Game Thread

Reds at Mets – April 25, 2016

The Cincinnati Reds (9-10) are looking forward to playing anyone other than the Cubs as they head East to begin a two-team, six-game road trip against the 10-7 New York Mets. While the Reds won’t play the Cubs again until the end of June, the Mets don’t provide any safe haven either. Not only are the Mets the reigning 2015 National League Champions, but they also beat the Reds all seven times they played each other last season, outscoring Cincinnati 47-16.

The Mets entered play one game below .500 just one week ago. Thanks to a 5-1 week, including a three game sweep of the Braves this past weekend, the Mets have now catapulted themselves into 2nd place and three games over .500.

STARTING PITCHERS

PITCHER ERA FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Raisel Iglesias 3.09 2.97 0.7 5.1% 22.5%
Noah Syndergaard 0.90 0.79 0.0 5.2% 37.7%

Iglesias pitched into the 7th inning for the 1st time in four starts last week against the Rockies. He allowed just 2 runs in 6.2 innings, walking a batter and striking out eight. For the season, he’s walked only five and struck out 22 in 23.1 innings. Tonight will be Iglesias’ first time facing the Mets.

Noah Syndergaard is 3-for-3 in quality starts this season. After tossing six shutout frames in his first start of the season back on April 5th, he’s allowed just a single run in each of his last two starts. Syndergaard has walked just four batters and struck out 29 in 20 innings this season. In two starts against Cincinnati last season, Syndergaard threw 15.2 innings, allowed three runs, walked no one and struck out 16.

BABY BRUCE 
Best wishes to Jay and Hannah on the birth of their first baby.

STARTING LINEUPS
Jay Bruce is out of the lineup, likely for the series. Adam Duvall gets the start in right field tonight with Scott Schebler playing starting in left.

REDS METS
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Devin Mesoraco (C)
6. Adam Duvall (RF)
7. Scott Schebler (LF)
8. Raisel Iglesias (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
1. Curtis Granderson (RF)
2. David Wright (3B)
3. Michael Conforto (LF)
4. Lucas Duda (1B)
5. Neil Walker (2B)
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (SS)
7. Alejandro De Aza (CF)
8. Travis d’Arnaud (C)
9. Noah Syndergaard (P)

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
The Mets are the reigning National League Champions. They swept the Reds twice last year. They return home from a 7-2 road trip where…where am I headed with this? It’s going to be a tough game and a tough series, but the Reds have their best pitcher going for them tonight. Let’s hope that Iglesias can keep pitching the way he has, and the bats can scratch out enough runs to put them over the top, breaking the Mets streak against Cincinnati!

GO REDS!

139 thoughts on “Reds at Mets – April 25, 2016

  1. I haven’t looked but wasn’t Cueto younger than Bob Steve and they ran him out there to take his lumps? Lorenzen barely pitched in college and then ran him right thru the minors? I think his arm is every bit as good as Bob Steve’s! I understand what you guys are saying but I won’t be watching the comeback of Jason Marquis in July when we’re 26 games behind the Cubs this year and I’m almost as hardcore as they get. Fans deserve some reason to watch? I want to like Duvall but there’s a good chance he’s a AAAA player….just hacking away on sliders in the dirt. He did the same thing yesterday w/men on? Suarez is the real deal but there is little to no real reason to watch a non competitive team…period

    • Completely agree. Fans should vote with their dollars, so to speak. If you don’t like the way the team is being run, it’s your prerogative to not watch or support. So if you don’t want to watch the rebuilding years, I don’t think anyone will argue with you. It might be ugly to watch.

      But given the financial constraints of the Reds, it’s unrealistic to expect them to compete every year. I’d rather take my lumps for a year or two if it means having an increased chance of building a young, winning nucleus that will propel the Reds to the playoffs for 5-6 seasons in a row.

    • +1 mate you have valid points. We watch a game of baseball because we think our team has a chance and that we will be competitive. right now we really can’t hold our heads up and say either. To boot we are not even entertaining to watch. The funnest part of the Reds is seeing how many walks Joey Votto can draw.

      Call me crazy but I enjoy seeing me some contact with the ball to bat and a pitcher with a crazy side willing to pitch inside.

      We are not entertaining baseball hope that the management is noticing that as well. Go find us the Next Mark Fidrych or Lenny Dykstra if we are going to lose games by not competing. At least entertain us with something other than mascots.

      • I live in Chicago….the 2012, 13, 14 Cubs were horrible to watch. It was painful and had no entertainment value…..and I don’t actually care. However, no one is complaining now.

    • Indy….you’re a great fan who wants to see his team do well…or at least not suck. Those are reasonable expectations.

      However, without cold pragmaticism, the Reds will be a perpetual 78 win team…..bad enough to not make the playoffs…good enough to not suck.

  2. Even though they said the X-rays on BP were negative, that is an injury that certainly doesn’t heal overnight. This would be a good time to bring up Peraza. Let Peraza play a little SS and CF. DeJesus isn’t hitting. Schebler can back to Louisville for a time. Give Peraza 4 weeks and see what he has.

    • Considering that the Reds might let Brandon sit for four or five days, without playing him but without putting him on the DL, either, I like this idea.

    • Not a bad idea, I think. Schebler (of whom I was a big supporter of out of ST) has been very bad. And not unlucky bad. He just swings through everything in sight.

  3. Scratching 2 runs off Noah isn’t bad…Now do some damage against their pen.

  4. Votto has had three poor ABs so far…would like to see him get a shot here this inning.

  5. I guess it comes down to they think Bob Steve is a elite prospect and Lorenzen was just a power arm? I don’t think Cueto was ever hyped up as much as some of the other guys coming up either? I just see BS throwing 94 like every other young guy in baseball. I know they said he hit 100 in the minors but they said the same about Homer and it only translated twice against the Pirates. Who cares if they lost the 5 fingered discount kid a year early….Leake’s 3.90 is replaceable for cheaper. We’ll see? Finnegan is younger than BS too and he’s with the Reds and lefties throwing 94 are much much harder to find!!

    • The difference is they don’t expect to compete this year. So saving millions of dollars by delaying Stephenson’s promotion is more important to them. Last year, the Reds were trying their best to win, so they didn’t let that concern be overriding.

      I’m fine with them saving the money to be able to spend it on other players. I can wait two months to see Stephenson.

  6. This pitcher has one of the best names in baseball. Bastardo. Just rings of tough guy. Kind of like a boy named Sue.

    One of those small victories. We actually raised the ERA on Snydergaard the viking.

  7. Votto! Why didn’t NY just walk him when the count went to 3-1?? DeJesus was coming up next. Don’t respect the Votto, get burned by the Votto.

    • If we can just steal this one? I like our chances tomorrow with a lefty vs all their lefties….and old man Colon!

      • yes! Colon is way past shelf life. Maybe we catch him during a senior moment tomorrow and run up the score.

  8. Wow….0-2 hanger down and in to a lefty….you cannot do that on 0-2? Bullpen strikes again. Walker is much much weaker righthanded…..where is Cingrani? This whole team is lefties….where is Cingrani? That’s on Price!!

  9. All 5 runs coming via the longball. Neil Walker all of a sudden a power hitter. HR #8

  10. Price has to be on top of that with Cingrani there? Its 2nd guessing I know but their whole team is lefty except for a few guys…neuter Walker big-time by making him a righty! You give TC atleast an inning! I haven’t piled on Price like some but he’s never ahead of the situation like a good manager. I like that he has them running, etc but he has no feel for the pitching which is really weird?

    • I’m reasonable sure that Price pitches who he is told to pitch. The FO wants to see how “Random Guy A” performs in a given situation. The match ups,etc. are secondary.

    • Congrats, Jay! Maybe lil Jeter and lil Bruce will play together in the bigs someday!

    • Awwww….I’ve been hard on Bruce for many years but he’s a heckuva nice kid and has really impressed me with the way he’s trying to adapt this year. I’m glad we didn’t deal him off and I hope we don’t!!

  11. Toddfather with the go ahead 2 run double tonite….3 rbis in all. I’ll even root for Latos too…why not?

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