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Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati, Ohio  Attendance: 9,463

Riggleman to make Reds home debut vs. Braves

According to STATS
According to STATS

Atlanta Braves at Cincinnati Reds

  1. The Braves won two out of three against the Mets before the final game of the series became the 26th game to be postponed this season due to inclement weather. Atlanta's offense has scored 111 runs in 20 games, which is the most that the franchise has scored in its first 20 games since 1999 (126 runs).
  2. The Reds enter this series having lost five straight and 13 of 14. Cincinnati has an MLB-worst 3-18 (.143) record this season, and is tied with 14 other teams for the fourth-worst winning percentage through 21 games in MLB history.
  3. Atlanta and Cincinnati split the season series last year, each winning three games. These teams have been relatively evenly split since 2016, with the Reds winning seven out of 13 while being outscored 75-73 over that span.
  4. Sal Romano picked up a win in his only career start against the Braves on August 18 last year. He went 7.0 innings and gave up just one earned run while scattering five hits and two walks to go along with three strikeouts.
  5. In three career starts against the Reds, Mike Foltynewicz is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA with 19 strikeouts in 18.2 innings. Foltynewicz's 1.93 ERA against Cincinnati is his lowest against any opponent (minimum 10 IP) and his career 2.57 ERA in April is his lowest in any month.
  6. Since the beginning of the 2016 season, Joey Votto has a .422/.587/.644 slash line against the Braves. His .587 on-base percentage is the highest of any player versus any team over that span (minimum 60 plate appearances).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/23/2018 thru 4/26/2018

So far, the Cincinnati Reds of manager Jim Riggleman haven't looked that much different than the Cincinnati Reds of Bryan Price.

Not much hitting. Certainly not much pitching. And, from the looks of things, not much hope for the immediate future.

The Reds return home Monday to face the Atlanta Braves in their first game at Great American Ball Park since Riggleman replaced Price as manager last week. About all that's different since the managerial change is the Reds are 3-18 after being 3-15 when Price was let go.

The St. Louis Cardinals finished off a second successive weekend swept of the Reds by winning 9-2 on Sunday at Busch Stadium, Cincinnati's fifth loss in a row, 13th in 14 games and 15th in 17 games. The Reds already are 0-7 against the Cardinals this season, and their 3-18 start is the worst in franchise history -- and the franchise is 136 years old. It's also the worst record in the majors.

Reds right-hander Luis Castillo lasted five innings Sunday, surrendering three runs and seven hits while walking four, and the bullpen gave up six runs in the next three innings.

"There's better days ahead for him (Castillo) and the ballclub," Riggleman said after the game.

The Reds can only hope so, but their numbers don't lie. They're hitting only .220 as a team and the team ERA is 5.55, with both numbers ranking in the bottom five in the majors.

If management was hoping for the turnaround that quite often occurs when a managerial or coaching change is made -- even if it's short-lasting -- that hasn't been the case with the Reds. They've now lost 24 of their last 28 games dating to last season, when they dropped 10 of their final 12.

"We've got to pitch better and hit better," Riggleman said.

Atlanta, which unexpectedly got Sunday off when its series finale against the New York Mets was rained out at SunTrust Park, has won three of its last four.

The Reds will send one of their many struggling starters to the mound to begin the four-game series, with right-hander Sal Romano making his fifth start of the season. He's 0-2 with a 5.75 ERA, allowing four homers and walking 11 in 20 1/3 innings.

Romano did beat the Braves last season, allowing one run and five hits in seven innings of the Reds' 5-3 win on Aug. 18. He doesn't have much of a history with the current Braves hitters, although Freddie Freeman has doubled off him in three career at-bats.

Romano will be opposed by right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, whose start was pushed back a day by the rainout. He's off to a good start with a 1-1 record, 2.53 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings.

Foltynewicz didn't get the decision in a 5-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday in which he gave up only one earned run and four hits while striking out eight and walking four in six innings -- all while admittedly not having his best stuff.

"My fastball command wasn't there, but it had good life," he said. "I was effectively wild. I kind of had to rely on the slider."

Foltynewicz's outing impressed manager Brian Snitker, who said, "He kept the game in check, never gave it and made pitches when he had to."

Foltynewicz has had success against the Reds, going 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA against them in three starts, striking out 19 while allowing 14 hits in 18 2/3 innings.

Among the current Reds batters, Joey Votto is 2-for-5 (.400) against him, Billy Hamilton is 2-for-9 (.222) with a double, and Scooter Gennett is 0-for-4.

The Braves and Reds split their six games last season.

Updated April 22, 2018

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