With last night’s game being called before it even started, the Reds (30-35) see the Tigers out of town having taken two of three. This marks the third time a Reds’ game has been postponed this season, and somehow, all three times have been when I write the previews. The game will be replayed at some later date in the season.
Tonight, the Marlins (29-39) come to Cincinnati with only a 40% chance of rain tonight. The Marlins are coming off of a four game split with the Yankees, dropping both road games but taking the two at home. Just yesterday, the injury bug bit the Marlins too as Martin Prado was put on the DL. It must be something in the Cincinnati air.
THE BYRD IS BACK IN TOWN
Reds reinstate OF Marlon Byrd from the DL, option to Louisville RHP Donovan Hand.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 19, 2015
All stats are 2015 actuals:
After a prolonged period of bad pitching, the struggles of Mike Leake seem to have to come to an end or at least subsided for the time being. In his last three starts, Leake has gone 19.0 innings, allowing only seven earned runs. However, in his last start, Leake only lasted 5.0 innings, in which he gave up three runs on five hits and a homer. Reds’ fans (or the fans’ of whichever team Leake lands on) have reason for optimism though as Leake’s xFIP of 3.92 indicates that he should pitch far better the second half of the season.
In the offseason, it seemed like Dan Haren pitching in a Marlins’ jersey was the absolute last thing that would ever happen. The second Haren was traded to South Florida, he demanded a trade back to Southern California or else he would retire. While nothing came to fruition from Haren’s demand, the Marlins’ struggles this season have put him back on the trading block. Considering that Haren is an experienced vet who has been solid all season, he may get his wish after all.
Haren struggled a bit in his last start, giving up three runs on three hits including two homers, but for the most part this season, he has consistently given the Marlins 6.0 or 7.0 strong innings. Traditionally a groundball pitcher, Haren has been pitching to the strengths of Marlins Park this year, letting balls take flight only to fall feebly for outs in the spacious outfield grass. That approach is probably why Haren has pitched far better at home then away, a 2.32 ERA in Miami vs. a 4.23 everywhere else.
Marlon Byrd makes his triumphant return to the Reds’ lineup tonight as both Bruce and Frazier are featured:
Giancarlo Stanton said today that he would participate in the Home Run Derby if he was asked to. Well, here is his audition:
ALL STAR SHENANIGANS
MLB says it has canceled as many as 65 million All-Star ballots due to suspected vote fraud http://t.co/mwWH2iMoOs
— Sean Lahman (@seanlahman) June 19, 2015
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 19, 2015
JON MOSCOT OUT FOR THE SEASON
The rookie righthander is done for the season, needing surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder. The injury was suffered as he tried to tag out the Tigers’ Anthony Gose in the first inning of Monday’s game. It was only Moscot’s third career start. Said Bryan Price:
“It would be optimistic to think that he’ll be back pitching [this season]. That being said, he’s a young man with a great work ethic so I don’t know the exact time table. It’s certainly longer than it would be if the injury didn’t need the surgical repair so the exact amount of time I’m not 100 percent sure.”
In more optimistic news:
Iglesias is throwing. Price said they hope to have him back before the All-Star Break. #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) June 19, 2015
NASTIEST RELIEVER IN BASEBALL?
For the past four years, us Reds’ fans have been conditioned to just know that Aroldis Chapman is the nastiest reliever in baseball. I mean he can throw 105 for goodness sake, how could he not be?
Well, yesterday Grantland published an article that disputes that claim. Yes, Chapman throws the hardest, but Carter Capps of the Miami Marlins has the highest perceived velocity. Why? Because he basically lunges forward three feet when he pitches. It’s an immensely interesting article that should be given a read, but if you don’t have time, just check it out for the gif of Capps pitching.
Compared to yesterday’s lineup, today’s looks like the Reds’ recently hit the lottery and are now spoiled with riches. The fact that Marlon Byrd can exact that kind of hyperbole from me is just so, very sad. The injury bug is the worst.