Reds vs. Pirates – September 16, 2016

The Reds (62-83), winners of five straight heading into the series finale with the Brewers, dropped the last game of that set to fall further behind in the Wild Card race. Technically, they haven’t been eliminated from the Wild Card just yet, so that statement does hold some validity. Every game counts guys. Stop laughing. No really, the Reds are still in this thing. This isn’t funny. C’mon, they aren’t THAT bad. Whatever, the Reds play the Pirates (71-74) tonight with Wild Card hopes on the line.

Starting Pitchers

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Robert Stephenson did not fare well his last time out–Saturday against the Pirates. The young righty only lasted 3.0 innings, yielding four runs on five hits including a homer and two walks. Hopefully, Stephenson can build off that outing and some familiarity with the lineup with give him a basis on how to pitch to them. Also, hopefully the Pirates don’t lock in even more on Bob Steve.

Ryan Vogelsong also last pitched against the Reds and also had a quite dreadful start. Vogelsong did last an inning longer than Stephenson, but also gave up two additional runs and took a loss whereas Stephenson only took a no-decision the night prior. Vogelsong has had a recent spate of poor outings, largely contributing to the Pirates slipping out of Wild Card contention completely.

Starting Lineups

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1. John Jaso (1B)
2. Josh Bell (RF)
3. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
4. Gregory Polanco (LF)
5. Jung Ho Kang (3B)
6. Sean Rodriguez (2B)
7. Francisco Cervelli (C)
8. Jordy Mercer (SS)
9. Ryan Vogelsong (P)
1. Jose Peraza (SS)
2. Steve Selsky (RF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Brandon Phillips (2B)
6. Scott Schebler (CF)
7. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
8. Ramon Cabrera (C)
9. Robert Stephenson (P)

To 2017, and Beyond!

Two great pieces were published today–one in the Enquirer and one at CBSSports–about what to expect from the offseason and the future of the Reds. Bottom line: People are probably going to be traded and the Reds are unlikely to win the World Series next year, but there’s hope, which is more than we’ve had the past couple seasons. Check both out, they’re good reads at the very least.

A Thing from Twitter

I chuckled, but also if Bryan Price ever wants a fresh, millennial take, I’ve got his back. Will field all questions through Twitter. Potentially Instagram direct message.

Concluding Thoughts

My last five game threads have all been for Reds/Pirates games. I’m kinda sick of the Pirates at this point. Can they just trade Josh Harrison and Gregory Polanco over for a bag of equipment and then be on their merry way? Please and thank you Pittsburgh.

Go Reds!


  1. Big56dog says:

    So after this weekend Reds could only be 5 games behind the Pirates? Heres to hoping Stephenson has a strong outing, I thought it rather dumb they PH for him after 3 innings would have like to see if he could salvage a rough start unless he is on an innings limit.

    Is it my imagination or is Selsky the best choice in the 2 hole all year? (As I cannot remember Votto ever getting the shot this season?)

  2. preacherj says:

    I am actually home this evening and able to catch a game. So……how close are we to a post season bid???

  3. preacherj says:

    ‘Catch is swinging well again

    1. preacherj says:

      Auto correct….

  4. Chad Dotson says:

    Robert Stephenson should try to pitch better.

    1. DHud says:

      I agree. He should start by not walking so many people

  5. Darrin says:

    If you would have told me at the end of may what Vottos slash would be at this time, I would have thrown my savings against it. My lord, the man can hit.

  6. preacherj says:

    I hate sacrificing in the fifth inning when you’re only one run down

  7. BigRedMike says:

    Why the bunt?? it is the 5th inning

    Just let Peraza steal.

    1. preacherj says:

      Right. You almost negate any chance of a big inning. The Pirate catcher can’t throw me out.

  8. preacherj says:

    Bad defense bails out the bunt decision.

  9. Hurdle opts to pitch to Votto. I’ll take Votto’s baseball accume and skill over Hurdle’s baseball savy every time.

  10. Shchi Cossack says:

    Cutch’s downward spiral looks irreversible.

  11. preacherj says:

    Wow. Joyce is a modern Lennny Randle

  12. preacherj says:

    Peraza flashing the leather. Good dp

  13. preacherj says:

    Nice try by Peraza. Trouble is a brewin’

  14. preacherj says:

    Bang bang at first

  15. Darrin says:

    Tony C looking stellar

  16. preacherj says:

    Glad I stayed up for this.

    1. Chad Dotson says:

      baseball is fun

  17. Greatredlegsfan says:

    Can’t win with a two-man bullpen

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