If Monday night’s game could be labeled as ‘fun’, Tuesday night’s game was the exact opposite. As Steve Mancuso wrote in his game recap, most of the damage done by the Pirates was the fault of players not involved in the future of the Reds. It’s a tough pill to swallow, but that’s all in the past now. The Reds will look to turn things around tonight in the pursuit of a series victory against the Pirates.
This is the second time in 2017 these two pitchers have squared off against each other, the other game having been played on 4/11. The result of that game was a 6-2 Reds victory.
To say Rookie Davis has struggled in his debut would be an understatement. His best start in the season was the aforementioned previous Taillon matchup, in which Rookie went 4 innings, gave up four walks, struck out three, and let only 1 earned run score. As you can probably gather by the ERA, the other two starts were a lot worse than that. Davis only allowed two hits in that game against Pittsburgh, however, so the young pitcher will look to regain that form for tonight’s game, with a little bit better pitch efficiency.
Jameson Taillon has been the anti-Tyler Glasnow. Both Pirate pitchers were highly touted as prospects, but Taillon is having the better start to his major league career. After putting up a 3.71 FIP in 104 innings last season, Taillon is pretty much doing the same thing this year with an xFIP of 3.77 for 2017. His K-BB% of 9.6% is way down from last year’s 16.3%, but it hasn’t been a huge issue for him in most of the games he’s pitched. He gave up 2 runs on 4 hits through 6.0 innings in his last matchup against Rookie Davis and the Reds.
|3B Josh Harrison (144 wRC+)||CF Billy Hamilton (40 wRC+)|
|RF John Jaso (58 wRC+)||SS Zack Cozart (158 wRC+)|
|CF Andrew McCutchen (101 wRC+)||1B Joey Votto (135 wRC+)|
|LF Gregory Polanco (75 wRC+)||LF Adam Duvall (118 wRC+)|
|1B Josh Bell (103 wRC+)||3B Eugenio Suarez (158 wRC+)|
|C Elias Diaz (95 wRC+)||RF Scott Schebler (120 wRC+)|
|SS Jordy Mercer (63 wRC+)||2B Jose Peraza (37 wRC+)|
|2B Gift Ngoepe (228 wRC+)||C Devin Mesoraco (46 wRC+)|
|P Jameson Taillon (3.77 xFIP)||P Rookie Davis (5.41 xFIP)|
The Reds send out the same lineup for the second straight game, and they’ll hope the starting nine play a little better tonight. The middle of the lineup remains hot, with a surging Joey Votto heading up that group. The two speedsters in the lineup both continue to struggle, with only one hit and one walk in 8 plate appearances between Billy Hamilton and Jose Peraza last night. They weren’t the only problems for the Reds last night, but neither of them were much help.
We’ll get our first look at Gift Ngoepe tonight, as he’ll start the game at second base. He’s been pretty effective in the playing time he’s received since being the first African-born player to make his major league debut. He’s hitting .455/.600/.636 through his first 15 Plate Appearances. We’ll see if the Reds can stymie his hot start tonight.
News and Notes
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) May 3, 2017
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) May 3, 2017
Podcast w/ Reds’ Amir Garrett: https://t.co/fn3G0ksdWm About the simple mental adjustment that helped him; the teammates who best at hoops.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 3, 2017
Lowest ERA at GABP, min 10 starts:
Dan Straily 2.96
Johnny Cueto 2.98
Mat Latos 3.03
Raisel Iglesias 3.09
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) May 3, 2017
You never like to watch games like last night’s game. Not much to say or learn from the game, other than this is what we can expect from a team this young. Some of them aren’t quite ready for the big time, and so we need to fill their spots with warm bodies every once in a while to put a halfway major league ready team on the field. Last night was a result of those warm bodies cooling off a bit. Things will get better, and hopefully that starts tonight. Go Reds!