The Reds and Pirates play the penultimate game of their 2019 season tonight at PNC Park beginning at 7:05PM EDT. Friday night’s 6-5 walk off win by the Pirates managed to rekindle simmering frustrations among Reds fans. Read Jeff Carr’s recap here if you were otherwise gainfully occupied. Let’s hope the game tonight stirs memories more pleasant than Friday’s game. Or maybe we could get really lucky and have it give birth to hopes for a better future!
Trevor Bauer will not make the start for the Reds as previously advertised. Lucas Sims gets the ball instead for what figures to ultimately become a bullpen game. MLB.com currently lists Bauer as the Reds Sunday probable starter. We’ll see how that pans out.
Right hander James Marvel is scheduled to get the ball at the game’s beginning for the Pirates.
Lucas Sims (RHP)
Lucas Sims pitched his way to the Reds in 2019 with his performance as a starter at AAA Louisville where he posted a 4.56 ERA (4.12 FIP) in 16 starts. Since coming up to the Reds, the former Braves 1st round draft pick (2012; #21 overall) has worked primarily out of the bullpen. However he has made 3 starts for the Reds among his 23 prior 2019 game appearances. Sims longest outing with the Reds this season was 4.2 innings in a July 24 starting role. That’s the last time he went past 2.2 innings pitched in a game.
James Marvel (RHP)
Tonight will also be the fourth MLB start of the season for 26 year old Pirates rookie James Marvel. He is a longshot guy (11th round #1087 overall pick; 2012 draft) riding a dream train this year. Marvel started 2019 at AA and after 17 starts advanced to AAA. Just 11 starts later, he found himself in the Pirates rotation as September call up. However, things have not gone well for Marvel at the MLB level.
Tale Of The Tape
|Lucas Sims (MLB)||4.39||4.49||1.15||1.76||10.7%||33.3%|
|James Marvel (MLB)||10.22||6.71||1.86||2.19||6.5%||11.3%|
Even with his otherworldly K%, Sims could stand to lower his BB%, especially given his HR/9 rate. Keep in mind that as a starter he may dial his stuff back a bit to pace himself, thus lowering his K%.
Marvel’s BB% is consistent with what he did in the minors this season. However the floor has fallen from under his K% which was >20% at both AA and AAA. I have to wonder if his 2019 dream train is about to turn into a pumpkin at season’s end.
This looks like a night where the bullpens will both be busy. Not to fear. After tomorrow they have all winter to rest their arms.
A much more normal looking Reds lineup today. My preference would be to see JVM at 2B and Brian O’Grady in the outfield. I believe saw O’Grady in the OF Friday night; so, health should not be an issue. But David Bell is Reds manager and I’m not.
News, Notes and Pregame Reading
Eugenio Suarez still has tonight and tomorrow catch this guy. He needs 3 more HR to get the job done.
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 28, 2019
Another Reds player has undergone a season ending shoulder procedure. Doug Gray fills us in on Derek Dietrich’s situation and some other Reds happenings elsewhere on Redleg Nation:
That MLB team up north in Ohio is also done for the season after tomorrow. Having (at least) 93 wins and nowhere to go but home for the winter doesn’t seem right. Maybe it’s time to expand the playoffs by getting rid of a lot of meaningless late September games?
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona after Friday’s elimination loss: “We’ll hurt together" https://t.co/5232FcyRZ9
— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) September 28, 2019
One more game to go after tonight. Regardless, I’ve got to say again how much the ending of Friday’s game got under my skin. Guess that’s the way it is if your blood is truly infused with baseball. Yeah, I’ve been frustrated, agitated and irritated a lot in recent years by the Reds but when push comes to shove, I guess I’m still hooked. If you are here reading this, you likely are too! Altogether now, GO REDS!