The Cincinnati Reds (33-57) got the second half off to great start yesterday with a comeback 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers (38-50). The two teams will square off again tonight at 7:10.
John Lamb has struggled overall in 2016, but his last start before the all-star break on Saturday against the Marlins was pretty solid: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9, 0 HR. You will get places in the big leagues if you can strike out 9 batters without walking anyone. Overall since the beginning of June, Lamb has been good in 6 of his 8 starts. Hopefully in the second half he can find even more consistency. Lamb is really starting to rack up the strikeouts, as he has 33 in his last five starts (25.0 IP).
Lamb has made four career starts against the Brewers, and it hasn’t gone very well. He has a 6.98 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. Ryan Braun is 4 for 7 with 2 HR against Lamb.
Jimmy Nelson has been the Brewers most consistent starter this season. He leads the team with 18 starts and 107 innings pitched. Nelson’s FIP shows that he has been fortunate to have a 3.62 ERA despite below average K/9 and BB/9.
Nelson was actually originally drafted in the 39th round of the 2007 draft by the Cincinnati Reds, but he did not sign. He went to Alabama University, and ended up being a second round pick of the Brewers back in 2010. He was ranked as the Brewers #1 prospect by Baseball America following the 2013 season. Nelson has made 61 career starts so far for the Brewers (66 appearances), and has had a respectable 4.03 ERA/4.22 FIP. The Brewers are hoping the 27 year old can develop into a top of the rotation starter to anchor their rotation through their rebuild.
The Reds have beat up Nelson over his career. Nelson has a career 5.88 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 9 appearances (7 starts) against the Reds. However, Nelson allowed just 2 ER in 7.1 innings in his last start against the Reds on May 29th.
Jay Bruce is 8 for 19 with 3 HR, and Brandon Phillips is 6 for 18 with 2 HR against Nelson.
Jose Peraza gets the start at 2B for the ailing Brandon Phillips, who is day to day with a calf injury suffered last night.
Bailey getting closer
Homer Bailey said after his rehab start with the Louisville Bats last night “I think, probably, one more [rehab start] and then being activated [is the plan].” (via Hardball Scoop). Bailey threw 67 pitches yesterday, 44 of which were strikes. Bailey has slowly progressed from 25 pitches to 38, 51, and 67 over his four rehab starts. His final line yesterday was 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR. The only earned run he allowed was a stolen base of home.
The Reds are undefeated in the second half! Let’s keep it up fellas! 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.