After the mid-June swoon in which the Reds went 1-13, they have rebounded a bit in the past week, winning four of their last six. In today’s second game of a three-game set against the Cubs at Great American Ball Park, the Reds face a pitcher who they have a history of teeing off against. The Cubs, on the other hand, face a Reds starter they have never seen.
|Jackson Stephens (Class AAA)||76||3.71||5.27||14.1%||11.4%|
Like Mike Montgomery yesterday, Cubs starter Butler has a decent ERA that obscures some not-so-nice peripheral stats. The former Colorado Rockie has taken his lumps against the Reds: in three starts, he went 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA over 16 innings. Reds batters are a combined 10-for-29 (.414) with a 1.259 OPS against Butler, with Joey Votto, Zack Cozart and Adam Duvall a combined 8-for-16 (.500).
Stephens gets the call today apparently because he was the Louisville starter whose turn it would have been today. He takes Brandon Finnegan’s spot in the Reds rotation. As our Steve Mancuso pointed out earlier today, he hasn’t exactly been lighting it up at Class AAA.
Go get em jacko!!!!!
— Kevin Shackelford (@Shackeldaddy) July 1, 2017
To make room for Stephens, Ariel Hernandez was optioned to Louisville – significant because that represents a promotion for him from Class AA Pensacola from whence he came to the Reds. It would be nice to see him used in late-game situations with the Bats. All bullpenners should be available today, particularly if Stephens gets in trouble early.
|LF Jon Jay||CF Billy Hamilton|
|3B Kris Bryant||2B Scooter Gennett|
|1B Anthony Rizzo||1B Joey Votto|
|C Willson Contreras||LF Adam Duvall|
|RF Ian Happ||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|SS Addison Russell||RF Scott Schebler|
|2B Javier Baez||SS Jose Peraza|
|CF Albert Almora Jr.||C Tucker Barnhart|
|P Eddie Butler||P Jackson Stephens|
Kris Bryant is back in the lineup today for Chicago. Jason Hayward and Ben Zobrist are both still on the disabled list and out.
Zack Cozart gets the day off after his start last night. It will be very interesting to see how much time off he requires while apparently still recovering from his quadriceps injury.
Cozart back out of the lineup today. Price said they have a plan in place to ease him back heading into the All-Star Break. #Reds
— Jeremy Vernon (@jbo_vernon) July 1, 2017
#Reds Adam Dunn’s interview today on ESPN’s website says it all about a “day off” during the season … you either suck or you’re injured.
— Steve (@iubhounds) July 1, 2017
This is the second time that I go to a Reds game just to find out Zack Cozart isn’t playing today. AGAIN. @Reds I hate you.
— emily (@emilysinger4) July 1, 2017
News and Notes
Today is Canada Day, and if you have never seen this classic interview – and even if you have – you owe it to yourself to take a few minutes to watch for a few laughs:
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) July 1, 2017
Oh, and by the way …
Marty on Votto: “I think he’s the best pure hitter in the history of the franchise.”–‘Brennaman/Jones on baseball. #Reds
— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) June 30, 2017
— Michael Dunn (@michaeldunn1974) July 1, 2017
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.