up in and they were mostly hand me downs and none of them were right for the occasion especially when one of my high school classmates showed up and told me I needed a bonnet for the wine restaurant we were going to? STAY TUNED.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher ERA WHIP IP SO W L
Tyler Mahle  4.33 1.25 70.2 73 2 7
Gerrit Cole 3.40 1.16 90.2 140 6 5

REDS

Tyler Mahle is from Newport Beach, California. Maybe that explains it.

FAITHLESS ASTROS

Gerrit Cole is not from Hyde Park and yet his name is “Gerrit.” This explains nothing.

Actually, he is also from Newport Beach, California. I was there once. The beach is very pretty but it is also full of those kinds of shops that contain about 15 purses total which means you can’t afford to look directly at any of them.

Bullpen

I meant to link this yesterday but got distracted by being a teenaged girl about Raisel Iglesias. Here’s Lorenzen’s endearing power reaction from throwing the final out on Monday.

Starting Lineups

REDS

  1. Nick Senzel (R) CF
  2. Jesse Winker (L) LF
  3. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
  4. Derek Dietrich (L) 1B
  5. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
  6. Jose Iglesias (R) SS
  7. Jose Peraza (R) 2B
  8. Curt Casali (R) C
  9. Tyler Mahle (R) P

FAITHLESS ASTROS

  1. Alex Bregman (R) SS
  2. Michael Brantley (L) LF
  3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
  4. Josh Reddick (L) RF
  5. Yuli Gurriel (R) 3B
  6. Tyler White (R) 1B
  7. Garrett Stubbs (L) C
  8. Jake Marisnick (R) CF
  9. Gerrit Cole (R) P

News and Notes

-If the Reds win today, they will sweep a first-place team which hasn’t been swept since, like, the Grant administration. Keep this in mind the next time they struggle mightily to scrape together a run against the Giants.

-Here comes Jose Siri: He was promoted to the Bats last night.

-Every single thing about this, including and especially the very end, is proof of the existence of God:

119 Responses

  1. jreis

    thanks Mary Beth. I am excited about Jose Siri. he could be a difference maker for the reds later this season. Think Billy Hamilton with some pop in his bat!

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      You mean any pop at all?! DO IT!!!!

  2. VaRedsFan

    I was sure your dream was going to have a Derek Dietrich reference in it.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      My dreams are wwwwaaaaayyyy too lame for the likes of Derek Dietrich to appear in them.

  3. RojoBenjy

    The battle of Newport Beach!

    “I saw you glance at the handbag, missy! That’ll be $95, please.”

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      Ha! That’s how I felt. At the hotel there were gym attendants who literally stood there next to the treadmill handing me a water glass with a straw. It was a nightmare.

  4. VaRedsFan

    Brantley has been a great pickup for houston. .315/375/.509
    He signed a 2 year deal 32 million…at age 32

    • RojoBenjy

      Would have been a great get for the Reds last year when they were searching for a CF. Great player. Always eats the Reds’ lunch when he plays them.

      Was he available before last season?

  5. Klugo

    Never been too fond of Garret Cole. Comes across as a bit of a jerk, imo. Hope we make his day miserable.
    On the other hand, Amir Garrett would have to make my Top5 faves since 2010. Love his game. Love his attitude. Love his swag.

    • RojoBenjy

      When Cole was on that abomination of a team from Western PA, usually the Redlegs could make his day miserable.

  6. matt hendley

    INterested to see if Siris K rate jumps to 50% in Triple A.
    Already see the Tarp across the field. Metrics say that Reds have beat HOU in every game that was rain delayed this season.

    Too bad about JVMR, but i suppose with scooter returning it was just delaying the inevitable

  7. VaRedsFan

    Game is delayed. What is the weather update in Cincy?

  8. DHud

    Can’t get excited about Siri until he strikes out less. Success with that handicap is super rare

  9. Mark Lang

    Hey, if we get the rain out it’ll be a series sweep!

  10. doofus

    Was the “whine” restaurant in your dream owned by Tyler Mahle?

    • RojoBenjy

      Well he also brought the cheese to strike ‘im out swinging to end the second inning.

  11. VaRedsFan

    Does Geno know that every team is pitching him outside? Yet he is trying to pull every pitch. GIDP

    • Roger Garrett

      Was going to say the same thing.Just can’t pull that pitch and why after two walks wouldn’t you not take a strike.Guy is hurting the Reds offensively and has been for several games

    • RojoBenjy

      Needs to look to take it the other way to break out of this slump.

  12. VaRedsFan

    Puig!!!! Low fastball…when will they learn? Hopefully never.

  13. matt hendley

    PUIG…. definitely has heated up

  14. Mary Beth Ellis

    Marty just used the word “pimping,” fwiw

  15. Hanawi

    Think Suarez needs to sit for a game. Wouldn’t have minded if they kept Vanmeter up for this game against a righty.

  16. Slicc50

    Awesome to see Puig starting to swing the bat! Let’s sweep these dudes!

  17. Jim t

    Mahle looking very good through 4 innings. Would love to add a few more runs and get him through 7 innings today.

  18. matt hendley

    Jose Peraza Special, gets the job done

    • RojoBenjy

      If Peraza can make it in the bigs with his constant singles, I have much hope for Alfredo Rodriguez.

  19. VaRedsFan

    Missed opportunity…by Casali….Cole has settled in.

  20. matt hendley

    DD like, “Hey Joey, I can lay out just like you “

  21. Seat101

    Tyler White.
    Whenever I see his name I think of white tie and tails.

    Does anyone else?

    • RojoBenjy

      I think, “man why can’t the Reds keep him off base?”

      lol

    • doofus

      I think: “Too many cheeseburgers.”

  22. Jim t

    Really need to play some add on here. Would be huge to get Mahle through 7 innings. Don’t think we will have Iglesias, Garret or Lorenzen available today. All three pitched the last 2 games. Will be interesting to see how Bell uses the pen if the game stays 1-0.

  23. RojoBenjy

    Any utility to DB giving Suárez a wake up call her by benching him for Farmer? He needs a jolt. Seemed to help the pitchers this week when he sent messages for underperforming.

  24. Old-school

    Gerrit Cole is throwing smoke. 101 mph on his 85 th pitch? Every FB is 98 +. Wow.
    Reds gotta lay off the high gas .

  25. matt hendley

    What Chris Welsch meant was that he had no idea who that was until he just heard the recap.

    • RojoBenjy

      What did he say? I’m on the radio.

      • matt hendley

        It was the song that they used for the 6th inning recap. (they do a visual recap and link it to a song later in the game) Welsh says with a significant delay to show he was choosing his words that “I haven’t heard that album”. Its pretty obvious that he had never heard of the artist at all.

  26. doofus

    Best line of the day: “The Reds are in action now!” ~ The Cowboy

    • VaRedsFan

      I can’t stand low and in pitches to lefties….most lefties love them.

    • RojoBenjy

      He has all the Reds’ lunch money.

  27. CI3J

    That was the third time Mahle had face Brantley, right?

    Asking for a friend.

  28. matt hendley

    Well Mahle got his wish. REds do need runs now.

  29. doofus

    No matter what happens in the 7th, I believe that Mr. Mahle has gained a little more trust from his manager during this game.

    Keep it up TM!

    • RojoBenjy

      What he does this inning after giving up the HR will be telling.

    • CI3J

      He has pitched well, yeah. The simple fact of the matter is, he has held the Astros to 2 runs, which should be enough to give a normal offensive team a decent shot at winning.

      The problem is, of course, the Reds are not a normal offensive team.

  30. Curt

    Just checking in from the west coast. Bummed to see about The VanMeter but I get it and my money is still on him. They never had a clear plan for him anyway and he’ll get AB’s in the ‘Ville. One thing the Dodgers do correctly is when they bring a guy up, they always play him. There’s always a plan. So hopefully JVM’s next chance is one with purpose. I believe he can be great. Ok enough crying, I see we just lost the lead. Here’s your 7th Mahle. Go Reds!

  31. RojoBenjy

    STOP LETTING TYLER WHITE GET ON BASE!!!!

  32. doofus

    Mahle averaged less than 15 pitches per inning today. He went 7 innings. Hopefully he can keep this up.

    I would hope that Luis Castillo would learn that with his stuff he needs to attack hitters, command his pitches and throw strikes. He will go longer in games.

    • Still a Red

      Teams are starting to lay off that wicked change up that drops off the table…and out of the strike zone. So, he’s gotta get that fast ball in the zone to set up the change up.

  33. CI3J

    Tyler Mahle has never pitched 7 innings before? I could have sworn he had a few complete games before. Guess I must have dreamed it (but it still beats dreaming about trying on clothes when a high school friend shows up to take me to a wine bar.)

  34. Roger Garrett

    Just checked back in and well its the same game we having been playing since opening day.Great pitching and little league hitting.Mahle was great and the offense can’t wait to hack hack away starting in the clubhouse.This year will be if we could have just hit a little boy oh boy.So sad.Not negative nation its just brutally honest.No other way to say it.We just stink at hitting.Nobody seems to have a plan or an idea on how to hit.

    • Old-school

      Agree Roger this year but Cole simply dominant… Throwing 98-101 at the top of the zone. Just a good game today. Cole is going to make $175 million + in FA. He looked like Nolan Ryan.

  35. DHud

    Guess winker still doesn’t want to prove he’s an every day player

  36. Old-school

    Baseball has a problem when the Winker to Casali out is reviewed. That was perfectly executed baseball.

  37. Steve Schoenbaechler

    Bad decision there by Bell. Casali is obviously the better hitter there. And, we needed hitting. If anything but Barnhardt, bunt down the 3rd base line.

    • RojoBenjy

      That was a head scratcher, unless he was asking Barney to bunt as you say.

  38. Mark Lang

    How do you take a fastball down the MIDDLE of the plate with 2 strikes?

    • RojoBenjy

      A walk is certainly not what the team needed there. Not sure why Votto was trying to work it there either.

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      That’s where Votto’s taking so many pitches works bad. I remember either his late “elite” year (I will call it), or his first “non-elite” year, I noticed that the pitchers were working to get 2 strikes on him quick, throwing them right down the middle, knowing that Votto is more prone to take the pitches. Then, they all get him chasing on the corners. Less likely to hit with any power from the corners, and all the opponents need to do is clip a corner to get him out.

      I wonder if the opponents aren’t trying to jam him more, also. I mean, they always use to throw away from Votto. It seems like I’ve been seeing more inside pitches, pitches that Votto can’t get around on anymore. That’s one reason why I liked seeing the drive HR to left field the other day from him.

  39. Wayne nabors

    Senzel showing Joey what happens when you swing the bat

    • wutinthehail

      Hello Marty. Welcome to the blog. I hope to see you as a regular contributor in your retirement next year.

  40. sidney

    Peraza/Senzel/Winker. I’ll take that.

  41. RojoBenjy

    The young ‘uns get it done!

    Good times.

    And props to Jose 9.

  42. matt hendley

    Incredible!!!!! Reds win, then they were going to win, then they win again.

    Good Job Peraza, Senzel and Da Wink.

    Statement sweep.

  43. vegastypo

    Also happy for Mahle. The guy did not deserve a loss today …. What a game !!!!

  44. matt hendley

    Winker is definitely looking up demonstrative in the dictoinary as soon as he gets back to the locker room.

  45. Steve Mancuso

    Fantastic comeback. What a series. Maybe David Bell hasn’t lost the team after all.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      As you have stated previously, Bell is doing a fabulous job. This team could have given up on itself long ago, but instead it appears as though they are beginning to believe in themselves.

      • vegastypo

        I’m a little curious … do either of you think that Mahle’s recent comments had any part of Mahle being allowed to go back out and pitch the seventh? I was glad to see that happen. …

      • Tom Mitsoff

        I don’t believe so. Bell is currently doing whatever he thinks will help the team win. Building Mahle’s ego is not part of that equation, I don’t believe. Bell must have thought Mahle was throwing well enough to merit another inning.

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      I don’t believe Bell ever lost the team. I believe he simply still needs to learn to be a manager. People have to remember, this is Bell’s first time to be “the man”, also. He is a rookie manager. Not a rookie coach, but a rookie manager.

      And, that means how to work with what you have. Do you mold the team into the style of play you want? Or, do you work with what you have? Do you remain constant when implementing your team rules, the same for everyone? Or, do they vary (like pulling out/keeping in all pitchers in a particular situation or do you allow some pitchers to stay in/pull them out of the game)? For the Sabers, sure, the stats can and are definitely a tool, but they aren’t “the only tool”.

  46. daytonnati

    Finally got Peraza some help! 🙂

  47. Steve Schoenbaechler

    Games like this are huge for this team, especially for the younger pieces who need to learn what it takes to win the close games up here especially against top competition, for everyone coming together to play as a team, etc.

    I mean, this is not a bad team. Yes, the offense has been horrible this year. But, overall, I don’t believe this team is a bad team. Consider this, with their runs for/against/differential, we would have the second best record in the division, 1.5 behind the Cubs, 3rd best in the NL. It simply shows they’ve lost a lot of close games (but have won a couple of blow outs).

    If I was the Reds right now, I would definitely be considering how to lock of some of these pitchers we don’t have signed after this season, seriously consider how we would replace them, and where we can find some offense, if we go out and get any.

  48. vegastypo

    Incidentally, does anyone know the Reds’ record when Mary Beth does the game intros?

    • Pete

      Yes!!!! A win percentage that will have us in first. I move to have Mary Beth do all game threads if Doug will sign off!

      • Mary Beth Ellis

        Mary Beth is not in any way enough of an actual adult to pull that off. You have no idea the life alarms, reminders, and stickers on the forehead required to get me to turn in the thread today.

      • Pete

        We need to pass the hat and make it worth your while to focus on this mission. This is Reds baseball we’re discussing, I can’t imagine anything being more important.

      • Mary Beth Ellis

        I would not say no to that.

  49. Roger Garrett

    Great come back and the young guys get it done.I have to admit when Joey watched strike 3 right down the middle I am thinking its just not meant to be today or this year but Senzel then Winker and the Reds win.Peraza got a big big hit to lead the inning and give the Reds 3 chances to tie it with a hit.Great finish to what started out as being just an awful home stretch.The real neat thing is we now can guess on what Reds team may show up in Milwaukee.I got a feeling we hold our own and get 3 out of 4.Today was a statement game and well they did it.

  50. Still a Red

    Winker’s walk-off hit not that different than all his dbl-play grounders. Not saying it was pure luck, just saying I think the shift has robbed Winker of quite a few hits under normal conditions.