The Reds’ game last night felt a bit like a TV show premiere that is struggling for viewers so they make it extra long and throw in a few big name guest stars. The main cast did the heavy lifting (Frazier 3 for 6, 2R HR), but the featured guests showed up to play (7 of 9 starters had two hits or more / Phillips 3 for 7, go-ahead HR) over four extra innings. The Reds finally turned the Todd Frazier Show into a fleshed-out ensemble that could marketed to the big market networks. Yes, this metaphor was strained when the cameras first started rolling.

Now, the Reds (34-37) are in Queens to face the other New York team. The Mets sit at .500 themselves and have been gradually losing ground to the Nationals after their 14-2 start to the season.

STARTING PITCHERS
All stats are 2015 actuals:

PITCHER ERA  FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Noah Syndergaard 4.03 2.93 0.81 5.2% 24.9%
Johnny Cueto 2.98 3.28 0.99 4.5% 24.1%

After his nine day hiatus, Johnny Biesbol is back on the mound for the Reds. On Monday, Cueto said that he would’ve been able to start and that he felt fine, but the organization knew what it was doing. If his last time out is any indication, Cueto’s elbow may be barking a bit more than he’s letting on because while 5.1 innings of three run baseball isn’t bad, it’s not Johnny Cueto. Here’s hoping the rest worked and Johnny’s trade value doesn’t drop one iota more.

Even with our ace on the mound, it’s a tough draw today for the Reds as Thor himself is opposing. The 6-6 mammoth of a pitcher has effectively filled the ace rookie pitcher void Jacob DeGrom left as he suddenly wasn’t a rookie anymore (still an ace though). His last time out, Syndergaard pitched 4.0 solid innings before running into trouble in the fifth and leaving the game. Overall, the big righty hasn’t been as dominant as DeGrom was last season, but he’s been a solid member of the Mets rotation with electric, strikeout stuff.

STARTING LINEUPS
Chris Dominguez gets the start in left for the Reds today as Johnny Beisbol takes the mound:

  1. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
  2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
  3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
  4. Jay Bruce (L) LF
  5. Brayan Pena (R) C
  6. Eugenio Suarez (R) SS
  7. Chris Dominguez (R) LF
  8. Johnny Cueto (R) P
  9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF

The Grandy Man is leading off for the Mets and both team’s pitchers are hitting eighth today:

1. Curtis Granderson (L) RF
2. Ruben Tejada (R) 3B
3. Lucas Duda (L) 1B
4. Michael Cuddyer (R) LF
5. Wilmer Flores (R) SS
6. Juan Lagares (R) CF
7. Kevin Plawecki (R) C
8. Noah Syndergaard (L) P
9. Dilson Herrera (R) 2B
WESLEY

ARE THE CINCINNATI REDS CONTENDERS?


Is how Red Reporter’s headline read this morning. And then there was that tweet from Ken Rosenthal. And then Walt Jocketty is still at the helm of this ship. And then the Reds’ 70-game hitting checkup was published, as were Steve’s nitpicks of the past week. And then I envisioned five more years of this type of mediocrity.

Say it ain’t so, Ken, say it ain’t so.

MISSED CONNECTIONS
In non-Reds baseball news, Ryne Sandberg resigned today as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies and his interim is none other than Pete Mackanin. I still feel that the Reds should’ve hired Mackanin after his stint as interim in 2007, but that era is said and done. All the best to a stand-up guy as he takes yet another interim gig in the big leagues.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
Congratulations to RLN’s founder Chad Dotson on his alma mater taking down my hometown VandyBoys in the CWS. It was a hard fought series, and I can’t wait until next year (best 2 of 3 right?).

Let’s hope the Reds kick off this New York series right, and if they seriously do think they are contenders, rattle off twenty straight wins to put away any doubt of second guessing.

GO REDS
VOTE SUPER TODD

55 Responses

  1. msanmoore

    If Billy and Lagares were on the same team, could you play with just 2 outfielders and add a 5th infielder?

    Let’s rock this one Reds! Here’s to a clean, efficient night by Johnny Biesbol, and increase in his value, and another WIN for the good guys.

  2. msanmoore

    The Ryno will rise again elsewhere. He was stuck with very limited personnel. He’s a good baseball mind and he’ll be fine. Upstanding thing he does to bow out rather than get bounced.

    • Vicferrari

      Always admired what Pete Mackanin did in his short time but for some reason baseball GM’s seem to think it is better to try with retreads like Bob Boone, Narron, Riggleman than go with someone outside of the box. Price was a good try at least based on his success as a pitching coach, but I am more and more sold on pitching coaches do not make good managers. I just hope when Price is fired they do not go with Riggleman as some seem to clamor for

    • Victor Vollhardt

      He walked away from personal problems in the past and when he was passed over in the Cubs organization–he abruptly moved on and now this–it is a pattern—adversity of any kind and he moves on.

      • Victor Vollhardt

        my above comment is about Sandberg–no one else

  3. Tom Reed

    I also thought that Pete Mackanin should have been made manager of the Reds in 2008. A good baseball guy who seemed to have a good sense of humor.

    • Victor Vollhardt

      To Tom Reed–you are exactly right and at some point some organization will figure it out and will be better for it,

      • I-71_Exile

        I liked Mackanin, too. He was an entertaining post-game interview.

  4. Janet

    Looky there, the Reds pitcher has the lowest batting average in the entire lineup (and yet still above the Mendoza line)! What a refreshing change from the last couple months. Gotta hand it to Chris Dominguez for getting it back together down in AAA.

      • Victor Vollhardt

        MA Potter—you are right on—a compulsive swinger with no plate discipline- if he could bring himself to hold on just a little bit more (say 20%) he could be a front line player—others have tried with him–no luck—but still every now and then he will connect—but it will never work out—a shame really–his other baseball skills are very good.

  5. Mack Ashley Potter

    Big win last night. Being only 3 games under and a 2nd Wild Card spot within shouting distance that’s the kinda win that can jump start a club. I know I’m a Reds homer like most of us are, but you never know.
    Also it’ll be such a tragedy if Frazier doesn’t start the All Star Game in his home park. I hope everyone is doing their part and getting those votes in…

  6. Jeff

    5% chance of making the playoffs. That is where MLB.com has us right now. How can we be anything but sellers. I hope this is just a ploy to keep the prices for our players rising.

    • I-71_Exile

      We’ll see. I place about as much faith in those percentages as I do in FanGraph’s game outcome ones. Seeing the Reds blow numerous 99% chance of winning games has left me scarred. 🙂

  7. msanmoore

    Well then … nice to have the pressure of the no-hitter and shut-out over in one swing (and the first at-bat)

  8. VaRedsFan

    I think Ron Darling is one of the best color analyst that I hear from the other clubs.

  9. VaRedsFan

    Bruce got that hit right where the shift SHOULD have been

  10. msanmoore

    Odd way to get it done, but we’ll take it.

  11. VaRedsFan

    Dominguez’s bat died a happy life, with the busted bat rbi groundout.

  12. VaRedsFan

    30 game hitting streak for BP at the NY Mets.

    • VaRedsFan

      tacked on 2 SB’s too…but we couldn’t cash it in. Syndergaard has outstanding stuff

  13. VaRedsFan

    Cueto has a super change up working tonight

    • VaRedsFan

      yup. Suarez botched the double play…now 1st/3rd 1 out

  14. earmbrister

    Suarez is making us appreciate Cozart in a big way. Cueto bailed Suarez out big time. Mr. Biesbol knows how to pitch out of a jam.

  15. VaRedsFan

    Trade proposal: Ron Darling for THOM!

  16. VaRedsFan

    Scherzer…no hits thru 5…..amazing

  17. seat101

    Wow! Reds sure are playing some exciting baseball these days.

    Whether it is in spite of, or because of, the GM or the manager I hesitate to say.

  18. RedAlert

    For all the good things Todd does on and for this team , his baserunning skills suck !

  19. RedAlert

    See that Cy Young is on the mound again for the stupid Mets – dude has 2-4 record with a 4. Something ERA – and as usual , Reds sucking wind at the plate so far

    • Wesley Jenkins

      yeah that thing about misleading traditional stats…this is that case study. Syndergaard is a beast. FIP below 3 i.e. better than Cueto and he just has absolutely devastating stuff

  20. RedAlert

    Boy , when Chris Welch and George Grande get together, there is no dead airtime – these guys talk your freaking ears off !!!

    • RedAlert

      It’s really unbelievable – neither one stops talking for more than 5 seconds

  21. RedAlert

    Reds continue to be atrocious offensively whenever Cueto pitches

  22. RedAlert

    Billy just can’t get it done at the plate – Reds gonna have to find another optionat some point in center field -.225 average ain’t gonna cut it –

  23. Tom Reed

    An old story: the Reds find it hard to get runs for Cueto.

  24. Indy Red Man

    Just way too many games like this across baseball today! They need to lower the mound or something? If half the games in the NFL ended 10-3 or 7-6 then the NFL wouldn’t be #1 like it is.

  25. VaRedsFan

    That might do it for the Votto streak….unless there are extras.

  26. RedAlert

    Stinking Mers with 2 hits and get the win – Cueto once again with absolutely no run support – like a broken record -he won’t have to worry about it very much longer though

  27. Tom Reed

    What a tough lose with the Reds on the verge of .500 and the opposition gets two hits.