The Colorado Rockies win put them in a first place tie with the Dodgers in the West, while the Reds fell to 4th place and below .500 for the first time all season. A rookie goes against a long-time Rockies veteran in game two.

STARTING PITCHERS

PITCHER ERA FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Jorge de la Rosa 8.80 5.73 2.4 11.0% 24.7%
Robert Stephenson 5.40 9.72 3.6 8.3% 4.2%

Jorge de La Rosa is looking to get his 2016 season on track after a trio of poor starts. He failed to make it out of the 5th inning in either of his first two starts. He had a much better outing last time, allowing just one run to the Giants over the first six innings. However, he had to be pulled during the 7th inning when he gave up a single, two doubles, surrendering three runs in the process. This is the left hander’s 9th season in a Rockies uniform. He’s made 179 starts for Colorado with a 4.27 ERA and 1.352 WHIP.

Robert Stephenson is making just his second MLB start after a spot start just two weeks ago. In that game, he gave up two home runs and walked a pair, but came away with the win as the Reds scored eight runs in the 4th inning. Here is Kevin Michell’s scouting report from that game.

STARTING LINEUPS

ROCKIES REDS
1. DJ LeMahieu (2B)
2. Trevor Story (SS)
3. Carlos Gonzalez (RF)
4. Nolan Arenado (3B)
5. Gerardo Parra (CF)
6. Mark Reynolds (1B)
7. Ben Paulsen (LF)
8. Tony Wolters (C)
9. Jorge de la Rosa (P)
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Devin Mesoraco (C)
6. Jay Bruce (RF)
7. Tyler Holt (LF)
8. Robert Stephenson (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)

ROBERT STEPHENSON’S 2ND SPOT START
Innings-eater Alfredo Simon is unable to make today’s schedule start due to bicep tendonitis. Steve laid it all out earlier today and how it could impact Stephenson’s service time and arbitration status.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

The Reds are looking to get back to .500 tonight and take advantage of De La Rosa before he gets his groove back this year. Hopefully, rookie top prospect Stephenson provides the stop this team needs on the mound.

GO REDS!

75 Responses

  1. Steve Mancuso

    Tyler Holt fans get to see their fave start tonight.

  2. ohiojimw

    Hope Stephenson has a good game. With the wrinkle in the service time rule which means he needs ~8 more days down to save a season of control on the back end, I’d guess this will be a quick one and done versus leaving him up till Lamb, Bailey, or Disco is ready to return.

      • Tct

        Dang, Steve you just jinxed him with that “nothing serious.” Headlines from the future:

        April 25, 2016: Reds announce that Cody Reed is receiving IV antibiotic treatment after his small laceration became infected.

        April 30, 2016: Reds announce that Cody Reed’s infected finger has a unique strain of antibiotic resistant bacteria and may have to be amputated.

        May 4, 2016: Reds announce that they waited too long to amputate Cody Reed’s finger and will now have to amputate everything below the elbow. Reed says he will attempt to make a comeback as a right handed pitcher as soon as he learns how to do “that weird glove switch thing that Jim Abbott did.”

        May 1, 2017: Reed officially announce his retirement after failing to master the switching of the glove from the stump to the hand. Proclaims that Jim Abbott “must have been some kind of wizard.”

  3. Indy RedMan

    Ump calls 2 pitches at Suarez’s shins a strike? Who wants to go to a game where the pitchers don’t have to throw strikes?

  4. Indy RedMan

    Omg….you have to take advantage of this situation! De La Rosa will be out of baseball Gregg or Marquis style within a month at the most I would think? Even Gregg/Marquis didn’t have people stealing bases on them like the 9 yr old league….lol

  5. Steve Mancuso

    Brett Witterstaetter of Milford, Ohio bought a t-shirt. Thanks Brett!

    • Brett Witterstaetter

      I do what I can, when I can. You guys provide great stuff for us enthusiasts, so I had to support

      That being said, could someone please explain what happened to Votto? Amazing spring and then the mendoza line three weeks later? I’m seeing a lot of pitchers going inside which has continued from last season, but goodness he looks bad.

  6. Jeff

    De la Rosa looked like a future Reds bullpen arm with that outing.

  7. Steve Mancuso

    Michael Huber of Livermore, California just joined the All-Star Club of supporters for Redleg Nation. Thanks, again, Michael!

  8. preacherj

    Stephenson is keeping Story very off balance.

    • Vicferrari

      Probably should let him take one more turn then send him back until All-star break unless they want to be real jerks and just make him miss a full service year by a day or so

  9. Vicferrari

    Big K of the guy who has been killing Reds pitching this series, though he was losing it after the walk after being up 0-2 in the count. Finally a Reds starter goes 7

  10. vegastypo

    Whoa, a Reds pitcher went seven innings? Now about that eighth inning …….

    • Vicferrari

      Cingrani for 2? unless they get more runs

  11. dan

    7 innings for a Reds starter? Unheard of.

  12. vegastypo

    Somebody on the radio broadcast said the ERA of Reds’ pitchers in the 8th inning was over 13, and 5 or 6 runs higher than the next worst.

  13. dan

    Cotham, Woods, and maybe Cingrani should stick around in the bullpen. The rest should be banned from baseball.

    • Vicferrari

      I predict a lot will change the tune by next month, a lot were calling Cingrani a bust after last Monday’s game. Cotham and Wood will be putting up Ordusek stats soon enough

  14. preacherj

    I really hate turning this performance over to this dumpster fire we call a bullpen.

  15. preacherj

    You know Brandon is swinging out of his shoes here.

    • Jeff

      When doesn’t he? Oh and it’s been a great performance, but has he ever seen a pitch he doesn’t like?

  16. preacherj

    Not a homer, but a 4 hit night for BP

  17. preacherj

    No Hoover up in the pen. Cingrani warming up. Good sign.

    • Vicferrari

      How long will Price stay with Cingrani if he gets in trouble 4 of first 6 batters are lefties, 3 RHB on bench and believe that is it.
      Do we really want Paulsen facing Hoover if 2 get on???

      • Vicferrari

        See my answer below, I am shocked at how dumb, I guess Cingrani might be fresh tomorrow afternoon

      • Vicferrari

        Seriously might need to get Finegan up to face Paulsen, one and done

  18. preacherj

    This guy has Reds bullpen numbers.

    • Vicferrari

      How many times has BP been thrown out on the base paths this season already, I suspect it might lead the league

  19. preacherj

    What the heck? Here comes Hoover. Hold on tight. I’m beside myself.

    • Vicferrari

      Dumb, dumb, dumb, Price probably thinks he is showing faith in his closer when he should actually look at the line-up and not even have a closer, 3 of next 4 batters are lefties

  20. preacherj

    I’m at a complete loss. Can someone please explain this one to me?

  21. RedAlert

    Bryan Price – idiot !!!! He can’t help himself ! He still believes Hoover is closer material . Please show this guy the door at the end of this year. Most clueless manager in MLB bar none . Sick of him and his stupid closer rules !!! Maybe it works it for him tonight , but tired if his clown act .

  22. preacherj

    JJ can’t even get the save anyway……unless he screws up…….

    • Vicferrari

      Good point Just realized this, Price is probably kicking himself, what is he going to do with a 1 run lead. This team needs to get 2 more lefty relievers so Cingrani can at least get the chance.

    • ohiojimw

      I was literally ROTFLOL as the ball went over the wall. What else can a person Do?

  23. Vicferrari

    JJ Hoover loves the 3 run save, he knows he can just give away the 2 run homers

    • preacherj

      I don’t think he got a save for that.

      • vegastypo

        no save. only Cingrani could have gotten a save for that. But Price had other ideas.

      • Vicferrari

        Yeah I forgot, – hopefully JJ is getting all the 2 run Hr’s out of his system and goes on a 50 inning scoreless streak

  24. preacherj

    JJ has no right to shake a sign off.

  25. msanmoore

    Whilst reading the Stephenson thread, JJ continues to be JJ … color me (not) surprised.

    • wkuchad

      …or not enough Dusty. He made some of dumbest moves, but he won.

      Why is Price managing this team this year?

  26. RedAlert

    And there you have it !!!!! HOW MUCH MORE OFTHIS DO YOU HAVE TO SEE BRYAN !!!! TOTALLY CLUELESS AND LOST AT SEA – UNBELIEVABLE

    • I-71_Exile

      R E L A X

      — A. Rodgers

  27. Indy RedMan

    Hoover? You can’t just pump fastball after fastball? Even if its not a strike….you have to change speeds! Rosenthal was throwing 97 the other day but K’d Mesoraco and Duvall on changeups. That’s a closer if your name isn’t Chapman

    • preacherj

      To Reynolds none the less. There may not be another hitter in the majors who loves the high fast ball more.

  28. Jason Hall (@JasonHall1229)

    This could have been the best thing that could have happened , Hoover proves (again) that he is incapable of being the closer, but the Reds still get the W. Not that this will convince Price….

    • wkuchad

      Yes, it was a terrible move. And yes Price is a terrible manager. But… I can’t remember where I was going with this.

  29. Scotlykins

    Hoover seems to be great in the closers role if the Reds are up three runs !!!!

  30. preacherj

    Softball-ing Price after the game. Only mentioned Stephenson and the 5 steals. I really wanted to see an evil look and a couple near F bombs when someone questioned his bullpen management.

  31. Chuck Schick

    I seriously doubt that the decision to keep pitching Hoover is Price’s. The most important objective this year is to see who can actually play….wins are secondary.