Dust-busting / Game Thread

Reds vs Nationals – June 4, 2016

Just like I said in yesterday’s pre-cap, the Mighty Migty Redlegs (20-35) rolled the Washington Gnats (33-22) to take their winning streak to THREE WHOLE GAMES, and notched another victory toward their inevitable domination of the NL Central, the National League, the World Series, and even the entire sports world. They will dominate in a way similar to how the Cleveland Cavaliers will dominate this evening. #BelieveLandSouth.

Alright. That’s a bit overwrought. But still, a three game winning streak after losing so much you’d think they were trying to write a country song is a nice thing and we should celebrate.

PITCHERS

Tonight, the Reds send out Dan Straily’s fantastical beard (as well as the rest of him) in the hopes that he can do to the Gnats what Brandon Finnegan magically seemed to do yesterday: scare them into submission. This should be a slightly easier job for Straily’s beard, given that it has scared the daylights out of other good teams this season on his way to a 3-2 record with a 3.43 ERA. The only troubling sign was its last outing, where it gave up 5 runs in 6 innings and still came away with the W, further proving the keen analytical usefulness of that overblown statistic.

The Gnats send out Who Aroldis Chapman Should Have Been Steven Strasburg, who has lit up absolutely everyone he’s faced this season. Steven is tied with – sigh – Johnny Cueto for the major league lead in Wins, is fifth in Ks, is 6th in pitcher WAR. Plus, now that he’s shaved off his goatee, he has the added advantage of looking like the kind of person who’s wanted for a triple homicide in Oklahoma.

LINEUP 

SP: Stephen Strasburg SP: Dan Straily
1. Ben Revere (CF)
2. Jayson Werth (LF)
3. Bryce Harper (RF)
4. Daniel Murphy (2B)
5. Wilson Ramos (C)
6. Anthony Rendon (3B)
7. Clint Robinson (1B)
8. Danny Espinosa (SS)
9. Stephen Strasburg (P)
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Brandon Phillips (2B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Billy Hamilton (CF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Dan Straily (P)

OTHER NEWS

I know it’s not Reds related, but we should probably take a moment of silence for the #GOAT, Muhammad Ali, who passed away yesterday at the age of 74. Those of us who grew up under his mystique will never forget exactly HOW great he was. He was like Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, and Wayne Gretsky all rolled into one. But somehow more than that.

CONCLUSION

It’s a sad day for sports in general. Let’s give Strasburg his first loss of the season in Ali’s memory. I don’t know what the two would have to do with each other, but I DO know that “WIN ONE FOR [enter person here]” motivational speeches always seem to work in the movies. Why not here, eh?

42 thoughts on “Reds vs Nationals – June 4, 2016

  1. Maybe Dusty will believe all the press and niceties all weekend and walk out tomorrow seeing a bunch of brooms

  2. Seeing on Twitter that the Reds have recalled OF Kyle Waldrop (Dayan Diaz optioned). There doesn’t seem to be any injury talk. Should we be holding our breaths for a trade announcement?

  3. showing my age but saw ali fight chuck wepner in cleveland in 1975.
    remebering him on wide world of sports every couple of months growing up.
    was in atlanta olympic stadium when he lit the torch.
    GOAT.

  4. He was like Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, and Wayne Gretsky all rolled into one. But somehow more than that.

    Because Ali truly transcended sports. Ruth may have also in his day from what I heard, saw, and read in youth (born about a year after Ruth passed).

  5. I went to the first Ali-Frazier fight at Cincinnati Gardens. It was a ‘televised’ pay-per-view movie theatre sized screen broadcast.

    I was surprised by the large support for Frazier in the crowd. As much as I wanted Ali to win it was pretty clear that he was outboxed most rounds and at the end he was just trying to finish the fight on his feet.

    I heard enough “Dusty Stories” last night. I hope we write a new chapter with a series win.

    • Ali/ Frazier #1… Smokin’ Joe was better than we Ali backers wanted to admit; Ali probably tried to come back too far too quickly. Still as I recall, after the fight, it was Joe and not Ali that spent several days in hospital recuperating….

  6. Disco going tonight in Louisville on rehab. The chatter yesterday was that unless he has issues or a setback tonight, his next appearance will be back with the Reds.

  7. Billy runs over a mile to flag down that leadoff drive by Revere, as he crashes into the wall….INCREDIBLE!

  8. Nats announcers showed a side by side picture of Votto batting last year vs. this year. and emphasized how much Joey is crouching this year and the extreme choking up he is doing this year.

  9. Don’t know the weather situation, but if this rain lingers the rest of the night, I guess the Reds would win.

  10. Duvall and Bruce both pounded balls in this game. Starting to wonder if Cozy and Duvall are the real deal at the plate.

  11. Looking like I’ll get to see the Nats & Mets a week from Monday. Looking forward to seeing the park first hand.

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