The Cincinnati Reds (15-22) will try to avoid being swept by Oakland A’s (17-21) today at 3:37 PM. The Reds have scored runs in just 1 of the 22 innings so far in this series. The Reds now find themselves 7.5 games out of first place in the division.

Starting Pitchers

Tanner Roark continues to get the job done this season despite allowing a ton of baserunners. Roark nibbles around hitters and to this point that strategy has worked. You just have to wonder as the weather warms up if this strategy will continue to work. He has a career 2.93 ERA in 2 starts against the A’s (both coming in Oakland in 2014 and 2017).

Chris Bassitt started the season in AAA, but he has done well in his 3 starts since being called up. Bassitt was traded to the A’s in 2014 along with Phegley and Semien for Jeff Samardzija. He has made 33 career big league starts spanning back to 2014, and has done fairly well with a 3.72 ERA/3.99 FIP. This will be his first career appearance against the Reds.

Starting Lineups 

Cincinnati Reds

  1. Nick Senzel – CF
  2. Eugenio Suarez – 3B
  3. Derek Dietrich – DH
  4. Yasiel Puig – RH
  5. Josh VanMeter – LF
  6. Jose Iglesias – SS
  7. Tucker Barnhart – C
  8. Kyle Farmer – 1B
  9. Jose Peraza – 2B
  10. Tanner Roark – SP

Oakland Athletics

  1. Marcus Semien – SS
  2. Jurickson Profar – 2B
  3. Matt Chapman – 3B
  4. Matt Olson – 1B
  5. Kendrys Morales – DH
  6. Stephen Piscotty – RH
  7. Chad Pinder – LF
  8. Ramon Laureano – CF
  9. Josh Phegley – C
  10. Chris Bassitt – SP


Jesse Winker, out of the lineup again today, is nursing a sore quad according to Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer.


Please don’t get swept.

58 Responses

  1. Brian S Jolley

    Why in the world is Winker not in the lineup against a right-handed pitcher?!?!?!?!?!?

    • Seat101

      That’s a very good question. I expect there’s a good answer.

    • Big Ed

      That is a little hard to figure; could just be a preliminary lineup, or maybe Winker is ill or some such.

      Not even David Bell is that incompetent. Bell needs to go 5-2 to match the 44-game managerial record of Tony Perez.

    • Doug Gray

      When the lineups came out that info was not yet available. I’ve updated the post with this information, just in case anyone sees it later and thinks that Brian just didn’t read the post.

      But, Winker’s dealing with a sore quad.

    • VaRedsFan

      Jesse Winker has tightness in his left quad. Available to pinch-hit today. David Bell and Winker anticipate he’ll be starting tomorrow. #Reds

    • Matt WI

      Sore quad, per the game pre-cap via Bobby Nightengale.

  2. Old-school

    Winker did not play in the 13 inning game last night. He’s probably I’ll or has a tweak of something.

  3. Matt WI

    For some reason, it feels like Tanner Roark somehow pitches more often than any of the other starters! It’s always his turn! Maybe it has something to do with how long Brantley drawls out his name that makes him more noticeable.


      You nailed it! I was wondering why I felt that every other game was at Tanner’s.

      • greenmtred

        Me, too. And the games that Roark doesn’t start, Mahle does. No wonder they don’t go more than five innings.

  4. Klugo

    Give Votto the rest of the road trip off. Let the kids play.

  5. sultanofswaff

    VanMeter in LF…..when he’s barely played there in the minors……all so Peraza can’t start again. Somewhere Phil Ervin has to be livid and I don’t blame him. He deserves just one chance….a chance that he has earned. Peraza has been given YEARS—time for some accountability!

    • matthew hendley

      If only, someone had been bringing this up for years…I think Ervin and reed will be up in the summer actually, Money makes this Perazas last year without accountability

    • Doug Gray

      Barely is a bit of a stretch. In 2017 and 2018 he played more than 70 games in left field.

  6. Eric the Red

    Having a guy with a .250 OBP in the middle of the lineup is not helping the offense. If one guy at the top of the order gets on, Puig is a likely 2nd or 3rd out. If he’s leading off, we start the inning in a hole. Everyone else is being moved all over the order; it’s time to get Puig out of the middle until he starts hitting.

    • Curt

      Puig plays better in the 6th spot. Just ask the Dodgers. He never hit clean-up. Clearly Bell knows this via Ward but does it anyway. It’s a psychological thing mostly. He thrives best when has something to prove.

  7. Brian S Jolley

    How about the middle of the bench.

  8. Big Ed

    In their last 24 innings, the Reds have scored in exactly 1 of them.

    • Pete

      Seriously, they are hitting the ball so weakly they should be booed and shamed. It should be an affront to their manhood and personal pride. After looking at it closely, it is a disgrace and really unbelievable. You can not win baseball games when you swing the bats like little old ladies. If it is the hitting coach – dispatch him and if not, man up.

      • matthew hendley

        I don’t see how you say it is not the Hitting coach. When it is the WHOLE team, with players that didn’t have these problems last year, then it is a signal of an underlying change in the implantation of the hitting. Small ball wins games too. The statement about Perezs record when he was fired should serve as a harbinger. If this doesn’t improve and fast, someone needs to go, Coach wise.

      • Pete

        Matthew, bottom line is you have to hit the ball hard. We don’t. Bell should call them out. I love this team and in the aggregate I’m very optimistic but this weak sister act is getting old…

  9. matthew hendley

    Reds gotta win, cant get swept again. Sucks to see Winker out but don’t want to aggravate injuries. This is JVMR opportunity to go, in the Starting lineup with a RHP. would have played DD at second. There is good news on the Horizon though. Buster Posey goes to the 7 day concussion IL with a ‘significant head injury’ and will miss the entire seires with the reds. Lets take this one and sweep the Giants.

    • TR

      A winning west coast road trip is needed, or with the schedule starting next week, the harbinger of another last place finish will be facing the Reds because a consistent offense is not there.

  10. Jim Walker

    Sparky Anderson’s take was that regardless of what a manager does or does not do a team will lose a third of its games and win a third of its games.

    He felt the manager only came into play in the remaining third and that often the most important thing the manager could do was to stay out of the way and avoid losing a game the players could have won without his moves.

    Sparky managed no fewer than 4 seasons with 100+ wins (3 with Reds/ 1 with Tigers) and averaged just shy of 87 wins a year in his 25 full seasons as a manager. So he was pretty good at staying out of the way in the final third of the games.

  11. Pete

    What do you know, Suarez hits a line drive and nobody died.

  12. Curt

    “This line-up is kind of a puzzle in motion..” -Chris Welsh


  13. BigRedMike

    Reds are leading, Suarez with another HR

    Might actually win a game

  14. WVRedlegs

    The SF Giants placed Buster Posey on the IL and Drew Pomeranz on the IL so the Reds won’t face them this weekend.
    Posey: Yea!
    Pomeranz: Oh darn. Reds smacked him around.

  15. Tom Mitsoff

    Okay, Roark made it through 5 innings. Look for a quick hook if he gets in any trouble whatsoever the rest of the way.

    • Roger Garrett

      I agree because the Reds won’t score any more.Hope they can hang on.

    • Seat101

      Peraza was really angry over the non-call of obstruction by the umpire.

      I’m not saying he’s going to get ahead I’m saying we will be able to feel the breeze from his swing the next time he comes up to bat

  16. Pete

    When the Reds shutdown the offense, they really shut it down. Okay pitchers, you have your 3 runs, hold ’em. Easy peasy.

  17. Old-school

    Lost in all the offensive struggles is the brilliance at SS of Iglesias. He is at another level with the glove and he’s putting on a defensive show this series.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I want to wait a few more weeks before locking this opinion into stone, but he sure looks to me like the guy you want at shortstop for the next few years. If I am Dick Williams and Iglesias is still playing this way with the bat and glove at the end of May, I’m going to start some contract extension negotiations. He’s arguably been the best overall position player on the team so far.

      • Roger Garrett

        I agree 100% Tom.He was great sign and has stepped up and took the job.I’ll take an average of 250 and won’t hesitate to give him 3 years at market value.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        Roger, his career average is .270, I believe, and I will take that every day with that kind of defense packaged with it.

  18. Roger Garrett

    In all fairness,I am not sure what is the most profound,the fact that the whole team isn’t hitting or the fact they have won 15 games.When you team average is just a little above 200 and you only score when you homer its beyond my one brain cell to comprehend that.I mean you do have to hit the ball pretty hard when you hit it out of the park.

  19. Old-school

    Bell gave Garrett a chance to prove he can get righties out. Dominates 2 lefty hitters, then double and a walk and Hernandez rescues him.

    Kudos to Roarck. Solid 6 innings.

  20. matthew hendley

    Made it home just when Hernande came in, what i miss? Good to see we are winning, Agree with all about Iggy and posible extension.

  21. Seat101

    Tom, your your first comment suggested that the 286 batting average was important. Your second comment took it down 5%.

    Which batting average do you want him to sustain to sign him to a three or four year contract at the beginning of June?

    • Seat101

      Your first statement dealt with his current average and maintaining it. Your second statement said you were willing to except his wife time average in order to sign him. Obviously the lower average is not quite as big of a “Y obviously the lower average is not quite as big of a “if”

      Wr have a great example with Scooter showing that a mid career boost is sustainable. I love Jose’s defense I’m not sure about his bat, yet

      To be fair, I was one of the last to start to trust Scooter’s turnaround.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        I was not trying to imply that a precise batting average number would be necessary. What I was trying to say is that if, by the end of May, he is still playing great defense and showing that he is still hitting in the vicinity of his career batting average of .270, while coming up with the occasional clutch-time hit that he has so far, I would be in favor of opening negotiations on a contract extension. If, for example, Iglesias goes into a Peraza-style swoon at the plate, I would not be as eager to begin those talks. I’m still waiting for signs of why Iglesias could not get a major-league contract deal in the off-season. So far I have not seen any.

  22. Lwblogger2

    OK Rasiel, it is a save situation. Does this mean you’re gonna be lights out? You got 3 runs to play with. Pretty sure anyone on the staff converts this 92 time out of 100.

    • matthew hendley

      Zach Duke and Wandy Peralta invalidate your argument. Hughes makes it interesting.

  23. Lwblogger2

    He’s hung the slider a few times but they’ve either taken it or swung through it. Just doesn’t seem to have a feel for it…

    Fastball tagged for a double. Tying run comes up.

  24. renbutler

    Am I the only one who wanted to see Farmer jump around like Todd Benzinger when he caught the final out in foul territory?

    • Lwblogger2

      Well it is the A’s and it was a similar play. Can’t say I didn’t at least think about it.

    • matthew hendley

      So no turn this HR by Deitrich? Sad face, 2 runs happy face. Also, I don’t know if anyone noticed this, but when Senzel K’s looking, in the first he turns back and Glares at the third base coach, or at least in his direction? Could part of his K trouble be because he is getting the hold sign?

    • Roger Garrett

      I remember that very well.Hope the Reds do that again before all of us older guys are gone.1990 seems like a long time ago

  25. matthew hendley

    Reading the Stats alone, and I will go back and watch the game. Good Job by Roark, back to back good starts. Good job by the bullpen, including Iglesias in a traditional save situation. Saw that DD had another homer, awesome, Suarez as well awesome. There is a glaring note however JVMR (who some were ready to make heir apparent of some position) has garnered a solitary total of One hit in three days of playing. Senzel already had multiple homeruns. Definatly beginning to sour on this guy. Not ready to send him back down yet obviously, as his AAA month got him up here, but he also needs to remain here. Not going to do that hitting worse then Jose Peraza.

    • Curt

      Bell’s wacky lineup shuffling certainly doesn’t help a young call up when trying to find his footing. At least Senzel had the benefit of being given CF everyday. And Nick hasn’t done much in the last two days either. The Vanmeter looks confident on the field and hasn’t looked bad at the plate, just has the one hit to show for it.
      Three days might be a little quick to sour on the kid.

      What I’m starting to sour on is the constant shuffling of the line-up. Especially with no clear explanation of what the objective or plan is other than the old “to get everyone playing time” bit. At the same time Bell doesn’t budge on Puig or Votto. ?

      For starters, move Puig to the 6 hole where the Dodgers had him. Keeps him motivated won’t feel the need to try so hard. 2 cents

  26. Lwblogger2

    Not a great slider but good enough for a pop-up and the save. Reds win it.

  27. Mark Moore

    Iggy got his save … though it looked like blowing it was on the table for a bit.