These lineups are not easy on the eyes. On the positive side, Johnny Cueto will be pitching. And he will be pitching in a cavernous ballpark with an excellent defense behind him. Assuming Miami hasn't forced them to play these games in jai-alai frontons. Which would be well within their rights.
The Reds have a chance to climb back to .500 and plant themselves firmly one game ahead of the Marlins in the gray middle of the National League. And, as hard as this may be to believe, the Reds could also creep 3.5 games back of the 2nd wild card with a loss by the Braves. I don't think this means much, given the Reds are currently tied with the Marlins for looking up at the Braves, Giants, Pirates and Cardinals in essentially in a four-way tie. That fact may have influenced the Reds coyness at the deadline, though.
Kris Negron gets the start at 2B and has the chance to be a highly-versatile, league minimum bench bat for next season. I almost though of another positive. It'll come to me.
|miami marlins||CINCINNATI REDS|
|Christian Yelich (L) LF||Billy Hamilton (S) CF|
|Jordany Valdespin (L) 2B||Kris Negron (R) 2B|
|Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF||Todd Frazier - 3B|
|Casey McGehee (R) 3B||Ryan Ludwick (R) LF|
|Garrett Jones (L) 1B||Brayan Peña - C|
|Marcell Ozuna (R) CF||Chris Heisey (R) RF|
|Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS||Jack Hannahan (L) 1B|
|Jeff Mathis (R) C||Zack Cozart - SS|
|Tom Koehler (R) P||Johnny Cueto (R) P|