All sunny skies today as the Reds (8-9) look to split this rain shortened series with the Cubs. There has been no word as of yet on when yesterday’s game will be made up, but the Cubs are in Cincinnati again July 20-22 and September 29 to October 1.
All stats 2015 actuals
Both Bryan Price and Joe Maddon are sticking with the same starters that were to throw yesterday. Price has also already said that the Reds’ rotation won’t be affected, just shifted back a day. To see my preview of the matchup from yesterday, go here.
A couple days ago, Call to the Pen published a piece detailing why Anthony DeSclafani is the frontrunner for the National League Rookie of the Year. Now while I wholeheartedly agree with them, it is far too early to even entertain such notions. Award season aside, one comparison that is never too early to make for Disco Inferno is with his shipping buddy:
Mat Latos — 0-3, 7.31 ERA, 3.40 FIP, 1.88 WHIP
DeSclafani — 2-0, 0.86 ERA, 2.84 FIP, 0.62 WHIP
Sometimes you do have to give Walt Jocketty some credit.
For the Cubs, Jake Arrieta will be pitching today after being none too pleased about how yesterday’s postponement went. When asked if he was bored during the long delay, Arrieta had this to say:
I'm pissed, actually. https://t.co/GeWnnynyzw
— Jake Arrieta (@JArrieta34) April 25, 2015
After the game, Joe Maddon defended his pitcher saying Arrieta typically needs 40 minutes to warm up and that the continually changing start times were not allowing for that.
Bruce is out of the Reds’ lineup once again even though yesterday’s lineup never actually materialized. Makes you wonder about if the substitution is for rest or some other purpose.
The Cubs’ lineup is the same as it would have been yesterday.
WORLD SERIES CELEBRATION
Even with the rain falling, the Reds still went on with the pregame celebrations for the 1990 World Series team. Moved from the field to the Handlebar Club, the ceremony was broadcasted on the video board as fans watched from their seats or under the terraces. The ceremony included a video depicting the highlights of that season, introductions of the players in attendance, messages from Lou Pinella and Tony Perez, and a moment of silence for the two players from the team who have since passed. The ceremony ended with an address by Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin thanking the organization and hoping for more World Series down the line.
(Side note: While watching the video of the celebration, I realized that my former pitching coach–Keith Brown–was on the 1990 team, so that was a nice moment for me and utterly irrelevant for anyone else.)
Steve tweeted this out earlier, but Alex Speier wrote an article for the Boston Globe about the status of aces in the current Major League climate and it’s fascinating.
Find it here.
Reports are saying that Adam Wainwright has torn his Achilles and is expected to be out for the season. As probably the most dreaded pitcher in the entire NL Central (Cueto being a close second), Wainwright’s injury is devastating for the Cardinals but likely won’t affect the Reds’ chances unless they learn to hit lesser pitchers first. Despite the competitive advantage Wainwright’s injury gives, you hate to see such a master of his craft have to miss time for any reason, much less one that will require surgery and extensive rehab.
The Reds are in a rut, a lull, the doldrums, whatever you want to call it. Winning one today would give them a running start at the punching bag Brewers, hopefully jumping the ignition of this club to power past .500 and make a run. While remaining optimistic, I continually find it hard to cheer for this team when I know success will just prolong Jocketty’s stay in Cincinnati, thus keeping the roster mismanagement at a maximum for years to come.