The Cincinnati Reds (26-30) square off tonight at 7:10 PM against the St. Louis Cardinals (26-29) in the second game of a four game series at GABP. The Reds had an exciting 4-2 comeback win last evening, courtesy of a big seventh inning. The Reds now find themselves just 3.0 games out of first place in the division.

Starting Pitchers

Tim Adleman has put together back to back quality starts on the road (at PHI, at TOR): 14.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 9 K. Adleman’s biggest struggle this season has been giving up the long ball. The good news for him is that the Cardinals rank 27th in the MLB in home runs. The bad news is that Adleman has already been beat around by the Cardinals this season back in April: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 3 K.

Adam Wainwright will be making his 23rd career start against the Reds (4.55 ERA, 1.31 WHIP). The Reds really beat around Wainwright during his down year a season ago (4 GS, 6.55 ERA). However, Wainwright is on an absolute tear right now. Over his last four starts, he has allowed just 1 run (26.1 IP, 0.34 ERA, 16 H, 0 HR, 10 BB, 21 K).

Starting Lineup

Conclusion

The Reds starting pitching has been historically bad. Yet somehow, someway, the Reds are just 3.0 games out of first place in the division. The Reds could move ahead of the Cardinals in the standings with a win tonight, so tonight is a big game. Go Reds!

About The Author

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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135 Responses

  1. msanmoore

    Dirty Birds always equals a “big game”

    Let’s get this done tonight. Time to wake up all the bats and find Joey’s wallet.

    • Patrick Jeter

      In his last 10 games, he’s hitting .200/.364/.429, for a 114 wRC+. Find his wallet, indeed!

      That’s the craziness of Joey Votto… even a mini-slump is 14% better than average hitting.

      • msanmoore

        +500 for you (and +50 for Lil Jeter) for outlining the facts. completely amazing that he’s that “bad” and yet still so good. Imagine what happens when he finds his wallet!

  2. larry

    What, both of the reds bash brothers are out? We’ll beat the dirty birds anyway.

  3. Patrick Jeter

    Looks like Schebler’s “injury” is an actual injury.

    Why not 10-day him and bring up Winker or Ervin?

    Oh, right… I forgot. We have non-outfielders to play outfield. Got it.

    • msanmoore

      This is exactly why the did the whole 10-day thing in the first place. Got to wonder who is pulling on those strings … I doubt it’s Price.

    • msanmoore

      “We’ve got Jack for that …”

    • Chuck Schick

      My guess is 3 fold:
      1. They want to preserve options….for whatever reason
      2. They’re worried Winker gets hurt and blows almost a year of service time on the DL
      3. They don’t want to pay someone else 10 days of MLB salary, travel expenses. Also, not sure of additional pension and medical care for life benefits associated with the CBA

      • Old-school

        Or Winker comes up…does well and then what? They want no part of an outfield controversy…
        Easier to just let Scooter channel his inner Bryce harper in a small sample size.

  4. VaRedsFan

    Now that’s walking the line Billy

    • msanmoore

      Everybody had to smile at that one … Carpenter sure did when they chatted at 1B.

  5. VaRedsFan

    I haven’t heard it officially, but I believe the Reds have told Zach not to bust it down the line. Perhaps he is nicked up. I have no problem with that.

    • msanmoore

      OK, I stifled the thought that maybe he could have beat it out … perhaps you are correct. Nobody wants Zach injured in any way at this point.

  6. VaRedsFan

    Scooter again, Texas Leaguer. Run!

  7. magi210

    Scooter: master of the clutch hit?

  8. msanmoore

    There are days I’d rather be lucky than good … and I’ll definitely take that run on some luck by Billy and Scooter. You gotta start with one before you can build from there, right? Plus we did get a little way into our lineup which is always a good thing.

  9. msanmoore

    Keep barking Neck … you aren’t JV and it was way too close for you to take.

  10. CI3J

    Has Adleman always had that stutter in his delivery and I just never noticed it?

    • msanmoore

      Not sure. The radio feed is talking about that being a factor in his success so far tonight. If it keeps his pitch count low and keeps the Birds swinging at junk I’m all for it.

    • Indy Red Man

      He’s had it! He’d be a great long man/spot starter on a good team!

      • CI3J

        Strange I never noticed it before. Reminds me a little of Akinori Otsuka.

  11. msanmoore

    That’s at least a couple of bucks for JV … I think we’re heading for that full wallet again. Let’s see if Suarez can put something in the air.

    • msanmoore

      Make the challenge, reverse a sure out … let’s see what Suarez can do with another chance.

  12. Indy Red Man

    They’re taking a run away darn it:( I hope Suarez hits them up for 2 or 3 now!

  13. msanmoore

    OK, Scooter … just get it in the air and in the OF.

  14. VaRedsFan

    That was over the entrance aisle…25 rows up.

  15. msanmoore

    And watch Wainwright’s pitch count grow … Over 70 through 3 no matter what.

  16. Indy Red Man

    That was awesome!! That was a great job of taking some close pitches although I thought the 3-2 curve to Cozart was a strike. I always liked Scooter’s game….great pickup!

    • VaRedsFan

      Exactly…no ego…no complaining….Just helps a team in a lot of ways.

      • Old-school

        Nice replay overrule by the cards. That went well.

      • msanmoore

        I’m betting they’d like that one back even though they “won” the challenge.

    • msanmoore

      Complete team guy. I’m happy with him on the bench and available in multiple ways.

  17. msanmoore

    11 in a row, 5 K’s, 60 pitches through 4. That, my friends, is what I’d call a great start. Stellar if you add in the 5-run lead we’ve spotted him so far.

      • msanmoore

        Considering what Straily did for us and what we got for him we can only hope.

  18. msanmoore

    And a Billy hit for the good guys

    • Old-school

      Tv guys just said 10 infield hits in the season and half in the last 2 weeks for Hamilton…maybe he’s developing another niche to his game?????

  19. msanmoore

    Cowboy sure is enjoying this game

  20. msanmoore

    Could we even dare to wish on this one?

  21. Old-school

    This is best game of the year…I can watch this all night.

    • VaRedsFan

      Fun for sure. I just hope the don’t score 1,0,2,1,2 in the next 5 games afterwards. Seems to happen a lot, or it’s just my old selective memory

  22. msanmoore

    Total gap shot! Love a bases loaded triple. And Wainwright is headed for a shower after a mere 89 pitches through 3.2 innings.

    This is why Tom Mistoff says our boys are heartwarming … I have to agree.

  23. CI3J

    Good golly, when this team is hitting, they are fun to watch.

  24. renbutler

    Suarez has seven at-bats with the bases loaded this year.

    He is now 4 for 5 with a walk and a sac fly, and 12 total RBI.

  25. james garrett

    Lets enjoy it because we have seen it all to often the other way.Kind of figured Suarez would get it done after they walked Joey.

  26. CI3J

    Just imagine where this team would be if they had even league average starting pitching.

  27. renbutler

    It’s nice to see a 98.9% chance of winning in the fourth.

  28. TR

    Wainright out in the 4th. inning down 8-0. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving pitcher.

  29. VaRedsFan

    OMG Scooter…9 rbis in his last 4 AB’s!!!

      • Jack

        And from a non outfielder. Go figure.

    • Old-school

      Nice to have bench guys who are legit players and can fill in. He’s a legit lefty bench bat with pop.

      • jazzmanbbfan

        I wasn’t all that thrilled when the Reds picked up Gennett. I am busily trying to wipe the egg off my face. He makes the bench a whole lot more viable.

  30. CI3J

    Who is this Scooter Gennett guy? What is even going on here?

    • msanmoore

      Grit, heart and really seeing the ball well tonight.

  31. msanmoore

    Close the book on Wainwright … 89 pitches through 3.2 and 9 runs … all of them earned.

  32. renbutler

    It’s nice to see a 99.6% chance of winning in the fourth.

  33. VaRedsFan

    All of that happened with 2 outs nobody on.

    • msanmoore

      yeah … can’t forget that’s how we “rallied” this time. All started with a Billy hit, too.

  34. james garrett

    I don’t know what switch he flipped to go from 0-19 to the last 4 at bats but thank you.Seems like a true pro and obviously a great pick up.

    • Indy Red Man

      I bought into a few higher $ fantasy teams so I watch more games and happened to catch the Nats last night. Bryce Harper broke an 0-16 slump….happens to them all!

  35. james garrett

    It went from looking like Wainwright was going to have another inning because he got really serious after the slam but Billy’s infield hit started the parade again.

  36. msanmoore

    Career high 7 RBI’s for Scooter … that’ll do with another night of rest for Schebler

  37. james garrett

    Please just throw strikes and let them hit it.Walks right now are just not good.

  38. renbutler

    All the offense is coming from the top five in the order.

    The bottom four are 0 for 9 with just one walk.

  39. james garrett

    These are the kind of games where you use Blake Wood.No pressure on him and he always does well.

  40. msanmoore

    Cards now giving a bunch of guys the rest of the night off.

  41. Indy Red Man

    Time to get Rogers Cozartby out of the game!

    • VaRedsFan

      I agree, Get Alcantra in an Zach out…Billy too? if possible. Not enough bench left though

  42. bouwills

    Nick, I know these things don’t matter unless you’re a “golden arm” prospect, but after being called up from Louisville & delivering a QS vs Cubbies- Adleman didn’t pitch for a week- got kicked around by the Cards, but then another QS vs pirates, then a 5 inning win vs Yanks. Keep him on schedule, he’ll deliver.

    • msanmoore

      +50 … he’s a better option at this point than Bronson. Probably better than Feldman the way things are going now.

  43. msanmoore

    It’s been fun Redleg Nation … but it’s time to shut off the big screen and spend a little time with the family. I know no lead is ever “safe” but it looks pretty good from here to me. What I call a “real” quality start by Adleman. He might have a 7th in him and that would be great. If not, send in Blake Wood for a couple like the man said.

  44. msanmoore

    I lied … I stayed online to watch Scooter’s trifecta! What a night for him and our Reds.

  45. Indy Red Man

    Hat trick for Scooter!

    Big Sal Romano is back….5 shutout in Lville with 8 Ks. Can we please send Arroyo packing now? Adleman, Feldman, Wojo, Romano, and Garrett. Its either cut Arroyo loose now or have a logjam when Finnegan/Homer are back in a few weeks. Lets live in the here and now!

    • renbutler

      Box score has him in RF, with Gennett remaining in LF.

      Kiv moved from RF to 1B.

  46. james garrett

    Great job by Adleman.Blake Wood time and put it in the books

  47. Tom Mitsoff

    It would be fun to see Gennett get another plate appearance … 16 players have hit four home runs in a game, the most recent being Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers on May 8, 2012.

  48. seat101

    I just got home. And I’m recording the replay at midnight. Looks like it’s been a fun game.

    Is it too soon to ask when we’re going to have the red leg nation get together

  49. Indy Red Man

    Brewers Chase Anderson with 6 shutout innings tonite and 20 straight overall. His era is down to 3.01. Milw got him from Arizona a few years ago. We need to find one solid guy like that outside the organization imo and we have enough internally to make up the rest of a good staff!

    • Tom Diesman

      We got more than enough talent in house to more than fill the rotation. There will be some real tough decisions for the Reds to make in regards to the rotation coming up pretty soon.

      • Indy Red Man

        5 guys that are ready to go 180 innings with an era of 4 or less? By 2018? I don’t see it? Especially since they’re determined to keep the 2nd/3rd best arm in the organization in the pen w/Lorenzen.

    • CI3J

      I actually think the Reds have all the pieces to have a great staff already. Between Disco/Finnegan/Garrett/Reed/Romano/Mahle/Stephenson/Davis/Castillo/Lorenzen, the Reds should be able to get 5 decent to really good starters.

      Of course, if they wanted to package one of those guys with Cozart to trade for an even surer bet of a young hotshot starter, I wouldn’t be opposed.

      • Indy Red Man

        I can’t argue with that except that half of them may not do it by next year. As a fan I want 2018 to be the target. Votto will be 35 next year. I guess if they don’t keep Cozart then take more time developing guys and shoot for 2019.

      • Indy Red Man

        Hopefully Senzel will be a starter by 2019 and Peraza will be improved. Offense won’t be a problem!

      • Tom Mitsoff

        You would think that from that list you could get five, but what’s happened this year shows that you never know. And, you can never be sure that just because someone can pitch well in the minors that he will be able to make the big step successfully.

      • CI3J

        I actually consider Disco and Finnegan to be more or less penciled in for the future starting rotation. Garrett I also think will be fine, he’s just going through some growing pains (ala Johnny Cueto).

        That means the Reds just need to come up with a minimum of 2 more, and hopefully a true “Ace” among them.

  50. renbutler

    This was the most fun watching a Reds game in quite some time.

    • renbutler

      And that’s saying a lot, because the offense has been quite entertaining almost all season.

  51. Sammy Davis Junior

    The Reds got this guy for nothing?

  52. seat101

    In the old days they would they “rip up his contract” and write write a new one. Essentially with anywhere from $500-$1000 bonus

  53. Indy Red Man

    Wow…..I was at a game with my Cubs buddy when Joey hit 3 vs the Cubs (team hit 7). Backup player is the first Red in team history….Big Klu, Bench, Foster, Perez, Eric the Red, Dunn, Junior….crazy!!!!!

  54. Jack

    Except for the starting pitching, I love this team. I love watching them every night.

  55. renbutler

    Maybe Cingrani will give up 12 runs, and Scooter will get a chance to go for #5.

    • renbutler

      Better yet, how about a triple play to end the game?

  56. Indy Red Man

    Box score of 5-4-5-10-4….thats impossible in Xbox…lol

  57. Indy Red Man

    The Reds now have 6 guys on pace for 85 rbis

  58. VaRedsFan

    Good ole THOM! couldn’t even get his RBI total correct….kept saying he had 9

  59. msanmoore

    Beyond fun tonight. Never would have dreamed Scooter goes 5-for-5 with a weak bloop and 4 over the fences. His smile heading into the clubhouse that last time was spectacular.

    Cingrani a little rusty but settled down and helped be a nice DP.

    Reds win. Birds lose. Great night.

  60. J

    I feel sorry for Adleman. One of the best nights of his career and nobody cares.

    • TR

      Agreed. As appreciation goes, Adleman seems to be stuck in the second tier of Reds pitchers. But the guy tends to keep the ball on the ground which is a positive at GABP.

  61. ROKland

    I assume the recap is delayed as the writer continues to scour the dictionary to find words that can encapsulate the greatness of Scooter Gennett.