It’s been a rough couple of weeks in Redleg Nation. After losing nine straight, the Reds finally snapped their losing streak tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays. Hope seems to be just over the horizon – young players are finally getting their shot, and old players might be ready to hang them up. Players we haven’t seen for a while seem to be on the fast track back onto the mounds and our television screens. With some newfound optimism, let’s look at who’s up and who’s down.
6 IP, 2ER, 8Ks, 2BBs
Besides perhaps Robert Stephenson and Cody Reed, no young Reds starter needed a good outing for the big league club more than Amir Garrett. After showing a ton of promise, and at times dominance, early in the season, Garrett seemed to lose his way after the first few weeks. Some of that was likely injury-related, and it was clear at times that something just wasn’t right with the tall lefty. But during his last outing against the Padres, things looked to be right again. He’ll look to continue his good fortune against the Rays tonight in Tampa.
Last 7 Days
0.00 ERA | 5.0 IP, 4 G | 8Ks, 3BB
The Reds gave up a ton of runs during their nine game losing streak, but none of them were credited to Blake Wood. After drawing the ire of fans earlier in the year and seemingly being done for, Wood has found some success as of late. After being used quite a bit in non-pressure situations, he’s proven he might not be done for after all. While I still don’t condone sending Wood out to the mound with the game on the line, I think he’s probably regained a little bit of trust from the Reds management, and more importantly, trade value in 2017.
Last 7 Days
.318/.348/.500 | 118 wRC+
This might be a pity addition to the Three Up list this week, considering Billy has been on the opposite list for most of the season. But, believe it or not, Billy Hamilton led the team in WAR over the last seven days. Nothing about his numbers jump out on the page – probably one of the larger testaments to the teams struggles over the past week – but any time Hamilton is getting on base at an above average clip, he’ll earn a spot here.
Honorable mentions: Devin Mesoraco, Joey Votto, Raisel Iglesias, Jesse Winker
Last 7 days
2 G, 7.1 IP, 20 H, 3 HR, 16.43 ERA
A great Reds career is most likely over. And if it isn’t, it definitely should be. Bronson Arroyo has been a great player for the Cincinnati Reds, but he’s just not getting the job done anymore. With Homer Bailey and Brandon Finnegan figuring to be in the near-future plans, and the news that he’s recently been added to the 10-day DL, it’s very unlikely we’ll ever see the golden locks and the leg kick on the mound in the big leagues ever again. If that ends up to be true, thank you Bronson. You’re a hell of a guy, and one of the most fun Reds to watch in my lifetime.
Last 7 days
.250/.280/.458 | 4.0% BB%, 32.0% K% | 1HR, 1RBI
Adam Duvall owns perhaps the worst slump for the position players during the Reds losing streak. The All-Star hopeful has been anything but All-Star level over the past seven days, managing only 4 hits in 25 plate appearances, and only driving in one run. While I’m not expecting recently-recalled Jesse Winker to be taking any playing time from Duvall, his presence on the 25 man roster has to have the Reds Left Fielder looking over his shoulder a little bit. He’ll look to bounce back this week and rise up the All-Star voting standings.
Last 7 days
.167/.167/.250 | 0% BB%, 25% K% | -1 wRC+
Despite pulling ahead in the NL All-Star vote at shortstop, Zack Cozart just hasn’t been the same hitter over the last two weeks than he was the entire season before that point. His recent assignment to the 10-day DL is very telling. Hopefully a little time off will get Cozart back to where he was before things started to go downhill. Followers of Donkeygate are watching intently.
Who were your three up, three down this week? Let us know in the comments!