09-24-10 GAME THREAD: Reds vs. Padres — Greetings from San Diego: Fish Tacos, Sandboxes and a Division Championship. What a trifecta!

by SDDennis 24. September 2010 10:22

Game Time: 7:05 p.m. PDT, 10:05 EDT, No Time Like the Present


TV/Radio: WLW-AM 700 and XPRS 1090 & XEPE 1700 (over-the-air), MLB Audio (subscription) and XM Radio Ch. 189; FS Ohio HD, Channel 4 San Diego (704 in HD) and MLB.TV (subscription)

 

Lineups:


Reds (86-67, and trying to stay Clutch to Clinch)


 

Phillips 4

Cabrera 6

Bruce 9

Rolen 5

Gomes 7

Hernandez 3

Stubbs 8

Hanigan 2

Arroyo RHP

 

 

Padres (85-67, and trying to keep their heads above water in the Wild West)


 

Venable

Eckstein
Tejada
Gonzalez
Ludwick
Stairs
Torrealba
Headley
Young

 

 

 

Silent Night

The Reds were off last night, but it should be noted that GeneWV turned in another stellar off-day thread and RedFaced submitted some cool RedsOctober logos (I’m tellin’ ya, design #1 on a gray shirt, c’est magnifique). From what I understand, the team was in San Diego. I should have gone downtown and done some stalking, taking iPhone videos to share, but I couldn’t channel my inner paparazzi.

 

The Padres played up in LA, losing to the terrible Trolley Dodgers 3-1. Mat Latos was able to bounce back from his worst start all season, but still gave up three. Still, if Mat could do it, Johnny Cueto can too. Besides, Johnny has double letters in his name and Mat is just something you wipe your feet on. The San Francisco Giants retook first place in the NL West after they hunted and slaughtered the Cubs.

 

The Cardinals plundered the Pirates 9-2 even though Laynce Nix apparently got into the Pirate-joke strategy with us earlier in the week when John Fay quoted him thus: “It’s been driving me nuts,” Nix said.

 

Don’t be a Fool, Vote for Tools

You can still get your votes in for Joey Votto in the “Sears 5 Tool Player of the Year” vote.

Vote Votto to lift Joey out of second to overtake Chase Utley (a 4.5 Tool, max).

 

The Singin’ Slinger vs. the Rangy Righty

We’ve got Chamber-of-Commerce weather slated for this weekend. Coastal Eddy has finally been banished far off shore. I love this time of year in this city. So Bronson Arroyo brings his 16-10 record, 3.98 ERA, into pitcher-friendly Petco Park to face Chris Young (1-0 with a 0.90 ERA). Bronson is a good late-season pitcher and doesn’t 17 wins sound way better than 16? Either way, it’s a career high for the Singin’ Slinger. Arroyo is crafty, but all he really needs to know against the Padres hitters is (say it with me, folks) DON’T PITCH TO ADRIAN GONZALEZ!

 

Chris Young is making his second start since returning from the Disabled List with a strained shoulder. He pitched only four innings vs. the Cardinals (which is really only like 2 innings vs. a baseball team that shows up on time) last weekend. It’s likely that he’ll be limited in his pitches again against the Reds tonight, so look for a heaping spoonful of the Padres bullpen which is difficult for anyone to choke down. The Padres pitching staff boasts a 3.42 ERA for 2010, good for second in the Major Leagues (the Reds are 17th). That’s about as far as you need to look to see why San Diego is still in the playoff picture. Reds hitters need to … actually, I have no idea what they need to do to get some runs tonight. Hopefully the coaching staff has a plan. Seriously, even the Padres mop-up guy has a sub-4.00 ERA. See the ball, hit the ball, boys.

 

Schizophrenic Sales Pitch

The Padres Marketing Juggernaut is pulling out all the stops for this game tonight. Not only is it “College Night,” but it’s also “Padres Oktoberfest” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars Night.” They’re either way behind on their quota, they’ve been told to “milk this while we’re winning,” or there was a sale at the local Marketing Emporium. The crowds should be huge!

 

It’s Now or Never

The Padres might be playing extra hard to make it to the playoffs this season as they’ve just recently found out that former General Manager Kevin Towers will become the GM for their division rivals, The Arizona Diamondbacks. This is very bad news for a Padres team largely constructed by Towers. They’ll likely see the ‘Zonies rise like a phoenix from the ashes of the NL West sooner rather than later, so they’d better win now.

 

The Reds may not feel the same way about their division rivals in the Central. What teams to you see being worrisome next year and thereafter? Perhaps Houston. Maybe the Cubs will throw a bunch of money at some free agents to try to be relevant again. Can the Brewers capture lightning in a bottle again? Regardless of the competition, there’s never a guarantee in baseball, so if I’m the Reds manager, I tell the team that the 2010 season might as well go out with a bang

 

3 is a Magic Number

The Reds are three wins (or three Cardinals losses, or some combo thereof) from clinching their first post-season berth since 1995. What an amazing and fun season we’ve had following this team!

 

MORE LOGO MADNESS

 

 

 

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Comments (336) -

btalbert25
btalbert25
9/24/2010 10:37:48 AM #

To me, Houston seems to be the team that may be able to threaten to emerge soon in the Central.  I say this with no knowledge of who will be lost to free agency after this season though.  Also, I think the Brewers could be good if they had some pitching.  That's a big if in baseball though and I'm not sure what they have that is young and in their system already.  St. Louis always has to be considered too.  I have no faith that the Cubs will ever figure it out lol.  

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 11:11:21 AM #

Exactly. I didn't mention the Deadbirds in the starter only because I don't like to encourage the WLBs.

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 10:38:00 AM #

Great starter, as usual. I too am glad that Coastal Eddy has moved on a bit (although today is only the second day this week he has not been here).  It's good to know that we had the coolest summer in history along the immediate coast--there had to be some plus to never seeing the sun before mid-afternoon the entire summer.

Amy may or may not need her sweatshirt tonight (I'm betting "yes" once the sun goes down)

btalbert25
btalbert25
9/24/2010 10:51:59 AM #

I've been to the San Diego/Carlsbad/Vista area 2 times.  I went extremely excited about the prospects of beautiful weather and both times I go to go outside for a Marine Layer in March and June Gloom.  The time I went in June though there were a couple of really nice days, in fact I found it funny how everyone was complainging about the heat wave(It was 84 with no humidity to speak of while on the homefront it as 95 and humid).

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 11:10:12 AM #

Come to San Diego in Sept. or Oct. (or anywhere in So. Cal during that time) for the best weather of the year, IMHO. Actually, January can be great too, but it's more hit 'n' miss, as is all of Spring. We're going to have 81 deg. on Sunday and 84 on Monday here, but that's as hot as it'll get at the coast. And you're right about the humidity. Super low. Fire danger low, unfortunately, if the winds pick up.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 10:49:16 AM #

I'm confident this is the beginning of something big for the Reds - like 5, 6 years of winning big. Next season, literally everyone can be back, besides perhaps Rhodes. And after that, it's everyone but Hernandez, Arroyo and Cordero.

Aside from that? EVERYONE on this Reds team is young and locked up. Like Tampa Bay, I think we're good for quite some time.

But regardless, no matter what happens, this season has been a blast!

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 10:54:32 AM #

Speaking of the AL Cy Young race (in the other thread we were, at least), how bout this bit of ignorance?

sports.espn.go.com/.../story

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/24/2010 10:59:44 AM #

I went to the bottom first to find his conclusion, found that his leader was David Price, and closed the article.

I know these dudes want page views, but jeeze, some of these are awful.

River Otter
River Otter
9/24/2010 11:21:46 AM #

King Felix led the AL in wins last year, but has forgotten how to win this year.  Terrible run support by a historically awful offense has nothing to do with it.  He's just not that good.  His win-loss record says at all.  Just look at his performance yesterday.  Although he only gave up one run through 8 innings, Price or Sabithia would have pitched a 15 inning shutout if necessary to get the win.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 10:57:23 AM #

And speaking of the AL awards, who should get the MVP? Josh Hamilton was the frontrunner, but he's not gonna play in September. Miguel Cabrera has the best stats, but a lot of good it did the Tigers. Robinson Cano/Adrian Beltre/Evan Longoria all have great stats on great teams, but none of them stand out.

I'd probably lean towards Joe Mauer if it's not Hamilton, though I understand the stats don't look great (especially compared to last year). But I think what the Twins have done is amazing without Morneau, and that park isn't much of a power park.

River Otter
River Otter
9/24/2010 11:49:28 AM #

I'd probably lean towards Hamilton, but that's a tough call since he hasn't played as much as Longoria and Cabrera.

River Otter
River Otter
9/24/2010 11:06:15 AM #

Nice starter.

So, is Amy going to the game tonight for Oktoberfest or dressed up for Clone Wars?  

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 11:22:51 AM #

Oktoberfest,I'm sure. She needs to wear her dirndl dress at least once a year.

River Otter
River Otter
9/24/2010 11:40:56 AM #

Maybe she and Paris can hobnob together at the game in their dirndl dresses: www.smh.com.au/.../...ndl_narrowweb__300x503,0.jpg

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 12:49:42 PM #

not sure how that will look with her Reds hoodie

River Otter
River Otter
9/24/2010 11:06:57 AM #

That picture of Dog still cracks me up every time I see it.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 11:18:13 AM #

Speaking of sandboxes,Jeff Piecoro was hanging around the long jump pit last night. I was waiting for him to get all Jim Day and take a seat.

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/24/2010 11:28:43 AM #

Ah, Dennis, and no poetry again. Just for me, I bet!

I think I actually understand the entire thread. Impressed, gang?

On next year, i never really think about that until the season is over--old coach's thing. Game, season, at hand. I will admit it is tempting, and intriguing. Soon.

On the Reds at PETCO--you really can't change much in your approach in one series--can mess you up down the road. I would hope we try to steal a few bases, hit and run, take a few more chances--if they present themselves. Otherwise, as you say, see ball, hit ball, hope it falls in.

I totally agree on Gonzalez. He gets no real AB's unless the bases are empty, then he hits my pitch, or takes a walk.

Focus guys, focus. there is no game but todays game.

RedFaced
RedFaced
9/24/2010 11:31:29 AM #

Perhaps we need Gene to be a bench coach for the Reds.  Of course you will have to post from the dugout on redsoctober.com  

Redwakeup
Redwakeup
9/24/2010 1:04:43 PM #

I would have to agree on Gene as bench coach. How do we get this thing to happen? Anyone have any ties to the Castellinis?

BTW, I vote for shirt #2. Sorry that I did not vote yesterday. I've had a guest for two weeks and dealt with a kidney stone last week.

RedFaced
RedFaced
9/24/2010 11:29:40 AM #

Hernandez leads all MLB with 29 quality starts.  For him to have only 12 wins is crazy and tells you he gets zero run support.  He could easily have 20 wins if he pitched for a mediocre team and not a terrible offensive team.  

I'm with Otter on the Dog pic, it made me chuckle when I saw it.  

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 11:53:13 AM #

The Dog/SD postcard is hilarious. I've sort of conscripted it from RPA for my own uses these days, since it makes me laugh every time I see it too. I just envision Ramon slowly photo-bombing the post card shot, coming in at the jaunty angle. Very Monty Python-esque.

RedFaced
RedFaced
9/24/2010 11:35:10 AM #

Saw this t-shirt and thought it was pretty funny as well as worthy to share.

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River Otter
River Otter
9/24/2010 11:47:57 AM #

That was hilarious

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 12:57:15 PM #

More than hilarious !

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/24/2010 11:43:08 AM #

RF,

Thanks, but no thinks. Can you imagine me posting "in game!"  Ugly, real ugly.

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/24/2010 11:44:04 AM #

Uh, I would wear a Redsoctober t-shirt--with pride.

Redwakeup
Redwakeup
9/24/2010 1:53:19 PM #

Gene,
I just got through yesterday's off day thread and you were partly right. I could have written that open letter. I am a huge Marshall University, but since Marshall did not have a 4-year engineering program, I am a University of Kentucky Alumni. Lexington was only 2 hours from home. So I celebrate the victories of the Thundering Herd, the Wildcats of Kentucky and our Cincinnati Reds.

Very nice starter yesterday, BTW.

btalbert25
btalbert25
9/24/2010 12:05:38 PM #

The Sabathia article was a joke, but what can we expect from ESPN.  The Yankees are their bread and butter when it comes to baseball.  They will write Pro Yankee stuff because they make a ton of money off of the Yankees.  The same holds true for SEC football and Big East/ACC basketball.  They have a lot of money invested in each and will spend extra time being extra positive toward certain teams.

I would call the piece irresponsible if it were anything other than opinion.  He fails to metion Felix has 27 quality starts this season.  He doesn't mention how Felix has pitched 26 innings against the Yankees and allowed 1 earned run.  Let's not worry about decisions against other teams that are tops in their leagues.  Who cares about the fact that Minnesota only has 4ER in 15IP against the guy.  San Diego only managed 4ER in 15.2, we know how the Reds did against the guy.  And that scarry Toronto offense mustered 1ER over 8innings.  Yeah, he's never pitched against good competition at all.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 12:12:14 PM #

You know what? I'm feeling charitable, and I haven't concocted a fake trade that doesn't have a chance of happening in awhile. So how bout this offseason trade for the Reds and Mariners?

Mariners get:

RHP Homer Bailey
2B Brandon Phillips
1B Yonder Alonso
3B Juan Francisco

Reds get:

RHP Felix Hernandez
RHP Brandon League

The Mariners immediately have their 2-3-4 hitters for the next few seasons, plus a Bailey, and the Reds get the best pitcher in baseball and a replacement for Cordero after next season.

A guy can dream, can't he?

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 1:01:55 PM #

with that infield defense, the Mariners would have to construct some more barriers on both the first and third base sides to protect viewers from errant throws

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 1:12:09 PM #

Not to mention the foxholes Alonso and Francisco dig would hinder the running game of the opposing team.

Champ Summers
Champ Summers
9/24/2010 1:10:08 PM #

dream indeed...remember they just got 1B DH J Smoak in n the Lee deal

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 1:13:21 PM #

I did forget that. Well, it was a nice thought, right? Extra players and a headache for King Felix?

If nothing else, then we'd have a second baseman who could get to second on a ball off the wall, right?

Champ Summers
Champ Summers
9/24/2010 1:16:34 PM #

the second baseman needs to hit it off the wall first.

Champ Summers
Champ Summers
9/24/2010 12:15:28 PM #

I feel like something has been missing for me. Financially being this busy is good but i miss my Reds talk.

nothing put a smile on my face more than reading yesterdays Carp t shirt conversation.

To add to it the Postcard from SD is up. I sure miss that one. It always lightens my mood.

Go with #1 on the t...be careful of TM issue blah blah blah.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 12:23:58 PM #

Grizz,

I found your future firm:

www.youtube.com/watch

Champ Summers
Champ Summers
9/24/2010 1:14:29 PM #

only in Florida...why do I live here?

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 1:24:05 PM #

No state income tax, no snow, no ice, the ocean is no more than 2hrs away, old people are great drivers,Spanish is fairly easy to learn and the Reds have spring training there. Sorry, never mind the last one.
Soccermom is at a convention and conference in your neck of the woods for the next week or so. Whatever will I do without someone to micro manage my cholesterol intake?

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/24/2010 1:32:58 PM #

The bigger question....

....how will Chris Carpenter explain your rising cholesterol intake to his children?

Redwakeup
Redwakeup
9/24/2010 2:01:52 PM #

Probably something like this....
But son, Cincinnati's balls are too slick for me to grip....It raises my feelings of inadequacy and causes me stress.....and unlike Soccermom cares for Soccerdad.....your mom tells me I'm a whiny little B&%$#!

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 2:19:29 PM #

Seriously, if this group ever got together in one room,it may be the funniest event ever.
I laugh my butt off several times a day at the stuff that is said here.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 2:04:31 PM #

"Hey kids, see the chubby bald guy over there. You know, the one who thinks he's a funnyman. His wife told me, if I see him going to 5 Guys or Skyline, I should give him the same treatment I gave Mr. Ryan. That should be fun! Do you guys want to learn how to be a bully like your daddy?

"I do!. I do!" After that can we go see Mr. Larue and make fun of him for not being able to remember his name?"

Champ Summers
Champ Summers
9/24/2010 2:23:56 PM #

it really doesn't take much to get get the conversation over to Carp and his son anymore...still laughing.

That no income tax and sunny weather attracts a holes and trash of all sorts. How do you think my mom got here. Often we are the subject of some political or criminal punchline. The pros and cons are a wash.

Can't wait to talk with some friends who moved to C-Bus last month. One was a FL native. I want to see her point of view especially when the weather turns.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 2:30:43 PM #

Wait till you get a report on the drivers in C-Bus.
Other than the ridiculous amount of Buckeye love and the drivers, I like Columbus. I think I could live there.

Champ Summers
Champ Summers
9/24/2010 3:13:16 PM #

been there a number of times and was just there this spring for a Pearl Jam concert. Its more friendly than i remembered. I could definitely live there if I had to

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/24/2010 1:32:01 PM #

....that vermin you call a spouse.

But, I've gone through 20 interviews in a month and still no job...what was that website again?

Redwakeup
Redwakeup
9/24/2010 2:04:07 PM #

Don't worry Grizz, it'll happen. Those 20 interviewers are probably going to take 3 months to make their decision. The job that you will eventually get will be the one that you forgot about a few months before.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 1:40:47 PM #

Hey Grizz,

How bout we get YOUR legal take on this?

www.hardballtimes.com/.../

And not to beat a dead horse, but I was talking about this the other day with someone and I got to thinking - this was the 20th concussion for LaRue. He didn't retire because of Cueto; he retired because of Cueto and the 19 other times he was concussed.

This is not unlike me popping my tires, burning out my engine, losing all my doors, and then getting upset and blaming you for 'totaling' my car when you throw a rock at the windshield.

It's just idiocy.

btalbert25
btalbert25
9/24/2010 1:55:07 PM #

How the hell do you get 20 concussion in a baseball career.  LaRue never seemed so smart to begin with, but 20 concussions later he has clearly lost his mind.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 2:06:45 PM #

I've only had 2 and look at me .

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 2:49:12 PM #

That probably explains the rash of passed balls when he was here.

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/24/2010 2:11:17 PM #

"It's important to note that I am not an attorney and none of what follows should be construed as legal advice"

Haven't read the article yet, but felt the need to post that first line. Now I know I'm in for something good. Only one good reason for someone w/ a legal background to continue on at this point.....and that's for the hope of a decent laugh.

So back to seeing what he has to say.....Alright, well, about halfway through....dude can suck it.

Yes, if Cueto intended to kick LaRue in the face, he probably could be maybe liable for something. If he intended to thrash around violently with the intent to injure something, he could be liable. If he recklessly kicked around and was oblivious to possible harm, he could be liable. However, this would be the case if Cueto just walked up to LaRue and did this.

But there is no way to show intent here. And self defense is clearly the best defense. And it was a brawl. I have no idea what this dude is talking about.

An actual explanation of law-
Self-defense in tort law:

While the principles of self-defense at tort law are similar to those at criminal law, the mode of analysis, and areas of emphasis differ. In general, self-defense is valid when a person has reasonable grounds to believe that he is about to be attacked. Under these circumstances, he may only use such force as is reasonably necessary to protect against the potential injury. Since only reasonable ground are required, a genuine mistake with respect to the attack will still support the right to self-defense. Once the attack or tort has ended, so does the right to self-defense. Retaliation is never permitted.

As at criminal law, there is generally no duty to retreat, and deadly force may be used to prevent death or serious bodily harm. Even in the minority jurisdictions which require retreat (like Pennsylvania), there is an exception to the requirement if the victim is in his home. Although the attacker has no right to self defense, if the attack is non-deadly, and the victim responds with deadly force, the aggressor may defend himself with deadly force.

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/24/2010 2:19:20 PM #

Basically, dude wrote the article in a bubble. One problem is that he assumed intent to do harm to LaRue, and went from there. Another problem is that he only talks about making a claim, doesn't really acknowledge how quickly this claim would be dismissed once defenses were brought up.

And then he looked at assumption of the risk. I mean, clearly, LaRue could have a claim, and the judge would then ask Cueto for his defenses. This guy just kind of stops at LaRue's claim.  

I totally agree a Judge would let LaRue make the claim, and pass the burden of defending the claim onto Cueto. Once self defense was raised as a defense, the case would be dismissed.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 2:26:19 PM #

Your honor,I was trapped with my back against a fence when Mr. Larue and several of his cohorts approached me with the intention of givin me the "William Wallace Treatement." Rather tthan run the risk of getting drawn and quartered I thrashed my feet around a tad bit.
Dismissed !

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/24/2010 2:26:53 PM #

NM, I accidentally believed his argument. Assumption of the risk is a defense. So I have no idea why he talks about it but not other defenses. His entire point was that LaRue could make a claim, but he doesn't speculate on whether LaRue would win.

I agree w/ that. Lots of people could make lots of claims, but typically people are smart enough to not file those claims when they know they will lose.

WTF did I just waste half an hour on that for. Thanks a lot, AAT.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 2:40:01 PM #

Ha - sorry. I figured you'd be interested, and the idiot posters (read: Cardinal fans) were buying it, so I thought I'd ask.

I personally think my defense is the best:

'Your honor, if I'm to be sued, then the perpetrators of the first 19 concussions need to be here as well. If not, then I don't know why we're here.'

Frank_Robinsons_Ghost
Frank_Robinsons_Ghost
9/24/2010 4:28:34 PM #

Hehehe.  You see, Grizz -- that's the thing about being a law student/rookie lawyer -- you're still in the analysis mode -- think about it hard and tear it up and down.  

After you've been doing this for a while, you'd look at the article and think:  "Well, that's stupid.  There's no way LaRue could ever win that case . . ." and you'd just dismiss it.  Five minutes of your time as opposed to a half-hour.  Wait, someone wants to know _why_ it wouldn't succeed?  Well, that'll take a little longer and that's not free.

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/24/2010 5:58:11 PM #

Yeah, I got fooled good. At the bottom says he's a 23 year old law student....so probably just a 1L that got done w/ his assumption of the risk section of torts and went a little crazy w/ it.

Gotta give him credit, he had me going for a second. I had no idea how assumption of the risk played a big role, but he had me thinking I was missing something.

And it was a nice kick in the face about burdens and which party at which time has to present or overcome something.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 2:42:29 PM #

I made the mistake of looking at the standings - we're tied with San Fran now, who hold the tiebreaker over us. In other words, if the season ends the way it is today, we open at Philadelphia.

It'd behoove us to go ahead and win, say, six or seven of the last nine games here.

RedFaced
RedFaced
9/24/2010 2:51:51 PM #

Yes I agree they need to finish strong.  Although I'm tickled light-red to see the Reds in the post season I'd really like to see them get homefield the first series and skip Philly the first round.  

River Otter
River Otter
9/24/2010 2:52:10 PM #

Agreed!

timmytwoshoezzz
timmytwoshoezzz
9/24/2010 2:53:30 PM #

Why is everyone so worried about who we play?

The idea is to win the World Series, no?  To do that, you have to beat the best teams, meaning we would likely have to win a series (5 or 7 games) against them anyway.  And you'll have to do it with the Phils having home field anyway.  

Reds can beat any team in the NL IF they pitch well and get good production out of their outfield bats.  a fluky play here or there can be the difference in the postseason.  Worry not about the Phillies.  Worry about Jonny Gomes (speaking of which, see that Redleg Nation talked about his statistical stinkery in LF this year?)

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 2:56:06 PM #

Two reasons for me:

1.) I don't believe we can beat the Phillies. So I'm hoping San Fran/San Diego does for us. Is that rational? Probably not. But it's how I feel.

2.) I've got a ticket to Home Game #2 of the NLDS. We get home field, I'm DEFINITELY going; we don't? I'm faced with two scenarios where I don't get to see a Reds playoff game, which would be the highlight of my sports attending life.

And don't think I haven't thought about the scenario where we go up 2-0 in a series on the road and suddenly I'm tempted to root against the Reds so a game 4 happens. I don't want to deal with that temptation.

We get home field, all of this goes away.

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 3:00:21 PM #

I agree. I'm not really worried about Philly if the Reds play up to the potential they've shown in the games where they've played smart. They're young though, so there's that.

River Otter
River Otter
9/24/2010 3:03:36 PM #

I'd like to see the Reds have home field advantage for at least the first series.  

RedFaced
RedFaced
9/24/2010 3:06:10 PM #

It's two-fold for me.  I want the extra home games if the series goes longer as well as home field.  

Plus I am hoping the the first series will force say Halladay to throw the last game of that series and keep him from going game one of the NLCS.  I realize you have to beat the best teams but the match-ups could change depending on how the two series unfold which may or may not align better for the Reds.  I know, a lot of if's and's and but's but just the way my mind works.  Home field is really the main reason I would like to see them finish with the second best record.  

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/24/2010 3:05:29 PM #

I am incredibly worried not about who they play, but if they have homefield. Say they go to Colorado in round 1 for the first two games.

Yuck. Nobody wins there. Say they go to Philly for 2. Ugh. I'd take CO, ATL, SD, or SF at home, or SD or SF on the road. But opening w/ CO or PHI on the road? Brutal.

RedFaced
RedFaced
9/24/2010 3:09:02 PM #

Oh btw, I posted more logo mock-ups at the end of the starter - What do yall think?  Sorry, my central KY drawl just came out.  

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 3:11:27 PM #

I'm liking #2 a lot.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 3:11:40 PM #

#1 is my favorite, on a quick glance.

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 3:16:29 PM #

I like 1 and 2 equally

Statmom
Statmom
9/24/2010 3:22:18 PM #

  
I still like #1 the best.

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 3:16:59 PM #

I'm diggin' #2

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 3:25:05 PM #

#3 is kinda growing on me too... I guess I'd rank them:

2
3
1

I like the lower case "october" in #5 too.

Redwakeup
Redwakeup
9/24/2010 3:54:00 PM #

I like #3 first, then #1 and #2. I would like 1 and 2 better if there was a baseball, bat or Hannigan's mask on there.

Frank_Robinsons_Ghost
Frank_Robinsons_Ghost
9/24/2010 4:29:58 PM #

I like Numbers 1 and 2 the best.  

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 3:10:43 PM #

By the way, Timmy, I know you said we should worry about Gomes. But it's weird - it's only been two years, but I just can't bring myself to criticize Jonny Gomes. I really think he may be my favorite post-Larkin Red.

I didn't mean for this to happen. I really didn't - but I measure my fandom by how quickly I'll jump on a player for their mistakes. And not once this year (or last) have I been mad about something Gomes has done. I make excuse after excuse after excuse for why he plays badly, like a parent who knows their kid is a turd but defends them to their teachers at school anyway. As much as I've loved Dunn and Sean Casey and Brett Tomko and Leake and Felipe Lopez and Bronson Arroyo and even Ken Griffey Jr., no one but Larkin and Gomes have received the 'I have nothing bad to say about them' territory.

I don't know why this is important. But I thought I'd share.

Champ Summers
Champ Summers
9/24/2010 3:27:12 PM #

anyone who wants SF in SF is not right in the head. I want no part of that place.

btalbert25
btalbert25
9/24/2010 3:27:32 PM #

I too, do not really care who they play in the first round, but would love to see them play at home.  If we do have to make a road trip, I'd much rather have to play in San Fran or San Diego.  In a playoff starved city, the more games played here the better in my opinion.  It would do wonders for the Reds to have a packed house and the stadium rocking for the first 2 games of the postseason.

Tennis Ace
Tennis Ace
9/24/2010 3:27:38 PM #

mlbtraderumors    
Padres Claim Felipe Lopez http://bit.ly/bjvwk1 #mlb

Ohioredsfan1
Ohioredsfan1
9/24/2010 3:28:51 PM #

2-1-4-3-5 for me

btalbert25
btalbert25
9/24/2010 3:34:01 PM #

I like the shirt mark ups in this order:

2,3, then 4

Dawginnaples
Dawginnaples
9/24/2010 3:44:13 PM #

It seems to work for the Pirates so maybe the Padres as well:
  A Padre is delivering his sermon and explains that next week's sermon is about lying. He asks the congregation to read Mark 17 to prepare for that sermon.
  The following Sunday, he begins the sermon by asking "who read Mark17? Nearly every hand went up. The Padre says "Mark only has 16 chapters, so here is my sermon on lying".

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 3:58:18 PM #

Ha! There isn't a preacher alive who hasn't pulled this trick before! When I was a youth minister, I used to make crap up and tell them it was in Ephesians 7 or Philippians 6, just to make them learn how to find those books in their bibles.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 4:34:07 PM #

Sister Christine of The Carpenter went to live in  the Monastery of silence.
Padre Phillip, the rector of the Monastery told her she was allowed to speak only two words every five years.
Five years later,Sr. Christine spoke the words,"hard bed".
Padre Phillip ordered  a new soft mattress for her.
Five years after that she spoke the words,"cold coffee'.
The padre bought a new coffee maker for the dining area.
Five years further down the road she muttered ,"bad food".
A new cook was brought in to cook for the nuns and padres.
The next time she spoke five years later,she said,I'm leaving".
Padre Phillip replied,"That's fine and it's a good thing. You've been nothing but a WLB for the last 20 years.

Dawginnaples
Dawginnaples
9/24/2010 4:36:12 PM #

hehehehehehehe

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 4:44:47 PM #

I applaud your creativity and ingenuity. You are truly the patron saint of mocking Chris Carpenter. Well done, sir. Well done.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 4:51:27 PM #

As someone who had the benefit and agony of 12 years of Catholic education,I feel that I can take a well known nun/priest joke and adapt it to our needs. Sr. Theodosia would give me a jab in the ribs with her pointer for that one, but deep inside I think she would be proud.

Tennis Ace
Tennis Ace
9/24/2010 3:44:17 PM #

Amy made it to SD - on the flight with George Grande!

amyeditress    shopping at Seaport Village...gorgeous day

River Otter
River Otter
9/24/2010 3:56:14 PM #

I'm digging the red background on the new markups.  I'd go 1,3,2,4,5.  Also, any thought to adding .com to the word October?

RedFaced
RedFaced
9/24/2010 4:09:05 PM #

Otter, I think we might add the web site address below the logo somewhere on whatever design we go with.  Figured we'd want it on there.  

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 4:35:23 PM #

That's a great idea.

River Otter
River Otter
9/24/2010 4:44:58 PM #

Agreed!

Rockermann
Rockermann
9/24/2010 3:59:09 PM #

1 and 3 of this round are my favorites of the logos. Very nice work on them all around.

Jabberwocky
Jabberwocky
9/24/2010 4:39:11 PM #

I still like #4 and then #1.

I think I will be searching for employment in a couple of months.  I REALLY like the recruitment commercial for California that comes on Fox Sports Cincinnati almost every game.  Dennis and Mary have me almost sold anyway with the "82 and sunny with low humidity" angle.  Now if I can just find an employer that wants a 45-year old sports junkie who knows a thing or two about computers...

I've been waiting for the Reds to get to the playoffs for so long, I really don't care who we play where.  I know I should be concerned, but I look at it this way.  Which other team in the NL Central could beat the teams ya'll have mentioned (SD, SF, Philly)?  Looks like no one mentioned ATL and the Reds have not played well in Turner Field the last few years, either.  I like the Reds' chances wherever they play in a 5- or 7-game series.  I just think they have more "Want to" this year.

Tennis Ace
Tennis Ace
9/24/2010 5:02:36 PM #

Cardinals whipped the Cubs again, so we have to make the move on our own.  
At least they won't clinch on Fox on Saturday; AAT might stroke out if he has to miss it when it happens.  I'm guessing now that it will be Tuesday evening at GABP (Tweet Night).

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 5:08:00 PM #

We still could, technically. But I'm not gonna lie - I'm really glad it doesn't look like it's going to happen on Saturday.

Here's hoping we seal the deal Sunday afternoon after a Padres sweep!

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 5:16:38 PM #

it appears that the Reds rookies are enjoying SD:

Matt Maloney   mo56maloney
  
I am officially open to moving to Ocean Beach Ca. Real laid back, cool beach town.

mrLeCure
  
On Coronado island with Mike, absolutely gorgeous. I'm moving here

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 9:54:10 PM #

I wonder if they went to South Beach for fish tacos!

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 5:27:04 PM #

very interesting lineup--no Votto and Dog at first base.  Must be a bad sinus infection

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 5:33:57 PM #

Those things can be the worst.

DocProc
DocProc
9/24/2010 5:31:55 PM #

Geez!  I log onto this site at 5:30 and there are already a bazillion posts.  You folks are prolific.  And hilarious.

I like #1, then #2.  Love the idea of adding our website address.

And as everyone else has already said, the picture of Dog never gets old--nor do the jokes about Crapenter.

I hope our intrepid reporter Amy will log in from SD.

Great starter, Dennis!

Ohioredsfan1
Ohioredsfan1
9/24/2010 6:07:03 PM #

In case you need a little entertainment before the game starts you might get a chuckle out of this video
www.youtube.com/watch

some of the comments are pretty good also.

The Dummy
The Dummy
9/24/2010 6:11:10 PM #

Votto is out again.  What gives?

The Dummy
The Dummy
9/24/2010 6:11:41 PM #

Joey Votto is out again?  What gives?

Ohioredsfan1
Ohioredsfan1
9/24/2010 6:13:11 PM #

This is an older video that made the rounds a couple of years ago and I had forgot about but it is still funny.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoF3SbtYR20

The Dummy
The Dummy
9/24/2010 6:14:12 PM #

and Hernandez is at first?

Ohioredsfan1
Ohioredsfan1
9/24/2010 6:19:32 PM #

Soccerdad , this one is for you. Don't disappoint us

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3aQP3QqNNA

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/24/2010 6:25:31 PM #

It's nice to see the full replay and not the selective angles....this way you can see Cueto lose his footing and actually get pushed over w/ fans up against his back.

So tired of the Cards views were anytime it's brought up they'll link you to something that starts right w/ Cueto kicking.

In real time, JC was getting pushed over, had some fans on his back, started kicking lightly to keep guys off of him, and then really started kicking once LaRue burst through at him.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 7:32:21 PM #

Daddy, I have some questions for you.

Again? Jeez kid you need to shut up once in a while. Go ahead. I can't wait for these. I bet they'll be awesome.

Why do you make  sure you call Mr. Larue "my backup catcher". Is it because you think he's not good enough to be a real catcher?

Well yes, some people are just not worthy.

Daddy, Why are you OK until that nice man with the thing you talk into asks you if you are OK, then you seem like you're going to cry and get a sad face like I do when my belly hurts.

I didn't do that.

Yes you did daddy. I saw it. Did you almost cry ?

No !

Daddy,Why did you get that yucky sour mouth taste burpy thing that I get when you make me eat asparagus. Did you eat asparagus ?

Hey look son, Handy Manny is on again.

I like Handy Manny. He reminds me of Mr. Lopez except Manny doesn't have a neck tattoo. And the talking tools remind me of you and Dr. Larussa.

Ohioredsfan1
Ohioredsfan1
9/24/2010 9:11:47 PM #

You did good....lol

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 9:59:10 PM #

Thanks. That one took a few minutes to get on the right track but once I started, zoooom !

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/24/2010 6:32:21 PM #

Speaking of crazy trades:

Coco for K-Rod?

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 6:51:00 PM #

I'd prefer Coco to K-Rod

DocProc
DocProc
9/24/2010 7:28:47 PM #

Lesser of two evils.

Call me crazy, but I really think Masset could be our closer.  Just like Ashland has been faithful to Stubbs, I'm standing by Masset.  

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 8:19:23 PM #

John Fay   johnfayman
  
Votto still dealing with a sinus infection. Saw San Diego team doctor. Will be back as soon he feels up to it. #reds

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 8:26:51 PM #

I imagine getting on an airplane is not too good for a sinus infection either; even if the cabin pressure works as designed, the simulated altitude is usually around 8000 ft when cruising at 30,000 ft or so (at one point in my career, I actually designed ECS/BA/CP system for commercial aircraft--that's environmental control systems, bleed air systems from the engine to provide pressurized air to the Cabin Pressure system).  On one twelve hour test flight for certification of a new large capacity aircraft I had a bad cold and, as as result of futzing around with varying the cabin pressure still within the specified allowable range, I ruptured my eardrum.  Not fun.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 8:33:27 PM #

You're one of those smart people I guess.

RedFaced
RedFaced
9/24/2010 8:27:48 PM #

Sinus infection?  Still? Are you serious?  

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 8:32:41 PM #

I just got done dealing with one for about two weeks. Sucked bad.

RedFaced
RedFaced
9/24/2010 8:56:38 PM #

Oh I don't doubt that a bit, I have them all the time. But I still worked.  I bet you did too.  Just seems like a rather trivial thing to miss so many days.  I know I'm being too hard on Votto.  

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 9:01:05 PM #

I would hope the idea is to try to get this thing over with ASAP, and often continuing to work can extend an illness.  I think of ML baseball players along the lines a friend of mine describes her show jumper horses (with a lower weight)--as  "1000 pound butterflies" meaning that they are incredibly fine tuned, but fragile

RedFaced
RedFaced
9/24/2010 9:11:46 PM #

I know, I know.  I really do and there are varying degrees of sinus infections.  I was ok with it the first day, the second day and with the off day and what not coming up I thought hey why not get 3-4 days off, they'll hit him with some antibiotics and he'll come back refreshed for San Diego when the Reds will NEED him.  Well I guess that's my issue.  I feel the team NEEDS him this series. Just wish he could come back.  I'm a hard-ass by nature though so I'm sure I'm being too hard on Joey and the team is likely being too soft for the reasons you all state- and they are good reasons.  I just wish he were on the field is all.  

Redwakeup
Redwakeup
9/24/2010 9:21:35 PM #

I've had many over the years, and they are painful when you fly, but I would have given everything in my savings to had a sinus infection last week instead of that d£#€ kidney stone!

RedFaced
RedFaced
9/24/2010 9:39:07 PM #

Ha, I see your point RW.  

I'd like to think that if the division race were still up in the air instead of basically a done deal that Joey would be out there.  

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 9:45:12 PM #

I've never had one but someone I know said it was like passing a broken whiskey bottle and then passing the whiskey.

timmytwoshoezzz
timmytwoshoezzz
9/24/2010 8:45:22 PM #

Griz,

Only way I would take K-Rod is if the Mets pay his buyout after that obscene 17.5M option is declined.

Call me crazy, but I would like to see Ramon back, no Gomes, no Nix, no O-Cab, Carl Crawford in LF, Valaika at 2B and BP on another team.  Use the money to sign Votto to a 7year/90M extension.  

Nice work on the legal explanation of self-defense in tort cases.  The idea that there are different standards of justifying actions in civil and criminal court is probably lost of most folks.  Good luck with the job search, someone's gonna get a good lawyer when they hire you

timmytwoshoezzz
timmytwoshoezzz
9/24/2010 8:49:15 PM #

on second thought, I say no altogether on the proposed trade.  F-Rod's option vests with 55 games finished.  Before this year, he finished over 55 games every season since, and including, 2005.  What a horrible contract.  How is Minaya still employed?

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/24/2010 8:57:24 PM #

Well, yeah, I guess I could have said that, clearly they'd have to trade the players and in essence keep the contract. Mets pick up the tab on K-Rod for next year and the buyout, Reds do the same for Coco.

If things get worse for Coco here down the stretch or in the playoffs, I wouldn't be surprised to see it happen.

RedFaced
RedFaced
9/24/2010 9:44:20 PM #

Thought I'd address one of SDD's questions also.

As for what central div foe will be the biggest competition next year for the Reds I'd have to say without a doubt it has to be the Cards.  They will still have their pitching in place basically - which is their strength.  I'm assuming they resign Albert (if they don't then I see no competition but St Louis will still likely be the best of the rest).  The Cards will likely add some smaller pieces to try and improve the offense also.  The Astros seem to be in rebuilding mode and although they have played well down the stretch this year I don't see them being able to sustain it for an entire season.  The Brewers are in decline some also, they will likely lose a bat or two and they have no pitching.  Pittsburgh is no closer today than they have been the last 17 years - perhaps even further away.  The Cubs are still declining - Too much payroll - too little production - not enough youth to replenish yet.  They might level out next year but I don't see them having a winning season.  

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 9:57:05 PM #

I agree for the most part, but I actually see a little light for the Pirates.

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/24/2010 10:13:47 PM #

Interesting read, as usual.

On who to play, just a little input from BB coaching.

My 2 State Championship teams were not the best teams in the state, or, certainly, the best teams in the state tourneys. Other teams knocked off the better teams, and teams we did not match up well against, so we win the championships.

I had at least three other teams better than my championship teams, all of which got beat out because of match-up problems. One of them was definitely the best teams in the state, the other two at least second best.

Moral of the story--it's about match-ups, IMHO, not who is best. Same holds true in baseball, me thinks.

Preacher and lawyer arguing, a little like our preacher and lawyer ( lightly, of course ). Frustrated, the preacher says " I will be so glad when I get to heaven, because there will be absolutely no use for lawyers up there!"

Smart a-- lawyer calmly says, " Hate to disappoint you, but there will be no need for preachers up there either!"

RW,

A UK fan too! Lord!


Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 10:16:36 PM #

two hits but no runs in the first for the Reds

no score, middle of one

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 10:16:56 PM #

Awfully high strike zone that inning. If Young gets those high strikes we're gonna see a LOT of popups.

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 10:19:35 PM #

High strikes are Chris Young's playground. He'll keep going up there, especially now that he's gotten some calls that way.

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/24/2010 10:17:08 PM #

Close, but no cigar.

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/24/2010 10:17:47 PM #

AAT,

Agreed.

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 10:18:24 PM #

Well, the Reds lost an opportunity there in the first... Hopefully they get more of those, but I wouldn't predict it.

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 10:21:43 PM #

good start (knock on wood) for Bronson, with three outs on 8 pitches

end of one, no score

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 10:26:02 PM #

LIGHT TOWER POWER!!!!! #21

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 10:26:04 PM #

Stubby!!!!!

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 10:26:17 PM #

STUBBS!!!!

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 10:26:50 PM #

George mentioning all the Reds fans that have flown in reminded me that Amy is there--wonder where she is sitting?

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 10:33:31 PM #

That's hilarious. I typed that before I read your post.

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 10:26:53 PM #

Amy likely had a good seat for that one. She's down the third base line just in LF, I think.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 10:29:57 PM #

GREAT bunt for Bronson there.

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 10:31:30 PM #

Reds take a 1-0 lead on Drew Stubbs solo HR

middle of two, 1-0 Reds

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/24/2010 10:32:32 PM #

Wonder if Amy blurted out "Brilliant" when Stubbs hit that one?

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 10:35:15 PM #

should Bronson pitch to AGonz with no one on?  it worked this time with that popup

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 10:36:57 PM #

Giants beat the Rockies, 2-1. Their pitching has been lights out. How do you keep the Rockies to just one run in September (rhetorical, of course, you simply don't let them play at home with the non-humidor balls Wink

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 10:38:20 PM #

who controlled the balls for today's game in Denver?

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 10:43:23 PM #

Chris Carpenter's son?

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 10:53:04 PM #

Daddy ,is it a bad thing when balls
Never mind. I'm tired and don't feel like  going for the easy joke.

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 10:42:38 PM #

wow--that was really, really, close for Rolen--

middle of three,still 1-0 Reds

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 10:37:31 PM #

1-2-3 for Arroyo in the second (19 pitches in two innings)

end of two, 1-0 Reds

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 10:38:10 PM #

Man - it's tough here. If the Padres win, they take over the WC lead, meaning we don't play the Phillies. Of course, if the Reds win, Atlanta keeps it, and the Reds play the Phillies.

8 games left tonight. We need to send some serious bad vibes San Francisco's way.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 10:39:04 PM #

It's interesting to watch guys with less than average fastballs work up in the zone, or maybe out of the zone is better description.

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 10:45:16 PM #

Chris Young has a very deceptive delivery. Watch the way he comes to the plate. I think he's a big, rolling ball of limbs coming at you and he's good at hiding his pitches.

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/24/2010 10:39:37 PM #

AAT,

You agonize too much, my friend.

Just win, let the chips fall.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 10:40:10 PM #

I want to go to a playoff game!!

But you're right. Absolutely. Go Reds.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 10:40:19 PM #

The boy's gonna give himself a heart attack.

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/24/2010 10:41:23 PM #

Soccer,

Like many have said, SD would be a great place for a guy like Harang to land.

In GABP, everyone tries to get ground balls, because routine flys become HR's. In SD, all work up in the zone, with no real fear.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 10:43:27 PM #

Isn't that where he lives too? That sounds like there's a really good chance of that happening.

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 10:47:17 PM #

I think it's an excellent chance. Darren Balsley (Pads pitching coach) could likely work well with him too. He's a good one.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 10:46:12 PM #

He would do well in SD or,Seattle. George Grande giving props to the Kings Knights. It was a great football game.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 10:47:28 PM #

reply jail

He would do well in SD or,Seattle. George Grande giving props to the Kings Knights. It was a great football game.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 10:42:28 PM #

Matt Stairs is good at defense?

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 10:43:08 PM #

almost! Stairs almost misplayed that.

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/24/2010 10:43:08 PM #

Only when he has all day to wait, and does not have to jump!

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 10:45:56 PM #

Hope Dog didn't hurt himself doing the splits there at first--it hurt to see that, but he appears to be fine

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 10:48:07 PM #

How old is Matt Stairs? 50? Bronson better not throw him any thick fastballs though. The guy can turn.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 10:48:57 PM #

There may be no better combination than Star Wars and a Reds game, even if it's in San Diego.

The Padres announcers have spent the last couple batters showing the Star Wars promo stuff tonight. Pretty freaking cool.

You know what else is cool? Bronson pitching this well.

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 10:49:09 PM #

a third 1-2-3 inning for Arroyo (33 pitches)

end of three, 1-0 Reds

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 10:52:19 PM #

Do you think the Reds are aware Young is on a 70 pitch pitch count?

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 10:53:47 PM #

George just mentioned that there were about fifteen Reds' fans on his flight to SD today--yay, Amy

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 10:54:17 PM #

Yes. Get him early. The Padres bullpen is nasty.

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 10:56:59 PM #

So true. Gotta get a couple more off CY. They're only hoping for 5 innings from him.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 10:57:11 PM #

For five innings though?

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:01:01 PM #

Good play by Headley. And Gonzalez is tricky, isn't he?

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 11:01:07 PM #

middle of four, 1-0 Reds --Young has thrown 58 pitches, so I doubt that he is around more than one more inning

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/24/2010 11:01:12 PM #

Really surprised Stubbs did not go there. Nothing to lose.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 11:04:46 PM #

Me too.  If Stubbs gets caught on that trick by gonzalez, it's on Hatcher.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:05:04 PM #

HOLY AMAZING CATCH SCOTT ROLEN!

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 11:05:19 PM #

some play there by Rolen on that popped up bunt

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:07:11 PM #

What a garbage RBI. Dumb.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:10:00 PM #

It's unusual that a team times Arroyo on the bases like this.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:12:44 PM #

Where was that pitch? Ludwick should be out!

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 11:15:03 PM #

hate to pick on hanigan, but that little flip he does with his glove before the pitch is released cost him there. His glove is always moving when he receives a ball. It's a small thing but an important detail.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/24/2010 11:23:39 PM #

I don't think I'm gonna make it through tonight. I'm dragging.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:12:55 PM #

And now he is.

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 11:13:05 PM #

SD ties up the game at 1-1 after four; 49 pitches for Arroyo

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:16:19 PM #

That's a home run in every other park in the NL. Dang.

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/24/2010 11:23:24 PM #

Now the runs will really get tough to come by. I fear we may have missed a window of opportunity.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:23:35 PM #

You know what's frustrating? Watching a guy labor through two batters, falling behind 3-1 (and grooving one) and then giving up a walk... and then after yet another ball, the next two pitches are high and out of the strike zone and the Reds swing at them.

What do they think they're gonna do with those pitches? Not one guy has a hit on a shoulder high fastball tonight, but both Cabrera and Bruce thought they could. I don't get it.

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/24/2010 11:25:02 PM #

In GABP, we would have already had 3 HR's.

Troube is, we are 2 row deep HR guys, not second or upper deck guys ( Save Stubbs and Votto ), so we are in a bit of trouble now.

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/24/2010 11:28:07 PM #

Man, sure looked like that ball could have been caught.

Our OF has been less than stellar recently.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:30:24 PM #

Here's their version of Yonder Alonso.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:31:04 PM #

Stairs doesn't score there. Good move by Black.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:31:33 PM #

This is exactly where San Diego wants to be. Crap.

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/24/2010 11:35:27 PM #

And this is exactly where I want them to be.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:35:52 PM #

Big out. One run is hard enough off this bullpen, let alone more.

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 11:37:54 PM #

Jim Day is out near the sandbox again........

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:40:20 PM #

GIFT HORSE!!!

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 11:40:29 PM #

the Padres were the bumblers this inning--and the scorer gives a basehit?

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 11:41:26 PM #

and it was just changed to a fielder's choice and an error

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:41:59 PM #

That's a hometown scorer trying to get Gonzalez another Gold Glove.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:43:04 PM #

We need to get these two home. This is a big chance.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:43:50 PM #

Another gift! Reds tie it!

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 11:44:14 PM #



way to go Dog!  tie game on that chop hit

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:46:04 PM #

I'm very glad Dusty has learned Stubbs can't bunt.

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 11:46:12 PM #

  amyeditress
  
wow, Padres, thanks #Reds 2 minutes ago via mobile web

    

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:47:43 PM #

That's filthy.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:49:25 PM #

How bout a 3 run homer for Ryno?

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/24/2010 11:49:47 PM #

This dude has got good stuff, I think.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:51:42 PM #

Can Bronson help himself out?

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:52:31 PM #

Only 5 innings for Arroyo!? I don't know if I agree.

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/24/2010 11:52:36 PM #

Juan?

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 11:52:40 PM #

let's see if 1Francisco can do anything to impress me here as he bats for Arroyo in the sixth with two on and two out

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:53:06 PM #

ESPECIALLY now. Are the odds Francisco gets a hit off of Thatcher any better than Arroyo hitting for himself?

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/24/2010 11:54:13 PM #

Have to send up Cairo now. Anything else, unless if you want to see the ugliest at bat in the history of ugly at bats.

bjsReds1
bjsReds1
9/24/2010 11:53:36 PM #

Bud Black was overthinking that.  Could Francisco really have hit that guy?

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/24/2010 11:54:44 PM #

Thatcher has a 1.32 era in 34 innings....where do they get these guys?

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:56:09 PM #

That's a lot like what the Padres announcers were talking about with the Reds' lineup.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:54:55 PM #

Let's go Monkey Poop!

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 11:55:24 PM #

and Francisco is called back for Monkey Poop

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 11:56:47 PM #

They've got a bullpen full of guys like Thatcher. Crazy. Black can close his eyes and say send in whomever.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:57:34 PM #

Cairo just hurt the ump. Great. There go our borderline strikes.

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/24/2010 11:58:48 PM #

Monkey Poop legs it out!

Mary
Mary
9/24/2010 11:58:55 PM #

and MP comes through!!!  3-2 Reds

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/24/2010 11:58:59 PM #

MONKEY POOP!!!!

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/24/2010 11:59:00 PM #

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYYAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jorge Arangue will not like this, not at all.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:00:08 AM #

Well, they got both runs across. They made San Diego pay for their bad defense.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:00:50 AM #

I think we lost Soccerdad.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/25/2010 12:06:55 AM #

Your not that lucky.
I love Monkey Poop.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:08:29 AM #

You're awake!

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/25/2010 12:15:26 AM #

Carp's annoying kid kept waking me up with stupid questions.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/25/2010 12:09:22 AM #

Up at 5:30 this morning getting kids squared away taking the cute little puppy out and seeing Soccermom off on her trip.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:01:21 AM #

I feel for you East Coast guys - it's only 11 here, not midnight.

Mary
Mary
9/25/2010 12:03:53 AM #

but even being in the PT zone, I have a 6:30 AM flight tomorrow (leave for the airport aobut 4:45),so it will be a short night if this thing doesn't speed up a bit

Mary
Mary
9/25/2010 12:04:38 AM #

middle of six,3-2 Reds

Mary
Mary
9/25/2010 12:05:03 AM #

I want the Reds to hold this lead and get #17 for Arroyo

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:07:28 AM #

Let's go Logan.

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/25/2010 12:07:57 AM #

The screams on here woke my wife up!

Man, Padres imploded that inning.

A Gift Horse indeed. Couple of them.

By the way, someone needs to tell announcers Scott Rolen's hit did go to right field--not that it really matters.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/25/2010 12:10:03 AM #

I thought we lost you.

Mary
Mary
9/25/2010 12:13:07 AM #

end of six, still 3-2 Reds

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:13:24 AM #

Good job by Ondrusek.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/25/2010 12:14:22 AM #

I don't know if a howitzer has enough range to get it out of center field tonight.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/25/2010 12:22:38 AM #

Yoda is the name of Dave Collins dog.
What war of words between Ichiro and Pete Rose? Did I miss something?

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/25/2010 12:17:53 AM #

Did I just see Yoda?

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:18:38 AM #

It's Star Wars night. So, yes - you probably did.

Mary
Mary
9/25/2010 12:19:22 AM #

I've seen quite a few Storm Troopers too

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/25/2010 12:20:17 AM #

Fair enough, did not know that.

Mary
Mary
9/25/2010 12:21:06 AM #

middle of seven, still 3-2 Reds

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/25/2010 12:19:55 AM #

Maybe someone dressed up Corky?

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:21:06 AM #

That's one heck of a slider.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:22:05 AM #

I had no problem with OK GO until about two weeks ago. Freaking BING commercials over and over and over and over and over and over and over.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:22:51 AM #

Seriously. Twice every commercial break. My apathy towards them has turned to hatred.

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/25/2010 12:26:52 AM #

I hated them ever since that nonsensical treadmill video. And their appearance on the show Las Vegas.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/25/2010 12:23:36 AM #

Yoda is the name of Dave Collins dog.
What war of words between Ichiro and Pete Rose? Did I miss something?

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:23:59 AM #

Will Dusty never learn? You have SO MANY arms in the bullpen. Why a second inning for Logan? Why?

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:24:27 AM #

Does Ichiro even speak English?

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/25/2010 12:27:04 AM #

Does Rose?

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/25/2010 12:38:20 AM #

Arthur's foot is killing him. When your feet hurt, everything hurts.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:26:28 AM #

Despite Dusty's efforts to start a rally for the Padres, Logan does his job.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/25/2010 12:27:48 AM #

You need to carry a paper bag to breathe into so you don't hyperventilate.

Mary
Mary
9/25/2010 12:29:34 AM #

that's a great idea for Ashland

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/25/2010 12:28:17 AM #

Does anybody get as pizzed about this as I do? I really don't want to stop following him b/c he works his tail off, but I don't follow him to get preached to about attendance. I'm in TN, I can't fix it.

Jamieblog
  
35,310 come out to see the first-place #Reds in San Diego

Mary
Mary
9/25/2010 12:29:53 AM #

no

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/25/2010 12:32:01 AM #

Well I don't like it

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:29:13 AM #

We're going to see Chris Denorfia.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:29:46 AM #

I guess not.

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/25/2010 12:30:51 AM #

Just checked my fantasy playoff championship scoring.

Based on what Stubbs has done for me during the playoffs, I think I'll have to name my team Mr. Stubbstober or something along those lines next year.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:31:45 AM #

Rhodes isn't looking good.

Mary
Mary
9/25/2010 12:32:31 AM #

for sure--still wish he'd started the inning instead of Ondrusek?

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:33:00 AM #

I wanted Chapman.

Mary
Mary
9/25/2010 12:46:21 AM #

3-2 count, bases loaded, two outs, one run up--Masset gives up a base hit and the lead

I'm turning  in after that--talk to you all in a couple of days.  Looks like it's possible I may get to see the clinching game after all, since the only ones I am going to miss while I go to Colorado tomorrow are the Sat and Sun games

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:32:40 AM #

This guy is 22 for his last 44.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:37:27 AM #

22 for 45.

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/25/2010 12:34:13 AM #

According to pitchfx, Arthur last 2 strikes on the walked batter. Both close, but strikes.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:36:58 AM #

Despite the promise of the awful OK GO commercial, I wholeheartedly agree with Masset here.

Masset gets two guys, Chapman gets Gonzalez/Ludwick and Cordero cleans up.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/25/2010 12:39:05 AM #

Arthur's foot is killing him. When your feet hurt, everything hurts.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:38:18 AM #

'Wanna see color? Check out this band!'

'Ooh! It's the treadmill guys!'

Twice. Every commercial.

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/25/2010 12:38:24 AM #

No argument with me here on pitcher selection, however it goes.

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/25/2010 12:39:04 AM #

I've seen that OK Go ad, AAT. It's pretty obnoxious, though I don't blame the band. I actually liked that treadmill video too. The did a Rube Goldberg contraption video recently too. Pretty entertaining, IMO.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:40:27 AM #

Like I said, I was apathetic before. It's unfortunate that I've been so soured, but it's been weeks like this. It's just miserable.

Masset isn't exactly lights out, is he?

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/25/2010 12:42:16 AM #

You guys get that crap and I have to listen to Thom read copy written in corporate babble speak, technological environments, core competencies and other crap that makes people in offices sound a hell of a lot more important than they really are.

Soccerdad13
Soccerdad13
9/25/2010 12:47:58 AM #

The 2-2 curveball was a terrible pitch call. It's high risk small reward. Now yourstuck with throwing a fastball.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:41:19 AM #

We really need to get out of this. Let's go Nick!

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:45:26 AM #

Dang.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:46:00 AM #

That's what Masset gets for walking David Freaking Eckstein.

Mary
Mary
9/25/2010 12:46:39 AM #

9/25/2010 12:46:21 AM #


3-2 count, bases loaded, two outs, one run up--Masset gives up a base hit and the lead

I'm turning  in after that--talk to you all in a couple of days.  Looks like it's possible I may get to see the clinching game after all, since the only ones I am going to miss while I go to Colorado tomorrow are the Sat and Sun games

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:47:00 AM #

Not only did the Reds potentially lose this friggin game, but I get the OK GO girls six times this inning. Six.

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/25/2010 12:47:22 AM #

Two walks, and a 3-2 count with a good hitter up--not a formulaf or winning baseball.

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/25/2010 12:49:21 AM #

While I agree with the moves, I can never trust Masset--just can't.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:50:06 AM #

101, 102, 103. Sit down Gonzalez.

Let's go now! Let's get Chapman a win!

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/25/2010 12:50:09 AM #

Whoa. 101, 102 & 103 for Chapman and he sits down Adrian. Great performance from Aroldis!

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/25/2010 12:51:16 AM #

I didn't want to see Chapman come in with runners on and Gonzalez at the plate, but I'm glad I was wrong. Good experience for him too.

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/25/2010 12:51:52 AM #

keithlaw
  
103 on my gun, stadium gun, and at least two guns in front of me. #Chapman #reds

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:53:55 AM #

Gomes with the infield hit!

SDDennis
SDDennis
9/25/2010 12:55:16 AM #

I love seeing your avatar announcing good things for the Reds!

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/25/2010 12:56:01 AM #

If I was Ramon I would take a time out and never come back to the box....that 1-0 pitch was not close at all.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:57:17 AM #

Well, that was the last thing we needed.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:58:47 AM #

Right down the middle Drew. Gotta swing at that.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 12:59:40 AM #

See, when you don't swing at the meatball down the middle, you have to swing at a pitch off the plate. And then you pop it up.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:00:00 AM #

4-3 middle of the eighth.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:01:43 AM #

We should see Votto in the ninth at least.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:03:14 AM #

Ludwick has two homers in GABP.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:03:52 AM #

103.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:04:06 AM #

104.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:05:29 AM #

104 again. This is as hard as I've seen him throw.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:05:50 AM #

105.

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/25/2010 1:06:45 AM #

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think that he just set the official record....problem is the MLB gun isn't working. Pitch fx and mlb.com not registering.

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/25/2010 1:07:55 AM #

NM, mlb.com at least registered that at 105, so it's official.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:07:09 AM #

Sit down Tony. 102 on the black.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:08:07 AM #

16 straight pitches at least 100.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:08:19 AM #

Gotta get them over the plate.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:10:05 AM #

Throw a slider, Chapman. Sit Headley down.

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/25/2010 1:10:47 AM #

Man I wish pitch fx would just work. That 105 was somewhere between 105.0 and 105.9.....really want to know where it was at.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:11:24 AM #

Why even put a sign down if every pitch is a fastball?

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/25/2010 1:12:55 AM #

pitch fx is working for somebody. I'm guessing the reason for no sliders is the fastball velocity tonight.  
dougdirt24
  
Aroldis Chapman just hit 105.1 MPH according to Pitch F/X..... my brain just melted. It is now oozing out of my ears.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:13:49 AM #

Going to the ninth, 4-3. Can we get a Votto AB?

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/25/2010 1:14:49 AM #

Well, coming in to tonight the fastest unofficial pitch was 104.7 or .9 by Zumaya, I can't remember.

So now if anybody asks what was the fastest unofficial or official pitch ever thrown, you've got Chapman's 105.1

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/25/2010 1:15:42 AM #

I really don't understand 25 fastballs in a row.

When he throws his slider, and it bites a little, he is absolutely untouchable.

All fastballs, and many ML hitters will get you--as Ludwick did, but to the deepest part of the ballpark.

Very puzzling?

Grizzlyfox
Grizzlyfox
9/25/2010 1:18:29 AM #

If we counted fly balls to the wall we'd be tied at 5 though.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:17:54 AM #

Base hit Hanigan! Let's go JOEY!!!

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:19:21 AM #

That's a pitch Joey usually clobbers.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:20:07 AM #

Votto looked terrible. He also looked sick. I don't think Dusty was kidding when he kept him out of the lineup.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:22:56 AM #

Dang. Padres win 4-3.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:24:10 AM #

San Diego's bullpen took care of business. The Reds' gave up walks to terrible hitters like Eckstein and Nick Hundley and they lose.

Good game. Just a disappointing loss.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:25:06 AM #

And for all intents and purposes, we're now two games behind San Fran for home field. That's not good.

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/25/2010 1:25:08 AM #

This was one we let slip away, in spite of SD trying to give it to us.

Guys played pretty well, except for Rhodes and Masset not having it.

Dang.

Oh well, lost some sleep for not much. See you folks tomorrow.

GeneWV
GeneWV
9/25/2010 1:27:22 AM #

AAT,

Exactly correct. When you walk pistols to get to cannons, they often explode in your face.

I worry about Arthur. he has not looked very good for quite some time. Ijury may do him in. Hope not.

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 1:28:44 AM #

If the season ends today, we get Lincecum and Cain in Pac Bell Park. And oh by the way, they've now gone 18 straight games where they've given up three runs or less.

Need to rebound and quick. Hopefully we see it tomorrow.

Rockermann
Rockermann
9/25/2010 10:44:36 AM #

SAN DIEGO – Aroldis Chapman(notes) was summoned from the bullpen one batter too late to make a difference in the game. No matter. The 22-year-old Cincinnati Reds  left-hander made do by making history Friday night, throwing the fastest pitch recorded in a major league game, a 105-mph fastball.

sports.yahoo.com/.../news;_ylt=AsNJXf6tu3pecmTxnXETOR0RvLYF

AshlandATeam
AshlandATeam
9/25/2010 11:00:52 AM #

New thread is up.

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