Sparky used to say there’ll be nights like this. Just have to laugh it off.
The Reds won the series. Tomorrow is an off day. Next, three in St. Louis before the All-Star break. Nothing else to see here.
Cincinnati 4 (41-52) • Cleveland 19 (50-41)
Wasn’t Tyler Mahle’s night. Or Tanner Rainey’s. Or Jackson Stephens’. Even UVA pride and joy Kyle Crockett got caught up in tonight’s mess.
Alex Blandino pitched an inning and struck out two major league hitters. That’s more than Mahle and Rainey struck out added together.
Scooter Gennett and Jesse Winker homered.
New Trade Rumor Makes sense.
Rumor: Cleveland Indians have inquired about Alex Blandino for bullpen.
— Steve Mancuso (@spmancuso) July 12, 2018
Even Non-Human Life Forms Bummed (This robot is a good follow, btw. Solid Reds fan.)
— Vottomatic (@__Vottomatic__) July 12, 2018
Maybe More Than a Minute Tonight, I’d recommend thinking about this for more than the suggested minute. Sure, Votto has decline years ahead of him, but still.
Joey Votto is in his 11th full season and has a higher career adjusted OPS than Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, and Willie Mays. Think about that for a minute.
— David Laurila (@DavidLaurilaQA) July 11, 2018
Said No One Ever Really missed watching pitchers bat the last three days. Hard to watch games without double switches. Without pitchers trying to bunt there’s just no drama in the game.
Homer’s Odyssey Reds general manager Nick Krall said today that Homer Bailey will make two more starts with Louisville then join the Reds back in the rotation. “We thought that was his best role. Moving forward we think he is a starter. We just wanted to see if he could relieve before the (Triple-A all-star) break and decided it was best if we left him as a starter.” The Reds should have a slot open in the rotation once they trade Matt Harvey.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.