A new day brings the Reds a fresh chance to snap the current losing streak which stands at 9 following Sunday’s 8-7 loss to the Dodgers at GABP. Here is what manager Bryan Price had to say about the Reds current situation:
The @Reds have now lost 9 straight.
Skipper Bryan Price on how his team can get out of the slump. pic.twitter.com/la2JrEyDod
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) June 19, 2017
Tonight the Reds open a three game interleague road series in Tampa versus the Rays who have won 6 of their last 10 games. At 37-35 for the season. the Rays are in 3rd place in the AL East, 3.5 games in arrears of division leading Yankees, and second in the AL wildcard chase.
Scott Feldman makes the start for the Reds. In his last 4 starts the Reds righthander has completed just 21.1 innings compiling a FIP of 4.68 compared to a FIP of 4.12 in games prior to his last 4. Over the same period, his BABIP has been .353 compared to a previous .284.
Righthander Jake Odorizzi starts for the Rays. Orodizzi’s seasonal FIP is 5.15. Like Feldman, Odorizzi has also had a tougher time recently. In his last 4 starts, he has pitched only 19.0 inning with a FIP of 6.39.
Following the activation of catcher Stuart Turner on Sunday, the Reds are working an arm shorter in their bullpen. Blake Wood worked 2 innings Sunday and probably is not available tonight. Wandy Peralta needed 28 pitches to complete his disastrous inning, the 6th, on Sunday; his availability may also be limited tonight. Austin Brice pitched a career long 3.1 innings on Saturday. Lisalverto Bonilla was recalled from AAA Sunday. He is most likely first man out of the pen tonight if Feldman works a typical 4-5 inning stint.
UPDATE: Righthander Ariel Hernandez has been recalled from the minors and joins the Reds bullpen. The transaction details are listed below.
The Rays pen looks to be reasonably well rested.
SP: Scott Feldman
SP: Jake Odorizzi
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Scooter Gennett (2B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Jesse Winker (DH)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Jose Peraza (SS)
|1. Mallex Smith (CF)
2. Corey Dickerson (LF)
3. Evan Longoria (3B)
4. Logan Morrison (1B)
5. Steven Souza Jr. (RF)
6. Tim Beckham (SS)
7. Trevor Plouffe (DH)
8. Daniel Robertson (2B)
9. Derek Norris (C)
The Reds offense showed some life late in Sunday’s game. Hopefully they will continue to tend upwardly tonight against a Rays pitcher who appears to be very hittable. Jesse Winker arrives (see below) just in time to fill the DH roll. Of course he has to bat 7th since the Reds wouldn’t want to risk clogging the bases ahead of their heavy hitters by having a high OBP guy batting in front of them.
#Reds moves: Placed on the 10-day DL Arroyo (strained right shoulder) and Cozart (right quad), recalled Winker and AHernandez.
— John Fay (@johnfayman) June 19, 2017
— David Jablonski (@DavidPJablonski) June 18, 2017
We will likely learn more about Arroyo later in St. Pete, but he felt yesterday he could be finished with comeback https://t.co/Te4tx4yg4w
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) June 19, 2017
Father time appears to have finally called game over for old friend Bronson Arroyo. Given Arroyo’s post game comments Sunday, it is hard to believe his trip to the DL is anything other than the first step in a what will become a stage managed dignified exit from the ranks of active players. Arroyo’s presence this year has become a symbol of the oft times seemingly aimless nature of the Reds sorting process. This should not detract from what Arroyo has done for the franchise over the last decade nor his professionalism as he did it. He deserves no less than a dignified exit.
Zack Cozart’s return to the DL is unfortunate for both the team and Cozart. Unless Cozart’s stay on the DL is brief and he returns with a run of productivity similar to the numbers he put up during the first two months of the season, his trade value at the July 31 deadline will be greatly diminished. Cozart himself will also ultimately pay the same price in the off season as he seeks a large contract as a free agent.
Then there’s the big news that could impact the Reds future, both short and long term:
RHP Homer Bailey will make a rehab start for the #LouBats on Monday vs. Columbus at Louisville Slugger Field.
— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) June 17, 2017
If all goes well with Bailey’s start tonight, he is projected to return to the Reds rotation this weekend.
Here’s hoping the sorting is focused and goes well tonight allowing the Reds end this losing streak.