The Cincinnati Reds (29-51) will try to stop the bleeding against the Washington Nationals (48-32) tonight at 6:05. The Reds have now lost 12 of their last 15 games following a 13-4 beatdown last night. The Reds pitching staff has given up 37 runs over the last four games (9.3 runs per game). Meanwhile, the Nationals have won five straight games.
That is not a typo above either, the game actually does start at 6:05. We believe that the reason for this is because they are having a big postgame fireworks show.
Anthony DeSclafani is off to a very nice start through his first four starts this season. He is coming off an very impressive start on Sunday against the Padres: 8.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. The Reds desperately need another start like that one tonight.
The first thing you look at with a pitcher coming back from the DL is the fastball velocity. So far, so good for DeSclafani. He is actually up just a tick from 92.7 last year to 93.0 this year.
DeSclafani has good career numbers against the Nationals. In 5 appearances (2 starts), he has a 2.35 ERA. He made two starts last season against the Nationals with the Reds, and he had a 3.09 ERA with 6 BB and 7 K. Bryce Harper is 1 for 6 with 2 K’s against Disco. Both Daniel Murphy and Danny Espinosa have homered off him.
Tanner Roark was a 25th round draft pick of the Texas Rangers back in 2008. He was traded to the Nationals in 2010 for Christian Guzman. He made his debut in 2013 for the Nats, and posted a 1.51 ERA/2.41 FIP in 14 appearances (5 starts). He earned a spot in the rotation in 2014, and posted a 2.85 ERA/3.47 FIP in 31 starts.
Roark was however the odd man out in the rotation in 2015 after the Nationals signed Max Scherzer. Roark went to the bullpen, and struggled. He would make 12 starts later in the summer, but overall 2015 was a lost year for Roark, as he had a 4.38 ERA/4.70 FIP in 40 appearances.
Roark made the rotation when camp broke this season, and he hasn’t disappointed. He has a stellar 2.96 ERA/3.40 FIP through his first 16 starts. He is coming off a brilliant start on Sunday against the Brewers: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K.
Roark has made four appearances against the Reds (all starts), and he has a 3.68 ERA. The Reds did however beat around Roark on June 5th at GABP: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. That was the shortest start of the season for Roark. Brandon Phillips has had the most success against him, as Phillips is 4 for 8 with a home run.
|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. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Anthony DeSclafani (P)
|1. Ben Revere (CF)
2. Jayson Werth (LF)
3. Bryce Harper (RF)
4. Daniel Murphy (2B)
5. Anthony Rendon (3B)
6. Ryan Zimmerman (1B)
7. Danny Espinosa (SS)
8. Jose Lobaton (C)
9. Tanner Roark (P)
Reds June stats
Other news and notes
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The Disco king has looked really good through his first couple starts. The Reds really need him to stop the bleeding with a solid start tonight. 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.