The Cincinnati Reds are now 2-12 to start the second half of the season.

Yikes.

Robert Stephenson showed that his first start back from Louisville a week ago where he showed control was a facade. Stephenson walked seven batters in just 4.1 innings.

Chris O’Grady, pitching against the Reds for the second time in less than week, pitched seven shutout innings for the fish.

Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (41-61) 1 10 1
Miami Marlins (47-53) 4 7 0
W: Stephenson (0-4) L: O’Grady (2-1) S: Ramos (20)
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Biggest Play of the Game

According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the most important play of the game was Robert Stephenson allowing a solo home run to Derek Dietrich with 0 outs in the 4th inning, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead. That play decreased the Reds chances of winning by 13.0% (from 44.1% to 31.0%).

Positives

Joey Votto has reached base in 7 of his last 8 plate appearances (4 BB, 3 H).

Eugenio Suarez had two hits. Suarez entered tonight with 1.049 OPS over the last 7 days.

Jose Peraza also had a two hit night.

Scooter Gennett had an RBI single. He also hit a 361 foot ball to right-field that just missed being a 3-run homer.

Blake Wood did allow a run in two innings of relief, but he struck out 5 batters without walking any.

Negatives

The improved control from Robert Stephenson in his last start was short lived. Stephenson walked 7 batters tonight. That is not easy to do, as the Marlins rank 27th in the MLB in BB%. Stephenson’s final line was luckily not that terrible (4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 K), but walking 7 batters is just inexcusable.

Scott Schebler went 0 for 4. He entered play today hitting just .149/.222/.284 in the month of July.

Not so random thoughts…………..

I started this question on Twitter tonight, and it got mostly negatives feedback:

Thought: Maybe Cozart’s injury hurting his trade value will also lower his free-agent dollar value this off-season? I personally think the Reds should try to sign him if that is the fact. I think Cozart for say 3 years, $40 million would be a good deal for the Reds. My reasoning for that is that I don’t think the Reds have anyone who would be better than Cozart at SS over the next three years. I think the Reds have to start trying to win, or they need to trade Votto. Our hero only has so many good years left.

Up Next:

Reds at Marlins
Friday, 7:10 PM
TV: FOX Sports Ohio
Sal Romano (5.50 ERA) vs Vance Worley (6.37 ERA)

 

All statistics are used courtesy of Fangraphs, ESPN Stats & Info, and Baseball-Reference.