The Reds will get back on their horse and try start a new winning streak tonight versus the Braves at Sun Trust Park in the middle game of the current 3 games series and road trip tonight at 7:35ET. For those who couldn’t hang in until the finish of last night’s 11 inning streak ending loss, you can read the sad story here. Now on to the future where there is still a series to be won and the chance to bring home a 2 game winning streak to open the next homestand against the Brewers.
Tonight’s game will start with another duo of right handers on the mound, Matt Harvey for the Reds and Anibal Sanchez for the Braves.
It has been accepted as a given that Matt Harvey was acquired by the Reds to be flipped at the trade deadline for whatever return he will bring. Counting tonight, his ninth start as a Red, he seemingly has 5 or 6 chances remaining to impress potential suitors. The numbers indicate what we’ve seen of Harvey as a Red is what anyone looking to acquire him will get since his ERA/FIP/xFIP with the Reds comprise extremely tight band of 4.79/4.77/4.71. That’s bottom of the rotation territory at best for a contending team. However in his most recent outing versus the Cubs, Harvey posted his best numbers since his tantalizing first appearance as a Red against the Dodgers, allowing 2 runs in 6 inning while striking out 6 batters and walking just 1. Let’s hope for 6 more games like that from him starting tonight.
Anibal Sanchez will be making his 8th start in 9 appearances for the Braves this season. Overall this will be Sanchez’s 270 career MLB start. Sanchez, 34 years of age, came up through the Marlins organization but spent the bulk of his MLB career with Detroit prior to signing with the Braves in mid March. At this point in his career Sanchez throws some variety of a fastball on about 60% of his pitches mixing a 4 seamer (27%), cutter (19%), and sinker (11%), all in the 90MPH range. His primary off speed pitch is an 80MPH change up (23%). He also throws a slider (11%) and curve (9%) in the same speed range as the change up.
Full 2018 season comparative numbers:
The Reds bullpen threw 5 innings plus 1 pitch in last night’s 11 inning loss. Kyle Crockett pitched an inning for the second consecutive day and may be unavailable tonight. Jared Hughes went 2 innings and is probably available for very short duty only. David Hernandez pitched 1.1 innings and may also have limited availability tonight.
By virtue of being the home team, the Braves pen had to provide a full 6 innings last night despite their starter lasting as long as the Reds starter. AJ Minter and Jesse Biddle, a pair of lefties, both pitched a full inning for the second consecutive day and would figure to have limited availability tonight. Another leftie, Sam Freeman also pitched a full inning Monday. Thus the Braves could have trouble matching leftie on leftie tonight.
Also bear in mind the quick turnaround to Wednesday’s matinee game could impact bullpen usage for both teams tonight.
|1. Scott Schebler (CF)
2. Tucker Barnhart (C)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Jesse Winker (RF)
7. Adam Duvall (LF)
8. Jose Peraza (SS)
9. Matt Harvey (P)
|1. Ender Inciarte (CF)
2. Ozzie Albies (2B)
3. Freddie Freeman (1B)
4. Nick Markakis (RF)
5. Tyler Flowers (C)
6. Charlie Culberson (LF)
7. Johan Camargo (3B)
8. Dansby Swanson (SS)
9. Anibal Sanchez (P)
News and Notes
Does Jim Riggleman know something about his future we don’t?
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 26, 2018
Then there is this guy who apparently wants to get back to work. Caution> Gossip is he may have lost his last job for being too set in old school ways.
"I would listen to anything."
— NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) June 26, 2018
And here is Riggleman’s explanation for how he played the fateful and fruitless 10th inning Monday night (or was it actually Tuesday morning by then).
"It was basically my confidence that Winker was going to be facing the guy with bases loaded and one out," Riggleman said. "I kind of felt the way Wink's going he'd give us a sacrifice fly or whatever.” https://t.co/KaAVVOUMnc
— John Fay (@johnfayman) June 26, 2018
Recall being told when you were a kid learning to ride a bicycle, that it wasn’t the number of times you fell that mattered, it was that you got up and kept on trying which was most important? That’s where the Reds are today. The winning streak is history. They hit a speed bump just a tad too hard and crookedly and fell. Now it is time for them to get up and show the world and even more importantly themselves that the good baseball they played during the streak wasn’t a fluke of some sort, that they can continue to play solidly over the long haul, again and again and again. GO REDS!