The Reds and Rockies are playing a day-night doubleheader in Denver today. The first game begins at 4:10 ET and the second starts at 9:10 ET. The second start is the make-up game for yesterday’s game that was cancelled due to a water main break. Mat Latos will pitch the first game, Dylan Axelrod will start the second.
The doubleheader adds difficulty to the Reds situation this week. First, it could tax the bullpen today just as the Reds head to St. Louis for a crucial three-game series that starts tomorrow.
Second, it poses a problem for who will be the starting pitcher on Thursday, the opening game of an almost equally important four-game series against the Atlanta Braves in Cincinnati. If Dylan Axelrod had pitched yesterday, he would have been on turn to pitch Thursday. But Axelrod and Mat Latos will both pitch today, meaning that if either comes back on Thursday, it would be on short rest.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.