It’s another beautiful night of baseball in Cincinnati before the sweltering weekend heat comes to visit. The Cincinnati Reds (22-36) look to make it two in a row over the 3rd place St. Louis Cardinals (30-28.)

Cincinnati victories tonight and tomorrow could send the Cardinals home with a .500 record.


Jamie Garcia 3.48 3.14 0.4 8.9% 21.4%
Alfredo Simon 8.94 6.88 2.3 9.3% 14.4%

The Reds are using last night’s winning lineup with Tucker Barnhart back behind the dish. The Cardinals have seven of the same eight with Brandon Moss filling in for Matt Holliday.

1. Matt Carpenter (2B)
2. Aledmys Diaz (SS)
3. Matt Adams (1B)
4. Stephen Piscotty (RF)
5. Jhonny Peralta (3B)
6. Brandon Moss (LF)
7. Yadier Molina (C)
8. Randal Grichuk (CF)
9. Jaime Garcia (P)
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Brandon Phillips (2B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Billy Hamilton (CF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Alfredo Simon (P)

Some interesting analysis from Fangraphs today, illustrating that the Reds have been getting the worst end of the strike zone calls this season. The following chart shows each team’s called strikes minus expected strikes for both their pitchers and their hitters.

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A win tonight would make a third consecutive series win in a row! It’s a lot more fun when they win. Why don’t they do this more often?


24 Responses

  1. hof13

    Looking at the article, Reds hitters and pitchers have been equally screwed. The article indicates a good pitch framer helps the pitching side – usually. Barnhart is usually considered a good framer I thought. I wonder if, given the state of Reds pitchers, umpires expect a pitch will be a ball.

    • Patrick Jeter

      I think you’re probably correct. Seems like un-established pitches don’t get the benefit on close pitches very often.

      Also, maybe Joey angered the umps last year with his tirades and they are exacting their revenge on him by calling more strikes than usual against him!

      • Jack

        I don’t know if you’re being sarcastic or not Patrick but the umpires take care of each other. I believe you are correct and anything close it’s a strike. I think Joey knows this and he knows he better swing or they will ring him up. I think that’s why his strikeouts are up and he is struggling. A great hitter like him just doesn’t lose it for 3 months. Everybody has their slumps but Votto knows he should have kept his mouth closed. Funny Milwaukee is number one. I still say they suck and by the end of the year the Reds will be ahead of them .

      • msanmoore

        Time for automated strike zone. Easily done, extremely accurate. No time added. Umpires remain for every other type of call, but the wild inconsistency is killing the game.

  2. wizeman

    2 walks and a homer. how much more of this guy do we have to watch. samson or moscot please.
    stephenson or reed if time is not a factor.

  3. DHud

    *Sigh,* so it’s going to be one of THOSE nights tonight, eh, Pasta?

  4. mikemartz

    The only pitch Simon threw for a strike during the first 3 at bats hasn’t landed yet!

  5. DHud

    Simon just spiked a 55 foot fastball…

  6. Moses

    I’m rather torn about all of this. Simon’s pitching makes me nauseous, and it’s not doing the Reds’ unusually strong offense today any favors, but wins and losses don’t matter one bit this year (as far as the postseason) and the more losses the better for next year’s draft. I wish I had a better sense of the 2017 Draft position vs. MLB experience for young pitchers equation. What kind of sabermetrics do we have about this? Is the Reds’ FO doing a brilliant job or lousy job by such metrics?

  7. Dan

    Simon to the bullpen or DFA please. I guess he is just providing filler to get us to the service time clock prevention phase of 2016

    • VaRedsFan

      But he ate 5 more innings. For the most part, he seems to dislike the taste of innings in general.

  8. Chad Dotson

    I’m so tired of Alfredo Simon.

    I’m not tired of Votto, Bruce, Cozart, Hamilton, Duvall…or even Steve Selsky now, after that double.

  9. Indy RedMan

    Josh Smith or Sampson or somebody? Walt and company didn’t listen to any of us last year and decided Marquis and Gregg were suddenly going to produce BUT when they didn’t then we weren’t subjected to watching them suck for half the season? Simon is complete garbage and he’s not a very good pitcher either

  10. preacherj

    Wow. Ramirez is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Sometimes he looks like rollie fingers, sometimes he looks like…….

  11. preacherj

    Might as well leave him out there until his arm falls off

  12. james garrett

    Rest easy nation.The days where teams beat up on our pen will come to an end.Untill then it will sometimes be very brutal just like today.

  13. muttonlettucetomato

    As the Reds started winning, it was easy to forget how epically bad this bullpen is. We have been given a fresh reminder tonight…

  14. james garrett

    In regards to Simon.I know why he was signed and what he was paid but with a 9 + era and still is being ran out there is borderline crazy.It serves no purpose at all to start him.There is a reason why nobody wanted him and we had to pay him so he could prove it to us.

  15. magi210

    I think we’ve seen the parade of pitchers who won’t be on the team over the next month or so.

  16. preacherj

    Hey, wouldnt be complete without an error