October 6, 2010
Who had their doubts about giving Edinson Volquez the ball in game 1? Not to say that he hasn’t been good, and not to say that the numbers against lefties don’t bear it out (I haven’t actually checked, so I’ll assume they do), only to say that he’s a young fella with no post-season experience and no particular history of keeping cool in the pressure cooker.
If only the team *did* have an older starting pitcher with some post-season experience and the variety of ego that would respond to getting lit up with a shrug and a muttered “well, shit.”
Well, that guy will be going in game two.
Maybe I’m the stupid eternal optimist, but I’m so excited to have gotten to see a post-season game, that I don’t even care that it was some kind of freakin’ historic no-hitter crap. If anything, I’m happy to get that crap out of the way. Not likely to see that kind of performance again, and the Reds might as well double up “working out jitters” with “suffering through Halladay doing his human torch impersonation.” I wouldn’t have minded if someone had lined one back at his head, but you can’t have everything.
I’m seriously looking forward to Friday. Post-season baseball *and* the freedom to have as much beer as I want without worrying about work the next day? That’s living the dream.
October 6, 2010
The Cincinnati Reds finished the 2010 regular season with a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. They ended the year with their best record since 1999 at 91-71.
Today’s the day we’ve all been waiting for: the Cincinnati Reds play a game in the playoffs. The Reds will be sending out Edinson Volquez to quiet the National League’s second best offense, while the Philadelphia Phillies will give the ball to Roy Halladay to quiet the National League’s best offense. The game will be broadcast on TBS, with the first pitch scheduled for 5:07pm EDT.
NLDS Roster Set
The Reds decided upon their roster for the National League Division Series yesterday, with the exception of one spot. The decision on Jim Edmonds being healthy was being held off until this morning. According to Mark Sheldon, he wasn’t deemed fit enough, so Juan Francisco takes his spot.
Here’s the playoff roster:
- Catchers (2) — Ramon Hernandez and Ryan Hanigan.
- Infielders (7) — Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, Orlando Cabrera, Scott Rolen, Miguel Cairo, Paul Janish, and Juan Francisco.
- Outfielders (5) — Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, Jonny Gomes, Chris Heisey, and Laynce Nix.
- Starting pitchers (3) — Edinson Volquez, Bronson Arroyo, and Johnny Cueto.
- Bullpen (8) — Francisco Cordero, Arthur Rhodes, Nick Masset, Aroldis Chapman, Logan Ondrusek, Bill Bray, Homer Bailey, and Travis Wood.
What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
The Reds and Phillies are meeting in the postseason for the first time since 1976, when the Big Red Machine swept the Phillies while on their way to sweeping the World Series.