Monthly Archives: September 2010

September 26, 2010

Reds 12, Padres 2: Just One Win (or Cardinals Loss) to Go!

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W: Bailey (4-3) L: Richard (13-9)


The Cincinnati Reds busted out the bats today, winning 12-2, after being a little frustrated in the two previous losses to the San Diego Padres this weekend.

Oh, and they also moved one game within clinching (not clenching) first place. Unfortunately, the stupid Cardinals managed to hold off the equally stupid Cubs, preventing the Reds from spraying each other with champagne for the first time since 1995.

Joey Votto, he who should be MVP, started things off in the first inning with his 37th home run. He would end up contributing a total of 3 RBI for the day, going 2 for 4. The other offensive star was Chris Heisey, starting in place of a banged up Jay Bruce. Heisey went 2 for 4, as well, with a homer of his own and a total of 4 RBI.

The rest of the offense got in on the act during the 8th inning, when the Padres bullpen imploded. The Reds batted around and scored 6 times to put the game out of reach.

Homer Bailey picked up his 4th win, pitching 7 innings, allowing 2 runs and striking out 6. Logan Ondrusek and Francisco Cordero shut down the Padres for the rest of the game and dropped the Padres to second place, a half game behind the San Francisco Giants.

Cincinnati will have a day off tomorrow before starting the final home stand. The team could clinch the division, though, if the Cardinals manage to lose against the Pirates.

September 24, 2010

The Daily Brief: The Final West Coast Trip

Last Game
The Reds were unable to sweep the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday, taking a shellacking and losing 13-1 instead. The lone Reds run was driven in by Jonny Gomes. Johnny Cueto had his worst outing of the year, if not his career, and took the loss by allowing 8 runs in 1 1/3 innings.

Next Game
After a day off for travel yesterday, the Reds open a three-game series against the San Diego Padres tonight. This is the last contending team the Reds will play before the post-season and has all kinds of playoff overtones, with the Padres half a game back in both the West and the wild card. Plus, the Reds continue to want to improve their record and get some home-field advantage for at least the first round of the playoffs. Bronson Arroyo will take on Chris Young tonight at 10:05 EDT.

Fire Joe Morgan Day at Deadspin
I somehow missed this the day it was going on, but Deadspin got the FireJoeMorgan gang together again for just one day earlier this week. As expected, there was a post about Mr. Morgan. This one takes on the weird scene described in a sports article last month about Mike Leake slapping Joe Morgan’s naked ass in the clubhouse. The FJM guys apparently thought that was weird. You definitely don’t want to miss the “actual transcript of a real thing that definitely happened in a real game recently” at the end of the post.

They also did a brief dissection of one of Morgan’s ESPN online chats, taking exception to his claiming that there was no debate in who should win the American League Cy Young Award: Felix Hernandez or C. C. Sabathia. Morgan included this little gem.

I don’t buy into the point that if Felix is pitching for someone else he’d have more wins.

This leads FJM into one of the better arguments I’ve read as to why starting pitchers should never be measured by wins.

Felix has thrown more innings than Sabathia. And his job is not to win the game. His job is to help the defense prevent the other team from winning, which he has done better than anyone. The job of winning the game comes from the offense, which is about to set a 40-year low-water mark.

The Reds-related ones are entertaining, but all of the others are as well, especially the tearing apart of the cliche article about David Eckstein getting so much out of his talents. What is it sportswriters love so much about scrappy white guys?

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
With 86 wins, the Reds have their highest win total since 1999, when they went 96-67. The Reds cannot better that this year because only 9 games remain in the season.

September 23, 2010

Reds Announce #RedsTweetUp Event

The Cincinnati Reds are dipping their toes into the social media promotions arena. Today they announced a TweetUp event for the Tuesday, September 28 game against the Houston Astros.

The Cincinnati Reds have a special evening planned for our Twitter fans during the final home stand of the season. Catch the Reds vs. Astros on Tuesday, September 28th in our special TweetUp Section at Great American Ball Park along with several of Cincinnati’s favorite Sports Bloggers and Tweeters. The group will be located in the Sun/Moon Deck seats (section 145) where seats are only $11 (regularly $22). There will be many “celebrity tweeters” on hand to participate in the night’s festivities and greet fans.

I wonder if they’re going to do anything to address the piss-poor reception AT&T has at the park. I know that every time I’ve been to a Reds game this year that Twitter and the internet has been inaccessible. If reception isn’t improved, they’d better be ready with a Fail Whale poster.

If you’re in the area and have a Twitter account, it sounds like a good time. Tickets can be purchased here.

September 22, 2010

The Daily Brief: Magic Number Now 4, Ah, Ah Ah

Last Game
Edinson Volquez blew away the last of the cobwebs from his Tommy John surgery recovery last night, pitching 8 innings of 1-run baseball against the Milwaukee Brewers. The 4-3 win increased the Reds lead over the losing Cardinals to 8 games and the elimination number to 4. Volquez also made an excellent claim to a postseason start with his excellent outing. The game would have been almost drama free, had it not been for Francisco Cordero and the defense being less than solid in the 9th. Cordero did pull himself together to strike out Carlos Gomez to end the game.

Next Game
Johnny Cueto goes to the mound tonight to try to decrease the magic number further. His opponent will be Randy Wolf. Game-time is 8:10pm EDT.

Edmonds and Dickerson Tied Together Again
During last night’s game, Jim Edmonds was a late replacement for Joey Votto, who was taken out of the lineup thanks to a sinus infection. Edmonds hit a solo homerun, but injured himself running the bases. He may be out for the rest of the season.

In the trade that brought him from the Brewers to the Reds, Cincinnati sent Chris Dickerson. In a nice bit of symmetry, Dickerson also left last night’s game with a leg injury. He strained a hamstring.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Dusty Baker won his 1,400th game as a manager last night. He’s 238-238 with the Reds, and 1400-1279 overall.

September 21, 2010

I Think It’s Going to Happen

The Reds are going to the playoffs.

It’s been so long, but with the St. Louis Cardinals loss yesterday coupled with the Cincinnati Reds win, the magic number is down to 6. I keep running the numbers over and over in my head, for certainly I’ve missed something. The Reds lead is back to 8 games, and they have just 11 games left. Meanwhile, the Cardinals have 13 games left.

I know the Reds haven’t clinched yet, but with each game played, it becomes ever more harder and unlikely for the Cardinals to pull off the miraculous comeback. Or, as we Reds fans are used to, the spectacular collapse by Cincinnati. This 2010 edition has had its share of spectacular failure, but I don’t think there’ll be anything on that order of magnitude.

Just think, if the Reds 4-7, the Cardinals have to go 13-0 just to tie. Does anyone think that either of those teams has either of those records in them? Sure the Reds have had a losing streak here and there and could pull off a 4-7 record over the last 11 in a pinch, but there’s no way I can see St. Louis going undefeated for the rest of the season. They’re just a bad team.

Face it, Reds fans. Pinch yourself or whatever you need to do to believe that you’re not dreaming. For the first time since 1995, we’re going to the playoffs. We’re going to see October baseball that matters.