Reds at Pirates – September 11, 2016

The Reds (59-82) won last night on Joey Votto’s birthday, which generally would be a very good birthday present to have, but Joey was also the catalyzing factor in the win, so it isn’t even like he got to sit back and enjoy he’s birthday present, he had to earn it himself. Oh well, I’m sure he can by himself something nice eventually.

Today, the Reds look for the series win against the Pirates (69-71) who are slipping further and further back in the Wild Card race. Today is also the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

Starting Pitchers

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Brandon Finnegan returns to the mound today after a below-average start against the Mets last week. Finnegan only ceded two runs over 5.0 innings, but both runs were on solo home runs and Finnegan walked four batters in the process. We might see Finnegan pitch fewer and fewer innings in his starts during this last stretch, but then again, we might see him left out there to fight for himself. Who knows what Bryan Price will decide to do?

Ryan Vogelsong, called back up to the Pirates in early August, makes his eighth straight start after spending much of the early part of the season in the bullpen. Vogelsong has pitched serviceable innings since he’s been back, but by no means has the right-hander been good. In his last two outing, Vogelsong has given up 10 runs in 9.0 innings pitched, walking four and yielding three home runs.

Starting Lineups

Reds Pirates
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Brandon Phillips (2B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Ramon Cabrera (C)
8. Tyler Holt (CF)
9. Brandon Finnegan (P)
1. Jordy Mercer (SS)
2. Josh Bell (RF)
3. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
4. Jung Ho Kang (3B)
5. David Freese (1B)
6. Gregory Polanco (LF)
7. Sean Rodriguez (2B)
8. Chris Stewart (C)
9. Ryan Vogelsong (P)

Exciting News! And Infamy!

An Unrelated Thing

So I came across this piece on The Ringer the other day and clicked simply out of curiosity and because I generally read everything The Ringer publishes. I remember when Justin Blackmon was drafted and I remember thinking to myself, “Well, Jacksonville is where dreams go to die.” I wasn’t wrong for once.

Past the writing, which in itself is superb, the story is one that needs to be told. I won’t pontificate on what the story means to me or what it should mean to society because none of you want to read that, but please take a look because for once this is a story told without judgment and that means the world.

Concluding Thoughts

My friend this morning is climbing 110 flights of stairs to honor the victims and survivors of 9/11. Her uncle was killed in the attack, and in large part, that event has motivated her to become an EMT and work on ambulance rigs while still a student.

Today is a day that means so much to so many people. Today is a day where the Reds game is insignificant in comparison.

Never Forget.


  1. ohiojimw says:

    Per @M_Sheldon and @reds Cozart is a scratch. Sheldon says his knee is barking but he is “available”. New line up moves Holt to lead off and inserts DeJesus at SS batting #8th

    1. DHud says:

      Of course.

      Because why would they start Peraza at SS

      1. ohiojimw says:

        Think Peraza is a little dinged too. I wasn’t following last night that closely but at one point when I checked in, they were wondering if Peraza might have any issues throwing or swinging a bat apparently because something had happened with his right hand during the game.

  2. ohiojimw says:

    @m_sheldon and @zachEnq reporting that Keyvius Sampson will start for the Reds Monday; Disco is “skipped over” and now scheduled to next start on 18 September. Also that Price says more pitchers may be recalled now that AA season has been ended. Current 40 man roster suspects” Rookie Davis, Sal Romano, Abel DeLosSantos

  3. Shchi Cossack says:

    Please just release Simon already!

  4. Carl Sayre says:

    Peraza is probably icing a couple of mashed digits strike 2 in his first at bat last night was a HBP that the umpire decided got enough bat to be a foul ball. I know pitchers pitch inside but with the history of the Pirates plunking Reds I was disappointed that Stephenson didn’t stick one in Harrisons ear flap. I know that is old fashioned and it is stupid to throw at each other but it will still be happening when we are dead and gone.

  5. Finnegan showing the bullpen could be in his future. Certainly shouldn’t give up on his starting chances yet, but his walk rate is out of control needs to improve for him to start.

    1. But good job getting out of it.

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