A signal that there may still be some desire by the Cincinnati Reds front office and ownership to win baseball games was transmitted at midday today from Great American Ball Park:
At a season ticket holder luncheon, Riggleman announced that Tyler Mahle will replace Homer Bailey in the rotation #Reds
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) September 7, 2018
Presumably, this means Bailey goes to the bullpen. When a similar move was announced earlier in the season, Bailey was asked if he thought he would adjust well to the new role, and he responded, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Probably not.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He just knows his body,Ã¢â‚¬Â interim Manager Jim Riggleman said in a May 29 Enquirer article. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He feels like it takes him a long time to get ready. He does not envision this as something that would be a smooth transition. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pitched a long time, and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s always been a starter. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s used to a side day and a couple more days off. Everything is set up. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s kind of where we are.Ã¢â‚¬Â
TodayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s announcement was a stunning move in the eyes of this observer. I presumed that because of the amount of money Bailey is owed over the next two seasons, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be sent to the mound every fifth day for the rest of this year and again next year, despite:
Since 1900, pitchers whose team lost 18 of his first 19 starts in a season:
Homer Bailey, 2018
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) September 5, 2018
You can make it 19 out of 20 since that tweet. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know if sending a message to the fan base that winning is important was the motivation behind todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s announcement, but it probably has had that effect in the minds of at least some in Redleg Nation. Frankly, I had resigned myself to the fact that Bailey would be pitching every fifth day until the $5 million buyout of his contract takes place after the 2019 season.
As others here have pointed out, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not my place to tell Bob Castellini how he needs to spend the $28 million still guaranteed to Bailey. Certainly the owner has hoped that there would be some sign of a return to at least mediocrity after all of Bailey’s years of injury and rehab, so that at least some value could be realized from the investment.
Perhaps the time has arrived when Castellini realizes that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s paying Homer Bailey $28 million no matter what, and so maybe paying him to help lose games at a record pace isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the best way to utilize that asset. What happens next is anyoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s guess, frankly.
The Reds take on the Padres in the second of a four-game series tonight at GABP, with game time at 6:40 p.m. Eastern time.
Righthander Kennedy is making his sixth major league start and first against the Reds. His first two starts in early August were ugly, allowing 11 earned runs in nine innings. Since then, his earned run average over three starts is 2.81. He has recorded more than one ground ball out per inning pitched, so that apparently is his strength.
The Reds have won six of DeSclafaniÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s last seven starts. The only loss was at Wrigley Field on August 23. His earned run average over that span is 3.27, which all Reds fans would certainly take over the course of a season from anyone. He is as close to a stopper as the Reds have at the moment. If this trend continues through the end of the season, there is reason to be optimistic for what DeSclafani can bring to the team over a full season in the rotation. Unfortunately, that hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t happened since 2015.
Former Atlanta Brave Matt Wisler pitched two innings last night, which may exclude him from consideration tonight. All other members of the well-stocked bullpen should be at Jim RigglemanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s disposal.
|2B Luis Urias||RF Scott Schebler|
|C Francisco Mejia||SS Jose Peraza|
|LF Hunter Renfroe||1B Joey Votto|
|1B Eric Hosmer||2B Scooter Gennett|
|3B Wil Myers||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|RF Franmil Reyes||CF Mason Williams|
|SS Freddy Galvis||C Tucker Barnhart|
|CF Manuel Margot||LF Phillip Ervin|
|P Brett Kennedy||P Anthony DeSclafani|
News and Notes
Do you agree with John FayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s assessment of the current mindset of Reds fans?
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll sign off on this six-game road trip with this: Judging from my Twitter feed, anger has turned to apathy. I get the sense that no one (well, almost no one) is watching or listening. And the NFL is about to start. #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) September 6, 2018
On this date in Reds history Ã¢â‚¬Â¦
Sept 7, 1975Ã¢â‚¬â€The Sparky Anderson led Cincinnati #Reds clinch the National League West flag with an 8-4 win over the San Francisco #Giants. It is the earliest clinching date in National League history to that point. pic.twitter.com/Ya2UQA5LEX
— BaseÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ballÃ¢â‚¬Â¢ia (@Baseballia) September 7, 2018
(Do any of you out there in my age bracket remember having that particular baseball card like I do?)
Reds are tied with the Pirates for most losing seasons since 2000 Ã¢â‚¬Â¦
— MLB EXPERT PICKS (@MLBEXPERTPICKS) September 7, 2018
This is a sobering wake-up call to just how bad this franchise has been in the last 18 years. Never once had I considered that the Reds would be as low as the Pirates were for so many years.