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.
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.
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.
|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)
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.
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.
The Reds should stop losing. That’s no fun. 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.