With the 9 game losing streak now safely in their rearview mirror, the Reds look to build on Monday’s success in game 2 of this interleague series versus the Rays in Florida. Nobody is happier than Bryan Price that the losing streak is history.
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) June 20, 2017
Lefthander Amir Garrett gets the starting call for the Reds. Garrett has struggled to regain his dazzling early season form after a trip to AAA
for service time considerations to manage his innings count which was followed by a trip to the DL when he tweaked his hip upon returning to the Reds. However in his most recent start against the Padres, Garrett looked much like his earlier self on the mound. Hopefully he will bedazzle the Rays tonight.
The Rays send 29 year old righthander Alex Cobb to the mound in what will be his 101st MLB start. Cobb’s career has been one of promise marred by injury. In 2013, he logged 22 starts with a 3.36 FIP despite missing 2 months after being struck in the head by line drive while on the mound. He pitched a full season in 2014 (27 starts; 3.23 FIP) only to begin 2015 on the DL with forearm tendonitis which led to Tommy John surgery in early May of 2015. As will sound all too familiar to Reds fans, Cobb’s 2016 season was also essentially lost to rehab and recovery from the TJ surgery (5 MLB starts; 22 IP; 5.60 FIP). Tonight will be Cobb’s 15th start of 2017.
I didn’t realize just how out of kilter Garrett’s numbers had gotten until I populated this table. Obviously he has to get his BB rate and HR rate both substantially lower to be a successful MLB starting pitcher. 14 starts into 2017, is Cobb on the road back to his former self following TJ surgery or is this the pitcher he is now?
Monday night Michael Lorenzen pitched two innings; and, Raisel Iglesias pitched one. Both had also pitched an inning on Sunday. Thus the backend of the Reds pen may be short tonight.
As both Raisel Iglesias and Drew Storen warmed up in the Reds pen during the top of the 9th with the Reds already leading by 3 runs and threatening to add on, Steve Mancuso noted:
Another example of bullpen roles causing unnecessary warmups. Two guys for 9th inning depending on the score – 3 runs or 4. THREE or FOUR.
— Steve Mancuso (@spmancuso) June 20, 2017
Things became even more curious when the Iglesias was brought on to pitch the bottom of the 9th after the Reds had stretched their lead to 4 runs making it a nonsave situation. Should we be wondering if Storen was experiencing some sort of physical issue and was shut down?
For the Rays, Jose Alvarado failed to retire a single batter while allowing the ultimately winning run. He was followed by Danny Farquhar who helped the Reds seal the deal by allowing 2 more runs officially charged to Alvarado along with 1 of his own in 2 innings of work. Unfortunately for the Reds, the rest of the Rays pen looks rested and ready for tonight.
SP: Amir Garrett
SP: Alex Cobb
|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. Devin Mesoraco (DH)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Jose Peraza (SS)
|1. Steven Souza Jr. (RF)
2. Corey Dickerson (LF)
3. Evan Longoria (3B)
4. Logan Morrison (DH)
5. Trevor Plouffe (1B)
6. Daniel Robertson (SS)
7. Peter Bourjos (CF)
8. Taylor Featherston (2B)
9. Jesus Sucre (C)
It is surprising that Jesse Winker is not starting tonight since Bryan Price had previously indicated Winker figured to start all 3 games versus the Rays. At least Mesoraco gets bumped up one spot from his typical #8 slot.
Here’s Homer Bailey’s Monday AAA rehab start in a nutshell:
Homer Bailey is finished: 5.2IP, 7H, 2ER, 2BB, 6K. Two runners on base are his. 91 pitches, 58 strikes. Walked last 2 batters he saw. #Reds
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) June 20, 2017
For the record, the two runners left behind by Bailey did not score. The numbers in Doug’s tweet reflect Bailey’s final line.
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— Cincinnati Reds Fans (@RedsViews) June 20, 2017
Barring some physical issue between now and the weekend, Bailey appears on track to make his first MLB start of the season in Washington either Saturday or Sunday. As Bailey returns, recall that Alex Cobb, tonight’s Rays starter underwent TJ surgery at virtually the same time as Bailey and has yet to post numbers approaching his former production. Hope for the best (eventually); but, understand Bailey’s best going forward may be different from his best prior to the surgery and even that may be a while more in coming.
Is there a more misleading pitching statistic, especially for relievers, than wins/loses? Last night, Michael Lorenzen entered the game in the bottom of the 7th with 1 out, and a man on base. He surrendered a game tying home run to the first batter he faced then finished out the inning without further damage. When the Reds came back to retake the lead in the top of the 8th inning, Lorenzen became the winning pitcher of record despite having already been charged with a blown save for allowing the game tying home run. There has to be a better way….
Go Reds! Make it 2 in a row in the good direction!