October 8, 2010
Leading up to the game tonight, several people at work talked about Roy Oswalt. “Heard he’s really owned the Reds,” they’d say.
“Yeah, like two years ago,” I told them. And he wasn’t really a problem tonight either. Throughout the time he was on the mound, the guys were rolling. I was thinking that my comments about how fortuitous it was that, if the Reds had to suffer through that Halladay performance, at least they got to work out their jitters at the same time, were actually going to reflect on a winning reality.
The other comment that I made would have been a great reflection of a winning reality was about how the Phillies could make the second-post-season-no-hitter-in-history even more historic by getting swept the rest of the series. Too bad. I feel like they’ve missed an opportunity tonight.
The rough part is that the Phillies didn’t really win the game tonight; the Reds lost it. That, and the cruel things that even non-Phillie fans are feeling the need to pop out with, as if the Reds have been the bullies of the NLC for the last decade or something. Reds fans have feelings too, people, and the four errors are really more than enough to hurt them.
October 8, 2010
The Reds lost the first game. There might have been something historic about it or something. But it was just one loss in a best of 5 series, so it’s best to move on and turn our attention to the…
Bronson Arroyo starts for the Cincinnati Reds, while Roy Oswalt goes for the Philadelphia Phillies. I believe this is the first time the Reds will face Oswalt as a Phillie. I have a good feeling that they’ll treat him much the way they did during the regular season. The first pitch is at 6:07pm EDT on TBS.
Today’s Reds Lineup
Dusty Baker is having Laynce Nix start in place of Jonny Gomes tonight and Ryan Hanigan in place of Ramon Hernandez. Nix has had great success against Oswalt, going 9 for 17 with 3 doubles and 2 home runs. Some of that would be most excellent. As for Hanigan, he’s been Arroyo’s personal catcher for the last half of the year. Personally, I’d do anything to lessen the odds of Bad-rroyo appearing.
- Brandon Phillips, 2B
- Orlando Cabrera, SS
- Joey Votto, 1B
- Scott Rolen, 3B
- Laynce Nix, LF
- Jay Bruce, RF
- Drew Stubbs, CF
- Ryan Hanigan, C
- Bronson Arroyo, P
What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
In the 60 previous division series, the team that won the first game won the series 72% of the time.