The Reds play at Coors Field this afternoon for their tenth win in a row. They haven’t had a ten-game winning streak since 1999. They also have the chance for a 6-0 road trip before heading back to GABP to play the Padres and an enormously important series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Standings: Your Cincinnati Reds (60-40) enter the game tied for the best record in MLB with the New York Yankees and Washington Harpers. They continue to hold a two game lead over Pittsburgh and have stretched their lead to 6.5 games over the WLB. The Rockies (37-62) remain in last place in the NL West.
Pitching: Mat Latos (8-3, 4.30 ERA, 4.32 FIP) takes the mound for the Reds today, looking to pitch more than five innings for the first time in four starts. He’s pitched pretty well (2-1, 3.51 ERA) in four careers games at Coors Field.
In Jonathan Sanchez, the Reds face their third consecutive left-handed pitcher from the Rockies. The lefty pitched for the San Francisco Giants, where he had a 2-1 record in five starts against the Reds. Then the 29-year-old Sanchez was traded by the Giants to Kansas City for Melky Cabrera. In his 12 starts for the Royals, Sanchez (1-6) was awful, running up a 7.76 ERA. Last week, the Royals traded Sanchez to the Rockies. In his one start so far for the Rox (0-1), Sanchez gave up five earned runs in four innings.
While Votto recovers: Mark Sheldon reports: In 12 games without Joey Votto, Drew Stubbs is batting .333 (15-for-45), Scott Rolen is batting .306 (11-for-36), Brandon Phillips is batting .364 (16-for-44) and Ryan Ludwick is batting .342 (13-for-38, 4 HRs).
During the back-and-forth banter on the team plane with third base coach Chris Speier, Marty Brennaman said he would shave if the Reds won 10 in row. This happened a couple of weeks ago. The Reds have won nine in a row going into today. Speier and other witnesses reminded Brennaman of the promise when he arrived this morning. “I’m a man of my word,” Brennaman said. “I’ll do it.”
Today’s lineup: The top four remain the same. Rolen rests on the day after a night game. Frazier moves to 3B and bats fifth. Miguel Cairo fills in at 1B. Chris Heisey replaces Ludwick in LF. Hanigan catches Latos per usual. All standard fare.