Thought the line-up was “interesting” and didn’t know where to post it so here’s a new thread. The official game thread will go up around 8 p.m.
No Shin-Soo Choo. It looked like he jammed his foot at second base yesterday. No idea why BP isn’t starting, maybe just a day off. Strange timing considering Choo is also off tonight. Devin “Hot Mes” Mesoraco apparently has earned a promotion over Zack Cozart at the bottom of the lineup. The Reds face RHP Sean O’Sullivan, who is making his fourth appearance for the Padres.
Oh, and Dusty Baker has someone batting second who is: .202/.262/.242 (not a typo) #lineupmalpractice
Out of 382 major league hitters in 2013 with more than 100 AB, Cesar Izturis has hit better than only three who are still major league players. He has scored the second fewest runs (4) out of any of those 382 players. The Reds manager chose to have him bat second, to give him the second most at bats, to have him bat ahead of Joey Votto tonight.
And his split against right-handed pitchers, an even worse: .183/.256/.225.
I hope he goes 4-for-4.
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