The Reds (51-69) have lost seven straight games and currently sit in the cellar of the NL Central. Two years ago, the Astros finished the season at 51-111. So, yes the Reds are playing very poorly right now, but at least they will still be better than the 2013 Astros. Sometimes, it’s the small things that are comforting.
*All stats are 2015 actuals:
Despite taking the loss, Anthony DeSclafani pitched well in his last start against the Dodgers. Disco went 6.0 innings, yielding two runs–both to solo home run–and struck out six. The effort was DeSclafani’s fifth consecutive quality start, a stretch during which the rookie is 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 32.0 innings.
For the Diamondbacks is reliever Randall Delgado, who was reinstated from the DL just five days ago. Tonight will be Delgado’s first start of 2015 and the first since he started back to back games last September. This season, Delgado has made 43 relief appearances for the Dbacks, posting a solid ERA but a rather lackluster FIP in 50.0 innings. Delgado’s best pitch is his slider, generating a .140 average against and 20.2% whiff rate, but it might not be as effective over longer outings.
Ryan LaMarre gets his first big league start as today’s Reds’ center fielder:
Aaron Hill will start at second and Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate in today’s Dbacks’ lineup:
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TONY PEREZ WEEKEND
The slugging first baseman from the World Series winning Big Red Machine teams, Tony Perez, will be honored this weekend with a statue unveiling tonight as well as the post game ceremony last night. The first 30,000 fans to the game tonight will receive a free replica Perez statue and be treated to on-field ceremonies prior to first pitch.
Reds’ legend Pete Rose shared his thought on Tony and his career after the game last night.
Hear what Pete Rose had to say about his teammate Tony Perez at the celebration for Perez's statuehttps://t.co/pbKs6ZAvab
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) August 22, 2015
And just for some perspective:
First 9 seasons:
Tony Perez: .284/.344/.483, 183 HR, 128 wRC+, 33.1 fWAR
Joey Votto: .310/.420/.534, 186 HR, 156 wRC+, 39.8 fWAR
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AROUND THE LEAGUE
–MLB.com did a complete breakdown of how Nationals’ rookie Michael Taylor has hit the longest home run in the league this year. Taylor’s blast traveled an incredible 493 ft, ten feet more than Nelson Cruz’s shot against Wandy Rodriguez in April. Personal aside, I saw Taylor play against Atlanta earlier this summer and was convinced the kid was no more than 19. Instead, he’s 24 and apparently holds vast amounts of power in his wiry body.
–After a fan was struck in the head by a line drive at Comerica Park, Justin Verlander has called for preventative measures to be instituted in Major League Baseball. While foul balls are an exciting part of the game, the risk of a liner scorching over a hundred miles per hour into throngs of distracted fans seems to be much too high.
Today’s another day to end the miserable streak the Reds are on. Tony Perez deserves every accolade that will be heaped upon him tonight and Joey Votto deserves all of this and then some in a decade’s time. Other than that there’s not much to say.