Game Thread

Reds vs Indians – May 22, 2017

The Cincinnati Reds (20-23) will play the first of four games against the defending AL champion Cleveland Indians (23-19). The first two games will be in Cincinnati today and tomorrow, and the last two games will be in Cleveland on Wednesday and Thursday.

The game on Thursday in Cleveland will be especially interesting. The Reds and Indians will start at 6:10, but the Cavs and Celtics will start Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at 8:30 in Boston (that game has the potential of sending the Cavs to the NBA Finals). The Cavs will be hosting a watch party right across the street at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Reds and Indians are off to very different starts to 2017. The Reds started the season 19-15, but have lost 8 of their last 9. The Indians, like the Cubs, started the season off slower than most, but are coming off a big sweep of the Astros in Houston over the weekend. The Astros, despite the sweep, still have the best record in the MLB. The Indians are currently tied with the surprising Twins for first place in the AL Central.

Reds Indians
OBP .331 (10th) .321 (17th)
SLG .450 (5th) .406 (18th)
wRC+ 102 (10th) 97 (15th)
DRS 16 (3rd) 8 (5th)
SP ERA 5.83 (30th) 4.98 (28th)
SP FIP 5.52 (30th) 3.97 (7th)
RP ERA 3.45 (8th) 1.82 (1st)
RP FIP 3.92 (13th) 2.63 (3rd)

Starting Pitchers

Scott Feldman was absolutely brilliant in two consecutive starts against the Giants (5/7 & 5/12), allowing just 2 ER in 16.0 IP. However, he got rocked in his last start on 5/17 against the Cubs: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. Feldman’s walks are up from his career number (2.88), but his K/9 and HR/9 are both improved. Since allowing 2 home runs on Opening Day, Feldman has allowed just 3 HR over his last 8 starts (45.2 IP).

Feldman has actually pitched in 15 career games against the Indians (6 starts), and has a 3.02 ERA in 53.2 IP (39 K, 10 BB). Feldman pitched two shutout innings in relief against the Indians last season.


You better come ready to swing against Josh Tomlin. His 0.89 BB/9 are the fewest in the AL (min 40.0 IP). Tomlin has always been really good at limiting walks, but is on another level so far this season. Tomlin is susceptible to the long ball, and his 1.86 HR/9 in 2016 was the third highest in baseball.

Tomlin has a career 4.55 ERA in 5 career starts against the Reds. However, he pitched very well in his lone start against the Reds a last season: 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. Votto has 2 HR against Tomlin.

Starting Lineups

Indians Reds
1. Jason Kipnis (2B)
2. Francisco Lindor (SS)
3. Michael Brantley (LF)
4. Carlos Santana (RF)
5. Edwin Encarnacion (1B)
6. Jose Ramirez (3B)
7. Lonnie Chisenhall (CF)
8. Yan Gomes (C)
9. Josh Tomlin (P)
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. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Scott Feldman (P)

The Indians are lead offensively by rising superstar Francisco Lindor, who reminds me so much of Barry Larkin. They have also got great contributions from Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall. Both Michael Brantley and Yan Gomes are having good starts to 2017 after being injured for most of 2016. Former Red, and big off-season acquisition Edwin Encarnacion is off to a slow start to 2017. Bradley Zimmer is the Indians top prospect, and was just called up last week.

News and Notes

Conclusion 

I live up here in Cleveland, so the Reds being successful over the next four days would be greatly to my benefit. I root for the Indians anytime other than when they play the Reds, mainly because my wife is from here and a die-hard fan. But despite that, these fun folks still give me grief about last year’s 13-1 beatdown (the game Steve Delebar walked four straight batters with the bases loaded). So, even more than usual……Go Reds!

103 thoughts on “Reds vs Indians – May 22, 2017

  1. Peraza with a great at bat resulting in a 7 pitch single.Man I would just love it if he could do that a couple of times a game.

    • Yep. And a well executed hit and run, a well done safety squeeze……..with this lineup and in this ballpark, homers will come, it’s nice to see them score this way with nice fundamentals

  2. Putting the ball in play with a guy on third usually is a good thing and that was a good thing.

  3. WOW!! Did our Reds actually just pull of what we saw? Clean hit-and-run plus a surprise safety squeeze? Way to chase the starter … which of course means we face THAT bullpen.

  4. Of course when you don’t put the ball in play with a guy on third then its a bad thing.That was a bad thing.

  5. Zach picks up Billy and the team with a big big two out two run single.

    • Maybe it will end soon but Zach looks like a different hitter than in the past. Evenwhen he had the occasional hot streak, you knew it was very temporary. Right now I’m not so sure.

  6. Try quick pitching Kipnis while he’s doing that goofy thing with his bat. He’s in the box.

  7. Lorenzen just has to make it interesting some times.He has great stuff though.

    • He has enough velocity and movement that he can mostly throw the fb and get weaker contact plus alot of ground balls when he’s on! Thats why I want him to start! He could get thru 6-7 innings and keep the pitch count under 100.

      • I think we’ll see him there … perhaps even later this season. He would have a pretty bright future as a member of the rotation.

  8. It seems like Duvall goes 1-4 with a single/rbi every game….no more and no less.

  9. Another 7 pitch inning for the other teams pitcher.Never took a strike.Took 4 balls and went out on the other 3 pitches.You would think one of our guys would take a strike just to see if he could throw one.

  10. INDY I agree with you about Lorenzen.He is just filthy at times with that fastball.

  11. Play of the game for me is the safety squeeze by AA … put a run across and set the table for another 2 eventually. Got to love it.

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