Remember the good ol days when the (dis)Astros were in the NL Central and everyone enjoying taking their turn, beating the snot out of them? Those were the good old days, weren’t they? #Sigh.

Tonight, your Cincinnati Reds (26-41) look to continue their sorta-winning ways against a slightly better AL version of the (dis)Astros (32-35) at Minute Maid Park in Houston in what experts have dubbed THE BATTLE OF FUTULITYâ„¢


John Lamb, who looks like the long-lost younger brother Dave Grohl never knew he had, opens the series having apparently suffered from multiple personality disorder over the last month, in which he’s gone 1-1 with a 2.95 era #good, but has allowed multiple homeruns in each game #notgood.


The Astros, winners of 15 out of their last 22 games, counter with Lance Mccullers, who spots a 3.45 ERA and a 3-2 record. LanMac has pitched well of late, following a rocky start, and hopes to continue his recent success against the Reds.


SP: John Lamb SP: Lance McCullers
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Brandon Phillips (DH)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Billy Hamilton (CF)
8. Ramon Cabrera (C)
9. Jose Peraza (2B)
1. George Springer (RF)
2. Marwin Gonzalez (1B)
3. Jose Altuve (2B)
4. Carlos Correa (SS)
5. Colby Rasmus (LF)
6. Carlos Gomez (CF)
7. Evan Gattis (DH)
8. Luis Valbuena (3B)
9. Jason Castro (C)


With Raisel Iglesias on the DL and AJ Morris headed there, the Reds recently promoted Cody Reed from AAA to make his major league debut tomorrow, much to the relief of Reds fans, who have been asking for such a thing for several weeks now.

When asked why the Reds haven’t DFA’d the likes of Alfredo Simon to make room for other younger, pitchers who could use the experience at the major league level, club leadership said, “Who doesn’t like a good train wreck? Am I right or am I right?” (not an actual quote)


If the Reds can keep hitting, we might be in for a bit of a slugfest this evening against an Astros team that’s not as bad as its record, but not nearly as good as some people think they are.


78 Responses

  1. ohiojimw

    Today we had another example of the linear mode of thinking the Reds FO can’t seem to break out of. They were looking at two roster moves in two days, one to activate BHam and the one to bring up Cody Reed.
    Tonight is the first of a run of 5 interleague road games where most teams would figure to want fewer pitchers and more hitters. So what did the Reds do? They sent down a position player to make room for BHam because I guess BHam is a position player. Never mind that they could have sent down a pitcher, which they seem destined to do before Saturday’s game to make room for Reed, and thus had an “extra” hitter for tonight.

    • seat101

      Our bullpen has been over used recently, wouldn’t you say? I’d say cuts 55/45 in favor of keeping the pitcher.

      And of course, I’m speaking with my vast experience is having run several baseball teams. I did my best job with the 7 & U.

      • ohiojimw

        Only two guys from the pen have pitched since Wednesday, D.Diaz and Ohlendorf. The only one of those that really matters is Ohlendorf; and, he only pitched one inning Thursday and that was during a day game. Plus another guy figures to go away very early next week for a fresh arm, Lorenzen…..

  2. Jack

    I would like to see,Peraza, Hamilton and Holt in the lineup at the same time. I honestly think Price is scared to sit Phillips down for 1 game. Everybody needs rest and why not him? I would love to see all that speed on the bases.

    • Chuck Schick

      I believe Price has very limited say on who plays and who doesn’t. My guess is the FO is ok running BP into the ground so they can justify benching him to avoid the PR hit of benching the productive veteran for the rookie after Bruce and Cozart are moved.

      • VaRedsFan

        It would be cool if a beat reporter would ask Price this. Or Marty during the pregame show. It doesn’t have to be rude….”Brian, you are in the middle of a long stretch of road games, and Phillips hasn’t had a day off since spring training (I kid), do you anticipate any days off for him before the All Star Break?” “Are you being told to play BP every day” (I kid again…kinda)

      • VaRedsFan

        I think most every player will say they want to play every day. It’s up to the manager to sit a guy down.

      • VaRedsFan

        I wonder if Price thinks making BP the DH today is considered a day off?

  3. Indy RedMan

    Any team ever had their 3rd hitter league the league in DPs and their cleanup man lead in triples? Weird combo for sure!

    2 Words for Dick Williams regarding BP:

    Omar Infante

  4. Indy RedMan

    league the league? how bout lead the league

    • VaRedsFan

      whoever bats behind Votto is likely to lead the league

      • Indy RedMan

        It would be hard for Duvall since he either homers, flies out, or Ks most of the time

      • Indy RedMan

        Now that Bruce isn’t rolling over on 2/3 of the pitches on the outside of the plate…..he isn’t grounding 4-3 that much either? He might hit it to the 2nd baseman in the outfield but Votto makes 2nd.

  5. J

    BP is apparently convinced he gets a lot of hits by swinging at first pitches. He should maybe check his stats once in a while.

  6. Darrin

    Altuve has good power for a guy the size of my niece

  7. Darrin

    Gomez is definitely Vottos arch nemesis

  8. GreatRedLegsFan

    I’ve seen it so many times this season, Cozart gets on base in the 1st inning but can’t score. How about having Barnhart or Cabrera hit in the 2nd spot to just move the runner on 1st? Then move Votto to the 3rd spot and Philips down to, say, the 7th spot.

  9. J

    It’s been said that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports. But with this team it seems an even harder thing is to not swing.

  10. james garrett

    Even though he struck out,Correa had a 9 pitch at bat.Its great to see that from such a young player.

    • Indy RedMan

      It was actually inside but Lamb will take it! Lamb has it going tonite it looks like!!

  11. james garrett

    BP with another first pitch swinging out.So far 2 pitches and 3 outs.Leave him in the three spot he has earned it.

  12. Brett Witterstaetter

    Like Phillips. He’s a gamer. But a .260 hitter with 6 dingers through 40% of the season is not anywhere close to a cleanup hitter. A dp and one pitch ground out so far. Time to move him down

  13. VaRedsFan

    what a beautiful changeup by Lamb

  14. VaRedsFan

    Valbuena bat flipped on a single

  15. james garrett

    WOW.A 15 pitch at bat by Castro hitting in the 9th spot.Wonder if any of our guys were watching.

  16. Jack

    Did I see that right on game cast that Castro had a 15 pitch at bat? That’s Like the total of 6 of our hitters so far.

  17. Brett Witterstaetter

    This new and improved Lamb 2.0 is a version I like. More pregame video please. And some offseason on strength training for that fastball

  18. VaRedsFan

    Bruce…nice hit, bad baserunning

  19. Brett Witterstaetter

    Bruce not trusting this lineup with a leadoff double

  20. magi210

    Peraza needs to spend some time tutoring Hamilton in the art of bunting.

    • VaRedsFan

      Billy would bat .800 if the 3rd baseman played him where he played Peraza

  21. VaRedsFan

    Cozart …rbi double high off the wall…opposite field style

  22. VaRedsFan

    Check swing strikeout down the middle. I honestly believe that Votto thinks that teams are going to pitch around him with runners on and a base open.

    • seat101

      Nearly 100 pitches, though.

      Of course there was that one at bat that had what 57 pitches in it?

      • VaRedsFan

        Yes indeed. Plenty of fouls by the whole team

    • Indy RedMan

      I like Lamb a lot but they’ve fouled off so many that he’s near 100 already? We better score because a 1 run lead with 3 innings of our pen isn’t going to work?

  23. VaRedsFan

    Super catch by Springer, robbing Duval in the gap

  24. Indy RedMan

    If Hamilton steals then maybe that’s a 2 run double for Cozart? I know McCullers is quick to the plate but why not hit-n-run? If its a curve then Hamilton makes it and if its a fastball down the middle then maybe Cabrera hits it? He had a decent lead and a RH pitcher? I don’t get it?

  25. james garrett

    Regardless of the outcome,being selective at the plate along with fouling pitches is a good thing because you get the starter out earlier.The more pitches a hitter sees I would think benefits him and his team.

  26. VaRedsFan

    I was hoping he would run too, but part of his improved base stealing is reading the pitcher better and getting better jumps.

    • Indy RedMan

      Catcher behind you though? Any groundball is 2 outs pretty much. He needs to be hitting 1st, 2nd, or 9th really?

  27. VaRedsFan

    All in all, not a bad job by Ramirez….only allowing the 1 unearned run to cross from bases loaded 0 outs

  28. james garrett

    Its almost a given but we have missed some chances to score 2 or 3 more runs.Couldn’t get a runner home from 3 with less then two outs and Bruce making the first out of the 4th at third base.

  29. Dan

    any particular reason why the game day threads don’t show up on mobile platform?

  30. VaRedsFan

    2 very nice sharp singles so far for Billy tonight…welcome back!

  31. james garrett

    Great point by Indy on Billy batting 7th with the catcher behind him.

  32. Dan

    Price has been doing a much better job of coaching this year. Job on the line or Piniella effect?

  33. VaRedsFan

    great job by the bottom getting the run across. I like not having a pitcher batting 9th. Although a PH’er would have came in there.

  34. VaRedsFan

    He just pitched around Cozart to get to Votto…..i jest 😉

  35. VaRedsFan

    Billy now batting .276. OBP of .308

    • Jack

      Karma. Springer stole one from Duvall and Bruce gets him.

  36. VaRedsFan

    this ump has a micro-sized strike zone

    • Steve Mancuso

      Thought he squeezed John Lamb at the end, for sure.

    • Steve Mancuso

      That catch should get Bruce a little love from DRS and UZR and all the other alphabets.

    • Indy RedMan

      Guy making an out on 3-0 helped!

  37. VaRedsFan

    What a time for Blake Wood’s HR streak to end

  38. Indy RedMan

    Hate to see a guy throwing high 90s get beat on a flat slider for the HR but our pen has been doing it all year. Wood/Hoover/Straily are all maybe’s moving forward next year in my book. Ramirez is a yes with that arm but maybe spend some more time in Lville?

    • vegastypo

      Think so? Those first two were rocket shots. I’ll take the outs, but I need a lot more convincing!!

      • VaRedsFan

        No doubt. It will take a lot of doing to forget all of the damage.