The Cincinnati Reds (2-6) will begin a three game series tonight at Citizens Bank Park against the Philadelphia Phillies (3-5) at 7:05 PM. The Reds lost 3 of 4 over the weekend in Pittsburgh, and as bad as that was, they also lost their best right-handed hitter. Eugenio Suarez will be out for at least a couple weeks with a fractured thumb. The Reds made a bunch of moves today: They called up both IF Alex Blandino and RP Zack Weiss. Scott Schebler joins Suarez on the DL.
The Phillies are being managed by first-year skipper Gabe Kapler. He has come under fire for his analytical approach to managing his bullpen, and also forgetting to get a pitcher warmed up before making a pitching change. It will certainly be interesting to watch Kapler over the next three games, and maybe even more interesting to hear how Marty discusses Kapler. The Phillies had two big free agent signings this off-season in 1B Carlos Santana and SP Jake Arrieta. The Reds will miss Arrieta in this series.
The following are 2018 ZiPS projections with the exception of fastball velocity (FBv):
Cody Reed will make his first, and likely his only start for now in the Reds rotation (unless Brandon Finnegan has a setback in his start with Louisville tonight). Reed got hit around pretty hard this spring, allowing 20 hits in 12.1 innings (5.11 ERA). He did however strikeout 10 batters while walking just 2. It is pretty amazing how far Reed has fallen down the Reds SP depth chart over the last year and a half. When he made his debut on July 18th, 2016, it was thought that Reed would never go back down and end up being a top of the rotation starter for the Reds. He is only 24 years old.
Ben Lively was drafted by the Reds in 2013. He dominated the low levels of the minors for the Reds in 2013-14, but was traded to the Phillies prior to the 2015 season for Marlon Byrd. Lively made his MLB debut for the Phillies last year, and had a respectable 4.26 ERA/4.97 FIP in 15 starts. He pitched well in his first start of 2018 for the Phillies on Tuesday against the Mets: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. Lively has never faced any of the current Reds hitters.
|1. Scooter Gennett (2B)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Tucker Barnhart (C)
6. Phillip Ervin (RF)
7. Cliff Pennington (3B)
8. Cody Reed (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
|1. Cesar Hernandez (2B)
2. Carlos Santana (1B)
3. Odubel Herrera (CF)
4. Rhys Hoskins (LF)
5. Maikel Franco (3B)
6. Scott Kingery (SS)
7. Aaron Altherr (RF)
8. Jorge Alfaro (C)
9. Ben Lively (P)
Jesse Winker is out of the lineup sick.
Other news and notes
Reds Top Prospect, Hunter Greene, is making his Dragons debut tonight at 7pm! Don't miss out on this exciting moment. Lawn tickets are still available for $9. https://t.co/8tqey140Cx
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— Dayton Dragons (@DragonsBaseball) April 9, 2018
#Reds left-hander Brandon Finnegan is expected to make a rehab start tonight for Louisville.
— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) April 9, 2018
April 13 is the day the #Reds can bring up Nick Senzel without losing a year of control.
— John Fay (@johnfayman) April 9, 2018
Can only backdate new 10-day DL 3 days, so Schebler backdated only to 4/6 even though hasn't played since 4/1. Now Reds don't have him for another week. #RedsWay
— Steve Mancuso (@spmancuso) April 9, 2018
The Reds had a big gut punch yesterday losing Suarez. That is certainly a tough loss, but the Reds can’t afford to fall back any further or this 2-6 start could really spiral out of control. The good news for the Reds is the days of getting beat up by the Phillies are behind them. The Reds have actually won 12 of their last 16 games against the Phillies. Go Reds!
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.