The Cincinnati Reds (10-14) will take on the first place St. Louis Cardinals (15-9) tonight at 8:15 PM in the first of three games at Busch Stadium. The Reds are 9-6 in their last 15 games, and they are 3-1-1 in their last five series. The Cardinals have won five straight games, including a three-game sweep over the Brewers earlier this week.

Starting Pitchers


Anthony DeSclafani is coming off his best start of the year a week ago in San Diego: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K. Disco has been striking out batters at a remarkable rate early, but it has been the long ball that has killed him. DeSclafani has a career 3.82 ERA in 10 starts against the Cardinals (50 K, 17 BB).


Miles Mikolas is also coming off his best start of the season; 4/20 vs Mets: 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K. He has a career 3.60 ERA in 6 appearances (4 starts) against the Reds.

Starting Lineups

Reds Cardinals
1. Joey Votto (1B)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Jesse Winker (LF)
4. Yasiel Puig (RF)
5. Scott Schebler (CF)
6. Jose Iglesias (SS)
7. Curt Casali (C)
8. Anthony DeSclafani (P)
9. Jose Peraza (2B)
1. Matt Carpenter (3B)
2. Paul Goldschmidt (1B)
3. Paul DeJong (SS)
4. Marcell Ozuna (LF)
5. Jose Martinez (RF)
6. Yadier Molina (C)
7. Dexter Fowler (CF)
8. Kolten Wong (2B)
9. Miles Mikolas (P)

Conclusion 

The Reds will start a very difficult 7-game road trip against the Cardinals and Mets tonight. The Reds have been playing well of late, but they will have their work cut out for them. If they could find a way to go 4-3 and then come home to four games against the Giants, they could be sitting in a nice spot. Go Reds!

126 Responses

  1. matthew hendley

    The Reds need to at a minimum split this series. Would prefer a sweep at least. Looks like Lineups are starting to solidify

  2. Old-school

    “very difficult road trip”.
    Indeed.
    Go reds.

  3. TR

    At this point, 4 wins out of seven will be a good road trip.

  4. Eric the Red

    This schedule is ridiculous. Whoever heard of three coast to coast road trips sandwiched around single-opponent homestands? (And this is the “reward” for giving up 2 home games to play outside the US?) The team should complain, as should the union.

  5. vegastypo

    It’s getting tough to watch Joey keeping striking out, especially looking, and extra especially when the pitch is very borderline and the calls keep going against him.

    • Nick Kirby

      It was very tough to watch him hit a home run also. Brutal

  6. Sliotar

    Votto now 3 for his last 22.

    Does he look like a guy you want to have that 5th or 6th at-bat as leadoff at the end of a game, when you might need some pop?

    He needs moved down, for now and for the future. Ain’t like he’s going anywhere.

  7. Eric the Red

    Is it me, or is the main camera angle terrible tonight? As for Votto, I think it’s pretty obvious his back is a problem. Just watch his body language.

      • ChrisInVenice

        I wish it was possible to “like” comments.

  8. Roger Garrett

    Winker never took a swing and gets called out on a 3-2 pitch.How on earth do you not swing if its close?Totally confused on what Joey and Winker are trying to do.

  9. Indy Red Man

    Disco? Major league pitcher and can’t throw out at a slug on a mediocre to bad bunt. See if costs him? He’s had a live arm, but just hasn’t trusted his offspeed and grooved too many heaters

  10. Eric the Red

    Well, that was a nice inning for Disco. 8 more of those and we’re all set.

  11. Eric the Red

    Schebler starts almost every AB in an 0-1 count. It’s uncanny.

    • vegastypo

      He would be my choice to go down or out when Senzel arrives. I like keeping Farmer because of the idea of having a third catcher.

  12. Roger Garrett

    I really thought this could be Schebler’s year but I too am beginning to wonder.He certainly is adequate in center but he has to hit and with power to stay out there.Doesn’t seem so far that he is showing any signs of starting to hit.

  13. Indy Red Man

    Schebler and Peraza are killing the offense? Schebler’s at .143 and Ks every at-bat. Peraza is at .155 and pops up every atbat? Enough is enough? They’re not the only ones, but Puig is stinging the ball atleast! Votto is always a slow starter as well. Give Ervin or even Lorenzen some run in CF? This offense is going to bury this team?

  14. Roger Garrett

    Six pitch inning for the Cards pitcher.Reds just can’t hit and there is nothing left to say.

    • Indy Red Man

      Lol….man you love the pitch count. Well for one thing…Mikolas walks like 2 guys a month so you need to swing the bats against him. You just have to hit it where they ain’t

  15. Indy Red Man

    Chris Welsh even fooled by Disco. Said the heater is really popping tonite…wrong! He was throwing 95 in his bad starts….just wasn’t mixing up offspeed? Just show them offspeed…even if it misses. Makes 94-95 fast again

  16. Seat101

    I don’t know about you people but I’m watching a game that the Reds are winning.

    And that was a pretty snazzy play by Suarez to end the inning. But I suppose there is somebody in the minor leagues who could’ve done it better

    • VaRedsFan

      So you’re liking what Votto, Schebler and Peraza are doing? I understand now.

      • Nick Kirby

        I liked that Votto home run, personally

    • vegastypo

      You ain’t hearing me complain about Suarez, are you?

      And more from Winker, please. What a bomb !!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Old-school

    Ugh… Another Winker lucky fence-scraper.

    • Seat101

      Yes, I don’t know what the manager was thinking. He should be DFA’ed

  18. Vada

    Roger is right the Reds just can’t hit. Go figure! Reds hire the BEST hitting coach and Bingo what do you get?

  19. Indy Red Man

    Wink!!! He hit it so hard he knocked out my Directv

  20. Bob

    So now we complain about the quality of the reds home runs. Man, do you complain about not winning enough in the lottery too?

  21. Eric the Red

    Seriously: watch Schebler. Nearly every AB starts at a 0-1 count. The rare ones that don’t is when something good happens like a walk.

      • Eric the Red

        No, that would be a bad idea. When he’s right, he’s very good. And he’s still relatively inexperienced. When Senzel moves to 2B next year, Schebler may yet be your starting CF again.

  22. VaRedsFan

    Iglesias and Casali….well done boys!!

  23. Indy Red Man

    Anybody see what Josh VanMeter is doing at AAA? .329 with 7 bombs! He’s only 24, but another lefty hitter

    Casali!!! Pour it on boys!!!

  24. Roger Garret

    Glad I got everybody riled up a bit.Winker must have been listening as well.Whatever it takes.Go Reds.Walks and the long ball win games.

  25. Old-school

    Jose Iglesias is really playing well.
    Curt Casali is a solid catcher on this roster.

    • Seat101

      At least we can complain about Peraza.

  26. Bob Steve

    Time to get funky Disco and out the dirty birds in a funk

  27. vegastypo

    Take our runs and be happy, but I would have liked a few more there. Not that my expectations were very high with Peraza at the plate.

  28. Indy Red Man

    Peraza with another vicious smash:) Please introduce him to the bench. DD is 100x the player he is

    • Eric the Red

      Peraza has a future with the team; DD does not. At 24 and coming off last season, it’s not smart to give up on him.

      • Indy Red Man

        Nah….he is what he is. A hackmaster with a low baseball IQ. Thats not changing. Teams that win WS steer completely clear of hackmasters. Boston, Houston, etc…..they don’t employ guys that make 3 outs on 6 pitches

      • matthew hendley

        literally anyone at anytime has a future with the team. Saying people under team control are the future is what got us Billy H.

  29. Old-school

    Geno Suarez deserves credit. Playing a good 3b and hitting it well.

  30. Bob Steve

    Remember when Queen effectively brought back Disco with Another One Bites the Dust in 1980? Yeah…..

  31. Old-school

    Developing story….. Reds playing well . Disco dealing… offense chipping away at Cards ace… Busch stadium awful quiet.
    Go reds.

    • Mark Moore

      Your keyboard to God’s ears … and Joey cracks one!

  32. VaRedsFan

    Swinging at pitches is good ….Votto

  33. Indy Red Man

    Joey!!! Keeping 40k so quiet you can hear the beer vendors!! Thats much better then spanking them in gabp in front of 13k (with 4500 of them wearing Cards gear)

    • Bob Steve

      You mean 40k “best fans in baseball” quiet? I’m not buying it.

  34. Old-school

    Our Cincinnati reds knock out the Cards ace after 5. Tack on a few more boys!!!

    • Seat101

      I was never the biggest Disco fan. I admit i didn’t see what others saw.

      He looks good. Very good.

      And both of our starting catchers look great

  35. Indy Red Man

    Disco looks awesome tonite! I gave up on him after last year, but he’s got a live arm and he works hard! Surviving in gabp is his biggest hurdle now. If he gets it together and gives them a solid 3rd starter then we could be in good shape. Wood can replace either Mahle or Roark at some point. I wouldn’t give up on Stephenson or Lorenzen in the rotation at some point either. Nice depth!

    • Jazzmanbbfan

      You gave up on Disco in the first inning tonight, or did you forget your first comment?

  36. Old-school

    Is there an audio issue with FSO? I hear Jim day and Chris Welsh fine… But nothing else at Busch stadium????

  37. matthew hendley

    First Off, Joey Votto cares not for your lack of faith.

    Really though, 1st inning, you could tell, he got fooled and he got mad he did. However winker had a right to be mad as Ball 4 off the plate somehow got called for Strike 2. Both made up for it later. Dropping Bombs and such.

    Suarez is heating up, Puig is making contact almost every at bat. It will start coming into play soon. I am still not mad at Peraza, due to his clutch hit a few days ago (and that we are winning right now might help as well). Hunting the good stuff? schebler did walk to get on base, and then got around and scored for it as well. He did strike out twice though.

    Iglesias might be worth a multiyear deal, May have to keep Senzel in center if his Defense plays. Schebler doesn’t look as good as he used to.

    The Shift has failed the Reds twice and was ineffectual on a third effort. Really not a fan, if bunting comes back into style, will DEFINATLY not be a fan.

    Disco strong outing, throwing the onus back to Mahle to produce in the Who will alex wood replace selection.

  38. Indy Red Man

    Can you believe the Reds are +15 in hr’s hit and allowed? How can you have 34 bombs & only allow 19 and be several games under .500?

  39. Bob Steve

    I like Mahle, but it seems like league adjusted to him real fast this year and last year. He has two perfect games in the minors. Seems like he just needs to learn how to pitch at MLB level. Reds will need him as the #6 starter for injuries this year and in the rotation next.

  40. Bob Steve

    Is Helsley the Cards’ long man throwing a cool 100 mph?

  41. lost11found

    Single for peraza…. but he only saw three pitches. So Im not sure I should like the single or not….

    • Indy Red Man

      I would play the outfield about 60 feet behind the infield against Peraza. He’d hit 20 triples and 10 inside the park HRs and about .115

    • matthew hendley

      you shouldn’t, it was a peraza hit. While it is scored as a hit, it was a poor form hit with no power, he got lucky.

      • lost11found

        Every baseball player needs a bit of luck from time to time…

        Better to be lucky than good 🙂

      • matthew hendley

        Not arguing and obviously I like it when a red gets on base but…. he relies on it. That isn’t good.

    • lost11found

      Ahh well, fly out by Votto and FC by ES

  42. Old-school

    I’m enjoying this baseball game.

  43. lost11found

    B2B innings with DP’s after leadoff hitter reaches. Some good fortune and execution.

  44. VaRedsFan

    Very timely double play. Squash all potential rallies.

  45. Scott C

    Home plate umpire is really inconsistent tonight. That is worse than just being wrong. If a plate umpire consistently calls balls in the same spot he called a strike, it is really hard to know what they need to swing at.

  46. matthew hendley

    As Far as who goes away as the injured return?

    Senzel- Duke- I may be wrong but Senzel does need a 40 man spot. Duke isn’t going to get better and is on a MLB deal so a DFA would provide that spot. Bullpen returns to normal.

    Scooter- right now it I still gotta say Farmer. There are other versatile players. Moving Farmer to AAA will allow him to play everyday, and then he can come back next year, with more available time and better developed.

    Wood- Still the Loser of the Disco Mahle fight- Disco with a STRONG statement today. Let it develop.

    Kemp- ‘What do you mean he lost both legs…. I thought it was a chest contusion’. Seriously, there will be a major milking of this guys IL time.

    • Indy Red Man

      I think Roark is the weakest link, but Mahle will be the victim if he doesn’t start setting up his heater. You just can’t top out at 93-94 and throw it 75% of the time? Strange thing is it feels like Mahle goes 2-0 or 3-1 on guys all the time, but his K/walk ratio is outstanding.

      Louisville nipped tonite by a field goal at the end…..16-14:)

      • matthew hendley

        Senzel 1-4, a single, walk, run scored and a K, also had a Error.

      • matthew hendley

        Also, it looks like all the Bats Pitchers minus Bowmen got DESTROYED. Including SIms and ROmano

    • VaRedsFan

      Personal scouting report….He loves it down in the zone

  47. matthew hendley

    Puig is not impressed with your lack of faith either

    • Old-school

      Reds making a statement.
      Win tomorrow and this season starts over.

  48. Old-school

    I’m enjoying this baseball game.A third straight series win is now on the horizon. Go Reds.

  49. Indy Red Man

    I don’t know what Puig’s exit velocity is, but he’s murdered the ball lately. Add a little launch angle and he’s going to get his 35 I predicted.

  50. matthew hendley

    Lorenzen set up save? Let him complete the game?

    • lost11found

      Not for the save. just for the situation. Keep the rest of the pen fresh.

      • matthew hendley

        He entered in a save situation. Now if a new Pitcher comes in its obviously not. But if Lorenzen stays on the mound and gets the last 3 outs… then it is a save

      • lost11found

        Sorry. meant not to do it just for the save but with a 8-1 lead. i’d let him try it…save some arms for tomorrow.

  51. Indy Red Man

    Jacob DeGrom getting roughed up again….now at a 4.44 era. Chris Sale has been terrible. Detroit sweeping Boston in a doubleheader in Fenway the other day. Strange season so far?

  52. Jeff Morris

    Schebler can’t hit….in a slump all year long…so far. If he doesn’t snap out of it in May….Reds need to consider putting him on the bench or sending him down to AAA. Philip Ervin as a replacement? Something has to change.

    • VaRedsFan

      A 48 hour pass for Jose this time?

      • matthew hendley

        A week. 2 times this week he has come through. It is fair.

      • Indy Red Man

        24 I could do? 48 is questionable but I’ll try:)

  53. lost11found

    Peraza Long ball! 4 pitches so maybe I can like it…..

  54. Indy Red Man

    Like I said….Peraza just doubled his season total in footage. That ball was crushed

  55. WVRedlegs

    What was the team meal before the game? Wheaties? Jose had a second helping. Upper deck.
    Reds leading MLB in solo HR’s.

  56. lost11found

    Puig with a chance for some 2 out bingo!

  57. Indy Red Man

    Puig’s swing is so short right now….very compact!

  58. matthew hendley

    Cubs and Pirates losing, MIL winning, Reds will automatically close the gap in the central. Closed to 4 games and 1.5 out of the cellar

  59. matthew hendley

    Jose I with a hustle RBI. Maybe a 3 year deal?

  60. Mark Moore

    I’m loving this, but please – please – please let this be the start of a streak and not blowing our wad on the first game …

  61. Indy Red Man

    Save some for tomorrow? We’ve seen this before

  62. lost11found

    Leone is getting the short end tonight. He’s probably in until the bitter end now. Was it a few weeks ago during the marlins series when the one pitch was short straw in the 14-2 game. Some one mentioned that amnesty international should have looked into that situation. another developing here.

  63. matthew hendley

    Cards Bullpen defeated. Position player pitching

  64. redsfan06

    This game got fun all of a sudden. Is the 9th inning lasting too long to send Lorenzen back out?

  65. lost11found

    Casali with the double.

    Lorenzen up but facing Gyrko now.. So we have a position player pitching to to pitcher who also plays the field. Twilight zone time….

    ahhh shoot PH with ervin. Booo!

  66. Mark Moore

    I’m safely tapping out friends. See you around the forum tomorrow. A win in St. Louis against the Dirty Birds always feels good. Almost as good as the David Ross walk-off homer I saw in GABP against the Cards back in 2006.

  67. lost11found

    Good time for a low leverage situation for hughes. Get some things figured out maybe for the longer haul…

  68. Indy Red Man

    Maybe its just one of those series where one team is hot and the other one is flat? 40 to 6 series rout or something like it.

    • Amarillo

      The Cardinals have won 5 straight, they are way hotter than we are.

  69. Old-school

    Jesse Winker guns down the cards at 2b . Why not ?

  70. WVRedlegs

    Chris Welsh after Jose Iglesias fielded a ground ball on 1st base side of 2nd base and gunning a throw to Votto, “Is that what a Shortstop is supposed to look like?”
    Ouch.
    Chris will be apologizing to Peraza tomorrow.

    • WVRedlegs

      That was Farmer not Votto at 1B.

  71. Scott Gennett

    I see very unlikely Iglesias will be benched when Gennett returns.