The Cincinnati Reds (10-10) have their brooms and are ready to sweep the Milwaukee Brewers (4-17) out of town. Today’s Business Day special features the Major League debut for 23 year old pitching prospect, Michael Lorenzen. Redleg Nation editors Steve Mancuso, Doug Gray, Kevin Michell, and Nick Doran will be at GABP to enjoy this beautiful 65 degree afternoon and to provide first hand accounts of Lorenzen’s debut.
To make room for Lorenzen on the 25-man roster, the Reds placed Manny Parra on the 15-day DL with a strained neck. Homer Bailey was moved to the 60-day DL to create a 40-man spot for Lorenzen.
|Michael Lorenzen (AAA)||2.84||4.00||1.0||5.1%||15.2%|
What can we expect from Michael Lorenzen? Doug Gray wroteÃ‚Â that Lorenzen generates a lot of groundballs out of a mostly fastball and slider arsenal. Yesterday, Nick Kirby shared his thoughts with a lot of links and tweets from around baseball. And in the offseason, Fangraphs wrote about his surprising emergence from potential position player to closer to starting pitcher prospect. If you want to get fired up, watch Lorenzen’s workout video.
Matt Garza has been a bad mix of walking more batters and striking out fewer. If his recent performance continues, it will be his 4th straight year of worsening ratios.
The Reds lineup with Joey Votto getting his first day off of the season. Kristopher Negron is at first base and Brownsburg, Indiana native Tucker Barnhart gets a start behind the plate.
- Billy HamiltonÃ‚Â (S) CF
- Zack CozartÃ‚Â (R) SS
- Todd FrazierÃ‚Â (R) 3B
- Jay BruceÃ‚Â (L) RF
- Brandon PhillipsÃ‚Â (R) 2B
- Marlon ByrdÃ‚Â (R) LF
- Kristopher NegronÃ‚Â (R) 1B
- Tucker BarnhartÃ‚Â (S) C
- Michael LorenzenÃ‚Â (R) P
The batting lineup for the Brewers:
- Jean SeguraÃ‚Â (R) SS
- Logan SchaferÃ‚Â (L) CF
- Ryan BraunÃ‚Â (R) RF
- Adam LindÃ‚Â (L) 1B
- Aramis RamirezÃ‚Â (R) 3B
- Khris DavisÃ‚Â (R) LF
- Martin MaldonadoÃ‚Â (R) C
- Hector GomezÃ‚Â (R) 2B
- Matt GarzaÃ‚Â (R) P
HOMER BAILEY’S OPTIONS
It sounds like “Tommy John” surgery (TJS) is an option for Homer Bailey, though Bailey and the Reds are also exploring other options. John Fay wrote about a potential option called PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections. It a procedure that helped Carlos Contreras avoid TJS back in 2010.
TONY CINGRANI NOT CONSIDERED TO START
Mark Sheldon reported that Tony Cingrani was not considered to take Bailey’s place in the rotation:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It would almost seem like it would require us sending him to the Minor Leagues to get stretched out,Ã¢â‚¬Â manager Bryan Price said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I made the decision Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I was involved, a big supporter of putting him in the bullpen Ã¢â‚¬â€œ not because thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what we needed for this club at the time. What I felt was it was where he was best suited coming off a year of a lot of injury and shoulder concerns and the limited development of his off-speed pitches. It just seemed like for him to be able to come in there and maybe cut his mix of pitches to two and come in and be that Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ it just seemed to fit his nature Ã¢â‚¬â€œ very, very aggressive, doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really back off and feel his way through six to nine innings. He goes as hard as he can, as long as he can. I think his temperament is suited better Ã¢â‚¬â€œ at this point in time Ã¢â‚¬â€œ as a relief pitcher. Some day he may prove me wrong and be a great starting pitcher. I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t say thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an impossible thing to have happen.Ã¢â‚¬Â
JOEY VOTTO AT 400
Joey Votto’s 170th homerun ranks him in the top 400 for MLB homeruns writes Redleg Nation’s Nick Doran.
NO FREE PASSES
Dragons pitchers have walked a total of 3 batters in the last four games combined while striking out 42.
— Dayton Dragons (@DragonsBaseball) April 29, 2015
DON’T DITCH THE DH
Adam Wainwright will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in batter’s box on Saturday. When asked if he believes that the NL should adopt the DH rule:
“I couldn’t disagree more,” Wainwright told reporters. “…I just think baseball is a National League game. I wish both leagues would convert to National League baseball. I understand why people would say that, but you can’t point to another instance, almost, that the pitcher got hurt, whether or not it was their Achilles, doing that kind of thing.
“The strategy and the game itself in the National is just a better game, in my opinion. I hope that people don’t look at this — which I know they already are — and think we should switch to a DH for pitchers. I think baseball is a beautiful game and I hope it doesn’t change too much.”
PLAYING IN AN EMPTY STADIUM
Could you imagine a Reds game with no one in attendance? That’s what the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox will be doing this afternoon after two days of canceled games following riots in Baltimore. Today’s game will be played, but the stadium will be closed to the public. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick shared a photo of this happening once at a AAA Iowa game due to local flooding:
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) April 28, 2015
This is the final game in stretch of 21 consecutive games against Nation League Central opponents. The Reds have started the season 8-1 against the Pirates and Brewers and 2-9 against the Cardinals and Cubs.
A win today would send the Reds on the road and outside the division with a winning record and a winning home stand. Finally playing outside the division will be a nice barometer for this 2015 Reds team.