2017 Reds / Game Thread

Reds vs. Brewers – June 28

The Reds finally looked somewhat competent last night against Milwaukee, slugging their way to an 8-6 victory. They good guys will look to keep up the hot bats tonight in game two, slated to start at 7:10 EST.

Starting Pitchers

Chase Anderson 89.1 2.92 4.32 23.3% 7.5%
Luis Castillo 5.0 3.60 5.21 22.7% 22.7%

The Brewers, just like last night, will send a pitcher out to the mound with a much better ERA than xFIP. Unlike last night’s starter Junior Guerra, Chase Anderson has kept his walk rate somewhat in check. The difference in Anderson’s ERA and xFIP can likely be traced to BABIP, which currently sits at .274, well under his career .295 rate. The Reds will once again attempt to take advantage of a pitcher who’s traditional season statistics scream stud, but who’s sabermetric statistics show dud.

Luis Castillo will make his Great American Ballpark debut tonight. The fireball-throwing prospect pitched decently in his first outing last week, perhaps letting nerves get to him a bit as he gave up 5 walks in 5 innings. He was able to keep damage off the scoreboard though, even if the Reds bullpen imploded after he left. Castillo doesn’t walk guys in the minor leagues, and generally has pretty good control on all of his pitches. We’ll see if the home crowd can help calm his nerves a bit tonight.

The lineups

Brewers Reds
2B Eric Sogard (160 wRC+) CF Billy Hamilton (61 wRC+)
1B Eric Thames (134 wRC+) 2B Scooter Gennett (137 wRC+)
LF Ryan Braun (119 wRC+) 1B Joey Votto (157 wRC+)
3B Travis Shaw (127 wRC+) LF Adam Duvall (121 wRC+)
RF Hernan Perez (88 wRC+) 3B Eugenio Suarez (119 wRC+)
CF Keon Broxton (106 wRC+)  RF Scott Schebler (123 wRC+)
C Stephen Vogt (72 wRC+) 2B Jose Peraza (61 wRC+)
SS Orlando Arcia (84 wRC+) C Tucker Barnhart (87 wRC+)
P Chase Anderson (5.21 xFIP) P Luis Castillo (5.21 xFIP)

The Brewers will shuffle things up slightly in game 2, with Hernan Perez taking over for Domingo Santana in Right, and newly claimed, former Oakland Athletic Catcher Stephen Vogt takes over behind the plate. Vogt seems to be falling off a cliff in his age 32 season. He’s slashing .215/.286/.354 with -1.2 FanGraphs BSR, -7.2 Off, and -3.1 Def. In other words, he’s been well below replacement level so far this season. We’ll see if he can bounce back after the move from the AL to the NL.

Tucker Barnhart will take over for Devin Mesoraco behind the plate tonight for the Redlegs. Other than that, everything stays the same.


News and Notes

Final Thoughts

Last night was fun to watch, even if it doesn’t erase the huge losing skid the team is trying to pull out of. Winning games like that – especially against division-leading rivals – goes a long way in building confidence that even if the rebuild isn’t done, it’s certainly got key pieces in place. The offense is legit – now we just need the pitching to catch up. A bright young star takes the mound again tonight – will he buck the trend of young Reds pitching prospect bursting into flames on the major league mound?

134 thoughts on “Reds vs. Brewers – June 28

  1. I never knew minor league balls had higher stitches than major league balls. Thanks Jim Day

  2. 99MPH for the K! And his night is over. I’d say this is a successful 2nd outing and possibly a win.

  3. Well it’s just been 2 games for Castillo but he looks legit. So next year it looks like Bailey, Finnegan, disco, Castillo and? There are some guys that are a little nervous in AAA. I would say the 5th goes to either Mahle or Garrett right now. Reed and Stephenson and Romano need to find it.

    • Wouldn’t be so quick to pencil in Finnegan yet. He might be Iglsiased to the bullpen…and I’d be OK with that

  4. Signing off to go watch this on a different screen. Castillo can get the W, cannot take the L. Nice night and I really liked how he looked.

  5. Kind of surprised the Marlins gave Castillo up for Straily. Straily has been very good this year (1.7fWAR 9+ k/9) but Castillo looks like he has TOR stuff.

    In other unrelated news, Robert Stephenson is also having himself a good game so far. 6 IP 2 H 0R 7K 0 BB 59 strikes 25 balls.

  6. Didn’t know Cingrani had a slider? I thought he only threw fastballs all the time….if he can’t locate the fastball, then this is what happens…Home Run from the other team, especially the way the Brewers can hit, and especially in Great Amer Ball Park.

  7. Castillo doesn’t get the W … but I’d swear he pitched like he belongs up here in the bigs. Now let’s see if we can put one more on the board to close this out. I hat the thought of extra innings given our track record.

  8. Brewer closer in with the game tied in the 8th???They are crazy…the book says so

  9. I don’t know if I ever remember seeing and end to a game like that but we will take it.

  10. Thom raving about Peraza’s tag to end it while Scooter does all the work (and Tucker). He did correct himself.

    Question for the Nation … what’s the over/under on the number of mouth guards Schebler wears out this season?

    Night all!

  11. Walks matter and its why the Reds won tonight.I love it.Please do more of it.

  12. That was awesome….too bad the wins keep escaping Castillo but the kid looks good! This was one on the outfield! Schebler saving 2 runs and Duvall with a HR/assist, and Billy doing his thing!

  13. Castillo’s velocity will play and it covers up lots of mistakes.Isn’t he one of the players we got for Straily?

  14. A nice win for the Reds with four hits and a real good outing for Castillo with nine K’s. Another exciting game tonight with FC Cincy giving the Chicago Fire a run for their money and 32,000 plus at Nippert. The first soccer game I ever paid much attention to. That’s another sport that takes a lot of skill.

  15. You can give a star of the game mention to Schebler for his defense. He’s turning into a player who can win a game in more than one way.

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