Tonight the Reds and Rockies meet in an Independence Day match up which is game two of the current four game series in Denver. Last night’s game was somewhat devoid of the baseball fireworks which have become the trademark of Coor’s Field. Let’s hope the Reds celebrate tonight with a massive outburst of offensive fireworks which outshines the Rockies.
Homer Bailey gets the ball for the Reds. This is the righthander’s third MLB start of 2017 as he continues his quest to come back from elbow woes which have plagued him since at least 2015. To say Bailey has struggled to achieve positive results in his first two starts this season would be an understatement. The more important news it that he appears to be healthy; and, the underlying physical ability to throw his pitches seems to be largely intact. Tonight represents another step in a process which may take longer than anyone, including Bailey, wants it to take. Continued patience is the order of the day.
Lefthander Kyle Freeland will start for the Rockies. Freeland, a 24 year old rookie, was picked 8th overall by the Rockies in the 2014 MLB draft. Take note that is one pick sooner than Monday’s Rockies starter, Jeff Hoffman, who was picked #9 overall in the same draft by Toronto then subsequently traded to the Rockies. Tonight’s start will be the 17th start of Freeland’s rookie season. Freeland throws a mid 90’s fastball complimented by a slider and changeup. Some reports indicate he throws the slider at two distinctly different speed ranges. The faster “slider” is likely more of a cut fastball. Freeland seems predisposed to some wildness. The Reds need to wait him out and take advantage if tonight is one of those occasions when he has trouble throwing strikes.
Nothing of note here for either team. Last night was an atypical night at Coors which stressed neither bullpen.
Hamilton and Cozart return to the Reds lineup. Is it just me or is Barnhart getting the larger half of the supposed 50/50 platoon at catcher? Especially with a lefty going for the Rockies tonight, I expected to see Mesoraco. Could his body be barking?
News and Notes
Filling in the context, that’s 1.5 fWAR for Scooter so far this season. That is pretty darn good a part time player. Maybe Scooter shouldn’t be part time any more?
RLN’s Jason Linden has these Votto updates…..
How about some overnight catch up on Luis Castillo’s Monday night?
And look who may be heading in the right direction,
Two hundred and forty-one years ago today the Second Continental Congress gave birth to our nation by adopting the Declaration of Independence. Happy Birthday USA! Go Reds!