The Reds will look to salvage a game out of this series by beating the Mets today.  Yesterday’s loss was a tough blow but the good guys will look to gain a little momentum before heading to St. Louis with a win.  Alfredo Simon will make his first start in a Reds uniform and his first start since 2011 when he was with the Baltimore Orioles. I really don’t know what to expect out of Simon today.  I’m optimistic and expect a good start.

We have a lineup change below.  Not sure the reasoning, but perhaps it’ll be a good discussion point before the first pitch. Discuss the game here Reds fans and let’s pull for a Reds win!  Go Reds!

Reds Lineup:
1. Chris Heisey CF
2. Brandon Phillips 2B
3. Joey Votto 1B
4. Ryan Ludwick LF
5. Jay Bruce RF
6. Todd Frazier 3B
7. Zack Cozart SS
8. Brayan Pena C
9. Alfredo Simon P

158 Responses

  1. William Jones

    I think the reds bats will wake up today. Expect a high scoring affair! And love heisey leading off in center, he earned it. I would switch frazier and bruce, but besides that love the lineup.

    • AnnapolisHoosier

      I would keep Bruce 4th. I would move Ludwick to sixth.

  2. sergeant2

    A big old FYI- The Reds at Mets game is the “Free Game” on mlb.com. Go Reds!

  3. Shchi Cossack

    With the roster Bryan has to work with, this looks about as good as it gets against a starting LHP. The Reds shouldn’t even be playing to avoid a sweep by the Mets. There was no excuse for losing the game yesterday. The series opener was a tough pitching matchup and Leake did not bring his A game to the mound.

    • eric nyc

      I’d argue that we should have been able to score more than 3 runs against a middling Mets pitching staff yesterday. But as I’ve said before, our BABIP so far this year is criminally low. Add in the injuries and weather and we have had HORRIBLE luck to start this season. Need to turn it around quick before it gets out of control.

  4. doublenohitter

    Does Zach Cozart get a hit today?
    If not and the hitless streak continues much longer, do the Reds have to consider looking outside the organization for a SS?

    Reds also have not gotten a hit from a leadoff hitter. Where is Drew Stubbs when you need him.

    • ohiojimw

      They should have been looking all along for a SS who could hit and was a reasonable fielder. Cozart would be an ideal backup infielder, i.e. a guy off the bench more likely to see fastballs he could catch up to as a spot hitter (like Heisey) and the late inning defensive replacement when they are looking to protect a lead.

  5. charlottencredsfan

    No pressure kid, we need 8 more innings just like that one.

  6. Joe McManus

    Hopefully we can pick up the win today. I’m optimistic. Big game from Todd again today.

  7. charlottencredsfan

    Zack hit the daylights out of that ball. Oh well, better luck next time.

  8. ZabkaLives

    Love Frazier right one. Don’t get everyone’s love affair of Ludwick or batting him in the middle of the lineup. Frazier should bat ahead if him every time.

    Will we see a hit out of Cf or SS TODAY?

  9. ZabkaLives

    The defensive shift experience isn’t working, yet……

    • BigRedMike

      Pitching away from the shift does not help a shift. Simon’s fastball moves sway from left handers

  10. earmbrister

    Amazing. The two Mets first basemen are mediocre to say the least. Collins makes it a position battle to start the series, and they both get hot on us.

  11. Steve Mancuso

    Good comeback for Simon. He missed the catcher spot on both the hits. His ball drifted back to the right.

    • ZabkaLives

      And pull in’ Ike Davis somehow went opposite field. The reds have had bad luck since spring training.

  12. Steve Mancuso

    Simon has eleven plate appearances in the major leagues. One hit so far.

  13. eric nyc

    Predictions on the level of panic – both actual and appropriate – if we lose today?

    • Paul

      Panic implies an outcome different than what is expected. The Reds are showing excellent starting pitching, good defense, poor OBP at leadoff, inability to hit with RISP, and zero bats off the bench. Raise your hand if you were expecting otherwise.

  14. Paul

    “Wait a minute. You’re allowed to hit the other way against a shift?”

    Adam Dunn

  15. charlottencredsfan

    Phillips stealing days are well behind him and some one needs to point that out. Boy oh boy.

  16. earmbrister

    What a series Phiilips is having. At the start of the series, the Mets announcers mentioned that BP had the second longest hitting streak on the road vs. the Mets; 26 games has become 29 games. The record is 32.

    Great series at the plate anyway, lol.

  17. eric nyc

    Not sure why Phillips is running there. One of the few times Votto has actually had a runner on for him all year. But I do like the aggressive base running by Price.

      • eric nyc

        I mean as a general philosophy. I like that Price is sending runners more often than Dusty. Of course it’s not good in the specific instances when it leads to outs. Sheesh.

      • BigRedMike

        Running with the middle of the order up is a good philosophy? No reason to give away outs just to be aggressive. Sheesh.

  18. mikemartz

    Jonathon Joseph Niese born in Lima Ohio and played high school ball in my home town of Defiance Ohio, any other time I’d root for him today but not against the REDS

    • Steve Mancuso

      Marty was saying before the game that Niese was also a great soccer player in HS.

  19. eric nyc

    Walking the pitcher…This is going to be another fun afternoon.

  20. eric nyc

    After a nice start, Simon is beginning to look like a relief pitcher forced into a starting role…

  21. eric nyc

    Why are you pitching to Wright? Just walk him.

  22. doublenohitter

    Why does it feel like a 1-0 lead is like a 10-0 lead?
    It is not fair to the pitching staff to put so much pressure on them that they feel they have to pitch a shutout every time out.

  23. jcredlegs

    I bet Castellini’s not real happy knowing that he’s paying Dusty 3.5 mil to sit at home while watching the same old crap on the field.

    • Paul

      It’s almost as if the manager has very little to do with performance, and the players on the field determine the outcome. Strange.

  24. Steve Mancuso

    Simon back to back Ks with runners on. Strikes out David Wright. Nice.

  25. charlottencredsfan

    Great recovery by Simon; now is the time to settle down a little.

  26. earmbrister

    Way to work yourself out of a jam. Seems like only yesterday that people were complaining about WJ picking up Simon off the scrapheap.

  27. jcredlegs

    Maybe Simon’s good work will jolt the bats a little .

  28. VaRedsFan

    walk the righty to get to the lefty? seriously?

  29. eric nyc

    Votto looked like he was getting a nice groove going a couple days ago, not so much the past 2 days…

    • jcredlegs

      I’m betting that’s right where the Reds will be by the time they get back home.

  30. charlottencredsfan

    Appears Niese has a pretty good book on Joey. Hard to remember two poorer back-to-back ABs by JV.

  31. VaRedsFan

    votto was right….not gonna swing at more pitches…strikes or otherwise

  32. sergeant2

    Talk about out of sync, by the time mlb.com showed Votto striking out, Ludwick already had a strike on him. By the way if you didn’t see my earlier post, the Reds @ Mets is the free game on mlb.com.

    • eric nyc

      MLB.TV is a mess this year so far. Really weird lags and jumping around. It’s been almost unwatchable. Hope they fix it soon.

  33. doublenohitter

    So…the bad spring training the Reds had couldn’t possibly carry over into the regular season.

    Cozart now 0-17.

  34. doublenohitter

    Reds getting great starting pitching (with the exception of bailey’s outing) but it is being wasted by the worst hitting in the majors.

  35. ChrisInVenice

    What a treat to watch today’s game for free via MLB.TV. Not only do we get to watch the team get mowed down by Niese, but we also get to see Halladay get BP to tap out to the mound to complete the playoff no-hitter at every inning break.

  36. eric nyc

    Stanton with 12 RBI’s already this season…I don’t know what it would have taken to get him, but looking at our offense right now I think I might have given Bailey and Chapman at this point…

  37. doublenohitter

    Reds pitchers now have 3 hits on the season…which is 3 more than their shortstops and centerfielders combined.

  38. eric nyc

    It’s going to be hard to not give Heisey a look at a starting role at this point. First hit from the lead off spot.

  39. charlottencredsfan

    Reds have to figure out how to get a run(s) here.

  40. eric nyc

    Has Price been Dusty-fied with the bunting game?

  41. eric nyc

    BP having a hell of a series. Now get it done, Joey!

  42. charlottencredsfan

    Huh?? Is this what they call a rally forming?

  43. eric nyc

    Middle of the lineup up with bases loaded and no outs – anything less than 2 runs is an absolute failure here.

  44. eric nyc

    Nice piece of hitting from Ludwick! Starting to look a lot more like 2012 Ludwick.

  45. charlottencredsfan

    Keep the line moving, JB.

  46. VaRedsFan

    crooked number!!!! and no HR….. yet

  47. mikemartz

    for anyone who wants to watch the reds games, you can go to wiziwig mlb forum and click on the daily streaming thread. There has been a link to 99% of the reds games for the past 3 or 4 seasons. You do have to download stream torrent in order to watch the linked stream though. Up until last season when we subscribed to direct tv that is how I watched the games. I never had any trouble with viruses or spam using the streams! Also I’m not a streamer there nor have I ever posted there but it seems to be a great way to watch for free.

  48. eric nyc

    Thought BP might have been able to score on that. Should have been running on contact and had to know they were looking to go to 2nd.

    • VaRedsFan

      had to make sure it wasn’t caught.

  49. mikemartz

    I’m sure as the season gets going and Price will determine who he always to steal and who he has to put the breaks on. Phillips will probably be one that is told not to be so aggressive trying to steal.

  50. charlottencredsfan

    What a great time for Cozart’s first knock.

  51. eric nyc

    Wow that was a lucky bounce for the Mets…

  52. eric nyc

    Cozart is beyond worthless right now…This is as bad as I’ve ever seen him.

  53. charlottencredsfan

    No one is going to mistake these guys for the ’75-76 Reds but I’ll take the 2 runs.

  54. Steve Mancuso

    Dazzling defensive play by Votto.

  55. Steve Mancuso

    Not sure that pitch hit Wright.

  56. Steve Mancuso

    Edinson Volquez is pitching for the Pirates today.

  57. VaRedsFan

    6 strong for Simon. don’t let him bat here in the 7th.

  58. VaRedsFan

    Mets TV announcers, especially Ron Darling, are a pleasure to listen to

    • eric nyc

      Thank GOD Keith Hernandez is off today. There is no one in professional sports I detest listening to more than Hernandez. He does nothing but put down every player who isn’t in a Mets uniform.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Radio guys are very good too. They tell really fun and interesting stories throughout the game.

  59. sergeant2

    Risky business sending Simon back out there. I’m guessing if Price had all hands on deck in the BP Simon wouldn’t have been sent back out.

  60. Steve Mancuso

    Brantley: That one will take your breath away. (on the long out to LF)

  61. eric nyc

    I’d be tempted to send Simon back out for the 8th with a very short leash.

  62. charlottencredsfan

    Fantastic job by Simon. Thank you, young man.

  63. Steve Mancuso

    Couple of hard hit balls that inning. Even with Simon at only 80 pitches, I’d use the bullpen next inning.

    • eric nyc

      Maybe depends on what we do offensively this inning. An extra run or two could make it worth trying to get a bit more out of Simon.

  64. BigRedMike

    Probably should be it for Simon, but, the Mets lineup is not that potent. Bring in Parra if Duda PH

  65. Kyle Farmer

    In late October when we’re all buying Championship gear and talking about key moments to the season, we had better not forget this start by Alfredo Simon. HUGE and at a very important moment. Now, let’s add on a couple of runs here!

  66. charlottencredsfan

    Well the last two innings BP management is where Bryan Price will earn his salary. Don’t envy him even a little bit. Come on Reds, let’s score some runs and make his job a bit easier.

  67. ToddAlmighty

    I’d send Simon back out, he’s dealing. Makes you wonder, when Latos gets back, does Bailey still have options? Hah

  68. Steve Mancuso

    Brantley’s idea: send Simon to the mound in the eighth, make the Mets announce Duda and then bring Parra in. Neutralizes best weapon off Mets bench.

  69. eric nyc

    When it warms up some of these Votto deep balls are going to start going out. And he’ll start finding some gaps.

  70. eric nyc

    Ludwick is starting to look awfully good at the plate. How huge would it be if he could get back to 2012 mode.

    • BigRedMike

      Even a 100 RC+ from Ludwick would be an improvement over last years LF production

  71. earmbrister

    No one up in the BP. Price maybe learning from his mistake?

    • Shchi Cossack

      If Bryan makes mistakes and learns from those mistakes, then he’s miles ahead of the previous manager.

  72. Shchi Cossack

    Parra in the 8th facing LH hitters in 2 of 3 batters was solid, along with the double switch. Parra better come back out to pitch the 9th with 2 LH hitters of the 1st 3 hitters due up.

  73. earmbrister

    Tough half inning for the Mets catcher

  74. ToddAlmighty

    I don’t like Parra coming back out here. He’s pitched almost every game, he’s going to be needed in the Cardinals series.

    Meanwhile LeCure is sitting in the bullpen wondering if he’ll ever pitch again more than once a week.

    • earmbrister

      I like how quickly he disposed of David Wright.

      • ToddAlmighty

        Don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t that I didn’t think Parra could do it. It’s more a matter of I just know he’s pitched 4.2 innings now in 6 games, and the Reds will need their best bullpen arms for the Cardinals series. Meanwhile you have a very good LeCure sitting around gathering dust.

  75. earmbrister

    Great pitching today. Got to be happy with Simon in particular.

  76. Shchi Cossack

    Simon should take a bow for an outstanding performance today. Good pitching. Good management. Timely hitting. Reenforcements are on the way. Time to get this early start flushed and turn things around.Simon should take a bow for an outstanding performance today. Good pitching. Good management. Timely hitting. Reenforcements are on the way. Time to get this early start flushed and turn things around.

    • charlottencredsfan

      You can say that again.

  77. charlottencredsfan

    Monkey is off their backs, let’s carry some momentum and ruin the Cards Home Opener.

  78. Shchi Cossack

    Chapman is NOT throwing easy; he is firing the ball from distance. His stay on the DL looks shorter and shorter.

  79. sergeant2

    Yes! And this one belongs to the Reds. Reds win 2-1. Thank you Alfredo Simon and Manny Parra. On to St. Louis to face the St. Louis Molina’s. There’s an 80% chance of rain tomorrow in St. Louis with a high of 49 degrees. Playing in crappy weather is par for the course so far this young season. Its opening day at Busch stadium tomorrow, it would be nice to get a little payback by getting a win at Busch tomorrow. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  80. Shchi Cossack

    Barnhart demonstrated that he can play in the show if needed, but another year or two in AAA won’t hurt. I hope Bell has his bags packed, even though Christiani and Partch have options available. Mesoraco and Broxton back on the 25-man roster will be a good sight this week. Knowing that Latos can get one more rehab start in with his starting spot in good hands (temporarily) with Simon is a good thing.

  81. AnnapolisHoosier

    Parra>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Hoover