The Cincinnati Reds (2-7) are off to their worst nine game start to the season since 1995. The Reds will look to get back into the win column tonight at Citizens Bank Park against the Philadelphia Phillies (4-5) at 7:05 PM. The Reds lost a heart breaker 6-5 last night after battling back from 3-1 and 5-3 deficits.
Homer Bailey was dominant through the first 11 innings he pitched in 2018, allowing just 2 runs. Bailey then ran into trouble in the 5th inning on Thursday in Pittsburgh, and was unable to make it out alive. Overall, 2018 has started off positively for Bailey, and he will look to continue that tonight in Philly. Bailey has only faced two of the current Phillies hitters (Santana and Hernandez). Bailey has a career 5.66 ERA in 7 starts at Citizens Bank Park, but those were against much different Phillies teams.
Aaron Nola is off to a nice start through his first two starts of 2018. Tonight will be his home debut for the Phillies. Nola has a 3.15 ERA in 3 career starts against the Reds (20.0 IP, 22 K, 3 BB).
|1. Jesse Winker (RF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Tucker Barnhart (C)
7. Alex Blandino (3B)
8. Homer Bailey (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
|1. Cesar Hernandez (2B)
2. Carlos Santana (1B)
3. Odubel Herrera (CF)
4. Rhys Hoskins (LF)
5. Nick Williams (RF)
6. Scott Kingery (3B)
7. Jorge Alfaro (C)
8. J.P. Crawford (SS)
9. Aaron Nola (P)
Alex Blandino will make his MLB debut tonight for the Reds. Jesse Winker is back in the lineup after being sick yesterday. Joey Votto is 0 for 8 with just 1 walk in his career vs Nola, so you better believe he will want to change that.
Bye, bye Yovani
The Reds designated Yovani Gallardo for assignment today, and called up RHP Tanner Rainey from Louisville. Gallardo likely finishes his Reds career with a 30.86 ERA. One interesting note from Joel Luckhaupt of FSN-Ohio, if Gallardo rejects being sent to the minors, the Reds owe him nothing. If he does accept, the Reds only have to pay him around $60k. Important to consider before crucifying the Reds front office. If you want to know more about Rainey, Doug Gray wrote quite a bit about him today on his site.
Just got clarification, if he rejects his assignment, he would be a free agent and the Reds would owe him nothing. If he accepts, Reds owe him minor league money.
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) April 10, 2018
Other news and notes
For those into uniform numbers, Blandino is wearing No. 2 and Rainey 44
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) April 10, 2018
— Enquirer Sports (@ENQSports) April 10, 2018
The Reds really need a win. Bryan Price needs to do whatever is necessary to get one. If that means pitching Iglesias in the 6th inning, then so be it. 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.