Bruce Votto

The Cincinnati Reds (38-59) will go for a series sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks (40-57) today at 1:10. The Reds have won three straight games, and are 6-2 since the all-star break. The Reds beat the Diamondbacks 6-1 yesterday, lead by a nice start from just recalled Keyvius Sampson (4.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K), and Jay Bruce, who hit two home runs.

Starting Pitchers


Brandon Finnegan has had some nice starts this year, but overall 2016 has not gone well for the 2014 first round pick. Finnegan has the worst FIP (5.31) and xFIP (5.21) of the 48 qualifying NL starters. Here is what I said in the recap after his last start on Monday:

Brandon Finnegan did give up 7 hits in 5.0 innings, but he limited the bad Braves offense to 2 runs. A 4.36 FIP on the night against the lowly Braves doesn’t impress me, but Finnegan allowed 13 ER in his last two starts. It was good to see him at least have a positive outing.

Today will be Finnegan’s first career appearance against the Diamondbacks.

Zack Godley was a 10th round draft pick of the Cubs back in 2013. He was traded to the Diamondbacks in 2014 in the Miguel Montero deal. Godley has never been high on any prospect lists, but quickly made his big league debut last season.

Godley has been up and down this year. He has gone from AA to AAA to MLB to AAA to MLB to AAA to MLB over the course of this season. Godley hasn’t had a FIP below 4 at any stop since single-A.

Starting Lineups

Diamondbacks Reds
1. Jean Segura (SS)
2. Phil Gosselin (2B)
3. Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
4. Rickie Weeks Jr. (LF)
5. Welington Castillo (C)
6. Chris Owings (CF)
7. Brandon Drury (3B)
8. Yasmany Tomas (RF)
9. Zack Godley (P)
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Brandon Phillips (2B)
7. Ivan De Jesus (3B)
8. Ramon Cabrera (C)
9. Brandon Finnegan (P)

Jose Peraza finally gets a start! Cozart, Suarez, and Barnhart all get the days off. It would maybe be nice if Price could stagger off days so Peraza can get more consistent starts? Just a thought.

Rickie Weeks Jr. is batting cleanup for the Diamondbacks today, if you were wondering about the state of their ballclub.

The kid in the HOF


Ken Griffey Jr. will be elected into the MLB Hall of Fame today at 1:30 on the MLB Network. Chad wrote a brilliant piece about Junior yesterday. I’ll share my two cents worth.

I am always torn when it comes to Ken Griffey Jr. Like just about every kid who grew up in the 90s, I idolized him. He was simply the coolest baseball player. I remember his epic “I got it” commercial that ran during the Reds 1995 playoff run. I started wearing my hat backwards because of him. Junior was to me what Michael Jordan was to many others.

Then somehow, some way, my favorite baseball team acquired him when I was 13. The expectations, at least from 13-year old me was a World Series. That is not at all fair, but it was. Junior turned out to be an overall disappointment for the Reds in terms of the team success.

I remember back around 2007, a national baseball media member saying that Reds fans were spoiled to have Griffey Jr. play for them, and should be happy despite the Reds team failures for nearly a decade. I never felt that was fair. I think Reds fans had the right to be disappointed. It was in no way Junior’s fault that he got injured. It was not the Reds front office fault either. But still, I always felt that I had a right to be disappointed. There was even a time where I grew to despise Junior as a Red. Looking back that probably wasn’t fair, but it was how I felt.

I have since found a way to forgive, and again appreciate a once in a generation talent. I tend to remember more of Junior with the Mariners, as the player I idolized growing up. There are still some great memories of Junior in a Reds uniform, and I’ll always remember 500, 600, and the walk-off, inside the park home run. I’ll be watching today, and cheering loudly for the kid.


Sweep? Yes please. Go Reds!

49 Responses

  1. Steve Mancuso

    About to leave for the game. Maybe Jay Bruce’s last game in GABP. No Cozart in the lineup, it could be his last game, too.

    • Whoa Bundy!

      BP has a hairline fracture in his hand and a bad calf. This could be Cozarts last game in cincy. Why not sit BP? Does he have to be dead to not play?

      • Gaffer

        Price thinks he is playing for his next job. There is zero reason for Phillips to be on this team, and even less reason to play him. Price is basically saying to management FIRE ME, but they are too cheap to pay someone else.

      • VaRedsFan

        He has every right, because he signed a contract and is fulfilling his obligation.
        Peraza has been groomed to play SS. What’s not fair is judging Perazas performance based on playing other positions besides SS.

      • redbonebuck

        Price needs to accept the fact that he is a pitching coach and nothing more.

      • Chuck Schick

        Yes, I’m sure the FO has no say on who plays. A lame duck manager is completely driving the bus and is totally in charge. You betcha.

      • redbonebuck

        Why not make a change then? Do you think Joe Madden would let the front office dictate his team. Leadership in every aspect drives results. A strong competent leader is what this team lacks!

      • Chuck Schick

        Joe Maddon works in conjunction with Hoyer and Epstein…as he did with Friedman in Tampa. Maddon…like most modern managers…was hired to implement a plan that is largely driven from the FO.

        Maddon is a very good manager…in large part because he understands that the days of “The Manager as czar” are over and he buys in to what the FO. wants to accomplish. His leadership skills….like all managers….go to waste when his team has limited talent. Joe Maddon perhaps wins 2-3 more games per year than Price with the same talent.

  2. Greatredlegsfan

    I’d say this is last chance for Finnegan for a good outing, otherwise he’ll probably end in the bullpen. With so many options already or almost available to take over a rotation spot he should perform today.

    • Ben

      If he moves to bullpen or AAA, it could be partly because Homer, Robert Stephenson, and Amir Garrett are going to see some burn during the tail end of the season, as well as bumping into BF’s innings cap.

  3. Gaffer

    I don’t think you can definitely say that it was not in any way Griffeys fault that he was injured. He never worked out and didn’t even stretch before games. There is a good chance that that had something to do with it.

  4. Gaffer

    Looks like we will find out how much we would have gotten for Aroldis if we were not stupid an dumped him out of fear. Also, Frazier will likely get traded too, I bet for more than we got (a player who can’t get off the bench apparently).

  5. redbonebuck

    Limited damage by Finnigan… C”mon bats keep this rolling,,

  6. preacherj

    Those DB unis just look like they are soaked in sweat.

  7. redbonebuck

    Finnegan stating his case for the bully..That ball was right down broadway..

  8. Dan

    Finnegan pitching like he has already hit the innings wall.

  9. preacherj

    Bruce now with a 6 game hitting streak

  10. MrRed

    Didn’t get to see the play where Votto was doubled off. Was it really “terrible baserunning” as was reported by our crack radio play-by-play team?

    • preacherj

      It wasn’t the best move, but Duvall absolutely smoked the line drive and its possible Joey would have been hung out to dry anyway. Votto was caught being aggressive, not a great play, but not the most egregious either

      • MrRed

        Got it. Thanks, Preach. The ball sounded good off of Duvall’s bat so I was inclined to withhold any judgment without seeing the play. I could imagine it being easy to be doubled off if Votto took a decent lead and Duvall’s scorcher just happened to go right to Segura.

  11. Dan

    this Godley pitcher is terrible. Glad he plays for the other team.

  12. preacherj

    Not that im complaining, but why would anyone pitch Phillips off speed outside that he can dump into right field at this point in his career? Especially while he has an injured hand. Id bust him hard an in knowing he cant turn on it

  13. Dan

    I would have pinch hit Cozart right there and gone for the juggler.

  14. Old School Fan

    Votto is such a garbage baserunner. If your going to resign yourself to being the most overpaid slap hitter/walker in history, you should at least be able to run. Could have been a BIG inning.

    • MrRed

      Meh, I don’t recall seeing “Old School Fan” listed as a professional coach/manager anywhere. So forgive me if I take that comment with a mountain of road salt.

      Sounds like the play wasn’t egregious. But, I guess you’re entitled to your opinions.

    • Older school fan

      Back in my day we didn’t even have shoes to run the bases in. If you wanted to steal second, you had to run barefoot up a hill to do it!!!!

  15. preacherj

    Wasnt going to keep Goldschmidt hitless all series, I guess.

    • MrRed

      That he is. This *should* make it easy for management to jettison him to the bullpen or AAA when Bailey comes back.

  16. Indy RedMan

    Finnegan isn’t going to make it as a starter on this team. Not yet anyway? He needs to be the guy replaced by Homer. Sampson should have a shot for a while til Garrett is ready to go. I knew early on that Finnegan’s high fastballs weren’t going to play well in GABP. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist. Plus he walks too many guys anyway….maybe he could do better out of the pen

  17. redbonebuck

    Olly better step here or this game goes to the snakes…

  18. preacherj

    Brandon did a fantastic job of holding the tag there.

  19. preacherj

    Peraza cant even play a full game

    • Jack

      Nope. Dejesus Jr you think would be the most coveted plAyer in the league the way the Reds play him.

  20. Old School Fan

    Votto walks instead of choosing to go out of the zone to maybe drive in runs. At least he adds a walk to his repertoire though….

    • Jack

      Really? He couldn’t have hit the last pitch with a sand wedge. Shouldn’t you be calling the game Brennaman? Obviously you missed your medication this morning.

      • Old School Fan

        There were several hittable pitches taken in the at bat

      • Jack

        First pitch was outside and down. About ankle high. Impossible to hit against a lefty. 2nd and 3rd were swung at. 4th pitch nearly hit him and high. 5th was fouled off. 6th was high and way outside in the other batters box. 6th was bounced up. You have no clue Marty.

      • MrRed

        Psst….Jack! Don’t fall for it. It’s the dog days of summer and the trolls are out. Now, if he were making a substantive point (or being a good troll), he’d explain why those pitches Votto took “were hittable.”

    • preacherj

      I was waiting for that one. Guess your dial up is running a little slow.

    • Older school fan

      Old school is right. I didn’t actually see the at bat cause the cable in the nursing home went down. Probably those kids messing with the antenna again. But hes right and you whippersnappers need to show some respect.

      • MrRed

        What’re you doing with cable TV, Older School!? I think you mean your OTA antenna was acting up. But in any event, I think you’ve got Old School pegged.

  21. preacherj

    Votto taking another walk. Im sure he should have hit a grand slam to tie it.

    • Jack

      Duvall swinging at pitches out of the strike zone shows you basically what happens when you swing at them. The percentages of not hitting them is decreased dramatically.

      • Jack

        Why would Phillips not swing at thst ball 4 ? We need a run not a walk. Lol see we all can play that idiotic game.

  22. Kyle sea

    I was at the game; so glad to see Bruce have his last hurrah within the friendly confines. I think they should sign him to a 4 year deal.