Three weeks of baseball down, and still plenty more to go before this season ends.
How are our Reds doing?
Well…they could be better.
The one thing the Reds never have to worry about knowing where they need improvement. Over the past three weeks I’ve went on a roller coaster of seeing what I want to see from the Reds (Trying to run, trying to play small ball, NOT living and dying by the long ball) The keyword there is try of course.
Then I’ve seen the other side that I didn’t want to see. Aaron Harang falling apart on the mound, people not paying attention on the bases, and just over all fumbling of the opportunity when it’s given to you.
So let’s talk a little bit more about the good.
I like what I see from Dickerson, Gomes (when they play him), Stubbs, and Caberra. Votto and Bruce are warming up to what I want to see from them, but they’ve got some room to grow. An honorable mention goes to the bullpen especially Rhodes. Most wouldn’t see what improvement and changes he’s made this year, but I sure have and want to see it continue.
Now some more bad…
I’m still steamed about opening day. I’ve let it cool off, I’ve tried to be opened minded about how things would or should be for an opening day game against the Cardinals. What should be said, and then put into Reds law until we know better and don’t need it as a law. YOU INTENTIONALLY WALK THE BEST PLAYER IN YOUR DIVISION AND ARGUEABLY THE LEAGUE!!! YOU ESPECIALLY WALK HIM AFTER HE HITS A HOME RUN ON HIS FIRST AT BAT! Come on…let’s be serious at what point do you really pitch to him anyway? You can be macho about this all you want being a pitcher, “I can beat him, he’s not perfect” ..no Pujols isn’t perfect, but there is also no shame in walking him.
Next…What is our deal with the Pirates? Last place team in our division, versus our middle of the division team…our middle should win, not get swept.
So in summary what have we learned?
No pitching to Pujols
Keep up the small ball
It’s still early in the season, so no reason to lose hope yet
What would you like me to write about next?
So I’ve been playing a lot of MLB2K10..
And I’ve seen a pattern with my MLB today games. These are games where you
play the same game as what your team is going to play that day, and what I’ve
seen is when I lose there, they lose. Win I win, they win. So I’m going to do a
prediction for today’s Diamondback’s game.
The Reds will lose today.
It won’t even be close sadly. Maybe something like 7 to 2.
Brandon Phillips will either try to steal or at least slide into 2nd.
Joey Votto will have a double..
The Diamondback’s pitching will be awful and will give us the walks if we
want them in the beginning, but their defense will be right on.
It’s almost 3 o’clock so let’s see what happens!
Come on fans! You’ve got 25 votes per person for the All Star Game, could you give a few to some Reds? I mean really there are some great players on the Reds that deserve to be on the National League team.
Joey Votto: How many of you have cursed his name this year..be honest
Brandon Phillips: A Gold Glove winner isn’t deserving?
Jay Bruuuuuuce: our home run maker, play maker
I’m not being greedy, I’m not asking for all of them to make it, but one…just one.
Most people would look and say…”You’re happy with 2nd place? First is only a couple games away why not go for the big win?”
This Reds fan says “Eh” (pronounce with a kinda jersey accent eeeh)
You’ve got to remember our goal is a winning season, you get us all pumped up that we might actually be a contender and this will only lead to disappointment. True Reds fans know that there are plenty of teams better than this one in it’s current setup. This is a building year, we know it, we’ve said it, and we’re right. We’ve got to stay strong and not over commit.
But…while I got a winning team it’s nice be be able to talk about the good things like
“How about this Votto guy!” Holy smokes!
“If you didn’t know who Bruce was before you do now!!”
We’ve got some defensive problems that I know Baker will get smoothed out in time, but this fan is happy to see good batting (that’s not home run batting) winning games as predicted. We’ve got a pitching staff that is just on the bubble of being great. This more than makes up for the almost baseball leading errors that we’re at.
I’m off to do what the Cob does best (watch baseball, coach little league, and look at fantasy stats!)
Ever have anyone blog a game midway through?
Well now you have.
It’s the top of the 6th and here I am!
So I’ve been watching the game as a whole for most part. Done some work here and there so I can’t say I’ve watched every pitch,but is it me or did Vouquez seem a little rusty?
In the first the Mets Carlos Delgado hits a homer…bad for the Reds, good for my fantasy team.
Then we say..Oh YEAH and Joey Votto gives us a 3 run homer to take the lead, good for the Reds, not for my fantasy team (you can thank me later!)
Then in the 2nd
Pelfry does something we don’t see and balks
The rest seems to be the basic manufacturing of runs for the rest of scoring which brought the score to 4-5 Mets.
In another oddity we had a double steal attempt by the Reds in the bottom of the 5th trying to tie up the game.
So bouncing around I know..
We are seeing a lot of strange steal attempts from both the Reds and Mets
So now I’m watching the Met’s walk Reds after Reds here in the 6th.
I’m watching Darnell McDonald and I have to admit I don’t know him as he slow grounds out the inning.
I watched him and others during opening day and didn’t seem to see the electricity I was hoping to see from Reds fans on an opening day.
Moving into the 7th
Mike Lincoln takes to pitching
I have to admit I’ve never seen s straight drop curve ball like his, it’s hard to hit and get a read on.
With only 1 rund down this game is still close enough even without the homer generating team the Reds once were to come back, but we’ve got to keep the Met’s at bay here.
No sooner than I say this and Delgado hits and allows Wright to score..
Any help here would be nice…we’re now down by two.
6 walks today…sigh
Bases loaded for some guy named Schnieder who of course has a history of hitting homers against Lincoln according the announcer. What does he do…hits in 3 runs
that makes the score 9 mets reds 4.
Watching Dusty I’m thinking he’s about to kick some butt, or at least have to buy a new hat for as many times as hes thrown it. LOL
Bottom of the 7th..here we go…
New Pitcher for the Mets
Chris Dickerson is batting….does he have a white bat? Who has a white bat?
I like his stance, and he’s good at picking his pitch thus far.
and he’s out swiinging.
Joey Votto’s back up.
He doesn’t seem to have a special style when he hits, but I do like the point that he indeed can swing the mechanics of hitting well. Good single.
Brandon I think is about as close as we get to a home run hitter nowadays.
Votto’s currently leading in HR’s, but it’s still Phillips as he hits a single and we’re to the corners with Votto on 3rd and Phillips on 1st.
Bruce is up.
Big bat, Votto scores! But slow butt Phillips can’t pull 2nd, but we save a guy for 1st.
Walked Encarnacion, and now we’re on 1st and 2nd
Green comes in to pitch for the Mets.
1st pitch and Hernandez hits the right field wall! Yes! Score 6-9 Thank you my new catcher..thank you, thank you.
But that’s all we get for this inning.
Top of the 8th here we go.
Jared Burton? Barely know this guy, I’m listening to the announcers listening to them talk about him being a rule 5 pick and injury prone. Why did we keep him? Big slider pitcher so far.
Random thought: I love McRibs
Going to the bottom of the 8th still 9-6.
Looks like we may actually see Taveras hit.
Let’s see how he does, supposively had the flu as of late, this was just a push due to a need for a pinch hitter. Which mind you he isn’t a solid batting avg.
He’s just watching pitches, as the announcers go through a list of his injuries.
Good hit! To the wall! He goes for a triple! Ok so he’s not so bad…
Now Dickerson up to bat. Pop fly, but it gets Taveras in as a tag up.
Good job Willy!
Welcome to the 9th
Here come Arthur Rhodes pitching for the Reds…Can we hold them?
You really should go to
It’s kinda funny really.
Inning goes 1,2,3.
Bottom of the 9th here we come, only down by 2!
Come on Reds!
Francisco Rodriguez pitches for the Mets.
He tried to hit Phillips
Bruce on Deck.
Walked Phillips, and now the man with the plan BRRRRRRUUUUUCE!
inside, ball 1
low, ball 2
Are they going to walk him?
pop up, darn it, but it’s only 1 out.
I think they’ll walk Edwin…Delgado takes his foot off the bag! he’s safe and now we’ve got the corners! As Phillips steals 3rd (which he shouldn’t have done)
Rodrigez just walked Hernandez. Bases loaded, 1 out. Avoid double play guys!!!
Rodrigez is throwing wild..come on!!
2-0…baby, and finally a strike, and strike 2.
Here it comes…
Nix is up, new guy to me. This has turned into a close one with bases loaded.
Come on crowd chant for goodness sake!
Pop out…but it was close
So we lose, something that we don’t do at home all that often, and we fought it out tonight unlike opening day. I’ll take it. Losing a game with the bases loaded and every oppertunity to take it. Okay then, good night.
Welcome to our next installment of Put Me In Coach!
Where we spend the time writing a post so that maybe if your a budding Cincy fan you’ll learn a little be about the players you’ll be watching in the 2009 season.
Today’s highlight goes to 1st base
Joey is a new addition to the Reds organization and is a big part of the new plan for Cincy of fast, young, small ball tactics. Altough the latter is not really his thing, small ball that is. Joey’s strong point is definately his bat. With 24 HR last year he would be good for anyone’s fantasy team in the middle of the line up along with a batting average that stayed in the high 200’s for most of the season. Reds fans are eager to find a hero to follow and cheer for, and Votto isn’t there yet, but the ability seems to be.
What he does have today is the ability to be a quiet leader, and possibly a captain in the making. Something this team definitely needs. He is a strong figure on the field, his stats and history in the minors reaching for the past 6 years shows that he’s consistent with his bat. You know what you will get with Joey Votto as a player. Which in this unsure time in Reds history is something we definately needed.