Yesterday, the Reds (38-45) were bested by one of the best young pitchers in the game, one start off of Tommy John, despite a strong start from Michael Lorenzen. Today, Johnny Cueto has broken the internet and the Best Fans in Baseball have once again proved that maybe social media isn’t for them. Oh, and David Phelps is pitching for the Marlins today. That’s always a day brightener.
ALL-STAR GAME TICKETS AND TRAVEL
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All stats are 2015 actuals:
In an odd twist of numbers, Mike Leake comes into this game with an ERA identical to his FIP. Thus, Leake, through 17 starts this season, has been the pitching embodiment of “what you see is what you get.” Leake took the loss in his last start against the Brewers, giving up three runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings of work. Three walks hurt him though as the Brew Crew cruised to a 6-1 win.
For the Marlins, young righty David Phelps returns to the rotation after a brief stint in the bullpen. Phelps was shipped down south by the Yankees with others this past offseason in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi. Phelps’ last start came against the Reds back on June 21 when he was touched for five runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings.
Same old, same old for the Reds:
Dee Gordon remains perched atop the Marlins’ lineup, waiting to terrorize the basepaths:
CRACK O’ THE BAT
Michael Maffie wrote a fascinating piece this morning about how hard the Reds have hit the ball this season and the wonders of exit velocity as given to us by StatCast. Also, Nick Carrington wrote on Jay Bruce and his seemingly never ending streaks despite that “he has always hit the ball hard.”
Twitter scared me today. Is it safe to come out yet? Anyway, the winner of the Final Vote will be announced at 6pm EST.
— Ã‰Â´Ã‰ÂªÃ¡Â´â€žÃ¡Â´â€¹ Ã¡Â´â€¹Ã‰ÂªÃŠâ‚¬ÃŠâ„¢y (@Nicholaspkirby) July 10, 2015
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) July 10, 2015
Hopefully, Johnny Beisbol is elected to the All Star Game. I guess it doesn’t truly matter if he is or isn’t since he is starting on Sunday. The All Star Game is just a little bit ridiculous. That’s what I learned today.