The first half is over.
It’s time to turn the page to the second half, and see if the Reds can kick this rebuilding process into second gear. The two bottom dwellers in the NL Central, the Cincinnati Reds (32-57) and the Milwaukee Brewers (38-49) will kick off a three game series at the Great American Ballpark tonight at 7:10. Both of these team could look very different in a couple weeks with the trade deadline looming.
Anthony DeSclafani has been nothing short of incredible for the Reds battered rotation since he made his season debut on June 10th. Five of his six starts have been quality starts. He has done a great job limiting walks and keeping the ball in the park. Over his last two starts, he has struck out a bunch: 14 K in 12.2 IP.
DeSclafani has fared very well in three career appearances (2 starts) against the Brewers. He has a 2.57 ERA and 0.86 WHIP with 9 K and 1 BB. DeSclafani had a brilliant start against the Brewers on April 20th last year: 8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K.
Matt Garza is not the same pitcher that once posted a 3.32 ERA/2.95 FIP in 2011 with Cubs, and was worth 4.9 fWAR that season. Since the start of 2015, Garza has a 5.62 ERA/4.94 FIP in 30 starts.
Garza signed a 4-year, $52 million contract with the Brewers in 2014, which is the Brewers most expensive free agent contract of all-time. He has certainly not lived up that contract, and last season he was shut down in September because of his poor performance. Garza was not happy with the Brewers decision. Garza didn’t debut until June 14th this season because of a strained lat muscle.
Garza has a career 4.91 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 12 starts against the Reds. Garza had a 7.80 ERA and 2.00 WHIP in 3 starts against the Reds last season. Garza was actually shut down last season after allowing 4 ER in 4.2 innings against the Reds on September 5th.
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It continues to make zero sense to have Jose Peraza on the MLB roster, only to sit on the bench night after night. The guy needs at-bats to develop.
Jay Bruce has 3 HR and a 1.210 OPS in 35 career PA vs Garza. Joey Votto and Tucker Barnhart also have a HR against him, and Brandon Phillips surprisingly leads the Reds with 6 career walks against Garza.
Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy are a combined 0 for 7 with 0 walks against DeSclafani.
The folks at Stadium Journey have updated their reviews of Great American Ball Park and Louisville Slugger Field. Stadium Journey assesses sports stadiums around the world. They’ve reviewed over 2,000 venues in 58 countries. GABP and LSF got high marks across the board.
There are 73 more games left. I for one certainly hope the Reds can make the best of it, and have a few guys take some big steps forward into 2017. 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.