Imagine coming home for 1st weekend homestand of season, kicking off 150 years celebration, debuting your top prospect….and blowing an 8-0 lead and losing 12-11. #Reds
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) May 4, 2019
In the aftermath of a crushing 12-11 loss to the Giants, the Reds host the second game of a four-game series today at 7:10 p.m. Eastern time at Great American Ball Park. As part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first professional baseball team, the Reds will wear “throwback” uniforms both today and Sunday.
The Reds’ celebration of the 150th anniversary of professional baseball begins in earnest with a pair of throwback uniforms this Saturday and Sunday! https://t.co/JudzRNhEam#BornToBaseball pic.twitter.com/rw9wsudJZO
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 3, 2019
Brian Erts posted some historical background on today’s throwback uniform earlier today here at Redleg Nation.
This afternoon, the Reds made a move which really needed to be made:
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 4, 2019
It needed to be made because Schebler was struggling so mightily that he was not able to contribute to a team that needs players who can hit right now. He needs to get his hitting stroke together at Louisville and perhaps rejoin the Reds later in the year. And Reed will help a bullpen that is overworked.
Also, the Reds today announced the release of outfielder Matt Kemp, who is on the disabled list with a broken rib. Kemp clearly was not the player he was in the early part of last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Reds will eat the remainder of Kemp’s $21-million salary for 2019. In effect, that’s a little less than they would have had to eat had they released Homer Bailey outright instead of sending him to LA in the deal that brought Kemp to Cincinnati. The move opens a spot on the 40-man roster, which may be filled by the player mentioned below in the news and notes section.
Today’s moves mean you have your starting outfield for the foreseeable future set in Jesse Winker in left, Nick Senzel in center, and Yasiel Puig in right. For tonight’s game, however, only three position players are available off the bench — Kyle Farmer, Jose Iglesias and Curt Casali.
Judging by the statistics, the Giants would appear to have the advantage in this matchup. Righthander Rodriguez strikes out about three times as many batters as he walks. Unless he rights himself, Roark is likely a candidate for a long relief role down the road. He seems to get through his first two times through the batting order in pretty decent shape, but the wheels begin to come off when he hits that third trip through. He would also be a good candidate to serve as an “opener” pitcher who starts a game but is not expected to pitch any more than two or three innings.
Zach Duke has appeared in three consecutive games. No other reliever has pitched in the past two games. Robert Stephenson and David Hernandez would seem to be the freshest, having not appeared since Thursday. It’s become very clear why David Bell wanted to start the season with eight relievers. His pattern is not to allow his starting pitcher to go through the opposing batter order more than twice unless he is dominating. Then, when the bullpen is called upon, Bell is matchup-driven. Newcomer Cody Reed will probably be called upon if Roark gets into trouble early in today’s game.
|2B Joe Panik||1B Joey Votto|
|LF Mike Gerber||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|C Buster Posey||LF Jesse Winker|
|1B Brandon Belt||RF Yasiel Puig|
|3B Evan Longoria||2B Derek Dietrich|
|SS Brandon Crawford||CF Nick Senzel|
|CF Kevin Pillar||SS Jose Peraza|
|RF Steven Duggar||P Tanner Roark|
|P Dereck Rodriguez||C Tucker Barnhart|
Additional insights into the statistical history of the players in today’s game is available all season long at BaseballSavant.com.
News and Notes
So, Josh VanMeter has pretty much come out of nowhere with an amazing early-season performance. The Reds acquired him from the Padres in December 2016 in a trade that sent Rule 5 draft pick Luis Torrens to San Diego. Torrens, a catcher, had been drafted by the Reds from the Yankees organization. Torrens spent the entire 2017 season with the Padres, batting .163. Since then, he has been at the lower levels of the Padres organization.
Josh VanMeter tied a franchise record with his 4th multi-homer game of the season. He is batting .346 with a 1.189 OPS, leading the IL in HR (13) & RBI (31).
— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) May 4, 2019