Can we have a group fist bump for Adam Duvall?

Last night, he turned the game in the Reds’ favor with a two-run homer in the sixth inning, the first of three off R.A. Dickey in the inning – after which he was the victim of a Joey Votto fake:

Along with leading National League outfielders with 11 assists, he has knocked in the most runs of any NL left fielder over the past two years, 188. There is not much more Reds fans could ask of him, both offensively and defensively. Many questions and roster spots remain to be “sorted” in the Reds’ current rebuild. But it’s very clear that Adam Duvall not only belongs as an everyday left fielder and cleanup hitter, but should be considered one of the cornerstones of the future. The Reds still have four more years of contract control.

He’ll be starting in left field and batting cleanup again tonight as the Reds play the Braves in the middle game of a three-game series at new SunTrust Park.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Robert Stephenson 42.0 6.64 5.43 20.7% 14.1%
Julio Teheran 137.1 4.98 5.05 18.2% 8.9%

The key for Stephenson, as it seems to be for most of the young Reds pitchers, is control – both within and outside the strike zone. Hopefully he was closely watching Sal Romano’s excellent outing last night. Romano walked only one, and for the most part, pitched to contact. Reds fans would take an outing like Romano’s every day of the week. This is Stephenson’s first start since returning from the disabled list after suffering a bruised shoulder diving for a popup. He did pitch in relief earlier in the week as a tune-up for this start.

Teheran was considered among the elite young starters in the game as recently as 2014, but he has trended more toward just average since then. Billy Hamilton probably knows that Teheran’s pickoff move is among the best.

Bullpen

After three appearances covering 3.2 innings for Raisel Iglesias in the last four days, whether he will be used is questionable. Perhaps for one key out. Michael Lorenzen and Wandy Peralta should be available after being given the day off yesterday. Tim Adleman and presumably Asher Wojciechowski will be available in long relief if Stephenson struggles early. Perhaps Wojciechowski will go back into the rotation in Scott Feldman’s spot, though there has been no announcement of that yet.

Starting Lineups

Reds Braves
CF Billy Hamilton CF Ender Inciarte
SS Jose Peraza 3B Brandon Phillips
1B Joey Votto 1B Freddie Freeman
LF Adam Duvall LF Matt Kemp
2B Scooter Gennett RF Nick Markakis
3B Eugenio Suarez C Kurt Suzuki
RF Scott Schebler 2B Ozzie Albies
C Tucker Barnhart SS Dansby Swanson
P Robert Stephenson P Julio Teheran

Zack Cozart’s availability for tonight’s game was unclear as of the time this article was written. He took a fastball squarely off his shinbone in last night’s game and had to come out. He’s not starting, but we’ll see if he is available to pinch-hit.

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85 Responses

  1. Shchi Cossack

    Duvall certainly belongs in LF until he proves otherwise and he also certainly belongs in the middle of the lineup, driving in those runs. Right now he’s as good as any other option hitting cleanup and better than most and belongs at cleanup until he proves otherwise or someone better suited for hitting cleanup steps forward.

    Right now, I would prefer Cozart hitting cleanup when he starts, but that’s quibbling over the arrangement of the grains of sand on the beach. I just preper a better OBP from the cleanup hitter and a pure thumper like Duvall hitting 5th or 6th.

  2. Shchi Cossack

    Nice to see Winker and his .383 OBP & .840 OPS sitting again against a RHP. We simply have to have all that speed getting back to the dugout otherwise the Reds might RUN into trouble with the commissioner for dragging out the games too long.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Now that Schebs is back, I would prefer to see Winker shuttled back to AAA for the remainder of the season. As far as the Old Cossack is concerned, Winker has proven he is ready and belongs in the show as a starting OF. The Reds might as well curb his service time for the remainder of the season so the Reds can get 7 years of team control and avoid super 2 status with Winker since Price is both unwilling and unable to manage his playing time and utilization.

      • Wizeman

        Never thought about that. Good point. Pretty night here. Atlanta hot
        Made sure I got to see Stephenson and Castillo

      • Shchi Cossack

        If you have the opportunity, please post your impressions of the weekend in the new stadium.

    • old-school

      Winker on the bench, Hamilton and Peraza hitting 1/2 and Suarez in the 6 hole is incompetent.
      Its no longer about Price, Dick Williams’ credibility is now on the line. So is Bob “We’re simply not going to lose anymore” Castellini.
      Fire Price Monday.

      • RedAlert

        I second that old school . He’s a complete imbecile.

      • Old-school

        All in unison

        “Fire Price Monday”

      • JB WV

        Agree, but watch that weird karma as Schebler, Peraza, and Hamilton have big nights. I hope so, anyway. Looking forward to Stephenson pitching. Hopefully he can keep the ball down and throw strikes much like he did last time out. How bout a nice sweep of the Braves with three rooks?

      • james garrett

        Its not going to happen.Price will return next year and so will Billy batting lead off because he’s fast at 6 million per year.

  3. Scott Carter

    Yep, Joey now has no one hitting in front of him. Even a Blind man ought to be able to see this.

    • Eddie

      Do you think Price is required to have the SS bat second?

      • Shchi Cossack

        He learned from the master of lineup deconstruction.

    • jazzmanbbfan

      Listening to the game on radio in the early innings either Marty or Rosecrans said Peraza is hitting .370 in his last 19 games. Since he’s also taking a walk, his recent OBP is probably about .400 so there is 1 person hitting in front of Joey.

  4. nicolecushing

    I know Votto isn’t a speedster, but with his crazy-good on base percentage why not use him as lead off? Just thinking out loud here.

    • Shchi Cossack

      That option has been bantered about for a long time, but most have come to accept that moving Votto to leadoff is beyond a pipe dream and the only remotely possible option in that regard would be moving Votto up to the #2 hole.

  5. Shchi Cossack

    Via Twitter from Erik Boland…

    Girardi said Chapman no longer the closer. Will use him st “different” points to “try and get him right.” Chapman was on board with it

    This is why only fools spend big bucks on bullpen arms, especially closers who only pitch when a save is possible.

  6. VaRedsFan

    So the Braves actually have zoomed in coverage of the HBP/foul. Could have helped the Reds twice last week.

  7. VaRedsFan

    Some good defense by Scooter there

  8. VaRedsFan

    BP touches his former team to tie it.

  9. VaRedsFan

    That’s the current gold glove cf’er there making that error on the Suarez hit. He also misjudged the double by Duval.

  10. VaRedsFan

    Tucker picks up his 2nd knock of the night following the Schebler rbi single

  11. james garrett

    Are we sure we want Billy and Peraza batting at the top of the order?It seems we may needs to discuss this a little more in depth.

    • james garrett

      That’s 0-6 now for those really fast guys at the top of our lineup.

  12. VaRedsFan

    Uh-oh…RS botches the throw on the bunt. No visit from Jenkins as he goes 2-0 on the next batter

  13. VaRedsFan

    3 errors in the game…that last one cost them a run

  14. Timmy RedLeg

    I don’t believe Peraza is our SS. of the future! In fact I believe the only position he can play at Major League level is 2B. And he is just average at that position.

    • VaRedsFan

      Based on 77 starts at SS? Good thing we didn’t ditch the Suarez at 3rd experiment after 77 games

      • Shchi Cossack

        The difference between Suarez playing 3B and Peraza playing SS is that Peraza has been playing SS most of his career. Suarez was a novice at 3B when last season began.

  15. VaRedsFan

    The Braves are teaching Joe Maddon why you don’t play 4 outfielders vs. Votto

  16. VaRedsFan

    Oh man!!! MC Hammer is performing after the game

    • VaRedsFan

      Hammer worked in the A’s clubhouse as a kid. Reggie gave him the nickname, because he thought he looked like Hank

  17. Timmy RedLeg

    No we didn’t give up on Suarez after 77 games at 3B. But we did give up on him at SS pretty quick. Peraza doesn’t pass eyeball test, IMO. I believe he could help the Reds. Just not as an everyday SS.

    • VaRedsFan

      It’s a fair point. Once Senzel gets here, (we hope he is as good as advertised), Peraza will probably be a platoon guy with Scooter

  18. VaRedsFan

    2 Hits for Schebler fresh off the DL

  19. VaRedsFan

    Stephenson done after 5…only 75 pitches. OK…we’ll take that….only 1 ER

  20. VaRedsFan

    Markakis dives to snare the Billy liner….nice play

  21. Indy Red Man

    I had given up on Stephenson but he looks a little better! Last 3 appearances…12.2 ip only 2 er. I think he’s figuring out that 93-95 doesn’t really make you a power pitcher any longer. He’s throwing alot of off speed and keeping the ball down. He could definitely be in the mix next year? They have to figure out who can be an adequate starter and who can adjust to a relief role. I’d rate the young guys this way so far….Castillo, Mahle, Romano, Stephenson, and Garrett

    • Dr. Bagel

      It says a lot you din’t even mention Reed.

  22. VaRedsFan

    Tack on runs are good. sac fly scooter. Maybe they can keep Iggy out of this one,if he isn’t already being held out

    • Indy Red Man

      No Iggy. 3 saves in 4 nights and he was warming up the other game that Blake Wood blew. Its got to be Storen if they need a save tonite.

  23. james garrett

    Duvall gets Joey to third and Scooter with the sac fly.Great execution by those guys.

  24. james garrett

    I hope Price doesn’t go to long with Wojo.He is losing it really fast.

    • Indy Red Man

      He’s just short on talent. He gave up 2 that inning and they hit a ball 400 ft off him last inning but Billy snagged it with his back on the wall in CF. That just missed a 2 run HR.

      Schebler….welcome back!!

  25. Matt Wilkes

    Wojo going two innings tonight might take him out of contention to start Wednesday. I wonder who will take Feldman’s place in the rotation now.

    Garrett pitched tonight, so he’s out. Davis, Mahle, and Stephens are scheduled next three nights in Louisville. Could be Cody Reed? There is a 40-man spot open if they opt for Mahle.

    • Old-school

      Mahle is on the 40 man spot this winter and forever…. every team will draft him in the rule 5 draft….. so why not now?

  26. james garrett

    I believe that its safe to say Schebler’s shoulder had something to do with his slump?

    • msanmoore

      Quite possibly. He’s back with great discipline and stroking it again.

  27. Indy Red Man

    The shift burns Ervin there. Thats why a guy like Winker that sprays it around is more valuable! If you’re not going to slam 25 Hrs or more then its pretty important to use the whole field and not let them shift you to death.

  28. james garrett

    I believe its also safe to say that Billy’s 0-5 is not a good thing from the lead off spot.

    • VaRedsFan

      2 outstanding defensive plays robbed him of 2 hits…also drove in a run

  29. VaRedsFan

    The Legend of Scooter!!! SLAM!!! Blake Wood can pitch now

  30. Indy Red Man

    I liked Scooter before but had no idea that he had this kind of power! That ball was blasted!! 433 feet

  31. VaRedsFan

    The shift ruins Schebler’s perfect night

  32. Indy Red Man

    The offense is just relentless tonite.

  33. msanmoore

    So does Scooter get to pitch the 9th? What a game tonight.

  34. Indy Red Man

    I think we’re 8th in total runs scored now. They were 19th less then 2 weeks ago

  35. VaRedsFan

    Maybe it’s not BlakeWood Proof

  36. msanmoore

    Told you Scooter should be pitching …

  37. msanmoore

    And now we see Iggy anyway. Think the Blake Wood experiment is almost over friends?

    • msanmoore

      Nope … it’s Lorenzen. Can he make a mini comeback tonight?

  38. Indy Red Man

    Ok…we’re going to give you 15 minutes of hitters….try to get 1 of them out.

  39. Indy Red Man

    Quit pitching Freeman away? Atleast not a fastball away. Do these guys not read scouting reports?

  40. msanmoore

    Freeman does what Freeman does … now to Kemp who per the booth is 3 for 6 against Lorenzen.

  41. VaRedsFan

    Heck of a play by Suarez to end it

  42. Dr. Bagel

    For a long time I’ve read about people calling for Lorenzen to start. He’s been pretty hittable as of late. Does any one with more baseball knowledge know whats changed in the last couple of months that brought him down to an average reliever? I have to think he still has the raw stuff to be great as a reliever or a serviceable starter, but something seems off from the start of the year to now to my untrained eye.

  43. msanmoore

    Way to go Geno!!! Saved the game in my book. And Bob Steve gets a win.

  44. Indy Red Man

    My boy Lorenzen looked a little better. 5 hitters…2 hits but BPs was a little swinging bunt. The only hit was a bad 1-2 pitch to Freeman. He gets ahead of guys 1-2 or 2-2 all the time but can’t finish them off? He need to bury that slider in the dirt and he’ll get some swings.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Can’t finish them off? He had two strikeouts.