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Cyclone792
05-14-2009, 01:23 PM
Hopefully this is a thread that remains relevant throughout the season, but the Reds' performance will dictate that.

Anyway, this isn't meant to be a game thread, and I'm sure the admins/mods do not want this to evolve into a game thread so please refrain from doing that. This is mostly meant to be a running thread to post periodic game and score updates in the National League that could have an impact on the Reds' hunt for the playoffs (specifically NL Central foes we're battling it out with, and then perhaps some other NL foes in a wildcard battle).

Mods, if this thread is a bad idea and/or it evolves into something it should not evolve into, please go ahead and lock it up.

The Brewers are underway this afternoon against the Marlins with no score in the bottom of the first inning. Florida has Josh Johnson on the mound against Dave Bush for Milwaukee.

The Cubs host the Padres this afternoon at 2:20pm eastern time. San Diego sends Chad Gaudin to the mound to take on Ryan Dempster.

St. Louis plays at Pittsburgh at 7pm eastern time tonight. The Cardinals are sending Mitchell Boggs out to face Jeff Karstens.

Cyclone792
05-14-2009, 02:46 PM
The Brewers just took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the 5th inning on a Prince Fielder solo home run. Florida had a chance to score a 4th run in the top of the 5th inning, but Bonifacio was thrown out at the plate attempting to score from first to end the inning.

The Cubs and Padres are scoreless in the top of the 2nd inning.

_Sir_Charles_
05-14-2009, 03:37 PM
Good idea Cyclone. I was trying to start doing that in last nights game thread. I'll try to continue to do so, but with my 3 daughters running around...it gets tough.

CarolinaRedleg
05-14-2009, 03:44 PM
Brewers take it 5-3.

Scrubs and Pads tied 1-1 in the fifth.

Homer Bailey
05-14-2009, 03:49 PM
That was a very short 1st place stint.

Unassisted
05-14-2009, 03:51 PM
That was a very short 1st place stint.Maybe this thread is a jinx? ;)

Edskin
05-14-2009, 04:40 PM
Good thread idea....as Reds fans, we should "scoreboard watch" as often as we can-- haven't had that opportunity much in recent years, so I'm going to take advantage even if we're still two weeks away from Memorial Day.

The only team in the 4-team scrum right now that really "scares" me is Chicago. I think that if we play moderately well that we'll be able to keep pace with the Brewers and Cards, but I could see the Cubs getting really hot over the summer and getting some distance even if the Reds continue to play solid ball. But then again, I'd be just as happy with the wild card, so I'll be keeping an eye on the second place team(s) in the East and West as well.

But for right now, my focus is soley on the Central. Houston and Pittsburgh are not relevant. They could play spoiler, but they do not factor in the equation.

Milwaukee is playing very well right now, but I think their record is more "fluky" than ours at this point-- how long will that rotation hold up? The Cards are tough as always, but not scary, IMO-- I don't see them as a potential 90+ win team.

We're hot right now, and the best thing we can hope for is to stay hot for at least another couple of weeks-- set ourselves up so that we can afford a bit of a dip.

Homer Bailey
05-14-2009, 04:52 PM
Good thread idea....as Reds fans, we should "scoreboard watch" as often as we can-- haven't had that opportunity much in recent years, so I'm going to take advantage even if we're still two weeks away from Memorial Day.

The only team in the 4-team scrum right now that really "scares" me is Chicago. I think that if we play moderately well that we'll be able to keep pace with the Brewers and Cards, but I could see the Cubs getting really hot over the summer and getting some distance even if the Reds continue to play solid ball. But then again, I'd be just as happy with the wild card, so I'll be keeping an eye on the second place team(s) in the East and West as well.

But for right now, my focus is soley on the Central. Houston and Pittsburgh are not relevant. They could play spoiler, but they do not factor in the equation.

Milwaukee is playing very well right now, but I think their record is more "fluky" than ours at this point-- how long will that rotation hold up? The Cards are tough as always, but not scary, IMO-- I don't see them as a potential 90+ win team.

We're hot right now, and the best thing we can hope for is to stay hot for at least another couple of weeks-- set ourselves up so that we can afford a bit of a dip.

The Cubs are really banged up right now, and aging a little quickly. I would not be surprised if they tanked this summer actually. There is very little excitement around the Cubs in my area this year. Of the 4 games I've been to, only 1 has sold out, and that's saying something around here. If their injuries linger, they are in some serious trouble. Theriot and Fukudome have played way above their natural ability, and will eventually regress to their norms. They would be flirting with .500 if it weren't for those two IMO. Plus Soriano will always get hurt, just a matter of time.

Chip R
05-14-2009, 04:57 PM
Milwaukee is playing very well right now, but I think their record is more "fluky" than ours at this point-- how long will that rotation hold up? The Cards are tough as always, but not scary, IMO-- I don't see them as a potential 90+ win team.


It'll be tough to win 90 in this division. Everybody's beating up on everybody. MIL is an interesting team. Everybody predicted gloom and doom for them since they lost C.C. and Sheets but they didn't have C.C. till midway through the season and Sheets was on the DL as much as he was on the active roster. Plus they didn't have Gallardo from April on. With their hitting, if they can get decent pitching, they will be tough.

LvJ
05-14-2009, 05:04 PM
The Cardinals are a similar team of years past. Tough, not scary, but tough.

The only difference is that we are MUCH better, and I no longer fear playing them, like I use to.

Cyclone792
05-15-2009, 09:57 AM
So I see this idea got off to a phenomenal start with all three teams we want to see lose all picking up wins.

Nevertheless, the Cubs host the Astros today with a start time of 2:20pm eastern time. Brian Moehler (oh joy) takes on Randy Wells.

The Cardinals and Brewers are playing each other in St. Louis with an 8pm gametime. Starting pitchers are Lohse and Gallardo.

Homer Bailey
05-15-2009, 10:12 AM
I'm going to walk over and catch the end of the Cubs game after work today. Although I probably shouldn't. Every time I go (when they aren't playing the Reds) they've won.

wheels
05-15-2009, 10:13 AM
I can see it now.

Reds stay in the hunt all year so the amount of Baseball I need to watch will triple, thusly ruining any chance I have of keeping up with my social life.

Being a Baseball fan is hard work sometimes.

traderumor
05-15-2009, 02:21 PM
Bummer, only afternoon game today is washed out. Astros @ Cubbies PPD :( Opportunity missed to listen to Ron Santo whine.

Chip R
05-15-2009, 02:34 PM
Bummer, only afternoon game today is washed out. Astros @ Cubbies PPD :( Opportunity missed to listen to Ron Santo whine.


You might want to listen to someone rake their nails against a chalkboard. It's more enjoyable than listening to him.

OnBaseMachine
05-16-2009, 03:49 PM
The Brewers beat the Cardinals today 1-0. Jeff Suppan threw seven shutout innings for the Brewers.

The Cubs led the Astros 4-0 going into the top of the 9th inning but the Astros have tied the game and have runners on first and second with nobody out.

OnBaseMachine
05-16-2009, 04:21 PM
The Cubs scored a run in the bottom of the 9th and won 5-4. The Reds need to win to stay a game behind the Brewers for first place.

OnBaseMachine
05-29-2009, 12:09 AM
The Cubs lost 2-1 at home to the Dodgers tonight and are now 23-23, three games behind the Reds.

The Cardinals and Brewers were off tonight. The Brewers will host our Reds over the weekend while the Cardinals travel to San Francisco for three games.

Go Reds!
Go Dodgers!
Go Giants!

traderumor
05-29-2009, 01:05 PM
I love the Cubbies for one thing: often, they are the source of an afternoon ballgame to brighten a drab day of work. Today is just such a day, as the Dodgers try to make it two straight over the Baby Bears at 2:20. Go Dodgers! (still just sounds wrong as a BRM devotee)

I will be joining Santo and his homer sidekick on Gameday Audio shortly.

Homer Bailey
05-29-2009, 02:02 PM
I love the Cubbies for one thing: often, they are the source of an afternoon ballgame to brighten a drab day of work. Today is just such a day, as the Dodgers try to make it two straight over the Baby Bears at 2:20. Go Dodgers! (still just sounds wrong as a BRM devotee)

I will be joining Santo and his homer sidekick on Gameday Audio shortly.

I love the day games as well but for a different reason..... I will actually have a place to park by the time I get home from work!

Homer Bailey
05-29-2009, 04:15 PM
Pitchers duel going on at the Friendly Confines. Matt Kemp just homered to put the Dodgers up 1-0 in the 7th. Of course I just traded him away literally last night to the guy I'm going up against.

As I type Koyie Hill goes deep and we're tied again.

traderumor
05-29-2009, 05:05 PM
Scrubbies hang on to win 2-1. Could not click fast enough to avoid hearing even one second of "Go Cubs Go." With age, the reflexes start to go.

RedsMan3203
06-11-2009, 01:38 PM
4-1 Florida over St. Louis Top 6, 1 out.

RedsMan3203
06-11-2009, 01:44 PM
Pujols strikes again with a 2 run homer... 4-3 FLA Bottom 6.

Homer Bailey
06-11-2009, 01:54 PM
Pujols strikes again with a 2 run homer... 4-3 FLA Bottom 6.

This thread is bad, bad luck.

Homer Bailey
06-11-2009, 02:37 PM
Cards now up 6-5 :confused:

RedsMan3203
06-11-2009, 03:09 PM
Well that turned around quickly...

Cards upend Florida 6-5
Rocks up 2-0 over the Brewers in the 4th.

reds1869
06-11-2009, 03:12 PM
I have to put in a plug for MLB.tv as the greatest invention since baseball itself. I've been switching back and forth between the PiP windows of the Cards and Brewers games. Some nights I watch four pictures in one, every morning I watch condensed games or jump around to the last innings of games I'm intrigued by, and all for $99 a season. You just can't beat it and will be addicted quickly. My scoreboard watching has been enhanced greatly!

Homer Bailey
06-11-2009, 03:15 PM
I have to put in a plug for MLB.tv as the greatest invention since baseball itself. I've been switching back and forth between the PiP windows of the Cards and Brewers games. Some nights I watch four pictures in one, every morning I watch condensed games or jump around to the last innings of games I'm intrigued by, and all for $99 a season. You just can't beat it and will be addicted quickly. My scoreboard watching has been enhanced greatly!

Plus for fantasy nuts like myself, you can import your roster, and they notify you whenever your players are on deck or at bat. It's seriously awesome. I bought a 16 inch screen just so I could hi def the games and the picture comes in 100% clear most of the time. Great investment.

RedsMan3203
06-11-2009, 03:15 PM
I prefer MLB Network on TV. Good stuff right there.

reds1869
06-11-2009, 03:26 PM
I prefer MLB Network on TV. Good stuff right there.

MLB Network is also seriously awesome. The other night I found my self watching the Reds on FSN Ohio HD with MLB Network in the PiP box, with four games on computer screen. For extra overkill I should have flipped on the XM. Man, do I love being a baseball fan in 2009. :beerme:

OnBaseMachine
06-11-2009, 04:34 PM
The Cubs are losing 1-0 in the bottom of the 8th inning in Houston. The Brewers are losing 3-0 in the bottom of the 7th inning but they have the bases loaded and nobody out.

reds44
06-11-2009, 04:46 PM
Lee goes yard in the 9th to tie it at 1.

traderumor
06-11-2009, 05:05 PM
Cards now up 6-5 :confused:Cody Ross misplayed a flyball that eventually let in the winning runs.

OnBaseMachine
06-11-2009, 05:09 PM
The Rockies now lead the Brewers 5-1 in the 8th inning.

OnBaseMachine
06-11-2009, 05:57 PM
The Brewers lost 5-4. The Reds will move to a half game behind the Brewers if they win.

OnBaseMachine
06-12-2009, 05:34 PM
The Cubs lost 7-4 to the Twins today and are now back to .500 at 29-29.

The Brewers host the White Sox
The Cardinals play at the Indians

reds44
06-13-2009, 04:56 PM
Brewers are down 6-0 to the White Sox.

Homer Bailey
06-13-2009, 04:57 PM
Cubs lost again today as Jason Kubel hit one onto Sheffield Avenue as I happened be walking by. Awesome.

mth123
06-15-2009, 10:26 PM
Prince Fielder with a grand slam in the 8th to put Mil up 13 to 12. Cleveland's pen really struggling. Looked like Cle was going to put an L on the Brewers, but the tables have turned.

OnBaseMachine
06-15-2009, 11:14 PM
Prince Fielder with a grand slam in the 8th to put Mil up 13 to 12. Cleveland's pen really struggling. Looked like Cle was going to put an L on the Brewers, but the tables have turned.

I watched that game too. The Indians led 12-7 in the 7th inning and 12-8 in the 8th inning and blew it. That's pathetic. Instead of being two games back, the Reds are now three behind the Brewers.

Homer Bailey
06-17-2009, 04:19 PM
Still don't get how 40,000 people can get off work on a Wednesday afternoon, but the Sox are beatin the Cubs 3-0 in the 8th.

OnBaseMachine
06-17-2009, 05:25 PM
ChiSox beat the Cubs 4-1.

WebScorpion
06-18-2009, 01:32 AM
Still don't get how 40,000 people can get off work on a Wednesday afternoon, but the Sox are beatin the Cubs 3-0 in the 8th.

That's one of the many differences between a city of 3 million and a city of 300,000. :D For Cincy, it would be like 4,000 people finding time to go to an afternoon game.

Homer Bailey
06-18-2009, 05:01 PM
Cubs just scored 4 in the 8th and one in the 9th to win 6-5.

traderumor
06-19-2009, 01:53 PM
TGIF (although I'll be working some this weekend) and the Cubs are at home. Harden vs. Lee at Wrigley will help pass this Friday away. Hmmm, Tom Hamilton/Mike Hegan or Pat Hughes/Ron Santo. I'm so torn. Probably go with the Tribe announcers.

traderumor
06-19-2009, 01:57 PM
Still don't get how 40,000 people can get off work on a Wednesday afternoon, but the Sox are beatin the Cubs 3-0 in the 8th.Cue Lee Elia audio ;)

Homer Bailey
06-19-2009, 02:04 PM
TGIF (although I'll be working some this weekend) and the Cubs are at home. Harden vs. Lee at Wrigley will help pass this Friday away. Hmmm, Tom Hamilton/Mike Hegan or Pat Hughes/Ron Santo. I'm so torn. Probably go with the Tribe announcers.

I wouldn't get your hopes up. Weather is pretty ugly here. I'd be surprised if they got this one in.

traderumor
06-19-2009, 02:06 PM
I wouldn't get your hopes up. Weather is pretty ugly here. I'd be surprised if they got this one in.:(

Homer Bailey
06-19-2009, 04:24 PM
Cubs down 6-0 already in the 3rd inning.

SirFelixCat
06-19-2009, 04:45 PM
Cubs down 6-0 already in the 3rd inning.

:thumbup::D:beerme:

OnBaseMachine
06-19-2009, 07:37 PM
Cubs down 6-0 already in the 3rd inning.

The Cubs won 8-7 in 10 innings after the Indians blew a 7-2 lead in the 8th inning. Unbelievable. Yesterday the White Sox led the Cubs 5-1 with two outs in the 8th inning and the Cubs came back and won 6-5. Today they trailed 7-2 in the 8th inning and come back and won again.

The Indians bullpen is awful. They blew a 12-7 lead in the 7th inning against the Brewers just a few days ago and now this.

reds44
06-20-2009, 05:21 PM
Cubs are down 6-5 in extra inningas.
Brewers are down 5-2 in the 4th.

reds44
06-20-2009, 05:34 PM
And the Indians blow it again, Cubs win.

Cedric
06-20-2009, 05:37 PM
I hate the Cubs getting any momentum. They have the best talent in the division, IMO. It's just pathetic how terrible the Indians bullpen and rotation is. Mainly the bullpen lately.

Brutus
06-20-2009, 06:03 PM
I hate the Cubs getting any momentum. They have the best talent in the division, IMO. It's just pathetic how terrible the Indians bullpen and rotation is. Mainly the bullpen lately.

People keep saying this, but I just don't see it. The Cubs in name recognition might have the most talented team in the division, but I simply don't think these are the same players as their names suggest. Milton Bradley is a train wreck. Geovany Soto forgot how to hit already. Derrek Lee, up until the last week or two, could not catch up to a fastball. Aramis Ramirez might still be pretty good, but he's still injured.

I'll grant you this: their pitching, when healthy, is solid. Their bullpen is pretty good (up until Kevin Gregg who I simply don't care for). When Rich Harden and Carlos Zambrano are on, they're tough. Overall though, I'm just not seeing this uber-talented team everyone talks about. I think people are still in the mindset these guys are in their early to mid 2000's bodies.

redsfandan
06-20-2009, 06:27 PM
I think it's more that compared to the rest of the division they looked pretty good but they currently have only two hitters with an OPS over .800 (Lee at .851 & Fukudome at .807). The 3rd best OPS is Ryan Theriot at .751 with everyone else even worse. Imo, their starting pitching is a little overrated. Zambrano has the talent but whenever he gets a bad call from an ump there's always the risk that he'll let it get to him cuz he usually does. And I'll be shocked if Harden pitches 150 IP.

OnBaseMachine
06-22-2009, 10:15 PM
The Cardinals and Cubs both lost tonight. The Reds are now two games back in the loss column.

redsfandan
06-27-2009, 04:27 PM
St Louis just won thanks, once again, to Albert Pujols who hit his 27th and 28th homers of the season. So far this season he has had 6 games where he hit 2 homers and is on track to shatter his career best for a season of 49 in 2006.

BearcatShane
06-28-2009, 02:51 PM
Brewers down 3-0 in the 2nd. Cards down 3-0 in the 3rd. The Reds could be 2.5 games out when the dust settles.

OnBaseMachine
06-28-2009, 04:22 PM
Giants 5, Brewers 0, 8th inning
Twins 5, Cardinals 2, 8th inning
White Sox 5, Cubs 0, 7th inning

oneupper
06-28-2009, 04:42 PM
The Astros, who are nipping at the Reds' heels, lost 4-3 to the Tigers after being one out away from victory.

Cyclone792
06-28-2009, 04:58 PM
Brewers and Cubs just lost. Cardinals are down 6-2 to the Twins in the bottom of the 9th.

CTA513
06-28-2009, 05:07 PM
Brewers and Cubs just lost. Cardinals are down 6-2 to the Twins in the bottom of the 9th.

Bad base running just cost the Cardinals a chance to have bases loaded and 1 out.

Now its 1st & 3rd with 2 outs.

forfreelin04
06-28-2009, 05:09 PM
Cards lose too. 2 1/2 back and a .500 record. Amazing.

oneupper
06-28-2009, 05:12 PM
Bad base running just cost the Cardinals a chance to have bases loaded and 1 out.

Now its 1st & 3rd with 2 outs.

Thurston with the boner. Merkle-esque indeed!

oneupper
06-28-2009, 05:13 PM
Pirates lose 3-2. to KC.
REDS win and every other division team loses. How often does that happen?

OnBaseMachine
06-28-2009, 07:09 PM
The Reds are 37-37 and 2.5 games out of first place despite:

1. Willy Taveras and his sub-.600 OPS playing everyday over Chris Dickerson
2. Joey Votto missing 30 games
3. Edwin Encarnacion missing two months
4. Edinson Volquez missing a month and a half (and more)

IMO, if the Reds had remained relatively healthy, they would be in first place right now.

Also, consider this: The Reds are 0-6 against the Padres (32-41) and Royals (32-42). Win just two of those games and the Reds would be 39-35 and only a half game behind the Brewers for first place.

WebScorpion
06-29-2009, 03:05 AM
REDS win and every other division team loses. How often does that happen?

Not enough? :D

forfreelin04
07-02-2009, 09:47 PM
Currently, the Cubs are putting a beatdown on the Brewers. 9-2 (Top of 5) Lee has a GS and a three run homer.

Cards are winning 5-2 (Bottom of 8)

Houston beat SD 7-2. Their 1 game under and have one 8 of their last ten series.

Pirates lost to the Mets in extras. Their really not applicable anymore since their 6 games under.

HeatherC1212
07-02-2009, 10:02 PM
I really hate the Cubs. Derrick Lee needs to go back into his funk. :thumbdown

This weekend is going to be insane. :eek:

Chip R
07-02-2009, 10:54 PM
I really hate the Cubs. Derrick Lee needs to go back into his funk. :thumbdown

This weekend is going to be insane. :eek:


I know. We have to root for them this weekend. Leaves a bad taste in my mouth. :(

traderumor
07-03-2009, 03:16 PM
Brewers 1 Cubs 0 early. Another beanball game warming up with Zambrano on the mound--Z plunks Fielder (a big target) and Suppan hits Lee in bottom half of the inning. Warnings issued. In the immortal words of Gomer Pyle "Surprise, Surprise, Surprise"

reds44
07-03-2009, 04:25 PM
Brewers and Cubs tied at 1 in the 8th. Wins from the Cubs and Reds would put us a game back.

Red in Chicago
07-03-2009, 05:26 PM
Cubs just won in 10th inning

Reds Fanatic
07-03-2009, 05:28 PM
Cubs win on a walk with the bases loaded.

reds44
07-03-2009, 05:30 PM
That pitch was nowhere near being a ball, but I'm not complaining.

traderumor
07-11-2009, 05:55 PM
Cubs beating Cards 5-1 today, somebody needs to cool them down.

But, classic Tim McCarver, talking about health related buzzwords like "tweak" and how oblique is a new fangled term. "It used to be about the only place you would hear about that is in high school geometry class." :)

Homer Bailey
07-11-2009, 06:31 PM
Cubs beating Cards 5-1 today, somebody needs to cool them down.

But, classic Tim McCarver, talking about health related buzzwords like "tweak" and how oblique is a new fangled term. "It used to be about the only place you would hear about that is in high school geometry class." :)

Cubs have lost 3 in a row and are 5-5 over their last ten. I'd hardly consider them hot.

redsfandan
07-11-2009, 06:45 PM
I think he meant the Cards.

traderumor
07-11-2009, 11:08 PM
I think he meant the Cards.Um, yea.