The Reds (46-67) and Padres (50-62) continue their four game series tonight at beautiful Great American Ball Park.
First pitch is at 7:10 EDT.
Since getting recalled to the Reds on July 4, Wojciechowski has pitched quite well. In 12.2 innings out of the bullpen, he had given up just four hits and one run, which came on a home run by Nationals center fielder Brian Goodwin. When Wojciechowski returned to the rotation last Friday, he continued his success with five innings of three hit, one-run baseball against the St. Louis Cardinals. Wojo’s success partly comes from his strikeout to walk ratio. In 39.0 innings, he has struck out 40 and walked only nine. He is more of a fly ball pitcher, as his FB% is 55.4, but it hasn’t gotten him in too much trouble since he returned.
The Reds will see a familiar face tonight in former Red Travis Wood. The Reds drafted Wood in the second round of the 2005 draft, and he pitched for them in 2010 and 2011 before being traded to the Chicago Cubs. After signing with the Kansas City Royals as a free agent in the off-season, Wood started the 2017 season pitching out of the bullpen, but the Royals put him back into the starting rotation on July 2. He had made three starts when the Padres acquired him in late July. Tonight will be Wood’s third start with San Diego.
Since returning to the starting role, Wood has been getting shellacked. He’s given up no less than two runs in each of his five appearances, including three home runs and five walks. The Royals moved him to the rotation out of necessity due to injuries, but he was moved after he had started to turn things around from his dreadful April and May. In the month of June, he allowed just two runs in 11 innings. Last season, he pitched out of the bullpen with the Cubs, recording a 2.95 ERA in 77 appearances. It would seem like the bullpen is the better fit for him.
-Joey Votto is the only Red who has had any kind of success off Wood.
Halfway through this four-game series, both bullpens seem to be in good shape. Neither manager has used any of his relievers on back-to-back days. If anyone is not able to go for the Reds, it would likely be Austin Brice, as he pitched two innings Tuesday night.
|1. Manuel Margot (CF)
2. Cory Spangenberg(3B)
3. Jose Pirela (LF)
4. Yangervis Solarte (2B)
5. Wil Myers (1B)
6. Hunter Renfroe (RF)
7. Austin Hedges (C)
8. Dusty Coleman (SS)
9. Travis Wood (P)
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Patrick Kivlehan (RF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Jose Peraza (SS)
7. Stuart Turner (C)
8. Arismendy Alcantara(2B)
9. Asher Wojciechowski (P)
-It threw me off a little bit to see Kivlehan, Turner and Alcantara all in the lineup tonight. Just watch: this will be the lineup that gets a win. That’s how it usually works.
News, Notes, and Some Reading
-After going 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his first three at-bats last night in Billings, Hunter Greene delivered a two-run triple for his first professional hit.
-And speaking of prospects, Nick Senzel just keeps on hitting.
-These are fun uniforms.
-Fangraphs goes more in depth on Joey Votto’s comments to Zach Buchanan of The Cincinnati Enquirer about the strike zone changing for lefty hitters.
-And a good read from Steve Mancuso on the decision the Reds face with Bryan Price and the managerial position.
The Reds may be mired in last place for the third straight year, but at least we still get to watch some fun defense from certain players almost every night.
And of course, Adam Duvall had to get in on the fun last night with this dandy catch.
It’s not just that the Reds make fantastic highlight reel plays. The team is first in the National League in defensive efficency at 26.8. They are also first in all of baseball in defensive runs saved with 40 and have a 18.8 UZR, good for second in the NL. For those who like the standard fielding statistics, the Reds are third in the NL with a .987 fielding percentage and have committed only 54 errors as a team (most teams have committed over 60).
Everyone knows the pitching has been horrible this season, even with the excellent defense. I don’t want to imagine what it would be like if the Reds didn’t have the defense they have behind their pitchers.