The Cincinnati Reds (6-7) take the field tonight for their second game of a four game series against the Milwaukee Brewers (2-11). The Brewers lost catcher Jonathan Lucroy to the DL last night with a fractured toe. Milwaukee is now without their starters at center field, second base, and catcher.
Mike Petriello of Fangraphs.com wrote this morning about the Brewers untimely collapse.
This is the trap of indecisiveness. The Brewers never could figure out whether they were coming or going, unwilling (or unable) to commit to a rebuild or go full speed ahead on contention. WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s left is a team that was built for mediocrity with a one-in-a-million chance of something more, and whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s come up instead is something considerably less. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not nearly as bad as what theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve shown, it must again be said. But thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just accelerated the obvious, really. The team that was stuck in the middle now is firmly at the bottom, with no timetable or obvious plan to change that reality.
The following stats are all 2013 actuals for Marquis and 2014 actuals for Fiers except that the first column is the 2015 FIP projection (ZiPS) for both.
|PITCHER||2015 FIP||2013/14 FIP||HR/9||BB%||K%|
Marquis makes his third start in a Reds uniform. He’s had one QS (quality start stat, defined by 3 ER or less over 6 IP or more) against the Cardinals and one short start of four runs over 4 innings versus the Cubs. In his 10 innings, Marquis has walked 5 batters and struck out 13.
Mike Fiers has also struck out more than a batter per inning, but his feat stretches back into last year in 10 starts with the Brewers. It’s not common to see such a high strikeout rate from a guy with an 88 MPH fastball. Fangraphs.com tackled the how’s and why’s of Fiers 2014 season. Reds batters can expect to see his fastball a little over half the time. He also throws a 72 MPH curveball about 20% of the time while mixing in change-ups and cutters ranging from 82-85 MPH.
All the Reds regulars except Devin Mesoraco are in the Reds lineup.
- Billy HamiltonÃ‚Â (S) CF
- Joey VottoÃ‚Â (L) 1B
- Todd FrazierÃ‚Â (R) 3B
- Brandon PhillipsÃ‚Â (R) 2B
- Jay BruceÃ‚Â (L) RF
- Marlon ByrdÃ‚Â (R) LF
- Brayan PenaÃ‚Â (S) C
- Zack CozartÃ‚Â (R) SS
- Jason MarquisÃ‚Â (L) P
And here is the Brewers lineup:
Former Reds minor leaguer Daniel Dorn is getting called up by the Arizona Diamondbacks in what would be his first major league game. Dorn was draft by the Reds in 2006 and played in the organization until 2012. He’s been in AAA since 2009, amassing 2,558 plate appearances and a .272/.348/.476 slash line.
Dbacks will make a roster move tomorrow calling up career minor league infielder Danny Dorn from Reno. Dorn is hitting .474 (18 for 38)
— John Gambadoro (@Gambo987) April 21, 2015
Nick Masset is getting another shot at reliever major league starters with a promotion today by the Miami Marlins.
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— Sean Lahman (@seanlahman) April 21, 2015
On paper, tonight’s game is the Brewer’s best chance of winning one in this series. Marquis will have an easier lineup than he’s faced so far, and there’s a good chance he could toss another quality start. Discuss it all here.