The Cincinnati Reds (33-57) got the second half off to great start yesterday with a comeback 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers (38-50). The two teams will square off again tonight at 7:10.

Starting Pitchers


John Lamb has struggled overall in 2016, but his last start before the all-star break on Saturday against the Marlins was pretty solid: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 9, 0 HR. You will get places in the big leagues if you can strike out 9 batters without walking anyone. Overall since the beginning of June, Lamb has been good in 6 of his 8 starts. Hopefully in the second half he can find even more consistency. Lamb is really starting to rack up the strikeouts, as he has 33 in his last five starts (25.0 IP).

Lamb has made four career starts against the Brewers, and it hasn’t gone very well. He has a 6.98 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. Ryan Braun is 4 for 7 with 2 HR against Lamb.

Jimmy Nelson has been the Brewers most consistent starter this season. He leads the team with 18 starts and 107 innings pitched. Nelson’s FIP shows that he has been fortunate to have a 3.62 ERA despite below average K/9 and BB/9.

Nelson was actually originally drafted in the 39th round of the 2007 draft by the Cincinnati Reds, but he did not sign. He went to Alabama University, and ended up being a second round pick of the Brewers back in 2010. He was ranked as the Brewers #1 prospect by Baseball America following the 2013 season. Nelson has made 61 career starts so far for the Brewers (66 appearances), and has had a respectable 4.03 ERA/4.22 FIP. The Brewers are hoping the 27 year old can develop into a top of the rotation starter to anchor their rotation through their rebuild.

The Reds have beat up Nelson over his career. Nelson has a career 5.88 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 9 appearances (7 starts) against the Reds. However, Nelson allowed just 2 ER in 7.1 innings in his last start against the Reds on May 29th.

Starting Lineup

1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Billy Hamilton (CF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Jose Peraza (2B)
8. Ramon Cabrera (C)
9. John Lamb (P)

Jay Bruce is 8 for 19 with 3 HR, and Brandon Phillips is 6 for 18 with 2 HR against Nelson.

Jose Peraza gets the start at 2B for the ailing Brandon Phillips, who is day to day with a calf injury suffered last night.

Bailey getting closer

Homer Bailey

Homer Bailey said after his rehab start with the Louisville Bats last night “I think, probably, one more [rehab start] and then being activated [is the plan].” (via Hardball Scoop). Bailey threw 67 pitches yesterday, 44 of which were strikes. Bailey has slowly progressed from 25 pitches to 38, 51, and 67 over his four rehab starts. His final line yesterday was 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR. The only earned run he allowed was a stolen base of home.


The Reds are undefeated in the second half! Let’s keep it up fellas! Go Reds!

32 Responses

  1. Darrin

    Good thing I picked lamb as my sleeper on draft kings today

  2. Scotlykins

    Well we will see our bullpen early in this game.

  3. VaRedsFan

    Why was Suarez playing on the dirt vs. Villar (SB leader)?

    • VaRedsFan

      Perfect bunt so they probably don’t get him. But I see that against Billy all the time.

  4. VaRedsFan

    A very Jeter-esque oppo hit for Peraza. Looked good.

  5. Redsfansincali

    Anyone else having dreams of having the top two national league leaders in steals? Hamilton 1, Peraza 2?

  6. Greatredlegsfan

    Lamb is still a long way from being a solid starter, next roster moves should get Garret, Stephenson and Bailey into the rotation, outright Lamb and Reed back to AAA, sent Finnegan to the bullpen.

    • Carl Sayre

      I wonder do you get more in the experience end to send Lamb back to AAA or would he maybe benefit more as a piece in the bullpen? I say if there is not anyone in the bullpen to send to Louisville then yeah ship Lamb to make room for Stephenson. I am not sure that in the long run that Lamb is a starter or a bullpen guy?

  7. VaRedsFan

    Lucroy deposits a 2 run HR, after being struck out on the previous pitch, The ump called a foul tip when replays show otherwise.

    • Carl Sayre

      I do not understand in a year like this you are Price why would you still be in the game? He has to show these players that he is behind them and to let that stupid arse call go without being ejected is inexcusable!! I mean he isn’t going to have a genius move late in the game where he would be a difference maker. The outcome may have been the same Lamb has been underwhelming tonight but show them some passion and that you will fight for them!!!!!!

      • VaRedsFan

        Well, he’s not anymore…got tossed during the pitching change.

  8. VaRedsFan

    2+ innings and 2 whole heap of Brewers still on base. 6 ER’s. Arroyo would be the perfect mentor for him. I still like Lamb, he’s hit/miss this year (mostly miss), but he does show talent.

    Let’s not forget, he is coming off of back surgery. I’ll cut him some slack.

  9. Indy RedMan

    Lamb 3.10 era for June…..working on 30.10 for July. 1 step sideways and 2 steps back with these young guys! You have Homer….then maybe Garrett or even Sampson. Sampson was so good as a starter in Lville….outpitched everyone there. Wouldn’t hurt to pull some of these young guys if they keep struggling.

  10. DHud

    This team is bad at baseball. Period.

  11. VaRedsFan

    OK, the Brewers were leading 6-0. Does Votto really think they are going to be squeezing there? He comes charging in and Haynes buthcher-boys a chopper over his head.

  12. Mack Ashley Potter (@ibrow4030)

    He got squeezed a little tonight, the Lucroy HR should have never happened, but if I’ve said it once…I’ve said it a 1,000 times. John Lamb IS NOT a ML starter. And I’ll never understand why our Reds just keep running him out there and pushing it? I know he’s young, but Lamb may carve out a decent ML career being a LOOGUY for a few years, but that’s about it. You can see a guy like Cody Reed has the stuff to start, so you are going to be way more patient with him. But watching Lamb pitch to these righties is like watching a train wreck, or like pulling teeth.

  13. Bill Dufford

    The reds and Cubs broadcasts today said that Rube Marquard in 1912 was the last NL pitcher prior to Strasburg to win his first 13 decisions in a season. Actually it was Brooks Lawrence of the 1956 Cincinnati Reds.

  14. Mack Ashley Potter (@ibrow4030)

    I was in Cincinnati and the park all 3 nights in 2013 when the Reds swept the Dodgers.
    It was during all the “Puig” mainia going on.
    The Reds had taken the first 2, and it was Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN with Homer vs Kershaw for the sweep. Homer threw such a gem. 8 innings of no run ball I’m pretty sure. Bruce homered twice off Kershaw that night for a 2-0 win and the Reds swept.

    The club has fallen SO FAR since that night. So sad.

  15. VaRedsFan

    Heck of a catch by Duval in left center.

  16. preacherj

    I dont want to speak too soon, but our undefeated half season might be in danger

  17. preacherj

    Josh Smith looks really good when he changes arm angles

  18. preacherj

    Price got tossed and doesnt have to watch this garbage. Lucky guy

  19. preacherj

    On a completely unrelated note, why is the Bourne Identity on like 9 channels right now? No exaggeration

    • Gaffer

      New Jason Bourne movie coming out next week. Matt Damon is doing ads for it personally.

    • DHud

      Saw that as well!

      Wasn’t really interested the 1st or 2nd channel I saw it on, but by the 3rd channel I was curious and the 4th channel had me seriously thinking

  20. preacherj

    Its nice to see Duvall busting it down the line down 9 in the 8th.