2016 Reds / Game Thread

Reds vs. Cubs – April 23, 2016

The Reds (8-9) slipped to fourth place in the NL Central with yesterday’s loss while the Cubs (13-4) took over sole possession of the best record in the Major Leagues. On the bright side, the Cubs only scored half as many runs as they did the day before, so progress is attainable.

Starting Pitchers
All stats from 2016:

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Dan Straily had a strong first start of the season against the Rockies on Monday, throwing 5.0 innings and only giving up one run. Straily did walk two in that game, further hurting his abysmal BB/9 rate, but it didn’t get him in trouble. Fangraphs predicts Dan Straily will work into the 6th inning, but gives him only a 30 percent chance of taking a win.

John Lackey looks to continue his early season success for the Cubs after he threw a gem against his former team, the Cardinals, on Monday night. Over 7.0 innings, Lackey struck out 11 batters while only allowing four hits and walking one. The Cards were not able to get a run in off of the veteran, and Lackey took the win in the 5-0 blankng. In his start against the Reds, Lackey lasted 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out seven.

Starting Lineups

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1. Dexter Fowler (CF)
2. Jason Heyward (RF)
3. Kris Bryant (LF)
4. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
5. Ben Zobrist (2B)
6. Miguel Montero (C)
7. Javier Baez (3B)
8. Addison Russell (SS)
9. John Lackey (P)
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. Dan Straily (P)

Lamb on Rehab
John Lamb’s rehab start was not pretty, as he gave up 11 runs on nine hits in 2.2 innings Friday. Returning from back surgery, Lamb said after the game that he didn’t feel he had control over any aspect of his game. He will make one more rehab start before coming off of the disabled list, at which point he may or may not join the big league club.

Cubs gonna Cubs…?

Vottomatic
Mired in one the worst slumps of his career, Joey Votto will be honored by the Reds tonight with his own bobblehead. The token, a standing up likeness of the first baseman holding a bat and wearing a cape, makes light of Votto’s seemingly automatic ability to hit. The bobbleheads will be given out to the first 25,000 fans

Concluding Thoughts
If trends continue, the Reds will lose today 4-2 but win tomorrow by the same score. At this point, even a remote quasi-mathmatical hope for a win against the Cubs is reassuring enough, so I’ll treat the above statement like it’s actually scientific. Maybe today will be the day Joey finds his wallet and all gets back on track.

Go Reds!

108 thoughts on “Reds vs. Cubs – April 23, 2016

  1. Regardless of how the last two innings go, the Reds batters need to remember what they’ve learned tonight, if you hit’em they bleed just like you do.

  2. Great to see the bats come to life tonight, and normally a 6 run lead going into the 8th inning would give pretty goods odds for victory. But when your bullpen is a tinderbox you can’t help but worry if a 6 run is enough. Here’s hoping!

  3. Depending how charitable a person feels there was another example of Meso being nonchalant, late, or just plain lazy on that pitch to the backstop which advanced Russell to 2B.

  4. Cingrani has a better eye for the strike zone from the batter’s box than the mound. 😉

  5. Double slam range. . . the safe zone for the Reds’ bullpen with one inning to go?

  6. Cingrani is going right after the Cubs hitter here in the 9th. . . like a closer should.

    • I hadn’t noticed that so just rewound and watched. The funny thing was on the one where he turned his head the ball one bounced right into his glove. It was almost as though he was turning to exchange for a new ball with the ump, who did take it and give him a new ball.
      The next pitch really bounced in the dirt, then off his chest protector, and he kept his eyes strait down on the ball the whole time.

  7. Hey, the longer this team hangs around .500, the more impressed I am, especially with the number of good pitchers on the DL.

  8. Nice win for the Reds tonight against a very good Cubs team. Good to see Joey swat one out and others swinging the bat well tonight.

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