The Cincinnati Reds (19-36) will look to end their two game losing skid tonight at 9:40 PM against the Arizona Diamondbacks (27-26). The Reds and Homer Bailey got hammered 12-5 by the Dbacks last night. The Reds have lost 9 of their last 13 games, and now hold the worst record in the National League.

Starting Pitchers

Luis Castillo has seemed to have figured it out in May. He has a 2.83 ERA in 5 starts, with a 9.73 K/9 and 2.83 BB/9. It has been the home run ball that has really hurt him most of 2018. Castillo pitched great in two starts against the Dbacks last year (12.2 IP, 2.84 ERA, 15 K, 2 BB). Our own Matt Wilkes actually wrote a terrific piece today here on RN about the adjustments that Castillo has made.

Zack Godley had a breakout 2017 season posting a 3.37 ERA/3.41 FIP in 25 starts. He has not been the same so far in 2018. Godley is coming off a start where he only lasted 3.1 innings allowing 8 runs while walking 6. His control has been erratic at times, so it would benefit the Reds hitters to be patient tonight. Godley had made two career starts against the Reds (both coming in 2016), and the Reds beat him around: 7.2 IP, 16.43 ERA, 19 H, 14 ER, 3 HR.

Starting Lineups

Reds Diamondbacks
1. Alex Blandino (SS)
2. Tucker Barnhart (C)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Adam Duvall (LF)
8. Luis Castillo (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
1. Jarrod Dyson (CF)
2. Ketel Marte (2B)
3. Jake Lamb (3B)
4. Daniel Descalso (1B)
5. David Peralta (LF)
6. Chris Owings (RF)
7. Alex Avila (C)
8. Nick Ahmed (SS)
9. Zack Godley (P)

Scott Schebler hit two home runs off Godley in the Reds 13-0 win over the Diamondbacks back on August 27th, 2016.

News and Notes

65 Responses

  1. docproctor

    Glad to see Blandino at SS.
    Sad to see Winker on the bench.

  2. james garrett

    Winker sets again and lets ask why.Don’t we know about Billy in year 5?Don’t we know about Duvall? Oh I get it we don’t need to find out about Winker because the other two are part of the future.Good grief.

  3. sezwhom

    What’s Winker done lately? Not much. He deserves to sit.

    Last 7 Games: .217 Average

    Last 15 Games? .196 average

    I’m amazed everyone wants to hand him the job. Go out and earn it.

    • J

      Hard to “earn it” you rarely get to play because you weren’t incredible right away.

    • Ben

      Agreed. Winker’s been cold as ice lately and since his main tool is OBP he hasn’t really earned more PT than anyone else.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Well let’s look at everyone’s numbers you choose to use over the period you choose to use…

      Winker
      .217 AVG last 7 days
      .196 AVG last 15 days

      Schebler
      .182 AVG last 7 days
      .220 AVG last 15 days

      Duvall
      .158 AVG last 7 days
      .200 AVG last 15 days

      Hamilton
      .217 AVG last 7 days
      .208 AVG last 15 days

      So by your own analysis and logic, the Reds should not be playing any of the 4 OF. I’m amazed that some people utilize such limited sample and limited analysis to support their viewpoints.

      • CP

        FWIW, Winker is also terrible at defense. But I agree, he still should getting the majority of starts over the other three.

    • Jeff Reed

      Winker has to be in the lineup first.

    • Indy Red Man

      Last 4 starts ….4-15 with a HR (game winning RBI) with 4 walks & 1 K (.421 obp). He can’t earn it if they leave him on the bench? Its a big outfield and he’s the weakest defensively so maybe thats it? He needs to play though….esp against righties!

  4. Mike Adams

    Why did the Reds purchase the contract of Jesus Reyes?
    Because they needed a guy with similar stats to Homer so Homer doesn’t look so bad?
    To send a message to Tanner Rainey? to Jackson Stephens? to another?
    Because they think the pitching coach can turn him around into an all-star?
    Because his contract is cheaper and they wanted to lower total player payroll?
    Because they threw a dart at a board and Reyes’ name is what the dart hit?
    Somebody help me out here…….

    • George

      Reyes was called up by the Reds on Tuesday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.
      Cincinnati needed to reinforce the bullpen after it was forced to cover five innings in relief of Homer Bailey on Monday. Reyes has a 5.97 ERA at the Double-A level so far this year, but the estimators point to him being roughly two runs better than that number would suggest. He’s posted a 39:11 K:BB and has allowed just four home runs in 37.2 innings.

    • Shchi Cossack

      First, Rainey had to go down. He should never have been called up in the first place. He’s a classic great stuff and no control type pitcher the Reds stock in the farm system.

      Second, the 40-man roster is already full and Disco is set to come off the 60-day DL soon, mandsating a move on the 40-man roster when that happens. The only replacement options are players currently on the 40-man roster.

      Third, the replacement player must be a reliever since the Reds have no intention of moving Bailey to the bullpen.

      Fourth, that limits the decision between Reyes, Shackelford and Weiss. Pick your poison.

    • Mike Adams

      Thanks, George and Shchi Cossack. Your info is much appreciated.
      I had five guesses and didn’t come close. Cossack your explanation seems logical and reasonable.

  5. Redsfan4life

    Looks like Bailey may be headed to the pen.

      • Redsfan4life

        Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said Tuesday that he will look at transitioning Homer Bailey to the bullpen.

        No decisions have been made yet, but this would probably be the right move. Bailey was lit up for eight runs — six earned — over just four innings Monday in a loss to the Diamondbacks as he fell to 1-7 with a 6.68 season ERA. The 32-year-old right-hander is still owed around $42 million.

      • Shchi Cossack

        Weeks ago, Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said he was discontinuing the OF rotation within 7-10 days. It never happened.

      • George

        Based on your above review of the last 7/15 days, the 4 Reds outfielders made the decision for “Riggs”. Without Suarez and Scooter in the line up it is hard to see any wins. God help the Reds if one of those two gets really hurt (60 day DA).

      • Indy Red Man

        They need to transition him to civilian life. He’d be destined for Japan like every other Reds ptiching scrub except they were dumb enough to pay him 100 mil

  6. Jack

    This is what they call “Tanking 101”

  7. old-school

    Johnny Bench- the greatest catcher of all time- publicly tells Homer Bailey to change. Bailey is on pace for historic futility and 20 losses.

    Marty Brennamen- the HOF broadcaster for 40 years- publicly states that Billy Hamilton will never hit.

    Jim Riggleman – a replacement manager on a historically awful team – benches a rookie prospect for 2 outfielders hitting under .200 and both poised to finish in the top 5 in strikeouts in the league.

    Joey Votto has to apologize for publicly rebuking ownership- again.

    The Reds are virtually guaranteed of losing 90 games 4 years running- cementing the worst stretch since the Great Depression. They might lose 100.

    Brandon Finnegan is proclaiming himself an MLB starter ….from Louisville as he continues to fail.

    Billy Hamilton is still proclaiming his leadoff skills, as he regresses to .200 and obp ,291.

    Bob ” Donald Sterling” Castellini is running a 3 ring circus.

    They absolutely will sign Scooter to a deal – to get ahead of this PR nightmare.

    • Seat101

      So personal insults, and nearly slanderous at that are okey-dokey on RLN now?

      • Sliotar

        May I ask a serious question, Seat101?

        It feels as if you are taking on the role of Thought Police here at RLN. Is that, in fact, the case? This isn’t the first time recently you have called another poster’s comments as “offensive.”

        What is “personal” in Old-School comments and what is “slanderous”? These are public figures and as such, have a much higher threshold regarding criticism of their public actions.

        I understood the “Donald Sterling” reference to mean the miserly ways in not investiing in the team and lack of results from it, which Sterling was legendary for not just in the NBA, but in all of sports.

        If we are to parse every post in RLN, this blog may as well shut down. This is a place for “obsessive Reds fans”, what few of us are left.

      • Seat101

        If I am offended by something I will say so. Deal with it.

        But to say that I should know that saying someone is like Donald Sterling because they are stingy would be like saying that I should know that saying someone is like Harvey Weinstein means that person is from the east coast. it stretches credulity.

        To me it meant that Bob Castellini is a racist. And that’s the obvious conclusion. And it deserves to be called out.

      • MrRed

        Easy does it there, Seat. It’s been a tough season and it’s barely gotten started. I get the frustration.

        But just a plain reading of his comments does not in any way yield the conclusions you are making. And it’s ironic that you’re accusing him of slander while at the same time insinuating that he is being racist. I’ve read your posts on here for some time and you are much better than that.

  8. Indy Red Man

    Brandon Nimmo 1-1 with 2 steals and 2 runs scored tonite. Supposedly Nimmo was damaged goods so we took Dilson Herrera instead of Jay Bruce. DH who was ABSOLUTELY damaged goods! Mets 100, Reds Nada

    • Redsfan4life

      I got a feeling when Cespedes returns from the D.L. That Bruce will be on the bench at least part of the time. Jay has been terrible. I can’t see how they could bench Nimmo.

  9. Eddiek957

    Adam billy and Scott should be sharing two outfielder positions. Winker should be starting when healthy

  10. Jeff Reed

    As July approaches, I think Votto may be lessening his no trade clause.

    • Indy Red Man

      He looks better at the plate but who’s going to pay him $25 mil/season til he 39 or 40? He’s better then Mitch Moreland and he’d hit .340 atleast in Fenway. Thats the only possible team that might make sense and will spend big money!

      • George

        If Votto were to agree to adjust his “no” trade clause, the Reds would still need to send a Bunch of money ($15 Mil) along with him. They did with “Dat Dude” and “Meso”. It would be best to send him to a AL club with the DH.

  11. VaRedsFan

    Mez credits Met’s hitting coach for suggestions to break him out of his hitting slump.

    Johnny Bench has suggestions for Homer.

    How about our coaches??

    • Thomas Jefferson

      The majority of traded players in the history of the game have/find ways to credit the new/current coaching staff. No big deal. And Mesoraco always was able to hit when given consistent playing time. (His defense was so far behind Tucker, and he wasn’t going to be on the 2019 Reds team, so he didn’t get AB’s here.) No big deal.

      And if the Reds’ coaches start telling fans what adjustments they are recommending for pitchers, they should be fired.

  12. VaRedsFan

    2 bags for Blandino leading off!

    • VaRedsFan

      Maybe if he can have a great game he could force his way into more starts.

      I can dream can’t I?

  13. VaRedsFan

    Base running gaffe already… Blandino has to score on Votto’s hit.
    Scooter picked him him up and got him in with the groundout.

    • Indy Red Man

      Yes…but he also rattled the wall for a double. Peraza has 2 hrs and maybe 3 other balls all year that bounced off the wall. Maybe 3?

  14. Old-school

    Donald Sterling was a losing owner in the nba- and came to personify dysfunctional professional franchises .
    The Reds are a losing franchise 4 years in a row – and bottom.5 at that.

  15. Sliotar

    Nice to see the other team labor through a 28-pitch first inning.

  16. Indy Red Man

    Schebler? He was hitting .192 (.584 ops) for May coming in. If our outfield isn’t the worst in baseball then I’d like to see who’s worse?

  17. VaRedsFan

    It’s just not meant for us to have a lead after 1 inning

    • Indy Red Man

      Unbelievable? They had one guy over .250 in their entire lineup tonite coming in.

  18. docproctor

    Our outfielders are hitting 6, 7, and 9 tonight, separated only by the pitcher. That should tell you everything you need to know.

  19. docproctor

    Billy Hamilton leads the team with *57* strikeouts, and it’s not even June yet.
    Duvall could get five hits tonight and still not reach .200.
    We have absolutely NOTHING to learn by playing these two guys.
    Winker should be playing every day. Period.

    • Sliotar

      I wondered last year if Price held a grudge against Ervin. There was no reason not to play him in September, especially after it was announced Price was returning. Yet. Ervin rode the bench.

      Now, it feels like the same thing with Winker.

      Better for him to go back to Louisville and work on power or defense rather than sit on the Reds bench. But, it should not be like this. He should be playing in LF every day.

      Is this just an old school managing thing? Feels like the manager has way too sway in player development with the Reds.

    • Indy Red Man

      Absolutely!!! With Winker’s swing….he’d hit atleast 10 HRs in gabp if he played fulltime. He can hit the left-center wall like Votto and its also short to RF. He takes pitches and has a plan at the plate unlike any of the other 3. Pitchers only need to throw 1 strike to Schebler in an at-bat and he’ll chase the rest. He’s not much better then Peraza in that regard. Winker also cannot improve defensively from the bench. I’d play Dixon some too? Why not? These other guys absolutely SUCK!

  20. Thomas Jefferson

    Ow. That will leave a mark.

  21. J

    Down by 3, the Reds are having a .200 hitter bunt to give a .204 hitter a chance to drive him in. Kind of amazing this team ever wins a game.

  22. Seat101

    Good night all. The Reds will have to rally without me.

  23. james garrett

    This team is terrible.Agaln letting a batting practice pitcher make them look like little leaguers

  24. james garrett

    No words to describe this team right now.Just an awful performance.

  25. kmartin

    Could we be worse at second and short?

  26. james garrett

    Time to replace or release some guys.

  27. Sliotar

    Maybe if Blandino would have limited himself to the Double-Double burger at In-N-Out, rather than the Triple-Triple, that would not have happened.

    • VaRedsFan

      That extra burger will get you every time

  28. Broseph

    Love it when even our announcers jump in hometown players. What a little league throw from Blandino.

    I don’t care if you don’t play every day, you’re a mlb player and should be able to hit the other guy in the chest from less than 100ft away.

    Sit him and let him learn that doesn’t fly in MLB if you want to play

    • DavidTurner49

      Obviously not a good throw but Joey didn’t stretch to scoop it. He was in a crouch like a catcher. Is that how 1b is supposed to be played these days?

  29. Broseph

    Suarez, all star / mvp in the making

  30. CP

    The worst part about this team? They’re boring. At least when they had decent starting pitching and a bad bullpen they were in games for 7-8 innings. When they’re consistently behind every game, it’s dreadful to watch and has to be difficult for the position players.