Today’s matinee at GABP between the Reds and Mets closes out the series, homestand, and month of August for the Reds. The Reds lost the chance for a .500 homestand along with the game Wednesday night. However with a win today, they can take the series and secure a winning month of August, which would be their first .500 or better month of the 2017 season.
Righthander Robert Stephenson will make the start for the Reds, his sixth since being put in the rotation. Stephenson is hoping to build on his strong effort versus the Pirates on August 25. In that game he struck out 11 batters, including the first six of the game; and, over 5.2 innings he allowed just 2 runs. However, the flip side is that he also walked four batters. Since Stephenson has been in the rotation he has shown he has excellent to outstanding stuff; but, he continues to struggle at times with his control. His results have looked solid in his last three starts; but, his FIP for them suggests that due to his high base on balls rate he has lived a bit on the lucky side .
Righthander Jacob deGrom starts for the Mets. deGrom is the lone remaining member of the highly touted projected Mets 2017 rotation which was expected to help propel the team toward a playoff berth. Nevertheless, deGrom has upheld his end of the bargain. In 26 starts he has pitched 172.2 innings with an ERA and FIP closely clustered just under 3.50. In the process he has struck more than a batter per inning along the way.
Tim Adleman was the only Reds reliever to see action on Wednesday. He threw 3 shutout innings and figures to be unavailable today.
Mets starter Rafael Montero pitched 8.1 innings before giving way to closer AJ Ramos for the final 2 outs of the game. No availability issues here.
|1. Jose Reyes (2B)
2. Amed Rosario (SS)
3. Asdrubal Cabrera (3B)
4. Brandon Nimmo (LF)
5. Travis d’Arnaud (C)
6. Dominic Smith (1B)
7. Juan Lagares (CF)
8. Travis Taijeron (RF)
9. Jacob deGrom (P)
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Scooter Gennett (2B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Patrick Kivlehan (LF)
8. Stuart Turner (C)
9. Robert Stephenson (P)
Kivlehan in for Duvall who has looked like he is running on fumes. Barnhart to paternity leave (more below).
News and Notes
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 31, 2017
After Homer Bailey’s start Wednesday, make this 8 of 14,
Bailey has allowed 2 ER or less in 7/13 starts. Sure, there are some clunkers in there, but he is starting to put together some nice starts. pic.twitter.com/c0EEjxa6Sy
— ɴɪᴄᴋ ᴋɪʀʙy (@Nicholaspkirby) August 31, 2017
The Reds lost their second pitchers’ duel in the last four games Wednesday night. It is always tough to lose these kind of games. As fans, we tend to go back and replay them in our heads time and again trying to discern where the game was lost or could have been won, if only….
Last night after the game, I became fixated on my belief Bryan Price had mismanaged the Reds ninth inning by sending Billy Hamilton instead of Patrick Kivlehan to the plate to lead off the inning as his pinch hitter for the pitcher. I even wrote in this space then deleted (twice) a paragraph explaining why I thought Price’s choice was so grievous. Finally I decided of all the things Price has done, or not done, to indicate he isn’t the person to be the Reds manager going forward, this was among the lesser and unworthy of deeper attention.
Instead, by the light of a new day I have chosen to be happy that the Reds have actually been involved in two pitching duels in the last four games. Given the path their pitching has been down in 2017, this in itself is a sign of progress and a victory of sort. Now if I can just get past wondering why Luis Castillo grooved a first pitch batting practice fastball to Gerrit Cole on Saturday night…… Go Reds!