The Cincinnati Reds (26-45) are back at Great American Ballpark to begin a six game homestand (12 of their next 15 games are at GABP). The Reds will start the homestand tonight against at 7:10 PM against the Detroit Tigers (36-37). The Tigers are surprisingly just 3.0 games out of first place behind the Indians in the AL Central. The Tigers are in full rebuild mode, and were only projected by PECOTA to win 68 games this season. They are currently riding a five game win streak, despite losing Miguel Cabrera for the season last week.

The Tigers have been lead offensively by rookie Jeimer Candelario (126 wRC+, 10 HR) and Nicholas Castellanos (131 wRC+, 9 HR). The Tigers acquired Candelario last season from the Cubs for Alex Avila and Justin Wilson. Castellanos is in his sixth big league season, and is having his best to date. He was a top 15 prospect when he broke in to the big leagues. The Tigers bullpen has been lead by 23 year old Joe Jimenez and his 96 MPH average fastball (35.1 IP, 2.04 ERA, 1.96 FIP, 10.19 K/9, 2.04 BB/9, 0.25 HR/9).

Starting Pitchers

Tonight’s pitching matchup will feature two pitchers who have yet to face any of the hitters they will see tonight.

Sal Romano is coming off his best start of the year by a mile last week in Kansas City (8.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 K). That performance alone will not be enough by itself to keep Romano’s spot in the rotation. Robert Stephenson has been pitching well of late in Louisville, and one more bad start for Romano could find those two flipping spots.

Matt Boyd is having a breakout season for the Tigers despite his fastball velocity dropping by 2.8 MPH. Boyd has done an exception job keeping the ball in the park, which has been the main reason for his jump in success.

Starting Lineups

You can find the lineups here.

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. First commentator! Yah!

    It is a little easier to do this year. I was really hoping we’d be the team acting like the tigers this year. Oh well, maybe someday WK can come back and get us straight. I can’t think of anything that he did that backfired, but then again absence makes the heart grow fonder.

    • Krivsky traded Josh Hamilton and Austin K. Those were embarrassing trades.

  2. Prediction: Sal Romano gives up 4 runs in 5 innings. Reds lose 7-3.

  3. I hope you’re no better a prognosticator than I am.

  4. Schebler hitting .339 against lefties. That is all I need to say.

  5. Gotta get Duvall and Hamilton their AB’s I guess since they may be the key to keeping the Reds below 100 losses this season.

    1. Jose Peraza (R) SS
    2. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
    3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
    4. Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
    5. Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
    6. Adam Duvall (R) LF
    7. Jesse Winker (L) RF
    8. Sal Romano (L) P
    9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF

    Gametime Forecast: 89°F • Drizzle • 11% PoP

  6. Schebler 1.007 ops in June so grab some bench! We can’t have none of that! On the bright side….Jonathan India crushed a 3 run HR in the college WS! Fastball up and middle-away and he hammered it to left! Kid has a quick quick bat! A little more impressive on video then Senzel and Nick is obviously good!

    I predict Duvie gets 2 rbis tonite on a double or hr. They really don’t need to be playing Duvall/Billy together? Adam can’t hit righties and Billy can’t hit anyone normally. Billy is at .167 vs lefties this year? They can atleast justify Adam vs lefties with a .348 obp and .839 ops.

  7. Neither Scooter nor Suarez should ever bat 5th. It’s too far down in the order for two of the best hitters in the NL.

    • I know! Its insane! Judge bats 2nd. Trout hits 2nd. Bryant is leading off now, but always hit 2nd before that. We have our 5th-6th best hitter hitting 2nd….a double play machine?

      Bottom line….the Reds need a new age manager and I’m not sure who would even take the job considering how the front office seems to push their nonsense onto the field.

      • Ian Kennedy gave up 5 runs in 6 innings last night. I guess he can’t pitch against thr,Reds every night.

  8. Nothing Riggleman does makes any sense to me. Any of us could manage this team better than him.
    Put the best 8 players on the field every day at the same position and in the same spot in the batting order. This creates consistency among your starting players.
    It’s not rocket science.

  9. I love how so many of you here now with the front office is telling the manager.

  10. Joey didn’t like any of those 3 strikes I guess.

  11. Nice play by Joey. And Sol looks pretty good too.

  12. I thought Billy wasn’t switch hitting anymore?

  13. 2 fastest guys in the league and they want to bunt them over. Just let them steal!

  14. No more bunting? It makes sense here only because Tucker is such a doubleplay risk, but he shouldn’t be batting 2nd anyway? You have a soft tossing lefty….have Billy try to catch a slow curve and he take 3rd without a throw.

    • Not with 2 fast guys on who throws breaking balls every pitch. Billy should be standing on 3rd by the 2nd pitch and Peraza on 2nd with the 3rd pitch.

  15. Can some one confirm that Votto Grand Slam counted?

  16. Way to take it out Votto!!!

  17. Scooter. Multi-hit game by third inning

  18. I don’t know if I want Nick Castellanos anymore? He has a vertical leap like mine:) Joey needed it though! He looks so relieved in the dugout! Can Scooter win the NL batting title? He’s hitting everything they throw up there right now! Freddie Freeman seems like his main competition.

  19. Romano and Reds up 4-0 with 4th. inning coming up. Let’s see if Romano can get through the sixth at least.

  20. On MLB Network tonight Greg Amsinger thinks Houston will go after Iglesias and Eric Byrnes thinks Iglesias has the best stuff out of the relievers on the trade block.

    • Who could we reasonably get from Houston?

      • Okay, let’s go crazy here.
        We send them Iglesias, Harvey, and Stephenson
        They send us McCullers and CF prospect Drew Ferguson

    • I looked at Philly yesterday. They need a veteran closer in the worst way, but I don’t see much in their farm system. I keep suggesting the Yankees, but the RLN staff thinks its stupid? I don’t know? Chad Green got taken deep about 500 feet yesterday by Soto from the Nats. Robertson has slipped. Betances is still good, but a Green/Betances/Iggy/Chapman foursome looks pretty scary to me?
      Biggest thing there is the Yankees have alot of young talent and have some very good players blocked!

    • San Fran just lost Strickland for 6-8 weeks. Although, I can’t imagine they’re in the market for a closer that badly that they’d trade for Iggy.

  21. Here comes Billy! A good second half with the bat and two more 2% probability catches and big Bob is signing him to some Mesoraco money:)

    Seriously….hate to see Billy go in some ways. If he’s even close to average with the bat then he’s incredible! They could easily carry him batting 9th! They have to get Senzel in the lineup….and call me crazy but Jonathan India (22 yrs old in Dec) will fly thru the minors faster then Senzel. That kid has lightning in his bat!

  22. “I predict Duvie gets 2 rbis tonite on a double or hr”

    Its not my first rodeo:)

  23. Billy homers and Peraza walks in the same game.Are you kidding me?

  24. Big Sal not going to give up his spot just yet.Maybe the kid is on to something.Back to back starts of 15 innings and zero runs.

    • That’s why you keep running them out there. No since in drawing conclusions after 2 months

      • He is finally using all his pitches. Stopped his nibbling.

      • I agree 100%.Now if the front office and some of us would just stop anointing or throwing these guys under the bus after a few good or bad starts we could find out who can or who can’t.Just let him pitch.Bob,Amir and Lorenzen needs some starts.May want to look at a 6 man rotation soon.We got to find out as much as we can about these guys

      • Big Sal’s era in the minors was 4.30 or something though? I just think we have atleast 5-6 guys with better ceilings but I hope I’m wrong. Can’t argue with his last 2 starts!

  25. They should run Peralta out there to pitch. Not even he could lose this lead.

  26. Tell me I am crazy, but is the addition of Disco and subtraction of Homer, could that be the catalyst that Romano and Mahle needed? Was Homer a cancer?

  27. Duvall got a double to right off a breaking ball last time….think that means he’s starting to see the ball finally! Winker might be the odd man out? Not that he should be, but Riggleman is trying to win games over evaluating younger guys.

    Brandon Nimmo now with a 1.018 ops and he was supposed to be a Red in the Bruce trade. Ouch!

    Cards blew another 2 run lead in the 8th tonite. Divisional trades are rare but I’d deal them Iggy for Paul DeJong (33 HRs in 567 atbats). They have other guys in the infield and this season is about to get away from them.

  28. Paul, I said a 6 man rotation from the beginning and let’s find out who will stick. And look at the Braves, Mats and Yankees using young players, Reds think the have to be 24 or 26 before they bring them up. Another thing seen team salaries, 7 teams with lower salaries, only 1 has a worse record than the Reds.

    • I agree bill been complaining bout that a long time now,even with got to they were slow to bring up,not sure why they do that but they do

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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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