The Cincinnati Reds (36-41) try to rebound from an all-around bad loss yesterday and avoid a two game sweep to the Los Angeles Angels (40-40) at Angel Stadium tonight.

For those who aren’t late night people, first pitch is a little earlier than last night. It’s set for 8:07 ET.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA FIP xFIP K% BB%
Tanner Roark 80.1 3.47 3.41 4.39 23.3% 7.8%
Jaime Barria 19.1 6.52 3.80 5.27 18.2% 5.7%

REDS

Tanner Roark has somewhat of a pleasant surprise of the season for the Reds pitching staff in 2019. While he’s never been a top of the rotation pitcher in his career, he has been a solid #3 starter for awhile in his career. This season is no different; in fact, Roark’s been better than his previous two seasons in DC. This year, he has a 3.47 ERA/3.41 FIP with 81 strikeouts in 80.1 innings. His K% is up from 19.2% a year ago to 23.3% this year. He doesn’t allow many home runs–only six thus far in 2019.

Roark has walked 27 batters this season; however, 15 of those walks came in the month of April. He has issued just three walks total in his four starts in June. His BB% is down to 7.8%, closer to where his career average is. While Roark has limited his walks in the month of June, he actually hasn’t pitched as well as the month of May. In May, he had a 2.28 ERA, allowing only seven runs in 27.2 innings. In June, he’s pitched 24.0 innings and has allowed 11 earned runs, including four of the six home runs he’s given up this season.

Roark has faced a few Angels players from when they were in the National League. Jonathan Lucroy hits him the best, but Justin Bour has three home runs off Roark.

ANGELS

As a 21-year-old rookie, the Angels top pitching prospect Jaime Barria pitched quite well over 26 starts in 2018. He had a 3.41 ERA/4.58 FIP while striking out 98 batters and walking only 47 in 129.1 innings.

This season, he’s mostly pitched out of the Angels bullpen, and has struggled at the major league level. He’s given up 14 earned runs in 19.1 innings; however, seven of those runs came in 1.2 innings against the Kansas City Royals. He has struck out 16 and walked only five batters. Even though tonight will only be his second start of 2019, he has pitched five innings each in three of his five appearances this season.

Barria thrives by limiting hard contact and not walking batters. His BB% in the minors was consistently between five percent and six percent. But when he was promoted to the majors in 2018, his BB% jumped to 8.8%. Barria also always been more of a fly ball pitcher, and that can lead to more home runs allowed. This season, that has been his struggle at AAA-Salt Lake. He has pitched 39.2 innings there and has a 7.71 ERA/6.36 FIP. His FB% was at 49.6% in Triple-A. It’s only a bit higher than his career average, but he has given up 11 home runs.

José Iglesias is the only Red to have faced Barria. He’s 1-for-3 with a single and a strikeout.

Bullpens

Both teams had the day off on Monday, so the bullpens should still be well rested. The Reds used three relievers last night, and each reliever pitched one inning. With the Reds having another off day tomorrow, everyone should be available tonight.

Lineups

REDS ANGELS
1. Jesse Winker (LF)
2. Joey Votto (DH)
3. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
4. Derek Dietrich (1B)
5. Nick Senzel (CF)
6. Yasiel Puig (RF)
7. Jose Iglesias (SS)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Jose Peraza (2B)
1. Tommy La Stella (2B)
2. Mike Trout (CF)
3. Shohei Ohtani (DH)
4. Justin Upton (LF)
5. Brian Goodwin (RF)
6. David Fletcher (3B)
7. Justin Bour (1B)
8. Luis Rengifo (SS)
9. Dustin Garneau (C)

News, Notes, and Pregame Reading

-I haven’t listened to this episode on the Jim Day podcast yet, but you can bet that I will.

-Guess which major league organization the Indianapolis Indians are affiliated with?

-There has been a lot of good Reds content from various websites this week. Here’s a few of those posts:

Highlight of the Day

-Joey Votto will forever be a national treasure.

 

111 Responses

  1. CFD3000

    The Angels have a really interesting lineup, with Trout, Ohtani, Pujols and more. I wish we got to see them play the Reds more often. On the other hand, winning > losing so: Come to play. Every out is precious, on both sides of the ball. Go Reds!

    • Steve Mancuso

      Two games with the Angels coming at GABP later in the season. I’m looking forward to seeing them in person.

  2. matt hendley

    Gennet is almost back. I would have activated him today placing him at DH, but i do understand the optics of it. Heres to a reds win and a series sweep.

  3. DHud

    Don’t worry, Peraza is back in there tonight

    • Jim Walker

      Peraza and Farmer drew straws and Farmer lost?

      • RojoBenjy

        The Reds and their fans are the ones who lost right along with Farmer on that deal.

        The fact that Peraza is right back out there tells you that those in charge of this team are not committed to what it really takes to win baseball games and championships.

  4. george

    Rojo;

    In the after- game interview Bell was asked about Perazza. Bell said he didn’t see it and didn’t know about it. Said he wasn’t in the dugout. ?????

    • RojoBenjy

      I guess cause Bell got ejected earlier. Is that what he meant? Was that taking about not knowing how many outs there were?

    • Seat101

      What didn’t the manager see? Was it before or after he was kicked out of the game?

  5. TR

    If Tanner can give the Reds 5 or 6 good innings, they should win and split the road trip.

    • Old-school

      Roarck has been a good addition

  6. Seat101

    Can someone please flush out this current complaint about Jose Peraza for me?

    • DHud

      1) barely hits his body weight
      2) defense is lackluster at best
      3) routinely plays as if he’s on another planet, see last nights sac fly
      4) Bell is infatuated with playing him out of position over players who are objectively better

      • doofus

        Peraza had 182 hits last season. I believe that was 5th in the league.
        Yes, he can be exasperating at times, but I think he still has value.

    • Pete

      Seat you have a tough job defending José but your dedication to the mission is admirable.

      • Seat101

        I just asked a question. I want to know what you guys are complaining about now. I went to bed early last night what did Peraza missed last night?

      • Shchi Cossack

        Seat, the play being referenced was a fly ball to deep left field. Peraza fielded the fly ball and turned his back to the infield. the runner at 2B tagged to go to 3B while Peraza lollygagged around before turning and seeing the runner headed to 3B. By the tie the runner was headed around 3B and goin home…safely with no play at the plate. The runner scored from 2B on a fly ball out to LF. Peraza’s actions appeared to represent a player who lost track of the outs and believed there were 3 outs when he caught the ball.

      • vegastypo

        Well, Seat, my friend, I had the pleasure of going to last night’s game. Regarding Peraza:

        1) He managed to get picked off first base because he broke for second base without bothering to notice that the pitcher had not thrown the ball yet. But that’s OK, that can happen to anyone, right?

        2) While playing second base early in the game, he broke back into shallow center field for a pop fly. It looked like maybe Senzel got a late break on the ball, but Senzel was still the only player who had any shot of making the catch, until Peraza got in the way. But that’s OK, that can happen to anyone, right?

        3) Moved to the outfield late in the game, Peraza perfected his trifecta. The Angels had a speedy runner on second base with one out. An Angels player hit a long fly ball that Peraza caught, and then began trotting in, obviously convinced that it was the third out. So of course the runner tagged up at second base and scored. But that’s OK, that can happen to anyone, right?

        If Peraza is on this roster when Gennett comes back, I might have to go looking for my forth and pitchford.

    • DHud

      Add “pops up bunt on first pitch for easy out with 2 runners on” to that list

      • Rut

        Haha, I mean, it’s like Jose saw that post and had to tell David Bell “Hold my beer”

  7. Sliotar

    @TR,

    I admire the optimism, but the underlying statistics suggest a ….. “Titanic Struggle.”

    1) Angels are the hardest team in MLB to strike out

    2) Reds on the road this season –

    29th in wRC+ (only Rockies are worse)
    28th in OPS
    tied for 29th in wOBA

    Tough to buy the idea that the Reds are “in the hunt” for the playoffs when they fail to show up offensively away from Coors Field East (home).

  8. Sliotar

    The smog, the shadows….yikes.

    Maybe Barnhart was smart to “pull the chute” rather than try and catch in this one.

    • Curt

      Shadows yes…there’s no smog down here.

  9. Curt

    Lovely 73 degree evening here at Angels Stadium. Go Reds!

    • Sliotar

      Peraza playing in Angels Stadium….. no bueno.

      Good thing this series is over tonight and for the next 6 years before a return.

      (Don’t think Peraza won’t be a Reds player then…. y’all know he will be).

  10. doofus

    If Puig is the second coming of Larry Walker why is he batting 6th?

    If Puig had his “head” together Senzel would not have to bat 5th to protect the middle of the order, he would be hitting at the top of the order where he belongs.

    Trade el lamer murciélago.

    • matt hendley

      Did he lick his bat before that home run? just wondering. I also did not say that he was the second comming of garrett walker. I said his similarity score is the same.

      Don’t see Trammell hitting homers in AA, or Siri.

      But thats cool, lets trade good players while we are trying to contend.

  11. C Holbert

    Does anyone who employs the announcers ever watch the games and listen to Jim Day? I would say …no

    • RojoBenjy

      Jim Day>>>>>>>>Jim Kelch >>>THom Brennaman

      My opinion on the matter.

  12. Jim Walker

    Someone please say that bunt was called from the bench.

    • Chris H

      Chris W said he thought it looked like it was for a base hit…

    • Sliotar

      Peraza playing in Angels Stadium….. no bueno.

      Good thing this series is over tonight and for the next 6 years before a return.

      (Don’t think Peraza won’t be a Reds player then…. y’all know he will be).

  13. Broseph

    I feel for Peraza, just not putting it together. I’m sure the guy loves the game and playing, but he’s playing his way out of an MLB line up.

    • yorktownred

      “but he’s playing his way out of an MLB line up”

      Someone needs to tell David Bell…..

    • Jim Walker

      Yeah and he is actually doing a lot of things right. Most of his issues right now seem to be between his ears. (I am assuming that he took it upon himself to try and bunt and it wasn’t called from the bench).

  14. C Holbert

    Whatever happened to “anything close with two strikes”?

  15. Sliotar

    1st and 2nd, nobody out…

    expected runs, on average – 1.45

    instead – failed bunt, then K, then K

  16. C Holbert

    Could we finally be seeing the DD of the Marlins? He has certainly tailed off, there is no question who plays when Scooter returns..

  17. Sliotar

    Nice job, Roark.

    Angels TV crew is good, IMO, especially play-by-play Victor Rojas.

    They broke down how by starting off last hitter with curveball, then change … Fletcher was shaking his head during at-bat and never on top of things.

    • C Holbert

      …and we get…. Jim Day…Captain Obvious

  18. Old-school

    Winker doubles.. Votto moves him to third abd Suarez doesn’t get him home. That doesn’t show up in the box score- but bad baseball. It’s time to start asking who the best 3b on the reds team is.

    • VaRedsFan

      Geno is quickly regressing from an all star, to just another average player.

    • Jim Walker

      Check out the link above about RE24. It grades how batters do in specific situations based on actual league average outcomes for the same situation. Now if more folks would just use it as opposed to the more individualized stats, new and old.

      • ToBeDetermined

        RE24 you say ?
        Huh, I will have to check that out when I get a chance.

  19. VaRedsFan

    Lead off double by Winker…stranded at 3rd. Thought he probably scores on Suarez grounder to deep 3rd, but once he hesitated, it was too late then

    • vegastypo

      For as much as I rail against players who automatically run ‘on contact,’ that might not have been a bad time to try. But Dietrich hit the ball hard, can’t win ’em all.

  20. Seat101

    I try to post but I keep getting hijacked. I’ll try one more time

    @shchi. Thanks for the explanation

    I can tell you one thing, all these position changes are not helping him

    • RojoBenjy

      I said earlier in another thread—position changes didn’t seem to affect Ben Zobrist or Kris Bryant.

  21. VaRedsFan

    Peraza can not take the throw from the catcher 3 feet in front of the bag. I’ve seen it before, and mentioned it. Just another flaw in fundamentals.

    • Seat101

      Now you’re just being silly Ohtani was sitting on second base when the ball got to Peraza. Peraza caught it where it was thrown

      This is what I mean when you guys just pile on with a bunch of crud that has no relationship to a real baseball game a real baseball player. Sometimes I wonder why you guys don’t try to burn him is a witch

      • vegastypo

        No, Seat, he is correct. Ohtani was going to be safe either way, but if Peraza routinely catches the ball way out in front of the base, it gives the runner that much more time to get to the base before Peraza can apply the tag.

      • VaRedsFan

        Granted…he probably would have been safe, but on a play where every inch counts, you can’t give up 3 feet like that.
        Try to concentrate on the process, not the result.
        Try to pretend a stolen base scenario 100 times…and you get maybe 10% more outs just by doing the right thing fundamentally.

        The throw would have traveled all the way to the base.
        I’m not inventing something just to single him out. It was just a fundamental mistake, no matter who does it.

  22. VaRedsFan

    Well done by Garrett, putting out the fire.

  23. Sliotar

    Amir Garrett…. Lefty, then Righty. No problem. Nasty stuff there.

    He seems intimidating by being so nonchalant. He was reeking of “I got this” in that appearance.

  24. matt hendley

    Missed first 2 innings and 2.5 caught on the radio. Literally got the Game on after Puig’s homer.

    Looks like Roark Gutted out a solid start against a tough Angels lineup. I have the feeling that i missed something with Peraza?

    Lets see if the Reds gut it out.

  25. Seat101

    Give up. To paraphrase Wee Willie Keeler you can’t catch them where are they ain’t.

    As I say your credibility stinks if you’re going to pick on him for catching the ball where it was thrown

    • VaRedsFan

      If you have the ability to rewind, please do so, so you can see the truth.
      I did.
      I’ll wait.

  26. Sliotar

    6th – leadoff double by Winker …. 0 runs
    7th – leadoff single by Senzel, then SB … 0 runs

    Add in the 1st and 2nd, 0 outs in 3rd, and the Reds have had plenty of chances to be comfortably ahead by now.

    • vegastypo

      Well, the Reds are 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, but the Angels are 0-for-6. I guess it cuts both ways.

      • matt hendley

        What the direct opposite of the Phrase “When an Immovable object meets an unstoppable force”

        Cause that is what is going on here.

  27. matt hendley

    ATL, SEA?, and OAK all pulling it out again. Reds could gain a game on all if they pull it out today.

    Will they do it.

  28. Bruuuuuccceee

    Game cast says Suarez lined out to first. Was it hit hard?

    • vegastypo

      Nope, in fact, I was hoping it would float over the first baseman’s head. Fat chance.

    • Jim Walker

      It be a soft blooper. The pitch was a slow breaking ball of some sort; looked like Eugenio shortened up and tried to poke it into RF but it got too far down the bat toward his hands.

      • Pete

        42 mph to be exact. Projected batting average on the ball? .160

  29. vegastypo

    And now that’s 0-for-11. For a team that has been struggling offensively for most of the season, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, should it?

    • Pete

      If a team doesn’t hit for a decent batting average, they rely on power too much – the Reds in a nutshell. Just hope Scooter comes back and hitting for average.

      • RedAlert

        Couldn’t even get bag of used batting practice balls for this dude right now – he is brutal !

  30. Mark Lang

    so…. 0 for 11 with runners in scoring position…. that’s just painful to watch.

  31. vegastypo

    And …. Rasiel Iglesias in a non save situation. That always works out so well.

  32. daytonnati

    You already feel it slipping away.

  33. RedAlert

    Rise your hand if you didn’t see this coming – he sucks

    • Pete

      The real problem: scoring a single run isn’t going to win many ballgames. The offense sucks, there is no doubt.

  34. Seat101

    Good night all!

    You all can let me know tomorrow how Jose Perez of us this game

  35. TR

    When does R. Iglesias come in and he doesn’t give up a walk? Seldom. The recipe for a closer to lose the game.

  36. Mark Lang

    *Gomer voice
    Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

  37. VaRedsFan

    Jose Iggy??? what the heck??? play is at 1st…you have to try to throw it.

      • jim walker

        Why didn’t Suarez get the out at 2B on the grounder and keep the DP in force. That would have left them with a play at 2B on the IF single.

        On the replay it looked like the guy was still only half way to 2B after ES checked Trout at 3B.

  38. vegastypo

    Did somebody mention an implosion?????????????????? I suffered last night. No way I was going back for more in person tonight.

    Wonder what Rasiel is gonna say about this mess.

    • jim walker

      My very thought, see below. Glad at least one other person is still around that knows what it means to Cue the Danderoo

      • daytonnati

        As depressing as that is, Jim, we, at least, remember clearly the Big Red Machine. As my older brother told me all during that run, “WE’RE the Yankees now!”

      • jim walker

        And speaking of the Danderoo, old Mo certainly proved his fickleness once again by dropping the Reds on a dime didn’t he.

  39. matt hendley

    I mean it’s not like he told everyone that this wasn’t his strength….. and its not like history had backed it up.

    I mean really, Lorenzen wasn’t available?

    This one is on David Bell. Its also on iggy, but by now 77 or so in, DB should have known better.

    • Pete

      1 run scored. That’s all you need to know unless Bob Gibson, circa 1968, is pitching.

      • matt hendley

        True and that doesn’t help matters either but the lack of the red of runs is legitimately not Rasiel I. fault.

  40. jim Walker

    KABOOM
    Turn out the lights…..

  41. RojoBenjy

    Good night. This season I feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football that Lucy is holding.