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PuffyPig
08-11-2012, 10:46 PM
Nice. Lead is now at 4.5 for the Reds. Cardinals to be at 6.5 barring a 9th inning meltdown.

It's 6.5 now, it would be 6.

And it means we would have lost 1 game to the Cards on this road trip, none to the Pirates.

Tony Cloninger
08-11-2012, 10:56 PM
Nice. Lead is now at 4.5 for the Reds. Cardinals to be at 6.5 barring a 9th inning meltdown.

What is the deal with Westbrook and his performance this year?

I am hoping he burns out like Jack Billingham used to in September of 1973-75. Westbrook reminds me of Jack as a pitcher and his stuff.

vaticanplum
08-11-2012, 11:00 PM
It's fireworks night at PNC Park; I can hear it from my house. Not for a win though. OH WELL.

MikeThierry
08-12-2012, 12:36 AM
What is the deal with Westbrook and his performance this year?

I am hoping he burns out like Jack Billingham used to in September of 1973-75. Westbrook reminds me of Jack as a pitcher and his stuff.

This pretty much sums up why he's having success this year:

http://www.fangraphs.com/pitchfx.aspx?playerid=412&position=P

He is using significantly more types of pitches than in any other year. His sinker is still his prime go to pitch but he's using his slider a lot more this year. I've been noticing that it seems to keep a lot of batters off balanced.

corkedbat
08-12-2012, 12:55 AM
Jeez, the Pirates TV announcers sound like they just got back from a funeral. A little life, guys.

After the Reds win 10 straight, they go into a five game loosing streak giving Pittsburgh the opportunity they've dreamed of since the All-Star break. So where does that leave the Buccos? The same 4.5 GB that they were 7 days ago when they left Cincy. I can see why they aren't turning catwheels.

VR
08-12-2012, 01:50 AM
5 days ago...the team was in a spiral, and the bullpen was overworked.

Now they have a 4.5 lead, Cueto on the bump tomorrow, a very well rested bully, and Monday off to come to Cincy for some home cookin.

It's a very nice spot to be in, hopefully setting up a fantastic homestand.

Reds/Flyers Fan
08-12-2012, 01:17 PM
And a nice Pittsburgh at St. Louis three-game series next weekend.

cincrazy
08-12-2012, 02:51 PM
Pitt down 2-0 in 1st today, and the Pads are still batting. Let's go Sannnnn Diego!

cincrazy
08-12-2012, 02:52 PM
The Pirates' starting pitching is crashing back to earth so hard, scientists actually reported tremors along the West Coast this morning.

RED VAN HOT
08-12-2012, 02:53 PM
On the Padres pregame, they mentioned that the Padres had won 11 straight at PNC. I checked it and it was correct. Over that span the Pads have outscored them 86-33. SD has already plated 4 in the top of the first today.

cincrazy
08-12-2012, 02:54 PM
4-0 now after an error allows two runs to score and puts Maybin at third. Only one out. Holy crap they're unraveling. MWUHAHAHAHAHAHA (I felt an evil laugh was appropiate. Now if the stupid Cards would just roll over and die).

PuffyPig
08-12-2012, 02:56 PM
Cards down 2-1, Phillies have runner on 3rd, no outs, bottom of the 1st.

Update, 3-1, runner on 1st, still no outs.

Kc61
08-12-2012, 02:57 PM
4-0 now after an error allows two runs to score and puts Maybin at third. Only one out. Holy crap they're unraveling. MWUHAHAHAHAHAHA (I felt an evil laugh was appropiate. Now if the stupid Cards would just roll over and die).

Cards have a very tough schedule for the rest of the season, including a west coast trip in September. If they win this division, they will truly have to earn it. Trail early in Philly 3-1 today.

Pirates undergoing a PNC correction.

cincrazy
08-12-2012, 02:59 PM
Cards have a very tough schedule for the rest of the season, including a west coast trip in September. If they win this division, they will truly have to earn it. Trail early in Philly 3-1 today.

Pirates undergoing a PNC correction.

Yup, you're right. For some reason, even though I know our odds are good, they still scare the hell out of me. Life without Votto makes Cincrazy vulnerable and scared :(.

RBA
08-12-2012, 03:00 PM
On the Padres pregame, they mentioned that the Padres had won 11 straight at PNC. I checked it and it was correct. Over that span the Pads have outscored them 86-33. SD has already plated 4 in the top of the first today.

Maybe the Pirates and Padres should swap entire teams? The Pittsburgh Padres would go undefeated at home. And San Diego will have a much better team.

Reds/Flyers Fan
08-12-2012, 03:07 PM
Let's go Sandy Eggo!

Tom Servo
08-12-2012, 03:13 PM
5-0 Pads now

Brutus
08-12-2012, 03:13 PM
5-0 Dads lead

Kc61
08-12-2012, 03:13 PM
Bucs now down by five.

NJReds
08-12-2012, 04:07 PM
Bucs lead 6-5.

Tom Servo
08-12-2012, 04:17 PM
Thanks for nothing Ross Ohlendorf. You too, Cory Burns.

NJReds
08-12-2012, 04:18 PM
9-5 Buccos. Still hitting.

Tony Cloninger
08-12-2012, 04:26 PM
Thanks for nothing Ross Ohlendorf. You too, Cory Burns.

Pitt is not SD in regards to the ballpark factors but it is not GABP either. There is some bad pitching going on this weekend, other than the CG shutout from last night.

Tom Servo
08-12-2012, 04:31 PM
Oh I knew the SD pitching was bad, but 9 runs in an inning? I think you could have a guy like Brad Radke who's been retired for like 7 years go out and pitch better than that.

cincrazy
08-12-2012, 05:34 PM
Phillies fall behind 7-4 but just tied it up with 2 outs in the 8th on a 3-run homer by Erik Kratz.

Tony Cloninger
08-12-2012, 05:51 PM
The Cardinals can hit anybody. Best offense, I think better than NYY and possibly Texas.

HeatherC1212
08-12-2012, 06:04 PM
We win....doesn't matter what happens to the other guys now but it would sure be nice if at least one of them lost this afternoon! ;)

Kc61
08-12-2012, 06:16 PM
Horst pitching nicely for the Phils, in extra innings still with Cards. Phils coming up to try and win it.

cincrazy
08-12-2012, 06:32 PM
Phillies win on a walkoff single by Pierre!

cincrazy
08-12-2012, 06:35 PM
Pierre may not be in Cincy, but he's pitching in for us during this pennant race regardless :). What a huge way to end that road trip. We start 0-4, but finish with 3 straight wins, and in the process don't drop a single game to the Pirates or the Cards while on that trip.

Tony Cloninger
08-12-2012, 06:35 PM
Horst pitching nicely for the Phils, in extra innings still with Cards. Phils coming up to try and win it.

Disliked that trade for Valdez. Still think it was a waste of a resource to trade him for Valdez.

Kc61
08-12-2012, 06:36 PM
Phillies win on a walkoff single by Pierre!

Infield single that Pierre just barely beat out with Rollins on third.

Harang faces the Pirates tomorrow, four games v. Dodgers for the Bucs.

fearofpopvol1
08-12-2012, 06:50 PM
Disliked that trade for Valdez. Still think it was a waste of a resource to trade him for Valdez.

I think I may be one of the few that liked it (and still does).

traderumor
08-12-2012, 07:00 PM
Pirates starting pitching fulfilling prophecy or bump in the road? MacDonald and Bedard have been awful, Karstens has been ok of late, he doesn't have many innings in due to injury. Burnett tasted a bad start last night. Wandy has been ok, but he's clearly not going to close the gap MacDonald and Bedard have been leaving. Clint Barmes grand slams are once a season. The starters have to pitch once every five days.

With that said, the Pads, we thank you. Their offense seems to be legit as it is currently constructed.

cumberlandreds
08-13-2012, 08:18 AM
Thanks for nothing Ross Ohlendorf. You too, Cory Burns.

I find it amazing how some really bad pitchers can just hang on and on and on with a major league team. When I saw that the Padres had a 5-0 lead with Olendorf pitching I knew the Pirates still had a good chance at that game. You would think the Padres would have someone at AAA or AA just a little better than him?

PuffyPig
08-13-2012, 08:59 AM
I think I may be one of the few that liked it (and still does).


Trading for Vadez allowed us to stash Janish at AAA and eventually move him for Redmond. Horst had already been placed on waivers by us and no one claimed him. Redmond will be pitching a major league game for us Saturday. Horst wasn't going to make our staff out of sprong training, and would have gone on waivers anyway.

Virginia Beach Reds
08-13-2012, 09:48 PM
Pirates down 4-2 in late innings to Dodgers!

Brutus
08-13-2012, 10:19 PM
Wow. Randy Choate just made an unbelievable self-defense catch of a liner heading right for his head. The catch saved what would have probably been a 2-out, run-scoring single for the Pirates in the bottom of the 7th.

It's still 4-2 Dodgers heading to the 8th.

NJReds
08-13-2012, 10:19 PM
Pirates down 4-2 in late innings to Dodgers!

Still 4-2 going to the top of the 8th.

WVRedsFan
08-13-2012, 10:32 PM
Dodgers have the bases loaded with one out in the 8th. Keep your fingers crossed.

HotCorner
08-13-2012, 10:32 PM
Adam Dunn crushed this ball.

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=cws&content_id=23867391&topic_id=8879206

NJReds
08-13-2012, 10:38 PM
5-2 LA ... bases still loaded w/ 1 out.

WVRedsFan
08-13-2012, 10:38 PM
Rivera gets a hit and the Dodgers score. 5-2 LA. The bases are still loaded with Kennedy up.. One out. Missed opportunity with a force out at home and a strikeout. Dodgers lead Pittsburgh 5-2 going into the bottom of the 8th inning.

NJReds
08-13-2012, 10:56 PM
5-4 LA leads heading to the 9th.

NJReds
08-13-2012, 10:58 PM
Adam Dunn crushed this ball.

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?c_id=cws&content_id=23867391&topic_id=8879206

Good lord he crushed that. Dunn looking a bit lighter than the past couple years.

NJReds
08-13-2012, 11:01 PM
Derek Lowe with his first Yankees appearance tonight picks up the rare 4 inning save. Gave up 2 hits, 0 runs and K'd four against Texas.

vaticanplum
08-13-2012, 11:03 PM
Good lord he crushed that. Dunn looking a bit lighter than the past couple years.

That was a bionic homer.

WVRedsFan
08-13-2012, 11:06 PM
Pirates score two in the eighth and the score is 5-4 LA in the 9th. Dodgers have a runner at third with one out,

NJReds
08-13-2012, 11:11 PM
Pirates score two in the eighth and the score is 5-4 LA in the 9th. Dodgers have a runner at third with one out,

2 K's strand the runner ... going to the bottom of the 9th.

WVRedsFan
08-13-2012, 11:14 PM
2 K's strand the runner ... going to the bottom of the 9th.Just my opinion. Dodgers get a leadoff double and have a hot hitter, Victorino, bunt him to third where he is stranded with the two K's. Just drives me nuts.

OnBaseMachine
08-13-2012, 11:15 PM
Two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the 9th inning.

OnBaseMachine
08-13-2012, 11:17 PM
Game over. Pirates lose. Reds lead is up to 5 games on the Pirates and the magic number drops to 43.

WVRedsFan
08-13-2012, 11:18 PM
Pirates Ninth:

Barajas K's
Marte Flies out to Victorino.
Walker pops up

reds lead by 5!!!!!!!!

Harang gets his 8th win and now stands at 8-7 with a 3.76 ERA

And Randy Newman sings "I Love LA"

Sweet (since they're not in our division :))

Tom Servo
08-13-2012, 11:18 PM
Game over. Pirates lose. Reds lead is up to 5 games on the Pirates and the magic number drops to 43.
Pittsburgh Pirates Laughing Logo ('87 -'96 logo) - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EEuMtotl2I)

Kc61
08-13-2012, 11:19 PM
Pirates announcers very down after this one. I feel bad for them.

WVRedsFan
08-13-2012, 11:21 PM
Pirates announcers very down after this one. I feel bad for them.Worst in baseball Bar none.

I hope they have to check into UPMC for depression.

Chip R
08-13-2012, 11:23 PM
Do the Pirates ever play on the road? It seems like other than that series with the Reds they have played about every game at home for the last month.

cincrazy
08-13-2012, 11:23 PM
Worst in baseball Bar none.

I hope they have to check into UPMC for depression.

All it took for the Reds to turn things around was you go to on vacation! You should extend it through October ;).

WVRedsFan
08-13-2012, 11:25 PM
All it took for the Reds to turn things around was you go to on vacation! You should extend it through October ;).

I'm thinking through at least Christmas. I love it here in Myrtle Beach. Heck, my staff says I don't do do anything. Let's see.

WVRedsFan
08-13-2012, 11:30 PM
One more thing. If you have a smartphone (iPhone, Android, or some Blackberrys), spend the $15 (at least on iPhone) and get MLB At Bat. Got the Dodger PBP (could have had the Pirate PBP, but can't stand it) and was able to get the game with Charlie Steiner calling the game. It was the free game of the night on MLB-TV, so I could see too. While the local stations were showing the hated Braves, I had a game I was interested in. The age we live in is amazing!

vaticanplum
08-13-2012, 11:30 PM
Do the Pirates ever play on the road? It seems like other than that series with the Reds they have played about every game at home for the last month.

Their August schedule is spectacularly home-heavy. Fortunately, though, their September schedule is the opposite.

Kc61
08-13-2012, 11:51 PM
Their August schedule is spectacularly home-heavy. Fortunately, though, their September schedule is the opposite.

Yes, but unfortunately, the competition for the Bucs is much easier in September than it was in August.

Pirates are currently on an eleven game homestand, but they split with DBacks, lost two of three to Padres, now lost first to L.A.

In September, the Pirates play five teams. Reds. Brewers, Cubs, Astros, Mets. On balance, an easy schedule although a number of the games are road.

Homer Bailey
08-13-2012, 11:53 PM
Time for a new thread, but we need reds44 to start it, for superstition purposes.

Tony Cloninger
08-14-2012, 12:04 AM
Derek Lowe with his first Yankees appearance tonight picks up the rare 4 inning save. Gave up 2 hits, 0 runs and K'd four against Texas.

Are you kidding me with this? Lowe could not get out Reggie Taylor, Corey Patterson, Juan Castro and Tom Lawless if they were the 1st four batters in a lineup....but he goes to NYY and he does this?

1st Eric Chavez, who could barely lift a bat much less swing one...goes to NY and starts hitting again....now this?

I hate the Yankees....I really, really hate them.

WVRedsFan
08-14-2012, 12:08 AM
Time for a new thread, but we need reds44 to start it, for superstition purposes.

Amen.

reds44
08-14-2012, 01:51 AM
I'm on it.

traderumor
08-14-2012, 11:52 AM
Are you kidding me with this? Lowe could not get out Reggie Taylor, Corey Patterson, Juan Castro and Tom Lawless if they were the 1st four batters in a lineup....but he goes to NYY and he does this?

1st Eric Chavez, who could barely lift a bat much less swing one...goes to NY and starts hitting again....now this?

I hate the Yankees....I really, really hate them.Eh, the AL East is mediocre and the Yankees kryptonite is pitching, for several years running. I still think Texas is the class of the AL, but they have pitching problems of their own.

Boss-Hog
08-14-2012, 01:48 PM
Please feel free to start a part II thread...thanks.