Remember how at the beginning of the season and then the midpoint of the season and right before everything went right in the toilet we thought this series would be pivotal and exciting and very necessary to playoff hopes?

In case you just climbed out of a Queen City Avenue pothole, that is no longer the case.

But if you thought this series would be stupid and boring because it involves the stupid Cubs! You’re wrong, sport! Here comes… our new pitcher…. Kevin Gausman….!…. I… guess.

Doug has the what-all of what-all you need to know.

On the other hand, this is the last time we’ll have to look at the stupid Cubs’ stupid team from their stupid overpriced city with their stupid fans and stupid song in all of 2019. Cling to that as the darkness overcomes you.

Starting Pitchers

Cole Hamels 134.1 3.89 131 1.39 25
Kevin Gausman 95.2 5.83 107 1.43 27

We already talked about Kevin Guasman, so here’s an opportunity to discuss Cole Hamels at length. Cole Hamels sounds like the name of every bad guy in every episode of Saved By the Bell ever.


The Reds bullpen no longer contains Kevin Gregg OR Wandy Peralta. So there’s that.

The Cubs bullpen, however, has to sit in the bullpen knowing they are Cubs.

Starting Lineups


  1. Alex Blandino (R) 2B
  2. Phillip Ervin (R) LF
  3. Eugenio Suárez (R) 3B
  4. Aristides Aquino (R) RF
  5. Curt Casali (R) C
  6. Michael Lorenzen (R) CF
  7. Jose Peraza (R) SS
  8. Josh VanMeter (L) 1B
  9. Kevin Gausman (L) P

Stupid Cubs

  1. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
  2. Nick Castellanos (R) RF
  3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
  4. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
  5. Willson Contreras (R) C
  6. Victor Caratini (S) 1B
  7. Jason Heyward (L) CF
  8. Nico Hoerner (R) SS
  9. Cole Hamels (L) P

News and Notes

-If you haven’t seen this ovaries-clutching full video of Derek Dietrich helping a family with its gender reveal, you really must.

-If you haven’t seen the video of Trevor Bauer dedicating yesterday’s win to a very special fan (starts at 1:09), you really must. Stay strong, bud.

The Reds called up infielder Christian Colon prior to the game.

Reds call up Christian Colon from Triple-A Louisville

50 Responses

  1. B-town fan

    Um is Votto hurt. I figured yesterday he was just getting a day off.

    • Doug Gray

      No. Just like yesterday, Joey Votto is sick. Something’s been going around the clubhouse.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      I can understand why they’d build this. I wouldn’t want anyone seeing me in a Cubs jersey either.

  2. Sliotar

    Lots going on ….

    – Mission Accomplished 3 wins away (!!!!!!!!!)

    – Reds can win season series vs. Cubs with one victory

    – Pitching matchups later in week….

    Tomorrow – Gray vs. Darvish (don’t laugh. Darvish has been Cubs best pitcher for like a month)

    Thursday – Castillo vs. deGrom

    Less than 2 weeks left. Going to miss the misery of Reds games shortly afterwards.

  3. Seat101

    That is an unusual occurrence. In my experience most people aren’t happy about A ball that color.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      Took me a second but… lol

  4. Mark Moore

    +50,000 for this being a MBE game thread …

    +25,000 to DD for being a mensch and participating with that family … whataguy!!

    And another +100,000 to MBE herself for just, well, being MBE and writing for us the way she does.

    Let’s see if we can hammer down the Stupid Cubs this week and knock them out of WC contention.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      This also made my ovaries happy. Many thanks 🙂 Your encouragement means so much.

  5. Sliotar

    Wind blowing in and he still got it out of park in CF.

    Hey, isn’t that guy from Fairfield or Lebanon? Some Reds broadcaster mentioned it once, but it never came up again.

    • VaRedsFan

      Never heard that before about Schwarber

      It’s only 1 inning, but I don’t think Gausman will be a Red next season.

    • Broseph

      Maybe Medina? I had to listen to Thom on Sunday for Bengals game. I was so hoping his voice would be wore out for this series

    • TR

      Schwarber grew up as a Reds fan and is the pride of the Middies of Middletown, but there is a certain disappointment that he’s now a Cub. He’s also a graduate of IU.

  6. Seat101

    These guys want to talk about everything except what’s going on in the game.

  7. Billy

    Whatever there is to complain about,
    You guys do it over and over .
    Unhappiest group in the wirld

    • Seat101

      You know, I’m considered a Pollyanna around here. If you were watching the game you would understand these people are not telling you who is come up to bat who’s on base what the count is… But I’m sure learning a lot about a football game played in Chicago in 1988

  8. Broseph

    This winter will be a nice therapeutic break from this team. Losing is ok to deal with, but in this fashion? Why are you stealing before the pitch against a lefty?

  9. Billy

    A break from the whiners and alibi-makers on this site.
    Umpires and announcers….. complain,

  10. Chris Holbert

    Were they out of pants when Blandion was in line? That boy is waiting on the flood..

  11. BigRedMike

    Hamels is wild

    Nasty change up to Aquino though

    • VaRedsFan

      Then he strikes out Lorenzen without throwing him a strike.

    • Sliotar

      Yeah, and you can tell Hamels feels he is getting squeezed by home plate ump.

      Missed a chance to put him on tilt there.

  12. Mary Beth Ellis

    The only run being that which the Cubs walked in is extremely on-brand for this team

  13. Seat101

    We have a troll.

    I apologize for feeding him/her

  14. B-town fan

    I’ve been giving Bell the benefit of the doubt this season, but why was Dietrich brought in to replace VanMeter after 1 ab why? For what reason I don’t get it.

    • VaRedsFan

      JVM is sick, and then they said he had a family emergency.

      • B-town fan

        Ok My bad, I wasn’t watching on TV just Game Day, guess he has the same bug that Votto has and going around the club house.

  15. Preach

    Walked 6, hit 1, and the Reds have scored one run


    Strike zone continues to be fluid far beyond what is reasonable. Add to that them not calling balks and why even have the home plate ump.

  17. Mary Beth Ellis

    Marty started out the inning grumpy but then remembered he’s retiring in about 30 seconds

  18. Seat101

    This team reminds me so much of the 1971 reds. They were built for Crosley field and played in Riverfront. They lost a lot of close games. But they never seem to go on any kind of streak and they never seem to hit back to back to back.

    Front office did a great job on getting the pitching I’m of the opinion that Scooter wouldn’t of been all that great had he not been hurt. But…..

    It looks to me is that a fair number of our players have the flu and their bats have caught colds

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      “They were built for Crosley field and played in Riverfront”– great line and observation. I never thought about the transition team and how they needed to adjust from one park to the other. Apparently the front office didn’t either.

      • Seat101

        They figured it out over the off-season, wouldn’t you say?

  19. Mary Beth Ellis

    He just read the answer to the trivia question because “I don’t even care anymore” due to Cowboy giving him a hard time and I can’t stop laughing

  20. Seat101

    This umpire is giving Angel Hernandez and Jim Joyce a run for their money as one of the most obnoxiously bad umpires

    Jim Joy should be ashamed to show his face in public

  21. Seat101

    Speaking of insult to injury, can you name the only picture to shut out the 1970 reds?

    • yorktownred

      Based upon tonight’s opponent and the leading nature of the question, I’ll guess Milt Pappas.

      • Seat101

        You are right! He was part of the Robinson trade and he beat us as a club. I think he retired with 100 wins in one league and 99 in another

        I don’t feel like fact checking that one

  22. VaRedsFan

    Amir getting ready (again) to break this one open

  23. Sliotar

    I remember when some prominent folks here argued that it was a travesty that ol’ AG wasn’t named to the 2019 All-Star Game as one of the NL top 3 or 4 relievers.

    Those were the days.

  24. Erik the Red

    AG has not exactly had a great second half. The bullpen needs at least two or three upgrades next year.

  25. Ed

    What a mess of a game. Feeing sorry for Gausman, but also wondering what the heck Bell was thinking in the first place. How many pitchers did he run out there? 8??

  26. Ed

    Yikes. I’m going to be sad if the stupid Cubs keep walking Suarez