The Reds (23-31) will try to salvage some respect in game three of the Padres’ series today after magnanimously blowing the first two games. It should be an overcast day at the ballpark, but no rain to speak of.
All stats are 2015 actuals:
After being shuffled around in the rotation so that Andrew Cashner could pitch on normal rest, Odrisamer Despaigne takes the mound this afternoon for the Friars. Despaigne has done a little bit of everything for the Padres this year, and he’s been pretty good at every stop too. Despaigne started the year with 4.2 innings of no-hit ball followed by a start of 7.0 innings of two hits and one run. Then, Despaigne was relegated to the bullpen for a time before returning to the rotation with two terrible starts. Now, Despaigne has reeled off three straight quality starts, including 8.0 innings of one run on seven hits his last time out. He’s never faced the Reds before, but he does have one of the few eephus pitches in the game.
Johnny Cueto was pain and discomfort-free after his last start against the Phillies, lasting 6.0 innings on five hits and two runs, one earned. For his career, Cueto has a 4.50 ERA in seven starts against the Padres spanning 46.0 innings.
No surprises in the Reds‘ lineup as Skip Schumaker starts in left once again:
Clint Barmes gets a turn a short today in the Padres‘ lineup:
REASONS FOR PESSIMISM
This week, the #Reds have lost after holding a 3-run lead, a 4-run lead, & a 5-run lead. I'm afraid to go to the park today.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) June 7, 2015
I think what has hurt the Reds the most these last few weeks is their inability to win baseball games.
— Weathered Fan (@WeatheredFan) June 7, 2015
REASON FOR OPTIMISM
You guys are our family & our back bone. As family, we need ur support more than ever. Do NOT give up on us! #Family
— Michael Lorenzen (@Lorenzen55) June 7, 2015
Mesoraco will begin rehab Monday in Columbus. Says he feels great. Price thinks rehab last 3, 4 games. #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) June 7, 2015
COLD, HARD REALITY
Price on being mad in game: "We let up. We let off the gas and it cost us the ballgame. That will never be acceptable.Ã¢â‚¬Â #reds
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) June 6, 2015
The Reds are a bad ballclub, but the Price is right in that letting up or conceding a game is just never acceptable. It shows a lack of professionalism, a lack of respect for the fans who paid to see you play, and a lack of respect for the game. For all his flaws as a manager, Price hasn’t done too poorly with the roster he’s been given. He’s old school, sure, but he’s also not afraid to say what’s on his mind, which is a good quality in a manager I believe. No one is going to be coddled in the Reds’ clubhouse like during the Dusty era.
According to John Fay, the Reds have optioned Jumbo Diaz to Louisville and promoted Nate Adcock. A corresponding 40-man roster move will be announced shortly.
These Reds are hard to watch right now, and as such, I believe I won’t today. With the College World Series super regionals going today, there’s enough good baseball to go around. Hometown kid Andrew Benintendi will play for Arkansas today in game three of their super regional against Missouri State. Who knows, maybe he will be wearing a Reds uniform in a couple of years.