Game Thread

Reds vs Rockies – April 20, 2016

The Reds and the Rockies play for the series win in this afternoon’s business day special! The Reds are looking to get back over the .500 hump while the Rockies are looking to at least maintain their 1st place division tie with the Dodgers.

STARTING PITCHERS

PITCHER ERA FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Chad Bettis 2.95 4.10 1.0 7.9% 18.4%
Raisel Iglesias 3.24 3.67 1.1 5.6% 19.7%

Twenty-six year old right hander Chad Bettis was selected in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft by the Colorado Rockies and is pitching in his 4th season with the big league club. He’s yet to stay up in the majors for a full season and has spent time in both starting and relief roles. All 20 of his appearances last year were starts. He had a 4.23 ERA/3.85 FIP and a 1.41 WHIP in 115 innings.

To start 2016, Bettis is one of the Rockies starting five, making his 4th start of the season today. In 18.1 innings, he’s allowed just 16 hits and six walks while striking out 14. His last outing was against the Cubs, where he pitched six shutout innings. However, he struggled a little with his control and had to be pulled after throwing 98 pitches/58 strikes.

Iglesias is also struggling to get past the 6th inning in the early part of this season. He pitched six full innings only once back on Opening Day. Last week against the Cubs, he only made it through five innings. He’s been solid in 15 of his 16 innings pitched, but ended his last outing giving up a pair of runs to the Cubs in the 5th inning of that game.

ROBERT STEPHENSON
Robert Stephenson had a great night last night on the mound for the Reds. Not only was the first Reds pitcher to throw seven innings this season, but he is also the first Red to win his first two major league starts since Larry Luebbers in 1993.

BULLPEN WOES
If Bryan Price has to go to the bullpen again today, he’s not if Hoover will get the call in the 9th inning of a close game.

“I’m going to sleep on it,” Price said. “I’ll probably have a better answer moving ahead tomorrow.”

What other options do they have? Chad Dotson wrote for Cincinnati Magazine that there really aren’t any other options. At least not until Michael Lorenzen comes back from the DL:

There is a dark horse for the closer’s role, however, if Michael Lorenzen gets healthy and also gets crowded out of the Reds’ rotation plans. Lorenzen was a good reliever in college, and might be better suited for that role with the Reds. He throws hard, has an improving slider and changeup, and most importantly, he can’t be worse than what Bryan Price is currently running out there every day.

ROSTER MOVES
Stephenson was called up just for one day to make the start. Jumbo Diaz was optioned to AAA yesterday to make room for Stephenson. Today, Stephenson goes back down to AAA and minor league reliever Drew Hayes gets the call up. If you’re wondering why Stephenson isn’t sticking with the big league club, it all has to do with service time and arbitration eligibility. The club, rightfully so, doesn’t want to lose him a year earlier than they need to. You can find a full detailed explanation of the service time rules in a new article written today at reds.com.

As for Hayes, he spent most of last season with AAA Louisville’s bullpen. In 58 innings, he allowed 58 hits, issued 30 free passes, and struck out 56. He only surrendered two homeruns last year. In his professional career, he’s only allowed 19 homeruns over 347 innings (0.5 HR/9). So, hopefully that skill will carry over to the majors.

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. Dustin Garneau (C)
9. Chad Bettis (P)
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Adam Duvall (LF)
7. Tucker Barnhart (C)
8. Ivan De Jesus (SS)
9. Raisel Iglesias (P)

TEN GAME HITTING STREAK

OFF TO THE RACES
The Reds five stolen bases in the 4th inning last night were the most by the Reds in a single inning since at least the 1920’s, per Elias.

It also set a record for most stolen bases allowed by the Rockies in a single inning. The previous Rockies’ record was four stolen bases, which was also by the Reds in the 1st inning of a game played on May 16, 1993. The thieves in that game were Bip Roberts, Roberto (or was it Bobby?) Kelly twice, and Barry Larkin.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
While the bullpen issues are quite troubling, the other areas of this team have actually been playing okay. I’m looking forward to seeing how the young rotation shakes out over the course of the season with solid arms like Iglesias, Stephenson, and Finnegan hopefully showing us the are ready to be the foundation of next year’s rotation.

GO REDS!

196 thoughts on “Reds vs Rockies – April 20, 2016

  1. And of course the Reds best offensive player on the day, Duvall, was pulled for a defensive replacement who failed to make the game saving play…

  2. Cingrani’s problem is the same regardless if he is starting or relieving. He doesn’t throw enough strikes. Watching him pitch is like watching paint dry. At least if he is used situationally we only have to watch him throw to one batter.for as big a attitude as he sports you would think he could put the ball over the plate consistently.SMH!!!!jim t

    • He worked around Reynolds, so I’m not hanging that one on him. He struggles with command in general though, so he misses his spots in the strikezone too. That means better contact when he does throw a strike. I’m not throwing in the towel on Cingrani but he isn’t the answer either.

    • Cozart has to hit there with all the contact he’s been making! I don’t get Price sometimes?

      • Price can be a lot like Dusty, managing several hitters (or innings) down the line versus going for the win ASAP. The inning could have gone as far as the #9 spot in the Reds line up before it had to be resolved. Cozart and Meso probably figured in his plans for the 8 and 9 slots if he got that far.

    • I’m enjoying the fact that we are coming to view Cozart as a go-to hitter.

  3. Would have let Holt hit. Better chance for contact…. And as I type this “Strike 3”

  4. Possibly the worst 8-7 I’ve ever seen….not the worst talent but some of the worst baseball I’ve seen to have an 8-7 record. I doubt we could play worse?

    • Be that as it may, they beat the Pirates 2/3 and just beat a team 2/3 that went into Wrigley and beat the Cubbies 2/3. And if they would happen to beat the Cubbies tomorrow, they’d be 4-6 combined against the Cubs, Cards, and Pirates with 6 of the 10 games having been road games….

  5. if they can cobble together anything resembling an average bullpen this team could be competitive all summer. i would rather watch a .500 transitional year than the bottom falling out.

    • Cozart and Bruce will still probably be flipped because of cost/ control/ age issues; but if Winker and Peraza can pick up those spots, I agree.

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