The Cleveland Indians (18-17) host the second of two games in Cleveland against the Cincinnati Reds (15-23) before heading to Southern Ohio to complete the four game battle of Ohio. Cleveland has leg up in the series after their win last night, pushing them back over the .500 mark.
Like last night, tonight’s game will start an hour earlier than normal at 6:10pm.
Simon “Innings Eater” Alfredo has only pitched more than five innings on two of his seven starts this year. If you believe in momentum, then you’ll be happy to know that he’s done so in each of his past two games, tossing 7.2 inning and 6.0 innings, respectively. However, he has allowed at least three runs in each of his last six starts and at least one homerun in each of his last five.
Danny Salazar has been the opposite of Simon. He has allowed three runs in just one of his seven starts. In fact, he has allowed three total runs combined over his last three starts covering 19.2 innings. He’s surrendered only two homeruns all season. If Salazar has shown any weaknesses this year, it’s that he has struggled with control at times. In his last outing against the Astros, he was pulled after walking six batters over five innings. However, limited the damage by allowing just a single run on a solo homerun.
Billy Hamilton is back in the starting lineup, moving Peraza to second base and Brandon Phillips to DH.
|1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Billy Hamilton (CF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (DH)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Adam Duvall (LF)
8. Jose Peraza (2B)
9. Tucker Barnhart (C)
|1. Carlos Santana (DH)
2. Jason Kipnis (2B)
3. Francisco Lindor (SS)
4. Mike Napoli (1B)
5. Jose Ramirez (3B)
6. Yan Gomes (C)
7. Lonnie Chisenhall (RF)
8. Marlon Byrd (LF)
9. Rajai Davis (CF)
NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP
Fangraphs take on the Reds bullpen in a new blog post today, and there is no surprise that the stats just ain’t pretty:
Reds bullpen stats and ranks, 1961-present
- ERA: 6.44 (1,476th out of 1,476)
- FIP: 6.09 (1,476th out of 1,476)
- HR/9: 2.04 (1,476th out of 1,476)
- BB%: 11.6% (1,390th out of 1,476)
REDS TV BROADCASTERS RANK 28TH OF 32
Fangraphs also has an update to their TV broadcaster ratings. This is a crowdsourcing project from viewers (and Fangraphs readers) asking us to grade the various MLB TV broadcasters. While the overall rating is quite low, the overall feedback provided a lot of praise for one of our broadcasters, and a lot of criticism of another.
• A number of readers praise Welsh for his capacity to marry playing experience and more progressive baseball concepts.
• “Thom Brennaman… displayed peak form last year during the Reds’ umpteenth rain delay with a rant about how the time has come for MLB to seriously consider mandating 30 domed stadiums.”
MANAGER JOBS ON THE LINE
While the Reds fell below .400 win percentage after last night’s loss, there are two MLB teams with records below .300. One of those teams axed their manager earlier today. The Braves (9-28, .243 WPct) fired Fredi Gonzalez just 1.5 months into his 6th season at the helm. The Braves have the worst run differential (-67) in all of baseball and haven’t won back-to-back games this season.
The next worst record in the majors is the Minnesota Twins (10-27, .270) followed by the Astros (15-24, .385.) For reference, the Reds 15-23 record comes out to a .395 winning percentage.
Alfredo Simon needs to eat some more innings to keep the ball out of the hands of the bullpen. The Reds need to find a way to do damage with the long ball when they get free passes to first base. A Reds win will even up the series before the final two games are played back home in Cincinnati.