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.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Mike Montgomery 55 3.11 4.35 15.2 7.6
Sal Romano 80 5.18 4.74 15.9% 9.9%

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.

Bullpen

Everyone should be available if called upon.

Starting Lineups

Cubs Reds
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 …

Today is the anniversary of the final game in Crosley Field …

94 Responses

  1. msanmoore

    Okay everybody, it’s time to kick this pig!!!

    Note: Extra points if you can cite the obscure movie reference.

    • WVRedlegs

      “Leave Graham squealing from the from the feelin’.”
      Replace Graham with Montgomery, or better even Maddon.

  2. George

    “Do you think the Reds have a chance to reach the .500 mark by the end of the 2018 season?”

    Yes if;

    Homer doesn’t pitch again
    Duvall finds the magic again
    Everyone stays healthy!!

  3. DHud

    .500 by end of season? No. They look like a .500 team to me currently, so not climbing out of a 25 game hole

  4. Shchi Cossack

    Please excuse the blatant ramblings of a proud Papa.

    Just returned from the State Summer Olympics at Jesse Owens Stadium. The Youngest Cossack came home with a silver medal in the 100m dash and a gold medal in the running long jump, including personal bests in two of his three long jump attempts!

    Go Reds…humiliate the stupid cubbies.

    • msanmoore

      +5000 to the Young Cossack!! 🎉👍

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Congratulations! You must be exceptionally proud!

    • VaRedsFan

      Congrats Little Cossack!!
      As the father of a track athlete myself, I know where you are coming from.

    • gusnwally

      Congrats partner, Be as proud as you want. Even show off alittle if you feel like it.

  5. Jack

    It all depends on who they trade or promote. Just for giggles I will say it comes down to the last weekend needing a sweep of the Pirates. They take the first 3 and lose the last game on a walk off. Quakenbush gives it up. YEAH HE’S BAAAAACK! It’s also Paul Householder bobble head night in celebration of the 82 Reds. What a juggernaut

  6. Klugo

    Offense has been there. Bullpen has been good. If we can continue to get solid starting pitching, we can keep winning. .500? Anything close means Wildcard conversation. I don’t see it though.

  7. B-town Fan

    if the Starting Pitching pitches like it has the last 11 games or close to it, than yes the Reds will get to 500 its as simple as that. The starting Pitching was wretched until recently.

  8. docproctor

    I vote yes on .500 by the end of the season. This team is rounding into form. We’ve shed a lot of deadwood: Gosselin, Pennington, Quackenbush, Gallardo, and yes, Homer and Finnegan. Lineup is strong, young starters are emerging, bullpen is terrific.

    Still hope they can trade Iggy, Billy, and/or Duvall for some MLB-ready prospects who can help the team in the second half. And please keep Scooter.

  9. musicclown

    Did anyone else see that Siri and Friedl were moved up to Pensacola? Fairchild was moved up a level also, Daytona.

    • docproctor

      Yes–but surprisingly, Trammell wasn’t promoted.

  10. Luckeydad

    No, they will not finish above .500…….and Hell No! on Jimbobboy managing next year. Thom is blind and maybe wearing Reds colored glasses thinking that…….clean house, except Danny Darwin. If fact, time for some new blood in the broadcast both. Tired of Chris and Thom…….I hear the same thing out of their mouth year after year.

  11. DHud

    The Reds should demand pacakaging Thom in any trade

  12. doofus

    Votto shows once again why he’s a poor base runner. Now if he’d only learn the strike zone…

  13. Seat 101

    A lot of extra pitches by Sal. That walk may haunt in a few innings when he runs out of gas.

    Or I may be borrowing trouble.

  14. Seat 101

    Where do I find out whether or not the Chicago centerfielder had a good path to that ball he caught?

  15. VaRedsFan

    Really nice slider for Sal so far today

  16. VaRedsFan

    Duvall to Peraza to Tucker….thing of beauty to nab the runner at the plate

  17. Wayne nabors

    I actually think this team can regroup enough to get near or at 500 by seasons end,and after what I witnessed last night I would trade peraza and put blandino at ss,his arm is a cannon

  18. Jack

    And Sal is leaving it out over the plate and it’s getting tattooed.

  19. muttonlettucetomato

    Man, Sal let the ball get up and the Cubs get into his head this inning. Let’s hope the Reds can get some runs off of Montgomery.

  20. VaRedsFan

    It took him 4 games, but Rizzo did what Rizzo does to the Reds.
    25 career HR’s now off the reds.

  21. docproctor

    Calling for it again: Let Lorenzen take a shot at CF.

    • Bill

      I’ve read that he projected to be good defensively as a CF, but the scouts questioned the bat. He has displayed power in his limited at bats so far. Very small sample size but his lifetime OPS is better than 2018 Billy Hamilton.

      It probably is a crazy idea, but what would it hurt running him out there a couple of times.

  22. VaRedsFan

    Lorenzen goes deep. Maybe Disco can bat next inning.

  23. Indy Red Man

    Maybe 50 innings pitched/30 at-bats per season is not the best way to utilitze Lorenzen? Just a thought? He’s already hit the hardest ball by a Red this season.

  24. VaRedsFan

    Riggleman throwing in the towel?
    Suarez out. and stephens pitching

  25. Indy Red Man

    Jackson Stephens has absolutely sucked all year. He hasn’t been in AAA either? Why do they keep bringing him up? I just don’t understand this front office at all?

  26. Bill

    Maybe REDS should let Disco & Lorenzen take a shot at the outfield, they could have power out there.

  27. VaRedsFan

    Sure enough…..Almora HR, 6-1 cubs.
    Why not let Crockett go another inning?

  28. VaRedsFan

    Winker….another big blast.
    That Jackson Stephens call is huge now.

  29. Old-school

    Perhaps the outfield rotation is working. All 4 seem rested and now producing. Just let Schebler and winker get the most at bats.

  30. VaRedsFan

    Burned Dixon for no reason. who plays 3rd now?

    • Bill

      Probably Blandino. This makes no sense

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Great question! I was just going to make the same post. But it’s tied!

    • Jim t

      Winker hit for Dixon and hit a 3 run homer. How does getting a lefty righty match up not make sense to you
      ?

      • VaRedsFan

        Because Suarez shouldn’t have been pulled at all.

      • Jim t

        They double switched him and it worked. Your basing your assumption on what?

      • Jim t

        He was pulled as part of a double switch that worked out. Riggleman out managed Madden this entire weekend.

  31. Sliotar

    LOL.

    2 pinch-hit homers today, Disco grand slam yesterday.

    Outliers have gone with them lately, hopefully they can take advantage and complete the sweep.

  32. Old-school

    Riggleman is a genius. He’s just been bunting all year to set up the stupid Cubs for Tucker.

  33. Tom Mitsoff

    Suarez, Blandino and Dixon are all out of the game. Third baseman next inning likely to be Duvall (moving from left to third with Winker going to left).

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Big correction! Blandino is NOT out of the game. Pinch-hitting now. He was ready to pinch hit earlier but was taken down for Lorenzen. You have to take your hat off to Riggleman for his moves today! Blandino will go to third base and Duvall will remain in left for defense now with the lead.)

  34. BigRedMike

    Another meaningless hit and RBI for Votto

    • VaRedsFan

      They were certainly not winning games for the 6-8 weeks that he wasn’t doing it. Funny how that correlates.

      • BigRedMike

        True, it was all Votto’s fault that the Reds were off to a slow start.

        Are you going to point out how bad Votto is with runners on base as well?

      • Bill

        He was giving up way too many HRs when he pitched

  35. DHud

    Blandino called strike three…again

    Swing the bat, dude

  36. Tom Mitsoff

    Duvall smashed it — just bad luck.

    • VaRedsFan

      Yup, needed the run, but can never fault a guy for hitting a line drive in that situation.

  37. Jack

    Peraza doing what Peraza does–walk!

  38. Old-school

    Steve called it Thursday night. Reds are pivoting forward in this rebuild . All aboard this train. Love the enthusiasm from the players.

  39. CI3J

    Peraza WALKS to drive in a run.

    Are we living in bizarro world now?

  40. bouwills

    Winker does his Blandino impression. But with 2 huge HR in this series, it’s OK- at least better than bunting & spectating, simultaneously.

  41. Indy Red Man

    Wow!!! I’m shocked that Maddon left Strop in for so long, but we like it!!! See if Garrett/Iggy can nail it down now!!

  42. Tom Mitsoff

    You may be looking at the next Aroldis Chapman in Garrett.

  43. VaRedsFan

    Wonder if…
    Suarez doesn’t come out in a puzzling double switch….and he batted instead of Blandino.
    Probably an IBB and Scooter bats with the bases loaded.

  44. WVRedlegs

    Whoa Nellie. That Garrett gas is making Iglesias look a little bit more tradeable.

  45. Indy Red Man

    Garrett at 97-98 mph….maybe he is better in the pen, but Lorenzen needs to start! I can’t help but compare Garrett to David Price though? I can’t think of too many tall lefty closers? Andrew Miller is high leverage and might work….but he’s more of a slider guy.

      • Indy Red Man

        Duh….yeahhh. I guess I was just trying to think of pitchers with his style too. Chapman has no style. Just hammer time!

  46. VaRedsFan

    Wow…a ton of broomsticks in the stands. Good on those fans!!

  47. muttonlettucetomato

    Wow, what a great run of baseball for our Reds… if they keep this up, you have to imagine that the stand will start filling up with Reds fans.

  48. doofus

    NA, NA, NA , NA…NA, NA, NA, NA, HEY, HEY, HEY GOODBYE!!!!

  49. BigRedMike

    Sweep. Solid innings for Garrett and Iglesias

  50. Tom Mitsoff

    Michael Lorenzen’s OPS is 1.750 (limited sample size caveat) 🙂

  51. msanmoore

    Took a nap at 5 to 0

    Woke up to B9 1 out

    Watching B7 now

    Unbelievable sweep!!

  52. TyGuy85

    Always spectacular to sweep the stupid Cubs!!

  53. Jim t

    Some timely hitting and some good starting pitching and this team can win some games.

  54. Joel

    If the Reds aren’t careful, they might not be in last place anymore.

  55. Tom Mitsoff

    The key to this continuing is for the starting pitching to continue delivering at least “quality starts.” Romano broke a long streak of those today, but the bats picked him up. It’s going to be a very interesting series in Atlanta.

  56. bouwills

    I’ve called all the Cub fans I know & congratulated them on an epic weekend of losing. I just wish I knew more Cub fans phone numbers.