Fresh off a much needed win last night, the Reds face the Brewers tonight in the second of the current 3 game series at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Game time will once again be 7:40pm EDT. Hopefully your personal sports world is a much happier place thanks to the Reds ending up on the good side of score Monday night. I know mine is. Whether this win may signal the start of a true positive turn in the Reds fate or simply be an outlier in a season off to a historically poor start only time will tell. For now, exhale, relax and enjoy how good it felt to see the Reds hitters beating up on opposing pitchers for a change.
Sal Romano makes his fourth start of the season for Reds tonight. The big right hander has struggled early on in all his starts to date. In his first start of the season Romano managed to steady himself and make it through 6 innings with 3 earned runs allowed to post a marginal quality start. He has not been as fortunate in is two succeeding efforts, allowing 4 earned runs in 5 inning his second time to the mound followed by 4 earned runs in just 4.1 innings in his most recent start (a scoring change announced Monday resulted in Romano be charged with 4 rather than 3 earned runs in his start April 12).
Romano is walking batters at a 5.28 per 9 innings rate and is giving up home runs at a 1.76 per 9 innings rate, a volatile combination. It would behoove Romano to show signs immediately of correcting these issues if he wishes to hold onto his rotation spot over the long haul. You can check out Matt Wilkes deeper look at Romano here.
Right hander Junior Guerra gets the start for the Brewers. Guerra is a 33 year old journeyman pitcher who bounced through several other organizations, nearly all at the minor league level, before landing with the Brewers organization in 2016. In 2016 he made 20 MLB starts while splitting time between AAA and MLB. Last year Guerra pitched mostly at MLB for the Brewers making 21 appearances, 14 of which were starts but working only 70.1 total innings. He started 2018 in AAA but was subsequently promoted to fill a rotation vacancy. Guerra appears to be a personification of an organizational depth player.
2018 MLB Level Stats:
Perhaps the only thing more brutal than Romano’s 12.5% BB rate is that it is ~3% higher than his strikeout rate.
Luis Castillo came up an out short of 7 full innings Monday. Thus the Reds pen was tasked to cover 2.1 innings. Kevin Quackenbush pitched 0.1 of an inning. Wandy Peralta and Raisel Iglesias each covered an inning. All three should be good for at least an inning again tonight. Unfortunately first man out of the pen Cody Reed faced a single batter, threw a run allowing wild pitch, allowed a hit and thus probably saw his stock sink even more.
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Jesse Winker (RF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Scooter Gennett (2B)
6. Devin Mesoraco (C)
7. Jose Peraza (SS)
8. Cliff Pennington (3B)
9. Sal Romano (P)
|1. Lorenzo Cain (CF)
2. Eric Thames (1B)
3. Ryan Braun (LF)
4. Travis Shaw (3B)
5. Domingo Santana (RF)
6. Eric Sogard (2B)
7. Orlando Arcia (SS)
8. Jacob Nottingham (C)
9. Junior Guerra (P)
The good news is that Jesse Winker returns to the Reds lineup. The not as good news is that he is not leading off; but, on the other hand having Winker and Votto hitting back to back isn’t a bad idea either. The curious use of Devin Mesoraco continues. After sitting last night versus a left hander, he starts tonight against a rightie. And alas, Alex Blandino sits again. Just as an aside, if Eugenio Suarez and Nick Senzel were added to this lineup. it would be starting to look like a formidable lineup.
On the other side, the Reds dodge Christian Yelich for another game; but, Braun and Thames returning ratchets up the pressure on Romano to avoid walks and keep the ball in the park.
News and Notes
Here is more about Sal Romano’s early innings struggles
Sal Ramano has had a little trouble getting it going so far this season. pic.twitter.com/djFctmDdNb
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) April 17, 2018
You want news about home runs in the Reds minor league system? Doug Gray has it.
Cincinnati #Reds Minor Leagues Longest Home Runs of the Week
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) April 16, 2018
It is a pretty safe bet you already knew the Reds are not in the top 20 of MLB.com’s power rankings; but, they’ve probably contributed to the placement the several teams that are.
— MLB (@MLB) April 17, 2018
And be sure to check your channels and set your DVR because there is also another (sort of big) game on FS-OH tonight
Big night as the @Reds and Game 3 of the #CBJ #StanleyCup Playoff series against the Capitals are both on tonight, Click here for channel information –> https://t.co/EgjbK7O0EF pic.twitter.com/2g9pvQZDdb
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) April 17, 2018
The 2018 season for the Reds is now essentially 10% into the books. There is no getting back what has already transpired; but, there is still time for the Reds to make these sour happenings a faded memory of a distant and different time past. Let’s hope events so transpire; and, come late September, we are excitedly looking forward to 2019 instead of looking back to April as a harbinger of what was to be in 2018. Go Reds