The Reds have had a rough start to the second half of the season. Cincinnati went 2-5 over the past week, and the team is preparing for a ten game road trip. The final few months of the season should give the Reds an opportunity to get a look at players who might help the team in the future.
Let’s get to this week’s Reds Report.
This kid hasn’t given up on the Reds. He was doing his part to help the team win on Sunday.
– Mike Roberts (@mikerobspeed) July 23, 2017
Another Pitcher Hits the Disabled List
The health of the Reds starting rotation has been an issue all season. Those problems continued this week as Scott Feldman was sent to the 10-day DL with “right knee inflammation.” As Mark Sheldon notes, Feldman’s injury means that all five pitchers in the Reds Opening Day rotation have now spent time on the disabled list.
Thankfully, Feldman’s injury will not require surgery.
Scooter Gennett Takes Over at Second
Earlier this week, Bryan Price announced that Scooter Gennett will take over at second base for Jose Peraza. According to Zach Buchanan, Peraza will assume a bench role while making periodic starts. Peraza had a successful run once getting promoted to the majors last season, but he’s struggled for most of 2017 at the plate. He’s hitting just .253/.277/.328 this year.
Meanwhile, Scooter Gennett has been one of the biggest surprises on the Reds roster. He’s hit .311/.362/.584 with 16 home runs in 81 games. Few people would have expected Gennett to force his way into the starting lineup, but that is just what he’s done.
Assessing the State of the Rebuild
It’s not surprising that the Reds aren’t winning many games right now, but are they taking steps forward? C. Trent Rosecrans took some time this week to assess the state of the Reds rebuild. Specifically, he compared Cincinnati’s progress to other teams in a similar situation like Philadelphia, Atlanta, New York, Milwaukee, San Diego, Oakland, and Chicago (AL).
Click here to read his answer.
Zack Cozart Gets His Donkey
Joey Votto promised Zack Cozart a donkey if Cozart made the All Star team. Cozart accomplished that goal, and this week Votto held up his end of the deal. Cozart and his family met the donkey on Saturday prior to Cincinnati’s game against Miami. Jessica Kleinschmidt of MLB.com has a few more details on the story.
– FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) July 22, 2017
The Reds head to Cleveland for a makeup game on Monday. They’ll visit New York to take on the Yankees on Tuesday and Wednesday. Over the weekend, Cincinnati will be in Miami for a four game series with the Marlins.