The Cincinnati Reds (41-58) will make stop number two on their four-city road trip tonight at 7:05 against the New York Yankees (51-46). The Reds are just 2-9 to start the second half of the season, after falling 6-2 last night in Cleveland. The Reds had to settle for a split in their four games against the Indians this season, which means the Ohio Cup will stay in Cleveland for a third straight season.
The Yankees are 2.5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East, but do currently hold the first wild-card spot. That lead however is only by 0.5 games. There are a total of 7 teams within 4.0 games of the Yankees, so they will be in for a fight over the final 2+ months of the season.
The Yankees just made arguably the biggest trade so far of the MLB season when they acquired Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox. Frazier will not only face the Reds for the first time in his career, but tonight will also be his home debut for the Yankees. He has not been the same hitter since being traded from Cincinnati, and is hitting just .207/.328/.432 this season. Going to the Yankees hasn’t helped him much either, as he has started just 2 for 16 at the plate.
|OBP||.327 (12th)||.339 (4th)|
|SLG||.443 (7th)||.443 (7th)|
|wRC+||97 (11th)||108 (4th)|
|DRS||43 (1st)||-9 (19th)|
|SP ERA||6.09 (30th)||4.21 (9th)|
|SP FIP||5.93 (30th)||4.20 (9th)|
|RP ERA||4.18 (17th)||3.36 (4th)|
|RP FIP||4.45 (25th)||3.39 (3rd)|
Luis Castillo will bring his triple digit fastball into the Bronx tonight. Castillio has done everything well except for giving up the long ball. He might want to watch out for that Judge fella this evening.
Jordan Montgomery was a 4th round pick of the Yankees in 2014. He flew through the minor leagues, dominating at every level. He made his MLB debut back on April 12th of this season, and he has been in the rotation ever since. Montomery has been all the Yankees could have asked out of him. He is however coming off his worst start of the season, as he allowed 6 ER in 6.0 innings against the Twins.
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (DH)
5. Patrick Kivlehan (LF)
6. Devin Mesoraco (C)
7. Scott Schebler (RF)
8. Jose Peraza (SS)
9. Arismendy Alcantara (2B)
|1. Brett Gardner (CF)
2. Clint Frazier (LF)
3. Aaron Judge (RF)
4. Matt Holliday (DH)
5. Didi Gregorius (SS)
6. Chase Headley (1B)
7. Todd Frazier (3B)
8. Tyler Wade (2B)
9. Austin Romine (C)
Aaron Judge leads the MLB in fWAR (5.4), wRC+ (182), and HR (32). Judge is looking to join Fred Lynn and Ichiro Suzuki as the only players to win both Rookie of the Year and the MVP in the same season. The Yankees have a fairly well balanced lineup with Gregorious, Gardner, Sanchez, Castro, and Holliday all having wRC+ between 111-119. Recently called up Clint Frazier is off to a fast start, as he already has 11 extra-base hits in 61 AB, and is hitting .295/.302/.607. Clint was traded from the Indians last year for Andrew Miller.
The mighty Yankees bullpen
The Yankees now have an embarrassment of riches in the bullpen, with three pitchers who would be closers on most teams (Chapman, Robertson, and Betances). Those three aren’t just the only great relievers though. The Reds would be best suited to try to score some runs off the Yankees starter.
Other news and notes
NL Central News: Zack Cozart drawing interest from Red Sox https://t.co/BkFHXAh1er
— MLB Daily Dish (@mlbdailydish) July 25, 2017
.@ADeSclafani made his first rehab start in Arizona Sunday and is scheduled to pitch Saturday with Dayton.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 25, 2017
More on the Dragons win on Monday and Jose Siri's hitting streak: https://t.co/C7RS4MD88r
— Dayton Dragons (@DragonsBaseball) July 25, 2017
Dilson Herrera will probably have to be a major-leaguer next year, and the Reds won't know if he's ready.https://t.co/168utCp4nP
— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) July 25, 2017
Scooter Gennett now ranks 5th in the MLB in SLG (.602) among players with 250+ PA. #Reds
— ɴɪᴄᴋ ᴋɪʀʙy (@Nicholaspkirby) July 25, 2017
For comparison, both the 2010 & 2012 Reds had 1 > .950, 4 > .800
— ɴɪᴄᴋ ᴋɪʀʙy (@Nicholaspkirby) July 25, 2017
The bad news for the Reds is that they have been absolutely terrible to start the second half. The good news, is that if the season ended today, the Reds would pick 4th in next seasons draft (and they are just 0.5 behind the 3rd pick). Tanking has worked well so far for the Reds, as they now have 2 of the top 21 prospects (Senzel #11, Greene #21). 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.