The Cincinnati Reds (19-37) will try to avoid being swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks (28-26) today at 3:40 PM. The Diamondbacks had come into this series 2-15 in their last 17 games.

Starting Pitchers

Sal Romano could be pitching to keep his spot in the rotation. Romano has a 13.28 ERA over his last three starts, walking 12 batters in 12.2 innings. His only career start against the Dbacks came last July, and it wasn’t pretty: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 3 K.

Patrick Corbin is having a brilliant season so far for the Diamondbacks. If you look through his game logs, you won’t find one poor start out of his 11 in 2018. Corbin has a 3.06 ERA in 8 career appearances (7 starts) against the Reds. He had a 2.03 ERA in 2 starts against the Reds last season.

Starting Lineups

You can find the lineups here.

About The Author

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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61 Responses

  1. Darrin

    Ah, Winker not starting again, makes perfect sense.

  2. wizeman

    Winker to the bench as the 4th outfielder. How much of this was Rigglemans call? If so, he needs to go now.
    I am a die hard but I never saw this coming…. the results and the total ineptitude.

    • Scott Carter

      Yes we are in a rebuild so you have to get the guys going who won’t be around for the next good Reds team. All I can say is “Bleaaghhh.”

  3. SultanofSwaff

    I just don’t get how the decision to just go with 3 outfielders to ‘get them going’ is solely Riggleman’s. For the billionth time, it highlights the complete disconnect between the front office and the field manager. I mean, why not keep Price then???

    • Scott Carter

      Riggleman said it cam about through conversations with Williams an Krall. They “all agreed” this was the best thing.

  4. Redsfan4life

    Winker bencned. Riggleman says they have to get Schebler and Duvall going. In other words hope they can build up some trade value. Both could play like Mike Trout for the next two months and neither would bring back a good prospect still.

  5. sezwhom

    “This was not Riggleman’s call alone. General manager Nick Krall and special assistant Buddy Bell met with Riggleman Wednesday”.

    Probably more a case of trying to get one, maybe two, of these guys going so they can be traded. Winker hasn’t been exactly lightning it up this May. BH is never going to hit but defensively, both Duvall and Hamilton, far exceed Winker. When you’re nearly 20 games under .500 and it’s not even June, you have to do something.

    • liptonian

      Yes, that something is give up on this season and play for the future. Winning a couple extra games this year because Duvall is a better fielded shows no forward thinking from the Reds FO. Getting a rookie some playing time would be far more useful. No team with a competent FO will trade for Duvall or Hamilton at this point. They are both bad players. This is why the rebuild has failed.

      • james garrett

        I agree 100% but the Reds just don’t get it.

    • james garrett

      Never was for the platoon to start with but Winker should play and Billy goes to the bench now.Guess we can watch him smile as he hits around 200 for the rest of the year.How utterly foolish to bench a guy that will get on base more by accident then Billy ever will.

  6. Wayne nabors

    My guess is meeting was about going for no.1 draft pick,benched scooter to,blandino should be in at ss,peraza should be cooling in the dugout,I’m not sure riggleman is managing team right now

  7. Bill

    I am not saying Winker needs to be on the bench, but if you look at WAR he has a -1.3 on defense and 0 on offense. On the west coast that defense probably becomes a bigger factor in sitting him. Based strictly on WAR Schebler and Duvall have been more valuable. Obviously he can’t improve those numbers on the bench, but I would guess Winker needs to start hitting to earn that playing time back

    • liptonian

      I feel like basing playing time on WAR for a team that is going to get very close to losing 100 games is incredibly shortsighted. Who cares if the Reds lose 97 vs 93 games? You have one player in Duvall who has regressed to what is second half number have essentially been the last two years. He is who we should have known he is. Schebler is disappointing. Then you have a 24 year old rookie who is a rookie. He is going to take lumps. The team seemed to have enough faith to bring him up but not enough faith to let him actually play. They have given Billy FIVE years to prove he can’t hit, but they give a kid who actually had good OBP in the minors a few months?

      As soon as it was obvious that the Reds weren’t going to contend they should have started playing Winker every single day. He is the only one of the four outfielders who has a chance of being on the next good team. The more he plays now, the more likely he is going to succeed later. I guess what I’m saying is, why are they prioritizing winning this year when who cares at this point if they win? Their season is effectively over.

      • Bill

        I don’t think it was based on WAR. I think it was based on the defensive liability in a big outfield. It is also partly to see if any trade value at all can be found. Right now I am not sure the Reds could even get a PTBNL for Duvall.

        Maybe Winker misses out on some development by not playing, but maybe the Reds are sending a message that he needs to work on some things. As I have mentioned before even if he hits singles and walks a lot he still has value, but if he doesn’t hit for some more power it won’t make up for the defense. Adam Dunn couldn’t play defense, but 40 HR and 100 BB will make up for that. Slugging .300 with a .350 OBP will not

      • da bear

        Reds didn’t win much with Adam Dunn, a declining Griffey, and the other outfielder who’s name escapes me. A bunch of home runs or strikeouts – most often strikeouts.
        And terrible base running, I’ve never seen a base runner worse than Adam Dunn in my life. He cost Encarnacion several RBIs….even flat out HITS, thanks to his inept base running. Adam Dunn’s defense was also extremely bad. To my eye worse than Jesse Winker’s.

  8. WVRedlegs

    Time for Riggleman to go. However, he is just a hand puppet of the Reds front office. Senseless decision making based on faulty logic, faulty plans, and faulty front office personnel. Why didn’t they trade at the very least 2 of the 3 incumbent OF this past winter? The corner OF’s had some trade value to AL teams coming off 30 HR seasons. They have virtually none now. They won’t recoup any trade value in the next 2 months. Morons and imbeciles run this organization, and they are running it into the ground.
    Just when you think it cannot possibly get any worse, the Reds front office rears their ugly heads and it gets way worse.
    Resist is so passé. Revolt is more in order here.
    The next home game is not until Tuesday, June 5th. I hope the couple of thousand fans that show up bring Fire The Castellinis and Fire The Williams’s signs. However, that is the day after day 1 of the MLB draft, so the Reds will fly in their first round pick as a big distraction from the absurdity that is the Reds. They will tell everybody just how great the future is going to be. A future that will always be just out of reach.

    • liptonian

      They didn’t trade them because nobody wants them. When you and I can dig into the stats and see that Duvall can’t hit in the second half and Hamilton can’t hit period why do you expect professional organizations to miss that? Yes it would be fantastic to get good prospects for mediocre players but that just ain’t gonna happen. We can’t expect other teams to be as analytically incompetent as ours seems to be.

      • Bill

        They didn’t trade them because they wanted too much for them. The Giants wanted Hamilton, they just weren’t going to give up their top prospect to get him. The Reds front office needs to accept the fact that both are flawed players and either use them as bench pieces or trade them for some low level minor league guy.

  9. Tiffin Reds

    Come on reds…gotta win one today

  10. WVRedlegs

    I just saw the National League All-Star ballot and noticed a funny thing. Jesse Winker is listed on the ballot and Adam Duvall is not. Maybe the good folks at RLN can start a campaign to stuff the ballot box for Jesse Winker as a National League All-Star. Just for spite and for fun. There has been very little fun this year.
    Starting today let’s make Jesse Winker an NL All-Star. We can also vote for Votto, Suarez, Scooter and Tucker. Our core 4.

  11. james garrett

    Corbin is really good and a lefty.We won’t touch him at all.This game is over just as soon as they score.

    • liptonian

      So then two batters into the DBacks first inning?

  12. james garrett

    Game over.You heard it here first.

  13. Old-school

    C Trent reported that Buddy bell and Walt Jocketty are in Arizona and met with Riggleman.

  14. james garrett

    The good ole boy network has surfaced.Wonder what their gut told them to tell Riggleman.I bet it was that any day now Billy and Peraza are going to turn the corner.

  15. Indy Red Man

    Romano buried in the first….big shocker. Castillo and Mahle need a 3rd pitch badly….and Romano barely has 2? How do you get 400+ innings in the minors as a starter with 1 pitch?

    • greenmtred

      By throwing heat. Doesn’t work in MLB.

  16. james garrett

    I would rather watch Bob walk a few people then watch 95 right down the middle get hammered.Part of Bob’s game is that he might put one in somebody’s ear hole.Just saying it may be time but what do I know.

  17. Broseph

    Well. Now that the obligatory lead has been given to the opposing team in the first inning, maybe they can start playing.

    What is Jocketty putting in Castellini’s drink that makes him listen to him anymore?

    0 playoff series wins and 4 consecutive sub .500 seasons and whatever else over the last decade.

    It’s like the Red’s version of Marvin Lewis. Just baffling.

  18. james garrett

    Can we agree Suarez is our best player?Time for me to turn to positive commentary.

    • Darrin

      Yup………until Votto reaches base safely for 47 straight games

      • greenmtred

        Best all-around player, certainly.

  19. WVRedlegs

    Fire Dick Williams now, before this gets even worse and uglier. This 2017-2018 mess is all on him. The Reds should be required to pass out chest waders to all fans attending their home games because this crap is getting very deep.

  20. Wayne nabors

    Arizona was 2-15 coming into this series,looked like a good opportunity for the reds,and they ain’t even been competitive, this team is lost

  21. WVRedlegs

    After today, If I’m Joey Votto I’m giving Dick Williams a list of 5 teams he would waive his no-trade clause to go to. I’d tell Williams, get me the hell out of here and get what you can back for your so-called rebuild. Then drop the mic, and exit stage right.
    The Reds are at a point where they look like a 747 that nose-dived into the ground at 600 mph.

    • Matt WI

      I’d hate it, but I wouldn’t blame him.

    • doofus

      I’ve often wondered if Votto is close to doing something like that.

  22. eric3287

    All I want is for someone in the Reds organization to answer this two part question: What kind of numbers does Winker need to put up, and in what number of plate appearances, to win the starting job? Part two, what kind of numbers, and in what number of plate appearances, would Duvall/Schebler need to have to “lose” the starting job?
    For the love of God, someone just give me the answers to those questions. Because apparently it’s not .298/.375/.529 in 137 PA for Winker (his numbers last year, which didn’t quite cut it). It’s not .219/.288/.428 for Duvall over 632 PA. So what in the world is it?

  23. liptonian

    See, like I’ve been saying the whole time Duvall should play every day so he can hit grand slams. Not playing him is just silly.

  24. Matt WI

    Duvall Grand Slam! “Call now for a special trade deal!”

  25. Tiffin Reds

    Back in the game! Duvall smoked that one.

  26. james garrett

    Just checked back in and well I leaving again.I will do anything for a win right now.

  27. Indy Red Man

    Duvall was 7-40 vs lefties coming in for a .175 average but 4 HRs and 12 walks/11 Ks (.865 ops). He can hit lefties and some righties that don’t change speeds well or have a big slider. Its not rocket science about what he can/cannot do but the poor Reds never can figure out the obvious?

  28. james garrett

    Small steps but Romano got em out in the 4th after Duvall’s slam and just got the heart of their order in order in the 5th.Again I am in the positive mode right now but when you support these guys some it does help them to be able to take a deep breath and maybe right the ship.

  29. james garrett

    Yep Suarez is our best player right now.Guy has improved so much since 2016.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      No question. Signing him to that extension at his pay rate was a great, great move.

  30. Matt WI

    Well dang. Look at these shabby Outfielders making some mash.

  31. seat101

    They may not hit many homers – But when they do there is no doubt That they are gone

  32. liptonian

    So fielding and home runs is why Winker is sitting? Riggleman making me look foolish today. One game is a pretty small sample but I wouldn’t mind being proven wrong.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Unfortunately, Winker has not done enough with his playing opportunities to clearly separate himself from the other outfielders. I don’t agree with making Duvall the everyday starter, despite what happened today. He’s a below-average major league outfielder in terms of starters. As a pinch-hitter and reserve, he would have a role on a decent team. I still think Schebler has it in him to turn into an above-average everyday outfielder. But clearly, none of the outfielders on this team is a standout. I like Winker, but he just hasn’t hit enough to make it impossible to sit him, especially with his below-average defense. That’s on him, not the front office or manager.

      • liptonian

        My argument today has been, this season is over. Letting Winker continue to try to hit is worth more, to me, in the long run than hoping to get anything from Duvall or Hamilton in a trade. Obviously the Reds feel differently and have been rewarded for that decision, today.

      • Indy Red Man

        How do you improve if you don’t play though? Winker is 4-16 with a HR and 4 walks (.400 obp) in the last week. That qualifies as a hot streak with the Reds outfield. Winker is an unknown….the others are not. Its that simple.

      • james garrett

        Tom,I agree but Winker has always been a starter and has always hit.Billy has never hit and well never will.

      • Old-school

        How bout Billy Hamilton? He has started 5 years. .248 hitter…obp under .300 and zero power. He has 9 stolen bases approaching June 1 and is regressing. Doesn’t winker deserve the opportunity as a rookie to get playing time. Billy was handed that. He has not earned his keep 5 years running on a historically awful team with 2500 at bats. Look at the rest of MLB center fielders. They are good.

  33. Indy Red Man

    I think you’d have one strong corner OF’er in a Winker/Duvall platoon. I’d put Schebler in CF and try to find a Drew Stubbs type as a def replacement and partial platoon guy. Then you need 1 big hitter for the other corner OF. I’d give Detroit whatever they want in prospects for Nick Castellanos. He’s hitting .319 with 5 HRs but make no mistake….he has a ton of power but their park is twice the size of gabp.

    In other words….get rid of Billy and Jose if you want the Reds to scare opposing pitchers. Thats always my response to any question about the Reds offense.

    • james garrett

      So true Indy.They will get a few hits here and there but they at best little league hitters.

  34. Redlegs64

    This website is sounding more & more like the Donner party… and WVREDLEGS is always hungry!

    Relax – we go nowhere until the pitching improves. SI article referenced a couple days ago says the same thing. The Reds are trying to develop a competitive staff from within and don’t seem to have the resources/plan to make it happen. If it doesn’t work, then next window will be in the Hunter Greene era.

    We can get frustrated because the Winkster isn’t in the line-up, but we are typically 2-3 runs down after the 1st inning. The starting OF has very little to do with that.

    Btw, the Tribe is a fun team – great comeback against Houston on Sunday!