As was the case Saturday, the start time of today’s finale to the four-game series with San Diego has been changed. Today’s change is from the original scheduled start time of 1:10 p.m. to 4:10 Eastern time, due to weather considerations.
The forecast for the time period during the game:
CINCINNATI @Reds FORECAST: Take the poncho and rain gear with you if you are heading to the game, the start pushed back to 4:10 PM — Scattered showers possible with cool temperatures! Upper 60’s for the first pitch down to the middle 60’s by the final out! #CincyWX @Local12 pic.twitter.com/6WQhHeFcjT
— Bryan Schuerman, M.Ed. (@BSchuermanWX) September 9, 2018
The unusual step of changing game times just hours before the start was prompted by the attempt to avoid one or more rainouts and the need for the Padres, the team with the National League’s worst record, to make an unscheduled trip back to Cincinnati before the end of the season to play a make-up game or games. Frankly, the Reds don’t want to have to open the stadium for a game like that with no pre-sale and the likelihood of the crowd size being measured in the thousands or even hundreds instead of tens of thousands.
The 61-82 Reds are going for their third win in the four-game series, which would mean they would achieve this:
If the Reds can go 3-4 over the next 7 days, they’ll finish with a winning record vs the NL West for the first time since 2013.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) September 6, 2018
Righthander Nix has made four starts after coming up from Class AAA. Two have been very good (a combined 14.1 innings pitched with one earned run allowed), and another was terrible, allowing five runs in two-thirds of an inning. Today will be the Reds’ first look at Nix, who has considerably lower strikeout and walk rates than his mound opponent today.
Mahle looked like a potential number two or three starter at times this year, but then his season fell off a cliff in his last four major league starts: 20 earned runs allowed in 10.2 innings. When he was sent down, Manager Jim Riggleman said Mahle had been working on aspects of his game that you can’t work on at the major league level, without being more specific. We haven’t heard a definitive explanation for what happened in those four starts, but the good news is that it wasn’t injury-related. At Louisville, he was effective, recording a 2.73 ERA in five starts. Of course, the hope is that Mahle will recapture the form we saw at times earlier this season.
Hail, hail, the gang’s all here. All members of the well-stocked bullpen should be available if needed today. Jared Hughes pitched only one-third of an inning Saturday before the skies opened, bringing a premature end to activities.
Find the lineups here.
News and Notes
Would it be fair to say that Homer Bailey is indifferent about his future with the Reds? …
Homer Bailey on his future with the #Reds: “Do whatever you feel is right, whatever you think is best. If it doesn’t include me, it doesn’t include me and that’s the direction you want to take your club, that’s your prerogative and that’s perfectly fine.” https://t.co/iLwlzYAMXn
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) September 7, 2018
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— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 9, 2018
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