2017 Reds / Game Thread

Reds vs. Braves – August 19, 2017

Can we have a group fist bump for Adam Duvall?

Last night, he turned the game in the Reds’ favor with a two-run homer in the sixth inning, the first of three off R.A. Dickey in the inning – after which he was the victim of a Joey Votto fake:

Along with leading National League outfielders with 11 assists, he has knocked in the most runs of any NL left fielder over the past two years, 188. There is not much more Reds fans could ask of him, both offensively and defensively. Many questions and roster spots remain to be “sorted” in the Reds’ current rebuild. But it’s very clear that Adam Duvall not only belongs as an everyday left fielder and cleanup hitter, but should be considered one of the cornerstones of the future. The Reds still have four more years of contract control.

He’ll be starting in left field and batting cleanup again tonight as the Reds play the Braves in the middle game of a three-game series at new SunTrust Park.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Robert Stephenson 42.0 6.64 5.43 20.7% 14.1%
Julio Teheran 137.1 4.98 5.05 18.2% 8.9%

The key for Stephenson, as it seems to be for most of the young Reds pitchers, is control – both within and outside the strike zone. Hopefully he was closely watching Sal Romano’s excellent outing last night. Romano walked only one, and for the most part, pitched to contact. Reds fans would take an outing like Romano’s every day of the week. This is Stephenson’s first start since returning from the disabled list after suffering a bruised shoulder diving for a popup. He did pitch in relief earlier in the week as a tune-up for this start.

Teheran was considered among the elite young starters in the game as recently as 2014, but he has trended more toward just average since then. Billy Hamilton probably knows that Teheran’s pickoff move is among the best.

Bullpen

After three appearances covering 3.2 innings for Raisel Iglesias in the last four days, whether he will be used is questionable. Perhaps for one key out. Michael Lorenzen and Wandy Peralta should be available after being given the day off yesterday. Tim Adleman and presumably Asher Wojciechowski will be available in long relief if Stephenson struggles early. Perhaps Wojciechowski will go back into the rotation in Scott Feldman’s spot, though there has been no announcement of that yet.

Starting Lineups

Reds Braves
CF Billy Hamilton CF Ender Inciarte
SS Jose Peraza 3B Brandon Phillips
1B Joey Votto 1B Freddie Freeman
LF Adam Duvall LF Matt Kemp
2B Scooter Gennett RF Nick Markakis
3B Eugenio Suarez C Kurt Suzuki
RF Scott Schebler 2B Ozzie Albies
C Tucker Barnhart SS Dansby Swanson
P Robert Stephenson P Julio Teheran

Zack Cozart’s availability for tonight’s game was unclear as of the time this article was written. He took a fastball squarely off his shinbone in last night’s game and had to come out. He’s not starting, but we’ll see if he is available to pinch-hit.

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85 thoughts on “Reds vs. Braves – August 19, 2017

  1. For a long time I’ve read about people calling for Lorenzen to start. He’s been pretty hittable as of late. Does any one with more baseball knowledge know whats changed in the last couple of months that brought him down to an average reliever? I have to think he still has the raw stuff to be great as a reliever or a serviceable starter, but something seems off from the start of the year to now to my untrained eye.

  2. My boy Lorenzen looked a little better. 5 hitters…2 hits but BPs was a little swinging bunt. The only hit was a bad 1-2 pitch to Freeman. He gets ahead of guys 1-2 or 2-2 all the time but can’t finish them off? He need to bury that slider in the dirt and he’ll get some swings.

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