Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Shoddy Bullpen Badly Ailing Redlegs

by: Jack Ward
Staff Writer

The Reds finish another bad road trip getting swept by the Mets and then losing two out of three to the Pirates. The Reds have lost nine straight to the Mets by the way.

The pitching woes continue for the Reds especially out of the bullpen where the Reds bullpen is last in the National League with a 6.54 ERA. The Reds team pitching ERA is 5.35 ERA after Wednesday’s win over the Giants.

The Reds set a major league record for consecutive games with runs allowed by relief pitching. The old record was 20 by the 2013 Rockies. Tuesday night the Reds broke the record in their 3-1 loss to the Giants. A dubious record to have but it just tells you how awful the Reds bullpen has been this year.

The relief core has walked 56 in just over 100 innings. They have given up an astounding 22 homeruns! It just has to get better. But Bryan Price is going to have to find a combination that works. The Reds have no one designated for the 7th, 8th or closer role. It’s a setup and closer by committee and you know that isn’t going to work. Bryan Price can’t pitch for them. They have to do the job. The only reliever with an ERA under 4.00 is Blake Wood at 3.46.

The Reds have already had I think three pitchers make their major league debut. With Cody Reed and Robert Stephenson pitching well at Louisville it may be time to give them their shot. But the starters have been decent with a 4.47 ERA. As of Monday, they were ranked ninth out of fifteen teams in the National League. Dan Straily looks very good. Brandon Finnegan needs to work on command issues but he has been okay. Jon Moscot has been good. Raisel Iglesias has been very good.

Homer Bailey was shut down for a few days after a rehab start, so was Anthony Desclafani after his rehab start. Finnegan has a sore hamstring. Raisel Iglesias was put on the 15 day DL with a shoulder problem. Michael Lorenzen has a possible June return. Jon Moscot is day to day with shoulder tenderness.

We feel terrible for Devin Mesoraco who has a torn labrum and will probably undergo surgery and miss the season. For the second straight year an injury has taken him out. Our prayers go out to him. He will bounce back.

The Reds pitching has been suspect, but their bats have been whittled down the last few games. Zack Cozart, Eugenio Suarez, Brandon Phillips, Adam Duvall and Jay Bruce all hit under .200 for the road trip. The Reds team batting average is only .234 and the on base percentage is next to last at .289.

Since the Reds hot 5-1 start they are just 6-16. Of course they have just completed a tough part of the schedule with the Pirates, Cardinals, Cubs, Mets and Giants. The Reds were 6 and 17 against those top flight teams. So maybe with the Brewers coming up the Reds will get better.

Until next time,

Photo Credit: Associated Press

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