Tonight opens a stretch of Reds games against teams whose records are worse than theirs. The Phillies, in fact, are tied with the Marlins for the worst record in the majors at 16-29. Their team ERA of 4.80 is worse than the Reds’ 4.70, and the bullpen has been a real problem for Manager Pete Mackanin (the former Reds interim manager). The Phils have blown nine of 15 save opportunities (or, 60 percent) this season. Reds fans who remember 2016 can empathize.
The starting pitching isn’t knocking down any doors either. Playing the Rockies at home in a four-game series earlier this week, the Phils were outscored over the first three games 23-5 before salvaging the final, 2-1, in extra innings.
Tonight’s game opens a nine-game stretch with three at Philly, three at Toronto and three at home against Atlanta – seemingly an opportunity to climb back to or even above the .500 mark. A possible obstacle is a starting pitching rotation that – for the second straight season – has six members on the disabled list: Bailey, DeSclafani, Garrett, Finnegan, Sal Romano and Nick Travieso. As a result, the list of Reds starting pitchers over the past three seasons is beginning to look a little like that list of Cleveland Browns starting quarterbacks in the past 20 years or so:
— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) May 19, 2017
You just never know what you’re going to get with Adleman. He has a track record of allowing three runs or less in the vast majority of his big-league starts. Manager Bryan Price would take that in a heartbeat tonight. Nola is the ace-in-waiting of the Phillies staff. He’s working his way back from a lower back strain that had him on the disabled list in April, and a UCL sprain that ended his 2016 season in July.
With the rainout-induced day off Thursday, it should be all hands on deck. Newcomer Jake Buchanan, who has a 3.75 ERA in 50 major league innings, will likely fill the long relief role if needed. Or, it could be Asher Wojciechowski. One of the two will likely start Tuesday in Amir Garrett’s spot. Price has not yet announced who it will be, likely wanting to wait a day or two to see what unfolds in long relief.
|CF Billy Hamilton||CF Odubel Herrera|
|SS Zack Cozart||2B Andres Blanco|
|1B Joey Votto||LF Aaron Altherr|
|LF Adam Duvall||1B Tommy Joseph|
|3B Eugenio Suarez||RF Michael Saunders|
|RF Scott Schebler||3B Maikel Franco|
|2B Jose Peraza||C Cameron Rupp|
|C Devin Mesoraco||SS Freddy Galvis|
|P Tim Adleman||P Aaron Nola|
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— MLB Jersey Numbers (@NumbersMLB) May 25, 2017
Joe Nuxhall’s and Tom Seaver’s number has been issued again.
Tom Mitsoff is a lifelong Reds fan who grew up in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio. He lived a teenage life atypical of most his age by prioritizing following the Reds. At one point in the 1970s and early 1980s, Tom kept complete scorecards on more than 1,000 consecutive Reds games. Now that adult life has forced him to move on from his beloved Southwest Ohio, he follows the Reds daily through MLB.TV and other online media sources, including Redleg Nation.