The calendar has resigned to flipping itself to August, and the Reds (46-55) have resigned themselves to a “reboot”-ing year while playing the spoiler. Despite having the second best record in the National League, the Pirates (60-42) enter today’s game with but a four game lead for the twist of fate Wild Card Game come October.
All stats are 2015 actuals:
Making his fourth start since coming off the DL before the All Star Break, Raisel Iglesias is poised to earn a place in the top half of the Reds’ rotation for 2016. While his ERA is ugly, Igesias’ peripherals indicate the makeup of a starter. In the 16.0 innings since he’s been of the DL, Iglesias has struck out 17 and walked 4 but pitched to a .362 BABIP, which is well above average.
The Pirates arending out their world beating young starter Gerrit Cole who is in the midst of fantastic stretch of starts. In his five starts since June 30, Cole is 3-1, throwing 36.2 innings to a 2.45 ERA with 28 strikeouts to just 3 walks. A selective endpoint for sure, but given that Cole’s season numbers are even better than that stretch, it’s fair to say he’s in the conversation for Cy Young. Yet, Cole has never beaten the Reds in his young career, and in three starts against the Redlegs this season, he’s given up 11 runs in 14.2 innings with 7 walks to 15 strikeouts.
Jay Bruce is back in the Reds’ lineup tonight:
The Pirates’ lineup:
A HOT TAKE OF THE HOT TAKES?
Red Reporter published a piece compiling the various takes on how the Reds did at the deadline. The results? Basically choose your own adventure as there is no consensus on the Reds’ take.
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Tonight is Devin Mesoraco bobblehead night if you wanted anymore reminders of what the Reds’ 2015 could have been. Other than that, hopefully the Reds continue Gerrit Cole’s losing streak against them tonight.