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Reds Fanatic
05-12-2010, 12:05 PM
Reds Lineup from Fay:


Orlando Cabrera 6

Brandon Phillips 4

Joey Votto 3

Scott Rolen 5

Jonny Gomes 7

Jay Bruce 9

Drew Stubbs 8

Ryan Hanigan 2

Homer Bailey 1

vs. Zach Duke (2-3, 5.13)

Edd Roush
05-12-2010, 12:14 PM
So relieved to see no Cairo in there today. I really thought there was an 80% chance Cairo would be starting for Rolen. I would really like to see Valaika up here in Cairo's spot to give Phillips one day off every week and to spell Rolen. God knows Rolen needs days off with his back, but I just hate to see Cairo in there.

HeatherC1212
05-12-2010, 12:27 PM
Tomorrow is an off day so Rolen will still get some rest. Scott and Joey both hit very well off Duke (and they didn't play the last time the Reds faced him) so it probably made Dusty very happy that he could write their names on the lineup card this time, LOL ;)

Time for the brooms guys....let's get the sweep! :D

http://www.dpcholdingcompany.com/Broom.jpg

medford
05-12-2010, 12:37 PM
I would have like to see Heisey get another start, back to back starts if you will. Who I would sit, I'm not sure, but I would have liked to have seen it.

Anyhoo, latest radar seems to indicate that rain will be arriving in Pittsburgh around 4:00, so they should be able to get this in unless it goes extra innings. Still it wouldn't hurt Homer to take a cue from Leake and Cueto and throw strikes, working quickly.

Homer Bailey
05-12-2010, 12:42 PM
OPPOSING HITTER AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Brandon Phil. 29 6 1 0 1 5 0 2 0.207 0.207 0.345 0.552
Scott Rolen 16 7 2 0 1 4 1 2 0.438 0.444 0.75 1.194
Joey Votto 16 10 5 0 0 4 2 0 0.625 0.667 0.938 1.604
Jonny Gomes 15 5 3 0 0 1 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.533 0.867
Drew Stubbs 14 4 1 0 1 1 4 1 0.286 0.444 0.571 1.016
Paul Janish 13 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0.133 0 0.133
Ryan Hanigan 8 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.375 0.444 0.375 0.819
Jay Bruce 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.125 0.125 0.125 0.25
Miguel Cairo 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.143 0.143 0.143 0.286
Ramon Hernandez 7 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.571 0.625 0.571 1.196
Orlando Cabrera 6 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 0.333 0.333 0.833 1.167
Totals 139 43 12 0 4 16 11 9 0.309 0.358 0.482 0.84

LOL at Janish at 0 for 13 vs. Duke.

SirFelixCat
05-12-2010, 12:54 PM
Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but I think Dusty really, really wants a sweep here. I was 100% sure Rolen was getting the day off today, but he isn't...kudos for keeping him in there.

I also wouldn't have minded if Heisey got another start today, but not upset he isn't either. Let's break out the brooms today!



Oh and random question for y'all: It's about 35 degrees here in Denver and Halladay is on the mound for the Phillies about 1 mile from my house when they take the field in about 90 mins. He's from here and it's his first start ever in his hometown. Do I go and brave the rain/snow/cold or stay home all warm and cozy?

HeatherC1212
05-12-2010, 12:56 PM
SirFelix-I'd grab a blanket/snuggie/coat...whatever you prefer...and head out to that game today if I were you. Halladay is an incredible pitcher and I love watching him work in games provided he's not pitching against the Reds at the time. ;)

Edd Roush
05-12-2010, 01:17 PM
No TV for the game today?

HeatherC1212
05-12-2010, 01:22 PM
No TV today. Radio only or in my case, the game thread here, LOL :p:

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 01:25 PM
No TV for the game today?

The Pirates are televising it. So you would need Extra Innings or live in the Pittsburgh market to see it.

Degenerate39
05-12-2010, 01:37 PM
OCab flys out to left

Degenerate39
05-12-2010, 01:38 PM
BP doubles to left

Degenerate39
05-12-2010, 01:41 PM
Votto homers to right!

membengal
05-12-2010, 01:41 PM
That'll work.

yab1112
05-12-2010, 01:41 PM
Vottomatic!! :jump:

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 01:41 PM
:jump::jump::jump: VOTTO!!!!

Degenerate39
05-12-2010, 01:42 PM
Rolen flys out

VR
05-12-2010, 01:42 PM
There is nothing better than 1st inning runs. Nothing.

What a boost to the starting pitcher when you can get him a lead in the top of the 1st.

Degenerate39
05-12-2010, 01:43 PM
Gomes walks

Caveat Emperor
05-12-2010, 01:43 PM
Working the starter a little bit, which is always good.

HeatherC1212
05-12-2010, 01:44 PM
JOEY!!!!!!!!!!!! :jump:

Degenerate39
05-12-2010, 01:45 PM
Bruce flys out to the warning track in right. 3 outs

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 01:45 PM
Pirate announcers are talking about how the Reds have a history of players that showboat and show up the opposition.

What??????????

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 01:46 PM
They think that Cueto was a showboat last night. And was "throwing inside too much"

Again...

What????????

HeatherC1212
05-12-2010, 01:46 PM
Pirate announcers are talking about how the Reds have a history of players that showboat and show up the opposition.

What??????????

Since when???! :eek:

Tony Cloninger
05-12-2010, 01:46 PM
Someone tell Bob Walk to quit crying about Cueto throwing inside...I mean seriously man...You came up in 1980 when they threw inside still and you have a problem with him doing that??

Sure...let's do the Pirates a favor and just lay it on a tee or work outside all day like Harang.

What a complete moron he sounds like.

Degenerate39
05-12-2010, 01:48 PM
Bailey gets a 1st pitch out. Iwomora(SP?) flys out to left

Tony Cloninger
05-12-2010, 01:48 PM
What was funny was them showing Phillips....Doing nothing but jogging home and doing ahigh five. I mean....what where they trying to look for...Phillips was doing a dance?

flyer85
05-12-2010, 01:48 PM
with the way Stubbs has scuffled Heisey should have gotten another start

Homer Bailey
05-12-2010, 01:49 PM
Votto continues to rake against Duke.

Degenerate39
05-12-2010, 01:49 PM
Crosby grounds out to Rolen. Rolen throws him out at 1st. 2 outs

Degenerate39
05-12-2010, 01:50 PM
McC flys out to Bruce. 3 outs. 7 pitches for Bruce

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 01:50 PM
1,2,3 inning for Bailey. That's the way to do it after you get a couple of runs!:thumbup:

nate
05-12-2010, 01:51 PM
Chat is open.

Tom Servo
05-12-2010, 01:52 PM
McC flys out to Bruce. 3 outs. 7 pitches for Bruce
He can pitch now? :eek:

Scrap Irony
05-12-2010, 01:53 PM
Seven pitches that inning. Thankfully, it's difficult right now to hit the ball out of PNC, and Red pitchers are therefore being aggressive. I'd love to see that aggressiveness become contagious throughout the season.

Throw strikes. Babe Ruth's dead, Barry Bonds retired, and Albert Pujols is the next series.

Degenerate39
05-12-2010, 01:54 PM
Stubbs goes 0-2 to 3-2 then singles past the shortstop.

Degenerate39
05-12-2010, 01:54 PM
He can pitch now? :eek:

lol oops meant Bailey

VR
05-12-2010, 01:54 PM
with the way Stubbs has scuffled Heisey should have gotten another start

Drew says 'hA!' take that flyer!

HotCorner
05-12-2010, 01:57 PM
I love speed! :)

medford
05-12-2010, 01:57 PM
Seriously, if your a Pirates announcer, and playing to the Pirate fan base, what more do you have to talk about? Its been 19 seasons since a winning season, and frankly their immediate future doesn't look all that much brighter either. I'm sure they would have been plenty happy to have the showboating Barry Bonds thru the 2000s rather than seeing him in San Fran.

And while I type, Stubbs shows up the Pirates by running quickly around the bases to score another run. What a jerk I tell ya.

Caveat Emperor
05-12-2010, 01:57 PM
Hanigan continues to obliterate the Baseball, and Stubbs continues to show that he could become a dangerous player if he got on base more.

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 01:57 PM
Hanigan gets it done! 3-0 Reds. Sounds like they hitting Duke pretty hard.

HotCorner
05-12-2010, 01:57 PM
Hanigan doubles scores Stubbs from first.

VR
05-12-2010, 01:57 PM
Ryan Hanigan is a freak. A super freak.

Degenerate39
05-12-2010, 01:57 PM
Hanigan doubles to right and Stubbs scores. 3-0 Reds

Have to go to work if anyone wants to take over the PBP

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 01:58 PM
Ryan Hanigan is a freak. A super freak.

Super Freaky, heh?

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 01:58 PM
Oh crap! It's a DAY GAME!

*dashes off to fire up the game*

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 01:59 PM
Sac by Bailey. Hanigan to third.

VR
05-12-2010, 01:59 PM
Super Freaky, heh?

owww

medford
05-12-2010, 01:59 PM
Hannigan's play thus far, combined w/ Meseraso's development in the minors, certainly makes the future of the Catcher spot much brighter in Cincy that its been in a while. Well on paper anyways.

Caveat Emperor
05-12-2010, 02:00 PM
The hits keep on falling.

Single for O-Cab makes it 4-0.

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 02:00 PM
Cabrera drives in his 17th run. 4-0 Reds. I'm liking this.:)

thatcoolguy_22
05-12-2010, 02:00 PM
if anyone complains about the Reds announcers they have no idea how bad it is in Pittsburgh...

Crosby missed Cabrera's pop up by 5 feet but he dove for it, "Good effort by Crosby there, Good effort."

Tom Servo
05-12-2010, 02:01 PM
I am in favor of giving Homer much run support.

edabbs44
05-12-2010, 02:01 PM
If Bailey pulls a Homer with this early lead, that would be Bad. With a capital B.

Brutus
05-12-2010, 02:01 PM
Hanigan continues to obliterate the Baseball, and Stubbs continues to show that he could become a dangerous player if he got on base more.

I have absolutely nothing against Ramon Hernandez and am actually glad they brought him back as he's a good mentor, but I still can't understand what it's going to take for Hanigan to win the job. Good hitter that gets on base a ton, excellent catcher, throws base runners out and calls a great game. What's not to like about him?

thatcoolguy_22
05-12-2010, 02:01 PM
Cabrera drives in his 17th run. 4-0 Reds. I'm liking this.:)

really? Drove in? haha I like it.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:02 PM
Okay, I'm caught up. Nice start to the game. I love it. What was that, a 6 pitch 1st inning from Homer? :)

Scrap Irony
05-12-2010, 02:04 PM
Don't look now, but last night's offensive explosion put the starting eight above average in terms of OPS.

And that includes Drew Stubbs' 50 OPS+.

The difference between this year and last? Fewer offensive black holes. At this time last season, EdE, AGon, and Hernandez were all struggling, with Taveras soon to swoon in a major way. This season, the only position that's really struggling is CF.

Good news is that CF should improve (if only because Dickerson can't be as bad as he's been, and Heisey may steal some PT if he continues to hit), as should Phillips (a little) and Gomes (based on last year and continued intelligent usage).

Bad news is that Votto, Hernandez, and Rolen are all due at least slight payback.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:06 PM
Lead off single for Garrett Jones

vaticanplum
05-12-2010, 02:06 PM
so...I'm absolutely positive that the second I post this, I'm going to jinx everything, but I am starting to believe I have a magical onion in my possession.

Saturday I was at my friend's house and he said, yo vp, take a look at this. He had just opened the garbage can at noticed right at the top, amongst the throwaways from the grill trimmings, a particular slice of onion. He showed it to me an I squealed, because this onion is quite freakishly the shape of a Reds C. I said I was going to put it on ebay and took it home. Didn't think much of it in any kind of superstitious sense, especially given the 14-7 drubbing the Reds had just suffered the day before.

Dang team hasn't lost a game since. Do I have a magical onion slice? I think maybe I do. (My friend is so upset with himself. He is a Pirates fan.)

Obviously the Reds have to lose at some point, so I am trying to assign another deeper meaning to the onion. Maybe the Reds won't lose to the pirates again this year? Or maybe ever?

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4596242879_15f59f0048.jpg

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 02:06 PM
I have absolutely nothing against Ramon Hernandez and am actually glad they brought him back as he's a good mentor, but I still can't understand what it's going to take for Hanigan to win the job. Good hitter that gets on base a ton, excellent catcher, throws base runners out and calls a great game. What's not to like about him?

Last 20 games or so, they've been splitting time equally. I think we will see Hanigan catch Arroyo and Harang, Hernandez catch Cueto and then rest and off days will decide who catches Leake and Bailey.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:06 PM
Back to back singles to right.

ummm...it's not my fault. I swear.

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 02:07 PM
so...I'm absolutely positive that the second I post this, I'm going to jinx everything, but I am starting to believe I have a magical onion in my possession.

Saturday I was at my friend's house and he said, yo vp, take a look at this. He had just opened the garbage can at noticed right at the top, amongst the throwaways from the grill trimmings, a particular slice of onion. He showed it to me an I squealed, because this onion is quite freakishly the shape of a Reds C. I said I was going to put it on ebay and took it home. Didn't think much of it in any kind of superstitious sense, especially given the 14-7 drubbing the Reds had just suffered the day before.

Dang team hasn't lost a game since. Do I have a magical onion slice? I think maybe I do. (My friend is so upset with himself. He is a Pirates fan.)

Obviously the Reds have to lose at some point, so I am trying to assign another deeper meaning to the onion. Maybe the Reds won't lose to the pirates again this year? Or maybe ever?

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4596242879_15f59f0048.jpg


Rally Onion?

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 02:08 PM
Back to back singles to right.

ummm...it's not my fault. I swear.

Better than walks.

oneupper
05-12-2010, 02:08 PM
Pirates seem to be sitting back waiting for Homer's breaking ball.

Scrap Irony
05-12-2010, 02:09 PM
I have absolutely nothing against Ramon Hernandez and am actually glad they brought him back as he's a good mentor, but I still can't understand what it's going to take for Hanigan to win the job. Good hitter that gets on base a ton, excellent catcher, throws base runners out and calls a great game. What's not to like about him?

Hernandez has played well so far this season. His OPS+ is 106, which is excellent for a catcher. He's playing well defensively for the most part, and, most importantly, he's a familiar voice for the Reds' Spanish-speaking contingent of hurlers.

He keeps Hanigan rested and vice versa.

Baker has really brought Hanigan in way more than I though he would. He's playing about half the games right now, catching Arroyo, Bailey, and some of Harang. Best of all, it's working. Really, really well. Why mess with success?

Homer Bailey
05-12-2010, 02:09 PM
Bailey K's Milledge

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:09 PM
K

Homer Bailey
05-12-2010, 02:09 PM
I have ZERO problem with the rotation at catcher right now. I think it is perfect.

oneupper
05-12-2010, 02:10 PM
Hernandez has played well so far this season. His OPS+ is 106, which is excellent for a catcher. He's playing well defensively for the most part, and, most importantly, he's a familiar voice for the Reds' Spanish-speaking contingent of hurlers.

He keeps Hanigan rested and vice versa.

Baker has really brought Hanigan in way more than I though he would. He's playing about half the games right now, catching Arroyo, Bailey, and some of Harang. Best of all, it's working. Really, really well. Why mess with success?

This. :thumbup:

Homer Bailey
05-12-2010, 02:10 PM
Bailey ahead 0-2 on LaRoche after getting ahead 0-2 on Milledge.

Homer Bailey
05-12-2010, 02:10 PM
4-6-3 DP to end the inning!

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:10 PM
Yessirree! DP to end the mini-threat

medford
05-12-2010, 02:10 PM
Better than walks.

Worse than an inning ending double play :) Nice bounce back there.

Caveat Emperor
05-12-2010, 02:11 PM
Rally Onion?

Rally Onion!

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:12 PM
2 innings, 20 pitches from Homer. I just can't get over the change in pitch efficiency of late...not just today and yesterday...but all week.

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 02:16 PM
so...I'm absolutely positive that the second I post this, I'm going to jinx everything, but I am starting to believe I have a magical onion in my possession.

Saturday I was at my friend's house and he said, yo vp, take a look at this. He had just opened the garbage can at noticed right at the top, amongst the throwaways from the grill trimmings, a particular slice of onion. He showed it to me an I squealed, because this onion is quite freakishly the shape of a Reds C. I said I was going to put it on ebay and took it home. Didn't think much of it in any kind of superstitious sense, especially given the 14-7 drubbing the Reds had just suffered the day before.

Dang team hasn't lost a game since. Do I have a magical onion slice? I think maybe I do. (My friend is so upset with himself. He is a Pirates fan.)

Obviously the Reds have to lose at some point, so I am trying to assign another deeper meaning to the onion. Maybe the Reds won't lose to the pirates again this year? Or maybe ever?

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4596242879_15f59f0048.jpg

Seriously, I would send that pic and story to the Reds PR department. :thumbup:

vaticanplum
05-12-2010, 02:18 PM
Rally onion, I love it!

The Pirates TV announcers on Montreal: "That was a very bad place for baseball." :laugh:

medford
05-12-2010, 02:19 PM
Rally Onion!

Jim Combs eats rally onion for breakfast, and a double helping on Sunday

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:19 PM
Seriously, I would send that pic and story to the Reds PR department. :thumbup:

Seconded. That's great!

pedro
05-12-2010, 02:20 PM
VP, you may have found something to deflect the Reds' "stink".

Dare we hope that the more foul it becomes, the better the Reds will play?

edabbs44
05-12-2010, 02:20 PM
I have ZERO problem with the rotation at catcher right now. I think it is perfect.

Exactly. Anyone complaining about this just wants to complain.

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 02:20 PM
Rally Onion!

I think we have the new good luck charm for RZ. :)

edabbs44
05-12-2010, 02:20 PM
VP, you may have found something to deflect the Reds' "stink".

Dare we hope that the more foul it becomes, the better the Reds will play?

Hopefully it doesn't end up making the fans cry.

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 02:21 PM
Only problem for me is that I am allergic to onions. Like have to go the hospital and get a shot or die allergic. But I'm still behind it 100%

Homer Bailey
05-12-2010, 02:21 PM
Bailey strikes out Jaramillo to start the 3rd.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:21 PM
KK

HeatherC1212
05-12-2010, 02:21 PM
I go away to heat up my lunch and I come back to the Rally Onion. I think I love it, LOL :laugh:

nate
05-12-2010, 02:22 PM
I can't believe there's no picture of the rally onion.

MississippiRed
05-12-2010, 02:23 PM
I just noticed that Homer has thrown 24 strikes and 2 balls. Did someone spike the Gatorade the past few days?

Homer Bailey
05-12-2010, 02:23 PM
Of Bailey's first 20 pitches, 19 were strikes.

SirFelixCat
05-12-2010, 02:23 PM
BTW, thru Jaramillo's K's in the 3rd inning, Bailey had thrown 23 strikes, 1 Ball. Wow.

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 02:24 PM
I can't believe there's no picture of the rally onion.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4596242879_15f59f0048.jpg

SirFelixCat
05-12-2010, 02:24 PM
Oh and I love me some rally onion! :thumbup:

Homer Bailey
05-12-2010, 02:24 PM
Bailey strikes out Duke.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:24 PM
K #3

Ump cost him an extra 4 pitches or so there. Squeezed him a bit.

MississippiRed
05-12-2010, 02:26 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4596242879_15f59f0048.jpg

You've got to put that in some ice water to preserve as long as possible. You can't leave it out at room temperature!

SirFelixCat
05-12-2010, 02:26 PM
36/32 pitches/strikes so far thru 3 w/ 4 K's. That's just ridiculous! :thumbup:

nate
05-12-2010, 02:26 PM
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4011/4596242879_15f59f0048.jpg

Sweet. Now make the hat out of ketchup!

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 02:26 PM
K'd the side!!!

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:27 PM
KKKK

Homer on cruise control. 36 pitches...only FOUR balls. Mercy!

Brutus
05-12-2010, 02:29 PM
Exactly. Anyone complaining about this just wants to complain.

Who's complaining?

As I said, I like Hernandez. But Hanigan is putting up some very, very good numbers and doing so as one of the better defensive catchers in baseball.

I don't think I would qualify as wanting to see him get the lion's share of the starts as "complaining."

SirFelixCat
05-12-2010, 02:31 PM
Stubbs!!!! :jump:

HR to straight away CF!

membengal
05-12-2010, 02:32 PM
Throwing strikes tends to be a good thing.

So does scoring runs.

pedro
05-12-2010, 02:32 PM
Stubbs!!!! :jump:

HR to straight away CF!

How do you like them Onions!

VR
05-12-2010, 02:32 PM
Stubbs!!!! :jump:

HR to straight away CF!

Drew says 'hA, take that flyer' :)

Tom Servo
05-12-2010, 02:32 PM
Long live the rally Onion.

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 02:33 PM
Go away for a minute and you miss a run. Maybe they can extend this series? I like this.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:33 PM
Missed it. Way to go Drew!

Single for Homer

SirFelixCat
05-12-2010, 02:33 PM
Long live the rally Onion.

Seriously. I'd wrap it up and freeze it. Maybe lacquer it? :D

HeatherC1212
05-12-2010, 02:34 PM
I love the offense!! :jump:

Homer (regarding today): "No way am I going to be that guy....the starting pitcher who stops this good roll we're on so it's all strikes, all the time. Hit this Pirates!" :p:

SirFelixCat
05-12-2010, 02:34 PM
These poor Pirate announcers. Not only do they sound totally defeated and disinterested, they're grasping at straws. When talking about Homer's single, "Hey at least you get the leadoff hitter out of the way for next inning!"

NJReds
05-12-2010, 02:34 PM
Who's complaining?

As I said, I like Hernandez. But Hanigan is putting up some very, very good numbers and doing so as one of the better defensive catchers in baseball.

I don't think I would qualify as wanting to see him get the lion's share of the starts as "complaining."


I agree with you on both points.

klw
05-12-2010, 02:35 PM
UNCLE !!!

vaticanplum
05-12-2010, 02:35 PM
Seriously. I'd wrap it up and freeze it. Maybe lacquer it? :D

That onion is getting dried, I think. I'm just hoping it doesn't change shape as it does. I have to look into serious preservation methods.

Last inning I was about to ask what has gotten into our pitching. But seriously, what has gotten into our hitting?

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:35 PM
Cabrera grounds out to second to end the inning. But it's 5-0 Reds now heading towards the bottom of the 4th

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 02:35 PM
These poor Pirate announcers. Not only do they sound totally defeated and disinterested, they're grasping at straws. When talking about Homer's single, "Hey at least you get the leadoff hitter out of the way for next inning!"

I guess you have to look for the little things to hang on to. ;)

RichRed
05-12-2010, 02:36 PM
Bill Raftery says...

http://www.staatalent.com/Images/INDEX-Headshots/Raftery-Bill.jpg

RALLY ONION!

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 02:36 PM
These poor Pirate announcers. Not only do they sound totally defeated and disinterested, they're grasping at straws. When talking about Homer's single, "Hey at least you get the leadoff hitter out of the way for next inning!"

Last two seasons, they would have had a good point.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:36 PM
Seriously. I'd wrap it up and freeze it. Maybe lacquer it? :D

With magical powers such as these...wouldn't you want to EAT IT and make yourself all-powerful and all-knowing?

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 02:37 PM
Bill Raftery says...

http://www.staatalent.com/Images/INDEX-Headshots/Raftery-Bill.jpg

RALLY ONION!


ONIONS!!!!!!!!

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:38 PM
Crosby grounds out to Rolen.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:39 PM
McCutchen grounder to short for the 2nd out. Jones up.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:40 PM
Jones slices one into the corner for a 2 out double

SirFelixCat
05-12-2010, 02:41 PM
45/38 pitches/strikes thru 4 innings. Holy cow!

vaticanplum
05-12-2010, 02:41 PM
The game is on television here...90% of the crowd is in Penguins jerseys. This is understandable, but at the same time, I can't help paying mind to the fact that even Pirates fans can't root for the pirates.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:42 PM
Fly out to right center to end the inning. 4 scoreless in the books for Homer. 45 pitches...7 balls.

Other than pounding the strike zone, the biggest difference I'm seeing is the lack of offspeed stuff from Homer. He's throwing his FB the majority of the time...as he should.

Strikes Out Looking
05-12-2010, 02:42 PM
My son and I were listening to the Pirate's radio broadcast Monday night. He couldn't believe it was a professional broadcaster. They make Brantley sound like the smartest baseball guy in the world.

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 02:43 PM
The game is on television here...90% of the crowd is in Penguins jerseys. This is understandable, but at the same time, I can't help paying mind to the fact that even Pirates fans can't root for the pirates.

How many are attending the game? I couldn't imagine it being no more than just a handful for a mid week day game.

HeatherC1212
05-12-2010, 02:44 PM
Homer is only at 45 pitches through FOUR INNINGS?! Dang. :eek: :thumbup:

oneupper
05-12-2010, 02:44 PM
My son and I were listening to the Pirate's radio broadcast Monday night. He couldn't believe it was a professional broadcaster. They make Brantley sound like the smartest baseball guy in the world.

Today they're all we have on MLB.tv :(

redsmetz
05-12-2010, 02:44 PM
Fly out to right center to end the inning. 4 scoreless in the books for Homer. 45 pitches...7 balls.

He's on a pace for nine innings at 102 pitches. Lets cross our fingers.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:44 PM
Marty just said some bad weather on it's way....let's get this game official! Quick!

RichRed
05-12-2010, 02:45 PM
He's on a pace for nine innings at 102 pitches. Lets cross our fingers.

Same as Cueto last night, I think. (Knocks on wood-like substance.)

Brutus
05-12-2010, 02:45 PM
I like Hernandez. I really do. I am fine with him getting some starts and trust him completely when he's in there.

But this is why I really would like to see Hanigan as the primary catcher (nearing 60 plate appearances now)...

.396 BA
2 HR & 16 RBI
.508 OBP
.625 SLG (.229 ISO)
10 BB & 5 K

Oh, and he's thrown out 46% of the baserunners that have attempted to steal on him.

I don't think I'm being irrational hoping he becomes the starter - even if he gives up some starts once or twice a week to Ramon.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:46 PM
Phillips leads off with a single. Votto flied out to center.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:47 PM
Brandon picked off. 2 down.

oneupper
05-12-2010, 02:47 PM
Brandon picked off. Rolen follows with a single.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:48 PM
Wouldn't you know it. Rolen with a single. Crud. Phillips still on would be nice right now.

pedro
05-12-2010, 02:48 PM
That onion is getting dried, I think. I'm just hoping it doesn't change shape as it does. I have to look into serious preservation methods.

Last inning I was about to ask what has gotten into our pitching. But seriously, what has gotten into our hitting?

Before the 1990 season my two house mates and I decided that we were going to break Pedro Borbon's supposed curse on the Reds through the creation of a "power triumvirate" activated by the fact that we each carried a Pedro Borbon baseball card in our wallet for the entire year.

I have much hope for the "Onion of Destiny"

pedro
05-12-2010, 02:49 PM
Reds still not very good on the base paths. At least in regards to pick offs and failed steal attempts.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:50 PM
Jonny K's to end the inning. 5-0 after 4 1/2

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 02:52 PM
Marty just said some bad weather on it's way....let's get this game official! Quick!

I looked at the radar. They should be good to make this one official. Rain is coming up from the SW and may be there in the next hour or so. Stay tuned for further weather updates. Now back to the game.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:53 PM
Votto pulls in the foul ball Willie Mays style

Ghosts of 1990
05-12-2010, 02:53 PM
How about this pitching?

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:53 PM
I looked at the radar. They should be good to make this one official. Rain is coming up from the SW and may be there in the next hour or so. Stay tuned for further weather updates. Now back to the game.

Thanks. I tried pulling it up on the weather channel...but it wasn't working.

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 02:53 PM
You know you're in an offensive funk when Ronny Cedeno is your masher in a series.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:54 PM
Fly out to Gomes. 2 down.

Ground out to Votto. Ummm...that was a 6 pitch inning.

*looks around for Alan Funt*

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 02:54 PM
6 pitch inning

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 02:55 PM
Thanks. I tried pulling it up on the weather channel...but it wasn't working.

Game is offical now. Rain all it wants.

HotCorner
05-12-2010, 02:55 PM
Radar looks good for an hour or two.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:56 PM
Game is offical now. Rain all it wants.

The way Bailey is throwing? No thank you. Back to back CG shutouts...much better than a rain shortened game. :O)

HotCorner
05-12-2010, 02:56 PM
51 pitches in 5 innings! :eek:

Awesome. :cool:

Brutus
05-12-2010, 02:56 PM
6 pitch inning

He's thrown, what, 7 balls the entire game out of 51 pitches?

Just incredible efficiency.

Brutus
05-12-2010, 02:57 PM
The way Bailey is throwing? No thank you. Back to back CG shutouts...much better than a rain shortened game. :O)

In either event, it would mean no bullpen for 3 straight calendar days (with an off day coming).

That's the most important thing!

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:57 PM
Duke is done. Lopez on the hill.

Ron Madden
05-12-2010, 02:57 PM
Nice string of scoreless innings from Reds pitching. :beerme:

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:57 PM
In either event, it would mean no bullpen for 3 straight calendar days (with an off day coming).

That's the most important thing!

Good point. I didn't think of that.

HeatherC1212
05-12-2010, 02:58 PM
Someone finally got through to this pitching staff about how much easier it can be to pitch if you just throw strikes, trust your stuff, and let your defense do some work. If it was Bryan Price (which would make sense), can we keep him for a VERY long time?! :D

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 02:59 PM
Bruce K's looking on a pitch that was low.

vaticanplum
05-12-2010, 02:59 PM
How many are attending the game? I couldn't imagine it being no more than just a handful for a mid week day game.

There are maybe 20, 25 people in the stands.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:00 PM
I wonder what the splits are for Drew Stubbs in the leadoff slot and OUT of the leadoff slot. I'd guess they're pretty striking.

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 03:00 PM
He's thrown, what, 7 balls the entire game out of 51 pitches?

Just incredible efficiency.

Hmmmmm, throwing strikes = outs

Who'da thunk

GoReds
05-12-2010, 03:00 PM
Someone finally got through to this pitching staff about how much easier it can be to pitch if you just throw strikes, trust your stuff, and let your defense do some work. If it was Bryan Price (which would make sense), can we keep him for a VERY long time?! :D

I'm thinking Cueto's game last night has had a profound impact on Homer, particularly if he was charting pitches. Maybe something clicked.

Then again, I have to temper my enthusiasm by remembering that these are the Pirates. That lineup would have difficulty intimidating your local wiffle ball junkie.

redsmetz
05-12-2010, 03:00 PM
Well, it may be a complete waste of $15.00, but I just bought the domain name rallyonion.com.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:01 PM
Sharp liner...nice play by Crosby

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 03:01 PM
In either event, it would mean no bullpen for 3 straight calendar days (with an off day coming).

That's the most important thing!

This would be a great thing for the bullpen. Especially Rhodes,Massett and Cordero. It seems like they have been in every game this season.

Caveat Emperor
05-12-2010, 03:03 PM
Well, it may be a complete waste of $15.00, but I just bought the domain name rallyonion.com.

Rally Onion loves you.

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 03:03 PM
Well, it may be a complete waste of $15.00, but I just bought the domain name rallyonion.com.

I think that's how Mark Cuban and Richard Branson got their starts. ;)

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:03 PM
Ryan pounds one, but Milledge runs it down to end the inning. 5-0 Reds middle of 6th

vaticanplum
05-12-2010, 03:04 PM
Well, it may be a complete waste of $15.00, but I just bought the domain name rallyonion.com.

Nice!!

It's a true rally onion, it came into my possession literally right before the Reds exploded at the end of Saturday's game. I'm knocking the crap out of my wooden table over here.

redsfandan
05-12-2010, 03:04 PM
In either event, it would mean no bullpen for 3 straight calendar days (with an off day coming).

That's the most important thing!
I agree that a rested bullpen is a good thing but how much rest is too much?

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:05 PM
52 pitches, 45 strikes. Oh, and one pitch one out...again.

membengal
05-12-2010, 03:06 PM
52 pitches, 45 strikes for Bailey.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:06 PM
I agree that a rested bullpen is a good thing but how much rest is too much?

Well, if the starters keep throwing out complete game shutouts...who cares? :O)

redsmetz
05-12-2010, 03:06 PM
Rally Onion loves you.

I've set it up temporarily to point to The Baseball Emporium of one of my online stores.

Puffy
05-12-2010, 03:07 PM
I agree that a rested bullpen is a good thing but how much rest is too much?

Not three days. Three days very good.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:07 PM
Grounder to Rolen for out number 2 courtesy of Iwamura

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 03:08 PM
52 pitches, 45 strikes for Bailey.

I don't think I have ever seen a pitch ratio like this. That's amazing!

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:08 PM
Wow. Another 1-2-3 from Homer. 9 pitch inning

50 strikes, 10 balls now. Simply amazing. I'm sure some will point to it being the Pirates, but you'll have success against any team throwing that type of ratio IMO.

HotCorner
05-12-2010, 03:09 PM
60 thru 6.

HeatherC1212
05-12-2010, 03:09 PM
Rally Onion!!! :D

GoReds
05-12-2010, 03:10 PM
I can't watch the game from work, so can anyone tell me if the Pirates are actually making it to the bench before having to go back out onto the field?

Brutus
05-12-2010, 03:10 PM
Reds pitching fever, catch it:

17 consecutive scoreless innings

38 of the last 42 innings have been scoreless - only more than 1 run in an inning once in the last 42 innings

vaticanplum
05-12-2010, 03:11 PM
Bailey looks fantastic. He's working pretty quickly.

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 03:13 PM
I can't watch the game from work, so can anyone tell me if the Pirates are actually making it to the bench before having to go back out onto the field?

They are just leaving their gloves in the field like in the old days. ;)

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:13 PM
Meek pitching. Bailey quickly K's to lower his BA to .300.

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 03:13 PM
They are just leaving their gloves in the field like in the old days. ;)

lol

Cyclone792
05-12-2010, 03:14 PM
I'm thinking (hoping) that perhaps what Bryan Price is preaching is finally starting to get through to some of these guys on the rotation. We'll see over time, but so far Bailey's pitching fantastic today after Cueto's dominant performance last night.

redsfandan
05-12-2010, 03:15 PM
Not three days. Three days very good.
Counting the off day tomorrow it would be 4 days off for the bullpen.

TRF
05-12-2010, 03:16 PM
Well, it may be a complete waste of $15.00, but I just bought the domain name rallyonion.com.

I so want to help you build this site.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:16 PM
Counting the off day tomorrow it would be 4 days off for the bullpen.

The pen worked on monday.

membengal
05-12-2010, 03:16 PM
Counting the off day tomorrow it would be 4 days off for the bullpen.

On a list of things to worry about, I am happy to "worry" about the bullpen being too rested.

redsmetz
05-12-2010, 03:17 PM
I so want to help you build this site.

It might be fun. Not to move off topic on the Game Thread, but PM me if you want. I just tweeted about it with a link to the picture. Maybe we can get BW3 as a sponsor!

JaxRed
05-12-2010, 03:17 PM
I love the slogan menioned earlier......

"How do you like them Onions"

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 03:17 PM
On a list of things to worry about, I am happy to "worry" about the bullpen being too rested.

Me too. I would much rather have an under used bullpen than an over used one.

Chip R
05-12-2010, 03:19 PM
It might be fun. Not to move off topic on the Game Thread, but PM me if you want. I just tweeted about it with a link to the picture. Maybe we can get BW3 as a sponsor!


Or Outback.

Superdude
05-12-2010, 03:20 PM
I wonder how Bailey's pitching today would hold up against a real offense. The gameday looks like a bunch of low 90's fastballs that the Pirates aren't doing anything with.

Puffy
05-12-2010, 03:20 PM
Counting the off day tomorrow it would be 4 days off for the bullpen.

Rhodes and Cordero worked Monday. So they would have Tues, Wed, Thurs off. 3 days ;)

redsfandan
05-12-2010, 03:20 PM
I so want to help you build this site.


It might be fun. Not to move off topic on the Game Thread, but PM me if you want. I just tweeted about it with a link to the picture. Maybe we can get BW3 as a sponsor!
Will a facebook page be next? :p:

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 03:20 PM
It might be fun. Not to move off topic on the Game Thread, but PM me if you want. I just tweeted about it with a link to the picture. Maybe we can get BW3 as a sponsor!

Outback SteakHouse might be interested too.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:20 PM
KKKKK

bucksfan2
05-12-2010, 03:21 PM
Pound that zone Homer. Pound that zone.

Caveat Emperor
05-12-2010, 03:21 PM
I'm thinking (hoping) that perhaps what Bryan Price is preaching is finally starting to get through to some of these guys on the rotation. We'll see over time, but so far Bailey's pitching fantastic today after Cueto's dominant performance last night.

It probably helps when a guy like Leake is experiencing instant success in the majors by doing exactly what Price wants:

Stay around the zone.
Don't overthrow.
Keep your mechanics solid.
Work quickly and let your defense help you out.

redsfandan
05-12-2010, 03:21 PM
Rhodes and Cordero worked Monday. So they would have Tues, Wed, Thurs off. 3 days ;)
Gotcha. My mistake.

edabbs44
05-12-2010, 03:21 PM
Who's complaining?

As I said, I like Hernandez. But Hanigan is putting up some very, very good numbers and doing so as one of the better defensive catchers in baseball.

I don't think I would qualify as wanting to see him get the lion's share of the starts as "complaining."

Not singling anyone out, but there have definitely been some comments that could be placed in the complaint file.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:22 PM
Outback SteakHouse might be interested too.

Skyline Chili and Bloomin' Rally Onions. A new GABP tradition.

membengal
05-12-2010, 03:22 PM
It probably helps when a guy like Leake is experiencing instant success in the majors by doing exactly what Price wants:

Stay around the zone.
Don't overthrow.
Keep your mechanics solid.
Work quickly and let your defense help you out.

Indeed. Nothing like a nice object lesson for Homer and Cueto.

This is making me giggly today.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:22 PM
Jones pops out to shallow center

cumberlandreds
05-12-2010, 03:23 PM
Bailey has set 10 in a row. On to the 8th.

HotCorner
05-12-2010, 03:23 PM
70 through 7. I'm downright giddy. :D

TRF
05-12-2010, 03:23 PM
best part? using the onion isn't copyright or trademark infringement. It occurred naturally.

As most rally onions do.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:23 PM
Wow...wow...WOW. 1-2-3 Homer. 10 pitch inning. Who IS this kid?!? :O)

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 03:23 PM
Skyline Chili and Bloomin' Rally Onions. A new GABP tradition.

Perfect

A four way with Rally Onions

membengal
05-12-2010, 03:23 PM
70 through 7. I'm downright giddy. :D

And 56 of those 70 for strikes.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:25 PM
Hanrahan takes over for Meek

durl
05-12-2010, 03:25 PM
Wow...wow...WOW. 1-2-3 Homer. 10 pitch inning. Who IS this kid?!? :O)

Maybe he's been watching Leake and seeing a kid who's pitching far better even though he didn't spend any time in the minors. :) Nothing like competition to light a fire under some people.

TRF
05-12-2010, 03:25 PM
At this point, the Reds run diff is -4.

4 days ago it was -23.

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 03:25 PM
Could that Pirate commercial about the $20 value pack have used a less appetizing looking Hot Dog?

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:25 PM
We haven't scored in 3 innings now. Time for some ADD-ON

RichRed
05-12-2010, 03:27 PM
Will a facebook page be next? :p:

Facebook: "Sign up to have Rally Onion host Saturday Night Live"

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:27 PM
Central Updates:

Cubs & Fish just getting underway
Braves 1 Brewers 0 (5th)
Astros & Cards later tonight

HeatherC1212
05-12-2010, 03:27 PM
You guys are making me hungry and I just ate lunch an hour ago, LOL :laugh:

reds44
05-12-2010, 03:28 PM
The Pirates offense is amazingly bad.

When was the last time the Reds had back to back CG shutouts? With the offday tomorrow, it'll be nice to give them three days rest down there.

VR
05-12-2010, 03:28 PM
the Arizona spring training factor has worn off the starters.

Look out.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:28 PM
Rolen K's on a nice pitch from Hanrahan

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:30 PM
Gomes with a double into the lf corner.

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 03:30 PM
Facebook: "Sign up to have Rally Onion host Saturday Night Live"

Awesome. :laugh:

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 03:31 PM
I might actually bring in Cordero just so he can get some work in.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:31 PM
Didn't realize that. 5 of last 7 games...Reds have double digit hits.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:31 PM
I might actually bring in Cordero just so he can get some work in.

Bite your tongue!

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:32 PM
Jay works the walk. 2 down, 2 on for Stubbs.

Strikes Out Looking
05-12-2010, 03:32 PM
the Arizona spring training factor has worn off the starters.

Look out.

Amen to that. I truly believe it was a factor.

vaticanplum
05-12-2010, 03:33 PM
I'd be very surprised if this game hit two hours. Unless the Reds pile on Hanrahan here, which it looks like they may yet do.

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:34 PM
Is it a bad thing when the stadium employees out-number the paying customers?

JaxRed
05-12-2010, 03:34 PM
Facebook: "Sign up to have Rally Onion host Saturday Night Live"

Rather have the Rally Onion host the World Series

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:35 PM
Stubbs checks his swing, but they say he went around for the K. 5-0 Reds heading to the bottom of the 8th.

membengal
05-12-2010, 03:37 PM
I might actually bring in Cordero just so he can get some work in.

Um, no.

Chip R
05-12-2010, 03:38 PM
Jeff Brantley may eat the Rally Onion.

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 03:38 PM
Stubbs checks his swing, but they say he went around for the K. 5-0 Reds heading to the bottom of the 8th.

Ump wants to go home.

redsfandan
05-12-2010, 03:39 PM
Facebook: "Sign up to have Rally Onion host Saturday Night Live"
First was Betty White, next the Rally Onion. I think I like that. lol

vaticanplum
05-12-2010, 03:39 PM
Andy LaRoche looks lost. Even for a Pirate.

reds44
05-12-2010, 03:39 PM
I'd be very surprised if this game hit two hours. Unless the Reds pile on Hanrahan here, which it looks like they may yet do.
Didn't it start at 12:35, making it two hours long already?

Brutus
05-12-2010, 03:39 PM
Tonight, on Celebrity Death Match...

It's the oversized fruit against the clutch-hitting vegatable

http://kjmastaw.com/blog1/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/kevin_and_giant_peach.jpg

VS

http://osopher.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/onion.jpg

The Giant Peach vs. The Rally Onion. Who will it be? Find out tonight on Death Match!

TheNext44
05-12-2010, 03:40 PM
Just curiously Vaticanplum, did you cut the side of the Onion to make it a "C" or was it just like that when you found it?

vaticanplum
05-12-2010, 03:40 PM
Didn't it start at 12:35, making it two hours long already?

D'oh. I was thinking it was a 1 pm start.

vaticanplum
05-12-2010, 03:40 PM
Just curiously Vaticanplum, did you cut the side of the Onion to make it a "C" or was it just like that when you found it?

No, it totally appeared like that in the garbage can! I'm just happy my friend recognized it!

_Sir_Charles_
05-12-2010, 03:41 PM
Almost a DP...but they got the lead runner.