The Cincinnati Reds (33-58) and the Milwaukee Brewers (39-50) will play the rubber game of their three game series today at 1:10. The Reds lost 9-1 last night, as John Lamb allowed 9 earned runs and lasted just 2 innings. Bryan Price was tossed from the game as well. Lamb was sent down to AAA this morning, and Kyle Waldrop was called back up.

Starting Pitchers


Dan Straily finished off the first half with two quality starts against the Nationals and the Marlins. That was coming on the heels of a rough month of June, where he had a 6.43 ERA in 5 starts. Walks continue to haunt Straily, as he has walked at least two batters in 8 consecutive starts, and in 15 of his 16 total starts in 2016.

Straily has only pitched 1.0 career inning against the Brewers, and that came back in 2014 with the Cubs. Chris Carter does have 8 career PA vs Straily, and he is 2 for 7 with a home run.

Zack Davies might have only been a 26th round draft pick back in 2011, but he has a sub-4 ERA (3.99) through his first 21 big league starts. Davies has pitched very well since the beginning of June, as he has a 2.86 ERA in 7 starts with 42 K and 9 BB.

Davies has pitched pretty well against the Reds in two career starts. He has a 3.86 ERA with 8 K and 4 BB. Jay Bruce, Joey Votto, and Adam Duvall each have a home run off Zack Davies.

Starting Lineups

SP: Zachary Davies SP: Dan Straily
1. Jonathan Villar (SS)
2. Scooter Gennett (2B)
3. Ryan Braun (LF)
4. Jonathan Lucroy (C)
5. Chris Carter (1B)
6. Kirk Nieuwenhuis (CF)
7. Will Middlebrooks (3B)
8. Ramon Flores (RF)
9. Zachary Davies (P)
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. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Dan Straily (P)

Votto En fuego 

Votto 2

Joey Votto had four hits yesterday, and now has a 1.021 OPS since May 30th. Votto is hitting .328/.462/.560 with 7 home runs over that span. It sure is good to see Joey back to Joey.


It sure would be nice to start the second half off with a series win! Go Reds!

40 Responses

  1. Scotly50

    Votto does seem to perform better as the Reds, as the team get worse. Seems like a trend.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Do you have any research for this, or is it just a symptom of Votto Derangement Syndrome?

      • Gaffer

        That is just a ridiculous thing to say. This team was horrible all year, how can you say the Reds are playing worse now when Votto is better now? Also, before this year Votto has been incredibly consistent, while the team has been all over the place. Pretty sure a complete lack of pitching, poor defense, and poor OBP hitters has a better correlation with the team record. When Votto goes to the HOF, please feel free to remind everyone how he hurt his team so much.

      • Gaffer

        .298 .421 .557 .978
        .307 .421 .528 .949

        One is Mickey Mantle (one of the top 10 hitters of all time and widely berated by the local media/announcers and fans throughout his career) and The other is Joey Votto

      • seat101

        I understand that Joey Votto will only play baseball on days that end in Y. I guess it’s one of those wacky Canadian superstitions, eh?

      • Scotlykins

        I think it might be the syndrome.

  2. DHud

    Great bunt by Hamilton.

    Got it down and then ran. Textbook

    • preacherj

      ….its hard to see that while he is on the bench

  3. preacherj

    Uh, check that. He may have been safe

  4. preacherj

    Joey keeps hitting. A straight up infield would have thrown him out.

  5. preacherj

    Darn it. Braun gifted us with a strike out. He didnt swing at a single strike, and an E2 puts the runner at third.

  6. preacherj

    Im concerned about Straily now. The Brewers swung at a lot of bad pitches last inning. Hes nibbling too much or hes gassed.

  7. james garrett

    We are an offensive machine against a guy they just called up from the minors.Lets score at least one run today and it may be just enough.

  8. msanmoore

    And the calls get worse and less consistent. Bring in the bots!

  9. Steve Schoenbaechler

    I don’t know if others have seen this before. But, on TV, the FoxTrac (I believe they call it) called that third strike on Votto to be definitely too low (that’s what it looked like to me). The MLB website had it just knicking the bottom part of the zone.

  10. muttonlettucetomato

    Good grief, with Davies getting so many calls low and out of the zone, why would he throw anything someone could actually hit. Those last 2 calls on Votto we’re pretty crazy.

  11. Brett Witterstaetter

    Time for automated umpires calling balls and strikes. Ridiculous strike zone. Votto had two walks in that last at bat. If there is one player who knows the strike zone better than anyone it’s Votto. Umps have hurt him much more than helped this season

  12. Mack Ashley Potter (@angelpotter911)

    Straily deserved to come out for the 8th.
    He had the Brewers off balance all day.
    But I guess you can’t blame Bryan Price for wanting to go to that outstanding Reds bullpen as soon as
    I honestly disagree with every single move the man makes.

  13. Chad Jones

    I wonder if Cowboy ever makes suggestions to the Reds pitcher, and if he does do they listen? On broadcasts he is always seeing what pitchers are mechanically doing wrong.

    • Mack Ashley Potter (@angelpotter911)

      I doubt it. The protocol in the big leagues is broadcasters wouldn’t come out and make suggestions, no matter if they are former big leaguers or not. If someone asked for his opinion, I’m sure he would give all the advice they wanted. The exception would be if that broadcaster is a HOF’er, former great pitcher, etc. Cowboy was pretty good for a few years, but nothing special.

  14. Mack Ashley Potter (@angelpotter911)

    Glad they finally sent Lamb down. Kid has a LOT to work on. Needs to stay in AAA the rest of the season. I also would love to see him come back up and show a little emotion. I’ve never seen a pitcher with a more “I don’t care” body language.

  15. james garrett

    As we go forward this year and next we will get a stinker or two by some of our young pitchers but it won’ be the reason we lose.The last series before the break and now this one shows what our real problems are and will be unless we acquire or develop some players with higher OBP.Six runs the last series and only 6 so far this series.This will not get it done.

  16. preacherj

    Wow. How did Cozart throw him out?

  17. preacherj

    Alright, Billy drew the walk and brings Joey up. Lets end this here

  18. Mack Ashley Potter (@angelpotter911)

    I love it when anything good happens for Hamilton.
    He is such a nice guy. Met him on a few occasions.
    Along with Billy, Cozart & Bruce, are the nicest players the Reds have had since The Mayor.