The Cincinnati Reds (61-82) will continue their second to last homestand of 2018 against the Los Angeles Dodgers (78-65) tonight at 6:40 PM. There will be a lot of eyeballs on this series as the Dodgers are currently 0.5 games out of first place in the NL West (trailing the Rockies), and 1.0 game out of the second wild-card spot (trailing the Cardinals). The Reds will have a fun chance to play spoiler against the defending NL pennant winners.

The Reds are 39-40 since June 10th. They are 53-56 since May 8th. It would be nice to see the Reds finish off the season strong and have some sort of nice point in the season to look back and say they were better than .500.

Starting Pitchers

Cody Reed is coming off a rough start against the Pirates where he allowed 6 ER on 9 hits. If Reed doesn’t pitch well tonight, it could be his last start of the season. I am sure the Reds wouldn’t mind getting a look at Lucas Sims the three more times Reed’s spot in the rotation comes up. The biggest positive about Reed is that he throws strikes. He just has to be able to find a way to locate his pitches better. Tonight will be his first career appearance against the Dodgers.

Alex Wood is a really good pitcher. Since the start of 2017, he ranks 20th in fWAR among pitchers (6.1), and among pitchers with 250+ IP, he ranks  8th in ERA (3.03) and 13th in FIP (3.40). Wood has a career 2.45 ERA in 4 start against the Reds.

Starting Lineups

Dodgers Reds
1. Chris Taylor (LF)
2. Justin Turner (3B)
3. Manny Machado (SS)
4. Matt Kemp (RF)
5. David Freese (1B)
6. Enrique Hernandez (CF)
7. Yasmani Grandal (C)
8. Brian Dozier (2B)
9. Alex Wood (P)
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. Tucker Barnhart (C)
8. Brandon Dixon (RF)
9. Cody Reed (P)

Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.

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  1. I have mixed emotions. I always want the Reds to win, on the other hand, if we lose tonight then that makes it tougher on the Cardinals (always a good thing) and if we keep on losing then there is a better chance that Riggleman won’t be the Reds manager in 2019 and hopefully we will have someone at the helm who is a bit more analytically inclined and isn’t in love with the bunt. Still Go Reds! I can’t help it.

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    • My thoughts exactly. I will not be upset at all to see the Reds on the wrong end of a sweep. Draft position is still in play too, so why not. They can go find the #positivemomentum after this series.

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  2. Hope Reed and Ervin do well.I feel both can help us next year.

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  3. I hope at least once in this series, Joey Votto gets to face Ryan Madson and Votto takes him deep. Twice would be a really nice karma event.

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  4. “The Reds are 39-40 since June 10th. They are 53-56 since May 8th.”

    Well, over the last 4 weeks, since Sunday, Aug. 12, the Reds are 8-17.

    Over 162 games, one can just about pick any point along the schedule and find a stretch of results to push whatever point one wants.

    Every projection before the season I saw had the Reds at 70-92 or 72-90….and that is what they are. A 90-loss team. Again.

    So many unanswered questions…still. If Nick’s point in the Hamilton piece today is real, that the front office is not all on the same page. Yikes. This team is already pushing uphill on several fronts as it is.

    Go Redlegs.

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    • You are right about picking a stretch of results there, Sliotar.
      I pick that game the Reds won and pronounce they were undefeated and unbeatable in that stretch!
      I also conclude they have positive momentum that will carry over after my selected stretch.

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  5. And the beat goes on with Billy leading off. Here’s hoping Cody keeps the ball in the park with a minimum of walks.

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  6. I really don’t get Billy leading off. Did Riggleman forget that during the good run in June and July, Billy was batting 9th most of the time?

    Hmmmm…

    That point is slightly tongue-in-cheek….But I do seriously wonder what Billy has done that Riggleman would look at him and say “Yep, he’s definitely earned a promotion from the 9 hole…. All the way to the top of the lineup so he gets the most ABs from here on out.”

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  7. Billy, Dixon, pitcher’s spot … I do believe that’s 33% of the lineup that doesn’t hit its own pant size. Against LA.

    Not even sure if I want to tune in at all tonight. I really hate watching a dumpster fire and this one certainly has all the trappings of one.

    Go Redlegs!

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  8. What’s the over/under on Sac Bunts tonight? And as an adder, how many end up with a foul strike 3 or so poorly placed they don’t get the job done?

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  9. Billy back at the top of the order is depressing. Schebler on the bench is depressing.

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  10. Scott Schebler’s splits against lefties this year:
    .333/.379/.479/.858

    But go ahead and sit him tonight, Rig. We’d rather see Billy lead off and Dixon bat 8th.

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  11. The next 9 games against playoff caliber teams in the Dodgers/Cubs/Brewers.

    Get ready for a parade of lefties.

    Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu.

    Cubs throw Montgomery and Quintana

    Gio Gonzalez goes in the finale of the Brewers series.

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  12. Peraza adds to his league-leading error total by letting a DP ball go between his legs.

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  13. 3 hitters in and stupid Reds plays. Its unacceptable with Suarez although he hits like a monster. Peraza? No. Get #$^ off my team. I don’t care if you’re 24 or 34 or 8.

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    • Suarez has to know they aren’t turning 2. Take the lead out! Is that a difficult concept?

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    • What happened with Peraza and Suarez. Peraza booted routine DP?

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      • Peraza boots easy 6-4-3 then the 3rd hitter hits a chopper to Suarez. The runner from 2nd is running right at him but instead of stepping on 3rd or tagging him….he throws to Scooter for the force and gives the guy 3rd base?

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      • Was at a Work Softball game *smiles* what did I miss?

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  14. The defense in this 1st inning is so bad.

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  15. Here Reed is trying to make an impression and they force him to throw 31 pitches in the 1st inning? The Tigers just beat a hot Cards team 2 of 3. Not everyone is daydreaming out there.

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  16. Joey!! Better late then never. He’ll put up a .920 ops next year. Not worried about him offensively

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    • Pull it in the air…been saying it for 5 months. Hopefully he’ll start doing it April next year.

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      • Why was he edging back towards 2nd on Scooters rope though? I think Joey needs to get his eyes checked or something? That ball was 80 feet from the RF’er? I think they just assumed the runner would score or they had a play at the plate. What was Joey looking at? Had to lose the ball. Maybe the lights or something?

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  17. Someone posted in the game thread yesterday that it took Mahle 72 pitches to get 9 outs.

    Today, 66 pitches for Reed to get 9 outs.

    Even with the raw stuff is there, the grafting to become a good pitcher is a process.

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    • I didn’t see the first inning, but Peraza cost 2 outs on 1 pitch. Thats 10 pitches instead of 30.

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  18. GENOOOO!!

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  19. Haven’t been very impressed ith Tucker’s pitch framing this year. He never holds the glove for the ump.
    So I looked it up, He ranks 103rd in pitch framing. Our pitchers need all the help they can get.

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    • By the way, Grandal is 2nd. …..as he holds the close pitch to ring Votto up.

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    • That has been Tucker’s weak spot defensively so far in his career. And yeah I have to believe Grandal helped get that poor called third strike on Votto that was inside the plate.

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  20. Note to Riggleman, With a runner on second, Dodger pitcher does not bunt, still moves runner to third.

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  21. Not even Billy should have been sent that time. Got lucky.

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  22. Joey usually gets that call

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  23. Scooter 3 for 3!!!

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  24. I was totally wrong about Scooter!

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  25. Joey got robbed. Zone is completely different for the two pitchers. It worked put ojay for us.

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  26. If there is a new manager in April, maybe Lorenzen will be an outfielder. The guy can hit and also run plus he’s a needed righthanded hitter.

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  27. VOTTO v. MADSON.
    Kill it, Joey.

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  28. WHo needs Yellch, we got Scooter 4 for 4

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  29. Scoot – o- meter at 4 on the night.

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  30. Votto didn’t get him, but the Reds tagged Madsen for a 3 spot so far.

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  31. Lorenzen finally had a good outing last time out, but is getting roughed up again tonight.

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  32. Peralta throws gas on the fire

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  33. Why would you bring Peralta in the game?Guy has had one good month in two years.Don’t we know about him

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  34. I am beginning to think he will join the DFA train. Or the non tender train

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  35. Wow.

    What a battle. What a way to end it, too.

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  36. Hughes: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
    Susrez:$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. Suarez recognized instantly to go to 2B and not try for the runner on 3B. If he hadn’t the runner on 2B might have gotten back in time. Solid DP.

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About Nick Kirby

Nick is a lifelong Reds fan who was born and raised in Cincinnati. He acquired his love of baseball from his late grandfather. Nick moved to the Cleveland area in 2014 with his wife, and his currently fighting to convert his beautiful baby daughter Emma to Reds fandom. Nick has been writing for Redleg Nation since 2013. Follow Nick on Twitter @nicholaspkirby.

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