The Reds travel to Pittsburgh tonight to kick off a 3-game series against the Pirates. At this point, anything less than a sweep probably eliminates the Reds from post-season consideration. The fact we are even still talking about the post-season with the Reds 4 games under .500 is both good and laughable.

But in the words of Lloyd Christmas…

Discuss the game here Reds fans!

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

127 Responses

  1. Thegaffer

    We beat the stupid cubs 2 of 3, is that cause for optimizm all of the sudden?

    • ohiojimw

      There are multiple realities that could unfold in the next 5 weeks. As long as one understands the odds are long, why ignore the positive possibilities?

      1964 comes to mind. The Reds made up 5 or more games on the lead in the last 10 days of the season to surge into the lead only to lose out to the 3rd team in the race (Cardinals, who else) who had come from a bit further back even.

      Or 2006 when the Cards won the Central with 83 wins in a 3 team race and went on to win the World Series.

      Or the Rockies team the next year (2007) which won 21 of their final 22 regular season games and ended up in the World Series.

      The odds are long; and the Reds have not shown the mental strength to will themselves to wins in close games. But on the other side of the ledger, they did put together a 14-4 run in the last half of June and then there was 7-2 run leading into the ASB.

      So, I would suspect that if the Reds would author a 14-4 (and they are off to a 4-1 start on one) over the next 2 plus weeks, folks suddenly not think it was so crazy to believe they might still have a shot over the last two weeks.

      • George Mirones

        Let the Reds get to .500 first with commanding wins then we can talk because the schedule favors a hot Reds team.

  2. Shchi Cossack

    I was thinking the Reds Run Wild might strike again against Volquez, but for some reason, he’s been pretty effective against the running game this season.

  3. George Mirones

    Are those the same players that have won two in a row. 3rd day same position players. WOW!

    • George Mirones

      My thought is that most fans in their right mind have written Votto off this year yet it is interesting that lateral movement caused the concern because so much at 1st base is lateral. May be JV should get and outfield glove for LF. Just a thought.

  4. VaRedsFan

    1st inning brilliance by Cozart/BP on the double play followed by 2nd inning nightly highlight diving catch by Billy.

  5. sergeant2

    FYI- Reds @ Pirates is being broadcast on MLB television. (regional coverage.) Tomorrow afternoons game is being broadcast on FS1. Go Reds! Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!

  6. VaRedsFan

    No hits thru 5 for the good guys

  7. redeyenation

    Hoping Homer is not heading for Tommy John…

    • Dale Pearl

      I think he goes under the knife though and won’t be available next year. Reds are batting a .1000 with signing big contracts and netting a loss on the investment.

    • Whoa Bundy!

      Don’t bold you breath. Damaged flexor mass is no joke b

  8. sergeant2

    Volquez was hoping to intimidate the Reds best hitter with that pitch at Leake’s noggin.

  9. VaRedsFan

    What on earth Todd?? worst swing of the year…not even close…and he has alot to choose from.

      • RunBillyRun

        Is there any batting coach out there who could help our guys?

  10. Jeff

    Ummm. Tuned in to find the Reds being no-hit through six by Edinson Volquez. Seriously. Is Rod Serling the new third base coach?

  11. sergeant2

    Thankfully its still 0-0 thanks to Leake. But the 7th inning can be dangerous territory for Leake.

  12. George Mirones

    Good time for to run into one for a hit

    • jas428

      Really like Harrison…vs other teams.

    • George Mirones

      That was a good play on his part but the last time Negron was up Harrison was playing him deeper and further off the bag, that fricking bunt activity brought him just close enough to field the ball. That’s my rant for the night, I will be quiet now.

  13. BigRedSaguaro

    seems we trying to set a record for almost being no hit

  14. sergeant2

    To be fair the Reds have hit the ball hard, but the Pirates have made some excellent defensive plays. Gotta give the Buccos credit.

    • Kevin J. Brown (@ZebtheRed)

      Couple of swings at bad pitches in clutch situations didn’t help but you’re right; if Alvarez was still playing 3rd for the Pirates we’d be up by 3 or 4 runs.

  15. sergeant2

    I think the pitcher could fake throwing the ball, and the Reds hitters would swing at it. That’s how bad some of the Reds hitters have looked tonight. But you know what, its still 0-0. Go Reds!

  16. Vicferrari

    Leakes going to have to do it himself= they do not seriously consider PH at <90 pitches?

      • Vicferrari

        Excellent?, he is just not as lousy as every one else including himself when he starts

      • Kevin J. Brown (@ZebtheRed)

        This year isn’t a fluke either; for Heisey’s career he has a .900 OPS in 145 PAs as a PHer which is almost 200 points higher than his OPS as a starter.

      • Vicferrari

        Went to look it up, had no idea he was that good, 8 career Ph Homers? I still rather have Leake in there at 82 pitches, hopefully Broxton recent struggles will not continue

  17. BigRedSaguaro

    i mean i get it but he had only thrown 82 pitches,and could have easily ground out himself

    • Kevin J. Brown (@ZebtheRed)

      In general, he’s a lot less effective the 3rd time through the order and it is the 8th and you can now use Broxton or Jumbo. Obviously they were hoping for a better result from Heisey who does have 3 PH HRs this year.

      • BigRedSaguaro

        i still ride my starter as long as he can go,with our bullpen flare ups this season. just my opinion.

      • VaRedsFan

        Agree…PH was the better play there.

      • hoosierdad

        Except he had already gone through the order 3 times. I just hate pitch-hitting for Leake. He’s good enough to bat for himself. I’d have let him hit but have someone up and ready in the bottom of the 7th.

      • BigRedSaguaro

        No doubt Leake is more vunerable in the 3rd swing through the order,I just hope the bullpen is managed in a sensible fashion

  18. BigRedSaguaro

    Billy gonna make it all better

  19. VaRedsFan

    that hbp was on pupose in order to get to Jay

  20. George Mirones

    That is what is called a resume builder. 7 shutout innings less than 90 pitches. He did his job as did the defense.

  21. George Mirones

    Bringing in LH to face Devin?

    • Kevin J. Brown (@ZebtheRed)

      Against the conventional wisdom strategy but Devin’s actually been a little better against RHP than LHPs, Jay was on deck and Watson is Hurdle’s best BP arm. Devin beats the plan though.

  22. VaRedsFan

    Whoever the Pirate pitching coach is should get a raise for what he’s been able to do with Volquez

  23. Kyle

    Man, BP is slow. I liked the idea. Bad move from Hrudle to bring a LHP against Devin. Nice to see him make them pay.

  24. sergeant2

    Mesoraco has the makings of being in the upper echelon of players that have played for the Reds! Go Reds!

  25. VaRedsFan

    I don’t mind the chance BP took….looked like he was safe all the way…until he was out

    • George Mirones

      If Harrison hadn’t paying attention Brandon would have been safe.

  26. George Mirones

    Big Brox needs to shut it down. No drama

  27. Jeff Morris

    Okay….was BP slow and SHOULD have been held up by Mr Amazing Race=Steve Smith? Or, was it a close bang bang play at Home, that could have gone either way??

    • Kyle

      BP went on his own and it wasn’t that bad of a decision. He would’ve made it if he hadn’t hit a patch of quicksand somewhere between 3rd and home.

    • VaRedsFan

      Smith held him…then the ball got away from the SS…BP took off…Harrison got the ball on the outfield grass turned and threw a strike.

      • George Mirones

        If it was Alverez the ball would have been in the 1st row.

  28. George Mirones

    Don’t like the looks of Frazier after that ground ball. Very slow to get up

  29. sergeant2

    I think BP is learning that he’s not quite as spry as he used to be. But I’m not going to criticize him for attempting to score.

  30. VaRedsFan

    that lead lasted all of 4 minutes

    • Vicferrari

      Broxton has been lousy the 2nd half

  31. Redgoggles

    This team finds new ways to lose regularly.

  32. BigRedSaguaro

    too late to bring Leake back in ?

    • Vicferrari

      So frustrating to watch this bullpen destroy the season, I know it is over- anyone that thinks Broxton can close just look at how many blown saves he has despite the low ERA- guy is solid but not good enough to get you to an elite stage-just disppointing

  33. VaRedsFan

    Their heart and hustle award winner (harrison) is better than ours (Schu)

  34. sergeant2

    It seems the Reds M.O. is to take the lead, than give it right back with the opponents very next at bat. Still, bringing in Broxton was the right call. Just gotta give the Pirates credit for coming through when they had to. It ain’t over yet, time for the Reds answer back with some runs of their own. Go Reds!

    • Thegaffer

      What about Broxton is in any way reliable. Look at his last 6 outings, all loses and blown saves.

      • Vicferrari

        They have nothing else, really dumb to take out Leake when you consider how decent of a hitter he is, not 2nd guessing as I posted that they had to leave him in at 82 pitches after the 7th

    • Vicferrari

      Gameday shows no pitches as actual strikes to Bruce

  35. VaRedsFan

    We aren’t privy to what goes on between coaches and players, but I wish a reporter would at least ask Bruce, “Are you healthy”? “What are you working on as a hitter?” “Are you aware of the tips offered by Joe Morgan and Paul ONeil?” “Do you use video of when you are going good compared to video when you aren’t?”

    PLEASE someone ask him a question! Or we end up forming our on conclusions like…:”Well he’s using the same approach all year…Is anyone coaching him up”?

    • George Mirones

      Do you really expect to hear the truth
      Are you healthy”? Just the normal wear and tear of a long season

      “What are you working on as a hitter?” Well I am trying to improve my concentration.

      Are you ”aware of the tips offered by Joe Morgan and Paul ONeil?” No not really
      .
      “Do you use video of when you are going good compared to video when you aren’t?
      Not really, I just try to improve with each at bat and I can’t worry about what has happened only on what I can do to help the team.

      Just my opinion

      • VaRedsFan

        You’re probably not too far off…we always get the cliche answers….”one day at a time” …”doing what I can to help the team”…ect

      • George Mirones

        The players feel no obligation to explain what they do or don’t do to the media and the organization supports that approach. Plus the media does not want to lose access to the club house. How many after game interviews are with the batting, hitting coach or even the infamous 3rd base coach.

    • sergeant2

      Good questions, but unfortunately today’s beat writers are more stenographers than actual reporters. I remember when beat writers would ask the players if they have been working with the batting coach, or ask the batting coach if he was working a little extra with a certain hitter. Fans have no choice but to speculate.

  36. Jeff Morris

    The ever famous one run loss……

  37. VaRedsFan

    Pirates get their 35th come from behind win….that’s right 35!

  38. Redgoggles

    1 run game? Same story, different verse. Boy, this chapter is getting LONG!

  39. BigRedMike

    Grit could not come through. I guess there was no thought/ reason to PH for someone who plays the game the right way

  40. BigRedSaguaro

    these type of losses make the recap too easy

  41. redeyenation

    one (not won) and done…
    geezhhhhh!!!!!

  42. Jeff Morris

    Leake only had 82 pitches. He was going great. Why not leave him in, and save your bullpen. Anybody know the link to see the stats on W – L by the bullpen, and how many losses by the bullpen, where the starters have left with a lead and the bullpen has blown it and loss it?

  43. sergeant2

    The good news is that the Reds M.O. is to lose the first game of a series, but than go on to win the series, or at least split. We’ll get em tomorrow no doubt about it. It was a good game tonight, close and could have went either way. Adios Amigos. Go Reds!

    • George Mirones

      I’ll have what he is smoking just roll it tighter.

  44. wildcat Reds fan

    I know a lot of fans think this idea is crazy but I’m quickly wanting to see Chapman pitch in the eighth inning in these close games because Broxton is giving away too many one-run leads in games. What do you Reds fans think?

    • Tom Reed

      Price said at the beginning of the season that he would use Chapman in more than one inning, but he has been used in multi innings one time as far as I can remember.

  45. redeyenation

    leake pitched his heart out!!!!

  46. sergeant2

    Leake was pitching a shutout, and wasn’t showing signing of the wheels coming off as sometimes happens with Leake. However if you’re going to take Leake out, Broxton was the right call. The Reds have two reliable relievers, Broxton and Chapman.