The Cincinnati Reds (51-58) will attempt to earn a series split against the Atlanta Braves (66-46) at SunTrust Park, Sunday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 1:20 p.m. ET.

The Skinny

The winner of this game will win the season series between these two sides (tied at three). The Reds lead the all-time series with the Braves 1163-1081. A win tonight would bring the Reds within six games of .500. This is the final game of this short, four-game road trip as the Reds come back home next week for two games against the Angles and three against the Cubs.

The Pitching

CIN Sonny Gray: 21 GS | W-L: 6-6 | 3.45 ERA | 1.134 WHIP | 10.2 K/9 | 3.1 BB/9 | 1.0 HR/9

ATL Julio Teheran: 23 GS | W-L: 6-7 | 3.38 ERA | 1.280 WHIP | 8.2 K/9 | 4.0 BB/9 | 1.0 HR/9

The Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

  1. RF Jesse Winker
  2. 1B Joey Votto
  3. 3B Eugenio Suarez
  4. LF Josh VanMeter
  5. CF Nick Senzel
  6. 2B Derek Dietrich
  7. SS Jose Iglesias
  8. C Tucker Barnhart
  9. P Sonny Gray

Atlanta Braves

  1. RF Ronald Acuna Jr.
  2. 2B Ozzie Albies
  3. 3B Josh Donaldson
  4. LF Adam Duvall
  5. 1B Austin Riley
  6. CF Ender Inciarte
  7. SS Johan Camargo
  8. C Tyler Flowers
  9. P Julio Teheran

The Rundown

Sonny Gray is coming off of his most productive month of the season. In five July starts, he pitched 32.1 innings allowing a total of eight earned runs on 29 total baserunners (21 hits, seven walks, one HBP). For every walk he allowed, in the month of July, he fanned 5.57 batters. He will be looking for revenge from his earlier encounter with Atlanta, this year. On April 23, Gray allowed four runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. He did keep control, in the game, with no walks and nine strikeouts.

The only Redleg with a homer off Teheran in their career is Derek Dietrich, and he has two. The current Reds with a history against Teheran have compiled a .307 batting average and .903 OPS. Despite not having more than Dietrich’s homers, a third of the Reds hits against Teheran are doubles (nine). Teheran has 23 strikeouts against these Reds, in their careers, compared to 17 walks.

Dietrich could really use a game against a guy he’s had prior success with. During the months of June and July, he is 14-for-97 with two dingers, seven RBI, and 36 K’s.

Aside from a stretch run of the last two games before, and the first game after the All Star Break, Nick Senzel has no other occurrence of consecutive hitless games. Expect the rookie to come back with a hit, or two, in the finale at SunTrust.

Since it opened, at the beginning of the 2017 season, the Reds are 5-4 at SunTrust Park. They’ve scored 42 runs in the Braves shiny new home.

133 Responses

  1. VaRedsFan

    No Freddie Freeman is a mini break. Hope the Reds can score early and often.

  2. Don

    Reds need this win today for confidence of not loosing a series in the last 4.
    2-2 against leader of east is a successful series.

  3. Shchi Cossack

    Derek Dietrich filled a huge hole at 2B created by Scooter’s injury. Peraza struggled mightily (.206/.266/.325/.591) during the first two months during Scooter’s absence. Dietrich filled that offensive hole admirably (.260/.366/.707/1.073). Unfortunately, Dietrich’s performance during the next two months looked very Peraza-esque (.144/.320/.278/.598). Jose Iglesias similarly filled a huge hole at SS created by Scooter’s injury and the move of Peraza from SS to 2B. Iglesias’ performance during the first two months was spectacular, defensively and offensively (.308/.340/.443/.783). The offensive contribution represented what the Reds expected (hoped?) from Peraza as the starting SS. Unfortunately, Iglesias’ performance during the next two months reverted to career form, great defense and subpar offense (.238/.275/.325/.600), while Peraza’s offensive performance (.284/.312/.412/.724) gradually improved from the quagmire of the initial two months.

    Scooter is now gone. Dietrich and Iglesias have reverted to performances expected from utility players, the role they were hired to fill. Meanwhile, some young guns (Senzel, VanMeter and Aquino) have emerged from AAA, looking for an opportunity to prove themselves at the MLB level after simply destroying AAA pitching. They are joining some young guns (Winker, Ervin and Peraza) anxious to continue to prove themselves at the MLB level. These players represent the ‘potential’ future for the Reds. Dietrich and Iglesias do not represent the potential future for the Reds. PLAY THE YOUNG GUNS…EVERY GAME FOR THE NEXT TWO MONTHS!!!

    Senzel (CF), VanMeter (2B), Peraza (SS), Aquino (RF), Winker and Ervin (LF platoon). The Reds need to find out what these young guns can do at the MLB level before making any offseason decisions regarding the future roster. They may even be able to help the team WIN in 2019. Aquino almost single-handedly drove the Reds to victory yesterday, before he was removed from the lineup in a stupid double switch.

    • RojoBenjy

      The Old Cossack speaks many wise words.

      The way this club handles their talent is reaching new levels of absurdity.

      I’d welcome a sabermetric analysis as to why their approach makes sense.

    • Sliotar

      Teheran is a little better this year, but notorious for having problems with LH hitters.

      And, still to be achieved….. “Mission Accomplished” (avoiding 90 losses and selling it as progress).

      The sad part of Shchi’s commentary is that “Young Guns” are mostly not really that young…. 24, 25, 27, etc. Peak MLB performance for most players is age 27 or age 28.

    • VaRedsFan

      Agree with all except Peraza over Iggy. Winning teams have a mixture of veterans and youngsters. Everybody on the new team does not need to be 25 or under. Iggy hits well enough, especially when it counts, and his defense saves runs daily. Count me in as wanting to extend him 2 years.

      • vegastypo

        I agree with Va here. If the Reds want to play Peraza every day just to see how he does, great. But if 2020 is supposedly an “all-in” season, the Reds had better have a shortstop who can play defense, which leaves Peraza in the dust. … If there is a better option than Iglesias by the start of next season, so be it. But we’re not there yet.

  4. Great Redlegs Fan

    A long & effective outing by Grey is the key, bullpen is shorthanded for today’s game.

  5. Slicc50

    ahhhh…….these guys make me want to pull my hair out! Aquino single-handedly keeps the team in the game lastnight. He has to be feeling great right now. So what do the Reds do? Sit him on the bench today! Aggravating!

  6. vegastypo

    On Acuna’s hit, did it really look like the outfield ‘lollygagged’ (Marty’s word) on getting the ball back to the infield? On the replay, it looked like the ball trickled into the outfield to a place where nobody could get to it.

    Either way, it would be a boost to get out of this inning with no runs scored.

  7. Chris Holbert

    Two things I do not understand, DD instead af Aquino , and JV swinging at 3-0…..every Braves hitte is working the count, the Reds swing and hack away….

  8. Chris Holbert

    When the Reds pitchers get 0-2 on guys, they seem to nit pick the strike zone…Gray already at 25 pitches

    • VaRedsFan

      I’m left without anymore hairs to pull out of my head because of it. I’ve been talking all year about nibbling and wasting pitches. So many of these 0-2 pitches are no where near the zone and are such an easy take.
      Last night Walker Buehler struck out 15 in a complete game, and barely crossed 100 pitches.

  9. Pete

    Are we afraid to pitch to these guys? Sonny has 25 pitches and counting….

  10. redfan4life

    Reds signed LH reliever Tim Collins to a minor league deal. He was released a few days ago b K.C. He maybe a slight upgrade over Wandy.

  11. Indy Red Man

    No Freddie Freeman. Starter throwing 88. No problem

    Back to Moneyball again……the Reds have good hitters so how come they don’t hit good? I think Bell is about 20% responsible. Guy goes 6-6…grab some bench. Guy hits his first HR to tie the game…..grab some bench. Ever heard of riding the hot hand?

  12. RojoBenjy

    Lineup spots 6-9 today are a joke.

    Now, make me eat my words, Jose4 and Tucker.

    • Chris Holbert

      That is the story of the year offensively, the bottom of the order has not been major leaguesque…

    • redfan4life

      They really need to upgrade at least one of SS or C spot during the off season. Both would be great but I would settle for just one. A couple relievers and this team barring major injuries could be in playoff mix next season.

    • RojoBenjy

      Thank you, Tucker!

      Those words are de-licious!

  13. VaRedsFan

    Execution! Good bunt…nice 2 out hit by Winker.

  14. Seat101

    Tehran 2x His pitch count and one in one inning.

  15. Eric B

    6.86, 5.12, 5.04, 4.80, 4.36, 4.13, 3.09, 2.03

    Reds bullpen individual era’s.

    What do they need not excluding a few they currently have

    1 closer consistantly closing.
    6 studs with one that can close when needed and one that can pitch 3 to 4 innings, ie long man.
    1 competing to attain #6 stud status

    Not that difficult.
    No sabermetrics needed.

  16. Seat101

    I do like that one commentator in the stands… “Oh come on!”

  17. Indy Red Man

    JVM swung at ball 4 & 5…..ugghhhhhh. This team is frustrating. Pitching like this will kill the game of baseball as well. 3-2 count on everyone and taking :40 between every pitch. The game will die. They need to take charge and make pitchers pitch! The Reds had 3.5 hour game that was 3-2 in 9innings a while ago vs Colorado. Thats unacceptable

    • Seat101

      You are absolutely right. I have noticed the younger pictures who have had the pitch clock in the minor leagues are faster than the veterans

      • Eric B

        Lucas Sims is good example of young guys coming up from minors pitching quickly.

    • VaRedsFan

      On the last pitch JVM asked the ump if it was a strike. The ump said yes….even though it didn’t look like one. Glad he swung instead of getting jobbed by the ump.

      Agree on long time between pitches. How about a catcher to pitcher headset?? Something has to be better than finger signs.

      • Eric B

        Wireless micro eletronic communication devices for pitchers and catchers.

      • VaRedsFan

        Got to be a way that the batter doesn’t hear though.

      • Eric B

        Inaudible Pulse signal inputfrom catcher to micro PLC, output pulse to pitcher via programmable logic controller. PLC for short.

  18. Seat101

    I really dislike these TOOTBLANS! Maybe he couldn’t see the ball but he could see the third base coach

    • VaRedsFan

      yes. Little league mistake.
      They might hold him anyway…but no chance when you stop.

  19. Chris Holbert

    What is up with the strike zone, Senzel gets wrung up on the same pitch, that is a ball on Enciarte…

    • Eric B

      After last night and so far today. I’m ready for RoboUmp.

  20. Seat101

    Is that the best Nick can do throwing to third?

  21. RedAlert

    Nice job Sonny !!! Intestinal fortitude !!!

  22. Slicc50

    See what can happen when you draw a 2 out walk! Good job there JVM and Nick Senzel!

  23. VaRedsFan

    The little things…SB by JVM is huge, scored on the Senzel 2 out hit.

  24. Indy Red Man

    Small ball! I like JVMs game as well! Like to see him play vs LHP

  25. VaRedsFan

    Not nearly enough runs yet fellas. The bottom of the bullpen might have to finish this one off. If Iggy can’t go 3 straight, I guess Garrett will be the man.

  26. Eric B

    Sonny was a great acquisition. Could go 7 today but then what? Garrett probably not available. Sims then iggy.

    • Indy Red Man

      Sims looks quite a bit like Bauer coming out of the pen. Throwing 96 with big breaking stuff! If you throw out the start vs Milw then these are his #s as a reliever since he came back up:

      6.1 ip, 4 hits, 2 er, 3 walks, 12 Ks

      • Eric B

        Stats dont lie. If Garrett is not a available Sims in the 7th is the best option in my opinion if Sonny only goes 6 plus. Let’s hope AG can go at least one. We gotta finish this one!

  27. MK

    Game is so much more enjoyable to without Thom doing the broadcast.

    • RojoBenjy

      All day every day and twice as enjoyable on Sundays.

  28. Eric B

    After last night and so far today. I’m ready for RoboUmp.

  29. VaRedsFan

    Go all the way back to the wall 1st….then time your jump from there Nick. Tough play, but a great catch was possible. Learning moment hopefully.

  30. VaRedsFan

    surprised they didn’t let Freeman hit for Flowers. Phewww!

    • MK

      What part of Flowers games is good. Can’t catch well, can’t throw, can’t hit. Must have naked pictures of GMs wife,

  31. Eric B

    Winker needs to leave that 9 iron in the bat rack hitting lead off. That par 3 swing he took with 2 in scoring position earlier need not happen. A single scores 2.

  32. Eric B

    God bless those hurting in Dayton and El paso.

  33. VaRedsFan

    Big time stuff from Gray. Getting thru 7 with 110 pitches, after about 30 in the 1st.

  34. Reddawg12

    I obviously wish Lucas Sims hadn’t given up a homer, but I appreciate the fact that he came out and threw strikes. Refreshing to see.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      With that performance on the heels of what the bullpenners who pitched last night did, Sims could become an option for late-inning high-leverage situations.

  35. Indy Red Man

    Sims not great today, but did K the side. He seems to be better out of the pen.

  36. Hanawi

    No Iglesias? Did he get hurt batting yesterday?

  37. CI3J

    Disgusting. Gray pitched a great game, and the bullpen can hold a 3 run lead.

    Simply disgusting.

  38. Pete

    Unbelievable. What’s happened to the pen?

  39. VaRedsFan

    Garrett and Lorenzen are about as meh as they come. Good arms, but are throwers, not pitchers

    • Pete

      Another 0-2 count and whittled it away.

  40. DocProc

    Acuna never should have been around to hit that HR. Showed up the ump twice today about strike calls he didn’t like (and he was wrong both times). Should have been run.

  41. VaRedsFan

    It feels like the Braves have made comebacks like this on us since the 90’s

    • vegastypo

      Don’t remind me. A blown big lead that ended with a grand slam seems like it was yesterday, even if it was 5 or 10 years ago.

  42. MK

    Maybe Bell’s strength is keeping his stupid coaches under control. How many times this season have Sims and Stephenson pitched back-to-back days. Nothing like doing with twice with game on the line.

  43. VaRedsFan

    He couldn’t hit a 2 run HR without the walk.

  44. CI3J

    The momentum is really shifting now… And Stephenson, Mr. Can’t Control His Emotions, on the mound….

    It’s gonna take a miracle not to lose it right here.

  45. earmbrister

    How many times has BobSteve thrown it away this year on a pickoff throw to first?

  46. Pete

    Braves play first class fundamental baseball, the Reds don’t. Been like this for a couple of decades.

    • Roger Garrett

      Exactly Pete.Just simple stuff seems so hard for this group.Can’t walk guys,can’t even give their best hitter a shot and they did just like last night.Just awful really.

  47. VaRedsFan

    Did Votto whiff the throw…replay wasn’t clear

    • VaRedsFan

      He could of caught it…but the throw over was bad.

  48. Hanawi

    Why do they have Peralta on the roster if he can’t pitch? Carry an extra reliever and they still don’t have enough. Bring Bowman back up. Bring up Kuhnel.

    • vegastypo

      Why do they have a ‘closer’ on the roster who can’t throw 3 innings in 3 days? Raisel Iglesias is hurting the team by his limited availability, not to mention the times when he hurts the team by pitching poorly.

  49. Eric B

    Steve Bob to the rescue.

    Or Not!

    He forgot to put his brain in before he put his hat on.

  50. Hanawi

    Nice job by Stephenson to get out of it.

  51. Aaron B.

    I have never seen pitchers so afraid to throw strikes. I just don’t understand how you walk a guy when you are up by 2 runs, I don’t care if he is Barry Bonds, they need two runs to beat you you can’t give them a free base runner. They are trying for the corners all the time and as a result walking way too many guys these past couple of games.

  52. CI3J

    Amazing. They survived to play extras.

    But I’m still not feeling too good about their chances to win. The momentum has definitely shifted now.

  53. Chris Holbert

    The DP and the non bunt is totally on the coaching staff.

    • Chris Holbert

      With a bunt they would now have the lead..

  54. Pete

    Does the kid have a flair for the dramatic?

  55. Slicc50

    What the heck happened? Looks like same as last year for Amir Garrett. Un-hittable in April, May and June. Terrible for the rest of the season. The bullpen is BAD

    • Sliotar

      LOL. There you go.

      Can Shane Greene show up at all Reds road games?

  56. Pete

    AA’s ball was 106 mph. He should not be sitting.

    • Aaron B.

      Looks like he is getting the hang of it. I still think plate discipline will be a concern, but you are right the ball flies off his bat.

  57. Slicc50

    Thank god Tucker! We gotta have this one!

  58. CI3J

    Ok, bullpen, another 3 run lead. You get a second chance.

    Can you make this one hold up?

    • Pete

      That was some serious clutch hitting.

  59. RedsMonk65

    All of the sudden, Atlanta is silent. Tuckered out, perhaps?

  60. RedsMonk65

    Another chance. Bullpen most hold this time.

  61. Aaron B.

    I was just saying the other day Tucker should hit for more power, I mean he is a big guy. And he delivers! A split of this series is very acceptable. This is a tough Braves team playing at home, looking to maybe dethrone the Dodgers.

  62. CI3J

    PSA: Robert Stephenson is now in line for the “WIN”.

    Sonny Gray, who pitched 7 shutout innings with 7 K, is not.

    What a useless stat. Either kill it or change the conditions on earning it.

  63. Hanawi

    Oh boy Hernandez. Hold onto your hats! Just don’t walk anyone.

  64. earmbrister

    I take full responsibility for the blown save. I come home to a 3-1 game (though I was listening in the car) and Garrett blows it. I go outside for a bit, and come back to a 6-3 lead.

    Do I dare watch?

  65. RedAlert

    Reds bullpen is a clowns show – Hughes and Hernandez have NO BUSINESS
    WHATSOEVER ON THE MOUND

  66. RedsMonk65

    Finally!

    Reds really need to address this bullpen problem.

    But, all said, a split in Atlanta is very good.

    • Roger Garrett

      A win is a win but you can’t have guys in the pen you don’t use cause you might as well not have them.Got to be guys down in the minors that the Reds could give some appearances to now in place of guys that just won’t be here next year.Most teams redo the pen each year anyway so lets start early.Hopefully Reed gets up here soon and how about Big Sal and Bowman.Those three could help us.Pen guys are never going to be good all the time but when it becomes bad most of the time you just have to look somewhere else.

    • earmbrister

      Agreed Monk.

      A split in Atlanta IS very good. The rotation is strong; great game by Sonny Gray today. The BP should get much needed reio’s soon.

      Time for the Reds to make some noise.

  67. Hanawi

    Couple of bullpen arms should be on the Reds’ shopping list over the winter. Maybe even 3.

  68. Pete

    This could be a seminal game. Fantastic win!

  69. vegastypo

    The irony is that the Braves went out and got all these relievers, and they’re not doing any better than their own gas-can squad from before the trade deadline.