The Cincinnati Reds (15-22) start a four game series this week with the 17-17 Cleveland Indians. They will play the first two games in Cleveland at 6:10pm each day, then follow with two games in Cincinnati on Wednesday and Thursday at your regularly scheduled 7:10pm game time.

The Indians are 2nd place in the AL Central, five games behind the Chicago White Sox. They had a bad run last week, as described by Susan Petrone in this week’s ESPN Power Ranking:

The Indians have lost five of their past eight games, with four of those losses coming against the two teams with the worst records in the league. The pinnacle of frustration came with a 16-inning, 5-3 loss on Wednesday against the Astros even as Jason Kipnis went 5-for-7. To make matters worse, Michael Brantley is on the 15-day DL with shoulder inflammation.


John Lamb 1.80 4.17 0.9 9.8% 17.1%
Cody Anderson 7.31 5.97 2.5 3.9% 15.5%

John Lamb is making his third start of the season after leaving his May 8th start early with a sprained thumb. He’s expected to wear a thumb guard during each of his plate appearances tonight. Lamb has allowed a just single run in each of his two previous starts. As our own Matt Wilkes outlined last week, John Lamb’s game is one of deception.

Cody Anderson makes his 6th start of the season for the Indians. It is only the 25 year old’s 21st MLB start of his young career. He was much better in 15 starts last year, posting a 3.05 ERA/4.27 FIP. Last season, opponents homered off of him less than once per nine innings, and he had a BABIP against of just .237. He has been the opposite this year, giving up at least one homerun per appearance. Opponents’ have a .357 BABIP against Anderson through five 2016 starts.

Billy Hamilton is back with the club from the bereavement list, but not in tonight’s starting lineup. Drew Hayes was optioned back to AAA, putting the Reds bullpen back at seven pitchers.

The Reds will have the DH spot for the next two games and are using Jordan Pacheco as their DH tonight. The Indians will have an advantage here, as they have two former power-hitting catchers playing at 1B (Napoli) and DH (Santana). When they travel to Cincinnati later this week, one of them will have to sit or get a very rare start in the outfield.

1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Adam Duvall (LF)
7. Jose Peraza (CF)
8. Jordan Pacheco (DH)
9. Ramon Cabrera (C)
1. Rajai Davis (CF)
2. Jason Kipnis (2B)
3. Francisco Lindor (SS)
4. Mike Napoli (1B)
5. Carlos Santana (DH)
6. Yan Gomes (C)
7. Jose Ramirez (LF)
8. Marlon Byrd (RF)
9. Juan Uribe (3B)


The Cleveland Indians are playing even Steven for the season but have played pretty poorly the past week against bad teams. Seems like a ripe opportunity for the Reds to go in and pick up a win off a hittable pitcher. If either starter gets a win tonight, it will be his first win of 2016. In fact, tonight would be the first time this year that either starter’s respective team has won a game in which they pitched. Let’s hope it’s the Redlegs!


61 Responses

  1. Kurt Frost

    Sweet! Mixing it up instead of the 5 o’clock release schedule.

  2. WVRedlegs

    Pacheco as the DH? I’d would have rather seen BHam as DH and see what he and Peraza do in the same lineup.

    • Big56dog

      Yeah, why is Tucker not batting DH really dumb

  3. IndyRedMan

    We’re all in trouble if Lamb makes a plate appearance tonite? Cleveland is 0-6 in the 6 games Anderson has pitched so lets try not to be a new trendsetter here?

    • MrRed

      No doubt. Even with the DH rule in effect today and tomorrow, the Reds don’t have a lot of good options to run out there!

  4. Patrick Jeter

    Pacheco as DH is perhaps the most sad thing I’ve ever seen in Major League Baseball.

    Here is a list of Pacheco’s “offensive runs above average” for his MLB career:

    2011: -2.2
    2012: -7.7
    2013: -16.4
    2014: -8.2
    2015: -3.3
    2016: -2.8

    Yep. Has never even been an “average” hitter in any season of his entire career.

  5. IndyRedMan

    The Reds have never planned ahead for interleague? I would send a pitcher down and bring up my hottest minor league hitter to get a taste but they always just make do with whatever backup scrub they have? If I’m not mistaken…last year I think they had Mesoraco on the roster but he couldn’t DH but only pinch-hit. It had to be Boesch or True Grit Skip?

  6. ohiojimw

    Can anyone riddle me this. Why did they activate then sit BHam? The bereavement list is a minimum of 3 days and a maximum of 7. If BHam showed (understandably) tired from travel and emotionally spent, why not just leave him on bereavement another day or two??

  7. IndyRedMan

    The Reds are huge +153 underdogs (bet $100 to win $153) against a pitcher whose team is winless (0-6) in his 6 appearances. Now that’s some respect…lol

  8. Patrick Jeter

    As crazy as this lineup looks, I actually think if Price were to move Duvall to 4th and drop BP and Bruce 1 spot each, this would be the optimal lineup for how guys are playing right now according to The Book.

    • Patrick Jeter

      Not really… but I tried to trick myself. Would have to swap Votto to 1st and drop Cozart to 2 and Suarez to 3.

  9. Patrick Jeter

    Oh, and who approved a start time of 4:10 MDT for this?! Now I have to drive home an hour from work! Boo!

    • Big56dog

      Does BP lead the league in outs on the base paths, he has done some dumb things

  10. Indy RedMan

    BP with yet another “Yeah but” moment. I just don’t know if I’ll miss him or not when he’s gone? About the same way I feel about Bruce but for totally different reasons

  11. Mack Ashley Potter

    Why Brandon? Why?
    Thats all I know to say…
    There were even 2 outs.
    With Bruce at the plate.
    Just makes 0 sense.

  12. Indy RedMan

    Boy I wish they had the velocity up there tonite because Lamb looks like he has a little more heat on the fastball! I really like him a lot….think he could possible be a poor/completely destitute/homeless’s mans Cole Hamels:)

  13. james garrett

    BP is what he is but he will continue to do it until somebody sets him down which they won’t do.Personally I feel he needs to ride the bench or be released but that won’t happen because of the money he is owed.He has all the leverage and he knows it.

    • Mack Ashley Potter

      Yes Brandon is a hot dog.
      But he’s OUR hot dog. For the time being at least.
      When he blocked the trade to Washington it showed me how much he really loves Cincinnati. He does things his way. Which must be ok, he’s still known to have one of the best gloves in the game and he’s a 2 time All Star, so he must be doing something right.
      But those plays like last night when he dove for the ball and flipped the ball backwards make me mad, because he could have EASILY just sat up at got the out at 2nd. So I know what you are saying…Brandon will be Brandon.

  14. Indy RedMan

    Somebody said yesterday Suarez would be a 15 Hr hitter in a normal year. No way!! With the lift he has on his swing and playing in GABP….he should be good for 25+…its just taking the walks and spraying the ball around like he did the first 2 weeks. He’s a great looking young hitter!!

  15. james garrett

    Your right about BP and I love him to.He along with the rest of our core players made us relevant but not any more.

  16. Indy RedMan

    This team could drive a nun to drink heavily! Lost in the Peraza misplay was how bad that 0-2 pitch was? A young hitter w/risp down 0-2 and Lamb hangs a belt high 86 mph cutter or slider that was guaranteed to be driven somewhere? How bout you try to paint the outside corner or get him to chase a changeup on 0-2 or 1-2? Just amazing how many times this year we’ve been beat on stupid 0-2 pitches? Is Price talking to these guys at all? Ramirez the other night….Ks the first guy throwing 99 and then hangs a breaking ball on 0-2 or 1-2 for the game losing HR. No appreciation whatsoever for the fact that the hitter is the one under pressure down in the count. This team is dumb….dumb as a telephone pole and that falls on Price!!

    • Patrick Jeter

      Turns out putting a pitch exactly where you want is a hard thing to do.

  17. Indy RedMan

    Very disappointed with Lamb tonite…..another 89mph fastball to Kipnis when he has the slow curve and slider that should give lefties trouble? 5-4 or maybe 6-4 if they win an appeal? Lamb must be 80% fastballs tonite? Very few slow curves, changeups, etc. He doesn’t have near the velocity for that? This team is bad but shouldn’t be this bad?

  18. daytonnati

    Anybody else think that Lamb looks like “Booger” from Revenge of the Nerds? Granted, the viewing party here has had a few drinks.

  19. Indy RedMan

    Great atbat by Jay and I was pleasantly surprised that Votto read it correctly and scored from 2nd! Cmon Duvall

  20. VaRedsFan

    Bruce didn’t hustle to that Kipnis hit, allowing Davis to score, from 1st on a single.

    • Patrick Jeter

      Billy has misplayed 2-3 balls this year also.

      • vegastypo

        Yes, he has. Not usually two within four or five innings. I think it was a reminder to me that he is basically an infielder learning to play the outfield.

      • Patrick Jeter

        We have BP to thank for that.

  21. VaRedsFan

    Tonight is an example of how valuable of a center fielder that Billy is

  22. ohiojimw

    Does anyone else also think Lamb was nowhere near 100% and essentially took one for the team? I don’t think he had the thumb (or didn’t trust that he did) to use his breaking stuff effectively at all like we’ve seen previously this year.

  23. VaRedsFan

    Another 0-2 pitch driven out of the park.

    • ohiojimw

      It was supposed to be running inside and stayed over the inside part of the plate instead. If you miss with that pitch, miss inside.

    • Indy RedMan

      Yep…..0-2 hanger to a guy hitting .171! Of course a guy hitting that bad would never chase a waste pitch? I’m done…this was their worst pitcher by far and we blew it. We’ll prob score about 7 runs total in the next 3 nights….maybe get 1 at most! Sad thing is….these teams aren’t that good? Clev just lost 2 of 3 to 8-25 Minnesota and was 0-6 in Anderson’s games. Pathetic. We can’t even be bad enough either….Braves are much worse than the Reds will ever be. We have our #2 pick but they’ll it up too….whats the kid catcher Stephenson doing? Hurt and hitting .110 before he went Mesoraco. Sad…but hopefully Pinella knows stupid baseball when he sees it and will recommend they make Price go away. Kids getting beat on 0-2s down the middle game after game after game after game shouldn’t happen to a team coached by a former pitching coach.

      • MrRed

        My friend, this is the point in time where we remind ourselves again that the Reds are as bad as we thought they were.

  24. vegastypo

    Too bad Pacheco is the DH. I wonder if he could pitch the last few innings …

    • ohiojimw

      Pretty clear that they started a guy who was less than 100% then sent in another guy to also take one for the team and in all probability be back with Louisville if not tomorrow before Wednesday’s game at the latest…..

      • Steelerfan

        Was at game (briefly) and he did not look comfortable at all. Hard to tell whether it was rust or injury, but he never settled in.

      • vegastypo

        Can’t help wondering if not for all the extra pitches Lamb made with the terrible defense behind him, maybe he ekes out 5 or even 6 innings. Yeah, the bullpen could easily collapse in its usual 7th or 8th inning time frame just the same, but it didn’t have to be like this.

  25. Steelerfan

    All of this against an offense that was basically shut out by the Twins. Live in Cleveland and cannot tell you how down they were on this team, and the offense in particular, after that series.

    Reds pitching good for what ails you….

  26. BigRedMike

    Not sure what to think with the Reds anymore. Early part of the “rebuild”, but, does not seem to be much of a future. Winker maybe. The Reds are going to need to hit on some young hitters.

    A lot of young pitchers, none have broken through yet.

  27. TR

    The Cleveland bullpen corps got it done against the Reds offense.