Right-handed heavy for Rodriguez

Reds lineup vs. Astros

Stubbs 8
Renteria 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Cairo 5
Heisey 9
Hernandez 2
Frazier 7
Bailey 1

*For those wondering where Jay Bruce is in this lineup, he is 1-for-23 (.043) with 13 strikeouts lifetime vs. Wandy Rodriguez.

*Because the ERA qualifier is one inning pitched per team’s game, Johnny Cueto and his 1.72 ERA will no longer qualify for the Major League ERA lead after the game tonight. That title will be passed on to the likely soon-to-be suspended Jared Weaver of the Angels (1.88 ERA)

*The 4-3 loss in 10 innings last night to Houston was the Reds’ 11th walk-off loss of the season. That would be the most in the Major Leagues and the Reds’ highest total since they suffered 14 walkoff losses in 1993.


No surprise with Jay Bruce. I do wonder why Ramon is catching Homer. Homer’s three worst starts this year are the three games Ramon has caught him. I heard Homer being interviewed last week and he said he was really working well with Ryan Hanigan. In 8 starts with Hanigan, Homer’s ERA is 2.68 and he hasn’t had a single bad game. He hasn’t had a single good game with Hernandez. Tomorrow is Willis on the mound, so that’s Ramon again. Is Hanigan sick/hurt? Can you ask Bryan Price if they considered the gigantic difference in ERA/quality starts between the two catchers? Of course, hopefully it won’t matter with the Astros lineup tonight. Just seems like such a totally obvious thing to have Homer pitch with Hanigan.

You want Hanigan in there as an automatic out? Remember, he hits the ball solid once a week, so let’s save that one hit for this weekend.

I feel like if the Reds were in the AL, maybe it would be a good idea to let Homer hit when he starts and have the DH hit for Hanigan.

I don’t get the onslaught against Hanigan. He is a very fine defensive catcher and certainly, in tandem with certain members of the staff, works better than his sidekick. They provide each other luxurious respites, and while no one would confuse Hanigan with Bench, Piazza, or Ivan as a backstop hitter, his average isn’t embarrassing, he strikes out little and puts the ball in play, and his OBP is nearly as good as that of Hernandez. True, his power numbers are down, but so it pretty much is across the league this year.

Wednesday AM: Anyone notice how good Chapman has become? Okay, August continues – I think tonight’s the most important game of the year to date. To go 18-10 (Curt’s goal) or 19-9 (my goal), the Reds have to win every three game set. If they don’t, they have to pick up a sweep to make up for it. If they can’t win against the Astros, even on the road, it’s hard to see them beating anyone. And they can’t afford to fall ‘behind’ this early in the month. Willis deserves the win. Go Reds!

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