The 41-38 Cincinnati Reds look to continue rolling with another 10:00pm game tonight against the 46-34 San Francisco Giants.
Alfredo Simon continues to have an unexpectedly good season. Simon has thrown five straight quality starts with the team winning all five of those starts.
I didn’t intend to post this table in every game thread, but with the Reds only using Aroldis Chapman each of the last couple of nights, I wanted to illustrate how well rested this EIGHT man bullpen is. With so many arms available, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Price with a quicker hook the next couple of games. You could also see the Reds send Diaz back to AAA for a bench bat.
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Speaking of Chapman, Phil Rogers of MLB.com wrote about Chapman’s triumphant return from his horrific Spring Training injury:
“None of us could anticipate what it would be like to be in that situation and come back and rejoin the competition at this level of play,” Price said. “He’s done it without a hiccup. Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ There’s been no reluctance on his part to compete. That in and of itself is pretty special.”
Votto is back in the lineup tonight along with all the regular starting eight:
1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
7. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Alfredo Simon (R) P
Bruce’s extra base hit streak ended at 6 games last night, but he did pick up two singles, extended his hit streak to seven. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon talked to Price and Bruce about his recent hot streak:
“He’s been terrific,” manager Bryan Price said. “When the season’s over, we’ll look up and be really pleased with what Jay’s accomplished and what type of season he’s had. It couldn’t come at a better time.”
“I’m feeling good. I feel like myself,” Bruce said. “That’s something that I’m looking to build on — I’m looking to be better than just myself. I’m taking steps toward that every single day. Every day it’s not going to jump out, but it’s something I try to build on. [You] take what they give you and continue to work and continue to expect the preparation to be there and live with the results.”
By now you’ve heard of the newest Reds international player, Rasiel Iglesias. Iglesias signed yesterday to a seven year contract. In case you missed the details, Steve Mancuso wrote this excellent article on Redleg Nation yesterday.
THE CUBAN CANNON
No, I’m not referring to Iglesias, Chapman or any other Reds player. Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has a cannon for an arm. He showed it off again yesterday by throwing out Giancarlo Stanton at home plate. It’s the third time this season he’s gunned down a runner trying to advance to third or home plate.
NL CENTRAL TRADERS
The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a move to improve their bullpen, swapping closers with the Los Angeles Angels. Pittsburgh sends Jason Grilli to Los Angeles and get Ernesto Frieri in return. Each team is hoping that a change of scenery will help their respective players.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
If you liked the previous Transformers movies, then you’ll enjoy Transformers 4. SPOILER ALERT: Giant fighting robots on the big screen. Summer popcorn movies don’t get much better than this!
This has been a fun month, and I’m optimistic that the Reds will continue to win and start gaining ground on the NL Central foes. They look to win their 5th consecutive series tonight.
Discuss the game here. GO REDS!