The Reds (21-37) go for three wins in a row against the San Diego Padres (25-34) tonight at Petco Park. First pitch is at 8:40 ET.
Matt Harvey makes his fifth start for the Reds as he tries to rebound from a not-so-great performance at Coors Field last weekend in which he pitched 5.1 innings and gave up four runs on nine hits, including two home runs.
The thing Harvey has been able to do even through his struggles is not walk batters. He’s only walked 13 in 46.1 innings, putting his BB% at 6.3%. The most he’s walked in a game is three. That was in his worst start of the season against Atlanta in his last start with the Mets.
Harvey has already faced the Padres twice this season, out of the Mets bullpen. He pitched two innings in two games, facing eight batters, and allowing only one run, a home run to Franchy Cordero. Here are his career numbers against San Diego:
For the second straight game, the Reds will face a rookie pitcher. The Padres called up Eric Lauer on April 24, and he has made seven starts since then. It’s been a rough go of it for the 22-year-old left-hander, with the exception of a performance against the Dodgers in which he pitched six innings of seven hit, no-run baseball while striking out five and walking only one.
Lauer was a Padres’ first round draft pick in 2016, and is currently ranked 26th in their organization according to FanGraphs. He throws a fastball and a cutter most of the time, but mixes in a curve and changeup as well. A huge part of his struggles has been because he’s struggled to control his command. Lauer has 15 walks in 29.1 innings. He’s also given up six home runs in those innings, and his HR/FB % is 15.8%.
|1. Jose Peraza (SS)
2. Scooter Gennett (2B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Curt Casali (C)
8. Matt Harvey (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
|1. Travis Jankowski (LF)
2. Eric Hosmer (1B)
3. Jose Pirela (2B)
4. Christian Villanueva (3B)
5. Franmil Reyes (RF)
6. Freddy Galvis (SS)
7. A.J. Ellis (C)
8. Manuel Margot (CF)
9. Eric Lauer (P)
-The newest Red, Curt Casali, gets his first start. With everything I have read about Harvey working well with and trusting Barnhart, Casali catching Harvey is a surprise.
News, Notes, and Further Reading
Royals claim Rosell Herrera off waivers
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) June 2, 2018
-The Homer Bailey saga continues. A day after his comment about being in the bullpen, he goes on the DL. Coincidence or not?
Brice off DL. Bailey on DL with right knee inflammation #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) June 2, 2018
-From last night:
From the Reds: Michael Lorenzen’s 4-inning save was the first by a #Reds pitcher since Elmer Dessens in 2000.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) June 2, 2018
-The draft is fast approaching. Here’s scouting director Chris Buckey talking about the Reds’ strategy.
— Enquirer (@Enquirer) June 2, 2018
Your National League Player of the Month for May: Scooter Gennett!
🔴 .398/.418/.720 with 16 runs, 14 XBH and 24 RBI over 26 games
🔴 Two-time Player of the Week
🔴 1st in SLG, 2nd in AVG, 3rd in RBI, T-3rd in HR, 4th in OBP
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 2, 2018
Today Scooter Gennett was rightfully awarded National League Player of the Month for May. Who though Gennett would be having the season he is having at the start of 2018? The way he is hitting right now is crazy. And when you compare his season to some past Reds players, he is right up there with the greats.
In case you are wondering how good a 155 wRC+ is, here are some of your favorite Reds best seasons:
Barry Larkin 157 (1996)
Johnny Bench 156 (1972)
Pete Rose 154 (1969)
Ken Griffey Jr. 142 (2005)
Adam Dunn 142 (2004)
Jay Bruce 124 (2010)
Brandon Phillips (2011) https://t.co/iwhL8NashE
— ɴɪᴄᴋ ᴋɪʀʙy (@Nicholaspkirby) June 2, 2018
I know everyone says the Reds should trade him, but I’m on the fence about that. Yes, his value will never be higher than it is right now. But he would make a very good bat off the bench against right handed hitters, even if or when he regresses. And the Reds bench has not been good the last few years. What would be the problem with keeping him as a bench player?
I don’t know what the answer to the Gennett question is. I don’t know if the Reds know the answer right now. (They have a lot more of an idea than me though). But I do know that my #VoteScooter All-Star campaign started yesterday. I can control that.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 2, 2018