Game Thread

Reds vs Brewers – May 29, 2016

Calm and gentleness will definitely abound this afternoon as the Cincinnati Reds (16-33) leave their 11-game losing streak behind, hoping to both build on a 1-game winning streak AND win a series for the first time since Teddy Roosevelt was president and people were fascinated by those new-fangled automobiles, as they face off in the rubber match of a three game series against the Milwaukee Brewers (22-27) in Miller Park.

I’m sure everything will be calm. Business as usual, as they say. Why would there be tension between these two, uber-professional teams, whose adherence to the unspoken rules of sense and decorum is only matched by their prowess on the ball field and their ability to win games?

Does anyone else out there wonder if Big Pasta just let the ball slip when he hit Chase Anderson? Sure, there’s a 99.99% chance he threw at him intentionally. But doesn’t some small part of you think maybe Freddy just really sucks at hitting the corners? This is Alfredo “Innings Eater” Simon, we’re talking about here. Anything could happen.

THE PITCHERS

We’ve got a couple of real, honest-to-Pete major league pitchers on the mound today. How about that!

Brandon Finnegan leads the charge for the Reds. Brandon is 1-3 with a 3.97 ERA, which is relatively pedestrian by most standards. But, in his last outing against the Dodgers, he went 8 innings, giving up 1 run on 5 hits. He walked a few, but there’s a chance he may have turned an actual corner.

Luckily, the Veterans are there to give him advice and support. Bryan Price is helping him refine his curve, Cingrani is teaching him how to look intimidating, and Alfredo Simon his ownself is allegedly giving Finnegan MMA lessons on how to pull out of a submission hold in preparation for the brawl that will undoubtedly take place in the third or fourth inning.

The Brewers counter with rookie Jimmy Nelson, which is the kind of name you’d expect from a Depression-era gangster. Much like a gangster, Nelson has flown under the radar of late, giving up only 3 runs over 20+ innings through his last three starts.

Let’s hope they don’t keep the animosity rolling through today.

LINEUPS

Not available as of this writing

OTHER NEWS

The two big stories from yesterday’s game were obviously Simon’s ejection and Adam Duvall’s ascendency into god-like status. Well, that and the win. But, really, don’t you care more about the other stuff at this point?

According to all available sources, Chase Anderson accidentally let the ball get away from him, whereas Simon threw at him intentionally. I get the whole “defending my team/there must be payback” mentality, but I think they should save it for when there is something on the line. Getting into a HBP war over a game like this is an exercise in futulity, like getting into a fight at King’s Island because someone jumps in line with their friend while you’re waiting in a 2 hour line for The Beast. Yeah, it’s annoying. But that’s gonna happen from time to time. Deal with it.

The REAL exciting part was Adam Duvall absolutely crushing it yesterday. Duvall was the also-ran in the Mike Leake trade, and he’s not only leading the team in HR, he’s putting some real distance between himself and everyone else. I see some regression coming his way soon, but if he can stay around .250 with 20 HR on the year, I’ll be happy to call him the just-for-right-now Left Fielder.

CONCLUSION:

The Reds are on a 1-game winning streak and look to double that this afternoon is Finnegan stays true to himself and dominates the hopefully hapless Brewers. My advice: intentionally walk Aaron Hill every chance you get. You won’t regret it.

44 thoughts on “Reds vs Brewers – May 29, 2016

  1. The Giants sort of gave up on Adam Duvall, because at his age (26 last year), he had not shown the “situational” hitting ability so prized in Major Leaguers. And, he was out of options and they would lose him anyways.
    I don’t know the ultimate career destiny of Duvall, but he can hit, and does have home run power. He can hit major league pitching mistakes, and is becoming a respectable major league hitter.

  2. Good News and bad news…. Going into action today, Adam Duvall leads the the National League in HR hit in May (with 9). Chris Carter and Jonathan Lucroy of the Brewers are right behind him with 8 HR each in May.

    In the larger picture this is also an anomaly for our stats guys to sort thru. Power/ hitting is supposedly the commodity in demand yet two of the worst teams on the planet have the top 3 HR hitters for the month. Bet team pitching and OBP come into play……

    • If Duvall continues this slug in the .560+ range and play decent defense, he’ll certainly be in demand regardless of his OBP. There is always a market for Mark Trumbo, after all! Duvall appears to be a more athletic, younger close of Trumbo.

  3. “…whose adherence to the unspoken rules of sense and decorum is only matched by their prowess on the ball field and their ability to win games.”

    This made me laugh. 😉

  4. Lineup
    Hamilton CF
    Votto 1B
    Phillps 2B
    Bruce RF
    Duvall 3B
    Holt LF
    De Jesus SS
    Barnhart C
    Finnegan P

    Duvall at 3B will be interesting to see, supposed to be his natural position.

    • Finally Duvall at 3B, send Suarez down and promote Winker to man LF, hopefully Votto will find his stride again. Line-up can be shaken-up for Holt CF, Votto 1B, Philips 2B, Bruce RF, Duvall 3B, Winker LF, Cozart SS, Barnhart C.

    • So that’s the real lineup for today? Cool. I was just about to post the suggestion/ reminder that Duvall can also play 3B. Thus he could replace AAAE-you-Hane-Knee-OHH! if his current miseries are the bottom line. The irony is, Duvall is supposedly a liability defensively. I don’t see how he could possibly in any world be as bad as……let’s just call him Gene, OK? Gene is all-universe bad at 3B.

      I’d say there’s a pretty good chance Duvall might be the 3B for the next 4-5 years if his hitting numbers stay close to where they are.

  5. I like a little experimentation and I like this lineup with Votto hitting 2nd and Duvall at 3rd base. Hamilton leading off is not ideal but alternatives aren’t much better so I can live with that. Go Reds – two in a row?

  6. Votto hitting in 2nd. position and Duvall holding down third base are positives.

  7. I like it that Holt is getting another start.If he keeps getting on base,which this team is really bad at doing,then he has to play more.

  8. Duvall might find his swerve and be a fixture on this roster for a few years. Joe, can’t compliment you enough on your writing style, we all need little humor now and then!

  9. Maybe a good brawl would kick start this team, playing the devil’s advocate here. Nothing else seems to work so far! We need to find a Scott Rolen type to run the clubhouse and lead the way.

  10. Lawn mowed, kitchen cleaned, wife and kids somehow out and about for a few hours. Lets play some ball. Feels like a Jay Bruce goes off kind of day.

  11. You’re already in scoring position with nobody out, I just don’t understand running in that situation.

  12. That’s a major league team making two out of three outs on the basepaths, ladies and gents. Geesh.

    • Yup. The pitcher throws something like 25 pitches, get ONE batter out. And the Reds do the rest for him on the bases.

      Give us this day, our daily TOOTBLAN. Or maybe two.

  13. Great effort by BP, very awkward landing. Joey should have been yelling for the ball, I can forgive BP for forgetting the runner for a second.

  14. The odds of the lead runner being erased are high with this team, right in the middle of a good inning going.

  15. Brewers are going to get a haul for Lucroy at some point this season.

  16. And Duvall gets some action at 3rd, no error. Whew. He was probably waiting for that.

  17. I just realized Holt is not a large man. Lucroy is almost as tall as him in his crouch

  18. Team can’t hit,pitchers can’t throw strikes,baserunning is little league at best.This happens when you don’t have any leaders on or off the field.No accountability at all so they will continue to do it until they are replaced.

      • Suarez has 9 HRs? Unless he’s hurt or been sent down then he’s got to be your pinch hitter there? If not Suarez then it should be Curtis over the 3rd string catcher that never catches? I love the Reds strategy….Dusty almost always played 1-2 guys short and now they keep a scrub because he’s a 3rd string catcher?

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