Repeat after me: the Reds (45-54) won an away series against the St. Louis Cardinals. And they did it by shutting them out in the last two games. And they only allowed four runs in 27.0 innings. And this is all a clever ruse to distract from the fact that today is Johnny Cueto’s turn in the rotation, but David Holmberg will be pitching instead. And I ruined it.
*Stats from AAA Louisville
David Holmberg is not the future of the Reds’ starting rotation. That would be Robert Stephenson and/or Brandon Finnegan and/or John Lamb. What David Holmberg is is a middling prospect whose clock has already started and who can provide serviceable innings until rosters expand in September. That being said, Holmberg has pitched moderately better at AAA this year than he did with the big club last year, but his numbers have regressed compared to his AAA numbers last year.
Much like John Lackey for the Cardinals last night, A.J. Burnett is in the midst of a late career resurgence, as his 2.68 ERA is his best ever and his 2.95 FIP is only bested by his 2013 2.80. Granted, these are half season marks compared to full season ones, but it certainly seems that Burnett may be well on his way to having his best season of his 16 year career. For all the praise, however, Burnett has been rocky his past two times out, giving up 11 runs in 11.2 innings pitched on 22 hits to 10 strikeouts.
Recall LHP David Holmberg, option to Pensacola C Kyle Skipworth, disable RHP Nate Adcock (right elbow), recall RHP Keyvius Sampson.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 30, 2015
#Reds Nate Adcock says he has a complete tear of the UCL, will need Tommy John surgery. Said it came as a complete shock
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) July 30, 2015
Ivan De Jesus gets the start over the Toddfather at 3B in today’s Reds’ lineup:
The new Pirates’ lineup features a common NL Central nemesis at 3B, rocking some new duds:
–David Price is officially moving north of the border as the Tigers have dealt their ace to the Blue Jays for a trio of left handed pitching prospects. The gem of that deal, Daniel Norris (aka Man with the Van), made the Blue Jays rotation out of Spring Training but has spent the season in AAA since May.
–Former Red Bronson Arroyo was traded to the LA Dodgers today despite not throwing a single pitch in 2015. Arroyo was traded earlier in the year from the Dbacks to the Braves. Making the trip west with Arroyo is another former Red, Mat Latos. The full list of moving players:
To Dodgers: Wood, Latos, Morse, Avilan, Johnson, Peraza, Arroyo
To Braves: Olivera, Paco, Bird, pick
To Marlins: Brigham, Guzman, Araujo
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2015
–The Cardinals just got better as they picked up 1B/OF Brandon Moss from the Indians for 2013 first rounder Rob Kaminsky. Moss should fill in nicely for the injured Matts (Holliday and Adams) and will be a big impact bat come playoff time.
–The Yankees have placed Michael Pineda on the DL, which is good news for the Reds as there is now a motivated buyer for Mike Leake. The Yankees seem to be the only team still looking for pitching, but Tyson Ross, Leake, and Yovani Gallardo are all still reported to be on the market.
–Someone please give Wilmer Flores a hug. He deserves it after last night’s debacle.
Regardless of how tonight’s game turns out, I will be sad because it is not Johnny Beisbol day in Reds’ country. Hope has flown the coup for a little bit in the Queen City, but come September, we may have found a new, less expensive version of Hope.