The Cincinnati Reds (17-22) are coming off consecutive shutout wins in the Bay Area. The Reds will look to keep it going tonight at 9:05 PM against the San Francisco Giants (16-22).

Starting Pitchers

Anthony DeSclafani is coming off a quality start against the Giants where he tied his season high with 8 strikeouts. The Reds have won each of Disco’s last four starts. He has a career 6.23 ERA in 4 starts against the Giants.

Jeff Samardzija is coming off a weird start against the Reds. He gave up back-to-back-to-back home runs in the first inning, but he settled in and didn’t allow another run over 5.0 innings. Samardzija has a career 4.17 ERA in 27 appearances (13 starts) against the Reds.

Starting Lineups

It seems like Jose Iglesias is the starting SS at this point even when Scooter returns. That seems like the right move unless Peraza gets back to hitting near league average again. I would say roughly that Peraza has to hit 20% better than Iglesias to be more valuable.


Here are some fun stats about the Big Red Pitching Machine this season:

*Reds starting pitchers lead the NL with a 3.26 ERA and 3.40 FIP.

*Reds relievers lead the NL with a 3.40 ERA. They are 2nd in FIP at 3.57.

*Luis Castillo’s NL ranks: 1.7 fWAR (2nd), 1.76 ERA (3rd), 2.77 FIP (4th), 11.18 K/9 (7th), 0.48 HR/9 (5th), 0.99 WHIP (5th), 14.73 RE24 (1st), 4.44 +WPA (1st).


The Reds have won two straight games. They only have two streaks of 3+ wins this season. The Reds are about to play 12 of 15 games against NL Central teams after this series. The time is now if the Reds are going to get back in the race this season. Go Reds!

90 Responses

  1. Eric the Red

    Basically the same lineup two games in a row? Amazing!

    If Iglesias hits decently all year, maybe he should be extended and hold down SS for a couple of years. But Dietrich—and Scooter—will not be manning 2B, so maybe they need to stop jerking Peraza around and let him play everyday for a couple of months.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Scooter’s contract will not be extended, so he will be traded or become a FA after this season. Unless Dietrich is traded, he will be a member of the Cincinnati Reds in 2020 and probably starting at 2B, at least against RHP in a platoon arrangement.

      • lost11found

        A platoon of Dietrich and Peraza could be a good way to go. then if Trammel makes strides. He slots into CF and Senzel to 2B or do you keep Senzel in CF if he shows good d and move Trammel to LF and Winker to RF?

      • Shchi Cossack

        A Dietrich/Peraza platoon makes sense this season and next season, unless other options become available. Dietrich has a career slash of.231/.297/.368/.665 against LHP while Peraza has a career slash of .296/.331/.395/.726 against LHP.

        Trying to look through that crystal ball beyond next season, or even this season, represents an unnecessary exercise. Senzel has just 8 games playing CF at the major league level. Trammell has not played a single game above AA in his career. Those questions and answers should resolve themselves given time.

      • Eric the Red

        I don’t think Dietrich’s defense will be good enough. And the power’s nice, but can he sustain it/do enough on the road/couple it with better average, such that he’s worth playing against RHP despite the defense? Probably not…which brings us back to getting the most out of Peraza rather than continually jerking him around.

      • Old-school

        What about extending Iglesias and that Castillo guy? Wow is he good.

        Pencil in Iglesias with Suarez on the left side a few more years and Castillo about 5-6 more .

    • matthew hendley

      You want the most out of Peraza? Trade him. He has lost his Job THREE separate occasions. THREE. No one has heard of Three strikes and your out? (and ironically enough I am not talking about baseball). Agree that the effort should be made to try to extend Iggy and solidify the Left side of the Infield. Detrich can be brought back for 2020 but he would be much more useful moble in the field and as a primary DH against RHP, for interleague games (or if they infact do implement the DH next year) which I doubt. I still think the best solution is to extend Scooter. However I recognize that that is probably not going to happen.

      Pleasantly amazed that the same lineup is out their 2 days in a row. Maybe the stability will help.

  2. TyGuy88

    I really like those graphics for the starting lineups. Helps you understand strengths and weaknesses relative to other players in the league.

    • TyGuy88

      I’m hoping Senzel numbers continue, particularly surprised by his % Hard Hit being tops on the team. And basically the opposite can be said for Votto, he needs to start turning these poor numbers around.

  3. Roger Garrett

    Hitting is starting to come around.Lets jump ahead early and watch Disco do what he does.Go Reds.

  4. Old-school

    Thoroughly enjoyed the last 2 games. Pitching and defense have been outstanding and hitting coming around. Win a series tonight.

  5. Curt

    I feel like I’m alone here but shouldn’t we all be rooting for the young kid we just brought up, VanMeter? He’s 24 years young, plays 2nd and LF, best friends with our boy Nick and of course, most importantly, cheap and under control. If we could add him to Senzel and Castillo (we should be so lucky) we could be looking at the foundation of the next great Reds team or god-forbid even dynasty. Followed soon by Trammell and others, it’s exciting to think about. So here’s to hoping VanMeter gets the chance to prove himself and succeeds. What a steal it would be!

    As for Dietrich (and Iglesias), I’m loving these guys as much as anybody, great signings and where would we be without them, right? But….they are older and with continued success will get expensive quick. I hope they both stick around but I think it’s wise when evaluating vets like these to always remember that before they came to us, nay, the only reason we got them was because some team before us thought that they could do better and let them go.

    Just my opinion, respectfully Curt Go Reds!

  6. Vada

    If one really thinks about it I seriously doubt the Reds would have a .500 record at season’s end even if Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale and Kirk Gibson were their starting pitchers. Votto is a DRAG on this team. Promote AAA players in his place. Fan optimism cannot change the character and quality of a team.

    • matthew hendley

      you want 80 year old Pitchers…. that’s bold. I think it would put butts in the seats just to see it. But no, Votto is coming around. Already tried bringing up excelling AAA pieces. They turned into underperforming bench pieces real quick.

    • VaRedsFan

      Bob Gibson might help, but I don’t think Kirk was much of a pitcher

  7. matthew hendley

    Votto is tired of your lack of faith.

    • matthew hendley

      Puig was also disappointed with your lack of faith as well

    • PhP

      Box score says it was a triple! Did it take a crazy bounce or something? Didn’t believe my eyes at first.

      • matthew hendley

        It was a Legit solid hit to center right, while votto had to slide, it wasn’t particularly close.

      • PhP

        Oh wow. I know it’s a spacious park, but still surprised he could let out a triple! Nice hustle!

  8. Roger Garrett

    Puig with the bomb.Its 3-0 good guys. Good start.

  9. Old-school

    This all or none nonsense on Votto needs to end. He’s my second fav Red all time behind Johnny bench. But, he’s not what he was. Doesntmean he won’t be above average hitter this year getting back to you on the friendly confines of a warm humid GAPB. But, he’s also never repeating 2017 and how could he? He’s declining. It’s ok… He’s turning 36. Anyone who argues that is just in denial. A wRC+ of 115 would be fine with me.

  10. VaRedsFan

    Votto pulling the ball in the air is what we’ve been looking for. (105 mph)
    Puig got every ounce of his bomb to left. (106 mph)
    DD also smoked his warning track shot at 106

    • matthew hendley

      DD also originally thought he had gone yard as well. He definatly started his trademark turn and drop, before reassessing the flight of the ball and starting a legit run to first.

  11. matthew hendley

    Is disco off? or is it going to be a slobber knocker type of game?

    • VaRedsFan

      Lots of hard contact…luckily they didn’t sequence it different.
      Hopefully he will settle into a grove for the next 6 innings.

      • matthew hendley

        not when he is grooving it to the pitcher

      • matthew hendley

        but he dances the fine line again. Whatever works.

  12. matthew hendley

    PUIG With another steal, team leading 7, and its not even close.

  13. WVRedlegs

    Last night I said that Yasiel translates into English as O-fer. He is 4-4 with 4 RBI’s since. Maybe I should say that before tomorrow’s game and all next week.

  14. matthew hendley

    Alas, no Grand slam from Disco this time. The reds are forcing over 20 pitches an inning for Samarjia, he is nearing 70 exiting the third.

  15. Roger Garrett

    Good at bats and keeping the pressure on.Its just a matter of time until they blow it open.Go Reds.

  16. matthew hendley

    Nope, played with fire one too many times. Discos off tonight. 3 straight hits. Reds got to come up with more runs. Samarja is out the game.

  17. VaRedsFan

    Disco hung that one…2 run triple.

  18. matthew hendley

    SUarez with a monster, game tied. Would not be surprised if Disco is replaced next inning. Gott just left that up.

  19. matthew hendley

    Incidently, Dereck Rodriguez last nights ptcher for the Giants was optioned yesterday after the reds destroyed him.

  20. matthew hendley

    Senzel with his First Major league error. Complete in and out of the glove.

    • matthew hendley

      but redeems himself to end the inning 2 AB later.

  21. VaRedsFan

    Whoopsie on Senzel…dropped the routine fly ball

  22. matthew hendley

    JVMR Ks again, BobSteve out as a result. Interested to see who comes next as far as the RP.

  23. Wayne nabors

    Will never understand what bell see’s in Barnhart.anybody else would be starting casali

    • matthew hendley

      must be something to do with the pitch calling, or defense, cause it isn’t the batting and I check their career numbers just now.

      • Broseph

        He’s never been known as a great or even good hitting catcher. His calling card has always been defense and calling pitches.

        Shame the organization’s catching prospects haven’t panned out in the last decade or so.

      • matthew hendley

        If only Meseroco had stayed healthy

    • Roger Garrett

      Yep.Tucker just is what he is after 5 years offensively.Casali poses more of a threat with the bat and appears to be just as good on defense.It may not be in the cards this year but the Reds must field a team that is a threat offensively up and down the lineup in order to close the gap on the other teams in the division.In fairness Tucker is right at I believe a 250 lifetime hitter but his lack of power hurts some.

      • matthew hendley

        maybe it is pitch calling? There is no other reasonable explanation. I gotta think Casilli is getting more starts soon. Maybe even throw farmer back there for a game.

      • matthew hendley

        Just checked. Its the platoon Splits. Casalli destroys LHP but is not better then TB on RHP. Casalli should start every game against LHP, but looking at the splits. And granted it was a quick 2 minute look, there is a certain validity to TB starting against RHP, due to the fact Casalli wouldn’t be doing much better.

  24. Sliotar

    Marty just said Barnhart is now 2 for his last 29.

    Look at the color chart up top. The walk rate is the only attribute not “poor.”

    If Barnhart was in Boston or New York, he would be under pressure from fans, media.
    Cincinnati media thinks of him as “Good Guy” Tucker…nary a bad word about him.

  25. Broseph

    Votto’s triple was nice and all, but he just looks lost. He tends to let the ball get further in the zone than a lot of players, but his bat speed just isn’t there anymore to continue with his strategy.

    This slump looks to indeed be decline and the joke is on him for his opening day T-shirt

    • matthew hendley

      I have no Idea what you are watching. Votto is attempting to hit it away, because he is being left with a giant hole in the outfield. His bat speed is fine, and there are multiple AB during this series that have demonstrated that.

  26. matthew hendley

    Three way train wreck and half the team at Louisville just got pulled off the field.

    • matthew hendley

      just kidding, everyones ok, it seems.

      • Scott Gennett

        At this time, with so many players in contract year, it’s really hard to predict how roster will shape after the season. I’d say the locked positions into 2020 are C, 1B, 3B, LF & CF.

  27. matthew hendley

    Now Garrett is dancing around the flame. 2 walks and a outfield crash hit. Got the CS, and the K to end it, but reds pitchers are going to get burned if they continue this

  28. Reddawg12

    They really need to start finding ways to win close games like these. Hopefully the luck starts to turn tonight!

    • Roger Garrett

      Two out run scoring hits like just now with Dietrich helps.Lead off double wasn’t wasted when it looked like it would be.I believe last night all 7 runs scored with two outs which is something we have struggled with.Good teams do it.

  29. Roger Garrett

    Giants must be watching our base running film on what not to do and how to do it.Garrett was willing just to walk everybody and they give us an out which we will take.Silly base running in the big leagues any more.Of course I am sure he knew the number of outs and all that stuff but if you can’t make it well you know.

  30. Chris Holbert

    I am liking this lineup with the exception of C. TB is hitting 178, how long can you ride a Gold Glove from a couple years ago….with the exception of HRs, TB and Casali’s numbers are not really close…..I do not see a big drop in defense when Casali is in there… still not sure why we did not go harder for Realmuto….with all this years expiring contracts, they could have extended him just like Gray and been set behind the plate for a few years…IMHO

    • Wayne nabors

      Agree Chris,reds had proper amount of prospects to make that trade but didn’t,go figure

    • matthew hendley

      It wasn’t the turn and stare, it was the turn, run, drop then stare

  31. Mark Lang

    Puig is not a good hitter. If you make a mistake, he’ll hit it a long way, but on any good pitch – he’s over matched. He constantly swings where he’s not even close to make contact.

    • Wayne nabors

      Agree Mark,especially if it on corner of chance

  32. Old-school

    David Hernandez is pitching very well. Some impressive outings this year to help win games .

    • matthew hendley

      impressive turn around from the beginning of the season.

  33. VaRedsFan

    David H should get another inning.

    • matthew hendley

      unless his spot is up. But yes, Garret and RObSteve already used. Reds need another run for a safety net for Iggy (the pitcher). Wait, what is this, when and who did peraza come in for?

      • VaRedsFan

        double switched so Hernandez could go 2. for Deitrich

    • Roger Garrett

      That was impressive.Guy has found the fountain of youth.He is at 94 with a good slider.Gets the ball and throws it.Shut down inning after taking the lead is always a good thing.Lets get some more and close this thing out.

    • VaRedsFan

      2 innings of dominating relief by DH

  34. Mark Lang

    I can’t think of a single player on the Reds where if you have a guy on 3rd and less than 2 outs that I’m happy about coming to the plate. Not one.

    • matthew hendley

      next your going to tell us there is no such thing as clutch as well.

      • matthew hendley

        Oh and with the exception of TB and Peraza I would be comfortable with pretty much anyone up.

      • Mark Lang

        “Oh and with the exception of TB and Peraza I would be comfortable with pretty much anyone up”

        yes, because they’ve got like one player batting over .220 and almost no walks. You’ve just confessed to not “being comfortable” with only about 2% of the players in MLB batting with a runner on 3rd.

  35. Wayne nabors

    In my opinion scooter was our best clutch hitter,and with him out I can’t pick one either

  36. Old-school

    Reds need to close this out.
    Cubs. Brewers went 14 innings. Pirates got cards in 10.

  37. Tom Mitsoff

    Amazing work by David Hernandez!

  38. matthew hendley

    David Hernandez says, too bad your not in Cincinnati cause I would get you pizza all by myself. Dominating performance. Lets get one more run.

  39. Old-school

    Iglesias gets his wish . Go reds.
    Finish 3 in a row.

  40. WVRedlegs

    Good set up relievers bring back top dollar at the trade deadline. Hernandez could bring back quite the haul if he continues doing well. Then dign him as a free agent this winter.

  41. Old-school

    Three straight days of fun good Reds baseball- pitching, defense, hitting. More of this… Go reds.

  42. Tom Mitsoff

    Nice to see Iglesias back up his words.

  43. matthew hendley

    Good job on the Bullpen stoping the trainwreck in motion. Great hitting by Votto Puig, suarez and Deitrich. Maybe the Giants will trade MBum by tomorrow.

  44. jreis

    for the first time in 5 years I actually looked at the nl central standings. weird the pirates have only played 36 games so far.

    great win for the reds. nice to see Joey drive the ball. Although maybe it is time to move him down in the line up a little. Wouldn’t mind seeing him in the 7 hole in front of the pitcher. then have either Peraza or Iglesias in the 9 hole and Senzel leading off.