The Cincinnati Reds (53-73) are coming off a bullpen implosion last night to the Chicago Cubs (67-57). The Reds blew leads of 3-0 and 6-3 as the bullpen allowed all 13 runs after Homer Bailey exited early with an injury. The Reds offense continued to hold up their end of the bargain, as they have now averaged 6.9 runs over the last 15 games. The Reds will try to put together a complete game against the first place Cubs tonight at 7:10.
The strikeout and walk numbers for Woj are extremely good. The problem is that he has allowed 12 home runs in 50.1 innings. Two of those home runs came to Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo last week. Woj started against the Cubs last Monday, and got lit up: 3.2 IP, 10 H, 7 ER. His ERA went from 4.23 to 5.21.
Mike Montgomery has been everything that Cubs could ask out of him. He has made 8 starts, and 35 appearances overall. He has the nice flexibility to go back and forth from starting to relieving. He has a 4.43 ERA in 20.1 career innings against the Reds.
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The brutal year of Reds pitching
The Reds top 4 starters entering the year:
Homer Bailey – made 1st start on June 24th
Anthony DeSclafani – yet to make a start in 2017
Brandon Finnegan – out for the year
Scott Feldman – out for the year
The Reds top 3 MLB ready starting pitching prospects entering the year:
Amir Garrett – 7.41 ERA in 12 MLB starts
Robert Stephenson – 6.13 ERA in 18 MLB appearances
Cody Reed – 6.43 ERA in 7 MLB appearances
So…..that tells you all you need to know about the 2017 Cincinnati Reds.
I would be lying if I said that I felt optimistic about Asher Woj-whatever beating the Cubs tonight. But, baseball is a crazy game, right? Go Reds!
All photos are used courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, and are used by permission. All statistics are used courtesy of Fangraphs, Baseball-Reference, and ESPN Stats & Info.
Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.