The Cincinnati Reds (18-26) now find themselves one-half game behind the Colorado Rockies (18-25) in the wildcard standings. The Reds are trying to avoid their 10th loss in a row while the Rockies look to extend their winning streak to four.
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34-year-old lefty Jorge De La Rosa will make his 7th start of the season tonight for the Rockies. He’s only made it past the 5th inning once this season. In his last start against Philadelphia, he was pulled after throwing 108 pitches and allowing five hits, three walks, and three runs through 4.1 innings. He rarely worked deep into game last year either, throwing more than six innings only seven times in 32 starts.
Michael Lorenzen is making his sixth appearance of the season but just his 4th start after a two week hiatus into the bullpen. He’s only pitched three innings in a live game since his last start on May 10th. In his last two starts, Lorenzen allowed just two runs on ten hits over 11 innings. However, he also walked seven batters and will be looking to improve on that ratio. While he’s allowed three homeruns in just 19 innings, three of those four came in his first start. He’s kept the ball in the park for his last 12 innings.
JOHNNY CUETO’S MRI
Johnny Cueto missed this past Sunday’s start with a sore elbow, had it examined yesterday, and then went for an MRI today:
Cueto's MRI today showed no structural damage, his agent said #Reds
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) May 26, 2015
Chad Dotson takes a look at all the problems that this Cueto injury could cause for the Reds.
The lineup for the visiting Rockies features a few more regulars than yesterday’s lineup with Troy Tuluwitzki and Carlos Gonazalez returning to the middle of the batting order:
- Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
- DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
- Carlos Gonzalez (L) RF
- Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
- Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
- Ben Paulsen (L) 1B
- Nick Hundley (R) C
- Brandon Barnes (R) LF
- Chris Rusin (L) P
Today’s Reds lineup is similar to yesterday’s, keeping Joey Votto batting 2nd and Billy Hamilton 9th. Brandon Phillips is out of the lineup with Kristopher Negron playing second base and batting 7th.
- Zack Cozart (R) SS
- Joey Votto (L) 1B
- Todd Frazier (R) 3B
- Jay Bruce (L) RF
- Brayan Pena (S) C
- Marlon Byrd (R) LF
- Kristopher Negron (R) 2B
- Michael Lorenzen (R) P
- Billy Hamilton (S) CF
JAY BRUCE STREAK
Jay Bruce is looking to extend his on-base streak to 10 games tonight. Over the last nine games, Bruce is batting .424 with a 1.153 OPS and has had five multi-hit games. His OPS+ on the season is now at 102 (100 is league average.)
Yesterday marked the 1500th game of Brandon Phillip’s career. 1365 of those games have been played in a Reds uniform. So far this year, he’s hitting .299/.337/.357 (AVG/OBP/SLG) compared to his career slash line of .272/.319/.422. For his career, Phillips has accumulated 1576 hits, 284 doubles, 176 homeruns, and 176 steals to go along with stellar, gold glove defense.
Tonight is the Reds second Bark in the Park night of 2015. A good omen? The Reds won their last Bark in the Park night back on April 27th, snapping a wistfully short 3 game losing streak. They will win one eventually, and tonight is as good a night as any.