The youngest players on the Reds' expanded active roster - Chapman, Leake and Mesoraco - were just 13 years old a decade a go. Rob Neyer, writing on SBNation today, is likely right that 9/11 hasn't changed baseball very much, but perhaps that comforting constancy (though hopefully not mere complacence) is what we're looking for in the game.
For everything Ken Burns' 10th Inning glosses over, it does make good use of the tune "Autumn in New York," a jazz standard with lyrics that include the lines:
It's Autumn in New York / It's good to live it again
I'm convinced it's essential to re-live events of great importance in order to be reminded of their meaning, without ceasing living anew.
Edinson Volquez makes his first start (or appearance of any kind) since July 5. EV's season with the Reds, from his visa issues to Independence Day, has been one big misadventure. But he's been excellent in the minors, with a 2.37 ERA, 8.7 K/9 and a very reasonable 3.0 BB/9. I'm not sure we can attach much significance to 87 AAA innings from a 27-year-old pitcher who hasn't been challenged in the minors since roughly 2007 (including 44 sterling rehab innings last season). But there's hope for Volquez yet.
Last season, Volquez also made his first appearance back from the minors against the Rockies, going 6 innings with 9 Ks and giving up just one earned run.
Scrabbles was spot-on with his under-over yesterday, so I'll set it at 3.5 walks for Volquez.
Lineup after the jump (Frazier sighting).
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This will be young Mr. Pomeranz's first start of his major league career.
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