The Reds will be looking to avoid a sweep tonight in the third and final game of this final series versus the Pirates at PNC Park in 2018. If the Reds can succeed, they will also return home with a .500 (3-3) road trip. Game time is set for 7:05.
Reds starter Homer Bailey will face off against Pirates rightly Jameson Taillon. Bailey will be making bis second start of the season verus the Pirates. In is previous start on May 23, He allowed 4 runs (all earned) over 4 innings of work in a game eventually won 5-4 by the Pirates in 11 innings.
Taillon is even more familiar with the Reds having already made two prior starts against them in 2018. Most recently on July 20, Taillon pitched 5.1 innings and allowed the Reds only run in a 12-1 laugher won by the Pirates. Taillon’s other start versus the Reds on May 22 did not go so well for him as he was rocked for 6 runs in 6 inning of work in a game won 7-2 by the Reds.
Over the last month, Homer Bailey’s results have been marginally worse than his full season results, which is saying a mouthful. His earned run average in August was 6.93, 0.8 of a run higher than his full season ERA. His August WHIP was 2.07 which paired with HR/9 rate of 2.55 (7 in 24.2 IP) was clearly a recipe for disaster. Management seems determined to continue to send Bailey to the mound every fifth day for the rest of the season. We can only hope against reason that Bailey finds some way to to pitch more effectively and give his teammates an opportunity to compete in the games he starts.
Jameson Taillon on the other hand had a very nice month of August. In five starts he compiled a 2.38 ERA (3.53 FIP) in 34IP (~6.2 per start), struck out nearly a batter an inning while allowing less than 2 walks per 9 innings and allowed a HR/9 rate of just more than 1. However a game by game comparison of his ERA/ FIP for August suggests Taillon may have been pitching with a bit of good luck. Maybe tonight will be a night when luck turns to the Reds favor against him.
The Reds pen covered 3 innings on Tuesday, 2.0 innings (36 pitches) from Michael Lorenzen and an inning (10 pitches) from Matt Wisler. Wilser is likely available for at least an inning on Wednesday. Lorenzen would figure to not be used especially given the reinforcements due to roster expansion.
The Pirates pen was called upon to cover 2.2 innings. Richard Rodriguez, 0.2 innings (30 pitches), and Kyle Crick, 1.0 innings (15 pitches) were both working on the second consecutive day and figure to be unavailable tonight. Closer Felipe Vasquez worked an inning (14 pitches) in a non-save situation but no doubt would be available if called on for a 3 out save opportunity tonight.
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Curt Casali (C)
8. Mason Williams (LF)
9. Homer Bailey (P)
|1. Starling Marte (CF)
2. Adam Frazier (2B)
3. Gregory Polanco (RF)
4. Francisco Cervelli (C)
5. Corey Dickerson (LF)
6. Jose Osuna (1B)
7. Colin Moran (3B)
8. Kevin Newman (SS)
9. Jameson Taillon (P)
Same old same old. Low OBP guys lead off. Might it help the Reds recently moribund offense to put some higher OBP guys at the top? Day off for Barnhart and Ervin. Casali and Williams plugged in for them.
News and Notes
The Reds apparently were not interested in a second look at this guy
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) September 5, 2018
Some Reds prospects are getting a taste of post season action
Taylor Trammell, the Reds' top outfield prospect according to @MLBPipeline, went 2-for-5 and cranked a 2-run homer last night in Daytona's Game 1 loss to Clearwater. #RedsMiLB pic.twitter.com/DkCLVJg1EX
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 5, 2018
Dat Dude is still soldiering along, hoping to make Red Sox playoff roster
— Enquirer Sports (@ENQSports) September 5, 2018
More on meddling from a familiar voice
— Cincinnati Magazine (@CincinnatiMag) September 5, 2018
Tonight marks the Reds final appearance at PNC park in 2018. It has been a very unfriendly venue for the Reds this year as they have won just 2 of the 9 games they’ve played there despite having won 6 of 9 at PNC Park in 2017. Here’s hoping the Reds close out their season at PNC Park with a win tonight and that positive momentum carries over into 2019. GO REDS!