Four Mets pitchers, starting with Matt Harvey (who Mets fans have nicknamed the Dark Knight), limited the Reds to two runs. They struck out 12 and walked only one. Meanwhile, Reds pitchers walked six and struck out three. That kind of pitching, along with sketchy team defense and awful plate discipline is a skill set not designed for many wins
This is not the team Reds fans deserve.
But given the necessity to rebuild it’s the one we need right now. Sorta.
Solid Start for Moscot Jon Moscot worked five innings, throwing 88 pitches. In a sense, he deserved better because two of the runs were unearned and three Reds errors added to his pitch count. On the other hand, he gave up four walks and four hits and struck out only two Mets.
Flay It Again, Sam The Reds bullpen once again threw gasoline on the flames. Blake Wood gave up two walks and Drew Hayes gave up a 2-run gap shot double in the sixth. Hayes and Ross Ohlendorf did pitch two scoreless inning in the seventh and eighth.
Lead-Off Homer Zack Cozart greeted Matt Harvey with a home run to deep left field. It was Cozart’s second of the year. He’s hitting .397/.388/.603 with a wRC+ of 153. That’s MVP caliber run production, by the way. It was the fifth time Cozart has led off a game with a home run in his career. That puts him only 76 behind Rickey Henderson in that category.
Devin Robbed With bases loaded and two out in the top of the third, Devin Mesoraco hit a line drive just about over the second base bag. It looked like a sure-fire 2-run single. Then Neil Walker, the Mets second baseman who was already shifted up the middle, dove and caught the ball in mid-flight.
Time to Ship Schebler Scott Schebler committed an error in the first inning on a routine play, costing the Reds two unearned runs. Given his struggles at the plate (.140/.210/.300) and in the field, once Jay Bruce returns it might be time for the Reds to send Schebler back to AAA for a while. The Reds shouldn’t give up on him, but it looks like he could use a chance to regain his bearings. Of all the position players on the Reds roster, he looks farthest from major league ready. His strike out rate is over 30%.
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Final Words on Last Night One more swing at Price’s decision to keep Brandon Finnegan in the game. Price is rightly trying to win every game with the players he has been provided by the front office. He thought leaving Finnegan in was their best chance to win. Who could question that given the Reds bullpen? Price also said that Finnegan’s head-to-head matchup (4 plate appearances) with Cespedes was a big factor. That’s terrifying. The reason I’m glad he kept Finnegan in seemed to play no role in Price’s decision. Finnegan needs high-leverage experience, including the scars. The outcome will make him tougher and more prepared going forward. The least concern is coddling professional athletes or getting pitchers wins.
DeSclafani in Dayton Tomorrow the Reds are off but Anthony DeSclafani is scheduled to pitch a rehab game in Dayton. It may be his final start before rejoining the Reds rotation. As long as the weather isn’t too foreboding, I’m planning on making the short trip north to cover the game. It’s the same distance to Fifth Third Field as it is to GABP for me, plus the Dragons treat our writers as press, which is nice. Watch for my report afterward.
Better Lamb John Lamb pitched for AAA Louisville in Durham tonight. Reports are that his fastball command was great (Matt Andrews, BatsRadio). He pitched eight innings throwing 105 pitches, 80 for strikes. He walked one and struck out five. At 105 pitches, he has to be about done with his rehab assignment. If only the Reds needed starting pitching help. (kidding)
Return of the Jedi Homer Bailey could make his first start next Saturday, May 7 against the Milwaukee Brewers. That would be a day short of the one-year anniversary of the right-hander’s Tommy John surgery. It’s also Star Wars weekend at GABP. Bailey started last night in Pensacola for the AA Blue Wahoos throwing 78 pitches. With one more rehab start planned, Bailey would be on schedule to start for the Reds on Friday, May 6. But the Reds are talking about adding a day between starts because of how the travel affects Bailey’s preparation routine.