2016 Reds / Game Thread

Reds at Cardinals – August 8, 2016

After taking two of three last week in Cincinnati, the Reds (45-65) make the mostly boring trip out to St. Louis to play another three-game set against the Cardinals (58-53). I guess the Reds do get to fly and don’t have to drive through the endless fields to get to St. Louis but still, traveling to St. Louis is a fate I wish on no one.

Starting Pitchers

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Cody Reed has taken some flack from Reds fans lately because he hasn’t quite pitched at a major league level. The Reds also haven’t quite been playing at a major league level, so I’m sure Reed’s transgressions can be forgiven. What better way than to hone your craft than by pitching against the best of the best when there’s no stakes attached?

Anyway, there are some bright spots in Reed’s peripheral numbers–take his nearly identical K% and BB% to Michael Wacha for one. His SIERA–the stat that probably best boils a pitcher down to just what a pitcher can control–is also right at league average (4.05 Reed, 4.20 NL Avg.) and belies that maybe this kid will put it all together one day.

Michael Wacha on the other hand is a stinking Cardinal and all his success probably helps to fund the building of another Death Star…or something. Wacha’s surface-level stats show a bit of regression from his 17 win season a year ago, but really not much has changed. His BABIP has climbed 50 points, which explains the sudden lack of wins and point increase in ERA, but all his other stats have stayed pretty constant. And if you’re wondering, Cody Reed has outpitched Wacha in terms of SIERA (Wacha 4.19).

Starting Lineups

Reds Cardinals
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Brandon Phillips (2B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Cody Reed (P)
1. Matt Carpenter (2B)
2. Stephen Piscotty (RF)
3. Matt Holliday (LF)
4. Brandon Moss (1B)
5. Yadier Molina (C)
6. Jhonny Peralta (SS)
7. Jedd Gyorko (3B)
8. Tommy Pham (CF)
9. Michael Wacha (P)

Reds Birthdays!
Today is both Blake Wood and Ross Ohlendorf’s birthday. Hopefully, Bryan Price will give them the day to celebrate and won’t insist on running either reliever into the game.

Chad’s Favorite Player

Does this make last 22 games Billy Hamilton Daniel Craig and previous large number of games Billy Hamilton Pierce Brosnan? Or is the new Billy Hamilton Sean Connery and why was James Bond brought into the conversation at all? Further, eight men have played James Bond at some point, and of the eight, Daniel Craig would most certainly play centerfield and Pierce Brosnan would most certainly play shortstop and that’s not supposed to answer the first question, but I’m not going to say it doesn’t answer the first question either.

Olympic Nonsense
I hold a bit of a grudge against the Olympics for discontinuing baseball as a sport and crushing my dreams of being an Olympic athlete. (I never would’ve made the team, but at least I would have had hope!) Anyway, the news of the day is that Katie Ledecky is the best swimmer the US has ever seen and if you don’t believe me read this.

Katie Ledecky knows no earthly bound.

Concluding Thoughts
The Reds are playing the Cardinals. Cody Reed is pitching. There is a chance he won’t perform that well. And that is a-ok.

I’ve missed writing game threads. It’s nice to see everyone again.

Go Reds!

107 thoughts on “Reds at Cardinals – August 8, 2016

  1. Poor command, and an inability to throw anything but fastballs.

    Yep, sounds like a winning combination to me.

  2. You have got to be kidding me ! How fricking embarrassing!!!!!! Olendorf coming in… Guess what follows?????

  3. Is there any doubt now that Iglesias and lorenzen are on parallel tracks??? Scripted spring training regimens regardless of team situation?

  4. Yep. Happy birthday Ross. I would say unbelievable, but honestly, i believe it. Actually expected it.

  5. Wow. 3 walks and 2 HBP’s in the inning. Probably the worst loss of the year for the Reds.

  6. Poor Cody Reed. Probably had the baseball from his first major league “win” all ready to be put on his mantle.

    Guess that will have to wait.

  7. Unless im wrong, Molina was on second with 2 outs in the ninth, and he was the one hbp to win the game.

  8. Bryan Price clown show. Worst manager of pitching maneuvers ever – simply amazing. Players gotta execute, but Price HAS NO CLUE !

  9. Absolutely can’t happen.Cingrani should have got pulled right after the Carpenter hit but the reality is with two outs and one man on you could have put the ball on a tee and they still wouldn’t have scored 5 runs.Three walks and HBP by the same pitcher and you leave him in.Come on nobody could be that bad of a manager.

  10. No reason Lorenzen couldn’t pitch 1 inning? The guy is strong as an ox! Price is beyond stupid sometimes! I thought Dusty stuck w/Coco Cordero too often but Ohlendorf isn’t a high paid closer! I don’t understand the misguided loyalty at all? I never trusted Cingrani either….he has no business in the 8th/9th inning for a contender. Giving games away to the Cardinals of all teams…inexecusable.

  11. I have a suggestion for what Jim Day should do on his day off: find a real bullpen arm.

  12. I think when people say anyone can close a game, for what ever reason that doesn’t seem to be true. JJ Hoover has already been chewed up and spit out in that role and Cingrani is on that same path and Olendorf doesn’t even come close to being able to handle that role.

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