Tonight, the Reds (55-77) kick off a ten-game homestand with Grateful Dead Night at Great American ballpark. The team will be giving away a Reds version of the Dancing Bears that make me wish more than usual I was in Cincinnati for the game. The Reds are 3-2 over their last five games since their 16 game stretch of futility starting in mid-August.
All stats are 2015:
So maybe my faith in Keyvius Sampson was unfounded. Especially with the way John Lamb, Raisel Iglesias, and even Michael Lorenzen have pitched lately, my picking Sampson to be the dark horse of next year’s rotation was foolhardy. After three solid starts to begin his Major League career, Sampson has turned in three straight duds. Spanning 11.0 innings (the longest start of the three lasted 4.0 innings), Sampson has an ERA of 11.35, a FIP of 5.33, and a BABIP of .511. On the bright side, Pedro Villareal has gotten his fair share of work.
For the Brewers is pseudo-ace Matt Garza. I say pseudo because Garza can be considered the face of this staff on name recognition only. While rookie Taylor Jungmann has shined this year, Garza has faltered and fumbled his way to a 6-14 record which may still be generous. Heck, Garza gave up seven earned runs in 3.1 innings against the Reds his last time out and took a no-decision because somehow Keyvius fared worse.
Skip Schumaker plays left field for the Reds today:
Khris Davis plays left field for the Brewers today:
RETURN OF BILLY THE KID
Hamilton says he feels good after swinging the bats, throwing. Hopes to be able to play in Louisville shortly. #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) September 4, 2015
O CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
According to a report from Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, Bryan Price’s future with the Reds is in question. Heyman lists Barry Larkin as the most likely successor to Price and continues to explain that Walt Jocketty is expected to be back with the Reds but maybe not in the same capacity.
“Jocketty seems to be “planning on being there next year,” according to someone who has spoken to him recently, but some believe he could move into a different role. Few see him leaving the organization entirely as he has a very close relationship with owner Bob Castellini from their Cardinals days together.”
AMIR GARRETT HONORS
Amir Garrett has won the Co-Pitcher of the Year Award for the Florida State League. Garrett pitched this year with the Daytona Tortugas and currently ranks as the third best prospect in the Reds’ system. For the season, Garrett was 9-7 with a 2.44 ERA.
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Andrew McCutchen deserved the Player of the Month Award. He really did. The Pirate had an absurd month of August where he hit .348/.470/.609, but c’mon guys, can’t Joey Votto get some hardware?
Joey Votto 2015
0 Player of the Month Awards
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) September 4, 2015