Game Thread

Reds vs. Brewers — April 15, 2017

The Reds are on a two-game losing streak and the last two days have been fairly ugly, but the good news is they’re still in first place in the NL Central with a 7-4 record. They’ll look to maintain the division lead at 1:10 p.m. as they try to avoid their first series loss of the season to the Brewers (6-5).

Starting Pitchers

Pitchers IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Zach Davies
9.1
10.61
5.56
14.3%
12.2%
Brandon Finnegan
9.0
1.00
2.76
34.2%
15.8%

Zach Davies is a former 26th round pick of the Orioles in 2011. He was traded to the Brewers in 2015 for outfielder Gerardo Parra and debuted later that year. Last year, his first full season, he quietly put up solid numbers, posting a 3.97 ERA, 3.94 xFIP, and 4.06 SIERA. Davies’ sophomore campaign is off to a rough start, however. He’s allowed more earned runs (11) than innings pitched and has nearly as many walks as strikeouts. The 24-year-old showed excellent control in his first full season (5.6 BB%), so you have to think he’ll improve as the season moves along.

Given that he pitches in the same division, the Reds have seen quite a bit of the right-hander already. Adam Duvall (5-for-14, 2B, HR), Joey Votto (5-for-12, HR), and Billy Hamilton (4-for-8, 3B) have had good success against him. Jose Peraza also has one of his three career home runs against Davies.


Opposing Davies will be another young pitcher in Brandon Finnegan. Although he still possesses a nice, shiny ERA, the Reds southpaw is coming off an erratic showing against the Pirates on Monday. The 23-year-old lasted only two innings in the game, throwing 69 pitches and walking five batters, the last of which was with the bases loaded. He wound up allowing only that run after Michael Lorenzen escaped the jam, but it was a definite step back from his masterful outing on Opening Night. Finnegan’s future looks bright; it’s just a matter of finding consistency at this point.

Lineups

Brewers Reds
1. Jonathan Villar (2B) 1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Eric Thames (1B) 2. Jose Peraza (2B)
3. Ryan Braun (LF) 3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Domingo Santana (RF) 4. Scott Schebler (RF)
5. Hernan Perez (3B) 5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Keon Broxton (CF) 6. Scooter Gennett (LF)
7. Jett Bandy (C) 7. Zack Cozart (SS)
8. Orlando Arcia (SS) 8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Zach Davies (P) 9. Brandon Finnegan (P)

Scott Schebler and Tucker Barnhart are back in the lineup this afternoon, but Adam Duvall is getting a day off for the first time this year. Curiously, Bryan Price chose to start Scooter Gennett in left field instead of Jesse Winker. Keep in mind that Gennett has never played left field in any professional game, majors or minors, except in spring training. Assuming Winker goes back to Triple-A tomorrow when Sal Romano is called up, it’s difficult to understand why they brought him up in the first place if he wasn’t going to play. Ultimately, two days of service time won’t hurt anything, but it’s a strange move by the Reds nonetheless.

News and Notes

A Devin Mesoraco update:

A Homer Bailey update:

It’s also Jackie Robinson Day, which is always a cool celebration each year.

Not much other news before today’s game. It is Cody Reed’s 24th birthday, though!

Stat of the Day

I posted this in the comments of yesterday’s preview, but it bears repeating for those who didn’t see it. Zack Cozart has started the last three seasons on fire at the plate. This year, he’s leading the NL in batting average (.467), ranks second in on-base percentage (.514), and sits in third in slugging percentage (.767) through 35 plate appearances. He’s also tied for the MLB lead in fWAR (0.8) and trails only David Freese in wRC+ (233). Over the last three seasons, he’s batting .342/.367/.565 with 25 runs, 14 doubles, three triples, and seven home runs in April.

Final Thoughts

The Reds are on a losing streak for the first time this season. They could really use a good outing from Finnegan after a poor start from Bronson Arroyo on Thursday and a so-so showing from Scott Feldman on Friday. Reds starters have only pitched six or more innings five times through the first 11 games, and the bullpen has been heavily worked. The offense could use a jolt, as well, after scoring only five runs in the first two games of the series. Let’s see if they can break out of their mini-slump today.

126 thoughts on “Reds vs. Brewers — April 15, 2017

  1. He is a big dude but we may need to try something a little different because he can hit a fastball.

  2. Wiggled off the hook there. I have a feeling that 6 runs will not be enough to win this game.

  3. I have never been to the stadium because I live in New York. Tell me is it impossible to hit that toyota sign and win that truck? Has anyone ever been close? Dunn?

  4. Martinez had 11K’s and 8 BB’s in 5.1 IP for the Cardinals today. 118 pitches

  5. Storen and Lorenzen shut the door, and stopped the mini losing streak. Good win (as all wins are). Hopefully Finnegan not out too long. Arroyo might have just got some job security

  6. Now that Finnagan has a torn or strained Lat, he goes to the 60 day d l? I hope Sal Romano pitches six or seven innings tomorrow. Maybe he stays up to replace Finnagan.

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