Three-game losing streaks have been foreign to the Reds since the first week of June, when they lost four in a row. The home team hopes to avoid three straight losses tonight in the middle game of a three-game weekend series against the Pirates.

Before the game, outfielder Adam Dunn, pitcher Fred Norman and manager Dave Bristol will be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in on-field ceremonies.

Earlier today, meet and greets were held at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, affording fans the opportunity to have photos taken with Reds legends Pete Rose, Wayne Granger, Tommy Helms, Jim Maloney, Chris Sabo, Tom Browning, Clay Carroll, Eric Davis, Dan Driessen and Tony Perez, along with Dunn, Bristol and Norman.

More than 20 Hall of Famers are scheduled to be in attendance, including Johnny Bench and Barry Larkin.

Infielder Alex Blandino was seriously injured on a play late in last night’s game …

Blandino is on the 10-day disabled list, but that is strictly a procedural matter at this point.

Being placed on the 10-day disabled list means Blandino remains on the 40-man roster. If a 40-man roster spot is needed for any reason later in the year, Blandino will be moved to the 60-day DL. When a player is on the 60-day DL, he does not count against the 40-man roster.

Neither Brandon Dixon, who was recalled from Louisville to take Blandino’s roster spot, nor Dilson Herrera, the other backup infielder on the major league roster, is suited for shortstop. While nothing has been announced, it seems likely that Eugenio Suarez will slide over to shortstop at any time that Jose Peraza isn’t there – at least for the time being. Many things can change over the next 10 days as the interleague trading deadline approaches.

Game time is 7:10 p.m. Eastern time.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Nick Kingham 50.2 4.26 3.90 23.9% 5.6%
Anthony DeSclafani 44 5.32 4.52 18.9% 7.0%

Kingham made his major league debut against the Cardinals on April 29 by flirting with a perfect game. He completed seven innings while allowing only one hit and striking out nine. He’s given up more than three runs only twice in his nine starts. Today is the Reds’ first look at him, so they’ll probably be taking a lot of pitches the first time or two through the order as they try to gauge Kingham’s stuff.

Three of DeSclafani’s last four starts have been below par, with him surrendering four or more runs in each. Perhaps a slump like this is all part of the recovery process for a pitcher who missed a season and a half with various injuries. He’ll need to turn things around in short order to be considered a sure thing for the 2019 rotation.

Bullpen

Last night was “hammer time” for the bullpen, as Austin Brice and Jackson Stephens showed why they are effectively the last options for Jim Riggleman. Of the bullpenners who might be called upon in key situations, David Hernandez pitched one-third of an inning and Michael Lorenzen retired three batters. They and everyone else should be available for use this evening.

Starting Lineups

Pirates Reds
LF Corey Dickerson SS Jose Peraza
CF Starling Marte 2B Scooter Gennett
RF Gregory Polanco 1B Joey Votto
C Elias Diaz 3B Eugenio Suarez
3b Colin Moran RF Jesse Winker
1B Josh Bell LF Adam Duvall
2B Sean Rodriguez C Curt Casali
SS Jordy Mercer P Anthony DeSclafani
P Nick Kingham CF Billy Hamilton

News and Notes

Big night Friday for the Reds’ number 11 minor league prospect (according to MLB.com) …

You may remember yesterday in this space we posted a claim that Joey Votto has popped up for outs only seven times since 2010. Here’s another claim, which we cannot independently confirm …

Tough game Friday for former Red Aroldis Chapman …

87 Responses

  1. CI3J

    Mets just traded their closer Familia to the A’s for two prospects: infielder Will Toffey and right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl, along with $1 million in international spending money.

    Wahl is older — 26 — and has spent this season in Triple-A, where he has a 2.27 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 39 2/3 innings. He has a fastball that touches triple digits.

    Toffey, 24, was Oakland’s 17th-ranked prospect, according to MLB.com. A 2017 fourth-round pick, the left-handed hitter was slashing .244/.357/.384 in 48 games in High-A.

    Honestly, very underwhelming return. Are we sure the Reds can get a good return on moving Iglesias?

    • Sliotar

      Good point, CBJ.

      There are multiple moving parts involved in moving Iglesias and Gennett.

      1) What is the return another team will commit to…in-season? Big player trades with years left on contract often get finalized at Winter Meetings (example – Adam Eaton).

      Familia is a free agent at season’s end. Just the kind of deal A’s would jump at.

      2) If the Reds think they can contend for a Wild Card in 2019, then subtracting Gennett and Iglesias to fill other holes immediately can be tricky to pull off.

      I am definitely in the “Look at the Window starting with Senzel’s first full season in 2020” camp but I can see the other side and why in-season trades look more complicated from Reds POV.

    • Jack

      From what the Mets are saying , the international money is what they were after.

  2. Sliotar

    Is this “Suarez to SS when Peraza isn’t available”….this is actually going to happen?

    Because it feels ridiculous.

    The Reds aren’t going to make the playoffs….leave Suarez at 3B. Period. Every game.

    Try Herrera and Dixon at SS, painful as it may turn out. 2B is Gennett/Senzel anyway, let the kids try SS. Herrera is out of options anyway, right? Put him to use.

    Would anyone here tell the Rockies to try Arenado at SS if Story was unavailable? Doubtful.
    Arenado and Suarez are same age 27 seasons, Arenado has better WAR this season, but Suarez has higher wRC+. Same best-at-position caliber.

    (Unless “Senzel plan” is Lil Senzi at 3B, Suarez at SS…which feels unnecessary and risky.)

    Go Redlegs.

    • CI3J

      Suarez has a lot of innings at SS and it was actually his original position, so it’s not like asking him to learn a new position on the fly. That said, he seems to have bulked up quite a bit since his SS days, so not sure if he would still be able to field it well enough, as SS requires a lot more range than 3B does.

      I personally would like to see Suarez try SS again. If he can handle it, it just gives the team more flexibility and, like you said, could let Senzel play his preferred position at 3B. The only question is what to do with Peraza in that situation, as he’s definitely earned more playing time.

      • Colorado Red

        If he could take care of SS on a daily basis, It would sure take care of the Nick situation next year

    • VaRedsFan

      Peraza can start 59 out of 60 games no problem. It’s not like Suarez is going to play there 3 days a week. Nothing to see here, unless Peraza gets hurt.

  3. Old-school

    The Reds infield is set. Peraza is the SS.
    Gennett isn’t being traded.
    Reds haven’t said….but Senzel must be going to outfield. That’s the big question.

    • Colorado Red

      Then he needs to play there starting in Spring Training.
      This would be the best thing to do.

      • Shchi Cossack

        Somebody is going to the OF and whoever that somebody is, better spend a good portion of the off season preparing.

      • CI3J

        The question is, where would they play? Winker’s only viable outfield position is LF, so you can’t hide anyone there. It’d be great if Scooter/Senzel/Peraza could handle CF, but it’s not likely (then again, Billy was a SS coming up, and he did alright making the transition…).

        RF should be Schebler. I doubt any of the 3 can handle RF any better than Winker, although Senzel might be a good enough athlete to handle it.

        Whatever the Reds are going to do, they need to make a decision and stick to it. No more half measures.

    • Indy Red Man

      Yeah they’ll set alright. Peraza is their SS and Homer is in the rotation. Most teams have a different formula though. They try to put the best players possible on the field.

  4. Seat101

    MRRED Thanks for the excellent advice I am glad I missed that game. It seems it was as bad as the game when Suarez got hurt

    The Reds have so many options available for replacing Blandino, I can’t begin to hazard a guess at what they’ll do.. It’s interesting to follow the
    conversation about it though.

    I may be borrowing trouble here, but I am of the opinion that Didco is not ready to start in the major leagues. It’s entirely possible that I am wrong

      • Seat101

        Either….both.

        I want to tell you how much I enjoy your posts. I learn so much from them. And they generate great conversations. I haven’t said thank you often enough. So…

        Thank you

      • Shchi Cossack

        Well TY for the generously kind words Seat!

    • MrRed

      Well I’m glad you missed that game too. Hope you had a good night with your kids! It’s looking like tonight might be a good night to miss too.

  5. Bill

    I wonder when the last time Hamilton took grounders as SS

    Also I may be wrong, but even if Blandino goes to the 60 man doesn’t he have to be added back to the 40 during the off season or am I imagining that?

    • Shchi Cossack

      Yes, the 60-day DL clears during the off season requiring adjustments for the 40-man roster, but adding Blandino to the 60-day DL now, allows the Reds to add a player to the 40-man roster now as a temporary arrangement for a backup SS on the 25-man roster without having to DFA someone from the 40-man roster. The backup SS could likely come from a minor league FA that would be DFA’d after the season.

      • Bill

        That is what I thought. It allows someone to be added this season as a temporary replacement but either that person or someone else needs to be removed prior to the Rule 5. If I recall correctly it is to prevent teams from hiding guys on the 60 day DL

  6. Indy Red Man

    So does Duvall get an assist there? I’m thinking yes?

    • VaRedsFan

      I don’t think he does because Marte was gonna be safe until he overslid 2nd

    • J

      Yes. The runner isn’t considered “safe” until the play is complete. Just like when a guy seems to have a base stolen but over-slides and gets called out, it goes as a “caught stealing,” not a stolen base and an unassisted putout.

      • Indy Red Man

        Thanks! Of course if he didn’t jog for the first 4-5 steps then he makes it with his speed. Its hard to find a guy that will run 100% out of the box any more?

  7. J

    Joey Votto can be a baffling guy. He obviously understands the value of a walk more than anyone, but he swings at a borderline 2-0 pitch when the pitcher has just walked the first two guys, with an all-star due to hit next. Just not smart baseball. I don’t get it.

    • Indy Red Man

      I agree. He’s impossible to read in every phase of the game. He’d be a great poker player!

      • Mike Adams

        I think in that situation Votto needs to swing away every once in a while rather than taking.
        He probably felt he could crush the pitch, even if it was borderline.
        He is one guy I can’t criticize for swinging away.

  8. VaRedsFan

    Dickerson again. 3 of his 10 HR’s this years vs the reds.
    7 HR’s in 103 career AB’s

  9. Seat101

    And I want to watch a baseball game not listen to some drunk talk about how great all his teammates were

  10. BigRedMike

    Peraza on base twice already, got to like that

  11. Indy Red Man

    Peraza gets me to 20 in the Beat the Streak contest. When I win the 5.7 mil, I’ll still come around and be a regular guy:) Peraza literally can make any ball at any velocity into a hit….its amazing really.

  12. Indy Red Man

    Reports are saying the Orioles are getting nice offers for lefty closer Zack Britton.

    30 yrs old with 3.23 era & 1.27 whip. 139 saves 11 blown (92.6%)
    Iggy is 28 with 3.02 era & 1.11 whip. 53 saves 7 blown (88.3%)

    I really think we need to be moving Iggy along to get a starter! I don’t know that we have anybody good enough to be better then a 3rd starter? Maybe Lorenzen but they can’t see the forest thru the trees on him?

    • Seat101

      Has there ever been anything specific about giving Lorenzen a chance to stretch out?

      • VaRedsFan

        Once his arm started barking again in spring for the 2nd time as a starter, they seem to have abandoned it.

    • msanmoore

      Have to at least listen to offers

  13. msanmoore

    Getting ugly (again).

    Nce plau Geno

    • msanmoore

      Nice play

      Okay it’s only 2 runs

    • Seat101

      Are you kidding me? That was a great plau!

      Coming from someone who holds the record for most typing errors ever by someone who doesn’t have “typo“ in their name

  14. Ben

    Rules clarification based on that last at bat. Disco threw a ball in the dirt with 2 strikes, 2 outs, and the bases loaded. If the hitter had swung and missed on that pitch for strike three, could Casali have just stepped on home plate for the force? I assume that’s the case but I’ve never seen it happen.

    • VaRedsFan

      yes, he could have stepped on the plate

  15. roger garrett

    I just tuned in to see that Peraza has been on base twice in two at bats and it looks like the same game as last night.

  16. BigRedMike

    It restarted with a bang by Dickerson

  17. VaRedsFan

    Bring Disco back after the delay and let him pitch to two batters?

    • BigRedMike

      That does seem like a strange decision, especially with a pitcher coming of the DL recently

      Crockett doesn’t even hit 90 with his fastball

  18. Sliotar

    Why roll DeSclafani back out after a rain delay?

    He is producing a mighty minus .3 WAR and just looking to finish the season healthy.

    It wasn’t like he was on a no-hitter or anything.

    Disco absolutely needs to get it together, for his career sake as well as the Reds thinking of contending next season. Can’t expect to have Castillo/Mahle/FA/FA/FA as your rotation and just expect to win 90 games. (Assuming Reds would pay/trade for 3 new SPs).

    Homer and This Version of Disco is not getting the Reds SP where it needs to be.

  19. roger garrett

    Dickerson 2 homers and good guys 2 hits.He leads 2-0 and they lead 3-0.Disco for 2 batters is a why for me too?

  20. Old-school

    Stop the feel good presses. This team is 12 under and getting worse. 90 losses is on the horizon. ….again.

    • roger garrett

      I agree Old School and I love the way they have been playing but we are who we are.

    • Jack

      I was worried that the allstar break might screw up their momentum. Looks like I was right.

      • roger garrett

        Yep because we look like we are sleep walking especially at the plate and at home.One run in 14 innings well is just not good at all.

      • Jeff Reed

        Momentum can be affected by four days away from the grind and two rain soaked games. The offense will be back. I’m not so sure about the pitching.

  21. BigRedMike

    Lornenzen hustling down the line, terrible play by the Pirates

  22. docproctor

    Peraza just did another feet-first (instead of glove-first) dive for a ball up the middle. He came up empty–of course–and it cost us two runs.
    I’ve seen him do that twice before this year. Terrible fielding technique.

    • VaRedsFan

      Eerily similar post…we are seeing the same things. Fundamentally unsound.

    • Seat101

      You’re right. He was in an awkward position but he should’ve dived. I’m not certain he gets to it but it gives him three or four more inches. Even if he just knocks it down he still has chance to make an with a Pirate tootblan.

      Bad technique

  23. VaRedsFan

    Peraza again sliding feet first at a ball up the middle. 2nd time in two weeks he’s done that. Cost 2 runs there.

    • docproctor

      Glad I’m not the only one seeing this. Drives me crazy.

  24. BigRedMike

    Thom has the pulse of the fanbase for all the other teams

    Similar to earlier in the year when he was making fun of the Rays and Gabe Kapler

    Not a good outing for Lorenzen

  25. roger garrett

    Won’t matter if its 3-0 or 5-0 cause we aren’t even showing any fight at the plate.

    • Jack

      Uninspiring at the plate. They are swinging like they have somewhere to be. Taking pitches is not on the menu tonight

  26. docproctor

    Only one team showed up tonight.
    Last night, too.

  27. BigRedMike

    Great inning for the heart of the order for the Reds

    Pretty disappointing performance so far

  28. roger garrett

    Scooter and Votto go down on the first pitch and Suarez strikes out on 4 pitches.Yep we are ready to go get em in the second half.

  29. Indy Red Man

    They had a little run, but the boys want to lock down last where they belong! Time to ship off Billy for a case of warm beer again. 90 losses definitely back in play! Only about 5 weeks away from college football! I’m taking a break….or a BobSteve protest! He can’t be any worse then these other guys?

  30. Old-school

    It’s insane to extend Gennett for tens of millions of dollars past age 30 when he can’t throw a baseball at 28.

    • Seat101

      I’ll come on man ball he threw James going at least 35 mph much more than 28

      • Seat101

        Sorry what I meant to say was “oh come on man he can throw faster than 28 mph! That row home was at least 35 mph

  31. VaRedsFan

    Entire bullpen continues to slump

  32. Seat101

    I have a feeling this may be the last time we see Iglesias in a Reds’ uniform

    • roger garrett

      Your probably right and that’s the way it should be.We haven’t needed a closer in what now 5 years.Hope they can package him with others to fill a need.