After a hot start that came to an abrupt halt, the Reds ended the month of April sitting in 4th place in the Central with an 11-11 record and 4.5 games back from the Cardinals. The month of May is already off to a bad start without a game having been played as it was announced that Homer Bailey will undergo Tommy John surgery and is out for the season.
DeSclafani stats are 2015 actuals, Foltynewicz are 2015 AAA numbers:
Anthony DeSclafani has been the darling of the Reds’ rotation so far, posting a meager 1.04 ERA and leading the National League in that category, but it’s not likely to last. DeSclafani’s miniscule .174 BABIP is fourth in the NL and should be expected to rise as the season goes on. Interestingly enough, the Reds have three pitchers (Leake–2nd, DeSclafani–4th, Cueto–8th) in the top 10 of BABIP in the NL, which probably reflects at least in small part on the effectiveness of the Reds’ defense, Marlon Byrd nothwithstanding.
For the Braves, Michael Foltynewicz will make his first big league start after pitching some in relief for the Astros last year in August and September. Foltynewicz was acquired by the Braves in the Evan Gattis trade and immediately became the organization’s top pitching prospect. The righty is by all means a power arm, whose fastball sits at 95-97 and can touch triple digits. The scouting report from Baseball America last August:
His fastball can be too straight at times, especially when heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s up in the zone, but when he gets it down in the zone it shows some sink. If he can locate it down in the zone early in the count, he can then elevate late in the count for strikeouts. His secondary stuff is still a work in progress. FoltynewiczÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s breaking ball is still too slurvy even after a switch to a spike curveball, generally lacking the bite that he flashes occasionally. His changeup has improved this year as he maintains his arm speed more often, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s still a below-average pitch.
A.J. Pierzynski catches for the Braves today and Alberto Callaspo replaces Chris Johnson who broke his hand in yesterday’s game.
Brandon Phillips makes his return to the Reds‘ lineup after missing yesterday’s game with an illness.
TROTTING IS BETTER THAN RUNNING ANYWAY
#Reds Percentage of runs scored by HR
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) May 1, 2015
The Reds have obviously been homer happy this year as we could all tell from a 5-1 game with four solo shots. While the long ball has been working so far, it isn’t sustainable and will pose a problem for this team that struggles to get on base. Hopefully, Billy Hamilton comes around and sets the table for Votto/Frazier/Bruce as the season peddles along.
HOMER BAILY UPDATE
Steve detailed it all on the site this morning, but Homer Bailey will miss the rest of 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Over the years, the surgery has become more efficient and effective leading to faster recovery and rehab times, but that being said, every injury is different. It is far too early to tell when Homer Bailey will be back, but hopefully, we’ll see the righty early next season.
DOWN ON THE FARM
Grant Freking wrote a comprehensive piece this morning about the future prospects of outfielder Phillip Ervin and when Reds’ fans may see him…Donald Lutz underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery as well after suffering an elbow injury last week…Starting today, AAA teams will institute the same pace of play rules that are already in place at the major league level.
The Reds have the chance to start off the month of May the right way tonight and keep it going through the rest of the road trip.