The Cincinnati Reds have locked up some young guns to long term deals this season including reigning MVP Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, and Ryan Hanigan. The future looks bright for this young ball club which has a majority of their players at the major league roster being a product of the farm system.
The Defending National League Central team is seemingly picking right where they left off from a year ago offensively. The reds are 1st in homeruns, 2nd in runs, slugging percentage, on base percentage, and RBI’s and 3rd in hits in the national league. The “problem” if you will, has been the pitching. Cincinnati is 14th in ERA and 15th in walks.
The surging Reds come into the series after a two game sweep against the Pirates at home. The team is sitting at 25-19 and only a half game out of first place behind the surprising Cardinals. Travis Wood will get the nod for game one, followed by Edinson Volquez and Homer Bailey. Tonight's starting pitcher Travis Wood is sitting at 3-3 with a 5.01 ERA with opponents hitting .301 against him, but will search for his 3rd straight victory Friday night. Volquez, who will start game two, is 3-1 with a 5.59 ERA and opponents hitting .229 against him. After coming off the disabled list, Bailey, in only 19 innings pitched, is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA and an opponent’s batting average of .211.
Last Three Games Played:
5/17 Reds 7 WP Bill Bray 5/18 Reds 0 WP Charlie Morton 5/19 Reds 3 WP James McDonald
LHP Aroldis Chapman (left shoulder inflammation) was placed on the disabled list May 16, but the Reds viewed it mainly as precautionary and didn't think he would need more than the 15 days before he's ready to pitch again. He walked 12 hitters in a little over one inning spread out over four appearances. It is somewhat concerning that his inflammation came back, so it is likely something more than simple overuse, possibly involving impingement of some sort. The Reds are going to be extremely careful with this multi-million dollar arm and are not going to risk any long-term damage for short-term gain. They are overloaded with arms as it is right now, so they can afford to take it easy with the most important of the young ones.
RHP Jared Burton (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 29. He suffered a setback in early April, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 18. He underwent arthroscopic surgery April 22, and the timetable for his return was unknown.
5/17 Recalled 3B Juan Francisco from AAA Louisville
5/16 Recalled RHP Jordan Smith from AAA Louisville
5/14 Demoted RHP Mike Leake to AAA Louisville
Brandon Phillips: Career .354 hitter (40-for-113) with five home runs, six doubles and 20 RBIs against the Indians — his former team.
Edgar Renteria: Career .315 hitter (41-for-130) vs. the Tribe... and there is 1997.
Tonight, LHP Travis Wood (3-3, 5.01) vs. RHP Alex White (1-0, 3.75)
Saturday, RHP Homer Bailey (3-0, 1.89) vs. RHP Josh Tomlin (5-1, 2.56)
Sunday, RHP Edinson Volquez (3-1, 5.59) vs. RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-2, 5.03).
- The Reds were 13-5 vs. the Indians the previous three seasons, including 6-3 at Progressive Field.
- The Indians haven’t won the season series against the Reds since 2005.
- The all-time edge in the series goes to Cincinnati, 35-34.
- The 24-year-old Wood has won his last two starts, sporting a 1.42 ERA over 122⁄3 innings.
- Bailey has won each of his 2011 starts. He’s 2-0 in four career starts vs. the Indians despite a 7.56 ERA against them.
- Cincy closer Francisco Cordero is perfect in 16 career save opportunities against the Tribe.
- Asdrubal Cabrera is 3-for-27 (.111) in seven career games against the Reds.
- Volquez, who makes his first start at Progressive Field, has a 9.39 ERA and a 1-1 record in two starts vs. the Indians in Cincinnati.