Game Time: 7:05 p.m. PDT, 10:05 EDT, No Time Like the Present
TV/Radio: WLW-AM 700 and XPRS 1090 & XEPE 1700 (over-the-air), MLB Audio (subscription) and XM Radio Ch. 189; FS Ohio HD, Channel 4 San Diego (704 in HD) and MLB.TV (subscription)
Reds (86-67, and trying to stay Clutch to Clinch)
Padres (85-67, and trying to keep their heads above water in the Wild West)
The Reds were off last night, but it should be noted that GeneWV turned in another stellar off-day thread and RedFaced submitted some cool RedsOctober logos (I’m tellin’ ya, design #1 on a gray shirt, c’est magnifique). From what I understand, the team was in San Diego. I should have gone downtown and done some stalking, taking iPhone videos to share, but I couldn’t channel my inner paparazzi.
The Padres played up in LA, losing to the terrible Trolley Dodgers 3-1. Mat Latos was able to bounce back from his worst start all season, but still gave up three. Still, if Mat could do it, Johnny Cueto can too. Besides, Johnny has double letters in his name and Mat is just something you wipe your feet on. The San Francisco Giants retook first place in the NL West after they hunted and slaughtered the Cubs.
The Cardinals plundered the Pirates 9-2 even though Laynce Nix apparently got into the Pirate-joke strategy with us earlier in the week when John Fay quoted him thus: “It’s been driving me nuts,” Nix said.
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The Singin’ Slinger vs. the Rangy Righty
We’ve got Chamber-of-Commerce weather slated for this weekend. Coastal Eddy has finally been banished far off shore. I love this time of year in this city. So Bronson Arroyo brings his 16-10 record, 3.98 ERA, into pitcher-friendly Petco Park to face Chris Young (1-0 with a 0.90 ERA). Bronson is a good late-season pitcher and doesn’t 17 wins sound way better than 16? Either way, it’s a career high for the Singin’ Slinger. Arroyo is crafty, but all he really needs to know against the Padres hitters is (say it with me, folks) DON’T PITCH TO ADRIAN GONZALEZ!
Chris Young is making his second start since returning from the Disabled List with a strained shoulder. He pitched only four innings vs. the Cardinals (which is really only like 2 innings vs. a baseball team that shows up on time) last weekend. It’s likely that he’ll be limited in his pitches again against the Reds tonight, so look for a heaping spoonful of the Padres bullpen which is difficult for anyone to choke down. The Padres pitching staff boasts a 3.42 ERA for 2010, good for second in the Major Leagues (the Reds are 17th). That’s about as far as you need to look to see why San Diego is still in the playoff picture. Reds hitters need to … actually, I have no idea what they need to do to get some runs tonight. Hopefully the coaching staff has a plan. Seriously, even the Padres mop-up guy has a sub-4.00 ERA. See the ball, hit the ball, boys.
Schizophrenic Sales Pitch
The Padres Marketing Juggernaut is pulling out all the stops for this game tonight. Not only is it “College Night,” but it’s also “Padres Oktoberfest” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars Night.” They’re either way behind on their quota, they’ve been told to “milk this while we’re winning,” or there was a sale at the local Marketing Emporium. The crowds should be huge!
It’s Now or Never
The Padres might be playing extra hard to make it to the playoffs this season as they’ve just recently found out that former General Manager Kevin Towers will become the GM for their division rivals, The Arizona Diamondbacks. This is very bad news for a Padres team largely constructed by Towers. They’ll likely see the ‘Zonies rise like a phoenix from the ashes of the NL West sooner rather than later, so they’d better win now.
The Reds may not feel the same way about their division rivals in the Central. What teams to you see being worrisome next year and thereafter? Perhaps Houston. Maybe the Cubs will throw a bunch of money at some free agents to try to be relevant again. Can the Brewers capture lightning in a bottle again? Regardless of the competition, there’s never a guarantee in baseball, so if I’m the Reds manager, I tell the team that the 2010 season might as well go out with a bang
3 is a Magic Number
The Reds are three wins (or three Cardinals losses, or some combo thereof) from clinching their first post-season berth since 1995. What an amazing and fun season we’ve had following this team!
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