Two in row! The Reds (12-17) have won two games in a row for only the fourth time this season and for the first time since April 20 with back-to-back wins against the Rockies. With the second win last night, the Reds officially climbed out of the cellar and into second-to-last in the NL Central. Here’s to taking another step towards the ground floor tonight.
The following stats are from 2016:
Two young, relatively untested pitchers start tonight, with Tim Adleman making his second big league appearance for the Reds and Tyler Cravy making his first start of the year for the Brewers. In his debut, Tim Adleman did well to allow just two earned runs in 6.0 innings pitched, but ended up with a no decision. In three AAA starts before being called up, Adleman earned two wins over 17.0 innings, allowing eight earned runs.
Last season, Cravy made 14 appearances, including seven starts for the Brewers, bouncing between AAA and the major leagues. During his time with the big league club, Cravy did not pitch particularly well, recording a 4.70 FIP and walking 22 in 42.2 innings. Cravy made three appearances against the Reds as well, pitching 4.0 innings and allowing four runs on eight hits.
|1. Jonathan Villar (SS)
2. Alex Presley (RF)
3. Ryan Braun (LF)
4. Chris Carter (1B)
5. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (CF)
6. Aaron Hill (2B)
7. Colin Walsh (3B)
8. Martin Maldonado (C)
9. Tyler Cravy (P)
|1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Billy Hamilton (CF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Adam Duvall (LF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Tim Adleman (P)
#reds announce that Mesoraco will have surgery on Tuesday to repair torn labrum in left shoulder.
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) May 6, 2016
More Mesoraco: "It sucks. You work so hard to get back. Then this happens. It's hard to believe." #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) May 6, 2016
For the second season in a row, Devin Mesoraco will be shut down due to surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation process. Mesoraco’s specific injury–a torn labrum–is fairly common for pitchers, but less so for position players. The rehab following surgery usually lasts 4-6 months, so it’s unlikely Mesoraco will return for the 2016 season.
Fox Sports’ Brett Smiley broke down the statistics behind the Reds’ bullpen’s miserable streak earlier this afternoon, introducing his argument with one particularly cringe-worthy quote.
“As of Thursday’s 9-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers that made the Reds 12-17, the ‘pen has not gone a single game since April 10 (when they improved to 5-1) without allowing at least one run,” Smiley wrote, breaking the hearts of Reds fans everywhere.
On the bright side, the success of the bullpen doesn’t really matter this season. That doesn’t make 7.68 ERA any prettier to watch however.
Bailey’s Road Back
#Reds' Homer Bailey out to throw for first time since setback in Tommy John recovery
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) May 6, 2016
I’d Do It
Not that they'd want to do it, but a #Reds deal for Trout starts with Stephenson AND Reed, right?
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) May 6, 2016
Losing Mesoraco (likely) for the year is not so much a blow to this Reds’ team, but a blow to Mesoraco’s future career. We all remember what happened to Joe Mauer once he became injury-prone, but Mesoraco hasn’t even had the chance to hit his peak like Mauer did. Hopefully, the Reds can continue playing well in his absence, and Mesoraco will make a full recovery by 2017.