The Cincinnati Reds (8-26) will continue their homestand tonight at 7:10 PM against the New York Mets (17-15). The Reds so far are just 1-5 on the homestand, coming off back-to-back losses to the lowly Marlins. The Mets have lost six straight games, but are still currently right in the thick of the NL East race, 1.5 games out of first place. The top four teams in the NL East (Braves, Phillies, Mets, Nats) are all separated by less than two games. The Mets are lead in part by former Reds, Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce. Frazier is off to a resurgent 2018 season, as he enters play on Monday with 5 homers and a 135 wRC+.
Homer Bailey‘s last three starts have not been good: 15.2 IP, 20 H, 12 ER, 6 HR, 4 BB, 5 K. Bailey is really struggling so far in 2018 to miss bats, and that has be concerning as the temperature warms up this summer. It won’t get any easier for Bailey tonight as he has a career 6.49 ERA against the Mets, and the combined currents Mets hitters have a 1.002 OPS.
The Reds catch a break tonight as they will face P.J. Conlon in his MLB debut. Conlon is taking the place of the injured Jacob DeGrom. Mets manager Mickey Callaway said about Conlon (courtesy NY Post): “He’s a guy that throws strikes, has a good changeup and maybe he can keep them off balance for a while and then let out bullpen come in and try to finish the job.” He was the Mets second choice to fill the rotation spot (the other got his travel schedule messed up), so even they aren’t putting a lot of faith in him. One interesting fact is that Conlon will be the first Irish-born player in the major leagues since 1945.
You can find the lineups here.
This is the kind of game you have to pounce on if you are the Reds. You are facing a rookie starter who has no business being here, and a team that has lost six straight games. 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.