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edabbs44
08-09-2010, 12:16 PM
Really fired up about this series, I like who Cincy has going but not in love with Leake going Game 1. Would rather see Arroyo, as it seems like he'd have the best demeanor for a game like this. Younger guys are a little more up and down but hopefully Leake brings his A game tonight and the bats are on.

Then again, with the way Carpenter has taken the torch from Oswalt as Cincy Killer #1 (10-3, 1.96 ERA), maybe having Leake throw tonight is the best matchup. Then Cueto and Arroyo can go after the other two games.

Looking at the matchups, maybe this is the game that Walt had in mind when he picked up GMJ (.878 career OPS vs Carp)?

Either way, this is the kind of series that makes being a baseball fan what it's all about.

Homer Bailey
08-09-2010, 12:19 PM
I'm super excited/nervous for this one. Not sure if I've ever been apart of such an anticipated series. I'm tempering my expectations for this one, as I really like how the Reds are playing, but don't like the matchup. The Cardinals are not a good road team at all (8 games under .500), but they seem to play well against the Reds all the time. I hope the players aren't half as nervous as I am.

redsfan30
08-09-2010, 12:27 PM
Two out of three is the goal.

Roy Tucker
08-09-2010, 12:37 PM
It should be interesting to see how the Reds play under near-playoff level pressure.

They've been a pretty gutsy and game team all year, so I hope it carries over into this series. This is when guys have to do the proverbial "play within themselves" and not get outside of what they can (and cannot) do.

I'll be surprised if either team sweeps and I look for long Yankees-Red Sox-type grind-it-out games. LaRussa will go all brainiac with his bullpen and Dusty will try to match wits (yikes).

_Sir_Charles_
08-09-2010, 01:04 PM
I like that the Reds didn't adjust their rotation specifically for this series. It shows confidence. The Cards reshuffled the deck chairs to get their 3 horses to pitch in this series.

The Reds said we'll beat you with ANY of our starters. I like it.

dfs
08-09-2010, 01:08 PM
I like that the Reds didn't adjust their rotation specifically for this series. It shows confidence. The Cards reshuffled the deck chairs to get their 3 horses to pitch in this series.

The Reds said we'll beat you with ANY of our starters. I like it.

I think any of the reds starters is capable of blanking anybody and any of the reds starters is capable of taking a 3rd inning shower.

That's probably true till you are down around Maloney or so.

The cards on the other hand....have a real disparity in their rotation. Guys you don't want to face and then.....other guys.

Caveat Emperor
08-09-2010, 01:12 PM
Playoff-level, important baseball being played in the dog-days of summer in Cincinnati, Ohio. Over the past 10 years, there were times I honestly thought I'd never see the day again.

If you've got a pulse, the financial means, and you call yourself a Reds fan, get to the game and enjoy these moments. For small market teams like the Reds, the future is guaranteed to no one.

edabbs44
08-09-2010, 01:17 PM
Playoff-level, important baseball being played in the dog-days of summer in Cincinnati, Ohio. Over the past 10 years, there were times I honestly thought I'd never see the day again.

If you've got a pulse, the financial means, and you call yourself a Reds fan, get to the game and enjoy these moments. For small market teams like the Reds, the future is guaranteed to no one.

God I wish I could be there this week.

Reds Fanatic
08-09-2010, 01:18 PM
Just to show how long it has been since such a series has happened this late in the season this is from Fay's blog:

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/2010/08/08/big-series-indeed/


The last time the Reds opened a home series after August 8 against a second place team in its own division or league where that second place team could overtake first place with a sweep was August 25, 1961, in a four-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

buckeyenut
08-09-2010, 01:24 PM
The nice thing is that STL has to sweep to get the division back. If we win 1 out of three, we still have the lead.

2 out of 3 is the goal, has been all year and would be huge here, extending the lead to 3 games. A sweep would put us up 5 and really put a hammer on STL's psyche and be a huge boost for the club and the fans. But one game at a time and focus on winning the series has to be the goal.

OnBaseMachine
08-09-2010, 01:27 PM
This is exciting. I just hope the Reds go out there and play great baseball and find a way to win another series. I know the city of Cincinnati and the fans are already buzzing, but imagine what it would be like if the Reds can take two of three?

This is what I've been waiting for my whole life. I'm 23 years old and have been a Reds fan since I was old enough to know what baseball was. I've been starving for the Reds to put a contender on the field. The 1999 season was incredibly but it ended in disappointment when the Reds lost that one game playoff to the Mets. So far, this year has been equally as exciting but we still have a ways to go. I really hope this is the year.

Homer Bailey
08-09-2010, 01:40 PM
Alright, I'll say it... biggest series in GABP history?

edabbs44
08-09-2010, 01:44 PM
Alright, I'll say it... biggest series in GABP history?

Without a doubt.

OnBaseMachine
08-09-2010, 01:50 PM
Alright, I'll say it... biggest series in GABP history?

By far. There's really not even a close second, IMO. This is without a doubt the biggest series since 1999.

edabbs44
08-09-2010, 01:52 PM
By far. There's really not even a close second, IMO. This is without a doubt the biggest series since 1999.

The hot dog series in 2006 is a close second, which tells you all you need to know.

ochre
08-09-2010, 02:06 PM
Just to show how long it has been since such a series has happened this late in the season this is from Fay's blog:

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/2010/08/08/big-series-indeed/ (http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/2010/08/08/big-series-indeed/)

Pretty darn close to his requirement (the Giants could have pulled to within .5 a game) back in '90 when San Fran came to town for a 4 game series 10 Aug 1990.

Brutus
08-09-2010, 02:15 PM
It's a big series, but no one needs to be too emotionally invested in the outcome of this one. Whatever happens, there are still nearly 45 games left to play after this. I fully expect the Cardinals to win two of three and I'm OK with that.

If the Reds were to sweep the series somehow, being 5 games ahead would obviously be a pretty big deal. But in any other scenario, the race will still be extremely close either way.

Red in Chicago
08-09-2010, 02:37 PM
edskin should have started this thread :p:

TeamBoone
08-09-2010, 03:25 PM
For those of you outside the FOX Sports Ohio viewing area, the game is on ESPN tonight (8/9).

reds44
08-09-2010, 03:28 PM
The hot dog series in 2006 is a close second, which tells you all you need to know.
LOL awesome.

bucksfan2
08-09-2010, 03:29 PM
It's a big series, but no one needs to be too emotionally invested in the outcome of this one. Whatever happens, there are still nearly 45 games left to play after this. I fully expect the Cardinals to win two of three and I'm OK with that.

If the Reds were to sweep the series somehow, being 5 games ahead would obviously be a pretty big deal. But in any other scenario, the race will still be extremely close either way.

Yea what he said.

I think barring a Reds sweep (up 5 in division) this series will be exciting, fun to watch, but in reality just another 3 games during the season. Even if the Reds get swept the would be 1 game behind the Cards. If the Reds do sweep, going up 5 would be a huge swing and would put the Reds in the drivers seat.

Caveat Emperor
08-09-2010, 03:30 PM
The new pressing question on the minds of Reds fans everywhere: Will Jim Edmonds Reds gear be available in time for this series?

I've hated the man for years -- he's singlehandedly ruined more nights for me than Jose Cuervo and the girls of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority combined -- and I want to own a piece of history to commemorate the moment I was forced to cheer for Jimmy.

Scrap Irony
08-09-2010, 03:53 PM
I'm interested in not only the games (obviously), but Redszone's reaction to the games. Brutus nailed it: anything but a Red sweep is really no big deal. And even a Reds sweep may not mean all that much.

edabbs44
08-09-2010, 03:55 PM
I'm interested in not only the games (obviously), but Redszone's reaction to the games. Brutus nailed it: anything but a Red sweep is really no big deal. And even a Reds sweep may not mean all that much.

Agreed up until the end. A sweep would be pretty large.

Caveat Emperor
08-09-2010, 03:55 PM
Agreed up until the end. A sweep would be pretty large.

It's large only in the sense that it adds additional margin of error on the west coast swing.

flyer85
08-09-2010, 04:04 PM
biggest opportunity in a long time, not sure about being the biggest series. They are all big at this point and will get bigger.

traderumor
08-09-2010, 04:13 PM
It has been fun for my 3 boys who are getting their first taste of a pennant race. They watch the Reds, then are tracking the Cards online. Momma gets a bit upset about their "addiction," but they are having a blast.

OnBaseMachine
08-09-2010, 11:06 PM
I expected a loss tonight, so I'm really not all that upset. The Reds never hit Carpenter. The only way to beat him is to hold the Cardinals to a run or less.

We need Cueto to step up tomorrow night.

Homer Bailey
08-09-2010, 11:11 PM
I expected the loss too, but for some reason I'm pretty upset. I guess I was just mad that every Cardinal dink was finding a hole, while the Reds were ripping it all over the yard and finding gloves. Frustrating game.

Tornon
08-09-2010, 11:15 PM
I don't wanna jinx anything.. but I'm kind of expecting the same thing to happen tomorrow night in the opposite direction

REDblooded
08-09-2010, 11:19 PM
the only game in this series that is MUST WIN is against Wainwright.... Thought that the whole way... Figured the other 2 would be a coin-flip at best.

sabometrics
08-10-2010, 02:23 AM
I have to be totally honest, though 36k for a Monday night game is great, it is a bit disappointing that we can't sell out such a big game in the heat of the race.

Those Cards fans were awful loud, had a very strong contingent there. You don't notice them as easily as you notice the Cubs' blue, but I had to do the "who are they cheering for?" turnaround a couple times while I was working. Doesn't help when the home club fails to give you much of anything to get worked up over though.

Lets shut those Cards fans up tomorrow!

MattyHo4Life
08-10-2010, 03:06 AM
I don't wanna jinx anything.. but I'm kind of expecting the same thing to happen tomorrow night in the opposite direction

I think you might be right. I love Garcia, but he hasn't been as good lately as he was earlier in the season. I still think he will have a great career, but I think he might be having a rough spot right now.

Wednesday could be the best game of the series... I've been thinking about that game all week. Arroryo always seems to be tough against the Cards.

MattyHo4Life
08-10-2010, 03:08 AM
the only game in this series that is MUST WIN is against Wainwright.... Thought that the whole way... Figured the other 2 would be a coin-flip at best.

Why is that game a must win? I would think going against Garcia would be a must win just like going against Leake seemed to be a must win for the Cards.