The Reds’ game last night felt a bit like a TV show premiere that is struggling for viewers so they make it extra long and throw in a few big name guest stars. The main cast did the heavy lifting (Frazier 3 for 6, 2R HR), but the featured guests showed up to play (7 of 9 starters had two hits or more / Phillips 3 for 7, go-ahead HR) over four extra innings. The Reds finally turned the Todd Frazier Show into a fleshed-out ensemble that could marketed to the big market networks. Yes, this metaphor was strained when the cameras first started rolling.
Now, the Reds (34-37) are in Queens to face the other New York team. The Mets sit at .500 themselves and have been gradually losing ground to the Nationals after their 14-2 start to the season.
All stats are 2015 actuals:
After his nine day hiatus, Johnny Biesbol is back on the mound for the Reds. On Monday, Cueto said that he would’ve been able to start and that he felt fine, but the organization knew what it was doing. If his last time out is any indication, Cueto’s elbow may be barking a bit more than he’s letting on because while 5.1 innings of three run baseball isn’t bad, it’s not Johnny Cueto. Here’s hoping the rest worked and Johnny’s trade value doesn’t drop one iota more.
Even with our ace on the mound, it’s a tough draw today for the Reds as Thor himself is opposing. The 6-6 mammoth of a pitcher has effectively filled the ace rookie pitcher void Jacob DeGrom left as he suddenly wasn’t a rookie anymore (still an ace though). His last time out, Syndergaard pitched 4.0 solid innings before running into trouble in the fifth and leaving the game. Overall, the big righty hasn’t been as dominant as DeGrom was last season, but he’s been a solid member of the Mets rotation with electric, strikeout stuff.
Chris Dominguez gets the start in left for the Reds today as Johnny Beisbol takes the mound:
- Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
- Joey Votto (L) 1B
- Todd Frazier (R) 3B
- Jay Bruce (L) LF
- Brayan Pena (R) C
- Eugenio Suarez (R) SS
- Chris Dominguez (R) LF
- Johnny Cueto (R) P
- Billy Hamilton (S) CF
The Grandy Man is leading off for the Mets and both team’s pitchers are hitting eighth today:
ARE THE CINCINNATI REDS CONTENDERS?
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 26, 2015
Is how Red Reporter’s headline read this morning. And then there was that tweet from Ken Rosenthal. And then Walt Jocketty is still at the helm of this ship. And then the Reds’ 70-game hitting checkup was published, as were Steve’s nitpicks of the past week. And then I envisioned five more years of this type of mediocrity.
Say it ain’t so, Ken, say it ain’t so.
In non-Reds baseball news, Ryne Sandberg resigned today as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies and his interim is none other than Pete Mackanin. I still feel that the Reds should’ve hired Mackanin after his stint as interim in 2007, but that era is said and done. All the best to a stand-up guy as he takes yet another interim gig in the big leagues.
Congratulations to RLN’s founder Chad Dotson on his alma mater taking down my hometown VandyBoys in the CWS. It was a hard fought series, and I can’t wait until next year (best 2 of 3 right?).
Let’s hope the Reds kick off this New York series right, and if they seriously do think they are contenders, rattle off twenty straight wins to put away any doubt of second guessing.
VOTE SUPER TODD