Of all of the Reds 150th-anniversary throwback uniforms, tonight’s event will hit particularly close to the heart of yours truly and many, many others here at Redleg Nation.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 13, 2019
It is the 1975-76 team that captivated my interest in baseball in general and this franchise specifically. Seeing Cincinnati ballplayers take the field wearing these specific threads will provide some flashbacks to feelings of pride and glory from the past. Unfortunately, the resemblance between this current club and the 1976 team ends at the apparel.
Game three of the four-game weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park begins at 6:40 p.m. Eastern time.
Right-hander Mikolas fits in the mold of the rest of the Cardinals pitching rotation – performing at the level of an average major league baseball starting pitcher on most occasions. On July 20 vs. the Reds at GABP, he pitched six innings and allowed three runs in a 3-2 Cincinnati victory. DeSclafani has had his ups and downs. In July he was looking as though he might be finally recapturing that above-average form he displayed for the Reds before his series of injuries that deprived him of parts of two summers. However, in three August starts, he’s allowed 13 runs (and five home runs) in 14.1 innings.
About all that needs to be said about the Reds bullpen at the moment is that the two lowest earned run averages on the team among relief pitchers belong to position players (Jose Peraza, Kyle Farmer, 0.00). A major rebuild of this group will be necessary in the offseason.
Another change was made today:
Alaniz was claimed off waivers from Seattle on May 31. He posted a 2.93 ERA over 25 appearances (27.2 IP) with the Bats. He will wear No. 32. pic.twitter.com/hMXH7sQxkx
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 17, 2019
Alaniz pitched four innings over four games earlier this season with the Seattle Mariners, allowing 11 hits, three walks and nine earned runs. His numbers since being acquired on waivers and placed on the Louisville roster have been much better, and the hope is that his Cincinnati numbers will more closely resemble Louisville’s than Seattle’s.
|CF Dexter Fowler||CF Nick Senzel|
|RF Tommy Edman||1B Josh VanMeter|
|1B Paul Goldschmidt||2B Freddy Galvis|
|LF Marcell Ozuna||RF Aristides Aquino|
|C Matt Wieters||LF Phillip Ervin|
|2B Kolten Wong||C Tucker Barnhart|
|3B Matt Carpenter||SS Jose Iglesias|
|SS Yairo Munoz||3B Jose Peraza|
|P Miles Mikolas||P Anthony DeSclafani|
Eugenio Suarez, Joey Votto and Jesse Winker are out of the lineup today with maladies of varying degrees. Suarez’s is presumably the most serious.
Eugenio Suárez left with a left thumb sprain, x-rays were negative. He is day-to-day.
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) August 17, 2019
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) August 17, 2019
None of the first five hitters in today’s lineup was on the opening day roster, with four of them in the minor leagues at the time.
Additional insights into the statistical history of the players in today’s game are available all season long at BaseballSavant.com.
News and Notes
Who knew that Trevor Bauer had a social media channel? It’s not clear when this particular conversation with Scooter Gennett took place …
Something that should be talked about more in my opinion. Treat people like people. If you haven’t checked out the full conversation with @Sgennett2 it’s well worth a listen pic.twitter.com/eExQezOzGO
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) August 17, 2019