The task is simple tonight for the Reds. They must put Monday’s meltdown behind them and post a win in game 2 of the current series with the Indians to have any hope of taking the 2018 Ohio Cup away from them. What more incentive could the Reds need?Game time is 7:10pm Eastern at GABP
Righthander Sal Romano gets the start for the Reds. Righty Corey Kluber, the reigning AL Cy Young award winner, will start for the Indians. Romano started game 2 of the previous 2018 series between these two teams. In that game, after being roughed up for 4 runs in the first 2 innings, Romano settled in to blank the Indians for the remainder of a 7.1 inning stint. The Reds eventually cashed in with 7 runs in the ninth inning to steal a memorable 7-4 victory from the Indians. Kluber did not appear in that series.
Sal Romano has pitched well since the the All Star break, compiling an ERA of 3.69 over that period. His turnaround has been fueled by reducing walks and doing a better job of limiting home runs. He is attacking batters by effectively mixing his variety of fastball types at varying speeds and locations to compensate for a lack of a true “third pitch” in his arsenal.
In the last 4 seasons Corey Kluber has won the AL Cy Young award twice and finished third on another occasion. This said, Kluber has not consistently been at his best over the last 6 weeks. Nevertheless, in 4 starts since the All Star break he has pitched to an outstanding 2.63 ERA mixing very ordinary and very strong starts, including a complete game shutout on August 4th. The bad news for the Reds is that Kluber is due for a strong effort tonight if he continues his recent pattern. Kluber throws a cut fastball or sinker in roughly equal proportions on a around 63% of his pitches, the cutter at a bit over 90MPH with the sinker a tad under 90. He augments these pitches with an mid 80’s slider (20%), a change up (~7%) at about the same speed and a 4 seam fastball in the low 90s.
2018 Comparative Statistics
Oh to have a couple of pitchers even with a league average BB rate and Kluber’s K rate (or vice versa) let alone one with both!
Three lefthanders worked out of the pen for the Reds Monday covering a total of 2.2 innings. Wandy Peralta threw 26 pitches in an inning of work and figures to not be available tonight. Amir Garret threw 16 pitches in a rough 0.2 innings of work and is likely on short stint availability at best. Just recalled Cody Reed threw a clean inning of work and presumably could work a similar stint tonight.
Cleveland used 4 relievers for an inning each on Monday. Righties Dan Otero (22 pitches) and Neil Ramírez (19 pitches) would figure to be on short availability tonight. Bullpen mainstay lefty Andrew Miller threw 15 pitches and could also be limited especially given this was just his fifth appearance after missing 2+ months with a knee injury.
|1. Francisco Lindor (SS)
2. Michael Brantley (LF)
3. Jose Ramirez (3B)
4. Yonder Alonso (1B)
5. Melky Cabrera (RF)
6. Jason Kipnis (2B)
7. Yan Gomes (C)
8. Greg Allen (CF)
9. Corey Kluber (P)
|1. Jose Peraza (SS)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Tucker Barnhart (C)
6. Mason Williams (RF)
7. Preston Tucker (LF)
8. Sal Romano (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
So I guess either Phillip Ervin may be a little sore from his brush with the right field fence last night or the vaunted outfield rotation has returned.
News and Notes
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— Cincinnati Magazine (@CincinnatiMag) August 14, 2018
Doug is no longer taking new questions; but, I’m sure you’ll find some good answers here
I'm taking all of your questions until 4pm today over at the site. So if you've got something you want to know, head over and join in the conversationhttps://t.co/MywpR1BWhN
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) August 14, 2018
Nice to know I’m not the only one wondering why Phillip Ervin isn’t an automatic in the daily lineup (as of yesterday he was leading the team in wRC+ (161) since the ASB).
I'm not sure I understand any scenario leading to Phillip Ervin not being in the lineup for a team without Duvall, Winker, Schebler.
Missed cutoff man and all.#Reds
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) August 14, 2018
Homer Bailey’s bottom line for Monday looked pretty nasty when all was said and done. However, behind those numbers were a couple of breakdowns by other Reds players which ended up impacting Bailey’s bottom line.
First came the textbook double play ball booted by Jose Peraza in the fourth inning. Bailey was up to the task of escaping that ensuing mess unscathed; but, it cost him ~15 high leverage pitches. The mental and physical energy consumed by those pitches just might have made a difference in what turned out to be the fateful sixth inning. In that sixth inning Bailey left with 1 out and the the score still just 3-2 in favor of the Indians but with 2 runners “charged” to him on base, 1 of whom was put there by an IBB actually ordered as Bailey was walking to the dugout. Enter Amir Garrett who promptly allowed Bailey’s 2 runners to score soon followed by a 4 more of his own. Game over.
It is often said that baseball is a game of individual accomplishment played for a team result. Regardless, an individual’s record is often shaded by the efforts of others, sometimes to the good, other times to the bad. GO REDS!