Rinse, repeat. Last night saw another young Reds (41-62) starting pitcher struggle, a bullpen implosion, and little excitement from the offense after the first inning. They’ll look to snap their five-game losing streak and avoid another series loss to the Marlins (48-53) tonight at 7:10 p.m.
Raise your hand if you expected Tim Adleman to throw 100+ innings for the Reds this season. (Put your hand down, you liar!) The right-hander is poised to pass Scott Feldman for the team lead in innings pitched in his start today, though his time in the starting rotation may be running out. His last seven starts have not been good, as he’s allowed a 6.69 ERA (5.02 xFIP) and 11 home runs in 36.1 innings. Additionally, Anthony DeSclafani is set to pitch for Low-A Dayton tonight and could be back in a couple of weeks, while Feldman is throwing again after being shut down with a knee injury. If the Reds stick with their young pitchers (which they should), that leaves Adleman on the outside looking in. As some have noted, including Doug Gray over at RedsMinorLeagues.com, he could be a nice piece in the bullpen moving forward.
Adleman vs. Marlins
Adleman has never faced any current Marlins hitter.
Following a decent sophomore season in 2016 (1.4 fWAR), the Marlins were counting on Adam Conley to take another step forward at age 27. He was penciled in as the No. 5 starter but struggled over his first six starts. The team demoted him to Triple-A on May 8, and while he didn’t pitch well in New Orleans (5.49 ERA), they recalled him on July 18. In two outings since returning, the left-hander has impressed, allowing only two runs in 13 innings. Overall, however, there have been some alarming trends for Conley, namely his dropping strikeout rate. Last season, he was right at league average with a 21.2 K% but that number has taken a sizable dip this year to 16.7 percent in the majors and 14.9 percent in the minors.
Conley vs. Reds
|CF Billy Hamilton (63 wRC+)||2B Dee Gordon (85 wRC+)|
|3B Eugenio Suárez (112 wRC+)||RF Giancarlo Stanton (143 wRC+)|
|1B Joey Votto (153 wRC+)||CF Christian Yelich (111 wRC+)|
|LF Adam Duvall (115 wRC+)||LF Marcell Ozuna (136 wRC+)|
|RF Patrick Kivlehan (75 wRC+)||C J.T. Realmuto (127 wRC+)|
|2B Scooter Gennett (138 wRC+)||3B Derek Dietrich (84 wRC+)|
|C Devin Mesoraco (92 wRC+)||1B Tomas Telis (85 wRC+)|
|SS José Peraza (52 wRC+)||SS Miguel Rojas (96 wRC+)|
|P Tim Adleman (5.00 xFIP)||P Adam Conley (5.38 xFIP)|
— With a left-hander on the mound, Scott Schebler is on the bench today. Patrick Kivlehan is starting in his place and, rather curiously, batting fifth.
News, Notes, and Pre-Game Reading
Aaaand there goes any chance of trading Zack Cozart before the Monday trade deadline:
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 29, 2017
As our own Jim Walker pointed out, the Reds choosing to bring up Kevin Shackelford means they’ll continue to operate with a short bench.
And of course they officially shortened the already short bench (3rd catcher) by calling up a pitcher for Cozart's spot #Reds
— James Walker (@jn_walkerjr) July 29, 2017
Nice story on Jesse Winker returning home this weekend:
Reds prospect Jesse Winker enjoys a homecoming at Coca-Cola Field https://t.co/S1q58LTgiq
— Buffalo News Sports (@TBNSports) July 29, 2017
Interesting read here. Kind of goes along with what I wrote a few days ago about previous Reds deadline deals.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) July 29, 2017
This isn’t Reds-related, but it’s worth noting that the Marlins traded their closer to the Mets after last night’s game:
Official: We've acquired prospects RHP Merandy Gonzalez and CF Ricardo Cespedes from the New York Mets in exchange for AJ Ramos. pic.twitter.com/5jYhgcnYUf
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) July 29, 2017
Miami got rid of a top reliever but also got one back today:
• RHP @BradZiegler returned from rehab and reinstated from the DL
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) July 29, 2017
The Reds apparently knew Dilson Herrera might need shoulder surgery when they acquired him last year. Makes you wonder why they put it off for so long.
When the Reds talked about acquiring Dilson Herrera last year, they knew he might need shoulder surgery. Now he doeshttps://t.co/OGjzbZSql8
— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) July 29, 2017
The competition for the No. 1 pick is heating up. Although the Reds have closed the gap on the Phillies, who are on a modest two-game winning streak, the White Sox have lost four straight and are charging hard for the top selection. Will Cincinnati get even closer tonight or will they snap their losing skid?
Growing up just north of Cincinnati, Matt has been a Reds fan for as long as he can remember. As a kid, he was often found leading the Reds to 162-0 seasons in MVP Baseball 2005 and imitating his favorite players (Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Sean Casey, and Austin Kearns) in the backyard. One of his earliest baseball memories is attending the final night game at Cinergy Field. Matt is also a graduate of The Ohio State University and currently lives in the Dayton area. Follow him on Twitter at @_MattWilkes.