The Cincinnati Reds (56-75) will return home to the Great American Ballpark tonight at 7:10 PM for a quick three game homestand against the Milwaukee Brewers (73-59). The Reds are coming off a miserable road trip, where they went just 1-6 and were outscored 45-20. The Brewers are in heated battle for a wildcard spot. They currently hold a 1.5 game lead over the Rockies for the 2nd wild-card spot, and are just 0.5 games behind the Cardinals for the first spot. The Brewers would have to make a real late push to catch the Cubs, as they are 5.0 games behind the NL Central leaders.

Starting Pitchers

Anthony DeSclafani‘s great month of August was slowed down a bit on Saturday against the Cubs (6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 HR, 4 ER), but he has a 1.95 ERA/2.90 FIP in 4 starts with 21 strikeouts and just 3 walks. Disco is really starting to inspire some hope that he can be one good starter the Reds can count on in 2019. His only start against the Brewers came back in June: 6.1 IP, 5 H 4 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 6 K. He has a career 4.45 ERA in 6 starts against the Brewers, with 27 K and 5 BB.

Junior Guerra‘s last start was against the Reds a week ago, and the Reds beat him up for 10 hits and 7 runs, although 5 of those runs were unearned. Junior has had a pretty good year overall, but he has hit a wall of late. He has a 6.08 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, and has allowed 7 HR over his last 7 starts. He has a career 4.76 ERA in 6 career starts against the Reds (3.18 ERA in 3 starts in 2018).

Starting Lineups

Brewers Reds
1. Lorenzo Cain (CF)
2. Christian Yelich (RF)
3. Jesus Aguilar (1B)
4. Travis Shaw (2B)
5. Ryan Braun (LF)
6. Mike Moustakas (3B)
7. Erik Kratz (C)
8. Orlando Arcia (SS)
9. Junior Guerra (P)
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Scooter Gennett (2B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Scott Schebler (RF)
6. Phillip Ervin (LF)
7. Tucker Barnhart (C)
8. Curt Casali (1B)
9. Anthony DeSclafani (P)

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113 Responses

  1. docproctor

    I like seeing Schebler back in the lineup.
    Sorry to see that we continue to give our worst hitter the most ABs.

    • Jack

      Exactly. I also am tired of the reserve catcher at first. There is plenty of other players that could play there.

      • Kettering Reds Fan

        Agreed.

        I’m probably going to die of old age before I can receive my copy of “Why Scooter Cannot Play First Base”.

        Unless Dilson Herrera beats me there, of course.

    • Kettering Reds Fan

      I suspect that right now, the expedient answer from der Rigglemanager will be that they want to keep Casali’s bat in the lineup while it’s still hot.

      The -expedient- answer.

    • Grand Salami

      More from that chat: There’s no real defense for keeping Harvey, and I’d have moved Hamilton last offseason at the latest. But if Castellini is really handcuffing his front office and asking that they keep his favorites — what can you do?

      That may be an oversimplification of the scenario, but Hamilton should’ve been traded two years ago or at the very least this past offseason.

      The Reds have timed nearly all of the major trades poorly and simply declined to make important trades when they should have over the past year
      (Iglesias, in particular, comes to mind)

      Break transcript —- that is as harsh as I’ve heard from him toward any ownership. At least the problem is being seen outside Reds nation.

      • Colorado Red

        Yup, hit the nail on the head there.

      • Jim Walker

        And for the most part local media covering the Reds won’t go near these talking points. When they do it is usually to remind fandom that the team belongs to owner; and, what he does with it is his business to do and fans’ place to put up with. What a town and attitude.

      • Matt Hendley

        all three of the individuals that do the chats on trade rumors are notoriously anti cincinnati. One is even a cardnils fan. While some of the more obvious statements are true of course their opinions should be taken with a grain of salt. expecially with Iggy

  2. roger garrett

    Others have been laughing at the Reds for some time.

    • Jack

      At least they are laughing. I’ve been crying for 2 years.

  3. VaRedsFan

    A grounder to the right side, right at Scooter. For some reason the backup catcher didn’t go flailing after it. Refreshing.

  4. VaRedsFan

    Peraza yanks another dinger….with Billy aboard.

  5. VaRedsFan

    Schebler back to the 2 strike crouch. Didn’t work before, still doesn’t.

  6. Matt Hendley

    Jose Peraza finally scored some runs for the reds. And our only other option at 1st is DIxon. The issue that everyone is completely missing, except maybe for Riggleman or any other manager for that matter is mentality. Maybe Scooter lacks the confidence to play first. Maybe they tried him out during practice and he had a real bad time and he is now messed off on it. when the position players are more comfortable they will hit better. just a thought. maybe i am wrong. besides Casillis bat is Hot

    • Jack

      Lol Trade for SP? Who do you think we could get for him? Another project 4th or 5th starter is about it. Dont we have enough of them?

      • Matt Hendley

        our current set has run out of options we need new ones,

  7. Old-school

    Peraza is above avg BA but more importantly getting on base at league avg+ and a little power with 9 home runs and top 15 in the NL in doubles . He needs to clean up the defense abd mental errors. But, he’s made solid improvement.

    • Matt Hendley

      He “made inprovement” to 1 WAR. He is bordering on too little too late. I would cut sling load and trade him in the offseason for SP. Stick Senzil in at short or Suarez if that doesnt work out. To much of a regression risk, and money will be a factor soon.

      • Indy Red Man

        I rip Peraza more then anyone, but he has talent! A quick bat and makes contact. He’s showing a little more power and he can really run. He can bunt as well. Its just the mental aspects? He’s not aggressive on the bases. Has he stolen 3rd yet? Defensively…he’s up and down. Senzel has to play somewhere, but whats the plan? If Peraza could work up to average defensively and hit 9th then that would be a pretty nasty lineup! Billy has to go though? Will they ever cut the cord?

      • Old-school

        There is 0 percent chance Senzel or Suarez plays SS opening day 2019. At some point, you have to live in reality. If the Reds wanted Suarez or Senzel at SS over Peraza, that would have happened already.

      • Matt Hendley

        Senzil won’t be a red until about 3 weeks in but i bet he starts as a SS in Louisville. Service time constraints. and for 66 mil dollars they can try to convince suarez again. The point is if they hold on to Peraza and he regresses they lose the chance to trade him for needed help at the highest he has ever been. As far as billy, Since Bob C likes him, he is either getting extended in the offseason, at which point he is the CF of the Future, or he walks after NXt year (FA). And either Trammel or Siri take over.

  8. Indy Red Man

    They found somebody in the division that we can rough up! Nice crooked number and Reed is starting on Thursday. Not bad!

    Casili with a decent play in the 1st inning….wonder if Joey makes that play? If he would’ve made it…thats about the limit of what he could handle.

  9. Matt Hendley

    continually do not understand the Joey Votto hate in this chat. The man was the MVP runner up last year. still has a few good years left

    • Indy Red Man

      Thats not hate. Have you watched the games? He’s been bad defensively. I enjoy watching Joey play, but I’m a realist and not a homer.

  10. msanmoore

    Fun so far. Scheb looks rusty. Thinking it was a hit and run that caught Billy. Too bad as he’d be on 3rd right now.

    • VaRedsFan

      You hit and run with a slow player. Just not smart. Billy can take the bag on his own.

      • msanmoore

        Yes. Would have been at least another run.

  11. Indy Red Man

    Scooter 3rd in the NL in hits and a good shot to add to his league leading number of 3+ hit games. Too bad RLN has his bags packed and is ready to move him on for a bag of beans:)

    If they get this one then that would make their record 19-14 in games started by Disco & Harvey. Thats .576 rate = 93 wins for the season. Of course Harvey is in the way too.

    • Matt Hendley

      So here is a novel concept. WHo needs a 5 man rotation, just have those two pitch every game? maybe….. would have room for more relief pitchers.

    • Old-school

      I do not think gennett is leaving .He and Hamilton are staying. They just aren’t getting extensions. I don’t have a problem with Harvey staying at 2/20.

      • Matt Hendley

        Gennets getting offered an extension at the minimum. Hamilton, well thats up to Bobby C but the front office would undoubtedly trade him. Harveys Agent is Boras, so with that in mind i will say 4/48 with incentives, but also something similar to the John Lackey clause (lowering his salary to league min, if he has sustained DL time to pitching arm). Herrera is the UT, I would trade Peraza for SP. (or JP and Homer in a Salary dump) put senzel at short after the “mandatory” 3 week minor league service time visit. Ands as i finish typing this Billys throw from center to the plate show why, with a full line up, show that his defense still matters.

      • Indy Red Man

        I think they’ll extend Scooter, but they don’t have to. You’re right about that. I see where Freeman and Markakis have dropped a little. Scooter is right there to win the batting title! That would get him a deal I think.

  12. msanmoore

    Caught a break but it didn’t matter. I thought Counsel was going to get tossed. Glad he didn’t. Umps missed it.

  13. Old-school

    Disco’s command tonight is unreal. When he misses, it’s by an inch. He is the best Reds best starting pitching development of 2018- finally. He looks really good for a sustained period of time.

  14. Indy Red Man

    Billy is the best there is defensively. Its crazy that he doesn’t get the GG? Its an award for your glove and your defense? Hitting shouldn’t matter? He can’t be replaced defensively…def would hurt the Reds runs allowed but at the same time….they just can’t get outhomered by 50+ and be competitive.

    DeGrom tonite vs Baez in the 1st inning. 99 99 100….grab some bench. That guy is incredible. Atleast the Cubs or Yankees didn’t grab him and win the WS. He could easily pull a Bumgarner or Josh Beckett and win it by himself pretty much!

    • Matt Hendley

      perazza, homer, and 2 prospects (value dependent on how much of homers contract the Mets were willing to pick up) for Degrom? think it gets it done?

      • Indy Red Man

        If the 2 prospects were reincarnated Babe Ruth & Satchell Paige. Sounds about like Sharknado on the SciFi channel:)

      • Matt Hendley

        but there getting homer bailey as well. lol

      • Indy Red Man

        They might need a 3rd string catcher…..and a good batting practice pitcher:)

      • Matt Hendley

        what about rookie davis, bobby steve, Jose Siri, Homer Bailey, Jose Peraza, some guy in single A, and Bob Castilini for Degrom

  15. Indy Red Man

    I don’t care what the projection was….that ball by Yelich was 440 ft easy! It was 50 feet over the 404 sign in center and still going up! Disco is a good pitcher….could be a 2 or a 3 easily, but way too many HRs allowed to be an elite guy.

    • msanmoore

      He’s a beast. Majes me wish he was in a Reds uniform

  16. roger garrett

    The Marlins let Ozuna,Yelich and Stanton go.Hard to imagine that isn’t it?

    • Matt Hendley

      And will lose badly for the next half decade because of it. Not all their fault. I mean really they were just a speedboat and some cocaine away from having a contending team at one point. But now they have the most unfortunate type of rebuild. Not to mention that the team that bought them obviously did not have all the money available

  17. Indy Red Man

    I’m becoming a big Phillip Ervin fan! He’s so comfortable taking the ball the other way. Thats what makes Suarez so dangerous. Its hard to pitch to a guy like that. I’d feel comfortable with Winker, Schebler, and Ervin in LF, CF, and RF. Keep Mason Williams as a def sub and maybe get Senzel, Dilson, and Peraza some time out there too. If Joey rebounds like he can then the offense should be really good!

    • Matt Hendley

      Senzel is an infielder. Mason WIlliams is a textbook journeyman outfielder and i would be very surprised if he is on the roster next year. Ervin goes to 4th OF. Maybe Peraza in CF every blue moon. and then Train DIIIIIILLLLSOON up as a Ben Zobrist type of SUper utility guy. I’m not horribly off picking up what your throwing down.

  18. Old-school

    I don’t get RLN focus on Yelich????

    • Matt WI

      I think it’s because he’s awesome.

      • Matt WI

        It’s just that he was widely known to be available and he’s exactly the kind of guy the Reds should have instead of holding on Duvall and Hamilton. Maybe they asked, but it would have been nice to know they went hard to add a talent like that.

  19. Indy Red Man

    Ouch? H & H have had some spotty years and been released. I knew they were overachieving and now the bills are coming due!

    The problem is they’re all struggling right now? Lorenzen and Garrett and Iggy. Don’t feel rock solid with any of them.

    • Matt Hendley

      As a whole though they are better then anything the reds have seen in a while. Lorenzen has his bat and occasional field visit to fall back on, garret is a lefty and may figure it out. Hughes and Hernandez are coming back to earth but are still well enough that they are better then last years options.

  20. roger garrett

    You could see that one coming a mile away.Disco with an 0-2 pitch right down the middle and Hughes with a sinker down and in to Yelich.

  21. roger garrett

    Better get some more runs because they will.

  22. Indy Red Man

    Bunt fail bunt fail bunt fail. Sunrise sunset sunrise sunset sunrise sunset. Somehow it will be different tomorrow….I just know it!

    • Matt WI

      The guy has 2 hits, nearly impossible to double up, and they tell him to bunt. Unreal.

    • Matt Hendley

      at a minimum you got to tender him to trade him, and he still has value for that

  23. VaRedsFan

    Hit-o-meter for Jose now at 4 on the night.

    • Matt Hendley

      good, he finally eclipsed the number of errors he had last week. another 2 hits and he can have the same number of hits as unearned runs he caused to be given up last week

  24. seat101

    I don’t see all the hate for Jose today that I saw over the weekend

    I guess because he hasn’t dropped an easy line drive yet

      • seat101

        I have no problem with the fact that you hold him to a higher standard defensively Then his age and experience would necessarily provide at this point.

        Because you are correct, if his defense does not improve he should not be our shortstop.

      • Matt Hendley

        Also negates the CF argument cause really that is the only OF you need to play DF. the other two are just for show. If you don’t believe me i remind you of delmon young. lol

  25. roger garrett

    This team just does some really dumb things.A bunt on a 2 ball count by a guy that can’t bunt.They are coming out of there shoes swinging and we bunt.

  26. VaRedsFan

    Surprised they didn’t bring Hader in.

  27. roger garrett

    We have 13 hits but 11 are singles.

    • roger garrett

      Triples are really really good.

  28. reaganspad

    Billy needs to stop bunting. he is the worst bunter in the world. He continues to drop his bat head.

    I learned better when I was 9

  29. Matt Hendley

    BUT EVERYONE IS LIKE DON’T EXTEND SCOOTER RIGHT… CAUSE WE NEED TO SEE PERAZA SCREW UP ANOTHER DOUBLE PLAY. Oh and BTW we didnt trade for Yelich because the marlins asked for Senzil and Green for him.

    • Matt WI

      If your going to be hard on Peraza for defense, Scooter has made his fair share of goofs out there.

      • Matt Hendley

        this is fair, he has made some, however, 1. A lot of Homers and RBIs make up for those mistakes. Secondly he is worth 3 times as much as peraza is Offensively.

      • SF Reds Fan

        He also makes 10x as much and soon it will be worse. I will stick with Peraza. He will likely get better at both D and offense….for $500k.

      • CI3J

        Scooter is also 4 years older than Peraza. Why don’t you compare Scooter’s age 24 season to Peraza if you want a fair comparison?

      • Matt Hendley

        Cause we are trying to win in 2019 not 2022 acordding to the FO.

  30. Matt WI

    Suarez was swinging for the river on the first pitch.

  31. Indy Red Man

    Scooter! Get that NL batting title. A ton of his hits have been key one too! Like tonite and the game winning HR in Milw. Not alot of garbage production when its a 6 run game in the 8th.

  32. CI3J

    Peraza is going to finish the year with ~30 2B and ~10 HR.

    Boy, just think if he gets a little stronger in the offseason and even turns 30% of those 2B into HR next year. And if that makes pitchers pitch him a little more carefully, his OBP might even break .350.

    20 HR, 25 2B, 25 SB, .290 AVG, .350 OBP. That is a very, very solid player, probably worth 3-4 WAR.

    Now if they’d just try him out in CF and let him replace Billy’s offensive “production”….

    • Matt Hendley

      So move him from a defensive position he is having trouble with which is close to the natural position he came up with, to an outfield position that he does not have regular familerarity with, based on the POSSIBILITY, he may nearly triple his WAR output. A War output, mind you that has only been north or 0 this year. Assuming this moves Billy off the reds, if this experiment fails it will leave the reds with NO natural CF that is higher then High A right now (maybe AA) will have to check, but at least 2y away.

      • Matt WI

        It’s worth considering a change. Billy is rocking a .6 BR WAR right now. So amazing as he is out there in the field, a more complete “unnatural CF” could be an overall upgrade.

      • CI3J

        Billy Hamilton came up playing SS as well, and he also couldn’t hack it there. He did alright in the transition, didn’t he? I’m not saying that means Peraza would as well, but they are somewhat similar in that their main calling card is their speed, which seems to be a big factor in Billy’s success in CF. I’m not sure how good Peraza would be at reading the balls coming off of bats, or how good his arm was, but Billy also had a slight learning curve. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Peraza can also be a decent-to-good CF.

        Regardless, we will probably never know, because Big Bob loves Billy which means he’s probably going to be in CF for at least the next 5 years, at least.

      • Matt Hendley

        It wasnt that billy couldnt hack it. It was the reds were moving on from drew stubs and wanted a CF replacement and thats when billy started terrorizing Minor league base paths. While they they also did a rush job on getting him up to the majors

  33. VaRedsFan

    Schebs crouching again. No crouch in previous at bat. He’s certainly out of sync since coming back

    • Matt Hendley

      Been out for a month, give him about 10 games and if its still a problem. until then he is just getting his feel back.

  34. seat101

    This game is now three hours old in the top of the eighth inning

    I shall watch the rest of this game on game day

    I may still contribute the occasional witticism or insight.

  35. WVRedlegs

    I have a small prediction to make.
    Nick Senzel will play CF and 2B in the Arizona Fall League in October – November.

  36. VaRedsFan

    Not sure why Peralta is in there. Hold your breath folks.

  37. Matt WI

    How we feeling about Wandy out there? I’m uncomfortable.

  38. Indy Red Man

    Peralta has great stuff. A 97 mph fastball…big curve and changeup. Prob even better stuff then Garrett…but both of them all over the place. They might get you down 0-2 and hang one or walk 2 guys on 8 pitches? Danny Darwin needs to fix them….we desperately need atleast 1 of them to get it going?

  39. Matt WI

    Alright. Iggy for the duration. We hope.

  40. Indy Red Man

    Any big Cincy Bearcat football fans? I’m trying to handicap their game with UCLA

    • seat101

      Young kids going to the West Coast for the first time. Only the first and second-year players are recruits of the new coach.

      That’s worth 15 points right there.

      • Indy Red Man

        Chip Kelly’s first game with UCLA. Their D was one of the worst in the nation last year. I think its 42-28 or something….looking at Over 61. UC’s offense was pretty bad though? They used to put up some decent points though?

      • Indy Red Man

        Yeah Chip will chew them up, but UCLA is breaking in a new QB after Josh Rosen. I see the total went up to 64. Great minds think alike. I’ll probably pass on this one now. Thanks for the info though!

  41. Matt Hendley

    But my at bat is messing up so i am off as well, Iggy has this, may give up one run. needless to say spirited debate. If i offended anyone i appologize i just am very vocal about my desire for reds domination remember, technically we have not been eliminated. so…. there is a chance

    • Indy Red Man

      Its all good…opinions are like….well you know. We all have them and entitled to like what/who we like!

  42. VaRedsFan

    We all knew the tying run would get to the plate.
    Of course it’s Yelich.

  43. Indy Red Man

    Iggy looks tired. His stuff doesn’t look electric at all? He’s just another one of our guys thats lost velocity from last year? He hit 100 a year or 2 ago, but rarely gets past 96 this year?

    • Matt WI

      I agree something looks a little flat from him.

  44. Indy Red Man

    I miss the Game Winning RBI stat they had for a few years back about 15 years ago? Yeah…it was kind of random, but it let you know who got the key rbi’s for you.

    Scooter with the game winning rbi tonite and I’m sure would lead this team with whatever that number is. Suarez would be close, but Scooter’s big hits have been clutch all year!