The Cincinnati Reds (26-39) will look to continue their red hot play of late, as they’ll play game three of four against the Atlanta Braves (18-46) tonight at 7:10. The Reds have taken the first two games of this four game series, and have now won 9 of their last 13 games.

Starting Pitchers


Anthony DeSclafani will be making his second start of 2016. He had a successful first start against the A’s on Friday. DeSclafani allowed just 1 run over 6.0 innings. He did allow a lot of baserunners (8 hits, 3 walks), and only struck out 2 batters. The encouraging thing was that his fastball velocity was there. His average fastball was 92.8 MPH, which is actually a little up from last season (92.5).

DeSclafani has only made two career starts against the Braves, and they both came last season with the Reds. It didn’t go so well: 11.0 IP, 11 H, 7 ER, 1 HR, 8 BB, 10 K, 5.73 ERA.

Bud Norris likely wouldn’t have a spot in a starting rotation outside of Atlanta (well, maybe Cincinnati). He has a 4.75 ERA/4.60 FIP. It’s not like he is coming off a good 2015 either. Norris had a 6.72 ERA/5.04 FIP in 38 appearances last season with the Padres and Orioles. The only thing that Norris has done above average in 2016 is limit home runs.

Norris has bounced around this season from the rotation to the bullpen. He has made 12 appearances out of the pen. He was just put back in the rotation on June 4th, and his last two starts have actually been pretty good: 12.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 K, 0 HR.

Norris has a 4.30 career ERA in 9 appearances (8 starts) against the Reds. The majority of those starts came when Norris was with the Astros between 2010-2012. Votto, Bruce, Phillips, and Cozart are the only current Reds who have ever faced Norris. Votto, Bruce, and Phillips have each hit 1 HR against him. Votto has had the most success (1.114 OPS in 15 PA). Cozart is 0 for 5.

Starting Lineups

Jose Peraza is in the lineup tonight, and will bat leadoff. Joey Votto has reached base in 15 consecutive games. He is hitting .327/.470/.673 during the streak. Adam Duvall is also back in the lineup after starting the day off yesterday.


The Reds just keep on rolling. The Reds 9-4 record in June is tied with the Cubs for the best in the NL! Let’s keep it going guys! Go Reds!

146 Responses

  1. Shchi Cossack

    Phillips and his whopping .699 OPS batting (notice it’s not hitting) in the #3 hole. Of the starting lineup taking the field tonight, Phillips has the 4th highest BA, the 5th highest OBP & 4th highest SLG, yet Price continues to write him into the #3 hole every game.

    • dEN

      As long as he is healthy that is where he will hit this season, you can not like it but that is how the game is, your stars, your money players will hit in key spots. Reds are not the only team that does this…

    • Jack

      What amazes me is that they don’t give Phillips a night off like they do everybody else.

  2. Patrick Jeter

    Why not take tonight as a chance to play Duvall at 3rd? DeJesus can play a passable left field…

    • Takao

      Because baseball teams are managed by inertia, not people, for the most part.

    • Nick Kirby

      Love to see this lineup someday:

      LF Winker
      1B Votto
      3B Duvall
      RF Bruce
      C Mesoraco
      2B Suarez
      SS Cozart
      CF Peraza

      • dEN

        I would hope that Mesoraco’s days at Catcher are over, his body can’t take the wear and tear that position calls for. He needs to start, once healthy transition to LF, or DH, which would mean a trade to an AL team which I can see happening.

  3. Shchi Cossack

    Holy Cow Nick! The Wahoos are going to blow out Teheran’s arm for sure pitching him back to back like this…

  4. Mike Adams

    Mystifies me also. Dusty Baker used to do this, maybe he still does at Washington. Does Price feel obligated to bat veterans ahead of rookies or younger players? Is there an unwritten rule that dropping Brandon down in the lineup cannot be done because it might “show up” a veteran? Is this Price trying to be a “players’ manager”? Surely Price is not afraid Brandon would give less than 100% if he were moved lower in the lineup?

    • Mike Adams

      This was supposed to be a reply to Cossack’s first post. Oops.

    • old-school

      I agree with both of you- clearly BP is declining and is an overpaid marginal player. However, are you serious about questioning the ramifications of batting BP lower in the order? He has an ego the size of the Grand Canyon( Joey Votto contract jealousy- calling BC a liar…… diatribe against Reds reporter in Dusty’s office, boycotting the media, trade rejection to Nationals to get more money, etc., etc., ). He has proven he will be a vocal malcontent if he feels wronged. Let’s not forget that’s why Cleveland traded him in the first place.
      Price ( and WJ and BC) know this and don’t want to deal with the distraction and won’t provoke him. Right now, its a non-story. Drop him to 7th and now “Price has lost the clubhouse”. The last thing the Reds want is a BP malcontent soap opera, version 5.0. They are actively managing his last days as a Red so when he does leave, its on good terms and he can come back as a Reds Hall of Famer and beloved “alumnus”. Hitting him 3rd or 4th on a last place team is the least of their concerns.

  5. Indy RedMan

    BP is not only limited with the bat but he’s having brain cramps defensively as well? He had their leadoff hitter right in front of him last night on a chopper and instead of flipping to Cozart or waiting on him for the tag….he throws to 1st so their fastest guy gets awarded 2nd base for no reason?
    Jason Hammel for the Cubs will be 34 in September but has a career low 2.26 era (career 4.39) and his stuff is legit! Man it would be nice if Bailey could pay off on some of that potential like that? I think Wrigley is actually an underrated pitchers park much of the time because the wind blows in more then it blows out but Chris Bosio must be a excellent pitching coach as well!

    • Jack

      Hammel is notorious for having great 1st half and bad second halfs.

  6. Steve Mancuso

    Keep an eye on Disco’s strikeouts and walks.

  7. Shchi Cossack

    The Reds failed to mount any threat or evevn get a runner to 2B in the 1st inning and still forced Norris to throw 25 pitches in the 1st inning.

  8. Sandman

    9-4 this month, tied with CHC for best NL Mark in the month. The difference being, of course, that the Cubs are a bazillion games better than us from the previous months of the season and probably aren’t going to slow down anytime soon (not significantly anyway)!

  9. Chuck Schick

    At this point, BP adds no tangible value and it’s time to move on. He was given the opportunity to go to a contender and he declined. He’s the past and the future is what’s important

  10. Steve Mancuso

    Talk about bad luck. DeSclafani had Garcia swinging on a pitch that bounced in the LH batters box and Garcia lunged to hit it on a bounce for a single.

  11. preacherj

    Joey needs some dance classes. His footwork is terrible

  12. DHud

    Votto! What. The HECK! Was that!?

    Throw the ball!

  13. Scotlykins

    Holy Cow. Votto is an error machine. Little League

  14. Mack Ashley Potter

    That’s ALL on Votto

    Why does he ALWAYS have to throw off balance? REFUSES to get in front of a ground ball? And chokes up like a 3rd grader after watching 2 strikes cross the plate? Either something has to change or I’m done with our 200 million dollar .230 hitting 1st baseman too.

  15. preacherj

    Disco deserves a better fate tonight

  16. Steve Mancuso

    Votto’s fielding error – sloppy throwing mechanics – totally changed this game. Cost DeSclafani this start. Guy may work hard on his defense, but he has the worst fundamentals I’ve ever seen for a major league player. Try this: Step toward your target. Really terrible.

      • Steve Mancuso

        Yep. Can understand his rushing on that one given nature of play. Both plays he had more time than he thought (based on the panicky nature of his throw). Just step toward your target, Joey.

  17. Mack Ashley Potter

    When the Reds are banking on a guy like Desclafani being a top pitcher for them, when he wouldn’t be a top 7 starter on most clubs, it’s going to be LONG rebuild. That’s if it ever actually happens.

    • Steve Mancuso

      This is totally wrong. Check his stats from last year.

    • I-71_Exile

      Finnegan, Bailey, Reed, Stephenson, Disco. He’s a back end of the rotation guy for the Reds at this point.

    • Steve Mancuso

      3.2 fWAR for 26 year old pitcher. Dominant second half. This was his second start of the year.

  18. Indy RedMan

    4 earned runs vs Disco on yahoo….that can’t be right? Disco throws hard enough but he just doesn’t seem to have a put away pitch? He’s too easy to hit! Votto def didn’t help his cause either? His defensive fundamentals are completely gone!

  19. Jack

    What on earth was Malex Smith swinging at?

  20. preacherj

    Just saw an ad for Colin Cowherd. I would rather listen to THOM! do a Vin Scully imitation while calling a Cardinals/Cubs game than Cowherd.

  21. Scotlykins

    I thought DeSclafani was fortunate in his last start. He was hit hard at times but they were at someone. Does not seem he was as fortunate tonight.

    • I-71_Exile

      True. He’s not quite ready for prime time, but he’ll get there. I hope.

  22. Austin

    Votto’s defensive philosophy seems to stand in direct contrast to his hitting approach. At the plate, it’s completely a mindset of don’t give away outs by taking risks out of the strike zone looking for the “big play”. In the field, it seems to be go for the big play even if it means risking giving away outs. Time somebody in the organization points out this contradiction. That’s five runs given to the other team by Votto’s defense in three games in the series.

    • Steve Mancuso

      At some point in his career, for whatever reason, he decided that he didn’t need to abide by basic fundamentals when he played defense. Maybe winning the Gold Glove went to his head. Maybe he took the wrong lesson from Phillips’ flamboyance. Whatever it was, it hurts the Reds. People say he works hard on his defense. If that’s the case, he does it thinking the rules of fundamental defense don’t apply to him. Drives me crazy. (although not crazy enough to cite his batting average as an indictment of his hitting)

      • Steve Mancuso

        Your point changed from the decision in 2013 to what was Homer doing today?

      • Austin

        I’ve always wondered about BP having a defensive influence on him. I’m ok with Brandon doing what he does, because he seems to be able to execute it consistently (though I’m not sure what the stats would say about this, especially recently). Votto, on the other hand, doesn’t have the body or the skill set to be playing balls off his hip, rifling off balanced, one leg throws to second on sac bunts, etc. Sure, it works sometimes, but he seems more likely to throw the ball away. I would think by reasoning with him about the correct approach that he has at the plate would influence him to maximize his play in the field by sticking to fundamentals.

      • Steve Mancuso

        Yup. The vast majority of the plays Phillips makes in the field are with high levels of fundamentals. He gets in front of the ball, uses two hands and steps toward his target when he throws. The few times he goes for the flamboyant play it usually works out. But Votto is almost always unsound on defense.

      • preacherj

        Plus, we are comparing a middle infielder to a first baseman. No reason for Joey to find himself in the same fielding position as often

      • old-school

        ok then…how bout his lack of doubles?

      • Steve Mancuso

        power stats are great for May and June – higher than any year in his career other than 2010

      • old-school

        Joey Votto is one of the greatest Reds hitters of all time. He has never hit below .297 for a season. Nearly half way through 2016, he is hitting .235. When he he was hitting .200 well into May, he openly admitted this is the worst period of his career and suggested out of frustration he would quit, citing his terrible batting average to a reporter.
        Batting average matters to Joey Votto too.

  23. Scotlykins

    Reds scrapped out three runs. Great job coming back.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Yes, good scrappy inning. Bruce with the double.

  24. Mack Ashley Potter

    Cueto now 10-1.
    Wouldn’t you love to have been a fly on the wall while the Reds were deciding Homer or Cueto? lolololol!

    • Steve Mancuso

      When they were deciding that, Cueto had just been on the DL three times in a season. Bailey had thrown 2 years of 200+ innings, including being a top 20 pitcher in 2013. So, yeah.

      • SabrChris

        You’re just feeding the troll Steve.

      • Scotlykins

        I agree. Bailey was the better move at the time. I like Cueto trade myself. The three lefties collectively are better than one Customer. In my opinion.

      • Steve Mancuso

        Yeah. The Cueto trade is shaping up to be a monster for the Reds. The front office didn’t have another choice at the time with Bailey. Latos had a five cent head and they knew it by then. Cueto hadn’t proved he could stay healthy with his new twisty delivery. Arroyo was too old. Leake hadn’t been anything special. They waited as long as they could with Bailey to forestall him waiting for free agency. Second guessing it now is rank hindsight.

      • DHud

        No Steve. You’re using facts and statistics from the time of the decision in your argument, which is just plain stupid. Obviously the only logical train of thought is to fast forward to how things are 3 years later and judge the front office for being so stupid on not having a magic ball into the future

    • DHud

      How many times are you going to bring this up? You’re never going to be right no matter how many times you want to try to use hindsight on this decision.

      • Indy RedMan

        I’m tired of talking about it too but I never thought Homer was worth that contract? 3.68 era and 3.49? Offense is up some this year but wasn’t league average about 3.70 for those 2 years? Not that Homer had anything to do with Cueto? I think its pretty well known that huge long term contracts for pitchers is usually a bad idea if their last name isn’t Kershaw.

      • DHud

        That’s fair and I agree to an extent; I wasn’t a huge fan of the deal at the time.

        But to continue to use Cueto’s CURRENT success as an argument for the Reds supposedly “choosing” Bailey over Cueto 3 years ago has so many logical fallacies it’s not even funny

    • Chuck Schick

      Had you been a fly on he wall you wouldn’t have understood what they were discussing since it actually involved the game of baseball.

  25. Indy RedMan

    Bruce/Duvall are carrying this team right now! I’ve never seen Jay locked in for this long of a stretch before? They need to see what they can do to keep him around? Duvall should get 1.5 rbis there too since he knocked in one and setup the other! If he can do his thing with men on base then he can be a lynchpin on this team!

      • Indy RedMan

        You are correct sir….not even our bullpen deserves the old western rope, tree, bucket routine

  26. VaRedsFan

    Not that I want to see him, but isn’t this the spot where Simon could be used?

    • Indy RedMan

      Omg….please? The only time Simon should be used is to recommend a defense attorney

  27. preacherj

    Duvall can flat hit the ball hard

  28. VaRedsFan

    BP, Bruce, and Duval get things going to lead off the 6th. Duvall just missed a bomb to right center

    • VaRedsFan

      Add a crazy Ivan 2 run single!!!! Reds lead!!!

  29. VaRedsFan

    I take back my previous comment about using Simon

  30. Aaron Bradley

    If Bruce could have had a season like this 2 years ago, you just wonder how thinks might have shaped out differently for this franchise.

  31. VaRedsFan

    No man’s land for Ivan…maybe went a step to far.

  32. preacherj

    Hard to believe its only the 6th inning

  33. Indy RedMan

    Back on Bailey for a second….here are his numbers from 2013-2015

    1st – 15 pitches = allowed a batt avg of .209
    16-30 pitches = allowed ba of .238

    I think he could be our closer and let the young guns start. He’s been with the Reds how long now and has 2 full seasons as a starter? Reduce the workload and improve the pen!

  34. Austin

    Jose Peraza has looked great in the field tonight. Fluid.

  35. VaRedsFan

    I’ve said it a dozen times….don’t pitch Freeman low in the zone. Who needs scouts anyway…He now just needs a single for the cycle.

  36. preacherj

    George: ” The Braves bullpen is evolving the way the Reds bullpen is”

    Oh boy:

    1. Evolution must be a fact because these bullpens truly disprove an intelligent design

    2. Code word : “stinky”

    3. The fire marshall should shut down the ballpark having this much combustion around

    4. Etc……

  37. VaRedsFan

    Nice job by Hoover..fought through a couple of bleeder hits.

  38. Mack Ashley Potter

    Who has been your favorite players over the years?
    Mine have been…

    Eric The Red, The Mayor, Votto.

    With Davis my all time fav
    Also really liked Frazier

      • I-71_Exile

        Joe Morgan was probably my all-time fave. Eric Davis was amazing when he came up. He was so fast, I remember thinking that he could steal second, third, and home at will in 1985.

      • preacherj

        Im actually serious with this list, I just cant tell you why, it just is:

        From the BRM era: Dave Concepcion

        More recent: Todd Benzinger, Billy Doran, David Weathers, Eddie Taubensee, Jose Aarondondo, Mario Soto, Jose Rijo, Dave Parker, and my all time favorite player : Jr.

      • Indy RedMan

        Eric the Red is my all-time fav too. I remember thinking Gary Redus was an exciting speed/power guy but Davis took that up about 15 notches! George Foster, Mario Soto, Hal Morris (?), and Joey. Underdog man crushes on Jeff Keppinger and JHairston Jr., and now Duvall. Love that Bill Murray Caddyshack underdog story!

      • Indy RedMan

        Huge Lorenzen fan too! Power arm but he can hit and run too! Scoring from 1st on that double last year was amazing. Guy can fly! Chapman was up there too until he refused to start. That had me thinking he was a coward and domestic violence against a woman confirmed it

      • jazzmanbbfan

        Off the top of my head Eric The Red, Paul O’Neill, Mario Soto. Despite the inconsistencies, I really like Jay Bruce and if they trade him I hope it is to a team that goes a long way in the playoffs.

    • Indy RedMan

      Josh Hamilton too! Just oozed otherworldly talent in a Reds uniform. It took me two years to get over trading him that fast? I liked Volquez too and he started off with the Reds like Cy Young but you just don’t trade talent like Hamilton that fast! He would’ve prob been the WS MVP if Texas could hold a lead?

  39. VaRedsFan

    Can’t believe how much press Ichiro’s combined hit total is getting. Maybe Pete should count his minor league hits as well.

    • I-71_Exile

      Agreed. It seems like a manufactured non-story.

      • preacherj

        Absolutely, its an amazing accomplishment to be sure, but MLB is MLB. Otherwise, he never should have won ROY at 27 years of age.

  40. Aaron Bradley

    Ichiro is a nice story but obviously Pete Rose is the only MLB Hit King. and MLB is all that matters.

  41. preacherj

    Ramirez is such a mystery. Hes truly a box of chocolates

    • VaRedsFan

      2 innings…6 K’s…7 if you count striking out Inciarte twice

  42. preacherj

    Yeah, hes fast, but there are two outs. Get the hitter

    • preacherj

      Hes fooling with the runner too much

  43. Steve Mancuso

    When J. C. Ramirez has command over his pitches, he over matches hitters.

  44. Redgoggles

    So is the nonuse (earlier) of Simon an indicator that he is either A) going on DL or B) back in the starting rotation?

  45. VaRedsFan

    This has become a strikeout fest

  46. preacherj

    I was waiting on the balk call. They have been close all series

  47. Mack Ashley Potter

    Great job by Tony to wiggle out of that bases loaded no one out mess.
    I’m just glad George has finally stopped calling him CinGRANNY. lol

    Meanwhile…there goes Votto with his patented half swing strikeout garbage.

  48. Mack Ashley Potter

    Votto is still young.
    He needs to stop choking up, swing every swing with conviction, and go back and watch tape of every single at-bat from the 2010 season.

    Other than the 2nd half of last season, he has pretty much been a shell of himself since he sustained that injury. It’s like he’s scared….

    Scared to slide, scared to swing, scared to get in front of a ground ball, etc..

  49. VaRedsFan

    Simon’s in….shouldn’t be long now.

  50. preacherj

    I took a sleeping pill an hour ago. Im sooooo miserable.

  51. preacherj

    Didnt think they could over turn that one

    • pinson343

      Neither did I, awful play by DeJesus.

  52. Mack Ashley Potter

    Nice play by Ivan.

    Votto should walk into the ballpark every single day thinking and knowing he is the best in either lineup. Instead he chokes up like a little leaguer just “trying” to make contact. It’s ridiculous. And his stats are showing it’s ridiculous. I just can’t comprehend why he has taken such a dramatic change to his game?

  53. VaRedsFan

    That was a gift overturn on replay…IMO

  54. VaRedsFan

    Duval walked….it’s destiny that they win this game now

  55. Mack Ashley Potter

    Bryan Price just cracks me up.
    No clue what so ever how to run a major league
    Worst hire in Reds history by far.

  56. VaRedsFan

    Nice that Votto delivered that 2nd run. Can’t understand sending the runner though. He was out by 20 feet

  57. preacherj

    That was hit hard at Votto, but he needs to field it

    • Pooter

      Float him down the Ohio to the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico and to the DR.

  58. Wildcatredsfan

    How many games has Simon gave up Now?

  59. Pooter

    Wow, cut him right now. What a joke.

  60. Aaron Bradley

    Well Simon was good for 1 inning.. lol. Maybe that is all you can ask from the guy. But I agree a DFA can’t be far away.