Fresh after a day off, the Cincinnati Reds will finally, finally open a multi-series homestand at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday evening. It’s hard to really wrap your head around the fact that the Reds have only played 15 games in their home park to date, in part due to the unbalanced early schedule and due to the ‘home’ series they hosted earlier in Monterrey, Mexico.
It’s also a bit tough to process that they’ve made it this deep into the season having not yet faced the Chicago Cubs, but that will change starting today.
The Cubs roll into town at 24-14, owners of the best record in the NL Central and some 7.5 games ahead of the currently last place Reds. Considering they began the season 1-6, that’s quite the hot streak they’ve been able to ride, though it does also give some hope that the Reds will eventually be capable of overcoming their own brutal 1-8 opening to the season. It would sure be nice if that got started tonight, for the record.
Chicago will send veteran righty Kyle Hendricks to the mound, while the Reds will counter with Tanner Roark. Hendricks, of course, relies heavily on his ability to tunnel his fastball/change-up repertoire with incredible precision, which helps him overcome the fact that his fastball velocity is the single slowest among all MLB starters at the moment.
First pitch is set again for an early 6:40 PM ET, so don’t be that yayhoo who tunes in at 7:10 PM ET and wonders what the hell is going on.