Game Thread

Reds at Braves – June 15, 2016


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 thoughts on “Reds at Braves – June 15, 2016

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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..

  4. 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?

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

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