The Reds would not have won last night’s game without Jose Iglesias.

Which is good, because guess what, everybody (party horn emoji):

Two weeks until the next MRI, even. This is like driving from Cincinnati to Dayton and breaking through the downtown traffic only to join the hideously unscenic I75 traffic.

I was very glad for last night’s win, but it also created a creeping sense of unease. It made me That Girl. And I don’t like being That Girl, but… most of the runs this team is generating are from the longball. They’re making absolute WTF errors and decisions on the basepaths, with occasional fielding terribleness that would make my small nephew’s baseball coach drink. Last night was a win, but would it have been a win if the Reds were playing the Not-Marlins?

Fix it.

Well, now I need a smile. Here is my favorite current picture of Jesse Winker screaming into the dugout:

Today’s game is a Businessman’s Special and I’ll keep calling it a Businessman’s Special because Business Day Special sounds like the most boring sale in the most boring man-clothes store on the planet, and the only kind of store more boring than a man-clothes store is one with nothing but tile samples, whereas a Businessman’s Special sounds like a place where at least some action is about to go down, such as a tense boardroom discussion, or a contract murder. I’ll talk about this at length as I stand here between Not-Cinergy Stadium and Riverfront Coliseum.

The Businessman’s Special begins at 12:35.

Starting Pitchers


The most important stat we can draw from today’s game is the fact that THE REDS HAVE A PITCHER NAMED SONNY AND HE IS INVOLVED IN A GAME WITH A MIAMI TEAM


The Marlins have a guy named Pablo, but I don’t know what that means in terms of late twentieth-century crime dramas conducted in pastels.

Sonny Gray 2.89 1.29 9.1 7 0 2
Pablo Lopez 6.10 1.26 10.1 12 1 1



1. Jesse Winker (L) CF
2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
3. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
4. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
5. Matt Kemp (R) LF
6. Jose Peraza (R) 2B
7. Curt Casali (R) C
8. Jose Iglesias (R) SS
9. Sonny Gray (R) P


1. Curtis Granderson (L) LF
2. Brian Anderson (R) 3B
3. Neil Walker (S) 1B
4. Starlin Castro (R) 2B
5. Miguel Rojas (R) SS
6. Lewis Brinson (R) CF
7. Peter O’Brien (R) RF
8. Chad Wallach (R) C
9. Pablo Lopez (L) P

Our Friend Yasiel returns, but pretty much only because he doesn’t want to talk to Joe Torre.

News and Notes

-Is this good, or…?

-The past two game threads have come to you from the road because I love you and I am a dedicated professional and none of the other writers would switch with me. Yesterday one of the airport restaurants was showing the stupid Yankees, which is why people now hate air travel.

Partly. I adored traveling when I was a little girl. Now I’d rather ship myself in a nailed-together, splintery crate because then at least I’m not subjected to a world tour of every upsetting form of leggings Forever XXI has to offer.

29 Responses

  1. Aaron B.

    Free Game of the day on MLB.TV … so far we are 0-2 on free games, so I hope this breaks the streak.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      Thanks for the tip! Maybe I can get it since I am currently decidedly out of market..

  2. Bubba Woo

    Winker in CF? Really? Probably the slowest non-Catcher on the team. I’m fine with embracing sabermetrics, but this seems a little extreme.

    • Bubba Woo

      Perfect! I’m sure Winker shares Hatteberg’s fear today.

  3. lost11found

    We even got a Miami Vice reference.

    and Puig’s reply about not wanting an appeal is a great example of not teaching a pig to sing. It wastes your time and and annoys the pig.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      To ignore the chance for a Miami Vice reference is to deny my birthright as a child of the 80s.

  4. lost11found

    Good beginning for our Sonny. 2 inning, two hits but 4K’s to go with that.

    Wake up Bats! and not the ones in Louisville! But it’d be fine too if they woke up.

  5. Eric

    1.) I can’t believe MBE missed the opportunity for a Romy & Michelle reference by not mentioning the Businesswoman’s Special!

    2.) Gotta LOVE the Miami Vice reference, though!

    Glad the grounder didn’t knock Sonny out of the game.

    Gray, not Crockett.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      I have seen Romy & Michelle once. I have seen 26 episodes of Miami Vice. I have been offended by Business Special unto infinity.

  6. Mary Beth Ellis


    (I expect results immediately.)

  7. Mary Beth Ellis

    Am I gonna have to play the hurting uterus card? Cuz I will.

  8. Nate

    Winker made a nice catch out there going back to the wall. Much better than Ozuna’s play the other night. Gray is looking good so far.

  9. Free house

    This team been on about a 3 week offensive slump. They have the Cards and Dodgers next and they can’t expect these starters to allow 0 to 2 runs per game. Cards and Dodgers have a good offense and if this team doesn’t start scoring we can go on a 5 or 6 game losing streak pending today.

  10. Indy Red Man

    Miami Vice theme here….what happened to Kyle Crockett?

    Also whats up with GABP? Walker and Puig’s balls are both easily gone normally? The wind is howling pretty good in Indy….maybe the wind is knocking balls down in Cincy?
    Puig looked really dejected. Hope he doesn’t start pressing?

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      I read about this because I’m only watching the first two seasons. Apparently, fter yelling that Kyle was “his life,” Sonny made absolutely no mention of him for like six years, at which point he realized the series was ending and looked him up to say hey, sorry about utterly abandoning you and all, but I thought you were safer without me around. byeeeeeee

  11. Indy Red Man

    Hard liner off his thigh in the 2nd inning. Prob tightened up?

  12. Indy Red Man

    I’ll admit I was wrong on Stephenson. I would’ve traded him 2-3 years ago for a player never to be named later. He may or may not make it, but his stuff is top shelf!
    I just don’t understand how he’s never been dominant in the minors? I guess falling behind all the time will beat you at every level

    • wizeman

      Would have liked to see him stretched out a bit today.
      Still sorting and Gray could miss a start.

      • wizeman

        going to be a while on wood. plus going to see who starts in a year.
        think we just had to use a couple of guys a year early before they were ready.
        won’t be surprised if we are not looking at
        stevenson a year from now

  13. Nate

    Puig with the big double and then stole 3rd. Nice inning

  14. Mark Lang

    We’re in keep changing pitchers until we find one that isn’t going to work, mode.

    • lost11found

      With a 4 run lead, it give a small amount of flexibility.

  15. Roger Garrett

    Duke and Hernandez got it done today.Good job.

  16. Indy Red Man

    Nice sweep!! Reds had to have that! Next step is atleast 1of 2 in Mexico