Tonight, the Cincinnati Reds come to Citi Field to begin their two-game miniseries with the Mets.
The Reds are coming in a 19-18 team, and are currently second in the NL Central. The Reds best two hitters this season have been Joey Votto and Jay Bruce. Bruce, 25, had a great season last year, hitting 32 homers and driving in 97 runs, and has continued his success this year. Bruce will not be in the lineup for the first game. Votto has been getting on base at an unbelievable rate. He has only hit five home runs, but is leading the NL with 34 walks, well on pace to surpass his 110 from last season, when he also led the league.
The starting pitching has been decent, but the bullpen has been far more impressive. Former Cuban National team member Aroldis Chapman is pitching really well and may eventually take over the closers role for the team. He hasn’t allowed a run all season.The same is true for Logan Ondrusek, who has done it for 15.1 innings.
Here are the pitching matchups:
Game 1- Tonight 7:10
Johan Santana (2.92 ERA, 37 IP, 1.16 WHIP, .225 BAA) vs. Mike Leake (7.11 ERA, 31.2 IP, 1.61 WHIP, .313 BAA)
Game 2- Thursday 1:10
R.A. Dickey (3.65 ERA, 44.1 IP, 1.26 WHIP, .248 BAA) vs. Mat Latos (4.54 ERA, 39.2 IP, 1.46 WHIP, .263 BAA)
– So another two game series? Just weird…
– R.A. Dickey was on the short side most of last season, earning only eight wins despite pitching to a 3.28 ERA. This year, he is 5-1, with Johan Santana being the one not getting the wins. Just wanted to point that out…
– David Wright had two more hits last night before being taken out, raising his league-leading average to .408. About the situation last night… I think everybody handled it correctly. I don’t think D.J. Carrasco was trying to hit Ryan Braun because what’s the point? As the broadcasting crew mentioned last night, Carrasco is on the fringe of the roster all the time, so why would he risk anything by intentionally hitting someone? I also admired Terry Collins for his move last night, taking out David Wright. The Brewers probably weren’t going to retaliate, but there is no point in risking an injury to David. I also loved how David stayed in the dugout afterwards. True professional in every way.