The Reds (48-57) and the Cardinals (68-39) play the final game of the three game series, which is also the final game of this seven game home stand. After each team worked deep into their bullpens last night, the Reds are looking for Michael Lorenzen to work deep into today’s game and for the weather to cooperate to avoid multiple rain delays.

Unlike most business day specials, today’s game will be shown locally on Fox Sports Ohio. If you live outside the Cincinnati television market, today’s game is available as the MLB.TV free game of the day.

STARTING PITCHERS

PITCHER ERA FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Michael Wacha 3.09 3.23 0.7 5.9% 20.7%
Michael Lorenzen 4.80 5.82 1.6 12.5% 15.7%

Michael Wacha has thrown six innings or more in 15 of his 20 starts this season. His first two starts of the year were against the Reds. He only allowed two runs over 13.1 innings and was credited with the win in each of those games.

Michael Lorenzen has had his good starts, but you can expect inconsistency from rookie pitchers. Lorenzen was roughed up in his last three starts for 17 runs over 13 innings. He hasn’t thrown more than 6 innings in a start since his last victory on June 21st, and he’s only pitched six or more innings seven times in his 15 starts. This will be his first career appearance against the Cardinals.

STARTING LINEUPS
Shortstop Johnny Peralta and catcher Yadier Molina are getting a day off in the Cardinals lineup.

  1. Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
  2. Stephen Piscotty (R) LF
  3. Jason Heyward (L) RF
  4. Randal Grichuk (R) CF
  5. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
  6. Brandon Moss (L) 1B
  7. Tony Cruz (R) C
  8. Greg Garcia (L) SS
  9. Michael Wacha (R) P

Tucker Barnhart and Jason Burgeios are the changes in today’s Reds lineup:

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

SEAN MARSHALL THROWING
It was reported during last night’s game that Sean Marshall threw his first bullpen session since May shoulder surgery. Bryan Price stated that there is a possibility that Marshall could still pitch in a major league game before the season is over. Marshall hasn’t pitched for the Reds since June 20, 2014.

REDS PROSPECT RANKING UPDATED
The Reds top 30 list on MLB.com was recently updated to reflect the recent draft and July 31st trade deadline. Two recent trade acquisitions and three draftees made it into the top 10. The top five include Jesse Winker, Robert Stephenson, Amir Garrett, 2015 #1 pick Tyler Stephenson, and Keury Mella (acquired from the Giants in the Mike Leake trade.) The full list of 30 prospects can be found on the MLB.com website.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
If today’s game is played, the Reds have a chance at a winning record on this home stand, having gone 3-3 in their first six games. The weather forecast isn’t very promising for the early afternoon hours. So, we’ll have to see how long the umpires give to Mother Nature before deciding to call the game.

After this afternoon’s game, the Reds will head West for a 3 team, 10 game road trip. are 3-3 on this seven game homestand with a chance to leave town

GO REDS!!

49 Responses

  1. Tom Gray

    On paper, today’s game seems to favor STL. Ya never know. Play it anyway.

    • lwblogger2

      This is true. Sometimes, just every now and then, you expect one thing and you get something else entirely.

  2. Tom Gray

    Marshall was very good LH reliever from 2010 through 2012. Not so much since then, in large part due to injuries.

    Any comeback would be miraculous in 2015.

  3. wizeman

    finnegan not considered a prospect anymore? or just not considered a premium one.

    • Matt WI

      I think it’s just a technicality thing because of service time he’s actually had in the Bigs.

  4. vegastypo

    After last night’s exercise in futility, the last thing this team needs is to be anybody’s Game of the Day.

    • Janet

      Thanks for that update. It helps to have an idea of when to check back on my computer. I only have gameday audio, and it just goes silent during a delay, so I never know what’s going on.

  5. David

    “Bryan Price stated that there is a possibility that Marshall could still pitch in a major league game before the season is over.”

    Small victories. He might finally be healthy enough that he can showcase for free agency. Yay.

    • Tom Gray

      Any FA contract that Marshall might get would be MiLB contract and invite to spring training.

    • Greg Dafler

      I’d love for him to come back, but I’ll believe it when I see it. I’m still waiting for Nick Masset to come back!

      • lwblogger2

        Burton is in AAA right now. I think with TEX org.

      • lwblogger2

        Ha! Masset is with the Marlins after not pitching so well with ATL.

  6. vegastypo

    From Reds: Back end of rain has intensified and as a result we are pushing back start time by twenty minutes to 1:40PM barring any further changes.

  7. VaRedsFan

    Do the Reds have insurance on Marshall contract for the following scenarios:
    If he doesn’t pitch at all?
    If he only pitches in minor league games?

    If so, they might as well drag the rehab out. I can think of 6.5 million reasons why.

  8. jdx19

    Hooray for sick days! Watching the game at home today.

  9. VaRedsFan

    Jason Mendoza in the 2 hole…sigh.
    Thought they might give Byrd an off day. Give Ivan a start in LF.
    Cut those Byrd plate appearances down.

    • jdx19

      Any time you can bat a career minor leaguer with a career sub-.300 OBP in the 2-hole, you gotta do it.

    • vegastypo

      I think he should switch his Sinatra walk-up song. Maybe change to “The Best is Yet to Come.”

  10. jamesgarret

    Eight pitch inning for Wacha,we must be anxious to go west.

  11. jdx19

    4 pitch walk to Carpenter after getting him 0-2.

    I HATE nibbling. I hate it more than anything else in baseball.

  12. jamesgarret

    Once Lorenzen can cut down on his walks we will have ourselves a very good starter for a long time.He either struggles to repeat his delivery or loses some focus but I believe he will get there.

  13. jamesgarret

    Exactly what I am talking about.Carpenter took 4 in a row and then you have to make 7 more pitches to get the next guy out.Got to trust your stuff and throw strikes.

    • whodeythinkgonnabeatthemredlegs

      Just looked up his monthly splits for fun. I’m sure this has been said already but his July slash line was .405/.549/.667

  14. VaRedsFan

    confirmation bias…The Cardinals always get hits with RISP vs. Reds

    • vegastypo

      Just a grounder that was hit in the right place…..and now Badenhop in the pen. Gee.

  15. vegastypo

    From Fay on Twitter: . Lorenzen’s allowed 25 runs in 28 innings in last six starts.

  16. jamesgarret

    Cards do all the little things well and they pitch.The are not flashy they just know how to win.

  17. jamesgarret

    Guys we are just a bad team.Can’t imagine us even scoring today.

  18. jamesgarret

    Its games like this and last night that cause people to start talking about blowing up the core of our team.I wasn’t one of them and was especially happy when they did not trade Bruce but as a fan we have had a lot of games this year where it appears we just go through the motions.A few years ago,with the same group,I felt we were never out of a game.Now I rarely think we are in a game when we get behind.We lost some of what we used to have.

  19. lwblogger2

    What? Rosenthal used for 4 outs in a tie game last night and now getting the save? How do you do that? Is that legal?