It’s another late night game for the Cincinnati Reds (39-60), as they take on the San Francisco Giants (58-41) for game two of this three game series on the left coast.
The Giants loss last night cut their divison lead in the NL West to just 2.5 games over the 2nd place Dodgers. The Dodgers are hosting the Tampa Bay Rays for a two game series starting tonight.
Tonight’s starters have posted some pretty ugly stats so far this season. They are a combined 1-10 with a 6.18 ERA over 90.1 innings pitched. Hopefully for the Reds, it will be a tale of two pitchers heading in opposite career directions.
Cody Reed is making his 7th major league start, and looking to build on his solid outing last week against Atlanta. Reed allowed just two unearned runs over six innings in that game while walking two and striking out five.
The last time Matt Cain posted an ERA+ over 100 was back in 2012 when he had a 126 ERA+. (For reference, ERA+ of 100 is league average.) The past two seasons, Cain’s ERA+ has been 65 and 68. He’s also been bothered with a hamstring injury this season that has put him in the DL twice. Last week was Cain’s 1st start from his 2nd DL stint, and he was rocked for five runs in just 2.1 innings against The Boston Red Sox.
AFTER MIDNIGHT SQUEEZE
In case you missed it, Billy Hamilton added this insurance run just before 1am ET last night.
Billy ball strikes again. https://t.co/HtVSiCURm6
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 26, 2016
Jeff Todd at mlbtraderumors.com wrote a piece today on the centerfield trade market. There are no rumors around Hamilton at the moment, but all kinds of unexpected can happen at the trade deadline:
As for Hamilton, it’s anybody’s guess how his career will progress from this point. He’ll only have three years of control remaining after 2016, and though he has returned to being a useful player after an ugly 2015, he still doesn’t profile as an optimal everyday solution. Perhaps some contender will fall in love with the idea of deploying his game-changing speed down the stretch and will put in a call to Cinci.
Cody Reed is in search of his first major league win, and I cannot think of any better team to pin it on than the San Francisco Giants.