The Reds and Brewers meet today in a 1:40pm matinee at Miller Park to conclude the current 3 game series in Milwaukee. 17 games into the season, the Reds have yet to record consecutive victories; and, on the heels of Tuesday’s loss cannot do so today. However with a win today the Reds could secure their first multigame series win of the season. Every journey begins with a first small step; the Reds have a chance to take one today.
Tyler Mahle starts this afternoon for the Reds. The young right hander has flashed moments of great promise punctuated by unpleasant reminders he still has considerable progress to make if he is to consistently perform to the level of potential he has shown. To date, Mahle’s strikeout and walk rates are both outstanding. However they have been largely offset by his BABIP of .326 and HR/9 rate of 2.25. Unlike yesterday’s starter Sal Romano who has typically struggled early in games, Mahle generally hits the deck running but struggles in his third time through the opposition line up. If Mahle is to become a fixture near the top of the Reds rotation, he must learn to overcome these issues. We all hope he does. This will be determined by the Reds ongoing sorting process.
Right hander Zach Davies starts for the Brewers. Davies is a 25 year old who is beginning his third season in the Brewers rotation. Over the last two seasons, he made 61 starts completing 354.2 innings of work, just a touch short of 6 innings per start. Davies FIP over the same span was 4.07 For now at least, he is essentially a league average middle of the rotation grinder, a commodity every team needs. The Reds and Davies have seen quite a bit of each other over the last couple of seasons. In 9 career starts versus the Reds, he has pitched his way to a 3.72 ERA
The Reds bullpen was tasked to cover 3 innings Tuesday night. Amir Garrett, Dylan Floro and Cody Reed each provided a scoreless inning. With the short overnight turnaround, they will probably not be used today.
The Brewers bullpen was called upon for 3.1 innings Tuesday. Josh Hader provided 2 of those innings and almost certainly will not be available today given the short turnaround.
|1. Jesse Winker (RF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Scooter Gennett (2B)
6. Tucker Barnhart (C)
7. Alex Blandino (3B)
8. Tyler Mahle (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
|1. Eric Thames (1B)
2. Christian Yelich (CF)
3. Domingo Santana (RF)
4. Travis Shaw (3B)
5. Hernan Perez (LF)
6. Jonathan Villar (2B)
7. Orlando Arcia (SS)
8. Jett Bandy (C)
9. Zach Davies (P)
Jesse Winker back to the top, Billy to the bottom, Blandino gets to play. Progress.
Yelich returns for Brewers, not good for Reds.
News and Notes
Devon Mesoraco was hit by a pitch while batting last night and subsequently left the game. Mark Sheldon provides the details.
— James Walker (@jn_walkerjr) April 18, 2018
Highly regarded Reds pitching prospect Tony Santillan is off to a great start at A+ level Daytona
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) April 18, 2018
It is not just a Reds thing. Other teams also have significant and vexing injuries
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) April 18, 2018
The game today wraps up a run of 14 days without a break for the Reds. It has been a tough stretch for the team and those of us who follow them. After their off day on Thursday, the Reds are scheduled to play through May 2, 13 days, before their next day off. Welcome to the dog days of August in April. A win today would ease the pain just a bit. Go Reds!