The Cincinnati Reds (50-69) will go for a series win against the Miami Marlins (62-58) tonight at 7:10. If the Reds win tonight, it would be their 8th series win out of 10 attempts since the all-star break. The Reds dropped the first game of the series 6-3, but have bounced back with 6-3 and 3-2 wins.
Programming note: if you live outside of the Queen City, you can stream tonight’s game on MLB.tv for free! It is the MLB.tv Free Game of the Day.
Dan Straily continues to be an absolute delightful surprise for the Reds in 2016. Straily will most likely not be a part of the next Reds rotation when they actually compete for a playoff spot, but I do think he could be a very solid long man. Either way, Straily has been really good of late. In his last 6 stats, he has a 2.13 ERA and 0.92 WHIP.
Straily’s last start was especially interesting. He allowed 10 hits over 5.1 innings against the Brewers, but only 2 ER. Straily struck out 6 without walking a batter in that game, so it was nice to see him rewarded for controlling what he can actually on control.
Straily’s only career appearance against the Marlins came on July 8th of this year (he faced tonight’s SP Jose Fernandez): 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. The Reds lost that game 3-1, and Christian Yelich homered off Straily.
Jose Fernadnez is one of the best pitchers in baseball. This is what I wrote about him last month before his start on July 8th, which he dominated the Reds in (7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K):
Jose Fernandez is one of the best pitchers in baseball. He was the 14th overall pick in 2011, and quickly made it to the majors. He won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 2013, after posting a 2.19 ERA/2.73 FIP. However, his career was derailed in 2014 as he made just 8 starts in 2014, and eventually had to have Tommy John Surgery. He made his return in July of 2015, and picked up right where he left off, posting a 2.92 ERA/2.24 FIP.
This season, Fernandez ranks 3rd in the MLB in fWAR, 12th in ERA, 2nd in FIP, and 1st in K/9. Fernandez career 11.26 K/9 is tied with Yu Darvish for the best in MLB history of any qualifying MLB starter. Fernandez career 2.42 FIP is the best of any qualifying SP since 1950, and his career 2.53 ERA is only higher than Clayton Kershaw (2.39) and Jacob DeGrom (2.52).
Fernandez has a 2.52 career ERA with 26 K and 6 BB in 4 starts against the Reds. Brandon Phillips is the only current Red to have a home run against him.
|1. Dee Gordon (2B)
2. Martin Prado (3B)
3. Christian Yelich (LF)
4. Marcell Ozuna (CF)
5. Ichiro Suzuki (RF)
6. Chris Johnson (1B)
7. Jeff Mathis (C)
8. Adeiny Hechavarria (SS)
9. Jose Fernandez (P)
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Ivan De Jesus (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Ramon Cabrera (C)
8. Tyler Holt (LF)
9. Dan Straily (P)
Adam Duvall is out of the lineup for a third consecutive day, and Zack Cozart is out of the lineup again after returning to the lineup yesterday.
Iggy to close?
Stats with Joel
Manfred pushing for more changes
MLB commissioner Rob Manfed is pushing for some major changes as soon as next year. Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports has the story:
HOUSTON – Major League Baseball, alarmed by the game’s lack of action this season is considering making the most radical changes to the game in more than a century.
The owners spent time Thursday discussing and reviewing how the game has changed over the years, with offenses suffocated by a record number of shifts and pitching changes, leading to longer games and less production.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said that baseball will consider limiting the number of pitching changes in the future, as well as curtailing the amount of shifts, and even implementing a 20-second time clock for pitchers to deliver a pitch.
“Our view of the pitch clock is that we feel it’s been effective in the minor leagues,’’ Manfred said, “we really do. I think when you look at our experience with the effort we undertook last year, and you look month-by-month in terms of where we were in terms of game time, we did really well early and kind of regressed the second half of last year, and certainly this year.
“Our evaluation of that is, the more we can have on the field, constant reminders so it’s in front of people’s minds, the better off we are in terms of continuing to move the game along. And I think the clock is probably the quintessential example of the reminder that keeps pace in people’s minds.
“And, quite frankly, the data shows that people don’t violate the 20-second. With or without a clock. It’s a reminder that moves things along.”
When asked if he would like to see the clock implemented perhaps as early as next season, Manfred didn’t hesitate.
“I would,’’ he said. “I said yes because there’s no temporal assigned to that.”
While pitch clocks might speed up the game, infield shifts already do – perhaps too much for Manfred’s liking. Manfred said research indicated that there were 2,400 infield shifts just five years ago; this season, major league clubs are on pace for 28,000 shifts, limiting offenses.
“I’m not saying that’s necessarily a bad thing,’’ Manfred said, “but it has ramifications for what people see when they buy that ticket to go to the ballpark. We just wanted to point out this whole series of changes that has occurred over time, very naturally, in the game and pose the question of whether or not we should be managing that change more aggressively.”
A series win against a playoff contender sure would be nice! Let’s do it fellas. Go Reds!