To misquote John Glenn’s character in The Right Stuff, we need to be forthright, magnanimous, and gracious concerning our recent series with the Stupid Cubs: We lost that series. We lost that series and, with it, a giant opportunity to make up some room in the division race which it’s insane hope we will even be a position to eye the wild card race.

At this point I insert the following tweet from my distinguished Redleg Nation colleague Nick Kirby:

I have bestowed upon this tweet the imprimatur of my like. Losing a series to the Stupid Cubs is better after reading this tweet. I realize this is much like the producers of The Biggest Loser asking contestants to eat as many terrible calorie-laden things as they can so their initial weigh-in is as high as possible as they prepare to conquer their food addiction. I stuff this tweet right into my face anyway.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher ERA WHIP IP SO W L
Tyler Mahle  3.99 1.37 97.0 95 5 6
Dakota Hudson 3.48 1.51 98.1 73 8 4

REDS

I feel like I’ve been taken 98 MPH pitches directly to the face so often from David Hernandez that every Reds pitcher I consider makes me think about David Hernandez, and then the twitching and the crying starts.

POOPING RED BIRDS

I can’t remember if I’ve done a Game Thread with Dakota Hudson in it or not. If not, I need to point out that this is perhaps the stripperiest name ever to appear on the mound in the history of Major League Baseball. If so, his name is so strippery that this has to be acknowledged twice.

Bullpen

It’s not that the Reds bullpen has been horrible, necessarily, it’s just that the bats have fallen silent again. When the big cheery takeaway from yesterday’s game was “We avoided being no-hit, YES,” there are Problems.

I had a question for you guys about St. Louis’ bullpen, but I forgot what it is after I typed the BULLPEN headline. I’ll let you know when I think of it. I’ll probably just Google it at 2:28 AM anyway.

Starting Lineups

REDS

  1. J Winker (L) CF
  2. J Votto (L) 1B
  3. E Suárez (R) 3B
  4. Y Puig (R) RF
  5. S Gennett (L) 2B
  6. P Ervin (R) LF
  7. J Iglesias (R) SS
  8. J Graterol (R) C
  9. T Roark (R) P

POOPING RED BIRDS

  1. T Edman (S) 3B
  2. J Martínez (R) RF
  3. P Goldschmidt (R) 1B
  4. T O’Neill (R) LF
  5. D Fowler (S) CF
  6. M Wieters (S) C
  7. P DeJong (R) SS
  8. K Wong (L) 2B
  9. D Hudson (R) P

News and Notes

-Today is the Yasiel Puig WIld Horse bobblehead giveaway at Great American Ball Park. The bobblehead is awesome, which means you will be murdered for it right on the View Level concourse.

-It’s pouring down rain here on the West Side as I type this, so expect a first pitch weather reality of 15 degrees with a chance of volcanic activity.

-Lots of roster moves today, about which I understand pretty much 0% and Redleg Nations’s Doug Gray understands eleventy million percent. Some of the shuffling addresses our catcher shortage and the fact that the Johnny Bench statue outside the Reds Hall of Fame will be starting tonight.