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The Cincinnati Reds (29-51) will try to stop the bleeding against the Washington Nationals (48-32) tonight at 6:05. The Reds have now lost 12 of their last 15 games following a 13-4 beatdown last night. The Reds pitching staff has given up 37 runs over the last four games (9.3 runs per game). Meanwhile, the Nationals have won five straight games.

That is not a typo above either, the game actually does start at 6:05. We believe that the reason for this is because they are having a big postgame fireworks show.

Starting Pitchers


Anthony DeSclafani is off to a very nice start through his first four starts this season. He is coming off an very impressive start on Sunday against the Padres: 8.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K. The Reds desperately need another start like that one tonight.

The first thing you look at with a pitcher coming back from the DL is the fastball velocity. So far, so good for DeSclafani. He is actually up just a tick from 92.7 last year to 93.0 this year.

DeSclafani has good career numbers against the Nationals. In 5 appearances (2 starts), he has a 2.35 ERA. He made two starts last season against the Nationals with the Reds, and he had a 3.09 ERA with 6 BB and 7 K. Bryce Harper is 1 for 6 with 2 K’s against Disco. Both Daniel Murphy and Danny Espinosa have homered off him.

Tanner Roark was a 25th round draft pick of the Texas Rangers back in 2008. He was traded to the Nationals in 2010 for Christian Guzman. He made his debut in 2013 for the Nats, and posted a 1.51 ERA/2.41 FIP in 14 appearances (5 starts). He earned a spot in the rotation in 2014, and posted a 2.85 ERA/3.47 FIP in 31 starts.

Roark was however the odd man out in the rotation in 2015 after the Nationals signed Max Scherzer. Roark went to the bullpen, and struggled. He would make 12 starts later in the summer, but overall 2015 was a lost year for Roark, as he had a 4.38 ERA/4.70 FIP in 40 appearances.

Roark made the rotation when camp broke this season, and he hasn’t disappointed. He has a stellar 2.96 ERA/3.40 FIP through his first 16 starts. He is coming off a brilliant start on Sunday against the Brewers: 7.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K.

Roark has made four appearances against the Reds (all starts), and he has a 3.68 ERA. The Reds did however beat around Roark on June 5th at GABP: 3.0 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. That was the shortest start of the season for Roark. Brandon Phillips has had the most success against him, as Phillips is 4 for 8 with a home run.

Starting Lineups

Reds Nationals
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. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Anthony DeSclafani (P)
1. Ben Revere (CF)
2. Jayson Werth (LF)
3. Bryce Harper (RF)
4. Daniel Murphy (2B)
5. Anthony Rendon (3B)
6. Ryan Zimmerman (1B)
7. Danny Espinosa (SS)
8. Jose Lobaton (C)
9. Tanner Roark (P)

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Other news and notes


The Disco king has looked really good through his first couple starts. The Reds really need him to stop the bleeding with a solid start tonight. Go Reds!

Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.

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  1. Unless the Reds and Nationals made a nine for nine swap I haven’t heard about, you have the team names reversed for the lineups.

  2. Every day I look to see if, some how, some way, Phillips has been dropped in the lineup. Today is not that day.

    • Me too buddy, me too.

    • Ditto. It’s how I determine whether to pay attention.

    • Patrick, I believe Price told Zach Buchanan in an interview last week that moving Philips down was not going to happen. I recall Price said something to the effect that he really liked Phillips’ ability to put the ball in play.

      • I’d rather have a hitter who could create runs. Sigh. Mr. Price, it’s time to consider your life’s work.

      • Not only can he put a ball in play, he is excellent at putting a ball in double play.

      • I especially like his ability to try a sac bunt as a 3-hole hitter in the 1st(!?) inning. Pretty savvy veteran there.

      • Even when Phillips is batting .240 with a .265 OBP? We’re headed there. Price should be embarassed. Honestly. It’s getting ridiculous. I feel bad for BP, really, since his decline is in full view. At least batting 6-7 he could be hidden.

  3. This ain’t no party, this ain’t no 2015 4.00 era Disco,
    this ain’t no fooling around
    No time for dancing, or lovey dovey,
    I ain’t got time for that now

  4. 6:40 p.m. est time start. Rain delay

  5. BP is a singles hitter now that swings often and early in the count.He does what he wants as does Marty.Won’t change They both get to stay around based on past performance and maybe that’s ok with the front office.

  6. The Baseball Gods do not like 6:05 starting times for east coast games on Fridays.

  7. VottoMatic!!!

    For the month of July. Votto is slashing 1.000/1.000/1.000 with a 2.000 OPS…

  8. Great bunt by BP.

    • but why would you want your No. 3 guy bunting?

      And now Tucker makes something bad come of something good. Always with this team.

    • The Reds have Phillips hitting in the #3 hole. The Nats have Harper hitting in the #3 hole. Both teams had a runner on 1B with 1 out in the top of the 1st and the #3 hitter at the plate. The outcomes were predictable.

      • Day just said he is trying to snap the longest drought of games for him to hit a homerun. It is currently at 46. Exactly what you want in the middle of the lineup……

  9. They had Suarez dead to rights. Near TOOTBLAN

  10. What????????

  11. The lack of competent base running on this team continues to baffle me.

    • This team lacks competence in all manner of things. Think about the manager, the coaches, the amount of communication outside of the games. But I’m told that these sort of intangible aspects of professional baseball count as nothing compared to advanced analytics.

      • Baserunning is not an intangible.

      • Yeah. You might want to look up what “intangible” means. Also, if you can find a quote of someone saying what you claim, I’ll send you a check for $1000.

  12. You will never see a longer single. That is pathetic

  13. Under Review! And the answer is…………a single.

    Nice hustle there, super star.

  14. What the hell is Joey doing on the bases? He may be able to hit, but he cant field his position or run bases

    • He’s having his best base running season in half a decade. Actually above average. For all players, not just 1st basemen.

  15. He hasn’t been back long but Disco looks like he’s stepped it up from last year! 7 ip 2 er (really 1 er/Suarez) in Texas isn’t easy to do! 8 shutout vs a hot hitting SD team and strong again tonite!! Disco/Reed/Lorenzen/Lamb/TBD would be my top 5 right now

  16. It happens when you are playing for a lameduck manager and for an organization that doesn’t know what they are trying to do.Its little league stuff almost every night.

  17. BP walked… justifying his 3 hole position

  18. I smell a BRUUUUCE.

  19. Dooo–valll….rbi single, reds lead 2-1

  20. Get em on, get em over, get em in. I like it

  21. Duvall’s Gameday hot zone map is all red.

  22. Wow. Hit it hard. Nice play, darn it.

  23. Wow…Suarez smoked that ball, and it went into Murphy’s glove without him looking…for the inning ending DP

    • I hope Suarez is coming around? His OPS for June was .789 which is decent? He takes pitches and he sprays the ball around? I know there is a .270 hitter in their somewhere with 20+ power and will take a walk?

  24. See kids, this is how you do it. Almost all of Desclafani’s pitches are sinking to the bottom of the zone or on the corners. Yes, you can have a good fastball, but a lot of major league hitters can time anybody’s good fastball if it’s up in the zone.

  25. What a terrible pitch by Disco on 1-2 to Murphy? I don’t think I’m 2nd guessing here either! They’ve been beat on bad 0-2 and 1-2 pitches all year? If Price is going over this stuff then its not sinking in? Tony threw a nice changeup for strike 1….the slider has been dipping down on lefties all night…that was strike 2! Why throw a fb down the middle there? Run the fb away and if that doesn’t work then comeback 1-2 or 2-2 with that darting slider that’s been working so well? I don’t get it? Votto, Duvall, and Bruce aren’t getting too many 1-2 right down the middle above the belt?

    • The pitch was on the inside corner maybe off the inside corner even. Nats announcers emphasized how much Murphy had to pull his hands in to hit it, on the replays.

      • It was a little inside but it got a lot of the plate! No need for that pitch there? That will probably cost him a chance at a win? His slider is awesome tonite and just run the fb away and he might roll over on it? Why give their top guys a chance to pull the ball with the game on the line?

        • I personally don’t think you should pitch any lefty inside, unless it’s up and in.

  26. Enough with the bunting already! Sheesh. This org is in the stone age from the top down. Keep letting the Jake arrieta’s go deep while we bunt into double plays

  27. Desclafani does have good movement on the 2 seamer

    Anytime you can make outs Sacrificing bunting, you just have to do it

  28. Terrible job by Desclafani

    This team is so poor when it comes to fundamentals

    • Most pitchers are bad at bunting. Watch some non-Reds games. You’ll be surprised. A good bunting pitcher is rare.

  29. Glad the RI didn’t give up anything to potentially hang a loss on Disco. The sad thing is that if he would have covered first base on the previous play, it wouldn’t have come down to that.

  30. I have to say I’m upgrading Disco in my mind! I thought he was a Leake 3.80 type but he’s a real competitor and his stuff is underrated! Not that many guys are good enough shape to be bringing it at 95 at the 100 pitch mark! I think he could be a borderline 2 type of guy now….maybe a low 3s era with you consider GABP. I’m not a Homer fan really but he’s always in outstanding shape too! Hard work means something.

    • Agreed. I thought he was basically Mike Leake. He’s better. I’m glad.

  31. Didn’t that recent post about our offense say we’re 15th in scoring in mlb or something? I’m just guessing but I’d say we’re def bottom 10 in scoring vs the other guys pen? We’ll get a 3-0 lead sometimes early but it seems like we rarely ever do much against their pen?

  32. Free baseball

  33. Seeing Iglesias run multiple innings out there is everything they could have been doing with Chapman. P!ease don’t decide Iglesias has “closer stuff”.

  34. Who had Jay Bruce leading the team in .avg on July 1?

  35. Hmmm. Hitting on 3-0 with Joey up next. On the other hand…. I won’t fault a little aggressiveness when they are slumping so hard.

  36. Werth, Harper, Murphy. Yikes

  37. strike ’em out, throw ’em out.

  38. Nationals are trying to give us this game

  39. Good job Tony C

  40. Would be really nice to pull this game out but we just don’t seem to have it offensively to scratch out a run or two

  41. What a delivery.

  42. Why does Joey do that? It is kinda funny, in a sorta way

  43. Joey having fun with the fans in the front row down the baseline…denying them souvenirs twice

  44. 3rd knock of the night for Suarez.

  45. Dorf vs. Harper…no contest.

  46. brilliant pitch selection to the Harper. All those changes he couldn’t fire on all cylinders at a high in the zone fastball. I wonder who called that, Price, the pitcher or the catcher?

  47. Ohlendorf…. how long can he keep this up? He is absolutely fooling the Nationals.

  48. So far its Cy Ohlendorf

  49. Datdude will go down in history as one of the top 5 2bs for the Reds, and as one of the worst Reds players of the 2016 edition. The Nats must be so thankful that he refused to be traded and they go to sign Murphy. A truly bold, forward thinking move would be to waive him. Cut him, thank him for his service and play the young guys. Its ok to be bad when you’re building for the future. Its stupid to be bad when you’re just letting bad investments play out.

  50. Cozart and Votto now have the same average! Zachary has not had a hit in a week!

  51. Cant be too suprised with a battle of the bullpens. Sigh

  52. Anyone happen to know the major league record for the most consecutive games with no home runs from the #3 hitter? I assume it must belong to the Reds by now.

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About Nick Kirby

Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.


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