The Reds (13-17) not only have a three game winning streak going, but also ended THE STREAK last night as the bullpen blanked the Brewers (11-18) for 4.0 innings. The two teams play again tonight to the backdrop of Star Wars night at Great American Ballpark.

Starting Pitchers
The following stats are from 2016:

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After a rough outing against the Cubs, Brandon Finnegan has rebounded for two straight quality starts. While he has given up three runs in each, Finnegan has also lasted 6.0 innings in both, which is critical considering the state of the bullpen. Finnegan has struggled with walks thought this year, giving three base on balls in each of the past two starts.

Jimmy Nelson has a good year for the Brewers, going at least 5.0 innings in all six of starts and only giving up more than two earned runs once. Nelson has been aided by a bit of luck though, as his .206 BABIP number is just not sustainable over the course of a full season. Like Finnegan, walks have also been a problem for Nelson, as he has yielded at least three free passes in four of his six starts.

Starting Lineups

Brewers Reds
1. Domingo Santana (RF)
2. Hernan Perez (3B)
3. Ryan Braun (LF)
4. Jonathan Lucroy (C)
5. Chris Carter (1B)
6. Aaron Hill (2B)
7. Ramon Flores (CF)
8. Yadiel Rivera (SS)
9. Jimmy Nelson (P)
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Billy Hamilton (CF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Adam Duvall (LF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Brandon Finnegan (P)

News and Notes (from Reds Twitter)

Steve Delabar has pitched well in relief at AAA this season, logging a 2.19 ERA in 12.1 innings. Drew Hayes on the other hand has not had much success at any level this season, recording a 7.56 ERA in the big leagues and a 6.23 ERA at AAA.

More Pitching Numbers

It’s been quite the year for the Reds’ bullpen indeed.

Concluding Thoughts
Despite the steak ending, the Reds bullpen is still a mess and a half. The addition of Delebar and demotion of Hoover is inspired (albeit absolutely necessary) thinking, but by no means will it put out the fire. That said, the Reds are still playing the Brewers and it’s always fun to play teams worse than yourself.

Go Reds!

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  1. No JJ Homer? Alas!

  2. So the Reds finally send down Hoover for a reality check but call back up Drew Hayes? And Moscot to the DL and call up Delebar?
    It’s almost like they WANT to lose.
    I’m surprised they didn’t send Adelman back down saying “He throws too many strikes”

  3. A little food for thought….

    In 1 month this off-season the Cubs signed more big free agents than the Reds have in the last 30 years. That’s if you call Denny Neagle & Greg Vaughn “big” free agents. And the only reason we got Griffey is because he agreed to have part of his contract back ended. I think we may STILL be paying Griffey? lol

    • Vaughn wasn’t a free agent…

      • Neither was Neagle, traded for Brett Boone. More to the point, how are most of those big FA around baseball doing? You don’t build championship teams thru free agency.

  4. Able to watch a Saturday night game with y’all for the first time this season. Its great to have a night off. Go Reds. Very pitch efficient first inning for Finnegan.

  5. Another 9 innings of shutout baseball for Johnny Cueto today.
    While Homer done some “soft tossing”

    I would have loved to been in the room when the Reds head honchos were discussing who they should sign…Bailey or Cueto?

    • Basically, it went Homer had for the previous two season put up numbers placing him the top tier of NL starters and had 1 season left. Cueto had just had a lost season due to injury and had 2 left on his contact. There was no reason for Cueto to consider an extension at that time and we risked losing at the end of that season an important rotation piece (when we lacked an internal replace option) for team that still consider itself a contender. At the time it was the safe choice, all be it the timing sucked. Had the situation been reversed it likely would have been Cueto getting the extension.

      • Could have been worse, there was noise that Latos was the one whom the team was going extend.

    • The Reds did sign Cueto to an extension that covered the first two years of his free agency. Worked out great for the club. As someone has already pointed out, Bailey had pitched 200 innings twice while Cueto had been injured all of 2013. Your criticism of the choice is the rankest form of hindsight.

      • Only 1 year of FA actually, but still a good deal.

        • Oops, it was 2 but should have been 1 if they did not have him in AAA to start 2008.

        • Club option in 2015 was fifth year, Cueto’s second free agent season.

      • The funny thing is that while all that is exactly correct, there was never a time that I thought Homer would be a better pitcher to have on the team than Cueto to help the team win and get to the playoffs. Whether due to media coverage, my own ignorance or just watching the two of them pitch, I don’t know, but a lot of Reds fans I know saw it that way. Of course it’s not our money, not directly anyway.

  6. Loud out.

  7. I like it when Billy walks

  8. HAMILRUN!!!!!!!!

  9. Brewers 0
    Billy Hamilton – 1

  10. Finnegan can hit better than Leake

  11. Gotta love it when the pitcher helps himself

    • Indeed

    • Yes you do! Finnegan and Lorenzen can rake. On the other side Raisel and Lamb are so skinny that u can knock the bats out of their hands. Arroyo could always get that bunt down when he was with the Reds. If you look at the good ones….Arrieta can hit. Wainwright is struggling on the mound but has hit really well this year. Liriano has hurt us several times already…nice lefty stick.

  12. BP!!!!!!!!!

  13. Phillips is hotter than a match

  14. They are smoking balls off then again right now. Good thing we have a solid defense tonight

  15. When was the last time a 2b hit 4 homers in 4 straight games?

    • Jason Kipnis in 2011 from July 31 to August 3.

      Six times a 2B has homered in 5 straight games. Utley (twice), Jose Castillo, Robby Thompson, Ryne Sandberg, Rogers Hornsby.

      Funny note… Ben Zobrist started a streak the same day as BP, but his was snapped at 3 today.

  16. With Hoover down that in of itself puts out the fire. I like the guy and hope he can right the ship but in fairness to his big league team mates he needs to stay at AAA until he is lights out dominant.

  17. The defense is making this rotation look good right now. Wasnt the case earlier in the season…..as i type this, Tucker makes an error

  18. Thought he should have come home with that

  19. A defensive lapse by Suarez. Force at home plate and possible double at first. Gave up unnecessary run.

  20. Cody Reed and Pirates #1 prospect Tyler Glasnow locked up 0-0 in the 7th

  21. Dare I say Hamilton looks like he may be getting it together at the plate?

  22. Wow Billy just scored on a hard hit single to left

  23. HAMILRUN!!!!!!!!!

  24. Run, Billy run!

  25. Don’t think I’ve ever seen someone score from 1st on a single to left.

  26. I’m sure glad Lucroy didn’t get a chance to bat last inning. Whew.

  27. Does it seem like Braun and Lucroy mash against the the Reds?
    Well, they are in the same division, but both Braun and Lucroy have more HR’s vs the Reds than any other opponent.

    So I guess the answer is yes.

  28. Ring up the former MVP twice in his home park on those close pitches and squeeze Finnegan on that 2-2 pitch? Wow

  29. He had Aaron Hill struck out. Thats garbage

  30. Well, our boy is struggling with gopherballitis today. Disappointing ending from a good start of the game.

  31. Don’t look now but we’ve got a ball game

  32. Finnegan auditioning for a bullpen role

  33. I wonder if Hoover is the prototypical player who “needs a change of scenery” and gets traded to another team for their player who needs a quote change of scenery”.

    • I wonder why Jumbo wasn’t brought back up? He has been lights out at AAA, while Hayes has not.

  34. Yep. Delebar looks like a Reds bullpen pitcher to me…lmbo

  35. Step 1: walk first batter faced

    Welcome to the Reds bullpen, Mr. Delabar

  36. I just watched the Bartolo Colon home run highlight… the way the Mets dugout reacted… that’s why people play baseball.

  37. This game has been entertaining

  38. ….belay my last comment

  39. Wow.

    Just wow…

  40. We’re masochists. Or insane.

  41. Cotham

  42. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein.

  43. What is the scouting report on how to pitch to Aaron Hill? Nobody must have read it because he has mashed two fastballs in the same location of the strike zone.

  44. Nowhere to hide the scrubs that exist in this bullpen…

  45. Keystone cops are back. Throwing to empty bases again.

  46. Quiero gasolina.

  47. Might as well give up an even 10 runs this inning for good measure.

  48. The most runs scored against the Reds in a single inning. This bullpen has hit a new level of suck

  49. Joeys just not seeing the ball right. This umps strike zone has been pretty good

  50. BP ON FIRE

  51. Reds Bullpen = China Syndrome of dumpster fires.

  52. I cant watch the post game.

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