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