Game Thread

Reds at Brewers – September 24, 2016

The Cincinnati Reds (63-90) have lost four straight, and eight of their last nine games. The Reds will square off again with the Milwaukee Brewers (70-84) tonight at 7:10. The Reds lost their 90th game of 2016 last night at Milwaukee, 5-4. The Reds are down to just nine games left in 2016.

Starting Pitchers

PITCHERS IP ERA FIP K/9 fWAR
Dan Straily 178.2 3.83 4.81 7.56 1.2
Taylor Jungmann 22.2 8.34 5.64 5.96 -0.1

Dan Straily leads the Reds in innings pitched in 2016. I’ll repeat that….Dan Straily leads the Reds in innings pitched this year! That is pretty incredible in itself. We’ve made the case for Straily to be out of the 2017 rotation, and the case for Straily being in the 2017 rotation. I personally think Straily should be used as a long man/spot starter in 2017, but man…he has been fun to watch in 2016. Straily really was a terrific pickup by the Reds front office.

I’ll refer to our friends over at Brew Crew Ball and Kyle Lesiewski for a report on Taylor Jungman, who is making his first start in the big leagues since April:

The Milwaukee Brewers will give Taylor Jungmann the start on Saturday against Cincinnati at Miller Park. Jungmann began the year in the starting rotation, of course, hoping to build off a solid rookie campaign in which he posted a 3.77 ERA and 3.92 FIP across 119.1 big league innings covering 21 starts. He stuck out 8.07 batters per nine to go along with a 3.54 BB/9 rate and 46.3% ground ball rate and was valued at a solid 1.6 RA-9 WAR. The hope around Milwaukee was that Jungmann had finally overcame the struggles he endured in the minor leagues after being drafted in the first round in 2011, and could be a fixture in the middle to back end of the rotation going forward.

Unfortunately Jungmann fell flat out of the gates this season, allowing 21 earned runs in 20.2 innings across his first five starts of the season. He struck out as many batters (13) as he walked and was missing some two miles per hour off of his fastball from last season. He was optioned to AAA on April 29th, where he allowed 34 earned runs in 31.0 innings before getting shut down and sent to Maryvale to try and sort things out.

After about a three week hiatus, Jungmann reported to AA Biloxi on June 30th and proceeded to earn his way back to the big leagues. Jungmann wound up making 13 starts for the Shuckers, posting a 2.51 ERA and 2.91 FIP to go along with marks of 9.68 K/9 and 4.18 BB/9 in 75.1 innings pitched.

Jungmann was among the several players who were called up after the minor league seasons were completed and he’s tossed two perfect innings with two strikeouts out of the bullpen. He will have one, perhaps two chances this season to re-enter him name in the starting rotation conversation for next season, otherwise the soon-to-be 27 year old could theoretically find his roster spot in danger this winter with what looks to be a crunch on the 40 man.

Starting Lineups

Reds Brewers
1. Jose Peraza (SS)
2. Scott Schebler (CF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Brandon Phillips (2B)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Hernan Iribarren (RF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Dan Straily (P)
1. Jonathan Villar (3B)
2. Scooter Gennett (2B)
3. Ryan Braun (LF)
4. Chris Carter (1B)
5. Domingo Santana (RF)
6. Manny Pina (C)
7. Orlando Arcia (SS)
8. Michael Reed (CF)
9. Taylor Jungmann (P)

Peraza Fever

peraza

Jose Peraza continues to tear it up for the good guys. He is now hitting .327/.349/.423 on the season. Doug Gray wrote a great piece earlier today over on his site about how the Reds have to find a place for him to play in 2017. I couldn’t’ agree more.

Vin

vin

The greatest broadcaster of all-time was honored last night at Dodgers Stadium. Vin Scully will be calling it a 67 year career following the Dodgers season (he will do at least some of the postseason!). One of the best things about moving away from Cincinnati three years ago was that it forced me to get MLB.tv. I started putting on Dodgers games and falling asleep to them. Scully is the absolute best, and his humility is so infections.

Scully gave a really wonderful speech last night, and you are required to click here and watch it this second. Kevin Costner also gave a really nice tribute speech.

Conclusion 

The Reds should stop losing. That’s no fun. Go Reds!

5 thoughts on “Reds at Brewers – September 24, 2016

  1. Did you see it? As that home run was leaving the field, I could almost see Votto mouthing the words “Triple-play THIS.”

  2. Smart baserunning by Duval on the steal of 3rd. Enabled him to score on the infield chop. 3-1 Reds

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