The Cincinnati Reds (29-48) will try again tonight against the first place Chicago Cubs (49-26) at 7:10. The Reds lost 11-8, as Kris Bryant put on a performance for the ages. Bryant became the first player in MLB history to have three home runs and two doubles in the same game.

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The Reds came back from a 8-3 deficit last night, and made it a 8-7 game going into the 8th inning. The Reds offense beat up last years Cy Young winner, Jake Arrieta for five earned runs and five walks (both season highs for Arrieta).

Starting Pitchers

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John Lamb will look to finish off the month of June strong, a month that has been kind to him. Lamb has a 3.10 ERA through 29.0 IP this month. The major concern for Lamb through his first several starts was where did all the strikeouts go? Last year, Lamb posted a ridiculous 10.51 K/9, which was the 8th best among SP with 40+ IP (behind Sale, Kershaw, Fernandez, Strasburg, Scherzer, Archer, and Carrasco). He does has 12 strikeouts in his last two starts (10.2 IP), which is certainly encouragin.

Lamb’s only appearance against the Cubs came on October 1st, 2015: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Lamb actually pitched pretty well in that game with the exception of one bad pitch to Austin Jackson.

You might expect Jon Lester to be slowing down at 32 years old, but he is having one of the best years of his carer. Lester’s 2.10 ERA is the best of his career (only once before has he had an ERA below 3).

If you are looking for positives, Lester has gave up 3 home runs over his last 2 starts. He does however have a 1.46 ERA in June.

Lester has a career 3.38 ERA against the Reds in 6 starts (all coming over the last two seasons). He has a 2.77 ERA in 2 starts against the Reds this season. Billy Hamilton is 5 for 7 with a home run off Lester.

Starting Lineups

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1. Ben Zobrist (2B)
2. Jason Heyward (RF)
3. Kris Bryant (3B)
4. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
5. Willson Contreras (LF)
6. Javier Baez (SS)
7. Matt Szczur (CF)
8. David Ross (C)
9. Jon Lester (P)
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Brandon Phillips (2B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Billy Hamilton (CF)
8. Ramon Cabrera (C)
9. John Lamb (P)

Joey Votto hit two home runs last night. Votto now has an .822 OPS on the season. His OPS was at .697 on May 29th.

Reds on pace for home run record

The Reds are on pace to set a home run record! Well, not a good one. Dave Cameron of Fanraphs wrote today that the Reds pitching staff has a current pace of 1.7 home runs allowed per game. The MLB record for home runs allowed by a pitching staff is 241 by the Detroit Tigers, or 1.5 home runs per game. You can ready the full article here if you dare.

Around the MLB

The #1 prospect in all of baseball (according MLB Pipeline) is set to make his debut tonight. Nationals RHP Lucas Giolito will start tonight against Matt Harvey of the New York Mets. Giolito was the 16th overall pick in 2012. He had a 3.17 ERA/3.23 FIP at AAA.

The Cleveland Indians won their 10th straight game last night. The Indians beat the Braves 8-3. They now have a 5.0 game lead in the AL Central.

Conclusion

If you would have told me going into yesterday that the Reds would score 8 runs in a game that Jake Arrieta started, I probably would have been good with that result. Baseball is a weird game. Go Reds!

52 Responses

  1. ohiojimw

    I hadn’t really thought about the fact that Lamb was pitching tonight earlier today when I commented here on RLN that he seemed to be allowing fewer HRs since being regularly paired with Ramon Cabrera as his catcher. Guess my eye test is going to be put to the reality test tonight….

      • ohiojimw

        Nope. And it set off a Marty rant which Brantley also got in on about how something was wrong right down the line and across the board with their approach especially when they’ve been ahead in the count.

        This one I’m on board with.

    • Nelson Coble

      Last night our catcher seem to put the glove right where Lamb pitched it and boom, there the ball went. If Lamb is hitting the spots where the catcher calls for it, what’s our catcher thinking. I miss Pena.

  2. I-71_Exile

    Yay. Brandon Phillips is back protecting Votto in the line up.

    • Steve

      Lester did his best to try and walk him in the 4th. BP refused to take it.

  3. ohiojimw

    Marty is on pregame taking Price to task about Votto looking to walk versus drive the ball. Most of the time I feel much of the criticism of Marty here tends to be as hair triggered as Marty himself can be. However the Votto kicks he gets on and lengths he takes them to leave me scratching my head

    • ohiojimw

      Marty was back on it with Votto during the beat reporters’ segment. @zachENQ wasn’t buying. He pointed out that early on Votto was swinging at pitches out of the strike zone at the highest rate of his career. Said Votto had corrected and adjusted and since June 1 had an OPS in excess of 1.000. End of conversation.

      • lwblogger2

        Sick of Marty. I’m not even a giant Votto supporter but he’s talking out if his butt and nobody calls him out on it. He does it all the time now. He flat out makes stuff up. His act is tired.

      • Brian Dunn (@surrfinTexas)

        I heard it too, wow it was totally below the belt, Price was very professional in his answer, but I could tell he was irritated by Marty. Amazing.

    • Chad Jones

      Either our pitchers can’t hit a spot for crap, or our game planning sucks. Two other gripes: I’ll be danged if I’d let these jokers sit back and play home run derby without getting one in the ribs, and it makes me so angry when these stupid Cub fans take over GABP. I know I’m complaining, and I’m not there myself, but I live 10 hours away, and only get to a series a year. It just makes me angry because I hate the Cubs so bad.

      • Chuck Schick

        Tomorrow I’m going to punch the guy next to me because he sells more widgets than I do. I suck at my job so I should cause him physical harm.

        I guess there are a bunch of beaten Reds fans outside the stadium who had their tickets stolen by angry mobs of Cub fans.

      • lwblogger2

        Kinda mean… Funny, but mean… Fully agree about not hitting opposing batters. You don’t drill guys just because they are kicking your tail.

      • Scotlykins

        Hitting them is old school. I like it !!

  4. Indy RedMan

    I like Lamb a lot! The advantage he has over Finnegan is that he’s not max effort out there! I think he could be a Leake type of inning eater eventually….maybe slightly better? He needs to get a little stronger but he has that feel that a lot of guys can never learn. He had a 3.10 era for June coming into tonite

  5. redbonebuck

    I like Lamb as well because he changes speeds better then anyone else on the entire staff. All he needs is time to develop.

    • lwblogger2

      Good call there. Yes, he mixes his pitches and changes speeds quite well.

  6. lwblogger2

    Reds, good for what ails ya! Stupid Cubs came in scuffling.

  7. lwblogger2

    At BWW with my daughter watching the game. Nobody here seems to care except for a couple Cubs fans.

  8. lwblogger2

    Would love to see Lamb work out of this. Honestly, he hasn’t pitched badly so far.

    • lwblogger2

      And that’s a start. BP still looks pretty playing out there defensively at least.

  9. lwblogger2

    Yep, I’ll take an outing like this out of Lamb. Reds need to get him a few runs, at least get him off the hook.

  10. Indy RedMan

    Well the Reds are multi-dimensional this year! We can lose 11-8 or we can lose 3-0?

  11. redbonebuck

    Good start from General Custer tonight. He missed badly to Zobrist to open the game and that was his only real bad pitch,

  12. redbonebuck

    Mo Lester with a 1 hitter here in the seventh. With only 80 pitches!

  13. redbonebuck

    Big guns Billy Ham with the blast…..

  14. james garrett

    Not watching but Lester is a veteran and most teams don’t hit him.For us its like taking candy from a baby.Lamb continues to gain valuable experience at the major league level.Tomorrow Reed gets more of the same.

  15. Jack

    With Lester refusing basically to throw to first base there is no reason for Peraza not to start. Stealing bases off Lester is easy. Why you don’t play your fastest players is beyond me.

  16. muttonlettucetomato

    I’m not used to hearing Chris Welch as an apologist for the home plate umpire. Mike Winters has been pretty brutal with the called 3rd strikes out of the zone tonight.

    • Jack

      Cubs are just waiting the,Reds out knowing at some point Hoover will come in.

  17. Steve Mancuso

    6 innings of no-hit ball for the bullpen. Need seventh.

  18. Scotlykins

    Really. At least Votto did no fall down this time getting out of the way of the ball. Baby steps

  19. Scotlykins

    Time to redeem yourself after that effort. Even a walk would be fine here.

  20. Jeff

    Does anyone swing out of walks more than Brandon Phillips. I would love to know what his swing rate at out of strike zone pitches is when he has 3 balls.

  21. muttonlettucetomato

    … and it’s a Hoover sighting. I hate to be pessimistic, but I’ll be counting the pitches until he gives up a long ball.

  22. RedAlert

    The gas man cometh ….. Raise your hand if you didn’t see that coming ! Groover has no business being in this majir league roster any longer.

  23. RedAlert

    Time to release this guy – just pitiful.

  24. TR

    Good pitching for the Reds until Hoover works his magic.

    • jaY jOHNSON

      I continuously read where the manager makes only a modest difference in won/lost during the course of a season.Apparently this season ,and last,have been exceptions to that statement.This guy has got to go.The worst of all time.

  25. Jeff

    My daughter just said that Hoover needs to go play for the Cardinals. Maybe she does listen to me.