If you’re looking for a meaningful baseball game to watch with postseason implications look elsewhere. But, if you’re making a wager on the game, it’s certainly an important game from that point of view. The Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins meet in Florida for a four-game weekend series. Both teams are making vacation plans for October and it doesn’t involve baseball. The Reds enter Thursday with a record of 65-88, while the Marlins are at 59-92. They are last in the NL Central and NL East, both back 24.5 games out of 1st place.
There will be some high picks in the draft coming up in Cincinnati and Miami, so there is that to look forward to. Marlins’ fans in particular haven’t had much to be excited about. A lot of people checked out on the Marlins following the Giancarlo Stanton trade to the Yankees, which ignited blame on Derek Jeter. It’s not a bad situation for Stanton, who went from a loser to a winner.
The Yankees are looking at the Wild Card Game right now, so all it could take it one game for Stanton to see the end of the season. The Yanks pummeled the Red Sox last night in impressive fashion. They’ll look for more of that with the return of Aaron Judge to the lineup. For the Reds, they just have to treat this trip to Florida like a business trip and not an early vacation to the beach in Miami.
It could definitely be easy to get tied up in Miami nightlife while playing in a meaningless series at the end of the year. This is big for the scheduled starters for tonight, Cody Reed and Jeff Brigham. Both are young guys, Brigham a rookie, looking to get experience and impress their teams. Brigham will be making just the third start of his career, while Reed gets his sixth start of the year. Head below for our free Reds vs. Marlins pick.
Cincinnati Reds vs. Miami Marlins Pick
Cody Reed (0-2, 4.32 ERA) vs. Jeff Brigham (0-2, 7.36 ERA)
There isn’t much time left for Reed and Brigham to make impressions on their teams. They don’t have much time to show what they have before next year. This game in the larger pitcher means nothing, but to them it’s pretty important. Brigham has made a couple of starts and looked lackluster in both. He lasted just 3 innings against the Blue Jays, allowing 4 hits, 4 walks, and 3 runs.
Brigham followed that up with 5 hits and 3 runs allowed against the Mets in 4.1 innings. As you can imagine, his overall numbers look bad with an ERA of 7.36, 1.91 WHIP, and .417 OBA. Prior to getting called up, he had a 3.44 ERA in Triple-A ball.
Reed has been better for the Reds, though he has seen some more action at this level of play. The three-year pitcher is trying to find his way, after posting ERA’s of 7.36 and 5.09 in his first two seasons. He’s bounced around between the minors and majors this season, getting spot starts and work out of the bullpen.
He will be making his fourth straight start this evening. Reed enters with an ERA of 4.32 and 5.79 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in his last three outings. At least Reed has an okay bullpen to lean on, though. They’re 18th with an ERA of 4.17, while the Marlins are dead last at 30th with a putrid ERA of 5.45. An ERA of 4.17 is nothing to get excited over, but it sure is better than last. This game doesn’t mean anything in the standings, though we should get a watchable game with a 6-5 or 6-4 final on Thursday in Miami.