After avoiding a three game sweep in Arizona on Wednesday, the Reds (20-37) wrap up this NL West ballpark tour with a three game series against a forever rebuilding team in the San Diego Padres (24-33) at Petco Park. First pitch is at 10:10 ET.
The Padres come into the series 14th out of 15 teams in the National League in hitting. However, the Diamondbacks are hitting worse than San Diego right now (AZ is the last place team) and they just scored 21 runs in three games against the Reds. For comparison, the Reds are ranked 13th in the NL, only slightly better than the Padres. As for the pitching staff, the Padres are 10th in the NL with a 4.20 team ERA.
Two players to watch for the Padres this series are Eric Hosmer and Christian Villanueva. Everyone knows who Hosmer is and he’s having a decent season (.282/.373/.461, OPS .834), but Villanueva has hit 15 home runs and driven in 35 RBI in his first full season in the big leagues. His OPS is currently sitting at .868. It will be interesting to see which player gets the lone All-Star nod for San Diego.
*Walker Lockett’s numbers are from Triple-A El Paso this season.
Tyler Mahle still finds himself struggling a bit in his last few starts. In each of his last three starts, he’s given up four earned runs. He also has walked seven in those three starts. If you’re looking for something positive, he did not surrender a home run in his start at Coors Field, a ballpark notorious for home runs. It was an improvement from the previous start when he gave up three to Chicago Cubs hitters.
Andrew Walker Lockett will be making his MLB debut against the Reds after six seasons in the minors. Drafted by the Padres in 2012, the 24-year-old has a 5.31 ERA, 50 strikeouts, and a 1.46 WHIP in 10 starts at Triple-A El Paso. Lockett fills the rotation spot for another Padres rookie, Joey Lucchesi, who is on the disabled list with a hip strain.
Lockett is a sinker/slider/changeup pitcher whose main problem in the minors has been consistency. He’s had a couple of brilliant starts this season, most recently on May 14 where he allowed only two runs while striking out five in 6.1 innings. But he’s also had his share of poor starts, such as his last one on May 25 in which he allowed five runs, including two home runs, in seven innings.
|1. Jesse Winker (LF)
2. Tucker Barnhart (C)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Jose Peraza (SS)
8. Tyler Mahle (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
|1. Travis Jankowski (CF)
2. Eric Hosmer (1B)
3. Jose Pirela (LF)
4. Christian Villanueva (3B)
5. Cory Spangenberg (2B)
6. Hunter Renfroe (RF)
7. Raffy Lopez (C)
8. Freddy Galvis (SS)
9. Andrew Walker Lockett (P)
-Two days after Jim Riggleman said Jesse Winker was the odd man out in the outfield, he’s in the lineup, playing left field and leading off the game. Not sure what is going on with that situation, but I’m glad Winker is in there tonight.
-I would put Eugenio Suarez in the two spot, but other than that, I like this lineup tonight. I’m OK with keeping Scooter Gennett in the cleanup spot as long as he is hitting like he has been.
News and Notes
-Speaking of Suarez and Gennett, they have become a part of Reds history for the May they both had at the plate.
In May, Scooter and Geno became the first #Reds duo since Dunn and Junior in 2001 to record 8+ HR and 24+ RBI in a calendar month.
⚾️ Gennett & Suárez, 5/18
⚾️ Dunn & Griffey, 8/01
⚾️ Bench & Foster, 6/77
⚾️ Bench & Pérez, 6/70
⚾️ Bench & Pérez, 8/69 pic.twitter.com/zrU0e8i5Pn
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 1, 2018
-Roster move today:
From #Reds: Reds selected from Class AAA Louisville the contract of C Curt Casali (#38) and designated for assignment IF/OF Rosell Herrera.
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) June 1, 2018
-The Reds’ High-A team in Daytona has EIGHT players head to the Florida State League All-Star game.
Turtle power! 🐢💪
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 1, 2018
-Interesting comment by Homer Bailey. At least we know how he truly feels about the move to the bullpen.
Asked Bailey if he thought he could be a successful reliever: “Probably not.” #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) June 1, 2018