The Cincinnati Reds (38-44) will try to rebound from a heartbreaking 8-6 loss last night against the first place Milwaukee Brewers (46-39) tonight at 7:10 PM. The Reds find themselves 6.5 games back in the NL Central and 5.0 games out of the second wild-card spot entering play on Tuesday.

Starting Pitchers

Tanner Roark enters play on Tuesday with the 12th best fWAR among pitchers in the National League. What an incredible pickup he has been for the Reds. Roark has been brilliant over his last 3 starts: 18.1 IP, 4 ER, 2 BB, 18 K, 1.96 ERA. He has a career 2.82 ERA in 9 starts against the Brewers with 59 K and 9 BB. He has a 1.82 career ERA in 5 starts at Miller Park.

Chase Anderson would be having a really nice season if not for giving up a ton of home runs. He actually only has one bad start on the entire year. That came on June 21st against the Cincinnati Reds: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB. He has a career 3.86 ERA in 12 starts against the Reds with 21 BB and 55 K. Let’s hope the Reds can hit 1 or 5 homers off him tonight.

Starting Lineup

 

News

The Reds have been active on the international signing market today.

Alex Wood is set to throw another bullpen session as he tries to recover from a back injury.

Conclusion 

The Reds really need a strong finish heading up to the All-Star break. Tanner Roark has been outstanding for the Reds, and they need him to continue that tonight. Hopefully a fresh(er) bullpen tonight can get the job on the back end. Go Reds!

65 Responses

  1. wkuchad

    Winker is third on the team in OPS. After the lack of playing time lately due to multiple lefty starters, it’s disappointing he’s sitting tonight. Unless it’s due to injury.

  2. matt hendley

    It is a legitimate question, is he injured? Has there been any word from the Twitterverse. Or is Ervins star shining that brightly

  3. Old-school

    Reds looked at Chase Anderson’s splits. Career wise, he’s that rare RH pitcher who gets hit hard by righty hitters and gets lefties out.

    Some good articles today on bullpen fatigue and overuse across baseball. If the 3rd time thru the order argument is based on fatigue on that day – how does bringing in a gassed bullpen over the long term fix that?

    Brewers hit. They wear out pitching staffs and they’ve worn out the Reds this year.

  4. ToBeDetermined

    Old-

    ” If the 3rd time thru the order argument is based on fatigue on that day”. I don’t think it’s based on fatigue. I think its based on seeing the same guys stuff 3 times. Especially, as batters are seeing so many more pitches, they can time up the speed of pitches and how the battery is trying to get a particular player out.

    • Old-school

      That’s definitely a part of it. But Reds SP many times are getting successfully to 3rd time at low pitch counts and success. Automatic removal at 75 pitches with 12 outs still to go assumes you have a deep bullpen that is better than that pitcher on that day and can succeed over the big 162. I don’t think 12/13 man pitching staffs can win that way over 162 games. Playoffs? Yes.

    • Seat101

      The Sherlock Holmes dialogue came from the BBC production marvelous stories well told

  5. matt hendley

    Suarez straight murdering baseballs

  6. Big Ed

    Taylor Trammell with 1st-inning homer tonight.

  7. VaRedsFan

    Ervin start already paying dividends. Nice call by Old School on the reverse splits for the pitcher.

    • matt hendley

      indeed, a good lineup choice by bell.

    • Roger Garrett

      Guess the splits only applied to Winker.Ervin needs to play every day but not at the expense of Winker.

  8. Seat101

    Would be nice if we could get to this guy in the third inning and start messing with their bullpen

  9. Slicc50

    Too bad they couldn’t get that runner in from 3rd. Need as many as possible against this offense.

  10. VaRedsFan

    Wow….3 hard hit outs to the outfield in the first 10 batters. (not counting the hits.)

  11. Sliotar

    Things got a little fiesty last night, but the RLN Game Thread is the best place online to follow a Reds game online…by far.

    Old-School deep-digging on Anderson’s reverse splits, Seat bringing up BBC’s Sherlock stories (which were great).

    Kudos to all.

    Reds are close to busting up Anderson bad.

    • Sliotar

      LOL. Yelich.

      Getting close to just giving him an intentional pass every time.

    • Old-school

      Spot on Sliotar. Every team needs 4 legit outfielders. Jesse Winker can flat out hit. Phillip Ervin is the perfect RH hitting OF who can play all 4 positions. I don’t know that Nick Senzels best position is CF but if it is,he is a cornerstone guy anywhere. Puig is a solid RF and hits home runs. That might be a solid 4 nucleus of outfielders. Ervin can play anywhere.

  12. VaRedsFan

    3 inches outside, and Yelich still hit it out. Tip you cap is all you can do.

    • TR

      It’s done but the FO should have gone all out to get Yelich.

    • Doc

      Doesn’t baseball by the numbers say break even is something around 75-80% success rate. Reds are costing themselves wins with a 65% success rate.

  13. VaRedsFan

    Low and in fastball to a lefty…this is a recording

    • Roger Garrett

      Reds get out homered again at home.This is a recording.They score first and bats go silent.This is a recording.

  14. matt hendley

    Reds gotta figure the bats out quick. Roark getting snakebitten by the long ball

  15. Roger Garrett

    Game over but we did score 2 runs.All that’s left to do is to get Peraza a couple at bats and we should be good to go.

  16. matt hendley

    Puig aint having it. Keep up the Presure

  17. VaRedsFan

    Puig draws them within 1…opp-action

  18. Mark Lang

    Perhaps my “never will” comment should be up for review.

  19. Indy Red Man

    Scooter swings at 3-1 low/inside and fouls it off. Later on pops out on a 3-2 that was high. Cost them a tie game. DD will take pitches and take the hbp or walk.

  20. VaRedsFan

    Time for JV to pop a 2 run HR of his own.

    • VaRedsFan

      just an RBI double!

      Hit it where it was pitched….well done!

  21. RojoBenjy

    They had to send the kid to do a man’s job. Way to go, Senzel.

  22. Sliotar

    That play is an example of why I think Senzel should stay in lead-off spot … until the day comes, way off, when his speed declines. He finds ways to get on base.

    Lot of guys on Reds don’t beat that one out.

    • matt hendley

      SO what you are saying is you want a fast guy batting leadoff?

      • matt hendley

        FOr the reason of JV hitting a double like that, completely understandable.

      • Sliotar

        An all-around guy, who can do whatever needed in that 5th at-bat that leadoff guys seem to get, would be optimal. Swing for HR, Bunt, Go for an extra base…whatever.

        George Springer is a great example and Senzel’s game so far plays very similar.

  23. RojoBenjy

    Lookin’ better thanks to the Kid and the Ole Man.

  24. ma

    missed the tag completely, Puig played the ROokie. Excellent veteran move.

  25. VaRedsFan

    took a bad hop right over the outstretched Moose….if he catches it Ervin might beat it…could have deflected off him for the possible win

  26. VaRedsFan

    Farmer did a very good job in the catching department tonight.

  27. RedAlert

    Better score here – Iglesias comes in the game it’s over

  28. Indy Red Man

    They have Yelich and Hader, but no way in the world they should be 7-3 and threatening for 8-3 vs the Reds! Grab this one already!!

    • RedAlert

      Puig – dude is hustling his tail off for reds !!! Rather extend this guy than sell him !!!
      Don’t know what it is , but dude starting to turn it around . Like the fire !

  29. VaRedsFan

    Puig….difference maker…
    Baserunning is important!

  30. matt hendley

    That is why Puig is a re-sign canadate. Winker and Ervin may be good, but they domnt have that, and they wont for a long time.

    Reds win. Great play by all, but expecially puig.

    • matt hendley

      I say no trade. He is a full year player so at a minimum he is a QO candidate, but an extension would be better.

      • RojoBenjy

        Pedro Strop is not smart enough to get the joke here.

  31. VaRedsFan

    Iggy with 2 strikes is dangerous.
    And the other Iggy got a W!

  32. Jreis

    Let me guess. Now is a good time to trade Puig for a high A pitcher that throws in the mid nineties?

    Why do people want to get rid of this guy again?

  33. TR

    A big win for the Reds with good relief pitching and leadership by Puig. He should be extended.

  34. Don

    what a great win, great pitching by Sonny. Puig made difference on offense and defense.
    4 1/2 out of 1st.
    Castillo must exorcise some ghosts on July 4th after last two outings vs Brewers.
    Bring home the series victory Castillo and prove you are the ace, pitcher better than Sonny did tonight.