Apparently, the Reds (34-38) bought yesterday’s game on layaway, paying for 6.0 innings upfront and getting the next three a day later. There’s a very slight chance for rain in New York today, so these games should be played unhindered. Interestingly enough, the Game 2 starters have a grand total of one career Major League start between them, with the Reds holding the more seasoned veteran.
#Reds will activate OF Jason Bourgeois for the second game. Will be 26th man
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) June 28, 2015
With the lineups for Game 1 staying the same and both teams already going to their bullpens, there doesn’t seem to be a pressing need to preview Game 1’s (sort of) starters. Carlos Torres will be on the mound for the Mets, and Manny Parra is still in for the Reds but don’t expect him to come back out for the 7th.
All stats 2015 AAA actuals:
In his major league debut earlier this week, Josh Smith was not very good. After the game, he admitted that nerves had gotten the best of him, explaining his six walks over 3.0 innings. In the minors, Smith was known for his control and heavy curveball, but not overpowering velocity. See Doug Gray’s complete scouting report on Smith here.
For the Mets, native New Yorker Steven Matz will be making his Major League debut. Matz was drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft out of high school and came into the 2015 season ranked as the 33rd prospect according to Baseball Prospectus. Unlike Smith, it seems that Matz has been getting his nerves out off the field under the bright lights of New York. At his introductory press conference. when Matz was asked a question, his immediate reply was to look at the mic and reply, “Um, I talk into this?”
Game 2 will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1. When those lineups are announced, this post will be updated.
The Angels and Reds are teaming up to get Mike Trout and Todd Frazier into the All-Star game. Prince Fish and Super Todd. The Millville Meteor and the The Toddfather. Starting CF and starting 3B. VOTE.
Happy birthday to the best second baseman I've seen play @DatDudeBP I hope you enjoy your day spending it with me at the field lol leegoo Ã°Å¸â€™Â¯
— Billy Hamilton (@BillyHamilton) June 28, 2015
The Reds outspoken, big gloved resident team clown turns 34 today. Phillips has long been one of the biggest personalities in baseball and is one of the few who you always know that he lives for this game. If you’ve never heard BP’s draft day story, look it up; it’s hilarious and fits in his legacy quite perfectly. Phillips may be succumbing to the talent sapping progression of time, but he sure has been fun to watch these past 9 years.
Meanwhile, Joey Votto gave Brandon his birthday gift just one day early:
— Cut4 (@Cut4) June 28, 2015
THE GRANDY MAN CAN
The Mets haven’t had much to be proud of in their offense this season, but over the past week, Curtis Granderson has been carrying this team. During his seven game hitting streak, Granderson has gone 11-24 (.458) with five home runs and six walks. His OPS is an absurd 1.692 in that stretch, and his wRC+ sits at 350. The rest of the Mets may be hitting like Oompa Loompas, but the Grandy Man is mashing.
It’s not every day this season that the Reds have been able to say they’re starting the more experienced pitcher in a match-up. That that experience today is one shaky start of 3.0 innings is neither reassuring about the present or future of the Reds’ rotation. Maybe we’ll see the pinpoint control Josh Smith today.