The New York Mets need more wins to get ahead in the wild card race as they play game #2 of the series in Cincinnati tonight. They will have to do it in the scorching heat with an inexperienced rookie starter filling in for Jacob deGrom. deGrom is expected to miss multiple starts with soreness in his forearm.
Twenty-one-year-old Nashville recording artist Kaitlyn Baker will perform the National Anthem tonight at Great American Ballpark.
NL WILDCARD STANDINGS
More important to Reds fans is who else is getting the call for September? Well, just two more names today, and it’s looking like no Dilson Herrera nor Jesse Winker. Winker isn’t surprising to me, but Herrera is.
Today, the Reds recalled INF/OF Tony Renda and RHP Josh Smith from Triple-A Louisville.
Montero is making just his 4th appearance for the Mets this season and his 2nd big league start. That’s a lot of pressure on a guy who walked six batters over five innings in his only other major league start against the Marlins last week. Montero had a 7.20 ERA along with 40 walks over 80 innings in 16 starts for AAA Las Vegas. He had a much better time in nine AA starts: 2.20 ERA, 19 walks, 40 strikeouts over 49 innings.
Brandon Finnegan completed August with a string of three consecutive quality starts: 20 innings, just four runs allowed, 9 hits, 4 walks and 29 strikeouts. He posted quality starts in five of his six August starts, easily posting his best month with the Reds. Opponents hit just .183/.257/.366 off Finnegan for the month.
|1. Jose Reyes (3B)
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (SS)
3. Yoenis Cespedes (LF)
4. Wilmer Flores (1B)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Travis d’Arnaud (C)
7. Curtis Granderson (CF)
8. Matt Reynolds (2B)
9. Rafael Montero (P)
|1. Jose Peraza (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Brandon Phillips (2B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Ivan De Jesus (3B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Brandon Finnegan (P)
Check out Mark Sheldon’s full story on Lorenzen’s nomination:
Lorenzen, a Southern California native, who is in his second Major League season, has already worked to immerse himself in the Cincinnati community. He is a frequent visitor to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to connect with young patients. He also is involved with the Reds Community Fund and its Rookie Success League and clinics at the P&G Cincinnati MLB Youth Academy.
Among his other endeavors, Lorenzen has met with elementary school students at the Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies, volunteered with “Matthew 25: Ministries” to help local boy scouts collect and distribute supplies for those in need. He’s a presence when the Reds host children and their families from the Make-A-Wish Foundation and is also active with the Cincinnati Bengals’ Marvin Lewis Community Fund and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
REDS TRIBUTE TO JAY BRUCE
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 5, 2016
It’s going to be a hot night at the stadium with game time temperatures in the upper 80’s and a heat index over 90! Hopefully, the Reds’ bats heat up (only 20 runs in last eight games, which includes nine runs Saturday afternoon) and provide Finnegan all the support he needs.