Game Thread

Reds vs. Giants — May 11th, 2017

The Reds start a seven game road trip tonight, with the first of four against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Fresh off a three-game sweep at GABP last weekend, the Reds will try to obliterate the Giants once again.

While the Reds were splitting a two-game series with the Yankees, the Giants narrowly avoided a second straight three game sweep against the Mets, winning the final game by scoring four runs in the ninth inning Wednesday.

These two teams are on complete opposite sides in the standings right now. While the Reds are 8-2 in their last 10 games and just a game behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central, the Giants are one of the worst teams in the National League. The biggest difference between the Giants and the Reds is offense. While the Reds are second in the NL in offense, the Giants are 13th out of 15 in the league.

Starting Pitchers

PITCHER IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Bronson Arroyo 30.1 6.53 4.79 16.7% 7.6%
Ty Blach 20.2 5.66 5.69 5.5% 7.7%

Arroyo is coming off one of his better performances of the season against these Giants last Friday night. He allowed three runs, two of them earned, with five hits and one walk, and striking out four in 5.1 innings. He also benefited from some significant offense, as the Reds scored 13 runs.

Blach was a fifth round pick in 2012 for the Giants. This is his first full season in the majors; and he’s had his struggles this season. In his most recent start against the Reds, he allowed 10 runs, eight earned on 11 hits in just three innings. He walked one and didn’t strike out a batter, which seems to be his problem. His K% is just 5.5% thus far this season. He doesn’t have a pitch he can go to get batters out.

Bullpen

With the day off yesterday, the Reds bullpen should be well rested to start this series. No reliever pitched more than two innings against the Yankees. Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias both pitched two innings in Tuesday’s win, but my guess is that both will be available to pitch at least an inning tonight if needed.

The Giants, on the other hand, can’t say the same. Matt Cain went only five innings Wednesday, and four relievers combined for four innings. It’s not in the worst shape, but because of the off day, the Reds do have a better rested bullpen.

Lineup

Reds                                                                Giants

1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Jose Peraza (2B)
8. Devin Mesoraco (C)
9. Bronson Arroyo (P)
1. Denard Span (CF)
2. Brandon Belt (1B)
3. Hunter Pence (RF)
4. Brandon Crawford (SS)
5. Christian Arroyo (3B)
6. Joe Panik (2B)
7. Eduardo Nunez (LF)
8. Nick Hundley (C)
9. Ty Blach (P)

As Billy Hamilton goes, so do the Reds bats. And Hamilton is on a roll right now. His numbers aren’t as where you’d like to see them, but they have drastically improved in the last week. His OBP is up to .306 and he’s scored at least one run in each of the last 10 games.

Buster Posey is the Giants best hitter, with a .367/.446/.561 slash line and an OPS of 1.008.But don’t count out the rookie Christian Arroyo either. He’s coming off a 2-for-5 day with three RBI, including the go-ahead double in the ninth inning to snap the Giants five game losing streak.

News and Notes

Final Thoughts

The Reds bats were able to feast off Giants pitching last weekend, outscoring San Francisco 31-5. It will be interesting to see how both the Reds and Giants adjust to each other’s pitching given the two teams played each other one week ago. 

Meanwhile, the Reds have decided to form a bowling team. Joey Votto is the best part of this photo, followed closely by Scooter Gennett.

67 thoughts on “Reds vs. Giants — May 11th, 2017

  1. The pressure is on you Ashley to followup on the sweep from last week.

    Could this be the series when Hamilton smacks his first round-tripper that doesn’t leave the yard?! Shoot let’s be greedy and make that 1 in each game.

  2. As Billy Hamilton goes, so do the Reds bats. And Hamilton is on a roll right now. His numbers aren’t as where you’d like to see them, but they have drastically improved in the last week.

    You aren’t kidding. Since the calendar turned to May, Billy has put up this line:

    .400 OBP, .610SLG, 1.010OPS, .341AVG

    To say he’s on a roll is an understatement.

  3. Reds After Dark.

    Good guys with winning record.
    Opponent currently in that Braves/Padres section of standings (shudders with recent flashbacks).

    Laissez les bons temps rouler.

    • The ball was hit at 101mph with a decent trajectory, but StatCast claims it only went 339 ft. Silly San Fran!

  4. 9th HR allowed by Arroyo, in almost 36 innings. Yuck. Luckily they are solo shots (2) so far tonight.

  5. 6 pitches 3 outs. Ok so Steve will say the Giants offense is terrible. I’ll look at the glass half full and say Bronson’s 68 mph off speed pitches is messing with the the batters minds. Players these days train to hit 95 mph nastiness not 68 mph powder puff balls. Bronson keeps this up he can pitch into his 50’s for the Reds.

    • did not like pulling him after 6, long 4 game series and you might burn through your bullpen unnecesarrily

      • I have no worries with it. Louisville is close. We have plenty of pitching depth. Close game you got to go with your big arms. Tomorrow will worry about itself.

  6. Suarez is pulling his head….not locked in like he was? I hope he gets it together because we’re going to need to keep putting up big offense to win with this starting pitching!

    • Brantley said he noticed that his bat position in now pointed more towards the pitcher than earlier in the year, while taking his stance. Which of course means, it takes longer to get to the ball.

  7. Reflect on Billy Hamilton and that Scooter triple for a moment:

    If Billy had been in the field for that hit, I’m 90% certain he makes that catch.

    If Billy had been hitting, I’m 90% certain he scores on that (if he runs hard out of the box).

    We really need to remember what a special player we have on our hands.

    • most CF would have had that playing where Span was, terrible play, Billy would have been in 50 or so more feet and still made the play

  8. Scooter is my every day second baseman and Zach Cozart is my every day SS. To heck with age and to heck with what defines a prospect or not. These 2 are the best players are their respective positions on this team.

    • Scooter is fine doing what he is doing, gotta find out out if Peraza is an every day player, in my opinion do not let a bunch of hitters over- achieving for a month cloud the vision for a rebuild, and sell high on Cozart

      • WE do not have a bonafide SS ready in our system. Zach will still be at least serviceable in 3 years might as well sign him to a 3 year contract and let the coddle demanding, confidence shaken children stay wearing diapers down on the farm. 2B…. sure as soon as someone can out perform Scooter let them earn that right.

        • Simon: Your definition of learning is extraordinarily harsh. You can throw young players who aren’t ready fror the bigs into the fire if you like, but very few of them will realize their potential.

      • How bad of a fielder is Gennett, he was so authoritative on that pop-up and looked like the stereotyped nerd little leaguer trying to make a play

  9. Tom finally hit on something!! It took 8 years or so but he’s right

    “Peralta has starter’s stuff” The guy is electric and we need starters!

    • He was a starter in 2015 so its not like its a big stretch! Why they want the weaker arms eating up the most innings I have no idea?

      • because it is better to save the good arms for high leverage situations. Apparently anyone can start. Might as well save the real talent for when the game is on the line.

        • I get that but the other guys know that too….and if you’re down 4-2 in the 7th in the playoffs then their high leverage studs go to work on you!

          • We can argue what to do in the playoffs…. when we are in the playoffs. Stretch out your best arms in September. Poor small market teams like the Reds need to think differently instead of paying guys 30 million to play once a week. better to pay 3 guys 10 million a year and they can pitch 3 times a week at 2 innings a pop. Math works in favor of the Reds.

      • We can agree to disagree…but he throws hard and has multiple pitches. His change is awesome! He could be a Francisco Liriano with control!! We need starting pitching and we’re never going anywhere without it!

        • I have higher confidence in the decision making of whoever is deciding the fate of these arms. I kind of think they know what they are doing and I think it is really easy to sit back and second guess their every decision.

    • that kind of call is … the umpire needing to wear depends instead of needing to rush to the nearest bathroom

  10. Schebler 0-4 vs lefties tonite. I’m pretty sure he was under .200 last year vs lefties as well. I’d put Alcantara out there since Kivlehan fields like I do in softball! Alcantara has real talent…they need to play him more anyway!

  11. Baseball America just updated top 100 prospect rankings… nick Senzel is #6 overall.Amir Garrett #63.
    Rockies have 7.

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