The Cincinnati Reds (67-91) will go for a series win against the Milwaukee Brewers (83-75) today at 4:10 PM. The Reds ended their seven game losing streak last night with a 6-0 win behind a terrific performance by Homer Bailey.

The Brewers desperately need a win today to stay alive in the wild card race. The Rockies are idle today, so the Brewers will either enter the final weekend of the season back 2.0 games (with a win today), or 3.0 games back (with a loss today). The silly Cubs clinched the NL Central Division last evening. The Cubs are in the postseason for a third straight season, the first time they have done that since 1906-1908.

Starting Pitchers

Sal Romano 81.1 7.30 3.87 4.43 4.47 1.1
Brent Suter 76.2 7.04 2.47 3.29 3.68 1.5

Sal Romano will make his final start of 2017 this afternoon. Romano’s 2017 campaign can be categorized as nothing less than a success.  Romano is third among Reds pitchers in fWAR, only trailing Raisel Iglesias (1.9) and Luis Castillo (1.7).  Romano will definitely have the inside track to a rotation spot in 2018. Romano has not fared well against the Brewers this season: 2 GS, 8.0 IP, 11 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 3 HR, 5 BB, 8 K.

Brent Suter has been bounced back and forth between starter and reliever, and has been exceptional in both roles for the Brewers. Suter’s last two starts have been brilliant (vs CHC, at PIT): 10.1 IP, 11 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. Suter has a career 4.35 ERA in 6 appearances (3 starts) against the Reds.

Starting Lineups

Reds Brewers
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Patrick Kivlehan (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Jesse Winker (RF)
6. Jose Peraza (SS)
7. Adam Duvall (LF)
8. Stuart Turner (C)
9. Sal Romano (P)
1. Eric Sogard (2B)
2. Neil Walker (1B)
3. Ryan Braun (LF)
4. Travis Shaw (3B)
5. Domingo Santana (RF)
6. Stephen Vogt (C)
7. Orlando Arcia (SS)
8. Brett Phillips (CF)
9. Brent Suter (P)


The Reds are currently 10-14 in September. If the Reds finish the season 4-0, they would finish with back to back .500 months to end the season (the Reds were 15-14 in August). That would be cool, right? Go Reds!

About The Author

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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39 Responses

  1. WVRedlegs

    Stop the presses. Winker gets a start. He’ll probably get two out of three in Chicago too.
    I hope Romano puts a stamp and exclamation point on his season in his final start like Bailey did yesterday. He could use that lift a good start will give his off-season too.

  2. Scott Carter

    Strange that Schebler is supposed to hit left handers well, yet he gets the day off for another left handed hitter. A what is up with sitting Suarez? He just got back from paternity leave. There goes the theory that Price is playing veterans so they can pad their stats.

    • Patrick Jeter

      Or maybe he’s playing Winker against a lefty to try and have him hang an 0-4 so his comments make more sense.

  3. Shchi Cossack

    Really?! Kivlehan hitting in the 2-hole? Votto must love the prospect of hitting behind Romano, Hamilton and Kivlehan. In fact, 5 of the 9 players have a wRC+ 100. Wow! I guess if the goal is to ensure the Reds get no worse than the #5 pick and possibly shoot for the #4 pick in the rule 4 draft, that’s a pretty good way to do it. I’m not sure how that addresses the integrity of the game. Wasn’t that a point Price made to defend not playing the prospects in lieu of the veterans?

    • Shchi Cossack

      In fact, 5 of the 9 players have a wRC+ 100.

      • Shchi Cossack

        Well, I’ll try one more time…

        In fact, 5 of the 9 players have a wRC+ less than 80 and only 3 of the 9 players have a wRC+ greater than 100.

      • seat101

        No matter how you slice it, it is a day game after a night game. Some people get rested.

    • Patrick Jeter

      Price is such an offensive novice it is…offensive. He doesn’t understand even the basic tenets of the offensive side of baseball.

  4. cfd3000

    Great to see Winker starting, but I think Duvall needs a breather more than Schebler. Bat Winker leadoff, Hamilton 8th and Turner somewhere around 13th and this lineup looks a lot better.

    • IndyRedMan

      100 rbis!! Its only important to fossils like me, but I’d like to see Adam get 2 more somehow? Feel bad for him though…horrible Jay Bruce like slump:(

    • seat101

      Not really. I assume you’re talking about the Reds lineup. But there are nine players one for each position. That makes a lot of sense.

  5. VaRedsFan

    Relax folks….It’s a typical get away day game after a night game.
    Duval is in to try to get his milestone 100 rbi.
    I think players on the team appreciate Price giving a few guys a chance to pull a few post season awards, even in a meaningless game. (gold gloves for Duval and Billy…stolen base leader). It can increase trade value of either, if that is the purpose

    • Patrick Jeter

      Billy has had some good shots at GGs in the past, and should have won easily last year… but since Inciarte is on the path again, I think Billy has 0% chance, unfortunately.

      • msanmoore

        Bugs me especially given the way he threw out another runner at the plate last night.

    • Matthew Habel

      Based on Votto’s comments last night about appreciating Price for letting him play all 162 games (hopefully) your analysis would make sense. He is taking a page from his Dusty playbook

  6. Steven Ross

    I would never roll out this lineup. I just don’t understand Price.

    • TR

      We have the season ahead if we want to understand Price.

  7. Broseph

    Wt# is Bryan Price doing with this lineup? Hamilton and Kivlehan?

    This is the manager supposed to lead the Reds back into winning ways?

    My wife, who knows little about baseball can construct a better lineup if I showed her the basic numbers. Good grief, fire this lame duck manager already. Idiot

    • seat101

      Reading between the lines, I’m getting the sense that you’re not fond of the way the manager constructed the lineup today. Am I right?

  8. Sliotar


    (Maybe reduced slightly with a LHP, but still…)

  9. Shchi Cossack

    Yep, more havoc on the basepaths by Billy, havoc all the way to the dugout.

  10. msanmoore

    I really want BHam to get the SB record … but then Part-Time-Patrick clocks one and we’re only up by 1 run instead of 2 …

    • msanmoore

      And then THAT happens and we’re tied (again)

  11. Broseph

    I was thinking pinch hit for Romano with the bases juiced because it’s tied, BHam was in on deck circle and there are only a handleful of games left. Sucks being right sometimes

  12. james garrett

    Just got in and see we are facing a lefty and well we don’t hit them at all.I particularly like the 3 left handed hitters hitting back to back to back in the 3,4 and 5 slots in our batting order.Don’t know if I have ever seen that in game when the other 5 guys hit right handed.Price will always do just what he wants but you have to admit that is really creative to do that.What a manager.

  13. Robert Fout

    That at-bat by Billy Hamilton was pitiful. Big Sal looked better at the plate. Production from the lead-off has got to get better for this team to improve in 2018

    • TR

      Price will have Hamilton leading off in 2018 unless the GM intercedes.

  14. seat101

    I’m having fun watching a close game.

    You know it’s not really feasible to expect every Red to get a hit every time, right?

  15. seat101

    I making a prediction here. Scooter Jeanette will be traded from the Reds.

  16. Indy Red Man

    Our young pitchers right there in a nutshell:)

    Romano has 2 outs & nobody on in a tie game….gets Arcia down 0-2 then nibbles and walks him. Of course he grooves a pitch for the go-ahead double? Should happen very rarely, but its weekly with our pitching staff?

  17. Sliotar

    Romano’s performance does not qualify as a quality start, but it felt like one.

    Seemed like he was ahead on the count with every batter. Then, the hitters had to respect and chase the slider.

  18. james garrett

    Will leaving the bases loaded twice in the 5th and again in the 6th or leaving two on in the 7th cost us this game?

  19. james garrett

    Or was it Billy getting picked off 1 minute before Kivlehan homers or was it his error in the fifth.The answer is none or all of them depending on your perspective but to me its just been one of those years where when one part of the game is clicking the other doesn’t.Ours has been by and large without a doubt our starting pitching but I feel it will be much better next year.Can’t wait until next February.