Just when it looked like the Reds’ (25-28) losing streak would extend to four games without much of a fight, the team mounted a comeback against the Braves (22-30) on Friday night. After tying the game at two apiece in the bottom of the ninth inning, Devin Mesoraco sent the GABP crowd home happy by launching a walk-off home run into left-center field in the 10th inning.

The Reds will try to turn that into a winning streak when they take on the Braves for game two of the series this afternoon at 4:10 p.m. ET.

(Note: For those watching on TV, today’s contest is on Fox Sports 1 instead of Fox Sports Ohio.)

Starting Pitchers

R.A. Dickey 60.0 4.95 5.40 11.1% 10.7%
Scott Feldman 61.1 4.26 3.97 20.2% 8.7%

Some people scoffed when the Braves gave R.A. Dickey $7.5 million during the offseason — and for good reason. Since winning the NL Cy Young award in 2012 with the Mets, he’s consistently declined each year. There wasn’t much reason to think that trend would reverse for the knuckleballer this year, especially at age 42, and it hasn’t.

Serving an innings eater role a la Bronson Arroyo, Dickey is sporting the worst strikeout rate of his career and his worst walk rate since 2005. Of 86 qualified pitchers, only the Phillies’ Jeremy Hellickson has a worse K% and just six pitchers have a higher BB%. He’s had only one start in which he struck out more than four batters and has walked multiple hitters in nine of his 10 outings. His last start, which came against a subpar Giants offense, was his worst of the season, as he allowed seven runs (six earned) on six hits and five walks in six innings.

Here are Dickey’s numbers against current Reds hitters over his career (stats courtesy of Baseball Reference):

Inconsistent is the best word to describe Scott Feldman’s season to date. However, he’s still the most dependable starter in the Reds’ rotation right now. He’s coming off a poor performance in his last start (5 IP, 4 ER, 8 H vs. the Phillies), so if the trend holds, he’s in for a quality outing against Atlanta today.

The 34-year-old has been a bit of a different pitcher in his 13th season in the big leagues. He’s striking out hitters at a career-high rate but also walking more batters than ever. In addition, his ground-ball rate is down from his career numbers; it currently sits at 43.5 percent, while his career rate is 47.2 percent.

Here is how he has performed against current Braves hitters in his career:


Braves Reds
CF Ender Inciarte (98 wRC+) CF Billy Hamilton (65 wRC+)
2B Brandon Phillips (95 wRC+) SS Zack Cozart (166 wRC+)
RF Nick Markakis (97 wRC+) 1B Joey Votto (151 wRC+)
LF Matt Kemp (163 wRC+) LF Adam Duvall (120 wRC+)
1B Matt Adams (73 wRC+) 3B Eugenio Suarez (131 wRC+)
3B Adonis Garcia (69 wRC+) RF Scott Schebler (120 wRC+)
C Kurt Suzuki (118 wRC+) 2B Jose Peraza (65 wRC+)
SS Dansby Swanson (52 wRC+) C Devin Mesoraco (114 wRC+)
P R.A. Dickey (5.40 xFIP) P Scott Feldman (3.97 xFIP)

— The lineups are the mostly the same today, with only the catchers from last night’s game swapped out.

News and Notes

Final Thoughts

The Reds have a great opportunity to put some runs on the board today against a struggling pitcher with a tendency to give up the long ball (11 home runs in 60 innings). If the good Feldman shows up and the offense can send a few baseballs into the bleachers, which they’re pretty good at, you have to like their chances of winning this afternoon.

93 Responses

  1. vegastypo

    So who gets sent down when Garrett is activated? Jackson Stephens? Hope he enjoyed the per diem, because he has not been called on to pitch.

    • Jim Walker

      I’m poring over my summaries of the CBA to see if he qualifies for the healthcare coverage for life provision if he does not appear in a game. As nearly as I can determine the answer is yes. He qualified as soon as he spent one day on the active roster.

      • MrRed

        So what you’re saying is that Jackson hasn’t been inconvenienced by this call up. In fact, he may have been greatly benefitted. If so, good for him.

      • Jim Walker

        Yeah and the healthcare plan is no high deductible corner cutter either from what I’ve read of it.

      • Gary Davis

        If he has health insurance for life and it’s good, he got something out of his big league experience – even if he never makes it back.

    • gusnwally

      If the Babe did not make the list. It is a very stupid list.

      • CI3J

        It’s current athletes, and worldwide fame. So naturally, the majority are soccer players.

        But it does make a good point. Who is the “face” of baseball right now? Who is the Ken Griffey Jr., Mark McGuire, Derek Jeter, Barry Bonds of this generation? Who’s the guy that transcends the sport and gets on the cover of non-sports magazines?

        There are none.

      • Matt Wilkes

        I’d say Harper is probably the face of baseball right now. Trout is an all-time great, but playing on the west coast hurts him a bit in terms of visibility, I think.

      • CI3J

        Sure, you and I know who Harper and Trout are because we’re baseball fans. Stop a random person on the street and ask them, though, and you’ll likely get a blank stare.

        Go back to 2001 and ask people if they knew Griffey, McGwire, and/or Bonds, and I can promise you a much larger percentage would recognize them than would recognize any player in the game today.

      • Matt Wilkes

        Yeah, totally agree on that. Was just trying to think of a player a random person might be most likely to recognize.

  2. james garrett

    Good thing we are that inning had trouble written all over it.Feldman just nibbles way to much.

  3. james garrett

    If we show some patience we can get rid of Dickey early.He can mess with people though with that knuckle ball.

    • msanmoore

      Duvall showed some patience … let’s see if we can get out of the top half of 2 and see what Schebler can do.

  4. james garrett

    We didn’t and left two guys on.Dickey will walk a bunch if we let him.

  5. msanmoore

    Good conversation on the radio feed as they explain about the #4 jersey and some minor league pitchers.

    And then, of course, Billy does THAT!

  6. james garrett

    Mesoraco walks and our pitcher starts hacking on the first pitch.Dickey will walk himself into trouble if we let him.Show some patience guys.

    • msanmoore

      Billy tried … that last one was a strike no matter what. But he showed some patience.

  7. james garrett

    Feldman is living a charmed life so far.

    • msanmoore

      How long can he keep that up? Kemp leading off …

  8. msanmoore

    Kemp looked almost like Buckner chasing that ball.

  9. james garrett

    Suarez didn’t get the memo.First time he swings 2-0 after a walk and second time he swings 1-0 after a 4 pitch walk to Duvall.Both times weak contact with two runners on.

  10. james garrett

    The charmed life continues for Feldman.Gee he’s got grit if nothing else.

  11. msanmoore

    Another escape after some pathetic pitching. Figure 5 innings out of him or do we hope for 6 like we got from Bronson?

  12. james garrett

    Hope Price gets him out before its too late.He just doesn’t have anything to consistently get hitters out with and just like Bronson and Aldeman and others he can get bad really quickly.You almost need to have somebody warming up all the time once you get to the 4th or 5th inning.He just is what he is.

    • jazzmanbbfan

      Um, you hit the nail on the head. Went downhill fast, although the error didn’t help.

  13. james garrett

    Peraza homer,Mesoraco doubles then Feldman and Billy go out on 3 pitches.Somebody please tell Feldman not to swing just stand there please.

  14. Old-school

    Don’t laugh. Do you extend Feldman….2 years 10 million as a #5.

    • Old-school

      That error did hurt and then complete meltdown…Wow.

    • CI3J

      I cannot think of any circumstances where that makes sense for the Reds.

  15. james garrett

    You can see it coming.In fact he was lucky it didn’t happen earlier.He just isn’t a good pitcher.

  16. james garrett

    Once a fan and always a fan but its tough to watch these type of meltdowns.We saw it last year with our pen during the first half of the year.I know if as fans we can see it coming it must be really hard on the team.

  17. Redsfan4life

    Volquez has a no hitter through 7

  18. james garrett

    On a positive note.Duvall got the memo on Dickey walking a bunch of folks but Suarez in 3 at bats never took a strike.

    • musicclown

      You never know with the Reds though. They may put Gennett in LF and bring up a player who can play multi position for the bench.

  19. james garrett

    Cueto and Leake not getting it done today.Leake gave up a grand slam and Cueto is out after 6 in Philly.Make no mistake I would love to have both back

  20. renbutler

    I saw Schebler, but what happened to Hamilton?

    • musicclown

      I think Price just pulled Hamilton early. He’s been struggling a bit. My first thought was he would be given Sunday off also but not with Schebler getting hurt.

    • Matt Wilkes

      Had a couple diving plays earlier in the game. Might have hurt himself on one of those.

  21. james garrett

    Billy and Scott both out of the game.Hope nothing is wrong.OLD SCHOOL is that why you are calling for Winker?Peraza gets hit after he homers the last time up.There afraid of him now.

    • Old-school

      Yes…schebler is a power guy…violent swinger and a shoulder problem is a DL…I didn’t see Hamilton…but Winker is ultimate insurance outfield policy.

  22. james garrett

    Volquez has no hitter after 8 innings.Hoover in for Arizona hoping to give Marlins some more runs and is doing just fine so far.

    • magi210

      Congratulations Volquez on the no hitter.

  23. james garrett

    The Braves should not have hit Peraza because it woke the rest of the team up.

  24. james garrett

    Volquez with the no no.Congratulations Edison.

  25. msanmoore

    Hat tip to our old friend Edinson Volquez. 6th No-No for the Marlins and his first.

    I’ve got a friend who is a chaplain for the club. Wonder if he was at the game.

  26. msanmoore

    In the mean time, I stopped watching when we were behind and tuned in to see us tie it. Should I turn it off again or keep watching?

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I think because they were correct on the first one. When that happens, a team gets a second one.

  27. Old-school

    Michael lorenzen needs to start next year…he’s very very good. Build his innings…this team is getting closer and closer

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Today is his best pitching outing in quite awhile — 21 strikes in 25 pitches so far. I think he’ll hit leadoff — interesting to see if he will stay in and pitch the ninth.

    • Jim Walker

      only reason why not is if they know something about his arm health/ projected durability that apparently even he doesn’t know.

  28. magi210

    Strained left shoulders for Hamilton and Schebler.

    • Old-school

      Call up Winker…get both healthy and give both plenty of time…season of sorting.

  29. james garrett

    WOW.Looks like Winker may get a chance.

  30. james garrett

    I agree OLD SCHOOL and bring up Ervin also.Lets see what these guys have got.

  31. Old-school

    Cody reed
    4 IP 1 H 1BB 0R 5K

    Keep it up young man

  32. james garrett

    I agree again but Reed has nothing to prove at AAA he dominated down there.

    • Old-school

      Except Brian Price….he can make him look like an idiot for burying him in the bullpen.

  33. james garrett

    Suarez is due.End it right here.

  34. magi210

    Anyone watching that could say if Votto had a chance to score?

  35. james garrett

    Not watching but Joey is not a good baserunner any more sense he got hurt.Hard to say but I was thinking pinch runner as soon as he got on base.Regardless Scooter has to put the ball in play right there.The game is on the line and I know the guy throws 100 but choke up if you have too.

  36. james garrett

    Make no mistake the Braves pen is loaded with power arms and I was hoping Ramirez may throw one thru the back stop.

  37. Steve Checkosky

    Would have liked to see Peraza bunt.

  38. james garrett

    Man that would have been cool to win on a walk off bunt.How about Mesoraco making it two for two walk offs?

  39. Tom Mitsoff

    Here’s the stat of the day, thanks to the FS1 announcers. Prior to last night, in the last 255 games the Reds trailed by one or more in the ninth inning, they were 0-and-255.

  40. james garrett

    How about the come back against Cleveland last week?

  41. james garrett

    It was in the ninth inning.Hamilton appeared to hit in to a game ending DP but it was reviewed and he was safe.Cozart singled and Billy scored all the way from first.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      But was the game tied going into the ninth or were the Reds down? Again, I just don’t remember. If they were down, then that FS1 stat is obviously wrong.

  42. Old-school

    Irbarren makes an error….and blows up Cody reed start…..idiot manager leaves reed in after 100 pitches and great start becomes a negative….please fire AAA manager… And major league manager.

    They can’t manage young players. .that’s the job description.

  43. james garrett

    They were down by 1 run.I want to say it was 3-2.It was in that rain delayed game.Billy actually score the 2nd run of the inning.I can’t remember who was on third but they scoredthe tieing run on Cozart’s single and Billy score the go ahead run all the way from first.

  44. james garrett

    Well you have to know that we were going to get to Wood if we didn’t score and you have to know what was going to happen.Got to score because our pen has a weak link and he is it.

  45. james garrett

    Offense lost this game.Winning run on third and one out in ninth,two on in the tenth with two out and two on with no outs in the 11th.

  46. james garrett

    Scooter had a really bad game.Couldn’t put it in play in the ninth.Bunted foul twice in the 11th and then took a called strike 3.

    • spaulson50@gmail.com

      True but you’re asking a guy to bunt who never bunts! Yes, it was a pathetic effort but once again, Price is bunt happy and asks guys to bunt who rarely does. Let him swing away.

      • Playtowin

        It is not Price’s fault, it is Gennett.s fault. Not only could he not bunt he could not get even a ground ball or fly ball in another key spot.

      • MrRed

        Hey now. Gennett didn’t ask to bunt. He also didn’t ask for BP’s #4. The man’s just doing what he can.

  47. james garrett

    Great job by the bullpens.They pitched 7 innings and we pitched 8 and only 1 run but boy did we have some chances,Go get them tomorrow.

  48. bouwills

    Cozart, Votto, Duvall, & Suarez walked a total of 7 times. They never scored. Enough said.

    • Da Bear

      He sorted himself out a long time ago. Price is slow to recognition, just as with Hoover. Will lose or blow close to ten games before the light bulb comes on.

      • Vicferrari

        Who else to go to in that situation?, Jackson Stevens??? I felt Price could have got more use out of relievers, Lorenzen should have come out for the 9th especially after batting, I thought Iglesias only threw 10 pitches, definitely should have come out in the 10th. Not sure why you can’t use Storen or Peralta for more than an inning either. (I get Storen’s spot was up in the 10th, but going back Iglesias should have pitched that one)

  49. james garrett

    It was a team loss because we had so many chances.Scooter failing twice just stands out but others did their part.When you go 3-17 with RISP there is enough blame to go around.I hate bunting but if you are going to try it then at least practice it.I didn’t have the game to watch but I heard Scooter tried to drag bunt and I would think third would be where you bunt it.Bunting just ain’t cool and again it didn’t work

  50. Vicferrari

    what is the take on the sacrifice situations Price used. Would Reds had a better chance putting fastest pitcher available to pinch run for Mesoraco in the 10th and let Tucker swing away as the PH? Was bunting in the 11th with Scooter the right call (one thing I never understand is why give up the S attempt on 2 strikes- not sure if that was the case as I just read he took strike 3)