The Cincinnati Reds (44-63) have won six consecutive series to begin the second half of 2016. Tonight at 7:05, the Reds will begin a 9-game road trip against the Pittsburgh Pirates (53-53). The Pirates have lost 5 of 6, and are quickly falling out of contention. They are 12.5 games out of the division, and are 3.0 games out of the second wild card spot.
Anthony DeSclafani survived some trade rumors around the deadline. He is coming off a brilliant start against the Padres on Saturday (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K). Disco will look to continue his great start to 2016 against the Pirates tonight. He has fared well against the Pirates in four career starts, posting a 2.59 ERA with 18 K and 7 BB. All four of those starts came last season. McCutchen, Polanco, Harrison, and Marte are a combined 5 for 33 against him.
Jameson Taillon is the Pirates #4 prospect, and is the #28 best prospect in baseball (according to MLB Pipleline). Taillon made his MLB debut on June 8th, and has done a nice job for the Pirates. He has a fastball that can reach the high 90’s, and has shown great command so far in the big leagues. The Pirates are really hoping he can help out their rotation, which ranks 24th in the MLB with a 4.79 ERA.
|1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Brandon Phillips (2B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Anthony DeSclafani (P)
|1. Josh Harrison (2B)
2. Starling Marte (LF)
3. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
4. Matt Joyce (RF)
5. David Freese (3B)
6. John Jaso (1B)
7. Francisco Cervelli (C)
8. Jordy Mercer (SS)
9. Jameson Taillon (P)
Joey, Joey, Joey
Joey Votto had his career high 17-game hit streak snapped yesterday, but he has still been the best hitter in baseball since the all-star break.
Joey Votto leads the MLB in the second half in AVG (.468), OBP (.575), SLG (.710), wRC+ (240), and fWAR (1.4). #Reds
— ɴɪᴄᴋ ᴋɪʀʙy (@Nicholaspkirby) August 5, 2016
Other news and notes
— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) August 5, 2016
Reds 3B Nick Senzel, No. 2 overall pick, hitting .302/.424/.509, 22 BB, 23 SO in 134 PAs in Low-A. Talented hitter who could move quickly.
— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) August 5, 2016
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) August 5, 2016
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.