Losers of nine in a row and 12 of their last 13, the Cincinnati Reds (15-31), look to avoid their 4th consecutive series loss in a row in their final 2016 Los Angeles game against the 24-23 Dodgers.

STARTING PITCHERS

PITCHER ERA FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Dan Straily 2.85 4.42 1.0 11.6% 20.6%
Scott Kazmir 5.23 5.68 2.1 8.8% 21.1%

Dan Straily is making his 8th start of the season for the Reds and has been consistently good lately. He, like the rest of the pitching staff, rarely makes it into the 7th inning, but he has pitched five quality starts in his last six games. If that trend holds, we can expect about six innings, five hits, three walks, five strikeouts, and just a pair of runs allowed. Straily has not allowed a home run in three consecutive starts spanning 17 innings.

Scott Kazmir has been the opposite of consistent for Los Angeles this season. After pitching six shutout innings in his 2016 debut, Kazmir has only had two quality starts in his last eight starts. Most recently, he walked seven Padres last week en route to allowing five runs over 5.2 innings. Kazmir has been victimized by the long ball in recent games, giving up seven home runs in his last four starts over 26.2 innings.

LINEUP AND BATTING ORDER

SP: Dan Straily SP: Scott Kazmir
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Billy Hamilton (CF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Adam Duvall (LF)
7. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Dan Straily (P)
1. Chase Utley (2B)
2. Corey Seager (SS)
3. Justin Turner (3B)
4. Adrian Gonzalez (1B)
5. Trayce Thompson (RF)
6. Joc Pederson (CF)
7. Howie Kendrick (LF)
8. Yasmani Grandal (C)
9. Scott Kazmir (P)

Back to Votto hitting third and Billy Hamilton batting second.

22, 23, 24, …
Yesterday’s start by Daniel Wright made him the 22nd different pitcher used by the Reds this season. Two other pitchers also made their 2016 debut in the final inning of last night’s game. A.J. Morris made his major league debut in the beginning of the 8th inning, while Josh Smith made his 2016 debut as the final Reds pitcher of the night.

SCOUTING TIM ADLEMAN
Matt Wilkes assessed the start of Tim Adleman’s career in today’s Kill the Win column.

Adleman isn’t going to be a long-term solution in the rotation, but he’s proving he could be a viable option in the bullpen once everyone is healthy. He has showed an ability to throw strikes throughout his career and given the current state of the Cincinnati relief corps, that’s a huge positive right off the bat. While he doesn’t have an electric repertoire to blow hitters away, he’s still putting up decent strikeout numbers and has a fastball that can reach the mid-90s.

INTERVIEW WITH JOSE PERAZA
Jason Linden interviewed Reds AAA infielder Jose Peraza of the Louisville Bats recently and wrote about it on Redleg Nation. Of course, as all things 2016 Reds, talk turned to pitching at the major league level:

I addressed the concerns with the Reds poor bullpen performance and asked how his curveball was. The quote (through [interpreter] Iribarren): “Anything to help at the majors.”

REDS SOON TO BE PENNANT WINNERS
Chad Dotson took a look yesterday at past Reds teams that won less than 40% of their games. In many cases, bad season preceded great turnaround stories. As Chad concluded “sometimes it doesn’t take long to turn a team from also-ran to pennant-winner.”

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
The losing streaks ends tonight!
(or sometime soon, right?)

GO REDS!

Join the conversation! 30 Comments

  1. I still believe in the opportunity for a quick turnaround given some effective player development and a little better luck with injuries. The writers here do a great job finding the little positives that keep us interested and excited (or just not not-excited) for the time being, so kudos to that.

  2. Except for Straily in to pitch, the same bodies as last night for the Reds.
    However Hamilton comes back up to the #2 slot, everybody else drops a position down to the 8th slot.

    Cozart; Hamilton; Votto; Phillips; Bruce; Duvall; Suarez; Barnhart; Strraily

    • Price must think Billy is a good hitter against lefties.

      I bet we’ll see this as the new LHP lineup and last night’s with Votto 2nd will be the new RHP lineup. At least I can hope.

      Seems just as likely that Price just made an error while filling out his lineup card and never intended to move everyone up a spot.

      • I think there is corollary to the old school rule of never changing a winning combination which states to make changes to try to break up a losing streak 🙂

  3. I predict a very dead game thread tonight, given the Reds woes and the west coast locale.

  4. I think Milton is warmed up in the pasture and ready to make an appearance tonight.

    He has been hot lately

  5. What is it about the air or water in Pensacola? Per @MiLB:

    #Reds prospect Jackson Stephens fans career-high 10 in 7 shutout IP for @BlueWahoosBBall. http://atmilb.com/1qKt2Vi

    • Slightly different line from the official @bluewahoosbball feed:

      Final line for @jacko71422: 7.0 IP, 5H, 0R, 0 BB, 9K

      But what’s 1 less K unless free pizza is hanging in the balance.

  6. You’d never know Kazmir has an ERA over 5. 5 strikeouts out of 6 outs.

  7. Kazmir has an ERA over 5 and is making us look like a minor league team.I thought we may hit bottom soon but it may be the bottom every game.The front office should be embarrassed to put this offense out on the field.Good grief isn’t there any pride or fire left in these guys.

  8. 8Ks in the first 10 outs. That seems like a lot

  9. During last night’s game, I found some interest in watching Walt Jocketty’s contingent in the field seats behind home plate. I don’t see WJ tonight; but, if I didn’t know for a fact Bob Howsam departed from this realm a number of years ago, I could be almost be convinced the silver haired guy in the first row behind the RH batter’s box was Mr Howsam.

  10. I am at a loss for words.Kazmir throws 7 pitches and gets 3 outs in the third.Somebody needs to be fired or benched or just let go.

  11. I won’t get to see the whole game but a quick check and I like Straily’s start to this game and this season!

    On a slightly related note there is apparently a Reds Garden Gnome giveaway on June 11th against the A’s. I’m in Atlanta but if anyone ends up with an extra Gnome please let me know – I’d love one of those little guys. Fair compensation in return of course, or I can increase thus year’s donation to RLN – your choice.

  12. I think Hatcher made the right call sending Jay home.

  13. Straily perhaps demonstrating (again) that he is likely a flawed starter who might turn into an outstanding reliever.

  14. This is not an offensive team that comes back to win from being down one run or more.

  15. Kazmir with all kinds of control problems…..tonite 10Ks…no walks…lol! How do you K 10 guys thru 5 and only throw 68 pitches? I can’t see the game because my Dish receiver is out but I guess they can’t even foul anything off? Its insane how bad their offense is!

  16. This is pretty incredible – in a very bad way.

  17. Kazmir has 9 starts…1st one was great but LA is 2-6 in his last 8 starts and his era was 5.91 during that time. We’re the slump buster girl at the end of the bar and its 2 am

  18. Suarez wants the Golden Sombrero but 2 outs in the 7th….doubt they make it back to him? I can’t believe how bad he’s been after spring training and the start he had? His swing is short….don’t know whats wrong with him? He had a long HR to center in Cleveland and a few hits the other way….thought he was coming around?

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