The Cincinnati Reds (4-17) will look to start their first win streak of 2018 tonight at 6:40 PM against the Atlanta Braves (12-9). The Reds offense exploded for 10 runs last night to end their five game losing streak. The Reds had gone 50 consecutive innings without taking the lead prior to last evening.

Monday’s seem to be the best day of the week for the Reds. They are 3-1 on Monday’s, but 1-16 on every other day. The Reds scored 10 runs last Monday also, but were then shutout each of the next two games in Milwaukee.

Starting Pitchers

Tyler Mahle‘s numbers might not look like much, but has been above average in strikeouts and walks. It has been the home run ball that has been Mahle’s undoing so far in 2018. Tonight will be Mahle’s first time ever facing anyone in the Braves lineup.

Brandon McCarthy is a 13-year veteran starter. When McCarthy has been healthy, he has had a nice career. He does however have a 8.78 ERA in 13.1 career innings against the Reds, but they haven’t faced him since 2014.

Starting Lineups

Braves Reds
1. Ender Inciarte (CF)
2. Ozzie Albies (2B)
3. Freddie Freeman (1B)
4. Nick Markakis (RF)
5. Kurt Suzuki (C)
6. Preston Tucker (LF)
7. Dansby Swanson (SS)
8. Ryan Flaherty (3B)
9. Brandon McCarthy (P)
1. Jesse Winker (RF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Devin Mesoraco (C)
7. Alex Blandino (3B)
8. Tyler Mahle (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)

Suarez starting rehab assignment

The big news of the day is that Eugenio Suarez will be starting a rehab assignment at AAA-Louisville tonight. He suffered a broken thumb just 16 days (!) ago. He can’t return to the Reds lineup soon enough, although I am sure the Reds will ease him along in the rehab process (and rightfully so).


How about a winning streak? That would be quite the accomplishment, right Nation? Go Reds!

160 Responses

  1. nicolecushing

    The Reds seem to be rationed to about ten runs a week and they spent them all last night. (But I’m hopeful now that Schebler’s back, the rationing is over.)

    Go Redlegs!

    • docproctor

      Please note that Schebler’s not in the lineup. 🙁

      • Patrick Jeter

        It’s because Duvall was an “All-Star” once. What a joke.

      • Wayne nabors

        The question of the day would be WHY

      • Ernest Howerton

        Rest day,professional athletes that come out of womb 3 steps ahead of everyone.He already needs a rest

  2. Old-school

    Eugenio Suarez may be the most important player for the Cincinnati Reds considering his defense. The record without him supports that. Things are looking better.

  3. Jeff Reed

    USA Today Sports has the Reds, Marlins and White Sox with 0.0 chance to reach the playoffs, so the key for the remaining five months of the 2018 season is development for 2019. I hope veteranariness will stay in the background.

  4. Scott Carter

    Did anyone notice that the last five hitters in Reds lineup are hitting under .200?

    • David

      I wonder if Jim Riggleman knows that? Someone should wake him up and tell him.

      Yes, pretty sad. Why isn’t Scheb playing CF and Winker in RF and Billy catching splinters?

      Inquiring minds want to know. Because we are in last place and not scoring runs. Take a chance, people.

      • greenmtred

        Let’s see..Because he’s coming off an injury, isn’t a good centerfielder and has a career obp of .316?

    • Jack

      What’s the,chance anyone picks him up? Zero sounds about right.

  5. VaRedsFan

    Thanks for the 1st Reds HR in 212 AB’s yesterday Schebler…now back to the bench you go

    • seat101

      He’s play like five games in a row, has he not?

  6. VaRedsFan

    Reds cut Quacker…activate Shackleford

    • docproctor

      Gotta give them (a small amount of) credit for cutting him and Gallardo pretty quickly.

    • Scott Gennett

      Now I’m confused, Quackenford and Shacklebush?

  7. Wayne nabors

    Not going with the hot bat is the norm this year,votto has 3 hits on the 11th and sits on the 12th,sheb brings em out of the doldrums last night and tonite he sits

  8. Sliotar

    “Bob Castellini still a believer, despite Cincinnati Reds ’embarrassing’ April”

    I have read this piece twice and still cannot make up my mind if Castellini is in denial, having problems with senility or is a flat-out liar.

    I do come away from reading it feeling that there is something deeply wrong with how the Reds are run and how decisions are reached. Especially when compared to how successful MLB teams are run, with a clear and decisive General Manager in charge of the roster.

    • David

      What do you expect the majority owner to do? Say his players and organization are crap? This is what a CEO does; try to instill confidence and protect his employees. Much of what he said is true, but there are a lot of unanswered questions. I don’t think he’s a liar, but I think there are other things that are unsaid.
      Such as: The Reds have had four straight losing seasons, and this one doesn’t look any better. When will it really get better, and why do you think so? Are we ever going to hire any quality free agents? Are you happy, specifically, with the return on trading Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees? Essentially, we got nothing of value for him.

    • Jack

      I stopped reading it about half way. The one thing he is right about is there is talent on this ballclub. Unfortunately the managers or General Managers cant figure out who. They keep playing the crap and signing crap. One thing, I have always noticed in my lifetime . The bosses always lie no matter what.” If you believe it , then it’s not a lie.”

    • VaRedsFan

      So what kind of double talk is this???

      He said vehemently that he does not interfere with the baseball operation. He interrupted the question. “Do you feel you’ve been too involved in baseball op…
      “No. It’s bull. We make decisions collectively. When we meet, we all give our opinions. I will come in and say, this is what I think we ought to do. If I don’t get a lot of opposition, we make the decision based on what I say. I do not get overly involved in our operations.’’

      He basically said he doesn’t meddle, then he said this is what we should do.

    • seat101

      I think a chill pill might be in order

  9. J

    Reds should just keep hitting the ball 40 feet.

  10. Jack

    For once the bad breaks are happening to the other team.

  11. james garrett

    My thoughts exactly.We need to small ball them to death or slow ball them may be a better way to put it.

  12. J

    Hatcher getting bailed out here. Shouldn’t have held Scooter at third with one out and a pitcher/Hamilton up next. Glad it worked out, but it shouldn’t have.

  13. Old-school

    Young reds pitcher developing.

  14. Steve Mancuso

    Great start for Tyler Mahle. Winker drives in Blandino. Positives for the rebuild.

  15. tomn

    Great command, great stuff and confidence

  16. VaRedsFan

    once through the lineup and Mahle has 6 K’s.
    Have they given away pizza this year?

    LaRossa’s certainly has to be overstocked by now.

  17. Steve Mancuso

    Two more days for the Redleg Nation fundraiser. If you donate during this Reds game you’ll get a shout out in the game thread.

  18. VaRedsFan

    Freeman has a big upper cut swing. Pitch him at the top of the zone.
    Right on cue, Mahle gets him on a comebacker.

  19. David

    Does Mahle know what he is doing? It appears so. And he is actually pitching with the Reds giving him the lead. Which is pretty exceptional this year.
    So give the young guy some props.

  20. Steve Mancuso

    David Johnson just contributed to Redleg Nation. Thanks, David!

  21. Preach

    I think Billy had a reason to complain on strike 3

  22. Steve Mancuso

    You’ll want to have donated to Redleg Nation on the night Tyler Mahle throws a no-hitter, right?

    • docproctor

      *Putting hands over eyes and ears*

  23. Preach

    Wow. Mahle just dealing. Impressive.

    • docproctor

      Mahle has something going on through 5 innings. Also has 8 strikeouts (and 2 walks).

  24. VaRedsFan

    HE DID IT….VOTTO HR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. VaRedsFan

    Accompanied by the silent treatment

  26. VaRedsFan

    Scooter gets his first… Back to back!

  27. CI3J

    Wow, Mahle hitting the upper 90’s. I didn’t know he could throw this hard consistently, thought he was more of a mid-90’s guy with more control (thus the few walks).

    This is something.

    • docproctor

      Hardest I’ve seen him throw. He’s in the zone.

  28. Thomas Jefferson

    This is easily the most fun I’ve had watching a game this year.

  29. Big Jim

    The more I watch Mahle the more he reminds me of a young Greg Maddux. Bulldog

      • Big Jim

        Also good comparison. I saw Maddux pitch a lot in the 90s when I lived in Atlanta. Both Mussina had that bulldog mentality. Of course that mentality is getting Mahle in trouble now.

      • CI3J

        That must have been special to see those Braves teams of the 90’s play in person. Maddux/Glavine/Smoltz were masters at their craft.

      • Big Jim

        Yep, I moved there in the fall of 1990. Bought a 20 game package the following spring because I love baseball and didn’t care if the Braves were good or not. Of course I was still a die hard Reds fan. But got to attend World Series games in 91, 92, 95, and 96. The initial costs of my seats in 91 were $8. 20 rows behind 3rd base dugout.

  30. VaRedsFan

    Cody Reed started tonight:
    3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3K’s

    • VaRedsFan

      Suarez: 1-2, double, 2 BB’s.
      Senzel 0-2 w/ a walk

  31. renbutler

    Riggleman replaced the clubhouse calendar with a new version that had all Mondays.

  32. docproctor

    Suarez 1 for 2 with 2 walks in Louisville.

  33. tomn

    I believe blandino is 6 for his last 14. He was 1 for his first 14. Something like that. Playing time helps.

    • renbutler

      He was playing almost every day when he was .059 (1-for-17).

      • tomn

        True. Maybe I should say extended time. Getting used to playing at this level.

  34. Mitch

    I like the look of’a homepage right now.

    • Mitch

      Well… that didn’t last long.

  35. CI3J

    There goes the no-no and the shutout.

    Still, fantastic job, young man.

  36. Preach

    That one threatened to take down a satellite or two.

  37. magi210

    Think he’s running out of gas. Very impressive start.

  38. Old-school

    Me thinks Garrett for 2 innings

  39. VaRedsFan

    HR/double…next guy that reaches should be about it.

    • VaRedsFan

      Somebody in the bullpen was seen beating him with a lead pipe…trying to knock the rust off of him

  40. Preach

    Ok, let’s get him the win anyways

  41. tomn

    6 great innings then … Great start. I think he just found out that mlb hitters adjust. Gotta change things up and keep them on their toes.

  42. VaRedsFan

    3-6-3 DP gets them off the field

  43. Steve Mancuso

    Stephen Nesbitt just donated to Redleg Nation to commemorate Tyler Mahle’s thrilling performance tonight. Thanks, Stephen!

    • MrRed

      That’s as good of a reason as I can think of so far this season. I also noticed that RLN nearly missed last night’s recap of a rare win so I thought we might be in danger of folding here. /jk Keep up the great work guys and gals!

  44. Preach

    For Winker to get a double, it had to be hit hard.

  45. Old-school

    Let these young Reds play… Garrett…Mahle..Winker…Castillo…

    Let’s go.

  46. Indy Red Man

    Riggleman? Mahle had a clear adrenaline dump after K’ing the side in the 6th. Come on? A young guy doesn’t have to be at 100 pitches to take him out? I said to myself to pull him after the leadoff HR. Take him out on a high….not giving up a crooked number inning again? Stupidity and thats not 2nd guessing when you look at how Mahle has performed so far. Idiotic?

    • seat101

      Some people aren’t happy unless they’re unhappy

      • Indy Red Man

        Thats not it at all. The kid just dominated and its stupid to not be ready to pull him if he suddenly loses it….because his recent track record suggests that he suddenly loses it. Duh? I like Mahle alot and I’m glad they’re finally scoring some runs! The squeeze was nice too!

    • greenmtred

      I thought the same thing, but there’s something to be said for letting him work a little after the first hiccup in the game. It’s something he’ll need going forward.

  47. Preach

    The lineup has hit well all night, you are up by two, and they call a bunt.

  48. Preach

    Surprised Peraza doesn’t have more of a lead

    • seat101

      Me too! All the time he doesn’t take the lead he’s given much less push it a little

  49. VaRedsFan

    A productive bunt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Preach

    One of the prettiest things in the world is a properly executed suicide squeeze

  51. renbutler

    Just realized that Frazier and Bruce were batting back-to-back for the Mets tonight.

    Frazier just walked and Bruce tripled him in.

  52. seat101

    Coaches and managers or pay no attention to the game. I had no idea what they were talking about. Obviously they were just trying to make it so casual but there was nothing special going on. Part of the psych.

  53. Preach

    It’s a good thing Peraza didn’t execute that bunt. Inning would have been different

  54. tomn

    Great squeeze and the the double steal. Love it.

  55. VaRedsFan

    Tucker now 5-9 batting righty this year. Pleasant surprise in a SSS

  56. Old-school

    Riggleman managing the pitching.
    Reds now getting combo of best young starters and relievers.

  57. Old-school

    Garrett and Mahle dominating.
    Let Garrett finish this.

    • Jazzmanbbfan

      Seemed like his command went away quickly.

  58. Satchmo

    Leave Garrett in for the 3 inning save?

    Why not? We need to stretch him out for the rotation anyway, right?

  59. Wizeman

    Would like I see Garrett pitch the 9th. Start stretching him out

  60. Indy Red Man

    Have to get Garrett in the rotation soon though? Already failed to get starter innings out of Chapman and Iggy. They can’t let another live arm pitch 60 ip when they need 175 out of him?

  61. Preach

    Would love to see Garret butcher boy this one

  62. Preach

    The more Thom talks, the less I like him

    • renbutler

      Then you must LOATHE him by now…

  63. chrisscharmen

    This feels like the kind of game we will end up losing. You know, the one where we should have won.

  64. CI3J

    Scooter Bleepin’ Gennett.

    Dude CAN NOT field his position well. At all.

    • Preach

      Yeah , well Iglesias had no business throwing that pitch there. Lucky it didn’t find the middle deck

    • Jack

      He had a better chance with a fork than the glove.

  65. Jazzmanbbfan

    WOW, just 😮. Snatching defeat (or a tie) from the jaws of victory.

  66. Indy Red Man

    Scooter? He was never good defensively, but he was never half this bad last year either? Just smother the ball. If he keeps the ball in front of him then Votto’s plays wins the game. Pick him up now!!

  67. Jack

    As much as I love Gennett , I have no problem waving goodbye when Senzel comes up.

  68. Steve Mancuso

    Adam Wolf just donated to Redleg Nation in honor of the Reds impending walk-off win tonight. Thanks, Adam!

  69. Jeff Reed

    What is there to say? A great game by Mahle and now a tied game.

  70. Wobaisnotyoda

    6 LOB. Never, ever when it counts.

  71. Wes the best

    First Tucker drops a strike 3 foul tip , then the wheels fall off. A homer, a single then a double , then Iggy walks a batter to load the bases and then walks in a run , then Scooter what looks like an error muffs one hit directly to him. That should had been an error and should not have been charged to Garrett.

  72. Wizeman

    Still glad he stretched out Garrett
    Have to take the long view

  73. VaRedsFan

    can’t believe they gave Inciarte a hit on that ball to Scooter

  74. Sliotar

    It feels like Markakis is qualifying as a junior member of the Reds Killer club. He still has a long way to go to reach Freddie Freeman status, however.

  75. Preach

    This bullpen issue seems vaguely familiar…..

  76. VaRedsFan

    Wild pitch is now in play with Hughes and his sinker

  77. Preach

    Besides Mes, who’s still on the bench?

  78. Steve Mancuso

    An extra-innings donation from Anita Culver for a walk-off win in the 11th. Thanks, Anita!

    • Sliotar

      LOL, Daytonnati.

      “Maybe they will walk Billy.”
      “It would give you a fighting chance to win this.”

      That’s where we are at when he is at the plate.

  79. J

    Billy leading off the inning against a pitcher who has control problems, and he swings at a 2-1 pitch nearly in the dirt. These guys don’t deserve to win.

  80. VaRedsFan

    Somebody shut Thom up about starting innings off with runners on 1st/2nd.
    Next he will want them to start throwing underhanded

  81. yorktownred

    Go Crazy Folks!!!! GO CRAZY!!!!!

  82. LL Cool

    Scooter owed us that one. Thank God