Let’s recap tonight’s titanic struggle….

FINAL
Cincinnati 4
Pittsburgh 5
WP: Taschner (1-0)
LP: Cordero (1-1)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Orlando Cabrera and Joey Votto were 5-8 with four runs scored in the 2-3 spots in the lineup. Brandon Phillips had the only other hit, going 1-2 with two (!) walks (nice, BP!). Not that it matters.

NEGATIVES
–TOS* Six hits?

–Negatives? Take your pick. Johnny Cueto can’t throw strikes. The offense is awful. They can’t protect a lead against the stupid Pirates. Four straight losses. Losing a series to the aforementioned Pirates. Then, there’s this:

–Francisco Cordero: 0.2 innings pitched, two hits allowed, two runs, both earned, and three bases on balls. A worse outing is difficult to imagine, in that CoCo blew what should have been an easy win against the hapless Pittsburgh Pirates.

CoCo is one of the few guys on which we can usually rely. That hasn’t changed; I still love the guy. But this is difficult to stomach, after the poor play we’ve witnessed during this current losing streak. Just makes it worse, somehow.

ETC.
–I’ve got nothing. It’s demoralizing. I just hope we don’t get swept by the Pirates tomorrow afternoon.

This just about sums it up.

*This Offense Stinks.

31 Responses

  1. Y-City Jim

    I walked out of the Pitt Men’s Glee Club concert just in time to hear that mess. What happened to Dickerson on the foul fly ball? The Pittsburgh announcers said he dropped it.

  2. Y-City Jim

    BTW, the Nationals won and are 6-5.

  3. mike

    @Y-City Jim: the Dickerson foul ball was an odd situation and, of course, the Reds TV announcers had no idea what was going on. Why did I even turn on the sound I usually don’t listen to those fools?? It was a foul ball that bounces off something….the wall, I THINK but they never showed a replay which you could tell what it hit. Dickerson didn’t really have much of a chance unless he could get the reflected ball with quick reflexes but, something else that bugged me. Dickerson and the umps seemed to act like it hit something “out of play”…as in, once it hit whatever it hit there could be no play on the ball. To be honest I had no idea what was going on.

    then again, didn’t matter, our closer didn’t want to throw strikes

    • Y-City Jim

      @Y-City Jim: the Dickerson foul ball was an odd situation and, of course, the Reds TV announcers had no idea what was going on. Why did I even turn on the sound I usually don’t listen to those fools?? It was a foul ball that bounces off something….the wall, I THINK but they never showed a replay which you could tell what it hit. Dickerson didn’t really have much of a chance unless he could get the reflected ball with quick reflexes but, something else that bugged me. Dickerson and the umps seemed to act like it hit something “out of play”…as in, once it hit whatever it hit there could be no play on the ball. To be honest I had no idea what was going on.then again, didn’t matter, our closer didn’t want to throw strikes

      The Pirate announcers (and they are worse than ours) commented that corner is a blind spot from their booth so the same may have been true for the Reds crew.

  4. Jason1972

    The sooner the team tanks the sooner Dusty will be gone.

    I am making lemonade.

    • mike

      The sooner the team tanks the sooner Dusty will be gone.

      this has been my thought since before spring training started

      • Y-City Jim

        this has been my thought since before spring training started

        Every cloud has a silver lining. 😀

    • Y-City Jim

      The sooner the team tanks the sooner Dusty will be gone.I am making lemonade.

      What do you think it will take? Ten-game losing streak? Fifteen? Twenty?

  5. De_Here

    this team still just isn’t very good…it’s time we accept it

    • Y-City Jim

      this team still just isn’t very good…it’s time we accept it

      Well certainly one that runs Orlando Cabrera and Ramon Hernandez out there on a daily basis isn’t very good.

  6. pinson343

    This should have been an easy win, with the Pirates starting McCutcheon.
    The pitcher, that is. Cueto pitched what has become a typical game for him. Gets hit hard early, settles down, done after 5 innings. Not good enough.

    Dusty said he’d never seen Cordero that wild before. That’s odd, I have.
    It was odd that he couldn’t throw his slider for a strike, yet 2 of the walks were sliders on full counts.
    In any case, it shouldn’t have come down to a 1 run save.

    Getting swept by the Pirates would be sickening. Hope we get good Bronson tomorrow. I’d expect him to have their young hitters off balance.
    Maholm is very hittable by righties, I hope Rolen is back. Hanigan instead of Hernandez is good. Janish instead of Cairo please.

    • Bill Lack

      Dusty said he’d never seen Cordero that wild before. That’s odd,I have.
      It was odd that he couldn’t throw his slider for a strike, yet 2 of the walks were sliders on full counts.

      Chris said after the game (paraphrasing) that it was inexplicable that Cordero didn’t seem to want to challenge anyone with his fastball.

      • Y-City Jim

        Chris said after the game (paraphrasing) that it was inexplicable that Cordero didn’t seem to want to challenge anyone with his fastball.

        Wouldn’t it have been nice to see Dusty Baker come out and chew his butt out for that.

  7. Kevin

    I feel like this team has the potential to be good…good starting pitchers, some exciting young hitters and one (or maybe a couple) trustworthy veteran hitters, a good bullpen…but they’re right on the edge and everything would has to come together for them to win ballgames. The last few losses its felt like nothing can come together at the right time for the Reds. Good outing by a starter? The offense doesn’t show up. Good showing by the offense? The starter drops the ball. A lead handed to a very reliable closer? The close blows it. For whatever reason things aren’t coming together…

  8. Travis G.

    We could/should have beaten them the last two nights, but I am impressed by this Pittsburgh club. They’re pretty frisky, and I feel pretty confident they won’t finish behind Houston at the end of the season.

  9. Furniture City Red

    Coco will do what he did last night a few times a year…It just sucks that he did it last night – The Reds really needed that win.

  10. Furniture City Red

    @pinson343: Reply “Janish instead of Cairo please.”
    Reply IMO Cairo is dead weight. Trade him, if you cant trade him release him and eat the contract. I’m already tired of Reds announcers trying to build him up by talking about his ‘veteran leadership’. He is taking a roster spot away from a younger, more athletic player. I mean, Jeez – you got Rolen and Cabrera for ‘veteran leadership’ How many old slow guys does a team need?

    • Y-City Jim

      @pinson343: Reply“Janish instead of Cairo please.”
      Reply IMO Cairo is dead weight. Trade him, if you cant trade him release him and eat the contract. I’m already tired of Reds announcers trying to build him up by talking about his ‘veteran leadership’. He is taking a roster spot away from a younger, more athletic player. I mean, Jeez – you got Rolen and Cabrera for ‘veteran leadership’How many old slow guys does a team need?

      He has to be making the league minimum so just release his sorry butt. He offers about as much leadership as a rotting corpse.

  11. Truman48

    It is beyond me how a veteran closer can walk three batters in 2/3 innings.

    As was stated before we really have to get more than 5 innings out of our starters. Equally as important we have to score more runs. I know I am stating the obvious.

    Oh, life as a Reds fan. The tv guys are really annoying. 😥

  12. Dan

    The offense is still bad (.233/.300/.380), though some (especially Jay Bruce) should be expected to turn it around.

    I’d like to see Jocketty sniff around Mike Napoli on the Angels. He’s a 28-year-old catcher with a career batting line of .255/.356/.488, but he’s considered not a very good defender, and Scioscia is barely playing him.

    Napoli + Hanigan would be a GREAT tandem behind the plate, in my opinion. Play them about 50/50.

    No idea what it would take to get him, but I feel like he’s undervalued right now.

  13. Dan

    Ramon Hernandez, for comparison, is 34 years old and has a career line of .262/.326/.416.

    Also, Hernandez has caught 10,000 innings in his MLB career, while Napoli has caught about 2700 innings.

    Anyway… I think Napoli is very much worth looking into.

  14. pinson343

    I was a supporter of Hernandez last year, but he is not the same hitter so far. He was not that good defensively, and appears to have declined there too.

    I wouldn’t mind him as a backup cacther, but how long will it take Dusty to make that adjustment ?

    I agree someone like Napoli would be worth looking into, but it would mean DFA-ing Hernandez.

    • Y-City Jim

      I was a supporter of Hernandez last year, but he is not the same hitter so far.He was not that good defensively, and appears to have declined there too.I wouldn’t mind him as a backup cacther, but how long will it take Dusty to make that adjustment ?I agree someone like Napoli would be worth looking into, but it would mean DFA-ing Hernandez.

      Which would be the equivalent of admitting that resigning him was a mistake so it won’t happen.

  15. pinson343

    One of the disappointing areas is the bench. Reds management agonized over cutting the last 12 or so players before heading north, which should mean a strong bench. I’m not going to discuss who off the bench should be starting, just look at it as it currently is.

    Nix is a strong LHed bat off the bench and a good backup OFer.
    Janish plays great defense but is not much of a pinch hitter.
    Hanigan plays excellent defense and can hit but Dusty is reluctant to use him as a PHer.
    Cairo adds nothing.

    So on days when Gomes is in the lineup, we have no RHed bat off the bench. We also have no real backup to Votto.

  16. Dan

    @pinson343: Good point about the bench, pinson.

    In my opinion, Owings could be a very good long reliever in the old style of relievers who can pitch like 110-120 innings. (He’s also perfect for this b/c you don’t need to pinch hit for him when he comes up!)

    If we use him that way (2-3 innings at a time), I think we could get by with 11 pitchers, like the “old days,” and could then carry 14 hitters.

    I think the age of over-specialization of pitchers has gone too far (thank you, Tony LaRussa), and the team who goes back to the 14-11 roster breakdown will have a slight advantage. And we could add a HITTER!

  17. Dan

    @pinson343: Re: Hernandez… how about Hernandez and Juan Francisco for Napoli? (I see that so far the Angels 3B Brandon Wood is hitting .088/.114/.088.)

  18. Dust Ball

    @ Jim, sure would be nice for Dusty to rattle some cages wouldn’t it? I see other teams around the majors scratching and clawing like the Pirates did last night. Then I see the Reds. Brandon Phillips is more worried about hot dogging and trying to tomahawk the first pitch he sees every AB into the next county, Uh-Oh Cordero walking batter after batter, no plate discipline, the starting pitching is a mess, Jay Bruce not being able to hit out of a wet paper bag … the list goes on and on. I don’t see anybody being held accountable on this club and you want to know why, that tooth pick chewing Dust Ball. Didn’t like the hiring when it happened and now I can’t even watch this team loaf around out there. When is somebody going to get upset and act like they care in this organization? How long till this organization realizes that Dusty is not the guy to manage this club?

    • Dan

      How long till this organization realizes that Dusty is not the guy to manage this club?

      I’ve heard rumblings (on this blog I think? from supposed “insiders”?) that they already know this and are just waiting for the year to run out. Don’t forget, Dusty’s salary is bigger than all but FIVE player salaries on this team — about $3.5 million.