The Reds start a seven game road trip tonight, with the first of four against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park. Fresh off a three-game sweep at GABP last weekend, the Reds will try to obliterate the Giants once again.

While the Reds were splitting a two-game series with the Yankees, the Giants narrowly avoided a second straight three game sweep against the Mets, winning the final game by scoring four runs in the ninth inning Wednesday.

These two teams are on complete opposite sides in the standings right now. While the Reds are 8-2 in their last 10 games and just a game behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central, the Giants are one of the worst teams in the National League. The biggest difference between the Giants and the Reds is offense. While the Reds are second in the NL in offense, the Giants are 13th out of 15 in the league.

Starting Pitchers

Bronson Arroyo 30.1 6.53 4.79 16.7% 7.6%
Ty Blach 20.2 5.66 5.69 5.5% 7.7%

Arroyo is coming off one of his better performances of the season against these Giants last Friday night. He allowed three runs, two of them earned, with five hits and one walk, and striking out four in 5.1 innings. He also benefited from some significant offense, as the Reds scored 13 runs.

Blach was a fifth round pick in 2012 for the Giants. This is his first full season in the majors; and he’s had his struggles this season. In his most recent start against the Reds, he allowed 10 runs, eight earned on 11 hits in just three innings. He walked one and didn’t strike out a batter, which seems to be his problem. His K% is just 5.5% thus far this season. He doesn’t have a pitch he can go to get batters out.


With the day off yesterday, the Reds bullpen should be well rested to start this series. No reliever pitched more than two innings against the Yankees. Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias both pitched two innings in Tuesday’s win, but my guess is that both will be available to pitch at least an inning tonight if needed.

The Giants, on the other hand, can’t say the same. Matt Cain went only five innings Wednesday, and four relievers combined for four innings. It’s not in the worst shape, but because of the off day, the Reds do have a better rested bullpen.


Reds                                                                Giants

1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Jose Peraza (2B)
8. Devin Mesoraco (C)
9. Bronson Arroyo (P)
1. Denard Span (CF)
2. Brandon Belt (1B)
3. Hunter Pence (RF)
4. Brandon Crawford (SS)
5. Christian Arroyo (3B)
6. Joe Panik (2B)
7. Eduardo Nunez (LF)
8. Nick Hundley (C)
9. Ty Blach (P)

As Billy Hamilton goes, so do the Reds bats. And Hamilton is on a roll right now. His numbers aren’t as where you’d like to see them, but they have drastically improved in the last week. His OBP is up to .306 and he’s scored at least one run in each of the last 10 games.

Buster Posey is the Giants best hitter, with a .367/.446/.561 slash line and an OPS of 1.008.But don’t count out the rookie Christian Arroyo either. He’s coming off a 2-for-5 day with three RBI, including the go-ahead double in the ninth inning to snap the Giants five game losing streak.

News and Notes

Final Thoughts

The Reds bats were able to feast off Giants pitching last weekend, outscoring San Francisco 31-5. It will be interesting to see how both the Reds and Giants adjust to each other’s pitching given the two teams played each other one week ago. 

Meanwhile, the Reds have decided to form a bowling team. Joey Votto is the best part of this photo, followed closely by Scooter Gennett.

67 Responses

  1. Shchi Cossack

    The pressure is on you Ashley to followup on the sweep from last week.

    Could this be the series when Hamilton smacks his first round-tripper that doesn’t leave the yard?! Shoot let’s be greedy and make that 1 in each game.

  2. TR

    Billy should have a series in spacious AT&T Park.

  3. CI3J

    As Billy Hamilton goes, so do the Reds bats. And Hamilton is on a roll right now. His numbers aren’t as where you’d like to see them, but they have drastically improved in the last week.

    You aren’t kidding. Since the calendar turned to May, Billy has put up this line:

    .400 OBP, .610SLG, 1.010OPS, .341AVG

    To say he’s on a roll is an understatement.

  4. Simon Cowell

    Either bowling outifits or a tribute to Chariie Sheen

  5. Sliotar

    Reds After Dark.

    Good guys with winning record.
    Opponent currently in that Braves/Padres section of standings (shudders with recent flashbacks).

    Laissez les bons temps rouler.

  6. Sliotar

    AT&T Park effect showing up early. First victim: Votto.

    • Patrick Jeter

      The ball was hit at 101mph with a decent trajectory, but StatCast claims it only went 339 ft. Silly San Fran!

  7. Darrin

    I think arroyo is gonna be setting em on a tee all night

  8. Eugeniologist

    Suarez with a nice snag leading to the double play there.

  9. Indy Red Man

    5-4-3 that was pretty! Its amazing how good Eugenio is defensively!

  10. Kevin Michell

    Just tuned into the radio broadcast and missed some of C. Trent – did he confirm Bonilla for the Saturday start?

  11. hof13

    One thing I’ve always liked about Arroyo — he knows how to strategically walk someone to get to a better matchup.

  12. VaRedsFan

    Billy hit streak now at 8. Cozart double and Votto ground out ties the game, scoring Billy

    • Indy Red Man

      You have to get more then 1 there though? 2nd/3rd and nobody out with the middle of your lineup coming up?

      • VaRedsFan

        No doubt….Duvall took strike 3 right down the middle

  13. CI3J

    Rather non-descript game so far. No big moments, just playing baseball.

  14. VaRedsFan

    9th HR allowed by Arroyo, in almost 36 innings. Yuck. Luckily they are solo shots (2) so far tonight.

  15. VaRedsFan

    Greinke…no hitter thru 7 vs Pitt

  16. VaRedsFan

    Knock # 2 for Billy…let’s get a crooked number here.

    • VaRedsFan

      and Votto delivers Billy again….tie game.

  17. Simon Cowell

    6 pitches 3 outs. Ok so Steve will say the Giants offense is terrible. I’ll look at the glass half full and say Bronson’s 68 mph off speed pitches is messing with the the batters minds. Players these days train to hit 95 mph nastiness not 68 mph powder puff balls. Bronson keeps this up he can pitch into his 50’s for the Reds.

    • Vicferrari

      did not like pulling him after 6, long 4 game series and you might burn through your bullpen unnecesarrily

      • Simon Cowell

        I have no worries with it. Louisville is close. We have plenty of pitching depth. Close game you got to go with your big arms. Tomorrow will worry about itself.

  18. Indy Red Man

    Suarez is pulling his head….not locked in like he was? I hope he gets it together because we’re going to need to keep putting up big offense to win with this starting pitching!

    • mdhabel

      He has seemed locked in to me, just didn’t get a good result. He has had two nice ABs. Lots of foul balls on good swings

    • VaRedsFan

      Brantley said he noticed that his bat position in now pointed more towards the pitcher than earlier in the year, while taking his stance. Which of course means, it takes longer to get to the ball.

  19. mdhabel

    I don’t remember mesoraco being this good at blocking wild pitches.

    Also, I love the double switch to bring scooter in

  20. VaRedsFan

    3 bags for Scooter…sending the 98 mph fastball off the CF wall

    • VaRedsFan

      very catch-able according to the radio broadcast

    • Vicferrari

      Gameday shows 401 feet at 101 mph exit, nice got to get him in

  21. CI3J

    Reflect on Billy Hamilton and that Scooter triple for a moment:

    If Billy had been in the field for that hit, I’m 90% certain he makes that catch.

    If Billy had been hitting, I’m 90% certain he scores on that (if he runs hard out of the box).

    We really need to remember what a special player we have on our hands.

    • Vicferrari

      most CF would have had that playing where Span was, terrible play, Billy would have been in 50 or so more feet and still made the play

  22. Simon Cowell

    Scooter is my every day second baseman and Zach Cozart is my every day SS. To heck with age and to heck with what defines a prospect or not. These 2 are the best players are their respective positions on this team.

    • Vicferrari

      Scooter is fine doing what he is doing, gotta find out out if Peraza is an every day player, in my opinion do not let a bunch of hitters over- achieving for a month cloud the vision for a rebuild, and sell high on Cozart

      • Simon Cowell

        WE do not have a bonafide SS ready in our system. Zach will still be at least serviceable in 3 years might as well sign him to a 3 year contract and let the coddle demanding, confidence shaken children stay wearing diapers down on the farm. 2B…. sure as soon as someone can out perform Scooter let them earn that right.

      • greenmtred

        Simon: Your definition of learning is extraordinarily harsh. You can throw young players who aren’t ready fror the bigs into the fire if you like, but very few of them will realize their potential.

      • Vicferrari

        How bad of a fielder is Gennett, he was so authoritative on that pop-up and looked like the stereotyped nerd little leaguer trying to make a play

  23. VaRedsFan

    Cozart delivers a double on the 0-2 pitch….atta boy!!!

  24. CI3J

    That autowalk thing still confuses me. I was like “Where’s Joey going??? Did he leave the stove on?”

    • VaRedsFan

      Fortunately, Peralta works around it.

      • Vicferrari

        what a job he has done, I did not like pulling Arroyo when I thought this might go extra considering 4 game series, but using Peralta with those match-ups was excellent. Now lets hold on

    • RedAlert

      Inexcusable for Schebler not to take charge – ALWAYS OUTFIELDER’S PRIORITY / don’t care how much Scooter was calling it. It was
      NOT his ball !

  25. Indy Red Man

    Tom finally hit on something!! It took 8 years or so but he’s right

    “Peralta has starter’s stuff” The guy is electric and we need starters!

    • Indy Red Man

      He was a starter in 2015 so its not like its a big stretch! Why they want the weaker arms eating up the most innings I have no idea?

      • Simon Cowell

        because it is better to save the good arms for high leverage situations. Apparently anyone can start. Might as well save the real talent for when the game is on the line.

      • Indy Red Man

        I get that but the other guys know that too….and if you’re down 4-2 in the 7th in the playoffs then their high leverage studs go to work on you!

      • Simon Cowell

        We can argue what to do in the playoffs…. when we are in the playoffs. Stretch out your best arms in September. Poor small market teams like the Reds need to think differently instead of paying guys 30 million to play once a week. better to pay 3 guys 10 million a year and they can pitch 3 times a week at 2 innings a pop. Math works in favor of the Reds.

      • Indy Red Man

        We can agree to disagree…but he throws hard and has multiple pitches. His change is awesome! He could be a Francisco Liriano with control!! We need starting pitching and we’re never going anywhere without it!

      • Simon Cowell

        I have higher confidence in the decision making of whoever is deciding the fate of these arms. I kind of think they know what they are doing and I think it is really easy to sit back and second guess their every decision.

  26. Greg Pearson

    That strike three call against Kivlehan was an abomination unto humanity.

    • Simon Cowell

      that kind of call is … the umpire needing to wear depends instead of needing to rush to the nearest bathroom

  27. Indy Red Man

    Schebler 0-4 vs lefties tonite. I’m pretty sure he was under .200 last year vs lefties as well. I’d put Alcantara out there since Kivlehan fields like I do in softball! Alcantara has real talent…they need to play him more anyway!

  28. CI3J

    Oh boy… Starting to have PTSD flashbacks to last year…

  29. VaRedsFan

    Never a dull moment, but got the job done! Great job in a close game.

  30. Old-school

    Baseball America just updated top 100 prospect rankings… nick Senzel is #6 overall.Amir Garrett #63.
    Rockies have 7.