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.
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.
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.
|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.
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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.