#REDS BASELINE ITEMS: THURSDAY, APRIL 28
The Reds are idle today, preparing for a weekend series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The team returns home on Monday to begin a 10-game homestand at Great American Ball Park. Up first will be the Giants and old friend Johnny Cueto. Cueto is expected to pitch against the Reds on Monday night in the first game of a 3-game series vs San Francisco.
More positive stuff…
Zack Cozart is hitting .481 (13-for-27) on the road . (MLB Rank: 2nd of 205 full-time players; League Avg: .258)
Eugenio Suarez has an OPS of 1.384 (25 PA’s) versus LHP . (MLB Rank: 1st of 73 full-time players; League Avg: .732)
Zack Cozart has 20 total bases in 27 AB’s (.741 Slugging Pct) on the road . (MLB Rank: 10th of 205 full-time players; League Avg: .423)
Tucker Barnhart has 8 well-hit balls in play in 23 AB’s (.348 Well-Hit Avg) in the past 14 days (8 games). (MLB Rank: 1st of 57 part-time players; League Avg: .153)
Reds hitters Miss Pct is only 17.0% (55/323) versus LHP . (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams; League Avg: 24.1%)
Opponents are hitting just .165 against Reds starting pitchers (15-for-91) when going through the lineup the third time in a game . (MLB Rank: 1st of 30 teams’ SP’s; League Avg: .265)
Perhaps you remember the movie Benchwarmers starring Rob Schneider and David Spade? Well it starred one of our own – Jon Moscot! Who knew?! In the movie, Jon gives up a few home runs to Elle King’s dad. MLB’s Cut 4 revisits Moscot’s scene in the film HERE.
Today is National Baseball Hall of Famer and Reds legend Barry Larkin’s 52nd birthday. Happy birthday Barry!
LHP John Lamb, who is currently on a rehab assignment with AAA-Louisville as he recovers from disc surgery (12/7/15) was fantastic last night in his third start for the Bats. Lamb scattered 8 hits over 8.0 innings, allowing just 2 runs (both earned) with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Of his 104 total pitches, 79 were strikes (that’s really good). Lamb threw 10 pitches or fewer in 4 of his 8 innings.
The latest episode of the Better Off Red podcast starring Yahoo Sports baseball columnist Jeff Passan will drop this week! Keep your ears on!
That’s all for now. More in a bit.
Expect good news,