Tonight the Reds (55-74) open a 3 game series versus the Mets (57-73) to close out the current 9 game homestand. After dropping 2 of 3 back to back versus the Cubs and Pirates, the Reds need a sweep against the Mets to finish the homestand at .500. Over their last 10 games comprised of 7 versus the Cubs and 3 with the Pirates, the Reds are an even .500. The Mets also come into this series following an off day on Monday. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games including a split versus the Nationals over the weekend.
Sal Romano will be making the eleventh start of his rookie season for the Reds. The big righthander has completed at least 6 innings in 4 of his last 5 starts capped by 7 inning stints his last 2 times to the mound. His recent performances have stoked hopes that he will be ready to step into the Reds 2018 rotation. Tonight is the next step in that journey. Keep an eye on Romano’s overall control and how he commands his pitches within the strike zone to gauge his performance as he has struggled with both from time to time.
Rookie righthander Chris Flexen gets the start for the Mets. Flexen who just recently turned 23 years old makes his seventh MLB start since being promoted to the Mets rotation in late July. Flexen started 2017 at the A+ level but was quickly promoted to the Mets AA team from which, like the Reds Luis Castillo, he was promoted to the major league rotation without ever playing at the AAA. level. Flexen’s base on balls numbers suggest that he has struggled with control since arriving at the MLB level.
Both teams were off Monday. There should be no availability issues tonight.
Bryan Price is hunkered down on his regular eight for reasons known only to himself. On the other hand, the Mets have certainly cleaned house in response to their failed season.
News and Notes
If you are not a hockey fan, just blindly hope that Nick Senzel’s approaching arrival in Cincinnati will mark an upturn in the Reds fortunes which matches what happened with the Blue Jackets after Zach Werenski arrived in Columbus this time last year.
Zack Cozart did not make this list; but someone the Reds are paying $13M to play for another team did.
The Reds announced the most of their players who will participate in the Arizona Fall League this offseason. It looks like another year of sorting for the Reds in the AFL too.
I don’t have the day old tweets for you; but, yesterday Chad Wallach was optioned back to AAA. Presumably Stuart Turner has returned from maternity leave to back up Tucker Barnhart.
The dog days of August are all but behind us. Ahead lies the final month of what has been a
somewhat disappointing season. The season has been disappointing not just because of the bottom line results but also because it has often seemed as if the Reds lacked the direction or resolve get on with the business of seriously sorting out their young prospects, in particular their young starting pitchers. In the last two weeks whether by choice or necessity, youth has ruled the day with the rotation; and, this has provided an injection of excitement for fans. Hopefully we will soon see more of the position player prospects in action. My feeling of day to day connectedness with the Reds will certainly be enhanced if this transpires. How about you? Go Reds.