Final game in the series of the Reds (18-35) and the Rockies (24-28) starts 8:40 PM. Get this: They win tonight, they win the series. Against the Rockies. In Colorado.


I’m in this place where the season has become extremely relaxing, because I have let go and now allow the losing to flow peacefully through my fingertips. I’m a rock in the river of the pitching staff’s 6.69 ERA washing around me. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in my whole life.

I had the call on while working last night and it was quite soothing, even when the night began to edge towards frightening. Marty said, “Annnnnd he walked him” and I was just all, “I am at one with this walk.” Were the Reds going to lose? Probably. What could I do about it? Nothing. Could I stop the sun from setting? Nope.

So I just listened.  The freedom from agonizing over every bottom of every ninth, in addition to every bottom of every ninth of four other teams I’m supposed to hate, is a profound one. Perhaps this is how Cleveland has adapted– all those years of inhaling the output of the factory of sadness they’ve installed up there. You develop a core of coexistence. You are at one with the walk.


Alfredo Simon
 9.60 40.1  28  2.06 Nah, I’m 100% zen about an ERA that more than doubles that of the other pitcher’s. Who is a Rocky.
Eddie Butler  4.13  32.2  21 1.07 Probably not. I’m sure Eddie is a very nice young man.


1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Brandon Phillips (2B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Billy Hamilton (CF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9.Alfredo Simon (P)
1. Charlie Blackmon (CF)
2. DJ LeMahieu (2B)
3. Nolan Arenado (3B)
4. Carlos Gonzalez (RF)
5. Trevor Story (SS)
6. Gerardo Parra (LF)
7. Daniel Descalso (1B)
8. Tony Wolters (C)
9.Eddie Butler (P)


Sean Casey says Second Boom up to you, good sir.


Man, that Frazier trade sure is paying off dividends.


40 Responses

  1. reaganspad

    The Todd Frazier thing is just sad, and now we may do the same thing with Jay. Trade him and watch him go hit 40 HR’s in another uniform.

    I really do dislike our front office. It is worse than Simon’s current ERA

  2. George

    Aye yes, the state of numbness, just relax and enjoy a game that kids play and have fun with. Money and adults always screw up the simple things. When the circumstances are as they are, numbers don’t really matter, they just tell the story that doesn’t need an explanation and all know the ending. 162 chapters but in the end the ending is what most of us knew before the first page was turned.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      I especially appreciate that last line. There’s a reason why writers are drawn to baseball more than any other sport.

  3. mwvohio

    I’ve been pretty quiet on here this season because well.. even from the first week you could sense the negativity in the air and I prefer to stick with my own personal brand of negativity instead of sampling that of others but I had to log in to say that you Mary Beth Ellis have been extremely entertaining to read. The snark. The humor mixed in with the snark. The references to things not related to baseball yet somehow related to life which is related to baseball so therefor it IS related to baseball. Kudos ma’am for brightening the place up a little.

    Also just for the record I’m quite happy for all our former Reds have found new homes and are doing well (yes, even you Mr. Latos.) I simply cannot bring myself to feel any other way about guys who signed on with the Reds and gave it their all while they are here. Following Cueto this year has been a nice balm for the blues of rebuilding. For anyone so inclined I highly recommend taking a passing interest in the Giants. They’re a scrappy gritty tough workman-like team full of passion and spunk. They also have starting pitching staff that is nails but I’m sure that’s just a coincidence as far as contributing to winning baseball goes.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      So very kind of you– many thanks. It means a lot.

  4. TR

    After not winning a World Series for 56 years, the Giants won in 2010 and then again in 2012 and 2014. This is an even year so the odds are in their favor to win this year also. The Reds should have won in 2012 but that’s an old story, and until they’re competitive again, the Giants are ok just so it’s not the Cardinals.

  5. Indy RedMan

    I don’t know much but the older I get the more often I think about the serenity prayer! Use it liberally in your life and especially with the Reds! Its just a game after all? At the same time never go Pink Floyd and become Comfortably Numb with losing. I believe it was the state of Kentucky that closed down a highway that ran by Colonel Sanders restaurant when he was in his 60s and it bankrupted him. What did the old guy do? He got in his car and started driving around selling the old Famous Recipe on commission. Keep believing!!

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      When in doubt… always turn to chicken.

  6. Shchi Cossack

    It’s the Joey Jay show in the 1st! Votto doubles and Bruce triples. Reds up 1-0 with Simon now on the bump.

    • Shchi Cossack

      And for those youngsters who do not remember the ’61 & ’62 seasons, Joey Jay was a monster aquisition by the Reds from the Roy McMillan trade with the Milwaukee Braves

  7. mdhabel

    Bruce already tied for a career high of triples. Luck or better base running?

  8. Indy RedMan

    I’d say there might be a market for a guy on pace for 33 HRs, 15 triples, and 105 rbis? His .378 batt avg w/risp is crazy at this point though since its .243 lifetime.

  9. Indy RedMan

    BP hacking at a 2-1 pitch that’s so far inside that he couldn’t possibly keep it fair? He’s killing them with dp’s? Put him behind Duvall since he’s not walking or singling right now

  10. Dan

    man that Duvall guy sucks. We should trade him or something.

    • Patrick Jeter

      The better he does, the more you get in return for him. Your argument isn’t even an argument against trading him.

      You can’t trade bad players.

      • Indy RedMan

        How bout you paid millions for one that guy that had 2/3 of a good season and many many more millions for another guy for 2 meaningless no-hitters and now you want to move a guy that’s actually producing and making next to nothing? The guy barely has 300 career atbats and the ball explodes off his bat. Give him a chance?

      • Chuck Schick

        I don’t think anyone is demanding that Adam Duvall be traded. There are some statistical anamolies that suggest sustained success may be difficult to achieve, but that may be a reflection of sample size…or a reflection of reality. Who knows.

      • Patrick Jeter

        I don’t want him traded. Just pointing out that a player performing well is not really an argument NOT to trade him.

      • Indy RedMan

        I get what you guys are saying about Duvall’s walk/K ratio…..its horrible! That’s the thing though….if the Reds brass thinks he might be a fluke based on the same limited data then how do they move Bruce? Winker has shown next to no power and Hamilton is what he is! Someone has to use those short fences in GABP?

  11. Irishmike

    Another base running snafu. Billy Hatcher sending Tucker on Cozart’s double was simply ignorant.

    • Indy RedMan

      Yeah…not as good as Arrenado is! If it was Suarez or Ku-fu Panda or someone maybe take a shot?

      • Indy RedMan

        I think Ku-fu is a Korean dish….make that Kung-Fu Panda

  12. Jeff

    I hate Simon with a red hot passion. I’m zen with losing this year, but Simon is ruining my ch’i.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      We need to institute fan yoga on a daily basis outside the ballpark.

  13. Indy RedMan

    I think Suarez is my fav new Red! I know the batt avg is down but the HRs/walks are way up. I think he’s added some lift to his swing so the added power makes up for the loss in average. I don’t know about 3B though? I’d put him at 2B long term….less of a defensive liability there!

  14. preacherj

    Billy beat out a single, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out, came home because he spooked the middle infielder into trying to get him at home and comitted ab error. By the book Hamilrun

  15. mdhabel

    Bruce splits this year:

    vs COL/PHI (49 at bats): .408/.469/1.14 (!)
    vs All Others (131 at bats): .229/.313/.573

  16. preacherj

    I thought Duval had another one.

  17. preacherj

    Suarez almost golfed that one out of the stadium

  18. preacherj

    We just need a few more to make this pen proof. I dont trust 11-2

    • Kal

      The same thought crossed my mind. Also it’d just be fun to see some more scoring from the offense. Even though it’s Coors Field, sometimes just getting some good hits raises confidence and can get some guys going. Looks like Joey may be coming around a bit.

  19. mdhabel

    It almost makes it less impressive on the individual level when the whole team makes it look this easy. Almost

  20. Indy RedMan

    464 feet for Suarez! The air is thin but I don’t care….that was a BOMB