Parra and Hoover have done a fine job this year, but Brox and Marshall are far more experienced in these situations. Surprised folks aren't saying why no Chapman against Craig.
But the Reds don't really have great, proven set up men without Broxton and Marshall, and even Brox was questionable.
Bullpens are so important in these big games. I know many on RedsZone basically think relievers are a dime a dozen, but it's not so.
In any event, maybe Walt will add a reliever at the 8/31 deadline. The FO is aware that you can add major league players from other teams, I hope.
Let's get three.
"Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?" ~ Jim Bouton
Votto really shouldn't have served up that grand slam pitch to put the Cardinals ahead, just a terrible job by him.
"Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."
The strike zone is polar opposites from half inning to half inning and it has been that way all night.
Lots of loud Reds outs tonight.
Best case scenario: Cards win division and get matched up with and knocked out by Braves/Dodgers. Reds beat Pirates in wild card game and get Braves/Dodgers. I don't see how the Reds would beat the Cards in a one-game playoff on this planet.
"In our sundown perambulations of late, through the outer parts of Brooklyn, we have observed several parties of youngsters playing 'base', a certain game of ball. Let us go forth awhile, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our close rooms, the game of ball is glorious"