The Cincinnati Reds (40-57) look to avoid a three-game sweep against the Miami Marlins (44-51) in the final game of this home stand at Great American Ball Park. First pitch is at 1:10 EDT.
Romano is coming off a horrific start against Arizona, in which he gave up six runs on six hits, with five walks in four innings. He’s made three starts, and while the previous two starts weren’t bad, Romano has failed to go more than five innings in any of them. A big reason for this is the ten walks he’s given up in just 12.0 innings. At AAA-Louisville this season, his BB% is 8.0, and in 2016 at AA-Pensacola, it was just 5.2. However, that command has yet to translate at the major league level.
Koehler is one of the longest-tenured pitchers on the Marlins staff, having been a mainstay in their rotation since 2013, but he has yet to replicate his success of previous years in 2017. In May, after giving up eight runs in three innings to the Astros, he was sent down to the minors on what many thought was a demotion, but the Marlins rescinded the option and he went on the DL with shoulder bursitis. Koehler made two rehab starts and then the Marlins optioned him. He was promoted again on July 1, has made three starts and has not pitched much better since being back.
It looks like the same problems that have plagued Romano also plague Koehler. He has walked 27 batters in just 50 innings. Koehler has also given up 12 home runs, making his home run rate much higher than in previous years. He’s giving up just over two home runs per nine innings.
|1. Dee Gordon (2B)
2. Giancarlo Stanton (RF)
3. Christian Yelich (CF)
4. Justin Bour (1B)
5. Derek Dietrich (3B)
6. A.J. Ellis (C)
7. Ichiro Suzuki (LF)
8. Miguel Rojas (SS)
9. Tom Koehler (P)
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Scooter Gennett (2B)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Scott Schebler (RF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Sal Romano (P)
Eugenio Suarez seems to be the only Red that is really hitting since the All-Star Break, going 11-for-37 with two home runs and three runs scored. His hitting streak currently stands at six, a season high. And he has been playing some excellent defense at third base too.
Despite Joey Votto going 0-for-9 in this series and striking out to end the game last night, I’m still not worried about him. It’s just not fun to watch when he’s struggling.
News and Notes
Joey Votto is not concerned about his slump either.
Injuries are the worst. This also makes the shortstop question for next year an even bigger one. It’s looking more and more like we’ll get Jose Peraza’s free-swinging approach for an entire season, which is why part of me wants the Reds to make that qualifying offer to Zack Cozart if he’s not traded.
A Reds prospect in Dayton is doing something big. Jose Siri currently has the 4th longest hitting streak in Midwest League history.
Finally, if you don’t count Scooter Gennett’s errors at second base, the Reds are playing some great defense. It’s something positive I’ve taken from this dreadful post All-Star break slide.