The Reds go for their seventh win in a row, and a four-game sweep over the Cubs, today at 1:10 Eastern time at Great American Ball Park.
Cincinnati sits “only” 14 games below the .500 mark at 31-45. As recently as a couple of weeks ago, we would have never even dared to speak these words, but, with the way they have been playing over the past five weeks …
Do you think the Reds have a chance to reach the .500 mark by the end of the 2018 season? Let us know why or why not in the comments below.
One caveat to that question: If that happens, it is the opinion of this commentator that Jim Riggleman will certainly be retained as manager, and perhaps deservedly so.
Before today’s game, the team announced that Scott Schebler has been reinstated from the bereavement list, and Phillip Erwin was sent back to Louisville.
Tyler Chatwood was scheduled as today’s starter, but left the team to be with his wife, who is in labor. Lefthander Mike Montgomery gets the call instead.
Chatwood is very illustrative of the risk involved in signing a veteran pitcher to a free agent deal. Over the previous two seasons, he was 20-24 for the Rockies, but had home-away splits that gave indication that if you got him out of Coors Field, there was a chance for some big upside. Well, so far, not so much. He’s walked 63 batters in 68 innings. Folks here at Redleg Nation have seen this act in recent years from some of our own.
Romano’s past two starts, both wins, flashed some hope for optimism. In 15 innings against the Royals and Tigers, he allowed only one run. A third straight start like that would be viewed as a major milestone for him in his development.
Starting pitching update: Reds starting pitchers have given up 21 runs in the past 11 games, of which – not coincidentally – nine have been victories.
Everyone should be available if called upon.
|CF Albert Almora, Jr.||RF Scott Schebler|
|RF Jason Heyward||C Tucker Barnhart|
|2B Javier Baez||1B Joey Votto|
|1B Anthony Rizzo||3B Eugenio Suarez|
|C Willson Contreras||2B Scooter Gennett|
|LF Kyle Schwarber||LF Adam Duvall|
|3B Ian Happ||SS Jose Peraza|
|SS Addison Russell||P Sal Romano|
|P Mike Montgomery||CF Billy Hamilton|
News and Notes
A look back at Saturday’s memorable moment …
Let’s see it again!
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Today is the anniversary of the final game in Crosley Field …
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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.