The Cincinnati Reds (8-7) finish out their 10-game road trip in an afternoon game against the Milwaukee Brewers (2-13). After a horrible start in Chicago and St. Louis, the Reds could actually have a 5-5 road trip with a win today.
After showing 2015 year-to-date numbers yesterday, I thought it best to show the 2014 stats for each of today’s pitchers:
Homer Bailey has had one start against St. Louis where he walked three and didn’t strike out a batter. It’s the first time he’s not struck out anyone in a start since September 23, 2009. Last week’s start and the 2009 start are the only two times that he’s pitched 3 innings or more and not struck out a batter.
Kyle Lohse has allowed 18 runs over 15.2 innings in his first three starts of the season. While he’s walked only three batters, he’s allowed 24 hits including four homeruns.
Todd Frazier gets a day off in the Reds lineup with Kristopher Negron getting a spot start. Zack Cozart is elevated to the 2nd spot in the order. Tucker Barnhart gets his second start of the year behind the plate.
- Billy HamiltonÃ‚Â (S) CF
- Zack CozartÃ‚Â (R) SS
- Joey VottoÃ‚Â (L) 1B
- Brandon PhillipsÃ‚Â (R) 2B
- Jay BruceÃ‚Â (L) RF
- Marlon ByrdÃ‚Â (R) LF
- Kristopher NegronÃ‚Â (R) 3B
- Tucker BarnhartÃ‚Â (S) C
- Homer BaileyÃ‚Â (R) P
The batting lineup for the Brewers is the same as last night except that Logan Schafer is playing center field over Gerardo Parra:
- Jean SeguraÃ‚Â (R) SS
- Elian HerreraÃ‚Â (S) 2B
- Ryan BraunÃ‚Â (R) RF
- Adam LindÃ‚Â (L) 1B
- Khris DavisÃ‚Â (R) LF
- Aramis RamirezÃ‚Â (R) 3B
- Logan SchaferÃ‚Â (L) CF
- Martin MaldonadoÃ‚Â (R) C
- Kyle LohseÃ‚Â (R) P
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
Only four MLB teams since 1934 have stolen more than 17 stolen bases to start the season:
1942 Cubs: 21
2006 Orioles: 20
2007 Twins: 19
1987 Cubs: 19
2015 Reds: 17
2006 Padres: 17
1941 Braves: 17
(h/t to Joel Luckhaupt for the stats)
Someone get this to Bryan Price, stat! Dave Cameron wrote that the closer role is slowly dying with a case-in-point example in last night’s Red Sox versus Rays game. Former Reds prospect Brad Boxberger is serving as the Rays closer this season. However, with the heart of the Red Sox order due up in the top of the 7th inning:
Rather than risk a weaker member of his bullpen giving up the lead to BostonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best hitters, Cash went with his relief ace, and Boxberger responded by striking out the side. The Rays then took a two run in the bottom of the seventh inning, and after regular setup man Kevin Jepsen pitched the 8th, the Rays handed the ball to Steve Geltz to pitch the ninth inning, where he recorded the first save of his career.
THE DOLLAR MENU
Be careful if you order off the dollar menu at Kauffman Stadium because “well, they’re a dollar, so you get what you get“. If they look like this, then you just don’t serve them:
CHRISTMAS IN APRIL
As a roller coaster enthusiast, I’m excited for a chance to ride the first launched, wing roller coaster later this year.
— Theme Park Review (@ThemeParkReview) April 23, 2015
If the Reds pull off a sweep today, they will be no worse than one-half game behind second place Chicago heading into this weekend series against the Cubs.