2017 Reds / Game Thread

Reds vs. Marlins — July 22, 2017

The Cincinnati Reds (40-56) will try again to find some kind of offense needed to win a game in the second game of this weekend series against the Miami Marlins (43-51) at 7:10 EDT at Great American Ball Park.

Last night, Homer Bailey pitched well to keep the Reds in the game, but the team could only muster one run, despite multiple opportunities. Tonight, a familiar face returns to the rotation in Robert Stephenson.

Also tonight, the Reds will give away these batting practice pullover shirts to the first 20,000 fans in attendance.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Robert Stephenson 24.2 8.03 5.27 22.3% 13.2%
Chris O’Grady 10.1 5.23 5.46 22.2% 8.9%

The numbers above reflect Stephenson’s time at the major league level earlier this season. Since he was sent down at the end of May, Stephenson has slowly improved. He still has been giving up hits–in his last appearance for Louisville, he gave up five runs on eight hits with two home runs, but walked just one and struck out eight.

If you remember, struggling to throw strikes and finding his command has been Stephenson’s issue. He seems to have gotten better in that aspect. In his last 21.2 innings at Louisville, he has walked just one. He’s pitched 40.1 innings total at AAA and has a 3.79 ERA in eight games, with 45 strikeouts, 13 walks and a 0.99 WHIP. He has given up eight home runs, but the command has been much better.

The Marlins are also going with a rookie pitcher, who is making just his third major league start. If you’ve never heard of Chris O’Grady, just think of a left-handed Bronson Arroyo, except O’Grady is a 27-year-old rookie who was cut from a Double-A roster on Opening Day. His fastball tops out at 90 mph, and he has a cutter, curve, and change-up also in his pitch arsenal.

The Marlins called up O’Grady to start the Saturday before the All-Star game after Edinson Volquez went on the DL with a knee injury. He pitched 5.1 innings of five hit, three run baseball, while striking out four and walking two to earn his first MLB win.

Lineups

You can find the lineups here.

No batter on either team has faced either opposing pitcher. Today’s game could either be a pitching duel or a slug fest.

News and Notes

Final Thoughts

Not much to say, other than it’s been a dreadful week for the Redlegs. The starting pitching has been terrible, and when the Reds did get a decent start, there was no offense. (Wednesday’s game was the exception). And I’m still not worried about Joey Votto.

Speaking of Votto, if you’ll be watching the game on Fox Sports Ohio, apparently he has something special planned for tonight’s broadcast.

103 thoughts on “Reds vs. Marlins — July 22, 2017

  1. I really thought Stanton Yelich and Ozuna would have given him the most trouble but it was Bour and Realmuto who did him in.

  2. Heavy rain is making a bee-line for the stadium. It would behoove the Reds not to wait a few innings to get the tie or the lead back.

  3. With sorting front and center, it’s time to keep Stephenson in the starting rotation. Only two walks, and one was intentional, is a positive.

  4. Realmuto is really good! Last year he hit .303 (.343 obp) with 11 hrs and this year its .306 (.367 obp) with 10 hrs already. He’d hit 20 as a Red easy! He’s only 26 and the Marlins are in firesale mode every year.

  5. I just wonder if Price thought Schebler was going to face a righty.Just saying.

      • This guy was negative last night too. Not sure what that’s all about.

        This is not to be confused with being negative about negative things that have actually happened.

  6. Herrera was damaged goods….got nothing from trading Bruce. We got nothing from trading Chapman. Almost none of the young guys can pitch. Garrett looked so good but he’s been terrible since April. Its a rough patch as a Reds fan:(

  7. Just need to continue to sort and when the rosters expand lets do some more sorting.It is a bad time when you are losing and everything gets magnified 100x.We are just not a good team right now but we can’t give up.Have to keep playing hard.

  8. 2nd hit tonight for Billy…1st pitch again.
    The pitch counters can’t be happy about that

  9. Looking on Fangraphs, this strike zone tonight is a joke. It’s not only inaccurate, but it exhibits the cardinal sin of massive inconsistency.

    And I’m not even looking at whether it benefits one team or the other. Even if both teams are hurt by it, it still makes a mockery of the competition.

  10. Asher is sharp again. For reasons that can’t be explained, he struggles as a starter

  11. Guys just trying a little reverse mojo here by saying they won’t score.I of course hope they do and pull this game out.Not trying to offend anybody and if I come across negative then I apologize.I just call them like I see them and haven’t claimed to know it all.Just a loyal Reds fan that still hates to lose after almost 55 years of following this team

  12. Mes leaves another guy on 3rd with no outs, then PK lines into a double play. Heartbreaking

    • Being 60 and watching the Reds religiously for 50 of those years, I would hate to know the number of heartbreaking DP’s I have witnessed like the one Kivlehan just lined into. And they generally happen with a man left standing at 3rd because of an AB like the one Mesoraco had. Brutal.

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