The calendar has resigned to flipping itself to August, and the Reds (46-55) have resigned themselves to a “reboot”-ing year while playing the spoiler. Despite having the second best record in the National League, the Pirates (60-42) enter today’s game with but a four game lead for the twist of fate Wild Card Game come October.

STARTING PITCHERS
All stats are 2015 actuals:

PITCHER ERA FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Gerrit Cole 2.24 2.72 0.54 5.3% 24.6%
Raisel Iglesias 5.53 3.62 0.89 7.0% 22.7%

Making his fourth start since coming off the DL before the All Star Break, Raisel Iglesias is poised to earn a place in the top half of the Reds’ rotation for 2016. While his ERA is ugly, Igesias’ peripherals indicate the makeup of a starter. In the 16.0 innings since he’s been of the DL, Iglesias has struck out 17 and walked 4 but pitched to a .362 BABIP, which is well above average.

The Pirates arending out their world beating young starter Gerrit Cole who is in the midst of fantastic stretch of starts. In his five starts since June 30, Cole is 3-1, throwing 36.2 innings to a 2.45 ERA with 28 strikeouts to just 3 walks. A selective endpoint for sure, but given that Cole’s season numbers are even better than that stretch, it’s fair to say he’s in the conversation for Cy Young. Yet, Cole has never beaten the Reds in his young career, and in three starts against the Redlegs this season, he’s given up 11 runs in 14.2 innings with 7 walks to 15 strikeouts.

STARTING LINEUPS

Jay Bruce is back in the Reds’ lineup tonight:

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. Brayan Pena (S) C
7. Eugenio Suarez (R) SS
8. Raisel Iglesias (R) P
9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
WESLEY

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. Chris Stewart (R) C
9. Gerrit Cole (R) P
WESLEY

A HOT TAKE OF THE HOT TAKES?

Red Reporter published a piece compiling the various takes on how the Reds did at the deadline. The results? Basically choose your own adventure as there is no consensus on the Reds’ take.

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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

Tonight is Devin Mesoraco bobblehead night if you wanted anymore reminders of what the Reds’ 2015 could have been. Other than that, hopefully the Reds continue Gerrit Cole’s losing streak against them tonight.

GO REDS

106 Responses

  1. seat101

    Sorry! Just finished cooking dinner for the kids. And am watching two very good pictures pitching the first any.

    Wow that leftfielder of the Pirates is not bad, A?

  2. Jeff Morris

    Not sure why Tucker B is not catching? I thought Price said he earned playing time. Pena is a very very light hitter. His light hitting left runners in scoring position in that last Cardinals game. Same at last nights game (Out to Pitcher with bases loaded), and now Out to Pitcher again with Byrd on third. I would think Tucker B would have more power in his Bat…..

    • Evan armstrong

      My guess is because whom is pitching.

    • Vicferrari

      Yes against RHP always. There is no reason that Pena should catch. In 102 PA tucker has an .790 OPS batting left, career splits in the minors show similar stats

      • Evan armstrong

        Pena is the veteran catcher who speaks Spanish and can help Iglesias grow and learn this season. Tucker will get plenty of action but Pena needs to catch this kid the rest of the season.

  3. Evan armstrong

    At game..looks close to a sell out. Huge line to get into HOF to get Paul O’Neill bobblehead.

  4. Indy Red Man

    I know teams don’t usually trade within division but now that Pittsburgh has dealt Jose Tabata to the Dodgers maybe we could take a cheap flyer on him? He’s still young and .275 lifetime (.336 obp). He stole 19 in his rookie year w/Pitt and is .288 (.356 obp) lifetime at GABP. The guy has talent and maybe something would click for him in a great hitters park. He might like batting in front of Votto too but the way Byrd is going maybe they’ll keep him? If Marlon wasn’t hit on the wrist then he’d be on pace for 30+ hrs

  5. Steve Schoenbaechler

    I thought I would throw this out there. The announcer just said it. I don’t know of others have thought of it. But, what about batting Hamilton 1-2 spots in front of Bruce? If Hamilton gets on base, he can probably steal 2nd. Then, with Bruce up, wouldn’t the other team be a lot less likely to shift on Bruce? I mean, if they did try to shift “regularly”, then Hamilton can probably beat the 3rd baseman to 3rd base before the throw can come in. If they try to keep the 3rd baseman over for Billy, that opens up the left side a bit better for Bruce.

    Just a thought. Any input?

    • jdx19

      I’d say the marginal benefit Jay gets from not being shifted would be faaaar outweighed by batting the worst hitter in the lineup that high in the order.

      Seems like a pretty terrible idea to me. Just my opinion.

      • seat101

        I think it is an interesting idea. And I think it’s worth discussing.

        If you haven’t noticed, Billy seems to be getting on base more often.

      • jdx19

        Doesn’t matter until he proves he can do it consistently. If he’s really a true talent .280 OBP guy (seems likely unless he learns to stop hitting the ball in the air), he shouldn’t hit anywhere except 9th.

  6. RedAlert

    I know cozart is WAY better defensively – but Suarez may make it difficult for him to get the starting job back – this kid can hit !

    • Evan armstrong

      Way more to this game then just hitting. SS position requires a better defensive player over offensive.

      • Indy Red Man

        I don’t know? Offense is at a premium right now. If Suarez can become average then I’d say he has a good shot….esp if Mesoraco can’t catch? His swing is just so much quicker and shorter than Cozart’s. Zack is very steady but its not like he was a super fast and rangy guy before the leg injury

      • Indy Red Man

        If Suarez can become average defensively that is

      • RedAlert

        Agree – I will take him as average defensively with a plus bat

      • RedAlert

        Maybe, but not set in stone – gonna be interesting to see what happens – I don’t think it’s a given that Cozart automatically gets the job back – I think Suarez will outhit him –

  7. VaRedsFan

    Awful strike 2 call on Billy…several inches outside

  8. VaRedsFan

    Nice 1-2-3 by Iggy….always good after getting the lead the inning before.
    Important 3rd time thru the lineup next inning

  9. VaRedsFan

    Shifting on BP to pull…not smart

  10. VaRedsFan

    Votto rarely looks bewildered, but he is struggling against Cole (as many do)

    • VaRedsFan

      At least it took Cole 10 pitches that time

    • seat101

      As the at-bat went on, he did look more comfortable. Until that last, 10th pitch

  11. jdx19

    Is Votto 0-for-the-season against Cole? Don’t feel like looking it up, but even though that was a great AB from Joey, he just can’t figure out Cole.

      • jdx19

        Interesting. This season? My memory isn’t what it used to be!

    • VaRedsFan

      Bruce was 3-12 entering this game….as he DOUBLES in BP. 2 out RISPY1!!!!!!

    • VaRedsFan

      Marlon is now 8-15 with 2 dingers…go figure

  12. Indy Red Man

    3-1 lead again….that’s always been Jay’s bugaboo….the 2 out hit w/risp. Price should be on top of this and realize Iglesias has been melting down in the 5th/6th this year and be ready to pull him quickly?

  13. VaRedsFan

    starting 3rd time through lineup and Iggy gets another 1-2-3

  14. VaRedsFan

    Cole out…has yet to go 6 innings vs Reds this year. Has gone at least 6 in every other start. Someone call Ripley.

  15. Evan armstrong

    I know some will think he left the kid in to long but given who was up and this was a good teachable situation then I have no problem as winning or losing at this point in the season doesn’t matter. However I would have gone with Jumbo not Badenhop.

    • VaRedsFan

      I agree…Showing confidence is important.

  16. VaRedsFan

    Any count on the Bucco-meter by Grande tonight?

  17. pinson343

    Nice job by Iggy. Nice K by Badenhop. Badenhop has pitched well after a terrible April.

    • pinson343

      Right. Thank you, Clint Hurdle. Huge favor to Hoover and the Reds.

  18. pinson343

    Nice job by Hoover. His recent problems have been with LHed sluggers, righties aren’t doing anything against him.

  19. Indy Red Man

    Joe Blanton is terrible….wasn’t it about 4 years ago when we were supposedly interested in him?

    • mtkal

      He wasn’t as terrible then. Had a decent year or two with the Phillies IIRC.

  20. pinson343

    A base open and the first pitch, that was suspicious. if it happened to a Pirate, they would go crazy.

  21. pinson343

    Suarzes is such a good hitter. When runner on 3rd and less than 2 out, now 9 for 13 at getting the run in.

    • Tom Reed

      Not comparing Suarez now or in the future, but he has the look of Mr. RBI himself, Tony Perez.

  22. Indy Red Man

    Kang was 2/3s thru his leg kick before Chapman had actually released the ball….that’s time for a slider or changeup and he’d screw himself into the ground.

  23. VaRedsFan

    Todd dropped the ball or game over

  24. Indy Red Man

    Frazier should’ve had that ball? He tried to make the tag before he caught the ball but he had time to make the tag.

  25. VaRedsFan

    he’ll get him if he throws the slider

    • VaRedsFan

      nope…straight gas…most of them have been high…like that one. ball 4

  26. Indy Red Man

    Wow….Aroldis needs to settle down. You can’t lose the lefty there?

  27. RedAlert

    Sir down Marte ! -REDS FLAT OUT OWN THE BUCCOS THIS YEAR ! How bout a little hot sauce on that one to end it !!

  28. msanmoore

    Finally … nice win for Iggy tonight.

  29. mtkal

    Chappy just making sure our blood is pumping tonight.

  30. VaRedsFan

    can’t bloop ’em all …Reds win

  31. pinson343

    Should have struck out Polanco after 1-2.

    • msanmoore

      Agreed. Wasted that AB, but at least he sat Marte down. Payback for all that stellar defense.

  32. Indy Red Man

    9-3 vs Pittsburgh and blew 2 of those….amazing! The Inglesias and Suarez show tonite. We have some nice young talent!!!!

  33. pinson343

    I don’t mind the bloops. Walking Polanco, whom he could blow away, was an invitation to disaster. Good pitches to Marte, though – threw the high fast ball for strikes when he needed it.

  34. mtkal

    Iggy looking more and more like a definite rotation cog.

  35. RedAlert

    Man , I hope Jay is indeed figuring things out as he just alluded to in his coverstion with Picorro – guy wants to be in this organization – hope that he gets himself on a steady track and Reds find a way to extend him

    • RedAlert

      Conversation with Pocorro – sorry for the bad typing

      • RedAlert

        Also realize hat Reds have him under contract for 2 more years though – so guess extension isn’t really urgent at this particular time

  36. RedAlert

    Suarez really showing me something at the plate – also seems his defense has been pretty steady lately

  37. jamesgarret

    You never know with young pitchers but I like them learning at the big league level.For the rest of the year that’s what will happen.I hope we get more up when the rosters expand.Gives us a chance to see what they have and showcase them for other teams.

  38. jamesgarret

    Bruce is figuring it out.He looked bad the second time up against Cole but made the adjustment and the pitch he hit off the wall in left center was away and 95 mph.Not many guys do that to Cole or anybody else with that velocity.

  39. muttonlettucetomato

    Man, when did the Pirates turn into as big of whiners as the Cards are? Correct me if I’m wrong but this started when Byrd was almost beaned in the head yesterday.