The Reds beat Atlanta 10-4. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to watch any of the game. I saw from the box score that Scott Schebler (from the leadoff spot!) hit a home run and that Kevin Quackenbush didn’t pitch. Two good signs. Otherwise Nation, you’ll have to fill in the gaps.

UPDATE (via Chad): A little miscommunication among the Redleg Nation team tonight. But the Reds won! Life is beautiful, you guys.

Final R H E
Atlanta Braves (12-9) 4 7 0
Cincinnati Reds (4-18) 10 10 1
W: Romano (1-2) L: Freeman (0-1) S: Iglesias (3)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Box Score

Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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  1. Peraza walked once and had two legitimate hits, including a key two-out RBI single. Duvall walked twice and had a legitimate double. Big Sal pitched pretty well. Despite walking once, Pennington still doesn’t belong on a major league team, and should absolutely never start another game for the Reds. I think those are the main points.

  2. The Braves pitcher is a lousy bunter.

    Jesse Winker is s steely eyed missle man.

    • Indeed. And Childish Gambino is probably a better hitter than Cliff Pennington or Billy Hamilton. And in case your reference was old school (Project Mercury, not The Martian) then I’m pretty sure the ghost of Neil Armstrong would do more for the Reds than Pennington.

    • Nice Apollo 13 reference.

  3. Peraza is outslugging Votto which means he is awesome.

  4. Guess who leads the Reds in times on base? Some guy named Joey Votto (though to be fair, Winker, Suarez and Luis Castillo have a higher OBP – Votto’s is a measly .352). But here’s all you need to know about why the Reds offense has stunk. Votto has been on base 32 times in 21 games played. He has scored exactly 2 runs. Part of that is the Votto power drought, and the rest is the complete lack of offense behind him. That is an abysmal, unsustainably low rate. It will get better, as in TOSALLTIUT. “This Offense Stinks A Little Less Than It Used To.” Coming to a ballpark near you soon.

    • Votto is hitting in the three hole. I have always advocated leading Votto off, or at least second.

    • You think the offensive Ills may be linked to Suarez and Schebler being out of the line up?

  5. Romano appears to have learned to be ready before the first inning begins! Seriously good tonight.

    It was announced after the game that Suarez we I’ll be playing two rehab games in Louisville THIS WEEK.

    • Love to see a healthy Winker, Votto, Suarez, Schebler at the top of the order.

  6. I did not get to see the game either, but I see from the box score that the Braves walked eight men including Hamilton and Pennington. Oh my, you know a pitching staff is having an incredibly bad night if both Hamilton and Pennington walk.

  7. The Braves did their part to help out, lots of walks. But a win is a win, we’ll take them where ever they com from.

  8. A one game winning streak is just what the doctor ordered. Let’s go for 2!

  9. Zack Cozart has a .284 OBP so far this year; Peraza is at .280 and Hamilton, .286. Granted, Cozart is learning a new league, but the chances are that 2017 was one-off career year for him, and that he will stabilize at his career .715 OPS. I am glad that the Angels, and not the Reds, owe him $35 million more for the next 3 years.

    I may well lead the world in exasperation over Peraza’s offense, but every time I go off on him, he responds with some good swings and some good contact. I will, therefore, keep blasting him. I will point out that this defense has become pretty solid lately, at the risk that he will repay me with errors tonight.

    Billy Hamilton, warts and all, is a preposterously good baserunner. The run he scored in the 8th was important, because the Braves had closed within 3, and we all know how snake-bitten the Reds have been. But he got a single, stole second on a pitchout, then scored without a throw on a single on which he had to take a step back toward second to make sure it got past the shortstop. With 99% of players in MLB, that sequence yields first and second, rather than a run.

    And Schebler now has two hard-hit opposite-field singles in the last two games, which is consistent with what he was trying to do, and did, in spring training. He was my candidate for a big breakout this year.

  10. That was fun to follow … finally.

  11. Here’s a question…would Price have countered with Winker after sending Gosselin to the plate to bat for Romano? Won’t really know for sure, but that is one of those managerial moments that impact the game.

    Watching Billy on the base paths explains why its soooo hard to just bench him.

    • Yes….but if you use him as a pinch-runner and def replacement then he doesn’t have to earn his way on. Compliment WInker’s best attribute with Billy’s best attribute. I don’t see how they can sit Schebler or Winker very often….so I would rotate Billy with Duvall.

      • You’re right, but the problem is that, unless you leave him in the game, you can only use him once as a pinch-runner, and it isn’t very predictable when that would have the best chance of yielding a good result.

  12. Riggleman did a nice job using his bench and matchups at the right time in the game to get Winker an opportunity to impact the game. The Romano/ Peralta/ Iglesias combo did fine .
    Hamilton is an absurd baserunner and a bad hitter.

    The sobering reality is Riggleman’s quote to Patrick Brennan in the enquirer.
    Take home point is Riggleman is not the person deciding where Billy bats. He will stay at 9 for now….but he met with 4-5 “others” and got there opinions to discuss Hamilton’s order spot and the plan is to get Billy hot and move him BACK to leadoff so he can create havoc. They want to move Winker and schebler to RBI spots..

    Castellini and Jocketty and other “advisors” are running this team . Price simply did what his bosses wanted him to do. Because they all think alike. He referred to Jocketty as a good friend in his statement. Insularity and old thinking abd Walt Jocketty continue to define this franchise and it’s losing ways

    • Exactly. I commented yesterday that with the lineups basically the same , FO is making the lineups out. Which we all thought. Idiots are running the ship

  13. Old School I agree 100% with your last paragraph.Men from the same generation all think the same.Its worse in business especially if they have been successful but it lasts only when new ideas from younger people are brought in.Pride gets in the way big time as well and even when others are doing it differently with success they won’t budge which is where Price joined the party.His arrogant my way is the only way thought process is why the rest had his back.

    • All think the same? I suppose it would be worse if they were successful, since being successful is usually the point.

  14. scary thing about the reds this year is that we seem to be a station to station team needing to manufacture our runs which is fine except you only have 2 players that can consistently score from second on a single in Hamilton and Peraza.
    Schebler and Duvall can score on a single in the gap.
    everybody else can only advance to 3rd.

    • You always seem to underestimate Schebler’s speed. The guy isn’t a base-clogger. He has better than average speed. He generally scores on a single. The only ones he may not score on that Hamilton or Peraza may are hard-hit balls right to an OF with a good arm.

  15. It seems the rotation has at least stabilized a bit. That said, Romano’s low K rate will limit his ceiling….probably a #4-5 type at best. In my mind, he would surrender his spot to Disco when the time comes. Finnegan is giving up a walk and inning, which is sadly in line with what we saw last year before he got hurt. He should trade spots with BobSteve.

    Hamilton’s 3 pitch strikeout with the bases loaded was soooo bad it defies description. He has no business starting, ever. Even though Kiermeier’s hurt, I’d talk to the Rays and a third team about Kiermeier for Iglesias for _____. But for now, Schebler/Ervin should start every game in CF with no exceptions.

    Don’t let one teaser game from Peraza fool you. His chase rate is ridiculously bad, just like his walk rate. He would have to hit .320 just to be league average at his position. Not gonna happen. Not that I’m giving up on him, just that he should be in Louisville reworking his approach.

    • The Braves DFA’d an OF that can play all 3 OF positions, especially CF, last week. The Reds are playing coy, but could get him if they wanted. He can backup all 3 OF spots, is an excellent PH off of the bench, and maybe could give Duvall a push for an OF job. The Reds could trade for him, or risk waiting until the Braves have to put him on waivers by Friday or Saturday. Reds could have the first crack at him on the waiver wire and that is what they may be waiting for. But some other team could swoop in and make a trade before they have to put him on the waiver wire.
      Lane Adams. A better backup CF than Schebler. A much better 5th OF than Ervin. A RH hitter so he could give Duvall a run. And Ervin can go back to AAA for some regular AB’s. Very good speed and a very good bat off of the bench.

    • I doubt that Peraza is going to rework his approach to hitting. He’s a hacker with some speed and on the infield and outfield he could be a super sub on the next Reds contending team. Until another shortstop shows up, Suarez should hold down that position.

  16. I agree with all you said Sultan.We have needed a CF for year and don’t seem to get it that we do.

  17. I think Stuart Fairchild will be the CF by 2020. We’ll see? They need to find a backup plan til then or if Trammell and Fairchild can’t hack it. Why not give Mason WIlliams a look?

    • Indy, I know you wanted the Reds to sign Miles Mikolas as much as I did. Get a read on this about Mikolas and what he is doing in STL, besides feasting on the Reds. Good, interesting article and it just makes you wish the Red would have signed him even more.

      http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/mikolas-finds-that-it-pays-to-think-inside-the-box/article_e9af43f9-aa34-5c77-b5e8-361c82fd5db3.html

      A great comment on there about watching hitters take batting practice. A keen observation.
      Maybe the Reds could go to Japan to find their next pitching coach, Tatsunori Hara.

      • Actually you brought him up I think? I’d never heard of him, but I read up a little bit and he’s pretty decent.

        Pitching coach? Heck yeah…something is going on with the Reds? Blake Wood finally got scored on but he had 9 scoreless ip with the Angels w/3 walks? Cingrani…same thing? I don’t get it?

      • I used to glean a lot of information on opposing hitters by watching them take BP. We didn’t really have scouting in the leagues I was a part of. For example, Lancaster’s advanced scout was usually an injured player and that was if they could afford to give him bus-fare or gas money. The Ft. Meade Airmen had no advance scouting at all, as that was strictly an intramural league.

  18. When everyone gets healthy I would really like to see the reds run this Line up out there for about a month.

    Winker LF
    Senzel 3b
    Votto 1b
    Duvall RF
    Schebler CF
    Suarez ss
    Barnhardt c
    Perraza 2b
    Pitcher

    I would have no problem if we switched Senzel and Saurez in the order. I do think playing Saurez at SS is our best option at this time.

    Scooter becomes a super utility guy. A role he excelled at last year. You could play him at multiple positions and limit him against lefties. He doesn’t hit lefties well enough to play everyday and his up the middle defense is not good enough to play there everyday

    Billy comes off the bench for pinch running and defensive purposes.

    Bench:
    Billy
    scooter
    Irvin
    Blandino
    Mesoraco

  19. I like it Jim.

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Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky's Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve's thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.

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