After yesterday’s rain, the Reds will play a twin-bill today against the South Side Chicago team. Fans with tickets to the original game today will be able to stay for the second game, which will start 30 minutes after the first but not before 7:10 EST. For yesterday’s preview of all things that didn’t and won’t ever happen, go here.

STARTING PITCHERS (GAME 1)
All stats are 2015 actuals:

PITCHER ERA 2014 HR/9 BB% K%
Hector Noesi 6.75 6.97 2.45 13.4% 19.4%
Johnny Cueto 2.72 3.36 1.05 3.6% 24.2%

Because of the rain, the world will never see the pitching matchup of the century that was yesterday’s probables. Instead, today we get the more David vs. Goliath-esque matchup of Johnny Cueto against Hector Noesi. If you’re thinking, “But Goliath lost,” like I am, keep in mind that David had tremendous aim while Noesi’s 13.4% walk rate doesn’t quite convey the same talent. It’s my theory that Price has moved Cueto to the first game so that he gets run support to skew the numbers so the fans can’t complain anymore.

Before the season, ZiPS projected Noesi to post an ERA of 6.05 with a FIP of 5.67. Based on the table above, it seems like this is the Noesi the Sox are going to get this season. The only time Noesi has ever pitched against the Reds was 1.2 innings of relief, during which he gave up six earned runs on eight hits.

Johnny Cueto was not his usual self last time out as he gave up five earned runs in just 6 innings of work. For the season, Cueto’s groundball percentage (39.1%) is well below where it has been (46.2% last year) and is his lowest figure since his 2008 rookie season (38.6%). Obviously that number should come down as the season trundles along, but for now, the increased fly ball to ground ball ratio shows that Cueto is leaving the ball up in the zone where it’s easier to hit.

STARTING PITCHERS (GAME 2)
Marquis’ stats are 2015, Rodon’s are minor league:

PITCHER ERA  FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Carlos Rodon 3.60 2.52 0.0 9.3% 30.2%
Jason Marquis 5.22 4.04 1.23 7.1% 22.2%

Carlos Rodon’s professional baseball career consists of seven minor league starts (five at AAA), two minor league relief appearances, and three major league relief appearances. That’s it. This time last year, he was still pitching for NC State, winding up his junior college season. To go from college star to major league rookie in less than a year is baffling to me, but it’s the situation the White Sox star prospect is in. Today, he gets the start in place of the suspended Jeff Samardzija. Regardless of how the rookie pitches, Sox manager Robin Ventura expects him to be back in the bullpen after this start. Fangraphs did an excellent analysis of the young pitcher before the season that details his entire pitch selection and how he uses it.

Once again, Jason Marquis will take the mound for the Cincinnati Reds. For his career against the White Sox, Marquis has made four starts to the tune of a 9.00 ERA with 32 hits allowed in 24.0 innings. He also has a 2-1 record in those four starts. Jason Marquis’ win-loss records make me believe in magic.

STARTING LINEUPS
Joey Votto will be serving his suspension in the first game as Skip Schumaker DH’s instead of Devin Mesoraco in the Reds‘ lineup:

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Marlon Byrd (R) LF
3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
6. Brayan Pena (S) C
7. Zack Cozart (R) SS
8. Skip Schumaker (L) DH
9. Kristopher Negron (R) 1B
WESLEY

The White Sox lineup:

1. Adam Eaton (L) CF
2. Melky Cabrera (S) LF
3. Jose Abreu (R) 1B
4. Adam LaRoche (L) DH
5. Avisail Garcia (R) RF
6. Conor Gillaspie (L) 3B
7. Alexei Ramirez (R) SS
8. Tyler Flowers (R) C
9. Micah Johnson (L) 2B
WESLEY

WHITE SOX SPOTLIGHTS
Given that the Reds haven’t played the White Sox since 2009 and that generally Reds’ fans wouldn’t have a reason to follow White Sox baseball, we figured it would be nice to give you all a general rundown of the Chicago team.

At first, the Sox have Jose Abreu, a hard hitting Cuban who broke out in his rookie season last year. Abreu blasted 36 home runs and posted a .317 batting average to earn the AL Rookie of the Year honors. He was also named to the AL All-Star team and finished fourth in MVP voting. Abreu totaled a 5.5 WAR last season, but his defense left some to be desired as evidenced by his -2.0 dWAR.

At short, eight-year veteran Alexei Ramirez returns after being named an All-Star and winning the Silver Slugger award last season. Ramirez finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting back when he broke in to the league in 2008, and he has consistently been worth around a 3.0 WAR each season since. While not an outstanding defender by any means, Ramirez has posted a positive dWAR every season save his rookie campaign.

Finally, in left, the Sox signed oft-maligned outfielder Melky Cabrera in the offseason. Now two years removed from his PED suspension, Cabrera still hits for average and gets on base at a decent clip. For his career, Cabrera is a .288 hitter with a .339 OBP, but last year he hit .301 with a .351 OBP.

As a team, the White Sox are miserable in terms of defense, baserunning, and hitting for power. According to Fangraphs, the White Sox team .100 ISO is 30th in the league, they’re five stolen bases ranks them 29th, and they’re defensive value (Def) of -15.2 ranks them 29th, only ahead of the Athletics. This team seems to be carried by they’re one-two punch at the top of their rotation and the hitting prowess of Jose Abreu.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
The White Sox aren’t a great team right now, and the pitchers they’re throwing at the Reds certainly lends to a high probability of winning the series. If the Reds can manage that and get back home with a winning roadtrip, all will be good in the world again. (Sort of…Homer Bailey is still out and Devin Mesoraco likely won’t catch this season, but you know what I mean.)

250 Responses

  1. Steve Mancuso

    I can’t believe the Reds don’t think Devin Mesoraco is physically capable of having nine at bats spread out over seven hours. His batting practices are harder than that. That’s one plate appearance per hour, maybe swing the bat, then go sit on the bench.

    • Shchi Cossack

      That was the answer tyo my 1st question about the lineups for the double header. What a disappointment that Mesoraco will not play both games, weven as a DH. If Mesoraco is physically incapable of even doing that, he needs to shut things down now and go have his surgery. If he is physically capable, then I’ve lost even more confidence in Price.

      • Steve Mancuso

        I agree, this is really puzzling. Hard to have any confidence in the decision making. One plate appearance an hour?

        On the other hand, we do have Skip for that.

    • tct

      Ridiculous lineup decisions. They are also using my boy Tucker against the lefty in game 2 instead of against the righty in game 1. I love Tucker vs righties, but he is next to useless against lefties. If Cueto can pitch to Pena could surely pitch to Barnhart who is the better defensive catcher. Throw in Skip at DH and Negron at first and it just blows my mind.

      • Vicferrari

        Just bizarre, if you want the pitcher-catcher matchup that would be an easy switch…it seems the Reds are hoping for a split and giving them their best shot with their Ace against one of the worst in the league; seriously questioning the belief from the mgmt in that they are willing to do what it takes to get a W every game…attitude has to trickle down to the players

    • Vicferrari

      I can’t believe Schumaker is the DH, they would have been better off putting Marquis there- yes I know he is not the starting pitcher, so why is Mesoraco occupying a roster spot?

    • vared

      This is exactly what I predicted here a few days ago – saving him to DH in the AL games as opposed to getting on with the surgery then they won’t even use him that much. I really wish Bob would clean house.

  2. Michael J Hampton

    Price wants “to get Skip going”. I have never understood Price’s love affair with Schumaker. Nothing against Schumaker, I’m sure he is a fine person. My beef is with Price. I fell out with him last year the way he constantly wrote Schumaker’s name in the lineup and avoided playing the younger guys. Schumaker didn’t produce just like his history and age indicated that he would. not. There was no reason to expect that he would, yet Price kept running him out there. He didn’t hit and he was terrible defensively. Price let the young guys rot on the bench and waste a season that should have been used to continue their development. I’m really disappointed in Price the way he handles his bench and cannot believe the way he “manages” the bullpen. Having Mes DH is probably the only positive that we are going to get out of him this year and now Price is going to waste 3 or 4 AB on Schumaker. (Now watch Schu go 4/4, but I’ll still stand by my guns, if he goes 4/4 then Mes would have hit 4 HR). I was not one of those calling for Dusty’s head, but I was glad for the “change”. I haven’t really seen any change in style, not even with the way he handles the pitchers. Wow, I got on a rant, didn’t I? Frustration builds up!

    • CTRedsFan

      Rant away, many share your sentiments.

  3. vegastypo

    Even if their pitcher proves to be shaky, the lineup still has to deliver. Sitting Mes in the same game that Votto is serving his suspension doesn’t seem like a good idea to me. Good luck, Johnny.

    • Tom Reed

      Another Price conundrum. If he’s not going to use Meso, then Boesch would seem to be a better DH. At least he’s a former AL guy.

      • Vicferrari

        That is downright bizarre, Boesch is nothing special but at least he might hit the ball hard

  4. vegastypo

    Incidentally, is it possible that Cueto is trying harder to keep his pitch count down, so he is pitching more “to contact,” as it were? His last couple starts, he just seemed like he was saying, ‘Here, hit it.’ Against Milwaukee, he was at 85 pitches through 8 innings and Price still didn’t let him finish, and Cueto was at about that same pitch count through 6 innings against the Braves. … Seven strikeouts in 14 innings is very un-Cueto-like.

    • Eric the Red

      That’s how it has looked to me. He’s trying to make sure he doesn’t have to hand the ball to anyone but Chapman.

  5. Indy Red Man

    I don’t get it with Mesoraco either? He’s 0-fer his last 5 but he has drawn 3 walks. He is still feared up at the plate. Like you guys have said..”If he can’t DH 2 games then why is he on the roster?”. Atleast DH him gm 1 and if he goes 3-4 and he’s running all over the place on the bases then DH Boesch in gm 2. Why is Schumaker DH’ing over Boesch anyway? Why do we always have to have some washed up scrub Cardinal getting 250-300 atbats every year? Its amazing this team is .500 considering how bad Price and Jocketty are.

  6. mtkal

    The official Reds’ website is showing the same line up (except for the pitcher) for both games. I’m assuming that’s a mistake right? Surely Mes will at least DH the second game and Barnhart will catch? Shumaker is the Gregg of the position players/bench. He shouldn’t be in either game, but no way in hell do I want to see him DH both games. That’s ridiculous.

    • docmike

      Obviously not the case, because Votto will be at 1B for the second game.

  7. Art Wayne Austin

    Schumaker was a great clutch hitter for the Cards, at least he was against the Reds. Can’t understand Bruce batting 4th, he is 3 for 22 for the month of May. He has left 9 runners on. Somewhere in those stats are a game we could have won. Byrd and Frazier are the only ones who participated in a rally Thurs. Byrd and Hamilton are the Rally Leaders with 10 since 4-22.

  8. ManuelT

    So the whole “surgery for Mesoraco waits until he DHs” argument comes down to this?

  9. docmike

    Absolutely no excuse for Mesoraco to not DH both games, unless he is too hurt to hit. If that is the case, then he shouldn’t be DH’ing either game and should be having his hip surgery right now.

    I, too, was in support of the Price hiring. But no longer. He is in over his head and needs to go. We need to stop hiring guys who manage based on “roles”, and “gotta get him going”, and “lefty/righty trumps all”. We need a guy who doesn’t still think he is stuck in the 1960’s.

    • CTRedsFan

      It makes me wonder if Price is really calling the shots, or if he was hired because Walt knew he would be a puppet?

      I was also in favor of the Price hiring, but if he is calling the shots he has no business being a ML manager.

  10. docmike

    If there is any position on the field where a guy could play both games of a twinbill and not get worn down, it’s DH. My goodness, all you do is hit and (hopefully) run the bases. If you want to get Skip a start, let him play in place of the 37-year-old left fielder one of the two games.

    Price’s decisions have truly reached the point of lunacy.

    • Vicferrari

      Lunacy is keeping a guy on the roster all season to draw 3 walks as a PH, I would love to hear his defense of that decision and see how long he refrains from another paranoia based blow up of how the media is ruining his strategy

  11. CBD

    Is anyone else having trouble getting mlb.tv to show the game?

    • TomatoTovotto

      Yep; it looks like video feeds aren’t live. Is it possible that the game is “blacked out” for some reason?

      • CBD

        shouldn’t be… the mlb.com website had a link to watch the game but its grayed out… weird

  12. Indy Red Man

    Guy throws a ton of changeups and much better vs lefties so far so of course Price bats Bruce at cleanup instead of Mesoraco.

  13. Art Wayne Austin

    Bruce now 3 for 23 with 11 lobs. The end may be in sight, like June 30th.

  14. CBD

    for those wanting to watch on MLB.tv.. you have to go into game 2 and elected the FSN Ohio feed. the feed for game 1 is blacked out for some reason

    • TomatoTovotto

      Ah, excellent–thanks for the update. I had given up on it for the time being. Now I can watch Skip bat!

  15. preacherj

    Looks like a get away day lineup for game one of the series

  16. preacherj

    Myleg started hurting on that one. Ouch

  17. preacherj

    great catch by now grown, but what a little league throw to the plate

  18. CBD

    I don’t like that first inning..no runs, but in a DH with a limited bull pen… and marquis in game 2… this could be a long night for the Red legs.

  19. docmike

    Good job, Cozart. Way to make him work.

  20. docmike

    Skip Schumaker may possibly be the worst player to ever be a DH…

    • Indy Red Man

      lol…..no possible way Falu or DeJesus would be that bad

  21. CP

    Love that the White Sox get Adam Laroche as their DH, Reds get Skip Schumaker. But that competitive disadvantage is made up when the White Sox come back to Cincy, right? ::thumbsdown::

    • docmike

      Skip and Gregg would both be taking up space on a AAA roster, much less a major league team.

  22. CBD

    Did i miss something?

    I thought the whole reason not to DL and send Mesoraco to the operating table was so he could DH in the Reds’ interleage games… and they send out Schumaker ?

    • docmike

      I sincerely hop a reporter asks Price to explain this bizarre decision after the game.

    • CBD

      Apologies..i see the entire thread about this at the top…. however it bears repeating !!!

      • preacherj

        no worries. We are all still mumbling about it under our breath anyway

  23. preacherj

    something is wrong when your d.h bats 8.something is also wrong when your d H is batting 160 with no home runs and no RBIs

    • RedsFanEd (@RedsFanEd)

      It could be because he swings at pitches that are above his chin. Even if you contact it’s a popup. He whiffs at the worst pitches.

  24. Indy Red Man

    No reason whatsoever that Boesch shouldn’t be the DH if Meso couldn’t go? Schumaker Ks on 4 pitches…1 an actual strike

  25. Vanessa Galagnara

    Cueto has about 10 more starts for the Reds let him throw 150 pitches.

  26. VaRedsFan

    Lost in the DH talk…Byrd walked!!!

  27. Indy Red Man

    Cozart should’ve went already?

  28. Vanessa Galagnara

    Now that was a great at bat by Negron….. he got the walk and he drove the pitch count insanely high for a second inning. Nice work!

  29. VaRedsFan

    Meso to DH was obvious. But Boesch really hit the ball hard when he started a game.. Why Skip over BB?

  30. RedsFanEd (@RedsFanEd)

    Why doesn’t someone suggest to Billy to choke up on the bat? He’s never going to be a power hitter and he would improve contact. Cut down on the strike outs, the pop ups and maybe help with the bunting technique.

  31. Indy Red Man

    To me Hamilton looks a little better. He’s taking the count to atleast 2-2 almost every atbat and hitting some balls hard….he just can’t bunt

  32. CBD

    hate to see Noesi injured but has to be good for the Reds to get into the bullpen early

    • Indy Red Man

      Noesi has been so bad….that’s prob not good

      • VaRedsFan

        Yes..that’s not good to get Noesi out of the game.

    • preacherj

      Yeah, but Noesi left in the 2nd and still had thrown 45 pitches. We were going to get to this guy. And if not we would have been in the bullpen pretty early anyway

    • Vicferrari

      I hate to see him get injured because now the Reds are not facing a pitcher with a 6+ ERA

  33. VaRedsFan

    A clean clear bullet by Billy. Cozart not advancing on the first WP possibly cost us a run there. Considering there was a 2nd WP in the inning. Of course circumstances change and there might not be a 2nd WP.

  34. Vanessa Galagnara

    That is one way to chase the starting pitcher out of the game.

  35. Indy Red Man

    If we’re going to make Cueto sit this long…might as well get atleast 2-3 runs

  36. Vicferrari

    So you would think the Reds might try to drive some pitch counts up already getting to their bullpen in the 2nd of game 1 of a DH. Will they?

    • CBD

      They don’t know how to do that. First pitch or bust !

    • docmike

      Rodon has been in the bullpen all year. I imagine 5 innings is the most they will get out of him in the 2nd game regardless.

  37. Vicferrari

    This pitcher made his debut last season as a 29 year old sported a 4.80 ERA, come one lets get some runs

  38. docmike

    2 innings, 5 men left on. Reds getting their chances, but not able to deliver the big hit.

  39. VaRedsFan

    anothe sneak attack steal by Todd.

  40. VaRedsFan

    the one time Bruce needs to pull the ball, he slaps it to 3rd with Todd on 2nd and no outs. He continuously fails at situational hitting

    • Indy Red Man

      Yep while Pena continually adapts to the pitcher and takes what he can get at probably 1/5 of the price and ability

  41. docmike

    This is painful to watch. The Sox are trying their darndest to give us this game, yet our guys don’t seem to want it.

  42. VaRedsFan

    Carroll has major sink on his pitches

  43. Indy Red Man

    Worth a shot…make them make the play. Nobody can get a hit w/risp to save their life

    • docmike

      No it wasn’t. Whatever chance Pena had of knocking the run in, is better than the zero chance that had of working.

  44. VaRedsFan

    I don’t mind that attempt by Todd to score there…just didn’t work.

    • docmike

      Blame him for not getting a hit, but you can’t blame him for the double play…

  45. AARON

    I see what they were trying to do there…. but that play would require a bad throw by the 1st baseman in order for Todd to score.

    • tct

      I wonder about the though process of the front office. I mean, do they think they are making good decisions that just aren’t working out? Do Walt and Price believe that plenty of other teams would be giving Skip at bats, but Skip has just been injured and unlucky and hasn’t gotten going?

  46. docmike

    3 innings of being shut out by Hector Noesi and Scott Carroll.

    Bruce and Phillips have each batted twice with a chance to knock in a run. Both have failed twice.

    Sigh…

  47. docmike

    Sure wish we had a guy like Mesoraco to hit in the 4-hole today.

  48. Jake

    I know why Schumaker is batting instead of Mes. Price didn’t want to give the opposing team a competitive advantage by knowing they were going to use Mes

  49. VaRedsFan

    RLN servers will explode i Skip doesn’t get this run in

  50. seat101

    Man! I understand gallows humor, but you guys are almost happy that the Reds aren’t scoring.

    • docmike

      Huh?

      I am not happy in the slightest about this offensive display of… offense.

    • tct

      Nobody is rooting for the Reds to fail. But Skip represents everything that is wrong with this front office right now. Giving multi year contract s to washed up veterans. Refusing to cut bait with those veterans after it is clear that they are below replacement level. Valuing abstract things like grit and toughness over production. Valuing batting average over total offensive production and thinking Skip is a good hitter because he hit over .300 a couple times in the past. And, of course, Walt’s obsession for former players that he knew in the Cardinal organization.

      Skip seems like a good dude and its not really his fault that Price and Walt thinks he’s good. But his continued failure proves the failure of managment, and those of us who would like a change don’t really mind seeing Walt look bad.

    • docmike

      One would think. Then again, they should already have 3-4 runs already.

      • mwvohio

        That’s not really how it works. Go look up the number of LOB for the ’75 and ’76 teams. It happens. Not saying this offense is nearly as good but just because they strand runners at the start of a game doesn’t mean it’ll continue. Doesn’t help at all to have Votto/Mes not around and other lineup shenanigans but it is what it is.

        As long as they are continuing to get guys on base it’ll result in some runs eventually.

  51. Vanessa Galagnara

    Reds are starting to look like the team with the least effective management. Can we get an amen?

  52. docmike

    1 for 7 with RISP. The one hit? An infield hit, no run scores.

  53. doublenohitter

    The fact that the Reds have been coaching Billy Hamilton on bunting, and the fact that he has become a terrible bunter, tells you everything about this coaching staff.

  54. doublenohitter

    The White Sox have a starter ERA of 5.5. If you thought the Reds would have 0 runs in this game, raise your hand.

    • tct

      Look at the lineup, though. The two easiest positions to find a hitter at are first base and DH. And those two positions are the worst hitters, batting 8-9, in the Reds lineup.

  55. seat101

    Which kind of game is this? Is it the one where the dam finally breaks and we score lots of runs? Or is it the one where we’ve used up so many opportunities we don’t get any more chances?

  56. Indy Red Man

    Schumaker muscling up for about a 220 ft looper to the outfield….omg….this is hard to take? Its hard enough to beat team when your coach/GM actual have functioning brains. Schumaker at DH? Really? Cost us atleast 1 run prob 2 already

  57. docmike

    8 baserunners, a wild pitch, and 2 stolen bases through 5 innings.
    A hit with a RISP.
    A ball hit to the outfield with a runner on 3rd and one out.

    No runs to show for it.

  58. AARON

    found a gem today posted on another blog.

    –Coming into today, the Reds have scored 112 runs which is 9th in the NL
    –The reds have 38 Home Runs which is comfortable 2nd in the NL
    — The reds have 69 runs scored via the Home Run.

    61.6% of all the Reds’ runs are by homers… the league average over the course of history is 35%

    The team struggles mightily with the “get em on, get em over, get em in” concept.

    • docmike

      With all the baserunners the Reds have had today, a homer would have been nice to have…

    • mwvohio

      You know, that adage is ancient in the sport but has anyone actually figured out if that’s the best way to play? I mean that sort of implies you should be giving up outs doesn’t it? A better adage would be something short and sweet like “Get on base” or “Don’t give up outs” wouldn’t it?

    • AARON

      to be clear… its not really a complaint… but its hard to get home runs consistently in larger parks. Games that should be wins for the Reds on paper end up being losses (see ATL) because the park isn’t conducive to homers.

      • Indy Red Man

        Good point…although we hit a bunch in Atlanta

  59. Indy Red Man

    Gregg Gregg Badenhop Gregg Badenhop Gregg BH…..where’s Cingrani? He’s our long man…got to get Gregg and BHop going…..3 days later…Cingrani is the 8th inning setup man….lol. Price makes Dusty look Casey Stengel

  60. Vanessa Galagnara

    let us see if Bruce can wake up here.

  61. docmike

    The Reds are getting guys on base, just not in the correct sequence.

    • mwvohio

      Sequencing though is random, you can’t control that part of it. All you can do is have each guy do their best to try to not make an out. Rather, it’s random once the lineup is set.. you can certainly set yourself up with better or worse chances for good sequencing by placing hitters who are better at getting on base near each other.

      • docmike

        Obviously it’s random, and I never said they could control it. Doesn’t make it any less frustrating though.

  62. Indy Red Man

    35 of 37 in steals and 2nd in the NL in homers and we’re 9th in runs out of 15….how is that possible?

      • Indy Red Man

        That and the batting avg. and their deadly allergic reaction to the sac fly

  63. VaRedsFan

    Reds are 35-37 in stealing bases this year.

  64. VaRedsFan

    Cozart, a great bunter, has failed on 2 squeeze attempts this year

  65. VaRedsFan

    One of the best reds offensive plays… the rbi groundout. There’s your run Johnny

  66. VaRedsFan

    I knew Skip over Mez was the right call!!!! hic

  67. doublenohitter

    Schumaker gets the hit with a runner in scoring position…and Bryan Price flips the redlegnation a bird!

  68. Indy Red Man

    Finally!!! First rbi of the year for Schu…..that should keep him in a Reds uniform until 2017

  69. mwvohio

    There we go, a walk by Billy. Now let’s see if he can make it a double.

  70. VaRedsFan

    Will Byrd stop swinging long enough for Billy to steal?

  71. mwvohio

    Not sure how the rules work on a guy tumbling onto the runner like that and preventing them from taking another base.

  72. msanmoore

    Did they pitch out and still not get Billy? Gameday had that ball way up and away.

    • magi210

      Pitchout, throw by the catcher bounced in the dirt, Billy was safe, but may have hurt his arm/shoulder going into the 2nd baseman. Staying in the game it looks like.

  73. VaRedsFan

    Wow…great tag by Billy on the fly to medium left center

  74. VaRedsFan

    They should walk Todd to get to Bruce all day

  75. msanmoore

    Todd steals 2nd, Billy steals home … anybody up for that?

  76. VaRedsFan

    Rbi groundout….Todd running on the pitch…stayed out of the DP

    • msanmoore

      I’ll take that … though “steals home” is a really cool thing to see.

  77. Indy Red Man

    Boy Pittsburgh was flat….these guys are flat too. Lets get a sweep!!!

    • msanmoore

      Let’s win this one first, OK? 🙂

  78. VaRedsFan

    Zack swung at 4 pitches, only 1 was a strike.

  79. Vanessa Galagnara

    I know we have 3 runs but wow it seems like our offense is just terrible with runners on base. Hard to blame any one player for that!

  80. VaRedsFan

    shut out gone on the solo shot. Cueto not happy after the inning.

  81. Indy Red Man

    I was for paying BP and not for paying Homer but I don’t know how Jocketty could sign those guys and Bruce and let Johnny walk. Once the Nats overpaid for Scherzer though….its a done deal

  82. msanmoore

    93 pitches, 4 hits with 1 of them just a little longer than hoped … not bad Mr. Cueto. Got one more inning in you?

  83. VaRedsFan

    A 2nd hit for Skip!!! Sign him to an extension!

  84. Indy Red Man

    Their pen sucks and the 2nd gm starter has only pitched like 5-6 innings….should be right back in their pen again w/Votto and Mesoraco in the lineup:)

  85. Vanessa Galagnara

    Kris Negron 2 walks as effective as Joey Votto. Maybe better if you consider his ability to play defense.

  86. VaRedsFan

    Unlucky on the bounce off the backstop..

    • Indy Red Man

      Yeah it was flukey but seemed like Schu took forever….must’ve got a bad break?

  87. Indy Red Man

    3 tagged out at the plate and counting:(

  88. magi210

    Just one of those games where nothing goes right at home for the Reds. Really unlucky on that bounce off the backstop.

  89. Reds fan in Indy

    Just cannot break a game open….

  90. VaRedsFan

    107 pitches. Probably done. Nice job Johnny

  91. Indy Red Man

    Got out the calculator

    If the Reds hold on….Cueto since 2010 will be 68-35 with a 2.72 era….and pitching half his games in a bandbox. That’s as good as it gets. I doubt Kershaw could do any better or anyone else?

  92. VaRedsFan

    BP delivers the RBI knock…4-1 good guys (as Hawk would say)

  93. msanmoore

    An Pena walks … I’m thinking we can all breathe easier about game 1. Plus their pen had to work a little extra, so that helps us for game 2. And of course we get Joey back …

  94. Vanessa Galagnara

    Cueto should pitch the ninth no need for Chapman.

      • Vanessa Galagnara

        The guy has what 10 or so starts left with the team? 150 pitches per game if I am the manager and knowing that i might be facing him later in the season. Get an entire seasons worth before the second half even kicks in.

  95. msanmoore

    Come on Kris!!! Blow this thing wide open!!

  96. msanmoore

    Or an RBI walk … those re nice as well …

  97. VaRedsFan

    4 starts worth of run support for Cueto today.

    • VaRedsFan

      The lineup was confused thinking Marquis was pitching the opener

  98. AARON

    Man this is hard to watch. Jennings is a mess and he’s being hung out to dry.

  99. Indy Red Man

    Their pen….soft tossers with bad control? We should have 10 runs right now

  100. CBD

    home plate ump has been squeezing white sox pitching all day really. they have a beef… however, I dont think it matters in the end.. plus its nice the Reds catch a break

  101. mwvohio

    Booooooom! So um.. all those comments about runs? Not breaking games open? Just saying.

  102. CBD

    gotta wonder why bring in another arm for one out… especialyl when you have another game……..and now its 10-1

    • CBD

      YES! This..they are willing to deal now… we could get a bag of balls and 3 bags of white chalk.

  103. msanmoore

    OK, Gregg can pitch now … I’m OK with that if for no other reason than he won’t pitch in Game #2.

    • CBD

      his ERA is only 8… that wont be enough for the Sox.

  104. Indy Red Man

    I said a Byrd Byrd Byrd…Byrd is the word. I said a Byrd Byrd Byrd…Byrd is the word

    on pace for 33 hrs/95 rbis

    • msanmoore

      And we’d be thrilled with half that and average defense in LF.

  105. Indy Red Man

    Why is JC still in the game? If he goes 120 all the time then he won’t last til August

    • Gaffer

      Get him out of there. So, not pitching the 9th on 85 pitches in a 3 run game, but yes for 110 and 9 runs?

      • ProspectCincy

        Incredibly stupid. Now the good outing Cueto had looks pedestrian; and Price goes right for risking injury.

        9 run lead in the 9th, and the Reds throw their best. Down 1 in the 7th, it’s Kevin Gregg time.

        Unbelievable.

      • vegastypo

        Price had to be trying to save everybody else for Game 2 and/or tomorrow. But geez, he had an emergency mop in Villarreal, right?

      • Gaffer

        Price just manages as the wind blows.

  106. Vanessa Galagnara

    I still think it was the right move to leave Cueto in. should be able to pitch in game 2 if needed. Like I said before let’s get an entire season out of Cueto one way or another. Make him regret not taking the contract we did offer him. Heck pitch him every 3 days until his arm falls off. It is a contract year…. zero chance he goes on the DL

    • Mutaman

      Might be the worst post I’ve ever read. Nothing personal but, really?

      • Vanessa Galagnara

        Seriously? the worst post ever? Before the 90’s guys would throw 200 pitches per game easily and they never had Tommy John surgery.

        And since when do agents tell ownership how to use a player who is under contract?

      • Aaron Bradley

        False. Maybe they didn’t have TJ surgery as frequently because it was “new technology” and experimental for a long time… but plenty of examples of guys blowing out their arms and ending careers prematurely, for instance Sandy Koufax… and our own Mario Soto. It is a proven fact the number of pitches you throw impacts your long term health. You seriously don’t think any sports agent doesn’t review how his client is utilized and say something if it is unusual and possible health concern? Es[ecially in his final year? Price cannot simply command Cueto to throw 150 pitches per game and expect compliance.

  107. Gaffer

    Is Devin really not in the second game either?

    • Vanessa Galagnara

      Confirmation that Walt and Bryan make the best GM- Manager duo of the 21st century.