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.
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).
|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)
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 8, 2016
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
Billy Hamilton's last 22G: .303 avg, .361 OBP, 21 SB, 2 CS
Not too shabby.
Not too shabby (in Sean Connery voice).
— Wick Terrell (@wickterrell) August 8, 2016
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.
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's pure dominance on display. pic.twitter.com/weLhMshv8f
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 8, 2016
Katie Ledecky knows no earthly bound.
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.