The Cincinnati Reds (15-17) look to get their offense back on track in game two of the three-game series against the Atlanta Braves (15-17). Game 2 features a rematch of the May 1st starters between these two clubs in what was another one run loss to the Braves.
Twenty-three year old righty Mike Foltynewicz is making just his 3rd big league start tonight. He mostly throws two different types of fastballs in the 94-96 MPH range but will also mix in an upper-70’s curveball. He gave up six hits, issued three walks and struck out two Reds when he faced Cincinnati two weeks ago.
Anthony DeSclafani is hoping to get back on track tonight. DeSclafani has issued nine free passes in the past two starts (10 innings) after walking just six batters during his first four starts (26 innings.) Walking batters is not common for DeSclafani, as his professional BB% rate in 414 innings entering this season was just 5.2%.
DeSclafani and two of his Reds teammates make this list for fewest pitches per inning:
NL Fewest Pitches/IP
B Colon 13.5
M Scherzer 13.8
J Cueto 13.8
M Harvey 14.0
T Hudson 14.1
A DeSclafani 14.3
J Lackey 14.3
M Leake 14.3
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) May 12, 2015
The lineup for the Braves is identical to last night except that Eric Young Jr. is getting a start in center field. That makes Andrelton Simmons the only right handed batting position in the lineup.
- Nick Markakis (L) RF
- Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
- Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
- Kelly Johnson (L) LF
- Alberto Callaspo (S) 3B
- A.J. Pierzynski (L) C
- Jace Peterson (L) 2B
- Eric Young Jr. (S) CF
- Mike Foltynewicz (R) P
Today’s Reds lineup has Pena back behind the plate and Kristopher Negron getting another start in place of the injured Zack Cozart (wrist):
- Billy Hamilton (S) CF
- Marlon Byrd (R) LF
- Joey Votto (L) 1B
- Todd Frazier (R) 3B
- Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
- Jay Bruce (L) RF
- Kristopher Negron (R) SS
- Brayan Pena (S) C
- Anthony DeSclafani (R) P
THERE IS NO “I” IN TEAM
Tucker Barnhart tried to take full responsibility for last night’s loss after the Braves second and game deciding run scored on a wild pitch. However, Brayan Pena had his back:
@cuban2727 thank you B man!
— Tucker Barnhart (@Tucker_Barnhart) May 12, 2015
MLB IS PROTECTING THEIR BALLS
In light of the recent penalties levied by the NFL onto the New England Patriots, MLB has revised their rules for official game ball handling.
Starting this year, an MLB representative watches the baseballs while a clubhouse assistant carries them from the umpires’ room to the field. And if the supply runs low during the game, an MLB security person is now sent to retrieve more from the umps’ room. In the past, a ball boy or ball girl did those jobs alone.
BRAVES ARE SAFE
It was a scary night for the Carolina Mudcats, high-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Early this morning at around 3:45am, the team bus lost control and flipped while traveling from Salem, Virginia to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Thankfully, everyone is safe with just seven minor injuries reported. Those players were taken to a local hospital and are expected to be released today.
IT’S JUST A GAME
If you need any further reminder today that we just watch adults play a kid’s game, look no further than the Reds most recent honorary bat girl, Melissa Rupert. From MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon:
Rupert, of Liberty Township, Ohio, is the winner of the Reds’ honorary bat girl contest, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease. She was recognized on the field during pregame ceremonies before the Reds’ 2-1 loss to the Braves on Monday night.
More importantly, Rupert is well on her way to beating cancer. She had surgery to remove her tumor last Tuesday.
“I am cancer free as of today,” Rupert said with a smile. “The last step on the road is just radiation and we’ll be able to get rid of this thing for good.”
“My cousin nominated me and I didn’t know even know she was doing it,” Rupert said. “I had written that article for myself and she ended up taking it and running with it, which was a real surprise. Then when I won, I didn’t really know what to do.”
Part of Rupert’s article said this:
“I remind myself every day that I am not a statistic. I am me. My outcome will be my outcome. My story is mine and I am not a number. So here I am. A new mom, a business owner and an avid volunteer. I don’t have time to think about the ‘what if’s.’ There is no alternative. I’m in it to win it.”
The Reds are looking for a couple of bounce back performances from their team offense and their starting pitcher. Luckily, they are facing an equally challenged team tonight, so I like the Reds chances!