Like a chalk outline

The joke is on Eddie Butler. Rockies pranksters pulled out all the stops today, outlining the spots where Butler fell while attempting to circumnavigate the bases last night, and taping one extra in the clubhouse runway for good measure. All in good humor when the team recovers from an epic TOOTBLAN and coughing up another late lead only to be saved by the Chuck Nazty Bobblehead Show.

As for the Rox at the trade deadline, speculation is always fun, but fans don’t usually get what they want. Trades so far are being driven by very pronounced needs – particularly the Aramis Ramirez move to Pittsburgh, with half of their infield down. An injury right now can dramatically change strategy.

There continues to be a mismatch between what the Rox have and what other teams need. Very few Rox players have even been mentioned in rumors. The most serious has taken a blow with this week’s effort from John Axford, with Detroit expressing some interest before three melts in a row. The Rox apparently rebuffed the Mets on an inquiry for Tulo, according to Ken Rosenthal – not dealing pitching and they went to get Johnson and Uribe for offense. Nothing real on CarGo yet; he’s said to be off Angels radar. Not even a sniff on Rosario, or any of the bit players like Descalso, Logan, or Barnes.

Cole Hamels is trending, however.

This may very well be the last look at Johnny Cueto in a Reds uniform. Rumors are swirling about Jay Bruce and Marlon Byrd as well. The run support Chris Rusin has enjoyed this season may be in shorter supply tonight.

Cincinnati Reds
2B Brandon Phillips (R)
1B Joey Votto (L)
3B Todd Frazier (R)
RF Jay Bruce (L)
C Brayan Pena (S)
LF Marlon Byrd (R)
SS Eugenio Suarez (R)
P Johnny Cueto (R)
CF Billy Hamilton (S)

CF Charlie Blackmon (L)
2B DJ LeMahieu (R)
SS Troy Tulowitzki (R)
RF Carlos Gonzalez (L)
3B Nolan Arenado (R)
LF Corey Dickerson (L)
1B Ben Paulsen (L)
C Nick Hundley (R)
P Chris Rusin (L)


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5 years ago

Yep – Cole Hamels helped the fighten’ Phils in more ways than one today.

5 years ago

Our purple offensive juggernaut is helping the Reds with Cueto’s trade value as well.

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