June 28, 2012

Daily Brief: Go west, young men

Last Game
It was a most disappointing loss for the Reds yesterday afternoon at the hands of the Brewers. Homer Bailey didn’t exactly get shelled, but he wasn’t excellent either and he didn’t stick around very long. Zack Greinke for the Brewers was much better, and it showed in the final score of 8-4.

Next Game
The dreaded west coast trip begins. Without so much as a day off to adjust, the Reds go visit the San Francisco Giants this very evening. Johnny Cueto (9-3, 2.21 ERA) challenges Madison Bumgarner (9-4, 3.10 ERA). It looks like a pretty even match-up, but Bumgarner has been giving up a lot of fly balls. Maybe the Reds can capitalize on that. First pitch at 10:15 p.m. ET.

Rock the Vote
Today is the final day of All-Star voting. Joey Votto has his position tied up: in fact, he has more votes than anyone else in the NL. As of the vote tally MLB released on Tuesday, though, Brandon Phillips needed to make up about 800,000 worth of ground in order to overtake Dan Uggla. That’s not impossible, but it does need everyone to turn out and cast their ballots.

All Star Game ballotClick here to have your voice heard. You can vote 25 times per email address, and it really doesn’t take that long.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
Phillips makes plays every day that make him a deserving All Star, but there’s also a reason it would be a gift: today is his birthday. Here’s the Billboard top song the day he was born: he really is the one that we love, isn’t he?

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