Another day and another late start for the Game Thread. One day we’ll get it right. Tonight the Cincinnati Reds (73-84) will host the Milwaukee Brewers (87-70) in game 2 of their 3-game series.

Starting Pitchers

Tyler Mahle (2-11, 4.93 ERA, 122.1 IP, 22 HR, 31 BB, 123 K)

Much like his opposition tonight, Tyler Mahle has pretty strong right and left handed splits. He holds right-handers to a .245/.288/.377 line against him. But Lefties have handled him quite a bit better, hitting .284/.342/.532 against him. Despite pitching in Great American Ballpark at home, he has had better results in Cincinnati. Both his ERA (4.60) and his OPS against (.718) are better than they are on the road (5.14 and .787).

Jordan Lyles (11-8, 4.17 ERA, 136.0 IP, 24 HR, 53 BB, 140 K)

It’s been a solid but unspectacular season for Jordan Lyles. He pitches well against righties. He’s held them to a .224/.278/.383 line on the season with 23 walks and 86 strikeouts in 336 times facing them. Lefties, however, have crushed him to the tune of .278/.368/.557 with 30 walks and just 54 strikeouts in 254 trips to the plate against him. He’s got strange splits for home and road, too. At home his ERA is 3.96, but hitters have a .799 OPS against him. On the road his ERA is higher, 4.43, but hitters have just a ..732 OPS against him.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

  1. Josh VanMeter – LF
  2. Joey Votto – 1B
  3. Eugenio Suarez – 3B
  4. Aristides Aquino – RF
  5. Tucker Barnhart – C
  6. Jose Iglesias – SS
  7. Phillip Ervin – CF
  8. Jose Peraza – 2B
  9. Tyler Mahle – SP

Milwaukee Brewers

  1. Trent Grisham – RF
  2. Yasmani Grandal – C
  3. Mike Moustakas – 3B
  4. Keston Hiura – 2B
  5. Ryan Braun – LF
  6. Eric Thames – 1B
  7. Lorenzo Cain – CF
  8. Cory Spangenberg – SS
  9. Jordan Lyles – SP

Pre-game Notes

Sonny Gray had arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow today.

Reds starter Sonny Gray had elbow surgery today

Matt Wilkes, just mere hours before that was announced, wrote about how Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray are among the best 1-2 punches in the history of the Cincinnati Reds franchise.

Luis Castillo & Sonny Gray among the best pitching duos in Reds history

Rob Manfred and the commissioners office have decided to take a look at the baseball again and try to decide if they need to make changes to it to make it “more predictable” and get a “consistent performance” from the ball.

17 Responses

  1. DocProc

    Welsh starts the broadcast by saying that Mahle is much better than his dismal record.
    Brewers are quickly proving Welsh wrong.

  2. Doug Gray

    It’s 5-0 and the Reds haven’t recorded an out yet. So I’ll be honest: I understand the protest in the comments section here.

    • JB

      Dont take it personal Doug. I think we all read it every night but after that we are finding other things to do. I think we all are somewhat disgusted with this team. If somebody told me back in April that Barnhart or iglesias would be the 5th hole batter every night , I would say we are close to 90 losses.

  3. Doc

    Tyler Mahle also has very strong W-L splits at 2-11, and is well on his way to 2-12 without yet getting out of the first inning. Other pitchers have ridden the Louisville Express despite better numbers than Mahle..

    • JB

      Brewers 5,6,7 hitters are playoff caliber. Reds are 89 loss caliber. Pathetic.

  4. GO REDS!

    God will this season just go away? Please!!!

  5. Erik the Red

    We may need to add another starting pitcher not sure why some people think Mahle is close to breaking through. He reminds me of Brandon Finnegan. The more he pitches the higher his ERA sky rockets.

    • Pete

      Perhaps Mahle’s bad luck has yet to run out. His peripherals look pretty good; unfortunately, peripherals don’t equate to runs allowed in all cases.

      Reds are a bad team run by bad management. Give Williams & Co. $250M to spend and we might end up battling for third place. It’s depressing, I have zero optimism for 2020 or until all current management is swept out the door and replaced by outsiders. I know some of you guys are hanging on – part of me admires you the other half pities you.

      • TR

        It happens to other teams but outsiders will never take control of the Cincinnati Reds.

      • Pete

        Like I said, no hope. I’m sure your right. Reds = Bengals. Neither team is run in a professional, serious manner. If the Cincinnati soccer team gets any good, the casual sports fan will move in that direction – the situation is ripe.

  6. TR

    Mahle as the 5th. starter for 2020 is questionable. Looks as if money will have to be spent in that area. A number of the Reds young pitchers who have not made starter status should be in the bullpen next season.

  7. Chris Holbert

    Chris Welch was talking about Aquino being patient as pitchers start to pitch him more carefully, and around him. If I was a pitcher I would pitch around him as well, if Barnhart was batting behind him….

  8. Chris Holbert

    I think that Romano is the Peraza for Reds pitchers. Chance after chance, and failure to seize the opportunity.

  9. Old-school

    Bob uecker did join the radio booth and a good inning.

  10. MARK MOORE

    My 2nd bright spot after Geno’s dinger id a Brewer’s win helpd seal the non-playoff fate of the Stupid Cubs.

    Am I reaching?

    • TR

      You’re not reaching. A third bright spot would be a good game from Castillo and the offense to wrap up Marty’s great career.