The Cincinnati Reds (9-12) are playing the last of 15 games in a row as they look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the New York Mets (12-7). While we have plenty of stormy weather in the tri-state area, there is not predicted to be any rain in Queens tonight.
Jon Moscot is making his 3rd major league start of this season, his 6th major league start overall, and he has just 13 AAA starts under his belt. In each of his prior two starts, he’s given up 3 earned runs in five innings. Moscot has walked five and struck out four over 10.2 total innings.
Matt Harvey has had a rough start to 2016. His 5.24 ERA is almost double his career 2.66 ERA. His walk rate is up (8.2% compared to 4.9% last year) while his strikeout rate has dipped considerably from 25% of batters faced last season to just 14.3% so far this year. His pitch velocity this season is down about 1.5-2.0 MPH across the board on all four of his pitches.
Brandon Phillips remains out of the lineup for another day.
|1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Ivan De Jesus (2B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Devin Mesoraco (C)
6. Adam Duvall (RF)
7. Scott Schebler (LF)
8. Jon Moscot (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
|1. Alejandro De Aza (RF)
2. David Wright (3B)
3. Michael Conforto (LF)
4. Lucas Duda (1B)
5. Neil Walker (2B)
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (SS)
7. Juan Lagares (CF)
8. Kevin Plawecki (C)
9. Matt Harvey (P)
REDS PLAYER SHOCKED TEAM HAS WON NINE GAMES
Hal McCoy quoted an anonymous Reds player stating “Frankly,” he said. “I’m shocked that we’ve won nine games so far. We’ve won a few with magic mirrors.” The anonymous Reds player goes on to describe that he sees more wins on the horizon:
“The pitching will settle down when we get Homer (Bailey) and Disco (Anthony Desclafani) back in the rotation,” he said. “If we can get our rotation set as Bailey, Desclafani, Raisel Iglesias, Cody Reed and whomever, maybe Robert Stephenson, lined up, that would be a good rotation.” He left Brandon Finnegan out of the rotation and said, “I see him as more suited to the bullpen, which would help there immensely. And when are they going to realize that J.J. Hoover is not a closer? He has good stuff, but not the put away stuff a closer needs. He is better suited as a set-up guy. My closer would be Michael Lorenzen because he has both the stuff and the makeup to do it,” the player said. “Unfortunately he contracted mononucleosis and has lost quite a bit of weight and it is going to take him time to get back.
JOHNNY CUETO WINS 100
Johnny Cueto’s 100th win last night puts him in a tie with Mario Soto for 11th most wins of Dominican born pitchers. Other notable players on the list include former Red Jose Rijo and Mets starting pitcher, Bartolo Colon.
— Johnny Cueto (@JohnnyCueto) April 27, 2016
The Reds are looking to salvage a win in the series tonight. Matt Harvey is looking human in the early part of this season, so the Reds do have a chance for a getaway day victory as they head into their first off day in over two weeks.