Rockies-Reds Preview

BY foxsports • April 20, 2016

The Cincinnati Reds are having more success at home than on the road, and that's especially true on the basepaths.

After their aggressive base running led to another home win, the Reds look to cap this three-game series with a second straight victory Wednesday against the Colorado Rockies.

Cincinnati (7-7) tied Milwaukee and Oakland for the worst home record in baseball last year at 34-47. The Reds, though, are showing signs of avoiding a similar fate in 2016, winning six of eight games. However, that's been undermined by a 1-5 road record.

They continued their success at Great American Ball Park in bizarre fashion Tuesday, stealing five bases in a four-run second inning to beat Colorado 4-3. The steals were the most by Cincinnati in an inning in at least a century.

"A rarity, like an eclipse," said right fielder Jay Bruce, who matched his career high with two steals.

The Reds have 11 steals on the season - nine coming at home - to rank only behind the New York Yankees and Houston, both with 13.

Brandon Phillips was caught stealing Tuesday, but he made an impact by going 4 for 4 and falling a home run shy of the cycle. He's 9 for 21 in six home games compared to 6 for 24 on the road.

Raisel Iglesias (1-1, 3.24 ERA) takes the mound for the first time against Colorado. The right-hander has a 2.94 ERA over his last six home starts, but he only has a 1-2 record to show for it since he's been backed by seven total runs.

He had his worst performance of the season in Thursday's 8-1 loss to the Cubs, yielding three runs and six hits in five innings. He gave up that many runs with 12 strikeouts over 11 2-3 innings during his first two games, which both resulted in Reds' home wins.

The Rockies try to end this six-game trip with four victories as they hand the ball to Chad Bettis (2-0, 2.95), who has a chance to win three straight starts for the first time.

He's limited his last two opponents to two runs - one earned - over 13 innings. The right-hander tossed three-hit ball over six scoreless innings Friday in a 6-1 win at Wrigley Field.

However, Bettis wasn't happy with issuing three walks.

"I would have liked to have been more efficient than I was - three walks for me through six innings is not where I want to be right now," Bettis told MLB's official website. "That being said, I did feel very comfortable with my tempo and how my pitches were moving, and there were some great plays behind me."

Mark Reynolds hit his first home run of the season Tuesday, his third in 30 games in Cincinnati. He's batting .174 in his last 14 contests there.