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The Reds had another great offensive showing last night in their series-opening win against the Baltimore Orioles. Be sure to catch up by reading Nick Kirby’s fantastic recap here. I’ll wait.
Good. Now you’re (hopefully) feeling fantastic ahead of tonight’s game. And for good reason! The Reds are in first place, and until that isn’t the case, I’ll be saying it every day.
Amir Garrett takes the mound for the Redlegs, looking to extend his string of phenomenal starts to kick off his major league career. The tall lefty has been nothing but great for the Reds, providing the team with some much needed stability out of the gate every fifth game. It’ll be interesting to see if Bryan Price will look to extend Garrett’s leash a little bit and let him eat some innings. He’ll need to repeat his stellar performance from the first two games in order to go deeper in the game, of course.
Ubaldo Jimenez has pitched 4.1 innings in both of his appearances thus far, and he’s earned five runs in each outing as well. His biggest problem in the young season has been keeping the ball in the park. His HR/FB ratio is an alarming 23.1%, well above the league average of 10%. This means roughly ¼ of fly balls hit against him have left the park this season. It’s a stat that takes a while to level out, but you can bet the Reds will look to capitalize on any mistake pitches Jimenez might throw up there.
|LF Trey Mancini (266 wRC+)||CF Billy Hamilton (61 wRC+)|
|CF Adam Jones (151 wRC+)||2B José Peraza (61 wRC+)|
|3B Manny Machado (75 wRC+)||1B Joey Votto (123 wRC+)|
|RF Mark Trumbo (63 wRC+)||LF Adam Duvall (148 wRC+)|
|1B Chris Davis (176 wRC+)||3B Eugenio Suarez (206 wRC+)|
|C Wellington Castillo (114 wRC+)||RF Scott Schebler (116 wRC+)|
|2B Jonathan Schoop (123 wRC+)||SS Zack Cozart (216 wRC+)|
|SS J.J. Hardy (66 wRC+)||C Tucker Barnhart (84 wRC+)|
|P Ubaldo Jimenez (4.93 xFIP)||P Amir Garrett (3.69 xFIP)|
The Orioles will switch things up a bit for the second game in this series. Rookie baseball killer Trey Mancini will replace Seth Smith both in Left Field and in the leadoff position. The other move of note is the flip-flopping of Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis from last night’s lineup, most likely due to Amir Garrett throwing the ball with his left hand. It’s little tweaks like this that the Reds have rarely had in their every day lineup, but American League teams seem to feature frequently.
For the Reds, the song remains the same. The Red-hot Eugenio Suarez is back in the lineup after missing last night with a sore neck; he’ll play third base and bat fifth. Here’s to hoping he just slept on it wrong, but hopefully not as incorrectly as Dilson Herrera.
News and Notes
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 19, 2017
#Reds bullpen has allowed just 1 of their 14 inherited runners to score. That’s 7.1% to you and me. Lowest percentage in the Majors.
— Jamie Ramsey (@Jamieblog) April 19, 2017
The latest episode of the Reds Beat Podcast is contained within, along with minor-league updates and other fun stuffhttps://t.co/OxC2OH61rk
— Zach Buchanan (@ZachENQ) April 19, 2017
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) April 19, 2017
The Reds were fun to watch again last night, as they have been often in 2017. As I mentioned yesterday, a series win against Baltimore, a team many view as a top-tier team in the AL, will say a lot about who this Reds team is, and what they’re capable of. It’s early in the season, but eventually it won’t be, and if we keep talking about this team the way we have been over the past few weeks, we could have something special and unexpected on our hands.