The Reds are 60-60. There are 42 games remaining in the season. The club sits 5.5 games back in the division. It’s easy to say the club still has a shot. But with that said, it’s real tough to stay high on this club, fresh off back to back 1-run losses to the Red Sox.

But the club travels to Colorado tonight. Trips in that direction have made or broken the Reds hopes in the past. With the Rockies on tap for 4 starting tonight, and the Cardinals around the corner, it is probably safe to say we are too the make or break point of the season.

Discuss the game!

143 Responses

  1. Kevin J. Brown (@ZebtheRed)

    6 out; Brew Crew won today.

    I agree that the chances of making a run probably rest on winning 5 of the next 7 games on the road. Hard to be optimistic about that given recent performances but this squad has been resilient.

  2. Kevin J. Brown (@ZebtheRed)

    Fay is saying it is likely Dylan Axelrod will start Saturday because “Been good recently at AAA. Has big league experience.”

    in 2013 pitching for the White Sox, Axelrod was in 30 games starting 20 and was 4-11 with a 5.68 ERA. He gave up 170 hits and 24 HRs in 128.1 IP.

    The thought the possessor of that “major league experience” tossing in Coors Field gives me the willies. I’d rather try to get Contreras through 5 and patch together the rest.

  3. wildwestlv

    Even without Tulo, CarGo, or Cuddyer, I cringe at the thought of what this lineup will do to Afredo Simon at Coors Field.

  4. mwvohio

    I have just been informed by the Rockies broadcast team that Brandon Phillips is the key to our offense. You learn something new every day.

  5. charlottencredsfan

    Nothing to back it up but the team seems to play well when George Grande is doing play-by-play.

  6. RunBillyRun

    Drew Stubbs is hitting .289?

    • docmike

      He would not be hitting that high if he didn’t get to play half his games at Coors.

  7. Kevin J. Brown (@ZebtheRed)

    Billy really plays shallow. I know he gets away with it everywhere else due to his speed but you wonder whether it’s smart in Coors Field the way the ball carries there along with the big distances to the wall.

  8. preacherj

    Hey, let’s swing at the first pitch and hit a slow roller to first. Great plan!

  9. preacherj

    three straight hits for Cozart. And we clear the lineup for next inning.

  10. docmike

    Good inning. Reds should be able to score some runs this series.

  11. Thegaffer

    This one wont be wrapped up until the wee hours, as its taking a long time. Probably lots of long innings and pitching changes later too.

  12. RedAlert

    Frazier with another garbage AB – dude has struggled mightily since the break

  13. Kevin J. Brown (@ZebtheRed)

    Fay shot down my Contreras starting Saturday idea and the Reds haven’t used him at all since August 4. So it’s probably Axelrod.

    Should the Reds be bold and try Lorenzen? He’s pitched well in AA and is a bonafide prospect. Axelrod is just filler based on what he did last year.

      • Kevin J. Brown (@ZebtheRed)

        It be tough asking Lorenzen to make his major league debut (without any AAA experience) in Coors Field. But I’d rather roll the dice with him rather than Axelrod who doesn’t seem to be a legitimate prospect.

      • RedAlert

        Agree – but that’s too “out of the box thinking ” for this group – their heads would explode

    • tct

      It would burn one of his options and force them to put him on the 40 man before he is really ready. If he was ready and they were a little bit more in the race, then maybe. But I can’t see them doing that in this situation.

  14. RedAlert

    Frazier looking mighty “Leakish” out there – throwing a good round of batting practice

  15. sergeant2

    Wish the runner would have tried for home, cause Bruce would have nailed him. Go Reds!

  16. preacherj

    Wow this guys takes a long time between pitches.

  17. RedAlert

    Please get him out before this game gets completely out of reach – stupid mistake – seen enough of him

  18. sergeant2

    It wasn’t the best of throws, but Cozart should have caught that ball. IMHP

    • mwvohio

      Would have been a crazy good play if he caught that, it had a ton of movement away from his momentum. I think Skip must have given Simon the slider call.

  19. ToddAlmighty

    Man.. 3 hits against an over 4 ERA pitcher in a ballpark that makes even Drew Freaking Stubbs looks like a .354/.381/.632 hitting future HoFer or something.

    Come on now Reds offense, have some self respect.

      • RedAlert

        That’s total lack of effort and concentration – just tired of seeing it with this team – yet Price continues to tolerate and accept it

      • RedAlert

        Reflection of the total nonchalance this organization has displayed the entire year – it’s disgusting to watch

  20. Thegaffer

    Hopefully, management realizes we are DONE, and still has time to dump players before Aug 31.

    • Tom Reed

      Not over yet. Anything can happen at Coors.

  21. Redgoggles

    Frustrating year. Surprisingly similar to the end of last year. Not seeing a big difference from Dusty, which is even more disappointing. Maybe next year…..when Dusty’s contact comes off the books.

  22. RedAlert

    Yea I know it – I’ve watched it all year – what have you been looking at ?

  23. docmike

    Well, I certainly foresaw Simon’s less-than-stellar outing tonight. His luck has left him, and has been gone since the break.

    But I thought the offense would do better. On pace for 7-8 hits, not very good in this park.

  24. BigRedSaguaro

    The Simon train has crashed and blowed up

    • RedAlert

      Could see this coming a mile away yet left him in there until game out of reach – not surprising though – fully expected it – par for the course –

  25. sergeant2

    The good thing is that the Reds front office made contingency plans in case Simon ran out of gas at some point during the season. Contingency plans, Hah!

    • docmike

      I believe Cingrani was the contingency plan. Problem is that Tony and his sore shoulder may not pitch again this year. Story of the Reds’ season.

      • BigRedMike

        Was Simon the contingency plan if Cingrani got hurt? Sounds like Tony is not close to being resdy

  26. sergeant2

    The HP ump must figure this game is over for all intents and purposes, and wants to get back to the hotel to order room service.

  27. BigRedMike

    Simon had a good run – regression can be painful

    Was Simon the 6 th starter coming into the season? What was the plan when 1 of the 5 starters went on the DL?

    • tct

      I’ve been as critical of Walt as anybody, but there are very few teams that have a decent number 7 or number 8 starter. The reds do have starting pitching depth in the farm, but it’s all at AA or A ball. I think not being able to find a decent hitter to play first base when votto went down is a much bigger deal. But hopefully the front office will realize that depth is important and they need to build the farm back up.

    • pinson343

      Yes he was first in line when Latos went down. Cingrani was number 5.

  28. RedAlert

    Agree with what someone posted last night – the Reds players and this manager deserve each other

    • pinson343

      Yes but unfortunately the Rockies don’t need Ludwick.

    • pinson343

      Because Pena isn’t starting, because he can’t hit lefties either, which moved Frazier to 1st and Negron to 3rd. That made it a choice between Schumaker and Santiago at 2nd, neither of whom hits lefties.

  29. Jake

    Scrub pitcher making our batters look like fools

  30. muttonlettucetomato

    Is it just me or has Buckner’s strike zone got more ridiculous as the game has progressed (not that it matters at this point)?

  31. RedAlert

    Cards assisted on a win with a horrible reply review in top of 9th against Padres – further proof that replay is a joke – what these guys are watching in New York is beyond amazing at times

      • sergeant2

        The New York crew looking at replays are retired umpires, and they still feel they are members of the umpire fraternity, and are loath to rule against their brother umpires. I think that is the major problem with replays.

  32. pinson343

    Nice play by Schumaker. Can he pitch ? The Rockies broadcasters were saying that he’s played all 9 positions in his career.

  33. Jake

    Contreras is struggling with his location

  34. pinson343

    I’d like to see Contreras pitch a strong 2nd inning and make a case to be the 5th starter. I say that because the Reds options there are so limited.

    • pinson343

      Just what I was suggesting before I saw your comment.

  35. pinson343

    Hamilton’s hitting way too many fly balls. Is that partly because of the HRs he was hitting before the All Star break ?

  36. Jake

    What has happened to Bruce? I’ve never seen him hit this bad. He’s one of our best hitters but he has been in a slump all year

  37. sergeant2

    Hitting home runs can be intoxicating for baseball players, and Hamilton being a young player has gotten a little tipsy from the home runs he has hit. But Hamilton has demonstrated that he learns from his mistakes and makes the necessary adjustments to make himself a better player with the more experience he gets. Go Reds!

  38. RedAlert

    Too bad Price couldn’t see that there might be a better option prior to Simon proceeding to throw up on himself all over the mound a few innings ago

    • pinson343

      And with the Bailey injury the Reds need a new starter anyway.

  39. pinson343

    4 straight Ks by Contreras. Let the kid start.

  40. wildwestlv

    The bad news is Simon has officially reverted back to a pumpkin. The good news is, given how bad the 2014 Reds offense is, it doesn’t really matter.

  41. Jake

    How many times does Skip adjust his gloves in a single AB?

    • pinson343

      I thought you were going to say: “That was a gritty GIDP.”

  42. RedAlert

    And there it is – another loss – to the team with the worst record in MLB – this team has quit

  43. sergeant2

    Hey, the Reds can still take 3 outta 4 so there is that. Also there were no major base running blunders, nobody getting picked off, no three in a row failed bunt attempts and no swinging at the first pitch after the previous batter was walked on four straight pitches. We’ll get em tomorrow for sure, maybe, you never know. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.