The Cincinnati Reds (2-8) will try to avoid being swept in the city of brotherly love by the Philadelphia Phillies (5-5) tonight at 7:05 PM. The Reds bullpen spoiled a terrific start last night by Homer Bailey. The Reds have continued their worst start since 1995, when the Reds started 2-8 that season also. The Reds haven’t started 2-9 since 1993.

Starting Pitchers

Tonight’s starting pitching matchup will feature two pitchers that have never faced a single hitter on their opponent at the major league level. Luis Castillo‘s first two starts of 2018 have been pretty mediocre. Castillo has done a fairly good job throwing strikes, but he has missed his location at times and given up hard contact as a result.

Nick Pivetta is coming off a brilliant start against the Marlins: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K. He was originally a fourth round draft pick of the Nationals. He was traded to the Phillies in 2015 for Jonathan Papelbon. Pivetta made 26 starts for the Phillies in 2017, and it didn’t go well as he has a 6.06 ERA.

Starting Lineups

The Bryan Price Experience 

Bryan Price made a couple really head-scratching moves (or non-moves) last night. The Reds were up 1-0 going into the bottom of the 7th. The Phillies had a left-handed batter due up, and it was the guy (Nick Williams) who hit the winning home run the night before. Price decided to go with Jared Hughes, a right-handed pitcher. Nick Williams of course doubled off the wall. Hughes was able to get two outs, and faced LHB J.P. Crawford. He is 2 for 26 in his career off left-handed pitchers, and had a .598 OPS vs LHP in the minors last season. Price stuck with Hughes despite having two lefties in his bullpen. Crawford of course singled to tie the game.

Possibly even worse than pitching Hughes in the 7th inning, Price elected to go with Tanner Rainey in the 8th inning of a 1-1 game against the top of the Phillies lineup. It was the MLB debut for Rainey. He would end up giving up a grand slam. Meanwhile, Raisel Iglesias has thrown a grand total of 11 pitches over the last 7 days, and hasn’t pitched since Saturday. Price has previously gone out of his way to say that he would be less conventional with his bullpen management, and promised to use Iglesias creatively and for multiple innings at times. If Bryan Price wants to consistently go down without using his best reliever, his job can go down too.

Conclusion

It hasn’t been pleasant times for Reds country over the first two weeks of the baseball season. Many of the fans (myself included) who have been very patient during this long rebuild are beginning to lose patience, especially with Bryan Price. We all know the roster is not exactly where the Reds would like it with DeSclafani, Finnegan, Hernandez, Lorenzen, and Suarez all on the DL, but the Reds do have enough talent not to be 2-8. This train needs to start rolling in the right direction soon. Go Reds!

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. Oh Man, what a catch. We was robbed.

  2. What can you say?

  3. Scooter robbed of a dinger 410 feet away. No chance we win this one. Anaconda sized snake bitten

  4. Can we bring Paul Janish back to pitch a few innings? Maybe Carlos Fisher ??

    • It was Fisher against the Phillies too. I watched all 17 of those agonizing innings

  5. I think Herrera just jumped and got lucky. Doesn’t look like he tracked it

  6. What a catch!

  7. I’m so confused on the way we have used personnel tonight

  8. Yeah, win or lose, Price showed tonight he was pressing, feeling the hot seat.

    Also, his starting lineup just isn’t that good right now. Which certainly doesn’t help.

  9. 3 walks in a row.

  10. You heard it here first. Brian Price will fired tomorrow.

    • You’re my bud now….let me buy you whatever you like:) Of course if Casey Stengel rose from the grave and brought Babe Ruth with him…its not making this team a good one.

      • Casey won 40 games with the ’62 Mets
        Can the Reds go 38 and 113? The way this team looks………..

  11. 0-2 and walks the winning run into scoring position? I was wrong about Peralta having a shot at the rotation. Yeah…he has 3 plus pitches but his control is all over the place? This is the kind of game they’ve been giving away too?

  12. Hughes for the third straight night.

  13. How many arms do we have left in the pen after This? Have to be thin there too

  14. Rainey and Weiss still down there too….like i said…we’re good

  15. So, basically, 10th inning and we have used EVERYBODY.

  16. Good job by Hughes. He looks like a pro out there.

  17. Iggy, Peralta, and Garrett combined = 1 er in 17 innings. Hughes was a decent signing. I thought Lorenzen could possibly regain what he was in 2016. That would be a good bullpen. They need Garrett in the rotation though? He’s got as high a ceiling as any of their guys.

  18. Even Thom has noticed the issues Price has had tonight.

  19. Good AB by Ervin…..probably won’t see him for another week

  20. Remember. I called it. Price is fired tomorrow

  21. Sweet, I hope Quackenbush can hold them. Cause he’s due up 3rd next inning and that could be fun.

  22. Whew! Quackenbush to the plate!

  23. Ok…..i don’t understand either one if these managers tonight.

  24. Wow, pinch hitter Tyler Mahle scared them into a pitching change. Really?

  25. Thom is very fortunate he broadcasts for a small market team that has been a loser for most of the last 20 years.

    He just can’t help himself, taking an opinion and turning it into moralizing and preachiness. Every single time.

    That “only people watching are those without a job” would certainly not go unnoticed in the New York media, if he was doing Mets or Yankees games.

    One of these days, he will go too far. And the Reds will be forced to do something about him.

    • Do a google search for “Lee Elia” and “Cubs fans”

      • Oh, it’s a classic rant, for sure.

        Times are different now, for better or worse.

        The Reds, who have never had greater than 75% capacity in GABP in any one season, don’t need a team broadcaster alienating those sticking around for extra-inning games.

      • Interesting enough, the top comment on the You Tube video is “The Bryan Price tirade brought me here.”

    • Thank you. I’ve been wanting to post something along these lines, too.
      Would be nice if SEAT101 could get the same scoop on Thom as he did on Price.

    • I wish that day is today.

    • 6 year extension.

  26. I love the idea of putting men on 1st/2nd to start extra innings! That would be fun!! Baseball needs more fun and excitement. For Reds fans…it would introduce countless new ways for Price to blow games and keep us talking about it all week!

  27. Scooter? Omg? I thought the stuff about his poor defense was overblown but he has been horrific this year? They won’t survive that. Not this team.

    • It was not overblown. He’s a horrible fielder and was before he came to the Reds.

  28. There was actually a logic to that pitching change. Make absolutely sure you don’t face Votto and you’ll probably win in the bottom of the inning.

  29. Oh Scooter…if only there was a DH in the NL

  30. Billy’s gonna pitch!

  31. Oh, good, now Price is really ‘managing.’

  32. Tucker made a terrible throw too…he had him at 2nd with a good throw. Typical…find a way to lose

  33. Brice is trying his best to wild pitch this game to a close.

  34. Only two outfielders, and one of them is Winker. The ironies abound.

  35. They are going to confuse themselves on a ground ball

  36. Shucks, we lost. Nobody saw that coming.

  37. This extra innings confusion? Where does the 5th infielder play? Why are Winker and Ervin so deep? This is why Price needs to go. 100% on the manager…

    • It was a little on Scooter there..like 80%. If they had a real hitter on the bench besides Pennington then they win it in the 9th

    • The announcers (think it was Brantley) who mentioned he’d never seen a game where one team was entirely out of bench players after 9 and the other team had only used one.

      Our players are underperforming, but our manager is consistently one-upping them. I like the guy and have been a past supporter, especially when we ran out a mediocre AAA team, but this year has been awful, almost nightly.

    • I guess Price felt the rifle arms of Winker and Ervin would nail the possible winning runner at home plate. And as commented below, why not load the bases with a possible force out at home plate. Of course this regards baseball strategy which is in short supply with the current Reds.

  38. You can’t hide bad defense. The other team will find you at some point.

  39. Votto and Homer could buy up the neighborhoods of all the Miami players combined….and they have 3 wins. Oh boy

  40. The Timberwolves-Nuggets game started after 8pm, went to overtime and still finished before the Phillies-Reds game which started at 7:05pm and went 12 innings.

  41. Why didnt they walk the bases loaded…force out at home?

  42. I could tell from the podcast over the winter and spring training that the Reds were going to suck this year, probably worse than last year. But i had no idea.

  43. How long can the Reds organization be happy with the status quo? Good gosh, is not fun and it’s only a couple weeks into the season.

    • This weekend they’ll have like 20,000 on Sat and 9k will be Card fans. Good times

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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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