Careful now. Tonight's starting pitcher's name is Clayton, which is a dangerous pitching name to run across. (Unless it's a Redleg.)
The Reds can get back into a tie for first if the Pirates lose to the Giants (4:05 EDT), which would set them up to reclaim sole possession on the last day before the All Star Break. It's an arbitrary achievement, but it's carries at least a little psychological weight. Also, if the players strike during the All Star Break, the Reds will claim a First Half Playoff berth.
Richard and Bailey are pretty evenly-matched as starters with adjusted ERAs around league average. Hopefully, one advantage Bailey can continue to exploit is his re-discovered ability to reach back and hit 96-97 on the gun, even late in the game. If there really is a quantum leap, for most hitters, from 94/95 to 96/97, then Bailey has picked up a new weapon.
And Homer Bailey likes weapons.
||ERA (ERA+)||3.64 (100)
||5 day totals|
|Aroldis Chapman||1.0, 18p||THESE
||1.0 IP, 18 pitches
|Sean Marshall||0.2, 13p||CGs
||0.2 IP, 13 pitches|
|Logan Ondrusek||1.0, 18p||0.1, 14p||have
||1.1 IP, 32 pitches
|Jose Arredondo||1.0, 19p||become
||1.0 IP, 19 pitches|
|Sam LeCure||0.0, 1p||banal.
||0.0 IP, 1 pitch
|Alfredo Simon||good job
||0.0 IP, 0 pitches|
|Bill Bray||0.0, 16p||BRONSON
||0.0 IP, 16 pitches|
- The Reds' pitching staff now leads the majors in ERA+ (123) and CGs (7). That doesn't give the bullpen a ton to do, but I'd expect/hope Simon and Chapman could both get some work in before the break.