It took extra innings, but the Reds were able to take game one of this home stand against the Pirates in their 4-3 win last night. It’ll be the same time, same place tonight for Game 2: 7:10 PM at Great American Ballpark.
Although not quite this year’s version of Dan Straily, Scott Feldman has been off to a pretty decent start in his Reds career. He’s certainly a reliable arm on a pitching staff that doesn’t feature much reliability at this point. He’s been the Reds most valuable pitcher so far this season, a combination of his ability to go somewhat deep into games and his aptitude for not letting games get out of hand while he’s on the mound. The numbers suggest he may be due for some regression, but even a 4.30 xFIP isn’t horrible by any means. He’ll look to improve on his last outing, a 5 inning, 5 walk, 4 Earned Run appearance against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Tyler Glasnow has not gotten off to the best of starts in his Major League career. The young phenom only made it through 1.2 innings against the Reds in his debut, and things haven’t gotten much better for him since. Walks and pitch efficiency have been his major pain points thus far, walking almost a batter an inning so far in his career. He’s only pitched five innings once in a game so far, so the Reds will look to capitalize and should be as patient as possible at the plate tonight.
|3B Josh Harrison (139 wRC+)||CF Billy Hamilton (43 wRC+)|
|1B Josh Bell (116 wRC+)||SS Zack Cozart (159 wRC+)|
|CF Andrew McCutchen (107 wRC+)||1B Joey Votto (124 wRC+)|
|RF John Jaso (43 wRC+)||LF Adam Duvall (123 wRC+)|
|LF Jose Osuna (151 wRC+)||3B Eugenio Suarez (163 wRC+)|
|C Elias Diaz (121 wRC+)||RF Scott Schebler (130 wRC+)|
|2B Alen Hanson (17 wRC+)||2B Jose Peraza (37 wRC+)|
|SS Jordy Mercer (58 wRC+)||C Devin Mesoraco (113 wRC+)|
|P Tyler Glasnow (5.45 xFIP)||P Scott Feldman (4.30 xFIP)|
The Reds will roll out their best 9 tonight. Billy Hamilton will look to feed off the energy from last night and turn around his struggles to start the season. Zack Cozart and Eugenio Suarez will look to shrug off some recent regression and join Joey Votto, Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler in the ‘heating up’ section of the lineup. Devin Mesoraco makes his second start for the Reds this season after appearing as a pinch hitter in the last two outings.
Quite a few changes for the Pirates today. Top 100 Prospect Alen Hanson will get the nod at second today. His career is off to a bit of a slow start, with a 29 wRC+ over 55 Plate Appearances dating back to last season. Real life Pirate John Jaso is back in Right Field for Pittsburgh, Elias Diaz takes over behind the plate, and young first baseman Josh Bell will hit second, sending Jordy Mercer to the bottom of the lineup. Josh Harrison is back, and will try to hit two home runs tonight as well.
News and Notes
Last night was fun. 💯 pic.twitter.com/T8vCWVCyS1
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 2, 2017
— Cincinnati Magazine (@CincinnatiMag) May 2, 2017
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— Zach Buchanan (@ZachENQ) May 2, 2017
Last night was fun, but more importantly, it was a nice quality win. This team has shown early on that they won’t be giving up mid-way through games this season. Most of that is due to the bullpen, which (except for one pitch from Drew Storen) was phenomenal again last night. That quality relief pitching has to have a massive effect on the confidence of the offense, and probably takes a ton of pressure off of the starting pitching as well. Let’s hope all of this combines to a third straight win tonight.