A win over Milwaukee in today’s series finale will make this a day long remembered in Cincinnati. Search your feelings and you’ll know this to be true. It’s been a long while, though not quite a thousand generations, since the Reds were above .500, but with a victory today, they would be 15-16. Others may crave not adventure or excitement. But Cincinnati Reds fans do.

Many doubters had a very bad feeling about the Brewers series as Ron Roenicke’s team arrived in Cincinnati with their outstanding road record. I found their lack of faith disturbing. Only at the end will they realize the power of Super Todd Frazier. The force is strong with him. Tucker Barnhart‘s homer was a great shot, one in a million. But it counted on Thursday night.

Certainly there was reason to worry about Milwaukee’s powerful lineup. But fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. Those who doubted Johnny Cueto have found it is they who were mistaken. The Reds ace can bullseye womp rats, Carlos Gomez is no match. To those of you worried that Brayan Peña is due for a bad game, I say never tell me the odds. It’s a trap. Once you start down that dark path, forever it will dominate.

Skip Schumaker leads off and plays CF for the Reds today, as the club inches closer to being healthy. Roger Bernadina has been sent to the space mines of DFA. Reds fans look forward to witnessing Walt Jocketty’s roster when it’s fully operational. Let’s hope Brandon Phillips stays on target after his three hits last night.

Yesterday, with a successful inning for the Dayton Dragons, Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman came one step closer to returning to the team. But keep in mind that being good against A-level players is one thing, good against the living, that’s something else. The major leagues ain’t like dustin’ crops, boy.

For the most part, Bryan Price’s squad has played well against first-place Milwaukee and moved to within a half game of second-place St. Louis. Perhaps Price has found new ways to motivate his team. At times they’ve looked lethargic, but your eyes can deceive you, don’t trust them. Here’s the full line-up:

1. Skip Schumaker (L) 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. Alfredo Simon (R) P

It’s a beautiful day for a baseball game.

Let’s blow this thing and go home (or to Boston).

271 Responses

  1. Steve Mancuso

    Jay Bruce a late scratch – sore left knee. Chris Heisey takes his place in RF and in the line-up.

    • Eric the Red

      I like Heisey. I don’t buy the “he’s had lots of chances to win a starting job” argument. I also like Price. That said, why would he just slot Heisey in at cleanup because that’s where Bruce was hitting, instead of moving Frazier there? Not that it’s a big deal, of course. Just a little surprising.

      • eric nyc

        I like Heisey too. But, well, he’s had lots of chances to win a starting job. I just don’t think it’s in his DNA for whatever reason. In any case, I think he projects to be a very average starting OF’er and an above average PH. Assuming Hamilton can come around, that means I’d rather have him on the bench for those big late game situations. That’s where he shines. Don’t know why it doesn’t translate when he plays every day.

      • CaptainHook

        Heisey has had over 1200 plate appearances and has a career .736 OPS. That is not good for an outfielder. Making matters worse, his OPS has been on a downward trend.

      • eric nyc

        I did a bunch of digging a couple weeks ago into his splits when starting vs PH. Don’t remember the exact numbers, but as a starter he has an OPS+ somewhere around 90 and as a PH it’s somewhere around 110. He’s a perfect 4th outfielder for a good team. There’s a reason he’s stuck in that role with us for so long.

  2. Eric the Red

    Odd stat I’m not sure I believe but don’t feel like checking myself, from MLB.com: Simon has faced Milwaukee 9 times, all in relief. Yet he’s gotten the decision in all 9 appearances.

    • Steve Mancuso

      per Baseball-Reference, 9 appearances, 2-1 record

  3. Steve Mancuso

    Short bench with Bruce and Hamilton out. Soto, Santiago, Barnhart. Presumably Hamilton could pinch run (but subs limited). Price not sure if Bruce is available to pinch hit. Said he didn’t know how Bruce hurt it. On the bright side, Mat Latos is throwing at GABP today.

  4. Aaron Bradley

    So you think I am a spammer because I used my business name. Fine. I will use Farce book. I will repeat my comment: I am celebrating the 4th of May with a purchase of the At Bat APP and I hope I don’t regret it. Go Redlegs!

  5. Aaron Bradley

    Just so you know, I’ve been lurking all season. Reading the commentary here is almost as good as listening to the radio. Thanks guys.

  6. Charlie

    It is time for this offence to really go. Today we have two guys leading off who will work the pitch count on Lohse and who are not afraid to work the count full before either walking or getting a hit, Also, Heisey in the cleanup spot is a great idea. GO REDS!

  7. CP (@nomoresalads)

    Anyone see the Wil Myers inside-the-park HR against the Yanks?

    Carlos Beltran…wow, that guy will be in the doghouse for a bit…and there ain’t no doghouse like a NYC doghouse.

    • vegastypo

      Where WAS Beltran, anyway? That ball rolled a long way before he picked it up. Myers had started trotting initiaklly, thinking it was an out of the park homer, guess Beltran thought the same thing.

  8. Matt WI

    Time to get to Lohse. Not necessarily the best lineup for it, but who cares. Take 3 out of 4 and leave them wondering just how long they can stay at the top.

  9. Sunbreakthedawn

    This game thread has liberated me from the dark path.

  10. Eric the Red

    Do passed balls not count as Earned Runs? The box score for Fernandez’s start vs the Dodgers shows him with only 2 ER out of 3 total runs. There’s one error in the game but it wasn’t in a scoring inning. There was a PB that let a guy in from 3rd. I always thought pitchers still got tagged with an earned run after a PB–is that incorrect?

  11. mwvohio

    This one will probably come down to Simon’s control. Was a scary start last time out.

  12. doublenohitter

    “Redlegnation spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”

  13. mwvohio

    Struggling with his release point early, same problem he had last start.

    • mwvohio

      There’s no worry about it, he’s going to regress. Just a matter of how long it will take and how bumpy it will be along the way.

  14. doublenohitter

    “Told you I did. Reckless is he. …Now, matters are worse.”

  15. al

    The wins are already in the bank, but Simon is getting it done with smoke and mirrors. Nothing but his ERA is good.

    6 K/9 and 3 BB/9 are both right around his career average, and neither is great.

    BABIP is .206 compared to a career BABIP of .285. So that’s going to get worse.

    6% of flyballs have gone for HRs, compared to 11.7% career average, so that’s probably going to get worse.

    Stranding 87% of hitters compared to career average of 75%, so that’s probably going to get worse.

    Latos can’t come back soon enough. Alfredo could turn back into a pumpkin at any second.

  16. doublenohitter

    Phillips with the DP.

    “Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.”

  17. Eric the Red

    It sure would help if Simon got the low part of the zone like Lohse is. There have been a few balls that were strike 2 for BP instead of Ball 4 that have been balls for Brewers batters.

  18. mwvohio

    Our catchers are just out of their mind so far this year, it’s unreal.

  19. Steve Mancuso

    Schumaker has hit two hard line drives. Both right at an OF.

  20. jdx19

    If Schumaker keeps spraying line drives all over the field, he’ll be a welcome addition to this club. Such bad luck for him, so far today!

  21. Chris

    Whatever ills the Reds bats have been experiencing this season the catcher position remains immune.

  22. Eric the Red

    If Pena keeps hitting, it will make it easier to move Mesoraco up in the order when he comes back. Basically, the “catcher’s spot” can be moved up, rather than having to keep changing the batting order when Pena is in.

  23. mwvohio

    Votto is scorching the ball and just not getting anything to show for it.

  24. al

    We’re hitting Lohse really hard, and getting very little for it.

  25. jdx19

    I wish Votto would learn how to pull the ball. You can hit line drives to left when the outfielder is shading you exactly where you want to go.

    I might be the biggest Votto fan, but his inability to pull the ball in the air from time to time really hurts his game, due to his ultra predictable balls-in-play profile.

    • jdx19

      Especially against an outfield who has plus-speed in left field and center field. It’s really almost not possible to get a hit in the air left of center against Milwaukee. It has to hit the wall for it to not be caught.

      • jdx19

        Well, yes, of course he CAN pull the ball. But he actively tries not to. Look at this batted ball profile for his career, and virtually any slice of his career. This is not some sort of knee jerk reaction.

        He actively tries to go to left field. Which is generally a decent plan. However, when two speedy outfielders patrol left and center for a 4 game series, it would behoove him to attempt to pull the ball rather than hitting it in the air to left, where he won’t get any hits unless they are high enough on the wall or far enough out of the yard for the fielders to not get them.

        He once stated in an interview that he’d never pulled a ball foul to right field; NEVER. And that was one of his proudest accomplishments.

      • mwvohio

        That was my point, sorry was watching the game and didn’t have time for something longer. He can, chooses not to because he feels it makes him a stronger player. Any speculation our part is just that, speculation. If he starts pulling the ball more it may lead to some very poor results. That’s one of the frustrating things about being a fan is that we want our guys to try things that make sense to us and we don’t know the exact details of why they’re not attempted.

      • jdx19

        MWV, I don’t want him pulling the ball all the time. If Ryan Ludwick were in LF for Milwaukee, his last batted ball is a double. But with Khris Davis and Carlos Gomez, he needs to pull the ball. Literally, he will NOT get a hit on a ball in the air to left or left center unless it hits the wall 10 feet up or goes over the fence by 10 feet so Gomez can’t get it.

        I’m saying he should adjust based on his competition, not change the way he hits.

      • al

        I agree that he can, and has for most of his HRs. But I also agree with JDX19 that he needs to try it more. He seems to be looking to go the other way all the time, and gets tied up in knots trying to hit pitches that should be in his wheelhouse (pu and middle-in, into left field.

        He needs to adjust.

      • jdx19

        I think one of his 4 HR is to right field this year, and it was right-center (the one in the rain game). One was to center (although, a little right of center), one was to dead center off the batter’s eye, and the other was to straightaway left.

        I remember him turning on one of Tony Sipp in Arizona (I think), last year, but the vast majority of homers I remember are to center or left.

      • al

        3 of the 4 have been to right or right center actually. Check the spray chart I posted above.

      • jdx19

        Just saw, Al. Thanks. Too bad the website was designed in such a way that you can’t see his road at-bats laid onto his home at bats.

      • jdx19

        Yeah, I mis-remembered on one of them.

  26. jdx19

    Here’s Simon’s first stinker game.

  27. al

    This is a game where we get to see the Reds mettle. They can win this game.

  28. Steve Mancuso

    Todd Frazier has become an amazing 3B defensively. Remember when everyone was worried that the Reds would need a defensive caddy for him in late innings? Boy, that turned out wrong.

  29. wildwestlv

    Ha, I just caught the scoreboard at GABP has a Stormtrooper for Khris Davis’ photo. Have they been doing that with the Brewers’ pics the whole series? Of course Davis just homered as I type this.

    • Steve Mancuso

      yes, and they had the Reds dressed as Jedi Knights or fighter pilots.

  30. doublenohitter

    “You will find that it is you who are mistaken… about a great many things.”

  31. muttonlettucetomato

    Man, the Reds are clubbing the ball with not much to show for it. The odds have to catch up to them and translate into some runs…

  32. Steve Mancuso

    I wish everyone on the Reds hustled as much as Chris Heisey does.

    • doublenohitter

      Heisey is an old-school throwback. He is my wife’s favorite player…mainly because of the hustle and the fact he is a Christian.

  33. Steve Mancuso

    Frazier has been doing a much better job hitting to the opposite field this year.

    • mwvohio

      He’s steadily improved every year so far, offensively he regressed some last year but his defense more than made up for that. If he balances the two it’s going to be fun to watch.

  34. doublenohitter

    “For over a thousand generations, the Jedi were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic — before the dark times. Before the Empire.”

    • Ellis Henry

      You really meant to say – “For over thousands of games, the Reds were the guardians of peace and justice in the National League — before the dark times. Before the Cardinals.”

  35. al

    Cozart is so terrible. What do people think about trying to get Stephen Drew come June?

    • jdx19

      If you can get Drew for the same price as Cozart, sure! Or maybe slightly more.

      • al

        Well, it will probably cost more than that, I would guess somewhere around $6-$8mil. And Drew is no MVP, I know that. But If Cozart is still a replacement-level player at that point, it could be a way to add a couple of wins down the stretch without having to trade any prospects.

      • Vicferrari

        How is Drew’s defense,anywhere close to Cozart’s, and is he is good why is he still available? Need someone to replace Soto, Cozart still solid at defense and will turn it around to ,240 to .260 hitting some homers

      • al

        Drew is better defensively, and the reason he hasn’t been signed yet is the draft pick. Why sign him now when if you wait a month you won’t lose a first round pick? He’s a career .264/.329/.435 hitter who will probably hit more HRs than Cozart.

        What makes you so sure Cozart will turn it around. Does he look like he’s figuring it out at the plate to you?

    • jdx19

      Is there a statute of limitations on a QO and free-agent signings? I have no idea.

    • al

      As of June, I believe after the draft, which is June 5th, the draft pick compensation is removed from a player. So after that point, Drew can sign for the rest of the year without losing a pick.

  36. al

    Simon isn’t getting the same calls Lohse is that’s for sure.

  37. HammerSTL

    On gameday, every single pitch Simon has thrown this inning has been in the strike zone. Is he getting squeezed that badly or is game day off?

    • al

      squeezed, for sure. To me it looked like what gameday said. He went to 3-0 on Lucroy and every one looked like a strike to me.

  38. Vicferrari

    I like to set a goal of about 5 runs for the Reds over the next 2 innings, then get JJ and Parra some work

  39. jdx19

    So, Schumaker is a career .344 OBP guy. That’s pretty solid. Too bad he’s in his decline phase!

    • jdx19

      Probably depends on the type of injury. If running bothers it, maybe. But if twisting it, like swinging a bat, hurts it, probably not.

  40. Vicferrari

    whos playing 2nd cause I know BP just did not draw a walk

  41. mwvohio

    Frustrating there, must have thought a first pitch fastball was coming but he should know better.

  42. jdx19

    J H C. The Reds have to be the worst htting team with the bases loaded in the league so far this year. Un f’ing believable.

    • mentalguy31

      The Reds are 8th in MLB in OPS with bases loaded (9th in slugging, 8th in OBP). Remember, baseball is hard. All teams fail the majority of the time in almost any hitting situation.

  43. jdx19

    Well, if this goes down as yet another 1-run loss, we can’t say the Reds didn’t have chances to win.

  44. pinson343

    What is Phillips doing ? That was a soft liner.

  45. al

    Man, Simon’s only at 79 pitches. He could go 9.

  46. jdx19

    Just for fun; Reds Team AVG in different situations going into today’s game.

    Bases Empty: .252
    Men On Base: .249
    RISP: .234
    Home: .252
    Away: .250
    vs L: .238
    vs R: .254
    Grounders: .233
    Line Drives: .717 (1st in NL)
    Fly Balls: .206

  47. al

    Now it’s time for Hamilton to come in and steal two bases.

  48. al

    Man. I do not understand not pinch running here.

  49. wildwestlv

    Bruce is a Lohse-killer, right?

  50. jdx19

    Thom is an idiot.

    “As much as Cozart has swung and missed this year…”

    He’s got the highest contact % on the team…

  51. doublenohitter

    “The Dark Side of the Force is the pathway to many abilities some consider to be… Unnatural.”

  52. eric nyc

    Enough with the injuries…Good lord. Is Corky Miller seriously going to play in major league baseball games in 2014?

  53. al

    What a weird turn of events. They could have pinch run with Hamilton, had him steal to avoid a double play. Instead they gamble with running Pena, who gets hurt, but Cozart defies the odds and gets a hit, Pena to third, and now Hamilton is in to pinch run.

    • wildwestlv

      By the way, I just keep this phrase, copied, on my browser, so that I can paste it into ANY game thread, about ANY Red.

  54. al

    It didn’t look serious. With two off days next week, I doubt they DL him. Might see Barnhart in Boston though.

  55. eric nyc

    That was one of the worst AB’s you will ever see.

  56. jdx19

    Oh, Jay. Worst at-bat I’ve ever seen of his. Literally.

  57. jcredlegs

    When pitched to properly Jay Bruce is an incredibly easy out. Why anyone ever throws him a fastball is beyond me.

  58. eric nyc

    This team is killing me. I knew running out the JV squad in game 2 was a bad idea. With the pitching we’ve gotten we should have swept this series.

  59. Pete Rose

    Folks, Brew Crew giving the Reds every opportunity to beat them – and they don’t take advantage. Truly sad. Begin starting Pena in RF and put Bruce on the bench.

  60. doublenohitter

    “I felt a great disturbance in the stadium, as if thousands of voices suddenly cried out in terror and suddenly silenced” – regarding Bruce’s at-bat.

  61. wildwestlv

    I thought Bruce would only be put in to face Lohse, given his numbers against him.

  62. Pete Rose

    Pena looks like 1 solid hitter – Bruce only when the opponents are throwing fastballs – typical Jay Bruce.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Yeah, but I wish he was our dolt.

      • jdx19

        Man, I couldn’t agree with you more!

      • Steve Mancuso

        Gold Glove defense, huge power, great speed, love his in your face attitude/swagger.

      • jdx19

        I just went to look up his WAR (1.3) and found something interesting… our boy Super Todd Frazier is tied with Gomez for 10th in the NL in WAR! Not bad! Also, that leads the Reds batters by a wide margin. (Mostly on the strength of his defense, of course).

  63. mwvohio

    These guys are not seeing the ball out of Parra’s hand at all right now.

  64. wildwestlv

    That Bruce AB reminded me of Porkins, screaming & crashing his hit, burning X-Wing fighter, into the Death Star.

  65. jcredlegs

    Never heard of this Will Smith but he just completely shut those lefties down.

  66. eric nyc

    BP!!! He looks like a new man after that day off!

  67. Vicferrari

    I wonder what Brewer fans think about pitching match-ups?

  68. Steve Mancuso

    Big hit for BP. First home run in a month.

  69. eric nyc

    That ball was hit a MILE. Can’t remember the last time I saw him hit a ball that far. Off the bat it looked like it was straight up in the air and it still hit off the batter’s eye. Wow.

  70. Pete Rose

    Yea, BP is washed up – move him to 7th in the line-up – why when he’s just heating up !!

    BP stays in the third spot – move Jay Bruce down.

    • eric nyc

      Based on 2 games. If you say so. I think I’ll go with 5+ years of hard data. But I am VERY happy to see BP get it going.

  71. jdx19

    Phillips looked exactly like Willy Mays Hayes on that replay.

  72. Pete Rose

    Now if only your boy can start figuring out the strike zone we might have something

  73. Pete Rose

    or how to lay off off speed pitches in the dirt

    • jdx19

      I’m in agreement. Bruce is 0-1 in his last 1 AB. Do you think we can trade him to NYY?

  74. vegastypo

    Is it physically impossible to have a called strike on Lucroy? Or were those pitches that bad ???

  75. Steve Mancuso

    Aramis Ramirez is a double play machine. Lots of ground balls and sloooooow.

    • Vicferrari

      If they were giving MVP’s for the series he might be that for the Reds, how many in this series?

  76. vegastypo

    geez, lifetime against Broxton, Ramirez is 7-for-10, Kelch says ….. And before I could hit send to try to jinx him, he hit into the DP!!!

    • pinson343

      Ramirez is not who he used to be.

      • Steve Mancuso

        He’s still got the power. He’s also a notorious second-half hitter. But yeah, he’s seemed kinda not too scary in this series, other than that one home run.

  77. pinson343

    Broxton decides who he’ll pitch to, and who he won’t. Even though Lucroy was leading off, he pitched around him.

  78. preacherj

    Did anyone hear what happened to Pena? A little late to the party.

    • jcredlegs

      I think Price just wanted some speed at 3rd to score that run.

    • vegastypo

      radio crew hasn’t given an update.

      but he pulled up after breaking for second base on a hit and run, ball was hit foul. He stayed in the game, went first to third on a single, but got pulled for a pinch runner at third base.

  79. jcredlegs

    Man Broxton is bringing it so far this year. When Chappy gets back this bullpen is gonna be nails!

  80. Eric NYC

    You are crazy. 31 teams would line up for Bruce with his current contract. Teams don’t usually make decisions based on a months worth of games.

  81. pinson343

    Broxton’s a smart pitcher. That was the heart of the Brewers order, but he knew that Lucroy is dangerous and the guys batting behind him are past their prime.

  82. Vicferrari

    if it comes down to Broxton’s spot, they seriously might have to pinch hit Leake…
    need Soto for back-up catcher and need a back utility player

    • preacherj

      Yeah, anyone but Luddy on first in the bottom of the ninth. Guess someone will just have to go out the front door.

    • Vicferrari

      Exactly what I was think, wasted his speed and much better to have pena up, hope he is not hurt

  83. Steve Mancuso

    No OF to play for Ludwick if did pinch run for him.

  84. preacherj

    Our catcher’s spot has done it all. I am impressed.

  85. Pete Rose

    Whoever said it earlier, definitely agree it would be great for the team if Cozart could produce a walk off

  86. Pete Rose

    Bruce and Cozart attended the same batting academy

  87. Steve Mancuso

    With Bruce and Hamilton unavailable to play the OF, you can’t pinch run for Ludwick at all. No one to play OF if the run doesn’t score.

    • vegastypo

      in an emergency, frazier could probably play left field, but we’re about out of infielders too anyway.

  88. preacherj

    I really think I would use Leake to pinch hit here. Not just because of the bat, but we are mighty short on position players.

    • Vicferrari

      feel the same way,the position players just are not very good mlb hitters

  89. jdx19

    It would be interesting to see a stat about how often Phillips and Cozart walk in the same game, and then relate that to other unlikely occurrences within baseball, such as no-hitters.

    • jdx19

      Without having access to game-by-game logs, my math tells me that, given Phillips walking 39 times last year and Cozart walking 26 times last year, their expected amount of games where they both have a walk is 7.2. So, maybe slightly more likely than a no-hitter 🙂

  90. preacherj

    I’ll take a wild pitch here. C’mon Skip. Time to rid yourself of this Cardinal stink.

  91. jdx19

    We need Schumaker to walk to Votto can get a walk-off walk!

    • Vicferrari

      won’t happen, you make skip beat you

  92. Vicferrari

    Zach Duke??? He owes a win from last year against the Brewers if I remember, toss one in the dirt for old times sake

  93. Eric NYC

    I’ll take that from Santiago. We are screwed if this game goes long. We have literally no one left on the bench except Soto. I wonder if Broxton can hit?

  94. preacherj

    He still smells like a Cardinal.

  95. jdx19

    Well, the Skip project is pretty terrible so far in Cincinnati.

    And Votto gets to hit again with no ducks on the pond!

    • jdx19

      ALthough, I’m glad to see Parra, Broxton, LeCure.

  96. Eric NYC

    Disappointing start to the Skip Schumaker Era.

  97. Steve Mancuso

    Reds bullpen is in better shape now. The bench on the other hand …

  98. Steve Mancuso

    LeCure grooved that fastball. Davis thrives on fastballs.

    • preacherj

      Simon was doing the same thing. Don’t know what report these guys are using.

      • pinson343

        And last year the Reds lost 3 games on fast balls to Davis. I’ve watched other teams pitch him with breaking stuff and fastballs that are out of the strike zone.

  99. Aaron Bradley

    Hey Skip, glad you deemed yourself fit to play. Pretty sure we coulda gotten something more from Bernadina today. Christ.

    • jdx19

      I like this kid! Hopefully he can hit enough to be a staple in the bigs at some point!

  100. ToddAlmighty

    I just now tuned in. What’s up with this Dusty-like lineup? CF leads off because they’re in CF, RF bats cleanup because they’re a corner outfielder, C has to bat way down there?

    Well, at least BP looks like he’s hitting again and Votto has a couple hits. Positives.

  101. wildwestlv

    That was one of the most pathetic bunt-pop-up-outs I’ve ever seen.

  102. preacherj

    Wow, not even close. Gomez up with two on. Scary.

  103. Steve Mancuso

    I’m walking Gomez now, but worried about Sam’s control with bases loaded.

  104. preacherj

    Guess that’s one way to keep Gomez from swinging.

  105. jdx19

    This is not a good turn of events. Looks like that slipped out of Sam’s hand.

  106. Steve Mancuso

    Fabulous pitching by LeCure to Gomez. Three really nasty pitches.

  107. pinson343

    Wow. Of course I didn’t want to see LeCure walk Schaefer, but I could understand his trying to strike him out with a breaking pitch. But after that pitch over Gomez’ head, I was wondering what was wrong. Anyway now it’s time to give him a birthday present.

  108. Eric NYC

    Phew. LeCure doesn’t look sharp at all. Glad he got out of that.

  109. preacherj

    OK, Chris. Pretend you are pinch hitting.

  110. preacherj

    OK, winning run on first. Hero AB for Frazier.

  111. Steve Mancuso

    How about a Super Todd homer or double here?

  112. preacherj

    Patience. This guy can’t buy a strike.

  113. Steve Mancuso

    Brantley: They’re gonna send him. There’s no arm in left field.

  114. preacherj


  115. Steve Mancuso

    3 out of 4, they really needed that.

  116. pinson343

    FRAZIER !!!!! Heisey can motor, wow. I thought the play to the plate was going to be closer. Happy 30th birthday, Sam !!!

  117. jdx19

    Todd’s interview with Jeff Piecoro was great! I hope he sticks around in Cincy for awhile.

    • Eric NYC

      Todd has shown me this year that he might not be a HOFer, but he belongs manning 3B for the Reds for a long time. He’s the heart and soul of this team.

      • Dale Pearl

        As much as I love this team we don’t have any future HOFers on our roster. What a silly thing to say about Frazier, let’s wait until he has 4 or 5 great seasons when he is yet to have even 1.
        Votto and Phillips aren’t even HOFers at this point. Brandon is sitting on the fence and if he has a productive 2 or 3 years he could do it. Votto is downward trending, looks like his MVP season was his peak and I doubt we ever see that level out of him again.

      • Eric NYC

        Ok Bummertown, USA. Take any talk of HOF out of the equation, Todd is putting up a 120 OPS+ season right now and seems to be proving he’s a legit major league 3B. Add in his clubhouse presence and I want his presumably very affordable contact on this team.

        Also, don’t sell Votto short. He could easily top 70 WAR which got Larkin in with one MVP and one ring. Hopefully Joey gets at least one of the latter.

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  119. ToddAlmighty

    Nice double by Frazier, but free Heisey! That speed/hustle to score from first on a long double is so nice.

      • Eric NYC

        Year after year after year. He’s perfect in his role right here.

      • Vicferrari

        Agree, but still feel he gives you a better chance to win than Hamilton despite how much fun he is to watch