The Reds (21-37) go for three wins in a row against the San Diego Padres (25-34) tonight at Petco Park. First pitch is at 8:40 ET.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Matt Harvey 46.1 5.63 4.40 17.6% 6.3%
Eric Lauer 29.1 7.67 4.85 19.1% 10.2%

Matt Harvey makes his fifth start for the Reds as he tries to rebound from a not-so-great performance at Coors Field last weekend in which he pitched 5.1 innings and gave up four runs on nine hits, including two home runs.

The thing Harvey has been able to do even through his struggles is not walk batters. He’s only walked 13 in 46.1 innings, putting his BB% at 6.3%. The most he’s walked in a game is three. That was in his worst start of the season against Atlanta in his last start with the Mets.

Harvey has already faced the Padres twice this season, out of the Mets bullpen. He pitched two innings in two games, facing eight batters, and allowing only one run, a home run to Franchy Cordero. Here are his career numbers against San Diego:

matt harvey vs padres

For the second straight game, the Reds will face a rookie pitcher. The Padres called up Eric Lauer on April 24, and he has made seven starts since then. It’s been a rough go of it for the 22-year-old left-hander, with the exception of a performance against the Dodgers in which he pitched six innings of seven hit, no-run baseball while striking out five and walking only one.

Lauer was a Padres’ first round draft pick in 2016, and is currently ranked 26th in their organization according to FanGraphs. He throws a fastball and a cutter most of the time, but mixes in a curve and changeup as well. A huge part of his struggles has been because he’s struggled to control his command. Lauer has 15 walks in 29.1 innings. He’s also given up six home runs in those innings, and his HR/FB % is 15.8%.

Lineups

REDS PADRES
1. Jose Peraza (SS)
2. Scooter Gennett (2B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Scott Schebler (RF)
7. Curt Casali (C)
8. Matt Harvey (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
1. Travis Jankowski (LF)
2. Eric Hosmer (1B)
3. Jose Pirela (2B)
4. Christian Villanueva (3B)
5. Franmil Reyes (RF)
6. Freddy Galvis (SS)
7. A.J. Ellis (C)
8. Manuel Margot (CF)
9. Eric Lauer (P)

-The newest Red, Curt Casali, gets his first start. With everything I have read about Harvey working well with and trusting Barnhart, Casali catching Harvey is a surprise.

News, Notes, and Further Reading

-The Homer Bailey saga continues. A day after his comment about being in the bullpen, he goes on the DL. Coincidence or not?

-From last night:

-The draft is fast approaching. Here’s scouting director Chris Buckey talking about the Reds’ strategy.

Final Thoughts

Today Scooter Gennett was rightfully awarded National League Player of the Month for May. Who though Gennett would be having the season he is having at the start of 2018? The way he is hitting right now is crazy. And when you compare his season to some past Reds players, he is right up there with the greats.

I know everyone says the Reds should trade him, but I’m on the fence about that. Yes, his value will never be higher than it is right now. But he would make a very good bat off the bench against right handed hitters, even if or when he regresses. And the Reds bench has not been good the last few years. What would be the problem with keeping him as a bench player?

I don’t know what the answer to the Gennett question is. I don’t know if the Reds know the answer right now. (They have a lot more of an idea than me though). But I do know that my #VoteScooter All-Star campaign started yesterday. I can control that.

About The Author

Ashley Davis was born and raised in Cincinnati, went to college at the University of Cincinnati, and currently live in Cincinnati. Being a Reds fan is all she's ever known. She enjoys taking baseball road trips with her dad, and her goal is to visit all 30 MLB ballparks. She's had a passion for writing since high school, and enjoys combining it with her passion for baseball.

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57 Responses

  1. msanmoore

    Player of the month. Well deserved.

  2. Wayne nabors

    Right now you can’t justify keeping him as a bench player with the numbers he’s putting up,either trade him or extend him which is what he wants

  3. kmartin

    Homer Bailey to the DL. What? Please tell me he has not been pitching injured and that this is the reason for his ineffectiveness.

  4. WVRedlegs

    Homer Bailey going to the DL, not the bullpen. Brice activated from the DL. Reason was right knee inflammation. Hmmm.

  5. Sliotar

    Nice setup, Ashley.

    The Gennett situation has many sides. If the Reds can sell high…great. But, I don’t think many teams need him, his defense stinks and he has been boosted by GABP/NL Central parks. Plus, his numbers would likely dip playing in Seattle (and the other AL West parks). MLB front offices likely realize this.

    If the Reds did re-sign him, and moved Senzel to shortstop, it would be a sign they are actually trying to be competitive before the Greene/Siri/Trammell/WhoeverElse wave arrives.

    Go Redlegs.

  6. Bred

    I doubt the FO has any idea of what to do about anything and least of all what to do with Scooter. There’s Harvey taking starts from someone, Winker benched and started last night, Senzel’s vertigo and starts at 3rd base yesterday, 2 pitch Romano, No CFer who can hit, Lorenzen pitching 3 plus innings, there’s more but why. Even if the FO has no plan, at least there is JV and Suarez to watch every day.

  7. Weaselton

    Homer to 15 day DL with bruised ego, hurt feelings

  8. JR

    Homer sent to the bullpen. Homer doesn’t want to go to the bullpen. Homer goes on the DL. Do the Reds think we are stupid? Pravda had nothing on the 2018 Reds.

  9. George

    Didn’t the Reds put Bronson on the DL for the bulk of the 2017 season so he could get another year towards retirement? Maybe it’s “comp’ time to understand that he isn’t anywhere close to being a ML starter any more. 🙁

    • da bear

      When the Reds go to the insurance company to collect on their policy for injured players I’m rubber stamping ‘denied!’ if I’m working in the claims department.

      Reds should DFA Homer and work a win win trade similar to Mesoraco for Harvey (and trade Harvey soon after his next string of two or three decent starts….)

  10. SF Reds Fan

    A lineup with Peraza, Hamilton, AND Casali??!! That’s like 4 guaranteed outs. Smh

  11. Bill

    I mentioned some time back I thought Bailey look like he was ion pain when he pitched. Maybe just his normal expression or maybe he was in pain.

  12. Bill

    Why is it when the Reds win a game they change the line-up the next game.

  13. seat101

    When I was a child you could buy a scorecard with the lineup printed in it.

    Then they stop doing that, because lineups. started to change Do you frequently to make that worthwhile.

    And, unless you are Sparky Anderson and have the big red machine, you’re likely to start different people on different days.

  14. BigRedMike

    Gennett just keeps hitting. Really on a roll

    Need a big hit from Duvall here

  15. Wayne nabors

    That run was definitely on him,kudos to padre’s for spotting an minor league catcher

  16. VaRedsFan

    Casali gets the run back that he gave up…..solo shot

  17. BigRedMike

    Not much control for Harvey

    Reds should be able to score runs off the Padres starter to keep up

  18. J

    Pretty sure the Reds will offer Harvey a six year $90 million deal later tonight.

    • james garrett

      Yes your right.Guy has a 7+ era so he ought to go at least 6 and give us a couple of runs.

  19. Matthew

    And Peraza just stands there and looks at 3 pitches in the zone. Not to mention he swung at the one below the zone!

    • Sest101

      Yeah Jose, what have you done for us lately?

  20. BigRedMike

    Not encouraging out of Votto. No reason to make an out with Suarez at the plate

  21. muttonlettucetomato

    If you ever had to wonder if Joey is a bit disinterested in baseball right now, that pickoff of first would be case in point.

    • james garrett

      I agree but what will be said to him.Nothing of course and the beat goes on at the circus.

    • Matthew

      I don’t know about disinterested. JV has never been a stellar baserunner. Passable at best.

  22. james garrett

    Peraza looked at 3 straight and took a seat and Votto who takes the shortest lead in all of baseball gets picked off.Sometimes we just look like a team that has lost 90+ for what seems like forever.

  23. VaRedsFan

    2 men on and down 4 and they let Matt Harvey bat.

    • VaRedsFan

      Probably will pitch 1 more inning, then get yanked

      • james garrett

        This is what we do and well nobody really cares that matters.

  24. james garrett

    Not to mentioned a well rested bull pen.Thought it was time to pull him right there.

  25. james garrett

    Did anybody think Votto was going to get a hit right there?

  26. Eddiek957

    This team needs a mid season shake up. Bring in an established manager make a couple of trades. Give everyone some hope for the near future

  27. BigRedMike

    Duvall is clueless at the plate. Maybe a spot to replace Duvall with Winker with the lefty starter out

  28. mariners77

    This is one of those nights that defines summer – patio, beverage, Marty on the radio. Win or lose, the Reds on radio – specifically, Marty – is the sound of summer.

    I’d rather the Reds win, of course, but I’ve been listening to Marty since I was a kid in the 70s. Call me crazy, but even in an awful season, the continuity is something to enjoy. I don’t think I’ll be nearly as engaged after Marty steps down.

  29. james garrett

    The new guy has 2 hits and a walk.He doesn’t know about us yet.

  30. james garrett

    Their guy blew us away at 88 mph.This team has give up and so have I until we do it again tomorrow.

  31. Indy Red Man

    Just got home and was really fired up for this one for some reason. Fast forward and see 4-1 Padres….no longer that interested. The Harvey experiment has fizzled out. Duvall takes strike 3 right.down.the.middle with 2 guys on base. Billy bunts it off his leg in fair territory for the out. How is that possible? Now Peraza hurts himself by swinging at a 1-0 pitch thats atleast a foot inside and fouls it off his leg or body? This team is not good. How did they ever win 6 in a row? Thats an amazing occurence for a team that will normally find a way to beat itself even when they have superior talent.

  32. Bill

    What did you think of that pose Scooter took after he picked up the ball he dropped?