Tonight the Reds and Brewers have at each other again in game 2 of the current 3 game set at GABP. The Reds will try to even the series at one following a tough loss in game 1. Game time is 6:40 pm.
Jhoulys Chacín makes his second start of 2019 tonight for the Brewers. The 30 year old right hander’s decade long journey through MLB to his current spot with the Brewers has been a long and winding road. After debuting with Colorado in 2009 as a top prospect, he bounced through a succession of teams as he battled injury and inconsistency. He seemingly righted himself in 2017 during a 1 year stint with San Diego and subsequently signed with the Brewers (2 years; $15.5M). His career FIP of 4.08 and 19.8 bWAR suggest he has been average MLB pitcher while rarely having an average season prior to 2017.
Chacín is almost exclusively a fastball/ slider pitcher at this point in his career. He uses a sinker (35%) instead of a 4 seamer (13%) as his primary fastball. In 2018, Chacín began using a split finger fastball as his change up. Watch for this pitch tonight as he used the splitter almost 11% of the time in his opening start of the season.
Right hander Anthony DeSclafani starts for the Reds tonight. Just making it to a major league mound in April must feel like redemption for Desclafani since the last time he emerged healthy from spring training was 2015. Elbow issues followed oblique woes cost Desclafani major portions of 2 seasons (2016, 2018) and all of 2017. Last season, DeSclafani first made it to the mound in early June. He went on to post 21 MLB starts and understandably achieved inconsistent results. He hopes to follow up on a strong and healthy spring by returning to the form he had shown through the end of 2015.
If DeSclafani can recover his prior form and stay health, he could become a major force in the Reds rotation. Tonight, watch for improvement in Disco’s secondary pitches, most notably his curveball, as they were an area of focus in his off season work.
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The Brewers used three pitchers to cover 4 innings. None of them worked over 1.2 innings. None were working on consecutive days. However Alex Claudio and Alex Wilson both threw ~25 pitches and may be limited tonight. For those wondering, Josh Hader worked exactly an inning (16 pitches) and no doubt is available to do at least the same tonight.
The Reds used 4 pitchers to cover 4.1 innings. Only Amir Garrett worked longer than an inning. No one was working on a consecutive day. Amir Garrett and David Hernandez did have pitch counts >20 and may be limited tonight.
Bullpen stat of the day>>> Raisel Iglesias used 3 fewer pitches (13) to allow the winning run in the 9th than Josh Hader needed (16) to save the game in the 9th.
Jesse Winker has been “freed”. Glad to see Dietrich get a start. He has been a contributor off the bench. Maybe Curt Casali can get one tomorrow?
News and Notes
The Reds announced distressing information about top pitching prospect Hunter Greene. He’s going to require Tommy John surgery. Doug Gray wrote about the situation in depth here at Redleg Nation earlier this afternoon, breaking down the timeline of events since last July when he was initially injured. There’s also video of Dick Williams meeting with the press to announce, and discuss the situation during the Cincinnati Reds game last night.
Left-Handed Pitcher Brandon Finnegan cleared waivers and has been outrighted to the minor leagues.
#Reds LHP Brandon Finnegan has cleared waivers and been outrighted to the minor leagues.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 2, 2019
Designated for assignment pitcher Matt Wisler has been traded to San Diego for a pitching prospect
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) April 2, 2019
Sounds like Scooter is getting cabin fever to be back in action
“I want nothing more than to be out playing, contributing."
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 2, 2019
And what is with this “wooooo” stuff?
You overestimate both my powers and the authoritarian powers of an independent business. I find it annoying too — but I don't see any way to change it https://t.co/ofcHgaZpBg
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) April 2, 2019
Yesterday I wrote that over the course of an MLB season, turning the outcome in just 1 in 10 games is often the difference between teams that go on to play in October and the teams sitting at home watching. Last night had the feel of one of those marginal games. After the Brewers jumped out to a 3 run lead in the first, the Reds held fast and finally tied the score in the 6th.
And so things stood as both bullpens held through the 8th. Then in the Brewers 9th, the Reds top reliever, Raisel Iglesias, confronted by the top of the Brewers, order failed to hold serve after having 2 outs and nobody on base. Enter the Brewers top bullpen man, Josh Hader. Hader yielded a leadoff double. Unlike Iglesias, Hader then shut down the Reds 1-3 hitters to save the game for the Brewers. Not that iglesias alone was responsible for the loss. The Reds had bases loaded in the 1st with just 1 out and came up empty, Next time through the order they had 2 on and no outs and failed to score. Little things that made a big difference.
Today is another chance to set the ship right. However if the Reds are to rise above the mire of the last 4 seasons, the Reds must learn to do the little things right at the correct times to win these marginal games. But to be clear, for the most part it is NOT the manager or coaches who need to step up. It is the guys on the field. Hitters must get on base and advance runners. Pitchers and fielders must find ways to keep the opposition hitters from doing the same. As basketball great Bill Russell often said, “It is better to be good than lucky because the good make their own luck”. GO REDS!