Two former teammates who are both coming back from injuries, Brandon Finnegan and Dan Straily, will be on the mound as the Cincinnati Reds host the Miami Marlins today in the 4:10 Eastern time rubber game of a three-game series.
Today’s batting order has an intriguing twist. Jose Peraza leading off and Jesse Winker hitting second is certainly worth trying, as long as both continue to hit and get on base as they have in recent weeks. Peraza gives you a leadoff batter with speed that all teams would love, provided he can get on base. The opposing first baseman holding Peraza, a base-stealing threat, at first would open a hole for the lefthanded-batting Winker to pull the ball through.
If Peraza continues to hit as he has, this is the top of the order that Reds management would love to see. We’ll see how it plays out in game action.
Statistically, this is the type of pitching matchup you might expect to see between teams with two of the worst records in baseball. Old friend Dan Straily is making only his second start and appearance of the year. Like Finnegan, he started the year on the disabled list and is trying to round into shape during game action. Finnegan pitched slightly better in his most recent start, but poor control continues to be his primary obstacle. At this point, the hope is that he will continue to show signs of improvement and stamina as he returns from nearly a full year off from pitching due to injury.
In a 2016 Mark Sheldon article, Finnegan credited Straily with helping him develop a changeup while they were Reds teammates.
Saturday was a rare recent off-day for the bullpen, as Austin Brice surrendered three runs in 1.1 innings. All members of the bullpen should be available today.
Jim Riggleman said LHP Amir Garrett could rejoin the team as soon as today. Garrett was on bereavement leave. #Reds
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) May 6, 2018
|C J.T. Realmuto||SS Jose Peraza|
|3B Martin Prado||LF Jesse Winker|
|2B Starlin Castro||1B Joey Votto|
|RF Brian Anderson||2B Scooter Gennett|
|1B Justin Bour||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|LF Cameron Maybin||RF Scott Schebler|
|CF Lewis Brinson||C Tucker Barnhart|
|SS Yadiel Rivera||P Brandon Finnegan|
|P Dan Straily||CF Billy Hamilton|
News and Notes
The Devon Mesoraco losing streak, revealed here yesterday, continues …
Marlins 6#Reds 0
Reds drop to 8-25 on season.
Incredibly and without reasonable explanation, the Reds have lost 20 consecutive games with Devin Mesoraco starting behind the plate.
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) May 6, 2018
Keep this name in mind …
At last year’s trade deadline, the #Reds acquired 20-year old catcher Hendrik Clementina for Tony Cingrani. Fast forward to tonight, Clementina has hit his 6th HR of the season in only 64 PAs, and is slashing .382/.453/.836 with 7 bb/14 k.
Keep an eye on that name.
— OnBaseMachine (@RedsFan_Brandon) May 6, 2018
Tom Mitsoff is a lifelong Reds fan who grew up in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio. He lived a teenage life atypical of most his age by prioritizing following the Reds. At one point in the 1970s and early 1980s, Tom kept complete scorecards on more than 1,000 consecutive Reds games. Now that adult life has forced him to move on from his beloved Southwest Ohio, he follows the Reds daily through MLB.TV and other online media sources, including Redleg Nation.