After avoiding a three game sweep in Arizona on Wednesday, the Reds (20-37) wrap up this NL West ballpark tour with a three game series against a forever rebuilding team in the San Diego Padres (24-33) at Petco Park. First pitch is at 10:10 ET.

The Padres come into the series 14th out of 15 teams in the National League in hitting. However, the Diamondbacks are hitting worse than San Diego right now (AZ is the last place team) and they just scored 21 runs in three games against the Reds. For comparison, the Reds are ranked 13th in the NL, only slightly better than the Padres. As for the pitching staff, the Padres are 10th in the NL with a 4.20 team ERA.

Two players to watch for the Padres this series are Eric Hosmer and Christian Villanueva. Everyone knows who Hosmer is and he’s having a decent season (.282/.373/.461, OPS .834), but Villanueva has hit 15 home runs and driven in 35 RBI in his first full season in the big leagues. His OPS is currently sitting at .868. It will be interesting to see which player gets the lone All-Star nod for San Diego.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Tyler Mahle 58.2 4.76 4.10 22.1% 8.7%
Walker Lockett 59.1 5.31 4.78 19.2% 6.9%

*Walker Lockett’s numbers are from Triple-A El Paso this season.

Tyler Mahle still finds himself struggling a bit in his last few starts. In each of his last three starts, he’s given up four earned runs. He also has walked seven in those three starts. If you’re looking for something positive, he did not surrender a home run in his start at Coors Field, a ballpark notorious for home runs. It was an improvement from the previous start when he gave up three to Chicago Cubs hitters.

Andrew Walker Lockett will be making his MLB debut against the Reds after six seasons in the minors. Drafted by the Padres in 2012, the 24-year-old has a 5.31 ERA, 50 strikeouts, and a 1.46 WHIP in 10 starts at Triple-A El Paso. Lockett fills the rotation spot for another Padres rookie, Joey Lucchesi, who is on the disabled list with a hip strain.

Lockett is a sinker/slider/changeup pitcher whose main problem in the minors has been consistency. He’s had a couple of brilliant starts this season, most recently on May 14 where he allowed only two runs while striking out five in 6.1 innings. But he’s also had his share of poor starts, such as his last one on May 25 in which he allowed five runs, including two home runs, in seven innings.


1. Jesse Winker (LF)
2. Tucker Barnhart (C)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Jose Peraza (SS)
8. Tyler Mahle (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
1. Travis Jankowski (CF)
2. Eric Hosmer (1B)
3. Jose Pirela (LF)
4. Christian Villanueva (3B)
5. Cory Spangenberg (2B)
6. Hunter Renfroe (RF)
7. Raffy Lopez (C)
8. Freddy Galvis (SS)
9. Andrew Walker Lockett (P)

-Two days after Jim Riggleman said Jesse Winker was the odd man out in the outfield, he’s in the lineup, playing left field and leading off the game. Not sure what is going on with that situation, but I’m glad Winker is in there tonight.

-I would put Eugenio Suarez in the two spot, but other than that, I like this lineup tonight. I’m OK with keeping Scooter Gennett in the cleanup spot as long as he is hitting like he has been.

News and Notes

-Speaking of Suarez and Gennett, they have become a part of Reds history for the May they both had at the plate.

-Roster move today:

-The Reds’ High-A team in Daytona has EIGHT players head to the Florida State League All-Star game.

-Interesting comment by Homer Bailey. At least we know how he truly feels about the move to the bullpen.

47 Responses

  1. Jeff Reed

    I hope Mahle is on tonight. The Reds need a sweep of the Padres to have a winning road trip.

  2. Jack

    This coach is clueless. Front Office is clueless.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Article with Bailey’s quote also says that Riggleman talked to the media about Bailey moving to the bullpen before he talked to Bailey. That’s terrible if true. Combine that with Riggleman’s incoherence about the OF rotation and you have to wonder what is going on. And you wonder what, if anything, has been coherently communicated to the OF involved.

      Players uniformly say the quality they value most in a manager is communication. That’s a serious question mark with the Reds right now.

  3. Sliotar

    Mahle liked as one of the better SPs tonight when I was throwing together a daily fantasy lineup…his K rate is good, PETCO mostly a pitcher’s park (though not as much so far this year) and the Padres have a low wxOBA and high K% vs. RHP.

    Go Redlegs.

  4. Brandon

    The Bailey comment bothers me just as some of Finnegan’s comments have bothered me. He is obviously sour about being moved to the bullpen but he has flat out sucked. I don’t enjoy sounding mean spirited about it but Finnegan seems to complain and feel he has been treated unfairly by the demotion. No he hasn’t. He sucked and it’s been 2 years since he produced. Bailey has no room for this attitude either. For a team that is giving next to nothing back to the fans for several years now, players who are playing terribly having attitudes about fair demotions really rubs me the wrong way.

    So much for the veteran showing the young pitchers how to handle adversity.

    • JB WV

      Agree 100%. Always wondered if Homer was ever a real team guy.

  5. Sliotar

    Since tonight’s opponent is San Diego, interesting article today on FanGraphs regarding Padres obtaining a first-round pick. It was a competitive balance pick, at end of Round 1, so it could be traded.

    “The Padres don’t have a lot of options to spend $7 million now and meaningfully change their chances of a playoff spot this season, but adding a pick for that amount might provide considerable help in the future.”

    The key takeaway for me was…here is a similar small-market team, creatively trying to amass a core of controllable talent to someday have a window, a la the Royals.

  6. Steve Mancuso

    Bailey: “They talked to you (the media) before me.”

    If this is true, it’s beyond terrible.

    • Jack

      Riggleman is becoming worse than Price. This is one reason why I liked Girardi as manager. He wouldn’t put up with the Front Office interfering with what he is doing on the field. I think the Front Office would walk right over a young manager. And that is terrible.

  7. Seat101

    I don’t believe Bailey.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if Duval is hurting.

    I expect Winker to have a multi-hit game.

  8. Bill

    They should just go ahead and DFA Bailey. This isn’t going to turn out well

    • Indy Red Man

      He’s a weird guy and always has been. I totally agree. Only thing he can do is sour the clubhouse! That and turn some 7-1 leads into 7-5 leads or 5-0 deficits into 9-0 deficits.

  9. Weaselton

    If you were as bad at your job as Homer is, would you really take exception to being demoted?

  10. Indy Red Man

    I’m sorry to keep harping on this but Brandon Nimmo 2-2 tonite w/a HR (1.049 ops) and he’s played some CF this year! They first said the Reds obtained him in the Bruce trade but then it was switched to Dilson Herrera. I was under the impression that the Reds balked on Nimmo’s health? They obviously screwed up as usual but did the Mets pull Nimmo back somehow? Anyone remember?

    • Bill

      The reported story was the Reds had a concern with the medical reports on some of the original returns which supposedly Nimmo was the centerpiece. It was assumed by many that Nimmo who had been injured earlier in the year was the one with the concerns. The Reds ended up getting Herrera instead who was a higher rated prospect, but was also injured. Nothing about the story made sense, and it also supposedly was the time taken on this trade that caused the Reds to miss the deadline for the Cozart trade with the Mariners. The Bruce trade, in my opinion, was a complete disaster. They should have gotten Nimmo and whatever was offered for Cozart. Instead they got nothing for either one. Hopefully the shoulder problems are over for Hererra and I can be proven wrong

  11. Tiffin Reds

    Riggleman is trying to win now bc he wants the job full-time…which is screwing with our rebuild process and ruining relationships with our younger prospects…what a cluster Fu**

  12. Brandon

    While I do believe there is a better response to the bullpen question than what Bailey gave of “probably not”, I don’t blame Bailey for being upset in general if he wasn’t communicated with about the bullpen before it went public. He would have every right to be upset about that. I 100% agree with Steve on this.

    The Reds from management down are a dumpster fire.

    • Indy Red Man

      He wouldn’t have these problems if he quit hanging 0-2 breaking balls for monster HRs every game? I would’ve assumed I was going to the pen a month ago if I was him.

    • Bill

      I understand guys being mad, especially extremely competitive guys who have been some of the best on the planet at their profession. I just wish one of them would say “I was horrible I should be demoted”

  13. Sliotar

    Worth staying up for, just to see the Padres brown jerseys and the “taco” hats.

    The vast majority of hardcore fans want to “Bring Back the Brown” but ownership won’t do it, showing that management tone deafness extends to more than one MLB small market.

  14. VaRedsFan

    Ashley authored the 4 game sweep against the Dodgers. She might be hard to take out of the lineup if this continues

  15. VaRedsFan

    Stop the presses. Reds opponent failed to score in the 1st inning

  16. james garrett

    Going to be a good night but again their guy is making his big league debut so when that happens well we have seen this movie before.

  17. Grand Saa

    Listening and watching Gamecast. A large part of Mahle’s problem this season seems like 0-2 pitches that are not off the plate or even at the edge of the zone.

  18. Grand Salami

    Watching on Gamecast and listening. A big part of Mahle’s problem seems to be grooved pitches when he is up 0-2 and 1-2 in the count. Seems very correctable

    • Sliotar

      I am with you, Salami.

      34 pitches, 25 strikes thus far. 2Ks, 0BBs

      He has got that swing-and-miss stuff…just needs refining. Not a nibbler/afraid to trust his pitches type.

    • VaRedsFan

      This ump is calling the edges which is good for Mahle… far at least

  19. VaRedsFan

    Peraza bombs a 2 run double to deep left center

  20. Brad Russell

    Why is Mahle not squaring around early. Everyone knows what’s coming. Get in position early. Little things continue to kill this team and fan interest.

  21. DHud

    Stop bunting in front of Hamilton

    Stop bunting in front of Hamilton

    Stop bunting in front of the guy with more strikeouts than hits

  22. CP

    Peraza flashes some impressive power sometimes which has to both thrlll the front office, and drive them crazy. Maybe the guy is just scared of striking out too much?

    • VaRedsFan

      It comes when he commits to pulling the ball in the air

  23. indredsfan

    Mahle needs to square around earlier to be successful. Everyone knows what he’s doing. Little things like this keep this team from being successful and turn fans off.

  24. VaRedsFan

    Tucker with a seeing eye 2 out rbi single

  25. earmbrister

    The Reds are making some noise. If it hasn’t already been tossed around, how great was Joey’s response to Letterman and Seinfeld?

  26. Seat101

    I love me two out RBI’s!

  27. Indy Red Man

    The Pads young manager must be good? He has to be! They have no talent whatsover and their best hitter Wil Myers has missed all but a week of the season. They were 3 games better then the Reds last year with LA, Arizona, and Colorado all making the playoffs. The Reds have 5x the talent they have!

  28. Aaron Bradley

    I feel this franchise has turned a corner towards respectability. Normally they get slaughtered on the west coast, but they have been decent if not good this season. The team has been competitive since getting rid of Price. They need to fix the outfield situation and flesh out the starting rotation, but I feel banishing Bailey was a step in the right direction. Either he gets it together or DFA, either way, signs are pointing to the future. With a couple decent trades to flesh out the minors and solve the outfield logjam this team may be hovering around 500 next year. Pinch me.

    • Sliotar

      The Reds caught the Dodgers at their weakest point in years, a point from which LA has already starting bouncing back.

      They lost the series at SF
      They lost the series at Col
      They lost the series at Ariz

      The interim manager is clearly trying to win enough so he gets the job full-time, whether it means benching one of the young players this “rebuild” was projected on…or…telling the media before telling the player he is going to the bullpen.

      I admire your optimism of the situation.

      • Aaron Bradley

        Meh, say what you want about the Dodgers, they are good, they have talent, and they went into the dive as a result of that series not before it. At least they picked up wins in those other series, salvaged something,…. in years past it could have and would have been worse. Scooter is crushing it. The problem is the outfield and the starting pitching. The bullpen is much improved from years past as well. Maybe reconsider trading Iglesias. Really if it wasn’t for the horrendous Bailey contract they could have signed Arrieta or whomever to solidify the rotation and this team might be sniffing 500. I am def. looking at glass full right now, but this team is much better under Riggleman than Price that much is clear.

      • Sliotar

        Other than the outfield, starting pitching, the Bailey contract and a shady interim manager, with poor people management skills and a looove of bunting, things are clicking.

        “Otherwise, how did you enjoy the play, Mrs. Lincoln?”

        To each their own. I think you are more optimistic than the guys wearing the Reds uniform at the moment, which should trouble us all.

  29. tomn

    Lorenzo looks great tonight. I’ve forgotten about him completely. If he still wants to be a starter, why the hell not? Height be a 2 or at least a 3. Pitching with ease tonight, granted vs the Padres.

    • tomn

      I meant, “… Might be a 2 or a 3…”

  30. tomn

    Lost his concentration w one out to go. Seen him do that a number of times. But before that 11 in a row. And mowed them down easily.