The Cincinnati Reds are now 2-12 to start the second half of the season.
Robert Stephenson showed that his first start back from Louisville a week ago where he showed control was a facade. Stephenson walked seven batters in just 4.1 innings.
Chris O’Grady, pitching against the Reds for the second time in less than week, pitched seven shutout innings for the fish.
|Cincinnati Reds (41-61)||1||10||1|
|Miami Marlins (47-53)||4||7||0|
|W: Stephenson (0-4) L: O’Grady (2-1) S: Ramos (20)|
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Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Robert Stephenson allowing a solo home run to Derek Dietrich with 0 outs in the 4th inning, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. That play decreased the Reds chances of winning by 13.0% (from 44.1% to 31.0%).
Joey Votto has reached base in 7 of his last 8 plate appearances (4 BB, 3 H).
Eugenio Suarez had two hits. Suarez entered tonight with 1.049 OPS over the last 7 days.
Jose Peraza also had a two hit night.
Scooter Gennett had an RBI single. He also hit a 361 foot ball to right-field that just missed being a 3-run homer.
Blake Wood did allow a run in two innings of relief, but he struck out 5 batters without walking any.
The improved control from Robert Stephenson in his last start was short lived. Stephenson walked 7 batters tonight. That is not easy to do, as the Marlins rank 27th in the MLB in BB%. Stephenson’s final line was luckily not that terrible (4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 K), but walking 7 batters is just inexcusable.
Scott Schebler went 0 for 4. He entered play today hitting just .149/.222/.284 in the month of July.
Not so random thoughts…………..
I started this question on Twitter tonight, and it got mostly negatives feedback:
Thought: Maybe Cozart’s injury hurting his trade value will also lower his free-agent dollar value this off-season? I personally think the Reds should try to sign him if that is the fact. I think Cozart for say 3 years, $40 million would be a good deal for the Reds. My reasoning for that is that I don’t think the Reds have anyone who would be better than Cozart at SS over the next three years. I think the Reds have to start trying to win, or they need to trade Votto. Our hero only has so many good years left.
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) July 28, 2017
Reds at Marlins
Friday, 7:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Sal Romano (5.50 ERA) vs Vance Worley (6.37 ERA)
All statistics are used courtesy of Fangraphs, ESPN Stats & Info, and Baseball-Reference.
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.