Tonight the Reds and Rockies meet in an Independence Day  match up which is game two of the current four game series in Denver.  Last night’s game was somewhat devoid of the baseball fireworks which have become the trademark of Coor’s Field. Let’s hope the Reds celebrate tonight with a massive outburst of offensive fireworks which outshines the Rockies.

Starting Pitchers

Homer Bailey gets the ball for the Reds. This is the righthander’s third MLB start of 2017 as he continues his quest to come back from elbow woes which have plagued him since at least 2015. To say Bailey has struggled to achieve positive results in his first two starts this season would be an understatement. The more important news it that he appears to be healthy; and, the underlying physical ability to throw his pitches seems to be largely intact.   Tonight represents another step in a process which may take longer than anyone, including Bailey, wants it to take. Continued patience is the order of the day.

Lefthander Kyle Freeland will start for the Rockies. Freeland, a 24 year old rookie, was picked 8th overall by the Rockies in the 2014 MLB draft. Take note that is one pick sooner than Monday’s Rockies starter, Jeff Hoffman, who was picked #9 overall in the same draft by Toronto then subsequently traded to the Rockies. Tonight’s start will be the 17th start of  Freeland’s rookie season. Freeland throws a mid 90’s fastball complimented by a slider and changeup. Some reports indicate he throws the slider at two distinctly different speed ranges. The faster “slider”  is likely more of a cut fastball. Freeland seems predisposed to some wildness. The Reds need to wait him out and take advantage if tonight is one of those occasions when he has trouble throwing strikes.

Homer Bailey 7.20 5.79 9.64 7.71
Kyle Freeland 4.87 1.06 3.46 5.28


Nothing of note here for either team.  Last night was an atypical night at Coors which stressed neither bullpen.



1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Zack Cozart (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Jose Peraza (2B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Homer Bailey (P)


1. Charlie Blackmon (CF)
2. Raimel Tapia (LF)
3. Nolan Arenado (3B)
4. Carlos Gonzalez (RF)
5. Mark Reynolds (1B)
6. Trevor Story (SS)
7. Alexi Amarista (2B)
8. Tony Wolters (C)
9. Kyle Freeland (P)

Hamilton and Cozart return to the Reds lineup. Is it just me or is Barnhart getting the larger half of the supposed 50/50 platoon at catcher?  Especially with a lefty going for the Rockies tonight, I expected to see Mesoraco. Could his  body be barking?

News and Notes

Filling in the context, that’s 1.5 fWAR for Scooter so far this season. That is pretty darn good a part time player. Maybe Scooter shouldn’t be part time any more?

RLN’s Jason Linden has these Votto updates…..

How about some overnight catch up on Luis Castillo’s Monday night?

And look who may be heading in the right direction,


Final Thoughts

Two hundred and forty-one years ago today the Second Continental Congress gave birth to our nation by adopting the Declaration of Independence.  Happy Birthday USA! Go Reds!

Statistics and related data from,, and Baseball Reference

41 Responses

  1. msanmoore

    Here’s to progress from Homer. That’s what we’re looking for. The Bob Steve now pitching in L’Ville seems to have a chance. I’m thinking he gets it before too long. The lack of Scooter over Peraza (even taking the LHP into account) is baffling. If Peraza needs AB’s to learn something, he needs to do it in L’Ville until he proves he has a better recognition of the strike zone.

    • Shchi Cossack

      I can’t see this situation continuing after the all star break. It simply can’t…can it?

      • msanmoore

        We say it can’t … but we don’t get paid to make those decisions, do we?

  2. Shchi Cossack

    Glad to see the Reds have speed at the top of tthe lineup and two of the worst hitters in the NL in the same lineup. We wouldn’t want too much offense from this team. Scoring too many runs would simply be offensive.

    • Old-school

      I think that’s why you see Winker hitting leadoff and rumblings of a Cozart extension.
      Perhaps DW is starting to demand better integration of the organizational plan across levels in the minors…memo to the managers office in Louisville.

      • Shchi Cossack

        This is the off season when DW takes charge, not just control, of the baseball ops department. I hope he has letters of recommendation along with pink slips already printed and ready to disperse as soon as the WS concludes. The managers, coaches and advisers must be in complete synch with GM and his staff. The organizational philosophy must seemlessly pervade all levels of the organization with a consistent message delivered to every player within the organization.

    • Indy Red Man

      Its not just Billy & Jose either. Suarez is hitting .128 in the last 14 days. Schebler .214 over last 14. Tucker is completely inept vs lefties and always has been. Mesoraco should play vs lefties? Price knows when they’re starting a lefty…same as everyone else? Its ridiculous? Crazier things have happened but looks like a 8-3 beatdown to me.

  3. james garrett

    Homer in start number 3 with 3 other guys in the line up that can’t hit is just too much to overcome tonight.I feel like last year when you know you don’t have a chance.

  4. Shchi Cossack

    Homer has the entire 2nd half of the season to resolve and correct his pitching issues and I don’t care if it takes him the entire 2nd half of the season as long as it gets done. The Reds need the Homer they signed to an extension to begin the 2018 season with no hiccups along the way.

    • msanmoore

      I’m with you. This is major progress tonight in my book.

  5. james garrett

    Five pitches with a hit and two outs.Won’t watch this goofy approach tonight I am gone.

  6. vegastypo

    a bloop single, and then two hard-hit singles, either of which could have been a DP if they were hit at infielders. Frustrating.

  7. Indy Red Man

    Its good to see a Reds pitcher pump in strikes. He actually caught too much of the plate in the 1st with 2 strike hits by Arrenado & CarGo but its still a good sign. Throw strikes and don’t give up HRs like Adleman does and they have enough defense to work around basehits.

    • msanmoore

      It’s an Independence Day miracle!!

  8. Tom Diesman

    Bud Black just went out there and gave his Rookie pitcher a good little talking to on the mound. Can anyone here ever imagine Brian Price doing that? I know I sure couldn’t.

    • Indy Red Man

      I like that move by Black. You’re right….Price always send out Jenkins and thats def not the same thing.

    • Jazzmanbbfan

      A couple of years ago Price did exactly that with Cingrani, so at least on one occasion he has.

    • seat101

      He’s made it pretty clear that that’s not his job and he’s not going to undermine his coach. Whether he’s right or not is a different story. But there is a reason, that he does not do it.

  9. Brian Dunn (@surrfinTexas)

    It’s so good to see Homer getting a good start going. I don’t know what’s gonna happen of course, but I see him heading in a good direction. It’s a process coming back from an injury.

  10. Tom Diesman

    If you are going to play an extreme shift, should you not also pitch to it?

  11. Old-school

    Homer is pitching through 4 innings.
    Competing every batter.
    Hitting spots..changing speeds and locating.
    Refreshing to see a guy battle .

  12. GreatRedLegsFan

    I guess Blackmon could not have played for the Big Red Machine…

  13. GreatRedLegsFan

    Good to see Homer back in business…

  14. Indy Red Man

    Well of course Billy, Jose, and Homer were going to take over tonite….that was a no-brainer:)

    • Jack

      Hope you didn’t put money down on your 8-3 prediction.

  15. Jack

    Much to the chagrin of some Hamilton, Peraza and Bailey are the 3 stars so far.

    • Redsfan4life

      No chagrin here. Ilove it when any Red has a good game. We just wish Billy and Jose would get on base more often.

  16. Indy Red Man

    This has to be the only game this year where a Reds starter went 6+ with no walks, no HRs. Its gives some hope but I remember when John Lamb had 7ip with 1 run in Coors.

      • renbutler


        Lamb signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on December 2, 2016.[12] He began the 2017 season recovering from back surgery. On May 9, he was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a drug of abuse.

  17. Indy Red Man

    Scooter is so good he’s knocking pitchers and catchers around on the same pitch:)

  18. Tom Mitsoff

    Duvall and Schebler always hustle down the line to first. Can’t say that for all members of the team.

    • jazzmanbbfan

      The more I see of Schebler the more I like him.