The Cincinnati Reds (36-59) have won back-to-back series to begin the second half. The Reds will begin a three game series to conclude their homestand against the Arizona Diamondbacks (40-55) tonight at 7:10. According to the latest baseball lines, the Reds are slight favorites tonight at home against the Diamondbacks.

Starting Pitchers


Starting Lineups

Diamondbacks Reds
1. Jean Segura (2B)
2. Michael Bourn (CF)
3. Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
4. Jake Lamb (3B)
5. Welington Castillo (C)
6. Brandon Drury (LF)
7. Yasmany Tomas (RF)
8. Nick Ahmed (SS)
9. Archie Bradley (P)
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
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)

Final homestand for Bruce, Cozart and/or Disco?

Bruce Cozart

This could be the last time we see Jay Bruce, Zack Cozart, and/or Anthony DeSclfani in a Reds uniform at GABP. The Reds don’t return home after this weekend series until August 2nd, which is after the trade deadline. There have been lots of rumors about Jay Bruce, but there was a somewhat surprising rumor about DeSclafani to the Rangers today.

Griffey Jr. weekend

Craig Fehrman, a Reds fan who follows Redleg Nation, published this piece about Ken Griffey Jr. at Slate.

“Junior’s bid to be a hometown hero cost him something beyond mere sports. When everything went bad in Cincinnati, his hometown stopped being the place where he went to high school and played Wiffle ball and watched his dad star on one of baseball’s greatest teams. It became, instead, a place to work. The last time I saw Griffey clock in was 2015, when he threw out the ceremonial pitch for that summer’s Home Run Derby. After the announcer’s introduction—“We welcome home …”—the crowd greeted Junior with polite cheers. The reaction was noticeably warmer for his ceremonial catcher, Ken Griffey Sr., a player who was never as good as his son but who never tried something as risky as coming back home.”

Other news and notes


One series win was cool. Two series wins were even cooler. How about three in a row to kick off the second half? Go Reds!

15 Responses

  1. cfd3000

    Still too much Phillips, not enough Peraza. Ugh. Keep Bruce and Disco, move Cozart. Put Phillips in his luggage when Zack leaves. Go Reds!

  2. DHud

    I think that’s how Reds fans everywhere imagine this lineup working

    • Patrick Jeter

      Should be 1-1 with 2 walks! Ump calling a feloniously wide zone.

  3. Indy RedMan

    Joey since June 1st:

    .350 with 9 doubles, 8 hrs, and 39 walks. He’s a machine….we just need to put some functional pieces around the man before he gets too old!!

  4. DHud

    If I’m price, I meet Suarez at the top of the steps to give him an earful about not running on that dropped strike 3. You’ve got runners on 2nd and 3rd, who knows? Maybe they air mail the throw to first, maybe they forget about Bruce at 3rd. Anything to maybe give him a chance to score, but no. Suarez just stands there and pouts as Castillo tags him out.

    Not only would he get an earful but Peraza would be in for him

  5. Patrick Jeter

    Batter can’t run to 1st on a strikeout when the base is occupied. He’s automatically out. Castillo didn’t need to tag him.

      • Patrick Jeter

        Mis-read the tone of your post. I didn’t actually see the play. My apologies.

  6. seat101

    Where is everybody? I know Fridays are slow around here but this is very slow

  7. james garrett

    Nice win tonight.Get to the 6th or 7th with the lead and turn over to now what has become a major league bullpen.Very important add on runs in the 6th,7th and 8th to go along with 3 hitless innings by the pen.Recipe to win a lot of games.

    • Indy RedMan

      It was a solid win! There are some teams that could definitely use Straily! He has good offspeed stuff and generally keeps the ball out of the middle of the plate. The Reds could always keep him as a 5th starter next year but might as well try to get some good prospects in the pipeline when we can!

  8. JB WV

    Not to say the Reds would be near the Cubs, but if Desclafani, Iglesias, Lorenzen, and even Cingrani were in the positions they’re in now at the beginning of the year…Hopefully next year the tide turns and the Reds aren’t plagued by so many injuries. Sounds like a law firm, reading back.

  9. Ben

    Any reason to believe that website TodaysKnuckleball has real info on JB? I’m not familiar with it