The Cincinnati Reds (4-2) begin a three team, ten day road trip starting on Chicago’s North Side The Cubs (3-2) are coming back to Wrigley after winning their last two games in Colorado.

The Cubs made a lot of changes in the offseason and are considered by many to have a real shot at the NL Central after five straight 5th place finishes. The Reds haven’t lost a season series to the Cubs in those past 5 years, winning 11 of 19 last year and 60 of 88 (.682 winning percentage) from 2010-2014. Read Jeremy Conley’s great season preview series on the Cubs: Projecting the New Look Cubs, Five Newest Cubbies of All, and Theo Under Pressure.

From the offseason roster changes to the rave reviews of the new electronic board in left field, things are changing in Chicago. Just make sure that if you are going to the game tonight, that you go to the bathroom before you begin your trip inside the stadium.

STARTING PITCHERS
The following stats are all 2014 actuals except for the 2015 FIP projection (ZiPS).

PITCHER 2015 FIP 2014 FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Mike Leake 4.09 3.88 1.0 5.5% 18.2%
Jon Lester 3.19 2.80 0.7 5.4% 24.9%

Chicago signed Lester in the offseason to a six year, $155 million contract. Lester hasn’t missed a start in seven seasons with the Boston Red Sox. Last year, he had a 2.80 FIP, 155 ERA+, and a 1.102 WHIP. In the six years prior to that, he had a 3.57 FIP, 120 ERA+, and 1.274 WHIP. The Cubs won the biggest pitching free agent prize of the offseason, but it appears that they may have overpaid a for someone’s career year.

This is Jon Lester’s first career start against the Reds. Only three current Reds have hit against Lester. The only regular to against Lester in the past is Marlon Byrd (2-for-14.) Brayan Pena is the only Reds player with any history of success against Lester, going 7-for-17 with a double.

RELIEVERS

The Cubs brought back three late inning relievers from last year’s squad. Closer Hector Rondon, setup relievers Pedro Strop and Neil Ramirez last year posted a FIP of 2.26, 2.66, and 2.61, respectively. The lone lefthander in the bullpen is former Tiger Phil Coke, who has a career OPS against of .649 vs lefthanded batters and .820 against righties.

STARTING LINEUPS
Today’s Reds lineup features a day of rest for Billy Hamilton and a start behind the plate for Brayan Pena a day after leaving a game with a shoulder injury. Mesoraco stayed behind in Cincinnati to get an MRI on his hip. Brandon Phillips is batting cleanup in Mesoraco’s absence.

  1. Kristopher Negron (R) CF
  2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
  3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
  4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
  5. Marlon Byrd (R) LF
  6. Jay Bruce (L) RF
  7. Brayan Pena (S) C
  8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
  9. Mike Leake (R) P

The batting lineup for the Chicago Cubs features the pitcher batting 8th:

  1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
  2. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
  3. Jorge Soler (R) RF
  4. Chris Coghlan (L) LF
  5. Starlin Castro (R) SS
  6. Mike Olt (R) 3B
  7. David Ross (R) C
  8. Jon Lester (L) P
  9. Arismendy Alcantara (S) 2B

HOMER BAILEY ON THE MOUND
Homer Bailey threw 91 pitches, 56 strikes in a 5.2 inning start yesterday for the Louisville Bats. He is on track to return this weekend for the Cardinals series. The Reds have already decided that he will replace Rasiel Iglesias in the rotation as Iglesias was sent down today for:

AN EXTRA ARM
Josh Smith is getting called up as an extra arm for the bullpen this week. If he appears in the series, it will be his major league debut. Doug Gray has all the details of what you can expect from the newest Redleg.

ANOTHER TRANSACTION
In addition to Smith for Iglesias, the Reds recalled catcher Kyle Skipworth from AAA and optioned Chris Dominguez to AAA. Skipworth is up as the temporary #2 catcher until the Reds can diagnose what is wrong with Devin Mesoraco (MRI today on his hip.)

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
It feels odd to be playing weekday games against the Cubs and have none of them be afternoon games and none of them be on WGN. There are more weekday afternoon games scheduled between the Reds and Cubs in Cincinnati than there are in Chicago.

Let’s hope that whatever changes the Cubs have made in recent months, that the saying of the past 5 years continues to hold true this season: the Cubs are good for what ails you!

GO REDS!

358 Responses

  1. Kurt Frost

    Oh Mes. Thanks for getting datdudegidp back near the top.

  2. jdx19

    No day games and no WGN? Apocalypse incoming?

    Every time the Reds are playing the Cubs, first thing I do is check WGN to find the game. More MLB.TV tonight!

  3. Eric the Red

    How did they get Smith on the 40 man? Did Dominguez clear waivers? Or perhaps I’m completely missing something.

    • jdx19

      Not a big surprise. 28-yr old who was average at AAA over the last two seasons and below average before that. Strikes out a lot, adds no defensive or baserunning value. The very definition of a “replacement” outfielder, IMO.

    • Shchi Cossack

      You haven’t missed anything. The Reds need to make two 40-man roster moves to accomodate the addition of Smith and Skipworth.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Reds Designate Daniel Corcino, Ryan Dennick for assignment. There’s the two 40-man roster spots.

      • Greg Dafler

        His hand is sore from Friday’s? slide into 2nd base. Price said he is available off the bench but wanted to give it a day.

      • CommonSense

        He hit a HR yesterday. It can’t be that bad.

      • liptonian

        I was just going to say something about this. I get giving Billy a day off but why not tomorrow when someone other than Lester is pitching?

  4. jdx19

    Thinking about this lineup, really the only other guy who should bat 4th above BP would be Byrd, if you buy his career numbers against lefties. I like Bruce 6th against lefties. I like Votto/Frazier 2/3. Negron seems fine at leadoff if Votto is at 2. Cozart at 8 is always good, and Pena at 7 seems fine.

    So, really, all things considered, BP at 4 tonight (given this specific lineup) really isn’t all that bad.

    • Greg Dafler

      They will still carry some games this year per their MLB.com TV schedule, but yes, they are going away eventually.

  5. FLA Red

    Chad nailed the first week on ESPN.com. Gregg has got to go.

    A 4-2 start against the Pirates and Cardinals gives Reds fans reason for hope, but it could have been 6-0 if manager Bryan Price weren’t inexplicably enamored of the washed-up Kevin Gregg. Gregg has an ERA of 15.00 with a loss and a blown save already this season. — Chad Dotson (@dotsonc), Redleg Nation

  6. DHud

    Skipworth was in Pensacola and not on the 40 man roster. Any word on why him and not Barnhart?

    • Greg Dafler

      Barnhart was optioned to AAA effective opening day and cannot be recalled for 10 days unless he’s replacing a DL’d player.

  7. charlottencredsfan

    Why I love Joe Maddon.

    Opening night lineup:
    Fowler – 8
    Soler – 9
    Rizzo – 3
    Castro – 6
    Coglin – 7
    Olt – 5
    Ross -2
    Lester – 1
    La Stella – 4

    One week later:
    Fowler – 8
    Rizzo – 3
    Soler -9
    Coglin – 7
    Castro – 6
    Olt – 5
    Ross -2
    Lester – 1
    Alcantara – 4

    Both against RHP.
    Old Joe isn’t waiting around to see if his initial lineup will work. Why I have the Cubs winning the Division, the League and the Championship. Reds certainly have their work cut out for them tonight.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Great point. Maddon isn’t a “role” manager. He lets the players know they might bat anywhere on any given night and they get ready for that. If he sees a possible edge, he isn’t afraid to tinker with the lineup to grab it.

  8. Jeremy Conley

    Apparently the Reds had to recall Skipworth and Smith because they can’t recall someone who was just optioned (meaning on the 40 man) for 10 days after sending them down (when the season started) unless someone goes on the DL.

  9. charlottencredsfan

    Sad to say about Brennan Boesch:
    % of total pitches swung at: 68.4, in the zone: 71.5, out of the zone: 66.7
    That is really, really bad and I wonder if he is aware of it.

    • Thegaffer

      Even sadder, he was not deemed bad enough even on our team. Dominguez was awful, but it was close.

    • Steve Mancuso

      His swing is so long (confirmed in person on Sunday) that he really doesn’t have a chance to see where the ball is.

  10. concepcion13

    Corcino & Dennick DFA’d to make room on the 40-man.

  11. renbutler

    WGN-TV now carries Cubs games. WGN America no longer carries Cubs games.

    That means any Cubs game listed for WGN will be available ONLY in the Chicago area (along with any MLB.TV or Extra Innings packages). You will not get them on regular cable or satellite like you used to.

    Exceptions: In Indy, local affiliates WISH and WNDY are now carrying the full slate of WGN games over the air.

  12. seat101

    Looking forward to a barn burner
    tonight.
    Tucker Barnhart got a message today.
    On a side note, does anyone actually think the ‘three card monte ‘ with Skyline Chili doesn’t have a ball under every chili?

  13. Steve Mancuso

    Cardinals (Wainwright) lose to Brewers 5-4.

    • renbutler

      Wrapped up on a weak grounder from Molina. Nice touch. 🙂

  14. Eric the Red

    It’s hard for me to believe that Corcino would be worse in the bullpen than Gregg. And cheaper, too.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Better, yes. Cheaper, no. Gregg’s $1.5 million is guaranteed (!) and Corcino would get a raise to major league minimum with promotion.

      The entire Gregg situation is a disaster, spreading in new directions every day.

      • Eric the Red

        Yeah, I meant Corcino would have been a cheaper choice originally, and going forward. I know we’re stuck paying Gregg this season even if he’s DFA’d. I suppose we should be glad it’s not a two year contract.

      • Steve Mancuso

        Don’t know whether to laugh or cry at that.

  15. Tom Reed

    Big win for the Brew Crew on opening day in St. Loo. A big game for the Reds to win tonight at Wrigley.

  16. jdx19

    So its gonna be one of those nights, I guess. Negron robbed.

  17. jdx19

    Soler looked like he was dogging it there.

  18. Jeremy Forbes

    Wondering if Votto’s knee/thigh is feeling good? Guy is 2 for 2 on stolen bases, has three home runs, and just got a triple. Question answered.

  19. jdx19

    Love the start. A bullet from Negron followed by 3 straight hits!

  20. jdx19

    Question for guys who played at higher levels than Jr. High: So, on that Votto triple, there wasn’t even a throw to 3rd and Votto went in head first. Is that just a celebratory thing? I’m sure Riggleman wasn’t telling him to get down. Seems silly to risk injury.

  21. jdx19

    Jay Bruce going the other way against a lefty. Man, I’m wearing out the comments. Where is everyone else?!

  22. Jeremy Forbes

    Getting RBI hits even on balls well out of the strike zone. Lester must be thinking he’s used up all his luck for the inning all against Negron.

  23. VaRedsFan

    2-3-4-5-6 all produce. It’s fun when things work out. Now add on!

  24. George Mirones

    I thought that holding Todd at third was a key to the 2nd and third runs

    • VaRedsFan

      Good point, I thought a wise decision too. Paid off…thanks Riggleman.

  25. VaRedsFan

    Any odds on weather Rizzo goes deep vs. the Reds this series? He was McCutchen-like last year.

    • Steve Mancuso

      I’d say yes, against three RHP.

  26. liptonian

    Whats the deal with the outfield seats at Wrigley?

    • Ellis Henry

      Lawsuits and a massive amount of snow make it hard to complete construction.

  27. Jeremy Forbes

    How’s the balls and strikes for Leake look live? I’m following online with Gameday right now and there’s multiple pitches I have seen already completely in the strike zone that are being called balls.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Hard to tell on TV. No Fox ball strike box. Looked like at least one of Lester’s pitches to Bruce was a strike, but never know with angle of camera.

      • VaRedsFan

        Agree ….Bruce should have been struck out on the 1-2 pitch.

    • renbutler

      The outside corner for righties and inside corner for lefties is not being called for either pitcher, really.

  28. VaRedsFan

    There goes the 3 run lead…2 run missle by Soler

  29. liptonian

    This is two straight games Leake has looked not so hot…

    • Jeremy Forbes

      Reds pitchers having a hard time handling successful run support so far this season. Seems like a lot of leads have been vanishing the next time the opponents get to bat. Leake lost 3 different leads his first start.

  30. renbutler

    Why on earth was that throw cut off?

    • liptonian

      Not until someone gets gunned down at home

  31. VaRedsFan

    Even the pitcher made hard contact. 30+ pitches for Leake. Bullpen game…GASP

    • jdx19

      Well, predictably, bunting was a bad decision…

  32. George Mirones

    Are Lester and Leake in a race to get to the showers. Maybe there is a great show in town that starts at 8:30pm CST?

  33. jdx19

    Leake had the highest K rate of any batter with 70 PAs last year.

  34. jdx19

    JHC. TOOTBLAN. Unbelievable. Cubans have hoses for arms. Soler is Cuban. Ergo, hose.

  35. jdx19

    Why are they laughing on the bench? What a stupid decision followed by lack of care. Unbelievable.

  36. liptonian

    Now you are allowed to say Reds gonna’ Red

  37. Mack Ashley Potter

    What was Cozart thinking? Did the 3rd base coach tell him to come on? What a PATHETIC inning by the Reds. Unbelievable.

  38. jdx19

    Leadoff single, error…. 1-2-3. Reds gonna Red.

  39. jdx19

    So, now that we’ve had time to settle down from our first blatant TOOTBLAN, let us discuss Lester. I mean, has anyone ever seen anything like Lester?

    There’s probably a reason he hadn’ thrown over in 2 years.

  40. George Mirones

    Cozart should have put his shoulder into the 3rd baseman. Not seeing a replay I think Cozart would have been called out for being outside the baseline. Just a thought

    • jdx19

      He should have Albert Belle’d the 3Bman’s Fernando Vina.

      • jdx19

        For those who have never seen it… definitely worth a watch. How it didn’t cause a bench clearing brawl I’ll never know.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Probably because Belle was a very mean nasty guy. Like to see him do that to Jonny Gomes. You would had something on your hands. Never cared much for Albert Belle.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Or Jim Rice. For my money, the toughest guy to have played the game and a good man too.

      • jdx19

        Agreed. Belle was a jerk.

        It was a shame because that Indians team was fun to watch. Lofton and Baerga were my boys!

    • George Mirones

      Thanks, That’s it. Lester and Leake have dinner reservations at “The Cheesecake Factory” for 8:30 cst.

  41. Mack Ashley Potter

    The baseline is Cozart’s in that situation. If he had just ran into the 3rd baseman he would have been safe. Instead he actually got out of his way to let him catch the ball it looked like.

  42. jdx19

    BP continues swinging at every first pitch in sight.

    • Jeremy Forbes

      Word was there was some inflammation there so they got the MRI and he’s day-to-day.

      • Jeremy Forbes

        John Fay @johnfayman · 1h 1 hour ago
        RT @aaronwelch: Will results of Mesoraco MRI come out tonight…or tomorrow?//Got them. Day-to-day. Price said Meso will be back “soon.”

  43. VaRedsFan

    I hope this isn’t a game where we score a lot early, then go silent the rest of the night.

  44. renbutler

    Phillips now 4-for-8 hitting in the #4 spot.

    • Jeremy Forbes

      He’s also yet to hit anything more than a single this year and hit .243/.282/.357 in 78 PA batting 4th last year. Still not a #4 hitter.

  45. VaRedsFan

    Finally some production from the 4 hole!…Nice BP…now don’t run!

    • AARON

      take that back… you can’t tell conclusively that the glove tagged him… unless there is another view… by the rules you CANNOT overturn because you assume.

  46. BigRedMike

    What is the projected salary for Leake? I like him, but, he is likely not worth a high salary

    • Mack Ashley Potter

      I’d imagine Leake will be an ex-Red as soon as his contract is up. He is going to get paid, but for what he’s worth, he is NO WHERE NEAR a value contract for what the Reds need.

      • jdx19

        Agreed. He’s not the kind of pitcher you open the checkbook for. Money can be spent more effectively elsewhere. I’ll be sad to see him on a different team because I like the guy a lot, but I don’t think we’ll be able to outbid anyone on him in good conscience.

  47. charlottencredsfan

    BP plays real dumb sometimes. Embarrassing.

  48. renbutler

    Can’t tell from the Reds’ replays. Maybe the Cubs broadcast has a better look.

  49. AARON

    nice job by the replay crew… you can’t tell… so it stands

    • renbutler

      You mostly get fair calls when you’re not playing the Cardinals.

  50. VaRedsFan

    When will manager learn, if it’s not obvious, don’t challenge

    • jdx19

      Guys have cold streaks. This is the 7th game on a brand new team. Lutz is terrible and will always be terrible. Byrd at least has a chance to be decent given his track record.

  51. jdx19

    Marlon! Thats 2 very good plays for him so far this year that Ludwick would NOT have made.

  52. renbutler

    He’s definitely safe this time. Coghlan and Phillips both know it.

  53. Ellis Henry

    Challenges are ruining baseball. Go home, challenges. You’re drunk.

    • jdx19

      Yeah. I like them in football. Don’t like them in baseball, except on foul ball/home run calls, maybe.

  54. jdx19

    According to FG, the Jon Lester throwing error increased the Cubs chance to win by 4.1%. Good work, Zack.

      • jdx19

        Yes. Basically, erasing a baserunner and getting an out in that situation increased their odds by 4.1%.

      • Mack Ashley Potter

        Having Zack Cozart in the lineup period prob increases the opponent’s odds of winning by 20-25% if someone actually done the math. lol

      • jdx19

        Yeah, if you completely ignore the fact that he’s the 2nd best defensive shortstop in baseball.

  55. Mack Ashley Potter

    I hate challenges. But it’s nice when our team gets the short end of the stick and is able to challenge it and have it over turned. So it’s a catch 22. I just wish it didn’t take so long for New York to make decisions. That ball was STUNG by Pena. Nice play in center.

  56. VaRedsFan

    Pena sure gets robbed a lot (counting last year)

  57. Mack Ashley Potter

    I remember when Leake was accused of stealing some shirts from Macy’s or somewhere. lol. Did they end up dropping those charges?

  58. Mack Ashley Potter

    I remember I didn’t like it when the Reds traded Davis Ross. He had some pop back when he was in Cincinnati. He didn’t turn out to do a whole lot though.

  59. liptonian

    I like the Cubbies TV broadcasters. I haven’t had one palm-to-forehead moment tonight yet.

    • Mack Ashley Potter

      I can’t bring myself to use the words like & cubbies in the same sentence unless I’m talking about how much I like “beating” the cubbies.

  60. jdx19

    Leake continues his league-worst striking out!

    For a guy who was always regarded as a good hitting pitcher, he really hasn’t been good since 2012. Might turn out to be a SSS aberration.

  61. renbutler

    Strike 1 to Fowler was at least two inches outside.

    The umpiring crews are taking as much time to settle in as Byrd is.

    • CP

      The ump strike zones have gotten ridiculous. Scoring is at a recent historical low, and the umps keep extending the strike zone. No one wants to see called third strikes or weakly hit balls. MLB needs to crack down on the umps so that they call the accurate strike accurately or replace them with machines.

  62. VaRedsFan

    Both pitchers have seemed to settle down.

    • jdx19

      Only 907 more ABs until we have a statistically significant sample size for batting average from the 4 hole…

  63. Steve Mancuso

    Marlon Byrd doesn’t have a walk or extra base hit yet this year. Batting .087/.087/.087.

    Maybe will do damage here.

    • jdx19

      That was a snipe call. Hiding out in the shadows and boom, “Marlon’s gonan do some damage here!”

  64. VaRedsFan

    MARLON!!! rbi double!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  65. renbutler

    Byrd is back above the half-Mendoza line.

  66. charlottencredsfan

    Big hit from Byrd, BP showing some speed……………….alright.

  67. AARON

    I dont know what Byrd’s walk up music is… but if isn’t Peter Griffin singing “bird is the word” thats a crying shame

  68. Steve Mancuso

    Jay Bruce hitting plenty of line drives this year. Feeling pretty good about his season so far. Same with Votto, obviously.

  69. VaRedsFan

    The big question now is if Leake can throw up a doughnut after getting a lead????

  70. jdx19

    Riggleman learns quickly. Soler = Cuban. Cuban = Hose. Soler has a hose.

  71. VaRedsFan

    Cozart good at Sac Flys…can i summon one please?

  72. CBD

    Cubs are young… but they have a lot of talent… Reminds me of the Reds 2009-10. I think they are still a year away though .

    • jdx19

      Replace the worst guy in the lineup with Bryant. They still have a shot if Bryant is a quick study at the MLB level.

  73. VaRedsFan

    so much for the doughnut. Coughlin 8-8 career vs Leake

  74. CBD

    great play by bruce away from a nightmare of an inning again… come on Price… yank him

    • AARON

      The Cubs pulled a “reds” and let leake off the hook, swinging at pitches early in the count

  75. Jeremy Forbes

    Are we sure Bailey is still in Louisville? Looking like he’s out there the way Leake is trying his best to refuse to accept any leads. (Tongue thoroughly in cheek, while looking in Steve’s direction.)

  76. Ellis Henry

    He gave up a solo HR…that doesn’t mean you pull him.

    • AARON

      97 pitches and was getting hit hard…Cubs just played into his hands. Either way, great finish to an inning that could have been way worse.

  77. VaRedsFan

    Now pitching for the Cubs…. Chewbacca

  78. jdx19

    Votto 2 for his last 11 (3 walks, too). He’s been stinging a lot of pitches with nothing to show. Not the last ground out, of course.

  79. Ellis Henry

    Guess it’s time to pull Leake…

    • jdx19

      Gave you credit up there. Don’t be smug.

  80. VaRedsFan

    4 hit night for BP…let’s get some insurance!

  81. VaRedsFan

    deja vu. throw something off speed for crying out loud

  82. jdx19

    Does Jumbo throw pitches other than fastballs?

  83. CBD

    This is going to be the story all season long unfortunately.

  84. spro

    Welp, we won’t be seeing Chapman tonight then

  85. charlottencredsfan

    Of all the ways to lose having a bad pen is the worst. No lead is ever safe and makes it hard to truly find peace.

    • VaRedsFan

      sure is. gut busting, moral killer

  86. CBD

    This was an issue last year…nothing was done… what does mgmt expect?

  87. jdx19

    The result is less worrisome than the process. Four straight fastballs near the zone to a guy with 80 power? I mean… It boggles the mind.

  88. I-71_Exile

    Reds need a new book on Soler. Fastball down the middle isn’t working.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Kid’s a beast and only going to get better.

  89. concepcion13

    If only it wasn’t against Baseball Rules to use your closer for two innings. Oh, wait…..

    • CBD

      Champan 2 innings every game the Reds have a lead isn’t the answer either though.

      I feel ya, but that wont solve the BP mess.

    • jdx19

      Don’t think Chapman is available for 2 innings, even if we were going to be used as such. Has pitched in 5 of 6 games, I believe.

  90. liptonian

    As much as we would all love to see Chapman pitch every high to semi-high inning out of the pen it just isn’t realistic or possible, someone else needs to be at least reliable.

    • liptonian

      high to semi-high leverage inning*

  91. Tom Reed

    Say it ain’t so. A repeat by Jumbo.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Yes he is. I smell a Reds raly. Which means scoring a max of 2 runs but I’ll take ’em.

        Give us a good AB, KN.

  92. WildcatRedsfan

    Jumbo Dumbo strikes again twice in two games we have 2 run leads and he blows it, enough all ready. I’m ready for price to go with Chapman in these situations. Any thoughts?

    • jdx19

      He’s pitched 5 of 6 games. He can’t pitch 2 innings every other day. It isn’t realistic.

      Maybe sometime, yes, I’d like to see it. It wasn’t an option tonight.

  93. jdx19

    Soler HR increased Cubs win chance from 21.5% to 59.8%.

  94. Jeff Morris

    Bullpen Blown Again. How many 8th inning blown holds is that now…..three or more?

  95. Jeremy Forbes

    I know it was a strikeout, but I have been impressed so far how many high pitch at-bats it seems like Cozart has managed to get into.

    • charlottencredsfan

      That was an impressive AB.

  96. jdx19

    0-5 from the leadoff spot is a tough way to win games.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Yes but if you score 6, it shouldn’t be an issue. This is not an offensive failure tonight.

      • charlottencredsfan

        If the bullpen doesn’t get straightened out, we are in real trouble.

  97. charlottencredsfan

    Still have a hard time breathing when JJ is in there.

  98. jdx19

    I’ll take that out. JJ can strike out 2 guys.

  99. VaRedsFan

    so that’s what a good bunt looks like

  100. ncboiler

    I understand the Chapman can’t pitch two innings tonight but if you are going to use him for one inning why not in the 8th? If you were to divide the Cubs hitters into the 2nd, 3rd and 4th hitters (due up in the 8th) and then the 5th, 6th, and 7th (due up in the 9th if the 8th inning is 1-2-3) who do you want facing the former and who do you want facing the latter? I’ll go Chapman 8th and then Diaz (or someone else)all day in the ninth.

    • VaRedsFan

      He gets the 8th now by simple process of elimination

  101. VaRedsFan

    Hoover wiggles off the hook. Nice job

    • jdx19

      YES> PINCH RUN. Dear God, that’s the best idea you’ve ever had.

      • charlottencredsfan

        That’s saying something too. LOL

      • jdx19

        Hahaha! 🙂 Hamilton probably doesn’t run into that out at 3rd.

  102. VaRedsFan

    2 bags off the wall on an emergency hack

  103. jdx19

    Swings at 5 first pitches tonight. If he can keep getting 4 hits, I love it.

    • jdx19

      Almost 5-5. Still, great night for BP. Good to see him squaring pitches up.

  104. redsfan06

    ahhhh! I’m keeping tabs on the game with gameday on MLB.com. Just came back to check the puter and see if the Reds wrapped it up. Instead I see that Diaz gave up a two run HR to tie the score for the second night in a row. More extra innings! If this keeps up the Reds are going to have to run a regular shuttle back and forth from AAA just to keep the BP stocked.

  105. charlottencredsfan

    Bruce, not really known for clutch hitting but tonight he can turn a new leaf.

    • VaRedsFan

      instead he sticks with the old leaf

    • jdx19

      Or, he can swing and miss by 18 inches.

      Leadoff double wasted. Reds are certainly out Cubbing the Cubs tonight. Could have easily been an 8-4 win.

  106. VaRedsFan

    Everybody haacked at the 1st pitch this inning…except BP…

  107. VaRedsFan

    the beserunning blunder hurt, but Frazier HAS to do better there

  108. preacherj

    I had a truck repair that took longer than expected and figured I would miss all the game. Bonus baseball!!

  109. jdx19

    Votto’s double increased WE by 17.4%, then his TOOTBLAN decreased it by 17.1%.

  110. Hoodlum

    so the second TOOTBLAN of the night. great. matches up well with our two 3-run blown leads.

  111. spro

    Didn’t bring Chapman in the 8th, why would we bring him in the 10th. #closerrules

  112. jdx19

    Sure. Leadoff walk in the 9th and 10th. Why not.

  113. preacherj

    Those last two pitches looked pretty good. Rizzo drama bought a ball.

  114. Pooter

    I predicted this as soon as we took the lead again.

  115. preacherj

    On the bright side, we no longer have to worry about the stolen base.

  116. jdx19

    Not bringing Chapman in here is a concession of loss.

    • jdx19

      That’s all there is to it. He’s the only guy that can strike out 3 guys.

  117. charlottencredsfan

    Okay at this point we have to appreciate baby steps…if Parra can just get an out before we lose…..

    • jdx19

      I guess the baby step this time is yanking Parra before he can walk the winning run in.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Manny is not up to his first baby step,yet.

  118. ncboiler

    Has Para gotten a batter out yet this year?

    • charlottencredsfan

      2 I think and one was a sac bunt. Not impressing.

      • jdx19

        His oppenents have a .625 OBP against.

    • Jeremy Forbes

      Yes, he now has 4 appearances, and 1.0 IP on the year.

  119. CBD

    triple play! lol

    Just like last year…if starters dont go 8 innings with a 2+ run lead… its edge of your seat time

  120. ProspectCincy

    Interesting. A double switch so Badenhop can throw 2 innings.

    That’s pretty funny optimism.

    • jdx19

      Could be out of this in 2 pitches. K, then ground ball.

  121. preacherj

    Yes. Now another ground ball to Cozy, please.

  122. jdx19

    Infield back, that is a DP ball. Not sure why they were in again.

  123. jdx19

    75 win team w/ this bullpen. Good night folks.

  124. VaRedsFan

    whiffed at 2 balls, so he sails one right down the middle

  125. spro

    Would’ve been a double play ball if Price had played the middle infield double play depth with 1 out like he should.

  126. preacherj

    Did THOM! say we had a pair of 3 run leads tonight?!?

  127. GeauxReds

    Why were we not at double play depth? Is it asking too much to just do things the right way??

    • Pooter

      I was wondering the same thing. Would gotten two…

      • preacherj

        Right. Why worry about coming home when you can end the inning just as easily.

      • Pooter

        Coulda used him in the 8th and 10th. When is someone gonna wake up?

      • Pooter

        Disregard my last comment…sorry, place

      • GeauxReds

        I can accept a loss if they beat us at our best. But not when we make dumb decisions like that. The rest of the league does defensive shifts to increase win probability. We shift our defense to decrease our win probability! There are no words.

  128. Pooter

    Where in the heck was Chapman?! This is pathetic and painful. Words cannot describe the frustration.

  129. preacherj

    Badenhop did his job. Two ground balls. Can’t ask any more than that.

    • Kywhi

      Very true. I do not understand why they weren’t at DP depth with Badenhop there. I am starting to have little confidence in Price doing the right thing.

      • GeauxReds

        He leaves pitchers in too long. He should have used hamilton as a PR Votto in the top of the 10th with no outs on second. I’d bet dollars to donuts he scores there.

    • ProspectCincy

      No … no … no

      Badenhop hung two 0-2 pitches. One to Castro which he was lucky with, and one to Alcantara which he was not. 0-2, you need to BURY that ball in the dirt; instead he threw two belt high strikes.

      Especially considering how awful Alcantara looked on the 1st two.

  130. CBD

    I sure am glad I only got 1 month of MLB.tv… i debated buying the whole season for the discount…but decided on the month to month lol… pretty sure I wont be needed it come June… hopefully I am wrong

  131. kmartin

    Not only did the Reds adhere to the closer rules, but they wasted Chapman by having him warmup. He has now been up in six out seven games.

  132. jdx19

    I didn’t notice until I looked at the box… Reds with 0 walks tonight.

  133. ProspectCincy

    Hamilton off for the night; Negron 0-5. Diaz first guy up; blown.

    Price didn’t push the right buttons tonight; simple as that. Lets not forget, Leake didn’t help anything by surrendering runs immediately after the Reds gave him 3 and 3. He deserves some blame for the loss as well.

    All in all, a forgettable evening.

  134. PETEROSE_HOF_NOW

    I guess the Reds are gonna Cub, or gonna Price……

  135. WildcatRedsfan

    So far the Price hasn’ t been right last Two games

  136. whereruklu

    Again and again and again…Without a bullpen, this team will be lucky in the end just to tread water. The Bob and Walt Show shoulda saw this coming, and if they didn’t, then it doesn’t say much to their baseball saavy that preceeded their arrivals in Cincy country. Bad over-extended contracts will come back to bite them in the butt for possibly the next couple of years. By All Star break we will be seeing Lorenzen, Winker, and maybe Stephenson. Take the money and run, Johnny….I still love my beloved Reds and will continue to root them on, but it breaks my heart what people are doing to this club, and to those good, hard working players stuck in the middle. I still think the Cubs are being over rated and the Brewers don’t have what it takes to make the climb, With that in mind, I can see the Reds making 3rd place in division, but no where in the post season.

  137. RedAlert

    Sad part is that Price still appears to have learned absolutely nothing from past strategic bullpen decisions from last year – and he is supposedly a pitching guru – that being said , Mike Leake contributed mightily to the loss tonight – dude gets a 3 run cushion in the first and promptly gives it right back – maybe this is why the Reds have not approached him yet about a long term extension – his stuff is simply underwhelming – no way he should be a number 2 or 3 in anybody’s rotation – sorry – just my opinion