A Cain Mutiny?
As well as the Reds West Coast trip is going — already 5-1 — it could move into extraordinary mode with a good showing against the Wild Card contending Giants. The toughest pitcher they could face is in the opener, Matt Cain.
*This was Cain’s line vs. the Reds at GABP on June 8 during a 3-0 loss: 9 ip, 7 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K.
*Cain is 3-3 with a 3.21 ERA in seven career starts vs. CIN.
*The Reds best hitter against Cain is Laynce Nix, who is 5-for-11 (.455) with one homer.
*Lurking ahead on Tuesday for the Giants is lefty Jonathan Sanchez, who is 2-1 with a 2.41 ERA against CIN in three starts. Sanchez was a 6-3 loser on June 9 at GABP after he gave up three runs and seven hits over five innings.
*From Better off Red czar and resident club mathlete Jamie Ramsey, the Reds are 97-65 over their last 162 games.
*With some of the Triple Crown talk about Joey Votto lately, the Reds answered a question I admit to not knowing. I knew Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski was the last Triple Crown winner in 1967. What I did not know is that no NL player has won it since the Cardinals’ Joe Medwick in 1937.
*For those who are interested, here is the link to see video of Votto’s 10-pitch AB against Jonathan Broxton from Sunday: http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=11274655
Monday lineup vs. SF
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