Last night’s opener in Denver went like many games have for the Reds (18-34) in years past. Although they jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, they couldn’t hold onto the advantage, ultimately losing 5-4 to drop their all-time record in Coors Field to 40-60. They’ll look to get back in the win column against the Rockies (27-24) tonight at 9:10 p.m. ET.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Tyler Mahle 53.2 4.53 3.97 22.6% 7.8%
Tyler Anderson 49.1 4.74 4.15 22.4% 9.1%

Although Tyler Mahle has shown plenty of flashes in his rookie year, he’s battled inconsistency like most young pitchers do. Home runs continue to be his biggest problem. Mahle has allowed four of them over his last two starts and is tied with Homer Bailey for the most allowed in the National League with 13. Coors Field isn’t the ideal place to pitch when dealing with that particular issue, so Mahle will need to refine his fastball command tonight. That’s particularly true if his velocity continues to sit in the low-90s as it did in his last start. Against the Cubs on Sunday, he averaged 91.0 mph on his fastball, the first time his four-seamer has averaged below 92.1 mph in game this season. It’s certainly a trend worth watching tonight.

Mahle vs. Rockies

This will be Mahle’s first appearance against any Rockies hitter.


Mahle isn’t the only pitcher in the Battle of the Tylers who’s struggling. Tyler Anderson, a 2011 first-round pick from the University of Oregon, is in his third season as a major-leaguer and, like many Rockies pitchers before him, has struggled to find consistency despite making only three of this 10 starts in Coors Field. After a promising start to the season, Anderson’s last three outings have him going the wrong direction (6.75 ERA). He showed improvement in his strikeout ability through his first seven starts, maintaining a 26.4 K% far above his career marks. But regression has hit, and he’s fanned only 10 batter over his last 16 innings.

Scouting report: Anderson’s fastball is far from overpowering, sitting in the low 90s, averaging 91.6 mph for the season. He also mixes in a cutter and a changeup and added a sinker to his repertoire this season. The lefty has also thrown his curveball a bit more in 2018 after using it only three times in 2017. None of his pitches are particularly flashy, but he does get a fair amount of swings and misses with his changeup (18.3% swinging-strike rate) and his cutter (14.4%). Traditionally a ground-ball pitcher in his time in the minors, Anderson has been the opposite in 2018 with a career-high 38.1% fly-ball rate.

Anderson vs. Reds

Lineups

Reds

1. Jose Peraza (SS)
2. Scooter Gennett (2B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Brandon Dixon (RF)
7. Tony Cruz (C)
8. Tyler Mahle (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)

Rockies

1. Charlie Blackmon (CF)
2. David Dahl (RF)
3. Nolan Arenado (3B)
4. Gerardo Parra (LF)
5. Trevor Story (SS)
6. Ian Desmond (1B)
7. Ryan McMahon (2B)
8. Chris Iannetta (C)
9. Tyler Anderson (P)

  • No Jesse Winker tonight. Scott Schebler is also sitting against a lefty, with Brandon Dixon getting his first career start in right field. The Reds are planning to start Billy Hamilton every day on their West Coast trip in the spacious outfields of Coors Field and Chase Field, so the rotation will only continue between Winker, Adam Duvall, and Schebler.
  • Tucker Barnhart is getting a breather as well, with Tony Cruz making his sixth start since being recalled from Triple-A Louisville.

News, Notes, & Pre-Game Reading

Stat of the Day

Runs batted in is certainly a flawed stat, but it doesn’t make Eugenio Suarez’s total less impressive. After hitting a two-run home run last night, he now has 40 RBI, third in major-league baseball, in just 35 games and 150 plate appearances.

Bonus stat: Suarez’s home run yesterday was the longest of the season for a Reds player thus far at a projected distance of 429 feet.

Growing up just north of Cincinnati, Matt has been a Reds fan for as long as he can remember. As a kid, he was often found leading the Reds to 162-0 seasons in MVP Baseball 2005 and imitating his favorite players (Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Sean Casey, and Austin Kearns) in the backyard. One of his earliest baseball memories is attending the final night game at Cinergy Field. Matt is also a graduate of The Ohio State University and currently lives in the Dayton area. Follow him on Twitter at @_MattWilkes.

About The Author

Growing up just north of Cincinnati, Matt has been a Reds fan for as long as he can remember. As a kid, he was often found leading the Reds to 162-0 seasons in MVP Baseball 2005 and imitating his favorite players (Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn, Sean Casey, and Austin Kearns) in the backyard. One of his earliest baseball memories is attending the final night game at Cinergy Field. Matt is also a graduate of The Ohio State University and currently lives in the Dayton area. Follow him on Twitter at @_MattWilkes.

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53 Responses

  1. Mariners77

    Great stats on Suarez – scoreboard at Thursday’s game said he’s currently the only player with more RBI than games played

  2. Jeff Reed

    Winker and Schebler should be in the lineup. Good hitters hit pitchers from both sides.

    • Jack

      I thought Schebler hit lefties Well? I don’t get it.

  3. james garrett

    Just soooooooo hard for the other 5 guys to make up for who we have hitting at 7,8,9, and 1.Now I hope they make me look silly and go off tonight.We shall see.

    • J

      The guy hitting 5th has a .176 batting average and strikes out more than 25% of his plate appearances. So, yeah, it’s hard for him to make up for the bad hitters at the bottom.

  4. Jack

    Didn’t Riggleman say awhile back that in a week to 10 days the outfield rotation will be figured out? Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. I don’t get it. They don’t know anything more than they did last September. I know it’s only May but could we being doing this again next year?

    • BigRedMike

      At this point, it is clear that the read have not figured anything out in the OF. Up to this point in the season, the Reds have learned that Duvall and Hamilton cannot hit, Schebler is decent.

      No OF replacements, would guess it is the same OF next season.

  5. BigRedMike

    This type of lineup makes sense if the Reds were a rebuilding team, figure they are playing now waiting for younger players to show up. Except, there are no younger players in place to replace this line up.

    How will younger players learn to hit left handed starters if they are not allowed to hit against left handed starters.

  6. George

    I can’t help myself, for all of the hope that some may have that “Disco” can help, I put this together. There seems to be a pattern.
    He is a 20-20 pitcher with a 3.99 era.
    Bailey is 67-69 with a 4.51 era.

    May 25, 2018 Pensacola Blue Wahoos sent RHP Anthony DeSclafani on a rehab assignment to Louisville Bats.
    May 14, 2018 Cincinnati Reds sent RHP Anthony DeSclafani on a rehab assignment to Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
    March 29, 2018 Cincinnati Reds placed RHP Anthony DeSclafani on the 60-day disabled list. Left oblique strain.
    November 3, 2017 Cincinnati Reds activated RHP Anthony DeSclafani from the 60-day disabled list.
    July 28, 2017 Cincinnati Reds sent RHP Anthony DeSclafani on a rehab assignment to Dayton Dragons.
    July 23, 2017 Cincinnati Reds sent RHP Anthony DeSclafani on a rehab assignment to AZL Reds.
    April 5, 2017 Cincinnati Reds transferred RHP Anthony DeSclafani from the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Sprained ulnar collateral ligament in right elbow.
    April 2, 2017 Cincinnati Reds placed RHP Anthony DeSclafani on the 10-day disabled list. Sprained right elbow.
    June 10, 2016 Cincinnati Reds activated RHP Anthony DeSclafani from the 60-day disabled list.
    May 25, 2016 Cincinnati Reds sent RHP Anthony DeSclafani on a rehab assignment to Louisville Bats.
    May 22, 2016 Cincinnati Reds transferred RHP Anthony DeSclafani from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list. Oblique strain
    April 28, 2016 Cincinnati Reds sent RHP Anthony DeSclafani on a rehab assignment to Dayton Dragons.
    April 23, 2016 Cincinnati Reds sent RHP Anthony DeSclafani on a rehab assignment to Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
    April 3, 2016 Cincinnati Reds placed RHP Anthony DeSclafani on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 25, 2016. Mild oblique strain
    December 11, 2014 Cincinnati Reds traded RHP Mat Latos to Miami Marlins for RHP Anthony DeSclafani and C Chad Wallach.

    • Indy Red Man

      The lesson I get out of that is this….Disco knows when to stay down. Homer sucks but keeps pitching? Stay down…take the 10 count and your pile of cash and retire to the never-ending 60 day DL already

  7. BigRedMike

    Does seem like a tough matchup for Mahle, but, he does battle. The decrease in velocity is a concern, going to need to keep it on the corners.

  8. Mariners77

    At this point, the book on Scooter should say “first pitch jack”…

  9. Indy Red Man

    Scooter is amazing!! Really tired of Peraza though? He had one good stretch for about 2.5 weeks but overall I’ve never seen a guy make weaker contact in my life! What does he bring to the table? No power, no obp, and mediocre fielder at best. Send him down already and go on to plan B!

    • BigRedMike

      Reds will give Peraza a long time at SS. Need to justify the trade. Seems that Blandino could be better at SS, although, extended playing time might expose him as well.

      • Indy Red Man

        You’re right….steady playing time could expose Blandino but he has shown some abilities that Jose never has! Some pop in his bat and the ability to draw walks and get on base at a decent clip!

  10. gusnwally

    The guy everybody wants to get rid of, just hit another homer. Am I missing something??

    • BigRedMike

      Because the Reds have significant assets at the position the guy plays?

      • VaRedsFan

        Move the assets to a different position…..sayyyy….shortstop or CF for instance

      • BigRedMike

        That is a possibility. Once the Reds extend Gennett, he will be in decline years at a decent salary. Tough decision for all MLB teams.

      • Jack

        If you extend him 4 years he will be 31. If he wants longer say bye bye

    • Bill

      It’s not that everyone wants to get rid of him, it’s the fact that he is leaving at the end of next year. The Reds aren’t making the playoffs this year, still haven’t figured out enough pitching to have a chance next year, and have at least two guys who can probably capably play the position Scooter plays. It is extend him which hasn’t happened, trade him to get at least something in return, or let him sign somewhere else

  11. BigRedMike

    Mahle 4 Seam is back to the 93-94 range, good sign

    • Indy Red Man

      Adequate velocity again and just got Arenado out a decent slider away. He threw some good change-ups in LA as well. He just needs to trust his offspeed stuff. I thought they might skip him once or send him down for a while but he might be the best they have overall! He’s very close to Castillo unless Luis gets his 98-99 mph heater back? Harvey, Castillo, Mahle, Lorenzen, and Garrett might make a nice rotation! Its fun to dream! Might as well add Disco to the mix if we’re going with best case scenario.

      • BigRedMike

        Mahle does thrown a lot of 4 seamers. Look at Verlander, basically 4 seam and slider.

        Castillo and Mahle seem set going forward, not sure from there. DeSclafani cannot be counted on.

  12. Mariners77

    Wow… kudos to Blackmon! Tyler gave that one a ride

  13. Jack

    Billy with a pop up to the shortstop and Peraza with a squibbler to the pitcher. Mahle shows them up with a shot to deep center.

  14. Joey

    What’s everyone’s thoughts on the Finnegan piece at Reds.com?

    • Mitch

      The small part about Disco stuck out to me more than anything. 6 ER in 5 IP in AAA? Gee whiz, Reds pitching is in dire straits.

    • Bill

      Rigglemans response was that he is biting his tounge.

    • RedsFanEd

      Finnegan is right where he belongs until he gains control of the zone. If he threw more strikes when he was in Cincy he would still be in Cincy Right now he’s a 3 inning 80 pitch bullpen killer.

    • George

      After reading the article I guess as the Reds GM I would send him a bus ticket to Daytona with a note, “Prove me wrong!!!”

    • Mike Kelsch

      a little tired of his frat guy routine

  15. VaRedsFan

    Cruz crushes that to the concourse

  16. Indy Red Man

    Billy pops out on ball 4 at his neck and then Peraza gets picked off. I’ve just had it with those 2? Its not just them but the fact that they act like they have no other options and must play. Same with Duvall? If he can’t hit lefties then you might as well play Schebler or Winker.

  17. VaRedsFan

    After failing twice to bunt…Billy laces a game tying triple.

    I’m with Indy…. Colorado would be perfect place to trade him

  18. RedsFanEd

    Duval should be DFA’d and would not be claimed by anyone.
    Billy should never start another game. Late inning defensive replacement or pinch run only.
    Peraza needs to start CF and give Blandino and Dixon more playing time.
    They need to be evaluated now as we know what we have and don ‘t have with Duval and Billy.

  19. VaRedsFan

    Peraza singles in Billy.

    Scooter now 4-4

  20. Grand Salami

    Watching on game day from rural NC. Looks like Riggleman overmanaged the bullpen this time.

    • VaRedsFan

      to me, Hughes should have fielded the ball and Votto get to the bag

  21. VaRedsFan

    OH MY!!!…Scooter snares the liner for the game ending DP

  22. VaRedsFan

    I thought the Reds were only ones that couldn’t score with bases loaded no outs

  23. J

    This Scooter guy seems to be pretty good baseball player.

  24. gusnwally

    J, I agree with you. Seems pretty good.