Games 43-45: Reds at Nationals

There is no me in D.C. I have the series off. Back on Friday when the Cardinals are in Cincinnati. I’m also doing the West Coast trip that follows.


I wouldn’t go watch this train wreck if I were you either bub! LOL what the hell is wrong with me? I’m never like this about the Reds!

The past two series may be the beginning of a hole this team wont dig out of. They have to stay a float, but I am getting worried this is only going to get worse.

In my view, the next nine games will define the Red’s season…
19th-21st Nationals (23-20)
23rd-25th Cards (23-21)
26th-28th Dodgers (23-22)
All winning teams; unlike the last two series (Padres, Phillies) which were
against sub .500 teams, the same ones we lost 2 of 3 games to in each of
the two series. The last series against the Phillies we were outscored
20-7. Now, with the table set…can we please take 2 of 3 from each team
noted above? Time for Price to not only manage a winning team, but to
manage a team winning.

Hey Neb. The Reds are finished. They are not a very good,even when they’re healthy. Speaking of which, Why don’t they just go ahead and put Votto on the DL. They will after game 10 games of not playing. How many times have they done that with other ” day to day” injuries. Gotta save that major league salary as long as possible.

Jim, he may well end up on the DL (make room for Bruce). Injuries may be more prevalent than we think; far too many for a million dollar team of athletes that have
treated so well both financially and in game playing. In summary, they are being mollycoddled; plain and simple, sorry to say.

Ok, I’ll say it…although it is still early…I would have preferred a no-nonsense, ultra strict, seasoned manager. Not sure one was available, but the future is endless. I still believe that when a team has a ULTRA generous owner, they should, no, MUST, perform. Especially when they are treated to a new stadium, super ballplayer conditioning rooms, exercise equipment, etc. etc. etc. and amazing and equitable salaries across the board; nobody I know of has been slighted. With that said, they say that you can’t judge a team until 1/4 into the season; we have done that for a few days now. And, I am not so sure we can judge Price on the first quarter of his first season…yet if we can’t even play .500 ball this season, I think there is at least a reason for concern. We have not choice; we wait for the results…last night ended as it always has with a HR winning the game and the BP holding on for dear life….and so it goes.

Huge win for the Reds tonight. With that said Ondrusek did not deserve the win and should be DFA’d by the end of the week. Bring up Jumbo Diaz and see how he does business. Call up Lutz and send down Soto. If Votto goes to DL call up Barnhart.

Agree… If its not working let people go back down to AAA and work it out. Keep switching it up. Why do we need to keep Soto up here? I would keep flipping him and Lutz until one sticks if neither then bring up Barnhart. At least he is useful. They will probably now keep Votto here until Bruce is back then DL Votto for 5 days.

Barnhart????? LMAO he should not be on any MLB roster. Let him get the playing time in AAA. I do agree with Lutz. But him and Soto are pretty much the same right now.

no one in AAA can or should be starting. I am looking at the 25th man and since one of the catchers should be playing 1st every day or Frazier then a 3rd catcher is useful.

Is Lutz even healthy yet though?

Listed below are the longest consecutive games played streaks in Major League Baseball history. To compile such a streak, a player must appear in every game played by his team. The streak is broken if the team completes a game in which the player neither takes a turn at bat nor plays a half-inning in the field.

The record of playing in 2,632 consecutive games over more than 16 years is held by Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles. Ripken surpassed Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees, whose record of 2,130 consecutive games had stood for 56 years. Before Gehrig, the record was held by Everett Scott (1,307 consecutive games), a shortstop with the Red Sox and Yankees whose streak ended in 1925, less than a month before Gehrig’s began. Everett broke the previous record which was established by George Pinkney (577 consecutive games) from 1885–1890.

The record for a National League player is held by Steve Garvey of the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres (1975–1983), though Garvey’s 1,207-game streak is less than half the length of Ripken’s. Previous holders of the National League record include Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs (1963–1970), Stan Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals (1952–1957), and Gus Suhr of the Pittsburgh Pirates (1931–1937).

A notable recent streak was compiled by Miguel Tejada of the Oakland A’s and Baltimore Orioles, who played in 1,152 consecutive games from 2000 to 2007. As of the end of the 2013 regular season, the current player with the longest active Major League consecutive games streak is Prince Fielder of the Texas Rangers with 505.

Of players with at least 500 consecutive games played, ten are members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Wonder what the current record is for longest Red…(TIC)

Reds sign Jair Jurrjens to minor-league deal

love that signing. Kid might still have something left or maybe they can fix something wrong.

Really? I like that signing to! Price can do wonders for pitchers.

Has to make you wonder about Latos though?

Not sure if any of you will recognize the name. BUt I play softball with JIm Crowell. He used to be in the Reds organization and is from my town of Valparaiso (same as Jeff Samardzija). Was talking to him last night and he was telling me the reason we are seeing so many guys get Tommy John is because they want it. They are saying that you come back stronger….

that makes sense and I believe it.

Could La Russa steal St. Louis’ Secret Weapon
Scott Wuerz on May 19, 2014
The problem that arises when one of the top people in your organization joins another one, is that he tries to surround himself with familiar faces.
So that makes me wonder what the St. Louis Cardinals have to fear from former manager Tony La Russa taking a newly-created position as chief baseball officer of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Fortunately, many of his lieutenants in St. Louis are already gone. Former coaches Dave Duncan and Dave McKay already work for the Diamondbacks. Mark McGwire left the Cardinals to become the hitting coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers. But the rumor mill has already started to churn reports that La Russa wants to fire Arizona manager Kirk Gibson and replace him with Redbirds third base coach Jose Oquendo.
Oquendo is a low profile guy, so his value might be a little bit under the radar. But it would be tough for St. Louis to lose him not only because he’s the Cardinals fielding guru. But he’s got a ton of institutional knowledge about what it means to be a Cardinal. Who, besides Red Schoendienst has spanned the last four decades as a member of the Redbirds?
If La Russa came calling, Oquendo would have a tough call to make. This could be his last shot at becoming a major league manager. But would it be a great idea to take over as skipper of a floundering team that’s getting ready for a major housecleaning? Look at former St. Louis coach Jim Riggleman who was hired by the Washington Nationals to develop a group of young players. As soon as those players were set to contend, the Nats planned to shove him out the door and hire a higher profile skipper. Riggleman saw the writing on the dugout wall and quit before he could be fired.
It would be a shame to give up such a steady job for a tenuous position as a transitional manager. Let’s remember while La Russa probably wouldn’t turn his back on Oquendo if he lured him to the desert, Tony is 69 years old. I’d be a little surprised if he was still working full-time for the Snakes beyond three years.
La Russa’s other dealings could benefit the Cardinals, however.
On his short list of potential new general managers if former St. Louis GM Walt Jocketty.
Shown the door by the Redbirds for his unwillingness to play nice with the Money Ball guys, Jocketty would be an excellent choice for La Russa to hire to help him prove the old fashioned way of evaluating talent is still viable. And Jocketty might be ready to leave the Cincinnati Reds who seem to have run out of money last off-season as they jettisoned one of their best offensive players and one of their best starting pitchers to cut costs.
If Jocketty left the Reds, it could send Cincinnati reeling into a rebuilding period.
There probably aren’t many players the Diamondbacks could flip to the Cardinals in a fire sale that would benefit St. Louis. I doubt the D-Backs would be willing to send 26-year-old slugger Paul Goldschmidt at a reasonable cost. But the Redbirds don’t have a bunch of free agents that La Russa could raid. So as far as players go, St. Louis is pretty safe.

The Reds crossed the Tony Perez line last night so it’s no longer ‘early.’ Gloves off – have at it, boys!

Ryan Ludwick hasn’t started the last two games due to a minor quad injury.

These 2-1 victories won’t cut it. This is like the bad old days: give up 4 runs and lose. Score some runs, Reds!

On the day Byran Price was hired, he said the three keys to the Reds season were: preparation, effort and energy. The team even turned that comment into a promotional/advertising campaign for the 2014 season.

Reds sign Matt Maloney to a minor league contract. Not sure if anyone remembers him from a few years back but he is a Lefty starting pitcher. I think he is 30 years old and has half way decent stuff. Maybe the Reds intend to convert him to a reliever and have him be the future replacement for dead arm Marshall?

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