Lineup maximizing matchups
It’s currently raining, a lot, here at PNC Park and the tarp is on the field. It’s not a new phenomenon at all to have a rain and the threat of a delay in Pittsburgh — which is the most underrated on the list of rainy cities in America.
No word yet on delays, etc. One large issue is the Reds scheduled does not return them to Pittsburgh this season. The Pirates are not off Monday like the Reds, since they open a series with a Labor Day afternoon game at St. Louis, so that’s out for a makeup. I imagine we shall be here a while.
In today’s Reds lineup, both Jay Bruce and Zack Cozart are out and Chris Heisey and Ramon Santiago are in. Brayan Pena is behind the plate as he usually is for a Johnny Cueto start. As for Bruce and Cozart, they’re sitting because of the match-up vs. LHP Francisco Liriano.
“We have some guys in there with some success,” manager Bryan Price said.
Bruce is 1-for-19 with seven strikeouts vs. Liriano.
Cozart is 3-for-19 with one homer.
Heisey is 4-for-10 with one homer.
Santiago is 3-for-10.
Small sample sizes, I know.
September call-ups will be announced Monday or before Tuesday’s game at Baltimore. Triple-A Louisville has its final game on Monday.
“I don’t think all the players know at this point in time,” Price said.