Game two of the weekend three-game series between the Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies at Great American Ball Park gets under way at 7:10 p.m. Eastern time. The home team attempts to come back from a very rocky showing Friday in a 12-2 spanking by the visitors, who came into the series having lost 10 of their last 14.

Yours truly has been among the Redleg Nation inhabitants who remained hopeful that the team still had the potential to rally and put together a streak to get back into the playoff race. Well, even your local optimist cried uncle after Friday night. Instead, much of the attention of Redleg Nation for the next few days will be focused on topics such as this:

The July 31 trade deadline is fast-approaching. It will be very interesting to see what approach the front office takes. If they stick to the approach that they espoused, which was to make deals that would improve the team not only this year but for the future, it might be difficult to find teams willing to deal on those terms.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Chi Chi Gonzalez 14 5.14 5.12 15.4% 13.9%
Anthony DeSclafani 98.1 4.12 4.25 25.2% 6.5%

DeSclafani has pitched very well since early June. Since then in 45 innings, he has allowed 16 earned runs, for a 3.20 earned run average. He has become a steady starter who can be relied upon to pitch a good game and more than keep his team in the game. This is the sort of consistency that Redleg Nation has been hoping for since he came back from a variety of injuries that forced him to miss much of the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Righthander Gonzalez was formerly a top prospect in the Texas Rangers system. In 91.1 innings at the major league level, he has a 4.63 ERA and a 5.40 xFiP.

Bullpen

Robert Stephenson is unlikely to see action after a very impressive and encouraging three-inning scoreless appearance Friday night.

Starting Lineups

Rockies Reds
RF Charlie Blackmon LF Jesse Winker
SS Trevor Story 1B Joey Votto
CF David Dahl 3B Eugenio Suarez
3B Nolan Arenado RF Yasiel Puig
1B Daniel Murphy 2B Josh VanMeter
LF Ian Desmond CF Nick Senzel
2B Ryan McMahon SS Jose Peraza
C Tony Wolters P Anthony DeSclafani
P Chi Chi Gonzalez C Ryan Lavarnway

Some Redleg Nation regulars have called for VanMeter to get a shot at second base, and at least for tonight, he is. It is his first start at that position for the Reds.

Additional insights into the statistical history of the players in today’s game is available all season long at BaseballSavant.com.

News and Notes

Lefthander Brandon Finnegan has been basically rebuilt from scratch by the Reds minor league coaching staff in Arizona, and got his first game appearance of the season last night …

59 Responses

  1. Hanawi

    See that the A’s might be interested in Roark. They have a few SS prospects that would make a good match IMO. Mateo might be a good fit since he’s basically ready now versus having guys that would compete with the talent the Reds have in the lower minors.

  2. Sliotar

    Found this stat while glancing through tonight’s Rotogrinders fantasy projections ….

    DeSclafani this season vs. LH batters –

    .402 wOBA
    .277 ISO
    49% fly ball
    47% hard hit

    Probably not random chance that Rockies have LH hitters at 1, 3, 5, 7, 8 in their lineup. (Yikes.)

    Go Redlegs.

  3. wutinthehail

    What is up with Winker’s launch angle? I guess that’s something he will need to work on this off-season.

  4. Indy Red Man

    JVM and Peraza are playing over Scooter/Iggy? Thats not the Reds way? They always favor yesterday over tomorrow. Is it a Bell temporary lineup glitch or a step in the right direction? Iggys June ops was .588 and July’s is .523. Thats not good. Actually if Winker can play CF then Suarez can play SS. Senzel and JVM could then play 2B & 3B. That gets Ervin in the lineup!

    • Curt

      Haha, “could it be a step in the right direction?” Good one. Yes! I’ve been saying for awhile the smart direction to go is #15 & #17 on the dirt at 2nd and 3rd. Move Suarez. Play Phil! Go Reds!

  5. Don

    Not sure why Bell keeps putting Winker at leadoff. He usually does not hit well. I thought Chris Said 180 on yesterday’s braodcast when Winker in the #1 spot.
    Winker hits better in #5 or #6 spot.
    Should have Senzel lead off.
    Glad to see JVM @ 2nd and Peraza at SS. Hope the play well and hit well as that could be 2020 starting middle infield if the do OK on defense and hit well next 2 months.
    Hoping Disco continue strong pitching.

    • wutinthehail

      You run into serious sample size problems when you compare players performance to their position in the line-up.

  6. vegastypo

    Why on God’s green earth would the Reds want Edwin Diaz? If we want a lousy closer, why not just keep Rasiel Iglesias?

    • wutinthehail

      I’m not sure why they would trade for any reliever – closer or otherwise.

  7. wutinthehail

    Winker first ab; 104 EV and -10 launch angle. Lift the ball!!

  8. vegastypo

    VanMeter !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Let him play, David Bell !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Pete

    Am I the only one who thinks the more youngsters in the lineup the better the hitting?

  10. Curt

    Robin homers, Batman singles. The future coming into focus.

  11. VaRedsFan

    Serious entertainment with DD and the bubble on his head.

    • Pete

      How bad is this dude, he leads the International League in HR’s with 27 and missed a month of the season. They can’t trade Puig quick enough.

      • VaRedsFan

        It certainly makes him expendable. Aquino wouldn’t get any PT if called up now…Ervin is only getting a part time look as it is.

      • vegastypo

        Gee, put Ervin in center, Aquino in right, Winker and left and bring Senzel in to play short. Let’s really find out if we can fill in the holes.

      • Pete

        I like Winker a lot but I think his future is at 1B. Just get Aquino up here and things will take care of themselves – force the issue. This young guy has extraordinaire power.

  12. VaRedsFan

    Here we go…Peralta needs to get a lefty out.

  13. Sliotar

    I feel like DeSclafani is 10 years ahead of his time.

    Some team, sooner or later, is going to not and try and find “aces.”
    They will have “1st 2 times through guy, 3rd time guy, End of game guys” setup for each game.

    Disco as a max 1st 3 innings/ 4 innings would be great, probably making $30 million a year in 2030 (LOL).

    Nice job tonight.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      You may have something there. Performances like Robert Stephenson and Sal Romano gave this week in three-inning stints show that the potential is there. One problem would be the probability of needing even more pitchers on the roster.

      • Sliotar

        Yeah, it would require a top-to-bottom organizational re-think.

        Maybe Bell and Johnson would take it on, new challenge beyond the dugout, overseeing whole system.

        Reds, for several reasons, would be a prime candidate to try it.

        But, benches are already shortened to 4. Some re-working of pitchers off-day routines to be 3rd Time guy…. who knows.

        Owners would support it if it reduces ace SP salaries (and injury risk).

    • VaRedsFan

      Could be true…but for my money, the greatest pitches in the game today, like Cole, Scherzer, Verlander, Kershaw…ect all go deep in games. I’d rather groom my pitchers to go longer. (More throwing, like the program the Braves of the 90’s)

      With all the silly pitch count watching of today’s pitchers (from little league on up at every level) it looks like great starters are going the way of the dinosaur.

  14. C Holbert

    I am not sure what they hope to get with Desclafani. Everyone keeps talking about 29 year old players as not part of the next Reds good team. He will be 30 at the beginning of next season. As they say, he is what he is, a .500 pitcher with an ERA of 4.21 for his career. I’m sure they can find the same somewhere. If Wood stays healthy, sign him, and have Castillo, Gray, Wood, etc….IMO, he is maybe the most overrated player the Reds have.

    • Indy Red Man

      2.94 since June for Disco. Thats not bad? I don’t know how highly rated he is because he’s been hurt quite a bit. The thing is….he’s never thrown this hard in his life! He’s popping 95-96 consistently now. I think we could see 3 years of the 3.28 era guy from 2016. Thats not bad if he’s your 4th starter.

  15. RedAlert

    Lorenzen is a thrill a minute ! Never easy for this dude – NEVER

    • C Holbert

      That was clearly on Winker. He did not even have to run hard for that, it should have been an error.

  16. DocProc

    David Bell double-switches VanMeter and his two hits (including a HR) out of the game.
    To bring in Michael Lorenzen, who can darn well hit for himself.

  17. Curt

    Fortunately, Winker’s blunder saved by Tapia’s even bigger blunder. yowza

    • Roger Garrett

      Anything you can do I can do better.Should be a song or at least on our what not to do training video.Reckon we will win with 5 hits,4 by rookies?

  18. Roger Garrett

    Who are these guys the Rockies have pitching? I know we can’t hit anybody but are these guys new guys or call ups.

  19. VaRedsFan

    Well, bringing in Iggy, and moving Peraza to 2nd, created that double play. No way Peraza makes that play at SS.

    • Roger Garrett

      Exactly and have no problem with defense over offense late in a game with the lead.Good move by Bell.JVM may not come up at all in the eighth and lets hope we don’t need the ninth.

    • DocProc

      I’ll give you that. But I still don’t pull VanMeter and his on-fire bat out of the game. Especially when Lorenzen can hit for himself. Wasn’t that the plan talked about all spring–that Lorenzen could pitch multiple innings and hit for himself?

      • Roger Garrett

        Especially after a lead off hit by Ervin and 5 pitches later we go to the ninth and there wasn’t a double play.I share your frustration Doc because so often the only players that are hitting are involved in a platoon or in a double switch like tonight.Bell has been consistent though with his platoon system and his defense over offense late in games but I am a offense first guy and I would ride the hot hand until he cools off.Of course I am not the manager and thanks goodness I am not.

  20. vegastypo

    Wow, Rasiel threw a fastball right down the middle, and the batter took it for strike 3. Was expecting that to be hit high and far,

  21. VaRedsFan

    R Iggy closes it out. Dominating fashion.

  22. Roger Garrett

    Reds need to be on the phones right now hollering that Iggy is back and dominating because well he just did at least for 3 batters.

    • Hanawi

      He’s been solid as ever in save situations. Bell just keeps running him out there in non save situations where he has been getting lit up

      • BK

        Which is a problem with the pitcher, not the manager. The rest of the bullpen takes the ball when called upon without excuses.

      • vegastypo

        Amen, BK. I chuckle when I hear that major leaguers complain that “they don’t know their roles.” Gee, are they a 7th inning guy or an 8th inning guy, or a closer??? ………….

        How about this role: Get batters out whenever you’re called upon.

  23. TR

    R. Iglesias gets his save and good pitching by Disco, Wandy and Lorenzen.

  24. Don

    Holding the top 5 in Rockies lineup to 4 for 16 with 3 walks is a good pitching night. Tapia was only hit from bottom 4 in lineup. Got the guys out that should be gotten out and kept the top of order in check.

    Reds won a game after not being in the lead after the 1st inning. Only like the 8th time this year.

    Good Win. Hope Wood pitches well Sunday