The Cincinnati Reds (28-43) will try to leave Arlington with a quick two-game sweep of the first place Texas Rangers (46-26) tonight at 8:05. Last night, the Reds were lead by big nights offensively from Jay Bruce and Zack Cozart, in route to an 8-2 win. The Reds are now 11-8 in the month of June.

Starting Pitchers


Dan Straily is coming off his worst start of 2016 (4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 5 K). The Braves really beat around Straily. He will have a challenge trying to rebound tonight against a tough Rangers lineup, in an even tougher ballpark to pitch.

Straily has a career 4.47 ERA in 9 appearances (8 starts) against the Rangers. Straily only appeared in 4 total games last year with the Astros, and 2 of those appearances came against the Rangers (6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 7 K).

Elvis Andrus is 1 for 20 off Straily. Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo have both homered off Straily.

Cole Hamels has a sizzling 2.88 ERA, but his peripheral numbers don’t look so good. He is allowing the most walks (3.47 BB/9) and home runs (1.49 HR/9) in his entire career. Hamels has been very good of late, posting a 1.88 ERA in four starts in June.

Hamels has dominated the Reds over his career. He has a 1.96 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 14 career starts. His most notable start against the Reds came in Game 3 of the 2010 NLDS, when he threw a 2-hit shutout to finish off the Phillies sweep of the Reds.

The Reds did however beat up Hamels in his last start against them on June 8th, 2015: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. Brandon Phillips had a bases loaded walk against Hamels, and Ivan De Jesus Jr. hit a home run.

Brandon Phillips has seen Hamels the most (48 PA), and has hit .227/.292/.341 against him. Jay Bruce has homered twice against Hammels.

Starting Lineups

Joey Votto is out of the lineup for a second straight night. He is still sick, but is at the ballpark. Mark Sheldon tweeted out that he is “only eating crackers.” Votto currently has a 20-game on-base streak.

Reds Rangers
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Billy Hamilton (CF)
3. Brandon Phillips (2B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Ivan De Jesus (1B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Jose Peraza (DH)
1. Shin-Soo Choo (RF)
2. Rougned Odor (2B)
3. Nomar Mazara (LF)
4. Adrian Beltre (3B)
5. Prince Fielder (DH)
6. Ryan Rua (CF)
7. Mitch Moreland (1B)
8. Elvis Andrus (SS)
9. Robinson Chirinos (C)


 Other news and notes

Michael Lorenzen is back with the Reds! Alfredo Simon was placed on the DL. Also, Jordan Pacheco‘s Reds career ends with an impressive .157/.157/.235 slash line.


It sure would be cool to see the Reds sweep a first place team! Cole Hamels has really owned the Reds over his career, but his peripheral numbers show that he has been a little lucky this year. I think it is time for that luck to run out. Go Reds!

17 Responses

  1. jp

    Help me understand the Donald Lutz appearance with the Bats. I thought we released him, but then we acquired him again? Do we see potential, or is this the last chance?

    • Patrick Jeter

      I could be wrong, but I think he’s basically organizational filler at this point. Gotta have warm bodies to fill the rosters, after all.

      • Patrick Jeter

        Actually, I know I’m not wrong. He’s 27 and was just promoted to AAA after OPSing .544 in AA. They just needed him to fill a roster slot vacated by Peraza/Pacheco.

    • ohiojimw

      Here is a story about Lutz being released by the Reds in 2015 after he had to undergo TJ surgery on his throwing elbow and thus was out for the remainder of the 2015 season. However, because Lutz was on the 40 man roster at the time of his injury, the Reds were already on the hook for the TJ surgery, follow up care and typical rehab plus the balance of Lutz 2015 salary.

      He was released to open a 40 man roster spot for Ivan DeJesus Jr. DeJesus was being called up from off the 40 man roster due to an injury to Marlon Byrd. Releasing Lutz was the simplest way to open a 40 man slot,

      The action did indicate however that the Reds no longer regarded him as a true prospect since as a free agent, he could have subsequently signed with any team. Lutz recovered to return to action in the Australian Baseball League during this last MLB off season and subsequently signed a minor league contract to return to the Reds org in 2016.

      • jp

        Thanks for the info, gentlemen. I remembered the release from the 40 man and the TJ, but did not realize they might have some interest after release. Just seemed odd. Filler comes in all shapes, sizes, and ages these days.

      • ohiojimw

        Even though Lutz was recently brought up to Louisville from AA, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is getting to the end of the road with the Reds org. I was following the AA team pretty closely; Lutz was only playing 4 days a week or so and not doing a lot with the bat. In fact I was surprised they brought him to AAA. I think perhaps they needed a LH hitting body; and, he fit the bill without disrupting the development of anybody considered a true prospect. Such is the role of an organizational depth guy.

      • CP

        In my opinion, they indicated their belief he wasn’t a true prospect in 2013, when they brought him up from AA with a .240ish batting average and then gave him 60 at bats over 2 months. You don’t treat prospects that way.

  2. Indy RedMan

    My boy Lorenzen is back!! Garrett is going tonite. Its a big night! Its too bad we got Simon’d in Atlanta or we would’ve already secured a winning road trip? Now we’re 4-4 and Hamels kills us normally? Odor is back in there….mind your manners at 2B. I might be uncivilized but I LOVED that punch on Bautista. Price is going to get fired anyway….he should call out Hurdle before the season is over and try one out on ole Clint!

  3. seat101

    Last night, on the game thread I said I felt that the Reds had a really good third-base coach. One person disagreed with me and no one else commented.

    Does anyone else have an opinion?

      • Indy RedMan

        I think a 3B coach is like an offensive lineman in the NFL….you only hear about them when they’re screwing up and I haven’t heard much? I think he’s doing ok for the most part.

    • Scott E. Disney

      Probably the best we’ve had since Berry. Though that might not be saying much?

      Pretty decent/good overall, I guess.

  4. Indy RedMan

    Garrett only 1 hit allowed tonite in 5.2 but he walked 6 and fell apart in the 6th inning. That’s still pretty impressive though! I don’t Straily really being a big part of the Reds future? He might pan out like LeCure and be a decent guy out of the pen? He could follow Reed or Finnegan throwing hard and then come in with change-ups and nibbling but he just doesn’t have that much talent?

  5. vegastypo

    Making Hoover pitch in that ballpark, to that lineup, is cruel. And the result: predictable

  6. Indy RedMan

    That will put Suarez back over .800 ops for June. His offensive numbers would play well at 2B compared to other 2B but 3B not so much? I think he has 6-7 walks in June and extending atbats….running the counts full? You have to extend atbats somewhat to K so often…lol

    • CP

      His offense doesn’t really compare well to other 2B either. I guess he compares a little better to the average 2B versus the average 3B. He outperforms the current guy manning second base, however.