Only one more game against the Brewers (12-18) before the Reds (13-18) start facing winning teams again. Today, Brandon Phillips looks to homer in his fifth consecutive game, as the Reds celebrate Mother’s Day with a day game matinee.
The following stats are from 2016:
The Mother’s Day matchup comes down to a pairing of unproven young guns, with John Lamb and Junior Guerra each making their second start of the season. Neither pitcher particularly excelled during their stints in AAA in 2016, nor did they earn their keep during their 2015 big league debuts.
Of the two, Lamb has the most potential, only 25 years old with a fastball that sits around 90 mph (alright, he’s not the hardest thrower). More so, Lamb represents the closest pitcher to big league ready the Reds have in a system full of future pitching prospects. In his first start of 2016, Lamb pitched well against the Giants, going 6.0 innings and giving up just one run on six hits.
Unlike Lamb, Junior Guerra can’t really be considered a prospect, but still has the same amount of service time. At 30 years old, Guerra is a bit of a journeyman who finally broke into the big leagues with the White Sox last year. Guerra is entirely a fastball pitcher, with pitch comprising 43 of his 72 in his lone start against Angels. Though it sits at 94 and can touch 96, Guerra does not throw hard enough or have enough complimentary pitches to really succeed against big league hitters.
|1. Alex Presley (RF)
2. Jonathan Villar (SS)
3. Ryan Braun (LF)
4. Jonathan Lucroy (C)
5. Chris Carter (1B)
6. Aaron Hill (2B)
7. Hernan Perez (3B)
8. Ramon Flores (CF)
9. Junior Guerra (P)
|1. Tyler Holt (CF)
2. Ivan De Jesus (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Adam Duvall (LF)
7. Jordan Pacheco (3B)
8. Ramon Cabrera (C)
9. John Lamb (P)
The Sunday Special returns as only Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Jay Bruce get starts of all the Reds regulars.
The Reds optioned Scott Schebler to AAA following last night’s game, calling up Kyle Waldrop to fill his roster spot. In 27 games this season, Schebler hit .188/.246, failing to crack the Mendoza line. Waldrop, in 25 AAA games, has hit .233/.293, which aren’t great numbers but still somehow 50 points better than Schebler’s.
More Star Wars, More Fun
Kids get Star Wars-themed Fathead today while moms get a free photo frame.
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) May 8, 2016
Us Reds fans have existed in a sad, bullpen-blighted world for the past month, and have been conditioned to think there is no happiness left. Well there is. And its name is Bartolo Colon.
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 8, 2016
Nothing can truly be bad in a world where Bartolo Colon hits dingers. If the bullpen starts to become a disaster again tonight, just watch the above gif and rest easy in the knowledge that you have seen nirvana.
Bartolo: Mom, wanna see the HR from my game
Mom: No, I don't need to see it I'm sure you threw a good pitch
B: You might want to sit down
— Neil Weinberg (@NeilWeinberg44) May 8, 2016