The Cincinnati Reds (66-92) will look for a series split with the Kansas City Royals (55-102) tonight at 6:40 PM. There are only four games left in this miserable season.

Starting Pitchers

Cody Reed will get to face the team that drafted and traded him for the first time in his career in his final start of 2018. Reed has quietly put together a pretty nice season this year at the big league level. Reed has been very impressive over his last two starts: 11.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 16 K. Reed has likely put himself at least in the conversation to compete for a starting rotation spot in 2019.

Royals rookie Heath Fillmyer will make his 13th and final start of the season. He has had an up and down season for the Royals, but has sprinkled in some really good starts, including his last one at the Pirates: 7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K. He doesn’t strike out a lot of guys, as he hasn’t reached 7+ K/9 at any level since 2015. Fillmyer was a 5th round draft pick of the Royals in 2014, and was the Royals #23 ranked prospect when he made his big league debut in June.

Starting Lineups 

Royals Reds
1. Whit Merrifield (CF)
2. Adalberto Mondesi (SS)
3. Alex Gordon (LF)
4. Salvador Perez (C)
5. Hunter Dozier (1B)
6. Jorge Bonifacio (RF)
7. Rosell Herrera (2B)
8. Alcides Escobar (3B)
9. Heath Fillmyer (P)
1. Scott Schebler (RF)
2. Jose Peraza (SS)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Scooter Gennett (2B)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Curt Casali (C)
7. Dilson Herrera (LF)
8. Cody Reed (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)

News and Notes

About The Author

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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35 Responses

  1. Scott C

    I am glad that they shut down Castillo, he has ended the season on a good note. One of the few Reds that have. The other plus to that is that it gives us one less chance to win. If we lose the rest of our games then we have a a chance to move past the Rangers and Tigers (assuming they win a couple of games) and claim the #5 draft pick in next years draft. Plus that much less evidence that Riggleman should be manager in 2019. Go positive momentum.

  2. WVRedlegs

    Game prediction: Reed is throwing a shutout after 5 innings and Riggleman pulls him after 77 pitches for a pinch hitter that bunts. And he won’t let Reed pitch the 6th inning.

    • Mike Adams

      Riggleman’s philosophy: get ’em on, get ’em over, make the third out of the inning and don’t score.

      • Sliotar

        LOL. The Game Threads seem to bring out a lot of the best snark around here.

        2-2 is needed in the last 4 games just to match the 68-94 of the last 2 seasons. Yikes.

        Go Redlegs.

  3. Matt Hendley

    Reed needs to control baserunners

    • Grand Salami

      Seriously. He doesn’t even seem to care.

      • Grand Salami

        At least one. Maybe both runs due to stolen bases.

      • Matt Hendley

        Without a doubt the first one, the second one, maybe.

      • Jack

        First he didn’t care about walks . Now its base runners. Sometimes I wish the Reds would give their players the Wonderlic test.

      • Matt Hendley

        Bob steve had the problem with walks, his entire career. Reed had a problem with runner control today. How about you get your pitchers straight.

  4. Seat101

    I’ll bet it’s been a month since Jose Peraza has swung at a first pitch the first time he came to bat.

    And I think the opposing teams know it

  5. Matt Hendley

    Except the royals it seems, dont worry perazza will give up a game losing error

  6. Seat101

    I hope you all realize that I have done very little gloating about my eeerily early accurate accolades of Jose !

    • Hanawi

      He leads the league in errors and is roughly an average hitting SS. I’m not sure gloating is the word you want here. He’s fine for now but the position will probably need to be upgraded for a contending team.

    • Jeff Reed

      We do realize that gloating will get us nowhere with Red’s President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams who is related to minority owners of the Reds.

  7. Grand Salami

    This team looks to have quit. If there are 5k here I’d be surprised.

  8. Matt Hendley

    And your 2019 cincinnati reds SS dilson herera lol

  9. Indy Red Man

    Reed final start gets a F! Velocity 93…blah. Slider isn’t thrown for a strike and allows 4 steals. Someone try to convince me how this team will improve? Offense could be better, but won’t be elite. The rotation is in shambles and unlikely H&H will repeat their success at 34 next year.

  10. Jack

    Would love to see the Cubs and Dodgers knocked down into the wild card game. Hopefully Kershaw then knocks the Cubs out of the playoffs.

  11. Matt Hendley

    I mean, it was a nice relief appearance from.cody Reed. Cause thats all he is going to be. A really good lefty reliever or a really mediocre lefty starter

  12. Matt Hendley

    And that is why dixon has been getting starts over herrera in the outfield, cause that run is 100% on him.

  13. Scott C

    This is terrible. The Reds are mailing it in and forgot the stamp.

  14. Matt Hendley

    And there is the peraza error just like clockwork, and caused at least run, infact it was a 2 out error the worst kind.

    • Seat101

      As long as you’re happy

      Anyway, has any other shortstop ever had as many hits as he?

      Oh yeah, Barry Larkin did it once.

      • Matt Hendley

        Difference is more often then not barry’s hits weren’t singles. Barry scored, barry was the NL MVP, Barry wasnt a 3 team failure on his 3rd try with a rebuilding team that lost his job twice. Jose peraza is not the shadow of barry larkin’s shadow. Barry Larkin could unretire, take over short and produce a higher war then JP.

      • BigRedMike

        Larkin was great

        Remember, the majority of Reds fans think the position players are great, if the Reds did not have Peraza, imagine how bad it would get.

      • BigRedMike

        Are you comparing Peraza to Larkin?

        Sweet, the Reds have another Hall of Fame SS

  15. vegastypo

    Larkin could come back now and have a greater WAR than Peraza? Probably. I don’t think it would be that hard to do, honestly. I wonder if Dave Concepcion could get back into game shape !!!!

    • Matt Hendley

      Fine, i will admit that possibly might be an exaggeration.

  16. Phil

    My 60th year following the Reds. This is the most depressing. The paying fans deserve a lot more. The veterans should be embarrassed of this debacle. I hope the young players look the other way. This team has given up, looking and hoping for a Pirate’s sweep.

  17. Jim Walker

    Whether it was on orders from the FO or just per chance one thing Riggleman has accomplished by playing the same guys everyday is to convince many fans they have a set lineup and those guys are pretty good.

    Of course it doesn’t hurt the cause that Suarez, Scooter and Peraza are having what may well be career years on offense which helps cover their defensive issues.

    In the OF Winker’s OPS is locked in at .836 which is solid, not great, especially considering his defensive shortages while Schebler’s OPS has dropped below .800

  18. roger garrett

    Nobody is embarrassed and all will be back next year.

  19. roger garrett

    I have never witnessed anything like this in major league baseball.Is there anybody on this team that cares enough to actually put forth an effort?If I owned this team I would bench every starter.I would emply the bench and if I needed more players I would get them from the minors.No way would I continue to play the so called untouchables another inning of another game.Somebody who is a leader or perceived to be one should have stepped up and challenged the rest to a fight about two weeks ago.I am done with this circus.