The Cincinnati Reds (56-70) will play the rubber game of a three-game series at Miller Park today at 2:10 PM against the Milwaukee Brewers (70-58). The Reds won a wild game last night, 9-7, lead by a 9th inning home run by Scooter Gennett.

Starting Pitchers

Robert Stephenson is running out of chances with the Reds. He has walked 9 batters in 5.2 innings through his first two starts of 2018. Stephenson’s only career start against the Brewers came last September, and he was good minus, you guessed it, the walks: 6.0 IP 4 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 7 K.

The 22-year old Freddy Peralta is having a great rookie year for the Brewers. His ERA would look a lot better if not for two starts where he allowed a combined 14 earned runs. He was only the Brewers 10th best prospect entering 2018. The Brewers acquired Peralta from the Mariners for Adam Lind back in 2015. Peralta’s only career start against the Reds came on July 1st: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.

Starting Lineups

You can find the lineups here.

51 Responses

  1. PhoenixPhil

    1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
    2. Jose Peraza (R) SS
    3. Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
    4. Mason Williams (L) RF
    5. Phillip Ervin (R) LF
    6. Tucker Barnhart (S) 1B
    7. Curt Casali (R) C
    8. Dilson Herrera (R) 3B
    9. Robert Stephenson (R) P

  2. WVRedlegs

    NL Batting Average leaders:
    1. Freeman .321
    2. Markakis .315
    3. Gennett .313
    10. Suarez .297
    15. Peraza .290
    20. Votto .284

    NL OBP leaders:
    1. Votto .422
    2. Freeman .404
    3. Goldschmidt .398
    9. Suarez .378
    18.Gennett .360
    42. Peraza .333
    46. Barnhart .329

    NL RBI leaders:
    1. Suaez 92
    2. Aguilar 90
    3. Baez 89
    4. Arenado 87
    11. Gennett 75
    35. Votto 55

    Just think where Winker, Schebler and Senzel will fit into this next year.

  3. WVRedlegs

    The Reds 2019 schedule is out. NL Central vs. AL West in interleague play. The LA Angels and Mike Trout and Zach Cozart in Cincinnati on August 5 and 6. That is a Monday and Tuesday. Might be a good time for an RLN gathering.
    They play at LAA on June 25 and 26 for our west coast fiends.

  4. TomN

    Today’s lineup comparison looks like my high school team vs the 1927 Yanks. Stephenson better be at his best .

    • Matt WI

      I try to think of it as though the Reds just have a really good head start on Sept. call ups.

  5. Indy Red Man

    Mason Williams cleanup….lol. How many guys with a minor league high of 8 at any one level batted cleanup in the big leagues? It can’t be many?

    • roger garrett

      I read your comment and thought about Tommy Herr for the Cards in the 80’s.Played with McGee and Ozzie.I think he may have hit clean up some and when I looked he never hit more then 8 homers.Remember him?

  6. CI3J

    There are two things I really want to see happen in these dying embers of the season:

    1. Play Suarez at SS half the time. If he can handle SS, the Senzel takes 3B, done and done. Where does that leave Jose? Well….

    2. Try Peraza in the outfield, especially at CF. Peraza has a decent amount of speed, it seems wasted in the IF. Trying him in the OF and see if that speed can help him become an above average fielder, just like it did when Billy moved from SS to CF.

    IF Suarez can handle short, and Peraza can handle CF, that suddenly makes things a lot more settled heading into next season. Senzel has a place to play, Scooter/Herrera can platoon at 2B, trade Billy, and this is your lineup:

    CF Peraza
    1B Votto
    SS Suarez
    2B Scooter
    3B Senzel
    LF Winker
    RF Schebler
    C Barnhart
    P

    Bench:
    C Caselli
    IF Herrera
    IF Blandino
    OF Ervin
    OF (FA Signing, RH power bat would be nice)

    There is not a single player in that lineup that should have an OBP below .320. When a hitter like Schebler is pushed down to hitting 7th out of necessity, you know you have a pretty good lineup.

    Now, if they could just put together a halfway decent pitching staff, this team could make some serious noise.

    • greenmtred

      Supposing that Peraza proved to be a good centerfielder, you’d still have a potential problem because Ervin may well prove to be good enough to start.

  7. Indy Red Man

    I think Stephenson’s future lies as a lounge singer

    “I’m Bobby Boom-Boom and these are the Not Ready for Primetime Players”

  8. msanmoore

    13 pitches, 1 bomb, that’s actually a successful 1st inning based on what we’ve seen in the last couple of starts.

  9. Rich H

    Hey, 13 pitches with 11 strikes? I’m perfectly happy with the solo homerun if Stephenson keeps attacking the strikezone like that, his stuff is good enough not to worry about it in my opinion.

  10. roger garrett

    Time to stir it up a little.Their guy is throwing 88/89 and making us look like chumps at the plate.Bob needs some support here.

    • Seat101

      Let me rephrase that. I think he took a bad bad bad route

  11. Seat101

    That’s worth 1 1/2 Dilsons!

  12. Reds Fan in Petaluma

    I like the no windup look from Bob Steve. Needed to do something different. Finally !! Still a nervous nellie. Do you think catcher, Casali could call a fastball inside to back away hitters? Bob Steve will not have an elbow left after throwing sliders, and curve balls repeatedly. Dear Bob Steve : please mix in a fastball at the knees on the outside corner.

  13. Seat101

    How is that not an error on Ervin?

  14. Indy Red Man

    Tear up the scouting report on Braun and start over. In the meantime put your best fastball in his back or knee and save yourself time and a few bases.

  15. Rich H

    Stephenson is doing a really nice job, not shying away from the fastball and really attacking the zone. Great outing so far.

    • Bob Purkey

      I am listening to the Brewers announcers on MLB and they continue to mention how lucky Stephenson has been with getting away hanging sliders, mostly in innings 3 & 4, but the Crew is still fouling them off.

  16. roger garrett

    Woeful and I mean woeful hitting.This guy is now at 86 mph.Come on guys.

    • Bob Purkey

      Hey be careful, one of our newest HOF, Freddie Norman rarely got above mid-high 80’s

  17. Seat101

    One of the benefits of when they finally DFA Stephenson is that I won’t have to see that lame nickname anymore

    • Reds Fan in Petaluma

      What do you mean? We would miss Bob Steve as he is so nervous ..he shakes like a 50¢ ladder.

      • Seat101

        New nickname! He’s not going to be StephLadder!

  18. Corky

    Oh yeah. This is why I hate watching Stephenson pitch. Take the glove off, rub up the ball on every pitch. Won’t hold runners. Loud outs between the doubles, homers, and walks.

    This game should be 5-0 but thanks again to the Brewers for keeping us in it. The home plate ump was very generous on some borderline pitches too.

    I don’t understand the love for this guy. If he was 22, then sure – still learning. Seven years though? As long as he’s cheap, he should be a middle relief guy where throwing every other day may help his command.

    At least Romano throws strikes but gets blasted here.

    Are the Reds just that bad at developing pitchers?

  19. Scott C

    I do not understand with a pitcher that has struggled and has only given up 2 runs in 5, why do you send him out for the 6’th when he has thrown over 90 pitches.

  20. Bob Purkey

    5 innings, 9 hits, 3 walks(1 Intentional), 2 runs(so far, with 2 still on). He and Homer form a great 1/3 of the 6 man starting staff!

  21. roger garrett

    Never would have thought they would have sent him back out for the 6th.Normally Riggs pulls guys when they breath wrong.Makes you wonder.

  22. msanmoore

    I’m not a MLB ball player and I don’t play one on TV, but it looked like Ervin was dogging it a bit. I was thinking he had that fly for an out and prevented a run (or airmailed it to Chicago on the throw).

    I’m thinking we’re done for the day since we can’t seem to muster any offense.

  23. Scott C

    He could have had a decent line, but that ship has sailed.

  24. Bob Purkey

    It’s not like the Crew knocked the cover off the ball, except for Yelich’s 1st inning homer. The last 2 ER”s were all dinks and dunks

    • msanmoore

      Yep … a bunch of seeing eye jobs

  25. roger garrett

    Proved nothing by sending him out there for the 6th inning.He could have got them in order and it would not have mattered one bit.He then brings in Peralta who has had one good month in now two years out of the pen.

  26. WVRedlegs

    Wandy Peralta.
    Now there is an arsonist with a gas can and a lighter masquerading as a Major League pitcher. Conflagration.

  27. Wayne nabors

    And riggs puts in worst possible pitcher reds got,he not known for clean innings

  28. roger garrett

    Riggs didn’t manage this game to win,He sent a message to Bob which is ok because we all know he won’t be here next year even if becomes Cy Young.

  29. Old-school

    I would not move Cody Reed to the rotation. I’d make him and Garrett #1 and #1A out of the pen as lefties. Finnegan and Peralta are done. They need another lefty in the pen. Give Reed that role and let him own it.

    .Hard to see the Reds passing NL Central in 2019. Get younger with the starting 8 and bench and bullpen x for H&H who are cheap. Let Homer’s contract expire and get a good lefty SP and Harvey.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      With the way Reed has been throwing strikes since his return to the bigs, I’d love to see him get a couple of starts and see how he handles it.

      • Old-school

        Reed is huge .I think he needs a role to prove himself in the majors and get confidence in his stuff and throw strikes. Hit the off-season with momentum and confidence and an identity as a major league pitcher. . He’s now the #2 left handed pitcher in the entire organization.

  30. WVRedlegs

    Boy, Christian Yelich is showing Dick Williams what a real trade target looks like. Yelich is 4-4 today with a BB, on base 5 times today. For this 3 game series, Yelich is 6-13 with 2 HR and 2 BB.
    Yelich was a big puzzle piece the Reds are still missing. I was in favor of Hunter Greene headlining a Reds trade package and now he is virtually untradeable. What a huge, colossal wasted opportunity by Williams.

  31. roger garrett

    Its what we do.Roll the dice.Win a few lose a few but we played 500 after a terrible start is and will be the cry but we still will be looking up to 4 other teams.