Game Thread

Dodgers at Reds (June 11, 2014)

The Reds are looking for a win against the Dodgers tonight in a pitching rematch from May 26th between Johnny Cueto and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

In that last bout, Ryu was perfect through 7 innings before the Reds finally chased him from the game in the 8th inning (though the Dodgers held on to win). Since then, Ryu has pitched exactly six innings and two runs allowed in each start against the Pirates and the Rockies. According to the MLB.com game preview, Ryu is “5-0 with a 0.95 ERA and 0.974 WHIP in six starts away from Dodger Stadium in 2014. His road ERA is the second best in the Majors among pitchers who have thrown at least 20 innings in an opposing stadium.

In his last two starts, Johnny Cueto has had one great start (7.1 shutout innings against the D-backs) and a disappointing one (4 earned runs in 5 innings against the Phillies). Cueto is the National League leader in WHIP, 3rd in ERA and WAR and ranked 6th in NL SIERA.

THIS DATE IN REDS HISTORY
Johnny Vander Meer pitched his first of back-to-back no hitters on June 11, 1938.

BACK TO FULL HEALTH
Assuming his side bullpen session goes OK, Mat Latos return is slated for this Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers, which would be Tony Cingrani’s next scheduled start. Bryan Price on Cingrani:It’s likely he’ll be affected by the activation of Mat.

LINEUP
Joey Votto and Jay Bruce played together for just the 30th time this season yesterday. They batted back-to-back in eight of the first nine games of the season, but haven’t done so since April 9th. Brayan Pena continues as Cueto’s personal catcher, having caught Cueto’s last 10 starts and 11 out of his 13.

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
7. Brayan Pena (S) C
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Johnny Cueto (R) P

Go Reds!

240 thoughts on “Dodgers at Reds (June 11, 2014)

  1. After the no-send last night, Smith needs to get his head out of his derriere.

    • He argued the third base coach aided billy when rounding third to score. When in face he collided with Billy and slowed home down.

    • Billy touched the 3rd base coach when rounding third to score. It is an automatic out but the umps didn’t catch it and it is not reviewable. Bet $1000 that is the only time BHam has that happen in his career.

      • It is not an automatic out. Only if the coach assisted the runner. When a guy hits a home run, they high five on the way by the coach all the time.

        • Marty & the Cowboy said any touch was an out but not for a HR, as you stated. Are you going on Thom’s word or did you know this yourself? Because if it comes down to Thom versus Marty, I’ll go with Old Man 99.9999% of the time.

  2. I didn’t need to see the pitch location graph to know that called 3rd strike to Ludwick low, very low. Are they pulling fans out of the stands now to umpire games.

  3. Cueto getting it done tonight. The only concern is pitch count because the only thing I see to derail the Reds tonight is middle relief. Jonny needs to get thru 7 if he can.

  4. High pitch count, but DANG Cueto is looking downright nasty right now. The stuff he’s throwing out there would shut down any lineup.

    • If anyone can throw 120 pitches and still be effective its cueto but yeah he will be departing without a complete game tonight

  5. Choo has scored 33 runs this year for texas. Hamilton 28 choos high obp is not equalling runs scored so for the dollar so far this year the nudge should go to bham. If choo was on the reds this year with his current stats he would have about 22 runs scored with the offense we have had behind him

  6. Wow, mind blown. Why not bring in a PH? Down by three, two runners on with zero outs. Starting pitcher at 90-something pitches and getting hit around.

    That’s some Dusty Baker type stuff right there.

  7. I was thinking about trade scenarios.

    I would talk to Arizona and offer them Mike Leake and Zach Cozart for Didi Gregorious and Joe Thatcher.
    I’d then send Broxton and a minor leaguer to the Dodgers for Joc Peterson.

    • He’s done and he’s aware. He shook his hands in his glove above his head as the crowed cheered him into the dugout. LeCure/Broxton/Chapman time?

    • That would be a tough call for me. He’s doing great and until Broxton in the 8th, I wouldn’t feel good about the bullpen, but you don’t want his arm to fall off.

  8. I for one would like to see Cueto go back out there. But that depends if there are runners in scoring position when he comes to at bat.

  9. Not saying Bruce is in a hot streak, but some one give his slash line over the past 10 games or so, stats are looking respectable compared where they were at the end of May

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