The Cincinnati Reds (27-43) stay in Texas for a couple more days to face the American League leading Texas Rangers (46-25). The Rangers are in the midst of a seven game winning streak where they’ve outscored their opponents 36-22.


Anthony DeSclafani 2.08 6.12 1.0 13.3% 8.9%
Colby Lewis 2.81 4.20 1.2 5.0% 15.9%

Anthony DeSclafani is making his 3rd start of the season. He’s allowed one earned run in each of his first two very different starts. His 1st start off the DL back on June 10th versus Oakland, he allowed just one run over six innings en route to a 2-1 Cincinnati victory. However, last week against Atlanta, it was four runs (only 1 earned) in 2.2 innings in what was eventually a 9-8 Reds loss.

In his last two starts, Colby Lewis has gone 17 innings and allowed just two runs, five hits and one walk. He had a no hitter going through eight innings against Oakland last week. His low ERA so far this season is largely thanks to a very low .234 BABIP. His 4.20 FIP is more representative of his usual ERA: 4.66 in 2015 and 4.65 for his career.


1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Billy Hamilton (CF)
3. Brandon Phillips (2B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (1B)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Kyle Waldrop (DH)
8. Jose Peraza (LF)
9. Tucker Barnhart (C)

Reds right-hander Raisel Iglesias was activated from the 15-day DL today and will work from the bullpen. He is replacing reliever Blake Wood, who was added to the paternity list.

The Reds have a tough couple of games this week against the best the American League has to offer. However, an outing from DeSclafani like he had in his first start of 2016 will keep it close.


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  1. So Votto is essentially getting 2 1/2 days off in a row?

    Last time he got 4 days off in a row.

    I really don’t like that style of management.

  2. Wasn’t Votto the DH in the Houston game on Sunday? An off day yesterday and not playing tonight. Is something amiss here?

    • Hope not. I think more likely is that Price probably thinks multiple days off in a row are more beneficial to a player. Look at Votto’s last stint. I think a rain out or some other circumstance (can’t quite recall) essentially gave Votto like 4 days off maybe?

  3. Sheldon saying Votto is sick. So perhaps unplanned.

    • I see that he says that Lorenzen is also enroute to Texas and might be activated tomorrow and that Simon’s shoulder issue has been identified as scapula related.

      Sounds like we might get Lorenzen in for Simon tomorrow but they will also need a 40 man move to get Lorenzen off the 60 day DL.

      • Scapula related sounds like a 60-day DL swap out to me, Simon on and Lorenzen off. That way Reds management does not have to release Simon.

        • I would be thinking along the same lines except the Reds never send somebody directly to the 60 day list. That said I think you’ve got the ultimate Simon exit strategy dialed in. It is just a matter of how/ when they get it done.

        • Buchanan just tweeted that Simon is in Cincy “getting tests”. There may be hope he goes to the 60 day.

    • Price just confirmed on the pre-game that Votto is sick.

  4. Zach Buchanan, (@zachENQ) C.Trent’s partner on the Reds beat for the Enquirer, is learning the ways of the Reds in a hurry. He just tweeted:

    “So if Votto’s too sick to do anything and Simon’s not here, the Reds will essentially play today with 23”.

    Should we tell him there were multiple games last year it was down to 22 and once or twice maybe only 21?

    • Or that Billy Hamilton was a pinch hitter in a road game a few years ago when he couldn’t grip a bat in his hand? Gee, you don’t think he was gonna bunt, did you? And I’m sure the other team hadn’t figured that out either.

  5. Again with the all important fbb stuff but any chance Lorenzen rolls right into closing? My guess is Price would have Tony C > Hoover and Ohlendorf in the 9th but might swap Wood or Lorenzen if the 8th favored a lefty pitcher?

    • I forgot about Inglesias? Never mind….too many moving parts to be sure at this point? As long as they send Simon to a land far far away then I’m good!

  6. Lead off batter walks!

  7. Bruce!! We need a better outing from Disco? 3-0 lead…lets go! I had season tickets there from 1993-96. The wind really shoots out towards both alleys! Its a tough place to pitch!

  8. That was a hit?

    • I guess? Suarez would have to be a MVP candidate with the bat to make up for his D? His instincts are just horrible sometimes? I think long term they’re going to have to consider 2B for him if he becomes the hitter they think he can be?

  9. Big hit for Cozart

  10. I love the way the inning turned out, but it’s really, really stupid to bunt on a 2-0 count. Lough-out-loud terrible strategy.

    The league-wide OPS is .733, on a 2-0 count, that rises to .981. Huge hitters count.

    • Joey Votto’s career OPS is .948.

    • Yeah, did not understand the need to bunt. The hit by Cozart would have driven in the runners anyway.

      • Well Barnhart’s avg. must have dropped 80 points since Meso went down for good and a lot of 4-3s or 3 unassisted which would be 2 outs there. I agree with you guys though…pitcher throwing 86 mph in a big park…swing away

  11. Big inning for Disco here? He should have 5 ip…1 earned. I like his composure! He could be like a 3.40-3.50ish guy? A good #3 starter

  12. Cozart having a heckuva game/season

  13. Bruce having a heckuva game/season


    • HR to Left Center, double to LF. He uses the whole field and he is a 280+ hitter.

      40 HRs and 130 RBI’s might be 2016. I hope they price him accordingly cause then man has turned the corner. Most have expected 2 or 3 slumps out of him by now

      • I like the supreme maturity he showed when the team was shopping him in the offseason. Thank goodness they held on to him. This team needs O, or a king’s ransom to trade away offense.

  14. Bruce and Cozart value WAY up … Disco a solid 7 on 103 pitches.

    • Gotta like how Disco has come back from his injury. Doing it vs a top notch team on a 7 G win streak tonite.

      • I think they’re tired. They had to play a reschedule last night. Disco looked great though either way!!

    • They better get a ton for Bruce! Cozart is tearing it up too but he’s 20 months older then Bruce even though it doesn’t seem like it?

  15. Apparently Iglesias needs to throw it right down the middle to get a strike call

    • See my 2 words below … I’m getting tired of the YUUUGE variability in the zone.

  16. OK, folks, last time I’ll say this for a while … but two words …

    Robot Strikezone

  17. Marginal throw … stellar catch and tag. Nice DP!!

  18. 68/68/65 consecutive MPH pitches. The windows are safe with Claudio pitching.

  19. Yeah … I’ll take that win.

  20. That’s a fine Reds win right there.

  21. They keep talking about a White Sox scout at the Reds games? Their CF Shuck is hitting .183 and they could always move Adam Eaton back to CF for Bruce? Despite playing in a launching pad…they’re 10th in era in mlb but 21st in scoring. Brett Lawrie isn’t a very good player either though…hitting .229? They could use Cozart and move the new kid to 2B. He’d be 2nd on the team in HRs behind the Toddfather.

    • Only thing Todd father hits is HRS . And if he follows suit his,2nd half numbers will go down. Reds were smart to get rid of him.

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