The Reds (18-23) have lost six straight games and none of them have been particularly watchable. The best part of the past week was Jason Linden’s recap of the game last night. Personally, I chose Option 2. It sure has been a rainy month for Ohio.
All stats are 2015 actuals:
The Indians’ pitcher is named Corey Kluber. Last year, he won the AL Cy Young Award and was worth 7.2 WAR for the Indians. In his last game, Kluber threw 9 innings of one run ball, striking out 12. In the game before that, Kluber nearly made history as he struck out 18 in 8 innings pitched. In that game, Kluber took a no-hitter into the 7th.
The Reds’ pitcher is named Anthony DeSclafani. Last year, he pitched for the Miami Marlins, mostly for their AAA team but did make 5 starts and 13 appearances for the Marlins. He was worth 0.1 WAR in those starts. In his last game, DeSclafani threw 3 innings of six run ball, walking three. In the game before that, DeSclafani allowed half the number of runs (3) in double the innings (6). Over his last four starts, DeSclafani has walked 15 in just 16 innings.
Like I said, the pitcher the Indians’ will use is better than the pitcher the Reds will use. Sometimes life just isn’t fair.
— Cut4 (@Cut4) May 19, 2015
Here is the lineup for your Cincinnati Reds:
NO CAUSE FOR CONCERN
This is a very hard time for us REDS NATION , but we will do whatever it take to bounce back from this DONT U EVER LOOSE HOPE REDS FANS EVER
— Brayan (@cuban2727) May 23, 2015
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
Raisel Iglesias will start for Reds tomorrow instead of Johnny Cueto, who has been bothered by general stiffness since TueÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s start at KC.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 23, 2015
CAUSE FOR PANIC
Cueto has soreness in his elbow. Price said CuetoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s day-to-day. Could probably pitch tomorrow, but they want to give him some rest. #Reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) May 23, 2015
CAUSE FOR RUNNING WITH SCISSORS
MesoracoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not doing well after trying to catch yesterday. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Very disappointing.Ã¢â‚¬Â TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll make a call when he gets back to Cincy #reds
— John Fay (@johnfayman) May 23, 2015
–Mark Sheldon wrote after last night’s game about the horrific disarray that the Reds’ rotation currently finds itself in. The highlight quote from Mike Leake:
I even came back laughing at that one because for some reason, for a couple of batters, I couldn’t throw the ball where I wanted it.
–Jason Marquis may have finally taken the mound the last time for the Reds. Bryan Price was quoted to be “looking at a lot of different things” before deciding the fate of the Reds’ rotation. As has been said on this site before, I would rather see the future pitchers of the Reds get some work in this season rather than an aging journeyman just biding his time in the league.
–Grantland did a feature on former Red Aaron Harang and his success this season with the Phillies. It’s worth a read even if it isn’t relevant to the current dumpster (smokestack?) fire in Cincinnati. It’s always nice to see former Reds figuring it out and putting up good numbers as long as it doesn’t directly hurt the team.
—Pitch Perfect 2 came out last weekend. If the box office numbers are to be trusted, it might be a much better entertainment investment than whatever the Reds plan to put on the field.
If I had spare time this afternoon, I would go see Mad Max or Ex Machina instead of Pitch Perfect 2 but that’s just my taste. Alas, I will not be attending a matinee or watching the Reds game, rather I will be umping an end of the year Little League tournament. There’s a joke to be made here that the Little Leaguers will play better than the Reds, but I know that’s not true and I’ve already made that joke enough in this post. Plus, at this age, they use a pitching machine so of course the Little Leaguers will score more runs. It’s just shameful really that the pitching machine strikes out more batters in a six inning game than the Reds do in a week. (Sorry)