The Cincinnati Reds (9-8) will host the Chicago Cubs (9-7) today at 1:10. The Reds lost a heartbreak last night, 6-5 in 11 innings. The Reds have now lost six of their last eight games. The Reds have now fallen to second place in the NL Central, a half game behind the Cubs.
Cody Reed will be making his first start of the season. Reed has been absolutely terrific in relief. He has not allowed a hit in 8.0 innings, spanning over four games. Reed is projected to put up a 4.41 ERA in 2017 by ZiPS, with 8.57 K/9, 3.07 BB/9, and 1.44 HR/9. Reed is going to strike out batters, and doesn’t have a major concern of walks. The biggest problem is pitch location in the zone, and keeping the home runs down.
Reed was hit hard by the Cubs in two starts a season ago: 8.0 IP, 14 H, 15 R, 11 ER, 5 HR, 3 BB, 7 K. Bryant, Rizzo, Contreras, Baez, and Almora all have homers against Reed.
Jake Arrieta had a “down year” last season following his 2015 NL Cy Young winning season, but still posted a 3.10 ERA/3.52 FIP. Arrieta has a career 3.47 ERA in 7 career starts against the Reds. Joey Votto has a home run against Arrieta, but everyone else on the Reds has struggled against him. We don’t want to talk about Arrieta’s start last April at GABP.
|1. Kyle Schwarber (LF)
2. Kris Bryant (3B)
3. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
4. Addison Russell (SS)
5. Willson Contreras (C)
6. Jason Heyward (RF)
7. Javier Baez (2B)
8. Jake Arrieta (P)
9. Albert Almora (CF)
|1. Jose Peraza (2B)
2. Scooter Gennett (RF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (CF)
7. Zack Cozart (SS)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Cody Reed (P)
Billy Hamilton gets the day off. Scott Schebler will make his first start in CF in 2017. Schebler played 133.0 innings in CF last year, and had -4 defensive runs saved. Scooter Gennett, who is hitting .273/.294/.606 in 34 PA gets the start in RF.
Reds GM on Redleg Nation Radio!
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) April 22, 2017
Reds GM Dick Williams was kind enough to join Chad Dotson on the latest edition of the Redleg Nation Radio podcast. I found it very interesting what Williams said about the reasoning behind putting Lorenzen, Reed, and Stephenson in the bullpen. To me, it makes perfect sense, and I like the plan. Chad also asked Williams about what Bryan Price has to do to keep his job, and Williams is excited about his young players position flexibility.
Other news and notes
Elias: Cubs have won 3 consecutive games after trailing by 3 of more runs in each for the 1st time since 7/24-26/29 against NYG and Phils
— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) April 22, 2017
Here's this. pic.twitter.com/iyfcv9B3eB
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 22, 2017
Price on keeping Lorenzen in to face Rizzo: "it's a second-guesser's delight if you like that sort of thing' https://t.co/3gm5yrzKYG
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) April 22, 2017
I am getting tired of all this losing, and especially tired of the Cubs. The Reds need to get a win today. Cody Reed has looked fantastic in the bullpen, now it is time to put it together in some big league starts. Go Reds!
All photos are used courtesy of the Sam Greene and the Cincinnati Enquirer, and are used by permission. All statistics are used courtesy of Fangraphs, Baseball-Reference, and ESPN Stats & Info.