The Cincinnati Reds (38-60) have won three consecutive series to begin the second half. Tonight, they will begin a six game west coast road trip against the San Francisco Giants (58-40) at 10:15.

The Giants are in first place in the NL West, although their big lead has been cut down to just 3.0 games over the Dodgers. The Giants are off to a very rough start in the second half, as they are just 1-7. The Reds will miss Johnny Cueto in this series.

Starting Pitchers


Anthony DeSclafani has been nothing short of magnificent since he rejoined the Reds rotation. He is doing a lot of things really well, but the best thing is limiting walks. He only has a 1.61 BB/9, which is big improvement from 2.68 last year (which was still a good number).

There is of course a chance this could be his last start with the Reds. There was a rumor that the Reds could try to deal him. If that is the case, the Reds better get a big return because this guy is a really good pitcher.

Disco has only made one career start against the Giants, and it didn’t go so well. It came last season, and he only lasted 3.0 innings, allowing 6 earned runs on 6 hits.

Jake Peavy is having a pretty rough year, but his FIP would suggest he closer to being average than terrible. I wrote a lot more about Peavy in the game preview back on May 4th, so if you want to know more you can check that out.

Starting Lineup

Reds Giants
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. Anthony DeSclafani (P)
1. Denard Span (CF)
2. Angel Pagan (LF)
3. Jarrett Parker (RF)
4. Buster Posey (C)
5. Brandon Crawford (SS)
6. Brandon Belt (1B)
7. Conor Gillaspie (3B)
8. Ramiro Pena (2B)
9. Jake Peavy (P)

Chapman to the Cubs


ICYMI, Aroldis Chapman was traded to the Cubs today. The return for Chapman? Well, it was quite a bit more than the Reds got back for a full-ish season of Chapman. Steve broke down the Reds latest front office failure earlier today. In case you were wondering, the next time the Reds play the Cubs is on September 19-21st at GABP.


The Disco train has just been rolling right along. AT&T Park is a great pitchers park, so I see no reason why it can’t keep rolling right along. Go Reds!

About The Author

Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.

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37 Responses

  1. DHud

    Can we all just forget that this whole Aroldis Chapman guy ever happened? I mean, all the way back to him not being a starter?

    Also, west coast trips and 4:30 alarms do not mix. Hopefully the Reds give me something good to read about in the morning!

    • CI3J

      It’s kind of hard to forget a guy who had the potential to transform your franchise several times (first as a starter, then as a trade chip) and said franchise complete squandered the opportunity both times.

  2. redsnla

    It was cool to see him pitch at the end of the game and have looks of dismay on their faces. I know he didn’t end up being the starter we wanted but 100+ mph pitches are pretty amazing to watch… Just now we have to see it from the cubs — wish he couldn’t have been picked up by another team NOT in the NL central…

    • redsnla

      wish he COULD have been picked by another team NOT in the NL central (bad negative in the original sentence…)

  3. Greatredlegsfan

    Still here trying to overcome the Chapman deal to the Cubs, had already a Mountain Des carton, I think it’ll make it by game start time. Another nice play by Jocketty & Co.

  4. Indy RedMan

    20 runs vs Arizona in the Smallpark but probably 1 or 2 tonite tops vs a 89 mph washed up scrub Peavy. Suarez underneath everything….don’t know what happened to the .280 hitter from last year? Yeah he’s hitting some HRs but no doubles because he rarely hits line drives?

    • Indy RedMan

      Flyballs over the fence are ok too though:)

  5. Indy RedMan

    Most consistent year of Bruce’s career so we’ll prob trade him for some single A scrubs. They should just pay him….his swing is perfect for the short porch in GABP and he’s going to left and left-center enough to keep his average respectable too! Play Winker and try Duvall at 3B. He can’t be as bad as Suarez….that’s not possible

  6. preacherj

    Going to be one of those nights I see. Pitchers ball park you say?

  7. preacherj

    Good job by phillips and barnhart there.

    • Greatredlegsfan

      You got to realize how Barnhart has improved this year, he’s gained a lot of traction behind the plate. I wonde what’s going to be next season if Mesoraco returns to catching duties.

  8. vegastypo

    Disco, the punching bag. What was with Iglesias warming up in such a hurry, then sitting down?

  9. vegastypo

    Oh, good, now that we’re down by ONE run, it’s Jumbo in the bullpen. Guess Price thinks the game is over, so go with the B team.

  10. Mack Ashley Potter (@sonjarita33)

    When I heard last night the Cubs were closing in on a deal for Chapman I said to myself, watch the Yankees get a haul for Chapman while the Reds got absolutely nothing. And sure enough…lol. If the Reds ownership do not see they have absolutely have the worst possible management in place for this rebuild, then we Reds fans have some serious problems. All the way from Dick Williams, Walt, and Bryan Price, we couldn’t have 3 worse managers. The Reds got absolutely burned up with both Chapman & Frazier. Duvall was just a throw in with the Leake deal. We have just been lucky Duvall has produced. And if Cody Reed doesn’t pan out, we got scalded on that deal too. Because Finnegan and especially Lamb are just below average lefties. The Latos and Simon deals are looking ok, but still nothing special there either. I just pray they don’t give Bruce away for a hot dog.

  11. vegastypo

    I missed the first Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce, but I ain’t missing this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. vegastypo

    So here’s the next question: Since the Reds are leading again, does that mean Jumbo sits down, and Iglesias gets up again???????????

    • Mack Ashley Potter (@sonjarita33)

      I definitely am going to miss Bruce too. Seems like yesterday when he made his debut and set the NL on fire for a month. But by the time the Reds are competitive again, Bruce’s good years will prob be behind him. Which means he has to go.

  13. Indy RedMan

    They need to try to pay Bruce if he’ll sign? They won’t value for the production he’s putting up this year. Almost everybody has a 2 era closer and setup man now but Chapman brings a ton and a guy like Bruce that plays every day and is affordable next year too but can’t bring in the prospects. I don’t get it?

  14. Mack Ashley Potter (@sonjarita33)

    Iggy has really looked great out of the Pen since coming off the DL.
    I actually like the thoughts of him closing in the future, but I also think he’s a future all star starter also. So I’m torn.

  15. muttonlettucetomato

    Wow, did Votto get hosed on 2 of the 3 strike calls on him in the ninth. Still, I like the Reds going into the bottom of the 9th with a 2 run lead.

    • vegastypo had those two outer pitches on the fringe of the strike zone, but they surely looked outside to me. Especially the second of the two.

    • Yimii

      Anyone else feel Votto has been hosed on called strikes a little too often this year?

  16. vegastypo

    Cingrani was keeping the ball down, love that. The only strike that was up was getting the swinging strike to end the game. Nicely done.

  17. Earl Nash

    Bullpen seems to have turned a corner in the past few weeks. If Iglesias can’t be a starter, being the next Pedro Borbon would be nice to have.