Final R H E
New York Mets (57-74) 4 10 3
Cincinnati Reds (56-76) 14 15 0
W: Romano (4-5) L: Flexen (3-3)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

The Good
–Great first inning for the Redlegs set the tone for the evening. The Mets scored one in the top half, and Zack Cozart got things going in the bottom with a one-out infield single. Joey Votto walked — for the sixth straight plate appearance — and, one out later, Scooter Gennett walked too.

With two outs and bases loaded, Eugenio Suarez singled to left, tying the game at 1. Young Scott Schebler then blasted a grand slam, his 26th home run of the season, and the Reds had taken a 5-1 lead in the initial frame.

–The eighth inning wasn’t so bad for the Reds either. With Cincinnati leading 7-3, Billy Hamilton reached on an infield single. Cozart reached on a error, moving Billy to third. Votto singled to center on the first pitch he saw, scoring Hamilton. Adam Duvall followed with his 31st home run of the season, a three-run shot that pushed the lead to 11-3.

Soon thereafter, the bases were loaded with no outs. Gennett doubled, Suarez singled, and Schebler walked. Then Tucker Barnhart delivered an RBI single. 12-3.

At this point, the Mets brought in Kevin Plawecki, a catcher, to pitch. He immediately induced Phillip Ervin to ground into a double play, but another run scored. 13-3. Then Billy Hamilton doubled — his second hit of the evening — which drove in another run. 14-3. After another error, Votto grounded out to end the inning. Reds scored seven runs in the inning. Game over.

–Schebler finished the evening 2-4 with a walk and 5 RBI. Suarez was 3-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored, and an RBI. Cozart was 2-5 with a walk and 2 runs scored. Hamilton was 3-6 with two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI.

–Votto was 1-3 with 3 walks. Over his last two games, Votto is 1-3 with 8 walks. That’s a pretty insane stat line.

–Sal Romano picked up another quality start, going six innings while allowing three runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out five. He got into some trouble in his final inning, allowing two of those three runs, but escaped without further damage. It was good to see Romano get a chance to work out of trouble while tired. These are the things young pitchers have to learn at some point.

In his last three starts, Romano has pitched 20 innings, allowing just six earned runs (that’s a 2.70 ERA), and the Reds have won all three games. You have to be very encouraged by this kid’s progress over the course of his rookie season.

–Tucker Barnhart threw out another runner attempting to steal second, the fourth straight potential base stealer that Barnhart has gunned down. It was Tucker’s 22nd runner caught stealing, which leads the major leagues.

Have you noticed that he has a good arm? Oh yeah, and he also singled and walked twice, bumping his season OBP up to .345.

The Bad
–Move along, nothing to see here. (Well, except for Alejandro Chacin, but never mind.)

Not-So-Random Thoughts
–Reds win! Tonight was the sixth time in August that the Redlegs have scored ten or more runs. That’s the most in MLB.

–This win snapped Cincinnati’s 14-game losing streak against the New York Metropolitans.

–Coming into this game, Suarez was 12th in the NL in WAR, at 4.3. That number is higher now. And Suarez is hitting .274/.385/.501 on the season. I’m still mystified that the Reds acquired him for the corpse of Alfredo Simon.

–Three straight quality starts for Sal Romano. Romano is joining Luis Castillo in the category: “Young Pitchers Who Are Earning A Spot In The 2018 Rotation.”

–Homer Bailey and the Mets play again tomorrow night, with the Reds looking to extend their winning streak to a cool two games.

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  1. msanmoore

    Wow … I just came to the page as the game on was ending. I guess the feed was lagging a bit.

    Big Sal did an admirable job. Would have loved to see him go 7, but the win and a QS is always good.

    • seat101

      Well, it was a pretty quick recap. None the worse for that though.

      I expect to see a couple of reds pictures on some quarts of milk under the “missing” category

      • Derriz

        Scooter only doubled with the bases loaded? He must be slacking!

  2. jessecuster44

    three runs in 6 innings? Never understood how that’s a QS, but I’ll take it from any Reds pitcher this yr.

    Nice Win!

  3. CI3J

    I’ll keep repeating this until I’m blue in the face: Unless something drastic changes in September and/or the offseason, the rotation Opening Day 2018 should be Castillo/Romano/Mahle/Stephenson.

    If one of Homer/Disco/Finnegan can get healthy, they can take the other spot. Hope for Reed or Garrett to figure it out.

  4. Pete Snow

    Wow.I just noticed our projected traditional power totals- HR’s: Votto 41, Duvall 38, Schebler 32, Suarez 29, Gennett 27, and Cozart 21. As far as ribbies go- Votto 110, Duvall, 109, Gennett 96, and Suarez 87. Get Winker, Blandino and Senzel at the top of the line-up, and watch Votto, Duvall, Suarez, and Schebler average 110-115 RBI’s each in 2018. Here is the Red’s 2018 line-up in my happy place: Senzel 3B, Winker LF, Blandino 2B, Joey 1B, Suarez SS, Duvall RF(best arm of the bunch) , Schebler CF, Barnhart/Mesoraco C. Sorry Billy, but Senzel gets on base, AND is fast. We can go without a true center fielder until Siri, or Trammell is ready. I believe one of those two will pan out in a BIG way.Castillo, Romano, Bailey as locks, Between Disco, Finnegan, Mahle, and Stevenson, there will be 2 good starters. Call me crazy,, but I am going to go out on a limb and say that our Cincinnati Reds win 85-90 in 2018

    • VaRedsFan

      I doubt you can take Gennett out vs RHP’s

  5. Pete Snow

    I would be fine with any order of Blandino, Winker, and Votto at 2,3, and 4. This line up would be akin to a modern murderers row. You could likely have your first 5 batters with OBP’s north of .380. With Schebler. Votto, Duvall and Suarez’ combined power at the back end of those OBP’s. Holy Smoke! Somebody tell me that this isnt an extremely exciting line-up! Tell me!!

  6. Scott Gennett

    A truly offensive machine, if only Hamilton is seated or at least moved down in the line-up

    • msanmoore

      I still say move him down. His glove is a valuable asset and not everybody needs to hit over .300 to be in a lineup. I get frustrated with his flashes of good games (like tonight) vs. poor hitting, but his work in CF is among the best in the league.

    • Shchi Cossack

      The time for Hamilton to be moved down in the lineup has passed. Hamilton’s role needs to be redefined from a starting CF to a role player. The only valid reason for continuing to start Hamilton in CF is to showcase an offensive surge to increase his trade value during the off season.

      • Preach

        I almost always agree with you Cossak, but not today. With his GG caliber defense and his ability to alter the game when on base, I would love to move him down in the lineup. Id like to see him in the 9 hole. He doesnt get on enough, but when he does Id like to see it right in front of good OBP guys at the top of the order.

        There is also this: hes an attraction. He helps with attendance. When the Bengals drafted Ross, people were talking about Billy.

        I dont think the power this team has shown is a mirage. If thats true, it can support having Billy on the field regularly

      • Shchi Cossack

        There is a solid argument for keeping Hamilton’s defense in CF and hiding his offensive shortcomings in the #9 hole along with his exceptional speed contributions when he does get on base. After watching Reyes flounder around in LF for the Mets yesterday, the thought of not having Hamilton in CF does make me cringe and gird the ol’ loins.

        But…your point about Hamilton is exactly why I don’t want Hamilton playing CF next season. Hamilton is going to get an arbitration raise next season. That raise will not break the bank, but it is a factor. Hamilton’s defense and speed on the bases comes at a distinct cost. Duvall must start. Schebler must start. Winker must start. The offensive contributions of those three OF simply outweigh the contributions of Hamilton’s defense and speed. The kicker for the Old Cossack is Hamilton’s value to another team, for the exact reasons you identified. Then when Ervin’s value as a 4th OF with solid defense in all 3 OF positions is factored as the cherry on top of the wishbone C sundae, the Reds can simply not afford to keep Hamilton as their starting CF, or even keep him at all this off season.

      • lwblogger2

        See, I don’t see it the same way as you when you say “The offensive contributions of those three OF simply outweigh the contributions of Hamilton’s defense and speed.” … Hamilton vs an average CF who hit like any of Winker, Schebler, or Duvall and I think could come around to agreeing with you. It’s Hamilton’s defense, with Schebler in RF over Schebler in CF (where he is well below average defensively) and Winker in RF (where he isn’t as good as Schebler defensively). You are giving up an awful lot of defense for Winker’s bat over Hamilton’s. At best, I think it has a chance to be a wash but I think the run production won’t outweigh the loss of run prevention in that scenario. I could be wrong of course, and always respect your insight on things. Just not with you here on this one.

      • Reaganspad

        I would rather watch Ervin

        Billy is a role player in Cincy

        Trade him to the Giants or some other team with a cavernous CF

      • Big56dog

        Just for debate, Ervin had a hard time justifying playing time at AA and AAA and now we want to replace a 2-3 WAR player for him?

      • Streamer88

        I’m intrigued by Ervin (or Schebler) in CF too, but I’d play the guy in CF who generates the most wins. Sometimes that’s a platoon.

        Ultimately, BHam should start until someone comes along who can generate more wins than him. If we were the Dodgers he’d be on the bench, but arguing Ervin is primed to out produce him in the collective is dubious at best. Ervin wasn’t even a great AAA player.

      • Reaganspad

        Billy has tools but has never developed them

        Ervin has tools and OBP skills plus some power. This is a season for sorting. We know what Billy is

        Kind of like let Winker hit in the bigs and now his swing has power like Duvall

      • Old-school

        Playing devil’s advocate….isn’t that why WAR and wRC+ as objective metrics in evaluating a player are valuable??? Billy’s WAR is in the bottom 5-7 of all of MLB centerfielders. MLB centerfielder’ s are really really good and important to a team….and hes not good overall…..his wRC+ is one of the worst in MLB for all players. Wouldn’t the Reds be better off committing to a CF who is in the top half of baseball for everything….instead of magnifying his great parts…overpaying for them and overmarketing them thinking they sell tickets while overlooking the substantial warts?

      • jazzmanbbfan

        I don’t agree with you Preach on Billy helping with attendance. Hard to imagine anyone other than Votto attracting someone to GABP, or maybe a specific pitcher, e.g, for me Castillo. Votto is the only regular I would pay money to see on this team.

      • PDunc

        Since the beginning of last season (240 games, over 1000 PAs) Hamilton against right-handed pitchers has an 82 wRC+ a .330 OBP and .352 SLG. Certainly not great offensive numbers but considering the value he provides on defense something we can live with.
        Against left-handed pitchers though those numbers drop to a 40 wRC+ a .250 OBP and a .294 SLG.
        I see no issue in continuing to start Billy most games against right-handed starters but would avoid him ever taking another at-bat against a lefty if at all possible.
        I also don’t think we have anyone else on the roster that I would want defensively full time in center field. I think Schebler and Ervin would both be fine there as back ups but not full time.

    • greenmtred

      The Reds have been scoring well this year. Next year’s lineup will have a number of good hitters, too. Consider the defense, though: Cozart possibly gone. BH gone, if most of you guys have your way. Unknown quantities at short, second and 2 out of 3 outfield positions. Now consider the two most recent Reds teams to win the WS. The BRM is mostly remembered for its hitting, but the defense was excellent, as well. 1990’s team was also excellent defensively. I’m not in favor of fielding an all-glove no hit lineup, but I don’t believe that the reverse works, either. A run saved is as good as a run scored, and the very young and inexperienced pitching staff will particularly benefit from solid defense. Old and experienced pitchers do,too, for that matter.

  7. bouwills

    Actually, the Reds have a good batting order right now. The 2 glaring weaknesses are Billy leading off vs lefties & the back-up catcher slot. Of course next year Cozart will be replaced by Peraza & that’s a step down on both sides of the field. Williams will probably run out that same line”Meseraco is our #1 catcher” again, but there’s just no defense in projecting Hamilton as our everyday cf & lead-off hitter. Find some catching help that can hit & stay healthy, a centerfielder who can hit lefties, & when Senzel arrives the Reds could be one of the best hitting teams in the NL.

    • VaRedsFan

      Irvin could be the platoon partner in CF.

  8. Bill

    I go along with Pete Snow’s lineup, assuming the top 3 can hit as well as they have so far. Barnhart should do most of the catching. Pitching should be the young pitchers.

  9. cfd3000

    Please give Adam Duvall a rest! I know he bombed a hanging curve ball tonight, but I’m pretty sure Peraza, Lorenzen, or Turner goes yard on that pitch. He’s now 5-35 in the last ten days. How about a couple of starts for Ervin? Oh never mind…

  10. Shchi Cossack

    The calender is set to turn to the final month of the 2017 season. The 2018 season is hanging out there with hope and dispare descending like silver confetti in Times Square on a sunny afternoon.

    Could the Reds become competitive in 2018…absolutely yes!
    Could the Reds repeat another rebuild season in 2018…absolutely yes!

    The Old Cossack’s view from the Old Recliner identifies 2 priorities for this off season:

    1) Hire a new manager who can lead the Reds into and through a competitive resurgence

    Price is not the man for the job. He’s had 4 seasons to prove otherwise and has simply failed. This has nothing to do with the Reds won/loss record during his tenure; that’s totally irrelavent. He is simply not a good manager.

    2) Sign Suarez to an extention that buys out his remaining arbitration seasons and 1-2 additional FA seasons

    Suarez is important to this team’s short-term and long-term future. The Mesoraco contract has one year remaining before clearing the Reds budget after the 2018 season. The Bailey contract has two years remaining before clearing the Reds budget after the 2019 season. There is no better use of a financial commitment than extending Suarez.

    Those are the top two priorities, but several more follow those two. The real kicker is the lack of commitment to a competitive 2018 season. The Reds shouldn’t disregard that possibility but also shouldn’t mortgage the future because of that possibility. Just lay the groundwork for 2018 if the starting pitching falls into place for 2018, but do not overextend and risk the availability of any of the pieces needed for 2019 and beyond.

    • sultanofswaff

      Agree with your 2 points. I’d extend Tucker as well.

      I think you can field a competitive team next year while acquiring a good young pitcher via trade without mortgaging the future. There’s no way I stand pat on the trade front. We also have to be cognizant of the fact that the competitive window for our offense with Votto as its anchor won’t be open for much longer as he’s in his mid-30s. The division is there for the taking as each team has leveled off. There’s no reason not to accelerate the timetable by making a deal.

      Our position players are largely set for the foreseeable future. While you need capable backups as a small market team, there will still be redundancies in the minor leagues we can leverage to acquire a starting pitcher. We could easily package 3-4 prospects in the 5-20 range to make a deal. Guys like Long/LaValley/Siri/Vlad Gutierrez, etc. Heck, I’d throw in one of Reed or Garrett without blinking as I see them as bullpen pieces. Point is, a lot of guys are going to get blocked by better prospects.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I am with you, Cossack. Extending Suarez (and moving him to shortstop when Senzel is ready) is absolutely a priority. What they will do about Price is anyone’s guess, and I don’t dwell on it. I would add to your very short list of high priorities the acquisition of an established starting pitcher with at least a couple of years of remaining contract control. I am encouraged by the progress shown by Castillo and Romano, but not at all convinced that Bailey or DeSclafani will ever return to peak effectiveness. And who the heck knows about Finnegan?

      The everyday lineup of this team is ready to compete, and entering the 2018 season with the same group of pitchers to me is a bit like trying the same thing over and over and expecting different results. To do so would be to waste some potentially prime years for Suarez, Duvall, Votto and possibly Gennett.

      • Scott Carter

        I agree with both Cossack and you tom on the top priorities, I would not be disappointed if the went out and signed a decent established starting pitcher with a couple of years of control, but would not be disappointed if they went with what they have through 2018. I think the biggest problem with our starting pitching this year has been with the stubbornness of continuing to run Arroyo out, then Adleman and Feldman after it was obvious his knee was hurting. Castillo and Romano have shown they can stick and I think Mahle will do fine although we have only seen him once and Stephenson seems like he is finally getting it. (I remember it took Bailey awhile as well.) If the management will use 2018 like they should have used 2017 in regards to starting pitching, I think that next year will be fine, maybe not great but much much better than this year and fun to watch.

      • greenmtred

        Because many of the same group of pitchers are young and developing, it isn’t necessarily doing the same thing over and over. With normal progress, they’ll be different pitchers than they were this year.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        Greenmtred, you may be right. The memory of two straight seasons with an avalanche of pitching injuries, resulting in continually plugging in ineffective veteran arms, remains fresh. If I am Dick Williams, I am not willing to assume that everyone will regain full health and continue to develop, because the past two seasons have demonstrated otherwise. If you acquire an established veteran and then all of that does happen, then you have a wealth of depth that can serve you well in both the trade market and for depth at Class AAA.

      • greenmtred

        Reasonable point, Tom. It has been brutal for a few years, hasn’t it?

  11. KDJ

    With our TV coverage, the only games I have been able to watch are when our guys play Atlanta, so I appreciate the posts about the games. Tucker has been better than expected, showing a good arm and respectable bat. His production in these areas has been rightly praised in this and other posts. However, in the last Atlanta series, it looked like there was no effort whatsoever to frame pitches. For those who have watched more of the games, how are Tucker’s skills at pitch framing and calling a game?

      • Tom Mitsoff

        Me too. Without any stats to back up this opinion, he’s among the top tier of everyday catchers, both offensively and defensively. If Mesoraco returns next year, it’s not as the starter. Perhaps the fact that Barnhart is catching some horrible pitchers contributes to the stats referenced above?

      • TR

        Although he seems to be a bit underappreciated, I like the way Tucker Barnhart, a Hoosier, plays the game.

      • KDJ

        Thanks for the link . . . interesting stuff. Broken down, the listing has him first in throwing and 86th in framing. I have been pleased with him overall, but would love to see him improve in this area.

    • da bear

      Tucker’s arm is pretty good. Yesterday though the credit belongs to Cozart, the runner (Reyes?) stole the bag except Cozart’s foot blocked second base.

      His framing is not good….but not nearly as bad as Mesoraco, who is absolutely terrible at framing. Tucker can probably improve upon his framing.

      Difficult to assess his game calling. 1st half of year starting pitching stunk, bullpen was decent. Lately with the youngsters starting pitching performance has improved while bullpen performance degenerated.

      Tucker’s bat is decent. Definitely serviceable, and far more consistent than Devon.

      Who knows how good Devon could have been (with the bat) had he not been doomed by injuries.

  12. Pete Snow

    I’m going to have some fun this morning
    This could happen in ’18!
    Senzel .291 .392 .478
    Blandino .266 .379 .441
    Votto .312 .440 .560
    Suarez .278 .378 .498
    Winker .303 .388 .426
    Schebler .281 .347 .585
    Duvall .262 .325 .570
    Mes/Barn .275 .350 .425

    How good could this offense be!?!?

    • sultanofswaff

      Boy, you subtract Billy and Jose and goodness gracious there’s an amazing combination of pop and on base skill.

      Without question the defense would take a hit (I’m inclined to think it wouldn’t be significant), but would the run scoring make up for it?

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Herrera will get a look at second before Blandino since Herrera will be out of options in 2018.

    • da bear

      Lets not get too carried away. Yesterday is evidence the Reds scoring is lopsided. They can pile on the runs, but they also have shown an inability to hit during crucial situations. Look at Castillo’s record: 2-7. That alone is enough to tell you, given Castillo has yet to give up more than 4 runs in a start (and only twice), that the Reds often do not hit in HIGH LEVERAGE situations. Being clutch matters.

      • james garrett

        Exactly and I always liked Leake but when I saw the Card gave him 80 mil over 5 year I said WOW.Just shows where the market is and the Reds would have to pay much more then that if they go after a starter in the off season.

  13. WVRedlegs

    Looks like former Red Mike Leake is getting traded again. Going from STL to Seattle. I don’t think the Mariners have any Adam Duvalls to trade to STL though.

  14. WVRedlegs

    Extensions and trades should be at the forefront of the winter off-season. Things in the pipeline are getting a little clogged in the OF and the INF, the 2B/3B types.
    Extension candidates for this winter off-season.
    1. 3B Eugenio Suarez.
    2. OF Adam Duvall.
    3. C Tucker Barnhart.

    Who the Reds probably give extensions to.
    1. SS Zack Cozart
    2. OF Billy Hamilton
    3. 2B Scooter Gennett

    Whichever one happens, it will definitely show what course the front office is plotting.

    • Old-school

      Nice comment WV. I do think the Reds have shown they are very committed to Cozart and Hamilton and those three are ” fan favorites” and signing/extending them…. Gives the reds the appearance of committing to win in 2018.

      All three are very familiar to casual fan and very marketable.

      I have been a proponent of acquiring a FA mid rotation guy or trading for a controllable starter. I don’t think so now on the farm front at least ..Castillo has clearly established himself and Romano deserves a serious look as do Stephenson and Mahle.

      Bailey, disco, and Finnegan need a couple months in 2018 to know anything.

      Sign Suarez. Do not trade him as was mentioned by the reds beat writer.

      • IndyRedMan

        Oh man? I hope not but you’re probably right. I can outrun Cozart right now. Great guy and really upped his game, but we can fix that hole internally! Schebler came back hot and Winker looked great! Billy is a defensive wiz but why not try Schebler in CF?

      • Tom Mitsoff

        Here’s the bottom line on Hamilton: He definitely has a place as an everyday starter on a team that is potent offensively from 1 through 7 in the batting order (he would bat eighth). There is no doubt that great center field defense is an asset. Great teams that had a player like him were the Big Red Machine (Cesar Geronimo in center) and the dominant Baltimore Orioles of the 1970s (Paul Blair in center).

        Blair was amazing defensively, and had a career batting average of .250 and career OBP of .302. On a team that had offensive firepower from the likes of Boog Powell, Bobby Grich, Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson, Blair was a perfect fit. (Late in his career, he played for the Reds for a bit.)

        Same for Geronimo and his career .258 batting average and .325 OBP with the Reds. But the current and near-future Reds aren’t built that way. They need a player in center field who can contribute enough offensively to more than offset the loss of Hamilton’s defense, and that might be Winker (in right with Schebler moving to center)?

      • james garrett

        Good point Tom about Billy and comparing him to Blair and the Chief.The Chief I remembered had little or no power but Blair did hit 26 homers one year and from age 23 to 30 he hit 117 of his 134 total.Not to continue to hammer Billy but if he had some power as Blair or even the 325obp of the Chief then as I have said often sign the man right now.I know we would miss his defense because he has no equal but the Reds do need as you suggested to try Scott in center and let Winker play some more the rest of the way.Won’t hurt at all.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        Also, if the Reds had great pitching as the Orioles teams did, there would be a good rationale for placing a higher emphasis on defense, particularly up the middle. But when your pitching is the worst in the game, you have to score to have a chance.

      • greenmtred

        How much worse would the pitching be with poor defense? Platoon BH and move him down in the order. This team is not the BRM (few are), but it has decent hitting and power. A good hitter in center all year wouldn’t have improved the Reds’ chances much, if at all, unless he were a lights-out starting pitcher every 5th day.

      • lwblogger2

        Tom I think you’re underestimating how steep the defensive drop will be by replacing Hamilton in CF with Schebler. Then replacing Schebler’s defense in RF with Winker’s. You go from Elite CF defense to well-below-average defense in CF. Then you go from high-average RF defense to slightly-below average defense in RF. Winker’s bat is a ton better than Hamilton’s but is it enough to offset that big of a difference in run prevention?

      • davy13

        Agree. Hindsight is always 20/20. The early success was an intoxicating nectar of delusion for the management of the team (and admittedly for some fans like me) that made it difficult to release the youth. But now and to the end of the season it should be the highest priority to let all the relevant kids pitch and see what we have for the immediate and long-range future. I would love to see Lorenzen start to see how he fairs with his stuff. So far two look set. BobSteve and Mahle are pushing for those spots. I am a big advocate of FA signing of a top to mid of rotation to stabilize and solidify it.

        Suarez needs to be resigned. Put in the top half of the lineup. Duvall, Schleber, and JW should be our everyday outfield. Billy has had enough time to prove himself as the leadoff. Keep Scooter. Resign Cozart to a reasonable 3 yr contract. Trading him won’t bring as much as he contributes now or the draft pick compensation if he walks.

        The team’s offense is competitive already. Focus has to be on the SP rotation to catch up.

      • Shchi Cossack

        Cozart can’t be traded now. He did not clear revocable waivers. At this point, the Reds need to let Cozart walk and test the FA market. The market for an aging, injury-prone SS doesn’t appear ripe. If Cozart’s market does not develop, then the Reds are right there with a one-year offer to allow Cozart to try and establish his market for 2019 or a three-year offer at very reasonable cost. I want to see Cozart back with the Reds. His 4+ WAR at SS is going to be missed, but the Reds can not afford to over-reach to sign him.

        Of course, the decision to resign Cozart is completely dependent upon Price being replaced as the manager. Price is completely inept at managing playing time to preserve and protect the players health as needed and Cozart will need his playing time properly managed.

      • IndyRedMan

        Completely agree on Zack, but I do agree with him on Lorenzen. He whips out a change-up out of thin air and Ks the side vs the Cubs. He’s got the mindset and talent…but its just developing consistency!

        Last 30 days snapshot from Yahoo fantasy baseball….kind of interesting!

        Suarez….29-83 (.349) with 25 runs, 8 hrs, and 20 rbis

        Scooter …23-93 (.247) with 19 runs, 4 hrs, and 19 rbis. He’s still get the timely knocks….19 runs/19 rbis is a busy month!

      • WVRedlegs

        Who claimed Cozart? And the Reds couldn’t work out a trade with the claiming team??
        Hmm. A mystery.
        The D-backs just lost their SS to injury for the season while on a rehab assignment.
        The RedSox’s 2B Dustin Pedroia is hurt again.
        Colorado’s Trevor Story is having a very down year.
        Dusty and the Nats?
        LAD, NYY, CLE, HOU, SEA and CHC don’t seem to have a need?

      • IndyRedMan

        Turns out teams don’t want to trade for a guy that runs like he just got shot and he’s trying to get away

      • IndyRedMan

        I thought of that last night actually. I hadn’t seen the movie Shooter in a while, and Wahlburg got shot twice and jumped out of the window. He was still getting shot at and was trying to limp away and it reminded me of Zack running the bases.

  15. Bill

    I would be fine for Bailey, Disco and/or Meso to be packaged in a trade IF you could find any takers. As far as Barnhart calling the game, I thought Price called the game, at least that’s what I’ve been told.

      • bouwills

        I don’t know. I imagine the Tigers would counter with Mig. Cabrera (& his contract), Jordan Zimmerman (& his contract) plus throw in any 1 of their prospects your heart desires.

    • lwblogger2

      Price isn’t calling pitches from the dugout. The catchers are calling the games. The catchers look in with runners on and sometimes for guidance on defender positioning etc.

  16. WVRedlegs

    Well I’ll be.
    Phillip Ervin getting a start in CF tonight. This could be the beginning of something. Maybe. Sort of.