Most of my fellow fans, as they circle the Reds games they plan to attend this year, are placing circles around the two contests against the Yankees in May. They are also highlighting many of the nine games the Cubs will play in Great American Ball Park, and the annual interleague battles with the Indians.
Because of that geographical rivalry, the Reds are in an unusual, albeit unenviable, position. They will play a total of twenty two games against the two teams that reached the World Series last year, the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. Those match ups will prove to be a daunting one eighth of the season for the rebuilding Reds ไฮไลท์บอล.
Unlike many Cincinnati fans, the first games I circled on the calendar involve the teams with the three worst records in the league last season. In the opening weekend of June, the Braves visit Great American Ball Park. The series would be insignificant had a recent trade not transpired, a deal that sent Cincinnati’s most popular player to Atlanta.
All-Star second baseman Brandon Philips finally agreed to accept a trade to the Braves, who play their home games near the town where he grew up. So now that the Gold Glover is no longer with the Reds, his long time fans will only get to see him when Atlanta visits Great American Ball Park.
The one trip the Braves make here entails a three game weekend series on June 2, 3, and 4. Phillips should expect to receive a standing ovation when he steps out of the visiting dugout for the first time in his career.
It is unlikely that the series between the Braves and Reds will make many national headlines, nor will the other four games I have marked on my copy of Cincinnati’s schedule.
The Padres, who finished at the bottom of the National League West division last season, visit Great American Ball Park for a four game weekday series August 7, 8, 9 and 10. Believe it or not, I am looking forward to the match up between the teams with the worst records in the senior circuit in 2016.
San Diego has two of the best young players making their debuts this year, both of whom are considered top candidates for the Rookie of the Year award. Both are outfielders, so I have already ordered tickets to sit in the bleachers for that series.
In center will be Manuel Margot, who came to the Padres in a deal that sent closer Craig Kimbrel to the Boston Red Sox. Baseball America has praised Margot ever since he was signed as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2011.
“Margot has everything you want in a top-of-the-order centerfielder,” BA stated in its February 10 issue.
Playing right beside Margot in the San Diego outfield will be one of the best power prospects in baseball, Hunter Renfroe. In a September call up last season, Renfroe clubbed a home run that soared beyond the left field wall in Petco Park, so I can only imagine how far it might travel out of hitter friendly Great American Ball Park.