The Cincinnati Reds have now won four consecutive baseball games. They have won back to back games in LA against the Dodgers for the first time since 2011. The Matt Harvey era is officially underway for the Reds, and it is off to a roaring start. Harvey pitched four shutout innings on a limited pitch count. Scooter Gennett lead the Reds offense by homering in a fourth consecutive game. For as bad as the Reds have been in 2018, they only have four less wins than the defending NL champs.
|Cincinnati Reds (12-27)||6||10||0|
|Los Angeles Dodgers (16-22)||2||5||0|
|W: Brice (1-2) L: Maeda (2-3) S: Iglesias (6)|
|FanGraphs Win Probability | Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread|
Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Tucker Barnhart’s RBI single off Kenta Maeda with 2 outs in the 3rd inning, giving the Reds a 3-0 lead. That play increased the Reds chances of winning by 8.0% (from 72.4% to 80.3%).
Player of the Game
Matt Harvey: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
The Dark Knight’s Reds debut could not have gone much better. If not for an outfield gaffe by Schebler/Hamilton, Harvey would have pitched four perfect innings. He was on a strict limited pitch count due to being transitioned from the Mets bullpen. The most impressive part of his start was that he didn’t walk a batter. Statcast said that Harvey averaged 93.6 MPH on his fastball, and twice reached 95.8 MPH (which is his season high). The only concerning thing with Harvey’s start was that he did have 3 balls hit 103.5+ MPH, but overall it was a very encouraging start.
Scooter Gennett has now homered in four consecutive games. Scooter had a four hit night. Here is an interesting stat on Gennett (regression, huh?):
2017: 124 wRC+
2018: 141 wRC+
Joey Votto and Jesse Winker both reached base twice. Tucker Barnhart had two hits.
The Reds bullpen was nails after the four inning start from Harvey. Austin Brice did allow a run in 1.2 innings, but he struck out 4 batters.
The Reds fourth straight win didn’t come along without some gaffes along the way: Jesse Winker starred down a ball hit off the wall and it cost him a base in the first inning. Hamilton and Schebler let a ball fall right in between them. Riggleman somehow screwed up a double switch, and I honestly do not even know how to explain that to you.
Not so random thoughts………..
I really just don’t understand why so many folks just want to get rid of Scooter Gennett. All the guy does is hit, and he is on a team friendly contract through next season. If you are expecting the Reds to compete in 2019 (and for all purposes they better compete in 2019) then you want Gennett on the roster playing vs RHP. This notion that the Reds need to get rid of him to open a spot up for Senzel is silly. Many good teams have deep benches, and are creative to get guys consistent playing time.
Reds at Dodgers
Saturday, 9:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Homer Bailey (5.61 ERA/6.28 FIP) vs Ross Stripling (1.93 ERA/3.38 FIP)
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.