The Cincinnati Reds (15-25) hope to salvage a win in this four game series against the 20-17 Cleveland Indians. To Cleveland’s benefit, the three games that they’ve won this week, coupled with the 1st place White Sox corresponding losing streak, has cut the Indians deficit to just 2.5 games in the AL Central division.
Josh Tomlin is in his 11th season with the Cleveland organization since being drafted in the 19th round of the 2006 amateur draft. He has appeared in 101 games, making 86 starts for the big league club over parts of the last seven seasons. He has impeccable control, walking just 4 batters in 35.1 innings this season, but he also doesn’t get a lot of strikeouts either. His average fastball velocity has dropped from 89 MPH in previous seasons to 87 MPH this year. Tomlin only flashes his fastball about 45% of the time, throwing a mix of his other pitches (cutter: 35%, curveball: 12%, and change-up: 8%) more often. Over his last three starts, Tomlin has pitched 18 innings, given up 20 hits, and allowed 10 runs, including five homeruns. The Indians have given Tomlin plenty of run support by scoring 34 runs in his six starts this season, or 5.7 runs per game. As a result, Tomlin is 5-0 through his six starts this year, and the club has won all six games that he started.
Tim Adelman is making his 4th major league start tonight. Adelman is just three years and one month younger than Tomlin, but his road to the majors has been very different. After being drafted in the 24th round of the 2010 amateur draft by the Orioles, Adleman was released two season later and has spent much of the next few years of his professional career in independent leagues. The Reds signed him as a reliever in A and AA ball in 2014, before he spent most of last year in AA Pensacola’s rotation. After three starts in AAA this year, he got the call to pitch for the Reds. In his major league debut, he held the Pirates to two runs over six innings. Through his first three starts, Adleman has allowed six runs on 15 hits over 16 innings. He’s walked seven and struck out 13.
|1. Rajai Davis (CF)
2. Jason Kipnis (2B)
3. Francisco Lindor (SS)
4. Carlos Santana (1B)
5. Jose Ramirez (LF)
6. Lonnie Chisenhall (RF)
7. Juan Uribe (3B)
8. Chris Gimenez (C)
9. Josh Tomlin (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)
NEW GABP HOMERUN RECORD
Jay Bruce now holds the record for most homeruns hit at GABP with 128. Overall, Bruce is 7th on the all-time Reds list with 216, just 28 behind George Foster.
WE DON’T STINK
Another blown lead by the bullpen last night, leads to another barrage of questions to Price after the game about said bullpen. Price is working with what he has, and what he has is 4-for-13 in save opportunities. If the Reds bullpen would have been league average with respect to save opportunities, that would add five more wins to their total, making them 20-20 right now.
“We want to win the games we should win, period,” Reds manager Bryan Price said afterward. “And if we did that, at least we’re capable of being there with Pittsburgh and St. Louis if we can put some games away. It’s maddening. As much as everyone kind of went into the season thinking ‘the Reds stink,’ I don’t think we stink. I think we’re a lot better team than what we’re seeing. It’s hard to watch it when games get away.”
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS IN THE BULLPEN
I’m convinced that this season’s bullpen performance is just another in a series of long running gags by the Impractical Jokers (Staten Island natives, like Tim Adleman). The rest of the league gets to play with Q’s Crew, while we’re stuck with “the man himself” Q. “I can’t do the stuff they’re doing!”
It’s not just the bullpen that is struggling. Only twice have Reds starters lasted seven innings or more while averaging little more than five innings per start. Tim Adleman’s starts have been good, but have also lasted just six, five, and five innings respectively.
Something needs to finally click for starters to work deeper into games and for relievers to get those final six to nine outs. Hopefully, they can get it going tonight against Josh Tomlin and the Indians.