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).

Conclusion

How about a winning streak? That would be quite the accomplishment, right Nation? 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. 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.

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. This bullpen issue seems vaguely familiar…..

  6. Wild pitch is now in play with Hughes and his sinker

  7. Tucker will end this.

  8. Besides Mes, who’s still on the bench?

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

  10. Whenever Billy goes 1 for 5, his average climbs.

    • 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.

  11. 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.

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

  13. LEGEND!!!

  14. Scooter Legend!!!!!!!

  15. Go Crazy Folks!!!! GO CRAZY!!!!!

  16. Scooter owed us that one. Thank God

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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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