The Cincinnati Reds (5-8) will try to make it five wins in a row and sweep the St. Louis Cardinals (8-6) tonight in this short two-game series in Monterrey, México. First pitch is at 4:10 ET.
Anthony DeSclafani looked very good in his first start against the Milwaukee Brewers, giving up one run on three hits while striking out eight in five innings. But his second start against the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t meet those same standards. He only made it through 4.1 innings, while giving up six earned runs on seven hits, including two home runs. However, a positive to come from the Pirates start is that he walked only one, after walking three Brewers in his first start.
Two Cardinals have enjoyed a lot of success against DeSclafani. Paul Goldschmidt is 7-for-11 with two doubles and a home run against him, and Matt Carpenter is 9-for-20 with two doubles, a triple, and three home runs.
Miles Mikolas had a breakout year in 2018, after not pitching in the league for four years. Mikolas was never terrible in the Padres organization from 2010-2013. However, in 2014, he pitched for the Texas Rangers and finished with a 6.44 ERA and a 4.77 FIP. After 2014, he went to pitch in Japan and when he got back, the Cardinals signed him. And in 2018, he pitched like he had something to prove, finishing the season with a 2.83 ERA and a 3.28 FIP in 200.1 innings. He struck out 146 batters, while walking only 29.
In 2018, Mikolas gave up only 16 home runs all season. However, in just 16.0 innings in 2019, he’s already given up four home runs. Last season, his FB% was 28.5%, the lowest of his career. But so far this season, it’s at 37.5%, close to where it was before he went to Japan.
In very small sample sizes, seven different Reds players have an OPS above 1.000 against Mikolas. Tucker Barnhart is the only player to homer off him.
|Anthony DeSclafani (2018)||115||4.93||4.83||1.29||1.88||6.20%||22.30%|
|Miles Mikolas (2018)||200.2||2.83||3.28||1.07||0.72||3.60%||18.10%|
The Reds used five relievers last night, but of those five, Amir Garrett was the only one who threw more than 20 pitches. Most of their bullpen should be fine to pitch again this afternoon. He finished the game, but Raisel Iglesias is still struggling. He gave up a hit and a walk in the ninth before getting two outs to earn the save.
The Cardinals used three relievers, and none of them pitched more than one inning.
|1. Matt Carpenter (3B)
2. Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
3. Paul DeJong (SS)
4. Marcell Ozuna (LF)
5. Yadier Molina (C)
6. Tyler O’Neill (CF)
7. Dexter Fowler (RF)
8. Kolten Wong (2B)
9. Miles Mikolas (P)
|1. Jesse Winker (LF)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Yasiel Puig (RF)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Scott Schebler (CF)
6. Jose Peraza (2B)
7. Tucker Barnhart (C)
8. Jose Iglesias (SS)
9. Anthony DeSclafani (P)
Stat of the Day
Reds pitching has allowed 2 runs or less in 7 out of the last 9 games
— ???? ????y (@Nicholaspkirby) April 14, 2019
#Reds pitching during the 4-game winning streak:
• 0 runs, 4 hits;
• 1 run, 3 hits;
• 0 runs, 5 hits;
• 2 runs, 9 hits.
They have allowed 3 runs or less in 8 of 13 games. That's getting it done.
— Mr. R (@MisterRedlegs) April 14, 2019
-Through the first thirteen games of the season, the pitching has been vastly improved from a year ago. The Reds currently sit fifth in MLB in ERA, fourth in FIP, and ninth in xFIP.
News and Notes
-If you have a subscription to The Athletic and haven’t yet read C. Trent Rosecrans story on the trip to Monterrey, I highly recommend you check it out.
At Estadio de Béisbol
Monterrey on Saturday, the crowd was late-arriving, but it stayed late. Hamburgers have ham, a beer is actually two beers, postgame press conferences had a Norteño soundtrack and fans danced the night away https://t.co/VwqQsiO1ux
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) April 14, 2019
-The LA Times had a story this morning about Yasiel Puig. I’ve read a lot of Andy McCullough’s stories going back to the days when he covered the Kansas City Royals during their World Series season. He’s a superb writer.
The complicated legacy of Yasiel Puig.
“You never knew what was going to happen. It was electric.”
“He just saw it as he was just going to show up and do whatever he wants.” https://t.co/tuFys5diws
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) April 14, 2019
-I don’t like the song Baby Shark, but I’ve watched this clip of Jesse Winker and Jose Iglesias at least ten times.
Mood x2. ?? pic.twitter.com/axYS6UBuhy
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 14, 2019
Everything is more fun when the Reds win. The Reds should keep winning.