August 8: Reds @ Cardinals

Jenifer Langosch/

Records: Cardinals (58-53, -11.5 in NL Central), Reds (45-64, -24.0 in NL Central)

First pitch: 7:15 pm CT

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Midwest, 1120 KMOX

Cardinals lineup: Matt Carpenter (2B), Stephen Piscotty (RF), Matt Holliday (LF), Brandon Moss (1B), Yadier Molina (C), Jhonny Peralta (SS), Jedd Gyorko (3B), Tommy Pham (CF), Michael Wacha (RHP)

Reds lineup: Billy Hamilton (CF), Zack Cozart (SS), Joey Votto (1B), Adam Duvall (LF), Brandon Phillips (2B), Scott Schebler (RF), Eugenio Suarez (3B), Tucker Barnhart (C), Cody Reed (LHP)

Transactions: None

Reading material:

  • Adam Wainwright left frustrated over a few unfortunate breaks (link)
  • Game recap from the Cardinals’ 6-3 loss to the Braves on Sunday (link)
  • Matt Carpenter passes all medical tests, gets clearance to swing away (link)

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As we mentioned, Holiday no longer has what it takes in the field – that was a catcheable ball – a DH role would be best. And Wacha again proving there is no ace on the staff and none coming along from the current 5 at least.

Yep, Holliday’s costing the team…with his limited ability to field those hits that get way out to the warning track. But then again, doesn’t he have the team’s most RBI’s? I’d better check on that…

If the Reds played the rest of the league the way they play us they’d be WS contenders…………we’re not. 86 wins tops.




I just had a heart-attack! Whew…

You’ve got to be kidding me!!

For the first time in the last two series, the Reds pitched like a last place team in the ninth and the Cards got a couple of timely hits. Hope it carries over to the rest of the series (then we have to deal with Wrigley at the end of the week).

Geez, Louise! The Cardinals play so crazy. They either overpower a team, or play like they’re in Middle-School Little League. That last Reds’ pitcher surely took a page outta’ Rosenthal’s play-book last nite. Hehehe.
Anyhoo, wonder which Cards team is gonna’ show up tonite and how the Birds will do vs the Baby Bears when they come to town? There’s really no telling.
As of now, we’re again tied with the Fish in the WC race…with the Dodgers at the top, of course.
The chatter about 22 y/o, 6′ 2″, 170lb RHP Luke Weaver remains ongoing. I guess the plan has probably always been to bring both he and Reyes up Sept 1st?
From the looks of Mr Weaver, he kinda’ resembles Bowman & Maness. Except, he’s just a little skinnier.

Well, I was wrong. We play Chicago there, not here. Duh.
Also, it seems that something’s up with Wacha’s shoulder. He was put on the 15-day just today, so Reyes was called up. Reyes will begin in the bullpen, I read. Luke Weaver was called up too, and will supposedly start Saturday’s game vs the Cubs at Wrigley. Bryan Pena put on the 60-day DL. ‘Bout time.

Rumor has it that Wacha’s shoulder problem diagnosed today, is a resurgence of his previous scapula issue. So, as one writer suggests, the Birds may have to reconsider starting him, and put him in the bullpen instead….if/when he comes back. I know there were rumors a while back, that Rosenthal might be an option for the starting rotation.
Lastly, I read that Carson Kelly (C) may be called up Sept 1st, in case Rosario falters as Yadi’s back-up.

Another disappointing game, making them 3-5 against the two weakest NL teams this week. If they had played halfway decently they might be in a stronger wild card position. Reyes started well, but the tinkering will not right the ship in time this season, with injuries also mounting.

Maybe when they get back on the road things will look up – but the Cubs are unstoppable lately. Two off days nest week though to tweak the lineup a bit.

Yeah, a loss tonite. But Reyes was great. And it honestly didn’t seem like he was throwing that hard even when the meter read 101mph. Oh, and his curve-ball was ridiculous too. Nasty, nasty stuff.
But you’re right. Injuries are a bit of a problem. Diaz might be back relatively soon. Who knows. He’s got another appt with his doc in the next day or two. Yadi’s certainly had a hot bat lately.
For now, all we can do is keep the ole’ fingers crossed. At least last nite’s game proves that miracles CAN happen. ; )

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