Tonight the Reds look for payback in the kickoff of a 3-game series with the San Diego Padres. Game time at Great American Ball Park is 7:10pm Eastern.
Tony Santillan makes his fourth MLB start for the Reds against
lefty Blake Snell of the Padres. Craig Stammen, a right hander who has replaced Blake Snell as the Padres starter tonight due to Snell being ill.
The big Reds righthander has compiled an ERA/FIP of 3.29/6.07 in his first three MLB starts, The divergence in these two figures suggests a fair share of good luck has come Santillan’s way in his short tenure with the Reds. His 1.46 WHIP and incredible LOB% of 95.7% do nothing to dispel such thinking.
Santillan’s repertoire is straight forward:
|4 Seam Fastball
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Santillan may need to develop greater pitch diversity to maintain a rotation spot.
In a previous start against in the Padres 11 days ago, Santillan lasted just 3 innings and allowed that same number of walks and earned runs. He also gave up 4 hits, 2 of which left the yard. If he is to fare better tonight, he needs to cut back on walks and keep his pitches out of sweet hitting zones against the tough Padres lineup.
Craig Stammen, a 37 year old right handed reliever for the Padres who has not made an MLB start since 2010, yes, 2010, has been named to start in place of the ill Blake Snell. In 33 appearance so far this year Stammen has struck out batters at a rate of about 1 per inning and been very stingy with walks over 44.2 innings of work.
Stammen features a low 90’s MPH fast ball on about 50% his pitches. His most used secondary pitch is a curve ball thrown about 1 pitch in every 3 at around 80MPH. Just this season he has introduced a cut fastball which he has thrown on about 20% of his pitches at an average speed of 89. So, obviously batters need to be on alert to pick the cutter from the normal 4 seamer which comes at about the same speed. Just how long Stammen will go tonight will have to be seen as the game unfolds. He has worked a couple of 2 inning and 3 inning stints this season but has predominately been a 1 inning and done guy.
Tale of Tape
Note that Stammen has worked exclusively out of the Padres pen this season and take that factor into consideration when looking at his numbers.
Heath Hembree threw 26 pitches to complete the 7th inning Monday before the Reds erupted to break open the game and is probably very limited if available at all tonight. Josh Osich and Ryan Hendrix both completed an inning Monday in under 10 pitches and should be good to go along with the rest of the Reds pen.
The Padres were off Monday. Closer Mark Melancon last worked on Sunday (16 pitchers) and should be available tonight. Only Tim Hill (28 pitches on Sunday) might be somewhat limited tonight.
|1. Tommy Pham (LF)
2. Fernando Tatis Jr. (SS)
3. Jake Cronenworth (2B)
4. Manny Machado (3B)
5. Trent Grisham (CF)
6. Eric Hosmer (1B)
7. Wil Myers (RF)
8. Victor Caratini (C)
9. Craig Stammen (P)
|1. Jonathan India (2B)
2. Jesse Winker (LF)
3. Nick Castellanos (RF)
4. Tyler Stephenson (C)
5. Joey Votto (1B)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Kyle Farmer (SS)
8. Shogo Akiyama (CF)
9. Tony Santillan (P)
Alejo Lopez must be wondering what a person has to do to get a MLB start.
News and Notes
The Reds have promoted shortstop Jose Barrero to Triple-A Louisville. The top prospect hit .300 in Double-A with the Chattanooga Lookouts. Doug Gray has more over at RedsMinorLeagues.com if you want to read up.
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Yes, it is that time again. Hopefully we are close to seeing REDS across the front of this guy’s jersey.
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Beginning tonight the Reds have 13 games left until the All Star Break. 10 of them are with the Padres, Cubs (both at GABP) and Brewers (on road). And as if that isn’t enough, they open after the break with 3 more versus the Brewers (at GABP). The going is getting tough. The Reds better get going. GO REDS!