The Reds host their first American League team of the season this weekend as the Tampa Bay Rays travel north to the Queen City.  The Reds salvaged a win in their last game with St. Louis while the Rays enter having lost their previous game.  So mometum wears Red tonight.

Johnny Cueto will take to the mound searching for his first victory of the season.  Despite posting an ERA of 1.93 in 2 starts, Cueto posts an 0-1 record.  Regardless of his record, Cueto’s first 2 starts have been very good and should provide plenty of optimism that the Reds’ ace is back to his old self.  Let’s hope he shuts down the Rays tonight and propels the Reds to victory!

Discuss the game here, Reds fans!

Lineup:
1. Hamilton CF
2. Phillips 2B
3. Votto 1B
4. Ludwick LF
5. Bruce RF
6. Frazier 3B
7. Mesoraco C
8. Cozart SS
9. Cueto

207 Responses

  1. jas428

    Santiago has some success vs Price but just 11 PA.

  2. ToddAlmighty

    Ludwick back to #4? Is the opposing pitcher a very tough lefty? I do like Mesoraco’s hot bat being moved up, even if it’s just one spot. #8 is probably where Cozart should be.

    • VaRedsFan

      David Price…maybe you’ve heard of him.

  3. VaRedsFan

    Strike zone for Cueto is miniscule

  4. ToddAlmighty

    I hope the Reds batter are watching how tiny this strike zone is and don’t go up there hacking away.

  5. ToddAlmighty

    The first inning and Cueto is already visibly frustrated with the size of the strike zone.

  6. charlottencredsfan

    Not very pretty but limited the damage.

  7. ToddAlmighty

    I want to see the pitch track chart or whatnot when this game is done. Anyone know where I could find it?

    • ToddAlmighty

      Yeah, got at least two separate “Votto with 1 RBI” mentions in the first inning.

    • ToddAlmighty

      By the way, Votto only had 4 AB with runners in scoring position so far this year.

      • Ryan Lykins (@ryan_lykins)

        Man umpires should get sent down to hone their craft or if they just plain out are terrible. I’m sure they’re fined or talked to but I don’t really see why these things aren’t made public. The strike zone tonight has been all over the place. I know they’re humans and make mistakes and that’s part of baseball but come on this is ridiculous. Umpires are scrutinized everyday but do they feel any repercussions besides a player speaking out? I honestly have no idea at all because it’s so secretive it seems. I’m just ranting here but it definitely is frustrating to see the players so upset by things such as the strike zone.

  8. renbutler

    Holy crap, this Molina is even slower than his chubby Cardinal brother!

    Not as ugly though.

  9. mikemartz

    I like the fact that Cozart showed some emotion when he got into the dugout, it shows me that at least he wants to do better at the plate.

    • mwvohio

      That was solid contact by Cozart, you can’t ask for more than that.

  10. NWOhioRedFan

    Other than the Mets, the Reds have faced some really tough starting pitching. It sure would be nice to see a bit more discipline at the plate with the good starting pitching they are facing.

  11. charlottencredsfan

    Let’s get to Price this inning, boys.

  12. Shchi Cossack

    Classic pitch around to Votto. C’mon Luddy!

  13. ToddAlmighty

    Votto walks on strike three, Ludwick takes strike one outside. Gotta love it.

  14. charlottencredsfan

    These are the worst ball/strike calls I have seen this year. The home plate umpire is not MLB material.

    • ToddAlmighty

      He literally just got hired as a full time major league umpire this year. Was a minor league umpire with a couple major league stints before.

  15. charlottencredsfan

    Hope TF can pick these guys up.

  16. ToddAlmighty

    1st and 2nd, no outs, 4-6 hitters coming up and nobody even advances. Ugly.

  17. charlottencredsfan

    Frazier’s bat has gone stone cold.

  18. ChrisInVenice

    I HATE listening to Brantley doing play-by-play. He’s worse than normal today. Sounds sick … zero energy.

    • Paul (@jockopablo)

      Marty sounds listless, too, but I can’t say I blame either of them. This team is giving them nothing to get excited about (Hamilton’s one big game the exception), and it has to get old sounding like a broken record (“Two more left on base…”).

  19. NWOhioRedFan

    One of the managers will be in an argument and tossed if the guy behind the plate keeps up this strike zone.

  20. VaRedsFan

    I know Votto eventually walked, but he took strike 1 and strike 2 which were verry hittable. We need him to do something with those pitches. You can’t always wait for the next guy to do something.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Understood but it his who he is.

      • Paul (@jockopablo)

        Votto would be the world’s best number two hitter if he had some strong bats behind him. OBP is awesome, but when teams learn that guys behind you can’t hit consistently, you ending every third inning at first base after proudly walking is fine with them.

    • ProspectCincy

      Sure he did … he had a Run scored in New York.

      Cingrani is the guy still at zero.

  21. Ed Loves Reds

    Where have all of umpires gone? This guy is making C.V. Buckner look good. And why can’t our 3-4-5 hitters put a ball in play? This lineup needs a shakeup. Badly. Bruise some egos.

  22. Ed Loves Reds

    Amazing what contact will do. SEE. It might just fall in. Cueto hasn’t been sharp but he deserves better than he’s gotten from his team.

  23. ToddAlmighty

    Cueto is a guy who destroys edges with control. He’s getting abused by this awful strike zone. He’s getting up to 96mph, which makes me think he’s overthrowing since he has to basically throw it down the middle if he wants a strike.

  24. charlottencredsfan

    Great comeback against a great hitter.

    • ToddAlmighty

      Maybe LeCure can actually pitch for a change. Or maybe Broxton too since they activated him only to put in Ondrusek.

  25. charlottencredsfan

    Perfect example why Cueto is as good as he is. Glad he is our team.

  26. mikemartz

    Price isn’t very happy with the strike zone either

  27. Ed Loves Reds

    This team is struggling for runs so badly that I would sacrifice with the 3-4-5 spot although against the book. They are not earning their money.

  28. mikemartz

    Could we actually see a Reds coach show some emotion for the first time in 3+ years

  29. hof13

    I think MLB is going to have to do something about this ump. He is absolutely awful.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Bingo – it looks as if he is trying to have a 3 HR game to pull out of the slump. How put just putting together a couple of base hit?

      • VaRedsFan

        He’s hitting everything off his front foot. He needs to stay back

      • charlottencredsfan

        Might serve him well just to try hitting the ball back through the box too.

  30. VaRedsFan

    Latos shut down during bullpen session today….not good

  31. mikemartz

    bad news on Mat Latos getting shut down today with forearm tightness

  32. NWOhioRedFan

    Man oh man is it painful to watch this team try to hit a baseball.

  33. enigma

    Dusty said it, “sometimes it ain’t the teacher, it’s the students..”. It’s EARLY, but different season, same mistakes playing out because THE PLAYERS are not advancing runners, not utilizing clutch situations and losing a ton of games where the winner scores 4 or fewer.

    Latos sounds like the annual time-wasting the Reds do with their Tommy John candidate each season. Arm tightness, shutdown, throwing program, minors, callup, arm tightness. Rinse and repeat at least one more time before the greedy execs let the doc operate on their Clydesdales.

  34. sergeant2

    Well, the bunt by B. Ham didn’t end well, but I like the fact that he bunted.

  35. charlottencredsfan

    Perfect time for Joey’s first 2014 big fly.

  36. Paul (@jockopablo)

    I’ve been a Reds fan for 37 years. We’ve seen some bad Reds teams in that time. Yet this is the first year ever that I’ll be more interested in watching the NHL playoffs than the Reds.

  37. Ed Loves Reds

    Reds making Price look really tough. which he is but the 3-4-5 hitters look really over matched.

  38. doublenohitter

    I’m sorry, but Joey Votto is just not the same player he was before the knee injury. He’s kinda like Tiger Woods. He was the best and on top of the world and now he’s just an average Joe.

      • ToddAlmighty

        When Cueto is healthy, he routinely goes over 100 pitches. Went 110 or more pitches 12 times in 2012.

    • charlottencredsfan

      3 ABs left, hang in there. There is going be a ton of games like this in 2014.

  39. NWOhioRedFan

    Nice job tonight Johnny. Hopefully the bats can wake up enough to get you a win……snicker, snicker, snicker.

  40. Paul (@jockopablo)

    115 pitches?!?! Come on, Price. Don’t blow Cueto’s arm just to “keep the Reds in the game.” Throw anyone out there! A 10-0 loss is no different than a 2-0 loss in the standings.

  41. ToddAlmighty

    That, ladies and gentlemen is what makes a pitcher an ace. Walks a bunch of guys, gives up two runs early in the game, and his pitch count gets out of control. Still manages a 7 inning, 2 run game.

    • charlottencredsfan

      That is why there should be no argument he is the Reds #1 starter and it’s not close.

  42. ProspectCincy

    Cueto pitched terrifically in the 7th; but I’m not sure what he’s doing in there.

    That’s a decision that I cannot defend from Price. Up a run with a depleted bull-pen … fine. But down 2 runs this early in the season; it’s asking for big trouble; especially when it appears Latos will be gone a while.

    • ToddAlmighty

      Cueto is out there keeping Ondrusek and Partch out of the game, because LeCure and Broxton have combined for 1 inning. Hoover is a good pitcher but has gotten beaten up badly the last few times he’s been out there. Parra can only pitch so much of the game every day.

      • ProspectCincy

        There’s no reason for it. It’s April 10th … and even if Cueto goes out and throws gas and K’s the side, there is 0% upside and all kinds of downside to getting him back out there.

        Save that tenaciousness for when it matters. The Reds are losing, they show no life and you’re gonna send your ace back out there for his 120th pitch in the 10th game of the season?

        I have to say; I’m not liking Price through 10 games. Not at all.

      • ToddAlmighty

        I don’t see that much hate for Mike Matheny. Wainwright threw like 290 innings last year (between regular and post season) then threw 105 in the first game of the season then 100 in his second start. Michael Wacha is 22 years old and threw 104 pitches in game 2. Lance Lynn threw 107 in game three, and then 111 in his second start.

        I don’t see a problem having Cueto occasionally go deeper into pitch counts.

      • ToddAlmighty

        Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying it’s okay if it becomes a trend. But if your team is scuffling and in a funk, I don’t see a problem occasionally letting your ace throw a bit more. Cueto holding the ball is just about always your best chance to win.

        Just don’t see it as reason enough to hate Price over.

    • ToddAlmighty

      Also very little guarantee that Simon goes another 7 innings tomorrow. He does have a 4.92 career ERA as a starter.

      • ProspectCincy

        Reds had an off-day yesterday, Leake threw 8 innings on Wednesday. The bullpen is as fresh as a bullpen can be / makes Johnny coming out for the 7th that much more puzzling.

        Risk Cueto so you can save this bullpen from one inning? I don’t think so.

  43. VaRedsFan

    Bruce has reverted back to being a strictly pull hitter

  44. Ed Loves Reds

    Just criminal. Johnny Cueto has thrown 21 innings this year. There has only been 1 run on the scoreboard by the Reds in any of those 21 innings.

  45. CP (@nomoresalads)

    David Price with career splits against LHH of .198/.252/.280. Votto add Bruce’s ABs today says more about David Price.

  46. TomatoTovotto

    well, as a vandy alum I’m happy to see Price excel. Maybe the reds will score three and Christiani will get the win…

  47. Shchi Cossack

    I was sure we’d see Ondrusek to replace Cueto.

  48. Ethan

    Hey look, it’s Sam LeCure! He’s alive! I’m so glad to see someone found him. I thought he got lost somewhere and was wandering in the desert of Arizona. Welcome back, Sam!

  49. jas428

    Lecure has good action but something doesn’t look like right.

    • TomatoTovotto

      I assume it has something to do with reminding himself what “baseball” is.

  50. Shchi Cossack

    Geesh, imagine that. LeCure comes in and shuts ’em down. Who’d a thunk.

  51. Ethan

    I say let him hit in the bottom half of the inning!

  52. ToddAlmighty

    Cozart keeps making contact. He keeps putting the ball into play. Someone just needs to sit him down and go over the mechanics he needs to change balls he puts in play for outs into balls he puts into play for hits.

    Of the starting seven every day guys, Cozart has the least strikeouts.

    • doublenohitter

      The problem is the balls he is hitting are routine. He has hit maybe 1 ball hard. The rest have been routing ground balls and fly balls. none of the balls he has hit have even been close to a hit. The one hit he did get was a blooper off the end of the bat that just happened to fall where no one was playing.

  53. Steve Mancuso

    Reds making David Price look like a Cy Young winner. Oh wait.

    • ToddAlmighty

      Can you please wake me up when the Reds stop facing the Wainwrights, Wachas, and Prices, and start facing the Volquezs and Edwin Jacksons?

  54. Steve Mancuso

    I wouldn’t be too worried about the Reds offense because they struggle against pitchers like Adam Wainwright and David Price.

    • charlottencredsfan

      You’re going to lose at least ~60 games every year and this will be one of them. Maybe.

    • CP (@nomoresalads)

      I, however, would be worried about their struggling against guys like Jon Niese.

      Seriously though, I can’t wait for the “this team has no fire/heart” comments to start.

  55. CP (@nomoresalads)

    Man, I don’t know if Reds fans would appreciate him, but I got a serious baseball crush on Ben Zobrist. What a player….he’s like having a Jay Bruce that you can move all over the diamond.

  56. NWOhioRedFan

    Wait a second…..B Price is nearing 120 pitches. Wait a second, his arm might fall off or he is on his way to arm problems or Joe Madden is a terrible manager. Oh, btw Joey Votto is overmatched too.

  57. mwvohio

    You can’t pitch Joey the same way over and over like that, you just can’t.

  58. Ethan

    Joey goes yard!!!! There’s hope!!!

  59. ToddAlmighty

    Thank God.. struggling against a Cy Young winner is one thing, getting CG shutout is a whole different thing. Good job Votto.

  60. Shchi Cossack

    Just get the lineup down to Mesoraco…

  61. ToddAlmighty

    That homerun came at a great time, just when I was wondering why BP was smiling and laughing after he struck out.

  62. Steve Mancuso

    David Price gave up two home runs to left handed hitters last year and three the year before.

  63. ToddAlmighty

    The guy’s name is Bal Four.. clearly he’s gonna walk some dudes.

  64. TomatoTovotto

    pretty sure hannigan would’ve stopped that.

  65. Shchi Cossack

    Pinch hit for Cozart…please!

  66. ToddAlmighty

    Final strike of the ballgame is the one Cueto wished he was given all game long.

  67. hoosierdad

    How in the name Peter Edward Rose do you take a called 3rd strike with the bases loaded and 2 outs????

  68. ToddAlmighty

    Cueto now is 0-2 in three seven inning starts with a 2.14 ERA…. RIP Cueto run support.

  69. hoosierdad

    Don’t care where it was, with 2 strikes on you in that situation you have to put wood to horsehide on anything you can possibly reach. Just very sad……

  70. TomatoTovotto

    normally, when a pitcher walks three guys consecutively, he doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt. but I suppose it’s late and we’re all tired and so… why not?

    • ToddAlmighty

      Umpire figured if he hadn’t done a good job for the last 3+ hours, why start now?

  71. Shchi Cossack

    That was one sad, sorry excuse for an umpire tonight. Absolutely no consistency, high, low, inside or outside. Price was lights out tonight before Votto knocked him out of the game. Two outs, bases loaded, bottom of the 9th, one run down…

    All you can ask for is a chance and the Reds had their chance.

  72. sergeant2

    Looking at the game in a glass half full kinda way, finding your offensive mojo against a pitcher like David Price is no easy task. All the Reds can do is retreat to the much used “Regroup Room” and come out tomorrow determined to win. Ya gotta like the way the team hung tough to the very end, ain’t no quit in this team. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.

  73. TomatoTovotto

    At 3 wins and 7 losses, the Reds (at the time of this post have the worst record in baseball. Talk about parity… I don’t remember this kind of distribution through 10 games. Obviously, it won’t mean much by the end of the year (as I assume things will return to normal distributions), but it’s still odd that through 10 games every team has at least 3 wins and at least 2 losses.

    • muttonlettucetomato

      Considering the brutal schedule they have this month, it’s not hard to see the record. With all the one run games, at least they have been in the games.

  74. Reed Tom

    No carryover momentum for the Reds offense tonight. It looks like a long season ahead offensively.

  75. jcredlegs

    After tonight 5 games back of 1st place already. This could get out of hand real quick.

    • ToddAlmighty

      Wonder how many Games Back/Games Remaining is the magic numbers for Jocketty to become a seller? I hope we never find out.

  76. jcredlegs

    And by the way, our starting SS is beyond atrocious. Time for the front office to do something about it.

  77. Jersey Masher

    You lose the best leadoff hitter in baseball and do NOTHING to improve the team. What did you think was going to happen? This team will be lucky to win 70 games this year. This is on Walt. Personally, I’m sick of him. Last year was the year to win with Choo, but no, had to keep Dusty.