After a couple of games past my bedtime, the Cincinnati Reds (39-61) go for their 4th series win in a row with an afternoon contest against the San Francisco Giants (60-41). With Madison Bumgarner pitching, the Reds are strong underdogs. But what do those baseball betting lines know?


Dan Straily 4.01 4.59 1.1 10.4% 19.5%
Madison Bumgarner 2.14 3.00 0.9 6.3% 28.3%

With everyone under the microscope of trade rumors, are teams asking the Reds about Dan Straily? He’s been a pleasant surprise in the Reds rotation, coming into play today off four straight quality starts. The Reds have won three of those last four starts. On the one hand, Straily isn’t arbitration eligible until 2018 and is under team control through 2021. On the other hand, the peripheral stats suggest that his ERA may be due to rise over the course of the season. If there are teams interested, should the Reds sell high and make room for younger prospects within the organization?

Madison Bumgarner has failed to pitch six innings in just two of his 21 starts this season. Bumgarner has also been consistently good and consistently healthy throughout his major league career. He has made 31 or starts for six consecutive seasons from 2010-2015 and is yet to miss a start this season. During that six year span, his worst ERA was 3.37 back in 2012 and his best was 2.77 the following season. Bumgarner turns just 27 years old next Monday.


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)
1. Gregor Blanco (CF)
2. Angel Pagan (LF)
3. Mac Williamson (RF)
4. Buster Posey (C)
5. Brandon Crawford (SS)
6. Brandon Belt (1B)
7. Conor Gillaspie (3B)
8. Ramiro Pena (2B)
9. Madison Bumgarner (P)

After last night’s game, Major League Baseball is considering a change to the lyrics of Take Me Out to The Ball Game:

1. Brandon Belt was called out at third base on a second inning tag by Eugenio Suarez. Upon further review, the call was overturned, leaving two runners on base for Matt Cain’s homerun.

2. Brandon Belt is called out again on a tag play in the 3rd inning. This would have been an inning-ending double play, but the review team determined that Phillips missed the tag, and the runner scored from third base.

3. A replay review finally goes the Reds way as Hamilton was initially called out trying to steal 2nd base in the 5th inning. Hamilton stole 3rd base after the call was overturned, but was left stranded when Zack Cozart popped up to end the inning.

The Reds confirmed that Homer Bailey is scheduled to make his 2016 debut this Sunday against the San Diego Padres. It will be Bailey’s first start for the Reds since April 23rd last season. Bailey will be replacing Keyvius Sampson, who had made a spot start last week when John Lamb was sent to AAA Louisville. On Monday, Jason Lindon wrote about Homer re-joining the team on Monday: “I asked if he [Homer] felt he had anything left to do in Louisville and he said, ‘Leave.'”

I was surpised by this tweet yesterday, as I expected the Reds are holding out for more than one top prospect in any deal for Jay Bruce. Wouldn’t a trade of more than a season of Bruce yield more than a 3 month rental of Aroldis Chapman?

Speaking of trades, yesterday I mentioned the possibility of Billy Hamilton being traded this month, too. Schebler has been playing centerfield for the Bats and has been pounding the ball at AAA. Last night, he was 5-for-5 and hit for the cycle. If any Reds outfielders are traded, Schebler will likely be up and could play any of the three outfield positions.

Late afternoon baseball allows me to catch the end of the game at home. Hopefully, Straily is still on the mound throwing a gem of a game by the time I get to turn the TV on.


32 Responses

  1. another bob in nc

    Broken Record Department:
    Again, no Peraza sighting.
    A Field Manager that won’t play him and a General Manager that won’t send him to the minors so he can play.
    Rebuild, retool, regurgitate.

    • lwblogger2

      Day game after a night game too. The perfect time to give someone a day off.

  2. lwblogger2

    I love Jay Bruce but the market for corner OF isn’t great. A single top 100 prospect along with “B” prospect with some upside is probably about all they can expect. This is especially true if he goes to a team where he has to waive his no-trade clause because he can ask that his team option become a player option as a condition of waiving it. Keep in mind that Josh Reddick is also on the market. So is Matt Kemp (much higher risk due to lots of $$$)

    • VaRedsFan

      IMO Cargo would be the top of the trade heap if I wanted an OFer

      • lwblogger2

        He may be better than Bruce but he is scheduled to make $20-million next year. His home/road splits are also worse than Bruce’s. He’s certainly in the mix and another option that makes Bruce’s market tougher.

  3. Unpolished Reds Brass


  4. IndyRedMan

    For some reason I think Wily Mo Puig is coming to the Reds in a Jay Bruce deal. I hope I’m wrong! Last year I would’ve jumped at him but Puig just seems to be regressing more every year. Jay is playing so well….we better not screw this up! I think Jay would resign if Bob C. really wanted to get it done!

    • Chuck Schick

      They’re not going to trade Bruce for a guy with worse numbers who is actually owed more guaranteed money than Bruce. Puig is owed 20 million over the next 2.5 years.

      Assuming he ” gets it together” he would be a free agent in 2019…right when the Reds are ” theoretically” able to compete….so they would’ve spent 20 million on someone who helps them be ” less bad” and likely has no impact when you’re ready to be good. He could be a great trade chip..or an utter cancer. Not worth the risk for what would likely be a modest reward that helps them beat out the Brewers for 4th place.

      The Reds need someone that produces in a Bruce like manner and makes 550k per year. Much like Jay Bruce in 2010.

      • WVRedlegs

        The Reds don’t want Puig. Any trade with LAD for Bruce will have to include Alex Verdugo. LA wouldn’t discuss Verdugo during the Chapman and Frazier trade talks last winter. LAD are in a different spot now than they were last winter. Reds are holding the line at Verdugo and aren’t budging. Exactly what they should be doing. They will have to pay up this time if they want Bruce.

  5. WVRedlegs

    MLBTR estimates that next years Qualifying Offers will be at $16.7M. That is a lot of money to turn down.
    I don’t know if that could possibly play a factor in any Bruce trade talks for an obtaining team.

  6. IndyRedMan

    BP could be dragging one leg like The Mummy and he’d still be in there every day but what happened to Cozart needing to sit on day games after a night game?

  7. james garrett

    BP may have earned the right or not earned the right but he is playing if he can walk,Its a shame to see his skills continue to decline.

  8. lwblogger2

    Look at Votto breaking up the perfect game. With a hit no less!

    • WVRedlegs

      Your Orioles are looking at Cozart. Is JJ Hardy hurt again??

      • lwblogger2

        He played yesterday. As far as I know, he isn’t.

      • Matt WI

        Isn’t JJ Hardy like 94 these days? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • jazzmanbbfan

        Nope but he’ll be 34 in August.

  9. Greatredlegsfan

    Mariners now in talks for Bruce

  10. lwblogger2

    Nice job by BP, Suarez, and Barnhart there. Just checked Gamecast. Can’t watch the game (at work) and can’t listen because AM doesn’t cut through this building.

  11. lwblogger2

    I’m telling you, Williams and/or Jocketty have got to be on the phone with the contenders who may need OF help saying “Jay Bruce could be hitting these HRs for you guys and helping you go all the way!! You don’t have a better offer yet?!” I’m assuming there have been offers and counter-offers made.

  12. IndyRedMan

    Bruce is finally developing into one of the top 15-20 hitters in mlb and now we trade him…..figures!

  13. Matt WI

    Just checked in. God bless Jay Bruce, whatever happens to him. Do not mess up the gift this young man is giving you, Mr. Jockety/Williams. (Side note, I think it’s a problem we still think Jocketty is as involved in these deals as he is. Williams should be the name out there… maybe I’m wrong and we just haven’t made the mental transition yet).

    • lwblogger2

      No, Jocketty has been talking too much to not be still pulling the strings.

    • jazzmanbbfan

      Jocketty is still making the deals and in my mind that is unfortunate since Williams is the one who will have to live with the potential consequences if the deal ends up being a bust for the Reds.

  14. IndyRedMan

    Will Price leave Inglesias in? Surely they don’t want to just use him for 1 out. Dusty would definitely go to Cingrani here.

  15. Pooter

    I have sick feeling that Posey might punish us again…

  16. IndyRedMan

    I don’t trust Cingrani overall but a very nice win!! 4 series wins in a row….wow!! I think we better keep Straily too unless we can get a real prospect or 2! There are many teams in contention with 1-2 guys in their rotation that are a lot worse then him!

  17. redsnla

    Yay!!! Beating Bumgarner is already pretty amazing stuff!!! Straggly really did great!!!

  18. vegastypo

    Giants ought to trade for Bruce and Straily before the Reds have a chance to leave town.