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19th Nervous Breakdown

October 6, 2010


The Enquirer/Jeff Swinger


It’s kind of hard to criticize Edinson Volquez’s “performance” when the rest of the Reds got no-hit by Roy Halladay.


When Volquez lasts only 1.2 innings — giving up four runs — and the rest of the Reds pitching staff shuts down the Phillies, it’s slightly frustrating. The idea behind not starting Bronson Arroyo in Game 1 was that lefties eat Arroyo for lunch, and the Phillies have a lot of lefties in the lineup. Instead, Dusty throws Volquez out there — a guy who is great when he’s on and awful when he was off. On Wednesday, Volquez was awful.

It’s safe to say that the Reds looked completely lost at the plate today. Brandon Phillips grounds out on the first pitch. Unacceptable. Take some pitches!

The deeper Halladay took the no-hitter the more the Reds pressed.

Now the Reds have to take the field on Friday with Arroyo, and guess what, the Phillies still have a ton of lefties in their lineup.


7 Comments leave one →
  1. bu54610 permalink
    October 6, 2010 10:08 PM

    Painful to watch. I liked wood out there. Very impressed with how he came out. Phillips set the tone and I said the same thing. You have to take pitchers deep in counts in the playoffs especially when its cold and raining. Young team that will have to learn some lessons against a much more experienced phillies team.

  2. weebles permalink
    October 6, 2010 10:16 PM

    I agree about wood. It’s nice to have him in the pen and also that he’s willing to swing the bat.

  3. October 7, 2010 12:12 AM

    Wanna feel better? Watch “Four Nights In October” any of the 27 times they’re showing it on ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPN Classic, or ESPN Ocho HD this week. You’ll get to see how Arroyo handles himself in a tough situation, with cornrows no less. It happened, stop laughing, screw the Yankees.

  4. Matt permalink
    October 7, 2010 8:22 AM

    It was far from the smartest decision to go with Ed instead of Arroyo, imho. Halladay deserves the credit, bottom line. But Philadelphia only chalks up five hits??!! The last baserunner for them was in the fourth inning?! Still, it looked like the timing of our offesne was off against a comfortably focused Roy Halladay. Cincy has Bronson going against the other Roy tmrrw night. These guys have to redeem themselves, and even beat Halladay again if it goes to five. I’m concerned about getting back on track in Philly for Friday, but not discouraged because I’ve seen how much things can change in a week.

  5. Chris Sabo's Goggles permalink
    October 7, 2010 9:02 AM

    One conspiracy theory I’m hearing about Volquez starting over Arroyo, Cueto, or even Bailey, is that he was Halladay’s sacrificial lamb. Dusty/Reds knew they’d have a hard time beating him, so why throw your best pitcher out there to face him? Save one of them for the Phillies’ “lesser” pitchers.

    I’m not sure if I believe it, but it kind of makes sense.

    Regardless, the Reds are in trouble.

  6. Matt permalink
    October 7, 2010 11:05 AM

    In this first game, Dusty obviously went with Volquez and Hernandez, instead of the Wood/Bailey and Hannigan platoon. I don’t buy fully into the ‘sacrificial lamb’ theory, but it’s nice to have both Wood and Volquez fresh by the time game four rolls around. I’m sure that scenario was considered before Volquez was lifted for Wood (knowing Wood would also work minimal innings). The decision was basically a coin flip and I bet if they could do it over, Hernandez would have caught Travis Wood. Then again, maybe it was believed that Wood would perform better in relief, as opposed to the other way around. Lots of varibles. It’ll be a hostile environment come Friday and I’m glad Arroyo is pitching.


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