After an intense pitching duel and a thrilling walk-off home run by Phillip Ervin in extra innings, the Reds (53-69) look to build off that momentum in the second game of the series tonight at GABP. First pitch will be at 7:10 ET.
It’s the middle of the August and Matt Harvey is still a Red. It is what it is. Harvey hasn’t done anything to drastically hurt his trade value, but it makes you wonder how many, if any, teams are inquiring about him. His overall ERA for the season is over 5.00, but his ERA with the Reds is 4.61 in 84 innings.
Harvey is another Reds pitcher who has been victimized by the home run ball. He’s given up 14 home runs during his time in Cincinnati thus far and 20 home runs in 2018. He’s also given up 84 hits with the Reds, which can be averaged out to a hit every inning. But while home runs and hits in general have been his problem, walks have not been. Harvey has walked just 20 batters all season, including with the Mets.
Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Belt are the two players to look out for against Harvey. Belt has two home runs against him in 11 plate appearances.
We don’t tend to hear much about Madison Bumgarner, at least not like a few years ago when he was a Cy Young candidate and won a World Series MVP. Dealing with injuries for the last two years will do that. Last season, Bumgarner dealt with a shoulder injury suffered while riding his dirt bike, but returned to finish with a 3.32 ERA and 3.95 FIP in 111.0 innings.
This season, Bumgarner suffered a fractured left hand after getting hit with a line drive in spring training at the end of March. He returned on June 5, and has pitched solidly since, recording a 2.71 ERA and a 3.70 FIP in 79.2 innings. In his last start against the Dodgers, he gave up seven hits and two runs in six innings, with four strikeouts and two walks.
It’s too bad Joey Votto had to go on the DL (thanks again, Ryan Madson), as he hits .400 off Bumgarner. Instead, Billy Hamilton and Scooter Gennett could do some damage. Both have home runs against him.
|1. Andrew McCutchen (RF)
2. Joe Panik (2B)
3. Buster Posey (C)
4. Brandon Belt (1B)
5. Evan Longoria (3B)
6. Brandon Crawford (SS)
7. Alen Hanson (LF)
8. Steven Duggar (CF)
9. Madison Bumgarner (P)
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Scooter Gennett (2B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Phillip Ervin (RF)
6. Tucker Barnhart (C)
7. Dilson Herrera (LF)
8. Brandon Dixon (1B)
9. Matt Harvey (P)
News and Notes
-If you’re going to the game tonight, look out for this young girl who is trying achieve a goal of throwing out a first pitch with her robotic hand at all 30 ballparks. Tonight will be her 28th park.
.@haileys_hand visits GABP Saturday! Cincinnati is the 28th stop on her quest to deliver a first pitch at all 30 Major League ballparks with her team-themed robotic right hands. pic.twitter.com/IsQmVuIvmZ
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 17, 2018
-The Reds have some of the best players in the Florida State League in their farm system, according to Baseball America.
*This tweet is about things you already know*
Florida State League Best Tools, per @BaseballAmerica:
🔥 Power – @ibandel_isabel
🔥 Strike-Zone Judgment – @TJFriedl_1
🔥 Pitching – Tony Santillan
🔥 Breaking Pitch & Reliever – @RyanHendrix11
🔥 Outfield Arm – @Taytram24
— Daytona Tortugas (@daytonatortugas) August 17, 2018
-The Reds have some All-Star prospects in the Midwest League as well.
— Dayton Dragons (@DragonsBaseball) August 17, 2018
-As a follow-up to the Phillip Ervin article yesterday, here’s a comparison of Ervin vs. Mason Williams in both the majors and the minor leagues.
Career so far in the big leagues:
Ervin .794 OPS
This year at AAA
2017 at AAA
Career in the minors
Please tell me what I am missing….. https://t.co/1NKzvfriO9
— ɴɪᴄᴋ ᴋɪʀʙy (@Nicholaspkirby) August 18, 2018