Oh where, oh where has the offense gone? The Reds (66-90) will try to solve their offensive woes and earn a series split with the Marlins (61-93) in the final road game of the season this afternoon at Marlins Park. First pitch is at 1:10 ET.
Michael Lorenzen gets his second start of 2018 this afternoon and will continue to try to prove to the Reds that he deserves a chance to start next season. He did a decent job of that in his outing in Milwaukee last Tuesday, pitching four innings and giving up one hit and one run while striking out three and walking one. Don’t expect him to pitch deep into the game, however, as he’ll be on a limited pitch count.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) September 22, 2018
Lorenzen’s 10.0 BB% is a little high, and that is also reflected in his 3.79 BB/9. Thirty walks in 71.1 innings is not a good thing. But he’s also inducing ground balls, with a GB% of 48.8%. That percentage is actually on the low end for him, as it’s been as high as 63% in the past, but being close to 50% is still very ideal, especially when his GB/FB ratio is 1.84 and his HR/FB percentage is 8.9%.
Working out of the bullpen means Lorenzen hasn’t faced too many Marlins players (and the fact that the Marlins have many new players), so it’s a little surprising that Derek Dietrich has 10 at-bats against him.
Trevor Richards made his MLB debut for the Marlins on April 2 against the Red Sox, giving up five runs in 4.1 innings. He pitched in Miami through April, got sent back down to Triple-A in May, and was recalled to the Marlins in the beginning of June. He’s been with the big league club since, and while he’s had some good performances, most have been not great. In September, it’s been more down than up for him, pitching 11.1 innings in three starts and giving up 14 runs on 16 hits and walking six.
While Richards has struck out 113 in 112.1 innings, he’s also battled with a lack of control, walking 51 batters. His BB/9 is 4.07. Richards throws three pitches–fastball, curve, and change up. He only throws his curve ball 13% of the time, choosing instead to throw the fastball and change up much more. His average pitch speed for his fastball is 90.8 mph, and in the low-80s for his breaking pitches.
You can find the lineups here.
News and Notes
-The Reds have lost 90 games in four straight seasons. Catch that positive momentum!
#Reds fall 5-1…… their 90th loss of season (66-90). That's four staight seasons of at least 90 losses for first time since five staight from 1930-1934.
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) September 23, 2018
-Be sure to watch the Fox Sports Ohio pregame on Tuesday to see Jeff Brantley get a pie in the face after Mississippi State lost to Kentucky Saturday night and he lost a bet with Jeff Piecoro.
— Jeff Brantley (@RedsCowboy) September 23, 2018
-On this date in Reds history:
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 23, 2018
I watched a clip of the Atlanta Braves clinching the NL East yesterday afternoon and found myself becoming jealous of that team. It’s a team that is very similar to the Reds. They last made the playoffs in 2013, but started a rebuild soon after, lost 90 games each season from 2015-2017, and are back in the playoffs after five years.
Yes, the NL East is not as tough as the NL Central, but it only took the Braves three years to rebuild. The Reds are still losing 90 games, and if the pitching doesn’t get better, it will be another long season in 2019.
Hard, crucial decisions will have to be made within the Reds front office this off season. The Reds are becoming an afterthought in baseball and in the city of Cincinnati itself. And that’s a sad thing to see.