Wow, wasn’t that an emotional roller coaster between 1 and 2 a.m. Cincinnati time early today?
Instead of plummeting into the abyss of failed relief pitching outings, the Reds withstood Corey Seager’s late tying homer off Amir Garrett and rode Jesse Winker’s power to an important win. Tonight at 10:10 p.m. Cincinnati time, the Reds will try to win back-to-back games against the home-standing defending World Champions and presumptive best team in baseball, Los Angeles Dodgers.
It’s an important start for Jeff Hoffman, against a team that has routinely teed off against him in this very stadium.
Hoffman has been a very pleasant surprise in the early going for Cincinnati. So far, he has assumed a role similar to Tanner Roark when he was a Red — go no further than two times through the batting order. His statistics are much better than anyone could have realistically hoped for after the difficulty of his time in Colorado.
Buehler … Buehler … Buehler … What more can you say? The guy is an ace-caliber pitcher who this year has struck out 22 batters for every walk issued. The Reds will need to stay close, because he is not likely to give them many opportunities.
We probably won’t see Tejay Antone tonight after his late-game heroics Monday. Lucas Sims, maybe, after 32 pitches in an inning and two-thirds last night. It will be fascinating to see how Manager David Bell manages the situation tonight if his bullpen is in a position to try to hold a tie or lead late.
|LF Jesse Winker||RF Mookie Betts|
|RF Nick Castellanos||SS Corey Seager|
|1B Joey Votto||3B Justin Turner|
|3B Mike Moustakas||1B Max Muncy|
|CF Tyler Naquin||C Will Smith|
|2B Alex Blandino||CF Chris Taylor|
|C Tucker Barnhart||2B Gavin Lux|
|SS Kyle Farmer||LF Matt Beaty|
|P Jeff Hoffman||P Walker Buehler|
With righthander Buehler pitching, Reds Manager David Bell gave Eugenio Suarez and Jonathan India the day off. Judging by Suarez’s recent performance and the numbers immediately below, Bell made a good call.
Comparatively, Dodgers hitters have been facing Hoffman for years while he was pitching in the National League West for the Rockies. There are not many batters Hoffman is likely to feel comfortable against, based on the numbers below. If he pitches well tonight against a team that traditionally rocks him, that’s another good sign.
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News and Notes
Mike Moustakas has been activated from the 10-day injured list. Good to have Moustakas back.