When a team allows six home runs in game, its chances of winning are incredibly low. That’s exactly what happened to the Reds last night, and the result went exactly the way one would imagine. The club is now 0-4 against the Phillies this season and could use a strong performance from their pitching staff this evening. Not only did the team have to squeeze eight innings out of the bullpen last night, but the starting rotation also has a 6.89 ERA since the all-star break. They’ll turn to a veteran to right the ship tonight at 7:10 p.m. ET in Great American Ball Park.
Although he’s been plagued by inconsistency in his second major-league season, Pivetta is one of several promising young Phillies hurlers. The right-hander has become one of the most prolific strikeout pitchers in the game, ranking 13th in baseball in K% this season. He’s also shown much better control this season, reducing his walk rate from 9.8% to 6.9%, which has played a significant role in bringing down his ugly 6.02 ERA from a year ago. The biggest issue for Pivetta has come against left-handed batters, who are hitting .308/.374/.475 against him this season, good for a .365 wOBA that ranks 13th-worst in baseball (note: four Reds starting pitchers are ahead of him on that list — yikes).
Scouting report:Ã‚Â Pivetta throws two fastballs, a four-seamer and a sinker, both of which sit in the mid-90s and have touched 98 on the radar gun. The curveball and slider are his off-speed pitches of choice, and both have been strong swing-and-miss and groundball offerings this year. He holds a 16.0 SwStr% on the curve and a 17.6% mark on the slider, and both pitches have registered grounders over 55% of the time they’re put in play. Pivetta also has a changeup, but he rarely uses it.
DeSclafani hasn’t quite shaken off the rust of nearly two years away from a big-league pitching rubber. The right-hander owns a 6.49 ERA over his last five starts, and that includes a one-run, seven-inning outing on July 9 in Cleveland. Home runs have been the primary problem for Disco, who has allowed a stunning nine in that same timeframe. Fortunately, it’s highly unlikely that he’ll continue to sport a 27.3% HR/FB. Unfortunately, he has a 50.0% hard-contact rate during that time, which is going to lead to a fair share of long balls. Disco’s velocity is fine (93.2 mph) and his slider has been sharp, but he’s leaving a lot of fastballs over the heart of the plate and paying for it in his last handful of starts. Command is often one of the last components to return after a long layoff, though, so patience is key with DeSclafani.
1.Ã‚Â Cesar HernandezÃ‚Â (2B)
1.Ã‚Â Jose PerazaÃ‚Â (SS)
- Mason Williams, a former top prospect of the Yankees, is making his first start in a Reds uniform tonight. He has 69 total plate appearances in his big-league career and has slashed .277/.309/.385.
- Reminder: Dilson Herrera, who has hit at all stops of the minor leagues and was crushing the ball before his call-up on July 6, has just 16 plate appearances and one start (as a DH) since he was promoted from Louisville. I’m not calling for Scooter Gennett to be benched, but it’s baffling that Jim Riggleman struggles so much to give his bench players any time on the field.
News, Notes, & Pre-Game Reading
More roster moves were made today. It’s a bit strange that the Reds decided to designated Kyle Crockett for assignment instead of moving Jesse Winker to the 60-day DL.
The #Reds have recalled from the Triple-A @LouisvilleBats RHP Keury Mella and LHP Wandy Peralta. RHP Austin Brice has been optioned to Louisville and LHP Kyle Crockett has been designated for assignment. pic.twitter.com/oVc96xuixe
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 27, 2018
Some potential action on the Matt Harvey trade front:
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 27, 2018
Harvey may be the only player moved, however:
Adding to this: Per sources, Harvey might be only #Reds player traded. Barring big offers, CIN inclined to keep its relievers, all of whom are cost-effective and under control beyond this season. Trent has the flip side of the equation – the potential for the team to buy SP. https://t.co/OglsYfI0Ev
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 27, 2018
MLB Pipeline released their midseason top-100 and team top-30 lists today. Four Reds prospects are in the top 100, including three in the top 20 (Nick Senzel, Hunter Greene, Taylor Trammell).
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 27, 2018
Could the Reds potentially add a piece at the trade deadline?
Would the #Reds add a player like Scott Rolen at this year's trade deadline? No, but they could add a player who could help next year, like they did when they got Rolen. @ctrent explains why they could be buyers. https://t.co/zxiH79f5UH
— The Athletic (@TheAthleticCIN) July 27, 2018
The Phillies made a notable trade today, acquiring Asdrubal Cabrera from the Mets.
Sources: Asdrubal Cabrera trade to Phillies agreed on pending medicals
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) July 27, 2018
Stat of the Day
Only the Mariners (17) have scored fewer runs than the Reds (20) since the all-star break. Although Jesse Winker is done for the year, the team figures to turn it around at some point after ranking seventh in baseball in runs (461) in the first half.