The Cincinnati Reds (18-21) try to avoid a short two-game series sweep at the hands of the Kansas City Royals (25-14). They’ll play in chilly mid-50’s temperatures tonight but the light rain they had this afternoon should move out and not affect the game’s start time.
2015 statistics for today’s starters:
Jason Marquis just hasn’t been that good. Especially these past two starts where he’s allowed five homeruns and 11 runs overall over 8.2 total innings. His ERA and FIP are heading south. His xFIP, which calculates FIP with a league average homerun rate, is actually okay at 4.06, but is he able to keep it in the yard any more? It wouldn’t surprise me to see the Reds move (or release) Marquis out of the rotation next week in favor of Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias. Bryan Price even hinted at the move in an interview with Mark Sheldon.
Jeremy Guthrie has also gotten off to a rough start this season. His current strikeout rate of 8.4% is almost half of what it was last season. If it stays this low would be the lowest mark of his career, which was 12.3% in 2013.
The Reds starting lineup has Tucker Barnhart in for Brayan Pena and batting 9th. Brandon Phillips is batting second.
- Zack CozartÃ‚Â (R) SS
- Brandon PhillipsÃ‚Â (R) 2B
- Joey VottoÃ‚Â (L) 1B
- Todd FrazierÃ‚Â (R) 3B
- Marlon ByrdÃ‚Â (R) LF
- Jay BruceÃ‚Â (L) RF
- Devin MesoracoÃ‚Â (R) DH
- Billy HamiltonÃ‚Â (S) CF
- Tucker BarnhartÃ‚Â (S) C
The Royals lineup is identical to yesterday:
- Alcides EscobarÃ‚Â (R) SS
- Mike MoustakasÃ‚Â (L) 3B
- Lorenzo CainÃ‚Â (R) CF
- Eric HosmerÃ‚Â (L) 1B
- Kendrys MoralesÃ‚Â (S) DH
- Alex GordonÃ‚Â (L) LF
- Salvador PerezÃ‚Â (R) C
- Omar InfanteÃ‚Â (R) 2B
- Paulo OrlandoÃ‚Â (R) RF
Devin Mesoraco is sounding hopeful to avoid surgery. Mesoraco got into squat position about 15 times and tossed about 15 balls at 20 percent on simulated throws to second base yesterday. The plan is to repeat this today and then catch a bullpen season during the weekend series in Cleveland.
MANNY PARRA REHAB
Manny Parra’s struck out the side on just 13 pitches in his first rehab outing with AAA Louisville yesterday.
NEW BATTED BALL DATA
Justin Inaz posted original research yesterday to predict future performance based on newly available batted ball velocity data. It is a very good read if you are interested in these early efforts to test the importance the batted ball data.
TIME TO REBUILD?
Nicke Lampe at Beyond the Boxscore wrote that the Reds should move into rebuild mode this summer.
Meanwhile, today’s Reds opponent is going in the opposite direction with historical positive performances. With the Royals 3-0 victory yesterday, and 6-0 win over the Yankees on Sunday, Kansas City pitched back-to-back team shutouts for the first time since 1992.
Well, it’s time to put an end to Kansas City’s scoreless inning streak! The Reds are also looking to break their current four game losing streak.