Time for a recap of today’s titanic struggle….

St. Louis 10
Cincinnati 1
WP: Carpenter (6-3)
LP: Arroyo (8-8)

–A lot of people have been saying for a while that Josh Roenicke is a major league talent. I think I’m a believer. He has done nothing but get people out since joining the club about three weeks ago. I think Roenicke is in the big leagues to stay. (And yes, I probably said that about Ryan Wagner once upon a time, too.)


–Bronson Arroyo has been a complete disaster lately, and the Reds absolutely must get him out of the starting rotation. Now. Today, with the Reds trying to win a series that they have to win if they really want to contend, Arroyo laid an egg. He allowed 11 hits and 8 runs (5 earned) over five innings. His ERA is just shy of 6, and he has been shelled in each of his last three outings.

–For the sake of all that is good and pure, learn how to throw a stupid baseball, Edwin Encarnacion.

–I don’t know if it’s the carpal tunnel that’s bothering Arroyo, but he need to be placed on the DL, and Matt Maloney needs to be recalled to replace him. I like Arroyo more than most of you, it seems, but he’s killing the team right now.

–Not much else I can say about this one. The Reds never even had a chance from the beginning (thanks, Bronson). The Reds showed in this series why they aren’t serious contenders for the NL Central crown.

–On the road next, for a seven game trip to Philadelphia and New York that will culminate with the All-Star Game. Congratulations to Francisco Cordero for being selected as the Reds representative to the game. It’s a well-deserved honor.

*This Offense Stinks.