The Cincinnati Reds (15-20) will begin the first of six games in the Bay Area tonight at 10:07 PM against the Oakland Athletics (15-21). The Reds are coming off a wild four-game series against the Giants. The Reds offense scored 37 runs in the series (their most in a series since 1998) and hit 15 home runs (tying the franchise record for a series). Despite the offensive explosion, the Reds only managed a series split. The Reds did however show impressive resolve on Saturday and Monday after disheartening losses the day prior. The Reds now have a run differential of +23, which is 4th best in the NL. The Reds enter play today 6.0 games back in the division and 5.0 out of the second wild-card spot.

The Reds will make their first trip to Oakland since 2013. This will likely be the final time the Reds will play at Oakland Coliseum as the A’s plan to build a new beautiful new ballpark by 2023. The Reds are 8-11 all-time in regular season games against the A’s.

Rendering of the proposed Oakland A’s ballpark that will be located at Howard Terminal in Oakland California. (Courtesy of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group)

The A’s have lost seven of their last eight games, and they have fallen to last place in the AL West, 6.5 games behind the first place Astros. They have a run differential of -7, which is 8th best in the AL. The A’s have been lead offensively by third baseman Matt Chapman (161 wRC+) who ranks third in the AL in fWAR at 1.8.

MLB Ranks Reds A’s
wRC+ 82 (24th) 96 (17th)
OBP .295 (26th) .318 (19th)
SLG .402 (22nd) .403 (21st)
DRS 19 (5th) -2 (20th)
ERA 3.49 (2nd) 4.61 (19th)
FIP 3.42 (2nd) 4.42 (17th)
K/9 9.62 (4th) 7.99 (27th)
BB/9 3.34 (11th) 3.35 (12th)
HR/9 0.81 (1st) 1.23 (12th)

Starting Pitchers

Tyler Mahle is coming off a really solid start in New York when he was lined up against Noah Syndergaard 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K. Mahle’s control early this season has been incredible. Out of the 117 pitchers in the MLB with 30+ innings, Mahle ranks 17th in both BB/9 (1.91) and K/BB (4.41). This will be Mahle’s first career appearance against the A’s. Mahle has a career 3.43 ERA in 7 starts against the AL.

33-year old Mike Fiers is having a tough start to the season for the A’s. If you look through his game logs, Fiers has had 3 good starts, 1 mediocre start, and 4 abysmal starts. He has given up 6 home runs over his past 4 starts. The A’s are still on the hook for Fiers for $8 million in 2020, so they are really hoping that he can get right as they can not afford wasted salary.

The good news for the A’s is that Fiers has dominated the Reds over his career. He has a 2.60 ERA in 10 appearances (8 starts) vs the Reds with 36 K and 10 BB.

Starting Lineups

Reds Athletics
1. Joey Votto (1B)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Jesse Winker (LF)
4. Yasiel Puig (RF)
5. Derek Dietrich (DH)
6. Nick Senzel (CF)
7. Jose Iglesias (SS)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Kyle Farmer (2B)
1. Marcus Semien (SS)
2. Robbie Grossman (LF)
3. Matt Chapman (3B)
4. Khris Davis (DH)
5. Matt Olson (1B)
6. Stephen Piscotty (RF)
7. Jurickson Profar (2B)
8. Ramon Laureano (CF)
9. Josh Phegley (C)

Derek Dietrich is starting for the sixth consecutive game vs a RHP as the DH tonight. It appears he is now an everyday player vs RHP, which is certainly deserving. Kyle Farmer gets a surprising start vs a RHP. Farmer was 4 for 11 with 2 HR in the Giants series and has an impressive .958 OPS on the season. However, Farmer has a career 88 wRC+ vs RHP. You would think that this could be a spot for Josh VanMeter to get a start.

Senzelmania

Nick Senzel is off to about as good of a start as you could imagine. He has a .381 OBP and 181 wRC+. Here are some fun numbers and info:

Other news and notes

Conclusion 

The Reds have seven road games against two below .500 teams this week. This is a week that is really important for the Reds to capitalize on before they go on a difficult stretch of games: vs Cubs (3), vs Dodgers (3), at Brewers (2), at Cubs (3). Go Reds!

52 Responses

  1. Don A

    What!!! Votto leading off again?!!! UGH!!!

  2. Old-school

    It does appear several 2019 positional stories are now true.

    1.) Nick Senzel is the starting CF
    2.) Jose Iglesias is the starting SS
    3.) Scott Schebler is not a starting OF
    4.) Jose Peraza is not a starter.

    • Big Ed

      I’m not sure he was ever “favored” by the fan base. He needs to turn it around.

      • VaRedsFan

        He was in favor when he was hitting like last year. This year, no hit, no favor.

    • Klugo

      I feel like Reds have been quite patient with him. Can’t just keep ignoring the production coming from Farmer, Iglesias, and Dietrich. Can’t say that I blame them. Especially entering into win- now mode.

  3. Pete

    Shocked to not see Vanmeter in the lineup. Kid is as hot as can be, don’t let his bat go cold. Farmer will probably go 4-4 with a walk, SB and a homer. Really don’t get Tucker batting eighth. Oh well, nothing left to do but kick Oakland’s tail.

  4. VaRedsFan

    Best part of tonight’s lineup….Jim Day in for THOM B!!!!

    • Shchi Cossack

      With JD in the booth, the Old Cossack has a pot of coffee brewing with every intention of winning the battle against the Old Recliner tonight.

  5. Michael Smith

    Mahle had 7 starts against AL teams?

  6. matthew hendley

    Understand Farmer over JVMR. Farmers HR to PA ratio is otherworldly right now. I sympathize with those who want to see him in there as well. I would have switched Votto to DH and DD to 1st to give Votto the Break but I am glad both are in the lineup. Also am glad with and agree that it seems that Peraza is out the lineup. It is possible that he is only going to be here as long as scooter is out. Hope that the Reds players don’t get no weird desease from the breaking down stadium the A’s play in. I had thought I heard that the city turned them down for a new stadium. I am glad that I am wrong.
    I will be interested in hearing the second best play by play announcer calling the game tonight.

    • VaRedsFan

      I assume Peraza will stay, because he is the only backup at SS. With Suarez the emergency guy.

      Thom isn’t even the 2nd best announcer in his own family….behind Marty and his wife…much less the Reds. Poll the audience…you might be the one and only vote he would get.

      • matthew hendley

        Correction: second best TV play by play. Now that VIn Scully has retired, Marty is the best Radio announcer in all of Baseball

  7. Curt

    Yeah, hate to see the Van meter cooling on the pine against a RHP but Farmer’s earned it. Go Reds!

  8. Shchi Cossack

    Even with the 2 pitching implosions against the Giants, the Reds pitching remains competitive, even just looking at May results, with ranks in the NL for the month of May:

    ERA = 3.93 (6th)
    FIP = 3.21 (4th)
    xFIP = 3.32 (2nd)
    BB/9 = 2.13 (2nd)
    K/9 = 10.31 (2nd)
    WAR = 1.0 (4th)

  9. Shchi Cossack

    Not to be left out now that the March/April drought has abated, the offense has contributed a May statement of its own:

    HR = 16 (1st)
    R = 38 (3rd)
    BB% = 9.5 (2nd)
    ISO = .261 (2nd)
    OBP = .332 (3rd)
    SLG = .498 (2nd)
    OPS = .830 (3rd)
    wRC+ = 118 (2nd)
    HARD% = 42.4 (4th)
    WAR = 1.7 (1st)

    The only NL team to challenge the Reds offensively during May has been the Cubs. Those could be two very interesting and fun series coming up against the Cubs. Time to make some hay and put the Reds into the middle of NLCD race.

    • redsfan06

      The Reds pitching has been better than the Cubs so far this year. If the offense really has turned the page on the early season slump, those could be fun games against the Cubs.

  10. Bill J

    Another case of let’s bring up somebody to sit on the bench

  11. Eric the Red

    Matthew, I seriously don’t get your opinion about THOM! He’s objectively bad at his job—and getting worse—and
    his style is a mixture of shouting and smarm. Listening to him makes Reds viewers less knowledgeable, about the game in front of them and about larger trends. My opinion is no more inherently valid than yours, of course; but I have to admit that sometimes I can disagree with someone yet see their point, but in this case I can only shake my head in bafflement.

    Have a good night, and Go Reds!

  12. matthew hendley

    ESPN is reporting a delay?

  13. jreis

    I would like to see Senzel and Votto switch places in the order.

  14. Old-school

    Game may be cancelled. Lights in left field not working.

    • matthew hendley

      please tell me your not serious. Should be a forfeit of the home team if it is something like that.

      • matthew hendley

        and they have 2 hours of daylight. Start the game in the sun, and then delay it if its not fxed when it gets dark.

      • Old-school

        Don’t understand why you don’t play 2 hours and commit to 9 tomorrow if can’t go.

      • Curt

        It’s not dark yet but it’s getting there. Need the lights.

  15. matthew hendley

    Detrich the repair man, I guess the exterminator job didn’t last long.

  16. WVRedlegs

    That was a great sit down interview Jim Day did with Turner Ward. I saw a couple of minutes of it the first time it aired, but I’m glad I got to see the whole interview. Not a bad man at all. I found an appreciation for him there.
    I given Ward plenty of grief for the offenses wicked bad start. But no more. No more grief from me regarding Ward. You guys, if you see me going back on that and giving Ward some more grief, please call me out on it. I am kind of ashamed. Thanks.

  17. Sliotar

    The coaches don’t have an enviable job, compared to the players and managers.

    Mostly anonymous and usually the first to go. Sometimes, they get fired just so the team can show their are “doing something.”

  18. matthew hendley

    Any word if Dietrich has fixed the lights yet?

    • Wayne nabors

      matthew i agree with you,i like thom to,and im really gonna miss his dad,been listening to him my whole life,gonna be strange without him

  19. Patrick Jeter

    What in the heck was Barnhart doing? Looks like he actively avoided tagging the runner on the close leg and lunged as far across the body as he could. I’m sure it’s very hard, but you should react and shove your glove at the closest part of the runners body. Bad play leads to a run. Runner was dead.

    • Hanawi

      Barnhart is extremely overrated defensively. That one Gold Glove is going to sustain many Reds fans for five years of crappy play.

  20. Joey

    That ain’t right! Good D by the A’s

      • Wayne nabors

        No Joey I am ,but don’t know why,I really don’t care to see reds get no hit,but they are

      • Joey

        Is it a given that Wood takes someone’s place in the rotation when he is ready? Really like our 5 right now.

  21. Hanawi

    Do the Reds get a say in starting the game at midnight Eastern time? I’d be pretty pissed since it was an A’s problem that caused the delay.

  22. Mark Lang

    No hitter… wow… no hitter… no hits allowed by the A’s pitcher…. HE’S GOT A NO HITTER GOING!!!

    • redsfandownunder

      nice try….hasn’t jinxed it yet though

  23. Hanawi

    Good news is that I’m not sure Fiers can finish it off with his pitch count.

    Another solid start by Mahle. Two in a row. Might also lose 1-0 both times.

  24. Curt

    Good lord, is Fiers really gonna throw a no hitter!? Feel bad for Mahle, he threw well.

  25. Curt

    Always hate running into a team that’s on a long losing streak. Cuz ya know that pendulum’s gonna swing back. Ce la vie…

  26. John G

    No no or no a small lead against the Reds when they are in one of their poor hitting games might as well be 10-0
    Hope I’m wrong
    Also why is it feast or famine with this offense

  27. Scott Gennett

    Looks like Reds cannot score any runs without a homerun, very poor approach at the plate. Still using Votto as leadoff, having Senzel already in the team, just doesn’t make any sense.

    • Hanawi

      Well, Votto did have a HR stolen from him. I’ll give them a bit of a pass on this one. Traveled all the way to the West Coast only for the game to be delayed until midnight eastern time. Dumb schedule by MLB.

      • Curt

        Well, I wouldn’t call it a thing of beauty but a no-no nonetheless. Hats off Fiers.

  28. George

    I really stayed up till 2:13 am. Fiers did a great job!!!

  29. Curt

    And I know it doesn’t really matter but why pinch hit VanMeter for Farmer at that point? At least Farmer has had all the previous looks. 4th time through and all that. Eh, can’t shut the old brain off…so it goes.