After Matt Harvey’s scintillating four inning performance Friday night, the Reds look to continue their 2018 dominance of the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight at 9:10 ET.
Homer Bailey’s last start against the Mets was his worst of the season so far, as he gave up six runs on eight hits in just four innings. That included three home runs. Bailey has now given up 11 home runs on the season, most among all National League pitchers.
Bailey’s K% is also down from previous years. He’s never been a high strikeout pitcher anyway, but this season it is only 13.2%. He is usually closer to 20%. If there’s a positive to Bailey’s stats, it’s that he’s not walking batters at a higher rate than normal. His 6.9 BB% is close to his career average.
Here are Bailey’s stats against Dodgers hitters:
Though Stripling has only pitched 23.1 innings in 2018 (he has been in the Dodgers bullpen and tonight is just his third game starting), he has been one of the best Dodger pitchers. Stripling has yet to go more than four innings in a start this season, and had his best performance of the year in his last start against the Padres when he pitched four innings, gave up four hits and no runs, and struck out five. Four of the five runs he has allowed this season came in his first start of the season against the Diamondbacks on April 30.
Stripling has a high FB% at 42.4%, but has only given up two home runs, making his HR/FB% only 7.1%. This means he’s either gotten extremely lucky in that the fly balls he’s given up have not been home runs, he pitches in a pitcher friendly stadium (he does), or a combination of both.
The Reds haven’t faced Stripling very often. Here are his numbers against the Reds:
|1. Jesse Winker (RF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (CF)
7. Tucker Barnhart (C)
8. Adam Duvall (LF)
9. Homer Bailey (P)
|1. Chase Utley (2B)
2. Joc Pederson (LF)
3. Matt Kemp (RF)
4. Cody Bellinger (1B)
5. Chris Taylor (SS)
6. Max Muncy (3B)
7. Enrique Hernandez (CF)
8. Austin Barnes (C)
9. Ross Stripling (P)
-Jesse Winker has been in the lineup seven of the last eight days. I hope this means he is a part of the regular lineup now and exempt from the outfield rotation.
-Scooter Gennett continued swinging his hot bat last night, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI. And he’s facing another right-handed pitcher tonight in Stripling.
Scooter Gennett after resting his sore shoulder: 10 for 22 (.455), 3 doubles, 4 HR, 10 RBI. #Reds
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) May 12, 2018
News and Notes
-Less media could very well be a factor if Matt Harvey does end up resurrecting his career in the next two months. Less media can mean less questions and sometimes less pressure, depending on the player.
As the media scrum approached Matt Harvey after the game tonight, he kind of laughed and said, 'I'm used to like 900 people.' 'It's a little different here,' I told him. And this one was large compared to usual postgame scrums on the road
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) May 12, 2018
-The Reds’ High-A team in Daytona is one of the best teams in the minor leagues right now.
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) May 11, 2018
-Joey Votto is the greatest.
Joey Votto is back at it with his shenanigans 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/uURwSkeUN8
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) May 12, 2018
-And if you’re interested in news about former Reds, Jay Bruce is on the paternity list for the Mets this week, as his wife just gave birth to their second child.
Congrats to the Bruce family.
Per the Mets: "Hannah and Jay Bruce welcomed the couple's second child yesterday. A son, Maxwell (Max) born at 1:21 p.m. and weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces."
— Matt Ehalt (@MattEhalt) May 12, 2018
Maybe the Reds aren’t as bad as everyone has said they are?