The ol’ Redlegs (58-82) won a game yesterday. They put the Pirates (69-70) below .500. This has been an awesome week, right?
So here’s the state of things: the Reds and Buccos play tonight at 7:05 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. It’s a four-game series, and these clubs have split the first two games. Pittsburgh bunted a lot last night, and I wouldn’t mind if they gave more free outs to the Reds tonight.
The Pirates are still in the thick of the wild card race, despite the losing record. They’re only 5 games out, so I’m telling you there’s a chance. I guess.
Robert Stephenson will be the starter for the good guys, in a battle of a couple of youngsters. Stephenson, of course, just returned to the Reds after rosters expanded, after experiencing a roller-coaster year at AAA Louisville. You’ll remember that Stephenson had a couple of good starts back in April, and his first start back with the Reds (earlier this week) wasn’t bad either: 5.1 IP, 2 ER, 9 strikeouts, 1 walk.
Drew Hutchison will be making his first start for Pittsburgh after coming over in the Francisco Liriano trade. He wasn’t great in AAA with the Blue Jays (though he did strike out a lot of guys), but he did make a couple of decent starts for the big league club over in the junior circuit. Who knows?
|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. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Robert Stephenson (P)
|1. Josh Harrison (2B)
2. Josh Bell (RF)
3. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
4. Gregory Polanco (LF)
5. Jung Ho Kang (3B)
6. John Jaso (1B)
7. Francisco Cervelli (C)
8. Jordy Mercer (SS)
9. Drew Hutchison (P)
I went to Pittsburgh once
I went to Pittsburgh for a weekend a couple of years ago to watch some concerts*. I didn’t actually get to visit PNC Park, but my wife and I walked around the outside and marveled at the structure (it’s nice). Then we went into the team shop and didn’t spend any money on Pirates gear. Fun times.
*Bonus points to any readers who can guess which two bands I saw in Pittsburgh.
Afterward, we ate a Primanti Bros. sandwich at the original location, which was pretty good. End of (boring) story.
The Reds are probably the best team on earth, so they’ll beat the Pirates again today. And since they won’t be wearing the throwbacks again, just let me reiterate:
You would not hear one objection from me if the Reds went back to the 1935 uniforms full time. pic.twitter.com/yx4a7mgY3x
— Chad Dotson (@dotsonc) September 10, 2016