Having made the 100 mile trip north up the west shore of Lake Michigan from Chicago to Milwaukee, the Reds take on the Brewers in the first game of a three game set tonight. The Brewers (85-65) hold the #1 position in the NL wildcard chase 3 games clear of the Dodgers and Cardinals who are tied for the final wildcard spot. However the Brew Crew still harbor hopes of a larger prize, the NL Central crown, as they currently trail the Cubs by 2.5 games in that race with a dozen games remaining. The Reds, in spite of their own 64-86 record, thus begin yet another series brimming with playoff implications. Game time is 7:40PM Eastern.
Righthander Anthony DeSclafani gets the starting call for the Reds. In a previous start versus the Brewers on August 28, Disco allowed 4 earned runs in 6.2 innings of work in a game the Reds won 9-7 The Brewers will counter with veteran left Wade Miley. In his most recent start against the Reds on August 30 Miley went 7.1 innings allowing a single run on 5 hits in a game eventually won 2-1 by the Brewers in 11 innings.
DeSclafani will be making his 19th start of the season since his belated arrival to the Reds rotation in June. After pitching very well in 5 August starts (34.1 IP; 262 ERA; 3.06 FIP), Disco has struggled in his 3 September starts having yet to make it to the 5th inning in any of them. His walk rate and BABIP for September are both well above his season average. He has thrown 99.1 competitive innings this season after missing all of 2017. Perhaps fatigue and lack of stamina from the extended time away are taking a toll on him. Let’s hope he has some some of that August stuff to throw at the Brewers tonight. More importantly, let’s hope we see a lot of the August results from DeSclafani come 2019.
For Wade Miley, this has also been an injury abbreviated season. The not quite 32 year old veteran came off the DL to make his first start of the 2018 season versus the Reds on May 2. Six days later in his second start, he made it through only 3 batters before having to leave and ended up back on the DL for 2 more months. In total, he has made 13 starts in 2018. Miley has allowed as many as 3 earned runs only once all season; and, in his last 5 games has allowed just 7 earned runs in 28.1 innings (2.22 ERA). He has also been very stingy with the long ball all season but is prone to giving up walks at times.
2018 Comparative Stats:
The Reds pen was tasked to cover 2.1 innings on Sunday. Jared Hughes and Raisel Iglesias each pitched an inning. Hughes also worked an inning on Saturday and has thrown 28 pitches in these 2 appearances. He may be on short availability tonight.
The Brewers pen covered 4 innings on Sunday and 3.2 innings on Saturday. However nobody pitched on consecutive days; and, only Junior Guerra who pitched 2 innings on Saturday pitched more than a single inning. Notably Josh Hader was not used either day.
|1. Scott Schebler (RF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Scooter Gennett (2B)
6. Phillip Ervin (LF)
7. Curt Casali (C)
8. Anthony DeSclafani (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
|1. Curtis Granderson (RF)
2. Christian Yelich (LF)
3. Lorenzo Cain (CF)
4. Travis Shaw (2B)
5. Jesus Aguilar (1B)
6. Mike Moustakas (3B)
7. Erik Kratz (C)
8. Orlando Arcia (SS)
9. Wade Miley (P)
News and Notes
Just to make some other folks feel as old as me when I saw this…..
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 17, 2018
From the past to the future. Check out #7 on this list. None other than Reds Taylor Trammell
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 12, 2018
So, just when many thought it was going to be a weekend in Armageddon for the Reds, instead we got to see 3 old fashion white knuckle baseball games. 9 runs total were scored in the entire series. That’s by everybody in both uniforms. Instead of wilting, the Reds went into Wrigley and found the wherewithal to stand and trade on almost even terms with arguably the best team in the National League. They were a swing of the bat against them from winning 2 of 3 but also just as close to getting swept. That’s how fine the edge in baseball can (and probably should usually) be.
Let’s hope those Reds players who may be around for that long awaited “next good Reds team” take heed of the experiences of the weekend, positive and negative, and learn lessons to help win important games for that next good Reds team. GO REDS!