Can we have a group fist bump for Adam Duvall?
Last night, he turned the game in the RedsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ favor with a two-run homer in the sixth inning, the first of three off R.A. Dickey in the inning Ã¢â‚¬â€œ after which he was the victim of a Joey Votto fake:
Ã¢â‚¬â€ FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) August 19, 2017
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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“sortedÃ¢â‚¬Â in the RedsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ current rebuild. But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 19, 2017
HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
The key for Stephenson, as it seems to be for most of the young Reds pitchers, is control Ã¢â‚¬â€œ both within and outside the strike zone. Hopefully he was closely watching Sal RomanoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s excellent outing last night. Romano walked only one, and for the most part, pitched to contact. Reds fans would take an outing like RomanoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s every day of the week. This is StephensonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 TeheranÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pickoff move is among the best.
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 FeldmanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s spot, though there has been no announcement of that yet.
|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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