Hall of Fame managing 39 years ago today, Pete Rose placed a winning bet on Foolish Pleasure to come in first in the Kentucky Derby. Pete’s success at the track that afternoon threw open the gates to arguably the most pivotal day in the history of the Big Red Machine. Saturday, May 3, 1975 was when Rose, who hadn’t played the infield in eight years, switched to third base at manager Sparky Anderson’s request. The move allowed Anderson to get George Foster’s bat in the Reds line-up on a regular basis. (Read Chris Garber’s excellent account and photo journal.) The Reds were 12-12 at the time. Sparky’s boys finished the regular season 108-54 and, of course, won the first of their back-to-back World Series championships.

Today’s line-up In light of that history, May 3 is the perfect day for this year’s Reds’ manager to make an important line-up change for the 2014 Reds (13-16). Or the perfect day to do the same stubborn thing, hoping for a different result. One of those two things.

1. Chris Heisey (R) CF
2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
3. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
6. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
7. Brayan Pena (S) C
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

Braun to DL Reports earlier this week had indicated the possibility that Ryan Braun might play in this series. But the Brewers have decided to put their slugger on the DL while he recovers from a strained oblique muscle. Reds’ fans will have to wait until the Fourth of July to boo Braun in person, if they so desire.

UPDATE: Reds roster news The Reds activated Skip Schumaker (34) from the DL and designated Roger Bernadina for assignment (John Fay). John Fay is also reporting that the Cuban Missile is one step closer to re-entry, having thrown 16 pitches in an inning of work today.

Amateur draft The Reds have the 19th pick in this year’s amateur baseball draft, which takes place next month. Doug Gray offers his first look at the draft at his excellent site, RedsMinorLeagues.com – and reports these past hits at the #19 spot:

“Two years ago the Cardinals landed Michael Wacha with the 19th pick. Three years before that they used the 19th pick to land Shelby Miller. The Cubs grabbed Andrew Cashner with the pick in 2008. Alex Rios was the 19th overall pick in 1999. Way back in 1983 some guy named Roger Clemens was taken with the 19th overall pick. Going back even further Bobby Grich went 19th overall in the 1967 draft. The Reds have had the pick before, taking Ron Robinson in 1980.”

Happy birthday Of course, of course, best wishes to now 28-years-old Homer Bailey.


Weather forecast Game time (7:10 p.m.) temperature expected to be 65º and zero percent chance of rain.

I’ll be there tonight, bells on. Go Reds!

197 Responses

  1. Steve Mancuso

    Price has the sac bunt threat back in the #3 spot. #vottoprotection

  2. Eric the Red

    Anyone who wants to know why they show patience with Ondrusek, go back and watch his first batter in the 9th last night. He had great stuff, and knew what to do with it.

  3. Kurt Frost

    We were going to go but I just can’t work up the energy for four hours in the car when I can watch it on a 70 inch tv in glorious high definition.

  4. RedAlert

    Wow – guess Price is just as stubborn as his old boss – got to leave BP in the 3 hole – “got to get him going” > insanity !!! > doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results – that or he is just a glutton for punishment

  5. Steve Mancuso

    Schumaker back on the roster. Reds DFA Bernadina. Schumaker now becomes back-up outfielder and 2B. He has never played SS, 3B or 1B in the major leagues.

    • RedAlert

      Ok – there’s a start to some roster movement !

  6. Steve Mancuso

    Cubs continue their tough play against the Cardinals. Six Cubs pitchers combined to shut out St. Louis 3-0. The Cardinals are now 15-16 and with a win today, the Reds can pull to within a half game of second place in the NL Central.

  7. RedAlert

    Also , welcome to the Reds world Cardinals – land of the sub .500

    • Pete Rose

      Cards struggling – no doubt at it.

      • Vicferrari

        Yet Reds find a way to lose 4 of 6 to teh WLB’s… again

  8. ohiojimw

    “Price has the sac bunt threat back in the #3 spot….. ”

    I think it is worth noting that a successful sac bunt from the #3 hitter last night in the first inning (versus the GIDP which happened) might have turned the entire game in a different direction.

    Given the state of the Reds offense, they likely are going to live or die on their pitching and defense. Perhaps they should throw the (new) book out the window and play for a run every time the opportunity presents itself because a win is still a win and a loss is not.

    • eric nyc

      The Reds have scored 110 runs, which puts them just a tick below the league average of 113. They have scored more runs than anyone in the division except the Brewers who have only scored 119. Given the slow starts from Bruce and BP plus the relatively quiet start from Votto, I’m not overly worried about the offense. Plus Schumaker will make our bench better – up until now we have only had one major league bat on the bench in Heisey. Frankly, I’m more worried about our pitching. Homer needs to improve, I’m still waiting for the wheels to fall off Simon, who knows when Latos will be back or what he will look like, shoulder injury to Cingrani, bullpen a huge question mark, etc.

      • Pete Rose

        Sounds like a lot of teams – as the Brew Crew has lost Braun for a while (DL). Bad teams whine about their hurt players – good teams just suck it up and keep winning.

      • eric nyc

        Sigh…Did you read the part where we’re basically a league average offense right now? Suck it up…Yes, because this is a Kevin Costner movie and not professional baseball. We should probably have 2 or 3 more in the W column, but as guys get healthy it’ll start evening out.

  9. eric nyc

    Bernadina DFA’d…Good thing we STARTED him last night. Sheesh.

    • ToddAlmighty

      Honestly didn’t even think of that. Odd to start a guy if you’re going to DFA him less than 24 hours later.

      • Pete Rose

        Hoping he would go 4-4 and hit the game winning HR then the Reds could have traded him and gotten something for him. Since he didn’t, DFA here he comes

      • Vicferrari

        Gave him one chance to prove his worth, saved Soto’s job, Bernadina’s downfall is that he cannot catch

  10. ToddAlmighty

    Sure love me some .587 OPS in the 3 hole. To give you an idea of comparison… Cozart, who is so awful offensively that there’s no less than 5 people a game who mention how he needs cut? .519 OPS.

    Hamilton has a .610 OPS, including a better OBP and SLG… that’s right.

    • Pete Rose

      How’s Jay Bruce – he’s tearing up the league (tic) and in his prime (tic)

      • eric nyc

        Anyone who has seriously followed this team at all for the last 5 years knows that Jay Bruce is as streaky as they come. He has a bad month and then a month where he looks like the MVP. It simply is what it is and what it is is a player who is very good but can be frustrating if you’re obsessed with small sample sizes. Deal with it.

      • Pete Rose

        Can say the same thing to the BP posters – dude had 100+ rbi last year – and can make a case too that he’s simply off to a slow start.

      • ToddAlmighty

        Even with 100 RBI, he had a 92 OPS+, meaning he was a subpar hitter. .261/.310/.396 is what he hit last year. I still wouldn’t want that batting third.

      • eric nyc

        BP is definitely off to a slow start and I’ve been one of his biggest defenders around here (besides you). But I’m never going to base my opinion on him offensively based on a season he put up a lot of RBI’s batting behind the two highest OBP hitters in the NL. That is a meaningless stat. BP actually had the worst offensive season of his career last year by every single metric except RBI’s.

      • eric nyc

        BP has been the picture of a 100 OPS+ hitter his entire Reds career. I expect him to get his head straight and start hitting like that again soon. But even then he doesn’t belong anywhere near the 3 spot.

      • ToddAlmighty

        Jay Bruce in a brutal cold streak STILL is an above average hitter (102 OPS+)… since I answered your question, can I cross your bridge now?

      • eric nyc

        And in the midst of a pretty cold streak right now he has an OPS+ of 110. Thank his new ability to draw walks for that. When he heats up (and he will) that added plate discipline should make him even more dangerous than usual.

      • Pete Rose

        How do you know BP isn’t – why are all the Reds fans down on BP when he could turn it around just as well (you are willing to say Bruce will why not BP – or is it simply negativity about BP)? And why is it that they will jump through hoops to defend Bruce’s arctic chill of a month but when it comes to BP they want to bury him?

      • Kurt Frost

        Age and the decline is his numbers the last 3-4 years. Why am I even trying to reason with you.

      • Eric nyc

        How do you continually not get this? Bruce’s “arctic chill” of a month has him sitting on a 110 OPS+ which means he is still hitting at an above average level. BP, on the other hand, has a 62 OPS+ which means if Bruce is in an arctic chill then BP is frozen in carbonite.

      • Pete Rose

        And Eric, not sure if OPS and OPS+ are the same but if they are – Bruce is 53rd and at a .729 clip. If the ‘+’ is for walks, as far as what’s been read – the clean-up hitter job is to drive runners in – not to walk. And unless the bases are juiced then it does the Reds absolutely no good. Do you get that?

      • Eric nyc

        OPS and OPS+ are not the same. OPS+ accounts for league and park and gives you a nice snapshot of how a player performs against an average hitter. Bruce right now (and always had been) an above average hitter. BP right now is very much below average, though has always been the definition if average over his career.

      • jdx19

        Wow, you’re worse than a broken record.

  11. Pete Rose

    And if you want to see a team with a real offense – then head down to the old ball yard next week-end and watch the offensive display put on by the Red’s opponents – pretty tough 1-5 hitters and not talking about the Reds (and easy guys, a hugely disappointed Reds fan here (miss the times when the Reds actually had an offense) – but don’t invite me to any Joke-rrty parties – really not interested)

    • eric nyc

      Face it, this team is not built to be an offensive juggernaut. It just isn’t. I know you want it to be, but we have consistently put our resources into building an elite pitching staff. Our big money went to Votto who was paid because he’s the best OBP guy in baseball. The roster has been constructed to be a slightly above average offense with one of the best defenses and pitching staffs in baseball. It’s gotten us to the postseason 4 of the last 5 years with 2 division championships. I’d like to see them try and find one more power bat since the offense needs to take one step further for the team to succeed in the long run, but I don’t think we need to be the White Sox at the plate to win a WS.

      • mwvohio

        I can’t tell if it’s just confusion or deliberate with Pete the poster. Does anyone have links to the advanced metrics articles that were posted here a while back? If it’s confusion reading those might help. I seem to remember one about Joey Votto’s favorite stat and there might have been another about OPS+ (or was that the same article?) Either way it was a good read and very informative if you’re new to the newer metrics.

      • Pete Rose

        Hey mw, which stat are you referring to – not totally sure but I am not sure Jay’s in the top 50 in category

      • Pete Rose

        Just checked – if referring to OPS Jay’s 53rd in the NL

      • Pete Rose

        Everyone wants it be – read other’s posts

      • Pete Rose

        Read other’s posts – they are frustrated about this Red’s offense too.

      • Pete Rose

        Actually Joeys’ not even tops in the NL so far this season – that honor actually goes to one of those 5 players who will be visiting next week-end. Problem is, he has trouble staying healthy. Not knocking what the Reds are trying to do – but so far this year they haven’t shown the ability to be successful. The team visiting team both this next week-end has.

      • Eric nyc

        Why do they all have to be the best in the league at something? Joeys going to be just fine, trust me. So he’s not winning a triple crown in April. Who cares? I’d bet good money he leads the league in OBP yet again this year.

      • jdx19

        I’ve got an idea; go find a Rockies blog to frequent.

  12. Pete Rose

    Sorry, last sentence meant to read ‘ the teams visiting both this and next week-end have’. Just frustrated watching the locals (my locals – Rockies) showing they can really hit the ball while the Reds are one frustrating unit to watch.

    • Eric nyc

      Again this needs to be explained to you – That ballpark is a hitters dream. Everyone hits better there. On top of that, the team has been constructed around offense instead of defense. And however you want to evaluate that, it hasn’t led to as much success as the Reds’ opposite approach over the last 5 years.

      Look, we’d all love to score 10 runs every night but it ain’t going to happen. At the end of the year we will be somewhere near the top third of the league in runs scored. That is very good given our pitching and defense.

      • Pete Rose

        Thanks, now let me take a moment and try to understand this, you are trying to say that the Reds don’t place any emphasize on offense? Then explain to all of us on this board as we are all frustrated by the lack of offense. I’m not sure everyone completely understand that nor agrees with you. Thus maybe you could help the others who are just as frustrated by the Reds offensive production.

        And as far as offense, the Rockies place a pretty high premium on pitching as well, as they have a lot better pen than the Reds. So you may wish to go down and watch a couple of the Rockies young talented arms next week-end – they should put on one heck of a show.

    • al

      Isn’t there a Rockies board you can post on? Honestly, it’s just not that interesting to hear about how some Rockies hitters are off to hot starts. That happens like every year. And then some of those guys go to other teams and they stink. Colorado obviously helps offense and when you throw in small sample size, well, it just become a pretty worthless comparison.

      • Pete Rose

        Al, I am a Reds fan – strictly using a productive team like the Rockies to show how dismal the first 6 in the Reds line-up has been – just not the Reds players that are favorites of the some fans.

      • al

        Starts to read like trolling. If you would honestly rather have Justin Morneau than Joey Votto, you aren’t good at evaluating talent. If you wouldn’t hostly like Morneau over Votto, then your posts don’t really carry much weight.

        You throw around stuff like The top 6 in the order, and that’s just garbage. Votto is hitting very well, Frazier is hitting very well. The Rockies have some good hitters. Who cares?There is nothing interesting about that comparison IMO.

      • jdx19

        Don’t feed the troll, Al. This guy has proven over and over he’s got no clue what’s going on. And yes, he needs to find a Rockies’ board.

  13. wildwestlv

    I have been patiently awaiting the return of Skip Schumaker. He’s not a magic bullet, but I think he can be a real positive influence in the clubhouse. Plus dude has pop in his bat.

    • Eric nyc

      He certainly improves the bench by a mile. Once Mes is back our bench will actually be pretty decent with Pena available.

  14. doublenohitter

    A little surprised by the Bernadina move. i realize he hasn’t hit but i thought they would send Soto out. He needs to be playing every day.

    • Eric nyc

      Bernadina can’t play any IF positions. Schumacher gives us a BU in the outfield as well as 2B and probably SS in an emergency. Bernadina can basically just play LF and maybe CF.

    • Ryan Lykins (@ryan_lykins)

      I agree but I really don’t see how Soto plays into the Reds plans at all. He’s gotten few at bats and really has not shown much in the limited chances other than he likes to swing a lot.

  15. mwvohio

    I was referring to OPS+ and I believe the other one was WRC+? I mix the acronyms up a lot though so not entirely sure on that second one. I remember a while back there was an article about both those. What people are trying to explain to you Rose is that the advanced stats are a MUCH better indicator of how well a hitter is actually doing at the plate. They take into account the things the traditional counting stats like RBI, wins, ERA, etc. miss. They give guys credit for working a walk, they adjust for things like what park you play in (the Rockies for example play in a park that dramatically improves your offensive stats whereas the Padres play in a park that is much more pitcher-friendly.) and on and on. The really nice ones are even simplified down to a 100 point scale. 100 is average and then every 1 above or below that 100 mark indicates how much better or worse than average that player is.

    So if hitter A is rated at 100 then he’s league average. If hitter B is rated 112 then he’s 12% better than average. It’s very very easy to compare hitters that way.

    • jdx19

      If you’re referring to your post further up about the stat Votto likes, yes, wRC+. It takes everything a player can do offensively into account.

  16. Eric the Red

    We all saw again last night that Heisey is much better than Ludwick defensively. And he’s faster. So how much better does Ludwick have to hit to justify starting him over Heisey? And does anyone believe he’ll hit that much better?

    • al

      Heisey has clearly been the superior player so far this year. He’s making positive contributions with his hitting, base running, and defense. Nothing spectacular, but solid all around. He should be starting every day.

    • mwvohio

      I’ve been pleasantly surprised with Ludwick this season so far. I thought he would really struggle coming back off the shoulder injury but he’s been decent. Defensively he has a noodle arm and no range so yeah, not a fair comparison with Heisey who can play center. I suspect off the field issues will keep Ludwick in the lineup though, it’s tough to pay someone that much and keep him on the bench unless they are in an absolute nose-dive.

      • al

        Sad when .259/.315/.383 is a pleasant surprise for your LF

      • mwvohio

        I more meant that he’s had some pop. I expected no power what so ever just coming back.

      • ToddAlmighty

        Meanwhile the Brewers have $11m Rickie Weeks on the bench because they’re more interested in putting the best players possible on the field every day.

    • al

      Or put another way, signing Ryan Ludwick was stupid.

      Casino owners would love Walt. He never seems to know when to cash in his winnings and walk away.

    • CP (@nomoresalads)

      Although I don’t love Ludwick, both Ludwick and Heisey have out performed Hamilton, why wouldn’t Heisey just slide over to CF?

  17. wildwestlv

    Anybody else watch the Reds on MLB.TV? It’s awful now, during commercial breaks, they’ll show highlight plays from MLB.TV history. I have to keep reliving BP grounding out into Roy Halladay’s postseason no-no.

    • mwvohio

      I’m watching it on MLB.tv but sans the commercials. Was considering watching this one from the Brewer’s perspective but decided against it.

  18. ToddAlmighty

    Cueto makes this pitching thing look so dang easy.

    • al

      Yeah, it’s amazing what good velocity, good movement, good control, a good repertoire, and good pitching intelligence will get you. 🙂

  19. Vicferrari

    I think a lot of people subscribe to my theory, if you throw enough hate a players way he lets you down as he exceeds your expectations. Here’s hoping for an expected golden sombrero from our #3 hitter only to be foiled by a DP with the bases loaded. A triple play would not shock me.
    In all honesty, if can any one really think Frazier is the answer in the 2 hole

    • Vicferrari

      meant Frazier in the 3 hole, then there is just as much disappointment, I believe BP i sthe 6th best hitter in this line-up at this point in his career, although I have no probably with arguing Heisey and Frazier are just behind him

      • Vicferrari

        way to go actually made contact and worked the count

  20. al

    The one thing that has impressed me about Heisey in the leadoff spot is how many pitches he’s been seeing. Seems like he’s going 6+ pitches every time.

    • mwvohio

      Really? His OBP is over .400 He missed a HR by about 2 inches last night, Gomez robbed him the night before that. He’s not getting as many hits as usual but that’s hardly what I’d call the worst slump of his career.

    • al

      He’s got a double in each of the last 3 games and been walked 3 times. If that’s one of the worst slumps in his career, I’ll take it.

  21. mwvohio

    That’s rough. Cueto throws 2 pitches in that same area, doesn’t get the call. So he throws it one ball length closer to the plate and Ramirez hits it out.

  22. ToddAlmighty

    Man, when someone’s got your number, I guess they’ll always have your number.

  23. NWOhioRedFan

    Might as well get it started early…….this will be another one run loss for the Reds.

    • NWOhioRedFan

      This comment was typed with a hint of sarcasm…..carry on.

  24. Kurt Frost

    I can’t believe the reds are paying Homer 100 million dollars for Cueto to throw home run balls.

  25. Eric nyc

    Todd is looking more and more like a legit middle of the order hitter. I didn’t know the last few years. He won’t end up in Cooperstown, but he’s an above average defensive player and I like him at 3B for the next 5 years.

    • mwvohio

      I think the thing that wins me over the most with Frazier is he tries so hard. He obviously loves what he’s doing but he worked really hard at defense last year and it paid off, now I’m hoping he’s figured out his plate coverage a little better for this year’s focus.

      • Eric nyc

        Fantastic clubhouse presence. That’s worth money.

  26. wildwestlv

    Frazier is a Major League Baller.

  27. Eric nyc

    How great must it have been for Todd to come up under Scott Rolen’s wing? Say what you want about Rolen’s concrete contribution to this team, but the intangibles are off the chart. Maybe the best signing Walt ever made for this team.

  28. doublenohitter

    When Votto isn’t hitting in the .320-.330 range, he is in a “slump”. most guys would love that kind of slump.

    • jdx19

      Random variation of stats within the season doesn’t justify slumps.

      If Votto goes 1-21 with 1 walk and 10Ks, he’s in a slump.

      He’s not in a slump, per se. He’s just getting unlucky. Easily could have 2 HR in the last 2 nights, and his BABIP so far is below his career average.

      If Gomez doesn’t make the catch on Thursday, Votto would have 5 HR 1 month into a 6 month season. Pace of 30. Everyone would have been rejoicing.

    • ohiojimw

      I think it is frustrating when Votto gets caught looking at a pitch right down Broadway on a 2/2 count and that brings out the snarkiness.

      The his body of work is strong but when he is caught like that, which seems to be more often this year, a person can’t help but wonder if he out thinks himself sometimes.

      • jdx19

        “…which seems to be more often this year.”

        Go look it up. I think you’ll be surprised.

        Did you play baseball? Just curious. Sometimes you don’t pick the ball up well from the pitchers’ hand for whatever reason. A gnat flew into your eye or something else random. If you don’t pick the ball up well, you don’t swing.

        The K in the first seemed like that to me. He didn’t react with the normal kind of body language he does when he thinks a ball is on the edge or low or something.

        I don’t think that at bat (or anythign this season thus far) is cause for concern.

      • ohiojimw

        Played enough to know that about 99%+ of the time when you get caught looking like Votto was tonight, it has everything to do with having guessed totally wrong on what you thought the pitcher would throw in a situation. That was about the third time I’ve seem him caught looking like that in the last week.

        Votto has an incredible ability to consistently spoil (foul off) pitches that most batters couldn’t even it they knew exactly what was coming. On the other hand he takes a heck of a lot of very good pitches (not just ones he is called out on). Track the number of times he goes strike one, strike two without even taking the bat off his shoulder.

      • ohiojimw

        I Like the graph. If center of the horizontal zone 3-4″ above the bottom of the zone isn’t broadway, then I guess we have different definitions of Broadway.

        Over 100 points of Votto’s OBP derive from his ability to draw walks which strongly suggests he knows that location is a strike every day of the week. If he doesn’t offer at strike 2 it has to be because he guessed wrong.

  29. doublenohitter

    Unfortunately, I’m unable to watch. Have the Reds even hit a ball hard yet? I keep seeing “soft ground ball”: and popup in the GameCast.

  30. wildwestlv

    GABP is quieter than the Library of Congress is now (and it’s closed).

  31. jdx19

    An interesting thought; on Hardball Times, there’s an article talking about clutch. Of course, no one at THT or FG believe in clutch (neither do I), but if it were a thing, Willie Bloomquist would be the most clutch player of the last 10 years. You’re welcome (for the laugh). 😉

  32. Eric nyc

    I don’t know the best way to do this math, but what is Cueto’s run support the last few years? It seems like as a rule we go to sleep when he pitches.

  33. doublenohitter

    Stat of the day from john Fay (see what I did) –
    Votto has 28 PAs with RISP. He is 3-15 with 11 walks and 1 HBP.

    • jdx19

      So he’s made an out only 12 times in 28 PAs with RISP?

      That’s pretty elite.

      (See what I did?)

      And, still, I believe he’s either 5th or 6th ALL-TIME IN THE HISTORY OF BASEBALL with RISP.

  34. Kurt Frost

    I can’t believe the reds gave Votto 200 million for Cueto to jog up the first base line on a ground out to the second baseman.

    • mwvohio

      I can’t believe they paid Bailey 100 million dollars just to make these nachos I’m eating only somewhat awesome.

  35. Kurt Frost

    At least Votto made an out instead of walking and padding his obp.

    • mwvohio

      6 pitch out! If all our outs were 6 pitches then no team would want to play us at all.

  36. wildwestlv

    BP on the base paths. All is right again, in Redleg Nation.

  37. jdx19

    Homer does not get paid $100M to have Yovanni hit Todd in the bacK!

  38. mwvohio

    That’s what you get for hitting Super Todd. Ludwick was not going to stand for that.

    • jdx19

      Man! Reds’ catchers are MASHING this year.

  39. mwvohio

    See what happens when you hit Todd? Most liked guy on the team, everyone else goes into Hulk mode.

  40. ToddAlmighty

    Cueto doesn’t understand this odd feeling of getting run support.

  41. wildwestlv

    Nobody puts Frazier in the corner!

  42. mwvohio

    Nice job Zack to run that out, could have given up on it and been an easy double play.

  43. ToddAlmighty

    Ludwick tries to put like 20 sunflower seeds in his mouth, only like 4 make it.

  44. jdx19

    Welp, good thing Johnny isn’t walking folks.

  45. Eric nyc

    I love Cueto, but he’ll never win a CY in this park.

    • jdx19

      I think it’s probably more up to the other pitcher’s in the NL. If all the elite guys have off years and Cueto doesn’t, he might sneak one in!

    • jdx19

      Really? Do you know nothing about Mark Reynolds? Him hitting a home run is the least surprising thing. Now, if he went 2-3 with 2 walks, I’d join you in your astonishment.

    • ToddAlmighty

      He’s hit 40+ HR in a season before, and this is already his 7th of this season for him. It’s not like he doesn’t hit HRs. He’s just a crap hitter when it comes to average and a bad fielder. He’s basically an older Pedro Alvarez.

    • jdx19

      He’s hit 2 ground balls. They find holes from time to time.

  46. jdx19

    Brandon getting some nice GB BABIP luck tonight. A very welcome surprise!

  47. wildwestlv

    I hope JC didn’t pull something just now.

  48. mikemartz

    ok serious question here, a week or so ago Frazier caught a line drive in the palm of his glove and appeared to have injured his hand, he just snagged another smoked line drive and Pena made sure Frazier was ok before he returned to his crouch behind the plate. Has anyone heard anything about Frazier being injured??

  49. wildwestlv

    Ludwick must be worried about another of Walt’s ex-Cards being activated. He’s tearing it up tonight. Relatively.

  50. mwvohio

    Darn. Hit it hard just right at ’em. Good inning though, I think that’ll be it for Giovani

  51. CaptainHook

    Anyone else catch the pitcher in the bullpen appear to apply a substance to his forearm?

    • CaptainHook

      If you did not, rewind it to the shot showing him warmup before Votto’s at bat. He takes his glove off, reaches both hands into his bag and rubs something on his forearm.

      • wildwestlv

        Brewers: cheaters? Whatever would make you think that?!?

      • CaptainHook

        Whatever he rubbed on his forearm he evidently did not rub enough.

  52. ToddAlmighty

    BP has 6 RBI in 117 AB. Cueto has 2 in 18 AB. All about opportunity and luck.

  53. eric nyc

    I really thought Votto had that one…

  54. ToddAlmighty

    Tough day for Votto, but he did come into today hitting worse against Gallardo than anyone else in the Reds lineup.

    • NWOhioRedFan

      The ball is sounding really good coming off his bat tonight.

  55. wildwestlv

    With run support, finally, I don’t think JC is going to give up the mound.

    • Eric nyc

      3 straight. Man he’s going to be expensive…

    • ToddAlmighty

      Don’t know.. I will say if he can handle the 8th inning in 14 or less pitches, he’ll probably come out for the 9th.

  56. mwvohio

    Super Todd!!!! He’s on fire this game, hard hit balls all over the place.

  57. NWOhioRedFan

    Chris Welsh sounds like Bob Uecker from Major League tonight. Some of his comments are so out there, it seems as if he is sipping on something to keep warm.

  58. ToddAlmighty

    Time for Pena to continue to be money.

  59. ToddAlmighty

    Frazier is so good at baseball that he scores from second without the ball ever being put in play.

  60. Eric nyc

    Is there anyone above Cueto for CY right now? Sheesh. $200 million might be cheap.

      • ToddAlmighty

        Also if you HAVE to barehand it in order to have a chance at making an out, it’s not within normal efforts to be considered an error.

  61. Eric nyc

    How are we going to re-sign this guy?

  62. Eric nyc

    I think we have to start limiting Cueto’s pitches. I know he doesn’t want to come out, but if he goes 120 pitches every start he’ll be gassed come September.

  63. ToddAlmighty

    Cueto’s last four starts: **34 IP, 12 H, 3 ER, 37 K**….. there’s barely even words to describe that level of pure domination.

  64. Logic

    Given current trends Cueto is a better bat option than Soto…

  65. Kurt Frost

    I’m glad Mr. 200 million man made five outs tonight instead of padding his OBP with worthless walks.

  66. Logic

    Don’t look now but Votto’s avg. just dropped below Phillips

  67. ToddAlmighty

    5 pitches, 5 strikes, 3 outs. I think LeCure had somewhere to be after the game.

  68. CP (@nomoresalads)

    I saw people getting into a little fight over Joey and his “slump”. I think it is fair to say that Votto is “slumping” in that he had put up a line of 234/.446/.319 since April 18th. The slugging % is low for Joey and might be concerning if we didn’t know for a fact that he’s had 2 homeruns stolen from him by excellent CF play, and/or a ball miss a HR by the narrowest of margin. Rarely do have such great examples of a guy getting so unlucky.

    The difference between Joey and lesser hitters is that even when slumping, he isn’t making many outs. It’s great to see some other hitters stepping up in the lineup around him.