The Cincinnati Reds (38-59) will go for a series sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks (40-57) today at 1:10. The Reds have won three straight games, and are 6-2 since the all-star break. The Reds beat the Diamondbacks 6-1 yesterday, lead by a nice start from just recalled Keyvius Sampson (4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K), and Jay Bruce, who hit two home runs.
Brandon Finnegan has had some nice starts this year, but overall 2016 has not gone well for the 2014 first round pick. Finnegan has the worst FIP (5.31) and xFIP (5.21) of the 48 qualifying NL starters. Here is what I said in the recap after his last start on Monday:
Brandon Finnegan did give up 7 hits in 5.0 innings, but he limited the bad Braves offense to 2 runs. A 4.36 FIP on the night against the lowly Braves doesn’t impress me, but Finnegan allowed 13 ER in his last two starts. It was good to see him at least have a positive outing.
Today will be Finnegan’s first career appearance against the Diamondbacks.
Zack Godley was a 10th round draft pick of the Cubs back in 2013. He was traded to the Diamondbacks in 2014 in the Miguel Montero deal. Godley has never been high on any prospect lists, but quickly made his big league debut last season.
Godley has been up and down this year. He has gone from AA to AAA to MLB to AAA to MLB to AAA to MLB over the course of this season. Godley hasn’t had a FIP below 4 at any stop since single-A.
|1. Jean Segura (SS)
2. Phil Gosselin (2B)
3. Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
4. Rickie Weeks Jr. (LF)
5. Welington Castillo (C)
6. Chris Owings (CF)
7. Brandon Drury (3B)
8. Yasmany Tomas (RF)
9. Zack Godley (P)
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Brandon Phillips (2B)
7. Ivan De Jesus (3B)
8. Ramon Cabrera (C)
9. Brandon Finnegan (P)
Jose Peraza finally gets a start! Cozart, Suarez, and Barnhart all get the days off. It would maybe be nice if Price could stagger off days so Peraza can get more consistent starts? Just a thought.
Rickie Weeks Jr. is batting cleanup for the Diamondbacks today, if you were wondering about the state of their ballclub.
The kid in the HOF
Ken Griffey Jr. will be elected into the MLB Hall of Fame today at 1:30 on the MLB Network. Chad wrote a brilliant piece about Junior yesterday. I’ll share my two cents worth.
I am always torn when it comes to Ken Griffey Jr. Like just about every kid who grew up in the 90s, I idolized him. He was simply the coolest baseball player. I remember his epic “I got it” commercial that ran during the Reds 1995 playoff run. I started wearing my hat backwards because of him. Junior was to me what Michael Jordan was to many others.
Then somehow, some way, my favorite baseball team acquired him when I was 13. The expectations, at least from 13-year old me was a World Series. That is not at all fair, but it was. Junior turned out to be an overall disappointment for the Reds in terms of the team success.
I remember back around 2007, a national baseball media member saying that Reds fans were spoiled to have Griffey Jr. play for them, and should be happy despite the Reds team failures for nearly a decade. I never felt that was fair. I think Reds fans had the right to be disappointed. It was in no way Junior’s fault that he got injured. It was not the Reds front office fault either. But still, I always felt that I had a right to be disappointed. There was even a time where I grew to despise Junior as a Red. Looking back that probably wasn’t fair, but it was how I felt.
I have since found a way to forgive, and again appreciate a once in a generation talent. I tend to remember more of Junior with the Mariners, as the player I idolized growing up. There are still some great memories of Junior in a Reds uniform, and I’ll always remember 500, 600, and the walk-off, inside the park home run. I’ll be watching today, and cheering loudly for the kid.
Sweep? Yes please. Go Reds!
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.