Game Thread

Reds vs Cardinals – September 2, 2016

The Cincinnati Reds (55-77) traveled home and had a much needed off-day yesterday following a rough road trip. The Reds went just 1-5 on the road trip, including losing their last four games. The Reds had won five straight games in mid-August, but they finished the month losing 8 of their final 10 games.

Tonight at 7:10, the Reds begin a three game series with the St. Louis Cardinals (70-62). The Cardinals currently have a two game lead on the second NL wild-card spot, but have three teams within three games behind them. The Reds would love to play spoiler this weekend against their bitter rival.

*Programming note: Joey Votto is not in tonight’s lineup. So, you might want to skip tonight’s game.

Starting Pitchers

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Anthony DeSclafani has been terrific this season. Everything he is doing (strikeouts, walks, home runs allowed) are above average. He is coming off a brilliant complete game shutout against the Diamondbacks: 9.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K, 1.48 FIP. Disco is looking more and more like a top of the rotation starter for the Reds. Disco has a career 2.16 ERA in 5 appearances (4 starts) against the Cardinals.

Alex Reyes will be making just his second career start tonight. He has been very good through his first 14.0 big league innings, and has yet to allow a home run. He has struggled some with command, but his dominant stuff has helped him get around walks.

Reyes was the #7 prospect in all of baseball going into 2016 by Baseball America. He however got suspended this off-season for 50 games for testing positive for marijuana. He made his debut in AAA in late May, but really wasn’t that good overall, posting a 4.96 ERA/3.72 FIP in 14 starts.  Here is his scouting report from Baseball America:

Reyes came back showing little rust from his suspension, thanks largely to the Cardinals having him work in his work in extended spring training. He reported to Triple-A Memphis in late May, and in his most recent start, Reyes threw six quality innings against Omaha, striking out eight and walking two while allowing only one run. It lowered his ERA back below 5.00; he’s 2-3, 4.96 in 65 innings, thanks mostly to 32 walks. But with 93 strikeouts, he’s averaging 12.8 strikeouts per nine innings, and ranks ninth in the league in strikeouts despite the time he missed.

He’s been more efficient, pitch-wise, of late, and in his most recent start threw 64 percent strikes. Cardinals officials have said pitch efficiency would be among the deciding factors for when Reyes would be ready.

“Look at how well he did commanding the strike zone,” manager Mike Matheny told BA correspondent Derrick Goold after a 57-pitch outing July 26, when Reyes threw 40 strikes. “He gave up a two-run homer and that was really the damage. If his stuff is in the zone he should have success . . . He’s getting strikeouts, so we know he has got everything he needs right now. It’s a matter of efficiency. That’s part of the process. If you can blow 100 past everyone, you’re going to blow it past them.”

The raw stuff is not in question for the New Jersey-born righthander. The fastball hit 100 mph in the Futures Game and he’s consistently in the high 90s. The curveball has 12-to-6 shape and flashes plus, and the changeup is gaining in consistency.

Starting Lineups

Cardinals Reds
1. Matt Carpenter (1B)
2. Jedd Gyorko (SS)
3. Brandon Moss (LF)
4. Stephen Piscotty (RF)
5. Yadier Molina (C)
6. Jhonny Peralta (3B)
7. Randal Grichuk (CF)
8. Greg Garcia (2B)
9. Alex Reyes (P)
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Brandon Phillips (2B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Scott Schebler (RF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Tucker Barnhart (C)
8. Ivan De Jesus (1B)
9. Anthony DeSclafani (P)

Rosters expand!

The Rosters expanded yesterday. The Reds called up four pitchers, but more help could be on the way. Chad Dotson broke it down earlier today:

With rosters expanding as of yesterday, it appears that the Reds have called up four pitchers to the big league club: RHP Robert Stephenson, LHP Cody Reed, RHP Wandy Peralta, LHP Keyious Sampson. Outfielder Kyle Waldrop was designated for assignment.

The Reds had indicated previously that more callups were likely after Louisville’s AAA season ended early next week. Among those that I suspect will be joining the Reds: Jesse Winker, Dilson Herrera, and Amir Garrett.

The future of the Cincinnati Reds is inching ever closer to the present…

More updates on the callups:

I’ll be traveling down to the Queen City bright and early tomorrow morning for the Redleg Nation/Red Reporter meetup! I’m really looking forward to meeting you guys, and seeing some old faces again. If you didn’t sign up for the event, shame on you! Just kidding, but you will be missing a great time.

Other news and notes

Conclusion

No one likes the Cardinals. The Reds are in a funk of late, and there is no better time to come out of it than against the dirty birds. Go Reds!

26 thoughts on “Reds vs Cardinals – September 2, 2016

    • They should have given Votto Aug 31 off so he would have hit .400 for the month.

  1. I don’t know if this has been pointed out yet, but for those of you with a macabre sense of humor, the Reds were mathematically eliminated from winning the central division last night.

    • I’m thankful they made it to September before facing elimination. Amazing to think the Reds could finish 30-0….and the Cubs could go
      0-30 and it still wouldn’t matter.

      • What worries me as a Reds fan is how many good young players the Cubs have under control for 4-6 six years. I could see the Cubs being like the Braves in the nineties.

  2. Serves Joey right not being in the lineup after missing two straight months of hitting .400. Accountability!

  3. No complaints about Reds third base coach allowed for remainder of season. Yikes.

  4. Just tuned in to see we are still the offensive machine we were on the road trip.

  5. OK guys don’t you think we should back our pitcher and score some runs?

  6. I really dig Disco a lot. There is just something about him and Finnegan that I like. Also good to see Tucker back. Shame to see Votto out. When Billy got on and Zack walked I was happy until I saw BP up to bat. Then looked to see Votto was out. Oh well.

  7. Disco has become a very good pitcher.I admire the way he goes about his craft with a mental toughness that allows him to just pitch and get people out

  8. I really don’t like BHam stealing there.

    If he gets thrown out for the 2nd out, it eliminates the possibility of a sac fly driving in the go ahead run

  9. We’re back to the old boondoggle, the Reds inability to get runners in from scoring position.

    • I love watching him pitch from various arm angles. Unfortunately, that often contributes to a walk issue

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