10:40 AM CST: Josh Donaldson is on MLB Network saying, “They don’t pay you for ground balls. They pay you for doubles, for home runs, unless you’re going to steal 80 bases like you’re Billy Hamilton or something.”
6:10 PM CST: The Cincinnati Reds (48-69) will play the Miami Marlins (62-56) in the second game of their four game series. Josh Donaldson will not be playing in the game as he is not on either team. Billy Hamilton will be playing in the game because he plays for the Reds. Giancarlo Stanton, previously unmentioned, will not be playing in the game despite playing for the Marlins because he is hurt. Giancarlo Stanton got paid for doubles and home runs. Just some observations.
Anthony DeSclafani takes the mound after recording his first loss of the season last time out. Despite letting up two homers, Disco did strike out five in 5.0 innings so there were some silver linings. His 1.12 HR/9 mark kinda dulls whatever those silver linings were though.
For the second night in a row, the Marlins are starting a converted reliever as Jose Urena makes his fourth start of the year. Urena dazzled in his first two starts, giving up two runs in 11.2 combined innings, but the wheels came off his last time out. Against the Cardinals, Urena gave up eight runs in 4.1 innings, walking four.
|1. Dee Gordon (2B)
2. Martin Prado (3B)
3. Christian Yelich (LF)
4. Marcell Ozuna (CF)
5. Derek Dietrich (1B)
6. Ichiro Suzuki (RF)
7. J.T. Realmuto (C)
8. Adeiny Hechavarria (SS)
9. Jose Urena (P)
|1. Tony Renda (LF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Scott Schebler (CF)
6. Ivan De Jesus (2B)
7. Tucker Barnhart (C)
8. Tyler Holt (RF)
9. Anthony DeSclafani (P)
Lorenzen placed on bereavement list by #reds … Adleman recalled from Louisville
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) August 16, 2016
Joey Votto Goodness
As always, the guys over at Red Reporter did a wonderful job summarizing exactly why Joey Votto is in a league all by himself. Check out the full piece, but here’s a highlight of Joey’s grandeur:
His offensive runs above average stands at 50.6 ahead of the the likes of Kris Bryant (48.6) and fathoms beyond Daniel Murphy (39.7), and his .455 OBP in that time has lapped the NL field in Ledeckian fashion.
We all know that the Reds future largely depends on what the farm system can churn out. (Is that even true? I don’t know, but some people believe it is.) So, in standard fashion, the blog Minor League Ball looked at how the Reds pre-season top 20 prospects were doing as of yesterday. Notably, this list does not include Nick Senzel because he was still in college as of the pre-season, so take its findings as you will.
No Olympic nonsense today. Not because the Olympics suddenly just stopped going on or anything–they are very much still happening–but because Jonathan Lucroy pulled on Sam Dyson’s beard and that’s all the sporting nonsense we need today.
— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) August 16, 2016