The Reds Father’s Day doorknock lineup was cooking this afternoon, with Jesse Winker leading the charge. Da Wink went 4-5 with five RBIs as the Reds drubbed the Rangers to salvage something from the interleague series.

Final R H E
Texas Rangers (38-33) 3 6 1
Cincinnati Reds (31-38) 11 14 0
W: Gray (3-5) L: Jurado (4-3)
FanGraphs Win Probability | Statcast | Box Score | Game Thread

THE GOOD

— More on that incredible performance by Jesse Winker, told through four C. Trent Rosecrans tweets:

It was the first time Winker has had four hits in a game and the first time he’s had five RBIs in a game.

— On the mound, Sonny Gray turned in a nice performance, lasting 5.0 innings with eight strikeouts. He did give up three runs on home runs by Shin-Soo Choo and Hunter Pence, but otherwise was magnificent.

— Speaking of Gray, the pitcher helped himself at the plate with a triple for his first career extra-base hit. It wasn’t even close or anything. I mean he did slide, but I think that was mostly so he could jar his helmet off for a better picture angle. Just look at the quality of the dab here, as it is enhanced by his brilliant flow:

— Other standouts of note: Joey Votto doubled and walked twice, one of which brought home a run; Yasiel Puig had three hits and smashed a massive two-run shot to extend the Reds lead; Jose Peraza had two sacrifice flies to bring home runs early when the game was still close; Robert Stephenson pitched two clean innings in his return from the injured list; and Josh VanMeter recorded a pair of hits for his first major league multi-hit game.

THE BAD

— A 1 hour and 34 minute rain delay preceded the game, which is always an annoying occurrence.

— Eugenio Suarez continues to slump, 0-5 on the day with a couple of strikeouts.

NOT SO RANDOM THOUGHTS

— Derek Dietrich’s arm sleeve said “thank you, dad” written in sharpie and what appears to be a generic child’s scrawl. An awesome look by the beloved Red. Also, Dietrich almost did the anti-cycle:

— Reds beat writer Mark Sheldon got absolutely smoked in the Stache Dash today and did a nice little write-up about the people behind that event this season:

— Nick Senzel was available for today’s game after wearing a foul ball off the face yesterday, according to C. Trent. He should be back in centerfield tomorrow night.

— As I was watching the Reds game, I also had the Vanderbilt-Louisville CWS game on and man, if I don’t think the Reds will finish far enough down in the standings to pick up Austin Martin next year in the draft, but the dude’s the real deal. Two homers accounting for all of Vandy’s scoring, powering the Nashville team past the Redbirds.

— Another unrelated note, but this goal by Julie Ertz this morning the Women’s National Team is an absolute beaut. I’ve never seen anyone generate that much power on a back header before:

UP NEXT:

Reds vs. Astros

Monday, 7:10pm EST

Luis Castillo (6-1, 2.20 ERA) vs. Wade Miley (6-3, 3.14 ERA)

33 Responses

  1. RojoBenjy

    Good to hear lilsenzi is alright.

    Statement game from Winker?

    Ideas on what’s up with Suarez? The other night he carried his bat to first on a weak trot after grounding out. And then Bell takes him out after his last at bat.

    Ervin and Van Meter both showing on base skills beyond those of #9. However 9 had 2 rbi on sac flys.

    Happy Father’s Day!

  2. matt hendley

    Is that a typo? TOmmorows game is at 6:10?

    When Senzel comes back Give him a few games against RHP in the 3 slot. Move Suarez elsewhere in the order. don’t take him out yet, just see if a change of pace helps him. Then of COurse bat winker lead off, of course this is against LHP

    Good Win by the reds

    • Doug Gray

      Yes, it was a typo and it’s been corrected.

  3. jreis

    the crowds were pretty good this weekend and could have been better if we had an indoor stadium. I think it is time to stick a fork in old gabp and start construction on a nice indoor, air conditioned stadium. the reds fan population is aging and when I talk my old buddies they always tell me that the weather, more than cost, is the major reason they don’t get down to see the reds in person. look at the crowds Milwaukee gets now. you wouldn’t have to worry about checking the weather channel every 20 minutes to see if you will be able to go to the game or not.

    anyway, good win. !

    • VottoMatic125

      Everything you said here is SPOT. ON. All baseball stadium north of the Mason-Dixon line need retractable domes, especially Cincinnati. The Reds fan base is made up of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio folks that have to drive to the game. If guarantee the games will be played, people will come. Plus April-May games would all be on-time and devoid of cancellations.

      • Mason Red

        Do you really think more people would attend Reds games if they’re was a retractable roof??? I remember thousands of people sitting in the red seats at Riverfront stadium…including me as a kid….and you literally needed binoculars to see the players up close. This franchise doesn’t need a retractable roof to draw more fans. Put a quality team on the field and the fans…including me…would come.

  4. Seat101

    Honest to goodness, my kitchen looks like something out of a Don dish soap commercial..

    And we ended up getting carry out from China Island. Yummy!

    I have a question: Are “playing the hot hand” and analytics mutually exclusive? Or is “playing the hot hand” an example of recentcy and/or selection bias?

    • greenmtred

      I know it’s hard, but don’t look at the kitchen, Seat. My impression is that analytics suggest strategies based upon long-term trends. Very valuable, but not necessarily micro-predictive (I hope I made that word up. It makes me feel modern to think so).

  5. Old-school

    Great win. Offense nice. Sonny Gray solid. But, still lost 2/3 to the Rangers. 7 games against the Astros and Brewers in 7 days. Huge week as the 2019 season remains on life support.

    • Pete

      This is where our beloved Reds fool us. All month we have been hitting poorly and losing games by a couple of runs and then out of nowhere we paste someone 11-3, the clouds part and all is well. Color me dubious but lets see them sustain offense over a week and then we can throw a party.

      It is my fervent hope that we see Ervin, Winker, and Senzel as well as VanMeter everyday very soon. Puig looks very hot and if he can keep it up for a couple of weeks, it would be a great time to put him on the open market. Same with Gray and eventually Votto and Roark. Put the rebuild into high gear. If the Reds take off over the next couple of weeks, I’d wait it out a bit.

      Ervin’s AB’s were really good today. Man, I hope he gets many starts when/if Puig is dealt..

      Today’s game really helped the team’s run differential for whatever that is worth.

      • Colorado Red

        Sonny has a 4 year contract, and is good I would keep him.
        Roark, would bring something nice.
        Votto has a no trade clause, and cost a fortune over the next 6 years.
        Puig, could bring at least what we traded for him.
        I do agree with you for the most part. The season is over, but Management is not smart enough to know it.

  6. TR

    A good win for the Reds. Hopefully a few of those hits and runs can be distributed in future late inning close games to help out the improved pitching. In order to reach .500 and escape last place, the Reds need at least a series win against the Stros. They start a very tough stretch of games before they meet the Pirates at the end of July.

  7. Reddawg12

    Man, this is the version of Winker and Puig I was expecting before the season started. If they are both finally coming around (yes, I know, that’s a big IF considering how inconsistent this team has been all year) then who knows what could happen. Especially with Scooter’s return being just around the corner.

    I have no expectation of the Reds making playoffs this season (never really did), but the team is 7.5 games back in the division as I type this and it’s only June 16. They were 17 games out on this day one year ago. Might as well keep hope alive, even if it makes me a homer.

    • Old-school

      Except they are 7.5 games behind 2 teams…. Not 1. The NL east is the same way … Braves in first and Phillies #2. The Dodgers win the west.

      Problem is the NL in 2019 is very good. Who wins the NL central? Doesnt matter . The Brewers or Cubs. The other makes the Wild card. Same scenario in the NL east .

      Everyone can’t lose. The Reds have a 3 % chance to make the playoffs- heading into 7 games against the best team in baseball and a divisional opponent who made the NLCS.. baseball is unpredictable in the short term, but not over 162 games. See where things are in a week.

      • Reddawg12

        As I wrote, I have no expectation of them making the playoffs. But it’s more fun for me to be a fan and watch every night if I keep that little bit of hope in the back of my mind.

        Agreed on all the teams in front of them being a major hurdle. The NL is stacked with solid teams.

      • greenmtred

        I have to respectfully disagree, just a little. Baseball is certainly more predictable over 162 games than it is day-to-day, but surprises occur. It wasn’t so long ago that the Red Sox went worst to first over two years. Neither outcome was very predictable. The Reds winning the 1990 WS was widely consdiered a long-shot (though, yes, that’s a short series, not a season, but I doubt many people picked them as champs pre-season). I don’t think that many of us thought they’d be a play-off team this year, in any case, but not for the reason that they’re floundering now.

  8. C Holbert

    It was a win, and that is a good thing. Big challenge coming this week. On another subject, I did not think I would ever say this, but hopefully Thom is back this week.

  9. Scott Gennett

    Reds haven’t got such a consistent starting rotation in years, which tied with a reliable bullpen makes for a good bet. On the offensive side, all players will have ups and downs along the way, now Votto and Puig are recovering but Suarez is going thru a slump. I believe the problem, unfortunately, is the manager which doesn’t look capable enough just yet.

    • VottoMatic125

      There is NOTHING wrong with David Bell.

  10. CFD3000

    I’m not happy about this game. This was the annual pilgrimage from Atlanta. Nice night Friday – but the Reds got shellacked. Iffy Saturday but they squeezed it in… and lost a close one. Then on Sunday it’s obvious there’s going to be a rain delay of unknown length, and then a short window to play, also of unknown length. Followed by a 7 hour drive back home. So… no Reds game for CFD. And we missed the Puinker show. Of course. You’re welcome Redleg Nation. Every one of you. But don’t expect me to be happy about it! Go Reds!

    • VaRedsFan

      Sometimes you have to take one for the team. I did.
      I dropped Puig from 2 fantasy teams at the start of last week. He probably put together his best week of the season. Not happy, but you’re welcome.

    • RojoBenjy

      “Puinker Show” is EPIC.

      Well-done.

  11. Indy Red Man

    So many on RLN want to deal Puig now? I don’t quite understand? Where else are we going to find RH power like him? The Reds are most likely 2-3 years away, but he’s only 28.5 and he likes it in Cincy! I’ve been talking about righty OF Clint Frazier on here for a few years now. He’s getting squeezed out again in NY. He put up a .843 (11 hrs) in 191 atbats. Somebody will probably get him? Probably the Cards or somebody in the NL I would imagine.

    Personally I hope DD starts blasting some HRs again so they can get something for him. Scooter has been taking his game to a Daniel Murphy level and he’s just a more complete hitter…plus he’s a little younger. I really enjoy DD, but is he going to LF to block Winker? That would be stupid? To block a promising young OFer guy for a 30 year old infielder. I’ve also been talking about Mike Clevinger from the Indians for a while now. He comes back tonite. His stuff is nearly as good as Castillo’s! 96-97 with a herky-jerky release. He’s 28.5, but should have 5 good years left. Maybe you put together a package with Winker for him? Alot of important decisions to make!

    • Matt WI

      Go get Domingo Santana out of Seattle. Bring him back to mash in the NL Central. He’s the man to replace Puig. Two years of Arbitration left. OPS of .803 out in the cavernous west.

      • VaRedsFan

        I mentioned him the other day, now that the Mariners are in full sell mode

      • Pete

        Santana can hit, no doubt. I see three issues with this route: age (27 in August), Reds may have a glut of talent in the OF over the next several seasons, Mariners will want young talent not seasoned vets with a high-dollar contracts.

        As I suggested in another post, the FO needs to be honest with themselves and estimate how long it will take to be a WS contender. If it’s +3 years, you take one route. If it’s less than 3, you take another. In the first case, 27 years old is a bit of a stretch.

        In business, you study a successful model who started off in a similar situation. In this case, the Astros; to a lesser degree, the Royals. Small market teams that have reached the ultimate goal. The Royals basically built themselves more for a short term run, the Astros built a superteam and went all in. They paid a heavy price, Royals lost 100 games 3 out of 4 seasons, the Astros 3 straight. Astros signed there young talent to long-term contracts during the players peak years. If this season ends up a total bomb (90+ losses), they should follow the Astros model. By ASG, the team needs to answer the question I raised at the top.

        Note: I realize the Astros are really not a small market club but they have always operated as one until they became a great team. In other words, they live within their means. They are still are only #8 in total payroll. Build a great team and the fans will be knocking down the door. Could the Reds build a superteam from the ground up. Could the fandom stomach several 100 loss season?

    • VaRedsFan

      Puig isn’t over the hurdle yet. He hit 2 low and inside fastballs out for home runs. He’s hit that pitch type and location all year. Once he lays off the high fastball and low and away breaking balls, then I will be sold. He had a swinging bunt, and a slow roller that hit the 1st base bag yesterday.

      • Pete

        Over the last three games, it appears Puig is actually working with a plan. Before then, it was swing often and swing hard. Who knows maybe he goes back to the dumpster but I would be surprised.

        I appreciate your concern over folks being ready to trade Puig. Is he going to part of the next great Reds team – whether due to affordability or age? If he gets and stays hot, it would be very interesting to see what the Reds would get in return.

        Jim Walker suggested the Reds are going piecemeal this season, hoping against hope they can make a major move forward. In essence, this is wish rather than a plan. Probably about time to really start planning the future with a realistic time frame and strategy.

    • Lwblogger2

      I really hope the Reds aren’t 2-3 years away. If they are, they need to just start the rebuild over. I still think this is about a .500 team with only 1 SP leaving a very good rotation after the season. There are some FA on the market and the Reds have some minor league pieces they could trade. They also have a good amount of money coming off the books.

      I think Puig will take too much coin to sign and he probably would want more spotlight than Cincy. I just don’t see a fit there. I would definitely kick the tires on Frazier and see what the Yanks want for him. I’m with you for sure there.

      This team really should be able to make a real run over the next few years. They just need to be smart.

  12. Mark Lang

    Hey, we won the series in run differential!

  13. Jeffery stroupe

    Winker on bench tonight……get beat 5-1…..have about 4 hits total