A rubber match in September with a chance to take down a would-be playoff team? Well, it’s certainly not the same as, y’know, actually trying to win your way into the playoffs, but in theory it’s an atmosphere that’s pretty close to it on the spectrum.
That’s what the Cincinnati Reds have in store for Wednesday evening, as they’ll tangle with the Milwaukee Brewers for the final time in 2018, and will do so with the Brewers clinging to a 2 game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals for the top NL Wild Card spot. Of course, in typing that, I realized that the Reds beating the Brewers does nothing but help the Cardinals in the Wild Card race and the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central race (while also potentially hurting the Reds draft position for 2019), so who the heck knows what you should be pulling for tonight.
Matt Harvey will get the start for Cincinnati in perhaps his penultimate start with the club before reaching free agency, at which point who the heck knows what will happen. If anything, I’m discovering quickly that typing who the heck knows over and over again with regards to these Cincinnati Reds is becoming an increasingly go-to phrase, which is somewhat telling in itself, I suppose.
The Beers will counter with starter Gio Gonzalez, who was another one of their late-season veteran additions along with Mike Moustakas, Curtis Granderson, and Jonathan Schoop.
First pitch is set for 7:40 PM ET again, so tune in - there are only 10 Reds games left this season.
Rubber match ready.#Reds lineup presented by @PNCBank. pic.twitter.com/RT0REdw7AQ— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 19, 2018
Here's the #Brewers lineup for the series finale against the Reds. #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/g16rriJwaZ— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 19, 2018