The first two games of the second half have not gone well for the Cincinnati Reds (39-51). The Reds will try again this afternoon at 1:10 against the Washington Nationals (54-36), in the third game of this four game series at GABP. The Reds will send Homer Bailey to the mound today, who is looking to build off his impressive end to the first half.
Homer Bailey was brilliant over his last two starts of the first half: 12.2 IP, 2 R, 4 BB, 8 K. The two starts both came on the road against the Rockies and Diamondbacks, which makes it all the more impressive. The really good news for Bailey is that his fastball velocity is actually up from where it was in 2015 & 2016. Hopefully the strikeout numbers will start piling up for him as his command continues to improve.
Bailey will look to get some revenge today, as he faced the Nationals in his first start back off the DL this year, but gave up 8 ER in just 1.2 innings. The good thing for Bailey was that he didn’t give up a home run in that start, and many of the Nationals hits were not necessarily hit hard.
Tanner Roark limped to the the All-Star break. He had a 10.38 ERA and 1.99 WHIP over his last five games. Roark was so bad that his final start before the All-Star break was skipped, and he made an appearance out of the bullpen during a blow out. The Reds shelled Roark back on 6/25 in Washington: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 7 K. Roark has a 4.37 ERA in 6 career starts against the Reds.
|1. Brian Goodwin (CF)
2. Stephen Drew (SS)
3. Bryce Harper (RF)
4. Daniel Murphy (2B)
5. Anthony Rendon (3B)
6. Adam Lind (1B)
7. Chris Heisey (LF)
8. Jose Lobaton (C)
9. Tanner Roark (P)
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Jesse Winker (RF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Scooter Gennett (2B)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Jose Peraza (SS)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Homer Bailey (P)
Jesse Winker gets a start today! Zack Cozart gets the day off, and today is a good day to give him off. Cozart is just 1 for 12 in his career with 0 walks against Roark.
Ryan Zimmerman is out of the lineup today, so expect Bryce Harper out of the lineup tomorrow. Dusty Baker said that he was going to give each of his all-stars a game off during this series.
The Scooter Show
Scooter Gennett has been really good, right? Well, I bet you didn’t even realized just how good he has been. Gennett’s .974 OPS is the 11th highest in ALL OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL among hitters with 230+ PA. It’s amazing that the Brewers just gave up on this guy before the season, and even more amazing that they have a 5.5 games lead in the division without him.
Bryan Price said everything went well with Mesoraco's work yesterday. He will discuss next steps with Devin today. #Reds
— Jeff Wallner (@JeffWallner) July 16, 2017
Today is the Reds best chance in this series to get a win with Strasburg on the mound tomorrow. Homer Bailey looked really good over his last two starts, but this sizzling Nationals lineup will be a major challenge. Hopefully the Reds can get into the Nationals bullpen early. Go Reds!
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.