It was disappointing news for many in Redleg Nation this week when Cuban 19-year-old phenom Luis Robert signed with the White Sox for a $26-million signing bonus. Despite the Reds losing out on what might be the last big-money Cuban signee, there is some positive news on the Cubans Cincinnati signed last year.

Shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez and righthanded pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez both started this season with high-class-A Daytona. Gutierrez got off to a very slow start, perhaps attributable to adjusting to all aspects of life in the U.S.A. But results recently have been very positive, including yesterday:

We’ve seen many young pitchers who can’t throw strikes consistently, so numbers like Gutierrez’s give us reason for optimism.

Rodriguez has been billed as a player who is major-league-ready as a defensive shortstop, but might have trouble hitting his way out of a paper bag. So his early hitting numbers at Daytona are also encouraging, again from our Doug Gray:

So while the Reds front office passed on the opportunity to spend at least $50 million on Robert (his contract plus matching MLB penalty for being over their international spending limit), the two notable Cuban signings from 2016 are showing promising signs in the lower minors.

Maybe someday, Gutierrez will start a game for the Reds in Philadelphia. But today is not that day, because …

Starting Pitchers

Scott Feldman 56.1 3.99 4.07 20.3% 9.5%
Zach Eflin 42 5.36 4.88 12.1% 4.4%

Feldman has been the “ace” of the Reds’ starting pitching staff. That term is a bit of a misnomer, but he does give his team a chance to win – and an occasional gem – more often than any other current starter. Eflin is a young pitcher who the Reds have not yet faced. The righthander’s career record is 3-7 with a 5.47 ERA, so you would assume the Reds will get some pitches to hit today.


Everyone should be available, with the possible exception of Austin Brice, who pitched two innings Saturday.

Starting Lineups

Giants Reds
2B Jose Peraza 2B Cesar Hernandez
SS Zack Cozart CF Odubel Herrera
1B Joey Votto LF Aaron Altherr
LF Adam Duvall 1B Tommy Joseph
3B Eugenio Suarez RF Michael Saunders
CF Scott Schebler 3B Maikel Franco
RF Patrick Kivlehan C Andrew Knapp
C Tucker Barnhart SS Freddy Galvis
P Scott Feldman P Zach Eflin

News and Notes

Philadelphia’s Michael Saunders has had considerable success when facing Scott Feldman. Saunders is 4-for-16 with a double, triple, home run, and eight runs batted in. But when he makes outs, they are most often strikeouts (seven).

Billy Hamilton gets a rare day off from the starting lineup. Scott Schebler moves to center, and righthanded-batting Patrick Kivlehan gets the start in right – somewhat interesting that switch-hitter Arizmendy Alcantara was not given the start against a righty.

Tom Mitsoff is a lifelong Reds fan who grew up in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio. He lived a teenage life atypical of most his age by prioritizing following the Reds. At one point in the 1970s and early 1980s, Tom kept complete scorecards on more than 1,000 consecutive Reds games. Now that adult life has forced him to move on from his beloved Southwest Ohio, he follows the Reds daily through MLB.TV and other online media sources, including Redleg Nation.

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  1. With Hamilton out of the lineup, I would have liked to have seen Price experiment by just moving everyone up a spot. However I will take the steps Proce has shown us this year in becoming more progressive. I also would like to see Schebler move up in the lineup as he has been hitting very well lately.

  2. That’s great news on the farm.
    For Doug-
    -Shed Long hit 2 more home runs yesterday. Who is this kid? Is he the next 2b?
    – Is Rodriguez the “light weight” hitting shortstop with major league glove skills the Reds gave a bunch of money too?
    -Tyler Mahle is listed as low 90’s and supreme command and control. Is he the next Mike Leake and will leapfrog other starting pitchers?

  3. Wojo isn’t available if he’s starting on Tuesday. Everyone else except Brice should be.

  4. Peraza at the top is a head-scratcher … though he has hit a bit better of late.

  5. The forecast for Philadelphia looks like cloudy with not much chance of rain.

  6. Peraza is fast, and plays in the middle. Guess that qualifies…

  7. Peraza is fast, and plays in the middle. Guess that qualifies…

  8. Peraza extends the streak to 13 in his 1st AB

  9. That’ll do, Zack!

  10. Did I just hear a Dusty-like “gotta get him goin” statement about Kivelhan being in the lineup vs. Billy?

  11. Somebody help Joey find his wallet, please …

  12. I like to see us scoring by stringing together a few hits and taking the extra base

  13. Thats about the 8th check swing Votto has made in this series. It’s like he doesn’t want to pull the ball at any cost….or extend his arms

    • I agree … something seems off with him in Philly.

      Perhaps it’s a lack of or too many cheese steaks?

  14. Duvall picks up Joey, nicely done.

  15. Got to like that … Duval just threaded that one through the middle. With the normal shift on, it’s a DP.

  16. Good hustle by Suarez . love seeing these guys busting it down the line. Love to see Schebler up with runners on

  17. Nice hustle by Suarez … let’s see if Schebler plays some add-on. Heaven knows he’s been “seeing the ball” well lately (or so my eye test says).

  18. Bad call

  19. Challenge coming?

  20. why not challenge that? he was safe

    • Yep … thigh/hip tag as he was bouncing up with his foot on the bag. Terrible call by the “crew chief”.

  21. Kudos go out to the Phillies broadcast, who at least have great replay angles and super hi-def slow motion.

    • These replays, he appeared safe, but it was so very close

      • Yeah, it appeared he blew the call at regular speed, but the slow motion doesn’t make it look so blatantly bad. Probably can’t overturn it.

    • Watching the Reds feed … what did that one show?

      • they had a zoomed in hi-def version, the bag buckled a split second before the tag….micro seconds even

        • OK, then it’s probably a good idea to hold onto the challenge in that case. Thanks for that perspective.

  22. That’s at least a better opening batter for Feldman than the last time back in Cincy …

  23. Well if you’re gonna hit him, do it on the first pitch so yo don’t work your pitch count up, right?

  24. And kiddies, THATS why you hold the tag on a runner.

    • Preach it, preach … Peraza did exactly what he should have done. We’ve seen Billy go out in similar fashion, especially at third.

  25. So what’s a better scenario? 2 outs with runners on 2nd/3rd or having a challenge available for later in the game (that you might not ever use)?

    • First inning, I may be inclined to save it if I’m not 100% confident.

  26. 3rd out caught stealing for both halves of the inning … is this going to be an aggressive day on the base paths? Might we see some TOOTBLAN activity (hopefully from them, not us)?

  27. SCHEBLER!!!!!

  28. OK, have to resist the “if only” scenario and smile at that mash!

  29. Scheb-VP, Scheb-VP, Scheb-VP, Scheb-VP!

    • Commentary about “when he really learns the strike zone” says a lot to me.

  30. Visits the centerfield bushes for the 2nd time this series

  31. Chris Welsh with nice point on schebler. Said he stray from the zone from time to time…but how good can he be when gets a little better plate discipline?….he’s tied with some guy named Bryce Harper for the lead in HR…….that’ll do.

  32. Just saw on Twitter that Rookie Davis is on the DL now too. Of course he is.

  33. Yeah…to borrow from A League of Their Own…”he likes the high ones”

  34. I would have let Feldman keep trying the butcher boy play. He can handle a bar a little

  35. Peraza robbed of a double there

    • Yepper … but we did turn over the lineup in the 2nd inning. Let’s see if Feldman can tame them again and Joey finds at least a money clip, if not his wallet.

  36. Feels like they should have more than 2 runs so far

    • Maybe 4 … or maybe only 1 … or maybe 2 with a spent challenge.

      But I agree, it seems like we should have more …

  37. That lead was nice while it lasted

  38. That was a fun lead while it lasted.

  39. A cookie delivered and a 3 run homer is the result.

  40. Feldman sucks

    • How much longer are Reds gonna continue to put this offense behind he 8 ball by running out “trash” pitching – ITS SICKENING !!!

      • Feldman is a 50% pitcher. Half is games are good. Thats more than most of the rotation has been and I don’t want to see young inconsistent arms be abused and lose confidence. Feldman ain’t the main issue right now

  41. Its hard to watch guys go out there that don’t have anything to put away the hitter.Velocity matters and 90-91 won’t get it done anymore.

    • 91 will IF your stuff has solid location and a good bite to it … that doesn’t describe Feldman so far today.

  42. Schebler offline on the throw. Could have pegged that guy at home

  43. I feel a nap calling me …

  44. Gee, Votto hits a rope and it manages not to find a glove.

  45. big moon shot for Duval

  46. Duvall!!!!!!

  47. Duvall !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. So Joey finds at least some pocket change and Adam does what we love Adam to do after the blunder throwing back in … Maybe the nap will wait a bit.

  49. I second the nap thing.You folks don’t need my negativity for the rest of the day.Its already brutal enough just watching what we call starting pitching.

  50. Reporter during radio broadcast was saying Romano is ready for a rehab assignment and could be available soon. Whether that’s Louisville or Cincinnati, who knows? But with Bonilla and now Wojo getting starts, I see no reason why Romano might not get another shot.

  51. Feldman taking up where Arroyo left off – ROCKETS GALORE

  52. Twin killing there helps.

  53. The Reds are in a very good situation with their outfield. All 3 outfielders are playing well and Jesse Winker is outstanding. The organization is in a position of strength .

  54. Pat Kiv bomb!!

  55. Kivs!!!!!!

  56. Whoa, I was gone for about 30 seconds and I missed a Kivlehan homer??? !!!

  57. Offense continues to be impressive !

  58. With Genette, Kivelehan, and our catchers, this may be the best bench we’ve had in years

    • Granted, the bar was not set very high in recent years, but agree.

    • That’s a good point with catchers…I would view that position as 2…. Not 1. Have 2 good catchers…a righty and lefty and reds should be fine thru 2018.

    • AA has been decent … he had that monster streak as a PH earlier.

    • Most definitely, at least from an offensive standpoint!!

  59. Joey finds a little more pocket change and works a BB … I like that!

  60. Double-Dong Day for Duval!!!!

  61. Another Duvall bomb. He likes hitting with Votto on base.

  62. Crushed.It.

  63. Even a month ago, Suarez fishes for that ball 1 pitch … kind of like he did on ball 2.

  64. I’m sure this has been said repeatedly here and I know it’s the Phillies but this team could easily be a playoff contender with half decent starting pitching.

    • Agreed … the NL Central kind of looks like a dog fight at the moment. That kind of situation provides opportunity at the minimum.

    • So you’re saying if the Reds had better pitching then they would be a better team? Has there ever been a time when that wasn’t true for any team, ever?

  65. Mike Schmidt nice interview on FSO….he’s very complimentary of Reds….you guys have some hitters!

    • Agreed … it’s actually a very good interview. And he’s talking about the Phillies future as well. They’ve got some solid prospects coming through the pipeline.

  66. Wow, Feldman out after just 84 pitches with a 3 run lead. No wonder the bullpen is always gassed.

    • I thought the same thing. He hasn’t been sharp, but I don’t see how he couldn’t go another inning

      • I didn’t envy the decision Price had to make when the alternative was Wood. But despite the pitch count, Feldman wasn’t fooling anybody.

    • Perhaps this is an Iglesias multi – inning game.

  67. Blake Wood. 4 pitch walk to the 1st batter

  68. We are a DP machine out there … very good infield overall.

  69. Feldman’s ERA is back down to “quality start” level … whatever good that does in the end.

    • My bad … he raised it over 5 innings.

    • Remember when we used to laugh at the thought of a quality start being a good start? 6 IP 3 ER’s or less. I’d be tickled with that these days.

      • Yep … and then we could discuss Seaver and Carlton and the like throwing 250-260 innings per year. The game is way different now. Some good, some not so good.

  70. Would rather see Iggy for 2, but maybe Storen can get back on track

  71. Honestly, would anyone have expected to hear the words “Milwaukee leading the NL Central” or “Reds only 2 games back” at any point this year, let alone as we approach June?

    • The Reds need a strategy to deal with Thames in the Brewer series coming up the end of June.

      • Looking more like the 2nd coming of Khrash Davis and the way he kept hitting us.

  72. So much for the shift cover that hole …

  73. One more chance at the Phils pitching and then on to Iggy to wrap this up … and I’m really Jonesing for a cheesesteak after this series.

  74. PKiv with a 2nd HR. He has hit the ball hard 4 times today

  75. Did we just see that? What a day for his family to be there!

  76. Kivelhan !!! And he has a cheering section in Philly. Nice timing…..

  77. Bob Steve warming now

  78. So perhaps there was some wisdom, insight or just plain “gut feeling” on Price’s part when he started PK today. It appears to be working.

    And we’ll see Bob Steve instead for the 9th.

  79. They just mentioned (and I forgot about it) that JV is headed “home” for the next series.

    I sat in a restaurant outside the stadium over 20 years ago after a game. Griffey Jr. had mashed one a bit below where we were. The thing I remember most was them cleaning the aisles with leaf blowers.

  80. Who is the guy at the plate wearing Peraza’s uniform? He’s not chasing those high outside pitches …

  81. Double steal??

  82. OK, I’ll settle for a 4-run lead.

  83. Iggy instead….I guess if they would have scored, it woulda been RS

  84. And we get Iggy anyway … Price views this as high leverage? I’d tend to agree.

  85. The Reds have received IF-OF Darnell Sweeney from the Dodgers for the always curious future considerations.

    • Interesting … does Doug Gray have any thoughts on that?

      Oh, and nice footwork by Iggy on the put out.

  86. “Work fast. We’ve got a long bus ride.”

  87. Won the game. Won the series. Let’s see what happens in Toronto since everybody comes back down to orbit at some point.

    Later, friends.

  88. The Reds record of 8-12 in the last twenty games hardly seems to be ‘in orbit’, although the Reds have played a lot better with Memorial Day here which has often, over the years, been the end of the race.

  89. Are we taking a day off on the recap?

  90. 5 homers by our 3 outfielders today. And all 8 RBI’s by the same group.

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About Tom Mitsoff

Tom Mitsoff is a lifelong Reds fan who grew up in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio. He lived a teenage life atypical of most his age by prioritizing following the Reds. At one point in the 1970s and early 1980s, Tom kept complete scorecards on more than 1,000 consecutive Reds games. Now that adult life has forced him to move on from his beloved Southwest Ohio, he follows the Reds daily through MLB.TV and other online media sources, including Redleg Nation.


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