The west coast road trip is turning into another nightmare for the Cincinnati Reds (29-35). The Reds have are now 0-5 on the trip, after starting the trip just one win away from .500. The Reds will look to salvage something today at 3:40 PM against the San Diego Padres (26-40). The Padres, despite having arguably the worst offense in baseball, have scored 15 runs in 2 games against the Reds.
Amir Garrett only lasted 1.0 inning in his last start after getting hit by a line drive on his left hand. The three starts prior to that were a disaster for Garrett, who allowed 21 ER in 11.2 IP. That absolutely ballooned his ERA. Prior to that, Garrett had actually recorded a quality start in 5 of first 6 starts of 2017.
Garrett has shown he can get MLB hitters out, but he has got to throw strikes consistently. Hopefully if he does that, it will also help him from giving up home runs at an alarming rate. This will be Garrett’s first career appearance against the Padres, and any of their hitters.
Jhoulys Chacin is now in his 9th MLB season. You probably remember him from the Rockies, the team he came up with. Chacin had some nice years in a very difficult park to pitch in Colorado. He has been about a league average pitcher over the last couple years, but has battled injuries. He signed with the Padres this off-season. Chacin’s 7.84 K/9 is his highest since 2010. He is coming off back-to-back quality starts (13.0 IP, 5 ER, 5 BB, 13 K).
Chacin has good career numbers against the Reds in 6 career appearances (4 starts): 3.10 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 8 BB, 24 K.
|1. Jose Peraza (SS)
2. Scooter Gennett (2B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Arismendy Alcantara (CF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Amir Garrett (P)
|1. Jose Pirela (LF)
2. Franchy Cordero (CF)
3. Wil Myers (1B)
4. Yangervis Solarte (2B)
5. Hunter Renfroe (RF)
6. Cory Spangenberg (3B)
7. Erick Aybar (SS)
8. Luis Torrens (C)
9. Jhoulys Chacin (P)
Zack Cozart is out the lineup again, still dealing with quadriceps tightness. Billy Hamilton gets a day off. Hamilton did have a big hit late last night, but is just 2 for 26 with just 1 walk over the last 7 days.
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This probably goes without saying, but the Reds really need a win today. The Reds could also really use Amir Garrett getting back on track. How about we kill two birds with one stone? Go Reds!
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.