The results of the past couple of days – two convincing Pirates wins over the Reds — have helped to confirm a point that was already obvious – the Reds are in the toughest division in Major League Baseball.
Pittsburgh is one of four teams in the division that have records above .500. Having four teams ranging in caliber from decent to outstanding ahead of you makes the climb out of the rebuild abyss a bit more difficult than it would be otherwise.
It’s important for the Reds to right the ship and get back on the winning track today. Otherwise, the momentum of an encouraging and at times exciting stretch of games in June and July may start trickling down the drain.
Manager Jim Riggleman announced this morning:
Sal Romano will pitch Wednesday, #Reds will go with a 6-man rotation until trade deadline, Jim Riggleman said
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) July 22, 2018
Game time is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Eastern time, weather permitting.
Nova has made two 2018 starts against the Reds prior to today. On May 24 he allowed four earned runs in 5.1 innings in a game the Reds won, 5-4. Then on June 16, he allowed only a run in 6 innings as the Pirates won, 6-2. His July performances have not been so great, allowing 11 earned runs in 15.1 innings. Maybe the Reds can lay some wood on him early.
Harvey is currently the ace of the Reds staff, if there is such a thing. At the very least, you can say that he is the starting pitcher that gives the Reds the best chance to win when he takes the mound. The Reds have split his two starts to date against Pittsburgh, in which Harvey surrendered four earned runs in 11 innings. So far in July, Harvey has a 1.65 ERA, which puts him on the opposite track as Nova for the month.
It seems all but certain that Harvey will be traded prior to the July 31 interleague trading deadline, so it is important that he continues to display effective stuff today and in perhaps one more start prior to the deadline.
Or will he?
Riggleman says he’s gotten no indication Harvey will be traded. #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) July 22, 2018
Re: Riggleman’s comment that he has no indication that Harvey will be traded. Most managers are rarely in the loop before hand. #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) July 22, 2018
Scouts from other teams need to be wowed by his performances, so Dick Williams can squeeze as much out of this asset as possible.
No reliever pitched any more than one inning Saturday night, so all should be available for today’s finale.
|LF Corey Dickerson||SS Jose Peraza|
|CF Starling Marte||2B Scooter Gennett|
|RF Gregory Polanco||1B Joey Votto|
|C Elias Diaz||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|3B Colin Moran||RF Jesse Winker|
|1B Josh Bell||C Tucker Barnhart|
|2B Sean Rodriguez||LF Adam Duvall|
|SS Max Moroff||CF Phillip Ervin|
|P Ivan Nova||P Matt Harvey|
News and Notes
Pensacola infielder Taylor Sparks had a big game Saturday …
Cincinnati #Reds Minor League Game Review: 7/21/18
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) July 22, 2018
Interesting take by a veteran national baseball writer …
The Cincinnati #Reds have gone 21-10 since June 10, the best record in the National League under interim manager Jim Riggleman. It's no a coincidence the record also coincides with the hiring of veteran advance scout Mark Weidemaier, who was hired on behalf of Riggleman's request
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 20, 2018
Those who attended games at Riverfront Stadium will get a kick out of this …
— Cam Miller 🎥 (@cammillerfilms) July 21, 2018
On this date in 1986 …
Tom Mitsoff is a lifelong Reds fan who grew up in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio. He lived a teenage life atypical of most his age by prioritizing following the Reds. At one point in the 1970s and early 1980s, Tom kept complete scorecards on more than 1,000 consecutive Reds games. Now that adult life has forced him to move on from his beloved Southwest Ohio, he follows the Reds daily through MLB.TV and other online media sources, including Redleg Nation.