Update

Tyler Mahle

In the wake of the Reds’ third straight defeat Thursday night, Manager Jim Riggleman said he, General Manager Nick Krall and Executive Advisor Walt Jocketty would be discussing some matters, including Tyler Mahle’s fourth straight terrible start.

There is no indication of physical injury to Mahle. Riggleman said, as reported by Mark Sheldon of MLB.com:

“He’s really kind of toying with his delivery and where he’s standing on the rubber. He’s thinking about a lot of things. Just a couple of his quality pitches have gotten away from him. He’s going out there with just a fastball and not really locating that. There’s reason for concern.”

The word came mid-afternoon. Mahle was optioned to Class AAA Louisville, and righthander Jesus Reyes was recalled from the Bats to replace Mahle on the roster. It was clear this morning that something was up:

The six-man starting rotation is now reduced by one due to injury, leaving Homer Bailey, Anthony DeSclafani, Sal Romano, Luis Castillo and Matt Harvey as the starting quintet.

And from the when it rains, it pours column:

Both DeSclafani and Michael Lorenzen were able to recover from similar injuries through rehab only, avoiding the dreaded you-know-who surgery. We can only hope and pray that the same is true for Greene and that he will be back on the hill sometime in 2019.

The Reds play game two of a four-game road set against the Washington Nationals tonight at 7:05 Eastern time at Nationals Park. The Reds hope to break a three-game losing streak that has come on the heels of three straight wins against the first-place Phillies. Speaking of losing streaks, the Reds have lost 12 straight to the Nats and 14 of the last 15 dating back to the 2016 season.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Anthony DeSclafani 52.2 5.47 4.28 21.3% 7.6%
Gio Gonzalez 114.1 3.78 4.31 20.7% 11.5%

Like Mahle, DeSclafani is in the midst of a streak of subpar starts. In his last three starts, DeSclafani has pitched 12 innings and surrendered 12 earned runs. The streak almost identically mirrors Mahle’s in terms of when it started. Hopefully, DeSclafani can break the trend that Mahle continued in Thursday’s game.

Gonzalez is having some struggles of his own. He’s lost five consecutive decisions, though that is primarily due to lack of run support from his teammates. He got the win in the second game of the year against the Reds, a 6-5 Nationals victory. This lefthander is a guy you can pretty much count on a quality start from each time out. It’s another tough challenge for the Reds tonight.

Bullpen

Keury Mella pitched 4.1 pretty decent innings in relief of Mahle last night. He won’t be available tonight and probably for a couple more days.

All other members of the pen should be ready when called upon this evening.

Starting Lineups

Reds Nationals
SS Jose Peraza RF Adam Eaton
1B Joey Votto SS Trea Turner
3B Eugenio Suarez 3B Anthony Rendon
2B Scooter Gennett CF Bryce Harper
LF Phillip Ervin LF Juan Soto
RF Brandon Dixon 2B Daniel Murphy
C Curt Casali 1B Ryan Zimmerman
P Anthony DeSclafani C Matt Wieters
CF Billy Hamilton P Gio Gonzalez

News and Notes

This reflects the opinion of our Doug Gray, who expressed in a question-and-answer session here on Redleg Nation recently that the Reds’ farm system is probably ranked somewhere between fifth and 10th best …

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12 Responses

  1. docproctor

    FINALLY batting Votto #2. That’s long overdue.
    They should bat Votto and Suarez second and third for the rest of their lengthy contracts.

  2. msanmoore

    No tv for me again tonight. Could be a blessing in disguise .

  3. VaRedsFan

    Tarp is on the field, might be delayed start.

  4. Tom Mitsoff

    Game is rained out. There will be a split doubleheader Saturday. Games at 1:05 and 7:05 p.m. Eastern time.

  5. Bill j

    Isn’t it just like the Reds to bat Scooter 4th against a left hander when in July and August he’s hitting. 071 against left handers.

  6. roger garrett

    What are the odds Joey remains in the 2 spot?

  7. another bob from nc

    “General Manager Nick Krall and Executive Advisor Walt Jocketty would be discussing some matters,” Walt’s in on the discussion, that gives me warm fuzzies.