The Cincinnati Reds (51-71) will look to end their losing streak in tonight’s makeup game against the Detroit Tigers (59-64). The Reds won two of three against the Tigers when they played back in mid-June, narrowly outscoring them 13-12.


Buck Farmer 8.39 6.65 2.2 8.5% 12.7%
Keyvius Sampson 4.43 4.06 0.9 9.9% 18.7%

This may be the Reds best chance to snap the losing streak. Right-handed pitcher Buck Farmer is in the Tigers rotation for the first time since July 31st with Daniel Norris and Anibal Sanchez both on the disabled list. Farmer has made three other starts this season and has allowed a run per inning in each start. He’s made four relief appearances in August, and has allowed six run in 6.2 innings.

Keyvius Sampson hopes to bounce back from his last start, where he allowed four runs in 3.1 innings against the Royals. Before that, he had a 3.38 ERA through his first three career starts.

The Tigers lineup:

  1. Anthony Gose (L) CF
  2. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B
  4. J.D. Martinez (R) RF
  5. Tyler Collins (L) LF
  6. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B
  7. Alex Avila (L) C
  8. Andrew Romine (S) SS
  9. Buck Farmer (L) P

Tonight’s Reds lineup.

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


Hopefully, this is the night for the Reds bats to wake up, and the team can finally put this long losing streak to rest.


184 Responses

  1. Matt WI

    Buck Farmer just makes me think of the “Buck Futter” skit with “Sean Connery” on Jeopardy! bit from SNL. Good stuff, that.

    • msanmoore

      +15 HAR (Humor Against Replacement) on that.

  2. lwblogger2

    Bruce hit the ball hard a couple times yesterday. Let’s hope he breaks out of it. A slump is one thing but going cold for a month at a time is something that he needs to get past.

    • sezwhom

      Unfortunately, we’ve see that before with Jay. I like him but he goes in funks which last far too long.

  3. Shchi Cossack

    “Farmer has made three other starts this season and has allowed a run per inning in each start. He’s made four relief appearances in August, and has allowed six run in 6.2 innings.”

    Looks like a 7 or 8 inning shutout tonight for Farmer!

  4. Tom Reed

    Disappointing to see Skip starting in left field. I thought the Reds were in a youth movement. Boesch should be in left and Skip held in reserve as a pinch hitter.

    • pinson343

      Boesch hurt himself fouling a ball off his foot and/or ankle. The day before he’d had his first good day as a Red, hitting a drive off the wall for an RBI double and picking up another RBI on a ground ball.

  5. Jeremy Conley

    This is the first game that I’ve had a chance to actually watch Sampson, I’m interested to get a look at him.

    The lineup, however, looks like the lineup I would put up if I was trying to get fired. I wonder if Price just wants out at this point.

    • Whodeythinkgonnabeatthemredlegs

      The price is wrong, Brian!

  6. Jeremy Conley

    Early scouting report on Sampson: bad control of straight fastball, mediocre slider and curve. I’m not giving up on the guy after a third of an inning, but he doesn’t look very good.

    • pinson343

      His minor league stats gave no indication that he would pitch any better than this.

  7. seat101

    My biggest recollection of Ted Power was his uncanny ability to give up a hit after getting two strikes on a batter.

    He’s our MiLB pitching coach, right?

  8. Whodeythinkgonnabeatthemredlegs

    It’s cool guys, I’m sure watching Andy Dalton tonight will make us all feel better

  9. james garrett

    Is anybody warming up or are we just surrendering already?

  10. Indy Red Man

    Early scouting report for me….I’m Pete Rose’ing the total every time Holmberg and Sampson go out there. 8.5 tonite so I’m well on my way! Basic rule of thumb is if they’re not that good at AAA then why should they succeed against the big boys? Sampson actually has a good arm though…needs more seasoning and maybe he could be a decent middle reliever?

    Hard to believe a team with Votto, Frazier, Bruce, and BP could dump 10 in a row?

  11. wildwestlv

    Looks pretty good for the streak going into the double-digits. Party like it’s 1998!!!

  12. Indy Red Man

    Thats one solid lineup when Grit gets the most atbats of anyone on the Reds….lol.

  13. Mack Ashley Potter

    Poor Redlegs… We’re gonna finish in the cellar aren’t we guys? At the beginning of the season I would’ve bet my house to a dollar that would never happen. I’m just ready to forget the 2015 season ever happened. So disappointing. To get out of this funk and have any chance what so ever at a successful 2016, first thing that HAS to happen is to either demote Bryan Price back to pitching coach or just fire him outright. Personally I thought he was a good pitching coach. But that doesn’t matter, there is a SPECIFIC REASON the Cubs are playing over their heads this year. And that SPECIFIC REASON is Maddon. Finding a manager should be #1 on Walt’s To-Do list this winter.

    • Indy Red Man

      Price was a great pitching coach. I thought he somewhat carried Dusty when we won because Dusty was supposed to be a hitting guy but guys like Encarnacion and Stubbs never got any better under Dusty. Price is flat out horrible as a manager though?

    • Chuck Schick

      1.Baseball Prospectus, amongst other entities that actually follow the game of baseball, predicted the Reds to finish in last place.

      2.Teams don’t “demote” managers to pitching coach…this isn’t a loading dock or a Burger King.

      3. The Cubs have drafted and developed extremely well. Maddon is a very good manager, one of a small number that actually makes a difference…however, to say that he is the specific reason for their success defies any semblance of reason. The Cubs have an extreme amount of talent.

      4. Assuming Price is fired, at this time next year, you’ll be calling his replacement the worst manager ever as the level of talent will not be improved. No manager in the history of the game would win with the Reds current roster.

  14. james garrett

    Of course we will finish in the cellar.We laid down after the break and we won’t get up.Very disappointing to say the least.

  15. Mack Ashley Potter

    Well, there is the main reason I’m for Tucker backing up Mes next year instead of Pena. Bryan is a great guy and he hit the ball well this season, but Tucker is a excellent defensive catcher while Pena would struggle to throw ME out. Plus Tucker has a little pop in his bat and will give you a bonus dinger every now and then while Pena could struggle to hit a HR in the little league world series.

  16. Indy Red Man

    I was looking at the box score of Louisville/Durham last week and ran across some interesting prospects for Durham. They have a guy named Taylor Motter thats hitting .290 (.362 obp) with 11 hrs/26 steals and a 1.037 OPS vs lefties. He’s 25 but basically filler for them I think? Why not grab a guy like that and platoon him w/Boesch or something? How does running out a washed up scrub like Schumaker help us? I like DeJesus as a utility guy….why not run him out there in LF and get him used to it. They tried it in a game or 2 in his first week w/the Reds. Absolutely no direction or forward thinking w/this franchise?

    • Mack Ashley Potter

      Why not give a few more guys in ur own system a chance? Or at least go ahead and let Winker get his feet wet. Now is the perfect time for him to learn how left field plays in Cincinnati. Or even see if he can play center? If Billy doesn’t step up his game next year he is not going to be your starting center fielder much longer. Winker is the future.

      • Indy Red Man

        I know? Of course he has some of those even when he’s running good but overall if you have to reach that far to hit the ball then its not over the plate? Does he think thats hitting the corner on him?

      • Mack Ashley Potter

        He’s looked like the old Frazier this entire 2nd half. He used to swing at that garbage all the time circa 2013 but I thought he had curbed that stuff.

  17. james garrett

    An eight pitch inning for a guy with an 8+ earned run average.

  18. wildwestlv

    Buck Farmer will haunt the Reds hitters’ dreams forever.

    • Mack Ashley Potter

      Entire rotation of rookies, starting Mr Grit & Bourgeois almost every day, players like Lamar starting 3 days in a row, etc, etc, etc.
      If this isn’t rock bottom…I don’t want to see rock bottom.

    • RedAlert

      If they haven’t I’d hate to see what rock bottom actually looked like

      • RedAlert

        Sorry Mack, didn’t see your comment before I posted

  19. james garrett

    It may be that they are so embarassed they want to get back to the dugout quick.

  20. Indy Red Man

    Rangers signed Drew Stubbs. I was always a big fan. The ball really jumped off his bat but he just couldn’t make contact? He had 1 pretty decent year with the Reds but that was it? I think Dusty’s philosophy of being over aggressive hurt his development. He would always hack away at 2-0 pitches and most of them weren’t center cut. This team still generally hacks away 2-0 except for Votto and Hamilton.

  21. Mack Ashley Potter

    Oh what I would give to have never fired Dusty Baker. I bet u Cincinnati would have been a Playoff team last year playing Dusty ball…

    • Chuck Schick

      Is it possible to make a bet with a hypothetical premise, regarding events that have already occurred?

  22. Indy Red Man

    Has Grit even hit a ball to the track this year? The outfielders prob start walking in like when a girl is up in coed softball

    • pinson343

      Get ready to explode. What are you expecting at this point ?

    • wildwestlv

      He’ll probably no-hit the Reds, with Votto reaching multiple times on 2-out walks.

  23. pinson343

    Farmer’s ERA goes down a run every inning.

  24. VaRedsFan

    Cabrera has no problem hitting pitches that might not be strikes.

    • pinson343

      He never has. Especially a thigh high change up.

  25. jdx19

    Well, Miguel Cabrera (one of the best hitters ever) riding a crazy BABIP luck streak sure is something to watch.

  26. Mack Ashley Potter

    Ever wonder why Miggy has so many RBI? Because there are men on base when he ropes a double. Unlike the bases being empty when JV rakes one.

    • jdx19

      Yep. Exactly.

      I finally made the switch. I’m done with Reds’ broadcasts. I can’t stand the ignorance anymore. Listening to the Tigers’ now, whoever they are.

      • Mack Ashley Potter

        I honestly have no clue who is doing Tigers TV these days. But if I could, I promise I would be watching anything but Fox Sports Ohio if possible. Unfortunately, I only get FSO.

  27. james garrett

    Is it possible that the players have give up because of their manager?

  28. pinson343

    The Cossack: “Looks like a 7 or 8 inning shutout tonight for Farmer!” Or maybe a complete game no hitter.

  29. wildwestlv

    The Reds are like an ERA laundromat for mediocre pitchers. Incredible.

  30. Indy Red Man

    Because Joe Flacco is pretty good….or atleast capable of getting hot like Eli. Dalton just isn’t very good.

  31. Mack Ashley Potter

    Just when I thought Thom couldn’t say anything more stupid…Did I just hear him say the OSU-Michigan college football rivalry is the best in all of sports? I mean it’s a big time rivalry but cmon.

    Kentucky – Louisville
    Red Sox – Yankees
    Duke – North Carolina

    Right there is 3 better just off the top of my head.

    • Whodeythinkgonnabeatthemredlegs

      Just playing friendly devils advocate but Yankees Red Sox has been diluted by ESPN and will never be as good as 2003/2006 ALCS. College football in general is probably more exciting than college basketball (not personal preference but in terms of popularity) and I’m sure it was a lot better when Michigan wasn’t terrible.

  32. pinson343

    The no hitter continues. Farmer has problems with throwing strikes. Just in the couple of innings I’ve watched, Barnhart (swinging strike on pitch way outside on a 3-2 count), Frazier (pitch way low), BP (pitch way low) have gotten themselves out swinging at pitches not close to the strike zone. Frazier may have also just struck out on a pitch outside the zone, but not sure, I’m just talking about pitches nowhere near the zone.

    • DavidTurner49

      Even Joey’s pop up to left was chasing a high fast ball

  33. DavidTurner49

    I don’t have a premium pkg so don’t get to see many games. Watching tonight on FS Detroit, and it’s even more depressing than just getting the free game day stuff on ESPN. What was I thinking?

  34. Mack Ashley Potter

    I just can’t watch anymore. This is so pathetic. At least bring up some of these rookies and give a look at the future. This is just awful. And embarrassing as a Reds fan.

    • pinson343

      They have brought up some guys from AAA and they stink.

  35. wildwestlv

    Thank God. Our long Redleg National nightmare is over. We won’t be no-hit by Buck Farmer.

    • pinson343

      Still a shutout, so Cossack’s prediction still looking good.

  36. james garrett

    Balester just hit for himself and my first thought was why then I thought again and why not.Can’t do any worse.

    • pinson343

      Balester has a .143 career average, so not much worse than the Reds bench.

  37. pinson343

    Balester looks good so far (3 innings total).

    • Daytonian

      Agreed. Can there be the slightest whiff of hope here? A reliever who actually holds the other team scoreless?

  38. wildwestlv

    I like how Gameday doesn’t even bother to switch Balester out of his Pirates uni. Not even MLB gives hoot about the Reds anymore.

  39. james garrett

    There goes the shutout.Suarez goes deep.

  40. VaRedsFan

    High and tight, then BP hits the facade with the next pitch

  41. pinson343

    All they had to do was to stop swinging at pitches well out of the strike zone.

  42. jdx19

    Huzzah!! Homer, Walk, Homer, Bunt Single… I like it!

    • jdx19

      I think he still would have been out at 1st.

      • seat101

        There was no clear path for the baseball. Skippy stays up he goes faster rather than siding, and there’s no clear path for him to be thrown out

      • jdx19

        I understand. I think he still would have been out at 1st.

      • pinson343

        Welsh made the point that by sliding, Schumaker made the throw and catch easier.

    • pinson343

      Yes, that was a stupid slide. Made a tough play easy.

      • VaRedsFan

        It was stupid, but I still think he’d been out

  43. pinson343

    That was an outside pitch to Bruce but up and he went the other way with it, no problem.

  44. VaRedsFan

    Bruce has to beat the throw on steal attempts by an extra count, because he still hasn’t learned how to slide. (lead leg is up)

    • seat101

      I hadn’t noticed. Thanks for pointing that out. Been watching baseball for 50+ years yet still learn something almost every game.

      • VaRedsFan

        I noticed it like 2 years ago. Several times each year he is called out when his top leg goes over the base or plate.

    • VaRedsFan

      What bullpen arms protect this precious lead?

  45. pinson343

    After the big hits, 3 walks and a bloop and a bloop.

  46. Mack Ashley Potter

    Man I just love Surez. Good things just seem to happen around him. Like that bloop. Cozart better be looking for employment. Or trade Brandon now while he has value and start playing Surez at 2nd right now to learn for next year. Either way, kid HAS to be in the lineup!!

    • RedAlert

      Without a doubt , he sure does !! It should be crystal clear now that this kid knows how to handle the bat and it needs to be a part of the everyday lineup next year . don’t care how or where they put him on the field , just get his bat in there –

      • pinson343

        He needs to be in there, but not at SS, unless his D improves. He turned the whole game around by being patient, picking his pitch, and hitting it out. You could see the Reds hitters relax after that.

  47. msanmoore

    Well did I pick the right inning to check the score and tune in or what? Bases loaded 2-out Grit gets a +50 from me. Ay-U-Hey-Knee-O gets +500 because I’m really liking the kids.

    • Carl Sayre

      He does pronounce his name funny, at least to this hillbilly and I have already said I don’t think he is a major league SS. The other side of that I will learn to speak proper spanish and hit him ground balls if he wants to work on his defense. This kid can HIT and we got him for Simon? I might give WJ a little break for a day or so. Did I mention this kid can hit? (ALL SMILES)

      • msanmoore

        Agree about him permanently at SS. I think 2B or LF are possible options. Or maybe 3B.

      • Tom Reed

        What ever position Suarez plays is fine with me. This guy is a natural hitter and needs to be in the starting eight.

    • jdx19

      Both BP and Eugenio had themselves a game this inning!

  48. jdx19


    What an inning. Glad i didn’t turn this off!!

    • pinson343

      And on the HR he said: “Don’t throw at my head.” It was by accident, but he still wanted to give the kid a message.

  49. msanmoore

    Oh my! Brandon gets +1000 for finding “just the right spot” for a triple.

  50. Carl Sayre

    Iglesiase has got be a mad son of a gun. Why he is asking couldn’t he have got a little love like this last night.

  51. james garrett

    We were do a miracle and got one.Four walks that inning as well.

  52. George Mirones

    A lot of offensive frustration vented that inning.

  53. wildwestlv

    Badenhop didn’t get the memo. The Reds are trying to WIN tonight.

  54. jdx19

    What a pretty DP. Some flair from BP (of course) and even from Eugenio!

  55. DavidTurner49

    Badenhop looked bad; needed a lucky break on the dp.

    • Mack Ashley Potter

      Badenhop looked pretty bad because Badenhop is pretty bad. Just another winter move that didnt pan out for the Redlegs this year.

      • jdx19

        You are pretty wrong. He’s been one of the best relievers in baseball since the end of April. He’s been fine, overall. Might want to look at this body of work.

  56. Mack Ashley Potter

    Thom cracks me up trying to call this game like it’s the 7 game of the World Series. Fyi Thom, Reds are in the midst of an 8 game streak the wrong way lol

  57. GreatRedLegsFan

    An alternative would be putting Suarez in 3B and swichting Frazier to LF.

    • msanmoore

      Yep – That could work if they’re willing to do it. Todd is fine in LF … or at least was back in AA when I saw him there. Granted that’s been a while, but he did play there most nights I saw him

      • Mack Ashley Potter

        Frazier has played some left in Cincinnati too. He wouldn’t be anything special, but would be an average everyday ML outfielder.

      • msanmoore

        Exactly – and all we need in LF most days is an average fielder who hustles and can hit.

  58. wildwestlv

    If it remains a 5-run lead, does Price use Chapman?

  59. Mack Ashley Potter

    Wow Tucker got an easy double out of that! Wish every Reds player would hustle like Tucker and the way Buuurd did.

    • Jazzmanbbfan

      I’m at the game and from my vantage point 10 rows behind the Reds dugout it looks like everyone has been hustling all game. Given the way it started and the 9 game losing streak I was impressed that they continued to play hard. Might have been easy to mail it in with the hole Sampson put them in.

  60. RedAlert

    Suarez … You can’t stop him , you can only hope to contain him ….. Oh wait , NFL still in preseason

  61. Mack Ashley Potter

    This is honestly the first true come back I can remember the Reds having all season. I’m sure there has been a few come from behind wins where they were down a run or 2 at some point, but I really cant remember being down 3+ runs this year and winning the ball game. That’s IF…this wacky bullpen can finish it off tonight.

    • Mack Ashley Potter

      Man I’m good. lol. Someone just told thom this is just the 5th 2+ run come from behind win by Cincinnati this season. Easily the fewest in MLB. I had no clue what so ever what the actual numbers were, it just seemed liked the NEVER made any comebacks this year. If we got down 2 runs, game was over.

      • jdx19

        Tigers broadcast said their biggset of the year so far was only 3 runs. So this trumps that easily.

  62. VaRedsFan

    Always very nice to see Votto pull the ball deep like that

  63. jdx19

    Holy crap! That’s the hardest hit ball I’ve seen from Votto in quite some time, I’d say. Geez.

    • DavidTurner49


      But Frazier is still off.

  64. jdx19

    Votto now with more 4x on-base games in the ASB than any other player in the NL has all year long. Assuming those few guys didn’t get on base 4 times tonight!

  65. wildwestlv

    Man, I really hope they have more of these explosions left in them over the last month. I really want to see the Reds play spoiler to some team in the hunt, the Dodgers, Cubs, Pirates, Mets.

  66. jdx19

    Votto OPS up to .999 at the moment. That’s OK.

  67. Indy Red Man

    Suarez 2nd Votto 3rd…..thats a keeper right there. I don’t know about anyone else though? Frazier/Mesoraco 4th/5th or vice versa….that drops Jay to 6th and might take some pressure off him. BP def 7th….then find a decent leadoff man or platoon in LF and Hamilton 9th or if they can get some muscle on Hamilton in the offseason and leave him RH only then he could try leading off again?

  68. VaRedsFan

    Thom says….no way that this gets overturned.

  69. Shchi Cossack

    I hope Chad has the game recap tonight. He deserves a chance to write up this one.

    • Shchi Cossack

      And for Pinson, it was only a 5 inning shutout rather than 7 inning shutout, but I’ll take a few more innings like the 6th for the Reds any time!