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Reds struggling....against the Pirates??

Posted on: April 12, 2008 11:05 pm

What is going on with the Reds? After taking 2 of 3 from one of the best teams in baseball (Diamondbacks), 2 out of 4 from the Phillies, and 2 out of 3 from the Brewers the Reds have lost two in a row to the Pirates?

The Pirates?

It took the Reds 14 innings to score on the Pirates after losing hte first game of the series 1-0. The Reds lost the second game of the series 4-3. The pitchers for the Reds were Edinson Volquez who pitched well but was taken out after a lengthy rain delay, and Bronson Arroyo threw today. Johnny Cueto will pitch the finale on Sunday.

If the Reds want to seriously compete for the NL Central they are going to have win the games they are supposed to win. They are supposed to beat the Pirates. Winning close games is also important if the team wants to compete for a division.

The offense for the Reds which was thought to be a strength has struggled thus far, but should improve as the season goes on. Scoring three runs against the Pirates in 18 innings is unacceptable. Luckily the Reds are getting pretty good pitching which is keeping them in a lot of games.


Category: MLB

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2008 2:23 pm

Reds struggling....against the Pirates??

The Pirates are not a great team...not even a good team. If the Reds are going to contend for the division, which seemed likely after they took 2 of 3 from the Diamondbacks, 2 of 3 from the Brewers, and split 2-2 with the Phillies early in the season, they need to take care of the Pirates...and not get swept.

The Reds got guys on base...but couldn't get them in. I believe Edwin Encarnacion left 7 guys on base (just on Sunday) and many many more in the series (including 9 in the first two games?)

Encarnacion better be careful....with the way Jeff Keppinger is hitting he is going to lose his spot when Alex Gonzalez comes back (haven't heard anything on him lately) or the Reds might put Ryan Freel over at 3B just to get his struggling bat out of the lineup. The real problem with Edwin is he can't even help you on defense when he is struggling on offense.

The weather certainly doesn't help the hitting...but it cannot be an excuse. The Pirates put up 9 runs on the Reds, they should have scored more on Tom Gorzelanny.

Francisco Cordero has done well this season and has seemingly helped the Reds bullpen become a bit more stable. The starting pitchers have also done well, although Johnny Cueto didn't seem to have the same "stuff" as he had in his previous two starts.

Hopefully the bats heat up as the weather does...


Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2008 7:16 am

Reds struggling....against the Pirates??

The Reds lose three in a row to the Pirates. Johnny Cueto didn't have a game like he did his first two games. The Reds bats are as cold as the Northeast this season. When you leave 32 men on base in a three game series, you are bound to lose. The middle of the Reds lineup is just pitiful right now. Griffey, Dunn and Encarnacion are struggling to make contact, let alone drive in runs. As I said in my post on the Reds message board, Encarnacion needs another wake up call this year in Louisville. He has no clue what to do at the plate or in the field. I still think the Reds have a good ball club. Enough to possibly contend in the Central, but if this keeps up, we could be wondering if the Baker decision was a good one. The Reds just need to get it together fast and start hitting the ball. All Reds fans and sportswriters alike questioned the Reds pitching as the big question mark. The starting pitching has been pretty good. The middle relief has been a bit shaky due to Weathers and Coffey, and the closing has been good when given the chance. The Reds just need to bring the bats to life. 

Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2008 8:43 pm

Reds struggling....against the Pirates??

Well the Pirates have to beat somebody...

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2008 12:40 pm

Reds struggling....against the Pirates??

I don't think its that their stuggling but its there not getting any runs across. The pitching has been great and so has the hitting. They need to execute with RISP. The past two losses have been very tough. There is nothing to be worried about. I still believe they will make the playoffs.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2008 11:48 pm

Reds struggling....against the Pirates??

BigTenBoy, the Pirates are much better than you think.  Their Pitching is still green, like yours, and their bullpen is suspect, as is yours, they have been close games that could have gone either way.  The Reds weren't supposed to win these games, they were supposed to be close

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