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Game Thoughts: Reds lose to the Astros 5-4

Once again the Reds effort was good enough to win, except for the play from Mike Stanton and Toddy Coffey.

There's really not a lot to be said, but here goes.

  • Kyle Lohse pitched great. At this point I feel pretty good with him on the mound, and I'll be surprised if he's not at least league average once the season is finished. Pretty good pickup by Krivsky.
  • Alex Gonzalez is hitting great, but it's important to point out that he was having a pretty good year last year too, until a horrendous August and September. He went from a solid .284/.327/.407 pre All Star break to .207/.252/.379. I don't think that's going to happen again this year (he's already nearly matched his home run total from '06), but I also don't think he's going to OPS .900 all year either.
  • Four runs in a Roy Oswalt game is pretty damn good (even if they only managed two off of Roy). That's gotta be enough to win when you're facing a pitcher that good.
  • Mike Stanton should have been cut last week. I think everyone knows it, and it's ridiculous that the Reds are losing games because Krivsky thought it'd be a good idea to sign a soft tossing 40 year for TWO years. How he can make so many smart moves and then fail so totally when it comes to putting together a bullpen is absolutely and completely beyond me. I do not understand.
  • Todd Coffey may in the future be a useful pitcher, but for now he needs to be in AAA. Although I put some of the blame for Coffey on Todd Narron who continues to use him in high pressure situations long past the point where Coffey demonstrated that he does better in earlier innings without a lot riding on things.
  • This is a really frustrating team, and we have a really frustrating general manager. If a move isn't made after tonight then I just don't know about Krivsky. He seems to be a pretty piss poor in season GM to me.