Final R H E
 Cincinnati Reds (5-5-2) 3 9 0
 Los Angeles Dodgers (5-2-4) 3 5 1
 W: None  L: None
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Pitching: Jason Marquis continues to try to make his case for a spot on the starting rotation with a third straight strong outing, pitching four innings and giving up three hits and one run with zero walks and one strikeout. His Spring line so far is three starts, nine innings, three hits, one run, two walks, seven strikeouts. That will do Jason. The only other guy battling for a rotation spot who has made at least two starts is Anthony DeSclafani who currently has a 5.40 ERA in five innings. We might be seeing some distance being put between the pitchers in the competition. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an Opening Day rotation ending in Marquis and David Holmberg, with Homer Bailey returning after a few rotations through to send Holmberg back down.

Chapman alert! There has been a confirmed sighting of Chapman pitching two innings. More of that in the regular season, please. An equal oddity was he struck out zero players in his perfect first inning, but did manage to get all three outs on just three pitches. Despite allowing a run in his second inning, he only used ten pitches to face seven batters. Pitch efficiency is always nice.

Jose Mijares came in to get a hold by pitching a perfect seventh inning, to be followed by two innings of Kevius Sampson who earned a blown save in his second inning of work when the Dodgers scored their third run much in the same way they scored their second. Hit, advance the runner with an out, score the runner with an out, making the final two runs for the Dodgers score with just one hit and zero walks each.

Hitting:  While not quite as exciting as yesterday’s batting practice game, there was a thing or two of note. Marlon Byrd got his first extra base hit of the Spring with a double in the sixth off of Carlos Frias. Hopefully that starts showing itself.

Kyle Waldrop continued his impressive Spring display, hitting a triple and stealing a base after a walk, leading to him scoring two of the Reds three runs on the night. His Spring is now at 5-18, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 SB to produce an impressive .278/.350/.667 line. The 23-year-old, 2010 12th round pick outfielder finished his season in AA last year hitting .315/.359/.517 in 252 plate appearances.

The Rest:

-The Reds defense managed to turn two double plays in the game, making it the eight straight game with at least one double play for the Reds, and the second straight with two.

-I’ll sure be happy when Spring Training is over and the regular season starts. All these ties are so unsatisfying in a game that normally can’t have one.

Next Up:

The Reds take on the Rockies at 4:05pm EST. The starting pitchers will be Anthony DeSclafani for Cincinnati and Jordan Lyles for Colorado. Today’s game will be broadcasted on the radio on WLW 700.

11 Responses

  1. zgreds

    Chapman didn’t have a 3 pitch inning. MLB.com only does the pitches on balls in play. On strikeouts it’s always three pitches and on walks it’s always four.

  2. lwblogger2

    I wouldn’t get too excited about Chapman working 2 innings. Price said he was going to do that in spring training because it seemed effective the last couple of years with Chapman. From what he had to say about it, the two-inning thing is a spring training thing and means nothing for his usage in the regular season. Having said that, Price said some time ago that he wanted to use Chapman more. What that means is anyone’s guess.

      • lwblogger2

        Yeah, it would be nice to see him work at least 80 innings and used for more 2 inning saves, especially in very close games (1-2 runs) against division opponents.

    • preacherj

      “Price said some time ago that he wanted to use Chapman more. What that means is anyone’s guess”. …That means he wants a lead going into the ninth more often. Brilliant strategy.

  3. Andy10

    I love what Marquis has done this spring. He’s pitched really good. That guy could be good in the rotation. He brings a veteran approach but can still pith. He can be another Bronson Arroyo for the Reds.

    • lwblogger2

      I like what Marquis has done this spring but honestly, if he’s more than minor league rotation depth, a la Jeff Francis, then this team is in bigger trouble than I thought. If he makes over 15 starts I’d be absolutely stunned if he managed an ERA under 5.00.

      • Jeremy Forbes

        He’s a 52.4%-ish GB pitcher the last two years he’s been in the majors, which should be good for him, but the thing that will be the true decider of if he can be a serviceable 5th starter or not for the Reds will be his HR/FB %. The MLB average is around 10%. The last two years Marquis pitched in the Majors (2012 and 2013) he had a 20.7% and 18.2% HR/FB, respectively, which is scary high.

        If he can keep it on the ground and out of the outfield stands, he can be an okay #5 for this year.

      • lwblogger2

        11 HR at Petco in 2013 in 71+ IP is terrifying. I’m an “eyes first” then metrics kind of guy and the eyes and metrics have me worried for the Reds season if he gets too many IP. I also hate his BB% and K% from 2013. I hope if he is pressed into service that the ~20% HR/FB rate is unsustainable and will have to drop to a more normal rate. I would also love to see that BB% go down, especially since he isn’t going to miss a ton of bats.

      • Jeremy Forbes

        I think we’ll also have to recognize we’ve been a bit spoiled by starting pitching. Last year, of the five pitchers who had the most starts, none had an ERA over 3.71.

        Marquis having a 4.40 ERA or so might have to be considered okay if he’s the fifth pitcher. The Cardinals basically had a group effort as their fifth starter, all of whom had over a 4.00 ERA, the Brewers had a 4.36 ERA in their rotation, the Dodgers had Dan Harren at 4.02 ERA, the Giants has Vogelsong and Cain in the 4.00-4.20 range and Lincecum at 4.74 ERA.

        The last time the Reds had a pitcher with over even 3.80 ERA be one of their top 5 was 2012, when Leake had a 4.58 ERA. So we might have to just remind ourselves to not judge the 2015 rotation based off the 2014 or 2013 rotation, which were strong top to bottom.

      • jmussa2015

        Fully agree with LWBLOGGER2 and more of the above. Up to this point of the spring, wildly positive results are far less dependable or predictive than similarly negative ones. Or, as the mighty Al Swearingen (potentate of the Gem Saloon on “Deadwood”) would likely say, “Sure, he’s baffling the hoople-heads!”, but when the high-stakes pros show, all bets are off. Marquis is a quintessential mediocre pitcher. Or at least he was. With a year off and at 36 years old, mediocrity is now an elusive GOAL for him. I hope he can help AAA with innings and pointers. A sub-5.00 ERA in the show this year is a fever dream