Game 58: Giants at Reds

Hamilton 8
Frazier 5
Phillips 4
Mesoraco 2
Bruce 9
Heisey 7
Pena 3
Cozart 6
Leake 1

*I’m not covering the game today because I’m handling draft coverage this evening. Full coverage as always of both on


What is it going to take to teach Mr. Cingrani the technique of how to pitch in the big leagues? Tony thinks that he can live with one pitch game in and game out. Until this kid is taught how to change speeds, and also learn to keep his pitches out of the middle of the plate, he will be nothing more than a batting practice pitcher. HE NEEDS TO LEARN HOW TO THROW A STRAIGHT CHANGE. Pico must be doing something else for a living, because he has done nothing to help this young man. I just do not understand it. Hitters cannot adjust from 92 mph to 72 mph. They have the ability to set back and swing from there heals when they know that a guy is going to throw 90% fastballs during any given game. He is 2 and 6 now. My Mom always said this, ” the proof is in the pudding”. Tony’s pudding has not setup yet, and probably never will until he makes a complete adjustment. He better change his philosophy real soon, or he will continue to hurt the Reds chances this year. I grew up in the late 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s watching some of the greatest of all time. Gibson, Koufax, Marichal and Seaver were just a few of the greats. These guys knew how to pitch. Tony, go back and watch film of these guys, they will help you son!

The funny thing is the HRs came on badly located change ups that were not slow enough. When he threw the high fastball they could not hit it.

I agree with JR. I don’t know if it’s coaching or the fact that the young generation of athlete has been pampered their entire life and won’t listen to anyone. You’re right though .He won’t be a major league pitcher very long if he does’t change. His fastball isn’t over powering anyway.

This is after the Leake loss Thursday afternoon. Two questions: anyone out there who remembers when the BRM one year in the 70’s played .500 ball the first 60 games and wound up winning 100 games in the season? And – do you guys think this team is playing up to its potential, or is there reason to think it might go on a 70-30 run like that team from the 70’s?

I was thinking about that the other day. So if you had this team and they traded for one of the best hitters in the league and pitchers in the league everyone would be freaking out right now saying this team is going to start winning a lot of games. Votto and Latos. As long as they can come back healthy and play their normal games, the Reds should be ok. Should be… But some times its just not your year.

You guys are NUTS. How in the world can you EVEN mention this team in the same sentence with arguabely the best basball team in history ? THer is NO WAY this team can go 70-30. Seriously , were you even alive during that era ?

We are comparing a good team playing bad then coming around. Thats it. oh and the Big Red Machine is probably the best example of the greatest group of talent that under performed in the history of baseball. That is the greatest team and they had 2 WS. That team should have never been beaten. Lets be realistic about that.

Batting woes continue…
Reds have scored 203 runs in 58 games (3.5)…on pace for 567.
Ranked 28th of 30 teams in both R and RBI.
2013 Reds scored 698 runs (4.3).
2010 Reds scored 790 runs (4.88).
Last time Reds scored fewer than 600 runs was 1982 (545).
The sad part is that we never provide for an inning RALLY.
We hit a bunch of HR and pat each other on the back, but
we have absolutely no plate discipline and nearly every hitter
that crosses the plate swings from the heels, often taking a
strike down the middle and then swinging wildly at the next
pitch off the plate…ending in our incredibly, and growing, SO
totals. Our O has been our cross to bear for a few seasons now
and out SP and BP isn’t getting any younger. We will lose these
guys as we just can’t pay them the monies they will get as time
passes. In other words, the window is closing and the only way
out is to trade them before they make the big money; at least
a few of them. We certainly can’t sign Cueto, Leake, Latos and
Chapman for what they will be making in the next few seasons.
Best to adjust the O and adjust it now; not necessarily with the
players we currently have…they are running out of chances and

Even when we thought Mesoraco would set the world on fire; finally, he has
contracted HRITIS…
…entered 8 for 51 last 14 games (.157), but 5 HR, 10 RBI.
And so it goes…

Hey bigblu.You’re clueless. That is realistic.

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