2016 Reds / Game Thread

Reds vs. Brewers – May 7, 2016

The Reds (13-17) not only have a three game winning streak going, but also ended THE STREAK last night as the bullpen blanked the Brewers (11-18) for 4.0 innings. The two teams play again tonight to the backdrop of Star Wars night at Great American Ballpark.

Starting Pitchers
The following stats are from 2016:

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After a rough outing against the Cubs, Brandon Finnegan has rebounded for two straight quality starts. While he has given up three runs in each, Finnegan has also lasted 6.0 innings in both, which is critical considering the state of the bullpen. Finnegan has struggled with walks thought this year, giving three base on balls in each of the past two starts.

Jimmy Nelson has a good year for the Brewers, going at least 5.0 innings in all six of starts and only giving up more than two earned runs once. Nelson has been aided by a bit of luck though, as his .206 BABIP number is just not sustainable over the course of a full season. Like Finnegan, walks have also been a problem for Nelson, as he has yielded at least three free passes in four of his six starts.

Starting Lineups

Brewers Reds
1. Domingo Santana (RF)
2. Hernan Perez (3B)
3. Ryan Braun (LF)
4. Jonathan Lucroy (C)
5. Chris Carter (1B)
6. Aaron Hill (2B)
7. Ramon Flores (CF)
8. Yadiel Rivera (SS)
9. Jimmy Nelson (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. Brandon Finnegan (P)

News and Notes (from Reds Twitter)

Steve Delabar has pitched well in relief at AAA this season, logging a 2.19 ERA in 12.1 innings. Drew Hayes on the other hand has not had much success at any level this season, recording a 7.56 ERA in the big leagues and a 6.23 ERA at AAA.

More Pitching Numbers

It’s been quite the year for the Reds’ bullpen indeed.

Concluding Thoughts
Despite the steak ending, the Reds bullpen is still a mess and a half. The addition of Delebar and demotion of Hoover is inspired (albeit absolutely necessary) thinking, but by no means will it put out the fire. That said, the Reds are still playing the Brewers and it’s always fun to play teams worse than yourself.

Go Reds!

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