Pretty interesting win last night. Sonny Gray settled into form after a couple of tough innings, Nick C. and Joey V. went yard, and the bullpen did good bullpen things for once.
I like it. More of that, please.
Unfortunately, the Reds tonight will be facing a guy who has probably been the best in the league over this young season. Shane Bieber has yet to allow a run in his first two starts, spanning 14 innings, where he’s walked exactly one batter. What he’s done a lot, though, is get strikeouts. His 27 Ks over his first two starts is tied for the most ever. Should he get 11 of them tonight, he’ll hold the record for most strikeouts over three starts.
That’s a pretty specific record, but any time you knock Nolan Ryan off the top of a list, that’s pretty special.
The Reds will run out Tyler Mahle, who had a pretty decent start his first time out, though he only went four innings. He allowed only two run on six hits, and was saved from being exposed to the lineup the third time through.
The bullpen was really yakity-sax in that one, though.
Nick Senzel is back in the lineup tonight, playing center field.