I am pleased to announce that Sonny, having bounced back from his tryst with Crying Bikini Scammer, pitched rather well last night. Sonny has been the best quiet surprise of this season, particularly after a mediocre start. When he was named to the All Star Team my official professional sportswriter reaction was: “Eh… meh.” But since then Sonny Gray has been shockingly solid. Now he really is an All Star! He’s the first player I’ve not-met who’s had a backwards All Star season. It’s like he found out he was an All Star and went “Aw crap, now I gotta be an All Star” and then became one. He pre-manifested himself right onto that roster. Right now, his ERA is half of what it was a year ago. It’s a little terrifying. And awesome.

Well, let’s go at it against these San Diegoans.

Starting Pitchers

Matt Strahm 96.2 5.21 99 1.27 29
Luis Castillo 148.0 3.10 175 1.14 25

I have a sad face when I look at Luis Castillo’s ERA. It’s better than Matt Strahm’s ERA, but then I had to put parts of my hand up to the screen over Matt Stram’s abundance of hair to determine if he is cute or not, and it’s just impossible. He’s too hairy. Anyway, I expect more from Luis. More than I do from Tucker Barnhart playing left field.

Starting Lineups


San Diego Padres

  1. Greg Garcia – 2B
  2. Josh Naylor – LF
  3. Eric Hosmer – 1B
  4. Hunter Renfroe – RF
  5. Francisco Mejia – C
  6. Wil Myers – CF
  7. Ty France – 3B
  8. Julio Urias – SS
  9. Matt Strahm – SP

News and Notes


-Perhaps the best part of the Surgence of Sonny Gray is that all fourteen people in attendance at the game last night got free pizza.

-NEW TV UPDATE: I am very proud of Josh The Pilot for choosing a TV before the end of the current Presidential administration and plugging it in and everything. Although I feel I should point out that when we needed a garage door opener it took him six months to purchase the garage door opener and then it sat for a few more months until it was installed, but that TV, man, it was up and running before sundown.

-Here is a very important announcement from our own Chad Dotson:

Down on the farm, pitcher Randy Wynne struck out 17 batters and allowed just 1 hit last night.

42 Responses

  1. FreeHouse

    Reds have been struggling to score runs lately. Afternoon games have been one of their worst enemies but hopefully they can get a series win today.

  2. JB

    The Meter man is starting against a lefty! Our prayers have been answered!

  3. Steve Schoenbaechler

    Alright. I will state this.

    I’ve been easy on Bell. But, this has to come out. Peraza batting 2nd, an OPS+ of 62. JVM batting 8th, with an OPS+ of 113. Can someone explain to me why? I simply don’t understand that. I will keep it at that. For, maybe there is a very logical explanation. But, I have no clue what it is. No clue whatsoever. I am going to need help understanding this one. Anyone?

    I’m starting hear the tones of what we had with Baker, “The Reds don’t win because of Baker. They win in spite of Baker.”

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      Oops, sorry, misread. I thought it said Peraza.

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      It still doesn’t make sense to put a 113 OPS+ in the 8 hole. Teams would gladly walk him to get to the pitcher.

      • JB

        Baby steps. Let’s just be happy with him playing. I just hope he has a few hits to show Bell that he can hit lefties.

    • NCRedsFan

      I had the same thought until I read JB’s post. I am guessing it’s because the pitcher is a lefty.

  4. docproc

    Heading down to the game today. Will do my best to secure us a series win.

  5. matthew hendley

    Looks like the farmer experiment on Monday was truly to get JVMR a day off more and more. Lineup not as horrendous. Go Reds

  6. I-71_Exile

    I’m with Chad. Almost had to see the Springsteen fan movie but convinced my wife that we had just seen it the week before when we saw the movie about the Beatles fan in a world where everyone else (almost) had forgotten them. Instead we saw “Ready or Not.”

    It was more “not” than “ready.” Dialogue people. DIALOGUE.

    Anyway, go Reds! Series win!

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      Chad is wise in many things.

  7. RojoBenjy

    The SD pitcher makes me a nervous wreck with all his rocking up and down. How can they let him do that with runners on and not call it a balk anyway?

  8. Mark Moore

    Unmuted whilst not in meetings … let’s get this party rocking Redlegs!

    We need some of that MBE charm/magic today. And I do check out your main blog from time to time. If I ever win the lottery, you can rest assured I’ll sponsor your Patroen site as well.

    • Mary Beth Ellis

      That’s awesome! Greatly appreciated 🙂 Meet happy.

  9. Great Redlegs Fan

    Senzel looks like kind of lost at the plate, making swing at everything.

    • RojoBenjy

      The pitcher isn’t exactly chopped liver either.

  10. JB

    That was a gift. Hopefully they can bring him home. And they do.

  11. Magi210

    Did the Padre pitcher get hurt? I see they brought in a reliever.

    • JB

      No and left fielder dropped the ball sending Senzel to 2nd. Which he then scored.

    • RojoBenjy

      Maybe a bullpen day by design? Strahm mostly a reliever himself lately.

  12. RojoBenjy

    This game got interesting quickly.

  13. JB

    Another gift. Wasnt even close to a strike.

  14. JB

    You get a gift and you get a gift and you get a gift…

  15. RojoBenjy

    This Wingenter guy looks like he could be Larry Bird’s son.

    That’s not meant as a compliment to his looks.

  16. RedAlert

    Need to upgrade in offseason at Catcher badly – Tucker just not gonna be enough offensively – mediocre to below average . Fine with him off bench , but he don’t need to start period.

    • VaRedsFan

      Since the batting stance change he’s batting .333/.429/.561.
      Let’s see if these changes take hold and decide after the season.

  17. Hot Chili

    Give me those glove first-no bat middle infielders Iglesias and Galvis each and everyday of the week, twice on thursdays please.

  18. Mary Beth Ellis

    Thanks to Doug for saving the thread today. #TheRealMVP

  19. Curt

    Once again Chris Welsh has all but penciled in Galvis ahead of The Meter at second from here on out. JVM is just gonna have to “keep proving himself” to earn playing time, “wherever that may be.”
    He’s always careful to explain the “shrewd” pick-up as a result of The Blue Jays going young and how it’s a smart thing for them to do but fails to even consider that the Reds should possibly be doing the same thing. Am I the only one finding this annoying?

    I like Freddy Galvis, I do, but not at the expense of young talent that’s succeeding like JVM.

    • Pete

      I like Welsh but make no mistake he is a company man. The men who count are sitting upstairs in an air-conditioned luxury box and I do have confidence in them Bell? Not so much.

    • JB

      I’m not sure what to make of his comments. Right now nobody knows what to think because Iggy is a free agent. If they don’t sign him then Galvis is your SS and VanMeter is your 2b. I think he is also going to let the season play out and see if VanMeter keeps it going. I like Iggy but Galvis does the same and a lot more pop. I hope they let Iggy walk because Vanmeter looks legit. He takes a walk which the other 2 dont.

    • matthew hendley

      its the ‘ don’t upset Jose I agent game’. Obviously if Jose I goes elsewhere in the offseason, Galvis is moving over, and VMR gets second. But its bad business to make comments about ‘heir apparent’. Obviously, once Jose walks it the talk will end

    • Curt

      @Pete, @JB, @Matthew: good points, thanks for your comments. I generally like Welsh as well, which is maybe why it hit a nerve. He hasn’t been one (that I’ve heard) to advocate so directly about who should be getting which job, especially twice in two games. I’m also admittedly rooting for JVM and feel he should be getting the same respect as Senzel and Aquino. And agree, “FO yes, Bell, not so much”. Hoping it’ll work itself out. Cheers to the win and Go Reds!

  20. JB

    Bullpen is starting to come back to life. Barring a miracle finish to the season it’s a little to late for this season.

    • Pete

      I would love to start the season over with this roster. They play smart and so far, seem to make the most of their opportunities. Very few mental and physical errors.

      • JB

        Same here. St. Louis announcers were saying how dangerous the Reds would be if they get into the playoffs.

  21. Pete

    Rasiel is a stone-cold lock right now, never seen him look this good.

    Another masterful victory: great defense and pitching with just enough hitting.

  22. matthew hendley

    no Pizza, while most of this was a gameday game for me I got lucky and took lunch exactly during the portion of the game that the reds scored in. Lots of patience during that portion of the game.

    SD efforts with the pitching moves seem to have failed. In usage today I mean.

  23. TR

    The Reds wrap up a winning homestand. And Rasiel adds another save. Ten game road trip is the time for the Reds to hit .500 and beyond.

  24. pete

    One observation: I don’t think the Reds had one bad base runner in the lineup today. So used to seeing at least one or maybe two baserunning blunders so this is very encouraging.

    Best of all we manage to win a day game!