There was not much help from Mother Nature last night in Atlanta as the Braves won a rain-shortened game over the Reds. Today will see Alex Wood take the mound for the second time since coming off of the injured list. Wood was originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves back in 2012 and made his debut with the Braves less than a year later. This is now day two of the new-look Reds, and even so, the lineup looks a little different than day one.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA H HR BB K
Alex Wood 4.2 3.86 7 1 1 4
Kevin Gausman 75.1 5.97 84 11 25 80

Alex Wood

Diving into the stats for Alex Wood doesn’t make too much sense. He’s pitched in one game this season. Last year he pitched out west for the Dodgers in a very different ballpark, in a different division, with a different team behind him.

With that said, last year he held lefties to a .264/.277/.313 line. Righties didn’t have too much more success, hitting .240/.310/.382 against him. He faced Atlanta twice, allowing two earned runs in 10.1 innings with 4 walks and 11 strikeouts. All of this probably means nothing.

Kevin Gausman

The right-handed pitcher hasn’t exactly had the year he was hoping for. His ERA is up more than two full runs in 2019 compared to 2018 and is nearing the 6.00 mark. He’s missed bats this season, and his walk rate is solid, as is his home run rate. His advanced stats are far better than his traditional ones. He’s really struggled this year with stranding runners, leaving just 59.4% of runners on base. The league average is historically around 72%. In the previous three seasons he’s been at 77%, 76% and 81%, just to give some context. One other difference is that he’s allowing more fly balls this year than ever before. His ground ball rate had never been lower than 41.4% until this year, where it’s sitting at 37.7%.

He hasn’t really shown platoon splits this season. Righties have a .799 OPS against him, while lefties had an .801 OPS against him. Lefties walk more and have a little more power against him, but they also get fewer hits. He has pitched better at home, but he hasn’t exactly kept the runs off of the board in Atlanta, either. His home ERA is 5.27 in 41.0 innings. He has been less home run prone at home, though.

The Lineups

David Bell is changing things up versus yesterday with a right-handed pitcher on the mound.

Cincinnati Reds

  1. Jesse Winker, Left Field
  2. Joey Votto, First Base
  3. Eugenio Suarez, Third Base
  4. Josh VanMeter, Second Base
  5. Nick Senzel, Center Field
  6. Aristides Aquino, Right Field
  7. Jose Peraza, Shortstop
  8. Kyle Farmer, Catcher
  9. Alex Wood, Starting Pitcher

Atlanta Braves

  1. Ronald Acuna Jr., Center Field
  2. Ozzie Albies, Second Base
  3. Freddie Freeman, First Base
  4. Josh Donaldson, Third Base
  5. Adam Duvall, Right Field
  6. Tyler Flowers, Catcher
  7. Austin Riley, Left Field
  8. Johan Camargo, Shortstop
  9. Kevin Gausman, Starting Pitcher

News and Notes

With the trade deadline behind us I took the chance to update the Cincinnati Reds Top 25 Prospect List. This is a full re-ranking, not just subtracting guys that were moved and adding in the guy that was traded for. If you’re into that kind of stuff, go check it out.

Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about Trevor Bauer and pitcher coach Derek Johnson being thrilled to work together. Bauer also noted, after his comments in Cleveland about him not being healthy most of the year, that he’s good to go.

“All the physical stuff I had going on earlier in the year is resolved and I’m perfectly good to go. Looking forward to having my best two months of the season and hopefully more.”

Whew.