After a rough month of August that saw the CincinnatiÃ‚Â Reds (57-78) go 9-19 and fall to a season low 21 games under .500, the team willÃ‚Â look to continue that positive momentum tonight in the second game of a three game series with the St. Louis Cardinals (76-59) at Busch Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 ET.
Luis Castillo’s roller coaster season has continued throughÃ‚Â August. He gave up five runs in 5.2 innings against the ArizonaÃ‚Â Diamondbacks on August 12th, but turned around and pitched 6.2 innings of one-run baseball while striking out nine against the San Francisco Giants on August 19th. InÃ‚Â his last start in Chicago, Castillo surrendered five runs on five hits, including two home runs, in 3.1 innings.
Castillo’s problems still lieÃ‚Â with the home run ball. He’s given up 24 home runs this season, by far the most in his entire professional career. And he’s given up five home runs in his last four starts. It doesn’t bode well for tonight’s game. He’s surrendered six home runs to St. Louis batters in his career, including one to Matt Carpenter. Of all the Cardinals, Carpenter hits Castillo the best.
The last time DanielÃ‚Â Poncedeleon faced the Reds, he was pitching seven no-hit innings in his major league debut at Great American Ballpark. Since that late July evening, Poncedeleon has only started one other game, August 21, at the LA Dodgers. He pitched almost as well, giving up five hits and one run with eight strikeouts, but only in 4.0 innings. The Cardinals then sent him back to the minors, as they had no need for a fifth starter until the rosters expanded today.
Poncedeleon has only thrown 21.2 innings, and his BABIP is .204. With a high walk rate of 11.8% and a high flyball rate of 46.4%, it will be interesting to see how he fares over the month of September once teams learn to adjust to him.
|1.Ã‚Â Billy HamiltonÃ‚Â (CF)
2.Ã‚Â Jose PerazaÃ‚Â (SS)
3.Ã‚Â Joey VottoÃ‚Â (1B)
4.Ã‚Â Scooter GennettÃ‚Â (2B)
5.Ã‚Â Eugenio SuarezÃ‚Â (3B)
6.Ã‚Â Scott ScheblerÃ‚Â (RF)
7.Ã‚Â Phillip ErvinÃ‚Â (LF)
8.Ã‚Â Tucker BarnhartÃ‚Â (C)
9.Ã‚Â Luis CastilloÃ‚Â (P)
|1.Ã‚Â Matt CarpenterÃ‚Â (3B)
2.Ã‚Â Yadier MolinaÃ‚Â (C)
3.Ã‚Â Jose MartinezÃ‚Â (RF)
4.Ã‚Â Matt AdamsÃ‚Â (1B)
5.Ã‚Â Tyler O’NeillÃ‚Â (LF)
6.Ã‚Â Paul DeJongÃ‚Â (SS)
7.Ã‚Â Harrison BaderÃ‚Â (CF)
8.Ã‚Â Yairo MunozÃ‚Â (2B)
9.Ã‚Â Daniel PoncedeleonÃ‚Â (P)
-I know people don’t care much about batting average anymore, but if you do care about such things, Scooter Gennett is currently tied for the National League lead with a .317 average. Let’s hope his success over the last two weeks carries through the rest of the year because it would be cool to see a Red win the batting title.
Scooter Gennett is hitting .414/.453/.603 with a 1.057 OPS over the last 15 games
— ???? ????y (@Nicholaspkirby) September 1, 2018
News and Notes
The first round of September call-ups happened today (plus one release of a player). I’m sure more call-ups will follow once the minor league season ends.
#Reds recall RHP Lucas Sims, select contract of SS Blake Trahan, release RHP Zack Weiss.
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) September 1, 2018
Interesting stat on now former Red Zack Weiss.
Weiss is currently tied for 3rd most runs allowed without recording an out in a major league career. No player has finished a career with 0 outs recorded and 4+ runs allowed since 1928. https://t.co/xIpfSPnIs4
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) September 1, 2018
Eugenio Suarez has become a star. I’d call him the best third baseman in the NL, but there’s guy who plays for the Rockies who might be a little better. (Although if you compare Nolan Arenado and Suarez’s numbers this season, they areÃ‚Â very comparable).
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) September 1, 2018
Today marks the first day of September, which also means the last month of regular season baseball. In April, I always look forward to the long season ahead and then September rolls around and I wonder where it all went.
The Reds won’t be in the playoffs, which means we only have four weeks left of the 2018 season. EvenÃ‚Â though the Reds have played horriblyÃ‚Â of late, I encourage you to enjoy what little baseball is left because you’ll be aching for it come December and January. I know I do.