80 Grade fielding:
the sixth tool is being able to catch home run balls in your hat pic.twitter.com/XkiwmEo9I8
– Cut4 (@ Cut4) May 18, 2022
On the Agenda:
- COVID Issues
- Closer Chaos
- Quick Hits
- Various News and Notes
- Streaming Pitchers
Jason Heyward was placed on the COVID IL. No word yet on whether he tested positive or is just exhibiting symptoms.
Alexis Diaz logged his first Major League save for the Reds in their victory over the Guardians on Tuesday.
Still getting over the fact that Alexis Diaz made one of the best hitters in the world look like David Spade in Benchwarmers pic.twitter.com/S91RmF6XSu
– Reds in Four (@RedsInFour) May 18, 2022
The Reds initially brought in Art Warren to close out the game, but he blew it by giving up a home run in the ninth inning. Diaz was able to lock it down after the Reds took the lead in the tenth. Diaz has some pretty nice skills and could emerge as the guy in Cincinnati, but this has been a committee all along and I am not expecting it to change.
Sal Perez left Tuesday’s game with a thumb sprain. He was placed on the IL following the game. There is no clear timetable for his return, but considering how quickly the team made the move, it sounds like he could be out for a while.
JP Crawford left Tuesday’s game with an ankle injury. He stated after the game that it was nothing major and should be OK moving forward. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Brandon Nimmo left Tuesday’s game with an injury after fouling a pitch off his foot. X-rays following the game were negative. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Bryan De La Cruz left Tuesday’s game with a forearm injury after being hit by a pitch. X-rays were negative after the game. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Matt Duffy left the game versus the Rangers on Tuesday after colliding with Adolis Garcia in the field.
One of the more painful catch attempts ever for Matt Duffy. That sucks.
– Gary Sheffield Jr. (@GarysheffieldJr) May 18, 2022
He was able to walk off under his own power, but it was pretty ugly. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Various News and Notes
Tucker Davidson threw five scoreless innings versus the Brewers, allowing three hits and three walks while striking out three in the outing.
– Bally Sports: Braves (@BravesOnBally) May 18, 2022
Davidson is ostensibly a two pitch guy throwing either his slider or fastball 87% of the time while only getting six total whiffs on them. He is not particularly overpowering, but he does a good job at limiting hard contact and usually gets a fair amount of ground balls. This was not an overly impressive outing, but it is probably enough to get him another turn in the rotation.
Zach Eflin threw six innings versus the Padres, allowing one earned run on five hits and no walks innings versus the Padres.
Zach Eflin, Nasty 77mph Curveball. 😨 pic.twitter.com/pSWu3wVaAn
– Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 17, 2022
Eflin was pretty good for his first start off of the IL, posting a 33% CSW while relying heavily on his sinker and cutter. Eflin has talent in his arm, but he has struggled with consistency. It’s too early to know if that’s happening here, but this is a nice sign that he could be on the right track.
Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)
Pitcher for Today: None
Some intriguing options, but they have risks.
Pitcher for Tomorrow: Rich Hill vs SEA
HIll has quietly been very good and has a nice matchup here versus a struggling Mariners offense.