Will the losing streak end today? The Reds have dropped nine in a row to the St. Louis Cardinals this season, and 13 consecutive including last season.
One good sign, at least from the perspective of this correspondent: This is the third consecutive day that both Scott Schebler and Jesse Winker are starting in the outfield, with Billy Hamilton filling the third outfield spot today. (Adam Duvall did yesterday.) As long as Schebler and Winker continue to produce as they have in recent games, that MUST be the strategy of Manager Jim Riggleman.
The Reds hope to avoid the sweep and break the losing streak in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1:10 p.m. start at Great American Ball Park.
TodayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s matchup features a couple of pitchers who have missed time this year with muscular injuries. Martinez missed time after injuring a Latissimus dorsi muscle, which connects the upper extremity to the vertebral column. The lats are a very powerful rotator of the trunk. DeSclafani missed the first two months with an oblique injury. Obliques are the muscles of the outer abdomen. They surround the area which we would call a six-pack in individuals who have well-toned mid-sections.
DeSclafani started slow in his first major league start of the year, but finished strong in his five innings. If anyone on this current Reds starting pitching staff can step up and be the leader of this group, it is DeSclafani, based on past performance. The disclaimer, though, is that he has been injured for most of the past two seasons. He has to break that cycle.
David Hernandez pitched two innings Saturday and may not be available today as a result. Everyone else should be available for work.
|3B Matt Carpenter||CF 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|
|SS Greg Garcia||RF Jesse Winker|
|RF Harrison Bader||SS Jose Peraza|
|2B Kolten Wong||P Anthony DeSclafani|
|P Carlos Martinez||CF Billy Hamilton|
News and Notes
Eugenio Suarez continues to blossom before our eyes Ã¢â‚¬Â¦
#Reds Eugenio Suarez now leads the NL in RBIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s with 47.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Josh Campbell (@ColtsBucksnReds) June 9, 2018
Nick Senzel had a big day at the plate in LouisvilleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 9-4 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He batted leadoff and played third base, with Dilson Herrera starting at second base Ã¢â‚¬Â¦
Nick Senzel went 4-6 today with a stolen base. #Reds
Ã¢â‚¬â€ FantasyBaseballHero (@fantasybbhero) June 10, 2018
Hunter Greene pitched five innings for the Dayton Dragons last night, allowing one run, and Ã¢â‚¬Â¦
Dayton’s Hunter Greene has hit 101 mph about 8 times tonight. He had reached 101 on three previous pitches this season.
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Dayton Dragons (@DragonsBaseball) June 9, 2018
Ex-Red Mat Latos sparked a benches-clearing brawl in a minor league game Ã¢â‚¬Â¦
This freaking guy. Mat Latos sparked a huge, benches-clearing brawl in the minors today. pic.twitter.com/7BO7B4H5EV
Ã¢â‚¬â€ Joey Votto (@EvilJoeyVotto) June 10, 2018
(That tweet is NOT from the real Joey Votto.)