2017 Reds

Reds At Pirates – April 10, 2017

While we savored the Reds Sunday and series victory in St Louis, the Reds (4-2) travelled eastward to Pittsburgh. Tonight at 7:05 EDT they open a three game series with Pirates (3-2) who are fresh off a weekend sweep of the Braves capped by a 10th inning walk off win Sunday.

What’s up with the Pirates…..

The Pirates are looking to get back to the playoffs in 2017 after missing out last year, ending a three year run of wildcard appearances.  In Redleg Nation’s  Pirates preview , Nick Carrington detailed that the Pirates should  have plenty of offense but have significant unanswered pitching questions and are likely at best fringe contenders. The most notable change for the Pirates is the juggling their defensive outfield setup. In a case of same faces in different places,  Andrew McCutchen moved to right field, Starling Marte is in center field, and Gregory Polanco plays  left field.

Starting Pitchers


Lefthander Brandon Finnegan will make his second start of 2017 for the Reds. Finnegan was very impressive in his first outing of 2107 pitching 7 scoreless innings. He allowed just 1 hit, striking out 9 batters while walking only 1.  Given Finnegan’s control issues in 2016, Reds fan hope that type of strikeout to base on balls ratio is indicative of  what we will see from Finnegan on a regular basis throughout 2017.


Tyler Glasnow, a 23 year old righthander who still carries rookie status will make his first start of 2017 and fourth overall MLB start for the Pirates.  MLBPipeline.com rates Glasnow as the the top right handed pitching prospect in all of baseball for 2017.  Look for a mid 90’s live fastball  and a big but sometimes erratic curve from Glasnow.  Over his minor league career Glasnow averaged more than 10 strikeouts per 9 innings at all levels. On the other side of the coin, he walked batters at a rate of around 5 per 9 innings.

Possibly Fake Numbers….

For what it is worth (or not) at this point in the season, here’s some ZIPS 2017 projected numbers for tonight’s starters:

PITCHER Projected 2017 FIP Projected HR/9 Projected BB/9 Projected K/9
Tyler Glasnow 3.79 0.81 5.08 10.74
Brandon Finnegan 4.55 1.37 3.45 8.212

Not that it couldn’t be said of most MLB Games; but, the guy  who pitches closest to his strikeout numbers while avoiding walks will probably position his team to have the better chance of winning.


Both bullpens appear to be in good shape coming into the series.

Neither Michael Lorenzen nor Raisel Iglesias pitched for the Reds on Sunday. Blake wood pitched 2 innings and could have limited availability tonight.

The Pirates closer Tony Watson was not used on Sunday despite the tight game which extended into a 10th inning. The Pirates bullpen innings during their weekend series with the Braves were well distributed; Clint Hurdle should have a full deck if needed.

Starting Lineups


1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Scooter Gennett (2B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Brandon Finnegan (P)


1. Jordy Mercer (SS)
2. Starling Marte (CF)
3. Andrew McCutchen (RF)
4. Gregory Polanco (LF)
5. David Freese (3B)
6. Francisco Cervelli (C)
7. Josh Bell (1B)
8. Adam Frazier (2B)
9. Tyler Glasnow (P)

UPDATE: Zack Cozart has been scratched with a “sore wrist”. Scooter Gennett takes his place in the lineup (7th). Gennett will play at 2B in the field with Jose Peraza moving to SS.

Final thoughts

Tonight’s game features two highly touted young pitchers who strike out a lot of batters but also walk a lot of batters. It would figure that at least one of them will walk his way into trouble and then get burned by a timely  well sequenced hit or two which turns the game against his team. So, now watch them both go out throw gems.

And good luck seeing this one to those of us who’ve been getting warnings from Fox Sports Ohio that our friendly cable company may be about to drop Fox Sports Ohio at any time.



126 thoughts on “Reds At Pirates – April 10, 2017

  1. I know it’s early but the Red’s offense just feels better to watch this year so far. Last year it was like “Oh, Votto is up.. AB over.. okay can pay less attention now..” This year it’s been hard not to keep tuning in to watch guys mash the ball.

  2. Youngsters showing off their skills.Its all about getting it done when you get a chance.Finny didn’t have it but his teammates are picking him up.

  3. The Nats are 15 for 30 off St. Louis tonite…lol. I think the Cards are in deep doodoo this year….and I love it!!!

    • He has looked completely nasty coming out of the pen this year, wow. Throwing high heat and just daring the Pirates to hit it.

  4. Pass the Kool-Aid please.Reed just struck out the side in the eighth.That’s 18 in a row with 7k’s for him and Lorenzen.

  5. is Reed going back out for the 9th, I think he gets a save no matter what if he finishes with a lead but am not clear on the rules. I thought it was 3 innings to finish the game qualifies.

  6. WOW WOW WOW.What a dominating performance by the pen.Twenty one in a row with 9K’s.

  7. Great bullpen day. Miracle they finished that while keeping lot of arms fresh for tomorrow. Great management by Price today, and superb job by Lorenzen and Reed. Still have Wood/Storen/Iglesias tomorrow if needed.

  8. Can I just say that even if it’s just for a week or so, the “I can’t wait for tonight’s game!” feeling with baseball is so special. I love it when it lasts for a whole summer, but I’ll take it for every day that it’s offered this year. #hope #foraslongasitlasts

    • Agree, but with the Columbus Blue Jackets having had such a great season, I’m feeling a bit conflicted as they are about to begin their 1st round Stanley Cup playoff series.
      If I have the option to do so, I’ll probably being watching the CBJ live and recording the Reds to review later.

      Of course if Spectrum/ TWC and Fox Sports don’t settle their contract squabble, I might not be watching either ;-(

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