One-big inning created by ball-after-ball-after-ball-after-ball led to the Reds demise yesterday, dropping a 3-2 affair to the Phillies. Once again, the Reds (14-21) find themselves in the NL Central cellar, a half game behind the Brewers and quite a bit behind everyone else. On the plus side, Jose Peraza will be on the field tonight! I guess he didn’t fill his moral support role too well last night.

Starting Pitchers

The following stats are from 2016:

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Tim Adleman has had a couple strong starts for the Reds in 2016, but it’s all a bit of a nice facade. In his 11.0 innings, Adleman has walked five batters, had a BABIP of .185, and stranded 98 percent of the runners that have reached based. Explains the discrepancy between his mid-2.00s ERA and his over-5.00 FIP. As long as the Reds don’t need to lean on Adleman for a full season’s worth of starts, he can push this luck for as many spot starts as he wants. Yet, the return to the mean will catch up with him eventually.

In the age of Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale, it can be easy to dismiss just how good Aaron Nola has been. After all, his ERA isn’t sub-3.00, he doesn’t have ridiculous strikeout numbers, and he’s yet to pitch into the eighth. But Aaron Nola is the ideal no. 2. He’s gone 7.0 innings in five of his seven starts (can the Reds staff even claim that number?), had four game scores over 70, and recorded five quality starts with another really good one. This year, it’s all boiled down to his curveball, a pitch that has been worth about four and a half runs over his seven starts.

Starting Lineups

Reds Phillies
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Jose Peraza (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. Tim Adleman (P)
1. Odubel Herrera (CF)
2. Cesar Hernandez (2B)
3. Maikel Franco (3B)
4. Ryan Howard (1B)
5. Freddy Galvis (SS)
6. Cameron Rupp (C)
7. Tyler Goeddel (LF)
8. Aaron Nola (P)
9. Peter Bourjos (RF)

Old Friends (maybe?)

Earlier today, Aroldis Chapman faced Todd Frazier and got him on a 101 mph fastball. Maybe Todd is wishing that Chapman had just stayed in Cincinnati. I doubt Todd wishes that he had just stayed in Cincinnati given his team’s fortunes this year.

Suspension

In light of Bryan Price’s suspension last night, Jim Riggleman managed the team. The results were what they were. Ross Ohlendorf is appealing his three-game suspension, also received for the bean-ball bonanza that occurred against the Pirates. Both Price and Ohlendorf were “surprised” that throwing a small rock-like ball upwards of 90 mph at another human being could result in such a repercussion. Moral of the story, bean balls are stupid.

Concluding Thoughts

We finally get to see Jose Peraza play against big leaguers! Granted, it’s only happening one day after it first could have, so I really can’t be that upset about his benching last night, but this is the Internet. I’m still excited to see what he can do. What if he walks? What if he goes 0-0 with four walks? Can you even imagine?

Go Reds!

About The Author

Wesley - or Wes, whichever really - first fell in love with the Reds because of Ken Griffey Jr.'s smooth swing and shining smile. Ever since that first infatuation, it has been tortured fandom broken up by a blown 2-0 lead to the Giants and a Roy Halladay no-hitter - but that's neither here nor there. The only things Wes loves as much as the Reds are pancakes, flannels, and Vanderbilt baseball. You can find more of his writing at wesjenks.com or his carefully curated retweets @_wesjenks.

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38 Responses

  1. cfd3000

    I am interested to see Peraza but I thought he was a high average, low walk guy. Did I miss something?

      • cfd3000

        Ok. So the four walks idea was really just wondering what it would take to turn the known universe and the Cincinnati Reds old baseball men’s club inside out. Got it. I’d just like to see Peraza not look over matched and Votto drill a couple of line drive doubles off the outfield wall. Too much to ask maybe…

      • David

        Peraza Prediction: 1 for 4, a single. No strikeouts, no walks. Three ground ball outs, and one seeing eye single

  2. Mack Ashley Potter

    Well hopefully the rain holds off and we finally get to see what we got out of fan favorite Frazier in a real game. Votto will go deep tonight.

  3. Kyle

    We can’t get this game in Indiana and it is one of the few I have been excited for. As an LSU alum, I am a huge Nola fan. He was lights out from day one there and it has been awesome to see him continue that as a pro. LSU had some great prospects while I was there but he was the guy you felt like you could always count on.

  4. Mack Ashley Potter

    I remember not thinking much of David Ortiz when he was young. And still didn’t think he was all that good when he went to Boston. But you gotta give credit where it’s deserved. Dude is the all time best clutch hitter in history. It just seems like he comes thru in the clutch every…single…time….regular season, post season, world series, it doesn’t matte. Did you see what he did today? After already hitting a homer earlier in the game, he triples in the 9th with a man on 2nd to tie it up, and then doubles in extras to win it. I wish Votto would take Big Papi’s approach at the plate. And give it all you got with every swing. Instead of making at least 1-2 outs every series on a check swing. I just believe Votto could be the best player in baseball if he done things a little different. Like he did in 2010. I can’t understand why he changed his approach…

  5. vegastypo

    I sure am glad the Reds are a running team, a make-it-happen team. In the last few days, speedsters Duvall, Suarez and now Votto are thrown out at second.

    I’m not sure what would bother me more: whether the players are doing this on their own and think it’s a good idea, or whether Price himself thinks this is a good idea.

  6. hof13

    One thing you have to appreciate about Adleman – through 3 innings, 25 pitches with 21 strikes. It’s refreshing. If only it were contagious.

  7. Shchi Cossack

    Are you friggin kiddin me?! 3.0 innings in the books and Adleman has thrown a total of just 25 pitches (21 strikes!). Somebody for the Reds better bottle whatever Adleman has been drinking and distribute it to the rest of the pitching staff.

    • Chuck Schick

      Yes….he was an essential part of that 98 loss team. Without him, they may have lost 101.

  8. james garrett

    We got 4 hits last night and have 3 thru 5 tonight.Anybody think we get any more?Offense is terrible

    • Chuck Schick

      As Joe Nuxhall once said ” If you play the extra people long enough they’ll show you why they’re extra people.”

  9. james garrett

    Yeah but with the offensive machine we have he could get the win.

  10. CBRed

    Votto simply isn’t showing signs of busting this slump.

  11. Indy RedMan

    I caught the top of the 1st and just got back….a little surprised we scored a 2nd run! Baby steps people…baby steps…lol. Seriously though…I’m about done with this year. I think I made it to the break last year but this team is too boring. The Junior/Dunn teams sucked too but they could atleast put up some runs!

  12. redsfan06

    Pacheco was the best hitter available?

  13. Indy RedMan

    Wow….2nd/3rd nobody out but have faith in those Reds….they will find a way! Suarez tried but that guy is a tank

  14. David

    Well, that was absolutely a great throw from Ruff in left field. On a line, right into the catcher’s glove.

    • Indy RedMan

      Plus it led the huge catcher to block the plate and slow down Suarez for a collision which he wasn’t going to win

    • David

      Well, from Goeddel to Rupp, the catcher, rather.

  15. Indy RedMan

    If Price had any brains….move up Hamilton/Peraza to leadoff, Votto to second, BP or Suarez 3rd, and get Duvall in the cleanup hole. He was a throw away guy in a trade but he’s our most dangerous hitter so far this year

  16. Carl Sayre

    There is no sense for the rule if they are not going to enforce. I am an old fart and I can’t remember the Reds winning a contested game but this may be it. I like to consider myself a purist and the ball beat him there but they have know way of knowing if he eased off because the catcher took the plate away. I hated the rule when they implanted it and after them turning a blind eye to an obvious call I hate it more.

    • Indy RedMan

      No….the catcher has the right to catch the ball and that’s where the ball was thrown. It wasn’t like he was blocking and had to adjust for the ball. That’s the way I saw it anyway

      • David

        The throw was perfect. It led the catcher right into the base line to block Suarez. it took and absolutely perfect throw to get Suarez, and that’s what they got. I thought that was a sac fly for sure.