Well, it appears that my prediction that the Reds would go undefeated the rest of the way was not quite accurate. Still, if the Reds win the rest of their games, they’ll be 90-72. That’s not a great record, but I wouldn’t complain about it.

Bronson Arroyo takes the hill today to face LA’s Clayton Kershaw. If Arroyo is as good as he’s been recently, it could be a fun game. Discuss it here.

56 Responses

  1. Shawn

    Actually, 90-72 would probably be enough for the wild card. I’d be willing to call that a great record.

  2. REDS1

    Can we please score some runs for Bronson today? I asked nicely so hopefully they will comply.

  3. Eddie

    Darnell McDonald in the lineup = Win

  4. RC

    Taveras replaces Bruce bringing out the lineup card. Probably shouldn’t read too much into that…

    Except maybe that Dusty misses his offensive spark plug, and can’t wait to get him back in there.

  5. The Mad Hatter

    Why is Darnell McDonald starting? Why not Balentien? Isn’t this the time we try to find out if he stick in the majors? Don’t we already know enough about DMac? This front office is amazing. Give Dusty a lousy, no stick outfielder and he’ll find room for him somewhere. On a more positive note, Go Reds.

  6. Kyle

    I did not realize that Kershaw is only 21. Some ridiculous numbers from him thus far in his career.

  7. The Mad Hatter

    OK, I’m willing to say nice hit. 🙂

  8. RC

    Hey, it was just unfortunate timing. I totally agreed with you.

    Still, don’t play the lotto today.

  9. GRF

    I will take McDonald over Taveras, but I would also take a sandwich over Taveras. Doesn’t even have to be a good sandwich.

    Still, would be nice to get a read on whether Ballentein should be in the OF race next year. We did trade for him after all.

  10. REDS1

    Dusty playing the %’s. Hoping Masset gets it done.

  11. REDS1

    Votto’s ABs have been brutal today.

  12. Tom Diesman

    Drew Stubbs just hit the cutoff guy. I didn’t know a Reds prospect could do such a thing. Fundamentals, go figure.

  13. Dave H.

    Rolen’s made two outs after getting on base. Veteran leadership?

  14. Chris

    Just checking in between innings of the LLWS. This could go on all night.

  15. Kyle

    tomorrow could be a nightmare with the bullpen, wells and cueto fresh from the DL.

  16. Eddie

    Paul Janish better keep his arm warm for tomorrow.

  17. BigRedMike

    How many times do they play that stupid “everybody clap your hands?”

    Took the sacrifice off with McDonald up, interesting. Wild pitch worked just as well on the strike out.

  18. Chris

    Cordero is getting run into the ground. He’s been miserable lately, though.

    Last 8 outings:
    7 IP, 12 IP, 3 BB, 5 ER, 8 K

    3 IR, all scored.

  19. Chris

    How many times do they play that stupid “everybody clap your hands?”

    I believe I counted 8 last time I was down there. Just awful.

  20. BigRedMike

    How many times do they play that stupid “everybody clap your hands?”
    I believe I counted 8 last time I was down there. Just awful.”

    I think they have played it 3 or 4 times in the 12th inning.

  21. Steve Price

    I like “everybody clap your hands”

    I also like ”charge””

  22. Chris

    In completely opposite news, the Columbus Blue Jackets have – due to fan demand – purchased an organ for the upcoming season.

    The Reds, of course, believe every fan is six years old and attending their first ever sporting event.

  23. Kurt Frost

    What about the weeeeeeeeeeeehoooooooooooooooooo yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehooooooooooooooooooooo

  24. Eddie

    The sad part is I start clapping my hands sometimes when I’m at home watching it on tv

  25. CeeKeR

    *clap clap clap clap clap* It’s hard not to, even just thinking about it. Or not, whichever.

  26. Chris

    What’s that – the Gwen Stefani song clip?

    Awful, but better than “DaaayyyyyyyyyyOooooooooooo.”

  27. Chris

    I’ve spent way too much time on Google the last couple seasons trying to figure out where that “clay-up yo hay-unds” garbage comes from. I’m assuming its some godawful southern rap song, but never proved it.

  28. mike

    The Reds struck out 20 times today

    Since 1954 they have only accomplished that twice

    They struck out 21 times in 2001 vs Randy Johnson and Arizona when they fielded a lineup that rivals some of the ones we’ve seen this season. 8 players had 2 strikeouts or more.

    and they struck out 22 in 1972 vs Tommy John and the Dodgers. Foster was 0 for 7 with 5 Ks

  29. RedinFla

    We were at a high-A game today instead of watching the Reds. Only heard the “clap your hands” thing once, so it didn’t bother me that much. But I do allow the dumb games between innings to get on my nerves.

  30. mike

    The Yanks have scored 739 runs this season. The Reds 510
    229 fewer runs

  31. RedinFla

    Mike (#38)– I think I’m glad I wasn’t watching…20 strikeouts would’ve bugged me a LOT more.

  32. REDS1

    How does anyone strikeout 22 times against Tommy John?

  33. Jason

    The worst is the “GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!”.

  34. REDS1

    Cordero had been DREADFUL lately. He does need a break.

  35. mike

    Well Tommy John struck out 13 in 9 IP
    what pushed it up to the huge total was striking out 6 times in 3 innings against Jim Brewer

    Tommy John struck out 10 or more batters only 4 times in 700 starts

  36. mike

    Kershaw is the 2nd youngest player in the NL this season. He was the youngest last season
    Martinez for the NYM is the youngest

    Bruce is the 8th youngest player in the NL

  37. earl

    “The Yanks have scored 739 runs this season. The Reds 510
    229 fewer runs”

    The Yanks salary in 09 is 208 million dollars, the Reds is 74 million. Doesn’t take a genius to lead the league in hitting when you spend that much on free agents. Of course, you spend wrong you end up with the Mets, but even their salary is like 60 million less than the Yanks (whose salary is insane).

    If the Reds could have signed 130 million in salary they would hopefully be doing OK too right now. Before the injuries piled up if they would have had one more big bat, it would have made a difference as they lost so many close games early on this year.

    Now Florida must have some thing going on, as they seem to be able to be somewhat competitive spending 1/2 what the Reds do. Until the Reds minor leagues start turning out more good players, nothing is going to change.

  38. Dan

    When Florida tears it down and trades for prospects, they get the right prospects every time. That’s been VERY impressive.

    The Reds trades like that seem to be mainly salary dumps, w/ marginal guys coming back.

  39. Chris

    When you go out of your way to add Willy Taveras to your team, you forfeit all right to complain about revenue and payroll disparity.

  40. earl

    Taveras makes 2 million a year. That’s like a bar tip for the Yankees. Yeah the Reds could have gotten more out of buying a can of corn, but I guess they wanted at least one outfielder that had played a year or two in the majors considering the youth of the team. I wouldn’t have signed him, but it is done.

    I think the bigger problem is keep putting him and Gonzales batting 1 & 2 in the lineup when they are not getting much. Problem is that the Reds are loaded with #8 hitters.

  41. Steve Price

    The Reds are next to last in OBP (by one point) and tied for last in slugging percentage in the NL.

  42. Steve Price

    The Reds are next to last in OBP (by one point) and tied for last in slugging percentage in the NL.

  43. Kurt Frost

    What do you expect when the manager doesn’t like players to get deep in counts and the whole “clogging up the bases” horsepoop.

  44. preach

    “Taveras makes 2 million a year. That’s like a bar tip for the Yankees. Yeah the Reds could have gotten more out of buying a can of corn,”

    I would pay good money to see a can of corn sitting in CF during a game.

  45. doktor

    preach, some people would you did that for years with Dunn in LF, figuring both had about the same range as the can. 🙂

  46. RC

    Actually, Dunn hit some tasty home runs, but if you opened the can, you’d get some tasty corn…

    The parallels are frightening.