After an unexpected day off yesterday, the Reds (55-77) will play two against the Brewers in a day-night doubleheader. With the Rockies’ win last night, the Reds are now in a tie for fourth worst team in the Major Leagues and sit 3.5 games behind the Phillies (53-82) for the worst. The Marlins (56-79) are just a half game worse than our Reds, and the Braves (54-81) continue their hopeless free fall to the bottom.
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) September 5, 2015
STARTING PITCHERS (GAME 1)
All stats are 2015 actuals:
Instead of leaving the pitching matchup from last night’s game intact, Bryan Price is shaking things up a bit to keep the weather off-balance. In place of Keyvius Sampson who will start the night cap, rookie John Lamb has been given the arduous task of toeing the rubber against the Brewers’ Matt Garza. Lamb was superb in his last outing–6.0 innings, 2 ER, 8 K’s, 0 BB–but he took the loss anyway because TOS*. Through four starts, Lamb has already accumulated 0.4 WAR and has a 2.92 xFIP, so it seems his fortunes may turn around soon enough.
I wrote about Matt Garza in yesterday’s preview, but in case you didn’t read yesterday’s preview, the summary is: he’s having a horrible year. Garza has given up 5 runs or more in 8 of his 24 starts, which moves his season definitively out of the few bad starts category and into the repeated pattern category. Also, Garza has been worth 0.5 WAR over his 24 starts, a number John Lamb has nearly matched in one sixth of the time.
STARTING PITCHERS (GAME 2)
All stats are 2015 actuals:
Pushed a full 24 hours from his original scheduled start, Keyvius Sampson will take the mound in tonight’s outing against the Brew Crew. Sampson has struggled mightily in his last three starts–posting an 11.35 ERA in 11.o innings–after his first three starts showed so much promise. If Stephenson is brought up to the bigs at some point in this last month, there is a better than good chance he will replace Keyvius in the rotation (unless innings limits dictate otherwise).
Before Wily Peralta pitched against the Reds last Sunday, there were reports claiming he was experiencing dead arm and that was why he had suddenly lost the ability to get anyone out. Peralta, presumably annoyed, then went out and tossed 7.0 innings of one-run ball with six strikeouts, proving that no he did not have dead arm, he was actually just bad for two starts. For the season, Peralta has posted a 0.7 WAR, which is the best of any pitcher throwing today.
STARTING LINEUPS (GAME 1)
Tucker Barnhart gets the start behind the plate today:
Jason Rogers starts at first in place of Adam Lind for the Brewers:
ON THE FARM
— Jamie Ramsey (@Jamieblog) September 5, 2015
Today is the first big college football Saturday of the year, so if you aren’t feeling six maybe seven hours of Reds’ futility, go watch some students who somehow manage school and sports concurrently (or have someone manage it for them). I will be at the Cardinals/Cubs game myself, defiantly wearing my Brandon Phillips jersey, hoping both teams will lose.