Remember how at the beginning of the season and then the midpoint of the season and right before everything went right in the toilet we thought this series would be pivotal and exciting and very necessary to playoff hopes?

In case you just climbed out of a Queen City Avenue pothole, that is no longer the case.

But if you thought this series would be stupid and boring because it involves the stupid Cubs! You’re wrong, sport! Here comes… our new pitcher…. Kevin Gausman….!…. I… guess.

Doug has the what-all of what-all you need to know.

On the other hand, this is the last time we’ll have to look at the stupid Cubs’ stupid team from their stupid overpriced city with their stupid fans and stupid song in all of 2019. Cling to that as the darkness overcomes you.

Starting Pitchers

Cole Hamels 134.1 3.89 131 1.39 25
Kevin Gausman 95.2 5.83 107 1.43 27

We already talked about Kevin Guasman, so here’s an opportunity to discuss Cole Hamels at length. Cole Hamels sounds like the name of every bad guy in every episode of Saved By the Bell ever.


The Reds bullpen no longer contains Kevin Gregg OR Wandy Peralta. So there’s that.

The Cubs bullpen, however, has to sit in the bullpen knowing they are Cubs.

Starting Lineups


  1. Alex Blandino (R) 2B
  2. Phillip Ervin (R) LF
  3. Eugenio Suárez (R) 3B
  4. Aristides Aquino (R) RF
  5. Curt Casali (R) C
  6. Michael Lorenzen (R) CF
  7. Jose Peraza (R) SS
  8. Josh VanMeter (L) 1B
  9. Kevin Gausman (L) P

Stupid Cubs

  1. Ben Zobrist (S) 2B
  2. Nick Castellanos (R) RF
  3. Kris Bryant (R) 3B
  4. Kyle Schwarber (L) LF
  5. Willson Contreras (R) C
  6. Victor Caratini (S) 1B
  7. Jason Heyward (L) CF
  8. Nico Hoerner (R) SS
  9. Cole Hamels (L) P

News and Notes

-If you haven’t seen this ovaries-clutching full video of Derek Dietrich helping a family with its gender reveal, you really must.

-If you haven’t seen the video of Trevor Bauer dedicating yesterday’s win to a very special fan (starts at 1:09), you really must. Stay strong, bud.

The Reds called up infielder Christian Colon prior to the game.

Reds call up Christian Colon from Triple-A Louisville

27 Responses

  1. B-town fan

    Um is Votto hurt. I figured yesterday he was just getting a day off.

    • Doug Gray

      No. Just like yesterday, Joey Votto is sick. Something’s been going around the clubhouse.

  2. Mary Beth Ellis

    I can understand why they’d build this. I wouldn’t want anyone seeing me in a Cubs jersey either.

  3. Mary Beth Ellis

    Took me a second but… lol

  4. Mary Beth Ellis

    This also made my ovaries happy. Many thanks 🙂 Your encouragement means so much.

  5. Broseph

    Maybe Medina? I had to listen to Thom on Sunday for Bengals game. I was so hoping his voice would be wore out for this series

  6. Billy

    Whatever there is to complain about,
    You guys do it over and over .
    Unhappiest group in the wirld

  7. Broseph

    This winter will be a nice therapeutic break from this team. Losing is ok to deal with, but in this fashion? Why are you stealing before the pitch against a lefty?

  8. Billy

    A break from the whiners and alibi-makers on this site.
    Umpires and announcers….. complain,

  9. Chris Holbert

    Were they out of pants when Blandion was in line? That boy is waiting on the flood..

  10. BigRedMike

    Hamels is wild

    Nasty change up to Aquino though

  11. Mary Beth Ellis

    The only run being that which the Cubs walked in is extremely on-brand for this team

  12. B-town fan

    I’ve been giving Bell the benefit of the doubt this season, but why was Dietrich brought in to replace VanMeter after 1 ab why? For what reason I don’t get it.

    • B-town fan

      Ok My bad, I wasn’t watching on TV just Game Day, guess he has the same bug that Votto has and going around the club house.

  13. Mary Beth Ellis

    Marty started out the inning grumpy but then remembered he’s retiring in about 30 seconds

  14. Mary Beth Ellis

    He just read the answer to the trivia question because “I don’t even care anymore” due to Cowboy giving him a hard time and I can’t stop laughing

  15. Mary Beth Ellis

    “They were built for Crosley field and played in Riverfront”– great line and observation. I never thought about the transition team and how they needed to adjust from one park to the other. Apparently the front office didn’t either.

  16. yorktownred

    Based upon tonight’s opponent and the leading nature of the question, I’ll guess Milt Pappas.

  17. Erik the Red

    AG has not exactly had a great second half. The bullpen needs at least two or three upgrades next year.

  18. TR

    Schwarber grew up as a Reds fan and is the pride of the Middies of Middletown, but there is a certain disappointment that he’s now a Cub. He’s also a graduate of IU.

  19. Ed

    What a mess of a game. Feeing sorry for Gausman, but also wondering what the heck Bell was thinking in the first place. How many pitchers did he run out there? 8??

  20. Ed

    Yikes. I’m going to be sad if the stupid Cubs keep walking Suarez