There are showers around GABP but all signs point to a game being played here today.
Reds lineup vs. STL
Just from reading the story comments, tweets and blogs out there the last couple of days, it’s amazing to me how super-negative fans have gotten after only two games. I probably am not surprised but it’s still stunning how quick it happened.
Some people don’t like the move using Ondrusek in the seventh last night. This was a guy that had 10 scoreless innings in spring and perfect debut on Monday. Me? I was fine with the decision. Him throwing a four-pitch walk to Brendan Ryan certainly wasn’t in the plans. He got Pujols to break his bat on a cutter. Pujols is that good that he could still muscle it for a big hit.
The Reds are 0-2, so what? The season isn’t over. There are 159 games left after Thursday. In football last season, the Titans started something like 0-6 and still almost made the playoffs. The Broncos started 6-0 and didn’t make the playoffs. And that’s in a 16-game NFL season.
Baseball is 162 games, folks. I will reserve judgement on how the season will turn out for quite a while. Am I wrong to wait it out in this age of instant gratifacation, judgment and feedback?
Some quick notes:
Hanigan is catching, partially because it’s a day game after a night game and partially because Arroyo is pitching.
“Ramon hadn’t caught two nine-inning games in a row at Spring Training,” Dusty Baker said. “He’s looking pretty good. We’ve got to keep him healthy. Arroyo and Hanigan work well together, [it’s] a day game after night. It’s perfect.”
*Baker said he had a meeting with Ondrusek this morning about the importance of the seventh inning role.
*If you haven’t noticed, MLB.com has brought back the notebook format with what we’re calling The Reds Beat. You’ll find it daily on game days. Hope you like it. It might impact the notes in this blog. Let me know what you think.
*Here are the Cubs probable pitchers for the next series:
Carlos Silva vs Bailey (Fri), Carlos Zambrano vs. Harang (Sat) and Tom Gorzellany vs. Leake (Sun). The Reds are still listing Sunday as TBA on the game notes. Leake arrived in the clubhouse on Wednesday night but is technically not allowed to be with the team until he’s added to the roster. That will happen before Sunday’s game.
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