Final R H E
Cincinnati Reds (56-62)
1 9 0
Washington Nationals (64-55)
3 6 0
W: J. Ross (3-3) L: A. Wood (1-1) S: D. Hudson (3)
Statcast | Gamecast | Game Thread

Twitter doesn’t love Alex Wood anymore. A couple of solo home runs in the 4th made Wood the villain, but I’m not sure that in this Year of the Aerodynamic Ball, where baseballs leave the yard like they’re on the Kessel Run, it was anything particularly egregious. Wood is still working his way back from a long layoff and mistake pitches are all the more deadly as batters right now are selling out for the long ball. I’m not giving up on Alex Wood yet. It’s the other side of the Punisher coin.

The story of the game was Ross, who painted happy little groundouts across the infield landscape. From the 2nd inning through the 5th, Joe Ross set down 12 of 13 Reds batters, only interrupted by a Jesse Winker double in the 4th. Command has been Ross’s Achilles heel, but tonight he didn’t walk a batter until the 6th. Tonight he was a ground ball machine. He finished 6 2/3 innings, giving up only 1 run and 2 walks.

The narrative is that the Reds make average pitchers look like Max Scherzer, but the truth is that Ross had two scoreless outings before tonight. He’s clearly finding himself after Tommy John surgery.

But you can’t talk about TJ surgery without talking about Daniel Hudson, who came in to pitch the 8th inning. A survivor of not one, but two TJ’s, Hudson was a key character in Jeff Passan’s The Arm. Having once turned down a sizable contract—only to blow out his elbow shortly after—Hudson has spent years hanging on, rehabbing and rehabbing, giving up on his dream of being a starter, embracing the role of reliever to protect an elbow, knowing that it might give way at any moment.

To begin the 9th, Josh VanMeter got to Hudson for a leadoff double. Senzel flew out to centerfield. Jose Iglesias struck out. Freddy Galvis singled in his Reds’ debut. But, Tucker Barnhart fanned to end the game.


The Good

Lucas Sims came on in the 6th inning and went 1-2-3 on ten pitchers, then returned in the 7th and worked out of a jam to give the Reds a chance. Robert Stephenson came on in the 8th and acquitted himself well. Joey Votto was on base 3 times, with 2 hits and a walk. Jesse Winker went 2-4.

The Bad

The rest of the offense. The Punisher went 0-4. That’s not supposed to happen, people.

The Ugly

In the 6th inning, Jose Peraza walked. It was his first base-on-balls in 145 plate appearances. If you’re not going to walk, you’d better make contact like Tony Gwynn. Jeebus.

37 Responses

  1. jessecuster44

    play Galvis at Short, and DFA Peraza. Why is this so hard. Peraza has had many chances and isn’t very good over the long run.

    • Colorado Red

      Maybe he has pictures to Dick?

    • Aaron B.

      Peraza is fine for depth or as a bench player but he gets too many starts when their are better options available. Send him down to triple A and only bring him up if there is an injury or he goes on a crazy tear. I doubt he has much trade value so save him for a rainy day.

      • Sliotar

        No trolling … dead serious theory about Peraza …..

        What if he is a favorite of the lead owner, in the way that Billy Hamilton was?

        We know, as fact, that the lead owner favored Hamilton, because national MLB writers reported him as hold-up when teams called about trading for Ol’ Havoc last season.

        (I don’t care enough to find tweets, but it was Heyman, Nightengale (Sr), etc….one of the usual suspects).

        If Peraza is held in such high esteem, it would explain much about why he continues to stick around and get playing time, even if it’s in the outfield.

      • RojoBenjy


        I agree. He is one of Wally J’s guys. Time to cut bait.

      • Tom Mitsoff

        Picking up Galvis is a sign that the front office does not believe Peraza is the answer moving forward. There’s a good chance that they are with Peraza where they were last year at this time with Hamilton — realizing that he is what he is, with not a great chance of improvement. Peraza does have an option left, so there are “options” on how to utilize him in 2020.

      • Matt WI

        Scarier thought: What if picking up Galvis is a sign that they are getting messages they can’t resign Jose Iglesias?

      • Pete

        Tom, Peraza has 1 option left, hope they use it.

  2. Aaron B.

    Most likely they are enamored with Peraza for the same reason as Hamilton, that is has speed (not nearly as fast as BHAM but still the fastest guy on the team right now). They over value speed which is a failing of this management. If a guy can’t hit who cares if he can steal a base, you can’t steal first. Also, some reputations are on the line because they traded Frazier for Peraza and no one likes to admit they were wrong. Anyhow, he isn’t an awful player but he isn’t a starter and he gets way too much playing time, I think we all agree on that. If they would just keep him on the bench, just like they should have kept Hamilton on the bench, it would be ok. It’s good to have speed on the bench. But they never do the prudent thing, they always try to force these guys into the lineup and they don’t hit well enough to justify it. The truth is our management is bad. They make some good deals, but they are very bad at assessing their own talent. They have guys on the bullpen in high leverage situations that probably belong in the minor leagues. Lorenzen should have been converted to a position player ages ago. I know we all think we are smarter than management, but how many people here begged for them to sign Yelich while our management didn’t even make a respectable offer, now he is going to be a perennial MVP candidate in our own division. We are smarter than management. These guys are usually hired because its a good old boys club (Walt Jocketty) and really they are just grasping at straws half the time. Sometimes they hit, sometimes they miss, but the fact is this has been a very bad team for a very long time, and Peraza is par for the course.

    • george

      Aaron B.;
      Your thoughts are pretty much on target. I have backed away from this team because I just don’t believe in the current regime to make good baseball decisions. Yes, they stumbled into a fair starting staff, but they totally ignored the bullpen. This team loses the tight games and many on this site believe that it is a sign that they are improving. When you look at the 25-man roster are there any wining play-off or World Series players. Are there any field leaders (enforcers) on this team? If there were, this team would be wining many of those tight games instead of being just close. There a few good players who need to be taught how to win. They can’t just “club” their way to wins, they need to know how to win by being smart and taking advantage of the other team’s little mistakes and short comings.
      Those winning players are out there (FA’s) but they cost serious dollars. When current management (ownership) decides to go get those type of winning players and stop trying to pass off other teams leftovers or non-performers then we will see playoff and series teams with players who know how to play to win and not just survive.
      Oh well time to get to bed.

      • Mason Res

        George I totally agree with you and much of what you said I have said all year. I don’t think the improvements this season is because of great planning or execution by the FO. As you said they stumbled across some pitching which has helped. But the complete failure of finding bullpen help doomed any chance of a real playoff this season. They traded players at the deadline that any team would have traded and should of traded…it wasn’t rocket science….but they basically got one player in return. They picked up a couple of castoffs from the waiver wire and some here proclaimed how this FO is making bold moves. Bold moves are signing big name free agents and not a one year rental like Puig. I’m not criticizing those here who believe in this franchise and there will be those who will post “data” as to how much better this team is. To me the best data is the standings and while they won’t finish in last place and just a few games under 500 I’m not going to use that as a reason to proclaim this franchise is on the right track and the FO knows what it’s doing.

  3. RojoBenjy

    Let’s see Sims take Disco’s starts.

    • SultanofSwaff

      +1………………….or Wood. If he’s not coming back, Sims and Mahle should be in the rotation.

  4. matthew hendley

    Not enamored with Woods start, but didn’t view it as hopeless either. Obviously run number 1 was not his fault. He needed a double play, got a DP, and only a quirk in the rules allowed for that run to come in. He suffered some early squeezing of the K zone as well. Ultimalty the Reds bats did fail last night.

    For once, I will defend Peraza during his time on the base paths last night. I do not understand the non review of the video room during last nights games. I believe while the OF throw to third was good, it was not good enough. Peraza was safe. Anyway immaterial. And no he is not major league worthy right now, last night not withstanding.

    Freddy Galvis, however did look ready. Up there, 1 pitch on base. Cant ask for more then that. He does deserve starts. The question is does he deserve them more then JVMR. He certainly deserves them more then Peraza and Iggy cant play every game, but the ‘get a glove/bat’ guy and place him at second is perplexing.

    Obviously the reds will need to win Wednesday to salvage anything and then take it to the dirty birds.

    • James H.

      And why is Galvis going to play second, usurping Vanmeter? Galvis is a natural SS. Sit Peraza; FREE Vanmeter!

      • greenmtred

        Iglesias has been the starting shortstop, mostly, and he plays it well. He’s not a great hitter, but he’s serviceable. Same as Galvis.

  5. Klugo

    I still think AWood would make a nice #4or#5., if the price is right.

    • matthew hendley

      Right Price = 3 million Guaranteed and 15 Million in incentives. Certainly not a QO

  6. KYPodman

    on Peraza’s play at third, the throw was “decent” from the CF, but, my gosh, the slide was horrible – straight into the bag. He did not read the fielder and the 3rd base coach did not direct him to slide to the inside of the bag, the 3rd base coach can read the throw from the outfield and Peraza should read the player and what side of the bag the 3rd basemen is catching the ball. A head first slide and he is safe, a feet first slide to the inside portion of the bag and he is safe. I teach my kids this part of baseball and it dumbfounds me that major league players (Peraza or 3rd base coach) do not perform it. It is these “little things” that drives me nuts about the Reds. Also, OMG, “tuck your back pocket in (Peraza and Winker)!!! Look like a ballplayer” I’m done, sorry for the rant! LOL

    • VaRedsFan

      You are correct about House not indicating to Peraza where to slide. I made note of that in the game thread. I learned it that way, and taught it that way. It’s not something that should be a problem at any level above little league, but here we are.

      Agree with Peraza needing to slide head first also. It’s not the 1st time he’s been tagged out on close plays because of the feet 1st slide. Every millisecond counts, when it’s a close play. He was out by a millisecond last night. But the biggest blame was on House…IMO

  7. VaRedsFan

    I’m not going to blame the front office for the bullpen entirely. Let’s not forget how great they were to start the season. They entered the season with Hughes, Hernanadez, Lorenzen, Garrett, and Iggy coming off good seasons, with Reed and RS showing promise. That’s 7 of the 8 that everybody said were locks to a good bullpen. They tried Duke and Peralta as the lefty, bet they missed on that call.

    So how were they supposed to expect all 7 of the locks to suffer so miserably, 4 months into the season? You just can’t. You can’t replace 7 of your main bullpen pieces in the middle of the season. They weren’t realistically close enough to the playoffs to go after relievers before the deadline. Many of the relievers that were moved have stunk it up also. (Braves).

    Stop laying blame where there is none warranted. If you want to blame someone, blame the players.

  8. Roger Garrett

    Nine hits and 1 run will obviously not get it done but for the most part this team because of the pitching will stay close in games.Its the little things or the inability to move runners or take an extra base that is holding this team back.Would have to look at the data but unless we homer we rarely win and that is kind of the way the league has gone and the Nats have won both games so far because they homered.The 4th inning last night is classic,Winker leads with a double and never moves.The 7th last night,guy on third infield back giving a run and it doesn’t happen.As a team and individually the approach of our hitters is the same.See ball and swing hard.I am happy we are playing younger guys and for that reason I am good with whatever happens because they have to learn to hit at the big league level and part of that is about making productive outs and taking at the plate what the pitcher gives you.Part of that could be improved if we indeed had a leader on the field who takes younger guys aside and tells them and then goes out and shows them about situational hitting and maybe we do but until it shows on the field well it must not be there.

  9. Pete

    I’m no longer a David Bell fan and can only hope he is bucking the desires of the FO. When they picked up Galvis, I though it was a cunning move: upgrade a utility role player by replacing Jose Peraza on the roster. Now we are to understand Galvis is going to play second base frequently if not everyday. Peraza will not only fill in at SS and 2B but also in the outfield. So the following players are going to lose PT, listed in order of perceived loss of PT: VanMeter, Ervin, Winker and AA.

    Why I believe Bell could be bumping heads with Williams and the front office:
    * The assistant GM was quoted that the Reds want to find “daily” PT for Josh Van Meter. This wasn’t a month or two ago, this was the first week of August. David Bell seems unaware of this.
    * After AA started mashing the ball every game, Bell was quoted as saying, AA would not play every game but Bell would look for opportunities for AA to succeed by inserting Aquino’s name in the line up at the right time. Two days later, Bell basically say it’s Aquino’s job and he will play “daily”. Was a message sent to Bell from the FO to stop with the crazy talk?
    * In back-to-back games: Peraza batted fifth behind AA and the next game Aristides hit in the fifth spot behind VanMeter. Under the exact same circumstances, the next night, Aquino batted clean up with VanMeter hitting 5th. Again, could a directive have been sent to Bell to knock off the nonsense and bat Aristides clean up every game?
    * Lastly, listening to Donnie Ecker, the Reds are looking for players who can make a difference with a single swing of the bat. Sounds like all the guys who appear to be inline to lose PT, with the updated roster, are just the right players. Jose Peraza is not this kind of hitter. What is going on?

    David Bell’s greatest value appears to be handiness and has all year. In the case of Winker/Ervin it makes some sense, although one could argue with Votto and Senzel playing every game, there might be opportunity to see at least more of Phillip Ervin. Jose Peraza has a wRC+ of 65, among all qualified hitters in MLB he would be dead last.

    If Bell is butting heads with the FO, I hope Bell is a one and done case. The field boss and front office have to be on the same page. Are they? Or has David Bell run amok?

    • Tom Mitsoff

      Don’t forget that Bell is essentially a member of the front office. Moves like Galvis are not made in a vacuum. When they are made, Bell understands what the rationale behind them is, and understands what his role is in making that rationale happen.

      • Pete

        Tom, I can’t agree with the end result though. I want to believe Bell is acting like a renegade and I have given evidence to support this theory. We’ll see. Otherwise, they are in cahoots and this greatly depresses me. It took all day yesterday to find out who was being sent down, does it normally take this long? Love to been a fly on the wall. DD is supposed to be back in a couple of days. If he is added to the roster, who gets the axe: JVM or Peraza?

    • RojoBenjy

      Interesting observations, Pete. I would not be surprised either way in the scenario you’ve constructed.

      I want to say this for the record, just so “I feel better.”

      If Bell really does play Galvis at 2B in favor of Josh Van Meter, then he is foolish and he doesn’t deserve to have any success as an MLB manager.

    • Big Ed

      I think that Bell’s statement that Aquino wouldn’t play every day was just manager-speak, trying to take some pressure off Aquino. He didn’t want to make it sound like AA had definitively won the RF spot for the rest of the year.

      I don’t understand the Galvis acquisition, although I suppose they may think his added power is worth more than Iggy’s better glove. And I think Blandino is a better fit for the backup shortstop / general utility guy than Peraza is.

  10. Chris

    Well I went to Fangraphs hoping to make a case that Peraza is worth keeping around… and there just isn’t one. His BB rate is somehow DOWN from the whopping 4.2% he put up last year. K rate is up. ISO power is non-existent. BABiP is .269 – which is low, but not staggeringly so for a player who makes a ton of weak contact. Seems like every other MI on the team does something – Galvis and Dietrich hit with power – Van Meter gets on base – Iglesias fields SS at a high level. Peraza does none of these things. At this point, he has 1800 plate appearances with a .299 wOBP and 81 wRC+. He has speed and defensive versatility, suggesting that he may have a role as a utility player, but a .690 OPS isn’t going to play in 2019.

    When Dietrich comes back, Peraza should be optioned. Maybe he can work on some things (like strike – zone discipline) away from the pressure of MLB. Maybe he has some trade value? Probably not. At this point, if we non-tender him, I’m not sure he’d get a Major League deal. Other than youth, he has no real advantages over Dietrich and Iglesias.

    • Big Ed

      It could be that they want to save Peraza’s last option for next year and not use it now, so they are just going to suck it up for 3 more weeks with Peraza.

  11. Chris

    As for Wood… he’s running it up there in the high 80’s. He’s gonna give up HRs. Last night wasn’t a train wreck. If he wasn’t coming off of an injury, he might have been able to go 6+. His pitch count wasn’t bad. I’ll withhold judgement for now.

    And we aren’t resigning him, unless it’s for dirt cheap and I’m not sure what incentive AW has to do that. Can’t justify spending big FA money on the rotation – it’s already gonna be expensive, and our in-house options for the league minimum probably aren’t way worse that AW at this point in his career.

  12. VaRedsFan

    Today’s lineup

    Jesse Winker (L) CF
    Joey Votto (L) 1B
    Eugenio Suarez (R) 3B
    Josh VanMeter (L) LF
    Aristides Aquino (R) RF
    Freddy Galvis (S) 2B
    Jose Iglesias (R) SS
    Tucker Barnhart (S) C
    Trevor Bauer (R) P

    • VaRedsFan

      Senzel, finally a day off.
      Ervin and his luckiness has to wait for a lefty to pitch.