Losers of nine in a row and 12 of their last 13, the Cincinnati Reds (15-31), look to avoid their 4th consecutive series loss in a row in their final 2016 Los Angeles game against the 24-23 Dodgers.
Dan Straily is making his 8th start of the season for the Reds and has been consistently good lately. He, like the rest of the pitching staff, rarely makes it into the 7th inning, but he has pitched five quality starts in his last six games. If that trend holds, we can expect about six innings, five hits, three walks, five strikeouts, and just a pair of runs allowed. Straily has not allowed a home run in three consecutive starts spanning 17 innings.
Scott Kazmir has been the opposite of consistent for Los Angeles this season. After pitching six shutout innings in his 2016 debut, Kazmir has only had two quality starts in his last eight starts. Most recently, he walked seven Padres last week en route to allowing five runs over 5.2 innings. Kazmir has been victimized by the long ball in recent games, giving up seven home runs in his last four starts over 26.2 innings.
LINEUP AND BATTING ORDER
|SP: Dan Straily||SP: Scott Kazmir|
|1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Billy Hamilton (CF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Adam Duvall (LF)
7. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Dan Straily (P)
|1. Chase Utley (2B)
2. Corey Seager (SS)
3. Justin Turner (3B)
4. Adrian Gonzalez (1B)
5. Trayce Thompson (RF)
6. Joc Pederson (CF)
7. Howie Kendrick (LF)
8. Yasmani Grandal (C)
9. Scott Kazmir (P)
Back to Votto hitting third and Billy Hamilton batting second.
22, 23, 24, …
Yesterday’s start by Daniel Wright made him the 22nd different pitcher used by the Reds this season. Two other pitchers also made their 2016 debut in the final inning of last night’s game. A.J. Morris made his major league debut in the beginning of the 8th inning, while Josh Smith made his 2016 debut as the final Reds pitcher of the night.
SCOUTING TIM ADLEMAN
Matt Wilkes assessed the start of Tim Adleman’s career in today’s Kill the Win column.
Adleman isn’t going to be a long-term solution in the rotation, but he’s proving he could be a viable option in the bullpen once everyone is healthy. He has showed an ability to throw strikes throughout his career and given the current state of the Cincinnati relief corps, that’s a huge positive right off the bat. While he doesn’t have an electric repertoire to blow hitters away, he’s still putting up decent strikeout numbers and has a fastball that can reach the mid-90s.
INTERVIEW WITH JOSE PERAZA
Jason Linden interviewed Reds AAA infielder Jose Peraza of the Louisville Bats recently and wrote about it on Redleg Nation. Of course, as all things 2016 Reds, talk turned to pitching at the major league level:
I addressed the concerns with the Reds poor bullpen performance and asked how his curveball was. The quote (through [interpreter] Iribarren): “Anything to help at the majors.”
REDS SOON TO BE PENNANT WINNERS
Chad Dotson took a look yesterday at past Reds teams that won less than 40% of their games. In many cases, bad season preceded great turnaround stories. As Chad concluded “sometimes it doesn’t take long to turn a team from also-ran to pennant-winner.”
The losing streaks ends tonight!
(or sometime soon, right?)