A meaningful game on the riverfront, it will be.
The Cincinnati Red Leaders are hosting the San Francisco Death Stars on a night when the first 20,000 people through the Great American Ball Park gates will receive a Reds Star Wars t-shirt.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 6, 2017
And it’s just a darn shame that Wookie Davis isn’t starting for the home team, isn’t it?
With a Cincinnati win and a Chicago Ewoks loss tonight, the home team would truly be Red Leaders – tied for first place in the National League Central.
It would be nice to see a decent-sized crowd in response to the Red Leaders’ recent five-out-of-six hot streak. Cincinnati’s average home paid attendance of 20,621 is 27th in the majors, ahead of only Cleveland (CLEVELAND???), Oakland and Tampa Bay.
It was only one game, but the visitors from the Bay last night looked every bit of the last-place team they currently are. Watching their pitchers walk 12 and give up 16 hits elicited flashbacks to some performances by the home team in recent years. We could feel the pain of the folks watching back in northern California.
The forecast for tonight’s game is much better, with temperatures near 60 and little to no chance of rain – much better than the Star Wars weather forecast in the UK:
In any case, most Redleg Nation readers certainly are in alliance with these immortal words of Darth Vader:
Neither starting pitcher has faced the opposing team previously, which probably gives the pitchers the advantage early in the game. Don’t expect a game like last night’s in which the teams combined for 12 runs in the first five innings.
If you subtract Garrett’s horrible start against the Brewers, his ERA so far in his rookie year is 2.02. In the four non-Milwaukee starts, he has given up two runs or less each time.
Or, as Darth Vader would say:
To date, Garrett is the staff ace, and you expect to win more often than not when your ace takes the hill.
Blach is a lefthander who has filled Madison Bumgarner’s rotation slot. He has a nice ERA – as did Matt Cain prior to last night’s game. But Blach’s peripherals all compare negatively to Garrett’s.
It should be all hands on deck. Wandy Peralta hasn’t pitched in a few days, and might be available for multiple innings. Raisel Iglesias, Michael Lorenzen and Drew Storen should also be available after none of the three appeared Friday night. The only reliever who might not be available is Austin Brice, who pitched two impressive innings Friday in his Reds debut.
|2B Kelby Tomlinson (82 wRC+)||CF Billy Hamilton (59 wRC+)|
|LF Brandon Belt (131 wRC+)||SS Zack Cozart (154 wRC+)|
|RF Hunter Pence (83 wRC+)||1B Joey Votto (149 wRC+)|
|C Buster Posey (148 wRC+)||LF Adam Duvall (126 wRC+)|
|3B Christian Arroyo (83 wRC+)||3B Eugenio Suarez (162 wRC+)|
|LF Justin Ruggiano (n/a wRC+)||2B Jose Peraza (60 wRC+)|
|SS Eduardo Nunez (67 wRC+)||RF Patrick Kivlehan (88 wRC+)|
|CF Gorkys Hernandez (35 wRC+)||C Devin Mesoraco (110 wRC+)|
|P Ty Blach (5.34 xFIP)||P Amir Garrett (4.05 xFIP)|
Patrick Kivlehan gets the start in right field for Scott Schebler, who gets a day off against a lefty. The Giants have loaded their lineup with righthanded bats (Brandon Belt is the only lefty) against lefty Garrett. Justin Ruggiano is making his first appearance for the Giants today after starting the year with their AAA club.
News and Notes
Bryan Price: “The numbers really suggested it was time to make the move (of Cozart to number two in the batting order, and Peraza to number seven), and both are benefitting from it.” (Many Redleg Nation readers would agree.)
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) May 6, 2017
Go Red Leaders! Win tonight …
Tom Mitsoff is a lifelong Reds fan who grew up in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio. He lived a teenage life atypical of most his age by prioritizing following the Reds. At one point in the 1970s and early 1980s, Tom kept complete scorecards on more than 1,000 consecutive Reds games. Now that adult life has forced him to move on from his beloved Southwest Ohio, he follows the Reds daily through MLB.TV and other online media sources, including Redleg Nation.