Yo’s not superman, you know: After heroically flying into the stands last week, Yoenis Cespedes is dealing with a lingering bone bruise and is likely to miss the entire Reds series.
Un-Familia behavior: Jeurys Familia notched another save, but gave Mets fans a heart attack in the process. Opposing hitters are now batting .325 against Familia, who is sporting a 3.00 ERA early in the season. Familia recorded 43 saves and a 1.85 ERA in his breakthrough 2015 campaign.
Not a FAN?: Mark Chernoff, radio boss of WFAN, talked to the Daily News about how no player from the Mets organization has appeared on WFAN in over three years. The Mets cut ties with their former flagship station, but you might be able to catch them on WOR-AM discussing immigration policies with Rush Limbaugh.
Seeing Red: The Reds are coming off a tough series against the Cubs – they were out scored 38-14, were no hit by Jake Arrieta, and Anthony Rizzo came alive during the series – swatting a few home runs in the process. Hopefully things start looking up for the Reds (after the Mets series, of course).
Know Your Foe
This time around, we got a chance to ask long-time Reds fan and Mr. Haiku Baseball himself, Matt, some questions about the Reds, and of course beer.
The Reds starting rotation has been hit by the injury bug early so far. With the caveat that you’re working with fill-ins for fill-ins, what are your impressions of the staff so far?
Jay Bruce is hitting quite well to start the year. Do you think Dick Williams finally bites the bullet and trades him? Think it happens before the trade deadline if so?
What’s your plan of action for imbibing in the Queen City for a Reds game?
It would be an absolute disservice to our 6 readers if I didn’t ask you for a Reds haiku.
Cincy at the Bat: A Great Rebuilding Story
Standings & Probables
Monday, April 25 Noah Syndergaard (2-0 0.90 ERA) vs. Raisel Iglesias (1-1 3.09 ERA)
Tuesday, April 26 Bartolo Colon (1-1 2.89 ERA) vs. Brandon Finnegan (1-0 2.04 ERA)
Wednesday, April 27 Matt Harvey ( ) vs. Jon Moscot ()
Beer From the Bad Guys
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Chillwave Double IPA
Pouring a gorgeous crystal clear dark orange/ruby, the nose of Chillwave is emblematic of the beer overall: boozy, malty, with pronounced citrus hops. This is undoubtedly a slow sipper, and each sip is a polished masterclass in what (I think) a double/imperial IPA should be.
The beer transforms within the taste – juicy tropical and citrus hops providing a dry bitterness give way to sweet honey malt and lofty 9.4% alcohol heat. Great Lakes only mentions Mosaic on their website, but I have to assume there are several additional hops that give this beer its effective dark citrus character.
Scouting Report (20-80 scale)
Though the alcohol is evident, Chillwave is still a dangerously drinkable, remarkably well-balanced double IPA. This is only my second bottle, and it’s already easily one of the best five double IPAs I’ve ever had. LGM!