The Cincinnati Reds (54-72) will travel to the desert to begin a three game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks (53-75) tonight at 9:40. If you would have told me before the season that the Reds would have a better record than the Diamondbacks at this point in the season, I probably would have laughed at you. The Diamondbacks appeared poised to make a run towards the postseason this year after signing Zack Grienke, and trading for Shelby Miller and Jean Segura. This season has not been kind to the Dbacks, who are in last place in the NL West, 18.5 games back.

Starting Pitchers


A battle of two pitchers with negative WAR! Ok, maybe it’s not so bad. Brandon Finnegan is coming off a brilliant start against the Dodgers on Saturday, where he took a no-hitter in the 7th inning. His final line was 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K. Finnegan has had a couple really nice starts this season, but overall he has struggled.

Branden Shipley was a first round pick in 2013 (#15 overall), and has quickly reached the big leagues despite numbers that were not overwhelming in the minors. He was a top 100 prospect according to Baseball America following last season. He will only be making his 7th career big league start tonight. His last two starts have been disasters: 10.1 IP, 17 H, 13 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 5 K. Here is the Fangraphs scouting report on Shipley from Eric Longenhagen:

When he was selected 15th overall in the 2013 draft, Braden Shipley became the highest-drafted athlete in the University of Nevada’s history….as a rising junior, Shipley pitched in relief in the Alaskan Summer League, was touching 97, and struck out 22 hitters in just 13 innings. He was up to 99 as a junior, impressing scouts with his athleticism, arm acceleration and the changeup projection those two attributes allow.

As is the case with many conversion arms, Shipley’s athleticism has played a huge role in his minor-league development and has allowed him to make adjustments. Most notably, Shipley’s reined in his fastball. Gone is the occasional upper-90s heat in deference to a sinking fastball in the 89-92 range that touches 94. The pitch will flatten out at times, usually when Shipley — who’s only 6-foot-1 — tries to work up in the zone with it, but dialing things back has allowed Shipley to cut his walk rate in half this season.

Shipley’s best secondary pitch has long been his changeup. It’s a straight change, and comes in 84-87. It was once considered a future plus pitch but hasn’t played as well this season as it has in the past. The curveball is an average, 11-5 sweeper that Shipley can locate both in the zone and out. He doesn’t get on top of the pitch enough to create consistent and powerful downward break, but he can use it as first-pitch surprise to get ahead of hitters when he doesn’t have his fastball command.

Starting Lineups

Reds Diamondbacks
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Jose Peraza (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. Brandon Finnegan (P)
1. Jean Segura (2B)
2. A.J. Pollock (CF)
3. Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
4. Welington Castillo (C)
5. Rickie Weeks Jr. (LF)
6. Yasmany Tomas (RF)
7. Brandon Drury (3B)
8. Chris Owings (SS)
9. Braden Shipley (P)

Joey Votto stats of the day


Late night Reds baseball is back! The Diamondbacks are definitely beatable, and the Reds should get on that. Go Reds!

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.

Join the conversation! 64 Comments

  1. Why is Price insistent on batting Schebler above Suarez? It is beyond me they are both 25 meaning they have equal opportunities at contributing in the future. Then if it’s a win now philosophy Suarez is playing much better than Schebler.

    • Probably so they don’t have 3 righties in a row. At this point, if we believe some of Schebler’s AAA numbers, it’s probably a wash which of him or Suarez bats 7th.

  2. Anyone know how long Cozart is supposed to be out?

  3. This is a game where the Reds bats should simply feast. Playing in the dry air of Arizona is comparable to playing in the thin air of Colorado and throw in a young pitcher with questionable stuff…well step up to the buffet boys!

    • The farm teams are already setting up the appetizers for the Reds feast to follow…

      After a big night last night for Blake Trahan (4-4 w/ 1-HR), he’s at it again tonight (2-2 w/ 1-BB) in the early going and Shed Long joined the party tonight (3-3). After Nick Senzel had some humble pie (0-5 w/ 4-SO) last night, he has righted the ship (2-2 w/ 2-2B) in the early going for the Dragons tonight. Meanwhile, over in Pensacola, the Blue Wahoos are not going to be left out with Phillips Ervin going .1-1 w/ 1-BB in the wearly going. The Blue Wahoos and Tortugas have narrow 1 run leads while the Dragons are dominating in the 5th inning with a 5 run lead.

  4. Wow, the Mets have scored 7 runs with 10 hits in six innings tonight, and Jay Bruce is 0-for-3 with 3 strikeouts. I feel bad for the guy.

  5. Go Reds beat the Dbags! Do we get to hear tHom gush about how great the Arizona organization is?

  6. Rickie Weekes. If he hit everyone like he does the Reds he would get to Cooperstown

  7. Peraza made one heck of a throw. I like that kid

    • That play was so weird to watch, from Suarez mishandling it to Peraza to Votto not catching it.

  8. The legend of Rickie Weeks continues

  9. Goldschmidt would have messed his uni if Finnegan hadnt squared up on that one.

  10. 11K’s thru 5 for Finnegan! Previous career high was 9

  11. Rickie Weeks finally makes an out. Didn’t know that was possible.

  12. Cozart with a PH double

  13. welcome back, Zach!!

  14. A little surprised they didn’t pinch run for a guy coming back from a sore leg.

  15. Lorenzen threw 11 pitches, must be exhausted. Can’t pitch multiple innings.

  16. Reds are 18th in runs scored. Jay led the NL in rbis at the break and Duvall was on fire in the 1st half. Joey has been insane since June. Billy and BP have picked it up. So why are we always a weak offensive team? 18th in scoring and playing in GABP is weak!!

  17. home plate umpire blocks a wild pitch, bails out Jumbo

  18. Perazza!!!! Went from 0-2 to full count, to base hit. Great job.

  19. Peraza delivers the game tying hit with 2 outs in the 9th!!!!!
    3 consecutive hits with 2 outs Ivan, the Billy

  20. Nice AB’s this inning for DeJesus, Billy and Peraza to tie the game. Walking Votto right on cue. A big chance for Duvall coming up.

  21. Dang… at least they tied it up. Let’s hope for a 10th inning.

  22. i went to put my daughter to bed in the ninth inning with one out, and come back to a tie game??!!!

  23. Nice job from Schebs to lay that bunt down against the shift.

  24. Finally a lefty places a perfect bunt down for the free single against the shift. Nice Schebler.

  25. And two runners on — again!

  26. Cmon Cabrera….. well done!

  27. Cabrera with the sac fly for the lead. Don’t know why suarez attempted to go to 3rd there. Could have done it just to draw the throw. Risky though

  28. We might pull this one out of the dumpster.

  29. Iggy for a 2nd inning instead of Tony…I like it!

  30. Nice dp ball would help here.

  31. can anything be easy this season? Anything?

  32. Passed ball and balk will haunt.

  33. 0-2 single …….

  34. I got a bad feeling about this….

  35. Well, a strikeout helps some.

  36. And we play on………..

  37. Somehow, Iggy didn’t cough it up.

  38. walk votto, and no duvall. dang

  39. Is Holt going to pitch tonight?

  40. At least the team has some fight in them.

  41. Good game tonight, hope we pull it out.

  42. Good morning! I just woke up and I have an exciting Reds game to watch. What did I miss?

  43. Wood is gonna cough it up, i have no confidence in him!

  44. An 8-bouncer, but the first bounce is over Suarez’s head. wow.

  45. by all means, walk the guy hitting .159

  46. As predicted this Woody is not solid.

  47. found a way to lose. is it 2018 yet?

  48. Well, the Reds have some strong pieces. Unfortunately, they don’t have enough of them just yet.

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About Nick Kirby

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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