Sunday, June 26, 2016

Perdomo, Padres eye sweep of Reds in finale

In Sunday's series finale, the Reds will pitch a guy with ace-like numbers against a Padres pitcher clinging to his spot in the rotation.
Anthony DeSclafani (1-0, 2.30 ERA) will make his fourth start of the season for the Reds after spending the first two months on the disabled list. His 2.30 ERA leads all Reds pitchers this season, but his 15 2/3 innings haven't gone smoothly.
Opponents are hitting .317 against DeSclafani, and he has seven walks to go with 10 strikeouts. His 10 percent walk rate has resulted in a 1.66 WHIP, but he's been able to keep his ERA down by stranding 82.6 percent of men on base. All of this has DeSclafani's fielding independent pitching (FIP) at a much less impressive 5.05.
Opposite DeSclafani, Luis Perdomo (2-2, 9.00 ERA) is making his fifth start of the season after bouncing back and forth between the bullpen and the rotation. As a starter, he has an 8.83 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP, which ranks eighth worst among National League starters with at least 10 innings pitched.
Perdomo, like DeSclafani, has struggled with walks this season, but hasn't been as successful getting out of jams, posting the sixth-worst left on base percentage (59.9 percent) in the NL. He's also struggled with the long ball, having given up eight over his last 23 innings.
Things to know about this game:
• The Reds will retire Pete Rose's No. 14 in a pregame ceremony starting at 12:30 p.m. ET after enshrining him in their team Hall of Fame on Saturday. Barry Larkin, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion and Johnny Bench, all of whom have had their numbers retired by the Reds, will be in attendance.
• Wil Myers has been on a tear since late May. Dating back to May 30, he's hitting .340/.416/.742 with 10 homers and 28 RBIs. In 25 games over that span, he has at least one hit in 19 of them. Myers 3.0 Fangraphs WAR is the second highest among National League players not to be in the top five at their position in fan votes for the All-Star game (Marcell Ozuna, 3.4 WAR).
• Myers isn't the only one missing out on All-Star Game love. Reds' shortstop Zack Cozart ranks third among shortstops and 20th among all players in the National League in fWAR but remains fifth in the voting. Cozart hasn't helped his cause too much of late, though, hitting .184 over his last 20 games.

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