The Cincinnati Reds (32-55) will try again today against the Miami Marlins (45-41) at 4:10. The Reds lost 3-1 last night, as the Reds offense was subdued by the mighty Jose Fernandez. Brandon Phillips and Billy Hamilton were also both injured in last night’s loss. The Reds are mercifully down to just two games left in the first half of 2016.
John Lamb pitched very well in the month of June, posting a 3.09 ERA in 6 starts (35.0 IP, 27 K, 13 BB). Things however didn’t go so well in his first start of July. Lamb got rocked for 8 ER in 4.1 innings. Here is what I wrote about Lamb in the recap following his last start:
Poor John Lamb. He actually looked pretty good through the first three innings of the game (2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K). Then the big fourth inning happened. Lamb walked the bases loaded, and then gave up a grand slam to Danny Espinosa. It seems like Lamb has had this exact problem throughout his very young career. He can look really good at times, and then just have that one bad inning that ruins what could be a nice start. I still believe in Lamb as a starter for the Reds in the future, today just wasn’t his day. Maybe he was just trying to be too perfect facing a guy who entered today 10-0.
Like Dan Straily last night, this will be John Lamb’s first career appearance against the Marlins.
Adam Conley was a second round pick of the Marlins back in 2011. He made his debut with the Marlins on July 10, 2015. He bounced back and fourth between MLB and AAA last year, but was overall successful at the big league level. Conley posted a 3.76 ERA/3.81 FIP in 15 appearances (11 starts).
Conley made the team out of spring training this season, and he hasn’t disappointed. On April 29th, Conley was 4 outs away from a no-hitter, but manager Don Mattingly pulled him from the game because he was at 116 pitches. He is coming off a good start against the Braves on Sunday: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K.
Conley has only faced the Reds once in his career, and it was actually the first start of his big league career on July 11, 2015: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Eugenio Suarez homered off Conley in the game.
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It would be nice if the Reds could pick up a win today, and then grab another one tomorrow (not to get ahead of ourselves or anything). Back to back series wins against teams above .500 would be a solid way to end a miserable first half. Go Reds!