Braves walk off

The Cincinnati Reds (26-40) will play the final game of a four game series today at 12:10 against the Atlanta Braves (19-46). The Reds will look to take 3 of 4 against the Braves, after losing a hearbreaker last night. The Reds lost 9-8 in 13 innings, despite leading 8-6 entering the bottom of the 13th inning. It will be a quick turnaround today, as last nights game didn’t end until after midnight.

Starting Pitchers


Dan Straily has pitched better than anyone could have possibly expected through his first 11 starts (although I did write that I liked Dan Straily before his first start of the year against the Rockies). Straily has posted a 3.15 ERA despite an average fastball of less than 90 MPH. He is been exactly average in K/9, and has done an incredible job limiting home runs. He does walk a few more batters than he should, but overall you have to be happy with the production from Dan the man. His FIP does show that he probably won’t keep a low 3 ERA for long, but for just $512k, the Reds have found themselves a steal.

Straily’s last two starts have been brilliant (vs WAS, vs OAK): 14.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 8 K.

This will be Dan Straily’s first career appearance against the Braves.

Matt Wisler was born in Bryan, Ohio, which is west of Toledo. He was a 7th round draft pick of the Padres from back in 2011. Wisler was traded to the Braves right before the season in 2015 in the Craig Kimbrel deal.

Wisler posted good numbers up through AA. He made it up to AAA in 2014 with the Padres, and didn’t fare so well (5.01 ERA/5.14 FIP). Wisler was however the #34 prospect according to Baseball America at the start of 2015 when he was traded to the Braves. Wisler began his time with the Braves in AAA, and he did alright (4.29 ERA/3.30 FIP). He was called up last season on June 19th, and has been in the rotation ever since (except for two lone bullpen appearances mixed in).

Wisler has been great at times for the Braves. In his debut with the Braves last year, he allowed just 1 run in 8.0 innings. In his final start last year against the Cardinals, Wisler put up this line: 8.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K. Overall, his numbers through his first 31 big league starts aren’t great (4.56 ERA/4.81 FIP), but he certainly has a lot of potential.

Starting Lineup

Reds Braves
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Brandon Phillips (2B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Kyle Waldrop (RF)
6. Jose Peraza (CF)
7. Ivan De Jesus (3B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Dan Straily (P)
1. Mallex Smith (LF)
2. Ender Inciarte (CF)
3. Freddie Freeman (1B)
4. Nick Markakis (RF)
5. Adonis Garcia (3B)
6. Jace Peterson (2B)
7. Tyler Flowers (C)
8. Chase d’Arnaud (SS)
9. Matt Wisler (P)

Jay Bruce gets the day off. Eugenio Suarez is out the lineup for a second straight day. He did enter the game late last night. Price said yesterday that Suarez needed two days off for mental rest.

Morris to DL; Dayan Diaz recalled


The Reds officially placed A.J. Morris on the DL, and recalled Dayan Diaz from AAA. Morris strained his right shoulder in last night’s game. Dayan Diaz only made five appearances with the Reds during his first time up this year, and it didn’t go so well (4.0 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 2 HR, 7 BB, 2 K). Diaz has been sharp this season at AAA, posting a 3.66 ERA/3.02 FIP in 19.2 innings. He pitched two scoreless innings on Tuesday for the Bats (1 H, 1 BB, 2 K).

Joey, Joey, Joey

Joey Votto reached base four more times last night, and has now reached base in 16 consecutive games. Votto is now hitting .239/.370/.438 on the season. Votto has raised his OBP by 40 points since the beginning on June!

Bad Pasta

Alfredo Simon recorded his 7th loss of the season last night. Simon now has a 9.45 ERA, which is by far the worst of any Reds pitcher in team history with 50+ innings.

Other news and notes 


The Reds haven’t won a series at Turner Field since 2009. Since this is the last year of Turner Field, they should probably try to leave town with a series win. You gotta feel good with Dan the man Straily on the mound today. Go Reds!

PS: Also, go Cavs tonight!

61 Responses

      • ohiojimw

        Iggy put up two perfect innings at AA last night. Lorenzen K’d the side in a 13 pitch closer appearance at AAA yesterday. Unless there is a setback or two, I don’t think it matters which Diaz beyond about this time next week 🙂

      • wizeman

        agreed on length of stay… but like him or not… jumbo has been way more effective at louisville.

      • Matt WI

        I just fear that AAA is where he’ll always be effective.

  1. Yippee

    When you are doing worse than Josh Fogg, you have accomplished something…

    • lwblogger2

      There really are some non-glorious names on that list!

  2. Matt

    Nick, thanks for your recaps all week. They have really been terrific!

  3. preacherj

    At least we got one, but that should have beeb a big inning. Gotta get that guy in from third

  4. james garrett

    I still am amazed at the offensive season that Cosart is putting up so far.He swings at everything and I mean everything.Nobody should even throw him a strike.

    • Darrin

      Yeah, how bout he stops hitting right after votto

    • The Duke

      He didn’t even bother trying to run. Pure jog after he hit it. It was a slow turned DP and they still got BP by 5 steps. Pathetic.

  5. Matt WI

    Duvall!!!!!! If only the double play machine that is BP wasn’t hitting 4th behind a hot to trot Votto. Sigh.

    • The Duke

      I have no clue why any pitcher throws him a strike. He chased the first one in the dirt, then the next pitch is meatball changeup left up in the zone.

  6. IndyRedMan

    Votto gets on and BP erases them both….rinse and repeat? Votto is becoming Votto again so why not give Bruce and Duvall a shot with runner(s) on base before BP erases them? So stupid?

  7. james garrett

    We all know what needs to happen with BP won’t.

  8. Matt WI

    If it makes us feel better, I just looked it up… while BP is #12 on the active GIDP leaders with (now) 194, Albert Pujols holds down the #1 rank with 324. Yadi is right there with BP at 200!

    I realize it’s a side effect of a long career, but it still is disappointing.

    • Patrick Jeter

      I think if the Reds valued high OBP guys at the top of the lineup more than they do, Phillips might be up there near 300.

      • Matt WI

        I shudder at the thought… can you imagine a few seasons of the Choo/Votto combo in front of him!

  9. Matt WI

    Man, Freeman is like the one guy on this team you have to worry about and he’s killing it. Get a new scouting report.

    • preacherj

      Might not be ab All Star if not for the Reds. He should send some flowers

    • vegastypo

      I wonder if there’s a stat for how teams rank in letting other teams score in the half-inning after they score.

  10. lwblogger2

    What do you do when you fall behind 2-0 to the opposing pitcher? You throw 3 fastballs down the middle and say “hit them if you can”. There are very few pitchers who you make exceptions for. I wish the Reds’ pitchers would do that more.

    • preacherj

      Exactly. And everyone already knows the ones that cab hurt you…..and thats pretty much the reason you shouldnt fall behind 2-0 often

  11. james garrett

    Freeman again.How in the world can we not figure out the simplest of things such as not pitching to him.Its happened every game and we haven’t learned anything.

  12. james garrett

    Vote Freddie for the ASG.We will send our manager,front office and entire staff along with him to insure he has a great game.We know just exactly what he likes to hit

  13. Matt WI

    Gotta say, it’s strange to hear Marty giving Jay Bruce compliments. He’s talking him up as an All-Star and team “pace setter.”

  14. james garrett

    Last negative for the day.Did you know that Cosart has seen 5 pitches in 3 at bats?

      • Patrick Jeter

        2nd in the NL right now behind Matt Kemp. BP swings at 41% of balls out of the zone and Kemp swings at 43%.

  15. james garrett

    Couldn’t help myself.Did you know that BP has seen 7 pitches in 3 at bats.

  16. IndyRedMan

    Price pulled Duvall in a double switch? They walk .220 hitters on a nightly basis but can’t a guy that’s actually killing them in Freeman? Nobody has the stones to drop BP in the order either? The culture around this team is so screwed up? The baseball IQ is non-existent for most of these guys and the team definitely doesn’t come first either?

  17. preacherj

    It has become an interesting strike zone the last couple of innings

  18. Mack Ashley Potter

    I’m getting kinda tired of these multi-million dollar ball players taking days off. I can see getting a rest once or twice a year but it’s not like Bruce was on pace to play 162.

    • lwblogger2

      Over the long 162, it’s not a bad idea to get a guy at least a day off a month. During the season there are about 20 off-days built into the schedule over a 6-month period. That works out to about 3 days a month. 3 of those 20 days are usually over the AS break. Many of those off-days are travel days and as you probably know, traveling isn’t very restful. The Reds have a whopping 2 days off in June.

      Here is an interesting article I read last year when I was thinking that it didn’t seem that guys played in as many games as they used to “back in the day”. It is a pretty good read and sheds more light on why it’s a good idea to give guys an occasional day off during the season:

      • lwblogger2

        I’ll add that the off-season isn’t particularly restful for guys anymore either. Most these guys are training year round now.

  19. Mack Ashley Potter

    So the Reds outfield is Selsky, Waldrop, and Peraza?
    Double switch the only guy in the entire lineup that can hit the ball in the seats?

    Bryan Price is a true baseball genius.
    I hate him with everything inside me as a manager.

    • Steve Mancuso

      I’m sure you knew that Duvall has diabetes and been struggling with the humidity in Atlanta.

      • lwblogger2

        I didn’t Steve… I knew he had diabetes but didn’t know it was giving him trouble. Day game in Hotlanta could be problematic for a diabetic.

      • Mack Ashley Potter

        I’m sure I did know that Duvall has Type 2 diabetes because I do as well. And hot weather/humidity can cause dizziness, poor vision, etc, because I also am a type 2 diabetic. I have to take 2 (60) unit shots of Humalog every day of my life. But I didn’t know he was feeling any weakness while in Atlanta. He sure didn’t show any effects in his first 2 at bats.

        But there are 2 things I am SURE OF….

        1. Bryan Price is the worst hire in Reds history


        2. Homer Bailey is the worst multi year signing in Reds history

      • Steve Mancuso

        Yeah, well Duvall has Type 1 diabetes, so there’s that. Seems like if you were aware of it, you might not have questioned Bryan Price’s intellect without first learning the facts.

    • concepcion13

      Dude, give it a rest. We get it, you hate Brian Price with a burning passion. But he’s not even the worst manager in Reds history, much less major league history. Jerry Narron. Bob Boone. Ray Knight. Vern Rapp. They were all worse than Price, and that’s just from the 1980’s onward.

      • Mack Ashley Potter

        Well Concepcion13….you got one thing right at least. I hate Bryan Price with a burning passion. And I’d take Boone, Rapp, Knight, Narron, or anyone else 10-1 over Price any day of the week.

  20. preacherj

    Wow. This defense has been special

    • preacherj

      I think the Braves have scored as many unearned runs as earned ones this series

  21. IndyRedMan

    Yep Bruce is already off so you take out the only other guy thats making instant runs right now on this team! Genius! Of course they just rollover and give up after the manager obviously quits in the 4th inning?

  22. james garrett

    Its a day game after a night game on get away day.Its the Dusty,I mean Price lineup he always uses.Then you make it worse by pulling Duvall.Can’t expect any different when you go with the same manager and same players.

  23. james garrett

    Update on pitches seen.Cosart 7 pitches in 4 at bats and BP 9 in 4 at bats.Positive is Votto has 3 hits and a walk.

  24. preacherj

    Eh, still playing decent baseball