After a wild one last night in which the Cincinnati Reds tried valiantly, but failed, to come back from a 10-run deficit, the Reds and the Colorado Rockies continue their four-game series tonight. Wade Miley will try to become the second pitcher ever in MLB, behind former Red Johnny Vander Meer, to throw back-to-back no-hitters.
- First pitch: 8:40 EDT
- Location: Coors Field in Denver, CO
- TV: Bally Sports Ohio and MLB Network (out-of-market)
- Radio: 700 WLW and streaming on the Iheartradio app
In his most recent start, Miley had as close to the best start he could possibly have, obviously. A walk (and an error, though no fault of his own) is all that kept him from throwing a perfect game against the Cleveland Indians. However, if you’ve been paying attention, Miley’s been pitching this way all season. His success just happened to result in a no-hitter last Friday. Ironically, his worst pitched game of the season came on April 18 against the Indians at Great American Ball Park when he allowed four runs on five hits through five innings.
Tony Wolfe at Fangraphs posted an article this week about how Wade Miley threw a no-hitter. As he always does, Miley worked quickly to try to throw the opposing team off guard. But on Friday, he was also masterfully painting corners. These two things combined to help limit the hard contact from Cleveland hitters. He took them out of their rhythm and it worked.
I’d say a pitcher having a 5.49 ERA is a good thing for the Reds, but they got shut out yesterday by a guy who had an ERA over 5.00. You never know what’s going to happen in baseball. Even though right-hander Germán Márquez has a very high ERA, it might be the Coors Field factor. His FIP and xFIP, at 4.22 and 4.16, are probably more indicative as to the level at which he is performing. In his two most recent starts, it was like night and day. Against the Giants at home on May 4, he didn’t make it out of the first inning, giving up eight runs on six hits and walking three. However, in St. Louis on May 9, he pitched six innings and allowed only one run on six hits and struck out six.
Márquez throws five pitches, mostly relying on his four-seam fastball, curve ball, and slider. He’ll throw the curve ball mostly to left-handed batters and the slider to right-handed batters. Both top out in the mid-80’s, while his fastball is averaging 94.8 mph. His off speed pitches are his best pitches, getting 45.8% and 46.1% whiff rates on the curve and slider, respectively.
|CF Tyler Naquin||LF Raimel Tapia|
|RF Jesse Winker||1B Connor Joe|
|1B Mike Moustakas||SS Trevor Story|
|3B Eugenio Suárez||RF Charlie Blackmon|
|C Tucker Barnhart||3B Josh Fuentes|
|SS Kyle Farmer||CF Yonathan Daza|
|LF Shogo Akiyama||2B Garrett Hampson|
|2B Jonathan India||C Elias Díaz|
|P Wade Miley||P Germán Márquez|
Mike Moustakas returns to the lineup after tweaking his shoulder last night. Nick Senzel is still out, and Nick Castellanos is out of the lineup as well.
Is it too much to ask for Miley to pitch deep into the game two starts in a row? The Reds are already a man short in the bullpen with Amir Garrett serving his ludicrous suspension and yesterday’s offensive explosion by the Rockies did not help.
The good news, however, is that David Bell did not use any of his best relievers. Tejay Antone, Lucas Sims, Heath Hembree, and Sean Doolittle all did not pitch on Thursday and probably will be the first ones out of the pen, especially if the Reds have the lead.
News and Notes
The Reds made some moves today. Redleg Nation has you covered on all the transactions, which include picking up reliever Michael Feliz, designating Sal Romano for assignment, and activating Art Warren from the taxi squad.
Finally, I highly recommend watching Tucker Barnhart’s post game interview talking about Luis Castillo last night. Aside from Derek Johnson and Castillo himself, no one knows more about Castillo’s struggles than Barnhart.
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