2016 Reds / Game Thread

Reds at Angels – August 31, 2016

The Reds (55-76) have dropped the first two sets against the similarly hapless Angels (58-74), and so look to salvage the series with a victory tonight. Jose Peraza did however standout last night with a four-hit affair just a day after taking a pickoff throw to the face.

Starting Pitchers

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Brandon Finnegan looks to build off of two strong outings his last two times out, earning a win over the Dodgers and a no decision against the Diamondbacks. Over the 13.0 innings the starts spanned, Finnegan struck out 20 and walked four, only yielding two runs. Finnegan’s had an up-and-down season but has been largely solid since the All Star break, a good sign for the Reds moving into 2017.

Ricky Nolasco has not had a good season. Across his 26 starts, Nolasco has managed to give up a run in every single one and has only managed quality starts in 10 of them (which is admittedly already a low threshold). The Angels acquired Nolasco at the trade deadline from the Twins in what mostly amounted to a contract dump on the Twins part.

Starting Lineups

Reds Angels
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Brandon Phillips (DH)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
8. Jose Peraza (2B)
9. Ramon Cabrera (C)
1. Andrelton Simmons (SS)
2. Kole Calhoun (DH)
3. C.J. Cron (1B)
4. Jefry Marte (3B)
5. Jett Bandy (C)
6. Gregorio Petit (LF)
7. Rafael Ortega (CF)
8. Kaleb Cowart (2B)
9. Nick Buss (RF)

Random Bits and Pieces

There’s a lot of wonderful Reds writing out on the Internet today (most of it originating from the brains behind this little site), so I encourage everyone to check out Jason’s and Chad’s and Matt’s work.

BUT, today also marked the day that one of my favorite websites–the Ringer–published a piece about my hometown–Nashville–and my favorite food–hot chicken. So please forgive me if the rest of this game thread is just me pontificating on the merits of hot chicken and a Major League Baseball-less city.

First, some facts:

  1. Nashville is the only home of hot chicken. No one else can claim it. No one.
  2. Nashville’s only professional baseball team is the Sounds, the A’s AAA affiliate.
  3. Minor League baseball is objectively better than Major League baseball but still objectively worse than college baseball, which is the best.
  4. You have just been tricked into reading my reasoning as to why the Nashville Sounds should be rebranded as the Nashville Red Hots, become the Reds affiliate (sorry bats), and give away free hot chicken at all game (economics pending).

Second, some exhibits:

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A photo posted by Wesley Jenkins (@wesjenks) on Jul 23, 2014 at 7:32pm PDT

 

Really, what else could you ever want?

Third, an argument:

Why shouldn’t a minor league baseball team be hot chicken themed? Why should corporate America hate everything that is fun and good in the world? Why should we suffer?

Please send your petitions to your local Tennessee congressperson to correct this grievous wrong.

Concluding Thoughts

Hot Chicken > Skyline Chili’s. Sorry not sorry.

Go Reds

22 thoughts on “Reds at Angels – August 31, 2016

  1. If you’re not from Nashville you can get a substitute at KFC. It’s a sweet/spicy chicken. You can find a KFC copy cat recipe online, it’s great stuff!

  2. The preliminary Reds contributions to the AFL were announced:

    Brandon Dixon, Zach Vincej, Chad Wallach, Barrett Astin, Evan Mitchell & Daniel Wright.

    Interesting that Chad Wallach was listed as an infielder rather than a catcher.

  3. First game of the year neither Pujols and Trout. (together) have not been in the lineup.

  4. It’s like he dedicates so much focus on just getting a hit that he literally can’t think about or function any other baseball action

  5. I think the reds just want to leave at this point. The ABs are really really bad. The angels are just sitting there taking pitch after pitch. We went out of that last inning on 6 pitches. This inning they’ve already doubled the amount of pitches taken (Angels)…

  6. What’s happened to the Red’s offense that was front and center for quite a while after the All Star break?

    • Worried now – if we can’t beat Nolasco — who is not a good pitcher — this September is going to get ugly unless things improve offensively… We looked good earlier in August but this past week was not so good…

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