I can’t think of many reasons to watch tonight’s Reds/Cubs matchup with the sole exception that Johnny Cueto takes to the mound in search of his 19th win of the season. Cueto has enough starts left in the season to where he could reach 20 for the year but a win tonight against the Cubs would strongly help his chances. In a season that has been full of disappointment, Cueto’s season has been anything but!

Discuss the game and Cueto’s performance here Reds fans!

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

76 Responses

  1. Steve Mancuso

    Reds no-hit again in first three innings. All Thom can talk about is the importance of bunting.

  2. Tom Reed

    Why not a force at home plate and maybe a double play at first? With the Reds offense, one run can be the game.

  3. Steve Mancuso

    Could use a Hamilrun right here.

  4. Kurt Frost

    I can’t believe he’s still carrying on about bunting.

  5. BigRedMike

    Another caught stealing. BH will improve the steal% in future years, not good at this point

  6. Kurt Frost

    Is it me or does Thom sound really stupid about this bunt thing? How many times has Pujols put down a sac bunt this year? Trout? Hamilton?

    • Steve Mancuso

      Believe me, it’s not just you. Thom is being really, really ignorant about bunting. He knows even less about baseball than he does about football and that’s saying something.

      • Steve Mancuso

        When people figured out there is usually more value to the out than the extra base. When the data became available that sacrificing the out often lowers your team’s chances of winning.

        That doesn’t make bunting evil. But it does mean that broadcasters who constantly complain about their team not bunting enough or the players on their team not spending enough time learning how to bunt, haven’t been keeping up with fairly well-established baseball strategy.

    • RunBillyRun

      Absolutely agree. Currently out of town and therefore have the luxury of watching on MLB TV via WGN broadcast. Amazing how they call the game and actually have a few quiet pauses here and there.

    • BigRedSaguaro

      Yeah I don’t mind Bob and Len so much

  7. Steve Mancuso

    The Reds broadcasters spread a lot of ignorance to their viewers and listeners. They evaluate pitchers by wins and losses. They evaluate hitters almost exclusively by batting average, RBI and RISP. They evaluate defense by errors allowed and fielding percentage. They advocate for bunts and bunts and bunts and bunts that, even if successful, hurt the team’s chances of winning. Has the main radio team ever mentioned the concept of on base percentage?

    • Kurt Frost

      You mean the selfish, non-team oriented stat?

    • sergeant2

      Its not just the Reds broadcasters, its seemingly all baseball announcers, especially the national broadcasters from ESPN and Fox Sports. However, I wouldn’t agree that what they do is spread ignorance.

      • Kurt Frost

        I couldn’t disagree more. Where do you think the mouth breathing WLW callers get their thoughts?

    • drew

      Or could it be they view the game different then you?

      • Steve Mancuso

        They could view 2+2 as equaling 5, but that doesn’t make it right. It’s hardly just me who thinks that sacrifice bunting is usually a poor strategic decision. Math is math, based on actual situations in MLB over decades of research on this.

  8. Redgoggles

    This guy may need to throw after the game to get his work in.

  9. wildwestlv

    Price needs to pull the “major leaguers” before they get no-hit, tonight. Give the kids another shot.

  10. wildwestlv

    I think Johnny has basically just said, “Nobody else seems to care anymore, why should I?”

  11. Kurt Frost

    I thought you couldn’t walk across home plate?

  12. BigRedSaguaro

    Johnny been taken over by the spirit of Ondrusek

    • wildwestlv

      Only if gives up the Grand Slam. Or is that the spirit of Hoover?

  13. sergeant2

    Wow! I can’t believe Cueto walked in a run. Just goes to show even the best pitchers in MLB can have an off night. Go Reds!

    • Kurt Frost

      That’s one thing we can agree on. GO REDS!

    • drew

      Unless your name this season is Kershaw

  14. sergeant2

    I like those force out at home plays, I guess cause you don’t see them that often.

  15. BigRedSaguaro

    Please don’t walk the pitcher

  16. wildwestlv

    These Cubbies are scrappy. They put up a fight, even when nothing is on the line.

  17. wildwestlv

    At least it wasn’t the Slammy.

  18. BigRedSaguaro

    Too bad no football is on to distract from this

  19. sergeant2

    I like that the Cub announcers are giving Cueto his just due for being a great pitcher.

  20. Tom Reed

    Not Johnny’s night. He needs a win against the Cards and Pirates to get twenty.

  21. charlottencredsfan

    The boys have been flirting with being no-hit all year, is tonight the night?

    • BigRedSaguaro

      They certainly have the talent for it

      • Whoa Bundy!

        Hahahaha. Are they setting the record for most near no nits in a season yet?

  22. RedAlert

    Really don’t care to see the majority if this lineup playing any more this year – had enough of their ineptitude – just play the call ups the rest of the way – Just embarrassing themselves – losing attitude , playing out the string – sorry I have no confidence that Price is the guy for the long haul – just don’t see it – can make all the excuses in the world for him , but just don’t see it

  23. sergeant2

    Luckily it was only a solo shot, hold em at seven, and two grand slams the and Reds will have this one in the bag. Go Reds! hiccup!

    • BigRedSaguaro

      I ‘ll take the under,it’s still the Cubs

  24. RedsfanPa

    So will this be the 15th time shut out this season? How pathetic, hard to believe we will probably have 90 losses this year……

  25. RedsfanPa

    If I’m Cueto, I don’t resign with Reds, I sign where I have a chance to win and compete for a championship.

    • Thegaffer

      I hope the reds fans on this site are displeased with that sentiment, after more postseason appearances than most any other team the last 4 years.

  26. Thegaffer

    Everyone feeling great we get a single, down by 7 to the stupid cubs. Wow, how this year has degenerated.

  27. sergeant2

    I can’t imagine there’s another team in baseball that takes more pitches right down Broadway than the Reds.

  28. RedAlert

    Reds may very well finish last – hate to say it , but deservedly so – this organization had been brutal in every imaginable way this year – from top to bottom – been hard to stomach – but I will stick with them as always

  29. wildwestlv

    Did BP flip his bat b/c he thought it was gone, or was it out of disgust that the only starter to get a hit was one of the walking wounded? Either way, moral victory accomplished for the night!

  30. RedAlert

    USS Shutout now boarding as Reds continue their journey into the abyss …

  31. sergeant2

    One of the biggest aspects of neglect this season is failing to address the issue at first base.

    • RedAlert

      reds have got to be about the worst team in basball right now – fans of this team don’t deserve this – hope there are some major changes coming – let Jocketty walk would be a good start

  32. sergeant2

    Gotta bounce back and get a win tomorrow, Price absolutely, positively cannot let the team out and out quit, and simply go through the motions. If Price has any leadership abilities, this is a point in the season in which we will find out. Reds gotta show some pride and not get swept. Go Reds! Adios Amigos.