Daily Archives: April 5, 2010

April 5, 2010

Cardinals 11, Reds 6: Optimism Crushed by Reality

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W: Carpenter (1-0) L: Harang (0-1)


Well, that sucked.

I always find that opening day for the Cincinnati Reds is a disappointment. This year was no exception.

Aaron Harang started and did about as good as he ever has done in his previous opening day starts. Harang went 5 innings and allowed 4 runs, 3 earned. He struck out 2, unfortunately, it was only the first 2 batters of the game. Things went downhill after that, as Harang allowed home runs to Albert Pujols and Colby Rasmus.

The Reds did score a bit during a Harang start. And really, if they can’t win when they score 6 runs most of the time this year, the pitching isn’t as good as it’s been made out to be. Joey Votto homered to get the Reds on the board, and Scott Rolen homered in the same inning to keep things close.

And things were within reach–albeit a long reach–until Nick Masset allowed a grand slam to Yadier Molina in the top of the 9th. That truly ended things.

Pujols again showed that you have to pitch carefully to him. Fastballs down the middle of the plate aren’t the best approach to him. He was 4 for 5 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI. The heart of the Cardinals lineup was clicking in a way that made me wonder how far away the Reds really are from competing.

Oh well, there’s always tomorrow. And one thing that’s definitely true at this point is it’s still early.

April 5, 2010

Game Thread: Opening Day

Hanging out online during games with the Cards to make jabs at Tony LaRussa’s sunglasses and Albert Pujols’ superiority complex is an age-old tradition here at RHM. But never have we had the opportunity to poke Opening Day fun at the Redbirds. The only thing that could make this any better would be if Jim Edmonds were still hanging around in a half-shirt.

Don’t know if anyone else is likely to show up, seeing as all of Cincy is probably downtown right now and Bellyscratcher will be relishing the parental joy of baby’s first Opening Day, but you can check out my one-sided commentary after the fact, in case, for some reason, you can’t remember any parts of it.

April 5, 2010

Opening Day Fun: BeanBirds

The Reds are ready to take the field, but the Cards aren’t getting out of their way. Help Votto bean those Redbirds to clean up the field and get the game underway.

Click the image to play the game.


April 5, 2010

The Daily Brief: O Glorious Day! Baseball is Here Again!

Last Game
The Reds shutout the lowly Pirates, 6-0 to end the 2009 season. But nobody cares about last year. That’s the past.

Next Game
The first game of the season. Aaron Harang starts the first game of the season for the Cincinnati Reds, battling familiar foe Chris Carpenter for the division rival St. Louis Cardinals. Game-time is 1:10pm EDT, and the game will be broadcast on the Reds Radio network, as well as Fox Sports Ohio. It’s a good afternoon to skip work.

Weekend Cuts
Over the weekend, the Reds finally made the cuts to the roster they’d been promising for weeks. Jaden Burton, Aroldis Chapman, Justin Lehr, Matt Maloney, Travis Wood, Wilkin Castillo, Chris Burke, and Drew Sutton were all sent to Triple A Louisville. Surprisingly, Kip Wells was released. He had youngster-blocker written all over him. Aaron Miles and Wladimir Balentien also did not make the team.

This means Logan Ondrusek, Juan Francisco, Layce Nix, Miguel Cairo, and Mike Leake made the team. Leake beat out Wood for the 5th starter spot, but will not be placed on the Major League roster until it’s time for his start against the Chicago Cubs on April 11.

You can read quotes from Walt Jocketty and Dusty Baker explaining their moves here.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Harang is starting his 5th consecutive Opening Day for the Reds. That is tied for the most in a row with Pete Donohue and Mario Soto. Soto holds the total record number of starts at 6.