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Don't be a sore winner.

 

Hey, it's the first time in decades that any Cleveland sports fan has any reason to be happy, let him celebrate.

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Don't be a sore winner.

 

Hey, it's the first time in decades that any Cleveland sports fan has any reason to be happy, let him celebrate.

 

Don't be a sore loser.

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What in the hell is going on with the Reds. They're folding like lawn chairs right now. They got completely mopped up by the Indians, and then they just took a 10-3 loss in Philly. Not a good look!

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What in the hell is going on with the Reds. They're folding like lawn chairs right now. They got completely mopped up by the Indians, and then they just took a 10-3 loss in Philly. Not a good look!

 

Patience, everyone.  The Reds were 25-19 on May 24, 2010 before a win over Pittsburgh that night.  This morning, the team is 25-23.  If just two games, such as the blown lead vs. Cleveland on May 21, went in the Reds favor, the club would be 27-21, six games over .500, just as they were one year to the day.  Our pitching is straightening itself out with Bailey and Cueto, and by September one of them will have distinguished himself as a front-of-the-rotation guy, the other will be a bonafide #2.  The Reds are built for the long haul.

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Wow! I decided to take a quick glance of the sports scores on my phone and saw that the Reds are in the 19th inning. The players definitely appear to be running on fumes. That has to suck playing a "double header" like that. The Phillies don't even have anymore pitchers left in the lineup.

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The Reds are playing very bad baseball right now. Why swing at pitches on a position player???? What a boneheaded play by Phillips. Why Cordero throw a fastball to a fastball hitter in Howard? What a joke. Why leave a pitcher in who that last 19th inning when you had 2 more available pitchers??

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Big 4-3 win by the Reds tonight.  A pair of two-run HR's - one from the red-hot Bruce in the 7th - the other a huge centerfield blast from Votto in the 8th.  Cordero finished the win with his 300th career save.

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The Reds just finished a surprisingly productive seven game west coast road trip.  They split a four game series at San Fran.  Then they swept three games at LA.  The Reds are now 37-33. 

 

Not as good as last year right?  So what was the Reds record last year after 70 games.  After looking it up, one finds that the Reds record after 70 games in 2010 was . . . 37-33.  The weight of expectation certainly changes perception doesn't it?

 

Now, to be fair, at this point last year the Reds began a five game winning streak and won 12 of their next 16 games.  Will the 2011 Reds start a similar winning streak?  Who knows.  But consider this about the 2011 Reds season thus far:

 

The Hitting Has Been Good:  Team Batting Avg is 3rd in the NL; OBP is 2nd; OPS is 3rd; 1st in runs; 4th in HR's; 1st in RBI's

 

But The Pitching Has Been Bad:  Team ERA in 14th out of 16 NL teams; and they've given up the 2nd most walks and the 3rd most runs in the NL

 

The Starting Pitching Especially:  Of the six main starting pitchers used so far only Cueto (1.68 ERA) and Bailey (3.00 ERA) have been consistently effective.  But Cueto's only had 8 starts after starting the season on the DL.  And Bailey's only had 5 starts and is currently on the DL.  The other main starters have been more ineffective with more starts.  Leake has 10 starts and a 4.06 ERA.  Wood has 15 starts and a 5.11 ERA (including today's win).  Arroyo has 14 starts and a 5.23 ERA.  Volquez has 12 starts and a 5.48 ERA.

 

So you could argue that if the starting rotation pitches better, then the Reds can do much better than four games over .500 - if their hitting stays good.  Of course, if the starting rotation doesn't pitch better, then they likely won't catch the Cards and the Brewers.

 

The Reds now start a 15 game interleague stretch.  They begin at home on Friday against Toronto.  Then the Reds host the Yankees for three games starting Monday.  After that the Reds travel to Baltimore and Tampa Bay.  This interleague stretch ends when they return home to host the Indians on Independence Day Weekend.  Then NL play resumes on July 4th against the Cards.

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The Reds hitting and pitching both had reversals of fortune over the weekend.  The pitching got better but the hitting got worse against the Blue Jays.  It added up to dropping two of three games.  But they didn't lose ground to the Brewers and the Cardinals.  The Brewers dropped two of three against the red-hot Red Sox.  The Cardinals did win two of three against the not-so-red-hot Royals.  But in winning Sunday's game, the Cards ended up losing Albert Pujols in a scary looking collision with a runner at the first base line.  He got a fractured forearm and will be out 4-6 weeks.

 

The Reds are now two games behind both Milwaukee and St. Louis going into the three game series against the Yankees.

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After Tuesday's unwise game cancellation forced a rare day-night doubleheader yesterday, the Reds dropped the day game but won the night game to prevent being swept by the Yanks.  The Reds scored more runs in the win (10) then they did in the past five interleague games (9). 

 

Despite dropping four of the last six interleague games, the Reds are still only 2 games behind first place Milwaukee and 1 1/2 games behind second place St. Louis.  While the Reds tread water with a 5-5 record in their last 10 games, Milwaukee has dropped 7 of their last 10 games and St. Louis has dropped 8 of their last 10 games.

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This last series was indicative of the 2011 Reds so far as they outscore the Yanks for the series and go 1-2.  The offense will score some runs but it does not do it effectively each and every game -not to mention they have not been doing well in closer games lately.  They have the potential to get hot, but they are really settling into a slightly above .500 mode.

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This last series was indicative of the 2011 Reds so far as they outscore the Yanks for the series and go 1-2.  The offense will score some runs but it does not do it effectively each and every game -not to mention they have not been doing well in closer games lately.  They have the potential to get hot, but they are really settling into a slightly above .500 mode.

 

Wise assessment.  It looks like the Reds 2010 and 2011 seasons are beginning to diverge.  Instead of going on a winning streak, the 2011 Reds seem stuck in neutral.  They've gone 1 of 3 in the last three series.  They're now 4 games behind division leader Milwaukee. 

 

And the schedule is not getting easier.  Three games at TB starting tonight.  Three back at home against Cleveland.  Then two series against teams ahead of the Reds in the Central - three at STL and four at MIL.

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The Reds lost their last three series going into to Tampa Bay.  The Rays had won 8 of the last 10 games.  The Rays three best pitchers were scheduled to face the Reds.  So of course we know what's going to happen, right?

 

They win two out of three games - and come within one walk-off homer of sweeping the series.  Baseball's a funny game isn't it?

 

The Reds close out this interleague stretch with a home weekend series against the Tribe.

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Hey if it wasn't for the Indians, you might be tied for first place!

 

And you have the best run differential in the central division and the third-best in the NL.


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The Reds hitting is crashing as badly as Fausto Carmona running to first. :wink:

 

They showed Carmona running (falling!) to first probably 10 times, but not one commentator mentioned that he NEVER touched 1st base, and the Reds never threw over there.

 

Also, late in Saturdays game, Stubbs was running to 2nd on a foul ball, started walking back to first, saw that the Indians were not going to hold him on, so he stopped walking.  The camera shifted to the pitcher, and on the next play, Stubbs was moving again.  Never appeared to retouch first.  Anyone else catch that?

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Carmona missed first and it may have been a problem if the play at second hadn't been controversial.  Fausto did eventually get up and touch the base, but had the Reds thrown over right away, they would have had a great shot at getting there before he did.

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Well, the Reds did win yesterday to prevent a total sweep of this year's Ohio Cup.  The win also prevented the Reds from falling below .500.  At 43-42, the Reds are still only 2 games behind the Brewers and the Cardinals.  (They're also 1/2 game behind the Pittsburgh Pirates!)

 

So the Reds are certainly in the Central Division pennant race.  But this week could be the week that keeps them in that race - or knocks them out of it.

 

Three games at St. Louis.  Followed by four at Milwaukee.  Then the All-Star break.

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So far, so bad for the Reds road trip at STL.  The Reds drop the first two games against the Cards and only score one run in the process.  Then they blow an eight run lead in last night's game before salvaging a 9-8 win. 

 

The Reds are now 3 games behind division leader St. Louis.  They are 2 behind Milwaukee (and 1.5 behind Pittsburgh!) going into their four game series.  The Brewers have a 30-13 home record this year.  Yikes!

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They are done. unless they win the next 8 in a row. Hell they have not won 2 in a row for a month. Very disappointing season. Bruce is a joke. Gomes is a joke. Why is even Rolen playing?  A clean up hitter with 5 hrs?????  Daily lineup changes. wow what a mess.

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Winning eight in a row is probably what the Reds need now.  Losing four in a row to the Mets is what the Reds got instead.  They're now at a season low 5 games under .500 and 6 1/2 out of first.

 

After being a .500 team for most of the year (41-40 - April thru June), their 8-15 July record put them in a big hole.  Reds finish out July this weekend at home against the Giants.  Then go on the road against Houston and the Cubs next week.

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I don't know what voodoo the Reds have against the Giants but I wish they had it against the rest of the NL. 

 

After this three game sweep the Reds at least preserved some hope of trying to get back in the central race.  With STL and MIL facing each other and the Reds facing the dregs of the central - if the Cincy can't make up ground next week, they won't have much hope left.

 

BTW, Cueto's complete game shutout gave him enough IP's to put him first in the NL in ERA.

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Dontrelle Willis turned out to be great pickup for the Reds this year.  Willis got plugged into the shaky starting rotation in July and has done well.  Five starts - 17 K's vs 11 walks - respectable 3.41 ERA.  Unfortunately for Willis, he's also been the hardest luck pitcher for the Reds with three blown saves in his five starts.  None more than last night at Houston.  Willis gave up 2 runs in 6 innings.  Then, with the game tied 2-2, he hit a solo home run to give the Reds a 3-2 lead.  Only to see Masset give up 2 runs in the 7th.

 

A pickup that hasn't worked for the Reds this year is Rolen.  Effective last year, ineffective and injured this year.  And don't look for any improvement.  Instead of coming off the DL, Rolen had surgery on his left shoulder this week and will be out another 4-6 weeks.

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This road trip is already a failure. They should have gone 6-0 or at worst, 5-1. They've lost too much ground with too little time left to recover.


"It's just fate, as usual, keeping its bargain and screwing us in the fine print..." - John Crichton

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This is certainly an odd report:

 

Johnny Cueto’s Last Start Sabotaged by Bad Batch of Chicken Wings

 

Johnny Cueto has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since returning from his triceps injury in May.  He’s posted a 2.06 ERA in 17 starts.

 

However, his recent run of excellence for the Reds was marred by a poor start on Saturday against the Cubs.  Cueto gave up five runs on seven hits and couldn’t make it past the fourth inning. 

 

What led to the poor outing?  As Redlegs Review pointed out to us, Cueto says a bad batch of chicken wings did him in.  “I had bad chicken wings at the hotel,” Cueto told the Cincinnati Enquirer.  “Felt like I was going to throw up. I’m good now. I’m ready to pitch tomorrow.”

 

MORE: http://larrybrownsports.com/baseball/johnny-cuetos-last-start-sabotaged-by-bad-batch-of-chicken-wings/81814

Skeptical?  I was too.  But then Cueto pitched seven shutout innings in today's game against the Rockies.

 

So okay.  I can buy the "Cueto's-Bad-Start-Because-Of-Bad-Chicken-Wings" excuse.  Now what's the rest of the team's excuse?

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So, would this be as big a problem as it sounds for Cincinnati?

 

Opening Day conflicts with Good Friday

Reds will ask to move game to Thursday, but there's a problem with that

Written by Jessica Brown and John Fay

4:06 AM, Sept. 15, 2011

 

Traditions will collide in Cincinnati on April 6, 2012.  That’s Opening Day for the Cincinnati Reds, a longstanding unofficial holiday here when offices empty and Reds-clad baseball fans rejoice in parades, optimism and ballpark hot dogs.

 

It’s also Good Friday, when the 19-county Archdiocese of Greater Cincinnati marks the solemn day when Christ was crucified by praying on the steps of Holy Cross-Immaculata Church in Mount Adams, going to services and fasting. “That cuts out ballpark food,” said Dan Andriacco, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

 

The Florida Marlins, to be renamed the Miami Marlins next year, will be the Reds’ Opening Day opponent.  It’s also a scheduling conflict.  The Findlay Market Opening Day Parade starts at 11:30 a.m.  Half a dozen Catholic schools participate.  Good Friday Mass starts at noon.  Catholic schools are closed.

 

READ MORE: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20110914/SPT04/110914037

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