Tonight the Reds and Indians square off in middle game of the Cleveland portion of this year’s Ohio Cup. Things got a bit edgy for the Reds in the ninth inning last night but they held on for the win and will be looking to lock down a series win and the opportunity to break out the brooms on Wednesday. Game time is 7:10pm on Fox Sports Ohio.
Reds righty Sal Romano will square off against Indians right hander Trevor Bauer.
What should we make of Sal Romano 18 starts into his first (hopefully) full season in the Reds rotation? His numbers and results have been very mixed. However in his last 5 starts, Romano has compiled an ERA/FIP of 3.60/4.52. That ERA is 1.80 runs per game better than his seasonal figure; the FIP more than half run a run better. The Reds have won 4 of the 5 games. This looks like progress; but, skeptics would point out that the 5 game run started with a couple real softies, KC and Detroit, the Reds have averaged over 6 runs per game and in the 3 most recent games, Romano has failed to get beyond the 5th inning. Just step up tonight and show us your best against some really big boys Big Sal.
Trevor Bauer was the #3 overall pick (Arizona D-Backs) in the 2011 June draft and has a Reds connection of sorts. He was sent to Cleveland by Arizona in the three team deal in which the Reds acquired Shin-Soo Choo from the Indians. Just over a year later, in 2014, Bauer was inserted into the Indians rotation and has been there since. In 150 Mlb career appearances of which 141 have been as a starter, Bauer has compiled an ERA/FIP of 4.09/3.87. This season through 18 starts, he has pitched considerably better with an ERA/FIP of 2.45/2.17. Most notably, he has not allowed a home run since June 2 (6 games; 42.1 IP). Bauer is basically a fastball (4 seamer, cutter, sinker)/ curveball pitcher. Expect differing looks at varying speeds punctuated by the big slow hook.
2018 Comparative Starter Stats:
Yes, I checked (twice) and you read correctly. Bauer is striking out nearly a third of the hitters he faces this season.
The Reds ended up using Raisel Iglesias last night in a game they shouldn’t have needed him but ultimately did. At least he threw only 7 pitches and should be good to go, maybe even beyond 3 outs if needed. Amir Garrett pitched into a second inning (20 pitches) Monday and is probably very limited tonight. Tanner Rainey threw 4 pitches and should be available. Michael Lorenzen presumably will be unavailable again tonight on the heels of his 40+ pitch effort Sunday.
The Indians used 3 pitchers to cover 3 innings, 1 each per pitcher. Josh Tomlin was pitching for the third consecutive day (3.0 IP total) and would be questionable for tonight. Otherwise the Indians seem seem set.
|1. Scott Schebler (RF)
2. Dilson Herrera (2B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scooter Gennett (DH)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Jesse Winker (LF)
7. Tucker Barnhart (C)
8. Alex Blandino (SS)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
|1. Francisco Lindor (SS)
2. Michael Brantley (LF)
3. Jose Ramirez (3B)
4. Edwin Encarnacion (DH)
5. Yonder Alonso (1B)
6. Jason Kipnis (2B)
7. Tyler Naquin (RF)
8. Roberto Perez (C)
9. Greg Allen (CF)
Free Dilson Herrera day has arrived just in time for him to face a really tough RH pitcher. Similar condolences to Alex Blandino. Hope they both have huge games!
News and Notes
The latest in Reds minor league news from Doug Gray…
James Marinan scheduled to make his Cincinnati #Reds organizational debut tonight in Billings, updates on a few injured pitchers, and a few other notes for your afternoon readinghttps://t.co/7w1QuwhI7O pic.twitter.com/yuNg5voyLt
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) July 10, 2018
Three pretty good hitters talk about why it isn’t easy to hit’em where they ain’t
Rob Manfred says #MLB thought hitters would adapt to beat defensive shifts. Three established hitters — the #Nationals Daniel Murphy, #Mariners Kyle Seager and #STLCards Matt Carpenter — explain why that's not as easy as it sounds. https://t.co/XiO4vpJjS3
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 10, 2018
Just in case you missed this last night, one more time please Scooter….
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) July 10, 2018
Last night took on the air of a desperate goal line stand for the Reds in the ninth inning; but, fortunately, they held on. Hopefully, this demonstrated growth from the weekend debacles in Chicago. Tonight could provide the Reds another chance to show what else they have learned. If Indians starter Trevor Bauer is on his recent game this will be a stern test for the Reds. They likely can’t afford to give away runs in the field or leave them on the table at bat and still harbor hopes of winning. Cross your fingers. GO REDS!