It’s a monumental day in Great American Ball Park today: Joey Votto Funko Pop day. If that doesn’t give the Reds (46-58) the motivation to win, who knows what will?

First pitch against the Phillies (58-45) is set for 6:40 p.m. ET.

Starting Pitchers

Vince Velasquez 102.1 4.05 3.81 27.8% 8.7%
Matt Harvey 95.0 5.21 4.50 17.4% 5.9%

Velasquez has long been a tantalizing pitcher but has never quite reached his potential, in part due to injuries. Aside from a brief stint on the DL after being hit in the forearm by a line drive, the 26-year-old has stayed healthy this season and is enjoying his best year. Velasquez is just 0.2 fWAR from his career-high with two months left in the season and has significantly raised both his strikeout and walk rates from his dreadful 2017 season. He’s on his hottest stretch of the season as well, posting a 2.31 ERA and striking out 35 in his last six starts, though his performance is boosted by an unsustainable .167 BABIP and 82.1% strand rate.

Scouting report: Velasquez’s throws his 94-mph fastball well over 50% of the time, and for good reason. Only four pitchers in baseball get more whiffs with the four-seamer than Velasquez (14.8%). He also mixes in a curveball, which has been largely ineffective, and a slider, which hitters are slugging just .302 against this season. He throws a sinker about 10.6% of the time and has a seldom-used changeup.

Today could very well be Matt Harvey’s last start in a Reds uniform. With the trade deadline looming on Tuesday, he’s the only player on the team who’s likely to be dealt. Harvey has seemingly resurrected his career in Cincinnati, increasing his fastball velocity while lowering his walk and home run rates. While he’s certainly not the Harvey of old, he should fetch the Reds a decent prospect or two in a fairly weak pitching market. His last start was his worst as a Red, so he’ll hope to end his stint in Cincinnati on a high note this evening.


1. Cesar Hernandez (2B)
2. Rhys Hoskins (LF)
3. Odubel Herrera (CF)
4. Carlos Santana (1B)
5. Asdrubal Cabrera (SS)
6. Nick Williams (RF)
7. Maikel Franco (3B)
8. Vince Velasquez (P)
9. Andrew Knapp (C)
1. Jose Peraza (SS)
2. Scooter Gennett (2B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Mason Williams (RF)
6. Tucker Barnhart (C)
7. Adam Duvall (LF)
8. Matt Harvey (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)

News, Notes, & Pre-Game Reading

Stat of the Day

If Eugenio Suarez homers again today, he will set the Reds record for most consecutive games with a long ball. Seven other players have homered in five straight games (in order of most recent): Jay Bruce, Devin Mesoraco, Adam Dunn, Ken Griffey Jr., Johnny Bench, George Crowe, and Ted Kluszewski.

84 Responses

  1. msanmoore

    That’s some elite company for Geno. I teally hope he can do it.

  2. Mike Kelsch

    Pretty good company Suarez would join. So happy he’s a Red. His agent must be kicking himself for the extension right now.

  3. Hanawi

    Can Ervin or Herrera get a start at some point? Two days in a row for Williams. Ervin can’t be any worse than Duvall at this point. Playing Duvall more is not going to create a market for him. He is what he is at this point.

    • Jim Walker

      Ervin (and Williams) are both capable centerfielders. Just saying.

  4. Luckeydad

    I was going to say the same thing……..I just do not understand why Duvall is starting again…… the young bucks.

  5. Sabr Chris

    Today’s fantasy is sending Harvey, Hughes/Hernandez, and Jeter Downs to the Yankees for Sonny Gray.
    Looking at his splits it seems he is suffering from the “can’t pitch in NY” syndrome and could be available.

  6. roger garrett

    Just hard to imagine why Adam and Billy continue to get the starts when others could benefit.Heck I wouldn’t mind if Herrera,Ervin and Williams started 2 or 3 times a week.Its not going to hurt at all.

  7. Sabr Chris

    Yesterday’s was Gennet and Duvall to the Indians for Chang (mlb ready SS with power) and Torres (big arm righty in Adv A)…ah to dream.

  8. Colorado Red

    Well, I had hopped Matt would be pulled. The FO is too stupid to trade him.
    They may not even get a bucket off balls for Matt.

  9. docproctor

    Hamilton since ASG: .125/.154
    Duvall since ASG: .200/.273
    Ervin since ASG: .400/.429
    And yet, Ervin sits again.

    And don’t tell me small samples. Or showcasing veterans. I’m tired of excuses. Winker and Schebler getting hurt was an opportunity to see what we have with our AAA players. Instead, we get to see more of what we already know.

    I’m glad Williams is getting another start, but he should be flanked by Ervin every day until Schebler gets back.

    One more reason Rig sucks as an interim manager. He’s not developing players in a developmental year.

  10. Indy Red Man

    97 from Harvey…wow!!! I look forward to his starts! I like him. I’d like to see how he pitches down the stretch and in October and then bring him back Chapman Yankees-Cubs-Yankees style!

  11. Indy Red Man

    Reds are 7-6 in Harvey’s starts and has a 3.58 era with the Reds if you throw out that last abomination!

  12. roger garrett

    Lead off double by Peraza and well.

  13. CI3J

    Wow, Harvey is hitting 97 out there. Isn’t that basically where he used to be before all the medical problems?

    • Jazzmanbbfan

      He’s back to looking like a real Major League pitcher. I like the bulldog mentality he exudes out on the mound.

    • Indy Red Man

      Yeah I think he was 97-99 like DeGrom is now….or Castillo last year:(

  14. Rich H

    Billy Hamilton got hosed by the home plate umpire. Drew a walk twice. Terrible called strikes.

    • Indy Red Man

      Should’ve walked but no rule against driving a ball. He got 1 sac fly last night but his % with getting a guy in from 3rd w/less then 2 outs has to be among the worst in baseball?

  15. Indy Red Man

    Anyone want to speculate on why Jose Siri dropped to 17th on the Reds Top 30 prospects? He hitting .289 with 5 HRs and 5 walks in his last 10 games at Pensacola! I watched him on video a little when he had that hit streak. He has serious bat speed! His issue is hacking too much, but 5 recents walks is a good sign! He reminds me of a Philly type guy that swings from his heels! His average won’t be great but he can do damage plus he can run! I don’t think the Reds have 6-7 better prospects then Siri is?

    My God…pitch around Hoskins already? 1 man wrecking crew….they don’t have anyone half as scary as he is!

    • Seat101

      I think it’s a combination of what they call “prospect fatigue”, and they want to see him walk a lot more

  16. CI3J

    Uh oh… Harvey hitting a small rough patch…

    Hope he can keep it together.

  17. roger garrett

    So far we are1-8 with RISP through 3 innings and you knew what happened was going to happen.They get a walk and a homer and they lead.

  18. Scott C

    Hernandez was struck out on three pitches couldn’t get the call from a guy who called strikes on two pitches out of the zone. Then Hoskins HR.

  19. Indy Red Man

    Billy with a slight limp….put him on the 4000 day DL please.

  20. Rich H

    Jose Peraza’s plate discipline has been drastically improved for a few months. Ben looking really good at the plate.

    • Indy Red Man

      He’s been solid, but they need to him to be more aggressive on the bases! 30 hits and 7 walks and only has 3 steals this month? I thought he could’ve taken a shot at 3rd in the 1st inning when he doubled to leadoff. If he makes 3rd then maybe Votto can take advantage of a mistake and get him in. Pressure them! He’s got enough talent, but you can see the indecision on his face sometimes. Hopefully he’ll mature as a player!

  21. roger garrett

    Yes it has and its really helped the offense.It extends the inning in this case.

  22. msanmoore

    HP ump is really bad tonight. Zone is all over the place. Getting really tired of that.

  23. Seat101

    From what the announcers are saying, I believe that Jose Perez it does not have the greenlight to go

    • Jazzmanbbfan

      A month or so ago Riggleman said Billy & Jose have the green light all the time.

      • Jack

        And you believe him? He was also the one who said months ago the 4 man rotation in outfield was going to end. Plus countless other crap.

      • Jazzmanbbfan

        Hey Jack I’m just saying that’s what he said. Go ahead and have at it with your little sarcastic comments. I’m no fan of Riggleman and hope he isn’t the manager next year so if I gave you an opportunity to vent your frustrations, you’re welcome.

  24. Greg Pearson

    Based on Hamilton’s first at-bat, and now this “hit by pitch,” this is NOT a big-league umpire.

    They can’t be perfect, but they also cannot be this bad.

  25. msanmoore

    Wasted inning.

    Goodbye Mr. Harvey.

  26. Indy Red Man

    Indians lose 2-1 to lowly Detroit. They have no bats after the first 4. Their window is closing with guys like Edwin and Kluber. Brantley is hurt 60% of the time and he’s currently healthy.

    Iggy/Dilson (or Schebler?)/Hughes for Clevinger. Done. They don’t need 4 starters in the playoffs.

    • Sabr Chris

      You want Clevinger, be ready to give up Senzel+ in the off season. You want him now…Sueraz. Those would be the only offers that I think Cleveland would listen to.

  27. Broseph

    I mean, without that successful sacrifice bunt the Reds might not have scored that inning….oh wait, they didn’t.

    At this rate I’m surprised Votto doesn’t have a bunt attempt this season

  28. Jeff Morris

    The Bunter Riggleman strikes again. Takes away a possible good bat from Williams. 99% of the time bunting with 1 out for the Reds has not worked this year. Predictable that Duvall would make an out and not get the run or runs in. Why bunt this early in the game??

    • Indy Red Man

      Constantly bunting in a bandbox and rarely using hit-n-run with a great contact guy like Peraza? Neither Billy or Peraza run that often and Peraza is on base all the time.

  29. Seat101

    I hope Perez’s bunts.

  30. J

    Riggleman is applying the “he’s due for a hit” theory to non-pitchers bunting. It hasn’t worked the last 14 times he’s tried it, so it’s due to work this time.

  31. Capt. Phreddie Pizazz

    Lead off double. Please don’t bunt.

    • Capt. Phreddie Pizazz

      …and yet another bunt.

  32. VaRedsFan

    another bunt. Billy can steal 3rd right?

  33. Seat101

    that is absolutely not not not what I meant to say.

    I can’t believe that they had him bunt

  34. VaRedsFan

    So happy to see Votto attack the 1st pitch. Nice rbi knock

  35. Indy Red Man

    Wow!!! Joey needed that so badly! He would’ve been crushed if they turn 2 on that smash! Now lets get Scooter in too!

  36. Capt. Phreddie Pizazz

    I don’t understand why Thom is so critical of Kapler’s managerial approach. His team is in 1st place; he must be doing something right.

    • msanmoore

      Because Thom knows baseball like nobody else . Just ask him.

  37. msanmoore

    Thom talking saber metrics … of course he’s being negative anout them. Because his baseball acumen is so far above anybody else.

  38. VaRedsFan

    Looks like Romano could use the cart to drive him in from the pen

  39. docproctor

    Surprised they’re not using Mella here instead of Romano.

  40. VaRedsFan

    1 batter = double play. Can’t argue with that result. Well done Sal.

  41. Grand Salami

    I am tuning into bunts and hooks. I don’t mind one of those two. Bunting over guys in the 6th is stupid and embarrassing. But I won’t say how I really feel.

    • roger garrett

      Me either but 3 sac bunts by the same team in 1 game is well just not smart.

      • Capt. Phreddie Pizazz

        It’s like giving up a whole inning of at-bats.

  42. Indy Red Man

    I completely 100% forgot about Peralta. He has outstanding stuff if he’s got his act together? Just have Romano and Lorenzen exchange roles and find a decent lefty thru trade or offseason signing (or Stroman or Clevinger) and we could be very interesting next year!

  43. Capt. Phreddie Pizazz

    Riggleman to Duvall: “If you had been bunting, you wouldn’t have broken your bat.”

  44. VaRedsFan

    Every time they put a sub .200 guy on, it seems to always spell trouble.
    Garrett continues to struggle.

  45. VaRedsFan

    Beautiful play Peraza. Another 1 batter faced 2 outs scenario.

    • Indy Red Man

      Yep…Peraza fielded their smash. Hernandez couldn’t field Votto’s….thats the difference.

  46. roger garrett

    Hughes was a great signing.He throws basically one pitch and guys struggle squaring it up because it just moves all over the place and his velocity is good enough

    • VaRedsFan

      Indeed, which is why I hope he is not traded.

  47. Capt. Phreddie Pizazz

    Will Peraza be asked to bunt in order to bring Scooter to the plate with only one out?

  48. VaRedsFan

    The Legend finds the gap for the rbi double.

    • VaRedsFan

      Votto adds on…another rbi knock.

  49. Indy Red Man

    I tell you Seat….Peraza is a pretty decent ballplayer if he just gets his baseball IQ up a little bit. I still think thats where India will end up and he might be better then Senzel…..but no reason why Peraza can’t be a top 10’ish shortstop with the Reds or someone?

    • VaRedsFan

      I keep saying it, but he does pull the ball with authority.

      • roger garrett

        Yep.Wish he would just come out of his shoes on a swing here and there but hey you can’t argue with the success he is having.Great play to get us out of the inning and doubles and scores in the bottom.

  50. msanmoore

    New streak starts tomorrow Geno!!

  51. roger garrett

    Hughes is filthy with that sinker,These youngsters need to be working with him.

  52. Grand Salami

    Ervin came in to PH. Shoulda been a defensive sub in a 4-2 game at the time.

  53. Bob Purkey

    If they get a SS, they can always put Peraza in CF. Could be wrong, but I think he did play a little OF in the minors. The old story. . .if you are athletic enough to play SS, you can play CF.

    Of course considering how many fundamental gaffs he has made at SS, I wonder if he could find a cutoff man from CF.

    Regardless, this team need either a quality SS or CF. . .While Schebler if probably OK in center @ GASP, you have 81 games elsewhere.