The Cincinnati Reds (36-41) try to rebound from an all-around bad loss yesterday and avoid a two game sweep to the Los Angeles Angels (40-40) at Angel Stadium tonight.

For those who aren’t late night people, first pitch is a little earlier than last night. It’s set for 8:07 ET.

Starting Pitchers

Tanner Roark 80.1 3.47 3.41 4.39 23.3% 7.8%
Jaime Barria 19.1 6.52 3.80 5.27 18.2% 5.7%


Tanner Roark has somewhat of a pleasant surprise of the season for the Reds pitching staff in 2019. While he’s never been a top of the rotation pitcher in his career, he has been a solid #3 starter for awhile in his career. This season is no different; in fact, Roark’s been better than his previous two seasons in DC. This year, he has a 3.47 ERA/3.41 FIP with 81 strikeouts in 80.1 innings. His K% is up from 19.2% a year ago to 23.3% this year. He doesn’t allow many home runs–only six thus far in 2019.

Roark has walked 27 batters this season; however, 15 of those walks came in the month of April. He has issued just three walks total in his four starts in June. His BB% is down to 7.8%, closer to where his career average is. While Roark has limited his walks in the month of June, he actually hasn’t pitched as well as the month of May. In May, he had a 2.28 ERA, allowing only seven runs in 27.2 innings. In June, he’s pitched 24.0 innings and has allowed 11 earned runs, including four of the six home runs he’s given up this season.

Roark has faced a few Angels players from when they were in the National League. Jonathan Lucroy hits him the best, but Justin Bour has three home runs off Roark.


As a 21-year-old rookie, the Angels top pitching prospect Jaime Barria pitched quite well over 26 starts in 2018. He had a 3.41 ERA/4.58 FIP while striking out 98 batters and walking only 47 in 129.1 innings.

This season, he’s mostly pitched out of the Angels bullpen, and has struggled at the major league level. He’s given up 14 earned runs in 19.1 innings; however, seven of those runs came in 1.2 innings against the Kansas City Royals. He has struck out 16 and walked only five batters. Even though tonight will only be his second start of 2019, he has pitched five innings each in three of his five appearances this season.

Barria thrives by limiting hard contact and not walking batters. His BB% in the minors was consistently between five percent and six percent. But when he was promoted to the majors in 2018, his BB% jumped to 8.8%. Barria also always been more of a fly ball pitcher, and that can lead to more home runs allowed. This season, that has been his struggle at AAA-Salt Lake. He has pitched 39.2 innings there and has a 7.71 ERA/6.36 FIP. His FB% was at 49.6% in Triple-A. It’s only a bit higher than his career average, but he has given up 11 home runs.

José Iglesias is the only Red to have faced Barria. He’s 1-for-3 with a single and a strikeout.


Both teams had the day off on Monday, so the bullpens should still be well rested. The Reds used three relievers last night, and each reliever pitched one inning. With the Reds having another off day tomorrow, everyone should be available tonight.


1. Jesse Winker (LF)
2. Joey Votto (DH)
3. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
4. Derek Dietrich (1B)
5. Nick Senzel (CF)
6. Yasiel Puig (RF)
7. Jose Iglesias (SS)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Jose Peraza (2B)
1. Tommy La Stella (2B)
2. Mike Trout (CF)
3. Shohei Ohtani (DH)
4. Justin Upton (LF)
5. Brian Goodwin (RF)
6. David Fletcher (3B)
7. Justin Bour (1B)
8. Luis Rengifo (SS)
9. Dustin Garneau (C)

News, Notes, and Pregame Reading

-I haven’t listened to this episode on the Jim Day podcast yet, but you can bet that I will.

-Guess which major league organization the Indianapolis Indians are affiliated with?

-There has been a lot of good Reds content from various websites this week. Here’s a few of those posts:

Highlight of the Day

-Joey Votto will forever be a national treasure.