The Reds will try once again to break the seven-game losing streak with the second game of this weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Great American Ball Park Saturday. First pitch is set for 4:10 ET.
Lots of festivities are happening at GABP this afternoon, as the Pete Rose statue (Steve’s post) is unveiled on Crosley Terrace and a pre-game on-field ceremony. It will all happen in front of the second sell-out crowd of the season, after Opening Day.
This also might be the best opportunity in the series for the Reds to get a win, as Clayton Kershaw looms as the Dodgers starter Sunday afternoon.
In a very small sample size, Wojciechowski hasn’t been terrible with the Reds, but he’s likely on the short list to either go back to the bullpen or get sent back down to Louisville when Homer Bailey and Brandon Finnegan return. He’s started three games, and his worse start was in Toronto when he gave up four runs, including three home runs, in four innings. Of course, he also pitched six innings of two-run baseball against the Cardinals, striking out six and walking only two. It’s not the best, but for a guy who wasn’t even pitching in April, it’s not bad (and better than Bronson Arroyo).
After two outstanding seasons with the Dodgers in his first two years in the league, Ryu has struggled to return to the pitcher he was after batting a shoulder injury for most of 2016. Ryu’s main issue this season has been giving up the home run ball. He’s allowed 12 home runs in 57.0 innings. In his rookie season of 2013, he allowed 15 all year, and in 2014, he allowed just eight. However, his GB% is just under 50%, so Ryu is forcing ground balls, which means when he does allow a fly ball, there’s a good chance it will go out of the stadium.
In the midst of this seven-game losing streak for the Reds, they were able to get to Ryu when they faced him in LA last Sunday, chasing him from the game after scoring four runs on six hits in just four innings.
|1. Chase Utley (2B)
2. Corey Seager (SS)
3. Chris Taylor (LF)
4. Cody Bellinger (1B)
5. Joc Pederson (CF)
6. Yasmani Grandal (C)
7. Logan Forsythe (3B)
8. Yasiel Puig (RF)
9. Hyun-Jin Ryu (P)
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Jose Peraza (2B)
8. Devin Mesoraco (C)
9. Asher Wojciechowski (P)
It was not pretty for the Reds offense Friday night, but Joey Votto did extend his nine-game hitting streak to 10.
News and Notes
Much needed reinforcements are coming for the Reds pitching staff.
Pensacola and Dayton both clinched playoff berths last night, and the Daytona Tortugas are also on the way to clinching a berth. The Reds may be mired in a losing streak, but the minor league teams are enjoying much success.
Earlier in the season when the Reds were enjoying success, Billy Hamilton and Zack Cozart were getting on base at the top of the lineup. During this losing streak, Hamilton is 3-for-21, and Cozart is 0-for-20. Combined the two have scored one run, and it was scored by Cozart, not Hamilton. (In small fairness to Cozart, he missed two of the games in San Diego due to quad soreness).
When the top of the lineup succeeds, so does the rest of the lineup. And I think a lineup shake-up should be in order soon for the Reds. If Hamilton does not starting hitting, Bryan Price has to change something. Also, why is Devin Mesoraco still hitting 8th?
Joe Maddon did a major shake-up of the Cubs lineup Tuesday when he hit Anthony Rizzo lead-off. The full results remain to be seen whether or not it will be a success, but the point is that Maddon made the move. Price might be wise to follow Maddon and do something to jolt this lineup. What is there to lose?