CINCINNATI REDS NOTES:
- The Reds today recalled from Louisville RHP Kevin Herget (#57)…selected from Louisville the contracts of RHP Alan Busenitz (#78, BOOZ-nits) and RHP Silvino Bracho (#TBD, sil-VEE-no BRAH-co)…optioned to Louisville RHP Levi Stoudt…placed on the 15-day injured list LHP Nick Lodolo (left calf tendinosis) and RHP Casey Legumina (right ankle contusion)… transferred to the 60-day injured list LHP Reiver Sanmartin (left elbow stress reaction) and RHP Connor Overton (right elbow strain).
- The Reds’ bullpen is tied with the Marlins’ for first in the National League in innings pitched (160.0) while ranking second in the NL in bullpen ERA (3.54, Mil 3.45).
- TJ Friedl left Thu’s game after the fifth inning with soreness in his left oblique…hasn’t played since then…he remains day-to-day.
- Is Game 3 (2-0) of a 3-game series vs Jeff Conine’s Marlins and Game 3 (2-0) of a 6-game road trip that includes 3 games at Col’s Coors Field.
- The Reds are coming off a 3-3 homestand vs the White Sox (1-2) and Mets (2-1).
- Following this road trip the Redlegs return home to Great American Ball Park for 7 games vs the Yankees (3g) and Cardinals (4g).
- This afternoon the Reds are looking for their first series sweep of the Marlins since August 2021 (4g at Great American Ball Park) and their
first sweep in Miami since 5/14-5/16, 2013 (3g).
- The Reds went 15-6 vs Mia over the previous 3 seasons (6-1 in 2019, 5-2 in 2021, 4-3 in 2022) following 4 straight losing season series to the Marlins.
- Between the 2014 and 2019 winning season series, the Reds went 10-18 vs Mia (3-4, 3-4, 2-5, 2-5).
- The Reds are 18-19 at Marlins Park / loanDepot park, including 4-0 with the roof open and 14-19 closed…last played here with the roof open on 5/12/23 (7-4 win).
ROCKIES UP NEXT…
- Beginning tomorrow the Reds make their annual visit to Coors Field.
- Last season the Rockies earned the 4-2 series win, including their first series sweep of the Reds since September 2010.
- Beginning in 2002 and with a minimum of 40 games, the Reds’ .338 winning percentage at Coors Field (22-43) is tied for their second-lowest at any current road ballpark in that span (Phi’s Citizens Bank Park, 21-43, .328; LA’s Dodger Stadium, 22-43, .338).
- The Reds’ 3-1 series win from 5/30-6/2, 2016 is their only series win at Coors Field since 8/27-8/29, 2012.
Today’s Pitcher – #34 Luke Weaver, RHP
- This afternoon is making his sixth career appearance and fourth start vs the Marlins…will be his third start at loanDepot Park.
- In the 4-3 loss on 4/20 at Pit, came off the 15-day injured list to make his 2023 season and Reds debuts…in the first inning allowed all 4 runs on 3 hits, including 2-out, back-to-back home runs by Connor Joe (3-run) and Jack Suwinski (solo)…in his last 5.0 innings faced only 16 batters and retired his last 10 batters…Joe’s 3-run HR snapped Weaver’s career-high 29.0-inning homerless streak (24g) dating back to his only start of 2022 (6/18/22 vs Min, Gary Sánchez).
- On 3/8, left his third spring training appearance with right forearm tightness…didn’t pitch in another Cactus League “A” game for the Reds.
- On Opening Day went on the 15-day injured list with a right elbow flexor strain, snapping his 5-season streak on an active Opening Day roster (Cardinals 2018, Diamondbacks 2019-2022).
- On 4/9 and 4/14 made 2 rehabilitation apps with Louisville (0-0, 3.00, 9ip, 3h, 3er, 4bb, 9k, 1hr, 0.78whip, .107baa).
- On 1/13/23 was signed to a 1-year contract through the 2023 season.
MIAMI MARLINS NOTES:
The Marlins today wrap up a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds, the first half of a six-game homestand, which continues with an off-day on Monday and then a three-game set vs. the Washington Nationals from Tuesday-Thursday. Are coming off a six-game road trip, going 3-3 after taking one of three in Chicago and winning two of three in Arizona.
- Had won 9 of 11 home games before this 5-game home losing streak.
- 2022 Season Series vs. CIN: 3-3. All-time at loanDepot park vs. CIN: 19-18.
FOR THE MOMS
The Marlins are 13-15 all-time on Mother’s Day, but have lost their last 3 and 9 of 11 dating back to the club’s move to Miami.
Miami took their first one-run loss of the season, 6-5, dropping the series against Cincinnati. RHP Sandy Alcantara battled through 7.1 innings and was taxed with 6 earned runs (1 home run). LF Bryan De La Cruz (2×3, 2 BB) and CF Jazz Chisholm Jr. (1×3) each added solo homers, and RF Peyton Burdick (1×4), who replaced Jesus Sanchez due to hamstring soreness in the second inning, provided Miami with a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh. Miami threatened in the ninth, but 1B Yuli Gurriel struck out with the bases loaded. Miami left 11 total men on base.
MAKING HIS MARK
RHP Sandy Alcantara struck out 9 Reds’ batters in yesterday’s start and has now recorded 677 strikeouts in 118 starts as a Marlin, passing Anibal Sanchez for the fifth most in club history. Marks the fastest in Marlins history to record 670+ strikeouts through as many starts; A.J. Burnett had 663 through 118 starts.
HE’S HERE AND HE’S PERFECT
RHP Eury Perez made his Major League debut on Friday at 20 years and 27 days, becoming the youngest pitcher in Marlins history. The previous youngest pitcher was Jose Fernandez, who debuted at 20 years and 250 days. • Recorded 7 strikeouts over 4.2 innings, the second-most for a pitcher in club history in their debut with Anthony Desclafani (May 14, 2014 at LAD), Scott Olsen (June 25, 2005 at TB), and Dontrelle Willis (May 9, 2003 vs. COL). Falls one behind the club record of 8 set by Jose Fernandez on Apr. 7, 2013 vs. NYM and matched by Dillon Peters on Sept. 1, 2017 vs. PHI.
- Became the second youngest player (position / pitcher) to debut with the Marlins in club history, behind only INF Edgar Renteria who debuted at 19 years and 277 days.
- Is the youngest to play in a MLB game this season (St. Louis Cardinals prospect Jordan Walker made his MLB debut on Opening Day at 20 years and 312 days).
- Since the Marlins franchise began play in 1993, there have only been five pitchers that made their MLB debuts younger than Perez: LHP Julio Urias (LAD, 2016, 19-289), RHP Elvis Luciano (TOR, 2019, 19-044), RHP Dylan Bundy (BAL, 2012, 19-313), RHP Felix Hernandez (SEA, 2005, 19-118), and RHP Edwin Jackson (LAD, 2003, 20-000).
- Became the youngest Dominican-born starting pitcher to debut in MLB, and the third-youngest DR-born pitcher (reliever / starter) at the time of his debut behind Luciano and Jose Rijo (CIN, 194, 18-328).
The Marlins celebrate Mother’s Day at loanDepot park, with all moms receiving a flower and a Marlins Mom’s Day T-shirt presented by OptiBrand RX as they enter the ballpark.Players are scheduled to be at Home Plate Entrance from 12:50-1:10 p.m. to welcome fans and hand out giveaways to moms in attendance.
- As a continuation of Cuban Heritage in conjunction with Mother’s Day, the Marlins will honor two Cuban moms of their own. Olga, mother of Yuli Gurriel, and Gloricel, mother of Jorge Soler, will throw out first pitches to their sons prior to the game.
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
The Marlins dropped their first one-run game of the season yesterday. Are now 12-1 in one-run games in 2023 after setting an all-time record with the most consecutive wins in games decided by one run to start a season (courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau). Surpassed the previous mark of 11-0 set by the 1972 New York Mets. Became the last team in MLB to lose a one-run game this season.
- Miami played 64 games decided by one run in 2022, the most such games in the Majors last season. Miami’s 40 one-run losses were the most in a season in club history, the most since the 1975 Astros (41), and just shy of the single-season record for one-run losses during the Live Ball Era (since 1920) held by the 1968 White Sox (44).
GOOD FIRST IMPRESSIONS
2B Luis Arraez leads MLB with his .379 batting avg. (50×132), ranks 2nd with a .435 on-base pct., 3rd with 50 hits.
- Has struck out only 9 times in 147 PA (.061 K/PA), the lowest mark in MLB among qualified batters.
- Had gone hitless in 14 consecutive at-bats before a ninth-inning double yesterday. Marked just the second such time this season (other, April 4-5) he failed to hit safely in 2 consecutive games.
DANCING ON A THIN LINE
Thus far in 2023, Miami is 18-2 when limiting opponents to 4 runs or less and has gone 1-19 when allowing 5 or more runs.
OF/DH Jorge Soler has hit safely in each of his last 7 games and 8 of his last 9, including 4 multi-hit efforts. Of his last 13 hits, eight have measured an exit velocity of 102 mph or greater.
The Marlins are hitting .311 (51×164) from the leadoff spot in the lineup this season, the third-highest mark in the Majors behind only Atlanta (.331) and the Mets (.327). The top third of the order (batters 1-3) combined also ranks among the top of the league in avg., batting .288 through the team’s first 40 games which is behind only Tampa Bay (.304) and the Cubs (.292).
STARTING PITCHER – #29 BRAXTON GARRETT
- Braxton Garrett, 25, will make his third career start against Cincinnati and his seventh start of the 2023 season. Owns a 5.91 ERA (10.2 IP/7 ER) with 19 strikeouts against CIN.
- In his last start vs. Cincinnati on Aug. 2, 2022, tossed 5.2 innings and allowed only 3 hits, 2 runs, and finished with 11 strikeouts on 104 pitches (68 strikes).
- In his most recent start on Monday, May 8 at Arizona, went 5.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits with 6 strikeouts and 1 walk.
- In 16 career starts (17 apps.) at home, owns a 4.24 ERA (80.2 IP/38 ER) and has gone 3-7 with 91 strikeouts. In 16 starts away (17 apps.), is 3-5 with a 4.69 ERA (80.2 IP/42 ER) and 67 strikeouts.
- Career average when facing RHB is .301 with .365 OBP and .863 OPS. When facing LHB is .240 with .320 OBP and .638 OPS. Has faced 175 LHB, has allowed only 2 HR.
- Made 17 starts at the Major League level in 2022 after entering the year as the Marlins No. 11 prospect. Went 3-7 with a 3.58 ERA (88.0 IP/35 ER) with 24 walks, 90 strikeouts, and 9 home runs allowed.
- Set a career-high in innings pitched with 7.1 on July 4, 2022 at Washington, allowing one run on four hits.