The Cincinnati Reds (39-49) are fresh off the all-star break, and will kick off the second half by hosting a four game series against the first place Washington Nationals (52-36). The Nationals cruised through the first half of the season with a 9.5 game lead in the NL East. The Nationals boast one of the best lineups and rotations in baseball. Their biggest struggle has been their bullpen and defense.
|OBP||.327 (14th)||.345 (2nd)|
|SLG||.451 (3rd)||.467 (2nd)|
|wRC+||100 (9th)||108 (4th)|
|DRS||41 (1st)||-23 (26th)|
|SP ERA||5.91 (30th)||3.71 (3rd)|
|SP FIP||5.94 (30th)||3.79 (3rd)|
|RP ERA||3.97 (10th)||5.20 (30th)|
|RP FIP||4.33 (20th)||4.90 (29th)|
Gio GonzalezÃ‚Â has a career 2.98 ERA in 8 starts against the Reds. However, the Reds hit him hard last year, scoring 9 runs off 15 hits in just 12.0 innings. Votto has 3 homers in 18 AB against Gio, which is pretty incredible for Votto against a quality LHP.
Tim AdlemanÃ‚Â has been giving up a lot of home runs lately (6 over his last 3 starts). That doesn’t seem good against the Nationals lineup. Adleman also has pitched exactly 5.0 innings over his last four starts. Tonight will be the first time Adleman has ever faded any hitter on the Nationals roster.
|1.Ã‚Â Brian GoodwinÃ‚Â (CF)
2.Ã‚Â Wilmer DifoÃ‚Â (SS)
3.Ã‚Â Bryce HarperÃ‚Â (RF)
4.Ã‚Â Ryan ZimmermanÃ‚Â (1B)
5.Ã‚Â Stephen DrewÃ‚Â (2B)
6.Ã‚Â Anthony RendonÃ‚Â (3B)
7.Ã‚Â Matt WietersÃ‚Â (C)
8.Ã‚Â Chris HeiseyÃ‚Â (LF)
9.Ã‚Â Gio GonzalezÃ‚Â (P)
|1.Ã‚Â Billy HamiltonÃ‚Â (CF)
2.Ã‚Â Zack CozartÃ‚Â (SS)
3.Ã‚Â Joey VottoÃ‚Â (1B)
4.Ã‚Â Adam DuvallÃ‚Â (LF)
5.Ã‚Â Eugenio SuarezÃ‚Â (3B)
6.Ã‚Â Scott ScheblerÃ‚Â (RF)
7.Ã‚Â Jose PerazaÃ‚Â (2B)
8.Ã‚Â Tucker BarnhartÃ‚Â (C)
9.Ã‚Â Tim AdlemanÃ‚Â (P)
The big bad Washington Nationals lineup is missing a few bats tonight. It sounds likeÃ‚Â Daniel MurphyÃ‚Â is just getting an extra day of rest after playing in the All-Star Game. You can expect Bryce Harper to get a day off this weekend too.Ã‚Â Jayson WerthÃ‚Â is still on a rehab assignment.Ã‚Â Trea TurnerÃ‚Â is out for quite a while with a fractured wrist. Our good friendÃ‚Â Chris HeiseyÃ‚Â is back in the lineup at GABP tonight!Ã‚Â Dusty BakerÃ‚Â hasn’t changed, as he has his worst hitter batting second because he plays SS.
Here is the Reds rotation to star the second half (Tuesday the Reds start a series at GABP against the Diamondbacks):
Friday: Tim Adleman
Saturday: Luis Castillo
Sunday: Homer Bailey
Monday: Scott Feldman
Tuesday: Sal Romano
Zack Cozart laces a single in his first career All-Star Game.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 12, 2017
The Reds finally broke the long hitless streak at the All-Star Game when Zack Cozart ripped a first pitch base hit (Reds hitters were 0 for their previous 25).Ã‚Â Joey VottoÃ‚Â kept the NL alive by walking with 2 outs in the 11th inning, so it was a good night for the Reds. Votto also traded a bunch of his signed all-star gear with a fanÃ‚Â so Cozart could get the ball he hit. Votto seems like a pretty good teammate, eh?
If you subscribe to the theory that Brewers aren’t that good and will come back down to earth in the second half, here is one thing to consider. The Reds simply need to play just one game better than the Chicago Cubs up until the last series on the season (The Reds are currently 4.0 games behind the Cubs). The Reds finish the 2017 season with a 3-game series at Wrigley Field, so any deficit of less than 3 games heading into the final series of the year would keep the Reds alive.
Pipe dream? Sure, but why not dream a little? Go Reds!