When these two last faced off just over a week ago, the Reds came out victorious, though not at the fault of either starting pitcher. Homer Bailey pitched alright that game, but he gave up 5 runs in 6 innings. Tim Lincecum gave up just 3 runs over 7 innings, but the Reds touched up the Giants bullpen on 7 runs, mainly because of 5 errors on the defense.
Tonight will Lincecum's first appearance ever in Cincinnati, a place where he easily could have ended up pitching on a regular basis. Instead, the player the Reds took just before Lincecum sits in Louisville, waiting for his chance to push the dead weight out of the way in center field.
Stupid stat of the night: Willy Taveras now has an OPS+ of 47 on the season. In 2008, Corey Patterson set the Reds record for lowest OPS+ by an outfielder (min 300 PA) at 48. It's embarrassing that both of these players spent a large portion of the season batting first or second when they put up these abysmal numbers. It's infuriating that it continues even to this day.