The Reds (15-15) look to take their first interleague series of 2015 this afternoon against the White Sox (11-16). A win would mean the Reds finish their 10 game road trip at 6-4 and would send them back to Cincinnati with a record above .500. Afternoon showers are projected for this one, so here’s hoping another game won’t be rained out.
All stats are 2015 actuals:
Two starts into his young career, Michael Lorenzen has proven he can pitch at the Major League level. True, he has some kinks and it hasn’t been smooth sailing entirely, but the kid’s pitched well, shown composure, and has a willingness to learn. His current glaring problem is his tendency to give up home runs (luckily, they’ve all been solo shots). Lorenzen’s inflated FIP is due to all of his earned runs being home runs so far. It seems that when he gets behind a batter, he doesn’t trust his offspeed pitches to battle back, and a major league hitter can crush a straight fastball. Last time out, Brayan Pena was forcing Lorenzen to throw an offspeed pitch again if he missed his spot, trying to break the young gun of the fastball-first mindset. Lorenzen did walk three last game, but also went six innings, giving up only one on a solo shot.
On the other side of the chalk, the White Sox once again run out a pitcher with a 6+ ERA against this sporadic Reds’ lineup. In five starts this season, Danks has yet to pitch a game allowing less than three runs and was hammered his last time out to the tune of seven runs on eight hits in just 2.1 innings. Granted that horrible start was aided by some shoddy defense–only three runs were earned–but Danks still doesn’t seem to be missing many bats this year.
Devin Mesoraco will DH again (!!!!) and Marlon Byrd will hit in the 2-hole (….) in today’s Reds‘ lineup:
The White Sox lineup:
Happy Mothers Day to @CherylLorenzen ! I'm throwing this game for you! Good or bad, I know you'll be proud.
— Michael Lorenzen (@Lorenzen55) May 10, 2015
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 10, 2015
Make sure to tell your mom, grandmother, wife, any women in your life (that are mothers) happy Mother’s Day today. And for any mothers out there reading this, happy Mother’s Day to you! Mother’s do so much not only for their children but also for society in general that one day is not nearly enough gratitude. Thank you to all the mother’s of Redleg Nation, without you, there would be no site, no baseball, no lineups to critique.
Due to the double header yesterday, there is a hole in the rotation for this Wednesday’s game against the Braves. Presumably, Rasiel Iglesias will called up to fill that role. Since his demotion to AAA, Iglesias has made four starts and posted a 3.80 ERA. He hasn’t been striking out many hitters (11 in 21.1 innings), but his walks do seem in line with the average (7).
HALL OF FAME HIRING
On Friday, Barry Larkin was hired as a roving minor league infield instructor. To me, that sounds like a job to get him on the payroll in order to promote him up the ladder at some point, but I also have no idea what I’m talking about. I feel like it’s been proven over the past couple of seasons that my thought processes and Walt Jocketty’s thought processes are wildly different. Larkin answered some questions for the media in Pensacola, an excerpt of which Mark Sheldon has published. Of note, when asked about managing, Larkin said:
Not at this point, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think. I manage the national team in Brazil. I really enjoyed that, but I enjoyed the fact that after the tournament was over, it was over.
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I've watched this 37 times.. http://t.co/ZFxs8ZTY79
— Funny Vines (@FunnyVines) May 3, 2015
I saw this yesterday, and it summed up my feelings about the Reds this season quite well. Imagine the Reds are the kid in the ghost costume and the dad is the combination of Bob Castellini/Walt Jocketty/Bryan Price. The Reds are just around the corner talentwise–ready to make a run and scare some teams–but every time they make their move, some one of that trio opens a door in their face, unknowingly thwarting the momentum. This team has potential to turn that corner, we just need the organization to stop creating obstacles of entirely their own device.
*This video is exhibit A of why mothers are crucial. Happy Mother’s Day!!!