The Reds (56-60) and the Nationals (62-55) start a three game series in our nation’s capital tonight. First pitch is set for 7:05 EDT. It’s another crucial series for the Reds, as they sit 5.0 games out of a wild card spot. The next two series are against the teams that currently hold those wild card spots.

The Nationals would be hosting the NL wild card game if the season ended today, but as tight as that race is, things can change daily. At 6.5 games back in the NL East, the Nats haven’t completely given up on the division crown, but with the way the Braves are playing, the better playoff chance for the Nats is the wild card.

Starting Pitchers

Anthony DeSclafani 113.2 4.20 4.57 4.34 24.70% 7.00%
Erick Fedde 60.0 4.20 5.23 5.22 12.60% 9.80%


In his last start against the Angels at GABP, Anthony DeSclafani gave up four runs on five hits while striking out five and walking three in 5.1 innings. Two of those five hits were home runs, which continues to be a struggle for DeSclafani. He’s given up 22 home runs this season, two shy of the 24 he gave up last year, in almost the same number of innings. He pitched 115.0 innings in 2018, while he’s up to 113.2 innings going into tonight’s game.

Juan Soto is 2-for-3 with a double off DeSclafani, while Gerardo Parra is 2-for-6 and Brian Dozier is 2-for-4.


Erick Fedde started the season in the Nats bullpen, but moved to the starting rotation in the middle of May. It’s been an up and down season for him, and nothing shows that more than his last two starts. Against the Braves on July 30, he gave up nine runs in 3.2 innings. However, he followed that up with a six inning shut out performance against the Giants last Monday.

While Fedde’s ERA is at a fairly respectable 4.20, his FIP is at 5.23, a whole point above his ERA. It shows he really hasn’t been as good as his ERA would lead you to believe. Even in the start against the Giants when he didn’t allow a run, he still gave up six hits. His K% is only 12.60%, while his Contact% is 82.9%. Fedde’s never been a strikeout pitcher and his high contact rates throughout his career reflect that.

No Red has more than three at-bats against Fedde. Of the Reds players who have faced him, Nick Senzel is the only one with an extra base hit. He is 1-for-3 with a double off Fedde.


1. Jesse Winker (LF)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
4. Josh VanMeter (2B)
5. Aristides Aquino (RF)
6. Nick Senzel (CF)
7. Tucker Barnhart (C)
8. Jose Iglesias (SS)
9. Anthony DeSclafani (P)
1. Trea Turner (SS)
2. Adam Eaton (RF)
3. Anthony Rendon (3B)
4. Matt Adams (1B)
5. Asdrubal Cabrera (2B)
6. Gerardo Parra (LF)
7. Kurt Suzuki (C)
8. Victor Robles (CF)
9. Erick Fedde (P)

-Jesse Winker and Josh Van Meter both get the start tonight against the right-hander Fedde. After being relegated to the bench for most of the Cubs series, José Iglesias is back in the lineup.

-Rookie phenom Juan Soto is not in the Nationals lineup after rolling his ankle in Sunday’s game against the Mets. He’s listed day-to-day, so he could be out for the entire series.

News and Notes

-Aristides Aquino deservedly wins NL Player of the Week.

-The Reds claimed Freddy Galvis off waivers today. This is to create more depth at the middle infield positions, but Galvis also has a team option for 2020. He’ll take Scooter Gennett’s number.

-Amir Garrett will begin his 8-game suspension tonight. As C Trent Rosecrans notes, this means he will be with the team in Pittsburgh next weekend.

-And finally, here’s some pre-game reading for you.

172 Responses

    • Centerfield

      Chuckles at that. Most inconsistent strike zone ever. JI in the lineup. I guess O’Grady gets sent down tomorrow when Galvis joins the club, although I’d rather seen Peraza get some work at Louisville.

      • Pete

        My money is on Jose Peraza. I still think this is a very interesting quote made just a couple of weeks ago. It’s like someone didn’t get the memo or the hint:

        “And for us we can get playing time to the guys that are playing well for us. Josh VanMeter is a guy who has really taken a step forward this year. We want to try and get his bat in the lineup and see what he can do on a daily basis. And this kind of gives him a chance to play.”

        General Manger Nick Krall, July 31

    • Mike Adams

      RojoB, you sure about that?

      The clown in the video did not walk into anything due to poor eyesight, so it may not be Angel Hernandez.

      • RojoBenjy

        You may be onto something there…guess Twitter isn’t always right.

  1. Sliotar

    So…. the Reds are actually a slight favorite (-110) tonight, according to ESPN.

    -Favored tonight
    -Not facing Corbin or Scherzer in this series
    -Wednesday is Strasburg, but vs. Trevor Bauer.

    Very favorable to win a series. Especially in a park where it seems the Reds go once each season and just get waylaid in at least one game, sometimes all of them.

    • JB

      If memory serves me correctly I think the Reds do well against Strasburg. They need 2 out of 3.

    • Wayne nabors

      -128 yesterday and we seen how that turned.but hopefully today is better

  2. JB

    So all 3 shortstops have OBPs below league average. Between what 280 and 310? I’ll take the guy that gives you 20 dingers. As for Peraza he seems to be a guy that needs to play everyday like last year. I dont think he can make the adjustments by sitting every other day. I would like to see him go to AAA and play every day to see if that’s the problem. He came so far last year by playing every day.

    • Hanawi

      Even last year he was below average at the plate and combined with league worst defense, he’s not a long term solution. Reds should move on.

      • JB

        Not disagreeing with you. Sometimes the light comes on late for some and sometimes it doesnt.

  3. vegastypo

    What in God’s name is the third base coach thinking there? That is utterly stupid.

    • RojoBenjy

      Especially with Aquino on deck.


    • JB

      I’m not even sure Hamilton would have made it home. Terrible

  4. Seat101

    What!?! I turn on the TV in time to see Joey Votto tagged out at home standing. Who sent him did he run through a stop sign

  5. VaRedsFan

    Wow, not even close. Robles had the ball before Votto touched 3rd base.

    That’s on House.

    • RojoBenjy

      In the old days when the runner could blow up the catcher it would be a different story.

      I’m glad those days are over. Someone should inform Coach House.

  6. Seat101

    Seriously! Who what where when and why

    • Eric B

      Two bad decisions all season. Maybe Votto should run faster.

      • M

        Watch more games. Your count will not be two.

  7. Roger Garrett

    Juts another silly play on the base paths by a team that just does silly things on the base paths.Been this way forever or so it seems like it.

  8. Aaron B.

    House isn’t fit to coach little league let alone the pros. Everybody knows Votto is slow, with 1 out you send him vs Robles scooping the ball up in shallow CF? Seriously? OMG what a joke. Watching this team is sometimes akin to torture.

  9. Seat101

    I’ve watched a lot of games and I feel that the third base coach, House, has been more than adequate. This time though he pulled a boner.

    • RojoBenjy

      Yes, no one as bad as Steve Smith.

      House is a genius in comparison.

  10. JB

    This should be their starting lineup every day with Farmer subbing with Barnhart, Galvis with Iglesias, Ervin with Winker.

  11. RojoBenjy

    Dang. First inning HR to Mr. Adiposity.

    Anthony why? Lol

    • RedAlert

      Wow – here we go again. Disco’s stuff is straight as an arrow. This gets old. Guy gives up dingers at an alarming rate . Pathetic – Nats taking BP.

    • RojoBenjy

      My “Oh boy “ above was meant for here. After the third run scored.

    • Seat101

      Geez, I meant Peraza’s got a better pitching record…

    • yorktownred

      Gonna have to wait for the 7th or 8th inning for that if the bleeding continues. Warm up the Gauze-man!!!

  12. RojoBenjy

    I would be ok with moving Disco to the pen when Mahle returns. It’s a wash.

  13. Roger Garrett

    Third straight game Disco has given up a homer in the first.We need to sign Adams and Happ in the off season they both will make millions just playing against us.

    • RojoBenjy

      You know that means they would stink for the Reds lol.

      • Roger Garrett

        Yeah your probably right but we may lose a game or two less.Disco needs to do something different to start the game.

    • VaRedsFan

      Corey Dickerson too…we could sign them and stick them in the minors so they couldn’t hurt us anymore

  14. RedAlert

    Disco possibly pitching his way out of this rotation when others get healthy … he’s not doing himself any favors and it has not gotten any better … move him to the pen

    • Doc

      He would fit right in as a reliever. Most of them have been giving up crooked numbers when they enter a game.

  15. RojoBenjy

    Jose Iglesias is mysterious.

    By the numbers not a good hitter. But he seems to come through more often than the numbers would suggest.

    How is that explained?

    • VaRedsFan

      Yup, I don’t care if he doesn’t taks a walk or singles with 2 outs and nobody on. He does his damage when it counts

    • Curt

      Could it be that now discredited “clutch” hitting that we all used to know. I don’t follow stats much deeper than the main 5 or six and then my eyeballs watching every game. He does seem to contribute in some meaningful way on a regular basis. Mysterious. 🙂

  16. Eric

    They have got to replace this guy. No life no movement on his fastball. 23 dingers now. I hope they don’t just settle for him as a 4 or 5 starter next season if they are serious about contending. Mahle is no starter either.

    • RedAlert

      Terrible pitch and he got lucky there too – geeze

  17. Indy Red Man

    Took Over 10.5 tonite. Free $$

    Shaky starters and probably the worst 2 pens in the NL

    • Roger Garrett

      Looks like we may have a winner.

  18. earmbrister

    Shame Angel Hernandez couldn’t join us tonight …

  19. Aaron B.

    They showed the Winker HR replay and there was a mic nearby when he high fived Suarez and you could hear da Wink say:
    “I wanna be like you!” LOL.

  20. Roger Garrett

    He has taken his show to other places.Can you imagine him behind the plate very night?There would be more ejections,fines and suspensions then one could imagine.Teams should have an option to go robo ump any time he is to call balls and strikes.

    • earmbrister

      Angel H has been awful for years. How does he still have a job?

      My employee (a Mets season ticket holder) came in this morning and said “so I understand Angel Hernandez was behind the plate at the Reds game yesterday”. He hates him also.

  21. Eric B

    JR House has made exactly two bad decisions all year. He is an excellent third base coach and a great guy. Good thing he don’t work for anyone on this blog

    • Aaron B.

      I’ve only been watching games for a couple weeks and he has made two bad decisions in that time. I am glad to hear it hasn’t been a problem all year long. Today was a bad one with 1 out but live and learn.

    • Pete

      Eric, one thing, “great guy” has nothing to do with winning, it’s not a factor. This my only point. I’m not suggesting he lose his job but being great guy has zero to do with it. As a fan base we need to stop this or we’ll be losers forever.

  22. Roger Garrett

    Not to beat a dead horse but any time you just give away outs it hurts.When you do it at the plate in the first inning on the road with less then two outs its well just brutal.Would just love to here that one explained?

    • Eric B

      He made a mistake. Plain and simple. That doesn’t warrant his head on the chopping block like some have suggested. I mean come on. The guy makes a mistake, who doesn’t?

      • M

        Are you related to House? His “mistake” contributed greatly to this loss. This was not the first time.

  23. Indy Red Man

    It seems like Disco would be a good fit to have an opener start off the game. That way he could enter in the 2nd or 3rd and warm up with the bottom of the lineup.
    Bell likes a 13 man staff and a couple of those guys don’t get enough work anyway.

  24. Roger Garrett

    Got to go nation.Don’t like the looks of this one.Bunch of base runners and only two runs so far.Just looks like we could fall asleep at the plate any time.Hope not so bring us home a winner.

  25. earmbrister

    I swear that Matt Adams tends to beat up on the Reds.

    • Wayne nabors

      absolutely, whether he a card,brave or nats,he destroys reds pitching

    • RedAlert

      Disco just flat out unimpressive – geeze

      • RedAlert

        Gotta fet this dude out of the rotation – put Mahle back or something when he comes back . No excuse for him keeping his soot – doesnt deserve it one single bit

  26. VaRedsFan

    multi run bombs are killers.
    The stupid pitcher got a hit.

  27. earmbrister

    Man two days in a row. A little dink hit, and the floodgates open.

  28. Indy Red Man

    3 run cheapie with the super ball. Tired of all these HRs. We hit 5 the other night vs the Angels and it didn’t feel like anything unordinary. Don’t get me wrong….Disco sucks, but I’m tired of the super ball. Turner didn’t connect that well at all.

    They’re putting up runs, but the pen and 4th/5th spot are killers. They lose this series and I guess it doesn’t matter anyway.

    • Don

      the fat pitch to Turner was all caused by bad pitch selection by Barnhart or whomever is calling location and the pitch. Had Turner 0-2 and 3rd pitch was called to be over his head as Barnhart was standing up and the 4th pitch Barnhart setup 8 inches outside and disco hit his glove.

      No Disco must through a strike and Barnhart again setup high and outside, he was standing up and there was no chance of it being a strike as Barnhart was in front of the umpire.

      Someone needs to teach the Reds/Barnhart it is OK to have a batter get out on 3 pitches that are all strikes.

      The part of the game that is really lengthening the game is when a 0-2 turns into 3-2 and then hits or walks.
      Seem to see this once if not twice an inning for both team, the batters know an 0-2 has a 95% chance of being a ball and most likely the 1-2 will be not be a strike either.

      Just bad game planning as it happnes to often to not be planned by coaches.

      Get batters out on 4 or fewer pitches.

      Disco did throw a hanging pitch for the home run but the last pitch was setup by bad planning/selection of the previous 3 pitches and also occurred right after a mound conference, just bad overall pitcher/catcher play.

      • VaRedsFan

        Been beating that drum a lonnnng time Don

  29. RojoBenjy

    Time to get into this Fede cheese guy.

    • RojoBenjy

      Guess not. Cy Fede is too good for the Reds hitters.

  30. JB

    I have no confidence in Disco when he pitches. Just terrible.

  31. Eric B

    That last pitch to Cabrera was a hitters dream. 97 middle in is not effective without movement. Disco got lucky and the more I watch him pitch, the more I think luck is a part of his game plan. No sink no life no in no out just a straight line to the Mitt.

  32. RedAlert

    Reds making this bum look like Cy Young

  33. DHud

    Disco needs to go. Send him to the pen now and let literally anyone else in the organization start

  34. Chris Holbert

    I think DeSclafani seems to me to have always been talked about by the Reds, he has never been quality. They have always hyped him because they traded to bring him here. Mahle, definitely, probably Sims, and FA signee could give the Reds at least the same and probably more. Use him as trade material over the winter, and move on…

  35. Chris Holbert

    Thom acts like Aquino is going to homer everytime up….annoying…

  36. Eric B

    Me too cowboy. Loved it. They had it coming.

      • Eric B

        Thom was talking about the pitates fight and what others thought about Garrett charging off the mound to their dugout and throwing a hat maker. Cowboy said. “I loved it.” I concur.

      • Eric B

        I’m an inning or two behind you guys on the dvr.

  37. Centerfield

    was that Angel missing that call at first?

  38. Broseph

    Hope the Reds can make some positive moves this offseason with the pitching staff. If not, we might have the remaining 10 members of the nation on the ledge by May.

    Just saw 2020 schedule. March and April is looking rough.

    • earmbrister

      I’d re-sign Alex Wood. He should be available on a discount considering his abbreviated and spotty 2019. If he’s the Reds #4 starter next year, that will be some rotation. Add a couple of quality BP arms, and the pitching should be top notch.

  39. earmbrister

    Heckuva throw by Barnhardt on that CS.

  40. Roger Garrett

    Just checking back in and as I expected Reds have fell asleep at the plate.Some how just got to stop disappearing.Offense has been pretty good lately but yesterday and now today we seem to be returning to sleep walking at the plate.Time to wake up.Not going to beat anybody with 6 hits and two runs on most nights.Only 3 runs and 6 hits yesterday.Just have to win some of those games when we give up 6 by scoring 8.

  41. Don

    Reds Offense seems to be asleep again tonight.

    Aquino needs to figure out how not to swing and low outside slider or that is the only pitch he will see.

    Umpire seems to call every first pitch a strike no matter if over plate or not then will not call a 3rd strike that is over the plate.

    • Eric B

      It looks like the nats spent a lot of time watching Aquino video from the Cubs series. With 2 strikes that low and out curve or slider eats him up. Suarez learned to lay off that pitch. Aquino will too.

  42. Don

    Iglesias with another 0-2 hit. Wore out pitcher with all those foul balls.

  43. Centerfield

    so Nationals giving us this run…..think Peraza can deliver?

    • Broseph

      Just looked up Peraza’s career PH stats. Small sample at 35, but he is hitting a whooping .156.

      As other have said, he seems to do better with regular playing time.

      That said, why do you for the love of baseball put a guy like him at the plate when you need a high contact, patient hitter to get the run in? Everyone knows Peraza is swing happy and won’t take a walk. That’s on both Peraza and Bell. Neither did their job well there

      • Eric B

        Yep. Peraza is no pinch hitter. He needs to play every day like he did last year.
        157 games in 2018.

  44. Wonderboy

    On another note, anyone notice how Senzel changed his batting stance? Definitely noticed yesterday how he was standing more straight up and b-ball level higher…. almost copying JVM. He has looked too good at the plate for awhile now with lots of K’s and soft grounders to SS. Need his bat to contribute.

  45. Don

    wasted triple. on 3rd base with 1 out and still standing there at end of inning.

    Bad baseball.

  46. Chris Holbert

    Maybe the Reds will call and ask about Turner over the winter….SS and leadoff, solve two issues…..and not real expensive yet…

    • Broseph

      Interesting thought, but it takes both sides to make a deal. I don’t think Nationals would give him away. Not sure what their needs are that they’d be interested in from Reds side

      Like the thought though. Lineup would be pretty formidable.

      • RedsMonk65

        Disco+Peraza+Dietrich = Turner

        As Reds GM, I would do it in a heartbeat.

        Alas, as Nats GM, no way!

      • Chris Holbert

        Maybe you could get another three team thing going, he is only 26, you could give up Disco, Peraza and a couple more “prospects”, they are only prospects….Turner is kind of an under the radar good SS…..

    • VaRedsFan

      It would be a great get…would cost a plenty. Worth a try.

  47. VaRedsFan

    Hughes might be joining Hernandez soon.

    • RojoBenjy

      I will say that ball 3 to Turner looked just like strike 3 to me.

  48. Roger Garrett

    I won’t beat up Peraza because I have laid in to him enough this year especially when he gets bats ahead of JVM,Winker and others.The Reds showed in the off season and again this season they are willing to let guys go or demote them based on their lack of performance and they will eventually get around to Peraza.I don’t expect it this season nor do I expect it next year in his 5th year but when it happens he won’t be able to say he didn’t get a fair chance.If we can live through Billy then we can live through Peraza.I surely wish though others got just half a chance but I do realize it may never happen for some.Peraza just may have to play every day cause as a platoon guy or utility guy he just hasn’t adapted to that role.

  49. Don

    why double switch and take Winker out of game. It saves one spot and it is not like pitcher is going to hit in 8th anyway.
    Over managing to the highest degree.
    No need to watch anymore tonight.

    Hopefully Wood will be better on Tuesday

  50. RedAlert

    DFA Hughes – he’s done. offers nothing .

    • Roger Garrett

      Like Hernandez he is a great veteran and he also was signed for 2 years which for a bull pen piece whose best days are behind is a mistake.Again a great guy just won’t be here next year and it serves no purpose to pitch him now or for the rest of the season when we need to see younger guys

  51. RedAlert

    Got a chance with Rainey in the game …

    • RojoBenjy

      It’s his former organization so you know he’ll shut the Reds down.

    • Roger Garrett

      Nope we haven’t scored against the other teams pen in the last 11 innings and counting.That was 10 against the Cubs who are terrible and one tonight against the Nats who are even worse.Reds bounce back tomorrow with Wood.Night all.

  52. renbutler

    It would be nice if there were ever runners on base for Aquino’s home runs. Dude has 8 HRs but only 15 RBI.

      • renbutler

        Sorry, I was told the Reds previously had 3 runs before the HR. Not able to watch the game at the moment.

    • renbutler

      He has a 3R and two 2R homers, but the rest are solo.

  53. Curt

    Surprised Tanner tried to beat Aquino with a fastball, after all those good looking sliders to VanMeter and then again to Senzel.

  54. Eric B

    You just don’t throw that pitch in that place to Aquino. He don’t miss those.

  55. Chris Holbert

    Bye bye ostrich, time to move on….

    • Curt

      Yeah, a new ranch for The Ostrich… might get him another go ‘round in reliever land.

  56. RedsMonk65

    OK, guys. Last chance. Get angry at that baseball! Do little, Doolittle!

  57. VaRedsFan

    Too bad the Nats didn’t score. Then we would have gotten Fernando Rodney.

  58. Chris Holbert

    With just decent pitching, the Reds win this game……smh

  59. RedsMonk65

    We need a big comeback. Let’s do it!

  60. RedsMonk65

    1 out. Wish someone else had hit for Peraza there. Weak attempt.

    • Sliotar

      When Aquino stepped in box last inning, Nats were 99.1% favorites.

      Here we go.

  61. RedsMonk65

    Joey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Still alive 7-6. C’mon Reds. You can do it!

  62. VaRedsFan

    misplayed by Parra, but we’ll take it

    • Curt

      Exciting, but yes, Parra misplayed it, pretty badly. 9 out of 10 times that’s an out.

  63. RedsMonk65

    Disappointing. Made it interesting toward the end, but could not overcome Disco’s earlier ineffectiveness.

  64. vegastypo

    And there’s that one run we couldn’t get home from third with just one out. Ballgame.

    • VaRedsFan

      It always comes back to bite you.
      The Votto play in the 1st too.

    • Pete

      And allowing Votto to get thrown at home by 15 feet in the first inning wasn’t helpful.

  65. Pete

    Biggest AB for VanMeter in his short career.

  66. RedsMonk65

    Hate to say this. I am a JVM fan, and I know his stats in the minors. But he has yet to prove he can hit LHP in the Show. Limited opportunities, I know, but thus far he has not impressed in that regard.

    • vegastypo

      Extremely limited opportunities. Early to hang that on him now. From what I’ve seen on this site, he apparently has hit lefties well in the minors. Maybe if he got some substantive chances, he would show it. Otherwise, we’ll never know.

      • Pete

        100% agree. He can hit LHP. Kid’s a starting everyday MLB player, no doubt

      • Curt

        Agree vegastypo, that last at bat not indicative at all of what he may or may not be able to do on a regular basis. He took a swing, he fouled it. Coulda happened to anybody.

      • RedsMonk65

        I agree. Extremely limited opportunities in MLB thus far. His numbers against LHP in AAA were impressive. I realize that too. I am not pegging him as anything yet. All I’m saying is that up to this point, in the Majors, he has not hit LHP in the (admittedly limited) opportunities he’s had. Not saying he shouldn’t be given more chances. He should. Many more. But so far ,,, hasn’t been there.

  67. Eric B

    Ervin should play a lot more if not every day. He has nothing left to prove.

  68. Pete

    That should have been AA’s AB. Josh should not be hitting 4th ahead of Aquino. Small squabble but Aquino should never bat lower than 4th and preferably 3rd. He’s a monster and monsters bat 3rd.

    Great effort. Disco has stunk it up the last 3 outings….

    • RedAlert

      Agree Pete – he doesn’t deserve to keep his rotation spot . Make a change with somebody ….

    • Curt

      You might be right Pete, but chances are in this scenario, had it been Aquino with JVM on deck, Aquino might not have gotten anything to hit, even if it meant a walk and then they would have gone after the rookie lefty JVM…just sayin

  69. RedsMonk65

    Hope we bounce back to take the series before returning home for the Dirty Birds.