The Cincinnati Reds (32-55) will try again today against the Miami Marlins (45-41) at 4:10. The Reds lost 3-1 last night, as the Reds offense was subdued by the mighty Jose Fernandez. Brandon Phillips and Billy Hamilton were also both injured in last night’s loss. The Reds are mercifully down to just two games left in the first half of 2016.

Starting Pitchers


John Lamb pitched very well in the month of June, posting a 3.09 ERA in 6 starts (35.0 IP, 27 K, 13 BB). Things however didn’t go so well in his first start of July. Lamb got rocked for 8 ER in 4.1 innings. Here is what I wrote about Lamb in the recap following his last start:

Poor John Lamb. He actually looked pretty good through the first three innings of the game (2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K). Then the big fourth inning happened. Lamb walked the bases loaded, and then gave up a grand slam to Danny Espinosa. It seems like Lamb has had this exact problem throughout his very young career. He can look really good at times, and then just have that one bad inning that ruins what could be a nice start. I still believe in Lamb as a starter for the Reds in the future, today just wasn’t his day. Maybe he was just trying to be too perfect facing a guy who entered today 10-0.

Like Dan Straily last night, this will be John Lamb’s first career appearance against the Marlins.

Adam Conley was a second round pick of the Marlins back in 2011. He made his debut with the Marlins on July 10, 2015. He bounced back and fourth between MLB and AAA last year, but was overall successful at the big league level. Conley posted a 3.76 ERA/3.81 FIP in 15 appearances (11 starts).

Conley made the team out of spring training this season, and he hasn’t disappointed. On April 29th, Conley was 4 outs away from a no-hitter, but manager Don Mattingly pulled him from the game because he was at 116 pitches. He is coming off a good start against the Braves on Sunday: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K.

Conley has only faced the Reds once in his career, and it was actually the first start of his big league career on July 11, 2015: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Eugenio Suarez homered off Conley in the game.

Starting Lineups

News and notes


It would be nice if the Reds could pick up a win today, and then grab another one tomorrow (not to get ahead of ourselves or anything). Back to back series wins against teams above .500 would be a solid way to end a miserable first half. Go Reds!

22 Responses

  1. Scott E. Disney

    Jay Bruce is an All Star! Injury replacement!

    • Shchi Cossack

      Deservedly so! Good thing happening for one of the good guys.

  2. Shchi Cossack

    Lineup finally posted. Once again an injured Phillips is playing. With the current roster already being down a position player in favor of an extra bullpen arm, I suppose if anyone has to play on crutches, they’ll just have to suck it up and play.

    1. Zack Cozart (R) SS
    2. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
    3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
    4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
    5. Adam Duvall (R) LF
    6. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
    7. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
    8. Ramon Cabrera (S) C

  3. Shchi Cossack

    With Yorman headed out on rehab, the likelyhood of a Bruce trade looms even larger. Yorman has to be added to the 25-man roster after completing his rehab or be subjected to a waiver claim. The Reds are already playing short one OF on the 25-man roster so if Bruce is traded, an OF must be added to the roster and Winker is still on the DL.

    I will really be sorry to see Bruce go if he is traded, but I was sorry to see Frazier and Cueto and Leake go too. Such is the economics of MLB. Oh for a hard cap (never happening) or even better a soft cap with biting teeth in the form of draft choices and financial penalties (also never happening) to level the playing field for the small and medium markets against the big pocket teams..

    • reaganspad

      I think Leake was a perfect candidate to be traded and I do not miss him like the others. With our upcoming pitching, there was no reason to extend him. I wanted to extend Johnny.

      I do not think that they needed to trade Todd when they did and for what they got for him. But I miss Sinatra when he comes to the plate.

      Not many guys like super Todd

    • Chuck Schick

      Yes, a ” cap” would be the magic unicorn. Hopefully, baseball will someday have the parity and competitive balance of the NBA…oh, wait.

      • MrRed

        But would San Antonio, Oakland, Oklahoma City, or Cleveland field championship-caliber teams in an environment like MLB’s? Food for thought but that’s a whole lotta mid-market teams in recent years.

  4. wizeman

    Losing Bruce going to be tough to swallow. Going to miss him. Congrats to him. Now will have to watch the damn game.

  5. I-71_Exile

    I don’t understand playing Phillips at all. It must be some sort of crazy punishment.

  6. Shchi Cossack

    I just realized, the Reds have 2, count ’em…TWO, OF on the all start team this season. The last time I recall any all star team with 2 Reds OF was in ’76 season with Griffey and Foster on the all star team.

  7. msanmoore

    Well I obviously can’t watch the game when we start that way …

  8. msanmoore

    Can somebody tell me the exit velocity on the Duvall homer? His bat looked lightening quick on that swing.

  9. TomatoTovotto

    Oh boy. Cowboy questioning the logic of starting Phillips; and then Day relates conversation with Phillips discussing the “chatter” Phillips has heard and his desire to prove himself in the second half. Methinks this may get ugly in the second half…

    • MrRed

      Can’t be any worse than the product on the field though. It’s time to rip the bandaid off and sit him.

    • vegastypo

      And misses the whole point of, Whose job is it to decided who sits and who doesn’t? Does Phillips get the final say. Sounds like it.

  10. Darrin

    That’s not a good look on that fly

  11. TR

    Jumbo’s back. Let’s see if he can keep the Reds close.

  12. Darrin

    One of the better at bats I’ve seen BP have in a while

  13. james garrett

    And he follows it up by getting thrown out at third.

  14. Andy Sloan

    Even George Grand was questioning BP being in the lineup. After BP’s waterboy, Jim Day, explained how BP wants to prove people wrong, even Grand and Welsh were
    struggling to come to terms with it.

  15. james garrett

    Looks like we will lose another game where we pitched pretty good.Get acquainted with these kind of games as go forward.We can’t hit and continue to think so with this team is foolish.