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

Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
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.

Bullpen

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.

148 Responses

  1. benkten

    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. old-school

    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. msanmoore

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

  4. msanmoore

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

  5. seat101

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

  6. Preach

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

  7. Preach

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

    • Preach

      12 game hitting streak, maybe riding the hit hand ain’t bad

  8. VaRedsFan

    Peraza extends the streak to 13 in his 1st AB

  9. msanmoore

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

  10. msanmoore

    Somebody help Joey find his wallet, please …

  11. Preach

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

  12. VaRedsFan

    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

    • msanmoore

      I agree … something seems off with him in Philly.

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

  13. msanmoore

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

  14. Preach

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

  15. msanmoore

    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).

    • msanmoore

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

  16. VaRedsFan

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

    • VaRedsFan

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

      • Preach

        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.

    • msanmoore

      Watching the Reds feed … what did that one show?

      • VaRedsFan

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

      • msanmoore

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

  17. msanmoore

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

  18. msanmoore

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

  19. Preach

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

    • msanmoore

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

  20. VaRedsFan

    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)?

    • msanmoore

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

  21. msanmoore

    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)?

  22. msanmoore

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

    • msanmoore

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

  23. VaRedsFan

    Visits the centerfield bushes for the 2nd time this series

  24. Old-school

    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.

  25. VaRedsFan

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

    • msanmoore

      +100 for that … you’re going to run me dry of points today.

      • VaRedsFan

        I’m hoarding them for your upcoming catalog.

  26. Preach

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

    • msanmoore

      A bar and a bat, I’d wager …

      • Preach

        Lol. Auto correct…..although I don’t know what it was correcting. .

    • msanmoore

      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.

  27. VaRedsFan

    Feels like they should have more than 2 runs so far

    • msanmoore

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

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

  28. james garrett

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

    • RedAlert

      Can’t even get “average” starting pitching – just brutal

    • RedAlert

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

      • Preach

        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

  29. james garrett

    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.

    • msanmoore

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

  30. VaRedsFan

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

  31. msanmoore

    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.

  32. james garrett

    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.

  33. vegastypo

    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.

  34. RedAlert

    Feldman taking up where Arroyo left off – ROCKETS GALORE

  35. Old-school

    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 .

    • msanmoore

      Yep – he put a charge into it.

  36. RedAlert

    Offense continues to be impressive !

  37. Preach

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

    • Old-school

      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.

    • msanmoore

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

    • jazzmanbbfan

      Most definitely, at least from an offensive standpoint!!

  38. msanmoore

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

  39. msanmoore

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

  40. reds82

    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.

    • msanmoore

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

    • Chuck Schick

      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?

  41. Old-school

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

    • msanmoore

      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.

  42. Tom Diesman

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

    • Preach

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

      • vegastypo

        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.

    • Old-school

      Perhaps this is an Iglesias multi – inning game.

  43. VaRedsFan

    Blake Wood. 4 pitch walk to the 1st batter

  44. msanmoore

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

    • VaRedsFan

      for sure….3rd one today I believe.

      • msanmoore

        Two pretty tough ones yesterday in the loss.

  45. msanmoore

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

    • msanmoore

      My bad … he raised it over 5 innings.

    • VaRedsFan

      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.

      • msanmoore

        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.

      • jazzmanbbfan

        Seaver threw over 250 innings 11 times and Carlton 12 times including over 300 twice.

  46. VaRedsFan

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

    • msanmoore

      I’d wager Captain Hook Jr. has him on a short leash.

      • vegastypo

        Hope so, but Price can’t be looking forward to going to Toronto with no day off in between, either.

      • msanmoore

        Agreed … very bad timing with the Jays that hot and players like Tulo coming back.

  47. msanmoore

    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?

    • TR

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

      • msanmoore

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

  48. msanmoore

    So much for the shift cover that hole …

  49. msanmoore

    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.

  50. VaRedsFan

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

  51. msanmoore

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

  52. msanmoore

    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.

  53. msanmoore

    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.

  54. msanmoore

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

  55. msanmoore

    OK, I’ll settle for a 4-run lead.

  56. VaRedsFan

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

    • msanmoore

      Thinking the same thing. Glad Price isn’t stat happy …

  57. msanmoore

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

  58. vegastypo

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

    • msanmoore

      Interesting … does Doug Gray have any thoughts on that?

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

  59. msanmoore

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

  60. msanmoore

    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.

  61. TR

    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.

  62. Chuck_in_VA

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