The Cincinnati Reds (53-58) will go for a quick two game series sweep against the Los Angeles Angels (56-58) tonight at 7:10 PM. A win tonight would make the Reds 4-0-1 in their last five series. The Reds are 52-50 over their last 102 games.

Starting Pitchers

Anthony DeSclafani has been Mr. Consistent of late. He has gone 5+ innings allowing 3 ER or less in 6 consecutive starts and in 10 of his last 11. This will be the first time in his career pitching against the Angels. Disco has 2.12 ERA in 3 inter-league starts this season and a 3.40 ERA at GABP.

The Reds will face another lefty in Jose Suarez. He is currently the Angels #8 prospect. Suarez has been up and down three times this season between AAA and the big league club. Here is his scouting report from MLB Pipeline:

When the Angels signed Suarez in July 2014, they hoped his advanced feel for pitching would allow him to move through their system fairly quickly. He didn’t fill them with confidence when he first began, struggling a bit to find consistency when he came to the United States in 2015 and again in 2016. He pitched well in his first taste of full-season ball in 2017, but really took a huge leap forward in 2018 when he pitched his way across three levels of the system and spent most of the year in Triple-A at age 20, then made his big league debut in 2019.

Suarez might be under six feet tall and not seem like the most athletic or conditioned pitcher, but he more than handled the increased workload in 2018, topping 100 innings for the first time, and he really knows how to pitch. His low-90s fastball plays up because he commands it so well and has plus life that leads to a lot of groundball outs. His plus changeup has sink also, and he throws it with outstanding deception. His curveball continued to improve and will flash better than average at times.

While he is a strike thrower who is more than happy to get early count outs, he’s also shown his ability to miss bats, even at the highest levels of the system. Just 21, he has the chance to settle in as a mid-rotation starter when all is said and done.

Starting Lineups

Angels Reds
1. David Fletcher (SS)
2. Mike Trout (CF)
3. Brian Goodwin (RF)
4. Justin Upton (LF)
5. Albert Pujols (1B)
6. Matt Thaiss (3B)
7. Luis Rengifo (2B)
8. Max Stassi (C)
9. Jose Suarez (P)
1. Nick Senzel (CF)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
4. Aristides Aquino (RF)
5. Jose Iglesias (SS)
6. Phillip Ervin (LF)
7. Jose Peraza (2B)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Anthony DeSclafani (P)

News and Notes

The Cincinnati Reds signed Brad Boxberger to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Louisville late this afternoon.

110 Responses

  1. Pete

    Angel’s starting pitcher Jose Suarez has Fernando Valenzuela’s body type. If you see him in an airport, there is no way you’d think he’s a MLB pitcher. He has a better profile than Patrick Sandoval and that didn’t work out so great, so I hope they don’t take Jose and his 5.66 ERA lightly.

    Can’t lose this game if you want to avoid looking back at the season realizing you missed the playoffs by a single game. Too late in the schedule for this to happen.

  2. gusnwally

    A night to remember last night. Got to see Mike Trout in person. All he did was hit a homer steal a base, and drop an easy fly.Enough memories for me. And we got the win, all in all a pretty good night.

    • rex

      I was actually happy he homered and even more happy that it didn’t matter.

      lets hope he got it out of his system

  3. RojoBenjy

    The 1-8 start looms large.

    Bet Castellini wishes he had just cut bait with Kemp right away. Well—is he that astute to know it should be a regret?

    • vegastypo

      The 1-8 start … What’s the saying? Can’t win a division in April, but can lose one in April?

    • RedsFan11

      Pretty simple, Bob is a cheapskate

      1) payin Kemp so had to play
      2) refused to bring senzel up so they could save money on back end
      3)Continued to run out Schebler instead of playing Ervin because he was making more money

      • doofus

        Really? First, I do not know why some are revisiting what happened over 6 months ago, after this club seems to have found some balance and direction.

        Second, the deal with the Dodgers was primarily an exchange of bad salary’s and unwanted players with a couple of prospects as sweetners. Evaluating whether Kemp could contribute was prudent, he could not, he was let go.

        Third, how is Bob Castellini cheap? He has just taken on salary, with the possibility of enlarging the payroll to extend Bauer, Wood and others?

        I have criticized Bob Castellini, but what I see the club doing now does not warrant criticism.

      • Jefferson Green

        There is more evidence that Bob is not a cheapskate than otherwise. Your first and third arguments do not effect the expense to the club (salaries are guaranteed and are sunk costs, whether a player plays or not). The Reds have raised spending dramatically under Bob, from new scouts in Asia (first time) to a large analytics department that didn’t previously exist, to more coaches for each minor league team, and much more. There is legitimate criticism to levy, but not the ‘cheapskate’ tag.

  4. Chris

    I’m so happy that JVM is yet again sitting tonight. Doesn’t matter that he killed lefties in triple A, we have to play peraza and Iglesias daily vs the 24-year old future. Likewise, if we get to the Angels lefty and they bring in a right hander, Acquino must be immediately double switched out. No other way. Love our manager and acting manager…love that Williams/Krall and manager is aligned….4 sits and 2 starts for Vanmeter since “we need to play this kid daily public comment.”

    • RedsFan11

      Hey at least Ervin gets to play for once….

      • RojoBenjy

        Until he gets double switched for in the 6th inning.

    • RojoBenjy

      @Chris

      It does seem like the Twilight Zone.

    • DocProc

      It’s just crazy. And it likely won’t change when we face 3 Cubs lefties this weekend.
      Definition of insanity.

  5. vegastypo

    I thought 0-2 pitches were supposed to be the pitcher’s advantage, now losing 3-0.

  6. Sliotar

    Seems like every damaging at-bat in the last week has happened with a Reds pitcher having 0-2 count on batter.

    Early days, though. Especially in this park.

  7. DocProc

    So tired of Disco putting us in a deep first-inning hole.

    • RedsfaninPetaluma

      Always two strikes, he has an inability to shut down a hitter even with a two strikes ! Time to find someone else to start in his spot. Perhaps Gausman ?

    • Doc

      He averages 5 innings per start. Can’t do that without putting the team in a hole early. Eats up the bullpen the way Bell, et al, use them.

  8. Indy Red Man

    I’ve defended Disco alot and pushed some stats beyond his poor start, but I’ve had enough. Comes out tonite and throws 15 fastballs out of 16-17 pitches. Where’s hits slider? Didn’t have it last start either? Tonite his velocity is even down a tick. An 0-2 beefball to Upton for the bomb. Good pitchers don’t give up 3 run shots. He’s not horrible, but the Reds need to do better. Castillo, Gray, Bauer, Wood, and Lorenzen sounds good to me!

  9. Tomn

    At least this time he went 4 batters deep before giving up 3 runs. How about Romano for a #5?

  10. Roger Garrett

    A repeat of his last start and Freeman’s 3 run shot.Just can’t do that and on an 0-2 pitch just terrible execution by Disco.He’s better then that and he needs to show it.

  11. RojoBenjy

    The Reds’ opener didn’t have such a good first inning.

  12. RedsFan11

    That was a Mike troutesque bomb.

  13. JB

    The more you all complain about Iglesias the more he comes through. .

  14. Indy Red Man

    Guess who picked up Iggy the SS for their cash fantasy league. He’s hot!!! Brand new game! See if Disco can pitch like he has half a brain and quit centering up 0-2 pitches

  15. Roger Garrett

    I didn’t know much about AA and actually thought he would be just a power guy with a lot of strikeouts and I know its a very very small sample size but he looks like a hitter.He doesn’t appear to over swing and just looks good.We know its about adjustments back and forth but I like what I see so far.

    • Sliotar

      That felt like a TOOTBLAN by Peraza.

      If it’s a hit… worse case, he’s at third with one out, top of lineup coming up.

  16. Roger Garrett

    Good quick inning by Disco.Now lets go back to work on offense.

  17. Indy Red Man

    That was nice hitting by Peraza. I think we were all fans of him in that first half-season. He hit like .321 or something. Kept the ball on the ground and was pretty sneaky with the bunt hits. He stole 21 bases if I’m not mistaken in half a season. Problem is he was better then he is now and thats not really up for debate. He’s never going to drive the ball unless you come down-n-in. JVM is a better hitter vs righties and lefties. JVM had the 2nd fastest time from 2nd to home on a single. Was Peraza first? I doubt it for some reason. JVM has already walked more then Peraza. This is not really a debate. Whats a faster car…..a Volkswagen or a Camaro.

    • Sliotar

      Plus, if Baseball IQ really is a thing, I don’t think Peraza is at the top on this year’s Reds squad.

      That felt like a TOOTBLAN by Peraza.

      If it’s a hit… worse case, he’s at third with one out, top of lineup coming up.

      • RojoBenjy

        “What is the ‘baseball IQ’ of which you speak?” – Reds’ development staff

      • Sliotar

        Peraza’s complete disinterest in ever taking a base on balls while at the plate falls into this category.

      • RojoBenjy

        Careful, Sliotar. Jose9 has friends out there. Lol

      • Sliotar

        @Rojo

        If it could transferred via blood infusion, Nick Senzel should give out donations through all levels of the Reds organization.

      • RojoBenjy

        And right on cue, no one covers second base on a sure DP ball.

        I agree—Senzel has some smart. But he had it before the Reds picked him. Seems like unless the player comes by it on his own, the Reds have little success in getting it to stick in their minds.

      • doofus

        Just curious, why do the same people complain game after game? This is a game where you do not succeed 100% of the time.

      • RojoBenjy

        Curious-

        What do the same people come on and complain that people complain about the game?

        I tend to be pretty balanced between criticism and praise. And I try to keep it aimed at the team, not RLN.

        But i’m not 100% successful.

  18. Indy Red Man

    Disco needs something soft. Its always a fastball or hard slider. Throws harder then Sonny Gray, but SG changes speeds with his stuff. I guess if everyone could do it then nobody would have a era above 4, but it seems like it could be teachable. Disco is a hard worker! A change-up or splitter. Turn a 4.25 – 4.50 guy into a 3.60 era 3rd starter.

    • RojoBenjy

      He just threw an 86 mph change up for strike one on Rengifo.

      He must be listening.

    • VaRedsFan

      I think Amir Garrett is the same way…all his stuff is hard. I’ll put slow curve on his to do list.

      • RedAlert

        Disco working on pitching himself right out of a rotation spot

  19. Slicc50

    Man, this kid is something else! So far so good……

  20. Slicc50

    Aquino having a great game……have to sit him down tomorrow. LOL.

    • RojoBenjy

      No, he should be double switched out ASAP by Reds managing manual.

  21. doofus

    I know premature, but Aquino reminds me of George Foster with better defense.

    • Indy Red Man

      I thought George was a pretty good defender. George also wasn’t that tall. I remember Parker and some of those other guys towering over him at the AS game.
      I don’t know who he reminds me of? Someone said Dave Kingman. I don’t see that either? Maybe a righty Darryl Strawberry. Not that kind of talent, but tall and thin with serious bat speed and leverage

  22. renbutler

    The Reds might be playing better lately, but they are still the worst base-running team I can remember in recent history. At least in terms of really, really stupid mental errors.

  23. VaRedsFan

    TOOTBLAN Iggy4.
    That was very much a balk IMO

    • RojoBenjy

      Well—I was listening. Cowboy didn’t mention balk. What did Welsh say?

      • VaRedsFan

        No mention of it. Several more throw overs…they all looked the same. very much on that imaginary 45 degree line between home and 1st

    • Sliotar

      Reds are one of the worst in stolen bases in all of MLB … have hit 2 HRs tonight (so far) …. and have a guy do what Iglesias just did.

      Silliness.

      The TOOTBLANS may haunt a little more when the Cubs roll in on Thursday.

      • Slicc50

        They always seem to come back to haunt you against those good teams don’t they?

  24. RojoBenjy

    Iglesias’ brilliance there costs a run.

    What were we saying about baseball IQ?

  25. VaRedsFan

    Disco in line for a platoon vs lefties. can he play 1st?

    • RojoBenjy

      If Winker can play CF, so can Disco.

  26. Slicc50

    There ya go Disco, help your team out with that bat!

  27. Jim t

    Really like how the reds are using the youngsters. All of them are getting playing time. They are putting them in the best positions to have some success, gain confidence and adjust to life in the big leagues. They are not overwhelming them or putting to much pressure on them.

    • Indy Red Man

      The old Ocho off of Lester in the 2nd:) He’s one of those guys that I think should get rocked like that all the time. Throws 92 and can’t hold people on. Can’t even throw to the base?

      • Pete

        A’s 8, Cubs 0 Bottom of the second.

  28. Matt WI

    Great inning but sweet mercy, Brantley’s play by play has somehow gotten worse. Terrible, terrible job relating the action as it’s occurring, just barely remembering to let us know someone scores after the fact. I’ve grown to like much of what he says about the game, but play by play is just not even close to what it should be.

    • Matt WI

      Terrible job describing the Iglesias rundown too. Just lets it all happen in front of him. He is best with Marty at the same time.

  29. Slicc50

    Man, the Angels pitching is TERRIBLE! I almost feel sorry for them……..almost

    • Sliotar

      Feel sorry for Trout.

      At this rate, he is going to pull a Cleveland Browns LT Joe Thomas …. going to make the Hall of Fame without ever winning a playoff game.

      • Sliotar

        A’s 8, Cubs 0

        Lester over 50 pitches to get through 2 innings.

        Maybe the Reds get a hangover effect start this weekend.

      • Slicc50

        That dude is something else isn’t he?

  30. RedsMonk65

    Man, this Trout kid sure is something.

    • Indy Red Man

      He’s just a natural. Just born to play the game. I think of how they described Mickey Mantle before he hurt his knee.

  31. RedAlert

    Wow Disco – dude can’t go one game
    without giving up a bomb , or two , or three – geeze

    Man , it gets really old after a while

    • Indy Red Man

      He doesn’t have good stuff tonite. Atleast he battled and drove in a run. They should pull him now.

      Tonite is sort of why I always make the argument for Lorenzen in the rotation. I don’t think he’d be great, but 5-6 innings with 2-3 runs and get 10+ at-bats every month. I think he’d drive in a few to make up for some of the runs he allowed.

      Love Aguino, but young lefties throwing 92 are one thing and righties like Woodruff from Milw throw 97 with 90 mph sliders are another. Time will tell, but he looks comfortable!

      • VaRedsFan

        not with this bullpen…pick your poison.

      • Indy Red Man

        Well yeah….they have to fix the pen. I’m talking about next year and beyond!

  32. Indy Red Man

    Never understood why the Cubs gave up on Jorge Soler, but glad they did. 2 bombs and 4 rbis tonite. 31 & 79 on the season. I think the Reds could’ve snagged at one point, but probably too late now. He’s only 27.

    Pull Disco at the right time imo. Cmon Amir!! Get it together!!

  33. Jim t

    Was hoping to Get Disco through this innng and with a day off Wednesday close out the last 3 innings with Lorenzen,Garrett and Iggy. I guess it will have to be 3 and 2/3 innings. A win tonight makes the weekend series against the Cubs huge. Love seeing meaningful baseball being played on the river again.

  34. Slicc50

    That is the Amir Garrett the Reds need down the stretch!

  35. JB

    Ever since Tucker changed his batting stance he is killing it.

  36. Pete

    Two of Aquino’s hits: 109 and 111 mph. Not bad for a rookie.

  37. Roger Garrett

    Should we let Amir have the 8th.He looks nasty tonight.I think we are off tomorrow so maybe they ride him for another inning.

  38. Jim t

    I haven’t looked at the numbers but it sure seems like the reds are terrible at getting runners in from third with less then 2 outs.

  39. RojoBenjy

    Lorenzen owns Trout twice in two days. Nice.

  40. Indy Red Man

    Call it after 7 innings. Goodnight everybody:)

  41. VaRedsFan

    Ren Butler….what’s the weather outlook?

    • rex

      the way the angels have played lately I’m sure they are to get on the plane

      • earmbrister

        Funny stuff.

        But seriously, anyone have their finger on the umpires/weatherperson’s pulse?

  42. RedsMonk65

    Hope they call it. Anyway, I got to go.

  43. earmbrister

    Man, BobSteve never seems to make it easy.

    Throws gas and carries a gasoline can.

  44. RedAlert

    Never seen a bullpen where any dude he brings in can’t hardley throw strikes ! THIS BULLPEN NEEDS TO BE OVERRHAULED (hopefully that’s in progress) – please getsome guys that can throw the freaking ball over the plate ! Its ridiculous !

  45. earmbrister

    Guess I’m the sole survivor. That gapper by Calhoun nearly gave me a heart attack. Nice wheels on Aquino. The BP made the eighth interesting. Again.

    Tucker!!!!

  46. FreeHouse

    This Reds bullpen has been super scary as of late. Too many walks that often lead for disaster. Reds dodged a bullet on the Calhoun gapper.

  47. Pete

    Three in row, this is what is known as a “winning streak”!

    LAD 2, STL 1 after 3 innings.