The Reds (5-4) hopped on I-57 South (or more realistically, a chartered plane) after last night’s sweep at the hands of the 1st place Cubs (8-1). Tonight, they hope to get back to the winning ways that started the season with a three-game set against the suddenly fallible Cardinals (5-4).

Starting Pitchers
The following stats from 2015:

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Tim Melville will return to the bump after a serviceable big league debut against the Pirates. Over 4.0 innings, the righty gave up just one run on five hits and four walks while striking out five. Despite the general sloppiness of the start, Melville stranded a runner at third each inning, proving a chutzpah about him to work well in tough situations.

In his first start of the season, Carlos Martinez, the Cardinals young dynamo, took the win with 6.0 innings of two-run ball. Martinez wasn’t his sharpest–walking three and scattering four hits–but he helped his own cause with two RBIs in a 12-2 rout of the Braves. Against the Reds, Martinez has dominated for his career, with a 2.48 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 32.2 innings.

Starting Lineups

Reds Cardinals
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Scott Schebler (LF)
7. Tucker Barnhart (C)
8. Tim Melville (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
1. Matt Carpenter (3B)
2. Jeremy Hazelbaker (RF)
3. Matt Holliday (LF)
4. Stephen Piscotty (1B)
5. Randal Grichuk (CF)
6. Yadier Molina (C)
7. Kolten Wong (2B)
8. Aledmys Diaz (SS)
9. Carlos Martinez (P)

Jackie Robinson Day

Every player will be wearing the number 42 today to honor the late Jackie Robinson for his contributions to the sport. Robinson broke into this league on this day 69 years ago, officially breaking the color barrier that had long kept African-American players out of Major League Baseball. While Robinson’s accomplishments did not end all the racial related struggles in the league, it was a momentous step for the game and for American sports as a whole.

The tradition of players wearing Robinson’s number on this day actually dates back to 2007 and the Reds own Ken Griffey Jr. Wanting to honor the icon, Junior asked then-commissioner Bud Selig if he could wear the number 42, a request the Selig immediately granted. Before the tradition of the day had even begun, Junior had also once worn the number 42 on April 15, 1997, in honor of the date’s 50th anniversary.

Former Reds manager Dusty Baker commented on the importance of the day yesterday, as well as his feelings on African-Americans in leadership positions across the sport.

Walk on the Wild Side
Reds’ pitchers walked 22 Cubs batters during the mid-week sweep and currently second in the Majors in walks allowed. Following the game, manager Bryan Price voiced his frustrations with the staff and their lack of control.

“My concerns are that we compete in the strike zone and that we’re competitive as a pitching staff with control. We have to control the zone,” Price said. “We can say whatever we want about the guys that are on the DL, but if we have 12 Major League pitchers, they should be 12 guys that know how to control the strike zone.”

On the hitting side of things, Joey Votto is tied for the team lead in walks as expected. But his co-leader? The new and improved Billy Hamilton. Granted, it’s only been nine games and the pair also sit first and second in strikeouts with eight and seven respectively, but Hamilton showing more discipline is a promising sign.

Happy Birthday Cody Reed!

The day after fellow Reds young gun Brandon Finnegan turned 23, so does Cody Reed. On one hand, its nice to be reminded of the bevy of young pitchers the Reds have. On the other, now they have a higher number attached to their name because we can’t stop the relentless progress of time. For shame.

Concluding Thoughts
It’s a beautiful day in St. Louis today and absolutely perfect for baseball. Hopefully the team rebounds from it’s nightmare trip to Chicago and starts off the series strong.

Go Reds!

Join the conversation! 87 Comments

  1. Good news from C.Trent (@ctrent) about Lamb and Homer:

    “Homer will pitch 3 innings in an extended spring training game on Saturday. Lamb to pitch for Louisville tomorrow…”

    And from Sheldon (@m_sheldon) about Disco:

    “All went well. Onward to Monday and live BP.”

  2. Still no sign of Meso. Three games straight now, plus an off day on Tuesday. Play him or DL him already. Medical decisions made by this regime are beyond frustrating…..

    • Can’t DL him. I don’t know why, but the Reds have to wait until he hasn’t played for about 10 days, THEN they can DL him, and back date it.

      • And, almost on cue, Price said on his pregame show that the Reds will give Mes “another day or two,” so who really knows when he will see the field again.

    • I think its time to bring out the Joey Votto baggie and let Meso practice sliding on it. Why just have him with a career-ending hip injury? Why not have him at least destroy his knees so we can put him IR for the rest of the season?

  3. I am so sick of watching Reds’ batters swing at the first pitch I just want to throw up.

  4. I’m getting very tired of my MLB.TV app not working

  5. Suarez showing that gold-glove.

  6. Well – they gave us a week of fun – which is more than I thought we’d get this year.

  7. “No joy in M(ud)ELVILLE ” for the Redleg nine – this guy couldn’t pitch a semi-pro game – pathetic

  8. Here comes Milton……

  9. At least they’re not just up there hacking away like before the attempted “rebuild”

  10. Melville has no clue where the ball is going. None.

  11. The Era of Good Feeling is over

  12. Settling into another blowout.

  13. Focus on the good fellows, we’re only competing with the braves and phillies this year for draft picks (or maybe some other awful teams I haven’t been paying attention to). Anything beyond that is just a nice bonus.

  14. After that at bat Melville should know what a strike looks like. Even if he can’t throw one.

    And another 1st pitch swing. Just awful.

  15. Well it’s about time. Wooo Hooo.

  16. Im wondering how many pitchers this team is going to run out there this year thats going to make me ask myself “whos that?”

    • A whole bunch, But they will at least get younger as the year progresses.

    • Melville is like the 15th man on the ol’ depth chart. It’s just 5 of them are on the DL, and the other 3 or 4 should either develop more in the minors and/or have service time the Reds are protecting. People are being a little difficult on the Reds front office when Melville is basically just being used for 2-4 starts until the reinforcements arrive.

  17. There you go Votto. Right back in this game

  18. Hey, I know that guy. That’s THE Joey Votto !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Cardinal announcers are talking about Votto being the 3rd hitter and wondering if he is productive enough to bat 3rd. Just amazing how clueless people are

  20. Team twitter feed:
    “Cincinnati Reds@Reds
    Cozart has hit safely in all 6 of his appearances. Is the longest hitting streak by a Reds batter so far this season”

  21. That was a big time missed spot by Martinez, Yaddi wanted that aone to Votto way inside. Not over the plate. Big mistake that Votto can still handle,

  22. That Votto guy is kind of good.

  23. That Mellville guy is not.

  24. See what happens when Melville throws strikes?

  25. Too bad, poor start by Melville. Seems like a good guy and story

    • It’s a bit like the Devon Still thing.. love that they’re a good guy but if you can’t play then you need to be a good guy doing something else.

  26. Price is going to get 100 pitches out of this guy no matter what the outcome.

  27. Jason Marquis, Kevin Gregg, or Mellville. Tough choice.

    • Melville for sure, they paid the other twoba lot more money! Not taking away from the suck factor of Mellville but those other two were worse when you factor in contracts and expectations IMO.

  28. On the bright side, he hasnt walked anyone this inning

  29. The really sad part is that the Reds could have Cingrani in the starting rotation and Melville in the pen. While Cingrani has had his ups and downs, at least he is legit MLB pitcher and has a clue. But Dick Williams is so intent on deliberating losing games to get a high draft pick that he signs up for having a guy like Melville completely embarrass himself, the club and shame its fans … a particularly nice gesture on Jackie Robinson Day. In tennis they call this match-fixing, in baseball, its called rebuilding. When I see this kind of thing, it makes me think the team should change its name to the Cincinnati Black Sox. Seriously.

    • Well then, they should just get a life size cut out picture of Williams with a caption the says “you guys stink” and put it in the club house. That will motivate them. And don’t forget the removable clothes. 🙂

    • I think you’re reading way too much into things you can’t possibly know. The only reason Melville is out there tonight is because we have 5 injured starters. All the guys out there are trying to win, they’re professionals. They’re not trying to throw games.

    • Quit drinking and go to bed

  30. Oh, Elmer Dessens, where art thou?

  31. Melville will have 13 days in the majors to tell his grandkids about.

  32. I have good news and bad news. The good news is Tim Melville is no longer pitching…..

  33. Mark Sheldon@m_sheldon
    Simon just went to the bullpen between innings as well

    Well, he didnt pitch much the last time out….

  34. Seeing how Straily has pitched much better than Melville, shouldn’t he be the starter?

  35. Just got home and turned the game on… well, I didn’t really turn it on because MLB.tv is a terrible product and doesnt’ really ever work, but woooof, two errors in the first for Suarez?

    Good on Votto for his first homer, but two more ground outs to the right side? That’s the sign that his swing is all wonked out.

    Melville… glad he’s not part of the future plan.

    • I spoke with customer service for an hour tonight, they basically resolved nlotrhing and told me that there would be a patch for the ps4 app hopefully soon….oh, “did I mention the roku app is bunk too buddy, is there gonna be a patch for that soon too”???? Terrible product.

      • Yeah, sure is. I’m watching on my desktop, which has 16 GB of ram, an i7 processor, and a steady 102-105 MBPS connection. Still never works for more than 5 minutes at a time.

        Oh, and I got a new Samsung Galaxy S6 around Christmas time, and I can’t use the app on my phone because the app says “We can’t accurately verify your location.” Even though I have ever single location setting turned on, even the ones called “Improve Location Accuracy.”

        If I wasn’t a dirty addict, I never spend a penny on it again.

        • I have an iPhone 6s, and it told me last night’s game was blacked out in Florida, I had to turn the location on and off three times before it realized it was not blacked out.

        • The phone part is really angering because I have an infant now and I can’t always be right by a TV or desktop, and now I just have to watch stupid gamecast and not the real feed.

  36. what a wonderful catch …

  37. Billy almost had the 2nd one.

  38. Im going to watch the marble race again

  39. I bet Billy has provided more defense value above average than the rest of the team combined, so far. What a catch.

    • Can someone describe his double?

      • A weak line drive to right-center that the CF cut off and Billy just never stopped running. Beat the throw easily, as it was cut off 10 feet from the bag by the 2nd baseman as the SS covered 2nd.

  40. Simon is simply terrible. Really no way around it.

  41. Simon picking up right where he left off

  42. Reds have been outscored 31-6 since leading 3-0 in 7th Monday night.

  43. Wonder what the MLB record for runs allowed in a season is? This team nay break it.

  44. Only 4 walks allowed thru 6.1 IP….
    Progress?

  45. Batting practice was never this easy.

  46. Taking bets weather Simon makes it through this inning. I say not.

  47. The Red’s bullpen that we expected at the beginning of the season?

    It has arrived.
    $2 million for Alfredo Simon – wot a bargain!

    Seriously, if they really wanted to rebuild, why isn’t Layne Somsen up with the big club?

    The good news is the Desclafani is not far away, And neither is Homer Bailey. Maybe Lamb too? As some wags said early on, April would be brutal.

  48. Normally after a night like tonight when the Cards are crushing everything throw up there, I would suspect that either signs are being stolen or pitches are being tipped. I now am completely convinced ( as I am sure many of you are as well ) that these guys really just suck that bad.

  49. atta way, Jumbo, keep the line moving

  50. Who hasn’t hit a homer tonight for the Cards? I lost count.

  51. Just as worse is that aside from 1 bad pitch and lucky swing from Votto this team can’t hit worth a hoot. They should be getting shut out.

  52. The dumpster is on fire… I repeat, the dumpster is on fire.

  53. The good news is that tomorrow night, Joey Votto is supposedly going to do some sort of flaming sword swallowing trick before the game and, between innings, he’s going to alternate balancing a baseball on his nose like a dolphin and juggling two baseballs and the Reds’ lineup whilst standing on Meso’s back. That’s entertainment.

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