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 Ã¢â‚¬Å“onlyÃ¢â‚¬Â 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 Ã¢â‚¬Â¦
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 todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s walked 63 batters in 68 innings. Folks here at Redleg Nation have seen this act in recent years from some of our own.
RomanoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ not coincidentally Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 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 SaturdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s memorable moment Ã¢â‚¬Â¦
Let’s see it again!
Ã¢â‚¬â€ FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) June 24, 2018
Today is the anniversary of the final game in Crosley Field Ã¢â‚¬Â¦
Ã¢â‚¬â€ @300_JRM (@300_JRM) June 24, 2018