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.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a 99.99% chance he threw at him intentionally. But doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t some small part of you think maybe Freddy just really sucks at hitting the corners? This is Alfredo Ã¢â‚¬Å“Innings EaterÃ¢â‚¬Â Simon, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re talking about here. Anything could happen.
WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hope they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t keep the animosity rolling through today.
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The two big stories from yesterdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s game were obviously SimonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ejection and Adam DuvallÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ascendency into god-like status. Well, that and the win. But, really, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“defending my team/there must be paybackÃ¢â‚¬Â 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 KingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Island because someone jumps in line with their friend while youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re waiting in a 2 hour line for The Beast. Yeah, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s annoying. But thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not only leading the team in HR, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be happy to call him the just-for-right-now Left Fielder.
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 wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t regret it.