With the non-waiver trade deadline in the rearview, Redleg Nation can now let out its collective breath that Jay Bruce wasn’t traded well under market value for a recovering Zach Wheeler. That said, the Reds (46-54) might not be done making moves as Marlon Byrd is a prime candidate to clear waivers and be traded sometime in the month in of August.

All stats are 2015 actuals:

Jeff Locke 4.15 3.66 0.58 8.7% 17.7%
Michael Lorenzen 4.58 5.84 1.60 12.6% 15.2%

The last time Michael Lorenzen pitched was the same day that Johnny Cueto took off the Reds’ uniform for good. Cueto, a mentor to Lorenzen, makes his Royals’ debut tonight against the newly stacked Toronto Blue Jays. Maybe emotion is why Lorenzen’s last start was absolutely horrendous or maybe it was just a rookie pitcher falling victim to Coors Field. Either way, a 2.1 inning, 7 hit, 8 ER, 2 BB, 1 K stat line is abysmal.

For the Pirates, Jeff Locke is having a career-year in terms of FIP and providing serviceable innings to a loaded Pirates rotation. Over his last three starts, Locke has thrown 17.1 innings, allowing 8 ER on 17 hits with 13 K’s.

Jay Bruce takes the most panicked over off-day in the history of Reds’ baseball:

1. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
2. Jason Bourgeois (R) LF
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
5. Marlon Byrd (R) RF
6. Brayan Pena (S) C
7. Ivan De Jesus (R) SS
8. Michael Lorenzen (R) P
9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF

Here is the Pirates lineup:

1. Gregory Polanco (L) RF
2. Starling Marte (R) LF
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Aramis Ramirez (R) 3B
5. Jung Ho Kang (R) SS
6. Neil Walker (S) 2B
7. Pedro Alvarez (L) 1B
8. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
9. Jeff Locke (L) P


–The Mets moved on from Bruce and struck a bargain for the Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes without giving up Zach Wheeler. After whiffing on the Carlos Gomez deal, hauling in Cespedes must seem like a miracle to Mets’ fans and Wilmer Flores.

–Speaking of Carlos Gomez, the center fielder (and friend of Billy Hamilton) was traded to the Astros last night along with Mike Fiers. The Astros were linked to the Reds for Aroldis Chapman all day, but nothing materialized in the end.

–The Pirates have picked up Michael Morse from the Dodgers for Jose Tabata. Both players had been DFA’d earlier this week.

–Ben Revere made his way north of the border to join Troy Tulowitzski and David Price as the Blue Jays push for the second Wild Card in the AL.

–A full list of all the league’s wheeling and dealing can be found here.

When I was younger, I would dread the second half of July as I waited in fear that my favorite players would be moved somewhere else. August 1 could never come soon enough. In 2008, when Ken Griffey Jr. was finally traded, I was brokenhearted but understood enough of the business to come to terms with the deal. Plus, I had Adam Dunn to hang onto. My ignorance of the waiver system and Dunn’s subsequent trade 11 days after the deadline are why I have trust issues.

Johnny Cueto goes on at 7:07 EST for the Royals.



37 Responses

  1. wildwestlv

    I have my nephew’s birthday party to attend, otherwise I’d probably be watching Johnny Cueto rather than the Bucs/Reds. Hoping for another pleasant surprise, but I fully expect a come-back-down-to-reality loss tonight. But, you never know! GO REDS!! BRUUUUUUUUUCE!!! (yes, I know he’s not in the lineup tonight)

  2. Eric the Red

    I said this last night, and it worked, so…I wish they’d stop moving Votto to third in the order. Keep him in the 2 hole, please!

    If we get 15 runs again tonight, you know who to thank.

  3. Eric the Red

    The Pirates are one of the better teams in baseball….and they’re 2-8 vs the Reds. Keep it going, guys.

  4. Mack Ashley Potter

    So who signed up for little league today? These young Reds players loafing and not hustling is driving me up a wall. Don’t right no excuse for Lorenzen to take his time and take Polanco for granted. Unreal. And then Pena couldn’t couldn’t throw my sister out.

  5. Indy Red Man

    I think I’m the biggest Lorenzen fan on here but hardly anyone but Chapman can throw 100% fastballs and get away with it? I didn’t see 1 offspeed pitch and the only time he really came inside was the jam job to Ramirez. He’s got to be better than that?
    Surely we’re not planning on bringing back Byrd are we? He hasn’t been bad but we need a leadoff hitter and they might need LF for Mesoraco anyway.

  6. Evan armstrong

    Cueto not finding his first AL start as smooth as he had hoped it appears.

    • seat101

      Eddie Milner did stuff like that all the time, if memory serves…

  7. bew901

    Is it me or is Pena calling a terrible game? Guy can hit for AVG but that’s about it.

    • seat101

      He certainly doesn’t look comfortable behind the plate. That was a very poor play.


  8. Steve Mancuso

    Bad defense has really hurt the Reds tonight. First run – just throw him out at first or execute the pitchout. Second run – decent throw/tag at the plate and runner is out at home. Fourth run on wild pitch/botch by catcher. Peña is a common denominator. He’s also lousy at framing pitches.

  9. Mack Ashley Potter

    I honestly don’t know what to say anymore. Worst MLB manager in last 50 years is pretty self explanatory I guess. As usually that inning is on Bryan Price. Walking Cervelli? Are you kidding me? The lefty was even on deck BEFORE Price walked him. lolololol

  10. kmartin

    I think we got a break there from the Pirates. Sending the runner from second with McCutchen due up does not seem like a smart play.

  11. RedsDownUnderer

    I swear… if they mention that Skip leads the majors in pinch hits once more time…

  12. jamesgarret

    Price just never seems to get it on pitching match ups.His hands are tied anyway without a lefty to bring in so why do you walk a righty to get to a lefty.

  13. seat101

    It’s getting to the point where I’m surprised that Brian Price is not accused of causing the San Francisco earthquake. My goodness not everything is Brian prices fault.

    There’s a lot of confirmation bias going on here. To say that someone is the worst manager in 50 years is such hyperbole as to make anyone reading that not want to go any further.

    • Carl Sayre

      It may not all be his fault but when it comes to GABP a large percentage is. He is almost enough to make me miss dusty.

      • seat101

        I have read that the Dodgers never got rid of Walter Alston because they felt that the “Dodgers never lost more games and they should have.”

        It wasn’t because he never made a mistake.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Yep, that was some bad luck. Easy single, two runs if Soria’s stab misses.

    • RedAlert

      Maybe not since he would be winning run

      • Vicferrari

        Too bad we do not have any desirable LHB left off the bench to bat that the rest of the league desires

  14. RedAlert

    Pirates with theb rabbit’s foot – unbelievable

  15. whereruklu

    WTH? Why send Phillips from 3rd with one out on a single? If he holds up, bases loaded 1 out. SAC FL ties it. Instead BP is out by a mile, 2 outs, no runner on 3rd. Oye vey

  16. Edward Breeze

    So did Brandon Phillips choose not to run over the catcher at the end? Or is this modern “Buster Posey Rule” baseball where Phillips is not allowed to run over the catcher?

    • vegastypo

      I’ve been under the impression that if the catcher has the ball and is then legally blocking the plate, the runner can knock the catcher into next week if he wants to.

      • Vicferrari

        Did not see the play but I thought they changed the rules to stop this. The reds got a cheap rune last year because of this against the Marlins last year to win the game

      • vegastypo

        That was a little different. Last year against the Marlins, the catcher had been perched in front of the plate before the ball arrived. Tonight, I thought the catcher had the ball well before the runner got there. Maybe I’m ‘misremembering.’