According to Reds Twitter:

Sure will be interesting to see how they manage his playing time. And at which current starter’s expense.

RHP Barrett Astin was sent back down to Louisville to make room for Winker on the 25-man roster.

Too-Instant Analysis:  It’s hard to imagine the Reds called up Winker to have him ride the bench. He’s not going to replace Adam Duvall or Billy Hamilton. That leaves Scott Schebler. Let’s break down Schebler’s line: .161/.278/.419. His batting average (.161) is low, but weighted down by a BABIP of .125. Schebler’s career BABIP is .292.

Aside from that, Schebler’s 2017 walk rate is 11.1%. That’s second among Reds regulars to Eugenio Suarez. It’s an outstanding rate, it would have been in the top 25 of major league regulars last year. Schebler’s 2017 isolated power (ISO) of .258 is also tremendous. It would have been in the top 15 of regular major league players last year.

While I’m excited to see how Jesse Winker does in the major leagues, if the plan is to bench Scott Schebler based on his 2017 performance, that’s incredibly disappointing. Schebler has excelled at plate discipline and hitting with power. Hit batting average will come up when the hits start falling in at his career rate.

More Hot Analysis: As Doug Gray points out on Twitter, this may simply be a two-game move until the Reds call up a SP (Sal Romano) for the Sunday start. Part of that is thinking they wouldn’t use Astin in the bullpen today after he pitched yesterday.

24 Responses

  1. Michael

    I like what you are saying old-school except Votto should be starting around 150 games.

    • Steve Hanshaw

      I would think the smokescreen/diversion you’re looking for would start with saying we’re 7-3, then focusing on the beauty of Suarez, the bullpen, Amir Garrett, etc. If there’s been a time in the last 2+ years we didn’t need something like that it would be now.

      • Chad Dotson

        It’s a slap in the face to Winker to get called up to the major leagues? Everyone should be so lucky as to get slapped like that.

  2. Nick Carrington

    Going tonight. Hope he starts! I’m really high on the guy. Love the hit tool, including the plate discipline. The Reds are fun.

  3. Jordan Barhorst

    This might be hinting at Sal Romano (or another minor league starter) as the starter on Sunday.

    Astin is unavailable after pitching 2 innings last night. Why waste a roster spot for two games when you’ve got a guy in AAA ready to be in the big leagues? Call him up, get him a few ABs, and send him back to Louisville on Sunday when it’s Romano’s time to shine to pick back up that extra pitcher.

  4. JoshG

    yeah, I think this is a very short term move

  5. Jordan Barhorst

    I’d think 6th or 7th. Billy and Peraza are both heating up, Duvall, Suarez, and Cozart are all blistering, and Joey isn’t moving from the 3 spot.

    • Jason Linden

      Winker SHOULD bat second. He won’t, but he should. I don’t know why you’d hit him behind Cozart, though.

  6. VaRedsFan

    Well, since the didn’t use Reed last night, and he hasn’t pitched in a while, I thought they were positioning themselves to let Reed start Sunday.

    • docmike

      I don’t understand the club’s thinking on Reed. He has thrown the ball well in both outings so far, giving up no hits in his 5 innings. It’s time to give the kid another shot and see what he can do with a few starts.

      I’m not down on Romano at all. His time will come, I just think Reed deserves a chance.

  7. Darrin

    Schebler biggest problem is he’s just not hitting them where they’re not. I feel this is just a spot call up, and if it’s not, it could be a mistake after only 10 games. The Scheb has good plate discipline and enormous power, giving up this early would be a shame. IMO anyway…..that’s not to say I don’t wanna see Winker play, kids got skills.

  8. Steve Hanshaw

    Good news: I love that the debate over who to start tomorrow centers around Cody Reed and Sal Romano. You know, instead of Tim Adelman, Tim Melville, Josh Smith, and Alfredo Simon – and yes that was just a year ago.

    Frustrating news: If we brought up Winker as a 2 day pinch hitter, I’m not particularly pleased. If we really give Kivlehan a start over Winker AND Schebler, my head may explode…….

    • Indy Red Man

      They’re throwing a lefty for one…and I don’t think Winker can play RF so they’d be asking Duvall to move to right. It looks like it might just be as a pinch-hitter or maybe a spot start for Duvall tomorrow? Schebler had a big 2nd half last year and could be a strong part of a platoon? Its probably too early to just label him a backup.

  9. kmartin

    The lineup is available now at MLB.com. Interestingly enough Kivlehan is in right field tonight. This seems odd.

  10. wizeman

    Didnt take long for everybody to start complaining. 7-3. Might not be playing to win in 45 days… nut are right now. Game is tied pitched spot up… who do you want with a bat in his hands…. Winker or the guy who has struck out 6 times in 8 at bats.
    Glad Romano pitching also. Have needed Reed and Stephenson in their current roles.

    Sometimes you just put your best 25 out there and get in line to shake hands after the game to quote Mr. Price

  11. james garrett

    I find this a strange move because unless he is going to play it serves no purpose.I also think if he takes Scott’s spot in the outfield that’s a big mistake.Scott takes his walks and when he hits it even when he is out he hits it.Too soon to give up on him especially after the same thing happened last year and he was sent down.

  12. Soapboxes

    Sorry that I don’t have a link but hasn’t Williams stated that guys like Winker aren’t going to get called up to just sit on the bench? If my memory serves me correct he said that during spring training. I don’t think he’s getting called up to ride the pine. He might not get handed the RF position but he is going to play while he’s here.

    • Playtowin

      Winker is not Mike Trout or Harper. He is a slow outfielder with modest power. He is Markasis, Parra, Denorfia, Nieuwenhuis until he proves he is not. I hope the guy is fabulous but his record to date forecasts a borderline major leaguer and a bench player.

  13. Playtowin

    Malone is a lefty. Except for Votto the Reds have a right hand hitting lineup tonight

  14. brunsfam

    Am going to hear Pete speak in St Henry in a couple weeks. Should be fascinating!

    I agree – the beauty & beast of the internet – get all the Reds coverage/insight at your fingertips but also get the endless speculation by the “armchair Managers and GM’s” that patrol the website! Isn’t it great!