Holy cow. Another game against the Cubs tomorrow.
Asher Wojciechowski has been much better as a reliever than he has been a starter. The issue, a common one for pitchers, has been his lack of success with hitters the second and third time through lineups. A 30-second glance at his FanGraphs splits page would reveal that. His FIP the first time through the lineup as a SP (2.20) is pretty much the same as his FIP as a RP (2.07). Yet, someone in the Reds organization thought it would be a good idea to have Wojciechowski pitch from the stretch at the start of the game, as if that mattered.
I like the job Asher Wojciechowski has done with the Reds. He’s 28 years old, so not a young guy. But I could see him doing a solid job in a long relief role. He’s just not built to start. It’s hard to explain why the Reds would keep feeding him starting opportunities – this was his 8th – instead of calling up a younger pitcher to give experience and opportunity.
Stretch, windup, first time through, second time through, none of it mattered for Wojciechowski tonight. He gave up 7 earned runs in 3.2 innings. Wojciechowski did strike out six and walked one.
The game featured the debut of pitcher Alejandro Chacin. Chacin (24) was acquired by the Reds in 2010. He’s made 332 appearances in the Reds organization, every one as a reliever. Chacin has pitched in 44 games for the Louisville Bats this year. The Cubs greeted Chacin with a 2-run homer. He struck out two of the next four batters he faced, completing 1.1. innings.
Luke Farrell got a chance to pitch long relief in his first game with the Reds. Farrell (26) made one appearance earlier this season for the Kansas City Royals. The Reds claimed him off of waivers a few weeks ago. Farrell pitched three scoreless innings tonight, but it seemed like the Cubs by that time had their minds on getting to Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse.
Sad trombone for Raisel Iglesias‘ appearance in the 9th inning of a 9-0 game.
The Reds managed only four hits and a walk before three solo homers in the 9th inning.
Joey Votto hit his 33rd of the season. He had extended his streak of 27 consecutive games getting on base earlier with a single.
Eugenio Suarez hit his 24th, a career high.
Scott Schebler hit his 24th right after Suarez had homered.
Jesse Winker, who has started one game in the last week, singled in his only at bat. Winker is now hitting .306/.405/.514. Needless to say, if the Reds cared enough about development and the future, he’d be playing more. Winker is an ideal leadoff hitter, notwithstanding obsolete theories about how to win baseball games.