The Reds (46-66) will try to replicate the offensive clinic put on last night at GABP in the second game of this four game series against the San Diego Padres (49-62). First pitch is at 7:10 EDT.
Sal Romano has had his struggles, but he’s also had some good moments. While he’s coming off a loss to Pittsburgh in which he gave up eight hits and four runs in six innings, he’s also had games like the one against Miami at GABP in which he gave up three hits, one run (a home run), and struck out seven in six innings. The key for Romano, like any young pitcher, is his command. He’s had games where he walks five or six, and then has had games where he’s walked zero, such as the start in Pittsburgh. If there’s something Romano has done right, it’s being able to get strikeouts. He has 26 strikeouts in 27.2 innings.
After spending five seasons in the Cardinals minor league system, Luis Perdomo got his shot at the major leagues last season in San Diego after the Padres selected him in the Rule 5 Draft. He recorded a 5.71 ERA in 146.2 innings. In 2017, Perdomo has fared only slightly better, with a 4.92 ERA in 104.1 innings. The biggest reason for his improvement is because, compared to 2016 when he surrendered 23 home runs, this season he has only allowed 11 long balls. His K% is also up from 15.9% from last season. However, Perdomo’s control is still questionable. He’s already walked 39 batters, and will likely surpass his total of 46 from 2016.
Perdomo faced the Reds in San Diego earlier this season, giving up three runs on seven hits, with two walks and four strikeouts in 6.2 innings.
|1. Manuel Margot (CF)
2. Carlos Asuaje (2B)
3. Jose Pirela (RF)
4. Yangervis Solarte (3B)
5. Wil Myers (1B)
6. Cory Spangenberg (LF)
7. Austin Hedges (C)
8. Dusty Coleman (SS)
9. Luis Perdomo (P)
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Scooter Gennett (3B)
6. Jesse Winker (RF)
7. Jose Peraza (2B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Sal Romano (P)
-Joey Votto has three hits in six at-bats against Perdomo. There’s a good chance he extends his 12-game hitting streak tonight.
-Jesse Winker should be hitting higher than sixth.
News and Notes
-It looks like Scott Feldman will be returning to the rotation soon.
-Hunter Greene makes his professional debut tonight, as the DH for the Billings Mustangs.
-When Votto talks hitting, people should listen.
Votto is definitely the best Reds hitter I’ve ever watched, and I’ve been told by people who watched the Big Red Machine that he just might be the best Reds hitter of all-time (I’m too young to have seen those players play, so I can’t make that comparison). But it’s at the point now that Votto’s at-bats are must-watch. Even if you don’t watch any other part of the game, you should want to watch Votto.
Last night and this morning, Twitter was bursting with Votto stats. I’m just going to leave you with some of them, because it really is incredible.
And, oh yeah, he also likes to make jokes, especially when talking about his best friend Jay Bruce.