The Cincinnati Reds will try to start a new winning streak this afternoon versus the Milwaukee Brewers in the final game of the current series. A win today by the Reds gives them a series victory by 3 games to 1. The Brewers can gain a split with a win. Which team will accomplish its goal? Game time at Miller Park is 2:10 EDT.
Two right handers get the call today, Anthony DeSclafani for the Reds and Brandon Woodruff for the Brewers.
Anthony DeSclafani’s battle back from injury has been something of a feel good story for the Reds in 2019. However the season is nearly half gone; and Alex Wood is apparently near return from injury himself. Thus the onus may be on DeSclafani to raise his performance level if he is to remain in the rotation.
Disco may be rising to the occasion. He has followed up on a string of 4 outings ranging from bad (3) to mediocre (1) with 3 strong if somewhat short efforts. In these three most recent efforts, he has posted and ERA/FIP of 1.69/2.30 over 16 innings of work. The keys to DeSclafani’s recent success have been reducing walks and avoiding home runs. The Reds need to see see this DeSclafani today to have a shot at winning the series versus the Brewers.
DeSclafani has one prior appearance versus Brewers this year. Back on April 2, he held the Brewers to 1 run on 3 hits over 5 innings at GABP. Unfortunately the Reds eventually lost that game 4-3.
Brandon Woodruff is another Brewers starter who comes from humble roots. The 26 year old was an 11th round (#326 overall) pick in the 2014 June draft. After making starts in all 8 of his 2017 rookie season appearances, Woodruff was used out of the bullpen in 15 of 19 MLB appearances in 2018. This season has seen him work exclusively in the Brewers rotation. He has been one of their most consistent starters to date as per MLB.com, the Brewers have won 9 of his last 10 starts.
Woodruff is a fastball (~60%)/ slider (~22%)/ change up pitcher. His fastball sits between 95-100 MPH, the other pitches in the high 80’s. He strikes out a lot of hitters, doesn’t walk many and is stingy about giving up HRs.
The Reds bullpen covered 4.1 innings Saturday. 5 relievers saw duty. Amir Garrett’s consecutive day pitch count sits at 40; he’s probably unavailable today. Michael Lorenzen’s consecutive day pitch count is at 27; he’s likely on short spot duty again. David Hernandez consecutive day pitch count is 33; he could be limited to short spot duty. Everyone else can go at least an inning. An off day on Monday should mitigate most any issues with bullpen usage today.
The Brewers pen also covered 4.1 innings. They used 4 relievers. Josh Hader threw 18 pitches to cover 2.0 innings. He should be good for at least an inning today. No one else threw over 14 pitches. Nobody was working on consecutive days. All should be available for an inning with an off day on Monday.
|1. Jesse Winker (LF)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
4. Derek Dietrich (2B)
5. Nick Senzel (CF)
6. Yasiel Puig (RF)
7. Jose Iglesias (SS)
8. Curt Casali (C)
9. Anthony DeSclafani (P)
|1. Yasmani Grandal (C)
2. Christian Yelich (RF)
3. Mike Moustakas (2B)
4. Ryan Braun (LF)
5. Eric Thames (1B)
6. Orlando Arcia (SS)
7. Travis Shaw (3B)
8. Brandon Woodruff (P)
9. Ben Gamel (CF)
Great to see Nick Senzel back in the lineup!
NEWS AND NOTES
Here’s how Reds Hot Yasiel Puig has been.
Last 11 games for Yasiel Puig: .381/.422/.857, 1.279 OPS, 5 HR, 2 SB #Reds
— ???? ????y (@Nicholaspkirby) June 23, 2019
Alex Wood appears to be a step closer to returning to MLB action
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 22, 2019
Doug Gray provides some details about the status of Wood elsewhere on Redleg Nation
Alex Wood throws against Reds teammates, rehab soon https://t.co/6kilAssLDJ
— OhioJimWalker (@jn_walkerjr) June 23, 2019
Scooter Gennett had tough day at the plate in rehab Saturday at Daytona. He wasn’t alone. The Tortugas suffered through a no-hitter on the day.
Here's your daily Scooter Gennett on rehab with Daytona update:
1st at-bat: ground out to second base
2nd at-bat: pop up to shortstop
3rd at-bat: strikeout swinging
4th at-bat: strikeout looking
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) June 23, 2019
The hits just keep on coming for the Reds at AAA Louisville.
Here are both of Aristides Aquino's home runs from the first game for the Louisville Bats today. pic.twitter.com/yrgoLTMgwz
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) June 22, 2019
The Reds 6 game winning streak is over. It ended in a nasty way such as it is not a stretch to say Saturday was a game which slipped through the team’s fingers. But that’s behind them now, both the good of the streak and the bad of how it ended. The team’s current task is to make sure the past stays behind them and focus on today each and every day there is a game. Starting today. Get the “W” and series win. GO REDS!