Daily Archives: August 31, 2012

August 31, 2012

Reds Labor Day weekend baseball

The last big baseball holiday of the year is here already and there’s lot of stuff going on for Reds fans.

Reds Opening Night fireworksFriday, August 31

  • Reds visit the Astros at 8:05 p.m.
    Mike Leake (RHP, 6-8, 4.51 ERA) faces Fernando Abad (LHP, 0-1, 3.62 ERA)
  • Joey Votto makes one more rehab appearance with the class A Dayton Dragons. The game is at home and starts at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 1

  • Reds continue the series with the Astros at 7:05 p.m.
    Homer Bailey (RHP, 10-9, 4.24 ERA) takes on Lucas Harrell (RHP, 10-9, 3.92 ERA)
    (Wait, the Astros have a 10-game winning pitcher? That means he has 1/4 of the team’s total number of wins.)
  • Rosters expand
  • Watch out NLC: Joey Votto returns to the Reds’ line-up! …or does he?

Sunday, September 2

  • Last home night game for the Louisville Bats at 7:05 p.m.
  • Reds finish out the series with the Astros at 2:05 p.m.
    Bronson Arroyo (RHP, 11-7, 3.84 ERA) against Bud Norris (RHP, 5-11, 5.01 ERA)

Monday, September 3

  • Last home game for the Louisville Bats at 1:05 p.m. Time to call some guys up!
  • Phillies visit the Reds at 1:10 p.m.
  • FS Ohio is doing something special. Here’s the press release:

The Cincinnati Reds play host to the Philadelphia Phillies this Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 3rd at 1pm. As part of the network’s Labor Day Salute, FOX Sports Ohio will showcase those who work behind-the-scenes at Great American Ball Park.

Feature reporter Brian Giesenschlag will highlight various hard working staff members at the ballpark, including the grounds crew, cleaning crew, ushers and more.

Tune in at 1pm on Monday for the Reds v. Phillies and FOX Sports Ohio’s Labor Day Salute. Reds Live pregame show will begin at 12:30pm.

Quick! Take in as much baseball and summer fun as you can before football gets its inexorable grip on society. Happy Labor Day, everyone!

August 31, 2012

Chapman featured on MLB Network

Mike Leake pitchingLast Game
The Reds had a well-deserved day off yesterday. I thought I’d enjoy a night off of baseball myself, but ended up turning on the Cardinals/Nationals game. The Nationals won, by the way, 8-1.

Next Game
The Reds head to Houston today to face off against the dismal 40-91 Astros.

Mike Leake (RHP, 6-8, 4.51 ERA) was hit hard in his last outing last Saturday against the Cardinals, but he didn’t give up many runs. His opponent will be Fernando Abad (LHP, 0-1, 3.62 ERA) who will be putting in his second start for the Astros this season.

Chapman on MLB Network
I suppose I ought to be talking about Joey Votto’s recent comments that he was holding back in his rehab assignment to protect his ouchie knee, but I’m tired of writing a post every time Votto turns around. Let’s save some of that compulsive Votto obsession for when he’s actually back in the line-up.

Instead, I’m going to share this MLB Network video about Aroldis Chapman. Dang, that guy can throw fast.

What to Say to Sound Smart at the Water Cooler
While the Reds have been going about their business, the race for second place in the NLC has been more interesting. The third place Pirates beat up on the Cardinals to pull themselves to within half a game of second. The Cardinals are now 8.5 games back while the Pirates are 9.0.