The Cincinnati Reds (53-74) will try to avoid being swept at GABP to the Chicago Cubs (68-57) tonight at 7:10. The Reds pitching has allowed 22 runs through the first two games. The Reds will send rookie Sal Romano to the mound tonight.

Starting Pitchers

Sal Romano 45.2 7.29 4.34 5.32 4.86 0.4
Jake Arrieta 146.1 8.67 2.89 3.63 3.95 2.5

Sal Romano is coming off a terrific start on Sunday in Atlanta: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. He will get a much bigger test tonight, as he will face the Cubs for the first time in his career.

Jake Arrieta is on quite the roll. In each of his last 7 starts, he has gone 6+ innings, and allowed 2 ER or less. Arrieta has a 2.00 ERA/3.49 FIP in the second half. His last start against the Reds came on 7/2, and it was a beauty: 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K.

Starting Lineups

You can find the lineups here.

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. Jake Arrieta, lifetime at Great American Ball Park:

    5-1, 4.14 ERA, 38 Ks in 37 IPs

    Last 5 starts here, 5-0, including a no-hitter

    Never forget that…..

    We had a discussion the other day about it taking $30 million per year before Yu Darvish would even consider the Reds. What about Arrieta? $40 million? Plus free Graeter’s? (He doesn’t seem like the type to be taken in by Skyline or Frisch’s).

    Fun times at the moment in Reds Country. Go Redlegs.

  2. Winker playing and batting lead off yeah yeah yeah.Just kidding but I wonder if he does get on base hitting 7th who could drive him in.Tucker?Romano? Billy?

  3. I know Schebler is just back from the DL but how about Winker in for Duvall on occasion? He has a history of slowing down toward the end of the season and with his diabetes I’d think an extra day of rest before or after an off day might be welcome. Even Thom Brenneman, not always the most astute observer of the Reds, commented that Duvall has looked a little tired lately. I’m not sure I agree, but I’d like to see Duvall stay rested and energized through the end of the season, and I’d like to see Winker get as many starts as possible. But leadoff? We can only dream!

  4. What little playing time Winker gets will be at the expense of Schebler.Billy will play every day and hit lead off and will do the same next year because he’s fast.

  5. Big Sal with a quick 9 pitch inning with 2 strikeouts.

  6. Winker is about to use up his ABs for the rest of the month. Price will have to bench him

    Like to see Romano go past 6 today!

  7. Won’t get anything off Arrieta tonight.Will have to be lucky to get any runs but I look for Romano to keep it close.

  8. Maybe I should have said we will have to be lucky to get any hits.

  9. Votto takes care of the no hitter and the shutout in one easy swing. I cringe at what happens if this game gets handed over to the bullpens though. Please be pitch efficient Big Sal!

  10. Looking like back to back good starts for Romano. He’s been attacking a lot of hitters tonight and has responded well after he lets up a hit, homerun, or walk.

    • The biggest thing is he’s not overthrowing anymore. He’s letting his 93-95 MPH fastball do the talking for him instead of trying to crank it up to 98 MPH every time.

      I got big hopes for this kid. Castillo/Romano is the second coming of Cueto/Harang.

      • I like the Harang comparison. Romano has the size and talent to be a very dependable 200 inning 3-4 starter and if him and Castillo keep pitching the way they are for the rest of this year, I will start feeling a lot more confident about 2018 and 2019 being competitive years

  11. Cozart runs slower than my dead grandmother

    • At what point is it right for a team to play an aging (and hurt) veteran playing crazy well that is not expected to be back next year over a young guy trying to find his way and one that is key to this rebuild?

  12. Just tuned in but why send him with no outs?

    • He should of made it but he was running like he had all day. Coming around third he reaches up and adjusts his helmet. He is basically jogging .

  13. Thought it might not work out for Big Sal.He is getting some big time high leverage experience.It will be beneficial down the road. Great job tonight.

  14. Big thumps up for Big Sal! Whether we win or not is unimportant, but atleast a couple of guys are learning on the job on how to be a major league pitcher!

    • Make that “thumbs up”. Thumps up would be a tribute to Blake Wood. As in thumps and lumps coming right up!

  15. I agree Indy just let em pitch.Stinkers will happen but not tonight.Go Big Sal.

  16. Billy hitting 224 this month. But he is fast though.

  17. Billy with two grounders and two strikeouts.Price will never see the value of getting on base for Votto and Duvall will he?

    • With our luck Billy will hit 340 in September and that’s all everybody will remember. They will keep him and then next year we go through the same crap we have through the last 4 years.

  18. I’ve always been a Sal supporter, and I’m happy to see him rounding into form.

    I would bet good money that, barring trade or injury, the Reds will have Castillo/Romano/Mahle in their rotation come Opening Day 2019, and all 3 will be somewhere between good and very good pitchers by then. Now, if they could just get one of Redd/Stephenson/Garrett to work out….

    • Add Ross to those three and we have the earmarks of a 2017 Colorado Rockie like resurgence. Finnegan and/or Disco can round out the rotation – heck lets go with a six man rotation so we don’t worry about burning out the young arms. Put Homer, Reed, Bob Steve, Garrett, Lorenzen to use as spot starters and/or designated multi-inning game finishers, with Peralta, A.Hernandez, and Iglesias to round out the high leverage relief team. Whomever has options can be shuttled back and forth between Louisville as our extended bullpen and getting in necessary work, only with good arms instead of the AAAA guys signed off the street that has so marred 2017.

  19. I don’t see how any pitcher would throw Baez a fastball Ever! He will never hit a off speed pitch with that swing.

  20. Lorenzen strikes out the side in the 8th.Welcome back.

    • Looked good. Maybe because he didn’t try to throw every pitch through a wall?

      • I noticed he seems to have tweaked his delivery a bit, he has a hesitation in there now where he hides the ball behind his leg before delivery.

        If it’s working for him, I say keep doing it!

        • Got all three on wicked off speed pitches swinging over the top of the ball. That’s the MLorenzen reds will lean heavy on in 2018.

  21. That is a nice piece of hitting by Scooter.

  22. Peraza!!!!

  23. He’s got pop when he uses his legs.Go Jose.

  24. Peraza is a different player post All-Star Break. Sincerely hope this is real and not just a hot streak.

  25. Just shows you what can happen when the pitching keeps you in the game. 🙂 VERY encouraging to see Romano with a second impressive outing in a row!

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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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