Today, the Phillies (51-78) take on the Padres in a matchup showcasing the devastating effects of age against the devastating effects of an overzealous GM. Just 136 miles to the south, the Marlins (52-77) playÃ‚Â the Nationals–two teams that looked like world beaters just a few months ago but have mistepped and faltered their way to an October seat on the couch. Then, 250 miles northwest from our nation’s capital, the Rockies (51-75) attempt to conquer the actually quite good Pirates.
Despite the fact that the triplet of National League futility is currently contained in the Mid-Atlantic region, our Reds (52-75), lovable losers that they are, are bringing the conversation back to the Midwest, taking on the Milwaukee Brewers. The Reds are presently losers of 13 of their last 14 games and haven’t scored in 19.0 innings. Our prospects are looking up everyone.
All stats are 2015 actuals:
For the record, I still believe that Keyvius Sampson can be a solid, contributing Major League pitcher. That being said, he has certainly had a rough couple of starts. Sampson’s last two times out lasted 3.1 and 4.0 innings respectively, with nine hits and two walks in each. The nine earned runs he gave up in those two games also didn’t help his case, but the most surprising was the two long balls he surrendered. Sampson has already given up more home runs in 24 innings with the Reds than he did in 82 Minor League innings this year.
Matt Garza by all accounts is a good pitcher–very good even. He has been coveted at the Trade Deadline more times than not in the last five years. Yet, this year, the wheels have come off more than just a bit. In 23 starts this season, Garza has thrown 10 quality starts and taken the loss in three of them. That might not sound too bad, but given the incredibly low standard that qualifies for a quality start, those other 13 starts begin to look more questionable. In total, Garza has given up four runs or more 12 times this season, including two ten-run outings.
Jay Bruce hits second and Brandon Phillips bats cleanup in today’s #MusicalLineupConstruction:
The Brewers’ lineups looks eerily similar to yesterday’s:
FINNEGAN, STEPHENSON, LORENZEN
The Enquirer posted updates on three of the Reds’ promising young pitchers and their development down on the farm. Of the three, Lorenzen currently has the best stats, but manager Delino DeShields isn’t concerned about any of them. Said DeShields:
“I’m always looking ahead. I’m always looking at what these kids are going to be in the big leagues. At some point in time, [Stephenson’s] command has got to get better if he’s going to survive as a big-league starter.”
I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN
Only two games out of the #1 draft pick! I believe that we will lose, I believe that we will lose, I believe that!!! pic.twitter.com/gm7CZxpUvR
— Ã‰Â´Ã‰ÂªÃ¡Â´â€žÃ¡Â´â€¹ Ã¡Â´â€¹Ã‰ÂªÃŠâ‚¬ÃŠâ„¢y (@Nicholaspkirby) August 29, 2015
Raisel Iglesias: 3rd Reds rookie since 1900 to have consecutive 10-K games (Bruce Berenyi in 1981, Gary Nolan in 1967)@EliasSports
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 29, 2015
@Reds i tell you what and im not afraid to say it ,this kid is going to be an elite pitcher for years to come,super proud of my boy IGLESIAS
— Brayan (@cuban2727) August 29, 2015
GUESS WHO: CUETO OR GOMES?
— Cut4 (@Cut4) August 29, 2015
I’m not sure Jonny Gomes pitching for the Braves tops Adam Dunn pitching for the White Sox, but it sure does come close.
HOLD UP, GRAB THE WALL
— Cut4 (@Cut4) August 29, 2015
Baseball is fun, and I learn that again night in and night out. I just wish the Reds would do fun things every once in awhile. It’s great to see former Reds like Jonny Gomes live the sport to the fullest, but is it too much to ask for the Reds to do something exceptional?