Tonight the Reds continue to pursue an elusive first win following the All Star break in game 2 of the current series versus the DBacks at GABP. In the five games played after the break, the Reds have allowed 46 runs while scoring 14. While neither of those numbers are good, the 46 runs allowed verges on historically bad. Thomas Paine wrote that trying times bring forth true patriots while casting aside those less dedicated (The American Crisis, 1776). We find ourselves in the midst of yet another trying period of The Reds Crisis (2015-?). I’m here writing; you’re reading. We are true Reds fans.
Tim Adleman starts for the Reds. His numbers through 16 starts indicate at best the righthander would be a back of the rotation or bullpen arm on even a mediocre staff. Tonight, he will need his best stuff and a little luck to keep the Reds competitive for his 5 or 6 innings against the DBacks.
Zack Greinke will be on the mound for the DBacks. At nearly 34 years old, the righthander appears to be aging well. After a bit of an injury related drop off in 2016, he is taking the ball every 5 days and producing results which rival the best of his outstanding MLB career.
Blake Wood went 2 innings Monday for the Reds and is likely out of the mix tonight. Lisalverto Bonilla was sent back to Louisville and is definitely unavailable. Tony Cingrani pitched a single inning and may be limited to single batter spot duty tonight. Still to be publicly announced is whether Asher Wojciechowski remains the bullpen long man or instead takes the rotation spot of the disabled Scott Feldman.
Former Red JJ Hoover pitched 2 innings for the DBacks allowing only 1 hit (not a home run!) and walking no one. Otherwise the DBack pen looks unlimited.
Newly acquired J.D. Martinez is in for the DBacks. I’d rather see someone other than Hamilton leading off (perhaps someone who shares my initials, JW, but is otherwise occupied at Louisville?). Still this a formidable Reds lineup.
News and Notes
Even though you’ve almost certainly already heard about Todd Frazier being traded to the Yankees, this picture is too good to pass up
If you want to get up to speed on the details of the trade involving Frazier to debate whether the Reds might have done better than they did when they traded him:
Keep in mind the Reds will be facing the Yankees in NYC this time next week.
Here is Reds GM Dick Williams’ public position on the Reds trade deadline strategy
Could this be the vote of confidence every manager of a losing team dreads hearing?
At least with this late breaking move, the Reds are back to a 5 man bench (of sorts)
The current 5 game losing streak is the third time the Reds have lost at least 5 consecutive games this year, the two longer streaks being 7 games (May 12-19) and 9 games (June 9-18). There was also a 9 game stretch in April during which a single win punctuated two 4 game losing streaks.
When will things start to get really better? That will happen only after the Reds have managed to get a handle on their starting pitching dilemmas. Unfortunately with Adleman on the mound, that doesn’t start happening tonight. At least I’m not alone with these feelings:
As always, Go Reds!