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Sea Ray
06-14-2010, 09:52 AM
Our Reds really have their work cut out for them this week. The Cardinals come home from their west coast trip and the Reds head out on Thursday. In the meantime the Reds play the very talented Dodgers while the Cardinals get the Mariners at home. If we look at it further, the Reds will draw the Mariners two aces this weekend in Seattle (where the Mariners play much better) Cliff Lee and King Felix. The Mariners rotation is quite top heavy this year particularly after Doug Fister went on the DL. I'm sure their road record when Lee and Hernandez aren't pitching is pretty ugly while they are very formidable at home when they do have that duo on the mound.

Add to that the Phillips injury and I think it'll be a challenge for the Reds just to stay close to the Cards. If they can hold their own that's about all we can ask at this point. I fear we're looking at an ugly stretch. I'd love to be wrong.

Cedric
06-14-2010, 09:59 AM
The Reds are going through their first major rough patch of the year. The starting pitching is struggling pretty bad and the bullpen is bad like always this year. Injuries to Phillips and Hanigan have put us in a bad spot also.

Lets hope the last two weeks are just a mini slump and the luck starts turning around.

Sea Ray
06-14-2010, 10:07 AM
Actually the Reds were very fortunate health wise for the first two months and that was bound to adjust back to the mean, and it has with Phillips, Bailey and Hanigan out

Cedric
06-14-2010, 10:11 AM
Which is what I said. It's the first rough spot of the year seemingly.

OnBaseMachine
06-14-2010, 11:42 AM
The Cardinals luck continues. They play a three game series at home against the Mariners and miss both Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee. How does that happen?

Ghosts of 1990
06-14-2010, 11:45 AM
Wow, the Cardinals luck continues. They play a three game series at home against the Mariners and miss both Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee. How does that happen?

The Baseball Gods smile on the St. Louis franchise quite a bit. That, and they're chalked full of guys who are ballplayers.

edabbs44
06-14-2010, 01:03 PM
Eh, they still have to face Luke French, Ryan Rowland-Smith and Jason Vargas. Like a murderer's row for pitchers.

OnBaseMachine
06-14-2010, 01:52 PM
The Reds just need to find a way to beat one of Lee/Hernandez and then win the finale against French.

reds1869
06-14-2010, 02:11 PM
The Reds just need to find a way to beat one of Lee/Hernandez and then win the finale against French.

Just keep it close, run-up the pitch counts and get into the Seattle pen. Plenty of teams seem to have found a way to beat the Mariners this year--even when Lee and Hernandez are on the mound.

forfreelin04
06-14-2010, 02:50 PM
The Cardinals luck continues. They play a three game series at home against the Mariners and miss both Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee. How does that happen?

I have a feeling we'll regret not playing better against the Giants and Royals after St. Louis had that dismal road trip.

That was big chance to make up some distance; especially the first game of the Giants and Royals series. Tip your hate to Greinke and Cain, but the Reds had their chances in those first two games of those series.

While the middle relief is horrendous, the starting pitching hasn't fared much better. Outside of Lecure and the one start from Harang, they were suspect to say the least.

Tornon
06-14-2010, 07:42 PM
As long as Rolen & Gomes are in the lineup, I'm not too scared of Cliff Lee

Sea Ray
06-14-2010, 10:50 PM
As long as Rolen & Gomes are in the lineup, I'm not too scared of Cliff Lee

I'd sure like to have Brandon Phillips back for that one too

Ghosts of 1990
06-15-2010, 12:01 AM
When are we slated for Felix and Lee? I know this weekend but which days.

Ron Madden
06-15-2010, 03:40 AM
I just hope we can take two outta three from those damn Dodgers.

I HATE THE Dodgers.

forfreelin04
06-15-2010, 11:22 AM
I just hope we can take two outta three from those damn Dodgers.

I HATE THE Dodgers.

My Dad does too.

Which is hard for us youngsters to believe. ;)

I would like nothing more than to loathe the Cardinals just as much because that means the Reds will be competitive for years to come.

HokieRed
06-15-2010, 11:25 AM
I want three out of three from the Dodgers. Nothing less.

HeatherC1212
06-15-2010, 11:31 AM
Didn't we beat Cliff Lee the year he won the Cy Young? I think we were one of his first losses of the year if I'm remebering that right and that was with a few of the guys who are still in the lineup now. I'm more worried about the Dodgers series than I am about the Seattle series (especially if Seattle keeps playing like they did last night in St. Louis. Ouch!). Hopefully we have Brandon healthy and everyone else ready to kick some Dodger behind this week. :D

Sea Ray
06-15-2010, 11:40 AM
Cliff Lee on Friday, King Felix on Saturday.

Buckeye33
06-15-2010, 12:05 PM
Cliff Lee on Friday, King Felix on Saturday.

This is the truth and I will be in attendance of both of tese games out in Seattle. Was really hoping to get one last look at Griffey in person but he decided to not allow that to happen. I will be getting a Griffey/Ichiro bobblehead on Friday though.

I'll post all my pics when I get home next week.

Ghosts of 1990
06-15-2010, 02:01 PM
This is the truth and I will be in attendance of both of tese games out in Seattle. Was really hoping to get one last look at Griffey in person but he decided to not allow that to happen. I will be getting a Griffey/Ichiro bobblehead on Friday though.

I'll post all my pics when I get home next week.

I've been waiting to see our guys get hacks at King Felix for a long time now. I'm excited.

That said, I didn't enjoy their first go-around with Greinke all that much. :rolleyes:

Sea Ray
06-15-2010, 02:02 PM
This is the truth and I will be in attendance of both of tese games out in Seattle. Was really hoping to get one last look at Griffey in person but he decided to not allow that to happen. I will be getting a Griffey/Ichiro bobblehead on Friday though.

I'll post all my pics when I get home next week.

Looks like I will only be able to make the Fri/Sun games. Family scheduled a dinner on Sat...:(