The Cincinnati Reds (9-8) will host the Chicago Cubs (9-7) today at 1:10. The Reds lost a heartbreak last night, 6-5 in 11 innings. The Reds have now lost six of their last eight games. The Reds have now fallen to second place in the NL Central, a half game behind the Cubs.

Starting Pitchers

Cody Reed 8.0 1 4 8 2.41 0.1
Jake Arrieta 18.2 6 5 21 3.72 0.3

Cody Reed will be making his first start of the season. Reed has been absolutely terrific in relief. He has not allowed a hit in 8.0 innings, spanning over four games. Reed is projected to put up a 4.41 ERA in 2017 by ZiPS, with 8.57 K/9, 3.07 BB/9, and 1.44 HR/9. Reed is going to strike out batters, and doesn’t have a major concern of walks. The biggest problem is pitch location in the zone, and keeping the home runs down.

Reed was hit hard by the Cubs in two starts a season ago: 8.0 IP, 14 H, 15 R, 11 ER, 5 HR, 3 BB, 7 K. Bryant, Rizzo, Contreras, Baez, and Almora all have homers against Reed.

Jake Arrieta had a “down year” last season following his 2015 NL Cy Young winning season, but still posted a 3.10 ERA/3.52 FIP. Arrieta has a career 3.47 ERA in 7 career starts against the Reds. Joey Votto has a home run against Arrieta, but everyone else on the Reds has struggled against him. We don’t want to talk about Arrieta’s start last April at GABP.

Starting Lineups

Cubs Reds
1. Kyle Schwarber (LF)
2. Kris Bryant (3B)
3. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
4. Addison Russell (SS)
5. Willson Contreras (C)
6. Jason Heyward (RF)
7. Javier Baez (2B)
8. Jake Arrieta (P)
9. Albert Almora (CF)
1. Jose Peraza (2B)
2. Scooter Gennett (RF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (CF)
7. Zack Cozart (SS)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Cody Reed (P)

Billy Hamilton gets the day off. Scott Schebler will make his first start in CF in 2017. Schebler played 133.0 innings in CF last year, and had -4 defensive runs saved. Scooter Gennett, who is hitting .273/.294/.606 in 34 PA gets the start in RF.

Reds GM on Redleg Nation Radio!

Reds GM Dick Williams was kind enough to join Chad Dotson on the latest edition of the Redleg Nation Radio podcast. I found it very interesting what Williams said about the reasoning behind putting Lorenzen, Reed, and Stephenson in the bullpen. To me, it makes perfect sense, and I like the plan. Chad also asked Williams about what Bryan Price has to do to keep his job, and Williams is excited about his young players position flexibility.

Other news and notes


I am getting tired of all this losing, and especially tired of the Cubs. The Reds need to get a win today. Cody Reed has looked fantastic in the bullpen, now it is time to put it together in some big league starts. Go Reds!


All photos are used courtesy of the Sam Greene and the Cincinnati Enquirer, and are used by permission. All statistics are used courtesy of Fangraphs, Baseball-Reference, and ESPN Stats & Info.

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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  1. Just curious how bad is Peraza in center, I would think Gennett is a better 2B than RF, not sure if it makes more sense to not have Peraza in CF since he has played there and not have 2 players out of position.

    • Pretty darn bad. He could probably be a decent CF with commitment and experience, but he was bad last season and as far I I know, hasn’t played any CF since last season.

    • I think it is more about Peraza playing at 2B as much as possible getting the reps there than what is better for today.

  2. Do not understand putting Peraza at the top, do not understand keeping Schebler in the line-up, much less playing CF, do not understand this manager…

    • Definition of insanity …….

    • These guys are going to play until they get around to making decisions on them. It’s about more than what they did the last 3 weeks. The decision will include their whole professional body of work.

      • Tom’s right. If we’re going into June and nothing has changed, then bring up this complaint. But I don’t see them changing or scrapping things 3 weeks in, no matter how bad it looks now.

        • The team is rebuilding. Reds need to play Schebler to find out if he is part of the future. Giving up on him in April would be crazy.

  3. I really had no problem with Lorenzen in the 9th, just wished for better outcome. I had a huge issue with Blake Wood in the 10th on Thursday’s night game. Possibly they could have stuck with Storen and Peralta for multiple innings.

  4. As of today I declare myself against front office until Price is fired

  5. I’m disappointed to see the top three in the lineup. Would have been a good day to give a better OBP guy the lead off spot, pretty much anybody but Peraza, and slide Votto up to the 2 hole. Oh well. Now Reed needs to go Ubaldofy the Cubs stud Arrietta. If Reed has a solid start I’ll forget about lineup construction for the day. Go Reds!

  6. Does Reed want to stay in the bullpen?

    Because he’s pitching like he wants to stay in the bullpen

  7. Johnny Bench isn’t walking through that door. Jose Rijo isn’t walking through that door and Barry Larkin isn’t walking through that door either…And if they did…They’d be gray and old. What we are is young and exciting and hard working …..And we’re going to better.

    • Old School is a wise man. Have patience. Rebuilds do not succeed overnight.

  8. Got to find out where or if he belongs on this team.No issues at all with Reed.

  9. Way to battle Peraza.That’s what we need a 6 pitch at bat ends up with a hit.

  10. Wow

  11. Just like that its now Rizzo 3 and Votto 3.

  12. How on earth did that happen? Votto just crushed that. New ballgame.

  13. and then there’s that… Eugenio!

  14. Suarez with a homer we lead 4-3.

  15. Consider sorted…Suarez needs to hit no lower than 4 th and is part of the next great reds team. I want him and Votto hitting back to back…Whether it be 2/3 or 3/4.

  16. 2 outs & nobody on and give up a granny. My Pacers blew a 25 pt halftime lead the other night. I’ll find other things to do if we can’t make any progress? Same ole #$*t with Reed….doesn’t throw the slider for strikes….fastball is always up and out where they can extend their arms and drive it. Orioles fans cheering at the end…Cub people everywhere today & who came really blame the Reds fans? Its been choke city for 20 years!

  17. If Jim Day isn’t interviewing Ervin’s family during his first-ever MLB at-bat, does it count as a true debut?

  18. Can’t walk guys and expect to get away with it regardless of who you are.Big league hitters with discipline will make you throw strikes and wack it.I just hope our young guys turn into just exactly that which is what the Cubs have on their team.Time will tell but it would be nice

  19. Four of the 5 Reed walked score.Walks can be a good thing.

  20. it’s turning into a walk fest for the Reds…

  21. Well, in this season of sorting Reed is continuing to make his case to be a bullpen pitcher.

  22. Maybe that’s exactly what he is.

  23. TOOTBLANS in consecutive games for Suarez. That is an “offensive” streak that needs to stop.

  24. Played that ball really well

  25. Wow, Gennett in right field is an experiment today.

  26. Gennett in RF vs. Heyward in RF (diving catch, doubles up Suarez) is another reminder of where the teams are in their contention windows. Both free agent signings, but the comparisons end there.

    • So are we going to move them both in to 2B for the rest of the game and compare them there also?

      • If it wasn’t for Heyward’s yips throwing to first, might be interesting. (I kid).

        Reds just trying to grind through innings here in the early part of the season, Not burn anyone out/get them hurt by overplaying. Get some track record for the youngsters to start the sorting of future roles later in season.

        Tough to make the case that winning is a priority or even possible by rolling Scooter out in RF, batting 2nd, especially against the well-financed world champions.

  27. Officially a butt whooping. It is the Cubs though, so no surprise here.

  28. Stephenson nasty.

  29. Walks,two three homers and a grand slam will get you beat every time.Winning isn’t the priority its just finding out about players.Bonilla took one for the team and more then likely somebody else will have to do the same tomorrow.Its ok.

  30. Bob Steve looking good.

    Had Rizzo shaking his head while walking back to the dugout.

    Can’t tell by his stuff today that Bob pitched late last night and took the loss.

  31. Williams isn’t foolish.He won’t give up on Reed or Stephenson.They have major league stuff.Patience.

    • Confidence is what both need. They need to keep running them out there and let them learn. They have the stuff . Schebler needs to just relax. I would love to see Votto get with him in the batting cage.

  32. Suarez continues to hit the other way with power and his fielding has been good as well.

    • Looks like Senzel isn’t going to be the slam dunk everybody thought he was going to be. Suarez isn’t going down without a fight. He has a cannon at third and his glove has been awesome.

  33. Your right about Senzel but if he continues to hit they will find a place for him.We have some talent we are just young and you never know who will or who won’t pan out.

  34. Start 7-2, 2-7 last 9 games. Which team is the real Reds this season? All I know, Schebler needs to sit tomorrow. Scooter starts in RF again tomorrow. Lineup of BHam, Peraza, JV, Duvall, Suarez, Gennett, Cozart, Barnhart, Arroyo

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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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