The Giancarlo Stanton-less Marlins (61-56) roll into Cincinnati today, looking to gain ground on the Cardinals in the Wild Card race. The Reds (48-68), meanwhile, are just hoping that Brandon Finnegan can put together a few more quality starts before he hits his innings limit.
— John Fay (@johnfayman) August 15, 2016
Not good. Not good at all.
Brandon Finnegan put together a non-objectionable start his last time out, going 6.0 innings and only allowing three runs despite six walks. The start was the baseball equivalent of the word “meh,” an upside down smiley face, and cooking stir fry because it’s the only non-microwaveable food you know how to make all rolled up into one. Finnegan is also quickly coming up on his innings cap–presumed to be around 150–which would matter if the Reds weren’t 20 games under .500.
For the Marlins, David Phelps is making his third start of the season after spending the majority of his time in the pen. Phelps’ first two starts went well enough (he only allowed one run between the two of them), but he has yet to extend his arm past 5.0 innings. The Marlins will probably try to get him through 6.0 innings today before shutting him down.
|1. Dee Gordon (2B)
2. Martin Prado (3B)
3. Christian Yelich (LF)
4. Marcell Ozuna (CF)
5. J.T. Realmuto (C)
6. Ichiro Suzuki (RF)
7. Chris Johnson (1B)
8. Adeiny Hechavarria (SS)
9. David Phelps (P)
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Ivan De Jesus (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Tony Renda (2B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Brandon Finnegan (P)
#reds optioned Reed to Louisville; recalled OF Waldrop
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) August 15, 2016
AHA! Cody Reed has been sent down after single-handedly making this Reds team one of the worst in the league. That bum couldn’t even get out of the first inning. Finally, the front office took notice and put him back where he belongs: Not in the Majors! But wait…Waldrop isn’t a pitcher. Who’s going to replace him?
Highly unlikely. The fear is that we need to brace ourselves for the return of Alfredo Simon. https://t.co/fYp7ZOoojE
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) August 15, 2016
Oh…so you’re saying this season doesn’t matter right? And that Reed kid already roasted AAA hitting? We can take a mulligan on this one right? Just don’t bring back Simon. Please, please don’t bring back Simon.
Simon is still stretching out. I'd guess you're looking at Keyvius or Tim Adleman
— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) August 15, 2016
Eh. At least the Olympics are on.
Usian Bolt won his third straight gold in the 100 meters yesterday, which is great and all especially since he came from behind to do it but that was not at all the best Olympic moment yesterday.
That honor belongs to the pair of Brazilian gymnasts who took silver and bronze in the floor exercise competition against all odds. Both men were overcome by the emotion of winning a medal in front of their home country. Small reminder that the Olympics aren’t always about medal counts and sustained greatness, but the years of hard work and effort so many of these athletes have put in to be here.
aye come on i'ma for real cry watching these brazilian gymnast cry man this is great
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) August 15, 2016
I don't need the puppy olympics or whatever when the Brazilian men's gymnastic medalists are hopping around like this with tears of joy
— Emily Yoshida (@emilyyoshida) August 15, 2016
Joey Votto is the best, but he’s on the opposing fantasy team for me this week, so you know, don’t try to be the hero or anything Joey. Also, go away rain, we don’t need you right now.