The Reds are rising up the offensive ranks lately and technically speaking, I like what I’m seeing here. The Reds have followed each bottom with runs up to their highs. After a bullish piercing of their MA from below, I’m expecting a strong follow-up performance tonight.
San Francisco sent all their rolling averages into a tizzy, as is often the case when taking a trip to Colorado. The Giants clearly aren’t the 10-run team we saw in the Mile High City. If you notice the large sample used above for SF, this offense plays well below average when at home. You can see (outside of @COL) the Giants have not been able to build on any of their strong performances. In the trading sphere, we would say it’s time to short this rip. I think in the coming days and weeks, everyone will be reminded of the true talent in the SF offense.
Luis Castillo, 2019 (8 Games Started)
30.3% K Rate
1.97 ERA / 2.87 FIP / 3.17 xFIP
.176/.271/.241 Triple Slash Allowed
30.7% Hard Hit Rate
Xstats leader (below)
Dereck Rodriguez, 2019 (7 Games Started)
26 K : 13 BB
5.75 ERA / 6.10 FIP / 4.82 xFIP
.270/.335/.511 Triple Slash Allowed
45.7% Hard Hit Allowed
Poor Xstats (below)
BULLPENS LAST 7 GAMES
Neither of these bullpens have been good lately, posting very similar surface statistics between a 4.45-4.50 ERA & 1.27-1.35 WHIP. The edge does lie with CIN when we zoom in on the peripherals. Where the SF FIP & xFIP are in line with ERA, the Reds have a 3.00 xFIP & 2.76 SIERA, so the forecast in CIN is for brighter days ahead.
THE PLAY: CIN F5 ML
With the bullpen edge, I did debate playing for the full nine, which I generally do prefer. I will present to you exactly what tipped the scales for me here; It came down to the SP performance at different times through the order.
DERECK RODRIGUEZ, 2019
1st Through Order as SP 5.02 ERA
2nd Through Order as SP 5.87 ERA
3rd Through Order as SP 7.11 ERA
LUIS CASTILLO, 2019
1st Through Order as SP 1.45 ERA
2nd Through Order as SP 0.45 ERA
3rd Through Order as SP 5.40 ERA
So, although we did have a slight perceived edge in the bullpen, I think that ERA spike for Castillo the third time around in combination with an evenly matched set of bullpens puts the highest probability for success on the first five innings.
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