There will be a baseball game this afternoon. Someone – either the Cincinnati Reds (27-41) or the Houston Astros (32-36) – will win. Afterward, someone on this site will give stellar insight and analysis of the game.

Other sites will do their same, tired schtick.

But the real news today, of course, is the major-league debut of top Reds pitching prospect Cody Reed, who is #60 overall, and #3 in the Reds system.


What can we say about Reed that hasn’t already been said? Reed came over in the Johnny Cueto trade last season and, since then, has lit up the minors, going 6-3 with a 3.20 ERA in 11 starts for AAA Louisville. Reed is an imposing 6’5” and, at 225 pounds, often uses his frame to intimidate the opposition into striking out a lot.

Excitement for Reed’s debut has been high in Reds country, reminiscent of the time Homer Bailey took a break from slaughtering whole herds of lions to make his Reds pitching debut nine years ago.

Homer Bailey. I wonder what he’s been up to? Someone should do a “Where are they now?” article on HIM, am I right?

The Astros counter with last year’s CY Young winner and Duck Dynasty reject, “Bryce” Dallas Keuchel. You’d think, being the reigning MVP, that DK would be an imposing figure on your MLB debut. But you’d be wrong. Keuchel’s been giving up runs so efficiently this season, you’d think he was auditioning to be a part of the Reds bullpen.

The real reason, of course, that Dallas Keuchel has failed so miserably is because he’s a proud member of my horrible fantasy baseball team, and a large reason why I’m near the bottom of my league this season. Every time I put him in to pitch, he sucks.


Yes, Reds fans, I have him starting today. I do my part, you do yours, and we’ll get through together.


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There is no other news to check out today. Everyone go out there and enjoy seeing the debut of a man who we all hope will be a wonderful addition to the future Reds dynasty.

Because the alternative is too depressing to consider.


59 Responses

  1. ohiojimw

    Here is Saturday’s Reds line up from Reds Media Relations Twitter feed (@RedsPR)
    Cozart 6, Votto DH, Phillips 4, Bruce 9, Duvall 7, Suarez 5, Hamilton 8, De Jesus Jr. 3, Barnhart 2, Reed LHP (#44, Major League debut)

    I’ve seen nothing with the Astros lineup.

    • Jack

      Thank God Phillips is back out there. Still waiting for Hamilton, Peraza and Holt hitting 9th,1st,2nd. Votto would be in line for some RBIs.

  2. Shchi Cossack

    Lineup from the Reds MLB site…

    1.Cozart, SS
    2.Votto, DH
    3.Phillips, 2B
    4.Bruce, RF
    5.Duvall, LF
    6.Suarez, 3B
    7.Hamilton, CF
    8.De Jesus Jr., 1B
    9.Barnhart, C

  3. Shchi Cossack

    Less than 3 hours till game time and still nothing regarding the roster moves to add Reed to the 40-man and 25-man rosters…

    • ohiojimw

      Jocketty and Williams are playing the best 3 of 5 at Pin The Tail On The Donkey to settle a disagreement between them about which way to go with the move(s). 🙂

      • Shchi Cossack

        I was actually envisioning something of the such, but more like a 1st person pin the tail on the ass…

      • ohiojimw

        I’m from that ancient more genteel era where if one really said it, the radio wouldn’t play it unless it was laid between the lines. Thus we were envisioning about the same 🙂

  4. ohiojimw

    Dayan Diaz has been outrighted to AAA which takes care of both a 40 man MLB roster and 25 man active roster spot for Cody Reed. Looks like a straight outright with no DFA on Diaz. Presumably, they already had passed him through MLB outright waivers.

  5. Shchi Cossack

    And Simon still sits on the 25-man and 40-man rosters…

    WJ still needing to justify the $2MM spent to sign Simon I guess.

  6. GreatRedLegsFan

    Four other pitchers will be joining the 25-man roster within the next month or so: Bailey, Stephenson, Lorenzen & Iglesias. My take these four will be DFA/outrighted: Simon, Smith, Ohlendorf & Ramirez (unless further injuries and/or trades).

    • ohiojimw

      There are a couple of guys down at Louisville who could be DFAed or outrighted off the 40 man (to allow Lorenzen and Bailey to get back on the 40 man) which would provide for somebody (in the cases of Smith and Ramirez) now on the 25 man to be simply optioned to AAA but otherwise you’ve got the gist of what I was thinking too. Also, keep in mind that Adelman and Cotham are sitting on the 15 day MLB DL list and thus occupying 40 man roster slots at this time.

      When I stop to think about this kind of stuff in any depth, I understand why the players’ union really dug their heels in and got the provision in the CBA that anybody who spends a single day on the active roster during the regular season receives the full season salary from the day they went onto the 40 man roster.

      Of course most of these fringe guys have split contracts that pay one rate when they are on the 25 man roster and a lower rate when they are on option (~$80K I believe when on option versus $510K MLB minimum when on the 25 man roster).

      What I have never been able to nail down is which rate a guy is paid at if he is outrighted off the 40 man roster. I’d almost guess if they are outrighted from the minors (which has happened this season) they get then lower rate; but, if they are outrighted off the MLB active roster, they get the full MLB minimum. And what about their fringes?? It isn’t all glamour unless a guy makes it to the top and stays there long enough to make arb and qualify for the players’ pension..

    • Jonathan Morgan

      DFA Simon, Pacheco, and Ohlendorf. Add Adleman and Morris to 60 day DL.

  7. Steve Hanshaw

    Cody Reed sporting #44 for his debut.

  8. vegastypo

    With Garrett promoted to AAA to take Reed’s spot there, does this mean Reed is likely here to stay?

      • musicclown

        Price said the other day Reed is here to pitch in the rotation. (my words not his exact words). So I take this as he’s here for good.

  9. Indy RedMan

    2 choices to complain about there…..Votto getting called out on ball 4 or he takes the walk and then the inevitable 5-4-3. Why not put BP behind Peraza or Hamiton then you can hit-n-run and stay out of the dp?

    • Darrin

      There is zero reason for BP to hit behind votto, or 3rd in the order for that matter

  10. DHud

    Not exactly the start to Reed’s career he was hoping for…

  11. I-71_Exile

    Seven pitch inning. Hack. Hack. Hack.

  12. seat101

    Not watching game. Surprised there is such little commenting re Reed.

  13. Indy RedMan

    I like this Reed kid….first time I’ve seen him!! Lefties like Lamb don’t throw hard enough to have a hard slider like that and Finnegan is too short so he’s not getting that same angle. He’s prob not a Chris Sale but he could easily become the ace of this staff!!

    • Indy RedMan

      Has to be a market for a SS that plays impeccable D with 20 HR power too! Hardy is like that but he hits .225

  14. David

    Reed has electric stuff. His only problem today is location. He was inconsistent with location in the 1st inning. A couple of well hit balls since, but also seven strikeouts through 6 innings, most swinging.
    Reed definitely has top of the rotation stuff. He does need to be up here now; I don’t think he has much more to learn at AAA. He needs to get sharper ML location and discipline, which he would not learn in AAA.
    His stuff does remind me of Kershaw, just does not throw quite as hard (yet); has topped out around 95 mph on the radar gun. He has thrown a couple of killer sliders; they explode and sink when he gets on top of them, and some other pretty good ones.
    Next year, what a rotation! Stephenson, Reed, Homer (healthy), Finnegan, and either Desclafani or Lamb as the FIFTH starter. And Amir Garrett waiting in the wings.


    And I can see Strailly traded to a contender at the July deadline. He is worth something as a fifth starter to a contending team. Then Stephenson comes up to replace him in the rotation.

    • Jack

      Orioles are dying for pitching. Unfortunately their farm system is weak.

    • Chuck Schick

      Strailly has some major analytical red flags. At this point, he has little to no trade value.

  15. David

    And then he gives up another two run homer to Gattis. What do I know?

    • Jack

      First game. He has great stuff but I think he is nervous. Especially when he dropped the ball for a balk. two run Homers have hurt him. His next start should be better.

  16. msanmoore

    Can’t believe I saw that wrist-flick clear the fence. Got to love it!

  17. Indy RedMan

    Combination of Bryan Price and Ray Charles behind the plate is prob going to prove to be too much? Cingrani has already warmed up so why not put him in to face the lefty Castro? I know this is a throwaway season but Price just gives too many games away? What really irks me though is the 1-2 pitch to Castro was just as close as 6-7 strikes that Keuchel got? That’s bovine material there!!! Guy has been horrible all day!! Called 2 strikes on Duvall that were about 5 inches off the ground? What good does replay do if the umps steal the game before a guy gets a legit chance to hit the ball?

    • msanmoore

      Time for the robo-call of strikes and balls.

  18. msanmoore

    But Bruce is a lousy RF’er, or so I’ve read recently. No way he caught both of those and threw a strike on the bluff run from 3rd.

  19. Steve Hanshaw

    Incredibly fortunate to escape 2 innings of Smith. Let’s throw him out for a 3rd to see what happens?

  20. Jack

    Nice job by Smith today. It would be nice to win this. Hats off to the freak today. Nice outing against the A’s.

  21. Indy RedMan

    Another phantom K on Votto? This guy is horrible…..can see the catcher obv pulling the pitch….its not even a good frame job and it doesn’t matter with this guy? Ridiculous?

    • Aaron Bradley

      I didn’t see the pitch but Marty described it as borderline and than with Votto’s reaction … such a critical at bat… does someone have the pitch graphic, I am too lazy to look myself, but you have to wonder.

    • Jack

      I’ve been watching on game cast and the pitch on there was low almost on ground. I thought he must have swung at it. I can’t see smith pitch but apparently he got hit hard even though he didn’t give up any runs?

      • jazzmanbbfan

        The pitch to Votto wasn’t even close to the strike zone. Horrible call by the umpire and I’m not sure I could have kept my mouth shut if I had been Votto.

  22. Indy RedMan

    Price quit today! How do you ask your guys in good faith to give 100% when you won’t? Obv Josh Smith ran out of gas because they’ve been hitting bullets for 2 innings? That’s not fair to the guys on the team or the fans? Castro already had a hit vs Smith and another lefty behind him….where’s Cingrani?

    • jazzmanbbfan

      Price’s post game comments were pretty clear on the overworked bullpen–multiple extra inning games this week which I’m not even sure he mentioned. Smith was a starter in AAA all year so asking him to go more than 3 innings to help rest the bullpen didn’t seem like that bad an idea to me. And after Duvall, the hitters didn’t help out any.

  23. Aaron Bradley

    Folks, I hate to keep harping on the past… but if there is one thing the Jocketty era will be know for is sub-par bullpens. Even with Chapman as closer they had major issues in mid innings. He made two huge attempt at getting set up men /closer and they blew up on him. I feel bad some is bad luck… but I will never forget Thom Brennaman flabbergasted at Mike Lincoln on his 3rd appearance in a row a few yrs back… lol.. the bullpen has always been an achilles and something historically we know as a franchise must be a strength for us to have a chance.

    • Indy RedMan

      The Reds are obviously going nowhere but when you homer w/2 outs in the 9th to tie then they want to win the game! That’s an uplifting thing for the team and you win the series! Josh Smith gave up rockets in the 9th/10th and only escaped by a miracle? Cingrani hadn’t pitched back to back since June 11 and only 15 pitches last night? Even if you lose with a fresh Simon that’s better then pushing some kid w/little pro experience to 60 pitches in relief? Fire Price and maybe Riggleman can do like Mackanin that one year and get them to play a little smarter and build for the future. Price is dead man walking as he should be and he knows it!!

    • ohiojimw

      I was thinking that any time Price leaves a guy out there to take one for the team, it usually means he is in line to be the next next on the flight to nowhere.

      Then there is the curious case of Alfredo Simon. I’m thinking there is a good chance the next time they need a simple move for a 25 man slot that does not also involve opening a 40 man slot, Simon is going to disappear onto the DL never to be seen again.

  24. Mike Adams

    On that last pitch to Votto it was NOT borderline. FSO showed a couple replays of it and it was off the plate inside by 4 inches or more. It was incompetence or bias on the part of the umpire.
    The line drives off Smith was because of location. He threw the ball too much over the plate and above the knees. Maybe it was due to fatigue but sometimes a batter gets infield hits where the pitch fools him. Like the next to last inning where Astros got two lucky infield hits on excellent pitches then the next guy hits a line drive right at Duvall. The line drives right at somebody are offset by infield hits and dying quails over the infielders’ heads. It evens out lots of times.
    But what do I know? I am not getting paid big bucks to manage or coach in the bigs.