The Cincinnati Reds (24-43) will look for their third straight win tonight at 8:15 PM in Kauffman Stadium against the Kansas City Royals (22-44). The Reds are coming off a thrilling 5-1 win in 10 innings last night.

Starting Pitchers

Tyler Mahle is coming off back-to-back solid starts: 10.0 IP, 2 ER, 0 HR, 4 BB, 11 K. Mahle’s main problem this season has been the long ball. He gave up 3 home runs back on 5/20 against the Cubs, but he hasn’t not allowed a home run since (3 GS, 15.0 IP). Mahle’s next two starts will come against the Royals (tonight) and the Tigers next week. Let’s see if he can put together two more good starts, and really get on a roll. Mahle has never faced a hitter on the current Royals roster.

Jason Hammel was a really solid pitcher between 2014-2016 (90 GS, 3.68 ERA, 4.02 FIP). He has not been the same since joining the Royals last season. Hammel has a 5.42 ERA in 45 starts. Hammel has pitched well in his 11 career starts against the Reds posting a 3.42 ERA with 63 K and 18 BB.

Staring Lineups

1. Scott Schebler (RF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (DH)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Jesse Winker (LF)
7. Adam Duvall (1B)
8. Curt Casali (C)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)

 

Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.

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  1. Happy baseball evening, y’all.

    Big potential changes coming to MLB after 2021. If you have a subscription to The Athletic, go read Jayson Stark’s latest post.

    I won’t cut and paste to respect their paywall concept, but some of the highlights being seriously discussed in MLB circles…

    -32 teams
    -154 game schedule
    -universal DH
    -radical re-alignment, based on geography, maybe even doing away with AL and NL

    This is the third “insider” I have seen in recent months drop hints in their reporting, all with similar scenarios. MLB’s CBA and its national TV contracts both end after 2021.

    A division with Reds, Indians, Tigers, Cardinals? Interesting. Different, for sure.

    Go Redlegs.

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    • Hard to imagine Cards and Cubs not in the same division. Maybe the Pirates in with the Reds, Indians and Tigers?

      Universal DH has to happen. They aren’t going to put half the genie back into the bottle; and, things can’t continue as they are because realignment and blurring of “league” identities are top drawer issues.

      If they go back to 154 game schedule, it is going to mean an expansion of playoffs in short order if not concurrently with the scale back.

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    • Time to start the discussion on who the 1B is when Votto moves to DH in 2021

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  2. And yet another game in which the Reds opt not to have their best five hitters hitting 1-5. This is starting to seem less like an adorable quirk and more like a serious mental illness.

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  3. I’m all for it. I need some baseball in Portland! Russell Wilson was reported as an investor in the team, for anyone who finds that interesting

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  4. As much as I like Jose Peraza and feel he is our shortstop of the future, it’s too soon to bat him and the top half of the lineup.

    My prediction today is that at least four Reds will have multi-hit games. Jesse Wenker, of course, will be one of them.

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    • Just now checked in with RLN.
      After seeing your prediction I went and checked the boxscore.
      Only one hit after three innings?!
      We might see only one Red with a multi-hit game.

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  5. Brilliant DP turned by Peraza and Scooter

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  6. Divisional foes should be in the same time zone of possible. I like Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and the Reds in the same division.

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  7. Hard to fathom the royals with such a bad record with the way the starters pitch.

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  8. Nationals have a 19 year old playing, Reds would be afraid to promote him from A ball.

    Reds figure sticking with Hamilton, Duvall, Gennett, Schebler is the way to go, other teams realize that younger players are the way to go.

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  9. BobSteve went 7 innings tonite for Louisville. Allowed 1 run on a solo shot in the first. In total 4H 0BB 9K 85P/57S

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    • Yep….and Senzel 2-5 with a double and 2 rbis. No way you could give someone else a taste as a DH in KC? If you can’t reward the kid then give Dixon or somebody new a chance? They called up Winker in Tampa last year and then played in 1 game of 3? Always chasing that 66th win or whatever instead of utilizing any forward thinking whatsoever. Sad thing….its not even better in the short term either? BobSteve 3.95 career era in the minors. Romano’s is 4.31. Bob Steve has allowed a .218 batting average. Romano allowed a .278 average. You can potentially fix walks but Romano obviously has never developed swing-n-miss stuff like BobSteve.

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    • He does well when Joe “Crash” Hudson is his catcher.

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  10. Yep we seem to have guys 2 or 3 years away but if you wanted to find out this would be the year to do it.

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  11. I’ll preface my comments by acknowledging the inferior competition of late, but I wonder if the longer stints of starting pitching that we have seen could also be a result of the recent off days and extra rest for our starting five. Maybe now, in this lost season, our Redlegs could experiment with a six man rotation in order to give the guys extra rest and preserve innings. Just a thought. What are the opinions of the Nation?

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  12. Peraza with a leadoff double. I always want the Reds to win, but the front office puts knowledgeable fans in a bad way with their tendencies. God forbid Bailey put together one start with 3er in 6 ip in late May. That would’ve bought him June & July easily! Finnegan had to literally get knocked out by the 4th inning for 1.5 months or he’d still be in there. There is no accountability. I enjoyed Billy’s performance the other day….the diving attempt and then sprinting to the ball and throwing the guy out was incredible! The fact that 1 guy will buy him July and half of August dulls my excitement though. Every other team plays the best players despite their age. We hold them in the minors til they’re 24.5 like its the legal playing limit or something? Mahle is about the only exception in the Dick Williams era.

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    • Let me get this straight – You’re pulling for the Jets players to do poorly?

      Makes me wonder how you’d feel if you weren’t a fan

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      • Yeah….just Joe Namath. He’s got a big mouth and is always drunkenly trying to kiss reporters.

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  13. It’s like the Reds are playing the Reds…2 runs scored on errors.
    I’ve figured it out…we’re in the wrong division!

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  14. Peraza has more problems with catching line drives than any player I’ve ever seen.

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  15. Geez, I hate seeing them use Garrett as a LOOGY.

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  16. What Garrett is a loogy now?

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  17. Garrett gets the loogy treatment. I guess it’s OK with another off day tomorrow.

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  18. For example….Milw called up 22 yr old SS Orlando Arcia last year. He hit .277 with 15 HRs. This year he was slumping so they sent him down. He only got called up again because Saladino or whatever his name is got hurt. Its not rocket science. Find a way to get your best pitchers on the mound and your best hitters in the lineup. If you don’t know what the #$&&@ you’re doing like the Reds…then just look around and copy the smart kids paper. Do what you have to do!

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  19. Oh shucks! Peraza Get another hit. Another multi hit game means they might stay in the lineup. A real fan I wanted him to hit into a double play

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    • Yeah you’re right….the Reds rebuild is running to perfection. Only 3-4 more years of losing 90+ and they’ll be right on top of it! Gabp really plays to speed and defense. HRs are seldom there. They should get 2-3 more Billy Joe Perazilto’s in the lineup!

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      • My problem is that you can’t celebrate what’s good.

        And you don’t know an above average major league shortstop when you see one

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        • Peraza is not average. We’re both hardcore fans obviously….we’re here every night. I can agree to disagree. I’ve been the biggest Duvall supporter on here since he came to the Reds. I think there is a decent player in there somewhere but he’s been hard to defend this year. If Hamilton had been hitting 9th all along then his atbats wouldn’t hurt so much but it took them 4 years to figure that out as well.

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  20. KC didn’t read the scouting report. Don’t throw Duvall fastballs

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About Nick Kirby

Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.

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