Yesterday, the Reds (38-45) were bested by one of the best young pitchers in the game, one start off of Tommy John, despite a strong start from Michael Lorenzen. Today, Johnny Cueto has broken the internet and the Best Fans in Baseball have once again proved that maybe social media isn’t for them. Oh, and David Phelps is pitching for the Marlins today. That’s always a day brightener.

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STARTING PITCHERS
All stats are 2015 actuals:

PITCHER ERA  FIP HR/9 BB% K%
David Phelps 4.03 3.76 0.76 6.3% 16.0%
Mike Leake 4.39 4.39 1.18 6.7% 15.4%

In an odd twist of numbers, Mike Leake comes into this game with an ERA identical to his FIP. Thus, Leake, through 17 starts this season, has been the pitching embodiment of “what you see is what you get.” Leake took the loss in his last start against the Brewers, giving up three runs on eight hits in 6.0 innings of work. Three walks hurt him though as the Brew Crew cruised to a 6-1 win.

For the Marlins, young righty David Phelps returns to the rotation after a brief stint in the bullpen. Phelps was shipped down south by the Yankees with others this past offseason in exchange for Nathan Eovaldi. Phelps’ last start came against the Reds back on June 21 when he was touched for five runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings.

STARTING LINEUPS
Same old, same old for the Reds:

1. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Marlon Byrd (R) LF
6. Eugenio Suarez (R) SS
7. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
8. Mike Leake (R) P
9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
WESLEY

Dee Gordon remains perched atop the Marlins’ lineup, waiting to terrorize the basepaths:

1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B
2. Christian Yelich (L) CF
3. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS
4. Justin Bour (L) 1B
5. Michael Morse (R) LF
6. Derek Dietrich (L) 3B
7. J.T. Realmuto (R) C
8. Jordany Valdespin (L) RF
9. David Phelps (R) P
WESLEY

CRACK O’ THE BAT
Michael Maffie wrote a fascinating piece this morning about how hard the Reds have hit the ball this season and the wonders of exit velocity as given to us by StatCast. Also, Nick Carrington wrote on Jay Bruce and his seemingly never ending streaks despite that “he has always hit the ball hard.”

VOTE CUETO
Twitter scared me today. Is it safe to come out yet? Anyway, the winner of the Final Vote will be announced at 6pm EST.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
Hopefully, Johnny Beisbol is elected to the All Star Game. I guess it doesn’t truly matter if he is or isn’t since he is starting on Sunday. The All Star Game is just a little bit ridiculous. That’s what I learned today.

GO REDS

62 Responses

  1. Eric the Red

    Carlos Martinez won. Yuck. Cueto doesn’t get chosen, and instead of losing to the reigning Cy Young/MVP he loses to a guy who isn’t even the best pitcher on his own team. Very disappointing.

    • I-71_Exile

      Yes, but Best Fans In Baseball!â„¢ or is it “Best Fans In Baseball With Nothing Better To Do On A Friday?

      Dang it.

    • D Ray White

      If anyone is to blame, it’s the Reds pathetic lack of offense in Cueto’s starts. Trotting out the Dusty scrub lineups when Johnny is on the hill hurt his W-L record, which is the main difference between he and Martinez. Score more runs and Johnny’s stat line looks a bit better. And there’s the fact that hate ’em or not, the Cards fans are fanatical. They fill the stadium every year, and aren’t going to lose in a voting runoff very often. Carlos’s last start also helped, coming right on the heels of Johnny’s start.

      • Tom Reed

        It’s too bad the fanatical Cards fans lost out with Frazier at third base.

  2. msanmoore

    And tonight’s Cy Young candidate is Mr. Phelps … pathetic even if we are getting squeezed low again.

  3. VaRedsFan

    I hope Yorman is enjoying his vacation with the Reds

    • Gaffer

      How has he not played a minute in 5 days!

  4. msanmoore

    6 pitches??? That’s got to be a record for Mike. Guessing somebody told him “Work fast. We’ve got a long bus ride.”

  5. msanmoore

    Oh he got ALL of that one. Love the way he laid back and then turned on it.

    • msanmoore

      It certainly can be. That one was very sweet.

  6. VaRedsFan

    Iglesias starting tomorrow for Disco

  7. Eric the Red

    Price has quietly moved to make Tucker the everyday catcher. Last night he was key to the loss offensively and defensively, but for the most part that is a good move by Price. He doesn’t get enough credit for his good moves.

    • msanmoore

      Pena heading to a contender that needs a catcher?

      • Eric the Red

        Nah. I think they realize Tucker is the better choice and want to see how he does carrying a heavier load. I bet with Iglesias back up they’ll move to 3/2, at least as long as Cueto is around. They won’t trade Peña; he’s cheap and we have a lot of young pitchers.

      • msanmoore

        Only mention it because a LOT of teams are sniffing around for catchers per MLB Trade Rumors.

  8. msanmoore

    MLB feed acting up. Game is fine, but I can’t see any other games that are on.

  9. msanmoore

    32 pitches – pretty efficient so far thanks to that 6-pitch first. Now comes the tricky part – 2nd time through the order starting with Flash Gordon.

  10. Eric the Red

    THOM! thinks it’s “mind boggling” that scouts don’t always stay in fancy accommodations like the team. How does he think most people in this country travel when they’re on a business trip? I’m sure he’s in the lap of luxury, but most workers don’t get treated that way. “Mind boggling” is a good description for THOM!

      • msanmoore

        The dissertation on Florida baseball is great … how do these guys keep their jobs?

  11. msanmoore

    OK, not hit hard, but right up that long alley. Too bad it might get wasted (meaning likely will).

  12. Eric the Red

    Well, it’s a shame Frazier grounded into a DP on ball 4 instead of taking the walk. I love when Bruce hammers them the other way.

  13. msanmoore

    Under 50 pitches through 4 with only 1 base runner … yeah, I’ll take that.

  14. Indy Red Man

    These outfields literally look like they’re twice the size of GABP….lol. Mike Stanton might be the only guy in the NL that can take one to dead center in this park? Joey hits them all the time where they go out to dead center in GABP by 5 feet or so. Its just be a can of corn F8 in this canyon.

  15. Indy Red Man

    Giocarlo Stanton or whatever it is?

  16. Indy Red Man

    Typical Reds….that Phipps guy topped out at 91-92 which is slow by todays standards. Didn’t look like he has great movement or a big curve either? Basically a 4th-5th starter type and nothing more but 6 easy ip 1 run vs our bats?

  17. BigRedMike

    Marlins get a man on, give away an out as soon as you can. Thanks

  18. msanmoore

    Oooo … close shave. Nice job pulling it down by Votto.

  19. VaRedsFan

    suarez has been solid in the field recently

    • msanmoore

      Yes, much better than those couple games where it seemed he booted so many.

  20. msanmoore

    Nice timing to see the “good Leake” in what could be his last start as a Red.

    • msanmoore

      He needs to bat righty … but we’ve heard that won’t happen until the offseason.

      • BigRedMike

        He cannot just start hitting righty only right now? His hitting at this point it very poor, why not just go righty only, cannot get any worse

      • msanmoore

        Yeah – I have no idea. I only know what I read about it.

  21. msanmoore

    Nice job keeping that ball from bouncing out into LF.

  22. msanmoore

    Hoover up … Chapman trade coming with the provision he doesn’t pitch outside the AS game?

  23. VaRedsFan

    I remember the last time Leake was brilliant for 8 innings….He couldn’t close out his 1st CG

  24. RedAlert

    Leake trade value holding steady if not improving –

  25. msanmoore

    OK – Leake is done and Chapman owns the 9th. I’m good with that.

  26. msanmoore

    OK, bets on us having seen the last of Leake not just in this game, but as a Cincy Red?

    • VaRedsFan

      I say he’ll pitch again for the Reds

      • VaRedsFan

        Jocketty historically slow in doing the right thing in season

  27. Chris

    You ever just get that feeling that….hmmmm.

  28. msanmoore

    Thank you Mike Leake … it’s been a nice run. We wish you luck wherever you land.