Halladay Hit Parade: The Reds beat the Phillies 4-3

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It’s not every day you see Roy Halladay give up 13 hits — in fact, he hadn’t done that all year — but he did to the Reds today, the most significant of which was Jay Bruce’s two-run homer in the eighth to give the Reds a come-from-behind win.

To be honest, it’s amazing that Halladay only have up four runs, what with all of those hits.  Striking out ten guys and walking no one helped, but this was obviously a day on which Doc didn’t have his best medicine. (Ya like that? Being sports-anchory cute is something I’m trying out. No? Yeah, you’re right, that was lame).

Backup catcher King of the Dane(s) Sardinha (Eh? OK, too Bermany) accounted for all of the Phillies’ runs with a three-run jack in the fourth. Beyond that, however, Aaron Harang pitched effectively and Arthur Rhodes and the bullpen returned to form following last night’s fiasco.

On to Pittsburgh for Philly, where they’ll face much more pliant opposition. The Reds make their way to Chicago, where the same can be said for them.

Report: Indians, Padres still talking about starting pitching trade

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians and Padres are still discussing a potential trade for a starting pitcher, namely Corey Kluber or Trevor Bauer. Rosenthal adds that a deal isn’t close and is unlikely to occur before Opening Day. The Padres are balking at the Indians’ asking prices for the two starters.

The Padres could certainly use an ace at the top of the rotation. With the addition of Manny Machado, the lineup is looking decent, but beyond Joey Lucchesi, the starting pitching doesn’t inspire confidence.

Kluber, who turns 33 years old next month, has club options for the next two seasons at $13.5 million and $14 million with $1 million buyouts each. Last year, the right-hander finished third in AL Cy Young balloting, finishing 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA and a 222/34 K/BB ratio in 215 innings.

Bauer, 28, is earning $13 million this season and will enter his fourth and final year of arbitration heading into 2020. Last year, Bauer went 12-6 with a 2.21 ERA and a 221/57 K/BB ratio across 175 1/3 innings.

The Indians are the prohibitive favorites in the AL Central once again, but that has as much to do with the mediocrity of the rest of the division as the Indians’ commitment to competing. If the Indians were to trade either or both starters, that would be good news for the Twins, who are projected to be 15 games worse than the Indians but still finish in second place, according to PECOTA from Baseball Prospectus.