Despite another comeback effort, the Reds (29-32) came up short against the Dodgers (38-25) once again last night, dropping their eighth straight game in Los Angeles in walk-off fashion. Rather than countering Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers’ best reliever, with Raisel Iglesias, the Reds’ best reliever, manager Bryan Price opted to go with Drew Storen and Tony Cingrani in the ninth. It didn’t work.
After the game, Bryan Price said he was holding Iglesias in case the Reds got a lead. #KillTheSave.
(Clay Marshall wrote more about this frustrating subject today. You can read it here.)
The Reds will try to avoid the sweep today at 4:10 p.m. ET.
Tim Adleman is riding a hot streak into today’s contest. Over his last three starts spanning 21 innings, he has allowed only four runs (1.71 ERA), 10 hits, and six walks while striking out 16. He’s not dominating by any means, but he’s eating innings and keeping the Reds in games, which is all the club needs from him right now. The right-hander has thrown well enough that he’s probably a safe bet to remain in the rotation once Homer Bailey and Brandon Finnegan return at the end of the month.
Adleman has one career start against the Dodgers, which came last season. He tossed five innings of shutout baseball against them as the Reds went on to win. Here is how their current hitters fared against him (stats courtesy of Baseball Reference):
The Dodgers signed South Korean pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to a six-year, $36 million contract before the 2013 season (in addition to a $25 million bid just to negotiate with him), and he rewarded the club with two solid seasons to start his big-league career. But shoulder and elbow injuries knocked his career off track, forcing him to miss all of 2015 and most of 2016.
Ryu’s left arm is healthy now, and he’s back in the Dodgers’ rotation. He’s had an up-and-down season to this point as he works his way back from almost two years out of action, even spending some time in the bullpen. The injuries seem to have taken away some of his velocity, as his average fastball (89.8 mph) is down by more than one mph from his last healthy season in 2014 (90.9 mph). He did touch 94 mph in his last start, however, so he’s showing signs of getting back to where he was before the arm ailments.
His last start was also encouraging because he was able to get deep into the game, tossing a season-high seven innings and 102 pitches against the Nationals on Monday. In his last four appearances, Ryu has struck out 13 and allowed seven runs, 19 hits, and only three walks in 22.1 innings. He’s not beating teams with the strikeout (and never really has), but he throws strikes and generates a lot of ground balls — 49.7 GB% vs. a league average of 44.5%.
Here is how Reds hitters have performed against Ryu in the past:
|CF Billy Hamilton (60 wRC+)||2B Chase Utley (105 wRC+)|
|SS Zack Cozart (165 wRC+)||SS Corey Seager (128 wRC+)|
|1B Joey Votto (162 wRC+)||3B Justin Turner (168 wRC+)|
|LF Adam Duvall (122 wRC+)||1B Adrian Gonzalez (77 wRC+)|
|3B Eugenio Suárez (128 wRC+)||CF Chris Taylor (145 wRC+)|
|RF Scott Schebler (117 wRC+)||LF Cody Bellinger (123 wRC+)|
|2B José Peraza (64 wRC+)||C Yasmani Grandal (103 wRC+)|
|C Devin Mesoraco (106 wRC+)||RF Yasiel Puig (91 wRC+)|
|P Tim Adleman (4.61 xFIP)||P Hyun-Jin Ryu (4.14 xFIP)|
— Adam Duvall is back in the lineup after a two-game absence due to illness.
News and Notes
Stat of the Day
Since Yankees’ outfielder Aaron Judge broke his own Statcast-era record with a 121.1 mph home run last night, let’s check in on the Reds’ hardest hit dingers this season.
By only one-tenth of a mile per hour, Joey Votto holds the mark to beat at 110.9 mph.
Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler are tied for second at 110.8 mph.
The hardest-hit ball overall comes from a surprising player. Although it went for a ground out, Patrick Kivlehan smashed a baseball at 111.6 mph on April 8.
After sweeping the Cardinals in four games, the Reds are on the verge of being swept by the Dodgers. The team has been involved in their fair share of sweeps this season, both as the winner (three times) and loser (also three times) of the series. Let’s hope they avoid being on the wrong end of a sweep again behind another strong performance from Adleman.