Surprise! The start time of todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Reds-Padres game at Great American Ball Park has been moved up one hour to 3:10 p.m. Eastern time.
TodayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Reds/Padres game is now slated to start at 3:10PM EST.
The game time adjustment is being made based on weather models showing our best possible window to get todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s game in. The game will be carried live on all normal broadcast channels at the adjusted start time.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 8, 2018
In a separate Tweet, the Reds announced that anyone with tickets who cannot attend due to the change in start time will be able to use todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tickets as rain checks to exchange for any future Reds home game in the remaining three weeks of the season.
A post-game faith concert featuring Tenth Avenue North is scheduled to follow todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s game, and it seems clear that had some influence in the decision to change the game start time. Some pre-game tweets indicated that the concert will take place no matter the conditions, but none of those tweets came directly from the Reds.
The big question appears to be whether the weather will hold off long enough to allow the Reds and Padres to get in an official game, so the Padres donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to play a day-night doubleheader Sunday on a get-away day. (They do have a day off Monday before opening a series in Seattle against the Mariners.) The Reds certainly don’t want to play a meaningless unscheduled game on a Sunday evening when school and the NFL are in session. That might be a situation where you could actually count the spectators with an abacus.
Lefthander Erlin has been up and down between the Padres and the minors since 2013, but has been very consistent, with an earned run average below 4.00 each year. The Reds would take that in a heartbeat. Primarily a reliever, Erlin has been getting some starts in recent weeks, and the results have not been pretty (11 earned runs allowed in 15 innings in his last three starts.)
As this season draws to a close, we have a pretty clear picture of what Harvey brings to the table Ã¢â‚¬â€œ below average results more often than not. He would not be among the top free agent pitchers available on any list compiled by an unbiased observer. He may be someone the Reds turn to if they exhaust all other free agent pitcher options during this off-season. Frankly, if that happens, this pitching situation is much worse than we dared allow ourselves to believe.
Michael Lorenzen got the win last night with three shutout innings of middle relief, and wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be available on the mound. Jim RigglemanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cup runneth over with other options, however, and they all should be available Ã¢â‚¬â€œ if the game actually reaches the point where relievers are needed before the downpour begins.
|SS Freddy Galvis||RF Scott Schebler|
|3B Wil Myers||SS Jose Peraza|
|LF Hunter Renfroe||1B Joey Votto|
|1B Eric Hosmer||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|RF Franmil Reyes||LF Phillip Ervin|
|C Austin Hedges||C Curt Casali|
|2B Cory Spangenberg||2B Brandon Dixon|
|CF Manuel Margot||P Matt Harvey|
|P Robbie Erlin||CF Billy Hamilton|
News and Notes
Jared Hughes provides a moment of levity Ã¢â‚¬Â¦
After @Reds move Saturday first pitch up an hour to 3:10, this was Jared Hughes walking through the clubhouse at 1:15 p.m.: “They moved it up again, to 12:10 now. They’re in the fifth inning out there.”
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Mark Schmetzer (@markschmetzer) September 8, 2018