The Cincinnati Reds (59-81) will try to win two games today against the St. Louis Cardinals (88-53). The Reds just completed a 4-2 win (recap) over the Cardinals minutes ago, thanks to a two-run homer by Adam Duvall in the eighth inning. The game was a completion of yesterday’s suspended game because of rain.

Starting Pitchers

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Anthony DeSclafani just keeps going on in 2015 for the Reds. It feels like DeSclafani should be running out of steam as the season drags on, but he just keeps proving the doubters wrong. He has seemingly got stronger as the seasons has gone on.

Here was what I wrote about DeSclafani’s last start against the Pirates: DeSclafani was outstanding on Monday afternoon. He didn’t allow a walk in 7.1 innings, and struck out 6. Through 26 starts this season, DeSclafani has a 3.75 ERA and 3.81 FIP. He has done a great job of late by limiting walks. DeSclafani has walked just 10 batters in his last 7 starts (42.0 IP).

DeSclafani has absolutely dominated the Cardinals in two starts this season too. He has a 1.38 ERA in 13.0 IP, with 13 K, and only 3 BB.

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Lance Lynn is putting together another nice year for the Cardinals. Lynn’s K/9 mark is his best since 2012, but it has come at the cost of more walks. Lynn’s 3.30 BB/9 is the 14th worst in the MLB.

Lynn did get beat up pretty bad in his last start. Lynn hurt his ankle on August 29th, and had his next start pushed back over a week. Monday was Lynn’s first start since he hurt his ankle, and he allowed 6 ER in 2.1 innings to the Cubs.

Lynn has a 3.51 career ERA in 12 starts (15 games) against the Reds. That falls into place with his career 3.40 ERA. His only start of the year against the Reds came on July 27th, and it was a good one for Lynn: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 5 K.

Starting Lineups

Ugh, stop with Skip Schumaker playing.

Cardinals Reds
1. Matt Carpenter (3B)
2. Stephen Piscotty (LF)
3. Jason Heyward (CF)
4. Mark Reynolds (1B)
5. Brandon Moss (RF)
6. Kolten Wong (2B)
7. Tony Cruz (C)
8. Greg Garcia (SS)
9. Lance Lynn (P)
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Skip Schumaker (LF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Todd Frazier (3B)
7. Eugenio Suarez (SS)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Anthony DeSclafani (P)

Other News and Notes

Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.

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  1. Come on Duvall should have got the start he just won the first game with a homer.

  2. Skip is playing LF because?????? Duvall sits because?????

  3. The combined OBP of the Reds first two hitter today, .562, is less than Joey Votto’s individual OBP in the second half, .571.

  4. I see Bryan Price needed him some Grit in the lineup. smh

  5. The REDS have a club option on Skip for 2016 for $2.5 M. Is there any reason they would want to exercise that option? If not, is there any reason they should be playing him on a fairly regular basis for the rest of 2015????

    • – and they should pay Price to be gone- absolutely stupid to continue to run Shumaker out there

      • Sorry – said I wasn’t gonna rail on Price any more ( cause I feel certain he’s gone at the end of the year), but his insistence to continue to run Shumaker out there is borderline incompetence

        • Price’s reasons for running Skip out there are misguided but simple. He feels an obligation to put his best team on the field against teams still in the hunt. Obviously, he feels Skip is one of the best.

    • It may be worth picking up his option for leadership/clubhouse reasons alone.

      • Can’t tell if you are serious or not.

        I don’t think you can be a leader while also being the worst player in major league baseball on a per-PA basis.

      • How many wins did Skip’s “leadership” produce this year? I’m sure he’s a gem of a guy and good teammate…but he’s actually bad at baseball. Not just “average…ok ….mediocre” …but bad.

  6. Votto is racking up the free stolen bases with Billy on 3rd. 2 last night, 1 today.

  7. One of the few things a fan of an eliminated team, firmly in last place, can look forward to is 1) playing spoiler (which the Reds really have not done…although taking 3/4 from the Cards would be nice) and 2) see some of the young guys and prospects get some playing time. Instead, we continuously get Skip Schumaker. Curiouser and curiouser.

  8. Yep. Exactly.

    Not only playing Skip, but batting him 2nd. It’s sad more than anything now. It doesn’t anger me anymore. I feel sorry for Bryan Price. Filling out a lineup card must be so difficult for him.

  9. And by all means, if by whatever convoluted logic it is decided to start Schumaker, let’s put him high in the order, so he might get more plate appearances than players who can actually hit a little better. Well done, Price.

    • It is hilarious because even ‘old school’ reasons to bat a guy 2nd like “he handles the bat well” don’t apply. Skip is a terrible player in all aspects of the game. There is nothing he is above-average at. Heck, there may not be anything he’s even average at.

  10. We have got the Cards on the ropes if we can get 2 or 3 runs.Disco has settled down and Lynn is about to implode.I feel a big inning coming.We will win despite Price and his play Skip mentality.

  11. Atta boy, Skippy. Slow yourself down with a dive into first base. Give ’em more time to get yourself out. Well done.

  12. Come on Reds support your pitcher.Lynn isn’t that good and he is a jerk as well.Come on lets get some hits and win this game.

  13. Anyone else getting Yankee game instead?

  14. Skip!!! Shows what we all know. Price got Skip that fastball by batting him 2nd

  15. I don’t believe it. I had my ‘Votto should be batting now’ comment already written, and then Schumaker goes deep. Amazing !!!!!!!!!!

    • Skip has actually been a good PH this year. Injuries and trades have caused him to play more then he should. As a bench piece he is not that bad.

      • Bench players should not be total embarrassments if they have to play every day for a while. Skip’s defense is terrible, his power is next to nothing. Just seems like the Reds should be able to do better than him, and cheaper.

        • Skips defense is not terrible. He is very versatile. He is not a everyday player or even a LH platoon player. He is a bench piece that plays all over the diamond. He is far from what ails the Reds. The Reds are the worst situational hitting team in the league. Look at the last two games. How many examples of poor execution to you need. Replacing Skip will do nothing for the won lost record of the Reds.

  16. Skip says relegation can kiss his tail.

  17. Walt and Bob want a winner as much if not more then the rest of us. Actually Bob’s impatience have been a problem for the entire organization.

  18. There aren’t nearly enough angry people on here complaining about Skip Schumaker starting

  19. While I was away helping the wife with things in the attic,I see we have indeed got some hits and runs thanks to Skip.Sometimes you have to eat crow and it doesn’t taste so bad.

    • David Klingler threw some TD’s…..the Chevy Chase Show had a few laughs….Iran defeated Iraq…or Iraq defeated Iran, can’t recall.

  20. It is written: Disco Inferno, Come on Now !!

  21. Awesome dig deep moment for Disco….well done

  22. The announcer said Bruce only has 5 ground ball hits to RF this year

  23. I think if we win this one, Skip gets the “Goat Farting a Rainbow” award for his dinger today.

  24. First time commenting, long-time lerker. I don’t have the overpriced tv package so when the Reds are on Fox, that’s my only live fix outside of my 3-5 games a year. I have to say when the tv announcers broke down Desclafani’s pitching to Moss for his 10th strikeout, you realized this guy knows how to pitch. What a pickup. Here’s your number three (or two possibly) starter for ’16.

  25. As Nick mentioned Disco has got stronger as the year goes on which is very encouraging.

  26. A Skip Shumaker three-run home run? Please see:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_swan_theory

  27. Heard Tony Cingrani on the pre game radio interview. He seemed about as dis-interested as I’ve ever heard a person in an interview.

    • I’ve heard Cingrani a few times and would call his personality “interesting” or maybe “prickly.” I have a feeling that he’s not helping himself any with it. For what that’s worth.

      • I agree with your assessment.

        Question: What did you work on down in the minors.
        Answer: Nothing much, just trying to get healthy.

        He talked like the only reason he was there, was because of injuries.

      • He’s a south sider so maybe a trade to the White Sox would get him in a better mood.

  28. Pen needs to hold on and get Disco a win.

  29. Around the horn DP get Tony C out of it.

  30. Induces the twin killing

  31. Will Price bring Chapman in to close it out?

    • I bet yes if the closer rule applies.

      • Chapman and Hoover pitched earlier today in that suspended game, was wondering whether that would affect their use in today’s game.

        • Chapman threw only 11 pitches in the first game. Hopefully we get Bruce in and it becomes a non-save situation.

  32. Bases juiced and they can’t walk Votto this time.

  33. Anyone know who these announcers are? Pretty solid IMO.

    • Exactly what my comment about dissecting Desclafani’s pitching was hinting at earlier. Outside of Brantley and Welsh, the Reds announcers seem to have an axe to grind against the players. Refreshing to have optimism on both sides of the ball

  34. OK, time to shut them down for 6 outs … just 6 measly outs … can we do that, please?

  35. I can’t believe I’m getting TOR/NYY in Indy instead of the Reds.

    FOX always screws things up for Reds fans who aren’t in the Cincinnati market.

  36. And we get the solid version of Burke Badenhop today .. as opposed to Bad Burkenhop. I really like it when that happens.

  37. Barnhart !!!!!!!!

  38. Seen in the Colerain–La Salle game where fumble by a Colerain player, should have been ruled down. Completely changed the game. Replay needs to become part of High School Football, especially in big games. All turnovers reviewed.

  39. Nice fundamental baseball. Something the Reds execute far to little of. Bruce tags,Suarez does not expand the zone and takes the walk and Price starts the runner and Barnhardt delivers a single.

  40. As if the Reds need more reasons NOT to use Chapman, now he sits down because it’s not a save situation. Grrrrrrr.

  41. We rag on umpires a lot….but Jim Joyce is one of the better ones.

  42. Verducci and Goldsmith are the announcers

  43. Cards unbelievable run of pitching is starting to self correct itself. It will be interesting to see if the Pirates can run them down.

  44. Evidently if we let Skip start and it rain the whole game, good things happen. Small sample I know, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

    3 of 4. Brooms or not tomorrow, it feels good!

  45. And this one belongs to the Reds !!

  46. Two wins versus the hated Cards in one day! What a fine Saturday this is shaping up to be. Go Reds. Make the Cards pay for overworking their bullpen all year long. A St. Louis fade would be so, so sweet.

  47. Skip gets it done against his former team. And how about DeSclafani? He’s making Walt look good.

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About Nick Kirby

Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.

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