The Reds have lost eleven in a row. They are 3-18 in road games.
The pitching staff is flat out terrible. When they aren’t walking batters (11.2%, highest in MLB) Reds pitchers are grooving it down the middle. Five rookies pitched for Walt Jocketty’s club tonight. Why five rookies? The “Indifference to a Good Bullpen” chapter in the Rebuild Binder and an epidemic-level of injuries.
After these three games against the Brew Crew, the Reds play four in Colorado. The thought of sending these pitchers to face those hitters at that altitude is terrifying. Ten runs allowed per game?
You’ve got until Monday to hide yo’ kids.
Lampooned The Reds spotted John Lamb a three-run lead but the left-hander squandered it by the end of the fourth inning. Lamb walked the first batter he faced. He gave up seven hits and three walks in 3.2 innings of work. His ERA/FIP is 6.82/6.17. Alfredo Simon’s existence is the only thing preventing Lamb from losing his job in the rotation when Jon Moscot returns next week.
That’ll Du-vall The Reds got off to a great start in the first inning with an infield single by Brandon Phillips, a double over the head of the right fielder by Jay Bruce and an upper deck bomb by Adam Duvall. “Duvall is some kind of strong,” said Jeff Brantley. It was Duvall’s club-leading 10th home run of the season. The blast raised Duvall’s isolated power (ISO) to .302, sixth in the major leagues, and ahead of a guy named Bryce Harper.
Bullpen Artists Josh Smith gave up a double to the first batter he faced. You can decide for yourself if that’s better or worse than walking the first hitter. While you’re doing that, consider that Dayan Diaz offered up a home run to the first Brewer he faced in the fifth. Diaz gave up three hits and a walk in his inning. J.C. Ramirez pitched the seventh. With two outs, the Brewers sent up light-hitting Alex Presley. Ramirez walked Presley on four pitches. Two hits and two runs later, the Brewers led 9-5.
Nutshell Reds pitchers gave up six walks tonight. Reds hitters drew zero walks tonight.
More Marty Marty Brennaman informed Reds ownership that he intended to work next year, reports C. Trent Rosecrans. Said the Ford Frick Award winner: “I’ve got my health, I’m married to a woman who, God bless her, will allow me to do whatever I want to do. I still enjoy it. I feel like I still do a decent job. If I didn’t, I’d say I’m done.“
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.