The Cincinnati Reds look for a five game series sweep this afternoon against the Chicago Cubs in Great American Ballpark. Last night’s win coupled with the Brewers loss puts the Reds just 2.5 games back in the standings. Yesterday’s games also gave the Reds the best run differential (+27) in the National League Central division.

WHERE TO WATCH
The afternoon game is not on Fox Sports Ohio, but you can find it televised nationally on WGN.

PROBABLE PITCHERS
Homer Bailey makes his last start prior to the all-star break for Cincinnati. Bailey has thrown 17 innings over his last two starts, allowing just 1 run, 10 hits, 5 walks, and striking out 15. In two starts against the Cubs this season, he’s allowed 4 runs over 11.1 innings.

The Cubs will start a minor league pitcher for their third consecutive game: the 24-year-old pitching prospect Kyle Hendricks makes his major league debut. In 23 AAA starts in 2013 and 2014, Hendricks has a 3.28 ERA with 0.4 HR/9, 2.0 BB/9 and 7.8 K/9 ratios. Fangraph’s provided a thorough scouting report on Hendricks in the offseason:

The hurler’s [2013] numbers immediately jump out: 1.85 ERA, 107 hits allowed in 126.1 innings (7.72 H/9) and just 26 walks (1.85 BB/9). The catch with Hendricks, though, is that he has a fringe-average fastball in the 87-91 mph range. He’s dominated hitters in the minors due to above-average control and command of his four-pitch repertoire (fastball, curveball, cutter, changeup).

One report from a couple of weeks ago indicate that Hendrick’s fastball has been hitting 95 mph on occasion this season.

STARTING LINEUP

1. Chris Heisey (R) CF
2. Skip Schumaker (L) RF
3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
4. Brayan Pena (S) 1B
5. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
6. Ramon Santiago (S) 2B
7. Zack Cozart (R) SS
8. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
9. Homer Bailey (R) P
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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
When’s the last time the Reds swept a five game series? Fox Sports Ohio statistician and one of the voices of Redleg Nation Radio, Joel Luckhaupt tweeted the following last night:

#Reds have 20 5-game series sweeps in their history, last in 1976 vs San Diego. Cubs in 1931. Swept Brooklyn 6 times.

Get out the brooms, turn on the game, and join us in the discussion here.

GO REDS!

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  1. Maybe Rizzo need s a little reminder

  2. Strike Out Heisey

  3. This team’s injury luck has just been brutal. Votto, Phillips, Bruce, Mesoraco, Hamilton, Schumaker, Latos, Cingrani, Chapman, Broxton, now probably Bailey. Just unreal.

  4. SIT DOWN RIZZO YOU TWIT!

  5. Brandon Phillips has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his left thumb and will undergo surgery.
    A brutal day for two teams in the National League Central. Similar to Yadier Molina, Phillips will likely be sidelined for 8-12 weeks. Ramon Santiago figures to fill in at second base for now, but the Reds will likely look to the trade market as they attempt to make due without him.

  6. So watch ypu bet AJ just being dumped by the Sox heads to St. Louis tomorrow…

  7. Yadier Molina has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right thumb and will undergo surgery.
    Molina is among the most irreplaceable players in baseball, and now the second-place Cardinals are likely going to be without him for the remainder of the 2014 regular season. Tony Cruz is starting at catcher in St. Louis on Thursday night against the Pirates, but the Cards might need to go shopping for an upgrade. Molina suffered the torn ligament Wednesday on an awkward slide into third base.

  8. Is it possible that neither team could ever score again?

  9. Phillies just took a 2-1 lead top of 8 in Milwaukee.

    • The Milwaukee Meltdown has commenced. Those pesky Pirates will probably take the division.

  10. Brewers are losing 2-1

  11. These last two hits were garbage. I’m nervous now.

  12. Come on JJ, get out of this.

  13. The Cardinal Way™ ©

  14. Two crappy infield singles. It would be a shame to lose on that.

  15. Hoover falling apart here. Ugh

  16. The luck gods are smiling on Chicago now.

  17. Bruce makes that play. Christ.

  18. Could just feel this one coming all afternoon.

  19. It was my fault. I told him not to throw a curve ball.

    • IMO; if JJ would nick a couple of guys, his ERA would go down by 2.

  20. ugly. very very ugly.

  21. I really thought he would sit onthe curveball being ahead 3-1. Damnit.

  22. This is what happens when you are playing a AAA lineup.

  23. blowout the bullpen just to lose anyways, damn. oh well get the Bucs tomorrow

  24. Thanks Hoover…..jeez…..with Brewers losing this one will sting…..

    • those two groundball singles were nothing. It was bad luck more than anything. Bruce would have made that catch in RF… more proof Bruce has no business, NONE playing 1B. He is needed in RF and he should have been there once he entered the game as PH.

    • What should Hoover have done differently that inning?

    • I don’t usually defend Hoover, but it’s hard for me to say he really blew this. He gave up 2 infield singles and a flyball that Schumaker got to in front of the wall and had bounce off his glove.

    • Thanks Hoover? Try the SP …. who once again had a 4-1 lead only for it to be gone in a heartbeat – goes all the way back to the 2nd or 3rd game of the season where…. was given a 4-0 lead only for …. to surrender it in the bottom half of the 2nd. Still ticked about that and will be all season.

    • Sorry…was just frustrated with location of that pitch…watching on MLB network… but you’re right, Bruce makes that catch…

  25. That’s going to be an insider the park HR right?

    Or do they rule it a triple and error on Mesoraco?

    • Nevermind. Wow … thought Devin was blocking the plate before the ball came around.

  26. the ASG can’t arrive soon enough. This team needs a long rest. Pirates are reeling though, have to assume they got overworked by the Cardinals.

  27. This is going to sound like hindsight and probably is, but anyone have thoughts on why they sent out Contreas and kept Hoover?

  28. yup this lineup got one good inning on offense..then showed true color. terrible line up even against Cubs. and Chapman didn’t need to wake up big bears with his stare… fired up one team while the other team is…. well…

    • Yes, Chapman’s stare is the reason the Cubs woke up and got those weak infield singles.

    • Somehow you’re blaming Chapman? Man, fans come up with the weirdest scapegoats.

      • But didn’t you noticed how it fired those Cubs up? They were tearing the cover off the ball on those two infield singles.

  29. Yep… Took longer than I thought, but I think we can almost put this one to rest.

  30. Bummer to lose a 4-1 lead, but beating ANY MLB team five straight is a tall order.

  31. When’s the last time we came back from 2 runs down? hehe

  32. With Frazier slumping, no Votto, Bruce, Hamilton, Mesoraco, or Phillips, what could the Reds really hope for?

  33. Tying run at the plate.

  34. The sentiment changed real fast here.

  35. A bloop and a blast?

  36. Well, if ever there was a good time for Ludwick to run into one, now would be nice.

  37. Parker seems pretty dang hittable. They need to freakin’ hit off him.

  38. Throw him another curve and hang it

  39. 7-1 Phillies over Brewers – Brewer fans going to burn that city down – as Brewers fall apart at the seams

  40. It could be worse (maybe)…….Phillies 7 – Brewers 1

  41. BTW, where was Heisey on deep fly to RF when Schu went down?

  42. Mike Winters has a plane to catch!

  43. Got the curve but didn’t hang it enough.

  44. Hover about to go to 0-6.

    • But he has experience just too bad it’s not good experience. Seriously JJ did alright. Someone was going to score sooner or later.

  45. Maybe Santiago can hit his first of the year.

  46. Repeat to myself, “Four out of five is outstanding. Four out of five is outstanding.”

  47. Merciful.

  48. That took forever.

    Do we have enough warm bodies to play the Buccos?

  49. Tough loss. Regroup for Pittsburgh. I think they are worn down too, Cardinals beat them like a drum past few days. We can still be sitting pretty at the ASB.

  50. Oh well. 4 out of 5 ain’t bad. Hard to win when all your good players are in the trainer’s office.

  51. one run in the last 11 innings huh?

  52. Hopefully Hamilton, Bruce, and Mesoraco are back in tomorrow, and Frazier breaks out of his mini-slump. With Latos on the mound, the lineup will look a lot better.

  53. Fire sale! This team is terrible, Bryan Price is terrible. Lost to the freakin cubs, thanks Chapman. Trade the whole team, unbelievable

  54. Just hope the Brewers can take care of the Cardinals this week-end. It is going to be a royal pain in the backside if the Cards are in 1st place in the Central at the All Star break.

  55. In all honesty, I wasn’t expecting much with that lineup. I’ll take 4 out 5 though

  56. A crippled team playing on guts, not bad. Go reds.

  57. Why does it seem that every time the Reds have a winning streak end – the SP that started today is on the mound – predicted a week before last week-end’s Brewer’s series that Latos and Simon would win – and that the dude that SP today would lose. Spot on.

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