Game Thread

Reds vs Pirates – April 9, 2016

The Reds undefeated season came to an end last night. The Reds dropped a heartbreaker 6-5 on a cold, rainy night at GABP. The Reds had a 5-2 lead going into the 8th inning. J.J. Hoover came in with two outs and the bases loaded in the 8th, and gave up a grand slam to Starling Marte.

The Reds will look to get back to their early season winning ways today. They will have the right guy on the mound, Raisel Iglesias. He will have his work cut out for him, as he will be facing the Pirates ace Gerrit Cole.

Programming Note: Today’s game is the MLB.tv free game of the day. You can watch the game here.

Starting Pitchers

IglesiasCole

Yup, this should be a fun pitching matchup.

Raisel Iglesias pitched very well on opening day for the good guys. Iglesias allowed a cheap GABP home run in the second inning, but settled down afterwards to pitch six innings of two run baseball. Maybe most impressive was that Iglesias had 7 strikeouts, and didn’t walk a batter.

Iglesias made two starts against the Pirates last year (both at GABP). The first one on August 1st went very well (6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). The second one on September 8th didn’t go so well, as he didn’t make it out of the 4th inning (3.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K).

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Gerrit Cole will be making his 2016 debut today. Cole finished 4th for the Cy Young award last season. Over 32 starts in 2015, Cole posted a 2.60 ERA/2.66 FIP with 8.74 K/9, 1.90 BB/9, and 0.48 HR/9. Cole was 9th among all MLB pitchers in fWAR (5.4). Cole has done an incredible job over his career at limiting home runs. He has a 0.56 HR/9 over his career, and last season he was 4th in all of baseball with 0.48 HR/9.

Cole was limited this spring because of a rib injury, and that is why the Pirates pushed his first start back to today. Cole only pitched 6.2 innings this spring (5.40 ERA). The Reds for whatever reason have owned the Pirates ace over his career. In six career starts against the Reds, Cole has a 5.23 ERA (32.2 IP, 41 H, 19 ER, 11 BB, 38 K). The Pirates have lost all six of Cole’s starts against the Reds.

Starting Lineups

Cozart and Mesoraco are both out of the lineup again. Bryan Price said he will be easing them into 2016, so giving them a day off after a night game is fairly normal. I’d expect both back in the lineup tomorrow. Billy Hamilton moves from the #9 spot to the leadoff spot. The Pirates have the same lineup as yesterday.

Pirates Reds
1. John Jaso (1B)
2. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
3. David Freese (3B)
4. Starling Marte (LF)
5. Francisco Cervelli (C)
6. Gregory Polanco (RF)
7. Josh Harrison (2B)
8. Jordy Mercer (SS)
9. Gerrit Cole (P)
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Scott Schebler (LF)
7. Ivan De Jesus (SS)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Raisel Iglesias (P)

Melville to start tomorrow

The Reds announced that Tim Melville will start tomorrow. The Reds thought it would be DeSclafani tomorrow, but the Reds are being cautious with him. Melville will be making his MLB debut tomorrow. He was a 4th round draft pick back in 2008. He has a career 4.75 ERA in 668.2 innings in the minors.

Around the MLB

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In case you haven’t been able to pay attention to the rest of baseball, here are some of the big storylines in the first week:

— Colorado Rockies rookie Trevor Story is off to an incredible start. He has 6 home runs through the first 4 games! (Video)

— The new second base slide rule has a major impact early in the season. There have been two occasions where the game has ended on a reviewed double play. It happened in the Astros-Brewers last night (Video), and in the Rays-Blue Jays on Tuesday (Video)

— The Cubs got terrible news yesterday. Kyle Schwarber will be out for the year with an ACL injury. The Cubs depth will be challenged right from the beginning of 2016.

Conclusion

Winning is much more fun than losing. I didn’t really like yesterday. Let’s get back to winning Redlegs, ok? Go Reds!

86 thoughts on “Reds vs Pirates – April 9, 2016

  1. Run directly to the bag. Slide directly to the bag. I’m surprised the players are having trouble getting the idea.

    • Yeah. Seems simple. No more breaking up double plays. Just run in and slide normally.

  2. Second game in a row that Billy Hamilton poked the ball opposite field when batting LH. That’s a good approach for him. Good hustle taking second base on Marte.

    • When he was called up in 2013 and had several ABs I remember him doing that a lot.

  3. You know, I wish they would leave that strike zone imposition on the screen all the time. That pitch to Votto looked like strike 3, but when they showed the strike zone box, the pitch was inside.

  4. I think I like watching Iglesias pitch more than any other Reds pitcher.

  5. Wow. The Dodgers pulling Stripling last night was an interesting decision. No hitter into the 7th and they took him out at 100 pitches. The reliever gave up a homer (JJ, is that you?) and the Giants won in extra innings.

  6. Thom thinks personal accomplishment are more important than wins, apparently. A long talk about Stripling from last night and Thom can’t imagine why he’s be taken out.

    I watched most of that game. Stripling didn’t look particularly sharp and started walking guys. The game was 2-0 against your chief division rival. Don’t need to blow the game to let a kid chase a personal achievement. Kudos to Roberts for taking the kid out when he thought was correct to win the game. Didn’t work out, but still.

    • If pitchers are going to consistently pitch Votto inside he’s going to have a lot of adjusting to do. He doesn’t hit that area well, not does he hit that area for power.

  7. he’s tried several of those “foul it off” type swings this year, but without as much success as he’s had in the past

  8. Raisel!!! I thought this might be a good matchup today because the Bucs only have 2 lefties now. Lets get some more runs….don’t leave a close one to the pens please!!

      • Its seems like the umps aren’t giving the pitchers the general vicinity of the corner this year! I love it!! Its going to mean alot more offense if they keep it up. That to me is the biggest reason for offense being down in mlb along with every pen having 4 guys throwing 95+

  9. If I have to listen to THOM! examine Tucker’s slide yesterday one more time……

  10. Raisel pitched Polanco like he was Barry Bonds….hate to walk a guy to bring the tying run up but overall he pitched well! Asking this pen for 10 outs is kind of scary though?

  11. Another good outing by Iggy under tough conditions. Price probably should have pulled him one batter sooner after Iggy walked Polanco, but no damage. Just 2 BB on a day like today was solid. Iggy looks more and more like a top of the rotation starter.

  12. I don’t know if they have the angle to overturn it, at least on Root Sports where I’m watching. I don’t get FSO in HD.
    Bucs announcers are really smug BTW.

  13. I compared Suarez to Julio Franco b4 the season but he’s got more power. My question is….how did he only hit .255 or whatever it was with his time in Louisville last year? The kid is going to be a monster!!

    • I don’t want to blaspheme or anything, but are we gonna look back and realize 3B has been upgraded?

        • Frazier came up as shortstop too, I believe. But his bat was strong enough to play at third.

          Suarez’s defense at SS was pretty bad last year. He either needed to improve his defense to stick at short, or continue to progress as a hitter to be an effective third baseman.

        • Dusty didn’t think Frazier had the glove to play short. Maybe Suarez doesn’t either. The way he has started this season at third isn’t helping that cause any either. Just keep hitting.

        • Oh absolutely. Way early. Just doing a bit of day dreaming. A lot to like about Suarez though.

        • Suarez reminds me of Edwin Encarnacion although he’s not the free-swinger that EE is. Hopefully Suarez defense will improve with time at third base.

  14. That was quick; had to attend to my 8 yr old in the next room.

    Let’s win another series tomorrow !!!

  15. Maybe Hoover is already so entrenched in the “closer role” that he’s only comfortable starting an inning, not coming in with runners already on. Mostly kidding, but I’m just not sure he ends up a closer.

    • When the Reds get healthy the bullpen will have many more options. I’m not sold on Hoover, but this is the year to let him sink or swim.

  16. Hoover’s fine…unless the bases are loaded. I like Blake though. Suarez’s power has surprised me. That’s strong man. Nice win today.

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