The Cincinnati Reds (28-43) will try to leave Arlington with a quick two-game sweep of the first place Texas Rangers (46-26) tonight at 8:05. Last night, the Reds were lead by big nights offensively from Jay Bruce and Zack Cozart, in route to an 8-2 win. The Reds are now 11-8 in the month of June.
Dan Straily is coming off his worst start of 2016 (4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). The Braves really beat around Straily. He will have a challenge trying to rebound tonight against a tough Rangers lineup, in an even tougher ballpark to pitch.
Straily has a career 4.47 ERA in 9 appearances (8 starts) against the Rangers. Straily only appeared in 4 total games last year with the Astros, and 2 of those appearances came against the Rangers (6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K).
Elvis Andrus is 1 for 20 off Straily. Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo have both homered off Straily.
Cole Hamels has a sizzling 2.88 ERA, but his peripheral numbers don’t look so good. He is allowing the most walks (3.47 BB/9) and home runs (1.49 HR/9) in his entire career. Hamels has been very good of late, posting a 1.88 ERA in four starts in June.
Hamels has dominated the Reds over his career. He has a 1.96 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 14 career starts. His most notable start against the Reds came in Game 3 of the 2010 NLDS, when he threw a 2-hit shutout to finish off the Phillies sweep of the Reds.
The Reds did however beat up Hamels in his last start against them on June 8th, 2015: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. Brandon Phillips had a bases loaded walk against Hamels, and Ivan De Jesus Jr. hit a home run.
Brandon Phillips has seen Hamels the most (48 PA), and has hit .227/.292/.341 against him. Jay Bruce has homered twice against Hammels.
Joey Votto is out of the lineup for a second straight night. He is still sick, but is at the ballpark. Mark Sheldon tweeted out that he is “only eating crackers.” Votto currently has a 20-game on-base streak.
|1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Billy Hamilton (CF)
3. Brandon Phillips (2B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Ivan De Jesus (1B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Jose Peraza (DH)
|1. Shin-Soo Choo (RF)
2. Rougned Odor (2B)
3. Nomar Mazara (LF)
4. Adrian Beltre (3B)
5. Prince Fielder (DH)
6. Ryan Rua (CF)
7. Mitch Moreland (1B)
8. Elvis Andrus (SS)
9. Robinson Chirinos (C)
If someone asks you to describe the 2016 Reds, show them this vine. https://t.co/kzHkRKhc0X
— paco (@AllaireMatt) June 22, 2016
Other news and notes
Michael Lorenzen is back with the Reds! Alfredo Simon was placed on the DL. Also, Jordan Pacheco‘s Reds career ends with an impressive .157/.157/.235 slash line.
Lorenzen off 60-day DL, Simon to 15-day DL (right trapezius), Pacheco refused outright and elected free agency.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 22, 2016
— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) June 22, 2016
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) June 22, 2016
#STLCards hand Jake Arrieta his second loss of the season. Cubs swept for the first time this year. STL leads season series 5-4 over CHC.
— Sammy Stava (@StavaonSTL) June 22, 2016
It sure would be cool to see the Reds sweep a first place team! Cole Hamels has really owned the Reds over his career, but his peripheral numbers show that he has been a little lucky this year. I think it is time for that luck to run out. Go Reds!
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.