The Reds (61-81) came into this series on a winning streak, but their season-long road woes have reared their ugly head again. Two games into their weekend trip to Citi Field, they’re back on a losing streak and their road record now sits at a dreadful 25-45. Despite injuries that keep piling up, the Mets (62-79) have owned the first two games, holding the Cincinnati offense to a mere three runs.

Once again, first pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. ET.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Homer Bailey 68.1 7.24 5.01 15.0% 10.0%
Rafael Montero 96.2 5.21 4.75 21.6% 11.9%

The overall numbers are still ugly, but Homer Bailey is slowly showing signs of returning to his old self on the mound. He’s thrown six innings in each of his last two starts, allowing run totals of two and three. His strikeout numbers are down, but he’s displaying better command, walking only two batters over his last three starts after issuing a combined 10 free passes in his two outings prior to that. In his last time out against the Brewers on Monday, Bailey at one point retired 14 batters in a row. If he continues this progress, it’ll be huge for the Reds in 2018, especially with the uncertainty surrounding Anthony DeSclafani and Brandon Finnegan.

Bailey vs. Mets


A casual baseball fan may not know who Rafael Montero is, but Reds fans do after his performance on August 30. The right-hander dominated Cincinnati hitters that night in Great American Ball Park, shutting the Reds out for eight innings, allowing only three hits, and striking out eight — easily the best start of his big-league career. But the former top-100 prospect did walk four batters in that game, and that’s been his primary problem. His 11.0 BB% as a starter ranks 10th-worst among pitchers with 70 or more innings, and he’s walked at least one batter in all 14 of his starts.

Montero vs. Reds

Lineups

Reds

Mets

LF Phillip Ervin (180 wRC+) SS Jose Reyes (88 wRC+)
SS Zack Cozart (144 wRC+) RF Nori Aoki (95 wRC+)
1B Joey Votto (164 wRC+) 3B Asdrubal Cabrera (102 wRC+)
2B Scooter Gennett (130 wRC+)  LF Brandon Nimmo (130 wRC+)
3B Eugenio Suárez (124 wRC+) CF Juan Lagares (85 wRC+)
CF Scott Schebler (103 wRC+) 1B Dominic Smith (56 wRC+)
RF Patrick Kivlehan (82 wRC+) C Kevin Plawecki (78 wRC+)
C Tucker Barnhart (87 wRC+) 2B Matt Reynolds (61 wRC+)
P Homer Bailey (5.01 xFIP) P Rafael Montero (4.75 xFIP)

— Interesting Reds lineup tonight. The slumping Adam Duvall is getting the night off, and Scott Schebler is making his seventh start of the season in center field. Scooter Gennett is also the cleanup hitter.

— Asdrubal Cabrera is back in the lineup for the Mets after missing yesterday’s game with a hamstring injury.

News, Notes, & Pre-Game Reading

Jesse Winker is close to returning from his hip injury. He should get plenty of playing time down the stretch with Billy Hamilton on the disabled list.

The Dayton Dragons won last night to move on to the second round of the Midwest League playoffs. They’ll face the Fort Wayne TinCaps, an affiliate of the Padres, starting tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET.

That wasn’t the only postseason success story for a Reds’ minor league team yesterday:

Happy birthday, Billy! Unfortunately, he will not play on his birthday for the second year in a row as he’s out with another late-season injury.

Rookie Davis is in the bullpen for now, but he may see time as a starter by the time the season ends:

Stat of the Day

Don’t run on Tucker Barnhart. The underrated Reds catcher threw out his 28th runner trying to steal last night to take the league lead. He has thrown out 47% of potential base-stealers this season, which trails only Orioles catcher Welington Castillo (50%). Barnhart doesn’t have the name recognition of guys like Yadier Molina and Buster Posey, but he’s got a real shot to win a Gold Glove this season. He leads all catchers in FanGraphs’ DEF rating (13.8) and Baseball Reference’s defensive WAR (2.4). His dWAR is fourth among all players, regardless of position.

***Bonus stat of the day that has nothing to do with the Reds:

Growing up just north of Cincinnati, Matt has been a Reds fan for as long as he can remember. As a kid, he was often found leading the Reds to 162-0 seasons in MVP Baseball 2005 and imitating his favorite players (Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Sean Casey, and Austin Kearns) in the backyard. One of his earliest baseball memories is attending the final night game at Cinergy Field. Matt is also a graduate of The Ohio State University and currently lives in the Dayton area. Follow him on Twitter at @_MattWilkes.

Join the conversation! 20 Comments

  1. Interesting to see Schebler in CF rather than Ervin.

  2. Three runs in two games won’t get it done.Lets score some for Homer.

  3. Montero is glad to see us.Just get it close and we will swing.

  4. Schebler cost Mahle a run the other day missing a ball with his glove, possibly another run on a poor throw to the plate. Gennett cost Garrett several pitches not turning the double play and cost Reed a run on a poor throw to the plate. Duvall has been due for a rest, wish Price would have subbed for Duvall against a pitcher he wasn’t seeing well like Harvey couple days ago rather than today vs. Montero against whom Duvall appears to see well.

  5. 5 walks in 4 innings = 1 run. Eventually someone needs to drive somebody in

  6. Three hits,5 walks and 7 left on in the last 3 innings.

  7. We are 6-7 in our last 13 games and in the 7 losses we have scored 6 runs.Not good at all and its been against the Bucs and Mets which are sub 500 teams.Means nothing of course other then it ain’t been the pitching so much in that time frame.

  8. Scooter should stay in the 4 hole, followed by suarez, scheb, duval

  9. I agree.

  10. Schebler down to .235. He is Jay Bruce light. Less power, less arm…swings at bad pitches….but is OK when the Reds are up/down 5-0.
    I’d be OK moving him in a package for a pitcher…but his value is falling daily

  11. Not sure why Irvin decided to read the commissioner’s name on the ball before throwing to 2nd. Could have made it close

  12. Embarassing performance by the offense for the 3rd straight night.

  13. Bailey walks the pitcher trying to bunt.

  14. This isn’t a Top 10 Redsiest game (so far), but that is a 2017 Redsy at bat.

    Mets franchise pitcher (why is he even pinch hitting?) tries to sacrifice, is walked on 5 pitches.

  15. Lorenzen gives it up again. Why the heck did Schebler throw home….no chance on earth to get that runner.

  16. Schebler plays that fly ball into a double.

  17. Haha.

    I knew that would bring back a zinger.

    The game threads are the best. Going to miss them, big time, when Game 162 is finished.

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About Matt Wilkes

Growing up just north of Cincinnati, Matt has been a Reds fan for as long as he can remember. As a kid, he was often found leading the Reds to 162-0 seasons in MVP Baseball 2005 and imitating his favorite players (Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Sean Casey, and Austin Kearns) in the backyard. One of his earliest baseball memories is attending the final night game at Cinergy Field. Matt is also a graduate of The Ohio State University and currently lives in the Dayton area. Follow him on Twitter at @_MattWilkes.

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