The Cincinnati Reds (41-58) will make stop number two on their four-city road trip tonight at 7:05 against the New York Yankees (51-46). The Reds are just 2-9 to start the second half of the season, after falling 6-2 last night in Cleveland. The Reds had to settle for a split in their four games against the Indians this season, which means the Ohio Cup will stay in Cleveland for a third straight season.

The Yankees are 2.5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East, but do currently hold the first wild-card spot. That lead however is only by 0.5 games. There are a total of 7 teams within 4.0 games of the Yankees, so they will be in for a fight over the final 2+ months of the season.

The Yankees just made arguably the biggest trade so far of the MLB season when they acquired Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle from the White Sox. Frazier will not only face the Reds for the first time in his career, but tonight will also be his home debut for the Yankees. He has not been the same hitter since being traded from Cincinnati, and is hitting just .207/.328/.432 this season. Going to the Yankees hasn’t helped him much either, as he has started just 2 for 16 at the plate.

MLB ranks Reds Yankees
OBP .327 (12th) .339 (4th)
SLG .443 (7th) .443 (7th)
wRC+ 97 (11th) 108 (4th)
DRS 43 (1st) -9 (19th)
SP ERA 6.09 (30th) 4.21 (9th)
SP FIP 5.93 (30th) 4.20 (9th)
RP ERA 4.18 (17th) 3.36 (4th)
RP FIP 4.45 (25th) 3.39 (3rd)

Starting Pitchers

Luis Castillo will bring his triple digit fastball into the Bronx tonight. Castillio has done everything well except for giving up the long ball. He might want to watch out for that Judge fella this evening.

Jordan Montgomery was a 4th round pick of the Yankees in 2014. He flew through the minor leagues, dominating at every level.  He made his MLB debut back on April 12th of this season, and he has been in the rotation ever since. Montomery has been all the Yankees could have asked out of him. He is however coming off his worst start of the season, as he allowed 6 ER in 6.0 innings against the Twins.

Starting Lineups

Reds Yankees
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Adam Duvall (DH)
5. Patrick Kivlehan (LF)
6. Devin Mesoraco (C)
7. Scott Schebler (RF)
8. Jose Peraza (SS)
9. Arismendy Alcantara (2B)
1. Brett Gardner (CF)
2. Clint Frazier (LF)
3. Aaron Judge (RF)
4. Matt Holliday (DH)
5. Didi Gregorius (SS)
6. Chase Headley (1B)
7. Todd Frazier (3B)
8. Tyler Wade (2B)
9. Austin Romine (C)

Aaron Judge leads the MLB in fWAR (5.4), wRC+ (182), and HR (32). Judge is looking to join Fred Lynn and Ichiro Suzuki as the only players to win both Rookie of the Year and the MVP in the same season. The Yankees have a fairly well balanced lineup with Gregorious, Gardner, Sanchez, Castro, and Holliday all having wRC+ between 111-119. Recently called up Clint Frazier is off to a fast start, as he already has 11 extra-base hits in 61 AB, and is hitting .295/.302/.607. Clint was traded from the Indians last year for Andrew Miller.

The mighty Yankees bullpen

The Yankees now have an embarrassment of riches in the bullpen, with three pitchers who would be closers on most teams (Chapman, Robertson, and Betances). Those three aren’t just the only great relievers though. The Reds would be best suited to try to score some runs off the Yankees starter.

Tommy Kahnle 39.0 15.23 2.31 1.38
Chad Green 40.1 12.05 1.56 2.41
Adam Warren 40.2 8.63 1.99 2.44
Dellin Betances 34.1 16.51 2.62 2.65
Aroldis Chapman 25.2 13.32 3.51 1.82
David Robertson 36.1 12.88 2.72 3.15

Other news and notes


The bad news for the Reds is that they have been absolutely terrible to start the second half. The good news, is that if the season ended today, the Reds would pick 4th in next seasons draft (and they are just 0.5 behind the 3rd pick). Tanking has worked well so far for the Reds, as they now have 2 of the top 21 prospects (Senzel #11, Greene #21). 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. Luis Castillo vs. Aaron Judge will be worth the price of admission tonight.

    • +450 feet which is how far Judge will hit one if he connects. I’m looking forward to the game as well.

  2. Bullpen is looking thinner by the day, better off get some fresh arms back from DL and AAA. Only Iglesias, Lorenzen, Peralta and Storen to rely upon.

  3. Maybe the Reds are intentionally tanking. Who knows. I guess we will find out depending on Price’s fate

    • Why would you say that? Is it because any manager with half a brain would never start Alcantara. I think the pitcher has a better chance at getting a hit.

  4. No Scooter, no Cozart … no clue as to why …

  5. I don’t see a role available for Herrera in 2018, even if he is healthy. Where’s he going to play? Scooter will be the starting 2B. Suarez will be the starting 3B. So if Herrera makes the 25-man roster coming out of spring training (and he would be out of options if he doesn’t make it), then he’s no more than a utility IF or platoon partner for Scooter. With the season that Blandino’s had in 2017 at both AA and AAA and Herrera’s questionable (at best) health, I like Blandino every bit as much, if not more, for a platoon partner with Scotter at 2B in 2018.

  6. Judge is overrated. 100mph ….meh.


  8. Weren’t the Reds the team that has gone the longest since a triple play?

  9. Looking at the replay, doesn’t it look like Peraza could have tagged Didi first, then step on 2nd and throw to 1st? Then the run doesn’t score???

    • Maybe….but he had 2 outs in 2 seconds….get the easy outs….didi could have extended the play another second. Votto almost butchered it with a horrific throw.
      Always take the bases loaded no out triple play with 1 run scoring.

  10. 4 innings…no hits so far

  11. I think maybe good teams can worry about style points on a triple play?? I’m pretty sure our Redlegs will take them any way they come!

  12. How often does a run score on a triple play? If any team could pull that off on defense, it’s the 2017 Reds. It’s just how things are going…

    • Last one where a run scored occurred 11 years ago. 712th triple play ever in MLB

  13. Reds offense tearing it up again. Guess I’ll be forced to go back and watch the triple play but I rather see them score 6-7 runs and win a game. I think they’ve grown accustomed to the #2 pick and just picking up their game to make a run for it again

  14. Yet another botched catch on Mez…the ball wasnt even in the dirt. Runner advances.

  15. As we are noticing it is the lack of players that is the problem with the Reds. It starts with pitching but the Reds have AAAA players at most positions. Joey is looking helpless at the plate which is distressing.

    • Peraza walked!!! Not as rare as the triple play but it seems like it.

  16. Peraza on fire!! He takes a walk!!

  17. A triple play and peraza walk?
    What’s next?

  18. Billy takes Betances to the wall for a double. I wonder if a pinch runner for Cozart could have scored? Jugde got it in quickly…there were 2 outs. Need Suarez here.

  19. Price pinch runs for Cozart and we’re tied? You could call it 2nd guessing but what if Billy walked or something? Still need a pinch runner for Cozart because he couldn’t score from 2nd on a single either?

  20. Suarez swings at ball 4…it was a tough pitch.

    We get to see Chapman vs. Votto in the 9th.

    • Call could have easily gone the other way … barely a swing in the end. But he should have laid off. We’d have seen JV vs. Chappy regardless I’d wager.

  21. Zack prob back on the DL? They have to let him go.

  22. Just tuned in to see we are raking again.Surprised however we are only down a run but with their pen it might as well be 5 runs.

  23. Yankees booth is talking about the idiocy of defined bullpen roles. You pitch the guy when you need him. And they are talking about Chapman struggling.

  24. There goes the run they just fought for. Lorenzen serves up Didi.

  25. You just can’t hang a breaking ball for a HR there? You’re throwing 99 already and he’s late on everything? This team just finds a way to make the key mistakes.

  26. Anybody else want to see a blown save here … just because?

  27. Homer has a 8.56 ERA?

    Good thing we don’t pay attention to ERA on this blog, otherwise I might feel a little nervous about the Reds’ chances tomorrow night.

  28. I feel a Milton and a BLARGH!! coming on tonight.

  29. Only 4 games ahead of SF for the #2 pick. They can do it! Price is the right man for that accomplishment!

    • LOL.

      A rare triple play and run scored.

      And, one of the funniest game threads all season.

      For a loss, as good as can be expected, I suppose.

      The sorting, tanking, whatever this is, continues tomorrow.

      Go Redlegs.

  30. Chappy gets us with a max effort of 8 pitches.He sweat more walking in from the pen.Doubt if he ever got 3 outs on 8 pitches in his life

  31. It is he players. They are not good enough.

  32. I was wrong as usual.In his 30 appearances he did get 3 outs on 8 pitches one time

  33. We aren’t good enough.

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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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