The Reds (46-66) won last night, Raisel Iglesias saved the game, and Brandon Finnegan pitched 6.0 innings of four-run ball. Also, our team has the chance to take a series from the Cardinals (59-54) in St. Louis. Remember back when that was dang near impossible? It’s the little things in a rebuild.
Anthony DeSclafani has had a very strong, injury-shortened 2016, making nine quality starts in just 11 appearances. While the superficial numbers likely aren’t sustainable for the long haul, a 3.65 FIP on a .303 BABIP (i.e. not luck inflated) is nothing to scoff at. There is a claim to be made for small sample size, but let’s all just take a moment and believe that good things are possible, shall we?
Jaime Garcia has had a solid, mid-rotation worthy campaign with the Cardinals this year, pitching better than his superficial numbers but worse than his 2015 ones. He’s also coming off a scoreless 8.0 inning, 11 strikeout outing against the Braves, which doesn’t mean as much considering it’s the Braves, but the same could be said about the Reds, so I’ll let the numbers stand. His outing against the Marlins before that was miserable.
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Tony Renda (2B)
7. Tyler Holt (RF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Anthony DeSclafani (P)
|1. Matt Carpenter (3B)
2. Kolten Wong (2B)
3. Brandon Moss (RF)
4. Matt Holliday (LF)
5. Matt Adams (1B)
6. Yadier Molina (C)
7. Jeremy Hazelbaker (CF)
8. Greg Garcia (SS)
9. Jaime Garcia (P)
More Raisel News!
Seems like after notching his first save last night, Raisel Iglesias is following the well-trod path before him and has said he wants to be a closer. Red Reporter has the full breakdown of what the Reds’ best reliever’s new wishes could mean, but I was holding out hope that the shoulder would be strong enough for him to start again. Alas, you can’t always get what you want.
Last night Iglesias became the first Reds pitcher to start Opening Day and record a save in that same season since Joey Hamilton in 2002.
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) August 10, 2016
Stuff to Read While You Wait
A bit of shameless self-promotion: I wrote today on who you can expect to see on the next great Reds’ team, and you know, it’s not all that promising. Matt Wilkes took on the Reds home run problem and why people are asking if Bronson Arroyo suddenly body-switched with the entire rotation. (I highly doubt anyone has phrased the question in that manner, but the sentiment applies.) And T.J. Friedl has captivated the entire sporting world by simply existing in a professional context. The game’s two hours away; that’s plenty of time to read it all.
Michael Phelps won another couple of medals last night and Katie Ledecky added to her stash, but the real story is the US Women’s Gymnastic team. Not only did the team take gold, but they also utterly demolished second place Russia. Put it this way: Russia was two times closer to eighth place Brazil than the gold-medal US team.
If we’re talking about greatness, look no further than the Final Five.
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) August 10, 2016
The Olympic Men’s Basketball team plays Australia at 5 CST today. Just putting that out there in case anyone didn’t get to see enough of Matthew Delladova and Draymond Green go at each other back in June. Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving will be reprising their roles as well. And just like last time, don’t count on seeing much of Harrison Barnes.