The Reds (51-67) dropped two of three to the Diamondbacks out West two weeks ago and are currently on a five game losing streak after a two game sweep by the Royals. John Lamb takes the mound tonight, marking the 21st consecutive start by a rookie pitcher for the Reds.
*Stats from AAA Louisville and Omaha
In his first big league start, John Lamb fared well, but still took the loss against a talented Dodgers team. Lamb threw 6.0 innings, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits, including a homer, but also struck out 7 while only walking 2. Really, Lamb’s fatal flaw was the fifth inning, and even that could have ended earlier if the Reds employed a better defensive left fielder.
Patrick Corbin has pitched well this season in his 8 starts back since recovering from Tommy John surgery. Against the Reds a couple of weeks ago, Corbin took a no decision after 6.0 innings of three run baseball. Corbin is, however, coming off a 6.2 inning shutout of the Atlanta Braves in which he struck out 8 while walking 3.
Jason Bourgeois leads off in place of the injured Billy Hamilton in today’s Reds’ lineup:
UPDATE: Marlon Byrd has been traded to the San Francisco Giants (read more about that here). Skip Schumaker replaces him in LF. Here is the updated lineup:
Inciarte, Pollock, and Goldschmidt top the Diamondbacks’ lineup once again:
DOWN THE HOME STRETCH
We're deep into August and the Reds are only one game apart from their competition in a very heated NL Central race: pic.twitter.com/sgj6bL4dCc
— Weathered Fan (@WeatheredFan) August 20, 2015
The race to finish the year not in the NL Central cellar is well underway with just one game separating the Reds and Brewers. However, if you subscribe to the Ricky Bobby school of thinking, this race is nothing more than pointless narrative because “if you ain’t first, you’re last.”
WHERE’S THE FIRE?
Red Reporter published a feature this afternoon calling for a complete tear down and rebuild of this Reds’ team. With Walt Jocketty championing the “reboot”-ing language, more and more fans have become divided on their view for how the team should proceed. The writers here at Redleg Nation have put forth quite a few of those views in the previous months.
(ROTATION) MUSICAL CHAIRS
With so many rookies having significant playing time since the deadline, who will be in the rotation next year has been in the forefront. Paul Daugherty put his opinion out there this morning in his Doc’s TML column. Redleg Nation has also been putting out consistent content when it comes to the pitching rotation of 2016 and beyond.
It’ll be interesting to see if John Lamb can continue his strong 2015 campaign at the major league level tonight. While his debut wasn’t devastatingly impressive, it was a solid enough performance to warrant excitement for his prospects the rest of the season.