2017 Reds / Game Thread

Reds vs. Cubs – July 2, 2017

Brandon Finnegan’s season is all but over.

Hours before today’s series finale against the Cubs at Great American Ball Park, the Reds placed Finnegan on the 60-day disabled list. It was a way to temporarily remove him from the 40-man roster so they could return Asher Wojciechowski to the major league roster. “Wojo” was brought up and Jackson Stephens, the hero of yesterday’s win, was sent back to Louisville. It’s safe to say Stephens won’t be making the start Thursday at Colorado, because he must stay in the minors for at least 10 days after being optioned.

(For what it’s worth, Tyler Mahle started yesterday for Louisville, giving up six runs (three earned) in seven innings in a loss to Indianapolis.)

Wojciechowski’s likely role is as a reliever. He throws strikes, and Bryan Price said after he was outrighted to Louisville that his future would likely be as a reliever, a role he has been filling with the Bats.

For Finnegan, 60 days will cover all of July and August. He might be able to return in September, when roster numbers expand, but we will see. In effect, this is a completely lost season for the young lefthander.

In another transaction announced this morning, the Reds acquired first baseman Nick Longhi – the number nine prospect in the Red Sox farm system – for an undisclosed amount of international amateur signing bonus pool space.

According to Jeremy Vernon of MLB.com:

Overall, Longhi has played in 347 games in the Minor Leagues, batting .278 with an OPS of .738. With Class A Salem in 2016, he was among the top-10 players in the Carolina League in hitting (.282), RBIs (77) and doubles (40).

It was not immediately announced which minor league team Longhi will join.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Jake Arrieta 88.2 4.67 3.91 24.2% 8.1%
Tim Adleman 74 4.62 4.99 21.8% 9.9%

It does appear that the Cubs have the pitching matchup advantage today, but Arrieta is not the same Arrieta of recent vintage. He’s much more hittable than he was during his dominant seasons, so the Reds have a shot as long as Adleman keeps them close.

Bullpen

As mentioned above, Wojciechowski has joined the bullpen, so there will be no shortage of available arms today. The “high-leverage” relievers – Iglesias, Lorenzen, Cingrani and Storen – all pitched 1.1 innings or fewer Saturday, so they should be available, though probably not for multiple innings.

Starting Lineups

Cubs Reds
LF Jon Jay CF Billy Hamilton
3B Kris Bryant SS Zack Cozart
1B Anthony Rizzo 1B Joey Votto
RF Ben Zobrist LF Adam Duvall
C Willson Contreras RF Scott Schebler
CF Ian Happ 3B Eugenio Suarez
SS Addison Russell 2B Scooter Gennett
2B Javier Baez C Devin Mesoraco
P Jake Arrieta P Tim Adleman

Ben Zobrist is back for the Cubs, so their lineup is returning to its expected form.

Zack Cozart is back in at shortstop, and Scooter Gennett gets the call at second instead of Jose Peraza.

News and Notes

It’s been nearly three years since the Reds won a series from the Cubs at GABP, and that has already been clinched. Today, the home team is going for the …

50 thoughts on “Reds vs. Cubs – July 2, 2017

  1. My understanding is that the guy from the Red Sox will be a Rule 5 guy next year. Not sure what the purpose of this is.

  2. With a sample size of 1 MLB game and Jackson Stevens gets assigned a role as a future reliever and sent down. Because the Reds have so many quality starting pitchers…. I guess.

  3. Glad to see Scooter in along with Cozart. Price acting like he wants the sweep.

    Baseball Reference shows Nick Longhi as having been at AA this season (Portland Me, Eastern League) with Boston. He was signed out of high school and at age 21 is playing in that league 3 years under the league average age. By way of comparison, Nick Senzel, age 22, just arrived at AA for the Reds and is a tad more than 2 years under the mean league age for the Southern League.

    FWIW, BB Ref lists Longhi as a 1B/ RF, not strictly a 1B which could make a big difference in his value to the Reds down the road.

  4. How about Peraza to AAA? If Price isn’t going to start him every day (don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Peraza is or will be a major league quality hitter so I don’t think he should ever start, but the Reds so far have disagreed) then why keep him in Cincinnati at all? I get that someone has to back up Cozart, but Peraza is not going to improve sitting on the bench. Bring up a proper backup shortstop and send Peraza to Louisville where he might get better.

  5. Sending Stephens down is crap. He should get 5 starts for what he did yesterday. But no they give Bonilla and Wojo starts. Stephens should be starting until he shows the coach’s he shouldn’t be here.

    • I suspect he’ll be back after the All-Star break. They want an extra reliever for the road trip, and they’ll find another a sacrificial lamb to start Thursday in Colorado.

      • In his pregame comments Price indicated he plans to have Stephens back up after the All Star game to start.

      • You know if it’s reed, Stephenson , Mahle or some other young guy then ok. Just stop putting the junk castoffs from other teams out there.

    • I think he will be back. His “Stuff” will not play that well in Denver, where he would start in the regular turn (next Thursday). He relies a lot on his curve, and curves just don’t break well in the high, dry air of Denver.
      Romano, Reed, or maybe even Tyler Mahle will probably be called up.
      The other guys you mentioned are, I think, sort of expendable in the long term. I think it is almost a backhanded complement that Reed and Stephenson are being kept at AAA to sort out their control problems and become consistent.

  6. Enquirer reporter Zach Buchanan saying during the reporter half-inning on radio that Feldman could be too valuable as a Reds starter to use as a trade chip, since the rest of starting staff is struggling so badly. I was hoping he could bring something.

  7. The Reds won’t touch Arrieta today but two out of three is never a bad series against anybody

  8. It appears we can’t hit today, so given Happ is large and in charge, I believe a nap is in order.

  9. What a great comment by Cowboy….If you only have 3 pitches and you shake the catcher off 3 time, the batter knows he’s getting a fastball.

    • And then cowboy just rips him again. This is what I mean about starting other teams cast offs. This is what you get with Adleman. There is a reason why no one else wants him.

  10. I agree since the game was over after the first verse.Load the plane and lets go.Its the Sunday game before the long flight and its a given what will happen.

  11. Being down 3-0 isn’t bad but Arrieta is hitting his spots . If they can string a few hits together then maybe they can get to him. Right now it isn’t looking good

  12. Question – does any other team in baseball bat as their primary leadoff hitter a guy who hits .241 avg and .294 OBP??

  13. Take a quick look at Happ’s player page on MLB.com. He has had 6 career at bats versus Adleman now, and has hit a HR in every one according to the page! How often could that possibly happen?

  14. Keep an eye on Dilson Herrera. He is back from his concussion, homered last night, and singled and scored already today. Winker is 1-2 in the leadoff slot. I’m predicting a big second half for the 23 year old Herrera.

  15. 5 ip 3 er seemed pretty good for Stephens but it doesn’t for Adleman. I guess its because Stephens drove in 2 runs and he might get better down the road where as is Adleman is Adleman. Sad thing is Adleman can keep his era in the high 4s-5s and thats better then most of our young guys. Watching a little of Lville vs Indy as well….Herrera got a basehit and looks like a strong kid…very stocky! They should platoon him with Scooter and let Peraza work out his issues at AAA.

    • Because Adleman is what he is. Gives up 4 or 5 a game . Maybe 2 here and 8 there. The young guys hAvent even pitched enough to figure out what they are. You say thst about,Adleman and then you come back with Herrera should be backing up Scooter because he had 2 good plate appearances?

  16. Baseball 101 on how to pitch to Mez. Fastballs out of the zone, and get him out with a breaking ball

  17. It’s only 3-0, and in comes Wood. Leadoff walk. Any scores here and the game starts to get out of reach.

  18. Thank goodness Rizzo went deep because a series without him homering at least once well just isn’t a series.Who would have thought Arrieta would throw a one hitter through seven?He knew the plane was packed and ready so he is did his part to get us on it.

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