Charlie Morton's ERA is a bit deceptive. He's actually given up 12 unearned runs in 50.1 innings this season. So, in fact, he's given up 11.80 R/9 this season. How bad has he been? He's gotten the decision in every game he has started, which is hard to do given that he's only gone over 4 innings in 5 of his 12 starts. Only three times has he given up fewer than 5 runs in a start. People were pissed that Aaron Harang got a second start off the DL? Imagine watching this guy start for your team 12 times.
The Reds are celebrating a special anniversary tonight. It is the 25th anniversary of the night Pete Rose moved 3 hits ahead of Ty Cobb. Oh, Major League Baseball would have you believe that the record breaking hit was #4192, but in actuality, Cobb had one 2-for-4 game double counted in 1910 and he really only had 4,189 hits. That means Rose broke the record on September 8th, when he hit a single in the first inning off of Reggie Patterson. That's neither here nor there - people will always remember 4192 since that is the night we all thought he broke the record, but still, it's an interesting little bit of minutia. (NOTE: MLB still recognizes Cobb as having 4191 hits, even today.)
A six-game lead. A magic number of 17. A nice cool night at the ball park versus a team the Reds have dominated. Life is good.