The Reds meet the Rockies tonight in game 2 of the current 3 game series at GABP. If the Reds harbor hopes of recording a series win, they must win this one to keep those hopes alive after they wasted a decent return effort by Anthony DeSclafani and 17 hits by their offense in Tuesday’s 9-6 loss.
Tonight’s game features a rematch of two young right handers who faced each other on May 25 when the Reds were in Colorado, Sal Romano for the Reds and Jon Gray for the Rockies. They were the pitchers of record in a game won 5-4 by the Rockies.
In his 13th start of 2018 Sal Romano may be coming to a crossroads of his MLB career. As Romano approaches a full season’s worth of starts at MLB since being put into the rotation last season, his MLB career ERA/FIP/xFIP rates of 5.08/4.79/4.71 for 28 starts are marginally acceptable for a backend rotation man. However, the same measueres for 2018 (13 starts), 6.00/5.80/5.05, indicate he may be sliding down a slippery slope. Romano has particularly struggled in his four most recent starts completing just 17.2 innings while compiling a BB/9 rate in excess of 6 and HR/9 rate of 2+. With both Robert Stephenson and Brandon Finnegan seeming to gain traction and momentum at AAA, time may be running short for Romano to get things moving back in a positive direction.
Like the Rockies starter Tuesday, Kyle Freeland, 26 year old Jon Gray is also a high first round draft choice having been selected by the Rockies with the #3 overall pick in the 2013 draft. In his most recent four starts Gray has struggled nearly as much as his Reds counterart Sal Romano. A comparison of Gray’s ERA and xFIP over his rough stretch suggests he may be experiencing a run of bad luck, a suggestion which is further supported by his career ERA/FIP/xFIP rates of 4.62/3.41/.350 in 70 MLB starting assignments.
2018 Comparative numbers:
Romano would do well to take heed and attempt to emulate Gray’s BB% and K%. If he could do this, his xFIP would probably go a long ways toward taking care of itself
The Reds bullpen had to cover 4.0 innings Tuesday, while the Rockies pen covered just 2.1 innings.
Four Reds pitchers went an inning each. While all are likely available tonight, Amir Garrett and Dylan Floro who often work stints of more than an inning were among Tuesday’s pitchers and thus are probably limited to an inning or just a bit more at most each again tonight.
With the game seemingly put away before the Rockies went to their pen, their top relievers were spared work until the situation nearly got out of hand in the 9th; and, the closer Wade Davis had to come on to record the final out on just 3 pitches. Their top bullpen arms should be ready to roll as needed tonight.
|1. DJ LeMahieu (2B)
2. Charlie Blackmon (CF)
3. Nolan Arenado (3B)
4. Carlos Gonzalez (RF)
5. Trevor Story (SS)
6. Gerardo Parra (LF)
7. Ian Desmond (1B)
8. Tony Wolters (C)
9. Jon Gray (P)
|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. Sal Romano (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
Remember last week when Jim Riggleman announced the outfield rotation was over? Did he maybe forget to read his own reminder memo?
News and Notes
The 2018 MLB Draft winds up today. Here’s Doug Gray’s wall to wall coverage.
Day 3 of the draft kicks off in less than two hours. If you somehow missed the first two days of the draft for the Cincinnati #Reds, you can see information on all 11 picks here: https://t.co/HLAKPCVrJi pic.twitter.com/qt5p72Dx4I
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) June 6, 2018
This guy has done nothing but hit and hit some more since the Reds got him in return for Tony Cingrani last season; and he’s not quite even 21 years old just yet.
Congrats to Dragons Catcher Hendrik Clementina on being named @Reds MiLB Hitter of the Month for May! During the month of May, he slashed .329/.434/.729, 20 RBI and a Midwest League-best 7 HR. pic.twitter.com/9Mz4QbvQt6
— Dayton Dragons (@DragonsBaseball) June 5, 2018
Has a year really gone by the boards since this??
In 1 year since Scooter Gennett's #Un4gettable 4-HR effort:
*All 3 to pitch for Cincinnati in that game are no longer Reds
*LF that night, Gennett is now everyday 2B & All-Star candidate
*Only other MLB player (JD Martinez) with 4-HR game went ARI to BOShttps://t.co/swwRPVfZ88
— Enquirer Sports (@ENQSports) June 6, 2018
Last night was one of those games filled with what if’s for the Reds. Anthony DeSclafani pitched well enough in his return to keep the Reds competitive. Actually he pitched a bit better than that as shoddy defense played a role in a couple of runs he allowed. The Reds victimized themselves further with a couple of TOOTBLANs one of which appeared to be on the coach rather than the player. The first 2 guys out of the Reds pen failed in a big way to hold the line and let the game seemingly slip from reach with one of the major plays being a bases loaded walk to the Rockies pitcher. Still the game ended with the tying run at the plate in a person who had already gone yard earlier in the game. WHAT IF!!
What if the Reds played fundamentally sound baseball on a consistent basis? Might the talent they have in hand actually be much closer to being a good team than we realize? And, is there any level of talent which would allow them to overcome the consistently poor level of fundamental play we see on a daily basis? GO REDS!