The second half starts….now
Welcome to the start of the second half of the season…
The Reds likely have used the four days off to rest and recharge and perhaps recalibrate. They better have because the first six games after the break are huge. If they do well, they can put a dent in the four-game gap in the NL Central and perhaps pick off two of the three teams ahead of them.
Of course, that’s easier said than done. While the Reds are 5-4 this season vs. STL, they are only 1-5 vs. PIT.
Update — Bronson Arroyo amplified my point with this quotes:
“Playing division teams to start the second half is huge for us,” Arroyo said. “If we get killed in these two series, we’re in trouble. If we don’t, we’ll be right in the thick of things. We haven’t played very consistent. We haven’t won two games in a row in about a month. To be four games back is actually a blessing for us.”
Update No. 2 — The Reds placed RHP Jose Arrendono on the 15-day DL retroactive to July 7 with a straight right forearm. LHP Jeremy Horst was recalled from AAA Louisville.
Reds lineup vs. Cardinals
*Since I am catching up from missing the Milwaukee series and being tied up during the All-Star break, here are some items you may have not received.
The rotation for the next six games:
Fri vs StL: RHP Johnny Cueto (5-3, 1.96) vs RHP Jake Westbrook
Sat vs StL: RHP Bronson Arroyo (7-7, 5.58) vs RHP Chris Carpenter
Sun vs StL: RHP Homer Bailey (3-4, 4.13) vs LHP Jaime Garcia
Mon at Pit: LHP Dontrelle Willis (0-0, 3.00) vs RHP James McDonald
Tue at Pit: RHP Mike Leake (8-4, 4.28) vs RHP Charlie Morton
Wed at Pit: RHP Johnny Cueto vs RHP Jeff Karstens
*This came last week when SS Zack Cozart was called up. Cozart is the 20th shortstop to pair with 2B Brandon Phillips in the Reds middle infield. The other 19:
Jerry Hairston Jr.
*Brandon Phillips (aka @DatDudeBP) was one of only nine baseball-types to make the Sports Illustrated Twitter 100. The only other two active players on the list besides Phillips were the Marlins’ Logan Morrison and the Rangers’ C.J. Wilson.