The Reds (26-29) will go for back-to-back series wins and move ever closer to passing the Pirates (26-27) in the NL Central standings this afternoon at Great American Ball Park. First pitch is at 12:35 ET, pending weather.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA FIP xFIP K% BB%
Anthony DeSclafani 48.2 4.99 5.62 4.70 24.80% 8.10%
Steven Brault 25.1 7.11 6.15 5.85 18.00% 13.70%

Anthony DeSclafani is in the midst of some serious struggles on the mound. In his last three starts, he’s given up 19 hits and 12 runs in 11.2 innings, with three walks and only eight strikeouts.

DeSclafani has really struggled to avoid the home run ball this season. He’s given up 13 long balls and at least one home run in eight of his ten starts. Seven of those 13 home runs have come in his last three starts. His FB% is at 47.1%, more than ten percentage points higher than it was in 2018. However, if there’s a bright spot to DeSclafani’s season thus far, it’s his ability to strikeout batters. He has 52 strikeouts on the season, almost halfway to the 108 strikeouts he had in 2018.

Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell each have two doubles and a home run off DeSclafani. Bell is 5-for-11 with a 1.364 OPS against him.

If there was a list of pitchers struggling worse than DeSclafani, Steven Brault is on that list. Brault has mostly pitched out of the Pirates bullpen, but due to injuries, has had to make a few starts. This afternoon will be his third start of the season. He didn’t pitch terribly in his start against Texas (two runs and two hits in 4.0 innings), but the Cardinals hammered him for six runs in 3.2 innings. That’s a large part of the reason his ERA is currently so high. His K% isn’t terrible at 18.0%, but the walks have absolutely haunted him the last two years. In 2018, he walked 57 batters in 91.2 innings, and this season has already walked 16 in 25.1 innings.

Brault has six pitches total, but throws his four seamer (44.3%) most often, followed by a changeup (20.5%) and a cutter (17.2%). He strikes most batters out with his cutter (34.8 K%), especially lefties. However, it’s also been a pitch he’s had the most trouble locating, with a 17.4 BB%.

Not many Reds players have a lot of at-bats against Brault, but of the few who do, Joey Votto is 3-for-10 against him, and Eugenio Suarez is 3-for-6 with a double and three walks. Yasiel Puig also has two doubles off Brault.

Lineups

Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. Adam Frazier – 2B
  2. Bryan Reynolds – LF
  3. Starling Marte – CF
  4. Josh Bell – 1B
  5. Melky Cabrera – RF
  6. Colin Moran – 3B
  7. Elias Diaz – C
  8. Kevin Newman – SS
  9. Steven Brault – P

Cincinnati Reds

  1. Nick Senzel – CF
  2. Eugenio Suarez – 3B
  3. Jose Iglesias – SS
  4. Yasiel Puig – RF
  5. Derek Dietrich – 1B
  6. Curt Casali – C
  7. Jesse Winker – LF
  8. Jose Peraza – 2B
  9. Anthony DeSclafani – P

News and Notes

-Derek Dietrich has done this in just 75 plate appearances in the month of May.

-And more Dietrich stats because why not?

-Three of four Reds minor league teams playing last night won, with Louisville being the lone exception.

Final Thoughts

-Here come the Reds…

 

107 Responses

  1. Seat101

    Disco has to be aware he is on thin ice.

  2. wkuchad

    Does Disco have options? Can he be sent down for a few starts?

    • earmbrister

      Disco doesn’t have 5 years of service time and does have options. He can be sent down.

      • matthew hendley

        true, this is the last year this is accurate though.

  3. Andrew Pugh

    Pretty sure Disco’s aware he’s on the bus if he doesn’t produce by the time Wood’s ready.

    • Big Ed

      Wood is at least 6 weeks away. Just started throwing.

      Sims or Lorenzen would likely be the next man up, if a starter went down.

      • enoughalready

        People seriously need to stop trying to make Lorenzen starting a thing. He is a bullpen pitcher, and that is where he will remain.

  4. JB WV

    If Disco struggles again at least the pen is fresh. Love to see him get through 5 solid, though. Confidence builder for him and a likely win for the good guys.

  5. docmike

    Hopefully Votto’s injury isn’t anything too serious, he had really been heating up the last couple weeks. That said, if it is just a tweaked hamstring, I’m glad they gave him today off. With the day off tomorrow, that gives him 4 full days to recuperate from late Monday afternoon until Friday evening.

  6. Doug Gray

    The game is not expected to start on time. The Reds will provide an update at 12:30-ish

  7. Roger Garrett

    Nothing surprising about the line up today against the lefty including Peraza over Farmer at second base.Last time I complain about Peraza’s playing time.Reds will one day make a decision on him even if it takes another year or so.I will pull for him today and forever more and I hope he plays better.Need to play and manage this game as an absolute must win game.I feel Disco will get it done.Go Reds and 2 under looks good.Hope Iggy make an appearance today.

  8. matthew hendley

    Was going be a game day game for me due to being at work. hope its a massive weather delay that forces the game to 1900. I know it wont though. Also upset Farmer is not getting the start. With Votto out, hopefully for the last game, this would have been a perfect opportunity for either Farmer, or even a look at JVMR against lefties. Oh well. I assume the hold up is weather?

    • renbutler

      It is going to be a couple hours of delay.

      The Pirates have one more trip to Cincinnati this year, so there might not be major motivation to get this in. Then again, the Reds have tomorrow off, so they might wait it out as long as they need.

      • matthew hendley

        and before the sarcastic remarks come in, I am in Columbia SC, where it is bright high 90s sunny

      • renbutler

        Possibly two hours, if they’re waiting for rain to completely stop. Subject to further updates.

      • Pete

        Anything behind the current front or are we home free?

      • renbutler

        Another ~hour of rain based on the current radar, but not necessarily home free. More could build behind the line.

      • cartel

        My report from Charlotte says this game starts at 4pm

      • matthew hendley

        just announced First Pitch at 1430, guess we can hold off breaking ground on that new stadium.

      • matthew hendley

        I still think they should of waited until 7. Hahaha. Seriously though. It seems that DB has said there will be no change to the rotation. guess sims is going to have to suck it up for a while.

  9. magi210

    Not sure what Cincy’s like, but it’s pouring down river in Louisville.

  10. Pete

    A little realism: if this game goes as recent history would dictate, the Reds will lose in a squeaker and really take the bloom off the rose:

    Playing against a hobbled Pirate squad? Check
    Facing a +7 ERA starting pitcher? Check
    Rested bullpen with an off day tomorrow? Check
    On the verge of making a serious move in the right direction? Check
    Reds hitters red-hot? Check

    Great time to start a new winning culture. Not a losing one, not a break-even one, not a split even series is an okay…. You don’t get games back like this after the season, only play 162. Hopefully the team feels a sense of urgency. If you want to be just “okay”, no October baseball. I would hope Disco is on a relatively short leash today.

  11. Doug Gray

    There will be an update on the status of the game at 2:00pm-ish

  12. Big Ed

    Dietrich is about Exhibit 14 in support of the idea that Derek Jeter is the worst front-office guy in baseball by a factor of four. I understand dumping Stanton’s contract, and maybe the Marcel Ozuna trade, but the rest of it is just baffling.

    They had Yelich on an unbelievably good contract, one that kept him under control through 2022 under favorable terms. They got Lewis Brinson, who many thought was vastly over-rated as a prospect, and has managed only a .510 OPS this year with the Marlins, though better at New Orleans. The other 3 minor-leaguers are now 23 and OK, and may be fine players, but Jeter could have gotten TONS more for the Yelich contract, if not just keep him. The Jeters only would have had to pay Realmuto $2.9 million last year and $5.9 million this year.

    This year, they just DFA’d Dietrich. How about just moving the fences in, DJ?

    And a couple of week ago, Ken Rosenthal did a story on Gary Denbo, Jeter’s player development guy (and Yankee retread) that simply savaged Denbo as the worst people-person in baseball.

    I am not sure why anybody thought that Jeter would be a good front-office guy. He has never made a tough business decision in his life. Playing shortstop – and nothing else – is not good training for how to make personnel and management decisions, or how analytics can be used in restructuring a franchise. He doesn’t really have any PR or selling skills; all he learned in New York was how to offer blandishments to the NY media.

    • Pete

      Probably a publicity move but the thrill of the move has moved on. Miami is a hard place to sell the game of baseball. For those who have been there, they need no further explanation.

    • earmbrister

      Nicely laid out. I’d vote to convict.

  13. matthew hendley

    how soon do we play Houston. Team is falling apart with injuries.

    • earmbrister

      The Astros may be injury ridden, but they’re beating up on the Cubbies. The Cubs want to know how soon till they play the Orioles.

      • matthew hendley

        next year, us too, Maybe BOS will be rebuilding that year.

      • Earmbrister

        Lol, they must’ve already asked you.

  14. jreis

    ok, I think it is time for an indoor stadium for our redlegs. The old “perfect day for for baseball” seems to be few and far between anymore. The pattern of freezing cold until mid may, brutal rains until mid July, then oppressive heat until mid September, then finally a few nice days at the end of the year when we are 20 games out of first, has to be affecting attendance.

    gabp has been a disaster for this club anyway. build an indoor stadium with huge gaps and bigger dimensions. use the soft artificial turf that they had in Mexico to speed up the game a little bit.

    • matthew hendley

      stadium is only a disaster for bad pitchers. Weather is not the issue that is affecting attendance, the massive loss seasons are/were 2012/2013 the reds were selling out games left and right weather didn’t seem to effect issues then. no one wants a summer sport inside. Ask the individuals in MIA/TB. Now a retractable roof? Maybe.

      • renbutler

        When I’m up in Milwaukee, I love knowing that the game will be played that day. Also, I’ve been lucky to have the roof open for every game I’ve wanted to attend.

        There do seem to be stretches with bad weather for Reds games, but the vast majority of games are played as scheduled and in tolerable weather.

      • CP

        I was in favor of a retractable roof, but that ship has sailed. There is no appetite for a new baseball or football stadium being built in Cincinnati using taxpayer money anytime soon.

        There also isn’t a need. GABP is probably better than it ever was from a fan experience standpoint. It’d be interesting to see the walls pushed back a little, particularly with the focus on launch angles, but I can’t imagine the organization making that decision at the current point in time. The Reds have a lot of players taking advantage of those short walls on this roster.

    • TR

      GABP, which is only 17 years old, has not been a disaster for the Reds except for the short porch in right field. Correcting that would cost 1500 + seats that are rarely filled anyway. Overall it’s a cozy ballpark with good sightlines and in a good location. The only new stadium will be the one for FC Cincinnati, the city’s third major league franchise.

      • renbutler

        I LOVE the sun deck. That’s my preferred seating area.

        The seats higher in the deck are usually empty, but there’s almost always somebody in those lower rows.

      • rex e aultman

        I’ve been to ballparks all the country and I’d say we have a great thing going in Cincy.

        Many little things are great there. Comfortable seats, great view, cheap available parking, open and wide walkways.

        I was at miami’s park a week or two ago…….what a disappointment.

  15. Doug Gray

    First Pitch set for 2:45pm
    The Reds changed this from 2:30 to 2:45.

      • renbutler

        I see now that Reds Twitter originally said 2:30, but they quickly updated it to 2:45.

      • Doug Gray

        Yeah…. it would be just like them to post that, me to share it, then head to the store real quick, only to have them correct it probably the second I closed the garage door. Lol

    • Brian S Jolley

      Thank goodness. How else do they expect me to get through the work day. Going to the Braves game tonight too. Some scouting ahead on the Nats.

  16. WVRedlegs

    Looks like they will have about a 4 to 4 1/2 hour window to get this one in. Watching Jim Day’s interview with Derek Johnson for the third time. It is a really good interview. Good insight into Johnson.

    • renbutler

      A little shower might move through soon, but I don’t see any other weather of significance coming in from Indiana.

  17. Roger Garrett

    Need better at bats then the ones we took in the first.Hopefully this guy continues to throw it right down the middle at 91/92 cause we will get to him.

  18. Roger Garrett

    Disco is just nibbling way way to much.He is throwing way way to many pitches that aren’t even close when he gets ahead and lets the hitter back in the count.I am sure he knows it and is trying to correct it but its been his pattern lately.Could be he is trying to cut down on the long balls but his stuff is good enough not to nibble.

  19. Pete

    Reds batters are taking some nice big swings with no results. How about hitting some liners?

  20. Hanawi

    Have the Reds ever been no hit twice in the same year?

  21. CI3J

    Disco does what Disco does, gives up a gopherball with 2 on.

    Been a really frustrating day at the office, gotta say.

    • SaveTheFarm

      When did the quick hook become the slow hook? lol You think they left him in because they only have one lefty in the bullpen now? Saving Garrett for later in the game? Frustrating game so far.

  22. matthew hendley

    from a gameday standpoint it looked good until it didn’t. Oh well.

  23. Roger Garrett

    Yep and you could see it coming a mile away but when you can’t or don’t score its makes every pitch a big one.Shut out by a guy with a 7 ERA at home in a big big game is well just terrible.This team can get you so excited and then just fall flat in a heart beat.

  24. RedsFan11

    Bell was in a catch-22 there.

    If he pinch hit people be mad he is wasting bullpen when he was at 75 pitches.

    Alas he should of pinch hit there instead of wasting an out.

    And probably cost the game lets hope Im wrong!

  25. Roger Garrett

    Bell has to do what he thinks he needs to do.Disco battled all day and one pitch did him in but the team has to score off of a guy that is just a filler for them and is just bad.

  26. Bruuuuuccceee

    This drives me nuts. Brault having trouble finding the zone and the umpire gives him a free strike by calling a ball well off the plate a strike when Iglesias was up to bat. Would’ve made it 3-0 and the next pitch missed badly.

  27. Roger Garrett

    You didn’t think for a second that Hurdle was going to let Brault get in trouble did you?He knows he just got by with 5+ innings of shut out pitching from a batting practice hurler.Game set and match.

  28. Pete

    Hey, Reds got the split, learn to like it.

    Just not there yet. Oh well, hopefully it won’t take 10 attempts to get to 2 under .500.

  29. Big Ed

    These Reds never miss a chance to miss a chance.

  30. matthew hendley

    oh this game is done now. Going to drive home. Don’t think I will be watching the Replay either. Another split. better then being swept.

  31. Pete

    Thom Brennaman is not a big favorite around here, I can take him or leave him but it’s easy to hear his frustration and I share it.

  32. Old-school

    Disappointing that Yasiel Puig has not been that elite power righty bat. Some had him pegged as a long shot top 10 NL MVP candidate. It just hasn’t materialized and in a game against a divisional rival with a lefty on the mound and Votto and Gennett out, he needed to carry the load. wRC+ 68 and OBP .260 with 1/3 of the season in the rear view mirror. Reds needed to take 3/4 this series.

    Senzel is a great young player and Suarez is undoubtedly a foundational player but this team needs another cornerstone player who hits from the right side and plays every day.

    • Pete

      Jose Peraza hit a ball over 100 mph, it is the only one. Not a lot of heroes today. The Reds hit line drives, the don’t and they lose. It’s not on Puig any more than anyone else. For whatever reason this team has difficulty handling success.

      VanMeter too!

      • Curt

        After working the count, solid line drive by VanMeter off the bench. Unfortunately, 2 outs, no one on. As Brantley said, “if you can hit off the bench, you can stay up here a long time.”

  33. Jack

    Despite the Dietrich excitement this is a failure of a series. Still treading water 4 games under .500. Starting pitching starting to leak like a sieve. Mahle and Desclfani are not reliable and the relief pitching starting to have some stinkers of late. This is why they needed Alex Wood.

  34. RedsMonk65

    One day they hit the cover off the ball left and right, look inspired, are having fun, and score more runs than they need.

    Next day … Nothing. Zilch. Nada. Flat as can be.

    This has been an incredibly frustrating season. They can never seem to string together more than 2-3 wins at a time. They have a game like they did yesterday, and you finally think, “OK, maybe they have turned the corner now, and get it in gear.” Then they barely show up for the next contest.

    Why do we torture ourselves thus?

  35. WVRedlegs

    Here we go. Intentional as intentional can be.

  36. Old-school

    Gotta assume Suarez getting XR. Awful.

  37. Hotto4Votto

    I hope the Reds don’t take this lying down like last year with the Bats when they intentionally hit Votto. I hope to see a Pirate take one right in the ribs this next inning.

    • Doug Gray

      I deleted your previous response. This is your warning. Don’t avoid the swear filter. You can express your anger without it just fine.

  38. WVRedlegs

    Josh Bell is up 3rd in the 9th inning for the Pirates. Does R. Iglesias have the stones to drill him with 98 mph?
    Or does Iglesias go the chicken salad route?

    • WVRedlegs

      Chicken salad. Should have known. Didn’t even strike him out. Gave him a single. Sheesh.

      • Doug Gray

        Good. The Reds shouldn’t throw baseballs at people.

      • PhP

        Doug,
        So should we just let it be one sided? I understand not throwing at people for bat flips, etc. But what should be done when they intentionally do it first? Or in the case twice in 2 series. Obviously MLB isn’t doing anything about it.

      • Doug Gray

        Yes. Be the bigger people. Let them act like petulant children.

      • Hotto4Votto

        You got to protect yourself. Baseball isn’t going to do chicken salad about it. (I assume that one’s an acceptable euphemism since you didn’t comment or delete it earlier). Throwing at people for having fun is bush league. Throwing at people to let them know you aren’t going to lie down and take it is standing up for yourselves.

      • Pete

        If they actually hurt one of our guys, I suggest we just turn Puig loose on them. If he would get a clear shot, he could put a couple of their guys in the hospital.

        This is sad 100% in jest. You can never win this kind of thing against the pirates because they will not stop.

      • PhP

        Completely disagree in this instance. The behavior will keep occurring if nothing is done about it (either by the players or MLB). There is a difference from throwing at people to protect yourself and throwing at people for having fun. They have no fear of repercussion

      • Pete

        Php, When Dusty was manager there was no end to these wars. They hit one of our guys we hit one of theirs and on and on it would go. Honestly, I don’t know what would work but obviously an eye for an eye did honestly, I don’t know what would work but obviously an eye for an eye didn’t. Hurdle’s style is of a previous era.

        I do believe that if Puig took it upon himself, if he wants to be hit , he could charge the mound and really mess somebody up. This might be satisfying for the moment but truly regrettable in the bigger picture. I’m talking something that has never happened in the great game of baseball. That is one scary man if he really gets fired up and loses control.

      • PhP

        Pete,
        I just cant stand the do nothing approach. Whether it’s throw at them, charge mound, or MLB serious suspensions I don’t care, just hate how Hurdle does this with impunity. If MLB wants this taken out of the game I’m fine with that, but as it stands now, it’s clearly part of the game still. And as long as it’s part of the game I feel they should at least protect themselves and not keep just getting hit with no repercussions.

      • greenmtred

        I’m with Doug on this. Throwing at people is assault, pure and simple, and could be manslaughter or premeditiated murder. Humans are vengeful, and that’s a good part of the reason why we evolve little, but giving in to our worst instincts just enlarges the scope of the problem. If Iglesias hit Bell, do you think it would end there?

    • Hotto4Votto

      A lot about how I’ll end up viewing Bell’s leadership will depend on if he has the cajones to actually call for them to fire back.

      • Pete

        I forgot, who won the beanball wars with the Pirates when Dusty Baker was the manager?

      • Hotto4Votto

        Bell said the right things in the press conference, I wish he’d have communicated that to his players before he exited for the showers.

        As far as the beanball wars, at least it was an even playing field. And you know McCutcheon had to think about it often once one of our guys got hit. Now they know they can hit our guys with no penalty.

        As a fan, I’d rather see them get a couple guys back. I mean, I don’t support throwing at guys for having fun, I’m simply talking about sticking up for yourself, protecting yourself by any means necessary, just like Bell said.

  39. Roger Garrett

    The Reds should not throw at guys.Hurdle is just doing what he does but he doesn’t do that if you beat his team up on the field.It was just a parting shot in today’s game because he knows he never should have won any of these games and yet got 2 of them.Hopefully we man up and beat this team some.Good to see Iggy is a live and well and was used as he has demanded only in the ninth.Was hoping he gave up around 10 so we could here him cry but well.

  40. Pete

    The team is obviously getting better but at a very slow pace. It would be nice to see them take a leap at some point.

  41. matt hendley

    SO i missed the entirety of the 8th. Who got hit? I caught that bell got thrown out.

    As far as the game. Every time the Reds go out there with 7 position players i expect a loss. As long as david bell is not ready to accept reality and make changes where they are needed. I expect a loss.

    I am happy when they win, but i expect the loss

    • RojoBenjy

      Live the seven position players code. I’m with you on that.

  42. TomN

    I missed the game. Where was Suarez HBP? Something that could have caused an IL stay? I despise the Pirate’s manager

  43. FreeHouse

    Clint Hurdle at it again. I really dislike the Pirates. Classless by throwing at Geno.

    • TR

      Classless? Pirates and don’t forget the Stealers.

  44. matt hendley

    Ok watched that portion. cant read lips that good. The throw was obviously intentional. Umps failed on that one. At least a warning. Caught a look at Puig in the OD circle, watching the scenario develop. I can read Body language and he was ready for the other shoe to drop.
    Swapping HPBs are useless. If you are going to do something, charge the mound. Make sure that pitcher has an accident on their ankle, or step on his hand etc etc. Cueto did it. (2010) and there was never an issue again. Until MLB does something this will continue though.

  45. Old-school

    David Bell fired up. Presser good. suarez negative XR. Pirates intentionally throw at guys. Clearly umpires won’t protect players. Umpires and league say it’s ok to throw at players and Our players will protect themselves.

    • RojoBenjy

      Glad X Ray is negative. But if Geno slumps after this it will be unfortunate.

      What it may take is the county prosecutor to prefer assault charges like what happened to NHL player Marty McSorely when he assaulted a player with his stick on the ice.

      Who is willing to take a stand?

      Clearly MLB organization is impotent.