One step forward, one step back is a great way to describe the Reds’ 2019 season to date. Following a four-homer, 7-2 win over the Indians Wednesday, Redleg Nation members were hopeful that their team would return home against a team with some pitching challenges Friday night and begin a winning streak. But …
“30,090 turn out for tonight’s… titanic struggle. Thirty thousand zero nine zero. That’s the fourth largest crowd the Reds have played in front of this season at GABP and they have laid a great big egg.” #reds #rangers
— TitanicStruggle (@TitanicStruggle) June 15, 2019
Game two of the weekend three-game series against the Texas Rangers begins at 7:10 Eastern time at Great American Ball Park. It should be another good crowd for Barry Larkin Bobblehead Night.
Before today’s game:
— Redleg Nation (@redlegnation) June 15, 2019
Ervin is in the starting lineup in left field tonight against lefthander Mike Minor.
The weather outlook is bleak, with a 100 percent chance of rain tonight in Cincinnati, with some storms possible. If the game is rained out, the teams would almost be forced to play a day-night doubleheader Sunday. This series is the only time this season the Reds and Rangers are scheduled to meet, and therefore the Rangers won’t be back in town. A mutual off-day that makes sense travel-wise for both teams would be the only other alternative.
This is your one-time-only 2019 reminder: If anything changes with the game due to inclement weather, we will announce it as soon as we are told. You don’t even have to ask. ? pic.twitter.com/O3NVKPiq2v
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) March 30, 2019
Lefthander Minor has been the Rangers’ best starter this year and over the past two seasons combined. The Reds as a team have a much better batting average against lefties (.252) than righthanders (.225), but the team OPS split is not nearly as pronounced (.712 vs. lefties, .701 vs. righties). Roark’s clear role is to get through the opposing batting order at least twice while keeping his team in the game.
Matt Bowman and Zach Duke both pitched two innings in Friday night’s loss, and as a result may be unavailable.
|LF Shin-Soo Choo||CF Nick Senzel|
|CF Danny Santana||1B Joey Votto|
|SS Elvis Andrus||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|RF Nomar Mazara||RF Yasiel Puig|
|3B Asdrubal Cabrera||LF Phillip Ervin|
|2B Rougned Odor||SS Jose Iglesias|
|1B Ronald Guzman||C Curt Casali|
|C Jeff Mathis||2B Kyle Farmer|
|P Mike Minor||P Tanner Roark|
Additional insights into the statistical history of the players in today’s game is available all season long at BaseballSavant.com.
News and Notes
Just in case you missed this fantastic play by Jose Iglesias …
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 15, 2019
Remember this trade (and this magazine cover)? …
— Baseball by BSmile (@BSmile) June 15, 2019
Ian Krol opted out of his contract with the Reds today, leaving Cincinnati with one less left-handed option in the minors.
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) June 15, 2019