Today is 09/09/09. I don’t know what that means, but I’m taking it as some sorta weird omen that says the Reds are getting ready to run off a 10 or 15 game winning streak.

Note that I’m not actually predicting that; my predictions never work out so well. I’m just saying that it might be in the stars for our team to begin a long winning streak.

My logic is unassailable, I know.

Anyway, Ryan Hanigan returns from the DL tonight. Personally, I think he should chill and marinate on the bench for a week before Dusty puts him back on the field. As you’ll see from the lineup posted below the fold, Dusty agrees with me.

Discuss the game here.

Stubbs 8
Janish 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Rolen 5
Balentien 7
McDonald 9
Miller 2
Arroyo 1

39 Responses

  1. preach

    McDonald back in the starting lineup. Who says you can’t go home again?

    (Except ‘going home’ produces runs, and TOS, so maybe we can’t)

  2. Chris

    Can anyone explain why last night’s game was in HD, but tonight’s isn’t? They obviously hauled the cameras out there.

  3. GRF

    Really, can’t give Gomes the ABs? Maybe they are trying to hide him for the practice squad.

  4. Chris

    I’m watching the same garbage we saw for 22 of the previous 24 weeks.

  5. mike

    when has the offense not struggled this year? Even during the win streak it’s not like they were crushing teams. It was as much the hot pitching that was causing us to win

    NL league average is .741 OPS

    During the Reds best month(s) here is the Reds OPS
    .697 season total
    .683 August
    .698 Sept
    .741 Last 14 days

    the offense ranks 27th in baseball

  6. Shane

    yep, he’s a difficult out all right

  7. Chad Dotson

    Rolen with some veteran leadership! Homer in the top of the 9th to give the Reds the lead.

  8. Matt B.

    Where is Veteran Leader? I’m sure he’s savoring this moment.

    And at least CoCo doesn’t look quite as pregnant as Jose Valverde.

  9. mike

    Kurt Frost: Why did they activate Hanigan if Corky was going to play?

    a team of the smartest people in the world could not figure out Reds management dis-communication and the massive gap between the 4 headed monster that is the Owner-GM-doctors-and-amoeba-like-Manager

  10. mike

    has anyone seen any AAA baseball games in the last week or so?
    I ask because I wonder how Bruce’s legs are doing. You know, we need to make sure he can run.

  11. REDS1

    I only have gamecast. How do you score 2 on infield hit?

  12. CarolinaReds

    and there’s your $46 million man! Imagine if this were a pennant race?

  13. wanderinredsfan

    My question: Why didn’t Phillips recover and make the throw to keep the game tied? What the hell was that all about? 👿

  14. wanderinredsfan

    CoCo can GoGo. Please, some team, please take him off our hands!

  15. Chad Dotson

    @REDS1: BP dove and knocked a ball down, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out why he wasn’t able to get up and make a throw to keep the winning run from scoring.

    I didn’t watch any replays, though. I turned the channel in disgust. 👿

  16. pinson343

    I just watched the video replay. It was a hard hit ground ball to BP’s left. It bounced off his glove and a few feet into the OF. BP ran after it and then fell down while trying to set up for a throw.

    Cordero started the inning facing the bottom of the order, the Reds lost because he could not throw a single strike to either Giambi or Spillborgh, 2 hitters whom he should have been able to handle easily. He threw only fastballs to Smith – the only sliders he threw to the previous 2 batters were both in the dirt. He can’t consistently throw strikes, which is why he is not an elite closer.

  17. Steve

    I could be wrong, but my perception was that BP should have fielded that ball. Yes, it was hit hard, but by the time he dove the ball was definitely under his glove. He may not have been able to get anyone out, but he should have at least got it in his glove.

    Cordero has been great all year, he’s due for a mid-year “correction.” I sure wish the Reds could trade him (and more importantly, his contract).

    The Rox can hit though, can’t they?

  18. pinson343

    I agree that BP should have fielded the ball. And if he did, he may have been able to underhand it to short for the game ending out. He’s not winning a gold glove this year.

  19. pinson343

    Just saw the video review of Smith’s at bat against CoCo. After CoCo got ahead 1-2, it was off speed time . He had just thrown 2 sliders in the dirt plus it was a left handed hitter, doesn’t he have a changeup ?

    After it went to 2-2 he was throwing nasty fastballs on the outside corner, but that was the problem: they were ALL fastballs on the outside corner. Smith was looking there and did the classic thing of getting his timing down while fouling off pitches.

    Just the same, BP should have caught that grounder cleanly. Then he’s on the ground, but it looked like he had time for a flip to second.

  20. pinson343

    About the 2 consecutive walks on 8 pitches to people that CoCo should have been attacking. He pithced to Giambi as if Jason were still on steroids.

    After that first 4 pitch walk, couldn’t Pole have gotten off his butt and talked to Cordero about whatever he might have been doing wrong mechanically, or at least tell him: “This guy (Spillborgh) is a RH hitter who can’t hurt you, and there are some good lefties coming up: “Go straight after him !”

    I know Cordero’s a veteran, but the crowd was going nuts, he was overthrowing or something, etc. Anyway, just saying.

  21. pinson343

    Why were people surprised that Hanigan wasn’t in the starting lineup ? Dusty almost never starts someone their first day back from the DL/rehab. He wants them to chill and marinate.

  22. RiverCity Redleg

    It appeared to me that BP OVER-dove for the ball and it hit his arm, richocheted (sp?) into shallow RF. By the time he recovered and got to the ball the run was already crossing the plate. It kicked off just far enough that nobody could get to it in time.