We’re all still wondering: Just how legitimate is the Reds’ recent hot streak?

We’ll have a good idea of the answer following this nine-game road trip against three teams in solid contention, starting today against the Cubs in a 2:20 p.m. matinee at Wrigley Field. After Chicago, the Reds head to Cleveland for three and then St. Louis for three to wrap up the pre-All-Star-Game schedule.

The big news today is that Dilson Herrera was added to the 40-man and 25-man major league roster this morning.

It will be very interesting to see how the second baseman is used. One would think he would get more starts than Brandon Dixon did, only because Herrera is probably still available in trade discussions. He might also give Eugenio Suarez an occasional day off at third base.

Cincinnati’s starting pitching is lined up well, with arguably the team’s two best starting pitchers – Tyler Mahle and Matt Harvey – starting the first two games of this series. In nine games this year against the Cubs, the Reds have a 6-3 series lead, following three years in which the Cubs dominated the series, 40-17.

Starting Pitchers

Tyler Mahle 91.2 3.83 4.04 23.5% 9.9%
Mike Montgomery 66 3.55 4.24 16.4% 8.0%

In six June starts, Mahle had a 2.18 earned run average, and had the impressive 12-strikeout game his last outing against Milwaukee. His longest outing this season is 6.1 innings, so he has not yet developed into an “ace” in the traditional sense. But he is looking every bit of a solid building block of the Reds rotation for the next several years. Against the Cubs this year in two starts, Mahle is 1-1. He’s allowed four runs in 12 innings. Today will be his first start of the year at Wrigley Field.

Montgomery jumped into the Cubs rotation after the injury to Yu Darvish. He’s faced the Reds twice in relief and once as a starter this season, surrendering four runs in eight innings total. Like Mahle, June was Montgomery’s best month so far this year, with a 2-1 record and 2.83 ERA in 35 innings.


Both teams were off Thursday, so there shouldn’t be any pitchers in either bullpen who are completely unavailable. It will be interesting to see how Jim Riggleman uses Tanner Rainey, now that he is in the bullpen, ostensibly in the role of Dylan Floro, who was traded to the Dodgers Wednesday. Rainey has a 1.57 ERA in 28.2 innings at Louisville, but has not been as effective in a couple of brief stints with the Reds: nine earned runs and nine walks allowed in six relief innings.

Starting Lineups

Reds Cubs
SS Jose Peraza CF Albert Almora Jr.
2B Scooter Gennett RF Jason Heyward
1B Joey Votto 3B Javier Baez
3B Eugenio Suarez 1B Anthony Rizzo
LF Adam Duvall 2B Ben Zobrist
RF Scott Schebler LF Kyle Schwarber
C Curt Casali C Willson Contreras
P Tyler Mahle SS Addison Russell
CF Billy Hamilton P Mike Montgomery

News and Notes

Has Robert Stephenson finally found his groove?

Clearly Hunter Greene is finding his …

One of the pitchers acquired in the Dylan Floro trade …

TERRIFIC story on Johnny Bench in this week’s Sports Illustrated. Much about him that probably even long-time die-hard Reds fans don’t know …

48 Responses

  1. Redbuffs

    Is Barnhart hurt? Why is he apparently “sharing” time with Casali recently?

    • lost11found

      Probably just trying to keep the C positoin fresh. what with recent stretch of warm weather.

  2. Seat101

    At this point in his career, I feel more comfortable with batting Peraza seven or eight depending on whether the pitcher is batting eighth or ninth.

    Not only is there less pressure there, I think it would do him good to learn how to bat when he’s being pitched around.

    • sezwhom

      His stats last seven days are leadoff worthy though. He’s also 10th in NL in hits and 5th in singles. He also has 20 BB’s so far. Last year’s total? 20.

      • Seat101

        Thank you for the info

        I wasn’t aware his walk rate had improved so much. I guess I was so pleasantly surprised that he was getting a walk that I hadn’t bothered to count them. If he can keep that up he will be a fine lead off hitter.

  3. Klugo

    Love me some Jared Hughes. What a personality.
    Let’s go for 5 straight vs the baby bears!

  4. CI3J

    It seems inevitable that Bob Steve is going to be given another shot in the rotation this season. He’s got a million dollar arm, but if reports are to be believed, he’s also got a 2 cent head. For a young player, you would hope they would be more open to instruction, but if the results are there, then let him take another shot at MLB hitters and see if it goes better this time around. If he can succeed, then I guess it doesn’t really matter if he’ll listen to the coaches.

  5. docproctor

    Love batting Gennett, Votto, and Suarez in the 2, 3, and 4 slots. Change the order if you want but keep all three in the top four.

  6. Matt WI

    Marty and Jeff say the wind is blowing way in, or Suarez would have gone yard there.

    • Seat101

      Same with Scooter according to tv.

      • Matt WI

        Aha. They said there were two, but I hadn’t turned it on until Suarez was hitting.

      • Seat101

        The kind of day you want a Punch and Judy hitter on the lineup.

  7. Matt WI

    Alright, bases loaded, no outs. Don’t go for the fences, play a hooded 3 iron and aim for the walls.

  8. lost11found

    got 2 but the GIDP really put a damper on things.

  9. Matt WI

    Perza 1st, Hamilton on 3rd. Should send Peraza right NOW.

  10. Matt WI

    Mahle rolling pretty well… let’s get another run back and keep this train moving.

  11. Matt WI

    Mahle into the 7th on the 3rd time through… what awaits?

  12. Seat101

    I’ve been busy doing chores and I understand I have missed some great defense of players from both sides.

    Or was it just a hyperbole from my 14yo

    • Matt WI

      No hyperbole… per the radio, everybody brought their leather. Especially Heyward on a diving catch that saved two runs.

    • msanmoore

      Heyward was impressive. Billy was Billy. Scooter is doing his part today as well.

      • Matt WI

        Are you able to be watching? From the radio, Scooter seems to be diving all over and missing… are they good attempts or limited range?

      • msanmoore

        I am watching and there is some limited range, but I’m also seeing aggressive, good attempts at playing the position. To my eyes, the biggest pending issue is a tired arm.

  13. Tom Mitsoff

    6.2 innings is now Mahle’s longest start of the season.

  14. VaRedsFan

    Scary things happen when they bring Lorenzen with runners on. Hold your breath.

  15. lost11found

    Lorenzen hits or herrera PH, either way I’m happy.

      • lost11found

        especially with bases empty and 2 outs. see if you cant squeeze the 8th out of him too, but have garrett ready.

  16. VaRedsFan

    Are they still throwing Baez fastballs??? Maybe one day someone will read a scouting report.
    1-2 count, Casali set up outside off the plate, and the pitch went to the inner half

  17. Matt WI

    Raisel coming in for a 5 out save? I dig it. Go get those Cubbies.

  18. Seat101

    Who knew Billy could hit right-handed?

  19. Seat101

    I hope that our leadoff hitter is bunting for a hit and not a sacrifice

  20. VaRedsFan

    Not again…Jose trying to bunt Billy to 2nd.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Advanced the runner on a ground-out.

      • VaRedsFan

        What’s wrong with stealing 2nd and advancing him to 3rd, via a bunt or batted ball?

    • Seat101

      After I get rid of my trade scooter logo, I’m going to find one that deals with Righleman and bunts.

  21. VaRedsFan

    Votto is taking too many good pitches again, then he goes into defensive mode with 2 strikes

  22. Seat101

    But I’m definitely keeping my trade scooter Logo

  23. VaRedsFan

    High drama, but Iggy slams the door

  24. docproctor

    Anyone else notice that Iggy doesn’t throw gas anymore?