A quick glance at Cody Reed on Baseball Reference shows a 3.68 ERA next to his name. No, no...that can’t be right...can it?
It can. The Cody Reed that struggled to throw strikes and miss bats over the previous two seasons has somehow managed to morph into a real, live reliever in his short stint with the Cincinnati Reds in 2018, even sporting a cromulent 3.50 K/BB and 1.22 WHIP. Of course, that’s come in just 14.2 IP, so we’ll certainly allow your expectations to still be tempered for his start against the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon.
Look, it’s pretty evident that Reed getting another shot in the rotation is only partly from his own doing, and can easily be traced back to the failures of many of his peers when already given the same shot. Still, there just seems to be something about Reed this time around that seems to suggest that he’s something different, one part due to anger and frustration and another part due to surrendering to the flow. Whatever it is, let’s hope it’s out in full force today, since that’s what it will take to finally, mercifully retire Christian Yelich and friends.
On an equally important note, JOEY VOTTO IS BACK IN THE LINEUP! The Athletic’s C. Trent Rosecrans had the initial news (see tweet below), and the team later confirmed the news - along with announcing the return of Austin Brice, Robert Stephenson hitting the DL, and Preston Tucker being optioned to AAA.
Wade Miley will go for the Beers, meaning the Reds will have a lefty of their own to tangle with in the matinee series finale.
First pitch is set for 12:35 PM ET.
#Reds lineup: Schebler 9, Peraza 6, Votto 3, Suárez 5, Ervin 7, Casali 2, Dixon 4, Williams 8, Reed 1— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) August 30, 2018