The Cincinnati Reds (5-11) will try to avoid being swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers (11-8) today at 3:10 PM. The Reds lost their third consecutive game last night. The Reds are now 1-3-2 through their first six series of 2019.

Starting Pitchers

Sonny Gray has been brilliant over his last two starts: 10.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 HR, 0 BB, 13 K. Those numbers could look even better if he didn’t have to leave his last start early after taking a liner off his calf. The Reds really need a big start from Gray today to stop the bleeding.

Gray’s only career start against the Dodgers came at Dodger Stadium in 2015, and it was a really good one (video below). Gray pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just 3 hits, 1 walk and struck out 9. Gray threw 110 pitches.

Walker Buehler is off to a tough start to 2019, but if you look at his peripheral numbers, he has not been that bad. Buehler of course is coming off an incredible rookie season where he finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year award with a 2.62 ERA/3.04 FIP in 28 starts. He probably would have won the award most other years, but Ronald Acuna Jr. and Juan Soto had historic years. Maybe even more impressive was that the 24-year old Buehler threw 7 shutout innings in the World Series last year (2 H, 0 BB, 7 K). The Reds better hope today isn’t the day that Buehler gets rolling in 2019, because you know that day is coming soon.

Buehler is a Lexington, Kentucky native. His only career start against the Reds came last year at Dodger Stadium: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 8 K.

Starting Lineups

Reds Dodgers
  1. Joey Votto (L) 1B
  2. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
  3. Jesse Winker (L) CF
  4. Matt Kemp (R) LF
  5. Derek Dietrich (L) 2B
  6. Curt Casali (R) C
  7. Jose Iglesias (R) SS
  8. Kyle Farmer (R) 3B
  9. Sonny Gray (R) P
1. Joc Pederson (LF)
2. Cody Bellinger (1B)
3. A.J. Pollock (CF)
4. Max Muncy (3B)
5. Enrique Hernandez (2B)
6. Alex Verdugo (RF)
7. Chris Taylor (SS)
8. Austin Barnes (C)
9. Walker Buehler (P)

Other news and notes

Conclusion 

The Reds reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally need a win today. How about we get that done fellas? Go Reds!

55 Responses

  1. FreeHouse

    I’ll be at the game today. Hope their offense shows up today!

  2. Jeff Gangloff

    The roster manipulation is getting kind of old. Have to wonder if guys are more comfortable hitting in the same spot every day rather than trying to “mix it up”…or if matters at all.

  3. Pete

    No offense to Nick Kirby who is a first-class writer and a personal favorite but can we get the good luck charms Mary Beth or Ashley to do the game previews? I’m desperate!

    • Nick Kirby

      Haha, I am 0-2 in games that I’ve previewed and 0-2 in games that I’ve recapped (plus one game got cancelled). Sooooo yes, please someone else do these and get the fellas going.

      • Doug Gray

        Let’s be real, guys, this is Trent’s fault because we all know he makes the lineups.

      • greenmtred

        The recap could be seen as affecting the outcome after the fact? Whoa!! I’m too old to learn astrophysics, or whatever the relevant discipline is.

  4. Old-school

    Thanks for the link on the non pitch hit of Mahle and appreciate Bell’s thoughtful candor. C Trent has a good article up on Iglesias and Stephenson’s sliders.
    Gotta win today. This offense has to create more runs for the team to win. Gray gets a chance to be a stopper

    • doofus

      “Tale of Two Sliders.” Yeah, excellent read by C. Trent.

  5. jreis

    Peraza seems to be an emotionally sensitive player. he seems to perform best when he has a defined role and as an every day player versus a utility guy. Like it or not a lot of our future depends quite a bit on Peraza succeeding as a player. his ceiling is a lot higher than DIETRICH or even Scooter so I think he should be in the line up everyday just to get him settled in more

    • SultanofSwaff

      Maybe the future wouldn’t depend on Peraza if the Reds would stop toying with Senzel and play him at SS. Dick Williams has said that there’s nowhere on the field they feel Nick can’t play. That Peraza isn’t continuing the plate discipline he showed last year tells me he is near his ceiling…….a supersub on a good team.

      With his speed, Senzel’s range would be at least average for a SS and we know his arm is as good as Peraza. Pair that average to slightly above average defense with a plus bat and you have an All-Star at a premium position. Trammell is our CF and away we go…..

      • jreis

        I thought they tried him a t short in the minors at some point and he didn’t perform too well?

      • Doug Gray

        No one I’ve ever talked to actually thought that he could play shortstop other than in an emergency kind of situation. Peraza may or may not be the future there, but if he’s not, whoever it is is going to be someone that isn’t Nick Senzel.

      • Old-school

        I am increasingly convinced that Jose Iglesias is the SS. His defensive numbers the last 4 years are as good as anyone in baseball. Last year, he was the 4 the best defensive SS. It’s the same names every year. Andrelton Simmons and Brandon Crawford and Corey Seager and Jose Iglesias and Francisco lindor.

        Zack cozart- was #2 in 2014 but usually in the 7-13 category. Peraza needs another month at 2b/ SS before I’m willing to declare him a utility player and back up SS, but Iglesias gives the Reds a gifted elite defender and only 29.

    • matt hendley

      Screw his (peraza) feelings. I am also tired of hearing of this supposed ceiling that he has. Senzel is one thing cause he has not had his opportunity yet. Peraza has had 3+ years. its put up or shut up time with him. If he wants regular playing time 0-20 stretches is not how to get it. Produce. A trip to the minors will give his emotional sensitivity the attitude adjustment it deserves.

    • Indy Red Man

      All I know is I’m emotionally sensitive after watching him make 3 outs on 6 pitches.

  6. BigRedMike

    Kemp playing every day is an interesting strategy

    Would be nice to see another solid start from Gray

  7. Roger Garrett

    Team is clueless right now at the plate.Just going through the motions.

  8. Roger Garrett

    Gray will have to shut them out because this team won’t score off a pitcher that has been just awful so far.

  9. Roger Garrett

    Clueless on the bases as well.I long for a day when we actually look like a major league team.Bell has his hands full in fixing this circus.Untill the culture changes winning baseball will never return to Ohio.

    • Matthew

      You mean southwestern Ohio. The Tribe is in 1st in the AL Central.

  10. Wayne nabors

    Those of you who are not worried about votto,I think I would start,have never seen him strike out at such an alarming rate.hopefully its just a funk and he’ll come around

    • Old-school

      Votto is in decline and kudos to bell and the reds for moving him to leadoff. It’s generally accepted a 0.5 WAR decline after the age 30 season… Votto is 35 with a 3.5 war in 2018. Somewhere between 0.5 and 1 decline would be 2.7 WAR. Joe Mauer is same age and retired. Votto can hit .280 and get on base .375 for awhile longer. Just don’t expect 27 HR and 5 WAR and .950 OPS.

    • VaRedsFan

      The pitch he took was dead red on the inner half…Then flailed at the one away. MAaybe he’s gone into guessing mode. I though we were going to be done with the half hearted check swings.

  11. WVRedlegs

    Sonny Gray dealing. Through 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 5 K. Pretty stellar today, so far.

  12. Hanawi

    Is Ervin still up with the team? Kemp is not an everyday player. Time to move on.

    • Matthew

      No he was up for the Mexico series only.

  13. renbutler

    DId Bellinger ever touch second before the review was initiated? I came in a little late.

  14. WVRedlegs

    Gray through 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 6 K. Buehler has been equally impressive today for the Dodgers.

  15. Roger Garrett

    Sad to watch this team at the plate.

  16. Old-school

    Reds offense this year is poor. But this game is just great pitching. Buehler v Gray.

  17. Steelerfan

    Walks haunt….

    Even intentional ones

    • Hanawi

      That’s overmanaging. No reason to walk Bellinger there.

      • Roger Garrett

        Bell knows the Reds weren’t going to score so he chose not to let Bellinger beat him and the other guy did.Things happen when you can’t score runs.Every pitch is a big one and is magnified when you can’t score.We just lost a 3 game series to a guy coming of the DL,a guy with almost a 5 era and a guy with a 8 era.It ain’t been about the pitching so far in 2019.This is not on Bell,this is on the 8 guys he sends out there to hit.Losers lose and winners win and this team has lost so much they have no clue that right now this is the best starting staff they have had in 5 years or more.

  18. Mark Lang

    Sorry, guys… my fault. I was like, “oh, I forgot – the Reds are playing this afternoon” – so I log into the game in time to see the intentional walk and subsequent 3 run blast… total viewing time, about 3 minutes.

  19. Wayne nabors

    monday night iggy walks batters next guy goes deep,today they intentionally walk bellinger next guy goes deep,winning teams do not do that,im starting to believe this is what this team is,and i was excited

  20. Phil Gasson

    Peraza and Barnhart have a total of one rbi. Produce or sit.

    • Broseph

      With this line up hitting and getting on base the way it is, RBIs require a homerun.

      Top to bottom, this team’s hitting is a major problem

  21. Old-school

    Joey Votto infield pop up. Foul out… Never happens. Why aren’t the reds scoring runs? Lots of reasons but it starts front and center with #19. Offense needs a total makeover .

  22. matt hendley

    why was david bell thrown out?

  23. matt hendley

    Castillo, you taking notes… thats why you always run it out

  24. Steelerfan

    Why are you even showing bunt there? Who are you trying to fool ?

  25. matt hendley

    Puig and Kemp showing how to make something out of nothing. Winker showing why players ‘should’ be ashamed of strikeouts

  26. Wayne nabors

    you need to look no farther than saurez last at bat for why the reds are in last and gonna stay,he basically stayed right there in catchers way,never even occurred to him to maybe run to first,reds need new leadership in a bad way

  27. Roger Garrett

    I never have felt the Reds had any leaders on the filed or in the dugout.Your example is just one of many that have gone on for a long time.Its the culture of losing and it is what it is.Only way to deal with it,is to bench guys or send them down and even at that with guaranteed mony coming your way then who cares.Bell is in trouble because good teams police themselves and this team just keeps making the same mistakes over and over and over.Suarez got thrown out twice on the bases inside of 3 innings in a game last week and doesn’t even move today.Anybody with options left should be considered to be sent down.They are playing and acting like little leaguers.

    • Doug Gray

      Swapping out Suarez for *checks the 40-man roster for other third basemen*, Blake Trahan?, is definitely what this team needs to get turned around.

      • matt hendley

        Sending down suarez who is one of the best hitters, (shiniest turd in the sea) might be counterproductive. However sending Peraza down, who has options and no ability to stop an option, may send the necessary message to the rest of the team. We need Scooter

      • Wayne nabors

        I agree Doug,thats not really an option but come on,castilla was laughing in the dugout after his non run Monday and then to see that non effort by Suarez,reds need Pete back bad

      • Doug Gray

        The last thing this franchise needs is Pete. He’s a disgrace who is banned from baseball.

      • Roger Garrett

        Works for me cause this team will never turn it around with this kind of play.

      • Wayne nabors

        Maybe but he never got thrown out at 1st on a base hit,ill take that over this bunch any day,never mind his 3 rings

      • Wayne nabors

        And really Doug I didn’t mean Pete literally,just his type,when he manage,everyone was accountable

      • Curt

        So how does a team that’s been this bad for sooo long not have anybody that’s anywhere close to stepping up to fill shoes? One guy, Senzel and that’s it? And they want him to switch positions because he’s blocked by this awesome bunch? The Dodgers have all the money in the world and half their starting lineup including the pitcher are products of their farm system and all of them are what, under 24? Reds have Votto from last century and Winker, huh? What has the Reds farm system and draft experts been doing? (Besides drafting teenage pitchers who may be ready in 2025). Is it really just bad luck or does their minor league program stink? What can be done?

  28. kywhi

    It’s a sad situation when the highlight of the season may prove to be the winter trades and signings. At least they had us hoping for a few weeks.

  29. Hanawi

    They have 4 outfielders that play right now. The highest average among them is Kemp at .208. That pretty much sums up the team.

  30. matt hendley

    In david bells defense, he is VERY animated when arguing with the Umpires, More animated then Price and more ejections then Riggleman. Also at 1 every 10 days we should see alot of them.