Beating NL Central opponents at home appears to be "our jam" since the All Star Break. It appears that Joey Votto's injury has lit a spark under Brandon Phillips, Jay Bruce, and Ryan Ludwick causing them to step their respective games up in what could be a crucial point in the 2012 season. The Reds hope to add another 'W' to the win column today as they go for the sweep against the Milwaukee Brewers. With Johnny Cueto on the mound, the Reds are in a solid position to do so.
The Brewers will counter the Reds and their staff ace with Michael (DIA)Fiers, someone due for a regression to the mean. Will that return to Earth begin today? If it does, it will be from the hands of a lineup put together by Dusty Baker performing his best Sparky Anderson impression. Yes, folks, prepare to enjoy nine innings of baseball featuring Miguel Cairo at first base, Wilson Valdez at shortstop, and Chris Heisey in centerfield. If you see someone in the dugout sobbing, it will likely be Xavier Paul.
While a sweep would be nice, no matter the outcome in today's game, good news will be present. That is because Reds great, Barry Larkin, will be inducted today into the Baseball Hall of Fame. If you like flipping channels frequently, be sure to camp out in the comment section where we'll wax poetic about our favorite Larkin moments, make fun of poorly dressed presenters, and complain about Davey Concepcion. Congratulations, Barry. You'll always be our captain even without Lenny Harris.
Will Cooperstown pay tribute to one of the greatest shortstops ever? Yes, because Barry Larkin will be inducted today! Will this the the Reds' second consecutive super Sunday sweep? I hope so, because they're my favorite team!