Charlie Morton vs. Justin Lehr. Two names that evoke memories of the great pitching matchups of the past between these two teams. Names like Nolan and Ellis, Seaver and Candelaria, and Rijo and Drabek. It's a shame that such a prime pitching matchup has to be wasted on a meaningless game in September.
The Reds come into tonight's match having won 7 of their last 9 games, thrusting themselves to a mere 15 games under .500 and just 5 games out of 4th place. They've actually been playing very well during this short stretch of games. In the 9 games they have
- averaged 4.9 R/G, well over the 3.97 that they've averaged for the entire season.
- batted .282/.362/.453, their best 9-game stretch since early May
- posted a 3.64 ERA
- played error-free in the field in 7 of the 9 games.
This has definitely been the best stretch of baseball by the Reds since mid-May when they won 6 out of 8 against Philly, Cleveland, and Houston. And clearly the fans are noticing. After possibly not even admitting 10,000 fans in total to the two games yesterday, it'll be interesting to see what the announced attendance is for tonight. Tuesday night after school has started in a game between the two worst teams in the division? We may continue to set non-attendance records in this one. (And don't look now, but we've got another afternoon game tomorrow!)
Looks like another beautiful night. If you can make it to the park, go. There's a pretty good chance you'll get a foul ball.