Prior to the start of this season, opinions here at Redleg Nation were widely split on Jose Peraza. This observer was among those who believed he had achieved a breakthrough in 2018 when he finished fourth in the National League in base hits. Despite the lack of walks which continues to characterize his offensive performance, it seemed he would be able to settle in at shortstop if he could improve his defense and maintain the offensive output he displayed last year.

Jose Peraza (Photo: Doug Gray)

Jose Peraza (Photo: Doug Gray)

But alas, those who believed Peraza was far from a finished product have been correct, at least so far this season. Pitchers are pitching him outside almost exclusively, and — unlike 2018 when he was able to serve those pitches to right for hits — he can’t hit the outside pitch with any authority, if at all. Instead of assuming the role of a regular that the team can rely on, Peraza in the first 34 games has been reduced to being moved around the diamond and starting on an irregular basis. Today, Manager David Bell has him in left field. The batting order for today’s 12:35 p.m. afternoon game against the San Francisco Giants has only one left-handed batter, Joey Votto, to face left-handed Giants starter Drew Pomeranz. Peraza has an on-base percentage of only .220, with 20 hits and three walks in 33 games. If he is not able to re-discover his 2018 form soon, he may be the next 2018 mainstay to head to Louisville to try to get things turned around.

Other second basemen on the team Derek Dietrich and Kyle Farmer have OPS numbers of 1.047 and .994, respectively. It’s only a matter of time, if those two continue hitting that way, that they become the everyday platoon at second base over Peraza, whose OPS is .496.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Drew Pomeranz 28.2 4.08 3.89 25.4% 9.8%
Anthony DeSclafani 31.0 3.48 4.36 27.7% 9.2%

Left-hander Pomeranz has pitched well for the Giants this year after two years with the Red Sox. Only four players on the Reds roster have ever faced him in the major leagues. In his last two starts, DeSclafani has pitched 12 innings, allowing only one run, six hits and four walks while striking out 12. His team could really use a performance like that today.

Bullpen

Of course, the big question is, what is wrong with Raisel Iglesias? At times he has looked as dominant as he ever has in his career, and other times, like his two appearances in this series, he coughs up leads with shocking regularity. He has five losses and two blown saves. This team has to figure out what the problem is, and until the issue is resolved, perhaps others should be used in late-inning and save situations. In post-game comments Sunday, Bell said he was going to continue to use Iglesias in high-leverage, late-game roles due to his track record of success prior to this season.

Starting Lineups

Giants Reds
2B Joe Panik CF Nick Senzel
RF Steven Duggar 1B Joey Votto
C Stephen Vogt 3B Eugenio Suarez
1B Brandon Belt RF Yasiel Puig
3B Pablo Sandoval 2B Kyle Farmer
CF Kevin Pillar SS Jose Iglesias
SS Brandon Crawford C Curt Casali
LF Mike Gerber LF Jose Peraza
P Drew Pomeranz P Anthony DeSclafani

Additional insights into the statistical history of the players in today’s game is available all season long at BaseballSavant.com.

News and Notes

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106 Responses

  1. Klugo

    Gut wrenching that we’re not going for a sweep here today. Gotta get the split.

    • David

      I think they will be lucky to win today. The Reds may find new ways to lose ball games, even against a kind of crummy team like the Giants.

      If it’s not bad hitting, it’s crummy relief pitching, too many errors, the starter gets blown out, etc., etc.

  2. ToBeDetermined

    Tom I like this
    “In post-game comments Sunday, Bell said he was going to continue to use Bell in high-leverage, late-game roles due to his track record of success prior to this season.”

    If you expect something done right. Do it Yourself.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      That error has been corrected. 🙂

  3. matthew hendley

    I believe you have a typo. Unless you intend for Bell to come into and close games.

    I understand Farmer over Deitrich at 2B with the LHP starting. Peraza in LF is a Joke though. There are a lot of better options. The Bell apologists are already out in force in the enquirer and Cincinnati press
    Reds must win

    • RedAlert

      Agree – Peraza in left is a total Joke ! – does the dude have some dirt on Bell ? – he’s heading down the level of incompetence as Price —- and that’s hard to do !

    • PhP

      Completely agree. I wasnt down on Peraza to start the year and was hoping he could be a solid hitter, especially for the 7th hole in the lineup. But starting him in the outfield is a total joke. Winker will never hit lefties if he doesn’t get any opportunities.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Correction made. Thanks for letting me know.

    • Sliotar

      @renbutler

      Well played.

      The gallows-style humor that often is a necessity during Game Threads is off to a “flying” start today.

  4. Sliotar

    Any stretch of games can be called “key”, but starting today, these next 7 games may well define if the Reds can salvage a non-losing season, or come close to it.

    Next 7 games…
    4 vs. SF
    3 vs. Oak

    Reds are 6-4 vs. losing record teams (like SF/Oak), 8-16 vs. winning teams.

    In the words of Homer Simpson… “That’s good.”

    Including today, 4 of next 7 are vs. scheduled LHP, which the Reds are 2-3 in record, but have a wRC+ of 82 vs. LHP, just outside the bottom ten in MLB.

    “That’s bad.”

    After this week, Cubs, Dodgers, at Cubs, at Brewers, Pirates…to end the month.

    Yikes. Hopefully, some wins get racked up this week, West Coast trip or not.

    Go Redlegs.

  5. Big Ed

    It will be interesting to see how Bell goofs this game up. Peraza in left field is a good first guess. Somebody needs to tell Bell that lefty-righty platoons don’t really count as analytics-based managing, given that platoons were used even in the era of Williams and DiMaggio. Does anybody really believe that Winker (or even VanMeter) isn’t a better hitter against lefties than Peraza? I get the sense that Winker is not a big fan of Bell.

    After the first four hitters yesterday, the Reds managed just one hit until Farmer’s 2-out 9th inning home run. We can’t really lay that on Bell. These guys just seem to be going through the paces individually, without grasping that they are actually competing in a team sport.

    Fans are going to start going to games with bags over their heads.

    • Mike Adams

      Which is worse: fans who do not come to games at all, or fans who “start going to games with bags over their heads”?
      Either way fans would be showing they are not happy with the way things are.

    • James H.

      “Fans are going to start going to games with bags over their heads.”
      Knowing GABP, some geaser would ask you to leave.

      And I completely agree with you; why is Peraza playing? He needed demoting along with Schebler. The guy is lost at the plate.

  6. Chris Holbert

    TV pre-game show said DB was going to use Peraza to spell all the outfield spots, shouldn’t that be Ervin

    • matthew hendley

      I am throwing things at the wall right now. After that comment.

  7. WVRedlegs

    Another David Bell lineup that is very different than the game before. I guess Joe Morgan would be sitting the bench today with all the other lefties if David Bell had managed the BRM.
    At least Vanmeter might get to play 2 of 3 out in Oakland as the A’s are starting Fiers (RH), Bassitt (RH) and Anderson (LH) Tue-Thur.
    Question of the day. How will David Bell snatch defeat from the jaws of victory today?

    • RedAlert

      He’s off to a good start already without one pitch being thrown …. David “TINKERBELL”

  8. Doug Gray

    The game is the FREE MLBtv Game of the Day if you are out of market.

    So, just a heads up if you are looking to watch the game and don’t have the service….. today is your chance. If you live far enough away from Cincinnati, that is…

    • Matt WI

      Always appreciate when people throw out these reminders when the Reds are the Free Day of the Game. I use them. Thanks

  9. matthew hendley

    There is a Bee delay, cant make this up.

  10. WVRedlegs

    Well, isn’t this just the bees knees.

  11. matthew hendley

    Deitrich is classic. I am referring to the Exterminator outfit.

  12. matthew hendley

    Votto with the hustle single.

  13. Optimist

    Why isn’t Votto leading off? Makes it a 2 run shot! (sarcasm off)

    • matthew hendley

      Honestly I did have that thought.

      • matthew hendley

        but suarez makes that a moot point.

  14. Pete

    Votto hustling all the way down the line. It took all he had to beat that out……..and he did!

  15. renbutler

    Please, not another huge early lead…

    • Pete

      “Huge” is a relative term this week.

  16. Matt WI

    What a GREAT AB by Suarez. Fouling off pitches, sat with that full count and BOOM!
    3-0 Reds. Now, somebody just make sure this movie doesn’t end like the other two loses in this series.

  17. Big Ed

    Eleven more runs will Bell-proof this game.

  18. Pete

    Ok Reds pound them early and do not remove your feet from their necks. If yu can, score 20 runs.

    • lost11found

      Farmer Jose and Curt all heard you.

  19. Matt WI

    Casali needs to be telling Disco, “pitch like it’s 0-0. That did not just happen.”

  20. lost11found

    Nice early start again… Hopefully it continues. Another good start by AD would be a welcome sight too.

  21. Matt WI

    Stealing bases like an 80’s Cardinals team this series. As they said on the broadcast, probably some good scouting.

  22. matthew hendley

    everything coming together nicely, Iglesias hustles a triple. everyone making moves. well until perazas flyout.

    • matthew hendley

      Don’t act supprised, you knew it was coming.

  23. PhoenixPhil

    Queen Bee, Queen City, lucky happenstance? Seems to be lucky so far…

      • matthew hendley

        yea…. that’s an overreaction, I am placing that into Shift, neutral result.

        Eugeno, why?

      • Pete

        Why such a fat pitch on an 0-2 count?

      • matthew hendley

        Sandoval’s steal is a shift fail though.

  24. Pete

    Man these guys don’t react well to success. Get it together fellows.

  25. matthew hendley

    Senzel has been promoted from Legit, to Real deal.

  26. Vandermint

    Home for a rare lunch and rarer bit of baseball viewing…Why didn’t you guys ever talk about this Senzel kid? He seems good.

  27. Matt WI

    Way to go Jose Igelsias. Killing it today.

  28. matthew hendley

    Giants to the bullpen in the 2nd!!! not saying anything but Iggy is halfway to the cycle.

  29. Tom Mitsoff

    Giving credit where credit is due — there was a lot of criticism of today’s Reds lineup before today’s game on Twitter, but it sure has worked.

    • matthew hendley

      I don’t think anyone had a problem with the majority of the lineup, just the 8-9 spots not hitting. I for one am disappointed with discos hitting. we know he has that grandslam power.

      • matthew hendley

        evidently disco is listening, base hit. Followed by votto with his second hit of the day.

    • Big Ed

      The main beef was Peraza, who hit a weak fly to right, per usual.

      This game is by no means Bell-proof in just the top of the third.

      • RojoBenjy

        Agreed. My only beef was Peraza. If he is replaced by Dietrich or Van Meter then no arguement from me.

    • WVRedlegs

      It might be the Pomeranz Effect. Either way keep the runs a coming.

  30. Matt WI

    Good hour of baseball. If I come back to check the score in a few hours and this isn’t a “W”… so help me

  31. David

    Well, Desclafani just got a hit. So, the line-up is pretty much working.

    But that Senzel, don’t know if he can stick here in the Show.

    • matthew hendley

      But what about the Louisville bats, they are losing all their best players. THINK ABOUT THE BATS!!!!

      • renbutler

        The Bats just throttled the Indians yesterday here in Indianapolis. I was there with my boys.

        Schebler looked good until his last at-bat.

        Despaigne was dominant as the pitcher.

    • Roger Garrett

      He can do it all.He was a top prospect in all of baseball.They don’t miss these type of guys.He is legit.Good we get to see him along with Winker for a few years

      • BigRedMike

        Schebler and Kemp had better spring training though

        In this division, the Reds need to make the correct roster decisions

        Need to hold on to this game, tough schedule coming up

  32. matthew hendley

    Disco out here having GIants players nearly decapitate themselves with their own bats. Pizza is coming.

  33. Roger Garrett

    If we have learned anything the last 3 days its this game is not over.Reds need to score more runs and never let up.

  34. PhoenixPhil

    From Wikipedia: Venditte’s rare ambidextrous abilities prompted the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation (PBUC) to issue a new rule for dealing with ambidextrous pitchers, limiting the number of times that a switch-pitcher and switch-hitter can change sides during one at-bat. After consulting with a variety of sources, including the Major League Baseball Rules Committee, the PBUC issued its new guidelines on July 3, 2008.[57] OBR Rule 8.01(f), known as the “Pat Venditte Rule”,[58] currently reads:

    A pitcher must indicate visually to the umpire-in-chief, the batter and any runners the hand with which he intends to pitch, which may be done by wearing his glove on the other hand while touching the pitcher’s plate. The pitcher is not permitted to pitch with the other hand until the batter is retired, the batter becomes a runner, the inning ends, the batter is substituted for by a pinch-hitter or the pitcher incurs an injury. In the event a pitcher switches pitching hands during an at-bat because he has suffered an injury, the pitcher may not, for the remainder of the game, pitch with the hand from which he has switched. The pitcher shall not be given the opportunity to throw any preparatory pitches after switching pitching hands. Any change of pitching hands must be indicated clearly to the umpire-in-chief.

  35. Roger Garrett

    Peraza needs to be sent down to get his stroke fixed.He is just awful and his defense can’t keep him here hitting under 200.Just taking at bats and time away from guys that are just better right now.No value right now for him to be playing.

    • BigRedMike

      Farmer and Dietrich are not everyday players, but, they are significantly better than Peraza.
      Peraza is chasing more and making less contact on pitches out of the zone.

  36. matthew hendley

    OK its a game again. Get the bullpen started up, get ready to get peraza out of that game. Need 3 more innings.

    • Pete

      Team basically put their bats away after the second inning. Can they regroup? Bochy led teams will be you if you let them.

  37. Pete

    Time for the team to get their heads back in the game.

  38. Hanawi

    It’s almost an exact replica of yesterday’s game. Giants making the Reds pay with the big hit when they get guys on base.

  39. BigRedMike

    There is a reason the analytics are utilized, the 3rd time through the order shows a big drop for pitchers and is a reason why relief pitcher usage is up. At least the Reds have scored enough runs to this point.

  40. Pete

    It ain’t pretty but it works. Keep pounding.

  41. matthew hendley

    JVMR has to have the most…. interesting route to actually getting his first AB….(as opposed to PA, got the 1st RBI though)
    Reds have responded, I ask again, why has no one gotten on the phone with inglesias agent for an extention

  42. Chris Holbert

    Casali 46 ABs 7 RBIs, AVG 282…TB 80 ABs 7 RBIs AVG 188, same basic defense,can you say more playing time…

    • Roger Garrett

      Exactly correct on Casali.Need as many bats as possible.

  43. matthew hendley

    Iggy just needs a HR for the cycle, did he stop short on his last hit to ensure the single?
    Votto HBP, RBI. Really, Giants bench, 3 HBP in a row and you are trying the lean into the pitch.

  44. matthew hendley

    OK, VanMeter in the field, Votto out. Duke in to pitch. 8 run lead. Is it enough?

  45. doofus

    Duke, ouch. Hopefully, he will bewilder the Giant hitters.

  46. Curt

    Living on the west coast, I’m just tuning in…uh, is this deja vu? Nice flow of sarcasm down the feed. I see Peraza got yet another start in left field no less (eyeroll) Senzel looking good…no VanMeter yet…great so looks like I made it just in time for the Giants big comeback!!

  47. matthew hendley

    Puig Pulled for Lorenzen who promptly looks better catching the ball then Peraza. Duke looks….. tolerable, might buy himself another week with this outing

  48. matthew hendley

    The Panda showing Micheal Lorenzen how it is done, nearly struck out peraza, who has only gotten on base due to the wildness of giants pitching

    • Curt

      12-4 and Peraza doesn’t contribute? shocking!

    • Optimist

      Time to send VMeter and Senzel back to AAA. Can’t hit off a position player?

    • lost11found

      I second that.. but it is the least satisfing 4 game series split I’ve seen in a long time…

      • Pete

        Growing pains. The good news is they shut down the Giants after the 3-run rally and came right back and added on to their lead.

        This is a good team, maybe very good, playing below their capabilities. We have been seeing this ever since the Pirates sweep. The Reds record could be far better but any fan should be optimistic about the future.