As much as last night’s game was anticipated, might be a far assessment to sat that tonight’s Marlins/Reds game is the exact opposite. Some notes on tonight’s game…
1. Can the Reds extend their winning streak to five games? Have to think that is the case, but there’s always that underlying fact that the Good Guys have been prone to not scoring many runs after an outburst the previous game.
One way that can happen. >>>
2. The weather. It’s a bit cooler (actually, a lot cooler) than last evening. At last night’s first pitch, the temperature was 81 degrees. With a start of around 7:10 PM ET, game time temp should be around 51 degrees according to Local 12. Considering the current temperature is 46, that’s a bit optimistic. And that wind has a chill to it, too.
3. Votto. Enough of what he’s paid to do and all that other stiff. Seriously, stop. He is struggling with the bat – yes, .280 is struggling for Votto – but he is still keen in regards to the strike zone. Recall last season that he started out “slow” as well. He didn’t have a .300+ BA on consecutive days until mid-May (May 13 – May 22). After May 25th, it did not go below .300 for the remainder of 2012.
That said, you would think by now team would know not to walk him in order to get to BP.
|1. Juan Pierre (L) LF||1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) CF|
|2. Placido Polanco (R) 3B||2. Zack Cozart (R) SS|
|3. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF||3. Joey Votto (L) 1B|
|4. Joe Mahoney (L) 1B||4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B|
|5. Justin Ruggiano (R) CF||5. Jay Bruce (L) RF|
|6. Rob Brantly (L) C||6. Todd Frazier (R) 3B|
|7. Nick Green (R) SS||7. Chris Heisey (R) LF|
|8. Donovan Solano (R) 2B||8. Ryan Hanigan (R) C|
|9. Kevin Slowey (R) P||9. Mat Latos (R) P|
Changes for the Marlins abound from last night. No Chris Valiaika, Greg Dobbs or Chris Coghlan. Juan Pierere, Joe Mahoney and Nick Green get starting nods tonight. Placido Polanco moves from cleanup to #2.
The Reds are a little more settled with Chris Heisey and Ryan Hanigan starting over Xavier Paul and Devin Mesoraco, respectively. They hold the same spots in the order as Paul and Mes did last evening.