The Reds are 4-5 through the first nine games of this 10-game homestand, and they need a win this afternoon to even up both the homestand and the series against the Dodgers.
STAT OF THE DAY
Johnny Cueto is second @Reds pitcher since 1914 (Gary Nolan, 1967) to have a pair of games in a season with at least 12 Ks and 0 walks.
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) June 12, 2014
Taking the ball for Cincinnati is right-hander Alfredo Simon. Simon, of course, was pulled into the rotation in Spring Training to replace the injured Mat Latos. With Latos returning this weekend, all signs point to Simon remaining in the rotation with Tony Cingrani going to either the bullpen or AAA.
How much longer can the Reds rely on Simon to start every 5 days? Simon has pitched 74.1 innings this season, which is exactly the average number of innings he has thrown for the Reds over the prior two seasons. Only three times in his 13 seasons as a professional has Simon thrown more than 100 innings. His outings have been less than stellar lately, having allowed 11 runs in his last 3 starts (16 innings.)
Dodgers starter Zack Greinke has also hit a bit of a lull recently. Before his last start against Cincinnati on May 27, Greinke had a 2.01 ERA. In his last three starts, including that Reds game, Greinke has allowed 10 earned runs over 20.2 innings.
Today’s lineup includes Skip Schumaker leading off and playing leftfield, while Roger Bernadina takes over in centerfield and bats 7th. Each player also made a start in the May 27th game against Greinke, and they each had a single.
1. Skip Schumaker (L) LF
2. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
7. Roger Bernadina (L) CF
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Alfredo Simon (R) P
For the Dodgers, Hanley Ramirez was a late scratch in yesterday’s game due to irritation around the AC joint in his right shoulder. Miguel Rojas takes his place again today and bats 8th.
I’d love to see the Reds kick off a long winning streak here as they head off onto a long road trip. Discuss the game and their second consecutive victory against the Dodgers here. Go Reds!