Game Thread

Dodgers at Reds (June 12, 2014)

The Reds are 4-5 through the first nine games of this 10-game homestand, and they need a win this afternoon to even up both the homestand and the series against the Dodgers.


Taking the ball for Cincinnati is right-hander Alfredo Simon. Simon, of course, was pulled into the rotation in Spring Training to replace the injured Mat Latos. With Latos returning this weekend, all signs point to Simon remaining in the rotation with Tony Cingrani going to either the bullpen or AAA.

How much longer can the Reds rely on Simon to start every 5 days? Simon has pitched 74.1 innings this season, which is exactly the average number of innings he has thrown for the Reds over the prior two seasons. Only three times in his 13 seasons as a professional has Simon thrown more than 100 innings. His outings have been less than stellar lately, having allowed 11 runs in his last 3 starts (16 innings.)

Dodgers starter Zack Greinke has also hit a bit of a lull recently. Before his last start against Cincinnati on May 27, Greinke had a 2.01 ERA. In his last three starts, including that Reds game, Greinke has allowed 10 earned runs over 20.2 innings.

Today’s lineup includes Skip Schumaker leading off and playing leftfield, while Roger Bernadina takes over in centerfield and bats 7th. Each player also made a start in the May 27th game against Greinke, and they each had a single.

1. Skip Schumaker (L) LF
2. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
7. Roger Bernadina (L) CF
8. Zack Cozart (R) SS
9. Alfredo Simon (R) P

For the Dodgers, Hanley Ramirez was a late scratch in yesterday’s game due to irritation around the AC joint in his right shoulder. Miguel Rojas takes his place again today and bats 8th.

I’d love to see the Reds kick off a long winning streak here as they head off onto a long road trip. Discuss the game and their second consecutive victory against the Dodgers here. Go Reds!

123 thoughts on “Dodgers at Reds (June 12, 2014)

  1. Somebody has to help out the Old Cossack here! Bryan is pinch hitting for his cleaup hitter with 2 outs and 2 on? What The Heck!?

    • The results don’t justify the decision. Quite frankly, the fact that Bryan made such a decision speaks to the issue of batting Phillips in the top half of the lineup at all.

      • The only obvious choice to do that is that BP is hurt- it is not a demotion of any sorts

  2. Of course he’s hurt. It’s a rule that we cannot field a healthy team for more than 3 days at a time.

  3. just had to share the Gameday scouting report:
    That was pitch number 15 for Aroldis Chapman; his effectiveness may start slipping, as he holds opposing hitters to a .081 average in the first 15 pitches but they hit .111 off him after that.

    • Yeah …. love gameday, but it may be time to retire the scouting report feature unless it’s meant for occasional comic relief.

  4. Last 2 games, the Reds have looked like the real deal. Great pitching, timely hitting, flawless execution and superior fielding. What’s not to like!

    Could it be having MVP back has given the club some much needed confidence?

    Go Reds!!

  5. When you PH for your cleanup hitter, and also the team intentionally walks your #3 hitter who’s fresh off the DL in order to get to your #4 hitter, maybe that guy shouldn’t be your #4 hitter anymore? Kind of like how BP sac bunted earlier in the year as the #3 hitter.

    You know, just little signs that you’d expect a manager to notice, all of which say “This guy doesn’t belong here”

    • How do you see that? There is no question from a straight hitters perspective Joey is a better hitter the Phillips. But then again he is the best pure hitter on the roster, so if Bruce was hitting 4th today and they walk Votto would you say the same thing? Or what about Frazier? I am willing to bet whomever the Reds had hitting 4th today, in that situation, Votto gets walked no matter what.

      • Drew you may have something. they weren’t doing that earlier in the season, they were going after Votto. Are the Dodgers showing they know something or have seen something in Votto’s swing since returning from the DL?

      • I agree with this Drew. But I just wish we had ONE more batter close to the realm of “I wanna avoid pitching to him” besides Votto. One more like that and we are a real contender again.

        • I think we have them on the roster in the form of Devin and Todd, both are “trending” that way and I think if we are just paitent they will be those types of hitters. Also we have Bruce, who when “in the zone” is somone teams do NOT want to pitch to.

  6. It seems this talented team is finally coming together. Hopefully when the upcoming 16 games on the road ends on July 2nd., the Reds will be on the positive side of five hundred %.

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