Thursday: Jimmy Nelson (6.0 IP, 1.50 ERA, 32.0 K%) v. Bronson Arroyo (4.0 IP, 13.50 ERA, 14.3 K%)
Nelson’s first start was a successful one, as he held the Cubs to a run over six solid innings in Milwaukee’s only win in the official rivalry of I-94.
It has not been a pleasant first couple of weeks for Arroyo, who began pitching for the Cincinnati Reds in 1973. Arroyo, returning to the major leagues and the Reds after two years away, has technically been a member of the Diamondbacks, Braves, Dodgers and Nationals over the past two years, though he only ever played for the former. He was a part of the infamous trade in which Arizona gave Touki Toussaint away to convince the Braves to absorb Arroyo’s contract. He was subsequently involved in a three-team, 13-player trade that alledgedly landed him with Los Angeles. Arroyo is 40- years-old, and he is only in the rotation because the Reds signed an unbreakable pact with Satan that requires them to employ him forever in exchange for the services of Joey Votto.
Friday: Tommy Milone (6 IP, 9.00 ERA, 13.3 K%) v. Scott Feldman (10.2 IP, 2.53 ERA, 27.9 K%)
Both of these pitchers are in the major leagues. They seem like nice boys and I’m sure that they will try their best.
Saturday: Zach Davies (9.1 IP, 10.61 ERA, 14.3 K%) v. Brandon Finnegan (9 IP, 1.00 ERA, 34.2 K%)
It’s been a disastrous start to the season for Davies, who may or may not be three 9-year-olds stacked on top of each other to emulate what they think is a normal and cool looking person. In his defense, he has faced two of the best lineups in baseball so far on this young season, so perhaps a date with the hapless Reds is just the tonic to get him back on track.
Finnegan could be poised for a breakout this season. The 23-year-old former first round draft pick of the Royals was considered one of the Reds top prospects entering 2016, when he made 31 starts with a 3.98 ERA. He had a nice start to open the season (7.0 IP, 1 H, 9 K) and an even nicer one on Monday, when he needed 69 pitches to get through two plus innings. He walked five and allowed four hits, yet somehow managed to surrender one run as the Reds plastered the Pirates, 7-1.
Sunday: Wily Peralta (11.0 IP, 2.45 ERA, 27.3 K%) v. Cody Reed* (5.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 31.3 K%)
Peralta has made a pair of impressive starts to begin the season, backing up what seemed to be an improvement after he returned from his demotion to Triple-A last season. He’s still walking too many batters (4.09 BB/9), but he’s keeping the ball down or, at least, in the ballpark.
Reed would be making his first start of the season, having previously appeared in scoreless relief twice. He made 10 starts with the Reds last season, and his 7.36 ERA indicates that his stuff may perhaps be better suited to work in the bullpen.
*Reed is a guess as Cincinnati’s starter for Sunday, as the replacement for the injured Rookie Davis has not yet been announced.
2017: First meeting
All-Time: 148-166 (71-90 in Cincinnati)
Are the Reds good?
They’ve certainly busted out to a hot start, as they own the league’s best record (7-2) and run differential (+25) through the season’s first 10 days. There’s likely not much to the hot start, but we’ll let them have their fun, because you damn sure know we’d be crowing if the roles were reversed. Votto is one of the best hitters in the game and they have a couple of promising but flawed players in Billy Hamilton, Jose Peraza and Finnegan, but this isn’t a playoff caliber team just yet.
Who is the most handsome Reds player?
The most handsome Reds player is Joey Votto’s tight AF pants.
Old friends and new enemies:
Scooter Gennett, 2B: Brewers fans will get their first look at Gennett in a different uniform after he was somewhat surprisingly placed on waivers and then, perhaps even more surprisingly, claimed by the Reds. This seems to be a transaction that has worked out well for all parties, as the Brewers no longer have to pay a single-position bench bat $2 million, and the Reds have acquired some depth and, at least in the early going, a decent bench bat. Gennett is hitting .263/.300/.789 with three home runs and a double already on the young season.
Jay Bruce, RF: Bruce, my greatest nemesis, is finally gone from the division, though the trade to Toronto that would have sent him out of the league and country fell through. I have not yet selected a new Reds player to hate, and the team has become sort of likeable to me now that he is gone. I’m sure this will change at some point this weekend.
If the Reds were a Taylor Swift GIF, which one would they be?
Where is the best place to get Cincinnati-style chili?
Ironically, the best place to get Cincinnati-style chili is in Milwaukee. Not only is Real Chili, which has two locations in Milwaukee, much better than anything you can find in Ohio, but their recipe existed for nearly two decades before it began to surface on the banks of the Ohio River. Cincinnati-style chili, which features a spicy meat sauce used as a topping for spaghetti, is extremely delicious and should be consumed by everyone, always.
What in all seven hells is going on with the Reds’ alternate mascot?
He is known on this plane as Mr. Redlegs, since his true name cannot be spoken lest its guttural tones rip open a portal to the darkest pits of blackest hell. He is the emissary of Beelzebub, the Dark Prince, tasked with ensuring that the Reds do not renege on their pledge to keep Bronson Arroyo in the rotation. He is responsible for the Reds descent to the bottom of the standings in the wake of Arroyo’s travels away from the team, which incurred the wrath of Old Nick. Never look it directly in the eyes, lest your soul join those who have fallen into the fiery abyss.
Milwaukee Broadcast Information:
Friday: 6:10 pm on FS Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ
Saturday: 6:10 pm on FS Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ
Saturday: 12:10 pm on FS Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ
Sunday: 12:10 pm on FS Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ