Sorry about the lack of new content today. My day did not go anything like I planned it, and I had to drop some stuff just to get in and post this game thread. Hopefully we'll be back to normal tomorrow when everybody goes back to work. We did have a grand old time at the Montgomery July 4th parade. Thanks for asking!
I know some look at this match up and think there's no shot for the Reds, but let me remind you that less than a week ago, Aaron Harang went up against Roy Halladay and kept the Reds in it enough to give them a chance to win. That's all I really want from Harang anymore: a chance to win. If he can do that for the remainder of the year, then he's doing his job, especially if he keeps facing off against All-Star caliber pitchers.
And Mike Pelfrey has definitely been All-Star caliber this year. He's shown it especially at home this year, where he is 6-0 with a 1.98 ERA, in large part because it's a large park. He's a ground ball pitcher, so I'm not saying that he'd necessarily be crap in a park like GABP, but playing in a big park can help a pitcher pitch more confidently. By comparison, Harang has given up 36 more fly balls than Pelfrey, but he's given up 9 more home runs. And 12 of Harang's 15 HR allowed have come at GABP, though Aaron has started almost twice as many games at home than on the road. I'm sure Harang wouldn't mind having a chance to pitch in a big park some time. I'm guessing it would make him look like a lot better pitcher.
The Cardinals are off tonight, so the Reds lead would move to 2 full games with a win. I like the sound of that. Make it so!
Go Reds! Vote Votto!