The trade deadline has led to a bit of remodeling of the Cincinnati Reds roster. Gone are every day guys in Yasiel Puig and Scooter Gennett. Tanner Roark is out of the rotation in Cincinnati and will be joining the Athletics. Aristides Aquino has been called up from Triple-A Louisville where he was earning every last bit of his nickname, The Punisher. Tonight the new-look Reds will take on the Atlanta Braves in the start of a road series for Cincinnati with first pitch set for 7:20pm ET.
The right-hander has been quite good since the start of June, posting a 2.94 ERA in nine starts. The big difference in the most recent two months compared to the first two months is the home runs. He allowed 14 home runs in 11 starts in April and May. In June and July he allowed just 5. His walk rate has improved some, too.
DeSclafani has pitched worse on the road, than he has at home this season. His ERA is 3.40 at home, but it is 4.65 on the road. When it comes down to his platoon splits, they are rather drastic. He owns right-handed hitters. They are hitting .212/.242/.338 against him in 209 plate appearances this year. But left-handed hitters own him. In 230 trips to the plate against the righty, left-handers have posted a .299/.371/.564 line against him.
The left-handed pitcher is trending in the wrong direction. In April his ERA was 2.30. It rose to 4.11 in May. In both June and July it was over 5.00. He’s continued to miss bats, his his walk rate jumped a little, as did his home run rate. In July he made just three starts, though, so the numbers are a tad skewed after making 7 starts in April, and 6 in each of May and June.
Fried has thrown better at home than on the road with an ERA of 4.01 in 9 home starts versus a 4.40 mark on the road. At home his control has been significantly better, with a walk rate half of what it’s been when he’s sleeping in a hotel room the night before he takes the mound. Like DeSclafani he’s got platoon splits that are pretty big. Right-handed hitters had a .295/.348/.474 line against him in 359 plate appearances this year. Lefties are only hitting .230/.294/.310 against him on the season in 111 plate appearances.
David Bell has stacked the lineup full of right-handed hitters and Joseph Daniel Votto.
- Nick Senzel, Center Field
- Joey Votto, First Base
- Eugenio Suarez, Third Base
- Phillip Ervin, Left Field
- Jose Iglesias, Shortstop
- Aristides Aquino, Right Field
- Jose Peraza, Second Base
- Tucker Barnhart, Catcher
- Anthony DeSclafani, Starting Pitcher
- Ronald Acuna Jr., Right Field
- Ozzie Albies, Second Base
- Freddie Freeman, First Base
- Josh Donaldson, Third Base
- Brian McCann, Catcher
- Adam Duvall, Left Field
- Ender Inciarte, Center Field
- Johan Camargo, Shortstop
- Max Fried, Starting Pitcher
News and Notes
If you’ve already seen the lineup, then you noticed Aristides Aquino’s name in it. The outfielder was officially called up earlier today. We wrote about his season, have some highlights from his time in Triple-A, and look at some scouting information on what we may be able to expect from the 25-year-old right fielder. Go give it a read.
Tanner Roark learned that he was traded while at an Arby’s. It led to me making the best tweet of my life (low bar, understandably).
Tanner Roark: HOLY CRAP I'VE BEEN TRADED
Arby's: Sir, this is an Arby's.
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) July 31, 2019
There’s been a whole lot of fines and suspensions handed out over the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates brawl. Amir Garrett, Jared Hughes, and David Bell will all face multiple-game suspensions. We wrote about it all with more details earlier today.
The Reds have announced that Trevor Bauer will make his debut on Saturday in Atlanta.
Nick Lodolo, the Cincinnati Reds 1st round pick this season has been shut down for the rest of the season. The left-handed pitcher is healthy, so do not worry. He’s simply had a long season, throwing 103.0 innings before the draft with TCU. With that said, I wrote about him earlier today at RedsMinorLeagues.com with video from his recent outing in Dayton, and words from both Lodolo and Dragons manager Luis Bolivar after what turned out to be his final start of the year.
Eno Sarris of The Athletic looked at which teams improved their rest-of-the-season outlook at the trade deadline. While the Reds weren’t #1, they were #2 on the list. Of course, as he notes, their improvement doesn’t mean much for 2019 since they are so far out of the race by comparison to some of the other teams that made moves.
Eric Longenhagen, one of the two Fangraphs prospect guru’s, ranked all of the prospects who were moved at the trade deadline. At the very top of the list is the guy who the Reds traded away, Taylor Trammell. The prospect received in the Tanner Roark trade, Jameson Hannah, comes in at 15th on the list. Scott Moss, the left-handed pitcher that also moved in the Trevor Bauer trade was rated 44th (out of 54) among prospects that were traded.