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    Defense or Offense??

    If you had your choice of going to a game and seeing either a defensive battle or an offensive battle what would you choose? Both scenarios will result in a Reds win.

    For example, a defensive battle would be something along the lines of Johnny Cueto on the mound pitching lights out with 2-3 defensive gems by Brandon Phillips and Zach Cozart all worthy of being shown on ESPN. Then the closer (whoever that may be) has a lights out 1,2,3 performance in the 9th.

    An offensive battle would be something along the lines of 3-4 homeruns on the day for the Reds. A couple of base clearing, extra basehits with the game ultimately being decided by a Jay Bruce walk off grand slamin the 9th.

    Obviously there is no right or wrong answer here, just a matter of opinion. For the longest time I have had a hunch what Reds fans as a group would pick so this is as good as time as any to find out if I am right.
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    Re: Defense or Offense??

    I love a good pitching duel, I really do, but for being at the game nothing beats a walk-off homer.

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    Re: Defense or Offense??

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsfan320 View Post
    I love a good pitching duel, I really do, but for being at the game nothing beats a walk-off homer.

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    Spot on.

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    Re: Defense or Offense??

    Between your two scenarios I picked offense. That kind of game would be incredible to be a part of. However, don't let it take away from the thrill of a high-tension defensive battle. The game before the ASB last year when we swept the Cardinals comes to mind, and by far that was my favorite game of the year that I attended. Wins from a defensive-type game feel much more earned, but a walk off HR to one of those games would taste much much sweeter.
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    Re: Defense or Offense??

    8-7 games are the best, although 2-1 games come in a close second.

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    Re: Defense or Offense??

    I'd be more jazzed up to have watched the offensive battle end with a walk-off. (that's what I voted for)

    However the purist in me would appreciate the defensive struggle more.

    Either way it seems the Reds would have just won a great game so I'm happy regardless.

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    Game 3 was incredible to be at. Pitching duels in the playoffs are where it's at. Sucks Homer got no help though.

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    Re: Defense or Offense??

    Defense.

    There's much more strategy to a tight defensive game where every decision and play matters, where one mistake or one great play could decide the game. I love baseball because its the most intellectual, most strategic of all the major sports. If I want action, I'll turn on the NBA or NFL.
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    Re: Defense or Offense??

    Quote Originally Posted by 757690 View Post
    Defense.

    There's much more strategy to a tight defensive game where every decision and play matters, where one mistake or one great play could decide the game. I love baseball because its the most intellectual, most strategic of all the major sports. If I want action, I'll turn on the NBA or NFL.
    Kinda my thoughts to. Baseball to me is more of a chess match than the NFL or the NBA could ever dream of being.

    Also just from my perpsective I would rather see a diving Eric Davis type catch in the outfield or Davey Concepcion acrobatic play at short than I would an Adam Dunn type bomb. Good defense to me is a thing of pure unadulterated beauty.
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    Re: Defense or Offense??

    A good pitching duel trumps all, but a pitching duel and a low scoring game can be two entirely different things IMO. Watching two aces match zeros for 7 or 8 innings is as entertaining as it gets. Watching a couple back-of-the-rotation noodle arms meander their way through dead lineups is just the worst kind of game for me. It's all context I guess. I love watching pretty much all of our pitchers, so I'd say defense for now. Back in the Jose Acevedo days, give me a 10-9 game every time.

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    Re: Defense or Offense??

    Quote Originally Posted by Superdude View Post
    A good pitching duel trumps all, but a pitching duel and a low scoring game can be two entirely different things IMO. Watching two aces match zeros for 7 or 8 innings is as entertaining as it gets. Watching a couple back-of-the-rotation noodle arms meander their way through dead lineups is just the worst kind of game for me. It's all context I guess. I love watching pretty much all of our pitchers, so I'd say defense for now. Back in the Jose Acevedo days, give me a 10-9 game every time.
    Yep. The feeling when every pitch matters is greater than when teams trade HR's every half inning, IMO

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    Re: Defense or Offense??

    Offense? Reminds me of many lost years in Cincinnati. Scoring 8 runs, but giving up 11. As a matter of fact the entire first decade of the 21st century comes to mind.

    Defense? Makes me think of playoff appearances in 2010 and 2012.

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    Re: Defense or Offense??

    It depends upon my mood that day, who is managing and who is pitching.

    Watching a bunch of ground balls hit right at infielders against a guy pitching to contact really isn't that riveting. Watching certain managers in situations where their decisions are in the spot light can be a bit maddening.

    But truthfully, if I know how the game was going to turn out, I probably would find something else to do that day.
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    Re: Defense or Offense??

    Both. Last season I witnessed in DC a 2-1 pitching duel that was a good game. Although the Reds were on the losing end of it. Later in the season I saw a 10-9 game between the Nats and Cards. It was equally fun to watch. The one downside to high scoring games is that often times there are a ton of walks and pitching changes that drag the game. So if you put a gun to my head I would say a low scoring defensive/pitching game.
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    I had to go w/ defense. I love how thick the air gets at the yard when the zeros are piling up. The anticipation of seeing who will blink first is my favorite kind of ballgame.


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