How about that finish last night! The Reds stole another win with a 9th inning home run, this one off the bat of Jose Iglesias. Then Monday’s home run hero, Jesse Winker, put the icing on the cake with a game ending circus catch and victory dance. Today we get a quick turnaround matinee starting at 12:10 in Citi Field. With a win the Reds can wrap up this 7 game road trip on the positive side of the ledger at 4-3. Let’s get to it.
Young righthander Tyler Mahle will make his 5th start of the season for the Reds. Mahle has struggled a bit in his last three starts. He has been victimized by not being able to get an inning ending out in troublesome situations. Following along the same lines, he seems to still be searching for a put away pitch to end at bat on his terms. His ratios don’t look bad, He’s just been burned by throwing the wrong pitch at the wrong time. Or, perhaps his lack of a put away pitch means batters are seeing too many pitches per AB and finally jumping on one. With Alex Wood having suffered a setback in his rehab from back issues, Mahle seems destined to remain the rotation. Hopefully he will thrive through by having this trial by fire.
After seeing Jacob deGrom last night, this afternoon the Reds get Noah Syndergaard, the Mets other big time righthander. Syndergaard is not as celebrated as deGrom; but, he is very much the real deal as #1A to deGrom’s #1 in the Mets rotation. However like his stablemate he has been less than consistently spectacular so far in 2019. In his last 3 starts he has given up 14 earned runs in just 15 innings pitched. He has had a high BB rate in all 3 of the starts and been burned by homers in 2 of them. The Mets claim not to know what’s going on with him. Perhaps the Reds can take advantage before he gets it figured out.
These numbers look pretty similar. We know Syndergaard has been much better over time. Let’s hope Mahle is moving in that direction too.
The Reds used 4 relievers to cover 3,1 innings. The heavy lifters were Jared Hughes (16 pitches) and Michael Lorenzen (11 pitches) who worked 1.1 and 1.0 innings respectively. The other 2 Reds used, Wandy Peralta and Zach Duke each threw less than 10 pitches. Given the quick turnaround, it is questionable whether any of these guys would face more than a batter or 2 today. I’d also list David Hernandez and Raisel Iglesias as short timers today since they were so deeply extended earlier in the week. But I wouldn’t be too surprised to see either of them in the 9th inning if the Reds have a short lead. However, if the Reds fall out of contention look for the new guy Matt Bowman to take one for the team.
The Mets used 3 relievers to cover 2 innings. Closer Edwin Diaz returned to action after a day off following 3 straight days of work. He threw 20 pitches in an inning of work. One would think he might not appear today given this work load and the quick turnaround. Otherwise all the Mets should be good to go.
|1. Jesse Winker (LF)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Derek Dietrich (1B)
4. Yasiel Puig (RF)
5. Jose Peraza (2B)
6. Jose Iglesias (SS)
7. Scott Schebler (CF)
8. Curt Casali (C)
9. Tyler Mahle (P)
|1. Jeff McNeil (LF)
2. Dominic Smith (1B)
3. Robinson Cano (2B)
4. Michael Conforto (RF)
5. Todd Frazier (3B)
6. Brandon Nimmo (CF)
7. Wilson Ramos (C)
8. Amed Rosario (SS)
9. Noah Syndergaard (P)
News and Notes
Last night’s hero Jose Iglesias talks about being part of the Reds
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) May 2, 2019
Jesse Winker likes to give as good as he gets from the NYC fans
"It's New York. I just try to give it back to them," Jesse Winker said. https://t.co/fwMSXz3uiJ
— Enquirer Sports (@ENQSports) May 2, 2019
If you are not already doing so, checkout Doug Gray’s daily Reds minor league summary at RedsMinorLeagues.com
Cincinnati #Reds Minor League Game Review: 5/1/19
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) May 2, 2019
It was good to see the Reds bounce back from Tuesday’s loss. The bad days are hard to take as a fan; but, it seems like the team is starting to show more resilience and resolve to avoid wallowing in losing streaks. That in itself is a positive sign.
Nick Senzel really is arriving in Cincinnati this weekend. Let’s try to remain on even keel and give the guy a chance to grow into the situation, OK? Welcome to the Reds Nick. Here’s wishing you a long and prosperous run with the Reds.
That’s it for this 4 game set from Queens NY, NY. I’ll be scarce in these parts the next several weeks since I’ve got a spring vacation break on deck. Root home a lot of Reds wins in the meantime.
As always GO REDS!!