My All-Star break starts early

I was not scheduled to go on the trip to Atlanta so my All-Star break begins a little early. The Reds will be facing a first-place Braves club that is the toughest in the NL at home (29-13 entering today). Splitting the next four games seem rather paramount with the way things are going.

The Reds definitely haven’t played their best baseball yet this season. Last year, they broke off a on 22-3 run from July 6-Aug. 4 to take off even without Joey Votto. With the myriad injuries the club has now, and the Pirates and Cardinals playing tough, it will be much harder to do something like that this year. But even though negativity reigns among many in social media, being 51-40 and within striking distance (4 1/2 games up for the 2nd wild card) isn’t a bad spot to be in. It could certainly be much worse.

And yes, it could certainly be much better. Clutch hitting has been missing as there are many places in the lineup that have come up short lately. Many players are banged up and will need the break to catch their breath.

Even without Marshall and Broxton, the bullpen has really stabilized. I don’t think adding a reliever is the answer. But even with Ryan Ludwick potentially coming back some time next month, getting a right-handed bat should be on the radar in the next two weeks before July 31. The who is the tougher part. The second wild card has kept more teams in the hunt and less willing to become sellers.

Be on the lookout for lots of Reds All-Star coverage from our reporters in New York (I won’t be there). I will update the blog and MLB.com accordingly if any news is made next week. Also watch for a second-half preview which roll out on the web site the day or two after the Midsummer Classic.

4 Comments

My Heart is about to break. I know this is our year to win the world series and we just need one piece of the puzzle. Do you remember when we won last time with “Jose Rio”? Well we just need one more Rio… Alex Rios to fill the second spot. This will force offensive pressure 1 through 6 spots. Right now we give the a break (double plays) with Cozart in the second spot. Please try!!!!

this team better get there crap together quick. i hope all of you players read this because I as a reds fan am discusted. you are not a 1 out of three team. you are not a 2 out of four team. YOUR TEAM HAS MORE TALENT THAN ANY 2 TEAMS PUT TOGETHER. YOU ARE A SWEEP AND 2 OUT OF 3 AT WORST. ITS TIME TO PUT UP OR SHUT UP. PLAY HARD. QUIT JOGGING TO BASES. STEAL MORE. CATCHERS WILL MAKE OVERTHROWS. BE A HUSTLER EVERYDAY LIKE ITS THE LAST GAME YOU WILL EVER PLAY. YOU HAVE LOST HEART. I SEE HALF OF YOU TAKING YOUR EYE OFF THE BALL AS YOU START TO SWING. YOU WANT MOTIVATION? WELL? DO YOU? I LIVE MY LIFE LOVING MY CINCINNATI REDS WIN LOOSE OR DRAW. IM FURIOUS AT YOUR LACK OF DISIPLINE AND HALF ASSED EFFORTS. SOMETHING HAS CHANGED IN THIS TEAM. SOMEONE NEEDS TO SEND ALL OF YOU, I MEAN ALL OF YOU BACK TO DAYTON, LOUISVILLE OR HOME ITS BECOMING MORE OBVIOUS EVERYDAY THAT YOU COULD CARE LESS. AS LONG AS YOU WIN A COUPLE A WEEK, YOU THINK YOU’LL GET BY. THIS IS A TEAM SPORT, NOT AN INDIVIDUAL SPORT. AND DUSTY, YOU NEED TO QUIT TRYING TO PAT EVERYONES BACK AND START KICKING SOMEONES ASS OR SEND THEM DOWN UNTIL THERE READY TO ANNIE UP LIKE MEN, LIKE MEN DAMN IT. I CAN COACH THIS TEAM TO A WORLD SERIES RIGHT NOW. BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT MOTIVATES MEN. I AM MARK WEBB. CATCHER TIL I WAS 19. I KNOW BASEBALL BETTER THAN I KNOW MYSELF. NEVER WALK. ALWAYS RUN. IF YOU FEEL LAZY, THEN STRETCH AND DO SOME JUMPIN JACKS. SUNFLOWER SEEDS WONT GIVE YOU ENERGY. ITS TIME. THERE IS NO TOMMOROW FOR THE REDS. YOUR NEXT DAY OFF SHOULD BE CANCELED AND YOU SHOULD PRACTICE. LIVE YOUR LIFE OFF THE FIELD WITH YOUR TEAM MATES TALKING BASEBALL AND ONLY BASEBALL. ITS THERE FOR THE TAKING, IF YOU WANT IT. I DONT THINK YOU WANT IT. I THINK YOU SHOULD ALL BE BENCHED AND PUT THE SECOND STRINGERS IN UNTIL YOU CAN AT LEAST ACT LIKE YOU WANT IT. GOD HAS GIVEN YOU ALL SOMETHING SPECIAL, AND HE HAS GIVEN YOU EACHOTHER, AND YOU SPIT IT RIGHT BACK IN HIS FACE. FRAZIER, GET SERIOUS AND QUIT ACTING LIKE YOUR PLAYING GOLF. ZACK, BE PATIENT AND QUIT SWINGING AT THOSE JUNK BALL PITCHES, JAY, QUIT GETTING SUCKERED ON THOSE LOW BALLS OUTSIDE. YOU SWING AT THEM EVEN WHEN YOU KNOW THERE COMING. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? DO YOU THINK, WELL MAYBE I’LL HIT IT? DEVIN, PATIENCE IS YOUR PROBLEM MAKE THEM PITCH YOUR PITCH THEN KILL IT. YOU DONT HAVE TO SWING FOR THE DAMN FENCES ALL THE TIME. YOUR HUGE. MAKE CONTACT AND THE BALL WILL FALL. JOEY, OH JOEY, YOUVE STARTED LOOSING YOUR PATIENCE. DONT WORRY SO MUCH ABOUT THE OTHER WAY. AS HARD AS YOU MAKE CONTACT ITS GOING OUT OR OF THE WALL OR A LINER, SO PULLING FOR YOU IS NOW A PLUS BCUZ THEY WONT BE EXPECTING IT, AND IF YOU ARE LATE, THEN SO BE IT, YOU’LL HAVE DOUBLE OR TRIPLE. SHIN-SOO, CHOKE UP SOMETIMES AND QUIT CHASING BAD BALLS. THESE PITCHERS WILL BE FORCED TO THROW STRIKES WHEN YOUR PATIENT. BRANDON, CLOSE YOUR MOUTH, GET A SERIOUS LOOK ON YOUR FACE TO RESEMBLE THE SERIOUSNESS YOU NEED INSIDE. YOUR SPECIAL. NO JOKING ANY MORE. THE FUN IS GOOD, BUT THE FUNS OVER. ITS TIME FOR BUISNESS. GET TO PRACTICE AN HOUR EARLY AND EVERYONE HIT THE WIEGHTS AND PLAY A LITTLE BIT OF VIDEO GAMES. NOT SPORTS, JUST FIGHTING GAMES TO WORK ON YOUR MENTAL REFLEXES. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, ALL PITCHERS WORK TOGETHER ON ALL PITCHES. TALK AND LISTEN AND LEARN. YOUR FANS ARE HURTING DEEP INSIDE. WE NEED YOU. IM FINALLY OLD ENOUGH TO REALIZE THAT YOU DONT NEED US. IT WAS EVEDENT AT THE 2011 REDSFEST WHEN PLAYERS WERE SHRUGGING OFF KIDS AND ADULTS. I WAS DISAPOINTED IN THE TEAM I LOVE. ONLY ONE PLAYER WENT OUT OF HIS WAY TO SIGN MY BASEBALL AND IT WAS DEVIN, THE KID WITH THE BIGGEST HEART ON THE TEAM HANDS DOWN. I LOST MY SISTER, STEPMOTHER,BOTHER, FATHER, BEST FRIEND AND AUNT IN THE LAST 2 1/2 YEARS. MY FAMILY RIPPED FROM ME 1 BY 1 BY 1 BY 1 BY1 BY 1.I LOVE YOU ALL.YOUR ALL I GOT LEFT AND IM ONLY 42. PLEASE RESPOND. 606-215-3182 MARKSCOTT. BKA BULLETT AKA FOLKS JR.

I could have went on 2-3 more hours

castalini, jockety, please wake up and tell dusty to snap out of it. change is good. in baseball it doesn’t have to be permanent, but often and reputicious as needed. make some moves. it certainly couldn’t hurt. could it?

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