The Reds wrap up the first inter league series of the season against the Twins this afternoon at Target Field at 2:10 EDT.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Tyler Mahle 27.0 5.00 3.48 27.0% 7.8%
Jose Berrios 31.2 2.84 2.55 30.0% 2.5%

Mahle took a no-hitter into the seventh last Tuesday against the Braves before giving up a home run to Freddie Freeman. He had 11 strikeouts through six innings, a season and career high. Mahle’s issue has been having the endurance to pitch deep into a game. Twice he’s lasted six innings, and those were the longest of the season.

Mahle has given up 15 earned runs in 27.0 innings, but he’s also struck out 31 and walked only nine. While he hasn’t been able to last through the sixth inning, there is plenty to like about Mahle and he’s showing the Reds that he has what it takes to be apart of the rotation.

If the name Jose Berrios sounds a little familiar, you probably heard it in 2015 during All-Star Week in Cincinnati. Berrios was the starting pitcher for the World Team at GABP that season. That day, he pitched one scoreless inning, allowing only a leadoff walk, and he’s still pitching well. In 2017, he pitched a full season in MLB and had a 3.89 ERA with 139 strikeouts in 25 games started.

Berrios was the Twins first round draft pick in 2012. The Twins are grooming him to be their future ace, and right now he looks like he is on that path. His last start wasn’t the best as he gave up five earned runs in four innings to the Yankees, but he’s also pitched a complete game shutout against the Orioles this season. What has been most impressive about Berrios is his ability to command the strike zone. In 2017, he faced 616 batters and walked only 48. This season, he’s faced 120 batters so far in 2018, and has walked three.  THREE.


The lineups for today’s game can be found here.

News and Notes

-Everyone breathe a sigh of relief.

-Cliff Pennington is still in the Reds organization.

Final Thoughts

The Reds will try for that elusive first series win of 2018 today, and I’m expecting a pitcher’s duel between two outstanding young pitchers. Of course this means it will be an all-out slug fest like Friday night.



45 Responses

  1. Keith

    This would be our second series win – i have a co-worker who i regularly remind that the Reds swept the Cubs in that earlier 1 game series!

  2. Shchi Cossack

    Scooter Gennett at DH with Blandino playing 2B. That should be the decision for any game with a DH option.

    1. Jesse Winker (L) RF
    2. Jose Peraza (R) SS
    3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
    4. Scooter Gennett (L) DH
    5. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
    6. Scott Schebler (L) CF
    7. Adam Duvall (R) LF
    8. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
    9. Alex Blandino (R) 2B

  3. JB WV

    Wish Blandino had been in the 9th spot yesterday, might have won the game.

  4. Shchi Cossack

    Lineup consturction doesn’t matter much, if anything at all, this season with the Reds dragging along ith the worst record in MLB. A basic, viable tenet would aways seem to put your 4 best hitters at the top of the lineup Identifying the 4 best hitters is an open question. That could be the 4 hitters with the best OBP, the best BA, the best OPS, the best OPS+, the best RE24, the best wRC+, etc.

    Irrespective of the criteria used to evaluate the best hitters, the virtually consesus 4 best hitters in the Reds lineup are Suarez, Schebler, Votto and Winker. The 2 hitters definitely NOT in the vitually consensus 4 best are Peraza and Gennett.

  5. seat101

    During that Jose Peraza! He passed up a walk to get a hit

  6. docproctor

    Suarez drives in the run that Scooter didn’t. Time to move Eugenio into the cleanup spot.

  7. Ernest

    Berios wanted nothing to do with Votto

    Hope for a good start for Mahle today

  8. docproctor

    Riggleman says (according to Jim Day) that he doesn’t care if Billy is upset about being pinch hit for yesterday or benched today. Glad to hear it.

    • Old-school

      There is an article in enquirer today specifically discussing Riggleman benching Hamilton. Finally, accountability. Riggleman said in AL parks….time to put scooter as DH and Hamilton on bench and Blandino 2b.

      Blandino has 6 game hitting steak.
      Winker reached base 16 games in a row.
      On a 6-21 team, these guys need to play. Schebler can hit 35-40 home runs. He needs to hit 4th and play every day.

  9. Ernest

    Winker is a really good hitter. He HAS to bat lead off the remainder of the year and his Reds career. Just seems way to obvious

  10. Ernest

    Mahle is doing a great job of hitting the corners and has not been afraid to pitch in

  11. VaRedsFan

    bases loaded…no outs. Have we been here before?

  12. VaRedsFan

    Schebler gets 1 in. Maurer could have easily got the runner going home. Gift

  13. VaRedsFan

    Duval gets another one in with a ground ball. 2 should be the minimum you get with bases loaded no outs.

  14. seat101

    When was the last time the Reds scored at least one run in every inning?

  15. VaRedsFan

    Reds will no doubt be trying to sign Pablo Sandoval for the bullpen in the next off season.

  16. Jack

    Winker should never bunt. Why he was is beyond me. He is do good of a hitter to be bunting.

  17. VaRedsFan

    3 straight singles. Blandino, Winker, Peraza….produces another run.

  18. seat101

    And my man Jose Peraza Follows up with his second half of the game. Nice one two punch, eh?

    • Jack

      This is what I like with a young player. He is showing improvement. At the beginning of the year I was down on him for not improving. Very happy for the young man. Unfortunately his critics will not give him his props.

  19. Carl Sayre

    I have not been overwhelmed by Perazza at SS but the main issue was his lackof offense! I know this is a small sample size but he is hitting well enough that his adequate defense just became a quite a nit better than adequate! He is not a top level SS but when he stopped being such a determinant at the plate itmade me appreciate his glove probably the proper amount!

  20. Jack

    Haven’t watched the Twins at all but is Dozier Scooters twin?

  21. Old-school

    Blandino is a major league player. Don’t send him back down . He may be the best second baseman not named Nick senzel.

  22. docproctor

    Top six guys in our lineup today are now hitting .276 or above–and the low man is Joey Votto.

  23. Hanawi

    Hope Riggleman is monitoring Mahle closely. He’s given up 11 of his 15 runs in just 3 innings. Seems to tire and just lose it all at once. Would be nice to see him go 6 or 7 and keep it clean.

  24. docproctor

    And Peraza is now over .300. If you had bet me he would be at that level before April was over, I would have lost 100 bucks.

  25. VaRedsFan

    It would be nice if Mahle could improve on his last great outing, by going 7 or 8 today.

    • VaRedsFan

      72 pitches through 6. 8 innings seems doable if he stays relatively clean

  26. VaRedsFan

    Thanks to whoever switched the RLN format back.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Doh! I hadn’t even noticed until you mentioned it.

  27. Aaron Bradley

    Everything clicking today. Nice!

  28. VaRedsFan

    Only 6.1 innings for Mahle. But he was great.

  29. Old-school

    Riggleman is making a difference.
    Accountabilty matters

  30. Indy Red Man

    The Reds look like the energized team and the Twins look like someone just playing out the string. If Billy wasn’t batting 9th then maybe they sweep, but a first series win is nice! I’ll be happy to admit I’m wrong about Peraza if he can keep it going! Hit around .300 with 8-10 HRs and play good defense….hopefully steal 20-25 bases as well. Mahle is a gem….high fastballs scare me in GABP but its amazing how he can locate 92-94 and get so many swing-n-misses. They never seem to miss Castillo’s heater and he throws harder. I think they need to work with Castillo on throwing fastballs out of the zone on 0-2 and 1-2. He will miss and come right down the middle at the belt. Mahle seems to get it at the letters where they can’t catch it and both corners at the hollow of the knee. Thats how he gets away with average velocity.

  31. TyGuy85

    That’s what happens when you get good pitching. Nice job by Mahle, looking more and more like a top of the rotation guy. Go Redlegs!

  32. Jeff Reed

    Solid pitching from Mahle and the offense was on. The Red’s first full series win and with May around the corner the Reds are on the quest toward .500 baseball.

  33. tomn

    Goes without saying that the Reds need Castillo to return to his 2017 version. But it’s also important for Finnegan to get back to pre-injury form. That would really round out the staff with five solid starters. I think he’s coming around too. Tomorrow against the Brewers will be a telling start for him.

    Keep it going Reds!