The Cincinnati Reds (21-23) finally got a win over the Cleveland Indians (23-20). The Reds had lost six straight games to the Tribe prior to a 5-1 win last evening. Scott Feldman was brilliant, and he needed to be against the defending AL champs lineup. Tonight, the Reds will turn to rookie Amir Garrett, who will be looking to get back on track.
Amir Garrett‘s 2017 numbers are bit misleading. It’s hard to believe that a pitcher with a 5.18 ERA has actually had a quality start in 5 of his 7 starts. In those five starts quality starts, Garrett has a 2.24 ERA with 27 K, 10 BB, and 3 HR in 32.2 IP. The other two starts, Garrett has got beat around (at MIL, at CHC): 7.1 IP, 15 ER, 6 K, 8 BB, 5 HR.
The good news for Garrett is that the Indians struggle against LHP. The Indians team 83 wRC+ vs LHP ranks 24th in the MLB.
Carlos Carrasco might be one of the more underrated pitchers in baseball. Since the start of 2014, Carrasco’s 11.7 fWAR ranks 17th best in the MLB. The three pitchers directly behind Carrasco are Cole Hammels, Gerrit Cole, and Noah Syndergaard. Over that same span, Carrasco’s 3.02 FIP is the 9th best among qualifying pitchers.
Carrasco had to leave his last start on 5/15 because of pectoral tightness. He also missed the end of last season, including the Indians run to the World Series because of a fracture in his pitching hand.
Carrasco has made 4 career appearances (3 starts) against the Reds, but the last came in 2015. He has a 4.09 ERA with 21 K and 5 BB in 22.0 IP.
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Can Schebler do it again?
Scott Schebler has homered in three consecutive games. Can he do it again? Schebler is on pace for 48 home runs. Yes, 48 home runs! I think most of Reds fans thought we would be livid if anyone was holding Winker down at AAA. Well, Schebler has been good enough to do just that, and do it without most of the Reds faithful being upset about Winker being stuck at AAA.
Joey Votto 1, Indians fan 0
Votto apparently had some fun with some Indians fans that were heckling him on Monday evening. Enjoy.
The Reds have Amir Garrett on the mound, and are a win away from a quick two-game sweep of the defending AL champs in the Queen City. The Indians struggle against LHP, and this just might be the night he puts together a really good start. Go Reds!
All photos are used courtesy of Kareem Elgazzar and the Cincinnati Enquirer, and are used by permission. All statistics are used courtesy of Fangraphs, ESPN Stats & Info, and Baseball-Reference.