The final game of the month of April was a near perfect representation of the brutal first month of the season for the Cincinnati Reds. Connor Overton was called up and gave the Reds an incredible performance through 5.1 innings. The Reds offense had hit the ball hard off Rockies starter Chad Kuhl, but when Overton left the game, the Reds only had a 2-0 lead.
Art Warren entered the game replacing Overton having only allowed 2 runs in his last 23 appearances. Four runs scored off Warren (3 officially charged to him), and the spectacular start from Overton was quickly washed away. Aramis Gracia homered in the 8th inning, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Reds from losing again. The Reds finish the month of April with a record of 3-18. That ties the 2018 team for the worst start in franchise history. The Reds are now just one loss away from the worst start in franchise history. The Reds have lost 9 in a row on the road.
The Reds have lost 16 of 17 games for the first time since August of 1945. This is only the 4th season the franchise has had such a stretch (1914, 1930, 1945, 2022).
— Joel Luckhaupt (@jluckhaupt) May 1, 2022
Biggest Play of the Game
According to Fangraphs WPA statistic (winning percentage added), the biggest play of the game was Art Warren allowing 2 runs to score on a Charlie Blackmon double with 1 out in the 8th inning (throwing error by Jake Fraley allowed the 2nd run to score), tying the game at 2. That play decreased the Reds probability of winning by 26.0% (from 65.4% to 39.4%).
Connor Overton was simply spectacular for the Reds in his debut. He had the Rockies hitters off balance all night, and over 5.1 innings left with a 2-0 lead and only a single runner on first base. Overton only allowed a total of 4 hard hit balls on the night at Coors Field, against the Rockies – who lead the NL in team OPS. It seemed like this was just a spot start for Overton, but it’s hard to see after this performance how he isn’t worthy of at least one more start with Sanmartin and Gutierrez’ struggles. Overton’s final line: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K.
Tyler Naquin hit the first pitch of the game 375 feet for his second home run of the season. Naquin had been struggling since returning from illness, so this was nice to see.
Aramis Garcia hit his first home run as a Red to make it a 4-3 game in the 8th. Garcia hit 5 home runs in spring training.
Aramis Garcia vs Chad Kuhl#ATOBTTR
Home Run ?
Exit velo: 103.6 mph
Launch angle: 28 deg
Proj. distance: 436 ft
No doubt about that one ?
That’s a dinger in all 30 MLB ballparks
CIN (3) @ COL (4)
? 8th pic.twitter.com/3EoCuRcy1V
— Would it dong? (@would_it_dong) May 1, 2022
Lucas Sims and Dauri Moreta combined for 2.1 perfect innings of relief.
Art Warren simply didn’t have it tonight. It was a real shame after Overton’s performance. Warren got a brutal ball 4 call on a clear strike before he allowed the tying double to Charlie Blackmon. Who knows if that might have changed anything.
Joey Votto was 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts. Votto is now hitting .129/.291/.143 on the season.
Not so random thoughts…………
The hot topic of the night will be David Bell‘s decision to pull Overton after 75 pitches. It felt like one of those decisions that you could be second guessed either way you go. Overton just worked his way up to 92 pitches at AAA, but had only thrown 54, 48 and 80 in the three starts prior. Art Warren had allowed a grand total of 2 runs in his last 23 appearances. Of course 4 runs scored with him on the mound with how things are going for the Reds.
Reds at Rockies
Sunday, 3:10 PM
TV: Bally Sports Ohio
Reiver Sanmartin (10.91 ERA/4.34 xFIP) vs Kyle Freeland (6.16 ERA/3.76 xFIP)