The Cincinnati Reds (57-76) will go for a series win against the Milwaukee Brewers (74-60) today at 12:35 PM. The Reds are 6-1-2 in their last 9 series at Great American Ballpark. The Reds lost a wild game 13-12 in 10 innings last night. The win kept the Brewers in the second wild-card spot in a crowded race.

Programming Note: today’s game is available on the MLB Network for those outside of Cincinnati.

Starting Pitchers

Cody Reed will make his first start since April 9th. Reed hasn’t allowed a run over his last 4 relief appearances, and has struck out 5 batters and walked just 1 in 4.1 IP since he got called back up to the Reds on August 13th. He was having a mostly disappointing season at AAA, but really dominated over his final three starts: 22.1 IP, 4 ER, 26 K, 2 BB. Reed’s ability to throw strikes will certainly be a breath of fresh air and is undoubtedly the reason he is starting over Robert Stephenson.

Reed has only made one career start against the Brewers, and it was a rough one in 2016: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 3 BB. He has been very good since then in 7 relief appearances against the Brewers: 7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K.

Wade Miley signed with the Brewers on a minor league deal this season. He joined the Brewers rotation on July 12th, returning form injury, and has been huge for them. He is not missing bats and is walking more than league average, so I wouldn’t expect this to last forever. He has a 4.56 xFIP on the season. Miley has a career 3.42 ERA in 8 starts against the Reds.

Starting Lineups 

 

SP: Wade Miley SP: Cody Reed
1. Lorenzo Cain (CF)
2. Christian Yelich (RF)
3. Jesus Aguilar (1B)
4. Ryan Braun (LF)
5. Jonathan Schoop (2B)
6. Mike Moustakas (3B)
7. Hernan Perez (SS)
8. Erik Kratz (C)
9. Wade Miley (P)
1. Scott Schebler (RF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Phillip Ervin (LF)
6. Curt Casali (C)
7. Brandon Dixon (2B)
8. Mason Williams (CF)
9. Cody Reed (P)

 

According to FanGraphs, the Reds have a 46% chance (46.3% to be exact) of winning today!

Billy Hamilton gets a day off. He was spiked on a play at the plate toward the end of last night’s game. Mason Williams takes his place in CF and Scott Schebler returns to the leadoff spot. Schebler has struggled at the plate so far since his long stint on the DL. Curt Casali is behind the plate after playing 1B yesterday. Brandon Dixon (not Dilson Herrera) gets a start at 2B with Scooter Gennett getting a well earned day off.

Roster Moves

Joey Votto returns to the Reds lineup after spending a good deal of time on the disabled list after he was hit in the leg (intentionally) by a Ryan Madson pitch. The Reds sent Preston Tucker down to AAA.

The Reds also put pitcher Robert Stephenson on the DL (shoulder) and recalled Austin Brice.

67 Responses

  1. WVRedlegs

    Votto back in the lineup today. Hoo-ray.
    Schebler leading off against a LH.
    Dixon at 2B today, and no Herrera against a LH. And no Scooter.
    Ervin gets a start, good to see that.
    Casali at C.
    It would be nice to get Reed some early run support and let him pitch with a lead.
    The Brewers Pina too a pitch o the mouth last night. I hope Votto has some knee pads on today. Some Reds player is going to get plunked today if the Brewers get a lead or fall way behind. Maybe not in a close, tight game. But the Reds should be on Beanball Alert today.

  2. Matt Hendley

    Interesting lineup… I see Joey Votto is back, what was the corresponding move?

  3. big5ed

    I wondered if Stephenson may have been hurt, because he otherwise looked like a head case. When he said he had trouble gripping the ball in his second start, it reminded me of what Matt Harvey had talked about in recovering from his injury.

    Mason Williams in OF against a lefty, and no Dilson Herrera? Did Riggleman be the under?

    • big5ed

      “bet” the under. Riggleman already “be” the under.

    • Jim Walker

      I’d guess Riggie wanted to put the best possible defense on the field for Reed’s start. But it is interesting he sits Gennett but uses Dixon over Herrera at 2B if that’s the case. Good break for Dixon and a reward for the big hit last night I guess. Still strange how some guys seem to get positive reinforcement and other guys not.

      • Scott C

        No consistency at all from the field manager.

    • Jim Walker

      And yes on RS. The signs certainly seemed to be there. Power pitcher with no velocity on his fastball and even less command. And it wasn’t like he didn’t manhandle some pretty good prospects and AAAA guys with considerable MLB experience when he was making the big run at AAA in June and July.

    • Bill

      I doubt Madson gets an at bat. Hitting a Dodger in retaliation doesn’t seem like a good response for what Madson did or was possibly directed to do by the Nationals. I would fully support hitting Madson with a pitch if he did get an at bat.

  4. Scott C

    Big disappointment seeing Dixon at 2B instead of Herrera. Riggleman has no clue.

  5. msanmoore

    Every time I see a shot of Riggs in the dugout with his fingers grabbing the screen, it makes him look constipated (at least to me). He’s so entrenched in the way he thinks. Compare that to Counsel and his activity in the last couple games. It’s almost like Riggs just wants to walk away (again) and go fishing or something.

    • roger garrett

      Lets hope the Reds do a very wide search for their next manager.

  6. Jeff Reed

    A good offensive lineup but Herrera should be at second base. Alternate him with Gennett for the remainder of the year. Didn’t the Reds send Bruce to the Mets for Herrera? He’s apparently injury-free now so it’s past time to give him a chance at second base.

  7. Indy Red Man

    White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon has been carrying my fantasy teams lately so I’ve watched him a lot. He has that beautiful 11-5 o’clock wipeout slider working, but that pitch isn’t a strike normally so you have to get ahead first. Thats the big issues with what I’ve seen from Reed. His arm angle is kind of lower but that could be an advantage (like Hader) but he has to get that downward bite on it. His slider always got destroyed before because he’d bring it in over the belt and over the plate to righties? Chris Sale bends that slider way out and comes back and hits the outside corner to righties and well as the traditional down/in. I’ve never seen Reed try for the outside corner with his slider? It will be interesting to see if he can get it going today. Lord knows we need help?

  8. roger garrett

    Back to back 8 pitch innings for their pitcher.Amazing to me that we can’t be a little more patient.

  9. WVRedlegs

    Lineup change. What happened to Suarez? Herrera now at 2B and Dixon started at 3B. Ervin batting 4th.
    Why the late scratch on Suarez?

  10. roger garrett

    Reed has got Yelich out twice.For that alone he gets to start the rest of the year.

  11. earmbrister

    Reed’s working quickly, looking good. Averaging about 14 pitches per inning thru 4.

    Schebler looks like he’s finding his stroke. Glad to have him back.

  12. roger garrett

    Well at least Joey swung that time.

  13. Jeff Reed

    Too bad. Reed let’s Dixon have it and he’s out of the inning.

  14. Matthew Habel

    Is it bad if I am rooting for the Brewers so that they and the Rockies/Dodgers can knock the Cards out of the playoffs?

  15. liptonian

    One bad inning and you pull the pitcher at 73 pitches? I am so sick of Riggleman managing for today and not for the future. Golly I really hope the Reds only lose 92 instead of 93 games because of this.

    • earmbrister

      I would have left him in as well. Don’t know what his motivation was, managing for today, or was he trying to protect his pitcher’s pysche. He was patient with Reed through a tough inning, but Reed didn’t show that he could work through it on his on by walking Yelich on four pitches with the bases loaded.

      Torn on this decision.

      • roger garrett

        Yelich is on fire.No way you give him anything to hit right there.Let him get himself out if not then on to the next batter.Its one run and Yelich just hit for the cycle and went 6 for 6 last night.

      • liptonian

        I’d say letting a pitcher work out of a bases loaded jam is better for his psyche than pulling him after walking in a run. Now the last thing he remembers about the game is a mistake he made. But what do I know?

      • earmbrister

        Likewise, I don’t know more than the next guy. I would’ve left him in for one more batter, but I wasn’t all that bothered by the decision to yank him.

        Sparky would’ve been out there a batter or two earlier, even with the long game last night.

      • earmbrister

        Yeah, I get that Yelich lit it up last night. You’d think that the decision to not pitch to Yelich with the bases loaded would be made from the dugout. Reed isn’t exactly known for his great control …

        Like I said, I’m torn on this one, but I would’ve let him pitch to another batter. Now, if the next batter hits a grand slam, there are those that would be questioning Riggleman’s sanity for leaving him in when he has “clearly” lost his command of the strike zone.

      • roger garrett

        I agree there would be those questioning him but only those who think losing 92 is better then 93.I think we can agree we aren’t in that group.

    • Scott C

      For once I think that was a good decision. He pitched well, Land was either tired or losing focus. He can build on this start. Riggleman should have pulled Bob Steve earlier in his last start.

  16. roger garrett

    Unless Reed was injured Riggs needs to be fired right now.Why in another 90+ losing season can we not allow these young guys to pitch.These guys have enough pressure anyway and then at the first sign of trouble you yank him.Just so tired of this circus day after day.

    • Indy Red Man

      In Riggs defense….he’s trying to build some confidence with these guys. They’ve all constantly struggled and you don’t want Aguilar to hit a granny off Reed and ruin a good performance! They might try tough love and pushing thru it with someone that really has it like a young Cueto or somebody.

  17. Jonathan Linn

    Reed walked 3 batters! Better sens him back down. Hes no better than RS. 😉. (Sarcasm)

  18. roger garrett

    If it takes losing 100 this year and next to get some baseball people running the show then I hope that it happens.

  19. Indy Red Man

    Baby steps guys….baby steps:) This is a multi-dimensional monster that we root for! They can lose 13-12 or 2-1. They got skills!!

    Man we need more of that from Reed!! Overall though…it doesn’t matter if they reincarnate Cy Young and the Babe and get them in Reds uniforms next year? I’m not watching if Homer is forced out there to go 1-20 again?

    • roger garrett

      I can watch Homer if they give the rest of the starters the same rope.Just so tired of this inconsistent way they deal with players.First and foremost it should be based on performance but it is for this guy but not for this guyWe run Homer and Harvey out there with over 200 starts a piece to watch then get hammered and then we pull a guy that has 20 starts or 30 starts because well he can’t throw strikes or he gets in trouble.Alll of this while we lose another 90+ and never find out about some players.

  20. WVRedlegs

    One hit thru 5 innings for the Reds. This is horrendous. I just don’t get the lunacy from some who didn’t, and still don’t, think that Christian Yelich would have made much of a difference on the Reds offense.
    I don’t get Riggleman either. Pulls Reed after giving up one run on 4 hits thru 4.2 IP. More lunacy.

    • Bill

      He would make a some difference, not a significant difference on the offense. He would make absolutely zero difference on pitching staff. You can’t take today as the baseline for the entire offense. No Suarez, Winker , or Gennet; Schebler and Votto both recently back from the DL. I don’t get the lunacy of thinking Yelich makes the Reds a contender

    • roger garrett

      Most think this offense is good enough as is based on runs scored.Most of the year 5 guys carried this team and when they slump or get hurt it shows up big time.Yelich in our lineup gives us 6 guys carrying our team if he replaces one of our weak links on offense.Can’t have enough offense.

  21. earmbrister

    Are Ervin and Mason Williams proving that they belong on the MLB roster?

    Ervin has convinced me that he could be our 5th starter. That was a wild sequence of events vs the Mets (I was at the game). Riggleman comes out to the mound, Ervin comes in from LF and hands his glove to Herrara who was playing 1B, Herrara takes over in LF, and Ervin throws 3 curve balls to get out of the inning. Great stuff.

  22. WVRedlegs

    Dilson and Ervin combine for a run with a single and a double. The young guys came through this inning.

    • roger garrett

      Let them play the rest of the way.No reason not to.

  23. roger garrett

    Ervin has already made the opening day roster next year in center field if I have my way.He can pitch some if need be but he needs to play.

    • Matt Hendley

      I am only able to watch play by play today not actual game, but reed getting pulled early with stat line as it is could be due to stretching him back out from his stint as a RP between Louisville and today. Assuming No off season OF FA pickups, Ervin is Starting OF against LHP at a min. I would not be surprised though if Mason Williams is DFA’ed

      • earmbrister

        Mason Williams continues to hit in MLB. If you keep him, he can play all of the OF positions. Williams, plus Erving, and (occassionally) Schebler could all cover CF, which allows the Reds to move on from Hamilton. If the Reds are able to get a good return on Billy, that OF along with Winker could provide a lot of flexibility.

  24. jim t

    Reed has been pitching out of the pen recently and at 73 pitches and walking in a run the manager may have wisely decided it was enough at this point. He had some success and will get another opportunity. Not a bad decision at all.

    • lwblogger2

      That’s how I saw it too. Can’t stand Riggleman but fully agree with that move. I would have gotten him there too.

    • VaRedsFan

      The Cardinal’s “bullpen guy” went to the rotation and immediately threw 7 no hit innings against us. So. no, they didn’t need to baby him with an innings limit.

      • Matt Hendley

        Didn’t they send him back to the minors after that?

      • Indy Red Man

        You have to remember….the Cards bring up kids (for the most part) that understand pitching at 22-23 years old (A- students). We have grab it and chuck it guys at age 25 (C- minus students). No good teacher teaches students of different abilities the same way.

  25. earmbrister

    I’m sure the players are excited about another extra innings affair.

  26. roger garrett

    Five pitch inning for their guy in the bottom of the ninth.Bring it home guys,Got to go after that awesome display.

    • msanmoore

      Had to figure the Bernie’s win probability went way North in that inning with Cain then Yelich and nobody out.

  27. Jeff Reed

    Brice does it again on only one pitch.

  28. Hanawi

    Brice and Stephens could both be DFA in my opinion. Rather see Herget or even Shackleford again

    • Matt Hendley

      Shackelford had surgery and will be an unknown quantity, Herget will be added to the 40 man over the offseason or he will be exposed to the Rule 5. So I think you will get your wish

  29. Matt Hendley

    Speaking of opening roster spots, and relief pitchers that have had enough chances. Austin Brice is barely on the realm of the acceptable, and obviously isn’t acceptable today

  30. bouwills

    Reds fell to 20 games under .500 on June 6th. As of now, they’re right back there again, 57W & 77 L.

  31. Indy Red Man

    I’m at work so I didn’t see the game, but I saw where Schebler lead off with a double and didn’t score? That’s happened so many times this year. A fast runner on 2nd with nobody out, a bunt happy manager, and the meat of the order and can’t even get the 1 stinking run we played for?

    • Old-school

      That was a big play. Peraza tried to bunt first pitch and fouled. …then hit away rest of at bat. All he had to do was hit the ball to right side. He didn’t…weak grounder to 3b. Votto then grounded out first base. Had Peraza moved the runner, it would have been a run.

  32. Jeff Reed

    A series the Reds should have won or sweep although it really doesn’t matter at this point.

  33. Shchi Cossack

    Since the non-waiver trade deadline, the Reds are 9-18 and 2-8 in their last 10 games. They are playing some of the worst baseball of the season when DW proclaimed a period of ‘positive momentum’.

    On to StL…

  34. roger garrett

    Bad teams hit when they don’t pitch and pitch when they don’t hit.We are a bad team.