The Cincinnati Reds (15-21) will try to recover after being no-hit early this morning. They’ll play the second of three games against the Oakland A’s (16-21) tonight at 10:07 PM.

Starting Pitchers

Sonny Gray will make his return to Oakland Coliseum tonight. Gray made his MLB debut with the A’s and pitched 4.5 seasons in Oakland. He has a career 3.50 ERA in 60 career starts at Oakland Coliseum. He has only made one career start against the A’s, coming last year: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 2 HR, 3 BB, 2 K.

Gray has been really good the first two times through the order (.344 OPS 1st time, .592 OPS 2nd time), but it has been the third time through the order that has killed him this season. He has allowed a 1.047 OPS the third time through the order. Gray’s 2.36 FIP ranks 4th in the MLB (min 30 IP) as his peripheral numbers all look very good.

Brett Anderson has one of the lowest strikeout rates in baseball, but the 31 year old continues to be successful by limiting walks and home runs. He is coming off a good performance in Pittsburgh, allowing just 1 run in 6.0 innings. Anderson has a career 5.17 ERA in 3 starts against the Reds, with the last coming in 2016.

Starting Lineups

 

Jesse Winker is out again against a LHP. Winker is hitting .077/.250/.077 vs LHP this season. His career line is .168/.295/.263. His minor league numbers vs LHP aren’t good either: 2018 (.690 OPS), 2017 (.653 OPS), 2016 (.756 OPS) and 2015 (.654 OPS). The A’s also only have 1 left-handed reliever. Winker and Dietrich will probably both get in the game, maybe even in a big spot for a weaker bat. I wrote more about Winker’ usage vs LHP a couple weeks ago.

Other news and notes

Conclusion 

It is never fun to be no-hit, but last night’s game was so bizarre that hopefully the Reds can just shake it off as one of those weird things that happen and move on. The Reds have certainly showed resiliency lately, coming back the next day with big wins after devastating defeats twice in the Giants series. Go Reds!

63 Responses

  1. FreeHouse

    Reds getting swept. I can’t see them scoring more than 3 runs. But we’ll see.

  2. Steven Ross

    Until he finds his swing, (we hope) keep moving Votto down the lineup. That .218 average isn’t cutting it at $25 mil a year. Maybe tonight he comes out of his funk. Maybe?

  3. Seat101

    Great precap! What do you think of a leftfielder’s arm?

    Go Reds!

  4. Old-school

    Jose Peraza in LF over Jesse Winker.
    Small sample size of 3 at bats ..who knows…. But if this is who David Bell is…. I can’t support.

    • Sliotar

      @Old-School,

      IMO, it’s another sign Bell is pushing hard to post wins in 2019, even if it’s at the expense of future success. (Or being pushed from above.)

      Winker-Senzel was the understood prime core of the “Next Great Reds Team”….now already in his 2nd of potentially only 6 years of control, Winker isn’t playing everyday?

      Short-sighted strategy, but that has been the normal operation of this ownership group since 2006.

      • Old-school

        Let’s see how this road trip goes. There’s no margins now though. Season on the line this week

  5. Sliotar

    Regarding the parking….

    My brother just moved his family from the East Bay back to Cincinnati.

    You can’t compare the price of many things there to what we know in Ohio. Surreal place.

    Being “House Poor” (mortgage/housing expenses eat up both incomes) is definitely a common thing there, among other differences.

    On the flip side, they have a BART stop at the Coliseum, but no way does that compare to the Cincinnati Streetcar. /s

  6. matthew hendley

    Lets start with the basics. Can Oakland get the lights on in time today? you know, the simple things. Can the reds get a hit. Since there are no examples of Back to Back no hitters I can only assume that the hitting will be better then yesterday. Do not understand the Peraza LF experiment, but JVMR is finally getting a start. Agree that if the bullpen is accessed early then DD and JW are going to be put in. GO Reds

    • Seat101

      Give the snark a rest for one night. WYP?

      • matthew hendley

        what not expect a multi million dollar industry to work in a competent manner? I don’t think that is too much to ask.

    • daytonnati

      Reds – Colt 45s had back-to-back no-hitters way back when. Jim Maloney no-hit Houston. The next game, Don Wilson no-hit the Reds. But consecutive no-hitters by the same team, I think you’re right.

  7. Indy Red Man

    I remember Winker taking Blake Snell deep in a AAA game 3-4 years ago. If he can take him deep then he can hit lefties! Way too early in his career to just throw up your hands and bench him vs LHP.

    Stuck in traffic coming home and listened to Lance on WLW. He was taking calls about why the Reds can’t hit this year.

    Here is my unsolicited thoughts….not necessarily in order.

    1. The Reds have assembled a roster of way too many low IQ baseball players. Plus a culture that doesn’t emphasize playing the game the right way. For example. Senzel has already walked 4 times and just came up. Most of the Reds hitters act like they’re trying to get the at-bat over as quickly as possible?
    Fundamentals you ask? The ball beats the runner to the plate by a mile last night, but Barnhart just blindly waves his glove outside and somehow misses the guy sliding straight into home? Votto continues to run the bases like a drunk stumbling out of his favorite watering hole at 2am. Peraza makes 3 outs on 6 pitches. Not only do our pitchers always fail to get a bunt down, but guys like Schebler can’t even bunt?

    Logic tells me that players that suck at other fundamentals of the game are probably going to have worse atbats as well. Votto is usually the one exception

    2. Votto is washed up. Father Time always wins…just a matter of how many rounds you go, but you will get knocked out!

    3. Unjustified faith. Results matter. In fact thats all that matters!

    Barnhart is ok, but no reason he should be getting 350-400 atbats a season? No reason whatsoever? Casali can hit!! He has 34 doubles and 23 hrs in 594 career atbats! Plus he might actually get a little better if he played more? Just a crazy thought!
    Peraza? Don’t get me started. DD has 86 plate appearance vs softF9s 114? DD is the one that hits lefty! Idiotic?

    4. GABP…..Reds hit a bunch of 360 ft oppo hrs then find out the hard way that it doesn’t translate on the road.

    • VaRedsFan

      I tend to agree with most everything you wrote.

      Concerning Votto, I don’t believe it is all age-related. To me, it’s his approach. 2017 was a great year for him, as evidence by his 2nd place in MVP voting. He attacked balls in the zone, and pulled the ball with authority. Then 2017 rolled around and he COMPLETELY changed his approach and tried to inside out every pitch for 3 months…numerous check swings…ect. It’s as if he tried to turn into Tony Gywnn. This year, is back to the 2018 version all over again.

      Votto has forgot more about hitting than I will ever know….which is why I can’t understand why such a drastic change in approach after such a fantastic season. I sometimes think that he is just being stubbornbly trying to prove he can be successful in a different manner than he has before.

  8. Ferris

    Can we keep Jim Day as a play by play guy? I am tired of Thom Brennaman’s boring take on the game, maybe move him to radio? His voice his perfect for it, put’s the old guys to sleep during these late games.

    Jim Day is growing so well into the role, him and Chris Welsh are getting this back and forth that sounds great and works really well for TV.

    I could be the lone guy here but its just my take. GO REDS!

    • matthew hendley

      Your not getting unanimous support. That being said. Jim has improved this year. Still like Thom more.

      • ToBeDetermined

        Yea I think Jim day is good and with more opportunity can become even better

    • Rich Harwood

      Couldn’t agree more Ferris, Thom Brennaman is unbearable.

      • daytonnati

        I live on the East Side in Cincinnati and occasionally you will see Thom out and about – UDF in Mariemont, recently at the Cincinnati Sports Club. He is unfailingly gracious, patient, polite, and approachable. A very nice guy. That said, I prefer Jim Day.

      • ToBeDetermined

        I’ve heard Thom call basketball and football games and I think he does a good job. When in comes. To baseball I prefer his Daddy

      • Ferris

        The way he does things is so plain…like he reads the notes for the game and doesn’t do his own research. Add something interesting please, even as a play by play guy Jim Day adds more and more each time I hear him.

  9. matthew hendley

    Reds swinging for the fences…which are far away. Gray having some issues by the looks of it. Needs to fix it now.

  10. VaRedsFan

    2-zip, bad guys. Virtually insurmountable

  11. Indy Red Man

    Alrighty then? Say you’ve dropped 8 of 9? The Reds can fix that! This team? I think I’ll stay tuned in long enough to see VanMeter hit. That’ll be with 2 outs in the 3rd.
    Already shut out 6 times and 19 times with 3 or less. Haven’t played the Cubs yet and they always play with supreme confidence against the Reds. I give the Reds 5-6 wins against them at best. They’re a little better then last year overall, but I can’t make it to August like last year.

  12. matthew hendley

    well at least the perfect game is out.

    • matthew hendley

      and the no hitter, and the shutout. Ok….feeling better about this now. second and third no outs….

  13. VaRedsFan

    Farmer breaks up the no-no and shutout!!!

    • matthew hendley

      and casali ties it up. and who was that getting us the lead?

  14. Indy Red Man

    Farmer! I like this guy! Looks like he’s got short arms which equals a short swing! Props to Bell to give him some starts at 2B!

  15. VaRedsFan

    Well done Casali…rbi groundout.
    Then Peraza delivers!!

  16. VaRedsFan

    So refreshing not having the automatic pitcher out come up in the lineup.

    • seat101

      Games are longer with the designated hitter

      • VaRedsFan

        cool….get to to watch more baseball!

      • ToBeDetermined

        There was a discussion in the off-season regarding length of the games and the facts showed that the DH game is like 3 seconds shorter. No really they said it was like 3 minutes shorter

  17. matthew hendley

    Senzel piles on, engine is starting lets get the car in gear.

  18. Indy Red Man

    JVM! His stance looks a little like Daniel Murphy! Who was a 13th rounder and also not a real prospect per se.

  19. renbutler

    I know that all teams have their hot and cold moments, but is there any more extreme recent example than the 2019 Reds?

  20. matthew hendley

    Not that I am complaining but the Strike zone is a little…. different tonight

  21. matthew hendley

    Peraza with 2 hits tonight, gonna have to figure out somethin nice to say about….. wait…. never mind

  22. Mark Lang

    Is there a worse team on the base paths than the Reds this year?

  23. matthew hendley

    THIS!!! Is what I am talking about when I say a shift fail. Undoubtably that was from the dugout. Nice DP, GG play by farmer and Iggy

  24. VaRedsFan

    Wow…what an awesome DP by the infield…from start, middle, to the end pick by Votto

  25. WVRedlegs

    Ozzie Iglesias, do a back flip coming off the field.

  26. Patrick Jeter

    Votto’s sudden decline (this doesn’t feel like a slump in the same way his previous slumps have been) is much harder to watch and stomach than I figured it would be.

    I wish he’d try giving up the silly choking up on 100% of swings. He’s giving away something like 5-10% of his bat speed. That’s why he can’t put a fast ball down the middle in play anymore. He keeps fouling them off, doesn’t it seem?

    • Ferris

      How about the no effort on trying to catch the ball at first too, ended up tying the ball game without coming off the base even though the runner was already safe. Barely stuck his glove out on the passed ball….disappointing to see.

      • Ferris

        LeCure after the game even commented on it…glad I wasn’t the only one.

  27. WVRedlegs

    We have a situation here. 5 BB’s.

  28. Curt

    Being unable to watch all the games the last couple years (just boxscores). Curious, has Suarez always been this “all or nothing” type of hitter? For some reason I had the impression that he was more of a complete/contact all fields kinda guy. Has something changed or no?

    • VaRedsFan

      when he is going bad he is trying to pull everything. He is best when going oppo half the time

    • Ferris

      Suarez has let his last year affect his current year. (3rd baseman of the future, 7 year extension). He’s not working as hard offensively, but his glove is still doing work. Amazing what a guy without a guaranteed contract can do (Iglesias, Dietrich). Don’t get me started on Puig, he’s just lost at the plate and will be lucky to be in the league next year at this rate. It’s no wonder that front offices were being cheap this past spring. (Harper is batting .236, Machado is batting .237, making 30 million a year to hit near the Mendoza line is wonderful when a name is bigger than the team.) Show me what you’re worth on the field and I’ll pay you a worthy salary. I guess team ownerships are starting to see the TV money now and “Big Names” add to team value more than attendance and concessions. Sad state of baseball right now and I am glad teams aren’t paying some payers what they think they are valued at (Keuchel, Kimbrel). It also doesn’t help that teams have to give up a draft pick to sign players who turn down qualifying offers, but that is a different story. Going to be an interesting future for MLB if they continue putting the players ahead of fans.

      • Curt

        Good food for thought Ferris, and VaRedsFan, thanks!

  29. Mark Lang

    Once they build a bit of futility momentum (a couple bad innings in a row) they all go to the plate looking like they’re just up for their turn at fail.

  30. Hanawi

    It has to be an approach thing with these guys. They aren’t all this bad at the plate. Very few hard hit balls all year. Curious what, if any, changes Ward has made this year systematically.

  31. Ethan L

    Good defense up the middle tonight!

    I would have liked to see Iglesias go two innings

  32. Ethan L

    It’s getting a little late for this Reds’ fan, who happens to live in Pacific time (technically mountain standard aka Arizona). I’ll catch the end via my online radio app. 700 WLW can’t be picked up, so I listen via the Lexington feed.

    It’s looking like we’ll need to get Cody Reed on a plane asap to Oakland.

  33. Darrin

    How can a whole team hit this poorly?

  34. Old-school

    Yasiel Puig and Joey Votto are 0-16 last 2 games. This comes on the heels of Joey Votto 0-7 game with 3 k. Both players are below replacement 25% of the way through the 2019 season. Really don’t need to dig deeper into why this offense is poor and why this season is quickly nearing an end.

    • Hanawi

      Votto almost seems like he’s overcompensating everytime he goes to the plate. But I also wonder how injured his back is at the moment. Hasn’t really been the same since he took a couple of days off in San Diego. Doesn’t have an extra base hit in May yet and doesn’t seem to hit much hard.

      • VaRedsFan

        His back must have been hurt in 2018 also. Stop with the injury excuses.