The Cincinnati Reds (29-48) will try again tonight against the first place Chicago Cubs (49-26) at 7:10. The Reds lost 11-8, as Kris Bryant put on a performance for the ages. Bryant became the first player in MLB history to have three home runs and two doubles in the same game.
The Reds came back from a 8-3 deficit last night, and made it a 8-7 game going into the 8th inning. The Reds offense beat up last years Cy Young winner, Jake Arrieta for five earned runs and five walks (both season highs for Arrieta).
John Lamb will look to finish off the month of June strong, a month that has been kind to him. Lamb has a 3.10 ERA through 29.0 IP this month. The major concern for Lamb through his first several starts was where did all the strikeouts go? Last year, Lamb posted a ridiculous 10.51 K/9, which was the 8th best among SP with 40+ IP (behind Sale, Kershaw, Fernandez, Strasburg, Scherzer, Archer, and Carrasco). He does has 12 strikeouts in his last two starts (10.2 IP), which is certainly encouragin.
Lamb’s only appearance against the Cubs came on October 1st, 2015: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Lamb actually pitched pretty well in that game with the exception of one bad pitch to Austin Jackson.
You might expect Jon Lester to be slowing down at 32 years old, but he is having one of the best years of his carer. Lester’s 2.10 ERA is the best of his career (only once before has he had an ERA below 3).
If you are looking for positives, Lester has gave up 3 home runs over his last 2 starts. He does however have a 1.46 ERA in June.
Lester has a career 3.38 ERA against the Reds in 6 starts (all coming over the last two seasons). He has a 2.77 ERA in 2 starts against the Reds this season. Billy Hamilton is 5 for 7 with a home run off Lester.
|1. Ben Zobrist (2B)
2. Jason Heyward (RF)
3. Kris Bryant (3B)
4. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
5. Willson Contreras (LF)
6. Javier Baez (SS)
7. Matt Szczur (CF)
8. David Ross (C)
9. Jon Lester (P)
|1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Brandon Phillips (2B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Billy Hamilton (CF)
8. Ramon Cabrera (C)
9. John Lamb (P)
Joey Votto hit two home runs last night. Votto now has an .822 OPS on the season. His OPS was at .697 on May 29th.
Reds on pace for home run record
The Reds are on pace to set a home run record! Well, not a good one. Dave Cameron of Fanraphs wrote today that the Reds pitching staff has a current pace of 1.7 home runs allowed per game. The MLB record for home runs allowed by a pitching staff is 241 by the Detroit Tigers, or 1.5 home runs per game. You can ready the full article here if you dare.
Around the MLB
The #1 prospect in all of baseball (according MLB Pipeline) is set to make his debut tonight. Nationals RHP Lucas Giolito will start tonight against Matt Harvey of the New York Mets. Giolito was the 16th overall pick in 2012. He had a 3.17 ERA/3.23 FIP at AAA.
The Cleveland Indians won their 10th straight game last night. The Indians beat the Braves 8-3. They now have a 5.0 game lead in the AL Central.
If you would have told me going into yesterday that the Reds would score 8 runs in a game that Jake Arrieta started, I probably would have been good with that result. Baseball is a weird game. 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.