The Cincinnati Reds (32-54) will begin their final series before the all-star break tonight at 7:10 in Miami. The Reds will play three games against the Miami Marlins (44-41). The Reds are coming off a series win in Chicago against the Cubs. The Marlins are currently in the third place in the NL East, 6.0 games behind the first place Washington Nationals. The Marlins are also 2.5 games out of the second wild-card spot.

Starting Pitchers


Dan Straily had three consecutive bad starts to end June, but he flipped the page to begin July. Straily allowed just two hits in seven innings on Saturday against the Nationals: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. Tonight will be Straily first ever appearance against the Marlins. The only active Marlins that have faced Straily are Ichiro Suzuki (1 for 4, 1 BB), and backup catcher Jeff Mathis (0 for 2).

Jose Fernandez is one of the best pitchers in baseball. He was the 14th overall pick in 2011, and quickly made it to the majors. He won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 2013, after posting a 2.19 ERA/2.73 FIP. However, his career was derailed in 2014 as he made just 8 starts in 2014, and eventually had to have Tommy John Surgery. He made his return in July of 2015, and picked up right where he left off, posting a 2.92 ERA/2.24 FIP.

This season, Fernandez ranks 4th in the MLB in fWAR, 12th in ERA, 3rd in FIP, and 1st in K/9. Fernandez career 11.14 K/9 is the second highest in MLB history of any qualifying MLB starter. Fernandez career 2.44 FIP is the best of any qualifying SP since 1950, and his career 2.47 ERA is only higher than Clayton Kershaw.

Fernandez is coming off his worst start of the year on Saturday in Atlanta: 5.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. Fernandez has a career 3.50 ERA in 3 career starts against the Reds with 18 K and 6 BB in 18.0 IP. He made one start against the Reds last year, pitching seven shutout innings: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K.

Starting Lineups

Reds Marlins
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Billy Hamilton (CF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Brandon Phillips (2B)
7. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Dan Straily (P)
1. J.T. Realmuto (C)
2. Martin Prado (3B)
3. Christian Yelich (LF)
4. Giancarlo Stanton (RF)
5. Marcell Ozuna (CF)
6. Derek Dietrich (2B)
7. Don Kelly (1B)
8. Adeiny Hechavarria (SS)
9. Jose Fernandez (P)

A catcher batting leadoff! The Marlins have catcher J.T. Realmuto batting leadoff, and he is having a nice year batting .310/.351/.434. Marcell Ozuna leads the Marlins in HR (17), wRC+ (138) and fWAR (3.2). Christian Yelich (.313/.395/.464) and Derek Dietrich (.307/.401/.449) are also having nice years for the Marlins. Giancarlo Stanton got off to a slow start this year, but he has hit four home runs in the last two games.

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The first half is just about over for our Redlegs. It sure would be nice to end it on a high note. Go Reds!

About The Author

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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27 Responses

  1. WVRedlegs

    How many will Stanton hit over the oasis behind the CF wall this weekend?

    • I-71_Exile

      I’d say it depends on how many pitches Reds’ pitchers give him to hit. My gut says twelve.

  2. dan

    Can anyone tell me or help me to get the game thread posts to show on my mobile phone? When I pull up redlegnation on my mobile phone the posts for game threads are all missing. That seems odd considering many of the comments are probably coming from people at the game.

  3. preacherj

    Good sign Strailey is getting ahead early. He tends to nibble too much

  4. VaRedsFan

    Votto with a huge verbal outburst after his check swing strikeout

  5. preacherj

    Wow. Duvall played that well. I have to believe that outfield error was due to Bham running

    • preacherj

      Wow. Duvall didnt play that so well.

      • VaRedsFan

        Should have been out the 1st time…karma caught up with him at the plate

  6. VaRedsFan

    Reds all star, Duvall drives in Billy to tie it up.

  7. VaRedsFan

    i really don’t like Strailey bunting there

  8. VaRedsFan

    Cozart missed the hanger….then K’s on next pitch in the dirt

  9. VaRedsFan

    1st/3rd no outs…and they come up empty.

  10. preacherj

    Amazing catch by Billy, but he looks hurt

  11. VaRedsFan

    Yet another highlight reel catch by Billy

  12. VaRedsFan

    Matt Harvey out for the year again…season ending surgery

  13. Indy RedMan

    I didn’t like the Straily safety squeeze either? It might seem like 2nd guessing but I thought when he came up that even a double play tied the game. Fernandez was already making Zack look bad so 2nd/3rd 1 out turns into 2nd/3rd 2 outs w/Billy coming up. Oh well….Billy made another wow catch out there. Baby steps!!

  14. BigRedMike

    Serious power for Yelich there. Do not pitch low and inside to left handed hitters

  15. preacherj

    Reds hitting it hard. Just cant catch a break

  16. Indy RedMan

    Cespedes left the Mets game tonite for some reason? Old man Granderson is in RF. They could move Grandy back to CF and pickup Jay Bruce (.787 lifetime OPS) for Michael Conforto 23 years old with 27 doubles, 19 HRs in 390 career atbats (.778 ops). Give them Straily too or whoever and get it done already!!

  17. preacherj

    Votto K’s for the third time tonight