Second of four games between the Reds (66-90) and the Cardinals (81-75.) See, the Cardinals have 75 losses, not 74. 75. Because the Reds beat the Cardinals last night. They beat them. They beat them and they sent that failboat right back down the Mississip.

THIS GUY DOESN’T THINK THE METS GOT THE JAY BRUCE THEY TRADED FOR

Whelp. 

STARTING LINEUP

CARDINALS REDS
1. Greg Garcia (2B)
2. Stephen Piscotty (RF)
3. Yadier Molina (C)
4. Matt Adams (1B)
5. Jhonny Peralta (3B)
6. Brandon Moss (LF)
7. Jedd Gyorko (SS)
8. Randal Grichuk (CF)
9. Adam Wainwright (P)
1. Jose Peraza (SS)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Brandon Phillips (2B)
6. Scott Schebler (CF)
7. Steve Selsky (RF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Robert Stephenson (P)

STARTING PITCHERS

ERA IP SO WHIP ON THE FAILBOAT?
Robert Stephenson 5.59 29.0 23 1.55 NO THE REDS ARE THE BEST TEAM IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE GALAXY
Adam Wainwright 4.57 187.0 147 1.38 Right on down the Mississip.

A THING FROM TWITTER

This is why we sports.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Prevailing sentiment:  “I don’t know how they played after this.” They did, because that’s what they do.

I’ve written before about how transient baseball attachments are in this age of free agency; no sooner had we adjusted to the oddness of Aroldis Chapman in Yankee stripes when he suddenly showed up for work a Cubs uniform. The tragic loss of Jose Fernandez, and the way in which it brought his teammates to their knees, is a reminder of the fragile humanity that drives this game.

36 Responses

  1. Shchi Cossack

    ARGH, I missed the biggest trade of the season! I’m not sure how I feel about Wainwright wearing the wishbone C.

    • cfd3000

      Straight up for Stephenson? I think I wish the Reds hadn’t made that trade. There was a nite in one of the Cardinals recaps after yesterday’s game that at least their ace was going tonight. First, I don’t think an ERA at 4 1/2 makes Wainwright an ace. Second, I don’t think the writer realized that ace might be Stephenson tonight. Go Reds!

  2. Shchi Cossack

    I hope Selsky gets to start every remaining game this season. He’s got defensive issues and lacks power, especially for a corner OF, but having his bat on the bench next season and having him available to fill in as a starter if needed feels like a nice security blanket.

  3. Kurt Frost

    I’m here for this one too. We hit Miller Park, Wrigley, U.S. Cellular and Busch in 4 days.

    • Shchi Cossack

      At the top of my bucket list is a taking in a Reds game at all of the MLB parks. Good deal Kurt!

  4. VaRedsFan

    I hope they read the scouting report…pitch to Wainright like a regular hitter….he can handle the bat. There…they’ve been warned.

  5. VaRedsFan

    RBI 2-bagger for Votto….1 zip Reds

    • Broseph

      One of the reasons I continue to watch this season is to see how he plies his craft. Something else, and all the naysayers have fallen silent over the past two months.

  6. VaRedsFan

    I really like the movement on RS’s fastball, as well as the changeup

  7. VaRedsFan

    Selsky now 7-7 career vs. the Cardinals. How great is that?

  8. Chuck Schick

    I read an article late last night about how Monday’s game was the first since 2013 that the Cards drew fewer than 40,000. It was nice reading the idiotic comments from the BFIB about how dumb their manager is and how upset they are with the front office.

    • TR

      The debate must have broke the 40,000 attendance streak.

  9. VaRedsFan

    Knock #2 for Joey…Screamer up the middle

  10. VaRedsFan

    Good patience by Duval after fishing early…worked the walk

  11. Indy RedMan

    Dejesus .573 ops coming in…..nice guy and ok defensively but he can’t hit, no power, or speed to speak of. We need to do better!!

  12. Preach

    Just tuning in. See Peraza was listed at SS , but see DeJesus there. Something happened?

  13. VaRedsFan

    Diaz slam ruins what was a pretty good start by RS

  14. Preach

    Peraza should be playing everyday somewhere

  15. VaRedsFan

    Votto now 3-3 adding adding a rocket of a HR to right

  16. Indy RedMan

    Bob Steve actually looked pretty good tonite but can’t just throw fastballs down the middle because you’re down in the count. Encouraging though….good breaking stuff and his fastball has movement! He was justing going 2-1 on guys instead of 1-2 and it made a difference.

  17. VaRedsFan

    Magill gets the tak of holding the 5-3 defecit. Starts with a walk and a hit

  18. Preach

    When Schebler hits ’em, ……….

  19. Preach

    Wow. Just…..wow. 4 Card homers tonight. Wow. We haven’t run anyone out there tonight who hasn’t given up a blast.

  20. Indy RedMan

    Interesting stat about Sampson this year

    1st-15th pitch = allowing .326 batt average
    16th-60th pitch = allowing under .200 average

    He is just not a reliever….maybe not a great starter either but that’s what he’s best at. He has good stuff but when he’s bad he is bad!!!