The Cincinnati Reds (9-11) have lost nine games in a row to the New York Mets (11-7), dating back to September 2014. Will youth trump experience? Brandon Finnegan, who just turned 23 less than two weeks ago, tries to put a stop to this losing streak tonight against a pitcher almost 20 years his senior.
WHERE TO WATCH
Out of market Reds fans will have the chance to watch your Redlegs on MLB Network.
Brandon Finnegan shows flashes of brilliance, but has struggled with walks and keeping the ball in the park early this season. His last outing was his shortest of the season, allowing five runs and seven hits in just four innings against the Cubs.
Like Syndergaard last night, Bartolo Colon just doesn’t walk batters. He has walked two this season in 18.2 innings. Last year, he walked only 2.9% of batters faced in 196 innings. In each of the past four seasons, he has walked less than 1.4 batters per nine innings pitched. So, the 2.7% walk percentage noted above is not due to a small sample size.
REDS ON HISTORIC HOMERUN PACE
Unfortunately, we are talking about homeruns allowed.
Cincinnati pitchers lead the Majors with 37 homers allowed in 20 games. Twenty-seven of those homers have come over the last 11 games, since April 15. That puts the Reds on pace to allow 299 home runs for the season, which would smash the all-time record of 241 set by the 1996 Tigers and the club record of 236 that was claimed by the 2004 Reds. Four starters that season — Aaron Harang, Cory Lidle, Jose Acevedo and Paul Wilson — allowed at least 24 homers each.
The Reds are playing shorthanded tonight with Brandon Phillips mending (not on the DL) from last night’s wrist injury.
|1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Tyler Holt (RF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Tucker Barnhart (C)
7. Ivan De Jesus (2B)
8. Brandon Finnegan (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
|1. Curtis Granderson (RF)
2. Asdrubal Cabrera (SS)
3. David Wright (3B)
4. Michael Conforto (LF)
5. Neil Walker (2B)
6. Wilmer Flores (1B)
7. Juan Lagares (CF)
8. Kevin Plawecki (C)
9. Bartolo Colon (P)
PHILLIPS HITTING IN NEW YORK
Before departing last night’s game with the hand injury, Brandon Phillips added to his hitting streak in New York against the Mets.
With that infield single, @DatDudeBP has a 33-game hitting streak vs Mets Shea Stadium and Citi Field.
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) April 25, 2016
TODD FRAZIER SOUGHT EXTENSION WITH REDS
According to a Jon Heyman report, Todd Frazier was seeking a long-term extension at the time the Reds traded him this past offseason. He was reportedly looking for money in the neighborhood of seven years and $100 million, which is what Kyle Seager signed with the Mariners. On the surface, that seems like a fair and comparable starting point in negotiations, but when you consider that Frazier is two years older than Seager, a seven year deal would take Frazier through his age 37 season. I hope that Frazier can get his fair market value, but it just doesn’t seem like a financial/contract length fit in Cincinnati at this time.
CONGRATULATIONS JAY AND HANNAH BRUCE!
Welcome to the world, Carter Bruce, born at 9:08 p.m. ET.
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) April 26, 2016
The battle between two teams in opposite situations continues tonight. The Reds lineup isn’t one you’d see and expect to snap their losing streak to the Mets, but stranger things have happened. Finnegan could have a great night, and the Reds bats could come alive against Colon!