After a couple of games past my bedtime, the Cincinnati Reds (39-61) go for their 4th series win in a row with an afternoon contest against the San Francisco Giants (60-41). With Madison Bumgarner pitching, the Reds are strong underdogs. But what do those baseball betting lines know?
With everyone under the microscope of trade rumors, are teams asking the Reds about Dan Straily? He’s been a pleasant surprise in the Reds rotation, coming into play today off four straight quality starts. The Reds have won three of those last four starts. On the one hand, Straily isn’t arbitration eligible until 2018 and is under team control through 2021. On the other hand, the peripheral stats suggest that his ERA may be due to rise over the course of the season. If there are teams interested, should the Reds sell high and make room for younger prospects within the organization?
Madison Bumgarner has failed to pitch six innings in just two of his 21 starts this season. Bumgarner has also been consistently good and consistently healthy throughout his major league career. He has made 31 or starts for six consecutive seasons from 2010-2015 and is yet to miss a start this season. During that six year span, his worst ERA was 3.37 back in 2012 and his best was 2.77 the following season. Bumgarner turns just 27 years old next Monday.
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Brandon Phillips (2B)
7. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Dan Straily (P)
|1. Gregor Blanco (CF)
2. Angel Pagan (LF)
3. Mac Williamson (RF)
4. Buster Posey (C)
5. Brandon Crawford (SS)
6. Brandon Belt (1B)
7. Conor Gillaspie (3B)
8. Ramiro Pena (2B)
9. Madison Bumgarner (P)
ONE, TWO, THREE PLAYS OVERTURNED
After last night’s game, Major League Baseball is considering a change to the lyrics of Take Me Out to The Ball Game:
1. Brandon Belt was called out at third base on a second inning tag by Eugenio Suarez. Upon further review, the call was overturned, leaving two runners on base for Matt Cain’s homerun.
2. Brandon Belt is called out again on a tag play in the 3rd inning. This would have been an inning-ending double play, but the review team determined that Phillips missed the tag, and the runner scored from third base.
3. A replay review finally goes the Reds way as Hamilton was initially called out trying to steal 2nd base in the 5th inning. Hamilton stole 3rd base after the call was overturned, but was left stranded when Zack Cozart popped up to end the inning.
HOMER TO START ON SUNDAY
The Reds confirmed that Homer Bailey is scheduled to make his 2016 debut this Sunday against the San Diego Padres. It will be Bailey’s first start for the Reds since April 23rd last season. Bailey will be replacing Keyvius Sampson, who had made a spot start last week when John Lamb was sent to AAA Louisville. On Monday, Jason Lindon wrote about Homer re-joining the team on Monday: “I asked if he [Homer] felt he had anything left to do in Louisville and he said, ‘Leave.'”
JUST ONE TOP PROSPECT
I was surpised by this tweet yesterday, as I expected the Reds are holding out for more than one top prospect in any deal for Jay Bruce. Wouldn’t a trade of more than a season of Bruce yield more than a 3 month rental of Aroldis Chapman?
The #Reds have picked up the pace on Jay Bruce trade discussions. They're talking to at least 4 clubs. Seeking a top prospect in return.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 26, 2016
SCHEBLER HITS FOR CYCLE AT AAA
Speaking of trades, yesterday I mentioned the possibility of Billy Hamilton being traded this month, too. Schebler has been playing centerfield for the Bats and has been pounding the ball at AAA. Last night, he was 5-for-5 and hit for the cycle. If any Reds outfielders are traded, Schebler will likely be up and could play any of the three outfield positions.
Late afternoon baseball allows me to catch the end of the game at home. Hopefully, Straily is still on the mound throwing a gem of a game by the time I get to turn the TV on.