The Cincinnati Reds (2-7) are off to their worst nine game start to the season since 1995. The Reds will look to get back into the win column tonight at Citizens Bank Park against the Philadelphia Phillies (4-5) at 7:05 PM. The Reds lost a heart breaker 6-5 last night after battling back from 3-1 and 5-3 deficits.

Starting Pitchers

Homer Bailey was dominant through the first 11 innings he pitched in 2018, allowing just 2 runs. Bailey then ran into trouble in the 5th inning on Thursday in Pittsburgh, and was unable to make it out alive. Overall, 2018 has started off positively for Bailey, and he will look to continue that tonight in Philly. Bailey has only faced two of the current Phillies hitters (Santana and Hernandez). Bailey has a career 5.66 ERA in 7 starts at Citizens Bank Park, but those were against much different Phillies teams.

Aaron Nola is off to a nice start through his first two starts of 2018. Tonight will be his home debut for the Phillies. Nola has a 3.15 ERA in 3 career starts against the Reds (20.0 IP, 22 K, 3 BB).

Starting Lineups

Reds Phillies
1. Jesse Winker (RF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Tucker Barnhart (C)
7. Alex Blandino (3B)
8. Homer Bailey (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
1. Cesar Hernandez (2B)
2. Carlos Santana (1B)
3. Odubel Herrera (CF)
4. Rhys Hoskins (LF)
5. Nick Williams (RF)
6. Scott Kingery (3B)
7. Jorge Alfaro (C)
8. J.P. Crawford (SS)
9. Aaron Nola (P)

Alex Blandino will make his MLB debut tonight for the Reds. Jesse Winker is back in the lineup after being sick yesterday. Joey Votto is 0 for 8 with just 1 walk in his career vs Nola, so you better believe he will want to change that.

Bye, bye Yovani

The Reds designated Yovani Gallardo for assignment today, and called up RHP Tanner Rainey from Louisville. Gallardo likely finishes his Reds career with a 30.86 ERA. One interesting note from Joel Luckhaupt of FSN-Ohio, if Gallardo rejects being sent to the minors, the Reds owe him nothing. If he does accept, the Reds only have to pay him around $60k. Important to consider before crucifying the Reds front office. If you want to know more about Rainey, Doug Gray wrote quite a bit about him today on his site.

Other news and notes

Conclusion

The Reds really need a win. Bryan Price needs to do whatever is necessary to get one. If that means pitching Iglesias in the 6th inning, then so be it. Go Reds!

64 Responses

  1. Tom Mitsoff

    I’d love to sit in on the front-office post-mortem meeting that reviews the thinking behind the Gallardo signing. Apparently it was not for the full $700,000-plus that was originally reported, which makes it much easier to stomach. But not much.

    This move shows that someone in a position of authority is not going to stand for a washed-up veteran like Gallardo taking playing time and a roster spot from a youngster with potential (Rainey). I wonder who made that call — Williams, or someone even higher up who might be getting fed up with losing with players who have no shot at being on the next good Reds team.

    • Jack

      Exactly. Someone , like us, is tired of losing.

    • doofus

      Many of us had that same observation when Gallardo was signed. Good luck to him. If I read between-the-lines, what you’re saying is that we don’t know who is running the asylum?

  2. Indy Red Man

    Looking forward to seeing Blandino and Rainey. Next is Crockett>Quackenbush. I like the lineup tonite too. Its about all they can do with what they have.

    Crazy about how fast Latos fell off the map? He might have a big mouth after the fact, but he had a 3.31 era with the Reds and pitched every 5th day for 2.5 seasons. 420 ip in 2012-13 and only a handful of guys go 200 ip anymore.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I agree, Quackenbush is not long for this roster. No reason to send Weiss or Rainey down to keep him around when the injured arms start to return.

  3. VaRedsFan

    Batting Blandino 2nd would put too much pressure on him I assume. Players that make it to the bigs have always had pressures and egos, and the confidence to get this far. It always seems that our management want to ease someone in or “let’s not put too much pressure on this guy”. Players of this caliber should thrive on this type of situation. Stop tiptoeing around, we shouldn’t give him the snowflake treatment that today’s society is so enamored with.

    • Grand Salami

      Ha. I don’t know that I’d deduce that much from the batting order but I agree that Peraza at #2 is lazy. Barnhart would be a better option with Gennett staying cleanup. There is nothing good putting a guy showing that little at the top of the order.

  4. VaRedsFan

    Kudos for upper management, for cutting bait with Gallardo after only 3 games.
    If they can own up to their mistake, they need to hold Price accountable for using this guy in two 2-run ball games.

  5. Sliotar

    Nick,

    I like your sense of urgency in detailing tonight’s game, but Iglesias will not be coming in during the 6th inning. Price foreclosed on the supposed “Bullpen Revolution” early last season, and his options really fall off after Iggy to get that elusive “last out of the game.” This captain is going down with his stale, predictable game and lineup management ship.

    Nola is a flat-out stud. Turns 25 in June and is the “we’ve got the edge with him going” type of guy we all hope Castillo to become.

    Reds are a super-human game from Suarez away from a winless road trip to date.

    Adam Duvall still batting 5th tells you all you need to know about how thin the available talent is at the moment.

    https://www.fangraphs.com/tht/how-to-make-lousy-teams-watchable/
    “Joey Votto is almost enough to make the Reds watchable on his own.”

    Sad times when this is how the Reds are viewed nationally.

    Go Redlegs.

  6. Sam

    We have to be patient with this team. It is young and needs time. I do believe Price will be gone by June. This team needs a spark and for along time some of the so called vets (not including Votto) need a kick in the backside.

  7. JB WV

    Can’t imagine Gallardo won’t accept a demotion, but he’s still taking innings from a AAA prospect unless they manage it better down there. He has no value. Haven’t seen Blandino play much so I’m a little excited. Prediction: Joey hits his first homer tonight.

    • VaRedsFan

      I’m thinking he will get his 1st XBH tonight…if it’s a HR…all the more better

  8. sezwhom

    I like TB behind the dish but maybe give Mez a few. Come one Price. Do something which makes sense once in a while.

    • David

      Homer prefers pitching to Tucker Barnhart.
      Gallardo: Price did not make the decision to sign him at the end of Spring Training. That’s a Front Office move.
      At the time, Disco and Finnegan were out for an indefinite amount of time, Lorenzen was also hurt for indefinite amount of time as was Hernandez, the other new reliever.
      If someone else got hurt, Gallardo could have been insurance, if he had anything left. At one time, he was a pretty good pitcher. Now his arm is gone and he has nothing left.

      Let’s not crucify the Reds for taking a risk to fill up the depth chart. Ditto with Quackenbush. He has had some good years as a reliever, and again, the Reds were a little thin starting the year. If Lorenzen had been healthy and transitioned back to the bullpen, Quackenbush does not make the team.
      Too bad for Gallardo, and the Reds have moved on. Maybe Gallardo takes the assignment in the minors and his arm strength returns and he might be worth something.
      Or not.

    • VaRedsFan

      Prefer seeing him against a lefty starter. Tucker is going good right now…keep him in the lineup.

  9. Old-school

    Its April 10 and the Reds have 2 wins. This was a must 4-3 road trip to avoid….well….THIS.

    Cards and Brewers for 10 straight after this.

    Must win tonight and tomorrow or the Reds come home with the worst record in baseball already and it’s only mid-April. That’s not how you sell tickets this summer. Price needs to win tonight.

    • Jim Walker

      Along with Gillardo being gone, if Senzel comes up and particularly if Blandino stays when Senzel comes up, there would appear to be a sea change going on with the Reds. I’d think part of that change is that the manager is on notice to win as many games as he can starting now.

      The Reds have suffered through innumerable extended losing streaks with Price at the helm. Going forward if he can’t find ways to literally win a in every three or 2 in 5, he could be short for the job.

      • Jim Walker

        The final sentence above was supposed to be….
        The Reds have suffered through innumerable extended losing streaks with Price at the helm. Going forward if he can’t find ways to win literally a game in every three or at least 2 in 5, he could be short for the job.

  10. LL Cool

    Get rid of Dick Williams!!! This is 2018 he is part of the Marge Schott era. His family sold the team to her, he appears to have the same Ideology.

  11. Timmy RedLeg

    I believe Blandino will be a good Major League Baseball player.

  12. Indy Red Man

    10th in batting average but 26th in runs? They have to start hitting with risp.

  13. Old-school

    With Duvall struggling, I’d like to see more of Hamilton hitting 9 and Winker in leadoff. That sequence with Hamilton ultimately stealing and Winker patiently working the walk was good. Ultimately, Suarez or Senzel will be in the 2 hole to do damage .

  14. Shchi Cossack

    That’s exactly the way the lineup is suppose to work with Hamilton hitting in the #9 hole and Winker leading off…except Peraza shouldn’t be hitting in the #2 hole.

  15. Indy Red Man

    26 yr old lefty Justin Nicolino going for the Bats tonite. 5ip, 3 hits, 1 er, 3bb, 6Ks. He’s 58-32 with a 2.99 career era in the minors. Thats better then Reed, Garrett, or Stephenson. 4.65 career era in the big in 201 innings. Could be an interesting pickup?

    Homer looks awesome tonite!! Spotting the fastball and his split is dropping a ton!

  16. Old-school

    Homer is pitching and healthy and looking good. Arroyo and Browning didn’t need 95 mph to win. He is locating and changing speeds and pitching. Nice to see . Pitch efficient and spot-on.

    • Seat101

      Now let’s get him some runs!

  17. VaRedsFan

    The last 2 nights, I’ve seen the phillies players look at a little card in their pocket. I assume it is for defensive positioning. Heck, the catcher even has one on his wristband to show player tendencies in certain AB’s. I know Votto has had 3 hits taken away by the shift in these to games already.

    Sure, player could look at the coaches after every AB. But I think it is a good thing…it keeps the defense in the game on every play.

  18. VaRedsFan

    That’s how you draw it up…Billy walk, Billy steal, Winker drives him in with a single

  19. Old-school

    Hamilton #9 and Winker #1 is like peas and carrots.

    • Seat101

      Or as they said on the Brady Bunch “pork chops and applesauce”

  20. VaRedsFan

    Blandino – 2 K’s and an error. Shake it off young man, that’s all in the past now.

  21. Eric the Red

    Nice command from Homer. A pretty liberal strike zone and it looked like maybe he got away with a couple of pitches, but the young guys can learn a lot watching him compete. Go Reds!

  22. Indy Red Man

    Nick the All-Star Williams. 1st hr on the season….now his 1st double. Hughes 25 pitches last night and Peralta 21. Garrett is the only other decent guy left in the pen and Price won’t use him in a tie game.

  23. VaRedsFan

    Defensive poisitioning. Sinker ball pitcher whose ball runs away from leftys. Why isn’t Duval playing closer to the line? Lefty batter will slice the ball hit out to left from Hughes…sure enough he cant reach the slicer.

  24. LL Cool

    It has to be Dick Williams calling the shots , Price once was a pitching coach. It makes no sense that Garrett is being used the way they are using him.

  25. Indy Red Man

    Thom B. just said Peraza might take Nola deep. A real student of the game:)

  26. VaRedsFan

    Nola’s breaking stuff is devastating….at least vs. the Reds it is.

    • Indy Red Man

      Yeah I have Kluber, Ohtani, and Nola on 1 of my fantasy teams. Plus Castillo…who needs to get it together!

  27. J

    Not that it really matters, but…. if you’re actually trying to win this game, don’t you want someone hitting for Peraza who might actually be able to hit a home run? Or at least a double? You’ve got two guys sitting on the bench with the ability to hit home runs, and you’ve got another guy who can play shortstop. So why is Peraza batting with four outs left to go and your 3-4-5 hitters due up next?

    • Indy Red Man

      Because its Price. Garrett hasn’t been scored on all year so lets put in a first time rookie in a 1 run game. No sense whatsover? What rookie makes his appearance in a 2-1 game in the 8th?

      • JB WV

        I was saying the same thing when Price brought him in. I guess he didn’t have Gallardo or Quack available so you bring in a rookie in a 1 run game. This is disgusting. Price must be taking a page out of Pete’s book, or bookie.

  28. Old-school

    Peraza simply doesn’t give you a good at- bat. Give him till memorial day and 175-200 at bats….but if he is still scuffling on may 1….pull the plug and move Suarez to shortstop rehab.

    The more sorting goes on….the more it appears Peraza ceiling is a good utility player. It’s getting harder and harder to see him as a good shortstop in the top half of MLB and that has to be the standard.

    • Indy Red Man

      Utility player with no power and refuses to take a walk? Not to mention he’s mediocre defensively. No thanks

    • TyGuy85

      And he’s the guy that we had to have as a headliner in a multi-team trade.

    • BigRedMike

      Peraza has 34 AB’s this season, no walks. Yet somehow, the Reds are batting him 2nd. Which is the spot that the best hitter on a team should bat. The Reds are batting a player like Peraza 2nd in the order. At this point, it is painfully clear that the Reds have no idea how winning baseball is being played today.

  29. LL Cool

    Don’t tell me Billy Hamilton is not worth being a starter. Did you see that for sure run he stopped?? And did you see how slow Winker was running???

    • VaRedsFan

      saved one last night too. Can’t save them if they go over the fence though

  30. Indy Red Man

    Thanks Price. Put the kid into a pressure cooker for his first appearance. Kingery no HRs….just schedule the Reds and now he’s Jeff Kent

    • BigRedMike

      Doesn’t make a lot of sense, but, this is what the Reds organization has become unfortunately.

      Many seem to be happy with the state of the Reds, at least reading this game thread.

      If the Reds are actually trying to see who will be around if they possibly improve, not really seeing that in the current roster.

      • VaRedsFan

        I don’t think there’s a lot of happy folks here. We try to fine silver linings every game, but every game is overshadowed by too many dark clouds

      • BigRedMike

        It is nice to see Bailey with a good start, that is encouraging. This is just a bad team, with very little talent. I guess the small improvements are the thing to look for.

        This is just a complete fail by the Reds organization. The following players batted 2nd in the order tonight, the Reds batted one of the worst hitters in MLB 2nd in the order

        Trout
        Cespedes
        Judge
        Benetendi
        Bregman
        Bryant
        Polanco
        Donaldson
        Machado

        The Reds plan to improve the team is one player, Senzel?? This team is light years away at the talent level

  31. turbobuckeye

    The season is young, yet I already feel that I have PTSD from it.

  32. Indy Red Man

    Price is the dumbest coach/manager I’ve ever seen in any sport. Horrible. You don’t have to 2nd guess him either? You can see it coming way before it happens because its the wrong thing to do nearly every time? Garrett has been outstanding! It should still be 2-1

  33. VaRedsFan

    Not a good night for the call ups. Rainey has the stuff, just didn’t go his way

  34. TyGuy85

    This team is awful. #1 pick here we come.

  35. Old-school

    The Reds 2018 season died tonight. It’s over by TKO.
    Homer pitched great. This offense is horrific. The bullpen stinks . Historically awful April is well within reach. Worst team in baseball is officially here.

    Time to focus on 2019. Bryan Price is officially done as manager.

  36. BigRedMike

    Duvall is arguing an obvious strike call.

    3 Hits for the Reds, it is all coming together

  37. turbobuckeye

    Don’t worry, tomorrow will be better. They will un-DFA Yovani Gallardo’s corpse and put him in a close game.