NLDS Game Thread: Reds @ Phillies


As a reward for getting no hit by Roy Halladay, the Reds now get to face Roy Oswalt. Sounds like fun. Bronson Arroyo (hah!) goes for Cincy. Good luck with that. This one starts at 6:07pm ET and can be seen on TBS.

Beyond the game, use this as your open thread to talk about whatever.


  1. Steve O. says:

    Over/under .5 hits for the Reds today?

  2. Tom Zig says:

    The Reds legitimately have no pitching.

  3. vin says:

    What’s with Utley throwing balls away early in the playoffs? Didn’t he go through this last year?

  4. bexarama says:

    I would enjoy the Phillies struggling if it wasn’t Arroyo, ick.

  5. first time lawng time says:

    Which would you guys prefer in a best of 5 series:
    Winning the first 2 games on the road, then coming home for 2 games.
    Winning the first 2 games as home, then going on the road for 2 games.

  6. pat says:

    I was talkin to one of the clubbies today, and he said Minny is walkin around the locker room and behaving like they’re at a funeral.

  7. Since this is an open thread:

    Zajac-Parise-Kovalchuck: 2, dalls Stars 0.

    Stil 12.20 in the first to go.

  8. Cy Pettitte says:

    ot: from Buster Olney

    “From Ron Gardenhire: Joe Mauer talked to the Twins right after Game 2 loss, in an effort to help them turn the page on another loss to NYY.”

    wonder what kind of crazy shit they’ll do before game 3, thoughts on what Gardenhire will burn before this game?

  9. Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Blog says:

    Did you all see that Gammons unwittingly disproved “clutchness” and/or “rising to the occasion in the playoffs” today?


    Basically the column is that Jeter and Pettitte treated the post season like a regular season game which makes them play to their ability in the playoffs.

    Isn’t just as likely, or more likely, that given a season’s worth of playoff games almost all players would produce to their season averages?

    As the great Yogi Berra once said, “They are who we thought they were”*

    *I know Yogi didn’t say this, but it’s so Berra-esque I think one day people may attribute it to him

  10. JerseyDutch says:

    I guess the Reds didn’t get the memo that they’re supposed to get swept…

  11. Hall and Nokes says:

    Melky hitting 5th tonight, in a playoff game. 5th.

  12. Jerome S. says:

    I was just looking at a random Twins blog – just to know what it was like, you know, losing? – And it’s this hilarious mix of tear-jerking pessimism and laughable rose-colored optimism.

    • JerseyDutch says:

      How many people said we cheated last night on Berk’s (not) strike three call?

      • Jerome S. says:

        As you could probably guess, a huge amount. Even on the news this morning during sports, that was basically the one highlight of the game that they mentioned.

  13. J.R. says:

    Remember when Arroyo looked like a fruit cake with those stupid corn rows?

  14. AndrewYF says:

    You know, even if Sabathia pitches Game 4, he can start Game 1 of the ALCS on 4-days rest.

    • Jerome S. says:

      Haha that was a funny joke about the Yankees not totally pwning the Twinkies tomorrow.

    • vin says:

      I did not know that. That’s reassuring.

    • JerseyDutch says:

      Good to know. Now let’s hope they shut them down tomorrow so we get plenty of rest for everyone.

      • AndrewYF says:

        It’s crazy that they’d get 5 days of rest if they sweep.

        Do you think they’d play a couple innings of an exhibition game just so they don’t get rusty? What’d they do last year?

        • JerseyDutch says:

          Probably just workouts for the position players, bullpen sessions for the starters, etc. I don’t really remember what they did last year. Knowing Girardi, he’s prepared for every contingency.

  15. pat says:

    NL baseball, yall.

  16. Hall and Nokes says:

    It’s not going to happen unless the National League installs a third place series, but I would chuckle at a Lowe-Arroyo matchup in the 2010 postseason.

  17. bexarama says:

    Infield defense herpderp like yeaaaahhh

  18. All Star Carl says:

    Massive choke by Cincy.

  19. Cy Pettitte says:

    did anyone see those double Roybow shirts? i have to admit i lol’d


  20. Cy Pettitte says:

    nice pickoff

    lets see some Cuban rockets tonight Dusty

  21. All Star Carl says:

    Stubbs should talk to Gardy about being patience.

  22. Eirias says:

    “Dusty Baker” and “Strong Bullpen”


  23. ArchStanton says:

    Geez, more sloppy defense.

    I hope Rhodes pulls through here, he was the Yankees’ b-tch for so many years that I think he deserves a good playoff moment for once.

    And he drills Ruiz. Not good Arthur!

  24. first time lawng time says:


  25. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    This is kind of a mess. And by “kind of,” I mean “really.”

  26. Kit says:

    I do not like this, Reds. I don’t like it at all!

  27. Cy Pettitte says:

    new prediction: Javy to the Reds in 2011

    he’d fit right in

    • Stratman9652 says:

      They only hit two guys in an inning. Javy would be resented because he’s such an over achiever.

      /low blow

  28. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    The most annoying thing “Victorino gets an RBI the easy way!”

    It’s harder to get a walk than to get a hit.

    I hate announcers.

  29. bexarama says:

    Can they please shut up that one whistle aaaaahhhhhhh

  30. JerseyDutch says:

    Hankie wavers…

    • Devil In A Blue Cap says:

      Fans shouldn’t need props to be excited about their teams. And definitely not scraps of fabric. That goes double for thunderstix.

  31. Hughesus Christo says:


  32. Ivan says:

    I can’t wait to see Champman…Over/under 7 100+ MPH fastballs.

  33. I should have posted this in the BA Top Prospect thread, but I was late to the party, so let’s rewind 5 years and take a look at the 2005 BA Top Prospect list for the AA Eastern League.

    *Has played in major leagues

    1. *Francisco Liriano, lhp, New Britain
    2. *Lastings Milledge, of, Binghamton
    3. *Hanley Ramirez, ss, Portland
    4. *Jon Lester, lhp, Portland
    5. *Ryan Zimmerman, 3b, Harrisburg
    6. *Nick Markakis, of, Bowie
    7. *Jonathan Papelbon, rhp, Portland
    8. *Jeremy Sowers, lhp, Akron
    9. *Anibal Sanchez, rhp, Portland
    10. *Joel Zumaya, rhp, Erie
    11. *Yusmeiro Petit, rhp, Binghamton
    12. *Dustin Pedroia, 2b, Portland
    13. *Hayden Penn, rhp, Bowie
    14. *Denard Span, of, New Britain
    15. *Merkin Valdez, rhp, Norwich
    16. Matt Moses, 3b, New Britain
    17. Eric Duncan, 3b, Trenton
    18. *Michael Bourn, of, Reading
    19. *Paul Maholm, lhp, Altoona
    20. *Franklin Gutierrez, of, Akron


    (I stole the list from soxprospects.com, Papelbon sux lol wutevs)

  34. Ivan says:

    Is it physically possible that a lefthanded batter can turn on a 100+ MPH fastball from a left handed pitcher?

  35. Kit says:

    …This is such a mess. And random Jeter mention.

  36. Cy Pettitte says:

    102 miles to the hand and almost no reaction?

  37. Stratman9652 says:

    Not a guy you want to be hit by.

    PS. Will they ever shut up about Jeter’s acting?

  38. mustang says:

    not even fair…lol

  39. Hughesus Christo says:

    That was embarrassing

  40. bexarama says:

    That Chapman/Howard matchup result was totally predictable but kind of awesome to see nevertheless

  41. mustang says:

    As a baseball fan I’m happy he with the Reds, but as a greedy Yankees fan I wish they didn’t pass.

  42. Hughesus Christo says:

    Rolen on floor, laughing my ass off.

  43. Kit says:

    That replay did nothing. You can’t even tell if he’s actually safe or out.

  44. All Star Carl says:


  45. AndrewYF says:

    Ho-lee shit the Reds are terrible.

  46. first time lawng time says:

    LOL. Reds suck.

  47. Stratman9652 says:

    Worst. Defensive. Play. Ever.

  48. bexarama says:

    Wow the Reds suck.

    /SSS overreaction

  49. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    That. Is. So. Sad.

  50. V says:

    As a Cardinals’ fan, :rofl: to the Reds. As a baseball fan. Blegh.

  51. Hughesus Christo says:

    When did the 2006 Tigers take the field?

  52. Jerome S says:

    So Umpires trying to screw with as many games as possible this postseason…

  53. Kit says:

    I didn’t want to laugh at you, Reds, but you’re making it difficult.

  54. Zanath says:

    I’m sorry, that was fairly hilarious.

  55. Jerome S says:

    TBS: Very Funny.

  56. JerseyDutch says:

    A horrible implosion.

  57. mustang says:

    Oh! youth

  58. first time lawng time says:

    4 errors? That’s Cervelli-esque.

    Alright that was uncalled for. I’m sorry.

    That’s game 2 of the double header vs the Sox-esque.

  59. Devil In A Blue Cap says:

    I want to cheer for the Reds; I really do. But…they’re playing such unsound baseball.

    …like not going home with that to get the force at home, and save a run.

  60. first time lawng time says:

    At least those were innocent errors. Nothing like this:

  61. Stratman9652 says:

    What a mess.

  62. Zanath says:

    OMG take this poor kid out. They’re going to ruin his psyche.

  63. Jerome S says:

    This Phillies team is actually rather impressive. They looked kind of dead back in interleague (the last time I paid serious attention to them) but they’re kind of… rocking it…
    A Yanks-Phils WS would be pretty entertaining, but as a Yankees fan I would really like to see the Phillies put out before then.

  64. Zanath says:

    Do the Phillies have any runs that aren’t un-earned in this game? I can only think of one off the top of my head.

  65. JerseyDutch says:

    That whistle is driving me crazy!!!

  66. first time lawng time says:

    Fact: Charlie Manuel = creepy.

    Also, if this game isn’t over by 9:30,what channel are the Giants and Melkys on?

  67. Kit says:

    Cano has spoiled me. I feel like every other second baseman doesn’t throw the ball properly to first base. The motions aren’t smooth enough.

  68. All Star Carl says:

    Reds looked much better when they got no hit.

  69. Ben says:

    Pretty amazing that there is no instant replay in this sport. What a joke.

  70. Brad Toughy says:

    On a note related to this game, my brother’s kid has a tee-ball game tomorrow morning.

  71. Zanath says:

    Werth almost lol’d that ball. What’s going on tonight?

  72. first time lawng time says:

    Fact (seriously though): Of the 6 runs that the Phillies have, only one of them was earned.


    83% of the runs the Phillies have right now are unearned.

    • Ben says:

      And that one earned run scored because of two walks and two hit by pitches. So they really haven’t ‘earned’ any of their six runs.

  73. first time lawng time says:

    I don’t want to sound like a jerk, but I really hope the Phillies don’t even make it to the WS. Their fans annoy me. And I would like nothing more than to see their hearts shatter.

    Yeah I probably sound like a jerk right now. Sorry everyone.

  74. Bob Stone says:

    The Reds gave this one away. I was so hoping to see the Yanks meet the Reds in the World Series to get revenge for the 1976 Big Red Machine slaughter. But it ain’t going to happen. Plus I didn’t want to see the Yankees face the Phillies.

  75. first time lawng time says:

    Right now, the Reds have more errors in this game than Cano had in the entire season.

    • Bob Stone says:

      Just pathetic. Sad to watch. And they have been a great defensive team this year. I think it comes down to sports psychology. They just don’t feel like they deserve to be here, let alone win . . . Just like the Twins don’t feel up to beating the Yanks.

      • Kit says:

        Disagree. Not about sports psychology at all — though making errors can be demoralizing — but about who the better all around team is, and right now, that’s the Phillies. You have to be able to play defense, hit, and pitch in order to win games. The Reds haven’t been able to play clean D.

  76. Bob Stone says:

    Game over – Series Over.

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