Greetings! Welcome to Reds Wednesday Matinee. Sadly, all good things must come to end or at least take a pause. Such was the case for the Reds Tuesday night versus the Milwaukee Brewers when a late Reds rally left them a run short. If you missed the details, check out the Redleg Nation recap here.
The Reds can still win the series this afternoon in the rubber match at GABP starting at 12:35 Eastern time. Note that the game will not be on Bally Sports TV but will be streamed over YouTube.com
SP: Adrian Houser
|1. Kolten Wong (2B)
2. Willy Adames (SS)
3. Christian Yelich (DH)
4. Rowdy Tellez (1B)
5. Luis Urias (3B)
6. Hunter Renfroe (RF)
7. Omar Narvaez (C)
8. Lorenzo Cain (CF)
9. Jace Peterson (LF)
|1. T.J. Friedl (CF)
2. Brandon Drury (2B)
3. Tommy Pham (LF)
4. Mike Moustakas (3B)
5. Tyler Stephenson (DH)
6. Colin Moran (1B)
7. Tyler Naquin (RF)
8. Kyle Farmer (SS)
9. Aramis Garcia (C)
Tyler Stephenson starts as DH on a day off from catching. Perhaps David Bell has been reading Redleg Nation comments?
REDS: Vladimir Gutierrez (R)
Brewers: Adrian Houser (R)
|Links: Vladimir Gutierrez’s Stats | Adrian Houser’s Stats
Vladimir Gutierrez made his MLB debut last season in time to register 22 starts, about 2/3 of season’s worth in a 5 man rotation. While a hard look at his metrics suggested he might have difficulties moving forward into 2022, Gutierrez had posted enough good to very good starts to establish a reputation as a competitive battler. This was image of him many brought forward to 2022.
Unfortunately for the Reds and Gutierrez the floor has collapsed underneath him to date in 2022. The numbers say it all. He is walking more hitters than he strikes out. When the ball is put in play bad things are happening much too often. Left handed hitters are slugging an incredible .767 versus Gutierrez in 2022 driving an OPS allowed versus LH hitters of 1.232. RH hitters are lighting him up to the tune of an .887 OPS
Where to from here for Gutierrez? With Luis Castillo recently back in the rotation and Mike Minor on rehab at AAA, Gutierrez’s spot in the rotation could be in jeopardy. Hopefully Gutierrez the battler will show up in full armor this afternoon and make a positive statement for his future.
Adrian Houser makes his second start in a week versus the Reds. On May 5 in Milwaukee the Reds got to him for 5 runs (4 earned) over 5 innings. Statistically, this is Houser’s only weak start if the season. However a bit of a caveat does apply. For those who want to be reminded, the Brewers won that game 10-5. Houser despite being roughed up for 3 runs in the first inning, got his feet under him but did allow additional single runs in both the 4th and 5th innings which were essentially garbage time.
The numbers say Houser has allowed an OPS of less than .600 versus right hand hitters and a sub .650 OPS versus left hand hitters in 2022. So, there is not a lot to choose from between the two. He doesn’t strike out a high number of hitters and walks his fair share. His most frequently used pitch is his sinker (49%) which leads to a lot of ground balls. Beware the Reds proclivity for hitting into ground ball double plays which could become a significant in a competitive game.
The Reds came up a run short Tuesday night but in the process no doubt took Devin Williams (38 pitches) out of the mix for today. Brad Boxberger worked in a second consecutive game but threw only 9 pitches. Still given the 3 batter rule, he may be out today given the short turnaround. The Reds also forced the Brewers to use Josh Hader who ended up throwing 16 pitches and figures to be limited to an inning at most.
Art Warren (20 pitches Tuesday) and Hunter Strickland (24 pitches) project to be spectators today. Lucas Sims (18 pitches) may also be ticketed for a spectator’s role. All things considered, David Bell used a lot of fire power ahead of the short turnaround in Sims and Warren and didn’t get commiserate return on his investment.
When and Where
- Game time: 12:35pm ET
- Where: Great American Ball Park
- Watch: MLB.tv, also streamed on YouTube.com
- Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
- Forecast: 80°, mostly sunny, 1% chance of rain
We don’t have the morning after physical status report yet but Mike Minor’s rehab start at AAA Tuesday night appears to have been a success. He threw 3 perfect innings striking out 4 in the process.