Been on Vacation, did I miss anything?

So the Reds had a horrible road trip but the Cardinals didn’t do much better.  The Reds began today 6 games up after an extra inning (one that shouldn’t have been neccessary) win and a Cardinals loss.  The Cardinals game tonight just went final and the Braves continue to help the Reds and former Red Alex Gonzalez hit a walk off 3 run homer to win the game.  Unfortunately because of College Football the Pete Rose ceremony was only shown in brief highlights (the full ceremony will be on the Pregame show tomorrow at 12:30) but I still got goosebumps seeing him on the field in a Reds jersey.  I remember when I got home from Iraq and received a call from my parents, who happened to be in Vegas, and it was Pete Rose welcoming me home.  I also had the chance to meet him at an autograph show and have nothing but wonderful things to say about him, he is a great guy and really takes the time with fans.  I hope that Bud Selig will finally say enough is enough and let the man into the Hall of Fame before he passes away.  The game deserves it!!!

Hey ho Harang must go!

So I’ve never been a fan of bringing Harang back into the Reds rotation.  And after his last outing there is absolutely no excuse for not replacing him.  Volquez hasn’t been great but he’s been better than Harang and he hasn’t had any problem getting Minor Leaguers out, which is something that Harang couldn’t even do during his rehab starts.  Look, I appreciate the steady performances Harang put in for some really bad teams that gave him no run support.  But ever since that extra inning game in San Diego a couple years ago he just hasn’t been the same.  It’s time to cut our losses and move on.

The Reds really need a good performance from Cueto tonight, he’s been gone for a family emergency and will be flying into Denver today, hopefully he is still sharp.  The Reds lead in the Central was cut to six games so the a win is very much needed.

 

Wood does it all, can Bailey step up?

Travis Wood outpitched Adam Wainwright and hit his first career homerun.  Obviously the Reds need to have Wood’s parents in attendance every time their son pitches.  The Arkansas natives were in attendance to watch him pitch and he was stellar.  Not only pitching one run ball (unearned) over seven innings but hitting the only Reds homerun in the game.  In the chase for the MVP Votto was 2-5 with one RBI to sit at .324 and another RBI giving him two over Pujols.  Pujols went 1-4 (although that 1 was due to hometeam scorers) to lower his average to .311.

This afternoon the Reds send Homer Bailey to the mound.  Homer can be brilliant but unfortunately these glimses of greatness seem to happen less than half the time.  In his four game since returning from injury he has pitched 6 inn/ 0 ER, 7 inn/ 1 ER, 5.1 inn/ 5 ER, 6 inn/ 4 ER.  So of the four games two have been very strong, one pretty bad, and last weeks ok outing.  I said I would be happy if the Reds took one game in this series and since thats happen I have to be satisfied.  However it would be great to win today and gain another game in the standings. 

Todays lineup:

Phillips 4, Cabrera 6, Votto 3, Rolen 5, Gomes 7, Hanigan 2, Stubbs 8, Heisey 9, Bailey 1

Go Reds!

Tonight it begins

Tonight the Reds begin their final series against the St. Louis Cardinals.  With an eight game lead in the central a sweep wouldn’t end our season but the Reds could really make a statement with a series win.  At the least the Reds really just need to pull out one win to keep a sizable seven game lead.  Tonight we will see the return of St. Louis’ favorite Red Brandon Phillips.  Recalled from Louisville today is also Matt Maloney and Jordan Smith and Orlando Cabrera was activated after his short stint in Dayton.  Jay Bruce is still out with no update but the fact that the Reds didn’t bring up any additional outfielders should bode well that his injury isn’t too serious.  I’ll be watching to see if he is used tonight as a pinch hitter.  I would love to see a game with the Reds in the lead late and Aroldis Chapman mowing down Pujols, let’s bring his batting average down lower and leave no doubt who the real MVP this year is.

Lineup

Stubbs 8

Phillips 4

Votto 3

Rolen 5

Gomes 7

Hanigan 2

Heisey 9

Janish 6

Arroyo 1