Game two of the weekend three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies at Great American Ball Park gets under way at 7:10 p.m. Eastern time. The home team attempts to come back from a very rocky showing Friday in a 12-2 spanking by the visitors, who came into the series having lost 10 of their last 14.
Yours truly has been among the Redleg Nation inhabitants who remained hopeful that the team still had the potential to rally and put together a streak to get back into the playoff race. Well, even your local optimist cried uncle after Friday night. Instead, much of the attention of Redleg Nation for the next few days will be focused on topics such as this:
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) July 27, 2019
Reds and White Sox are surprise entrants into Diaz sweepstakes https://t.co/I1sMxOtX44
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) July 27, 2019
The July 31 trade deadline is fast-approaching. It will be very interesting to see what approach the front office takes. If they stick to the approach that they espoused, which was to make deals that would improve the team not only this year but for the future, it might be difficult to find teams willing to deal on those terms.
|Chi Chi Gonzalez||14||5.14||5.12||15.4%||13.9%|
DeSclafani has pitched very well since early June. Since then in 45 innings, he has allowed 16 earned runs, for a 3.20 earned run average. He has become a steady starter who can be relied upon to pitch a good game and more than keep his team in the game. This is the sort of consistency that Redleg Nation has been hoping for since he came back from a variety of injuries that forced him to miss much of the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Righthander Gonzalez was formerly a top prospect in the Texas Rangers system. In 91.1 innings at the major league level, he has a 4.63 ERA and a 5.40 xFiP.
Robert Stephenson is unlikely to see action after a very impressive and encouraging three-inning scoreless appearance Friday night.
|RF Charlie Blackmon||LF Jesse Winker|
|SS Trevor Story||1B Joey Votto|
|CF David Dahl||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|3B Nolan Arenado||RF Yasiel Puig|
|1B Daniel Murphy||2B Josh VanMeter|
|LF Ian Desmond||CF Nick Senzel|
|2B Ryan McMahon||SS Jose Peraza|
|C Tony Wolters||P Anthony DeSclafani|
|P Chi Chi Gonzalez||C Ryan Lavarnway|
Some Redleg Nation regulars have called for VanMeter to get a shot at second base, and at least for tonight, he is. It is his first start at that position for the Reds.
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News and Notes
Lefthander Brandon Finnegan has been basically rebuilt from scratch by the Reds minor league coaching staff in Arizona, and got his first game appearance of the season last night …
Brandon Finnegan returns to the mound, Aristides Aquino and Chad Tromp hit moonshots for Louisville, and more notes from the #Reds farm system for your Saturday morninghttps://t.co/u5HFqB3eSe pic.twitter.com/6JsA7XIuYm
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) July 27, 2019