To paraphrase the late football coach Dennis Green, the Reds are who we thought they were.
We’ve been hoping for a second-half resurgence powered by hitters who have broken out of their collective first-half slump, along with the acquisition of a top-line starting pitcher. But through this critical 11-game streak against the Cubs, Nationals and Cardinals, the Reds are only 2-5. It doesn’t matter what the teams you are trying to catch in the standings do when you don’t win yourself.
The first of a weekend four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals starts tonight at 7:10 p.m. Eastern time at Great American Ball Park. The starting pitching matchups for the weekend seem to favor Cincinnati on paper, but we’ve learned to never rely on what “should” happen.
Right-hander Wacha is having his worst major league season. Opposing batters are hitting .301 against him. He’s allowed 21 homers and 42 walks in 89.1 innings. Looks like an opportunity for Reds hitters to do some damage. On the other hand, Gray is having one of his best major league seasons, firmly entrenching himself as a building block for the coming years with as many as four more years with the Reds under his current contract. Acquiring him from the Yankees for Shed Long and a draft pick was certainly one of the best trades by any team during this past offseason.
What can you say after what happened yesterday? You can rent a large neon arrow and point it at the bullpen as the culprit in what is now holding this team back.
The team took some action today. They lost Jared Hughes on waivers, while shuffling around several pieces – including calling up their top relief prospect Joel Kuhnel from Triple-A. You can read more about that series of moves right here.
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) August 15, 2019
The club is still without a left-handed reliever while Amir Garrett is on suspension.
|RF Dexter Fowler||CF Nick Senzel|
|3B Matt Carpenter||1B Josh VanMeter|
|1B Paul Goldschmidt||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|LF Marcell Ozuna||RF Aristides Aquino|
|SS Paul DeJong||LF Phillip Ervin|
|C Yadier Molina||2B Freddy Galvis|
|2B Kolten Wong||SS Jose Iglesias|
|CF Randy Arozarena||C Tucket Barnhart|
|P Michael Wacha||P Sonny Gray|
Josh VanMeter has replaced Joey Votto at first base and hitting second in the lineup. No news why, yet, but it’s coming according to the Reds.
Joey Votto was scratched from the lineup with lower back tightness.
The Reds lineup looks like it is intended for facing a left-handed pitcher. But Wacha has had serious problems against right-handed batters this season. They are hitting .330 against him.
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News and Notes
The Yankees have signed David Hernandez to a minor league contract …
Yankees Sign David Hernandez https://t.co/LbywrK3ZhZ
— Tim Dierkes (@mlbtryankees) August 15, 2019