The Cincinnati Reds (60-82) start their last multi-city road trip of the season with a three game series in San Francisco. The San Francisco Giants (75-68) are on the outside looking in at the 2015 playoff picture. With 19 games left in their schedule, the Giants find themselves sitting 7.5 games behind both the Dodgers for the division lead and the Cubs for the last NL Wildcard spot.
The Giants have spent most of the season between one to three games behind the Dodgers. They held sole possession of first place for just one day on May 29th by one-half game. At the July 31st trade deadline, they were just one-half game out of first place when they acquired Mike Leake from the Reds. Leake has pitched well for the Giants, but they have little to show in his outing, having just scored 10 runs in his first five San Francisco starts (five of those were in one game.)
Keyvius Sampson saw a good start against Pittsburgh (1 runs through the first five innings) derailed by a Jung Ho Kang grand slam in the 6th inning. Sampson was pulled one out into the 6th innings, and his ERA took another hit. Sampson has shown flashes at times but hasn’t pulled it all together for a full start since August 8th.
In his second year with the Giants, Tim Hudson has an ERA a full run higher than last season. He’s had two stints on the DL with a right shoulder injury, and his 12.8% strikeout rate is the lowest strikeout in the career of the 40-year-old right hander. Hudson is expected to pitch most of this month out of the bullpen, but with Matt Cain also hurting, Hudson is being used as a starter for this one game.
Reds-Giants lineups will available later tonight: here.
Per Mark Sheldon of Reds.com, Jon Moscot (injury to non-pitching shoulder) began a throwing program on Friday and threw again on Sunday morning from flat ground. He will not pitch again during the regular season, but may head to the Arizona Fall League or a Winter Ball program to get some additional innings before next season.
Brayan Pena (right hamstring strain) did some running and swinging on Sunday morning. His status is still listed as day-to-day.
J.J. HOOVER – CLEMENTE AWARD NOMINEE
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 14, 2015
On September 14, 1993, Major League Baseball announces a divisional reorganization to six divisions. Each league would add a central division which in the National League would be comprised of the Reds and Astros (from the old NL West) along with the Cubs, Pirates and Cardinals (from the old NL East.) The Reds would then go on to play the Giants for the final time as divisional rivals September 17-19 of that season.
On this date in the following season, 26 of the 28 MLB team owners vote to cancel the remainder of the 1994 season and postseason due to the player strike.
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The Reds can do damage tonight against another 2015 playoff hopeful. The Giants are barely in the discussion at this point and a losing series against Cincinnati will turn talk in the Bay to 2016.