Baseball is fun when the hometown wins, and it is especially fun when you beat the first place team in another division. The Reds won yesterday on the strength of Adam Duvall’s 15th homer. Now, in the midst of a four game winning streak, your Cincinnati Reds (21-35) break out the brooms for the series sweep against the Washington Generals (33-23) today at Great American Ballpark.

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PITCHERS

After doing the impossible against Stephen Strasburg yesterday, the Reds seem to have an even bigger hill to climb as they send out Jon Moscot. Moscot started the season well, all things considered, before going on the DL with shoulder issues. He came back at the end of May, surrendering 7 runs to the Rockies in two innings. Let’s hope he was just shaking the Dust off and will bring his best game today.

The Nationals counter with Tanner Roark who, not counting two disastrous outings against Miami, has been quite effective most of the season. Roark is to the Nationals what Simon was supposed to be to the Reds: an innings eater. Thus far, the only difference is Roark has been largely effective. If the Reds’ offensive output over the last few days can continue and they can get to him early, the Reds might yet sweep the series and bring the winning streak to 5.

LINEUPS

SP: Tanner Roark SP: Jon Moscot
1. Ben Revere (LF)
2. Michael Taylor (CF)
3. Bryce Harper (RF)
4. Daniel Murphy (2B)
5. Wilson Ramos (C)
6. Anthony Rendon (3B)
7. Clint Robinson (1B)
8. Danny Espinosa (SS)
9. Tanner Roark (P)
1. Tyler Holt (CF)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Brandon Phillips (2B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Ivan De Jesus (SS)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Jon Moscot (P)

OTHER NEWS

The Reds called up Kyle Waldrop and optioned Dayan Diaz shortly before the game yesterday. It could be that they’re just looking for more options from the bench, but there might also be an OF trade on the horizon. Keep your eyes open and your ears to the ground.

Bryce Harper appears to be in a mini-slump. He’s only 1 for 7 this series and 5 for his last 35. He’s also only a lifetime .160 hitter in Great American Ballpark. If anyone has his number, it seems the Reds do. Of course, now that I’ve said that, he’ll probably go 10 for 10 with 11 homeruns today. Because I’m superstitious like that.

CONCLUSION:

Win or lose today, it’s been a good series. Much better than what most of us expected. Reality™ will likely come back to bite us sooner or later. Until then, enjoy the success Reds fan. And break out your brooms. It’s time to SWEEP!

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  1. ohiojimw

    I was thinking the same about the Waldrop call up and a possible trade. However, Price’s company line on the Waldrop call up was that they had some guys on the bench who were hurting and needed a LH bat. Of course he declined to name names; but, informed speculation was Cabrera had taken another hit to his bad hand on Friday and might not be able to swing a bat very well. For once the pen isn’t stretched; and, they have the off day Monday to rest; so, maybe the company line was more truth than coverup.

  2. GreatRedLegsFan

    Now that offensive has waken up, the key is for starting pitching to keep contrary at bay for 6 or 7 innings. Not too fonded on Moscot today, go Reds!

  3. ohiojimw

    Today’s jewel from Price is that iggy will be in the pen if/ when he returns this year which barring setbacks now looks to be late June or early July.

    Before cueing up “Here We Go Again”, consider this is to protect his shoulder. Durability has always been a question with Iggy. They had him doing shoulder strengthening this last off season. They can go that route this coming off season and have another look at him as a starter in 2017.

    • DHud

      I agree this is probably a good idea for now. I just hope he doesn’t get stuck out there like some other highly talented Cuban pitcher you may or may not heard of…

  4. seat101

    I hope Tyler Holt brings as much excitement to the game as he has in the recent past. I miss Billy when he is not in the lineup.

  5. Indy RedMan

    The 3rd guy in the Frazier trade was Brandon Dixon. He’s on a 13-20 streak w/6 HRs at AA which pushes his ops to .948! That’s insane! Lville has no power so they need to get him up there! Winker also on a 13-37 streak with 6 walks (.351 avg/.442 obp)

    As for today….I’ve never seen what others have seen with Moscot? Everything he has is at a nice hitting speed of 83-91 and he never seems to be able to keep the ball in the park? A sweep would be nice though!!

    • Chuck Schick

      How could that be? When the Reds traded Dave Kingman ….I mean future HOFer Todd Frazier, I thought the players received all were suffering from terminal illnesses and blindness.

    • DHud

      I don’t think rounding out rosters based on talent need is a real big concern for the organization. They will play players at the level best suited for the player’s development, not for a AAA team to make a playoff push

      • Indy RedMan

        The guy is 24 so its not like he’s 21 and needs more seasoning at AA?

  6. Indy RedMan

    Moscot = Melville…..can we please get rid of him once and for all. He’s not a big league pitcher period

  7. Bruuuuuce

    Classic Dusty Baker lineup construction putting Revere and Taylor 1 and 2. Revere has an OPS of .457 and Taylor OPS of .561 yet they are first and second in front of two of the better hitters in baseball. Yikes.

    • Indy RedMan

      While Trea Turner goes 3-3 with a walk and then gets a nice front row seat for the rest of the series!

  8. vegastypo

    Moscot just made it easy to decide who gets bumped from the rotation when Disco returns. Or maybe it was already decided, but no room for debate now.

  9. james garrett

    Not very impressed by Moscot or Wright for that matter but they may get better.This year is about auditioning for next year so its good they are getting a chance

  10. vegastypo

    And, we’re back to the Keystone Kops …had to happen sooner or later, I guess.

  11. Indy RedMan

    Reds up 5-0 and yet I knew with Moscot on the mound and who would follow him that it might be fun to take a look at the live lines and the Nats had a lovely payout but I can’t bet against the Reds. I just had a feeling though….its not like we haven’t done it before this year?

  12. james garrett

    I was thinking the same thing but I kind of figured we wouldn’t get anything going against Roark so this kind of stinks when you get up by 5 early then give it away.

  13. TR

    Terrible defense. Suarez, with plenty of time, throws wide to home. Then Barnhart turns toward home plate before he catches the ball. A double play thrown away.

  14. james garrett

    These things happen to all teams but when we have a healthy staff and we get up by 5 at anytime during the game I like our chances.Our offense has picked it up so a couple bloops and a bomb then we are right back in it.By the way Holt needs to play more.

    • Indy RedMan

      Every time we think we’ll get some pitchers back then 2 more go on the 154 day DL though? We never just have a guy with a little lingering soreness and he’s ready to go again in 2 weeks?

  15. muttonlettucetomato

    Duvall at third and Waldrop in LF. Interesting switch. Wonder if that has anything to do with the lousy throw from Suarez on the botched DP?

  16. james garrett

    Should the Reds resign him or trade him.

      • vegastypo

        Honestly, every time I think about it, I change my mind. Bruce has all of this year and a team option for next year, so if the Reds do trade him, he should bring something good back. He wouldn’t be a half-season rental…….. But as a fan, I wonder which would make me feel worse: the Reds keep him, and he falls back into 0-for-2-months-at-a-time Bruce, and his value falls away completely; or the Reds do trade him, hopefully for a good return, but then Bruce develops into a more consistent force that the Reds have been waiting on for years now.

  17. Steelerfan

    Seeing if Duvall can play a passable 3rd is one of the things worth doing with this season. Odds are low, but if he can it opens up some interesting options.

  18. Steelerfan

    Baes loaded, no outs. That hurts. But they made it a game, and a fun series. It is supposed to be entertainment, so that counts for something.

    • vegastypo

      All you can for is a chance, and the Reds got their chance. Too bad the way it ended, especially after a 5-0 lead goes up in smoke.