There are 30 teams in Major League Baseball, currently five of which are undefeated, and you, yes you Reds fans, have the opportunity today to watch one of those five (hint: it’s not the Cardinals). The Reds will also be giving away (Super) Todd Frazier bobbleheads to the first 25,000 fans. Once again, all sunshine at the diamond today, and fun fact, the Reds are undefeated in games in which the sun makes an appearance.

STARTING PITCHERS

PITCHER 2015 FIP 2014 FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Michael Wacha 3.40 3.17 0.5 7.4% 21.0%
Johnny Cueto 3.48 3.30 0.8 6.8% 25.2%

Michael Wacha makes his first start of 2015 after battling injuries and sitting out three months in 2014. Wacha did pitch against the Reds three times last season, going 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA. In two of the three games, Wacha did not make it past the fifth inning and was touched up for six runs in one. The Cardinals are obviously hoping that the September workhorse from 2013 can return in 2015, but at the same time, they are expecting to limit Wacha’s innings so as not to push his arm.

The one and only Johnny Cueto makes his return to the mound this afternoon after shutting out the Pirates for 7 solid innings on Opening Day. Against the Cardinals last year, Cueto went 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA and 0.950 WHIP. Over the course of 20 innings, Cueto faced 79 batters, striking out 19 (24.1%) and walking 6 (7.9%).

BULLPEN

So those two tweets pretty accurately encapsulate how the Reds bullpen has fared through its first four games. Every win has been attributed to the bullpen, J.J. Hoover taking two of them, but the bullpen did give up two of those leads in the first place. The most telling stat of the first four games, however, may be that of the four runs the bullpen has given up, three have been by Kevin Gregg. On the other side of the coin, J.J. Hoover is at least an early frontrunner to become the Reds setup man. Given how he pitched last season, I’m sure Redleg Nation collectively shuddered at that sentence but hey:

STARTING LINEUPS
Mike Matheny is tweaking his lineup from yesterday a bit, putting Jon Jay in center instead of Randal Grichuk and shifting Yadier Molina and Kolten Wong down in the order accordingly.

1. Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
2. Jason Heyward (L) RF
3. Matt Holliday (R) LF
4. Matt Adams (L) 1B
5. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS
6. Jon Jay (L) CF
7. Yadier Molina (R) C
8. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
9. Michael Wacha (R) P
WESLEY

Bryan Price is once again going with the same lineup as the past three games. If it works, don’t fix it.

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. Marlon Byrd (R) LF
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P
WESLEY

BILLY THE KID
At this point, telling you that Billy Hamilton is fast is both redundant and insulting. Everyone knows that he’s fast. The fact that Hamilton is 7 for 7 in stealing bases this year is just not surprising in slightest. The guy even scares pitchers into balking him over. But what’s truly exciting for Reds fans: Hamilton is getting smarter at his craft.

“He’s [first base coach Billy Hatcher] telling me what he sees and I’m telling him what I see,” Hamilton said. “We’re making the decision on when I should go or not or what he thinks is going to happen the next pitch.”

“He’s been one of those guys, I didn’t really do that last year. I didn’t really ask him on what pitch I should go. It was, ‘I’m going, Hatch no matter what’s happening.’ I learned the game this offseason a little bit better.”

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
This team is fun right now, and as much as I’ve enjoyed all of the nail biters the past few days, I’m ready for the Reds to pile on today behind Cueto. Why the Cardinals aren’t pitching Wainwright after playing just three games in the last five days, I don’t know, but I’ll take it. I’ve missed mid-day games. There’s just nothing quite like a sun-washed diamond.

GO REDS

327 Responses

  1. charlottencredsfan

    Not a big Wacha fan and see him as the weak link in the Cardinal rotation. With that, here are a couple of fearless predictions:
    1) Reds win their first decisive game in 2015. Reds should be able to muster a big run production day and Cueto? Well he will be Cueto. I don’t have the numbers to back it but Cueto seems to pitch his very best during day games at GABP.
    2) Someone not named Hamilton, Votto or Bruce is gong to have a big offensive game.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Substitute Bruce with Frazier, please. Carry on.

  2. Red Giant

    I’m obviously fine with this lineup because, as Wesley says, “if it works, don’t fix it”. At the same time, I thought maybe B. Price would go back to have B. Pena catch Johnny C. like he often did last season and give Mez a rest as he’s struggling at the plate. Maybe Price prefers resting Mez tomorrow and have Pena catch R. Iglesias in his first MLB game. We’ll see.

    Anyway let’s hope that the last two-thirds of the order starts producing a little more because, apart from J. Bruce, it’s been kind of quiet down there.

    Enjoy the game! Go Reds!

    • Eric the Red

      Even if Mes desperately needed a day off, I’d hate to break up him and Cueto in just the second start of the season. I agree the idea of having the Spanish-speaking, Cuban-born Peña catch Iglesias makes a lot of sense; I hope it happens, even after Mes clubs three homeruns in today’s game 🙂

      • Red Giant

        I fully agree and certainly hope to see Mes catch as many games as possible. I’m sure he’ll start hitting at some point, as evidenced by your last sentence!!! :-)))

  3. Eric the Red

    I like to imagine the Cardinals set up their rotation thinking “we’ll win the series by beating up on Marquis and Iglesias, and there’s no point wasting a Wainwright start against Cueto since he’ll probably shut us out.” Of course, in my imagination this whole planning session takes place in an Evil Lair beneath Busch stadium. (In the Evil Lair, there’s a picture of Tony LaRussa dressed in black on the wall and his eyes seem to follow you as you move around the room….)

    • Mack Ashley Potter

      Love the name. Eric Keith Davis is my all time favorite and boyhood idol. Still to this day when I get a chance to speak to him I get tore all to pieces.

    • Steve Mancuso

      I think Matheny just wanted to get all his starters a game so they didn’t have a two-week layoff. Wainwright is pitching on Opening Night in St. Louis.

      • Steve Mancuso

        And remember, the Reds were picked to finish 4-5 in the division by everyone. Not sure the Cardinals saw the Reds as a high priority like in previous seasons when the two teams were 1-2.

  4. Tom Gray

    Expect Mesoraco to catch 140 games if healthy. Maybe Pena will C once a week.

  5. mwvohio

    Let us all remember to take the time to really enjoy each and every start Cueto has for us this year in anticipation that it will be his final season as a Red.

    • Mack Ashley Potter

      I think the only way we could keep Cueto is if he wins the Cy Young, starts the All Star Game, and the Reds win the Pennant. That should mean a huge influx of money for the franchise. And even then Cueto would probably have to accept a home town discount to stay in Cincinnati. But there is still a chance he’s a Red next year. Because if all the above happens, Cincinnati would never forgive the Reds if they let him walk. Remember Barry Larkin? Votto?

  6. Mack Ashley Potter

    I have a Vegas bet that Votto AND Cueto will start the All Star game in GABP. I have 200-1 odds and I bet $500. Honestly, I like my chances. I place some sort of bet like that every year. Last year before Opening Day I bet Jay Bruce would win the Home Run Derby. Safe to say I lost my $250 on that one.

  7. charlottencredsfan

    Being that Wacha probably throws the best fastball of the starters we have faced, it will be good to see how Joey handles him. Have to believe Wacha will be throwing hard and inside, time after time.

  8. preacherj

    I’m joining the game thread for the first time this season.

    Individual comments aren’t important to me, it’s the thread count that’s important. I know I just have to do my part and take one comment at a time, and my fellow commentators will make good things happen. I’m just happy to be here, and hope I can help the team.

  9. charlottencredsfan

    No range issue on that ball.

  10. preacherj

    I don’t think Chris is feeling THOM’S! “Wonder Bread” nickname.

    • Mack Ashley Potter

      Chris Welsh is a pretty cool dude. I’ve met him on a couple of occasions. And believe it or not, Pic Picoro is a cool dude. He comes across as a giant dork on tv, or at least I always thought so, but after getting to be on “So you Think You’re A Reds Fan” on Reds Live and getting the chance to talk to Pic a little bit, I like the dude.

  11. mwvohio

    If I’m understanding the new rules correctly Votto is going to get one of those violation letters they’re sending out now right?

      • mwvohio

        The stepping out of the box rule they’ve initiated this year. For this month they’re just sending out notice letters and after I think May 1st it becomes fines and other penalties.

  12. charlottencredsfan

    Hitting bullets off this guy.

    • preacherj

      Just thinking the same thing. Wacha hasn’t fooled anyone on a single pitch yet.

  13. Chris

    Cards defense positioned perfectly. In fact, every game this season I feel like our guys have tattooed the ball often, only to find it end up in the defense’s gloves. Thanks Super Todd for finding a spot out there above and beyond their gloves.

  14. earmbrister

    Todd goes deep on his own bobblehead day!!!

  15. charlottencredsfan

    Devi coming out of his shoes.

    • Chris

      So many of these middle of the order guys need to lose the “park it in the seats” mentality and simply go back to banging base hits. Get the hits, the HRs will follow.

    • Mack Ashley Potter

      It could be a tie game, bottom of the 9th, bases loaded, and Jose Canseco pitching, and for some reason Devin would swing like he’s trying to hit it Over The Rhine. lol. I wish he would cut down on his swing with 2 strikes. I think he swings harder than anyone in baseball.

    • mwvohio

      We certainly have the most fun 1st and 3rd basemen in baseball in my opinion, not sure about best. Best 1st baseman if Votto stays healthy yeah, Todd is great but not the very best.

      • mwvohio

        Beltre in my eyes, could change of course because as you said he’s getting up there in years but his production is very good.

  16. charlottencredsfan

    Mr Byrd, how do you do,

    • earmbrister

      He does it well. Another nice play with the glove. Good afternoon Charlie.

  17. preacherj

    Help out on D until your bat gets hot.

  18. Mack Ashley Potter

    Byrd has made 2 very nice plays this season. One going back to the wall and just now. But man he’s slow. Seemed like it took forever to finally reach that ball. Luckily it was in the air for a long time.

  19. charlottencredsfan

    Good time for a twin killing.

  20. earmbrister

    Cmon Cueto. We know you’re capable of getting out of this.

  21. charlottencredsfan

    JC leaving a lot of pitches up in the zone.

  22. Eric the Red

    Frazier’s play was probably an error…but it was less of an error than the one Joey had in the 7th last night which was weirdly scored a hit.

  23. charlottencredsfan

    Okay Cards, there’s your run. The barn doors are now closed.

  24. Chris

    Obviously I love the wins. And I love seeing us retake leads this season. But, would be awesome to take the lead and pull away at some point. Soon.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Mack, that ball is going travel very easily today. Could see anywhere from 3 o 4 homers for club if Wacha keeps throwing those meatballs.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Byrd and BP see one pitch, again.

  25. Chris

    Reds 5/6/7/8 hitters are the anti-Cardinals.

  26. preacherj

    I appreciate Brandon’s attempt to reach first, even if it was on the first pitch. No rest for Cueto that time around.

  27. Mack Ashley Potter

    You have to know better than that Brandon? 2 outs on 3 pitches and Brandon swings at the first pitch. I hope Cueto didn’t go to the bathroom.

  28. Eric the Red

    How could BP swing at the first pitch in that situation? He’s supposed to be a professional. That’s just inexcusable.

  29. Steve Mancuso

    Great OF defense today: Byrd, Hamilton, Bruce

  30. charlottencredsfan

    How about we square up a couple of those Wacha fatties this time around.

  31. Eric the Red

    Cueto pitches out of a bases loaded jam, gets to rest for all of 4 pitches, then goes out and mows down the top of the order. Wow, what a pitcher he is.

  32. Mack Ashley Potter

    Glad Cueto got that quick inning after the error allowed the Cardinals to load ’em up inning before. Cueto keepin that pitch count down. Like to see him go at least 8 today.

  33. charlottencredsfan

    Time for the maiden 2015 big inning.

  34. mwvohio

    Nice hitting by Cozart. He has had some very solid contact to start the year without a lot of results.

  35. Mack Ashley Potter

    I made the comment about Cozart earlier. Had a feeling he would do something today. Now 5-13 life time off Wacha.

  36. preacherj

    Eh, not crazy about that call. I would have rather had him pull it than push it.

    • preacherj

      And honestly, after the sacrifice I would have rather had him swing away. Wacha hasn’t exactly been fooling the hitters and the DP was taken out of play already.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Wonder if Billy could perfect a “butcher-boy”?

      • preacherj

        That would add a whole new dimension to the game.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Yup, not the smartest baseball. Just concentrate on good hard contact up the middle and we will kill this guy.

  37. eric nyc

    Couple of scorched balls from Votto.

  38. Eric the Red

    I watched Votto instead of listening to THOM! so I knew that ball was going to stay in the park.

    • earmbrister

      Stuck listening to Marty and the cowboy

  39. preacherj

    Wow. How did that make it out? Must have been on some air currents.

  40. earmbrister

    right down broadway. C’mon Cueto

  41. Chris

    Two bunts for outs. Yes, I suppose in each situation, it was a good call (pitcher, Hamilton) but I hate giving away outs.

    • preacherj

      Agree. But Billy was trying to get on, and I guess he needs to work on it somehow. It would have been sweet if he didn’t make the out. Game is at a minimum tied.

  42. charlottencredsfan

    Hardly need infielders in this game.

  43. earmbrister

    Molina is a real fan favorite here at GABP

  44. eric nyc

    Making good contact off Johnny today. He doesn’t seem quite on.

  45. earmbrister

    Alright middle of the order. Time to start contributing.

  46. charlottencredsfan

    Mes needs to tone it down a notch or two.

  47. preacherj

    Mes didn’t look good on any of those cuts. Hope he gets a day off tomorrow.

  48. Chris

    Plus, Mes needs to run THROUGH first (rather than slow down once he steps on it). Seems basic.

  49. charlottencredsfan

    Whew! I’m really, really glad he didn’t get thrown out.

  50. Chris

    Bruce. Wait for a strike to swing at.

  51. preacherj

    Nice play. Don’t ever do it again.

      • charlottencredsfan

        When JB is trying to put every pitch in the river, it was a great selection. Says more about Jay than Wacha, IMO.

  52. charlottencredsfan

    Pulling off that ball. Come on guys you should be pummeling this guy.

  53. Chris

    Bird. Patience is a virtue. Reds. Patience is a virtue.

  54. renbutler

    As badly as Mesoraco is playing, at least he’s doing better than their catcher…

  55. Chris

    Reds. Leadoff singles don’t mean squat. Apparently. #notgettingitdone

  56. eric nyc

    Marlon Byrd is just worthless. I really hope we don’t stick with him for 3 months just out of stubbornness.

    • preacherj

      He’s not the only one struggling.

      • eric nyc

        Yeah but the other guys aren’t 37 year old FA signings who were supposed to be an upgrade this season. Mes and Bruce will come along and BP should at least be serviceable.

      • earmbrister

        Byrd is making contact, something the other struggling guys can’t say.

    • charlottencredsfan

      He is in a crowded room today. This is depressing.

  57. Jeremy Forbes

    Wacha with 43 pitches in 4 innings after it being announced he’d be under a pitch count. Lackey with 67 pitches in 6 innings yesterday. The Reds are swinging like they want the series to be done with already.

  58. preacherj

    I like their number 8 hitter more than I like our number 8 hitter.

  59. charlottencredsfan

    Wacha will probably max out at 6 innings. Man, don’t let us lose this opportunity to do some business.

    JC has a move now.

  60. eric nyc

    Wow that is a sick pickoff move from Cueto. Wow.

  61. preacherj

    Dumb play. Smart move by Cueto and Votto.

    • preacherj

      According to the tracker, they were balls. Barely. As long as West is consistent there, I can’t complain too much.

    • eric nyc

      Yeah but he’s missing. Those are legit balls. He just doesn’t look sharp today.

  62. charlottencredsfan

    Cueto’s ball has zero movement. The Man is gutting it out though.

  63. preacherj

    Cardinal fans travel well. Kinda like bed bugs, I suppose.

    • preacherj

      Yeah. Maybe if we can get Jonny a few runs and some significant rest things will settle.

  64. preacherj

    Thankful for good defense. Getting hit hard.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Both guys have next to nothing today. Big inning coming right up.

  65. Mack Ashley Potter

    Being a baseball junkie I’ve watched a lot in my life. And if there has been a better defensive infielder in the game than Brandon Phillips I have yet to witness it. And would love to see it. That would be special.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Ozzie Smith is the list, IMO.

      • Mack Ashley Potter

        The Wizard was great. Absolutely. But I’d still say Brandon is better. Ozzie was probably better at making every single day to day routine play without errors but Brandon is definitely better at the dramatics.

    • jdx19

      Andrelton Simmons has them both beat. Seriously. Go look up some highlight reels on Youtube.

  66. charlottencredsfan

    Every Red has brought their best softball swing.

  67. eric nyc

    That was a terrible AB from Phillips…

    • Chris

      I think BP believes that, even if he swings hard and strikes out 6 straight times, that 7th AB homerun would make up for it all (both in the game and in the fans memories).

  68. charlottencredsfan

    Coming on Billy, give us a good AB.

  69. preacherj

    Been letting Wacha off the hook. He should be over 70 pitches by now.

  70. preacherj

    That was better. Nothing squared up on Cueto that inning.

  71. Chris

    Even Votto sticking with the team gameplan (one pitch, swing). Odd.

  72. Chris

    Reds no longer banging the outs. These are dribblers. Bummer.

  73. charlottencredsfan

    That was a nasty pitch. First I can remember seeing all day.

  74. charlottencredsfan

    Gotta cash that in. Come on Jay!

  75. preacherj

    Should have been a 5 pitch inning. Now let’s do something with it.

  76. Chris

    Another inning with a runner in scoring position, and two outs. Same result?

  77. charlottencredsfan

    Sometime Jay Bruce really p’s me off.

  78. Chris

    Nothing getting squared up. Poor Cueto. He deserves to get some solid lead innings. Bummer.

    • charlottencredsfan

      The 4-5-6 guys have to start getting it together. Good news, we can still win this baby but boy-oh-boy.

  79. jdx19

    I was really hoping for someone other than Votto to do something today (Frazier’s HR notwithstanding). Still a few more innings, but 5 games with Votto and BIlly and Frazier doing everything is ridiculous.

  80. charlottencredsfan

    You and Sarge….how do I put this nicely – have been inconsistent. He was here for he 1st time last night.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Both Sarge & Preach are lifers who are off to a slow start.

  81. charlottencredsfan

    1 earned run in 7 innings. JC is pretty good, eh?

  82. Chris

    Byrd, BP, Cozart. What’s more likely? Scoring one run or going 1-2-3 on less than 7 pitches?

  83. preacherj

    THOM! said Wacha has only thrown 17 balls. Actually, he’s thrown closer to 30 but we refuse to take any of them.

  84. Mack Ashley Potter

    I wonder when the last time a starting pitcher threw a complete game while giving up a home run and on a pitch count?

  85. CBD

    The Bryd experiment is not exactly taking flight so far…

  86. Chris

    BP taking pitches? Wow. Who thought he’d be the first to walk. Weird. And welcome.

  87. AARON

    Nice job Managing pitching by Matheny.. Cozart has been hitting Wacha hard today.. good time for a change.

    Go Reds

  88. preacherj

    If Phillips gets picked off……

  89. Mack Ashley Potter

    Cueto throws 7 shutout innings on Opening Day and was in line for the win 2-0 but gets the no decision. Gives up 1 run in 7 innings today and is actually in line to get the loss unless the Reds can score. This is why no one really cares about a starting pitcher’s win-lose record any more.

  90. preacherj

    7 pitch AB by Cozart after Brandon draws a walk.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Think he is the 4th inline pinch-hitter.

  91. preacherj

    BTW, who is our emergency catcher?

    • jdx19

      Skip maybe?

      Votto was a catcher in his early, early days, but I don’t think they’d put the stress on his knees, even if Meso and Pena werent’ available.

  92. jdx19

    Boesch is 2-2 so far this year (on striking out). Let’s see if he can buck the trend!

  93. preacherj

    Boesch has certainly been consistent so far this young season, I’ll give him that.

  94. jdx19

    Like taking candy from a baby.

    Boesch and Dominguez now 0-5 with 5Ks. Does anyone still need reminding how spring training stats are worthless? Neither one of those guys should be on a major league roster.

  95. Mack Ashley Potter

    Might as well have let Cueto hit if you’re going to let Bosch face that lefty. Price makes some of the dumbest decisions I swear.

  96. charlottencredsfan

    Top of the lineup in the 8th. Should be able to do some business. Have t hold here first.

    Gutty performance from Johnny Cueto – tip of the hat.

  97. Mack Ashley Potter

    If it looks like a snake, slithers like a snake, hisses like a snake, guess what Bryan Price? Maybe it’s a snake.

  98. jdx19

    Who was the first error committed by? I couldn’t watch the first 4 innings.

  99. renbutler

    Looked like the right call to me. At best, too close to overturn.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Agree. If the original call was out, I doubt it would have been changed.

  100. charlottencredsfan

    That’s classic Badenhop.

  101. jdx19

    BP flashin’ the skills.

    Time to put-up-or-shut-up.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Ugh-huh, do not want to leave up to the 4 through 8 hitters.

  102. jdx19

    Well, Billy doesn’t want to walk today.

  103. charlottencredsfan

    If they couldn’t get to Wacha, I’m not crazy about our odds.

    • jdx19

      Agreed. Cards bullpen always seems solid, and Matheny is pulling out all the stops.

  104. preacherj

    This has been interesting bullpen usage by Matheny.

  105. charlottencredsfan

    Well Votto is still awake.

  106. jdx19

    Votto now 4-7 against lefties this year.

    • jdx19

      No one else on the team has more than 1 hit against lefties. Weird.

  107. Jeremy Forbes

    Five out save attempt? Is that even allowed?

  108. Chris

    Four pitches. Not one a strike. And yet Frazier swing at two of them.

  109. Chris

    Would love Mes to make his offensive season comeback in this game.

  110. jdx19

    Time for Devin to earn that extension!

  111. charlottencredsfan

    Come Devin, think up there. A single ties the game.

    • Chris

      Where Mes is swinging, he don’t need no stinking singles. Or want them.

  112. Chris

    Would be fun one inning to have a runner at third with LESS than two outs.

  113. jdx19

    Is it just me, or does Meso look completely off-balance just about every swing? Quickly down 0-2…

    • charlottencredsfan

      Totally out of control.

  114. Jeremy Forbes

    This is painful to watch. Guy can’t even throw strikes but the Reds are swinging at it.

  115. Chris

    Nothing solid. Nothing. The error and hit batter look so ugly now.

  116. preacherj

    I guess it’s not as dramatic as the ninth inning walk off.

  117. jdx19

    Mesoraco is a career .226/.290/.411 hitter against RHP. That’s…pretty bad for 4-hitter.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Reminds of a caveman with a club at the moment. Has probably just about a good a chance to do something useful with it.

      • jdx19

        Yeah, no kidding. In the pre-season optimal lineup thread, I posted that Meso shouldn’t bat higher than 6th against righties. Both Byrd and Bruce are much better.

  118. preacherj

    I love the sock look on Badenhop

  119. Chris

    Not so great at manufacturing runs so far this season. Where would we be without the top 3 of our order?

  120. preacherj

    Matheny is selling out for this one.

  121. jdx19

    Well, that’s just about it.

    Gonna go pick up dog poop in the backyard now!

    See ya’ll tomrorow, folks.

  122. preacherj

    That sound you hear is the air being let out of GABP

  123. charlottencredsfan

    Getting to be Gregg time.

  124. Jeremy Forbes

    Really? After watching Badenhop getting hit around, the guy to warm up is Parra, who has 2 pitches and 2 hit in 0.0 innings this year? Ouch.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Parra or Gregg. Give them the work. Hopefully at least one wouldn’t be available tomorrow.

      Marty comments on Joe West almost make this game worth watching/listening.

  125. Jeremy Forbes

    That last replay looked an awful lot like a tag.

    • preacherj

      I was thinking the same thing. But if it was a tag, probably Mes would have gone ballistic.

  126. preacherj

    After Gregg’s opening fiasco, the crowd sure is hard on bad relief outings.

  127. CP

    Hard to imagine a worse start for the WJ offseason acquisitions. Yet, at worst, they’re 4-1.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Marquis ad AD haven’t done too badly. But the awfulness of the others, cover that over.

  128. preacherj

    I sure hope that “opponents batting average” for Parra isn’t sustainable.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Comment of the game – nice.

  129. charlottencredsfan

    Cowboy thought Manny Parra threw the ball really well in ST? Man, that is a low bar.

  130. charlottencredsfan

    My kingdom for a Jay Bruce line drive.

  131. preacherj

    Paraphrasing Welsch: “Bunt first, then run.”

  132. charlottencredsfan

    Well that was quick and fairly painless. Guess we are not going to have a perfect record.