Sunday, August 17, 2014
Mat Latos v. Jordan Lyles
Dylan Axelrod v. Yohan Flande
After a rainout that could only make Crash Davis smile, the Reds and Rockies will play two today in Denver (municipal infrastructure permitting). Due to last night's cancellation, Mat Latos will leapfrog Dylan Axelrod in an effort to ensure that Latos' snooze alarm is not disrupted. Jordan Lyles will pitch game one for Colorado while the Rockies turn to Yohan Flande for the evening game. Flande is a 28 year old left hander making his seventh career start. Flande is currently 0 and 5 with an ERA of 5.36. Rumor has it that if Flande falters this afternoon, the Rockies may give Jamie Moyer or Mo'ne Davis a call.
The lineup of the Colorado Rockies sans Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki matches somewhat evenly with the Cincinnati Reds sans Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips (assuming Jack Hannahan isn't hitting cleanup). Perhaps most notably for Colorado this year is the career season being had by Drew Stubbs. Stubbs has had eleven incidents of light tower power and is holding down an OPS of .806. He will likely be fortified in the lineup today by Michael Cuddyer and Michael McKenry who are both 2 for 6 lifetime against Latos with a home run each.
The Reds have had mixed success against Jordan Lyles mostly from his days as a young starter for the Houston Astros. Perhaps most impressive of all the Reds against Lyles is Zach Cozart. Cozart is 5 for 9 in his career against Lyles with 2 doubles, a home run, and 6 RBI. No Reds have faced left-handed journeyman Yohan Flande; so it's pick 'em as to whether he'll pitch a two hit shutout or be removed halfway through the first inning.
There's no reason to not watch two baseball games today featuring the Reds. Unless, of course, you're a Rockies fan. Luckily for them, the Broncos are playing today as well giving them fair reason to be happy and hopeful. Unfortunately, most Reds fans are still Bengals fans; meaning it's baseball or bust until 2015.
Go Reds! You may be frustrating, but not ridiculously infuriating!
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