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And Wainwright is up to his bad self to start. Singles by Hamilton and Cozart and then a three run homer by Votto. 3-0 Reds in the 1st, they are still batting, nobody out.
Doesn’t appear to be any rain in Cincinnati at the moment. No tarp on the field either. First pitch just about 5 minutes away.
Lets hope Wainwright can redeem himself from his last start in Cincinnati.
We don’t have a cleanup hitter. Need one very badly. We do have a surplus of hitters that strikeout all the time, however.
And in spite of the homerun last night DeJong is struggling as of late. Not sure why Matheny keeps running a young guy that’s struggling out there in the #3 hole.
Gyorko is lost at the plate nowadays too. Glad to see him get another day off.
Whats the over/under that Scooter Gennett hits four homeruns off of Wainwright today?
And it looks like there might be some rain in the Cincinnati area. Hope this one gets played today, and without major delays.
And, of course, in the 9th Trevor “I’m-a-disaster-waiting-to-happen” Rosenthal makes it interesting by giving up a walk, a single, and then going 3-2 on Peraza before he bounces to short and is out by two whiskers at 1stbase.
4-1 St. Louis the final.
Wasn’t much of an effort by the Cardinals – again.
And the Cardinals won the World Series in 1926. Their first of many.
Giancarlo Gyorko got a hit last night so now he’s back in the cleanup spot. We would be about as good if we had Tyler Greene in the cleanup spot. He hit a double once, ya know.
And the Cubs down the Nationals today by the score of 7-4. Need a win to stay 4.5 back.
Amen Euro. I am so sick and tired of watching this team strikeout all the time I am about to hurl.
Grichuk strikes out with the bases loaded, two outs, and a 3-2 pitch. He was caught looking on a borderline breaking pitch. His second strikeout of the game.
Anybody want him to in the cleanup slot now??? You’d have to be utterly stupid.
And of course, Grichuk, who some want to be the new cleanup hitter, strikes out looking with the bases loaded and two outs, on a 3-2 pitch in the top of the 8th. His second K of the game.
Redbirds trail 3-1 in the 8th. Giancarlo Gyorko pinch-hit with two on and two outs in the 7th and, of course, struck out.
Hard to believe this team is this bad offensively. But like Thom Brennaman said on the Reds broadcast tonight, most of the team is having an off year. He also said there is no big time homerun threat on the team nowadays either.
Redbirds and Brewers get a break at Wrigley today. Cubs drop their 2nd straight, this one a 4-2 loss to the Nationals. Murphy a pair of dingers in this one. Maybe the Cubs will go on a losing streak and let us catch up to them, and Milwaukee as well.
The reasoning behind Kelly in the #5 slot is……what???
And whats the over/under on Grichuk striking out at least twice tonight?
Why would we want Grichuk there when all he does is strikeout?
And anybody that thinks Giancarlo Gyorko is the answer to our cleanup slot is crazy. I’ve said all along he will end up about his norm, around .250 with 20 homers. He is trending that way right now.
One glaring weakness, as a lot of posters have said, is that we need a big bat in the lineup. That’s why we should go after Giancarlo Stanton hammer and tong. We’ve got enough young players with high ceilings that we should be able to land Stanton. Assuming, of course, the new Miami ownership is willing to deal. We’ve got enough young outfielders – Piscotty, Grichuk, Pham, Fowler, Martinez, Bader, Sierra – and enough young pitchers – Weaver, Flaherty, and the others – that gives us enough depth if we have to part ways with some to land Stanton.
The one untouchable is, of course, Alex Reyes.
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Well, we at least got a break up in Wrigley tonight. Cubs lose to the D’Backs 10-8 in a back and forth game. D’Backs got two in the top of the 9th to win it.
We stay 4.5 games behind. They have Washington this weekend and we have Cincinnati. If there’s ever a time for a sweep by the Redbirds this is it.
Then again, we might be lucky we score a grand total of 4-5 runs the entire weekend…….
Man does this team have problems. Nobody can hit, nobody can pitch, cant score any runs, too many strikeouts. The problem is that almost everybody is having a down year. I guess it happens. But I don’t see anything to make me believe, based on past history, that things will be a little better next year.
There needs to be some major changes made. Grichuk is hopeless and at this point I assume they should probably just give up on him.August 2, 2017 at 1:37 pm in reply to: Cards in July – Buyers, Sellers , neither or both? #29361
Hard for me to fathom that somebody thinks that the newly acquired O’Neill might be the big bat in our lineup. You cant be serious, whoever wrote that???
We need to go after Stanton in the off-season, hammer and tong. Stick him in the cleanup spot and our lineup takes on a whole new look. And since Martinez is obviously NOT the ace we are looking for we need to find one. With our glut of players who have the so-called “High Ceiling” we should have a number of players to part with and do what it takes to get what we need.
I had a date tonight with a goddess so I missed the first 6-7 innings. I saw a brief replay of Wong being thrown out at the plate. It was clear, from what I saw, that the catcher was pretty much sitting in front of the plate, blocking it, not giving a lane. Did the Cardinals argue or challenge the play?
I also sort of wondered why Wong didn’t just run him over.
Well, Giancarlo Stanton, of course. We are going to acquire him during the off season once Miami’s new owners make it clear they want to cut payroll. Piscotty, Weaver, and Grichuk to Miami for Stanton. That’s the plan according to the Rat
Another example of Carlos Martinez not living up to his hype, billing, whatever you want to call it. The word Ace does not apply to him in any way, shape or form. One of the biggest games of the year and he’s walked five and given up three earned runs early.
Whether anybody wants to admit it or not, Martinez simply cannot be counted on and is, at best, a #2 starter. We need an Ace right after we sign a big bat.
If we are going to get anything out of Piscotty this season now is the time. Would love to see him go on a tear, that would help our miniscule chances a great deal.
Well, phooey! I was hoping he would land in St. Louis. Now I guess I can hope that there’s a trade swung either in August or the off-season and that he’s in St. Louis for 2018.
Could be an interesting next 18-19 hours. Then again, I am not expecting anything. The only thing I would like to see is Stanton to St. Louis.
As a side note, our old buddy Matt Holliday has seen his average drop down to .239 as I am typing this. I’d say its probably a good thing we let him walk.
See, told you Rosenthal would get them.
He was, however, bailed out on the 2-1 pitch by the umpire. Inside, off the plate, that Greg Gibson called a strike on Goldschmidt and that got Goldie all out of whack.