Open Thread, May 21, Bravos vs. Darrel Chaneys
The good news: tonight’s Reds starter, Mike Leake, is having a bad season. The bad news: Mike Minor is having a worse season, and Leake pitched well in his last start.
Minor, uh, did not. In fact, the young Bravos lefty has been Kyle Daviesian in 2012. He’s made eight starts. Two were good. One was passable. Five have been repugnant. In his last four games, he’s been poleaxed for 27 earned runs in 20-2/3 innings, for an ERA of 11.75. The WHIP in that stretch is above 2. Yikes.
I didn’t see his most recent start against Miami, but in the game at St. Louis he started well. It looked to my untrained eye like he was so determined to get ahead that he left a few fastballs down the middle and up. Many of them were hit over the fence.
So maybe Minor’s due to iron things out starting tonight. He’s certainly capable, one has to think. His confidence is probably rattled. Cincy might not be the ideal place for a struggling young lefty to find himself, what with the Little League dimensions and a solid Reds team. The “Great American Ballpark,” whatever that means, is my least favorite of the new yards. It just looks like a carnival ride. And a fly ball to right center that wouldn’t reach the warning track at Turner Field is a home run at this riverside grotesquerie.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 10-8 game tonight. So watch both Mikes dominate.