Game two of the three-game series between the Diamondbacks and Reds pits teams headed in opposite directions. Arizona has won 10 of its last 11 games, and is hanging in the wild card race, only 2.5 games back. The Reds, on the other hand, have lost seven of their past 10, with any hope of finishing at or near .500 slip-sliding away. Today’s game at Great American Ball Park begins at 4:10 p.m. Eastern time.
Young’s longest outing of the season in a Diamondbacks uniform has been six innings, so that’s the longest you can expect from him, and he’ll probably give up three runs, based on averages. The Reds have won seven of Castillo’s last 10 starts. He’s been a little less dominant over the past month than he was previously in the season, and you have to wonder if he’s feeling the effects of the long season. He only needs 3.2 innings pitched to match the most innings he has ever pitched in a major league season.
None of the bullpenners has pitched in both of the last two games, so all should be available as needed today.
|RF Jarrod Dyson||CF Phillip Ervin|
|CF Ketel Marte||1B Joey Votto|
|3B Eduardo Escobar||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|1B Christian Walker||RF Aristides Aquino|
|2B Wilmer Flores||SS Jose Iglesias|
|LF Josh Rojas||2B Freddy Galvis|
|SS Nick Ahmed||C Curt Casali|
|C Carson Kelly||LF Josh VanMeter|
|P Alex Young||P Luis Castillo|
There is a growing feeling that Reds management does not see Josh VanMeter as potentially a key everyday player next year, and the fact that he is batting eighth against a righthanded pitcher does nothing to dispel that feeling.
(Correction: Young is a lefthander, so it is not quite as surprising to see VanMeter batting eighth.)
A word about Aquino: Like many here at Redleg Nation, your author keeps waiting for signs that major league pitchers will discover his weaknesses and effectively shut down his outstanding hitting achievements. But last night’s performance against Arizona, despite only 1-for-4 with an RBI, was glowing. Two of the outs he made with runners in scoring position were screaming line drives to right-center field. He went with outside pitches and hit bolts the opposite direction instead of trying to pull them and possibly rolling over and hitting a ground ball. Hope is growing in this observer’s mind that perhaps Aquino does have the potential to be a true hitting star and not just a flash in the pan.
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News and Notes
Those were the days …
The #Reds clinch the N.L. West.
On September 7th.
— ? J. Daniel ? (@JDaniel2033) September 7, 2019
Eugenio Suarez closing in on the major league home run leaders after his 42nd Friday night …
A message to the current home run leaders: pic.twitter.com/xvW9mq92iz
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 7, 2019
Also at Redleg Nation today:
The Reds lose Wandy Peralta on waivers to the San Francisco Giants
John Ring wraps up his series on the 1999 Reds with one final, maybe painful look back at the final few days of the season.