We have mercifully made it to the end of the first half. The Cincinnati Reds (32-56) will play their final game before the all star break today at 1:10 at the Miami Marlins (46-41). The Reds pitching did their part in the first two games of this series, but the offense will have to pick it up or the Reds will be swept.
Cody Reed has really struggled through his first four big league starts. He has allowed 8 home runs in just 20.0 innings, which is certainly a recipe for disaster. Hopefully pitching in a big ballpark like Marlins Park today will help him be able to keep the ball in the yard.
There is at least one glaring positive for Reed: strikeouts. Reed has struck out 22 batters in 20.0 innings. His walks are a little higher than league average, but they are far better than the Reds team average of 4.35. Once Reed figures out how to keep the ball in the park (mostly by locating his fastball better), he should have a lot of success.
Tom Koehler is in his fourth full season in the Marlins rotation. He has been an average starter throughout his career, posting a 4.15 ERA/4.27 FIP. That isn’t all so bad for a 538th overall pick back in 2008.
The Reds haven’t faced Koehler since 2014. Koehler has not allowed a run in 10.1 career innings against the Reds, with 6 H, 6 K, 2 BB. The current Reds who have faced him (Cozart, Hamilton, Bruce, Votto, and Phillips) are a combined 0 for 10 against him, with one lone walk by Jay Bruce.
|1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Billy Hamilton (CF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Brandon Phillips (2B)
7. Tucker Barnhart (C)
8. Ivan De Jesus (3B)
9. Cody Reed (P)
|1. J.T. Realmuto (C)
2. Martin Prado (3B)
3. Christian Yelich (LF)
4. Giancarlo Stanton (RF)
5. Marcell Ozuna (CF)
6. Chris Johnson (1B)
7. Miguel Rojas (2B)
8. Adeiny Hechavarria (SS)
9. Tom Koehler (P)
Eugenio Suarez gets the day off after his poor defensive day yesterday. Jose Peraza finishes the first half having started in 1 of the final 6 games. Why have him on the MLB roster if he isn’t going to play?
The Reds have already set a franchise record with 56 first half losses (the previous high was 54 back in 2001). The Reds will be safe from the franchise record in worst win/loss percentage, which is a more fair way to look at futility, since each year has a different amount of total games played per first half. A loss today would put the Reds at .360, which would tie them for the third worst win-loss percentage. A win today would put the Reds at .371, which would be the fifth worst.
Other news and notes
Rotation out of the break: DeSclafani, Lamb and Straily vs the Brewers.
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) July 10, 2016
The Cubs were 39-15 on June 4. They're 13-20 since, the fourth-worst record in baseball over that time. A shockingly bad stretch for them.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 10, 2016
The Reds should try to end the first half with a win. That would be nice, right nation? 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.