Yesterday saw the Cincinnati Reds recall Cody Reed from Triple-A Louisville and option Josh VanMeter to Triple-A. That didn’t last very long. Cody Reed threw 2.0 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers last night and now is on his way back to Triple-A. This morning the Reds optioned Reed to the minors and have recalled outfielder Phillip Ervin.

That move puts the Reds bullpen back to 8. It also fills out the bench with 4 position players once again. For Ervin, he’s been in the Majors this season with the Reds. In 7 games he went 2-10 with 3 walks, a triple, a run scored, and he had an RBI. In Triple-A he was hitting .228/.333/.315 for the Bats with 15 walks and 22 strikeouts. Things have been a bit better in May, where he’s walked 10 times with 9 strikeouts in 13 games played. But he’s hitting just .233, though thanks to the walks it’s come with a .375 on-base percentage, and with 3 extra-base hits his slugging percentage is .349.

Unlike the move yesterday with Cody Reed, where it seemed clear that someone in the bullpen would quickly go back to the minors, with Ervin, it’s unclear if that will happen for the bench. And it’s almost certain that it won’t happen as quickly as the bullpen move was made.

15 Responses

  1. Norwood Nate

    Why Zach Duke still has a job and Reed keeps getting on the Louisville to Cincinnati express shuttle is beyond me.

    • Indydoug

      Maybe because during his last 7 outings (7.1 IP) he’s given up 1 run with a 1.23 ERA.

      • Doc

        Thanks, in part, to other RP having to come in to bail him out.

    • Bill

      Reed has looked great, no doubt, but he’s in his last option year. Also, Duke has settled in over the last couple of weeks. I like that the Reds are maximizing their 40-man roster. While the team needs to improve, the quality of depth this year is the best I can recall seeing in a long time.

  2. RojoBenjy

    I’m surprised that they didn’t hold on to Reed until Sunday, with all the left handed batters the Dodgers have.

  3. Red Thunder

    Reds have two games on the 27th, might need another pitcher then.

  4. Wes

    Ervin should have been up. Winkers struggling Schebler and kemp gone- where’s the depth ?? I hope he gets a good share of at bats for rest of season and stays up w team.

  5. Cguy

    Today, on May 18th, the Reds equaled the number of shutouts they had in the entire 2018 season with 6. As disappointing as DeSclafani’s start on Friday night was, Mahle’s start today was just as encouraging. Red’s bullpen remains solid from top to bottom, with depth at Louisville.

  6. Oldtimer

    Reds now rank 2nd in pitching, 6th in fielding, and 30th in hitting per MLB.com stats.

    MLB uses ERA, fielding % and BA to rank teams 1-30.

    • Doug Gray

      Which means that only one of those stats is actually useful in determining being good at pitching, fielding, or hitting.

      • Oldtimer

        Regardless those are stats used by MLB. I think the Reds rankings are pretty accurate. Very good pitching. Decent fielding. Crummy hitting. No matter what stats are used.

      • Doug Gray

        Of course they are used. But so are pitcher wins and saves, and they aren’t very useful at determining the value of the people getting them.

        If we’re going to ask the question of who is the best hitting team, in 2019, no one should even think about looking at batting average to give an accurate answer to that question. Likewise, if anyone wants to know who the best defensive team is, no one should even consider looking at fielding percentage to answer that question. Simply because those stats exist doesn’t mean we should use them to answer questions.