Game 44: at PHI

Reds lineup vs. Phillies

Choo 8
Cozart 6 Izturis 6
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Bruce 9
Frazier 5
Paul 7
Hanigan 2
Bailey 1

*Zack Cozart was scratched because he is sick today.


I think one of the biggest changes for the better this season has to be our bench, left hand hitters and our power.

Instead of Cairo, Harris, Navarro and Valdez, they all have been replaced by Paul, Hannahan, Izturis and Robinson. Also, this season we have brought up good lookers; Lutz and now Soto. Add a healthy Heisey and we are good to go! Also, last season we didn’t have much more than Votto and Bruce from the left side, and with Votto hurt we basically sent out a right handed squad. All that has changed this season. We now bat 4 lefties nearly every game, and have lefty pinch hitters on the bench to boot. Now we had to bring up Soto just to get a right handed batter! What a nice problem to have.

Lastly, I can’t remember the last time we had a lineup with this much power; except for Hannahan, Izturis and Hanigan, nearly the entire remaining team can split the stacks at GABP. Couple all this with our SP, bullpen and above average gloves and we have a very well balanced team; thank you very much! (and thank you Mr. Jocketty).

We may stand guilty of having allowed the pendulum to swing back the other way too far. I would contend, mostly due to injuries though, that we are now too much of a left-handed club.

Much harder to exploit left handed hitters than right handed. Seems to be a shortage of quality lefties out there in either league.

The Reds haven’t had an every day LF since Dunn in 2008. Since then we have platooned that position with 2-3 different LFers. It appears that isn’t going to change anytime soon. What could resolve the problem may be the lefty sitting on the bench today. Not too sure why he isn’t starting today; Baker does like to jostle his position players, especially when it comes to LF. If Lutz does continue to perform (.290/.290/.419/.710, 1 HR, 6 RBI) , we will need to do some trimming around that position. As it turned out, I really wish we didn’t sign Ludwick to 2 years, but as we know, hindsight is 20-20.

To all the people that wanted Chapman to close because they feel better with a “dominant” closer. He is human and he will blow saves just like everyone else. The difference is so minimal between him and others closing. (2-3 games maybe over the course of the year) This is why all the people on the other side (myself included) want him in the rotation so he becomes a better pitcher and can possibly be a #1 starter down the road. He won’t get any better just pitching one inning and throwing 90% fastballs. Instead the hitters will just have more and more success. We are completely wasting him in the closer’s role especially the way Dusty uses him. He should have come in in the 8th … but none of that matters now because he blew the game anyway. What a waste of another great pitching performance. Oh well, turn the page and get ’em tomorrow.

The way this game played out is the most hurtful of any game, to a Reds fan. The bullpen completely caved; Broxton, Marshall and then Chapman. But, we need to get real…they couldn’t go an entire season with nothing but goose eggs; that right was reserved for the 3 amigos over 23 years ago! (lol…even they got rocked every now and then; just didn’t seem so). The sad part about today, and it was punch in the gut, was that all 3 relievers played a part in todays loss. What I really hate in situations like this is to think about Latos and, now Bailey; their pitching was absolutely superb…they both deserve far better. Above all, having it happen once or twice over the course of a season; we should be able to understand that, but if it reoccurs…well that is when it gets under your skin. (I had to shut off the TV when the last homer dude hit lst base…after all, we bleed Red!?*)

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