Daily Archives: May 18, 2012

May 18, 2012

The Daily Brief: Interleague Play

Last Game
It looks like the Reds were going to sweep the two-game series against the Mets, but then it all came crashing down. They lose 4-9, bringing their record to 19-18.

Next Game
The Reds start a series with the 20-18 Yankees tonight at 7:05 p.m. Bronson Arroyo (2-1, 3.25 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Reds and face off against some no name guy… Andy Pettitte or something (0-1, 5.68 ERA).

The Frustration of the DH when Baker is the Manager
Interleague play starts tonight, and, while Dusty Baker makes all sorts of baffling managerial decisions, his choices of who to have HD are a special kind of torture. I don’t know what he’s got planned for tonight, but last year he chose guys who weren’t getting playing time because they were struggling at the plate. Basically, the exact opposite of the guy you want DHing, and it shows. In 9 interleague road games last season, Reds’ DHs batted .188, including 8 starts by Jonny Gomes (5-28) and 1 start by Fred Lewis (1-4).

Fred Lewis! Honestly.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Because the Reds were playing the Yankees immediately after the Mets, they didn’t change hotels. That made yesterday’s series ender a get-away game for the home team (the Mets take on the Blue Jays tonight), but not the visitors.

May 18, 2012

Game 37: Reds 4, Mets 9

W: Parnell (1-0) L: Ondrusek (3-1)


The Reds suffered a complete system failure about halfway through the game last night. Though they started out leading, they ended up losing an ugly, ugly game to the Mets, 4-9.

It was Mat Latos on the mound. Folks have been fond of saying how good Latos has been in the month of May, and while it’s true that he’s been a lot better in May than he was in April, he still seems to lose it in the fifth. Last night he gave up 3 runs (earned) on 7 hits and 3 walks through 5 innings of work. The Reds really need their starters to go longer than that.

They also needed their bullpen to continue to be all manner of awesome, but that sort of failed to happen last night as well. J.J. Hoover’s inning of relief was run free, but Aroldis Chapman gave up one on a hit and two walks to blow the save. It wasn’t an earned run for Chapman, so his ERA remains pristine, but it was a dispiriting outing anyway.

Not as bad as Logan Ondrusek, though, who allowed 5 runs (earned) on 4 hits and a walk in the last inning the Reds got to pitch.

On the offensive side, the Reds were looking pretty good through the fifth inning. They had a 4-0 lead before the Mets delivered their 9 unanswered. Joey Votto had a solo home run and Ryan Hannigan and Latos each contributed an RBI as well.

That ugliness ended the two-game series in a tie. Today they move across town to face the Yankees for a proper 3-game engagement at 7:05 p.m.