Tonight, the Reds will be looking to follow up on last night’s success versus the Pirates in game 2 of this 3 game series. A win tonight for the Reds would advance their record to 6-2 and clinch the series marking their third consecutive series win.
Before we talk more about tonight, how about one more shout out for Bryan Price’s handling of his pitching in the series opener? Bringing in Michael Lorenzen to relieve Brandon Finnegan with the bases loaded and no outs in the 3rd inning was likely a game saver. Recall when we used to lament the lack of urgency reflected by the Reds game management tactics? No lamentations this time around from me. In fact, give me more of the same.
Righthander Rookie Davis makes his second start of the season for the Reds. Davis’ first start, his MLB premiere, did not go all that well. He lasted just 3 innings, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits (2 HRs) and 2 walks. But first times exist to get beyond; and, at least the Reds eventually won the game. Nonetheless Davis probably needs do better in this second start if wants to stay in the Reds rotation.
The Pirates starter is righthander Jameson Taillon. Taillon is one of the Pirates young pitching lions. He was the #2 overall pick in the 2010 draft. He made his MLB debut in June of 2016 and went on to post 1.7 fWAR in 18 starts through the end of the season. In his first 2017 start, Taillon pitched 7 scoreless innings versus the Red Sox at Fenway Park, allowing 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 6.
It feels a lot comparing apples and oranges; but, here are some ZIPS 2017 projections for Davis and Taillon:
|PITCHER||Projected 2017 FIP||Projected HR/9||Projected BB/9||Projected K/9|
Micheal Lorenzen and Cody Reed both pitched 3 innings Monday and figure to be unavailable tonight for the Reds. If the Reds need a longman, some combination of Robert Stephenson, Blake Wood, and Tony Cingrani seems likely to be employed. Unless Bryan Price has totally thrown “the book” away (we can dream can’t we?), he will be looking to get to at least the 8th inning with a lead before calling on Raisel Iglesias.
Thanks to Wade LeBanc’s stellar longman stint on Monday, the Pirates bullpen looks to be in good shape unless Taillon runs into very early very big trouble.
|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. Rookie Davis (P)
|1. Starling Marte (CF)
2. Josh Bell (1B)
3. Andrew McCutchen (RF)
4. Gregory Polanco (LF)
5. David Freese (3B)
6. Francisco Cervelli (C)
7. Josh Harrison (2B)
8. Jordy Mercer (SS)
9. Jameson Taillon (P)
Note that Zack Cozart is still out of the lineup after being a late scratch Monday due to a “sore wrist”. I’ve not found anything further about this injury.
The Reds need Rookie Davis to give them some innings tonight. If Davis were a veteran, he probably would be advised he was on the mound for 5 or 6 innings come what may. Watch what Bryan Price does if Davis is having a rough go or even doing reasonably as far as results but runs up a high pitch count early on. If Davis is pulled early, the Reds likely will need to call up reinforcements for the bullpen since they do not have an off day until Monday.
Today is supposedly the crunch day in the contract squabble between Fox and Spectrum/ TWC cable. As of about an hour ago, Fox Sports Ohio was still working. Wish me luck at least through tonight’s game.