The Reds and Rockies meet in a series ending matinee today at GABP. This will be the Reds last chance to avoid being swept in the series. Game time is 12:35 EDT. Recall that unlike past seasons all the weekday matinee games this season are telecast through the Fox Sports Ohio outlets and the Fox Sports Go streaming app, just in case you want to see what happens today.
It is a righty Tyler versus leftie Tyler matchup today as Tyler Mahle goes to the mound for the Reds; and, Tyler Anderson gets the ball for the Rockies. These two were also the principals on May 26 at Coors Field in a game won 6-5 by the Reds.
Reds right hander Mahle is coming off perhaps the best start of his season since April 2 having held the Padres scoreless in 5+ innings of work in San Diego on June 1 in a 7-2 Reds victory. Despite some struggles and inconsistencies, Mahle appears to be well on the way to putting together a respectable first season in the Reds rotation as witnessed by his 4.03 xFIP through 12 starts in 2018. Not that he doesn’t have some work still to do though. He needs to cut down on walks and extend his game longevity. Cutting back on the free passes not only should help a bit with the game longevity, it is also paramount for Mahle since he appears to be a guy who is going to be prone to giving up a fair share of long balls.
Like the previous Rockies staters in this series, leftie Tyler Anderson is also a first round draft choice having been picked by the Rockies #20 overall in the June 2011 draft. This afternoon Anderson will be making his 46th start in 48 MLB appearances for the Rockies dating back to 2016. This season Anderson has been a 5 inning pitcher while compiling a 5.07/ 4.67 ERA/xFIP both of which are significantly off his MLB career marks of 4.32/3.98 for the same measures. Anderson has been even less effective in his last 5 games (6.67/ 5.14 ERA/xFIP), a trend the Reds hope will continue today.
2018 comparative numbers:
It is good to see a Reds starter holding his own on the tale of the tape. Hopefully this bodes well for the Reds in the game.
Both pens were tasked with completing 4 innings on Wednesday night.
Michael Lorenzen pitched 2 innings for the Reds and considering the short turnaround would figure to be unavailable today. David Hernandez needed 20 pitches to complete his inning and will likely be unavailable beyond a batter or two today.
Rockies closer Wade Davis worked an inning for the second straight night. Given the quick turnaround, he may not be used today; but then again, he has thrown just 16 pitches in collecting saves the first two games of the series; so don’t count him out today. Harrison Musgrave threw 31 pitches to complete 1.2 innings Wednesday and is almost certainly not available today.
|1. DJ LeMahieu (2B)
2. Charlie Blackmon (CF)
3. Nolan Arenado (3B)
4. Carlos Gonzalez (RF)
5. Trevor Story (SS)
6. Mike Tauchman (LF)
7. Ryan McMahon (1B)
8. Tony Wolters (C)
9. Tyler Anderson (P)
|1. Scott Schebler (RF)
2. Alex Blandino (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Curt Casali (C)
7. Brandon Dixon (2B)
8. Tyler Mahle (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
Looks like a platoon lineup fielded by Jim Riggleman. Still curious he sticks with Billy Hamilton over Jesse Winker given Hamilton’s terrible RH batting stats.
News and Notes
For those who had to get to bed last night, here is Jim Riggleman’s summary of the Reds loss
Jim Riggleman expected to see more runs as the Reds leave 12 men stranded pic.twitter.com/XXSDkMANmI
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) June 7, 2018
Some good news. Nick Senzel is back in action and heating up
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) June 7, 2018
Scooter Gennett has had a very good calendar year since hitting those 4 homers on June 6, 2017
A year ago today, @Sgennett2 put himself on the map with a 4-homer game.
Since then, he’s emerged as an elite second baseman. pic.twitter.com/o2yqsb3RjY
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) June 7, 2018
And more looks to the future which has to be brighter than the Reds recent past, correctomundo?!?
Eight Cincinnati #Reds were named to minor league All-Star teams on Wednesday, led by Dayton Dragons catcher Hendrik Clementina, who was named a starter in the Midwest Leaguehttps://t.co/Dekc8TTYFe pic.twitter.com/Sh1dCGpZIf
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) June 7, 2018
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 7, 2018
Very little seems to be going right for the Reds right now. Last night they stumbled their way to a fourth consecutive loss in another game which looked eminently winnable. Since you are reading this, it is a safe bet you already know the script as we’ve seen it all too often this season. Starting pitching not good enough; lots of men on base not brought around to score; questionable defense. Nothing new.
The Cardinals who have dropped their last two games to the Marlins are next up for the Reds. Given how the Birds have owned the Reds to date in 2018, it would behoove the Reds to get the ship on even keel today before Cards arrive in town. GO REDS!