After trading blowouts in the last two games of three against the Diamondbacks, the Reds (55-72) head to Anaheim to play the similarly miserable Angels (56-74). Both teams hope for a sweep to preserve a) some form of dignity and b) get three steps closer to avoiding the horribly humiliating 100-loss milestone.

Starting Pitchers

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Dan Straily has quietly put together four straight winning starts for the Reds, his last start in the streak lasting 6.0 shutout innings. The right-hander hasn’t lost a start since before the All Star break due in large part to his recent uptick in control. Since his last loss, Straily has only walked eight batters and allowed seven home runs across eight starts and 194 batters faced.

Matt Shoemaker hasn’t had the same luck as Straily of late–splitting his last four starts 2-2–but in other regards the big Angels righty has outpitched his Reds counterpart. Shoemaker has gone at least 6.0 innings in each of his last eight starts; he’s only given up four home runs in that time; and he has only walked eight batters. Yet, he hasn’t been able to strike batters out or scatter hits, leading to a mediocre 3-4 record in that span.

Starting Lineups

Reds Angels
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Brandon Phillips (2B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Eugenio Suarez (DH)
8. Ivan De Jesus (3B)
9. Ramon Cabrera (C)
1. Kole Calhoun (RF)
2. Mike Trout (CF)
3. Albert Pujols (DH)
4. C.J. Cron (1B)
5. Andrelton Simmons (SS)
6. Jefry Marte (3B)
7. Rafael Ortega (LF)
8. Jett Bandy (C)
9. Kaleb Cowart (2B)

Bailey’s Bicep

Following yesterday’s rout, it was reported that Reds’ starting pitcher Homer Bailey has been dealing with right bicep soreness, otherwise known as bad news for a pitcher coming off of a year of rehab. Granted, this ailment could be entirely normal–I don’t claim to know much about sports medicine. But the presence of an ailment at all is enough for me to be jittery about the Reds’ prospects for 2016 and beyond.

Mini Heart Attack

Unrelated to anyone’s life but my own, but through moving and planning and general busyness, I forgot that both Tony Renda and Cody Reed had been sent down to the Louisville Bats. Thus, these tweets:

Gave me a mini heart attack when I thought I had missed my deadline on the game thread. Thanks Jason, keep up the good work.

Concluding Thoughts

I wonder if Joey Votto and Mike Trout have a fan club for superstar-level players stuck on average (or below average) teams. I sure hope so. Joey needs someone to commiserate with.

Go Reds!

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  1. Alright!!! Dueling game threads!


  2. This is like who wore it best. Only the comments can tell.

  3. Mary Beth’s thread features Colorado Springs beauty (and a snake) while this thread brings to mind a Joey Votto/Mike Trout cage match. Tough choice.

  4. If somebody could talk to MLB about the Reds and all these west coast late night starts, that’d be great…

    Some of us have to get up in the morning!

  5. Unfortunately @JasonLinden had a couple of more tweets a little later from Louisville:

    “Cody Reed just came out with 1 out in the 3rd. Looks like an injury”.

    “Didn’t look right at all. Hardest I saw was 92 MPH, but I wasn’t checking every pitch. Still, velocity obviously not where it should’ve been”.

    I’ve not heard or seen anymore. Hopefully nothing significant.

  6. Hold on to your hats folks….Alfredo Simon has been recalled.

  7. Not content with failing to post when I’m supposed to post, I have now advanced to posting when I’m not supposed to post. I apologize, everyone, especially to Wesley, who is actually competent. Enjoy the ACTUAL Game Thread, guys.

  8. My Monday attempt to read the tea leaves or connect the dots…

    Just like with the Reds, Keyvius Sampson is emerging as the lost man in the Louisville bullpen. Since he was sent down on Aug 20, he’s pitched twice in relief for a grand total of 4.0 innings. He’s allowed no runs on 2 hits, 1BB, 4Ks. Seems to me that either he is on some sort of injury protocol; or, the Reds have plans for his innings in September. Now watch him start tomorrow and throw 8 innings 🙂

  9. What is TV coverage?

  10. Alfredo Simon would have to be recalled to active status to be waived or released. He could not be waived or released from the DL. Not that the Reds are going to waive or release Alfredo (which is what they should do, as well as release Ohlendorf), but just that.
    Neither has any kind of future with the Reds, or likely anybody, for that matter.

  11. Single/SB….Billy is off and running

  12. Votto makes it moot…2 run BOMB!!

  13. Trout answers with a 2 run shot.

  14. 4 straight extra base hits for the Angels to start. Might need a calculator for tonights final score

  15. What’s happening? This is not what we expect from Straily.

  16. What happened? Why is Cozart in the game

    • Peraza hit in the face by the ball on a pickoff attempt at first base.

      • Then he walked off the field on his own power? It seem like there was a long delay on game day.

        I hope he’s OK.

        Thanks for the quick update, I appreciate it.

  17. 2-7 and Jumbo is warming-up.

  18. I don’t have this one on TV but its disappointing. Straily just doesn’t have it. There is no margin for error with him….missing spots at 89 mph will light up the scoreboard. This will most likely be the 3rd game in 5 with double digit runs allowed! That’s like April/May and that’s not good!

  19. I just now tuned in. Simon is pitching? Oh my! Who is next, Diaz or Ohlendorf.

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