Despite Eugenio Suarez’s best efforts, the Reds (14-22) just can’t seem to bust out of their slump. With last night’s loss, the Reds are now 1-5 in their last six after starting the month of May 4-2. The race for the Central cellar is still hotly contested though as the Brewers lost as well and only sit half a game above the Reds.
The following stats are from 2016:
For the Reds, Dan Straily takes the mound riding a string of three straight quality starts, albeit not the most quality. Over that stretch, Straily has a 3.44 ERA with a 5.26 FIP and has walked eight batters compared 13 strikeouts. Control has not been Straily’s strong suit this season, as he has walked at least one batter in every appearance and has 17 walks on the year.
After three impressive starts at AAA this season, Adam Morgan was called up by the Phillies to fill in at the back of the rotation. So far, he’s been solid in the pros, not having problems with control or home runs, but he hasn’t lasted too deep into games yet. Morgan’s last time out was his best, a 7.0 inning, one-run performance that is only tempered because it came against the hapless Braves.
|1. Tyler Holt (CF)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Adam Duvall (LF)
7. Ivan De Jesus (SS)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Dan Straily (P)
|1. Odubel Herrera (CF)
2. Cesar Hernandez (2B)
3. Maikel Franco (3B)
4. Ryan Howard (1B)
5. Carlos Ruiz (C)
6. Freddy Galvis (SS)
7. Tyler Goeddel (LF)
8. Adam Morgan (P)
9. David Lough (RF)
Jose Peraza will once again resume his role as moral support.
Three Reds pitchers are being put on slower rehab programs following setbacks in each of their returns. Homer Bailey, Anthony DeSclafani, and Raisel Iglesias all have felt discomfort at one point or another in their rehab process, causing them to be shut down and then start over again. According to manager Bryan Price, the setbacks were not due to a rush to the field, but just a string of bad luck.
“I think we’re being even more deliberate now because of the run of bad luck we’ve had with this. What I want to make sure is clear is we were never fast tracking anybody but it feels like now what we’re doing is pulling back and trying to make sure everyone has even more time,” Price said.
Have we noticed yet how much better Hamilton is hitting this year? Last year: 15 XBH in 454 PAs. This year: 9 XBH in 93 PAs.
— Jason Linden (@JasonLinden) May 15, 2016
Billy is still a below-average power hitter even with this uptick in production (.141 ISO and .662 OPS this season), but closer to average is much better than the absolute floor where he was before. The only logical explanation that I can find is that Billy is hitting far more line drives than he has in the past (an uptick of 7.4 percent), but he’s not hitting the ball any harder. Beats me, but I’ll take it.
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 15, 2016
I only wish there was a video of hist bunt attempt later in the game.
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 14, 2016
As enticing as a pitcher’s duel between Dan Straily and Adam Morgan may be, I think I’ll watch my Commodores take on #1 Florida instead. It’s almost College World Series time folks, and with the Reds draft coming up, it might just be more important than the actual World Series this time around.