The Cincinnati Reds look to win their 6th consecutive series in a row this evening in game #2 of this three game series against the 2nd place St. Louis Cardinals.
Twenty-five year old righty Michael Wacha has consistently thrown around 100 pitches per start, lasting about six innings and giving up two to four runs. He’s only thrown more than 100 pitches in six of his 21 starts and his only thrown seven or more innings four times.
The Reds will likely go to their bullpen for at least one-third of the game, also. Twenty-three year old lefty Cody is Reed is also on a pitch count and has been lasting about four to six innings. Still looking for his 1st career major league victory, as the Reds have lost all seven of Reed’s starts.
Zack Cozart is out of the lineup for another day. Meanwhile, backup centerfielder Tyle Holt (.217/.295/.252) is getting his first start since June 19th and batting leadoff. Actually, I’ll stop short of complaining because almost everyone on the team not named Joey Votto is at or under a .300 OBP.
|1. Tommy Pham (CF)
2. Jedd Gyorko (3B)
3. Stephen Piscotty (RF)
4. Matt Holliday (LF)
5. Brandon Moss (1B)
6. Jhonny Peralta (SS)
7. Yadier Molina (C)
8. Greg Garcia (2B)
9. Michael Wacha (P)
|1. Tyler Holt (CF)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Brandon Phillips (2B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Ivan De Jesus (SS)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Cody Reed (P)
REDS 2017 CHANCES
Homer Bailey expressed great disappointment in the Reds trade of Jay Bruce. It wasn’t just about folding on the 2016 season, but Bailey thinks the team had a chance to compete in 2017 much the way they did in 2010:
“I think it’s kind of like you see the balloon getting bigger, and then, all of a sudden, you poke a hole in it,” Bailey said.
ELIAS SPORTS FACTS
Votto’s hot streak, courtesy of ESPN:
Votto is hitting .519 since the break and has hit safely in all 16 games over that span. Only one other player since the first All-Star Game in 1933 hit safely in his first 16 games after the break with a batting average of .500 or better, per the Elias Sports Bureau. That was the Dodgers’ Brett Butler in 1992.
And that game winning homer:
With his game-ending homer on Tuesday, Scott Schebler became the seventh Reds rookie in franchise history to hit a walk-off HR; Todd Frazier in 2012 was the most recent. But he’s the first to do so with Cincinnati trailing at the time of the hit, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
MINOR LEAGUE AWARDS
As Doug Gray noted yesterday, several Reds minor leaguers received awards this week for their stellar recent performances.
– Last night’s hero, Scott Schebler, was named the International League Player of the Month for July. Schebler had a .359/.436/.689 slash line in July which included eight doubles, four triples and six homeruns. Add an August major league homerun to his recent hot streak!
– The Southern League (AA) Pitcher of the Week was Penscola’s Sal Romano. He threw seven innings of 1-hit, shutout baseball on July 29th against the Montgomery Biscuits. Romano didn’t walk a batter and struck out six in the contest. Over his last four starts, Romano has pitched 24.2 innings, allowing just 11 hits, three walks and striking out 24.
– The Southern League (AA) Hitter of the Week was Penscola’s Zach Vincej. Vincej went 10-for-20 and an overall slash line of .500/.583/.750. In 101 July plate appearances, Vincej hit .370/.426/.587.
– The Florida State League (A+) Player of the Week was Daytona’s Reydel Medina. Medina hit 12-for-25 en route to a .480/.500/.960 slash line.
All in favor of the Reds spoiling the Cardinals post season chance say “AYE!”