The first two games of the second half have not gone well for the Cincinnati Reds (39-51). The Reds will try again this afternoon at 1:10 against the Washington Nationals (54-36), in the third game of this four game series at GABP. The Reds will send Homer Bailey to the mound today, who is looking to build off his impressive end to the first half.

Starting Pitchers

Homer Bailey was brilliant over his last two starts of the first half: 12.2 IP, 2 R, 4 BB, 8 K. The two starts both came on the road against the Rockies and Diamondbacks, which makes it all the more impressive. The really good news for Bailey is that his fastball velocity is actually up from where it was in 2015 & 2016. Hopefully the strikeout numbers will start piling up for him as his command continues to improve.

Bailey will look to get some revenge today, as he faced the Nationals in his first start back off the DL this year, but gave up 8 ER in just 1.2 innings. The good thing for Bailey was that he didn’t give up a home run in that start, and many of the Nationals hits were not necessarily hit hard.

Tanner Roark limped to the the All-Star break. He had a 10.38 ERA and 1.99 WHIP over his last five games. Roark was so bad that his final start before the All-Star break was skipped, and he made an appearance out of the bullpen during a blow out. The Reds shelled Roark back on 6/25 in Washington: 6.0 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 7 K. Roark has a 4.37 ERA in 6 career starts against the Reds.

Starting Lineups

Nationals Reds
1. Brian Goodwin (CF)
2. Stephen Drew (SS)
3. Bryce Harper (RF)
4. Daniel Murphy (2B)
5. Anthony Rendon (3B)
6. Adam Lind (1B)
7. Chris Heisey (LF)
8. Jose Lobaton (C)
9. Tanner Roark (P)
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Jesse Winker (RF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (LF)
5. Scooter Gennett (2B)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Jose Peraza (SS)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Homer Bailey (P)

Jesse Winker gets a start today! Zack Cozart gets the day off, and today is a good day to give him off. Cozart is just 1 for 12 in his career with 0 walks against Roark.

Ryan Zimmerman is out of the lineup today, so expect Bryce Harper out of the lineup tomorrow. Dusty Baker said that he was going to give each of his all-stars a game off during this series.

The Scooter Show

Scooter Gennett has been really good, right? Well, I bet you didn’t even realized just how good he has been. Gennett’s .974 OPS is the 11th highest in ALL OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL among hitters with 230+ PA. It’s amazing that the Brewers just gave up on this guy before the season, and even more amazing that they have a 5.5 games lead in the division without him.

Mesoraco update


Today is the Reds best chance in this series to get a win with Strasburg on the mound tomorrow. Homer Bailey looked really good over his last two starts, but this sizzling Nationals lineup will be a major challenge. Hopefully the Reds can get into the Nationals bullpen early. Go Reds!

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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  1. This game appears to be the one that we have the best chance to win. Their pitcher has been slumping lately, while Bailey seems to be in the groove, Go reds!

  2. Another strong start from Castillo, that’s 5 straight for him, hopefully Homer can get his third. Layoff must have hurt Lorenzen yesterday. Can’t think of any other excuse.

  3. Why go inside to Murphy? Unless he was trying to miss inside off the plate.

  4. You can tell from his voice the Jim Day is very tired.

  5. The Reds will be lucky to win one game on this whole homestand.

  6. Winker a solid, line-drive single through the right side of the infield. Votto walks on a full count. All after Hamilton strikes out to lead off the inning.

  7. Nats picked up Dolittle and Madsen. Looks like we keep Iggy, which is a good thing.

    • Other teams might come calling … Never know.

      • Zach Buchanan from the Enquirer was saying during the reporter inning that until Iglesias shows off the ability to pitch on back to back days, other teams are not going to pay top dollar for him.

  8. Might be a good day to finish the mowing.

  9. Bailey getting roughed up by the Nats again….3 zip, after back to back doubles leading off the 2nd

  10. Another hit by an opposing pitcher

  11. Reds pitchers have now given up 152 HRs this year. TWENTY-SIX more than the next worst team. (Phillies)

  12. Bailey flirting with a 10+ ERA. Can’t put it in the sweet spot of the zone dude.

  13. Votto couldn’t have thrown home for a forceout?

    • Cost them a run…..9-3 instead of 8-3

      • Kinda sad. Last night, Brantley kept saying if the Reds could keep it close, Scherzer wasn’t gonna finish the game, and the Reds might get to their bullpen. Of course, even he had to give up when it was 10-0, then the Reds’ late ‘splosion kinda proved him right.

  14. He was playing back, had to take 7-8 steps just to get him out at the 1st base bag. Heisey running on contact with the bases loaded.

    • No….replay showed he had time. Heisey was halfway at best. The ball was hit pretty hard. Brain cramp…no excuses. Not that it matters though

  15. Billy now 5-11 in the series

  16. Winker gets his 1st walk. Bases loaded, no out… Votto up

  17. Jim Day? Of course thats an rbi….can never assume a double play

  18. Awful call to allow Homer to reach, error, and a ground ball..and they get 2 christmas present runs.

  19. Billy since June 24th. 22 for 70 (.314 & .368 obp)

  20. Scouting report on Suarez is up in the zone…he needs to layoff.
    Middle of the order scuffling. Nice to see Homer and Hamilton with smart plays. Those 2 runs shouldn’t have happened.

    Homer seems to be settling in. Experienced vet grinding.

    • he grinded (ground?) in denver two starts ago. lots of baserunners in that one and he kept wiggling out of jams.

    • Suarez since May 9th. 41 for 194 (.211) with only 7 doubles/5 hrs. Thats more then a 2 month stretch? Thats horrible? You think 2 guys are moving forward in this organization and 4 guys take a big step back?

      • I’d send Suarez and Peraza down. Let Scooter/Kvlihan platoon at 3rd and Herrera/Alcantara at 2nd maybe?

        • Votto is 6-26 since July 4th. What to do with him?
          Suarez is struggling…but he has improved as a player in 2017 in every regard. His obp..defense are solid. All players struggle at some point.
          Suarez needs to make some adjustments….hopefully he will.

        • Alcantara? It’s hard to take that,serious.

  21. was chris heisey in the reds system at one point?

  22. Murphy again…trying to go inside again and missed…again

  23. Cubs get Quintana….he’ll prob win 8 straight with a 2 era. Meanwhile we get zero help from anywhere and are blown out by the 5th every other game. Its like my Hoosiers football trying to hang w/Ohio State. Theres no comparison…complete mismatch at every level. I’m done watching unless Castillo or Mahle start.

    • “we get zero help”

      A large market club with legitimate post-season chances gave up two of their best prospects. I don’t think our situation is comparable?? There’s no chance our FO would even consider that.

      • The Reds should’ve traded their best prospects for a guy they’d have to trade in 2 years. Quintana could’ve been the difference between 77 wins and 73.

        • Lol exactly. The comments are rediculous.

          • Following this gang of losers on a daily basis is the ridiculous part….so I won’t do it any longer. To each his own. My gripe isn’t about the Cubs w/Quintana in particular….its that the playing field is COMPLETELY uneven. My Pacers just got blown up and are just a loser/feeder team for the top 4-5 monsters and Reds are in the exact same boat. Life isn’t fair….we know that already but teams should atleast have some competitive chance? There is a need to provide some kind of entertainment or the fans will go elsewhere.

  24. Like Welsh said. Homer putting up cement mixers on his breaking pitches. Still in spring training mode.

  25. Hernandez with a cement mixer in the middle of the zone. Locate a pitch people!

  26. Just tuned in to see the Nats are at it again.They are good and we aren’t so good.Its easy to talk about our pitching and rightly so but 2 hits through 4 against a guy with a +5 era well is not good.Homer still in spring training mode but the silver lining maybe this talk or hope of competing this year can finally be put to rest.Lets sort for the rest of the year and move on.Good to see Winker up twice and on base twice.

  27. Make that up 3 times and on 3 times with an 8 pitch walk in a 7 run blow out.Guess Winker knows Roark isn’t that good.

  28. Jesse Winker has had 3 Joey Votto at bats.
    His pitch recognition and plate discipline are Votto-esque. Play this future batting champion and OBP king.

  29. Not watching but I don’ have to.As I said he worked an 8 pitch walk in a 7 run blow out which just speaks loud and clear as to what king of hitter he is and will become.You can’t teach it but he could have done anything good or bad and it wouldn’t have made a difference but he walked.

  30. So far another Blargh game but Winker is leading the way with a hit and two walks. This is on-base hitting that the Reds need to accompany Votto.

  31. Checked in on Votto’s BABIP is low around .280 mark. From this game and statcast stats, looks like he’s been hitting a lot of fly balls this season vs line drives. Might need to readjust his swing.

  32. Sure its one game and three at bats against a pitcher that isn’t very good but the kid knows and understands how to get on base.He has done it everywhere he has played.Other then Joey for us and just a handful of other players in the league would have worked that walk.No reason for the pitcher not to throw strikes and no reason for Winker to not go up there hacking.Its a 7 run game.Done singing his praises for today.

  33. Just turned on the TV and saw #63 on the mound in the 6th. That’s rarely a good sign

  34. Scooter lookin’ good at second

  35. That was a heck of a defensive play. Alcantara can bust it down the line

  36. Why is Peraza still in the bigs? He looks lost at every at bat and in the field he is an expert at the Ole` method of playing in the field. “Here comes a ball, it`s low so Ole`,I`ll just let it go to the outfield”. Put him back in the minors until he can look like he belongs cause watching him is painful.

  37. Those homers Storen gave up could have killed somebody.

  38. Jose Peraza’s ceiling gets lower and lower.
    His floor is a solid utility player. The Nationals and Cubs last year and Dodgers and Red Sox prove you need 8 hitters. Peraza can’t get on base and has no power. He also doesn’t have Hamilton’s speed or defense.
    Jose Peraza is not the shortstop on the next good Reds team or the second baseman. Nick Senzel is a steam engine plowing forward.
    Scooter Gennett is going to hit. Jesse Winker is the Reds second best hitter …..right now.

    • You’d think a hitting coach would be working with him, but I see zero change to his approach

      • Sometimes it’s not the hitting coach, it’s the hitter. Several players, including Votto, have complimented Long on the work he has done with them.

  39. At least Winker got a start…..that’s something…..I guess

  40. Nats just got Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Oakland Athletics for right-hander Blake Treinen, left-hander Jesus Luzardo, and third baseman Sheldon Neuse.

    So our fever dreams of them over-paying for Iggy seem to have been dashed.

  41. Scooter just being Scooter

  42. Scooter an Billy are the only ones that have shown up after the break.

  43. Watershed/ landmark day today.
    Jim day talking up Scooter all the time.
    Clearly, the front office and Phil Castellini have made a decision Scooter is a Red and now a core player.

  44. I think FO must show some respect for fan base and if swept they should fire Price right away and replace him with an interim manager from within until end of season. Start the new manager scouting now.

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About Nick Kirby

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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