BALLGAME! And this one belongs to the Reds!
99-63 WS champs (Cards take 2nd WC, Mil 3rd, Pit 4th, Chi 5th)
Bruce/Votto neck and neck MVP race (neither takes it)
Bailey CYA winner
Hamilton ROY & GG
Most Vottomatic Player
And Joe Mather as the beaver!
We're still good!
"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."
I'm very glad Chapman pitched. He was due to give up a run once every 24 games, so at least he did it with a 3-run cushion. Now he should go scoreless the rest of the season
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
The Star of the Game is Johnny Cueto.
I figure that Chapman is unavailable foe Game 2. The combination of Broxton and Marshall should be able to close, if needed.
I also think that Brandon Phillips might get the second game off, with Wilson Valdez getting the start at 2B. Otherwise it will be the regulars with Mesoraco catching. My prediction:
Eric Stratton, Rush Chairman. Damn glad to meet ya.
The Reds have a rookie pitcher going, their closer unavailable and a lefty that they just saw pitching against them. I'm guessing the regular RH bats will all play. I'm guessing the Reds will try to pour on the runs to insulate them from a poor outing by Redmond and to keep it from being close late in the game with Chapman unavailable. Valdez can play tomorrow when the team can lean on Latos.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS