The Reds are 5-8 during the month of September. I'd really like them to finish every month with a .500 or better record, but to do that, they'll have to go at least 11-6 the rest of the way. That seems like a tall order with the way they have been playing lately, but then again, things can change in an instant. After all, we do have Willie Bloomquist now.
Homer Bailey has been solid since coming off of the DL (6 starts, 37.1 IP, 31 K, 7 BB, 2 HR, 3.62 ERA) and the Reds are 10-5 in his starts this year, but I'd like to see him close out this year the same way he closed out 2009. I'd love to see all of the starters make Dusty Baker's playoff rotation decision as difficult as possible. I don't care if the Reds limp into the playoffs, but it would be a lot more fun if they dominated their way there, wouldn't it?
This will be the second straight pitcher the Diamondbacks will throw out there whom they traded for earlier this year. I'll tell you this, Joe Saunders ain't no Daniel Hudson. Despite the weak lineup, I don't expect the Reds to make him look anything like Daniel Hudson either. As with any time the Reds put out a shaky looking lineup, I expect they'll score 7 runs tonight.