The Reds and Cubs are scheduled to play two today in Cincinnati. I do not live in the Cincinnati area so I’m not able to check, but the weather report for Cincinnati does not look very optimistic for baseball today. So there is a good chance that the sky will be the talk of the day yet again at Great American Ball Park.

Johnny Cueto will take the mound in game 1 of the double dip. He’ll be facing former Reds starter Travis Wood. If the weather will cooperate, I like the Reds chances in game 1. Especially if Hamilton drives in 4 RBI again today and Bruce keeps hitting 2 run homers.

Discuss Game 1 here Reds fans.

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

Edit: Prior to the game, Joey Votto was placed on the Disabled List and Brayan Pena was actived from paternity leave.

348 Responses

    • RedLegHerrm

      According to Fay, yes. My guess is we see him in Game 2.

    • ohiojimw

      Peña is back. Votto is DL. Barnhart stays (for now). Hannahan is to start rehab tonite in Dayton. All is peachy with Walt’s World

      • ohiojimw

        They probably sent Mr C’s time share jet down to Florida to get Peña back in time to avoid a real roster move 🙂

      • ohiojimw

        What is the over/ under that they will rush Hannahan through an abbreviated rehab, make a 40 man roster move to return him from 60 day DL purgatory only to have to reDL him within a week or two because he can’t answer the bell effectively at the MLB level?

    • lwblogger2

      Yes, and I think Mes is catching Cueto because they want Mes’ bat in the lineup against the LHP.

      • reaganspad

        We want Mes in the lineup for both games. I hope he plays 1st base in game 2 to keep his bat in there

      • lwblogger2

        I doubt it but I sure didn’t see Bruce at 1B coming!

  1. Whoa Bundy!

    Who is this Heisey guy? Call up?

    • Grand Salami

      Price is assuming we only need a run or two with Johnny Beisbol on the mound so this lineup card is pure D.

      An OF that should cover more than five Ludwicks and third baseman who could be a career gold glover at first . . .

      • docmike

        I actually like this lineup, except I would have Schumaker in there at third instead. Otherwise, looks good.

      • lwblogger2

        You’d have Schumaker at 3B (where he’s never played) against a LHP? And with Cueto going, who gets a lot of ground-balls? I think Schumaker wouldn’t be a disaster at 3B but I don’t think today would be the day to find out.

      • docmike

        I’m sure he could handle it. if you can play second, you can play third.

      • Grand Salami

        The lineup is all about D. Santiago can play third without missing a beat and Todd can do the same at first. Anytime you have Coz and Santiago out their together it’s going to be a strain on the offense . . . shouldn’t matter with JC.

        Tonight, who knows.

      • Vicferrari

        I think if Shumaker ever would play 3B it would make little sense to start Frazier at 1B- bizarre that Shumaker only has played 2B in the infield, but I would think he would be a better solution at 1B than Bruce or Frazier considering how solid they are at their main positions.

  2. docmike

    Hate to nitpick over something minor, but Santiago should not be hitting ahead of Cozart. Or anybody save the pitcher.

    • Grand Salami

      Agreed, but Santiago’s slightly higher OBP may be the reason he is in front of Coz and not the pitcher.

    • James Dehan

      Have to admit, Santiago is hitting the ball with a little more authority. Good to see.

  3. renbutler

    The game should actually start on schedule. If there is any rain today, it will come during the late afternoon and early evening. Hopefully it will be perfectly timed between the two scheduled games, but I can’t promise that.

    • docmike

      Yep, weather.com is showing the heavy stuff mainly between 4 and 7. Hopefully that’s enough time for Johnny to throw a complete game in the first one, then the nightcap should get played eventually.

      • ohiojimw

        Couple Tshowers here in Dayton since 7AM. Right now the sky is higher with some sun almost breaking through but a steady breeze is blowing. Last night’s rain was here maybe an hour before it made Cincy.

  4. George Mirones

    Actually it is pretty much a “none event” given his current injury limited skills. Looks like Tucker gets to stay around awhile as Price uses Pena to sub for Votto. The Reds have said that they do not have a replacement in the minors. Prices statement about getting JV back indicates to me that there will be no trades at this time. So it gets back to Philips and Bruce stepping up and Mez, Todd, Billy keeping on doing what they are doing. Bruce in the last 2 games has shown that he can still whack the ball while Philips has shown some new found plate discipline. Those two guys are the key, if they produce the lineup gets really tough and Votto’s absence will be minimalized, if they don’t , Oh well.

    • Grand Salami

      What are you thinking if you are Lutz or Soto about now?

      • Michael J Hampton

        Hopefully Lutz is thinking “I need to work on adjusting to AAA pitching, put up some good numbers and be ready next time”. Other than a couple of short call ups to the big club, Lutz has never faced anything above AA pitching before this year and got off to a terrible start when promoted to AAA after tearing up AA to start the season. As for Soto, he has put up decent numbers in AAA but can’t seem to transition that to the major leagues, yet. So, I’m not sure what he can do to rectify that.

      • George Mirones

        They are supposed to be adults, they still get a check and they are playing a game for a living. There are too many people who are not getting a check through no fault of their own.

  5. docmike

    Kinda surprised that we don’t at least get Schumaker in there at third instead of Santiago. I know there are injury issues, but this makes 3 straight games he has started now.

    As was speculated about Willy Tavares and Dusty Baker, did Ramon find some incriminating pictures of Bryan Price?

    • lwblogger2

      Schumaker has never played 3B at the MLB level. Wood is also a LHP and Schumaker hasn’t hit lefties very well. Cueto throws a lot of grounders. This isn’t the game for Schumaker at 3B IMO.

      • Vicferrari

        Already been discussed, but why would it make sense to try him at 3rd over 1st? He has played neither position and Frazier should continue his GG ways at 3rd

  6. arizonareds

    With Bruce being able to play 1st I am feeling better about he and Pena sharing the duties with the Heisey/Schumaker/Ludwick platoon filling the 2 spots in the outfield. Just get Votto healthy dammit.

  7. docmike

    The lineup for the nightcap may look pretty rough, depending on who Price decides to rest. I’m sure Mes will be off, with Barnhart behind the plate and Pena at first. I would assume that Schumaker will get a start somewhere, either in left or maybe to spell Phillips at second. Hope Holmberg is ready to go.

    • Matt WI

      It’s a tough call. One might say because Cueto is throwing, save Mesaraco for run support in the night cap… or you could say… try to slam dunk the day game and then roll the dice at night.

      • Drew

        Why not let the kid grow into his role as the leader via catching and maybe in a couple of years when he has become comfortable and producing on a consistant basis we look at broadening his load then.

      • arizonareds

        Just a wish. Bummer having one of the top 2-3 hitters on your club only play 80% of your games.

      • Drew

        On average don’t most catchers play about 80-85% of the games in a season and thus are not most teams with good hitting catchers doomed to that also? What were Bench’s % of games played each year?

      • jdx19

        Bench played a lot. Pudge Rodriguez played a lot. Piazza played a lot.

        If you are a good hitting catcher, you need to play a lot. Some teams try to transition them to 1B (a la Posey, Piazza, and Mauer, I believe)

        It’s not uncommon. And anyone who is an average defensive catcher can be an average or better first baseman. Just takes a little practice.

      • ohiojimw

        Bench actually played more OF than 1B. Probably because they May or Perez at 1B thru 1976 and LF was somewhat open till Foster took over in 1975.

      • ohiojimw

        I was wondering if one side or the other would roll the dice by breaking the Wood v. Cueto match up.

      • Redgoggles

        I think having Mez’s O against the LH starter trumps the Pena-Cueto battery.

      • Grand Salami

        You’d think the Cubs would blink first in that game of chicken. Why ‘waste’ Wood against JC? Play for the split.

      • docmike

        If I was the Cubs, I would absolutely save Wood for tonight and go for the split. The Reds, on the other hand, have to be pleased that they didn’t.

      • jcredlegs

        I suspect Barnhart will start the second game because Holmberg and he are familiar with each other.

  8. Drew

    Game two is alock for the Cubbies. They are starting a new pitcher the Reds have never seen and as we all know the history of the Reds vs new unknown pitchers results in just a couple of hits and few if any runs…

    • Grand Salami

      Especially one relying on deception in his delivery . . .

      • lwblogger2

        And as many Japanese pitchers tend to do, there are some quirks in his delivery that make him tough to pick up. It could certainly cause the Reds issues as you all suspect.

    • Vicferrari

      SO why are Th ecubs going to be so much better against a pitcher they never seen, its MLB- Cingrani was able to dominate last year until he got around the league

  9. vegastypo

    Bruce called his debut at first base the most stressful he has ever felt on a baseball field …

    • vegastypo

      Price saying on radio pregame that he intends to use the situation at first base to better utilize his bench, that he has wanted to play guys like Heisey and Santiago more. Wonder what that means for Pena?

      • eric nyc

        Yes, what this offense needs is more Ramon Santiago. Clearly.

  10. eric nyc

    OK so was Cozart sick/hurt yesterday or what? And Heisey? I’m so confused…

    • renbutler

      The Reds are playing 40 games in 41 days, and Cozart has played almost every day. Everybody gets a rest.

      • eric nyc

        Yeah but they just had a day off 3 days earlier and everyone’s about to get 4 days rest. On the day you start a guy at 1B for the first time in his career you decide to mix up your infield even more by resting another starter?

      • eric nyc

        And then you pinch hit the weak hitting SS you’re trying to rest instead of the 4th OF’er who is a pinch hitting specialist and hasn’t played in a week? Have to admit, that’s some weird managing decions.

      • Vicferrari

        Heisey- a PH specialist? Think it shows Price does not think much about him, new Cozart was coming in to play D

      • eric nyc

        Exactly – He didn’t start but he was available. I don’t get not starting your best infield defenders and regular players when you’re making such a drastic move at 1B. I assumed he was unavailable.

  11. RedsfanPa

    Santiago again……Ughhh…..sad we have no better options. Go Reds!!

    • eric nyc

      He’s going to be in there every day until Hannahan is back, at which point we’ll be trading Santiago’s weak bat for Jack’s. Get used to it unless we make a trade.

    • eric nyc

      He’s got the cutter working. Bad sign for the Cubbies.

  12. al

    The Reds have been winning with pitching all year, and Votto basically hasn’t been himself all year, so I’m not freaking out about losing him.

    That said, I do think the Reds have to be looking for a way to improve the offense. All they have to do is find an outfielder, a first baseman, or a third baseman who can put up an .800 OPS and they would have basically replaced Votto this year.

    If Votto can come back in September and be himself, then that player can replace LF and improve the offense there. With the roster flexibility we have, it simply cannot be that hard to find a guy.

    • Drew

      Just a few probblems. With the expanded playoffs more teams feel they have a chance, thus are not willing to part with players as eaisly. Second you have to wonder given the lessen pool of players to select from and such what will be the asking price and are you willing to try and outbid someone for a short term solution.

      • al

        But those things apply to every team, not just the Reds. The Reds are in a better position than other teams in that we don’t need to fill a specific position, we don’t need elite level production, and we don’t need to get a long-term fix. Other teams are limited by those things.

        And while it’s true that trades are harder to make now, there are still plenty of teams that are out of it, and trades are now being made every day. If the Reds do not improve this roster, they cannot say use what you said as an excuse.

    • Matt WI

      Agreed. Is it unreasonable to think about trading for someone with an intention of flipping the same player again in the winter to try and recoup whatever was given up if they needed to? Though I suppose the trade deadline makes things more expensive than what they might yield back in the winter… but it could allow them to target more players on multi year contracts that can be unloaded twice if need be.

      • al

        If they target an outfielder (like say Alex Rios of the Rangers) they could look for a guy with a longer contract because Ludwick will be gone next year. If they get a first baseman or a third baseman, he’d probably have to be a free agent at the end of the year.

      • Matt WI

        That’s kind of what I was asking… how unfeasible is it to look at a trade as a rental for this summer, regardless of the position… if need be. Take anybody that fits the formula, and if he costs too much to keep long term, flip him again anyway.

  13. Long Distant Reds Fan

    That bunt was perfect for Hamilton

    • eric nyc

      Needs to hit it like that every time he’s at bat.

      • al

        Instead of hitting home runs and triples?

      • eric nyc

        I’ll take those, too. But when he hits it in the air odds are it’s just getting caught. I’ll take him automatically on 1st base every time instead – because for him that’s the same as a double.

      • al

        except that no one in the world bunts successfully that much, especially not Hamilton who isn’t that good at it.

        He obviously needs to keep it in his repertoire, but I’m with Eric Davis on this: just because you can bunt for a hit, don’t make that your whole game.

      • Matt WI

        Al… I make it a point to never disagree with Eric Davis.

  14. eric nyc

    BP shooting it the other way. He’s so good at that when he wants to.

  15. eric nyc

    BRUUUUUUUUUUUUCE! It’s official, the hot streak is on!

  16. Matt WI

    BRRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCEEEEE!

  17. Matt WI

    Welcome home, Mr. Wood. Mr. Bruce will show you around the park.

  18. eric nyc

    Another homer against a LFP…Amazing.

  19. lwblogger2

    Uh oh! Jay Bruce is out of his slump!

  20. al

    Bruce hitting against lefties is getting absurd.

  21. Long Distant Reds Fan

    I get the OBP argument against Hamilton, but I don’t get the thinking that he shouldn’t be hitting lead off. Interesting debate on the St Louis Dispatch site this morning about how Hamilton has flourished because the Reds showed confidence in him from the beginning and he didn’t have to worry about his job. I think that has made a huge difference in his development this year.

    Bruce heating up quickly since that 0-twenth-something streak

    • Vicferrari

      The issue was no one expected Hamilton to hit.270 – .280 well into summer, the Reds have no alternatives at leadoff anyway but the thought (at least to me) was not have him feel the pressure of leading off the games- beinng a .200 hitter and getting the most AB. Had he hit 9th he still gets to use the best batters batting behind him when he gets on base. do not think any wants Billy any where else at this point.

  22. Michael J Hampton

    Price told Bruce if he didn’t start hitting more HRs he was going to play him at first again. Seems to be working.

  23. RedsfanPa

    Wow…..another HR for Jay! Maybe a hot July at the plate..sure hope so. 🙂

  24. Matt WI

    Marty called it as soon as the ball hit the bat, it was nice to hear.

  25. docmike

    3rd game in a row Bruce has homered off a lefty.

  26. eric nyc

    Wood already up to 26 pitches, Cueto working with a 3 run lead and his cutter going. This could be a quick one.

  27. eric nyc

    Santiago’s been putting the bat on the ball well the last week or so. Good to see.

  28. SlyMcBean

    It would be nice to get into the Cubs bullpen early in the first game

    • Matt WI

      Great call…. especially with game 2 starring to newbies for each team. If Cueto can go a long way today and the Cubs spend some bullets…

  29. eric nyc

    I might have guessed Bruce would get the evening game off, but can you sit him when he’s hitting like this?

  30. JRS1972

    Just saw that out old buddy Bronson Arroyo has a complete UCL tear and will have Tommy John surgery. I am very, very sorry to hear that. At his age, one has to wonder if this is career ending.

    • eric nyc

      I thought the same thing. Feel bad for Arroyo. Still, how amazing is it that we got the entirety of his Iron Man starting streak and the year we let him move on he goes down by the AS break? Wish him the best.

    • vegastypo

      I wouldn’t bet against him coming back if he wants to do the grueling rehab.

  31. docmike

    30 pitch first inning for Travis Wood. Not what you want to see in the first game of a DH. Cubs may be dipping into the pen early in this one.

    Cueto, on the other hand, is at 19 pitches through two innings.

    • docmike

      Would love to see Cueto get the complete game and have our pen fully rested for tonight.

  32. eric nyc

    Hamilton looked like he slowed down a bit there. Thought that might be a triple.

    • Long Distant Reds Fan

      Wanted to pad the SB numbers

  33. Matt WI

    Brew Crew has Peralta throwing tonight against Lance Kendrick for the Phils… better just win both games today.

    • docmike

      I think Matheny goofed by not selecting him to the All-Star roster. Imagine the havoc he could cause just as a pinch-runner, not to mention his use as a late-inning defensive sub.

      • eric nyc

        Someone might get hurt or decline to play. Still a possibility.

  34. eric nyc

    Frazier needs to lay off that pitch. He swings at it every time and looks awful when he does.

  35. eric nyc

    Frazier wasted a great opportunity to add on.

  36. Kurt Frost

    Still want to move Bruce down in the lineup?

  37. eric nyc

    Calling a weird strike zone all of a sudden.

  38. docmike

    Always aggravating when you give a leadoff walk to a guy batting .200. Especially when it’s a pitcher the caliber of Cueto.

  39. eric nyc

    Johnny looks like he’s rushing things. Slow it down.

  40. vegastypo

    a painful at-bat… coghlan fouled two pitches off himself, then got hit by a pitch. ouch

  41. Chris

    Just started watching the game on WGN this inning. The ump is squeezing Cueto something awful.

    • Grand Salami

      Cueto can’t seem to find the Umps outer boundary on the strike zone. Brantley noted that the Cubs were ‘chirping’ to the ump about his zone too. Sounds like he is a large reason it hasn’t been complete smooth sailing for JC.

  42. docmike

    Danger time lurking. Have to get Sweeney and make Rizzo lead off the next inning.

  43. docmike

    And this all started with a leadoff walk to the .200 batting catcher.

  44. Matt WI

    WHew…. that was flirting with serious trouble with Rizzo.

  45. Greg Dafler

    I don’t follow why Neftali Soto is not getting the callup here to repalce the injured Votto. He’s hitting .336/.383/.495 at AAA Louisville. I know a lot of that is coming from an elevated .382 BABIP, but he is also not the .107 AVG hitter he’s had in a handful of MLB at-bats. Normalizing his 2014 BABIP to his career levels, you’re looking at a potential .700 OPS, which is certainly better than Ramon Santiago, and he would also likely outperform Brayan Pena.

    • docmike

      Maybe after today’s DH, they will finally send out the 13th pitcher and call-up another hitter. I would hope, anyway.

  46. docmike

    That 26-pitch inning has Johnny now at 45 for the game. Probably killed any chance at going the distance, but I’ll settle for a solid 7 innings, hopeful for 8.

    • eric nyc

      Another quick inning puts him right back on pace. This is the Cubs we’re talking about.

      • Grand Salami

        Looks like he is close to back on pace. 7 pitch inning.

      • eric nyc

        He can give you 120 pitches easy, too.

      • docmike

        I would rather Cueto not throw 120 pitches myself.

  47. vegastypo

    it would just kill santiago to take pitch when he’s up 2-0 in the count. and then the dp

  48. eric nyc

    That’s what I get for complimenting Ramon Santiago’s hitting…

    • Grand Salami

      Yup. Playing with fire – asking to be burned.

  49. Grand Salami

    Wood has almost nothing out there. The Reds have bailed him out since the 1st.

  50. eric nyc

    Cueto getting right back on pace.

  51. Grand Salami

    Wood throwing 87 mph heat. Reds need to tack on a couple more so Cueto can put it in cruise control.

  52. eric nyc

    Boy the bottom of this lineup is ugly…

    • Grand Salami

      You said it. They ain’t got no alibi. Three runs should be aplenty though.

      • docmike

        I don’t know. I was really worried a couple innings back that we were one pitch away from being down 4-3.

  53. PhoenixPhil

    No way does Ludwik or Shcu make that catch.

  54. docmike

    Looks like a pretty light crowd at the park today.

    • docmike

      He always was the lefty version of Mike Leake. Never be a star, but a solid 3rd/4th man in your rotation.

  55. Grand Salami

    I am a little discouraged that the Reds are facing a guy with a speed variance of about 6 mph and minimal control – and are not doing a little more.

  56. Grand Salami

    Look out. The cubbies found their clubs.

  57. docmike

    Let a lesser team hang around, and you never know what might happen.

  58. lwblogger2

    Well, that will put a dent in your ERA.

    • Grand Salami

      Hopefully he can get back to sub 2.00 with at least one more inning.

      • HerpyDerp

        He was at 1.987 before today. If he finishes with a complete game a no more runs, it’s a 2.00 ERA for the day, no way it goes down unless he pitches 10+ innings. He’ll be at 1.988 after today assuming 9 IP, 2 ER.

  59. doublenohitter

    Jayson Stark of ESPN.com hears that a deal sending Jake Peavy to the Cardinals could happen “quick.”
    The scenario is picking up steam in a hurry, as Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reported late Monday that the Cardinals scouted Peavy’s most recent start and Peter Gammons hears that St. Louis wants him for their rotation. The veteran right-hander hasn’t pitched particularly well this season, but he could benefit with a return to the National League. The Cardinals could also use the depth given the injuries to Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia.

    • Grand Salami

      That doesn’t sound particularly scary. Seeing the Cards have to bleed their farm system a little is fine by me!

    • lwblogger2

      Well they don’t waste time patching holes… Interesting story in USA Today though about how the Cards GM said that moves were tough this year because so many teams are in it.

  60. lwblogger2

    Nice recovery against the heart of the Cubs’ order… Now his guys need to pick him up and put a run on the board.

    • Grand Salami

      The Reds still owe Wood for a couple they muffed so a two run answer would be nice.

  61. docmike

    At 98 pitches, this will likely be Wood’s last inning.

    • Grand Salami

      Hesiey doing his part on both sides. Maybe he should start a little more than once a month.

  62. Grand Salami

    Wood is all over the place and we are still hacking early and often. Maddening.

  63. lwblogger2

    NIce AB by Heisey after falling behind 0-2.

  64. docmike

    Heisey is having a nice day so far.

  65. eric nyc

    Cubs gonna Cub. Let’s get one of those runs back at least.

  66. lwblogger2

    Nice… That’s what Ludwick and Schumaker can’t really do.

  67. eric nyc

    Looks like Wood is done. Now let’s burn up their bullpen.

  68. Grand Salami

    Santiago and Heisey combine for 5 times on base through 6 innings. Now if only Coz can participate in this opposite day!

  69. sergeant2

    Tuned in WGN just in time to see the Cubs go back to back, nice to see the Reds answer back right quick. Go Reds!

  70. renbutler

    Santiago is batting 11-for-34 at GABP this season.

    • renbutler

      It’s the 3-for-30 on the road that’s killing his average…

      • lwblogger2

        Just so you know, I “hear” all your comments in Fry’s voice. It’s not like I’ve watched a ton of Futurama either.

  71. docmike

    I was hoping we could burn through their bullpen this first game, then I looked at their active roster and saw that they entered today with 10 (!) relievers in the pen. Obviously that will change when they call up the starters for Wednesday and Thursday, but still. That’s a lot of arms to use.

    That said, Schlitter is one of their better relievers, so I’m glad to see him going now instead of tonight.

  72. lwblogger2

    A couple rib-eye steaks out there for Hamilton.

  73. eric nyc

    Still a nice inning. Got a run back, chased Wood early, turned the lineup over.

  74. vegastypo

    from ctrent, game 2

    Hamilton 8, Frazier 5, Phillips 4, Bruce 3, Ludwick 7, Schumaker 9, Cozart 6, Barnhart 2, Holmberg 1

    • eric nyc

      Makes sense. A little surprised Tucker getting the start over Pena but the way Pena’s been hitting lately I’m not too upset. Glad to see more regulars aren’t sitting.

      • vegastypo

        i believe i heard marty saying that price indicated that pena is back with the team but not ready to play. i had assumed it was not ready for game 1, but maybe it was not ready for today at all …

  75. lwblogger2

    Ok, well even though he didn’t get it done that time, he’s really been impressing me lately.

  76. Grand Salami

    Man, even when Hamilton makes outs, with runners on he seems to turn it up a notch.

  77. docmike

    Cueto now at 83 pitches through six. He should have another couple innings in him, now working with a 2-run lead.

  78. ProspectCincy

    Can’t ask for better contact from Hamilton than that. Blah.

  79. eric nyc

    This ump is really squeezing Cueto.

  80. eric nyc

    Oof…Would have been a tough play but Santiago should have gotten 1 there.

  81. lwblogger2

    Ummmmm… You may want to talk to Cueto.

  82. mwvohio

    Okay just got home from work, made a sandwich, grabbed a cold drink and tuned into the game.. can someone give me a quick recap? How do the lowly Cubs have 2 runs off Cueto?

    • lwblogger2

      Back to back HR by Coughlin and Sweeney

    • mwvohio

      Thanks guys, that’s pretty odd for Cueto.. has he been having command problems or was it just crazy good hitting?

  83. eric nyc

    It’ll be really disappointing if Cueto can’t go 7 innings here.

  84. sergeant2

    Ouch! Santiago did not play that ball well at all, matter of fact it looked plain ugly.

    • docmike

      Wonder if Frazier would have made that play…

  85. lwblogger2

    He really could use a GDP here.

  86. lwblogger2

    And that will do it for Cueto… This isn’t good.

  87. eric nyc

    Shame. Not a great outing from Cueto.

    • ProspectCincy

      Hopefully, can still be a good one if Parra can find a way to wiggle out.

      These exact situations lead to Reds doubts.

  88. docmike

    Wow, never would have figured Cueto wouldn’t make it through 7 innings.

  89. docmike

    I would swap the run for a fly ball out here.

  90. RedAlert

    There ain’t no freaking way Brian Price can be even contemplating bring Logan Ondrusuck in is there !!!

    • lwblogger2

      Yep, to face Castro if it gets that far..> Let’s hope it doesn’t.

      • docmike

        Doesn’t Ondru have really good numbers against Castro in the past? At least it seems like it…

      • lwblogger2

        Don’t know… I don’t really trust a small sample though and it would have to be a small sample.

      • docmike

        Not saying it’s anything predictive, just that it seems like I remember him getting Castro almost every time they meet.

  91. docmike

    Hmm, Cubs not pinch-hitting the RH lake for Sweeney. I’ll take it.

  92. eric nyc

    If Johnny wins the CY this year he owes Parra a steak dinner for that one.

    • Drew

      There is zero chance Johnny wins the CY. Reds pitchers are doomed to always be runners up. Right now Kershaw and Wainwright battling for award….Johnny just a after thought at this point.

  93. eric nyc

    Let Parra go back out for the 8th? Salvage some more of the pen for tonight?

    • docmike

      Rizzo leading off, with lefties Valbuena and Schierholtz due up 3rd and 4th in the inning. So yeah, I would.

    • lwblogger2

      With Rizzo coming up, I’d keep him out there for one.

  94. docmike

    Now need to do some damage to the guy with the ERA up around 5.

  95. eric nyc

    Frazier’s having a really hard time picking up those breaking balls. He’s getting fooled bad.

    • Grand Salami

      You can always tell Frazier is slumping when he can’t lay off the low and away junk.

  96. eric nyc

    There’s that inside curveball Bruce can’t hit to save his life…

  97. Grand Salami

    This game is making me so uncomfortable. I will be glad when it’s over and the Reds have another W.

    • docmike

      I know what you mean. Usually you figure if you stake Cueto to a 3-run lead in the first, it should be smooth sailing, but this game makes me uneasy.

  98. Matt WI

    Aroldis should be pitching now to the hear of the order.

    • docmike

      Yep… Have to go all in to win the first game, then worry about the next game later.

    • lwblogger2

      Probably but then “who pitches the 9th?” … Managers just don’t use their “closers” like that, right or wrong… Thus Jumbo will work to Castro.

      • docmike

        You have to do whatever it takes to win this first game. Do that, and you’re playing with house money tonight.

        If we were to somehow come back to lose this one, then it puts an awful lot of pressure on Holmberg to try and salvage a split.

      • lwblogger2

        I don’t disagree. I just don’t think that’s how most managers play it. We are in an age of rather strict bullpen roles.

  99. lwblogger2

    Dang… Can’t walk him. At least he missed with the fastball.

    • lwblogger2

      I’m a little worried. You see, Castro, he can hit a fastball.

    • Vicferrari

      Not crazy about this, where Broxton or is Aroldis coming in for the lefties regardless?

  100. al

    i really hope we send down a reliever after today, and I really hope it isn’t Jumbo. My vote would be for Hoover.

  101. eric nyc

    I’m liking me some Jumbo lately.

  102. Grand Salami

    Jumbo might as well stay up here. Let Logan be a Bat.

    • docmike

      Yes. I would keep Hoover over Ondru.

      • preacherj

        Absolutely. When JJ is right, he’s unhittable. When Odru is right, wait until the next pitch.

    • James Dehan

      Jumbo looking like a keeper. Good relief by the Reds today. Hoover can stay in the pen for the next Red’s blow-out.

  103. Matt WI

    Brantley is very impressed with Diaz’s ability to throw the slider when he wants to. Says it shows he’s much more comfortable now.

    • eric nyc

      Really wish we could have taken a game from that SD series…

  104. lwblogger2

    Back-to-back 3-2 sliders… I normally would hate that but hey, it worked! Nice job by Diaz.

    • Grand Salami

      Remember that on the Schierholtz scouting report! Guy can’t lay off sliders at the bottom of the zone . . .

      I hope Diaz feels well enough to run out there for another inning

  105. preacherj

    Just have Gamecast today, but it looked as if Jumbo was really keeping the ball on the outer edge of the zone to Scheurholz quite nicely. Looked like he painted the edge.

    • Grand Salami

      What are your thoughts on all the ‘balls’ Cueto threw?

      • eric nyc

        Definitely an inconsistent and small strike zone.

      • preacherj

        Just tuning in. Stupid job……

  106. Bill Lack

    Jack Hanahan is on rehab in Dayton tonight..huh.

      • preacherj

        Someone pointed out the conspiracy theory of moving people to crazy spots to make us appreciate nothing being done. I present Hanahan, exhibit A.

  107. eric nyc

    Chapman warming up. Broxton should be available for tonight, right?

    • Matt WI

      But honest to goodness, if there is any guy in the bullpen that can’t be counted on to get the last 3 hitters in the Cubs line-up out (PH not withstanding) with a two run lead, what are they doing there? A great time to use Logan so Chapman can go as needed in the night cap.

      • Matt WI

        Which I realize contradicts my earlier post about using Chapman in the 8th, but that was based on the estimation it was the most important and most likely inning for the Cubs to score.

      • Grand Salami

        I would almost like to see another inning out of the AAA closer, Diaz.

      • Vicferrari

        Are you saying that this is not a Chapman situation, agree with the 8th, but can a pitcher not pitch an inning in both games?

      • Matt WI

        Sure, they can throw in each game… but then there are three more games to deal with, so if you’re going to save a bullet, I’m picking Chapman before anyone else if I can help it.

    • docmike

      He did pitch yesterday and Sunday, but I would like to think he could give us an inning sometime today.

  108. lwblogger2

    Very nice day for Heisey today.

  109. Redgoggles

    Call me crazy, but I have seen a significant improvement in the Cubbies this year really across the board. Granted, their SP will take a step back but they are stocking up some talent. This division could be outright nuts next year. No more wildcards, I fear.

  110. al

    Man, was it just me, or did Heisey look like he was loafing it there?

  111. eric nyc

    What has gotten into Ramon Santiago?

    And another iffy call from our #B coach…Still, great relay.

  112. Redgoggles

    Didn’t look like Heisey was running full speed?

    • eric nyc

      I don’t think there’s any way he was beating that throw unless he was running on the pitch.

    • lwblogger2

      I would have been shocked with 3 hits.

    • Matt WI

      lol… He can give Super Todd a breather tonight if he wants to hit like that. Pena at first, Tucker behind the dish.

  113. Grand Salami

    Zack Cozart hasn’t made decent contact aaaaall day. Hopefully saving it up for tonight.

    • lwblogger2

      I may have sent him there too, considering the bottom of the order up.

  114. lwblogger2

    Hopefully Chapman’s leg is feeling better.

    • Grand Salami

      The velocity is there. He is only throwing junk to Wellington and struck him out.

  115. preacherj

    Careful here. According to Gamecast, this guy LOVES them in the dirt.

  116. PETEROSE_HOF_NOW

    santiago on base 6 times in two games, heisey 3 hits …..go buy a lottery ticket!

  117. jas428

    Took a perfect relay. But, Heisey should have stolen second then it would have been an easy run.

  118. al

    Chapman has been fantastic this year, so there’s really nothing to complain about. If I have one critique it’s that while his change up is good to have, I think he features it a little too much.

    That hit he just gave up was on a 90mph pitch, which is just giving the hitter a gift.

    • PhoenixPhil

      I wish he was that cheap, 3M for Chappy!
      (sarcasm, I knew what you meant)

  119. al

    It’s crazy to me that Chapman is now facing guys like this and not throwing fastballs.

    • lwblogger2

      Olt can hit anybody’s fastball… I think that’s why you saw all junk and the only fastball was up and out of the zone.

      • al

        I don’t believe that anyone can hit a well located 102 MPH fastball at will. You’re basically saying that Chapman should have pitched around a guy hitting .147 on the year. I say that’s playing scared and asking for trouble (in the form of walks).

    • Grand Salami

      He is hitting 100. They must now these guys are cheating.

  120. Grand Salami

    Ball 4 was Strike 3. This game can’t be over soon enough!!!

  121. al

    Chapman just walked the guy on 6 pitches, one of which was a fastball. How can a guy like Chapman be afraid to throw his fastball? He was dominant the last few years with nothing but the fastball.

  122. lwblogger2

    102 to end it… Went right after Sweeney pretty much.

  123. Matt WI

    Cozart’s power turns on out of nowhere tonight. He’s going yard. Put the pressure on the Brewers boys!

  124. Foxsport

    What does it say that we had NO ONE to bother calling up when Votto clearly was not available the last 3 days.