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Just as the title says, I collected a bunch of the suggestions from a whole bunch of Reds fans earlier this afternoon. Put together a little jam session for everyone to get them through until first pitch! Get it cranked! LETS GO REDS!

Diary of an Angry Reds Fan

Hi!

Introduction

My name is Richard,  I kind of run this site….(We’re super laid back and to be honest I dont censor, take down, change or veto topics or posts so by run I mean I made the first login and ask people to join).   If you’ve ever been here before you know I’m a pretty laid back dude.   I usually defend the team and I usually defend the manager Dusty Baker.  Theres going to be a little less of that in this post.

The Angry Part

Tonight was a tragedy (baseball wise).   As much as a June baseball game can be a tragedy.  Mike Leake pitched amazingly well, and to be honest after Cuetos game last night I actually felt confident at taking 2/3 with Leake and Latos on the mound.  The L & L connection have both been damn good and as you will here in our upcoming podcast they both get props from Greg and I.

Jay Bruce looked like only Jay Bruce can.  He went hulk on two balls that still haven’t landed and the Reds were up 3-2.  The 9th was not without its problems.  Todd Frazier on 2nd with 0 outs and couldn’t make it around to home.  It was stunning the lack of being able to get him in.  Marty was crushing the team for not being able to get him around he crushed Meso for his lack of bunting and seemed genuinely pissed at this teams offense.

Then the soothsayer Marty Brenneman dropped “Better hope that doesn’t come back to haunt them in the bottom of the 9th”  and I turned to my wife and said “Good lord Marty is being cranky tonight”.  Well I was right but so was The HOFer.

Aroldis chapman has not pitched in what seems like a year, but in reality it has been 3 days since he last pitched.  It’s hard for me to get mad at Aroldis, it really is.  He has not blown a save since May 19 and for that matter hasn’t give up a run since May 19.  (see baseball reference for more details). Heres the problem the Reds do not have an margin for error in the bullpen at this point.  They don’t.

We were supposed to have a 3 headed monster.  It was supposed to be a 6 inning game!   It’s not.  This team has had horrendous injuries all year, it really has.   They have had their starting LF on the DL who was responsible for a .275/26/80 line last year and have replaced him with a .276/6/30 line. Thats not to say that the replacements for Luddy have been bad, they have been quite good overall but its still lost production.

They’ve lost Cueto the ACE pitcher of the staff twice and somehow managed.   Somewhere along the way injuries were going to actually hurt them.  It was a question of when now if.

Broxton and Marshall are going to be back, Marshall is more than eligble to come off the DL and Broxton barring setbacks is eligble to come off on the 29th and if/when they both come back they are sorely needed.

Lets get into some 2% honesty here, with a lead the there are exactly 2 pitchers not named Aroldis on the Roster who I trust in the game.  Sam Lecure and Tony Cingrani.  Before Cingrani was put in the pen there was one pitcher.  I’m not saying that Simon has been particularly bad, he hasn’t.  I also think that Hoover has been better than his ERA would indicate.  Ondrusek, Parra, and anyone else who has come in (sadly now including my dude Partch) has been little more than a human batting tee.

I keep hearing people that want Dusty Baker fired and as much as I would love to see something happen to shake this team up thats not going to happen.

Dusty is doing the best he can for the most part, there are always issues with his lineups for one reason or another, but for the most part you cant complain about him not player people he doesn’t have.

That being said this road trip and the following series here will be huge for this team.  I’m not saying they are “Make or break” because its almost impossible to be “Make or break” for a period that ends july 4th.  That being said this trip will tell us a lot and COULD be straight up disasterous for this team.  They’ve already lost 2 games out of the 8 that are on the road trip and they have 6 remaining, then a 4 game series at home against San Fran.  If they go the disaster route and lose the texas series and the San Francisco series and slip with Oakland we could be talking about a 3-9 or 4-8 Road Trip which with the way StL and Pittsburgh are winning games could put this team 8-10 games out of first place.  COULD.  This is my disaster scenario.

If this team goes into the All Star break 10 games out of first place then its my belief that they will have to do things, up to and including fire Dusty Baker.  I’m not advocating it yet, but losses like tonight make it hard to defend.  This team is reeling right now, and they need a swift kick in the ass to wake up.

What the hell did Joey Votto do to Marty Brenneman?

Seriously?  Did he hit on Martys wife?  Marty seems to have it out for Joey and maybe its just Marty’s old school ways but he seems to genuinely have a beef with him.  heres a link to Marty’s comments from tonight.  The gist is that Marty is upset that Joey Votto doesn’t drive in Runs.  To this I say Nay Nay Mr Brenneman.

He’s batting .330 with 37 RBI on 13 HRs and 14 2 baggers.

Lets dig a little deeper shall we.  Batting with men on base?  Joey is hitting .300 even with 37 Bases on balls.

Runners in scoring position you say?  Joey is hitting .348 with another 23 bases on balls.  his on base percentage with Runners in scoring position?  .500.  FIVE HUNDRED.

Look I’m sorry, I want to see Joey Votto with 120 RBI’s I do.  I want to see him win another MVP (which btw his WAR and OPS say he is on trajectory to possibly do again this year) but I dont want to see Joey swinging at the crap they throw him out of the strike zone on his unintentional intentional walks (you know the ones I’m talking about the ones where they dont stand up and intentionally walk him but they dont throw a damn thing near the strike zone).

Closing out

I know this post was a little different than most of the stuff I put up, but please understand just because I’m not happy with tonights outcome does not mean that I do not hold out hope that this teams will pull through.

Here at HFS we follow the motto of Redlegs Never Say Die (heck one of our writers uses it as his moniker and another one has lived it and even helped to design the T-Shirts that are being sported all over Reds Country) and we will continue to.  Down to the last out of the the last game of the season be it in early October or Early November we will follow and root for this team and that is all you can do.

-Richard

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Getting Healthy…

Aside

First off, before I get into the main purpose of this post, I would like to defend the tweets I made yesterday about my feelings on Dusty Baker. I have never been a huge Dusty fan. I don’t hate the guy, but there are a lot of things I dislike about his coaching style. Honestly, does he even have a coaching style? Whatever. So, I may not agree with the decisions he makes, but he’s obviously the one being paid here. But just because he’s the one calling the shots doesn’t mean I, or anyone else for that matter, has to agree with his decisions. I am fan. It is my right as a fan to disagree with my teams doings if I so please. You have the right to disagree with my opinion. That is also your right as a fan. What kills me is some people’s inability to debate a topic without getting personal or downright intolerable. I’m always up for a good reds/baseball/sports debate, but you get to a point in an argument when both parties are only going to feel stronger about their side, no matter what anyone says. I don’t ask that you agree with everything I say, but at least be open-minded enough to think about it.

It looks like the Reds will reinstate Chris Heisey off of the disabled list on Tuesday, barring any setback. In his first two games with Louisville, Heisey is 4-7 with a double. I haven’t really seen any inclination as to who they will send back down once the call is made, but my best guess would be Lutz. I like Lutz a lot. I think he has a very high ceiling when it comes to his potential. I also feel like more time in AAA will allow him to work on his mechanics a little more. We’ll see. Having Heisey back in the lineup will give the Reds a little more pop against LHP. Since the series is in Oakland and the DH spot will be available, I would imagine that’s where you’ll find Heisey in the lineup. But then again, Dusty may use it to give a couple players kind of like a half-day off.

Sean Marshall has continued his progression in effort to get back from the disabled list. Marshall went on the DL May 24th with shoulder tendinitis. Sean long tossed both Wednesday and Thursday and is hoping to be “pitching from flat ground by the end of the week”. While on the DL Marshall and coaches have watched video to spot some flaws in his delivery that may have contributed to his pain and he has worked to improve it. Marshall’s comeback date is TBD, but most are hoping for right around the All-Star break. In my opinion getting Marshall back and getting him back healthy is going to a huge asset to the Reds down the stretch.

ROAD TRIP OUTLOOK

As most know, the boys are shipping off to the west coast for an 8-game road trip. 3 in Arizona, 2 in Oakland, then 3 more in Texas. It’s hard to guess what the Reds will do on this trip. All three opponents are playing pretty decent ball and we know how well we typically do on the west coast (barring good trips last year). Hopefully, we turned over a new leaf last year and we’ll add to our already winning road record.

The game I will be most focused on is Saturday’s match up against the Dbacks. Mike Leake vs. Patrick Corbin should be a great game to watch. Corbin comes in with a 9-0 record and a 2.28 ERA that, is well, pretty damn good. We know how great Leake has been lately, but we also know how bad he CAN be. Same for Corbin. How many times has he faced a lineup as potent as the Reds before? This one could be an amazing pitchers dual. It might not. But I’m sure it won’t disappoint.

That’s all I have today folks.

Shout out to my guys over at Midwestshades for letting me give away a couple pairs of shades.

As always, comments are welcome. Questions may be answered. Concerns may be looked over.

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So This Is What Being A Reds Fan Is All About?

 

So This Is What Being A Reds Fan Is All About? (WARNING: GENERALIZATIONS AHEAD)

The team is only a few games behind the division leading Cardinals and less than two games in front of the third place Pirates – the team that happens to be going up against the Reds tonight at GABP.  Even though it is a home game for the Reds, and the Pirates are shutting out the home team and winning by three runs (and end up winning 4-0), the crowd cheers wildly and suddenly erupts in cheers and fans high-five and hug all around the ballpark like Jay Bruce just hit a clinching home run.  The thing is, though… he didn’t.

I’m all for fans cheering and acting how they want to as long as it doesn’t make the fanbase – as a whole – look stupid.  The Woo (at any time of the game) and cheering for free pizza while the Reds are getting waxed does just that.  I would rather see the wave start in the 9th inning than hear Reds fans cheer like they did tonight while losing to the team breathing down the Reds necks in the standings (and I’m not a fan of the wave at critical game moments, either).  I think it’s time for LaRosa’s to rethink their promotion and make the offer valid ONLY if the Reds win. I’m pretty sure the Reds are right around .500 when striking out 11 or more during a game at Great American Ballpark, Yes, some of you may have to actually BUY your $4 personal pizzas from LaRosa’s, but maybe then Reds fans would care about the score and not just the strikeout total.

 

I’m Not Saying #FARRRDUSTY, But…

…when Dusty’s time with the Reds is over, I wouldn’t mind giving Clint Hurdle a decent lookover while searching for a new manager. The guy is a local product and makes positive things happen on the field.  Maybe his record doesn’t seem so high-powered, but he makes my short list, for sure.

 

Mat Latos Is My Favorite Pitcher

This guy has been an absolute horse for the Reds and seemingly just the guy you need in the Reds clubhouse.  I absolutely loved seeing Mat get fired up in the dugout when the butt-Pirates hit Choo. He had a bad first inning tonight, but put the Pirates in a virtual headlock afterwards.  He owns a 6-1 record and had FIVE blown games by the bullpen!  Remember when people were questioning if Latos was worth the “potential” the Reds traded away for him?  Makes me glad there are professionals handling the trades and not armchair GMs…

 

Speaking Of Armchair GMs…

…my buddy who was suggesting that Jay Bruce should be traded hasn’t come out to say he was wrong, but he’s hinted at it so much that I accept his apology for such a silly comment.  He has since said that he “always love Jay Bruce” and now sees the reason for keeping him.  Sometimes being pretty smart a super genius means you know when to give up a fight.  Knuckles, Andrew!

 

Pete Rose

Not sure what to say about Pete.  I mean, the camo hat was better than most of the headwear we’ve seen The Hit King sport at a Reds game. We’ve known he’s not the most fashion-forward guy dating back to the showing-off-your-hairy-body-while-standing-in-your-underwear advertisement, but who among us wouldn’t call in sick if Pete had an extra ticket for a ball game?  Let me just go ahead and fly this flag in case Pete sees it: Pete, if you have an extra ticket, I’d enjoy going to the game with you and talking about baseball. It’d make one hell of a Head First Slide posting!

 

Finally, Something Positive From Your Angry Blogger!

Congratulations to Richard (@HFSPodcast on Twitter) and his wife on the birth of their beautiful daughter.  Sunday was my first Father’s Day with my ten-month old little girl, but having a two week old must’ve made the day even more special, if possible.  For me, being a father has been the greatest thing to happen, and I’m sure Richard feels the same way with his new family.  Congrats buddy!

 

 

As always, thanks for reading.  I’m serious, Pete – I’d basically quit my job if you’d let me tag along to a Reds game with you. Yes, I consider this begging, but since very few people read my posts and even fewer read this italics part, I’m ok with that. Let’s make this happen!  For the non-Pete Rose readers, feel free to make fun of my begging ways in the comment section or on Twitter at @GeoffreyHoman.  Thanks again!