The Cincinnati Reds look to stop their 5-game skid in this afternoon’s series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers. This 5-game losing streak is their longest of the year, and also matches the longest streak of any of their recent playoff seasons. They had two 5-game losing streaks in 2010, one in 2012 and three in 2013. The team hasn’t lost six in a row since losing from May 18 to May 23 in 2011.
Brayan Pena makes his first career start in the #3 spot. Zack Cozart gets a day off after getting hit in the hand with a pitch last night.
1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
3. Brayan Pena (S) 1B
4. Ryan Ludwick (R) LF
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. Devin Mesoraco (R) C
7. Skip Schumaker (L) 2B
8. Ramon Santiago (S) SS
9. Mike Leake (R) P
EIGHT MEN OUT IN THE BULLPEN
Bryan Price was quoted yesterday on the Reds eight man bullpen:
“That’s simply a way of making sure we stay strong and not overtaxed in our bullpen or rotation,” manager Bryan Price said on Tuesday. “We don’t have a ton of significant options in our system that are on the [40-man] roster.”
In fact, the only healthy position player on Louisville’s 40-man roster is catching prospect Tucker Barnhart. The Reds current roster situation almost begs Walt Jocketty to make that deal for Ben Zobrist now. The Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay discusses three players in the rumor mill: Ben Zobrist, Daniel Murphy, and Marlon Byrd.
The injury bug is now biting in the minor leagues, too. Jesse Winker, one of the Reds top offensive prospects, is on the DL for two to four weeks with a right wrist injury.
The Reds need to snap out of this funk and get back to their winning ways before the division slips away. Hopefully, they get back on track this afternoon against Kyle Lohse, who the Reds chased from a game after just five innings back on July 4th.