2016 Reds / Game Thread

Reds at Cardinals — April 16, 2016

You know the old saying, “with friends like these, who need enemies?” For some reason, I can’t help but feel like that applies to the Reds (5-5): with a bullpen like this, who needs optimism? It’s a stretch, I know, but ughhh.

The team takes on the Cardinals (6-4) today in a day-time matinee after being beaten down by homer after homer last night. At least Joey hit one too.

Starting Pitchers

Following stats are from 2015:

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Of the Reds starters, Brandon Finnegan has been the best in his limited sample season of two. His last time out against the Cubs, the young lefty flirted with a no-hitter into the seventh, throwing 111 pitches before the wheels fell off. In his only career start against the Cardinals, Finnegan got shelled for six runs in 5.0 innings, but he did strikeout seven.

The Reds age-old nemesis Adam Wainwright returns to the bump for the Cardinals after missing most of last year with an Achilles injury. So far, this year hasn’t been much kinder to Wainwright, as he took the loss on Opening Day to a good Pirates team and a no-decision a week later to a bad Braves team. Wainwright is walking a lot of batters right now, but he hasn’t been unlucky (.306 BABIP): he’s just been bad.

Starting Lineups

Reds Cardinals
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Devin Mesoraco (C)
7. Adam Duvall (LF)
8. Scott Schebler (CF)
9. Brandon Finnegan (P)
1. Matt Carpenter (3B)
2. Stephen Piscotty (RF)
3. Matt Holliday (LF)
4. Randal Grichuk (CF)
5. Yadier Molina (C)
6. Brandon Moss (1B)
7. Jedd Gyorko (2B)
8. Aledmys Diaz (SS)
9. Adam Wainwright (P)

Down on the Farm
The Reds top-30 prospect list was released the other day, and while it is just a ranking of the players we already know so much about, it does speak to how the rest of the league values our farm system. Jesse Winker, Robert Stephenson, and Cody Reed top the list, followed by Amir Garrett and Jose Peraza. Tyler Stephenson sits at number seven and offseason pickup Rookie Davis at number 12.

Rob Billy Rob
The Statcast data of Billy Hamilton’s home run robbing grab is actually pretty incredible. The kid hit a top speed of 16.7 mph and took a 98.7 percent efficient route to the wall. All in fancy, specialty cleats no less.

Draft News
Likely top pick Jason Groome has been declared ineligible by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association because of transfer rules. Groome spent his junior year playing for the IMG Academy in Florida but wanted to return home to New Jersey for his senior year. According to the state’s athletic rules though, because Groome’s family did not change address, Groome must sit out 30 days or half of the athletic season. The decision comes after Groome threw a 19-strikeout no-hitter in his previous start.

Concluding Thoughts
Unlike last night, I will be at this Reds-Cardinals matchup and maybe that will make all the difference. More likely than not, it’ll be Brandon Finnegan making the difference, but I like to think of myself as some sort of good luck charm anyway. It’s a great day for some ball either way.

Go Reds!

131 thoughts on “Reds at Cardinals — April 16, 2016

  1. Remind me again why closers do not matter as the odds of winning up by 3 in the 9th are something really high no matter if you got an Aroldis or not

  2. Mez lined out to 2B. Was there a shift on? I like the line drives regardless of where the defense played him.

  3. There is bad and then there is Hoover. Bringing to the world a new definition for terrible. I am curious how many more chances he is going to get.

    • Certainly looked like it. Nice concentration by Devin to catch it anyway and make sure.

  4. Cozart had his first swing and miss of the season today. Very nice.

    I also liked the look of Devin’s swing a lot more today than it has looked up to now.

    Is Brandon Finnegan the Reds’ new ace? He has just been awesome so far. No earned runs today by him if I’m not mistaken.

    We could sure use a closer.

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