Did you feel a bit of the rush that I did last night, Redleg Nation?

Friday’s 3-2 win over the Cardinals seemed like the first time in a very long time that Reds pitchers successfully competed in clutch, game-changing situations. Michael Lorenzen’s 3-2 breaking pitch for strike three called with the bases loaded and the Reds up by a run in the eighth made the large Great American Ball Park crowd, the TV announcers, and Manager Bryan Price all rejoice. Only really good, clutch pitchers locate their second-best pitch on the outside black with the game on the line, right?

Then in the ninth with two on and two out, Raisel Iglesias struck out the Cardinals’ hottest hitter, Paul DeJong, to end the game.

We’ve become a bit accustomed to Reds pitchers being the first to crack in close games and tight situations. Friday night, Asher Wojciechowski – like Lorenzen and Iglesias — answered the call, getting out of a couple of jams in his five-inning, one-run start. If the 2018 season started tomorrow, Wojciechowski would have a key spot on my pitching staff. He’s been stellar since returning from Louisville in early July: 1.02 ERA with 17 strikeouts and only five walks in 17.2 innings.

As I watched the game, I found myself hoping for the best but expecting the worst in all of the situations mentioned above – probably due to watching as many losses as we’ve watched in the past three seasons.

With the big crowd cheering each clutch pitching achievement, it took me back to times when we reveled in moments like that on a regular basis – like when Aroldis Chapman would come in and dominate the opposition in the ninth inning.


It seemed like a distant memory, though exciting nonetheless. It was another reminder of why Redleg Nation diehards go through these very difficult times. They make the good moments all the more sweet.

With four wins in the last five games against Central division rivals, the Reds send their best starter to the hill against St. Louis in the middle game of three-game weekend set. This has contributed to the recent hot streak …

Starting Pitchers

Lance Lynn 126.2 3.20 4.56 21.2% 8.9%
Luis Castillo 48 3.56 3.59 26.2% 9.2%

Castillo will have the benefit of pitching against a Cardinals lineup that has really been struggling to score runs. Dexter Fowler is out due to injury, and names that we have come to associate with the Cardinals doing damage to the Reds such as Matt Holliday, Jhonny Peralta, Brandon Moss and Matt Adams are no longer around. A bit under the radar, St. Louis is retooling their roster due to age and injuries. This is Castillo’s first start against the Cards, and if he has his good stuff, he should have the advantage against a depleted lineup.

In more ways than one, he’s off to a good start …


Everyone should be available, with the possible exception of Lorenzen, who threw 39 pitches in an inning and a third of work Friday night.

Starting Lineups

Cardinals Reds
1B Matt Carpenter CF Billy Hamilton
CF Tommy Pham RF Jesse Winker
SS Paul DeJong 1B Joey Votto
3B Jedd Gyorko LF Adam Duvall
C Yadier Molina 2B Scooter Gennett
LF Jose Martinez 3B Eugenio Suarez
RF Stephen Piscotty C Devin Mesoraco
2B Kolten Wong SS Jose Peraza
P Lance Lynn P Luis Castillo

Joey Votto has a history of success against the Cardinals and against Lance Lynn …

News and Notes

Jose Siri’s hitting streak ended with some hard feelings …

Happy birthday to former Red Rick Mahler …

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.

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  1. Can anyone tell me what’s going on with the bad feelings in the Cardnal clubhouse?
    I heard a couple of references to it on the broadcast last night but they never went into detail.

    I too got very excited at certain points in the ball game and very nervous that we wouldn’t hold up under the pressure

    • I’ve not researched it; but, it sounds like Matheny and Molina are at loggerheads. They brought Carson Kelly 10 days to 2 weeks ago and he has started at least three games already in place of Yadi Molina

      Matheny said something inferring that Molina had looked tired. Molina, fired back that he wasn’t tired and in fact trained to play 174 games a year (reference to playoffs). Then Molina posted a pic of himself and former Cards 3B coach Jose Oquendo on his IntsaGram account which apparently was a dig at Matheny since Oquendo is gone and Matheny is still there.

      Like I said, I haven’t dug into the details of the history of what’s going on between Molina and Matheny; but these events in the last week have been getting play as indicators of it.

    • Here’s this. basically rehash of what I said with some fill in. Something tells me there is much more we don’t know about that may have been simmering for some while


  2. What a nice defensive double play started by Suarez

    • Everybody is in a hurry to get him off of 3rd. Don’t get it really.

      • Senzel has to play somewhere? He’s not a shortstop and Suarez has time there. Scooter can mash righties so he needs to play somewhere too. They just can’t carry Billy, Peraza, Barnhart, and the pitcher in the lineup! Thats pretty much zero power and God awful vs lefties. They’re 10th in the NL in runs scored this year. Thats not good

  3. Votto drives himself in….Yanked it

  4. And thank you, too, Joey!

  5. Joey!! Lynn is a free agent and Price was just talking about how they need to get someone for the rotation! I doubt Storen comes back but that would be crazy to have 3 high school teammates on the same major league team!

  6. Duval hit the yellow line and bounces back….missed by that much.

  7. I would’ve loved to seen a replay of the bathrobe. Not 15 shots of a ball that’s obviously not a homerun

  8. copied/paste from Tom’s preview:

    Joey Votto has a history of success against the Cardinals and against Lance Lynn …

  9. Nice analysis by Brantley talking about Castillo’s front shoulder flying open

  10. Castillo is a groundball machine. Thats the only way you’re going to win in GABP.

  11. Great analysis Indy.Since we play at GABP you need power or guys that get on base.We have guys that don’t do either.Most games its 3 counting the pitcher and against lefties its 4.All of that spells a very inconsistent offense.

    • Peraza has 1 steal since May. His defense isn’t that reliable either? They have to either resign Cozart or move Suarez there. Otherwise…our offense is never going to keep up with the runs we give up.

      • What makes you think Scooter is going to keep this up? If he reverts back to what he was with the Brewers then what?

  12. Lynn is just toying with us.Taking advantage of us right now,

  13. Its very easy sometimes to look around and see the box scores and go WOW.I did that a little today and it is amazing to see the OBP of the Dodgers.No wonder the beat goes on even without Kershaw.They homer you to death and get on base at a very high rate.I didn’t look at where they rank but it has to be very high

    • LA is a monster. The NL hasn’t seen Darvish so I expect him to be reborn somewhat. LA will get the Ariz/Col winner in the 1st round and they don’t match up. Nats/Cubs will be interesting. Dusty will have to work at it to screw it up but he may find a way. I’m thinking 6 or 7 games. It might come down to Strasburg and how he returns? Clev is my sleeper in the AL….haven’t played that great all year but they have the pitching if they get hot at the right time.

  14. Even our pitcher goes up there swinging on the first pitch.Another easy inning for Lynn with only 7 pitches thrown.

  15. Castillo was good even with the 5 walks.Just looks like he belongs and as mentioned he throws lots of ground balls.Needs to work on that third pitch but the fast ball change combo works good.Lets score a few right here and get him a win.

  16. I also think that a pitcher coming over from the AL is going to be better because the pitcher hits and usually there is another weak hitter in the line up.Darvish will shine for awhile for sure.

  17. Lynn not even pitching to Joey.

  18. Per Marty, Mets placed Jay Bruce on waivers and he cleared. Hes’s now able to be traded to anyone (albeit anyone willing to pay his remaining contract!)

    • Sounds like the Red Sox DH to me. He could hit some of those cans of corn to left and some might bounce off the green monster plus its like 315 down the RF line

  19. I miss Jay and hope he catches on with a contender.One of those guys that gave us some hope a few years back.

    • Agreed – he was a quality guy and an asset to the club in addition to his play on the field. The perfect example of the “small market curse.” Imagine our roster if we had an unlimited payroll – Bruce, Cueto, Leake, Fraiser, Chapman…

  20. Glad Wong is ok…Castillo still with some command issues.
    Lynn is a FA and looks like a solid mid rotation guy. Interesting to see what the market will be for him.

  21. Castillo battled without his best stuff. Hopefully, Shack can strand these runners

  22. Shackelford>Wood….I like it and it doesn’t matter if we lose 10-1

  23. With Mez catching, our pitchers get no borderline pitches….as he continually stabs at pitches

  24. Mesoraco? He’s done. If he started to play well again then he’d quickly go on the DL. I think its 2 more years of this stuff w/him?

  25. and as I say that he bobbles another pitch to allow another run.

  26. Where was that nasty slider to Wong? He had him 0-2 I think and never threw 1? Oh well. We have so many guys like Shackelford. He throws 97 and has good breaking stuff. He could be pretty good but just can’t put it together. Story of the Reds

  27. as usual, only 2 camera angles at home plate at GABP. No angles cost them a run last night

    • $33 mil next year for a 4th-5th starter and a “backup” catcher/DL cash recepient
      Had enough tonite…I’m gone. They’re not Blake Wooding me tonite

      • recipient….if I’m going to be a smart #$$ have to atleast spell correctly

  28. 5 walks is never ideal, but Castillo battled. I’m ready to pencil him and Romano into next year’s rotation, and hopefully many rotations for years to come. They’re both good enough that they can continue to grow and learn at the MLB level, so there’s no reason to send them back to AAA.

  29. That’s the best Wood has looked lately

  30. Didn’t have to pitch to Joey tonight at all.No support for Castillo after Joey homers in the first.Not good.

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About Tom Mitsoff

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.


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