The Reds should be in the midst of accomplishing the difficult task of a four game sweep against the Atlanta Braves. Unfortunately, the pitching the hitting everything. Instead, the Reds face the task of preventing three losses against a team playing without an outfield. The Reds will seek to salvage a split against the Upton-less, Heyward-less Atlanta Braves this afternoon. In doing so, the lonely eyes of Reds Nation turn to Tony Cingrani.
Cingrani will face the Atlanta Braves for the first time in his career today. As the Brewers discovered earlier this week, they will face off against a pitcher that has dramatically changed his approach from when he first started this season. By relying on more than one pitch, Cingrani appears to not only have the physical and mental toughness needed to win, but also the pitching ability no matter how many times he's faced a team.
Perhaps the greatest oddity of the most recent downturn the Reds find themselves mired in is the relative lack of use of the Reds bullpen. Both Curtis Partch and JJ Hoover have yet to work this week while Manny Parra saw his first action yesterday due to Homer's shortened-outing. Alas, even if APBs were put out for both Jonathan Broxton and Sean Marshall, their discovery would not solve the offensive woes that appear to be causing the recent lack of success for this club.
The Reds bats will have to rebound Sunday against 22 year-old rookie Julio Teheran. Teheran is 7-4 this season with a 3.09 ERA. Like Cingrani, Teheran has never faced his scheduled counterparts. Also, like Cingrani, Teheran is slowly developing into a multi-pitch pitcher. Given the shortened scouting report available on Teheran, the Reds may want to ease up on the aggression the first time up this afternoon.
This is the last game before the All Star Break and concludes the ceremonial first half of this season. I cannot help but think that, from a record standpoint, there should be some satisfaction with their performance. However, the Reds find themselves five games behind two division rivals. It would be nice to see the Reds end the first half on a high note and get some momentum going into the break. After all, I do like rooting for the Reds. They're my favorite team!
|Reliever||7/9||7/10||7/11||7/12||7/13||5 day totals|
|Aroldis Chapman||0.2, 7p||1.0, 23p||1.2 IP, 30 pitches
|Logan Ondrusek||2.0, 32p||2.0 IP, 32 pitches|
|Sam LeCure||1.0, 11p||1.0, 9p||2.0 IP, 20 pitches
|J.J. Hoover||0.0 IP, 0 pitches
|Curtis Partch||0.0 IP, 0 pitches
|0.2, 10p||0.2 IP, 10 pitches|
|Alfredo Simon||2.0, 20p||1.1||
3.1 IP, 12 pitches