After losing two out of three to the Brewers, the Reds (57-77) move on to face another NL Central team as they look to stop the red-hot St. Louis Cardinals (75-59) in a three game weekend series at Busch Stadium. First pitch is at 8:15 ET.

Last time the Reds played the Cardinals, St. Louis was 50-50, 8.5 games out of first place. Fast forward a little over a month and the Cardinals have won seven of their last 10 games and are a half game ahead of the Brewers for the first wild card spot. St. Louis recently took the interim tag off manager Mike Shildt, who replaced a fired Mike Matheny earlier this season.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Homer Bailey 96.1 6.17 4.77 14.8% 6.7%
Austin Gomber 48.1 2.79 4.86 20.5% 11.7%

In Homer Bailey’s last start against the Cubs, he fared better than the numbers suggest. While he gave up six runs in five innings, only three were earned. He did give up one home run and only struck out two, but he walked zero batters.

Bailey has faced St. Louis three times this season, surrendering eight runs and 16 hits, including three home runs, in 19.1 innings. He’s struck out 16 Cardinal batters and walked six this season.

Though he hasn’t hit any home runs off him yet, Matt Carpenter does have a 1.025 OPS against Bailey and Carpenter has been one of the best hitters in the league lately. Also, watch out for Matt Adams, whose OPS is 1.733 in 15 plate appearances.

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The last time Austin Gomber pitched against the Reds, it was his first major league start. He took a no-hitter to the seventh inning, but ultimately gave up two runs and two hits, while walking two and striking out six in 6.1 innings.

Since that day, Gomber has gone on to start five more games, and he’s pitched fairly well, only faltering once against Pittsburgh back in July. His problem seems to be control, as he’s walked 24 in 48.1 innings. In his last start, at Coors Field (a known hitter’s park), he gave up only one run in six innings while striking out six and walking just one.

Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez are the only Reds who have a hit off Gomber. Votto has two singles, and Suarez has a home run.


With Cody Reed not making it out of the fifth inning yesterday and the Reds having played extra innings in each of the last two games, Jim Riggleman will look to Bailey to go deep in the game tonight. He used six relievers in Thursday’s game and six relievers in Wednesday’s game, nearly all of the same pitchers. If I had to guess, I’d say Michael Lorenzen doesn’t pitch since he’s pitched 3.1 innings the last two days.

As for the Cardinals, their bullpen has fared a little better. They used five relievers Thursday, but nearly all of them were used less than an innings. The night before that, four were used for an inning apiece.


1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Scooter Gennett (2B)
6. Phillip Ervin (LF)
7. Scott Schebler (RF)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Homer Bailey (P)
1. Matt Carpenter (3B)
2. Yadier Molina (C)
3. Jose Martinez (RF)
4. Matt Adams (1B)
5. Tyler O’Neill (LF)
6. Paul DeJong (SS)
7. Harrison Bader (CF)
8. Yairo Munoz (2B)
9. Austin Gomber (P)

News, Notes, and Pregame Reading

67 Responses

  1. Gerardo Helguera

    Nothing to see here! Reds lose, Homer Bailey sucks and we’ll get those dirty RedBirds tomorrow!

    • Sliotar


      Gerardo with the earliest Titanic Struggle Recap in recent memory. Only needed the Milton picture attached.

      Sadly, it sure felt like the team behind Homer just resigned itself to a long day once things started unravelling vs. the Cubs. Hard to believe this is the same guy that threw 2 no-hitters.

      The Quest to Avoid 90 Losses is going to be severely tested over the next 3 games.

      Go Redlegs.

      • Matt Hendley

        Correction Homer bailey just said f it. If jose aint playing d behind me im just gonna lay them in there

  2. Klugo

    How in the world do guys like McCutchen and Murphy, etc etc make it through the waiver wire, while we can’t get Harvey and Hamilton through? I just don’t get it.

    • Sliotar

      $$$$ was probably a factor.

      Murphy still had like $4 million left to be paid and Cutch close to $3.

      Both Harvey and Hamilton were at/less than $1 million.

      Look at Milwaukee sitting pat for the second straight season at deadline, and Rockies passing on Murphy, even though he would have filled a hole at 1B.

      Both teams aren’t sure things to make playoffs, but both ownerships may have closed the wallets for the season. Probably not only ones, with attendance down many places.

      • Jim Walker

        In the last hour, Brewers have reportedly picked up Gio Gonzalez. That’s around a cool $2M unless Nats sent $$$ with him

  3. Matt Hendley

    Wislers comming up, who wants to bet that brice or Stephens was DFA’ed or suddenly DLed

    • Jim Walker

      Nope, it’s Brice optioned according to Fay. That had to be a close call between option and DL considering yesterday’s events

  4. Matt Hendley

    Now watch, Peraza needs to steal second, before votto grounds out to the right side to make this single Worthwhile.

    • Matt Hendley

      Look at that, Peraza scored, i might faint.

  5. VaRedsFan

    There’s your runs Homer, now make it stick.

  6. docproctor

    Eugenio with another error. This is the best infield in baseball offensively, but the defense has not been up to par.

  7. WVRedlegs

    Homer with a belly high pitch over the middle of the plate and Hamilton with some pewter glove defense. Short lived lead, again.

    • Jack

      He took a step in and the great Billy misread it. That’s ok he will make up for it with his bat. And a smile

      • Broseph

        Funny Welsh put the blame on Homer. Yeah, he missed his spot and the pitcher ripped it, but you know what you get with Homer.

        They talk up Billy’s D all day long and trying to get that gold glove but when he steps in then jogs back on a line drive, they put blame elsewhere.

        Sorry, even Billy’s D is human

      • Jack

        Actually your wrong. Welsh corrected himself and put it on Billy.

      • Broseph

        Actually, *you’re* wrong. Just rewatched it. Welsh stumbles over the names a few times between Billy and Bailey. He then corrects himself and says Bailey since he’s going against a pitcher with Carpenter up next.

        Both were at fault but they chose to protect Hamilton’s claim to fame.

      • Jack

        I went back and watched it and you’re right. Actually had to listen to it a few times. Welsh fumbled through it like he was Foster Brooks. I still say it’s on Hamilton for breaking in on it. Either way this is a hard team to watch.

      • BigRedMike

        Are you sure? what is posted on here is that the Reds would never have a capable defense in the outfield if Hamilton was not on the team.

        Reds fans are a strange bunch, the Reds are one of the worst teams every year, yet, panic sets in if some Reds fans suggest a change in the roster

    • Dewey Roberts

      Homer is washed up as a major league pitcher. I hate it because I have always been a Homer fan, but he just doesn’t have it anymore.

  8. docproctor

    Homer throwing batting practice.

  9. Old-school

    Really time for brown paper bags at GABP. Homer Bailey is a joke. No reds fan should ever pay money if he is starting. Time to humiliate this idiot owner .

  10. Matt Hendley

    Homer, Homer every start like an odyssey. Billy was out of position for a Slugger yes, not for a pitcher not pitching t-ball practice pitches

  11. Jack

    Reds going into tonight are 21-40 against NL central teams. 36 -37 against everybody else. They are a long way off.

    • roger garrett

      Great point and we fall further behind every day.

  12. BigRedMike

    Guessing the Reds ownership does not understand sunk cost. Likely do what they always do, hope for the best when in comes to Bailey.

    Remember before the season when the plan was that Bailey, Finnegan, and DeScalafani were untouchable when it comes to the starting rotation.

    Fairly certain this front office is not adept at analyzing pitching

    • Matt Hendley

      oh i am sure they are all well aware that he is the most expensive homer machine in history, (no pun intended)

    • Jeff Reed

      My take is the front office team of DW/Krall is adept at analyzing pitching but their hands are tied by the Principal Owner.

  13. Matt Hendley

    Welsh just said it but i think this is a soak it up for Bailey. I seriously think they will leave him out there for 6 innings even if he gives up 100 runs

    • bouwills

      Come on Matt. I doubt it takes 6 innings…………………….

      • Broseph

        Well played, sir. Well played👏

  14. Mark Lang

    Surprise, surprise, surprise… Bailey getting shelled. Who’d have guessed this could happen?

  15. Old-school

    Boycott the reds at home when Bailey pitches. This is a joke. Bob Castellini is asking reds fans to pay $20 to park and $40 a ticket and $8 a hot dog and $10 a beer. Shame on you. 90 losses again

    • Jeff Reed

      Bob Castellini can keep asking but the reality is the empty seats at GABP.

  16. Bill

    Homer, still a bad name for a pitcher

  17. roger garrett

    Game over.See if he will take one for the team if not its time to move on from Homer.

  18. msanmoore

    Friday night dumpster fire I see … at least Geno got another RBI. Maybe he can take that title this year. I’m just looking for small victories at this point.

  19. Indy Red Man

    I’m telling you…..this is just a little 5-6 year blip for Homer. He’s getting it together! They should lock him down for 2021-24. He might take a hometown discount of $16 mil/season?

    • Matt Hendley

      in 2020 when playing on a minor league contract he will have a winning season

  20. DEN

    Meanwhile in Indianapolis watching the Bats get beat up and Finnigan looks horrible in going less the 5 full innings in a AAA game…

    • Matt Hendley

      Forget Finnigan, he will be DFA at the End of the season.

  21. roger garrett

    Both teams have 7 hits but ours are singles.They have two homers and a double that knocked in all of their runs.

    • Indy Red Man

      Microcosm of the season. We can’t get away from Homer or try the right guys and getting out homered almost every night

  22. Show Triple Slash

    Is Chris Welsh auditioning to take over for Marty?

  23. Jack

    Welsh is showing his displeasure speaking his mind tonight. I love it. I like when he said the Cardinals are an organization that likes winning and they will move players that they like to get better players.

  24. roger garrett

    We now have 8 hits and all singles and Homer bunts the runners over for Billy.Of course he doesn’t get it out of the infield.Won’t watch this silly stuff tonight.

  25. WVRedlegs

    Schebler with horrible base running. I just Don’t understand this running on contact with a runner on third base. Terrible bade running fundamentals. Terrible bade running philosophy from the dugout. How many times have the Reds had a runner on third base run into an out at home when running on contact? Most of the time the runner doesn’t have to run. Terrible.
    Like Welsh being candid tonight. You can just hear the exasperation in his voice.

    • Matt Hendley

      Make Him the manager next year.

  26. Matt Hendley

    So who is getting called up tomorrow, and who is getting called up when their respective Minor league seasons and or Playoffs (whats that) are done?

  27. Jack

    Would like to see Siri called up for September . Although they will never play him. Never mind I forgot who was coaching.

      • Jack

        Yep. Go up top of this page and hit menu. Shed Long as well but if Riggs isn’t playing Herrera , then Long doesn’t have a chance.

  28. Old-school

    Matt wisler pitching ..finally something worth watching

  29. George

    Let’s face it, Homer will be back next year so let’s just plan on a minimum of 20 losses that the Reds will have before the first pitch of the 2019 season. Based on that thought the Reds need to go 81-61 to get their record to .500 for 2019. 🙁

    • Matt Hendley

      winning culture and positive momentum, he is getting all the losses out of his system this year, and will therefore throw complete game shutouts all next season

      • George

        Whatever your drinking , Please share!!! 🙂

      • Matt Hendley

        same thing shebs what it seems

      • Matt Hendley

        If anyone else had started. If Votto had been second in the lineup. If we had never fired dusty.

      • Matt Hendley

        seriously, Peraza actually created some runs tonight, finally showing some validation to the wRC+ WKRP YMCA stats that he leads the league with.

      • Bill

        Have you considered becoming a Yankees fan? I hear they could use a few more.

      • Matt Hendley

        I was a bengals fan in the 90s I can survive this too

      • Matt Hendley

        Why did they put dixon in in the first place. Just for the record this game was winnable until stephens was allowed to pitch. He needs to be gone next year too

  30. Indy Red Man

    MLB – [908] Saint Louis Cardinals -190 ( H Bailey – R / A Gomber – L )
    Game start 08/31/2018 05:25 PM

    Normally I’d be ashamed to bet against the Reds, but I don’t feel a thing since they’re forcing Bailey and a guaranteed L on us every 5 days. Someone tell me the Reds players don’t say “Here we go again” when he starts beefing it up. Its obvious….he gives up a big crooked number early and they usually don’t score again…maybe 1 run? They’re beaten when he goes out there and they know it. They’re only human

    • Indy Red Man

      They have fought tonite atleast…from what I’ve seen. If they came back and won then thats ok too!