If you had plans last night and missed the Cincinnati Reds game, or simply boycotted it after a 2-touchdown loss on Thursday night, you missed a good one that saw the Reds beat up on the Brewers. Part of that beat down was three home runs from outfielder Jesse Winker. Let’s take a look back.
Home Run #1
The Pitch: Cutter (Adrian Houser – 88 MPH)
The Exit Velocity: 108.5 MPH
The Distance: 431 Feet
Home Run #2
The Pitch: Change Up (Adrian Houser – 88 MPH)
The Exit Velocity: 108.6 MPH
The Distance: 396 Feet
Home Run #3
The Pitch: Cutter (Josh Lindblom – 88 MPH)
The Exit Velocity: 106.3 MPH
The Distance: 367 Feet
It was a good day to be Jesse Winker. It was not a good day to be a Milwaukee Brewers pitcher throwing pitches at 88 MPH to Jesse Winker.
The hometown faithful wanted a curtain call and they most certainly got one. There were some MVP chants going on in the ballpark, too. While it’s certainly too early to be having real conversations about who should and shouldn’t be the MVP – it’s still May, after all – Jesse Winker is having a heck of a season right now.
Who leads the National League in batting average? Jesse Winker does with a .356 mark. Who leads the National League in slugging percentage? Jesse Winker does with a .664 mark. He’s also leading the National League in OPS at 1.081. If you’re trying to keep track at home he’s third in home runs with 11. He is also third in on-base percentage at .416 and fourth in runs scored.
Who could start for Wade Miley?
It’s likely that the Cincinnati Reds are going to need someone to make a spot start for Wade Miley after he was placed on the 10-day injured list on Friday. An off day next week helps them out a little bit in picking anyone they’d like to come up and make the start rather than only having options available of who is available to pitch on that day. And when you look down to Triple-A there are two guys on the 40-man roster that are pitching well for the Louisville Bats to pick from.
Tony Santillan has made three starts for Louisville this season and allowed just one earned run in his 14.0 innings (0.64 ERA). He’s given up just nine hits, walked four batters, and he’s struck out 20 of the 55 hitters that he’s faced (36%). In his last outing the Reds eased the restrictions on his pitch count and he threw 88 pitches in 6.0 shutout innings against Memphis (he had previously thrown 64 and 76 pitches in his first two starts).
Vladimir Gutierrez hasn’t quite pitched as well, but he’s been quite good, too. He’s also made three starts so far this season and he’s allowed five earned runs in 17.0 innings (2.65 ERA). He’s given up just nine hits – but three home runs – to go along with seven walks and he’s struck out 21 of the 67 hitters he’s faced (31%).
Before the game on Friday David Bell was asked if Tejay Antone was a possible option for a spot start in this specific scenario and the answer was a bit complicated.
If it’s one spot start, I don’t really mind Antone staying in the bullpen in favor of calling up Gutierrez or Santillan (I’d do it differently, but yeah).
Still, hearing this just gives me a lot of “Tejay is dominant in the bullpen” vibes as to why he’ll never actually start. pic.twitter.com/iQAXNZ5Tu9
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We’re all going to have to wait and see what happens, but it sounds like it’s going to be one of the minor leaguers and not Tejay Antone that ultimately gets the spot start for the Reds at some point before Wade Miley returns.