The 22-41 Reds look for their first win this year against the Cardinals in eight tries in the first of a three-game series tonight on Marvel Super Hero Night at Great American Ball Park. After the game, those in attendance will enjoy a fireworks show featuring a super-hero-themed soundtrack performed live by the Cincinnati Pops.

St. Louis is 33-27, three games behind the Brewers and in third place in the NL Central. The Reds’ 0-7 record vs. the Cardinals is a big contributor to their overall poor record against NL Central opponents this year, 6-19.

In 45 games under Jim Riggleman, the Reds are 19-26 – certainly not what we would hope for, but clearly much closer to expectations than the 3-15 start to the season under Bryan Price. Injuries to key players had much to do with that very poor start, primarily because the team doesn’t have much quality depth at any position.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Luke Weaver 63.1 4.41 4.05 21.5% 7.6%
Matt Harvey 51.1 5.79 4.30 17.2% 6.2%

Since Luke Weaver beat the Reds 5-3 on April 13, the Cardinals have lost six of his last nine starts. He got pretty well lit up in April after the good start against the Reds. Since then, poor offensive and defensive support by his teammates have contributed to his more recent results.

Since coming to the Reds, Harvey has a 4.44 earned run average in 24.1 innings. At times he has shown shades of the former ace pitcher he was with the Mets. He seems to have a period in each game where he loses control or effectiveness, or both. You can put him in with all of the other Reds starting pitchers in that regard.

For what it’s worth, the player he was traded for, Devin Mesoraco, is hitting .217 with five homers and 10 RBIs in 19 games with the Mets. Neither player has regained his former star-level performance quality upon relocation.

Bullpen

Dylan Floro pitched the final three innings in Thursday’s extra-inning victory over Colorado, so he likely won’t be used tonight. Everyone else should be available for work.

Starting Lineups

Cardinals Reds
3B Matt Carpenter RF Scott Schebler
CF Tommy Pham C Tucker Barnhart
1B Jose Martinez 1B Joey Votto
LF Marcell Ozuna 2B Scooter Gennett
C Yadier Molina 3B Eugenio Suarez
RF Dexter Fowler LF Jesse Winker
SS Yairo Munoz SS Jose Peraza
2B Kolten Wong P Matt Harvey
P Luke Weaver CF Billy Hamilton

News and Notes

Tyler Mahle is showing a knack for strikeouts …

It’s the anniversary of a significant day in Reds history …

About The Author

Tom Mitsoff is a lifelong Reds fan who grew up in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio. He lived a teenage life atypical of most his age by prioritizing following the Reds. At one point in the 1970s and early 1980s, Tom kept complete scorecards on more than 1,000 consecutive Reds games. Now that adult life has forced him to move on from his beloved Southwest Ohio, he follows the Reds daily through MLB.TV and other online media sources, including Redleg Nation.

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53 Responses

  1. VaRedsFan

    Marvel Super Hero Night at Great American Ball Park…………………….
    …………….I thought they just had a night for Scooter?????????????????

    • Seat101

      Scooter is a DC character. No darkness in his psyche.

      On another note, how do I find out who the leaders in multi-hit games are for the Reds? I’ve got to figure that Jesse Winker is near the top even though he hasn’t played as many games as other players have.

    • Mike Adams

      Marvel Super Heroes are fantasy.
      Scooter is the real thing.

      Wow, Johnny Bench the 36th pick. This shows you never really know how good, bad or in between players will be in any sport.

      Possibly the best catcher of all time, both offensively and defensively. I think he is.

      • daytonnati

        When Bench was voted into the Hall of Fame, I remember Bob Trumpy saying something like, “A thousand years from now, when they select the all-time team, Johnny Bench will be the catcher.”

      • Seat101

        I remember Bob Trumpyasking Waite Hoyt about those long train trip to the West Coast

        Went was very gracious and it turned into a wonderful interview

      • Mike Adams

        Thanks for posting that, SEAT101.
        I noticed the only other guy I remember in the bigs besides Carbo and Bench on the rest of the list was Hal McRae taken 116th.

      • MrRed

        Really? You guys don’t remember Rick Monday, Gene Lamont, Ray Fosse or Rick James?? I’m Rick James bit#@! Sorry, that was the recording artist not the baseball player.

      • Mike Adams

        For MRRED below, yeah I remember those guys but I was referring only to Reds draftees.
        I can’t ever forget Rick Monday because he snatched the American flag from that guy who was going to burn it on the field.

  2. VaRedsFan

    They just can’t get through the 1st inning unscathed. Wind helped blow that out

  3. docproctor

    Man, that was a pop fly that the wind grabbed and blew into RF bullpen. A tough HR for Harvey to give up.

  4. VaRedsFan

    Inning 2, carbon copy of the 1st…2 quick outs followed by a solo shot

  5. Seat101

    Why does that idiot want to act like a Cubs fan by throwing the ball back in? I think it’s against the law and the ballpark rules to throw stuff onto the field. They should kick that bum out of there

  6. Indy Red Man

    Harvey is ok….kind of what they hoped they could get out of Homer. His arm looks sound and he has enough velocity, but you can tell he doesn’t have much faith in his breaking stuff. He’s just not the kind of pitcher the Reds need to pursue. Flyball pitchers will give up too many HRs in gabp. That worries me a little about Mahle as well. Those are just 2 flyballs in Anaheim…..maybe the Reds need to call the Angels? Those 2 HRs also prove that you can’t run Billy, Peraza, and Tucker out there every night. You need guys that can take advantage of a bandbox and hit atleast 15 HRs. Arcia for the Brewers hit 17 last year in their launching pad.

    • roger garrett

      Exactly Indy.We are out manned before the line up card is filled out.Tough when you bring slap guys to a homer hitting contest just don’t work.

  7. VaRedsFan

    Nice job Peraza getting the run in.

  8. Indy Red Man

    First there was King Henry the 3rd…..now Sir William of Hamilton the 3rd! As in 3rd out every time he comes up!

    • Indy Red Man

      Make that King George III….and I’m a history guy too.

  9. VaRedsFan

    Billy more of a crouch, and abandoned the bat off his shoulder stance.
    Same result though.

    • docproctor

      He needs to CTFU.
      First word is “Choke.”

      • Mike Adams

        He may have tried that but had to give it up because the pitch kept knocking the bat out of his hands.

  10. Jazzmanbbfan

    Billy wasn’t smiling after that strikeout. He was clearly frustrated, as he should be.

  11. Indy Red Man

    Chris Welsh says its just a matter of time before it clicks for Billy. Please???????? He can’t actually believe that? I won’t be making my way down I-74 until Billy and Homer are gone. I had enough of them 2 years ago.

    • Mike Adams

      Yeah. Does he really think anyone believes that?
      I can see some guys need two or three years to adjust to MLB pitching and come into their prime.
      But Billy? His track record is established and it won’t ever click for him because of a lack of physical skills such as strength and pitch recognition.

  12. Indy Red Man

    Ok…never mind Harvey would suck anywhere. That was Homer-esque! Cut him loose already. Glad they tried but don’t block young guys that need an opportunity.

  13. VaRedsFan

    Jose Martinez 8 HR’s this year…3 against the Reds
    He’s making a case to break onto the very crowded Reds killer roster.
    .352/.425/.549….BEFORE TONIGHT

  14. Indy Red Man

    Of course the Cards just lost a series to the Marlins. Homer/Joey make more then their whole roster. In fact the Cards are under .500 vs the rest of mlb. Unfortunately 19-0 versus the Reds will probably get them into the playoffs.

    • Bill

      Bailey and Votto don’t make over 88 million per year, The entire Reds payroll is only slightly more than the Marlins

  15. docproctor

    Interesting seeing the rain coming down hard at the stadium. I’m in NKY, about 12 miles SE of the stadium, and we haven’t had a drop.

  16. Bubba Woo

    Why is Harvey out there??? The rest of this season should be about who among Castillo, Mahle, Romano, Finnegan, Garrett, and Stephenson are MLB starters, or AAAA guys. Much more important than gaining a middle reliever for Harvey at the deadline.

    • VaRedsFan

      Finnegan and Stephenson can’t get AAA hitters out. No sorting necessary. But I would like to see Garrett get a chance. Been saying it since Spring when he more than earned a shot

  17. Timmy RedLeg

    The last HR hit was a no doubter. But the 2 b4 that we’re GABP homers. I made the comment on here last season, that I thought the fences should be moved back. Someone responded that they’d never do it because seats would have to be taken out, & there would have to be some rewiring. I don’t know if the fences couldn’t be moved based on those arguments alone, or not.??? But I hate to see pop ups become HR. Plus it would have to benefit our pitchers, for obvious reasons. Not to mention the fact that we are never gonna sign a top of the line FA. I just want the park to play fair.

    • D Ray White

      When the Reds only sell 10-15k tickets/game taking out a few rows of seats shouldn’t be a big deal. Conversely, the Reds, in their infinite wisdom, actively pursued a couple of weak hitting guys with little plate discipline to play in a bandbox.

  18. Indy Red Man

    Thats why you can’t bat Tucker 2nd. Or atleast hit-n-run? Tucker doesn’t swing-n-miss that much. I give up tonite. Good luck all. Try again tomorrow.

  19. VaRedsFan

    Scooter is a superhero,,,,I’m convinced of it.

  20. docproctor

    Reds who have more strikeouts than Billy Hamilton:
    Duvall
    Gennett
    Barnhart
    Schebler

    JUST KIDDING. NO ONE HAS MORE STRIKEOUTS THAN BILLY.
    And after Duvall, it’s not even close on the Reds.
    Billy’s tied for 6th in the National League.

    • VaRedsFan

      I can’t believe how much he has regressed
      .260/.321 just 2 years ago.
      We’d be jumping for joy if he did that now

  21. Seat101

    Who leads the team in multi hit games?

    • Scooter Rolen

      Not 100% sure, but I would guess Scooter.

      • Bill

        Scooter with most multi hit games, most times on base Votto

  22. TyGuy85

    Parts of the hitting and defense have been lacking and should be traded away or on the bench. But the reason the Reds record is bad is because the organization is persistently awful at developing and acquiring pitching, mainly starting pitching. Until they start doing that, it’s going to be much of the same Reds. I don’t know who has headed starting pitching development and scouting over the last couple years, but he/she/they should be fired.

  23. Scooter Rolen

    Well, at least a Reds starter pitched past 5 innings.

  24. Scooter Rolen

    Yay, a walk from Billy! Also, a really nice AB from Blandino off the bench BTW.

  25. VaRedsFan

    Reds off the mat to tie it after the delay!

  26. Jack

    This team is amazing. Everytime they score they give it right back.

  27. VaRedsFan

    Best 2 relievers gave up the last 2 runs. well garrett is ahead of Lorenzen…but still