The Cincinnati Reds (45-66), a collective team of grown men, led the St. Louis Cardinals (59-53) for eight and two thirds innings last night. Tony Cingrani and Ross Ohlendorf, two individuals that while being part of the collective cannot speak for them at the moment, lost a ballgame to the St. Louis Cardinals in just a third of an inning. It was Ohlendorf’s birthday; he can cry if he wants to.
Brandon Finnegan and Mike Leake tee off again after Finnegan took the matchup last week in St. Louis. The 6.0 inning, no run start was the second consecutive of the kind for Finnegan and saw him cutting back on the walks that marred his previous start against the Padres. Even though Finnegan will likely finish the season in the rotation, he’s on a short leash due to an increasing innings count in an abandoned season. Finnegan is also on my fantasy team, and I have a critical matchup this week, so the stakes have never been higher for the young lefty.
Mike Leake on the other hand already got paid and plays for the black magic connoisseur Cardinals, so it’s likely he never feels pressure any more. Leake has had probably the best season of his career based on peripheral numbers, but a BABIP that has rocketed up 50 points has been his counting numbers’ downfall. He’s also given up a few more home runs than in the past. That probably contributes as well.
|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. Brandon Finnegan (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. Mike Leake (P)
Iggy on the Move…
…unlikely, but Red Reporter had a nice write-up on why if there were a Red to move, Raisel Iglesias is probably the prime candidate. Go check out the full piece here and get the added bonus of a not-so-flattering comparison between Clayton Kershaw and Tony Cingrani.
Tony Cingrani and Clayton Kershaw have both walked 51 batters since the start of 2015.
Kershaw in 353.2 IP, Cingrani in 81.2.
— Wick Terrell (@wickterrell) August 9, 2016
Michael Phelps raced in a semi-final last night against the man who beat him by 0.05 seconds in his best event–the 200m butterfly–four years ago. Phelps beat Le Clos but that wasn’t the story. The story was Phelps mean mugging for the camera before the race while Le Clos shadowboxed in front of him.
.@MichaelPhelps is not impressed with Chad le Clos's antics.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 9, 2016
Michael Phelps memes are reaching Harambe levels today.
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) August 9, 2016
Long story short: The Olympics are filled with nonsense, and Michael Phelps is a terrifying when angered human being.
Let’s all forget last night’s D’ohlendorf moment and focus on Brandon Finnegan’s young career today. After all, my fantasy team depends on it.