If you are inclined to read about the history-making game last night, here’s the recap. That’s all I’m going to say about it. The Reds (69-80) will go for the series win this afternoon against the Diamondbacks (76-73) at Chase Field. First pitch is at 4:10 EDT.
Trevor Bauer tries again to get things fixed before the 2019 season ends. He looked like he was on track in his last start against the Mariners when he took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but he gave up a home run in the fifth and the sixth to lose the lead. The Reds would eventually lose on a Kyle Seager home run in the eighth.
Many of Bauer’s struggles have come from giving up home runs. He has allowed the sixth most home runs in MLB and his HR/9 rate is 1.45, 17th worst in MLB. His BB% is also higher this season at 9.5%. [I know I sound like a broken record when I talk about walks and home runs for a struggling pitcher, but that’s usually were the problem lies when that pitcher is struggling].
If you’re looking for positives for Bauer, he only needs two innings to reach 200 innings for the first time in his career. He’s also got 236 strikeouts on the season. Fifty-one of those strikeouts came after he was traded to the Reds, in 41.1 innings. His K% is down from his near Cy Young season a year ago, but it’s still very high at 27.7%.
Despite pitching fairly well in his minor league career in the Cardinals and Marlins organizations, Arizona is Zac Gallen’s third organization since being drafted in 2016. He made 14 starts with the Marlins Triple-A team early in the season, posting a 1.77 ERA in 91.1 innings, while striking out 112 and walking only 17. Gallen made his major league debut for Miami on June 20. He continued his success at the major league level, with a 2.72 ERA in 36.1 inning with the Marlins. After he was traded to the Diamondbacks at the deadline, he has pitched better, posting a 2.61 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 38.0 innings.
Gallen won’t give up a lot of home runs. Throughout his professional career, his HR/9 rate has been consistently under 1.00. He also won’t walk a lot of batters, though he’s walked more since being in the majors than through his minor league career. The highest his BB% ever got was 8.2%, and in 2019 before being called up, it was at 5.1% at Triple-A.
He throws five pitches, but very rarely throws the sinker. Instead, Gallen relies on his four-seamer that tops out around 93 mph, and then throws the curve ball and the change up with varying speeds to keep hitters off balance. His change up can get up to 85 mph, while his curve is a slow curve around 79 mph.
|1. Phillip Ervin (LF)
2. Josh VanMeter (2B)
3. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
4. Aristides Aquino (RF)
5. Tucker Barnhart (C)
6. Michael Lorenzen (CF)
7. Brian O’Grady (1B)
8. Jose Peraza (SS)
9. Trevor Bauer (P)
|1. Wilmer Flores (2B)
2. Ketel Marte (CF)
3. Eduardo Escobar (3B)
4. Christian Walker (1B)
5. Josh Rojas (LF)
6. Adam Jones (RF)
7. Nick Ahmed (SS)
8. Alex Avila (C)
9. Zac Gallen (P)
-Alex Avila is 7-for-19 with two home runs against Bauer.
-None of the Reds have faced Gallen. This game is going to go one of two ways.
News and Notes
-It looks like Freddy Galvis will be alright. He left the game last night in the middle of an at-bat.
Freddy Galvis told David Bell after the game that he was OK to play tomorrow. Thought he popped something when he initially hurt his knee, but he was walking around afterward. #Reds https://t.co/kjuGwbewTo
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) September 15, 2019
-Speaking of Galvis, he did a really cool thing for a kid yesterday.
— MLB (@MLB) September 15, 2019
4 of the last 5 Reds SP to be hung with the loss:
9/14 – DeSclafani – 1 hit allowed
9/11 – Gray – 2 hits
9/7 – Castillo – 3 hits
9/2 – DeSclafani – 3 hits
Reds SP have 14 losses this year when allowing ? 3 hits. No other team's SP have more than 8. Record is 15 (1962 Colt .45s)
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) September 15, 2019