Today is May Day; but, given the Reds most recent meltdown, no one would fault manager Jim Riggleman if he was heard screaming “mayday! mayday! mayday!” during the seventh inning last night. However tonight is a new night and game; and, the Reds will attempt to set the ship right against the Brewers in game 2 of the current 3 game series at GABP.
Tonight’s game will feature another battle of right handers as the Reds Homer Bailey faces Chase Anderson of the Brewers.
Bailey will make his seventh start of the season. After going at least 6 innings in three of his first four starts, he has not made it through the sixth inning in his two most recent starts. Should we be concerned by this trend? Probably not, at least not yet as there is no indication that Bailey’s injury woes are once again rearing up. His velocity has not dropped; and, his strike percentage has remained relatively stable. Bailey has however been tagged for 2 HR in each of his last 2 outings. He blames issues with his slider for the those woes. Hopefully he will be back on track tonight.
Chase Anderson is another 30 year old in the Brewers rotation. Anderson was the drafted by Arizona in the ninth round (#276 overall) of the 2009 June draft. He was subsequently traded to the Brewers late in the 2015-16 off season and is now in his third season as part of the Brewers rotation. Since breaking into the Arizona MLB rotation in 2009, Anderson has made 110 MLB appearances, all but one of which have been as a starter. 2017 was something of a breakout season for Anderson as he compiled a 2.74 ERA (3.89 FIP) while completing 141.1 inning in 25 starts for the Brewers. Anderson sports a career ERA of 2.68 against the Reds complied over 37 innings during 7 starts. Anderson has a varied repertoire; but relies on his 4 seam fastball (92-93MPH) roughly 40% of the time with the rest of his pitches about evenly distributed among a cutter, slider, change up and curve. The change up (83MPH) and curve (78MPH) serve as his significant off speed offerings.
Here are the 2018 comparative stats. Both pitchers have 6 previous starts this season.
The Reds used 4 relievers to cover 4 innings. Austin Brice needed 25 pitches to record his 3 outs and may be questionable for tonight. Wandy Peralta worked for the second consecutive day and is probably unavailable tonight. Jared Hughes and Raisel Iglesias should both be able to handle a inning.
The Brewers used 4 relievers to cover 4.2 innings. The heavy lifting was done by Brandon Woodruff (1.1 innings) and Josh Hader (2.2 innings). Presumably Woodruff will have limited availability tonight; and Hader would be unavailable. We’ll have more to say about Hader’s night in the News and Notes below.
|1. Lorenzo Cain (CF)
2. Christian Yelich (RF)
3. Ryan Braun (LF)
4. Travis Shaw (3B)
5. Jesus Aguilar (1B)
6. Manny Pina (C)
7. Jonathan Villar (2B)
8. Orlando Arcia (SS)
9. Chase Anderson (P)
|1. Jose Peraza (SS)
2. Adam Duvall (LF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scott Schebler (RF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Tucker Barnhart (C)
7. Rosell Herrera (2B)
8. Homer Bailey (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
Oh my! Adam Duvall, he of .175 batting average and .257 OBP, has been elevated to the 2 slot in the Reds lineup tonight. I guess Jim Riggleman must be figuring that batting immediately ahead of Joey Votto seems to have worked wonders for José Peraza why not give it shot with Duvall. Then there is the issue of Peraza’s own OBP of just .308 occupying the leadoff spot. And where is Jesse Winker? At least we get to see Rosell Herrera play in the field and hopefully get several plate appearances.
News and Notes
The 2.2 inning relief outing by the Brewers Josh Hader Monday was pretty special. All 8 outs he recorded were K’s. It was the first time in MLB history a pitcher recorded 8K’s in less than 3 full innings.
.@jhader17 often gets compared to Randy Johnson.
The last pitcher to record a save of 8+ K's before Hader did tonight … the Big Unit himself. pic.twitter.com/0gEKSGmnch
— MLB (@MLB) May 1, 2018
Jim Riggleman did not mince words about what went down Monday with the Reds
"We had it and they took it from us."
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) May 1, 2018
Nick Senzel is doing all he can to make his case to be called up to the Reds
The Nick Senzel show was on full display last night with an inside the park homer and an outstanding defensive play for Louisville. You can see both of them here: https://t.co/XvFSXWVhfM pic.twitter.com/zSHjPpdibc
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) May 1, 2018
Late word about Scooter’s shoulder
Gennett said MRI showed nothing serious with his shoulder. Hoping a couple more days without throwing will calm it down #reds
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) May 1, 2018
We all know there are two main parts to pitching, starting and relieving. For the most part Reds fans have been focusing their attention on the starting pitching lately because the Reds rotation is at best a work in (early) progress. We’ve been somewhat comfortable to believe that the situation with the Reds bullpen was much more settled. After all, the Reds have Raisel Iglesias at the back end. Amir Garrett has done so well at what’s been asked of him many of us have been wondering why he isn’t being asked to start. Also, several other guys working out of the pen also seem to be up to the task.
However this last week has been a tough one for the bullpen despite increased overall success for the team. In no less than 3 games, the pen gave up a lead in the seventh inning or later. The Reds got lucky and salvaged an extra inning win in one of those games; but, the other two, including Monday night, went into the books as losses. As if this wasn’t enough, in yet another contest, the pen allowed a game tied in the fifth inning to slip away with late runs allowed in the eighth and ninth innings. In my mind I can hear Roseanne Roseannadanna explaining to Chico Escuela that no matter how very, very good baseball has been to him that because baseball is part of life there is always something. Go Reds!