Despite last night’s home run barrage by the Dodgers, the Cincinnati Reds pitching staff still ranks second in the majors in the least round-trippers allowed this season. Only the Tampa Bay Rays (37) have allowed fewer four-baggers than the 41 surrendered by Reds pitching this season in 45 games.
It’s just another indicator of just how much improved the Reds pitching is in 2019. Last season, Cincinnati pitchers allowed 228 gopher balls, or 1.4 per game. This season’s home-runs-allowed-per-game rate so far is 0.9.
The Reds pitching staff has the highest combined WAR (Wins Above Replacement, 3.8) of any pitching staff in the majors. Second place in team pitching WAR is the Rays at 3.4. On the other hand, in team WAR among non-pitchers, the Reds are 22nd at -2.6. More than any other statistic, this demonstrates how important the pitching staff has been in the Reds’ 20 wins this season.
It will be again today, as the Reds face a tough young righthander who is rounding into form in game two of a three-game series against LA at Great American Ball Park. Game time is 4:10 p.m. Eastern time.
Righthander Buehler, born in Crestview Hills, Ky., got off to a very slow start this season, but in his past few starts he has shown signs of the fantastic form he displayed in 2018. In five starts since April 11, he has not allowed more than three runs in any of them. Mahle has arguably been the number two starter, in terms of effectiveness, on the Reds staff this season. The trend to date is that he gets no run support from his teammates. He’ll need to keep the Dodger bats quiet for the Reds to have a shot today.
Zach Duke pitched two innings Friday night, making his availability for any more than perhaps a LOOGY situation questionable. The other seven bullpen occupants should be available at Manager David Bell’s beck and call.
|LF Joc Pederson||CF Nick Senzel|
|3B Max Muncy||1B Joey Votto|
|RF Cody Bellinger||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|SS Corey Seager||LF Jesse Winker|
|CF Alex Verdugo||RF Yasiel Puig|
|1B Matt Beaty||2B Derek Dietrich|
|2B Chris Taylor||SS Jose Iglesias|
|C Austin Barnes||P Tyler Mahle|
|P Walker Buehler||C Tucker Barnhart|
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News and Notes
Another one-appearance-and-gone stay with the Reds for Cody Reed …
#Reds option LHP Cody Reed, recall OF Phillip Ervin.
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) May 18, 2019
Ervin is hitting .228/.333/.315/.649 at Louisville.
This eye-catching video gives some indication of the length of time that Luis Castillo’s changeup and fastball look the same coming out of his hand … and also how little time batters have to react …
87.3 MPH 1875 RPM
96.8 MPH, 1949 RPM pic.twitter.com/7RNmy2XCcC
— Michael Augustine (@AugustineMLB) May 17, 2019
More on Castillo …
— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) May 17, 2019
Scooter Gennett update …
— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) May 17, 2019