Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (13-17) 1 4 0
New York Mets (15-15) 0 5 1
W: Zach Duke (2-1)  L: Edwin Diaz (0-2)  SV: Michael Lorenzen (2)
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For a glove-first shortstop, Jose Iglesias sure has a penchant for late-game heroics, huh? The slick-fielding Iglesias played the unlikely hero for the second time this season on Wednesday night. Stepping to the plate with two outs in the top of the ninth in a scoreless game, he blasted a go-ahead solo homer to give the Reds a 1-0 win over the Mets. Oh, and it was only against Edwin Diaz, one of the game’s most dominant relievers.

The victory rewarded the Cincinnati pitching staff for another masterful performance, something that hasn’t happened nearly as many times as deserved this season. Anthony DeSclafani matched reigning NL Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom pitch for pitch. The shorthanded bullpen backed that up with 3 1/3 shutout innings.

That’s the Reds’ first 1-0 win since April 2, 2018 and the first such win on the road since July 29, 2015. A satisfying victory, indeed.

The Hitters

It was largely a quiet night for the Reds on offense — again. This time, they at least get a pass for going against one of the best pitchers in baseball.

They managed only three hits, all singles, before Iglesias’ homer in the ninth. Iglesias (single, homer) and Jesse Winker (single, two walks) were the only batters to reach base multiple times. Ironically, DeSclafani had the first hit of the game when he broke up the no-hitter in the fifth inning.

The best chance against deGrom came in the fourth. Following a two-base error, a walk, and a hit batter, the Reds loaded the bases with two outs. After 35 pitches, however, deGrom got through the inning and the Reds came up empty. The Reds threatened again in the seventh against deGrom when the first two batters reached, but a Scott Schebler double play killed the momentum.

Yasiel Puig looked to have a chance to give the Reds the lead in the eighth after a two-out walk to Winker. Puig hit a rocket at 109 mph to left field. Despite a 74% hit probability, he was robbed on an impressive over-the-shoulder catch by Jeff McNeil.

The luck finally turned around in the ninth. Iglesias took advantage of a hanging slider from Diaz, depositing it into Citi Field bleachers to provide the only run necessary.

The Hurlers

Anthony DeSclafani was on top of his game tonight. Mets hitters had few answers against him, managing only three hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. Disco fanned eight batters, raising his strikeout rate on the season to 27.9%. Only two batters even reached second base.

In a year where his velocity is up already, he was pumping gas between 94 and 96 all night. What separated him on this evening was his command. While peppering the top of the strike zone with his four-seamer, Disco was placing his two-seamer wherever he wanted. He had two impressive strikeouts on two-seam fastballs that started off the plate and tailed back over for called strikes. Notably, DeSclafani’s slider was also as sharp as it’s been all season. He got five whiffs on the pitch for a 20.0% swinging-strike rate on the night, a season high with the breaking ball.

After DeSclafani gave up a two-out double to Robinson Cano in the sixth, Wandy Peralta came on to face the left-handed hitting Michael Conforto. Peralta escaped by initiating a groundout, but David Bell curiously allowed him to face two right-handed batters in the seventh. Both hit singles.

Jared Hughes cleaned up the mess and looked like his 2018 self in the process by getting a strikeout and groundout back to himself. He got the first two outs of the eighth as well — both again on grounders right back at him. It’s not very often you see three consecutive groundouts to the pitcher. Bell chose to make another pitching change with two outs, bringing in Zach Duke to face the lefty Cano. Duke came perilously close to issuing a walk but got out of the inning with a groundout.

Gifted with a 1-0 lead after Iglesias’ homer at the top of the inning, Michael Lorenzen slammed the door with a perfect ninth inning. He got some help from Winker, who made a sliding catch on the left-field warning track in foul territory to end the game. Winker continued his trolling of Queens fans in the process, waving goodbye as he joined his teammates to celebrate.

Notes & Thoughts

  • Of note: Winker saw 21 pitches against deGrom, accounting for 21% of the right-hander’s pitch total on the night.
  • DeSclafani had a small injury scare in the bottom of the fifth inning. After singling the inning before, he threw a pair of wild warm-up pitches that prompted a visit from the training staff. He seemed to be flexing his hand, possibly due taking a stinger on a cold night after his base hit. Fortunately, he stayed in the game.
  • Despite the cold weather in Queens, Disco also threw hit hardest pitch of the season (96.4 mph) on a first-inning strikeout of Michael Conforto.
  • T-minus one more game until Nick Senzel time.

Stat of the Game

Among 207 hitters who have seen at least 50 breaking balls this season, only three are chasing them out of the strike zone more than Yasiel Puig.

  1. Hunter Renfroe (53.7%)
  2. Eddie Rosario (52.3%)
  3. Javier Baez (52.3%)
  4. Yasiel Puig (51.7%)

On the bright side, only six batters have chased breaking balls less than Jesse Winker (13.0%).

  1. Wellington Castillo (11.8%)
  2. Brian Dozier (11.4%)
  3. Alex Bregman (11.2%)
  4. Logan Forsythe (10.5%)
  5. Mike Trout (9.2%)
  6. Andrew McCutchen (8.7%)

Up Next

Reds @ Mets
Thursday, May 2, 12:10 p.m. ET
Tyler Mahle (4.50 ERA, 3.47 xFIP) vs. Noah Syndergaard (6.35 ERA, 3.55 xFIP)

74 Responses

  1. matthew hendley

    Reds win, always a plus… waiting to see all the naysayers on here eat crow as well. FO needs to talk to Iglesias’s Agent yesterday about locking him up for a few more years.
    Kluber beyond horrific stats now looks like he has damage to his Ulna. Terrific non trade by the Reds. IL trip in his future.
    deGrom looked on it tonight. Mahle up tommrow. Hope that Thor’s stats are a legit sign he is struggling early, or having issues with the heir to the Iron throne (Game of thrones reference, Thor Cameoed) Reds pull of a win, it will be a legit start into the inaugural Senzel series this weekend.

    • Keith

      Scott Boras says hi.

      Not sure I understand the rush to extend him thirty games into the season. He was unsigned for a reason — if he does well the next 100 games, sign him then. I’m glad to have him on the team, but he’s 29 years old with a career OPS of .680. Great defender, but not exactly irreplaceable.

      • greenmtred

        Nobody is irreplaceable, and he (and an evidently rejuvenated Suarez) give the Reds defensive strength at important positions, something they lack otherwise. Also, shortstop is not a position .of strength throughout the system. But your caution is still worth noting. Wait awhile on the extention and, of course, don’t overpay.

      • lwblogger2

        While I’m not for extending him, the guy was a steal for the Reds. I said it when they got him and when Scooter went down it became even more important that the Reds got him. He’s proving incredibly valuable and even at his career OPS, he’d still give the Reds some value. If Peraza doesn’t start hitting and if the Reds are hovering close to .500 when Scooter returns, I think Bell would be hard pressed not to make Peraza the odd man out. Right now, Iglesias is the better player. Now if the Reds are scuffling, then you have to see if you get Peraza hitting again since he’s the younger player under team control.

    • Matthew

      Kluber was injured by a line drive, so no, it’s not necessarily a terrific non-trade. Had he been pitching elsewhere in a different game (much like how Senzel maybe wouldn’t have sprained his ankle), it probably wouldn’t have happened. With that said, I think the Reds pitching staff is doing just fine without him anyway.

      • matthew hendley

        Except their are line drives and second bases everywhere else too… also a line drive doesn’t explain his 5.00+ ERA and horrible other metrics prior to the injury either

  2. Mountaineer Redleg

    Jose Iglesias has to be signed and be part of the next great Reds team. The question is how much will it take 2years for 9 mil should do it with club option in the 3rd

  3. Sliotar

    Tough to find a Win Probability graph more flatlined than in this one.

    Take a win over deGrom anyway you can get it. Same with Syndergaard tomorrow.

  4. Doc

    Relievers threw 3.1, not 4.1 scoreless.

  5. WVRedlegs

    J-Iggy wielding a mighty bat in the 9th.
    This offense is chronically bad. Four hits tonight.
    We can’t pile a huge load of expectations on Senzel when he gets called up. He alone is not the answer. Some other help is needed. Puig is like a mill stone around the neck of the Reds offense. Dietrich and Peraza haven’t earned more playing time.
    Bring up the LH hitting Vanmeter from Louisville and turn him loose on 2B. Give him 4 or 5 weeks to see what he has.
    Duke saved his job tonight. He lives for another couple of weeks.

    • lwblogger2

      Puig not hitting has been the biggest stunner for me so far this year. He’s never been a great hitter but has had his moments when he’s hot. He’s always been streaky but this is a very prolonged slump. He has enough MLB history to show that he’s a much better hitter than this so I’m very surprised on how bad he’s been. It’s not like he’s old either.

  6. RedsFan11

    Let me start off by saying great win and I am grateful thank you Reds..

    Now can I ask Matt or one of these stat guys who knows how to get this information quickly:

    1) how many innings has Does the bullpen thrown already and where they rank in that category?

    2) how many times has a reds starter started the 7th inning let alone finished it?

    I will say again great win thank you Reds, but I am concerned that this bullpen will be gassed by June 1 the way Bell uses pitchers.

    • Matt Wilkes

      Coming into tonight, Reds relievers had thrown 99.2 innings. Believe it or not, that only ranks 21st in MLB and 11th in the NL. Increased bullpen usage is definitely a league-wide trend.

      Starters have pitched 7 complete innings twice (Castillo both times). The starters have pitched into the seventh inning only five times.

      • Don A

        Interesting!! Will see how this new trend pans out accross MLB as the season progresses….

      • PhP

        Is it possible to look where they rank in terms of total appearances? Because if you use 3 pitchers in 1 inning, it only counts as 1 inning pitched for that statistic. But it doesn’t take into consideration how many times each individual pitcher has had to go through his warm up routine.

        Also, does anyone know if that plays a bigger role on arm fatigue than just looking at innings pitch or pitches thrown? I’ve seen a couple times where Garrett has only thrown 1 in game pitch, but he had to go through his usual warm up routine to throw that 1 pitch.

        Like a lot of posters on here I’m worried about overusing the bullpen too early.

      • RedsFan11

        Thanks for the info! Wow that is crazy ranking 21st!

        Not surprised about only going into 7th five times. Hopefully that can be improved upon! Thanks for the info!

      • Phil

        I’m very interested to see how next seasons rule change (minimum 3 batters faced, or end of the half-inning) affects bullpen usage. For the league as a whole, but also specifically with Bell and the Reds. I could see a scenario where bullpen usage continues to go up but is just spread out differently.

        A future pitching staff could have “starters” to pitch 2-times through the lineup, or 5-6 innings (maybe Castillo, Gray, DeSclafani, Mahle and ? for the Reds next season). Then hopefully a few “long-relievers” who could pitch 2-3 innings or once through the lineup (Stephenson, Lorenzen, Iglesias and Reed could all potentially fill this kind of role since they were previously starters). Then a few traditional relievers who would typically just pitch 1 inning.

      • Warren Leeman

        @PhP, yes…and that’s where you find the excessive use of the bullpen.

        The Reds lead the NL with 114 game appearances by relievers, followed closely by the Dodgers (113), Rockies (112), Braves (111).

        The Reds are averaging 0.90 IP/G by relievers, trailing only the Nats (0.82 IP/G by relievers).

      • PhP

        Cossack,
        Thanks for looking that up! That’s a situation to monitor as the season progresses.

  7. TomN

    If the Reds can ever get a decent lead – say 4-0 or 5-0 by the 6th inning, maybe Bell won’t feel like pulling the SP all the time. Problem is, the Reds are often in a tied or 1 run game by the time the pitcher’s spot comes up in the 6th inning. So Bell goes with a PH. Nice early leads that the team holds on to would go a long way to keeping the starter in the game. If it’s 4-0 Reds tonight in the 5th, Disco stays in the ballgame. Roark had a 4-0 lead the other night and couldn’t hold on. I can hardly remember any other game where we had what was even a sorta comfortable lead early. We’ve been lucky to have 4 hits much less 4 runs by the 6th inning.

    • TomN

      And also if the Reds have any sort of comfortable lead, Bell doesn’t feel like he has to pull the SP if he gives up a 2b to a hitter in the 6th inning. Disco stays in the game tonight instead of a reliever in that case. I wish he wouldn’t pull the starter out so quickly, especially the way Disco was throwing. But it worked out this time.

      • Amarillo

        I counted 5 pitches that Disco threw over the catcher’s head. Admittedly 3 of those 5 were warm up pitches and the other 2 thankfully no one was on base. I don’t think it was ridiculous to take him out when they did. I would have let him try to get the last out in the 6th, but I don’t think it was this awful decision either.

      • vegastypo

        Yeah, what Amarillo said …. Apparently Barnhart was worried about Disco earlier in the game also, and then the whole thing with the trainer, etc. coming out to check on him …

        If that was part of David Bell Bochy’s line of reasoning, it’s understandable.

      • matthew hendley

        As far as Discos errant throws. As unbeleiveable as it may seem, I think his hand was just cold. I could swear when the trainer came out to the mound that he gave him a hand warmer. Would fit the environmental conditions of the game last night and explain why he was blowing on his hand. Maybe it just went numb. Just clarifying, this is just an educated guess.

      • Amarillo

        matthew hendley I think that is spot on, that was my guess as well. I’m guessing there is a bit of control loss that goes along with cold hands which is why I don’t think the decision to take him out was ridiculous. I’m sure TomN is also right in that if it wasn’t a tie ballgame we might have given him a few more batters. Of all the decisions that appear to be over-managing this year, I don’t think this is one of them.

  8. Reddawg12

    Mets Twitter is not happy with Winker sarcastically waving at the fans after winning Monday night and tonight!

    • Joey

      I found it mildly entertaining and I love the guy’s enthusiasm and intensity. I for one would lime to see more of it. Loved how he and Votto got jacked after that home run. Also love the intensity from DD. Go Reds!

    • RedsDownUnderer

      Based upon the comments he made after his home run in the first game of the series, I got the impression that he was just giving back what he had been getting from them in left field all evening. If that’s the case, then obviously the heckling probably has only gotten worse the last two nights, meaning he probably was relishing the opportunity to have another go at them tonight. As long as he’s trolling and taunting the spirit of Votto (which I think he is), then I’m all for it.

    • Still a Red

      Given it’s New York, I’m sure Winker is just responding to crap from the Mets fans…so wha, wha, wha. That said, Winker should be careful, because they could escalate it OR hopefully, its all in good fun.

      • Matt WI

        Right. Dear New York… something about dishing it out and taking it comes to mind!

    • David Turner

      replying to my own idiotic blank post. . .

      I don’t get to see many games but I didn’t realize Winker was such a cheerleader until this year. Has he always been like this?

      Btw, nice sliding catch from a guy who’s supposedly a liability in the field.

      • vegastypo

        Well, he still is generally a defensive liability, even though he made that catch. I’m not sure those two things are mutually exclusive.

        As far as his fiery presence, that’s what I heard about Todd Frazier also when he first came up, how the dugout was generally pretty quiet, and he tried to put some life into it.

        I’d love to see Winker up against the Phillies fans with those taunts. That would be great theater !!!!!

      • Amarillo

        There were spring training reports that an “unnamed veteran” told Jesse that he had to start taking defense seriously. So he been practicing defense a lot more this year and it appears to be starting to pay off. He is still far from good but it’s nice to see that he took the unnamed veteran’s words to heart.

  9. CP

    Part of the reason the Reds starting pitching has looked so good is because Bell isn’t letting them get blown up the third time through the order. He’s suppressing all their ERAs by not putting them in situations where they are more likely to fail. It also keeps the Reds in more games…they haven’t been particularly great in those 1 run games, but it is better than the alternative.

    In 2018, each time through the order, hitters gained roughly 100 points in OPS, and by the third PA, hitters slashed 305/.373/.541 against Reds starting pitching, so the average hitter basically became Paul Goldschmidt (career .296/.396/.531). I think it is a very smart approach overall, but ‘m not sure the relievers can handle the workload over the full course of the year. Despite what Matt posted above about the innings pitched by the RP not being particularly high, the Reds have 3 relief pitchers in the top 10 in game appearances (Garrett, Hughes, Duke), with Hernandez, Lorenzen, and Iglesias not too far behind. Also, let’s remember that warm up pitches count too.

    That said, I’d rather lean on the bullpen this way than the way Dusty and Price did.

    • PhP

      I literally just made the same observation above to Matt’s comment. I was asking where they ranked in terms of appearances. Thanks for posting that information!

    • greenmtred

      Great info. It confirms the eye test. But, yes, it could wear out the bullpen unless they can rotate guys up and down from and to AAA.

      • Same ole song

        What about wasting options when they do that? Some of those pitchers that we would need for that we would lose without compensation due to running out of options. I think?

      • Jefferson Green

        While there is a chance that the Reds could wish they had another option left on a guy in a couple of years that could have been conserved this year, that is not a common occurrence and as long as they are bringing up guys who have earned a shot with performance (not solely potential), it is low risk.

      • lwblogger2

        @Same Ole Song – That’s not how options work. Basically, when you option a player down, you use the “option” for that entire year. Players generally have 3 options. Once you use one at any point in a given season, you’ve used their option for that year. That means you can option them several times during that same season without burning another option.

        Am I making sense? I’m not always the best at explaining things?

    • Jefferson Green

      Agreed. And while I am not a fan of a constant 8 man bull pen, increasing the pen’s resources by 14% (1/7) makes it easier to keep from burning out the arms. I’ll post some comparative stats here and below in the comments:
      Bullpen Usage 2018 vs. 2019:
      2018 (through April): 97 appearances, 108 innings; 7 man bullpen – 13.9 appearances/pitcher, 15.4 innings/pitcher
      2019 (through April): 110 appearances, 99 innings; 8 man bullpen – 13.8 appearances/pitcher, 12.4 innings per pitcher
      Summary: same appearances per pitcher as last year, but 20% fewer innings per pitcher, so the bullpen is on pace to have a little lower workload than last year if this pattern continues.

  10. jreis

    I know it is a very small sample size but so far Iglesias reminds me a lot of Davey Concepcion. not just because of the defense but his propensity for big hits. so far he seems to hit when nobody else is hitting which Davey always had a knack for doing. it always seemed Davey would be 0-4 when the reds would win 10 – 0 but in a 2-1 game , he would always have the big hit of the game.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I could not agree more about Concepcion! I either watched or listened to most of the games in his career, and he was an amazing clutch hitter, particularly in the time period after the back-to-back World Series wins in 1975 and ’76 when the Big Red Machine was slowly being disassembled. I still believe he should be in the Hall of Fame.

      • KDJ

        Agree about the HOF. I have often wondered if the wizardry of Ozzie Smith caused some to not have the appreciation for Concepcion that he earned.

  11. CI3J

    Reds have been hovering around 5 games under .500 since mid-April now. 2 steps forward, 2 steps back seems to be the name of the game.

    However, if they can win the last game against the Mets, and if they can also take 3 of 4 in the upcoming series with San Francisco (which is very possible), then suddenly the Reds would be just 1 game under .500. All this with an offense still stuck in 1st gear. But if they can get back to about .500 by mid-May, then who knows what can happen this summer.

    • Kyle Famer

      Sounds like the plan used by a certain hockey team just north of Cincy!

    • greenmtred

      Not sure it’s first gear where they’re stuck. First gear features slow, steady torque and continued forward motion. Neutral, with flashes of first and reverse, seems more like it.

  12. Steven Ross

    Puig hit a rocket at 109 mph to left field. Despite a 74% hit probability….

    Sports predictions are worthless. Unless the probability of an event occurring is 100% or 0%, there is always room for multiple outcomes. Like an out. :o)

  13. Bmblue

    Doug, I’m offended by Jesse Winkers actions in the outfield. This needs to be addressed. You are the man to lead us. Ban Jesse Winker. Address this issue!

  14. RedleggsAndHam

    Wait, I thought only closers could close?…
    It’s good to see the Jacked-of-All-Trades get a save.

  15. Klugo

    Gimme Iggy all day long and twice on Sunday. Pro’s pro.

  16. Klugo

    I usually dont mind Thom Brennaman, but good grief, I got tired of his passive aggressive whining about the pitching changes last night. Bell got stung the night before by probably not going with his gut and leaving Castillo in a little too long. He wasnt going to get beat the same way two nights in a row. I, for one, commend him for that.

    • Steve Mancuso

      The difference between David Bell and Thom Brennaman is that one of them knows a lot about baseball, works really hard at his job, is willing to learn new things and is extremely well informed.

      • Jazzmanbbfan

        And the other one is name Thom.

  17. Old-school

    Much improved team from a year ago pitching wise, but need to get younger and better.

    The Indians are now down 40% of their starting rotation. Clevenger is out a long time for the Indians with an upper back shoulder injury. Corey kluber fractured his throwing forearm last night and will be out months.

    Trade Tanner roark and Matt Kemp to the Indians for their catching prospect #5 and Oscar Mercado-top defensive AAA CF. Send money with Kemp to help acquire the prospect capital.

    • Klugo

      I like Tanner’s leadership. Dont trade him. Yet.

    • Tiger By The Tell

      Garrett will probably go with that trade to Cleveland. It makes sense, trade him while his value is high.

  18. Still a Red

    Disco looked a little disappointed about being taken out. While most competitors would be, given it was only the 6th inning and he only had 85 pitches, he seemed a bit more upset. That said, I missed his wild pitches at the start of the inning and his apparent cold/or stung hand…in which case…in a 0-0 game, probably a good move by DB. I do think DB is pulling all the stops to win each game…we’ll see how it turns out.

  19. Eric

    4 of the top 16 pitchers in appearances belong to the reds. All this while being 21st in innings pitched??? Over manage much bell??

    • Jefferson Green

      I will not complain about the Reds’ pitching results so far in 2019. They have been stellar by any measure, and particularly in comparison with the last several years of ineptitude. However DB and DJ are handling the staff, it is working very effectively.

    • lwblogger2

      It’s the Tony LaRussa School of Pitching… I don’t like it but it is rather effective.

  20. Matt WI

    Regardless of how it’s happening (starters, relievers), I think we need to really appreciate how big a difference this year has been for the pitching staff in terms of limiting big hits. Reds are #1 in all of MLB in terms of SLG % allowed (.360), and 4th overall in OPS. This is a tremendous contrast to the teams that have recently set the all time marks for giving up the long ball. I will happily pass the mantle on to the O’s this season.

    I don’t remember the exact years, but does anyone else remember the Astros teams of the early 00’s that made a habit of going bananas during the second half of the season after somewhat middling first halfs? If this pitching sustains itself, (insert Thom! voice: “And that’s a BIG IF), that’s a recipie for winning games in bunches.

  21. WVRedlegs

    Can we do something to differentiate between the two Iggies? It gets a little confusing sometimes when you read Iggy did this. Iggy did that. Which Iggy?
    Maybe something like:
    Raisel Iglesias = R-Iggy or Riggy.
    Jose Iglesias = J-Iggy or Jiggy.
    Riggy and Jiggy. Our Heckle and Jeckyl.

    David Bell did say in his post-game interview last night that he sees the starting pitchers getting more of a chance to go longer into a game now that April is over, the weather is warming, the pitchers are getting some innings under their belts and he and Johnson are getting more of an idea of what each pitcher can do.
    If the starters are able to do it, I think we’ll start seeing Castillo, Gray and Roark getting up to 120 pitches in a game soon. That will help the bullpen to some extent. Maybe DeSclafani too, but that may come a little later for him because of his injury history. Mahle is usually done before a 100 pitches, or he is at 100 pitches in the 4th or 5th inning. It will be a bullpen day every 5th day with Mahle.

    • Jefferson Green

      Excellent to hear that DB expects longer outings by starters as we head into summer. Let’s hope Disco earns the longer outings, too.

    • Jefferson Green

      ‘Riggy’ makes my neck twitch. Sounds too much like a previous manager whose results I’d rather keep locked away.

      • WVRedlegs

        I have repressed the memory of last season, so I forgot all about Riggleman. Isn’t he in the dugout across the field as bench coach of the Mets? I haven’t seen 100% of these 3 Mets games so far but I haven’t even heard it mentioned. It will be nice to beat his team 3 of 4 with a win today.

    • Terry Clothe

      Mahale will be one of the MLB better pitchers because, he has it between the ears. Nothing shakes him. Don’t worry he will be fine

    • lwblogger2

      Yes, Riggleman is the Mets’ Bench Coach. He’s a solid Bench Coach by all accounts I’ve heard.

  22. Jefferson Green

    For all the bullpen usage questions and comments of recent days – here are a couple figures to help the discussion (copied from above):
    Bullpen Usage 2018 vs. 2019:
    2018 (through April): 97 appearances, 108 innings; 7 man bullpen – 13.9 appearances/pitcher, 15.4 innings/pitcher
    2019 (through April): 110 appearances, 99 innings; 8 man bullpen – 13.8 appearances/pitcher, 12.4 innings per pitcher
    Summary: same appearances per pitcher as last year, but 20% fewer innings per pitcher, so the bullpen is on pace to have a little lower workload than last year if this pattern continues.
    While I am not a fan of every move and of a constant 8 man bull pen (making the hitting available off the bench too limited), the results have been excellent. While DB has no managerial track record, he and DJ can course correct if over-usage takes a negative toll over the summer – there are good candidates in AAA to come up and take some innings.

    • PhP

      I agree with you about the results. I’m just cautious about this approach working all year and think it’s something to keep an eye on.

  23. Roger Garrett

    I agree with Jefferson.Just keep the bus gassed up headed to Louisville.Not a concern at all in this day and time with all the data saying the third time through the order is tough along with the 100 pitch limit.True aces,what few there are,may give you 7 innings so you have to cover 3 or more inning every night.Not a big thing but if the Reds want to cut down on appearances they need the lead before the call to the pen.Bell doesn’t change pitchers if he is up by 2 or 3 just to get one guy out.But when he is tied or 1 behind he has to go with the percentages to keep it close.Baseball has become a 6 inning game and if you got the lead after 6 you will win most of them.I will take our pen with the lead after 6 every night and figure it out.Look for more of the same because so far we can’t hit.

  24. Hotto4Votto

    Real fun win. Disco was dealing. Couple guys hit the ball hard off DeGrom but they went for outs. Votto lined out in first AB then hit the ball that went for an error a ton. Winker waving to fans all the way back to the infield was hilarious. Love watching how much fun he has out there.