The Cincinnati Reds (29-52) are still in search of their first win of this week. They will try again tonight against the Washington Nationals (49-32) at 7:15. The Reds have lost 5 straight, 9 of 10, and 13 of 16. The Reds got great pitching all throughout a 14 inning affair last night, but they still fell 3-2.
Programming Note: Tonight’s game is on FOX National. Plan accordingly.
Dan Straily has come back to earth. His last three starts have been really bad: 14.0 IP, 19 H, 17 ER, 8 BB, 10 K. Walks continue to be a major issue for Straily.
The only time Straily has faced the Nationals in his career was his start on June 4th. It was a really good start: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. Anthony Rendon hit a home run in that game against him.
Joe Ross is another Nationals starting pitcher having a solid season. Ross was a first round draft pick of the Padres back in 2011. Ross was traded to the Nationals in a three-team trade back in December of 2014 with the Rays and Padres. Wil Myers and Ryan Hanigan went to the Padres, Trea Turner went with Ross to the Nationals, and Rene Rivera and Steven Souza went to the Rays.
Ross was the #94 prospect in all of baseball following the 2014 season according to Baseball America. Ross made his debut with the Nationals in 2015, and he didn’t disappoint. Last season, he posted a 3.64 ERA/3.42 FIP in 16 appearances (13 starts). Ross made the Nationals rotation this year out of camp.
Tonight will be Joe Ross first ever appearance against the Reds.
UPDATE (6:40 PM): Joey Votto was scratched from the lineup with a sore right shoulder. Adam Duvall is now in the lineup batting 4th, Jay Bruce moved up to 3rd.
No word yet on how Votto was injured, but he did do a hard head-first slide into 2B on that 13th inn double last night. #reds
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) July 2, 2016
|1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Jose Peraza (LF)
3. Jay Bruce (RF)
4. Adam Duvall (1B)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Brandon Phillips (2B)
7. Billy Hamilton (CF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Dan Straily (P)
|1. Ben Revere (CF)
2. Jayson Werth (LF)
3. Bryce Harper (RF)
4. Daniel Murphy (2B)
5. Wilson Ramos (C)
6. Clint Robinson (1B)
7. Stephen Drew (3B)
8. Danny Espinosa (SS)
9. Joe Ross (P)
It has finally happened. Many of us here at RN have been screaming from the rooftops that Brandon Phillips should be dropped in the lineup. I went on a rant in just last night’s recap. Bryan Price finally moved Phillips down in the lineup, as he will be batting 6th tonight. It does come as a bit of surprise as Price said just yesterday that he has no intention of moving Phillips out of the #3 spot. I guess Price must read RN.
Reds sign Cuban SS
The Reds signed Cuban SS Alfredo Rodriguez today. He was rated as the #6 international prospect by MLB Pipeline. I wrote about the signing today.
Bailey to make second rehab start tonight
Homer Bailey will be back on the mound for his second rehab start tonight with the Louisville Bats at 6:05. You can listen live to the game here.
Update (6:45 PM): Here is Bailey’s final line from the Bats.
Homer Bailey final line: 2.0ip, 5h, 1er, 1k, 1hbp and a balk. He threw 38 pitches (28 strikes).
Stephen Johnson pitching for #LouBats.
— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) July 2, 2016
The Reds have to win at least one game this week, right? 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.