Saturday, Sep 17, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT
Great American Ball Park
Yovani Gallardo vs Edinson Volquez
Mostly clear, 10% chance of rain. Winds blowing in from left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.
FSO-HD, WMLW-HD, WTMJ, WLW
NEWSBREAK: Matt Maloney will start on Monday in Johnny Cueto's spot. It's a shame that Cueto's season had to be book-ended by injuries, especially since his infirmities put him just shy of the innings qualification for an ERA title. But Maloney has earned his (likely) two starts, with a 2.99 ERA, 1.082 WHIP and 4.64 K/BB over 81.1 IP in Louisville.
The Brewers' terrestrial radio carrier is WTMJ. I don't think there's been a bigger mismatch between two teams' affiliate call letters all season WLW, a superstation and perfectly symmetrical palindrome vs. Temporal Mandibular Joint disorder. Pathetic showing, Brewers. Not having to worry about playoff rosters and rotations this year has freed my mind to focus on the things that really matter.
Tonight is Johnny Bench Night, in which the greatest catcher to ever don the Tools of Ignorance will be honored with the unveiling of a statue outside the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. Fox Sports OH is putting on an hour-long pregame show starting at 6pm, presumably with some Bench-heavy programming. And it's altogether fitting that Devin Mesoraco has found his way into tonight's lineup.
Edinson Volquez is another Reds player trying to limit the damage to his Permanent Record. He's not facing anything nearly as heavy as Bronson's HR mark, but Volquez is approaching 100 IP with a walk-rate and ERA both near 6.00. It's an open debate over whether EV's problem is mostly mechanical or mostly psychological, but for what it's worth he only issued 3 walks per 9 innings in Louisville this season. Hitters' plate discipline is not as finely-tuned down there, but we know Volquez is capable of showing enough control to be a successful pitcher. The question remains whether he can regain it - and how much time he has left to find it as a major league starter with the Reds.
Lineups after the jump.
|2011 - Edinson Volquez||5-5||18||17||0||0||0||0||90.0||88||61||58||16||59||88||5.80||1.63|
|2011 - Yovani Gallardo||16-10||31||31||1||1||0||0||194.0||184||90||79||26||57||183||3.66||1.24|
Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
Corey Hart (R) RF
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