Game two of the four-game weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals begins today at 7:10 p.m. at Great American Ball Park. The Reds are still holding on to a sliver of hope that they can right the ship and start winning key games against the teams that are in front of them in the playoff chase.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Adam Wainwright 120.0 4.35 4.28 22.7% 9.4%
Luis Castillo 143.2 2.69 3.53 29.5% 10.5%

Thirty-seven-year-old right-hander Wainwright is in the twilight of his career, serving as a starting pitching innings-eater for the Cardinals. He’ll have his moments where he flashes the savvy and effectiveness of his past, and other moments where opponents get to him. He’s about a major-league-average pitcher at this point in his terrific career. What can you say about Castillo? He’s capable of throwing a gem every time out. He’s reached the point where excellence is expected instead of hoped for.

Bullpen

After writing in yesterday’s game preview thread, “You can rent a large neon arrow and point it at the bullpen as the culprit in what is now holding this team back,” they really did the job Thursday night. Four innings of one-hit, one-run work was key in Cincinnati’s 2-1 win. There’s been a lot of shuffling of the bullpen deck recently, so for the record, here is who is currently available:

Raisel Iglesias
Michael Lorenzen
Robert Stephenson
Lucas Sims
Matt Bowman
Joel Kuhnel
Kevin Gausman

Of course, Amir Garrett will rejoin the bullpen as its sole southpaw when his suspension has been served. It will be interesting to see when Manager David Bell will bring in Kuhnel for the first time – close game or non-pressure situation?

Starting Lineups

Cardinals Reds
CF Dexter Fowler CF Nick Senzel
RF Tommy Edman 1B Josh VanMeter
1B Paul Goldschmidt 3B Eugenio Suarez
LF Marcell Ozuna RF Aristides Aquino
SS Paul DeJong 2B Freddy Galvis
3B Matt Carpenter LF Phillip Ervin
C Yadier Molina C Tucker Barnhart
2B Kolten Wong SS Jose Iglesias
P Adam Wainwright P Luis Castillo

Joey Votto is out of the lineup for the second straight day with an ailing back. Surprisingly, Jesse Winker is also out of the lineup against a right-handed pitcher. No word on whether or not an ailment is involved.

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

News and Notes

Bet you didn’t realize this …

This was encouraging for a pitcher who has had a pretty rough season …

Jared Hughes, class act …

Billy Hamilton was designated for assignment by Kansas City …

The Reds announced all kinds of news around the celebration of Marty Brennaman’s final month of his career as the broadcaster of our favorite team.

77 Responses

  1. Pete

    Tom, JW is out with upper back tightness. Bell said Jesse may be available off the bench. Phil Ervin better make hay while the sun is shining.

    • Scott C

      Was there any indication of an injury? Illness? Or just a manager’s decision.

  2. matthew hendley

    THis had to come from when they brought Lorenzen in that game.

    Anyway, best health could put out there.

    I think billy will be claimed. (in general, not by us persay)

      • BigRedMike

        One of the worst players in baseball was just released by one of the worst teams in baseball. No wonder the Reds lost 90 games 4 seasons in a row with Hamilton playing everyday.

        There is no reason for a MLB team to sign Hamilton

  3. Indy Red Man

    I haven’t scored a game in 25-30 years, but would you score the groundball to Suarez

    5(6)-3 ? Groundout 3rd baseman to 1st from the shortstop hole

  4. Roger Garrett

    Cards not flat tonight.Giving great at bats and just scored.Castillo right at 30 pitches and still in the first.

  5. Roger Garrett

    Wainwright throwing junk and gets us on 11 pitches.Reds will get him though once they figure out his fastball has nothing.

  6. AirborneJayJay

    The bullpen is short one man with Garrett out on suspension. The 4 man bench is 2 men short tonight with both Votto and Winker down with ailing backs.
    Castillo has to pitch better than he did in the 1st inning. He needs to pitch like Gray did last night, but go more than 5 innings.
    Need a big night from both Senzel and Vanmeter tonight with both at the top of the order.

  7. VaRedsFan

    31 pitches….23 strikes (13 fouls). I don’t like when he tries to use the slider. His worst pitch. A little up to Ozuna.

    • RojoBenjy

      Is he dictating or letting the Cardinals dictate?

  8. Brian

    Castillo and Bauer really stepped it up….I mean stepped in it. Oh well.

  9. RojoBenjy

    Kolten Wong is like a raspberry seed stuck in your molar.

  10. VaRedsFan

    3 run shot by Fowler. Killer.
    On a 3-0 pitch.

    • RojoBenjy

      Fowler sucks unless he plays the Reds. Wong sucks unless he plays the Reds. Sigh…

  11. Roger Garrett

    You could see it coming a mile away.Great at bats in the first and then the pitcher gets a hit to extend the second then boom and its 4-0.

    • RojoBenjy

      Hard to stay interested tonight.

  12. Roger Garrett

    Cards more ready to hit as a team then Castillo was ready to picth.Great game plan by them and its working.

      • RojoBenjy

        Some’s got it and some ain’t.

    • VaRedsFan

      They got 2 luck singles at 50mph, and 80 mph…both scored.
      i’m not sure that was in the game plan

  13. Indy Red Man

    A very underrated aspect of an NL pitchers game would be offense. Wainwright takes his at-bats seriously. His single led to 3 runs. Sonny can bunt and competes, but everyone else just goes thru the motions. Castillo can’t bunt or hit. The Reds have enough talent to be .500 atleast….maybe not division leaders, but more then enough to be .500 and competitive. Its just the little things. So many flaws in fundamentals that it becomes overwhelming

    • RojoBenjy

      The Devil is in the details as they say.

    • VaRedsFan

      It’s maddening watch our pitchers hit. Like you said, they don’t take it seriously. They need to scratch out every possible edge they can get

  14. RojoBenjy

    Right on cue they go down 123 after 3 runs laid on them.

    Wake up!

  15. Big Ed

    For a team with allegedly good starting pitching, the Reds sure are completely out of a lot of games in the first 30 minutes.

    The Reds have checked out of this one already. They are very close to just playing out the string.

    • RojoBenjy

      Then tomorrow they’ll score 15.

    • RojoBenjy

      Young pitcher. Needs to get tougher.

      Hopefully that will come with a full season or two of experience.

  16. Roger Garrett

    Correct guys for sure.We look totally over matched so far but it could change.Someone crank up the bus coming from Louisville we may need Big Sal to take another one for the team.

  17. VaRedsFan

    Another stupid slider deposited over the wall

    • RojoBenjy

      Cowboy called DeJong’s HR pitch “a batting practice fastball. And it was tattooed.”

      • VaRedsFan

        Cowboy missed it. Tucker hung 3 fingers. 86 mph slider. He was right about the tattooed part though….lol

      • RojoBenjy

        In fairness to Cowboy, I had just flipped on the radio and he was in the middle of the description. Was it a slider that just spun? He could have meant effectively it was a BP fastball. Doesn’t matter really but I didn’t hear it from the beginning.

      • VaRedsFan

        Yeah…just spun….in the middle of the zone.

  18. Roger Garrett

    Castillo and Reds better man up and right now.This game is over but the Cards are smelling blood and they want Bell to use the pen and all of it.Get Sal up here now.

  19. Indy Red Man

    Monster Bug Wars on youtube for me. Hint hint…..spiders are pretty tough and all form of crabs are basically the Orioles of the bug world. Praying Mantis don’t screw around either. They get ahead in the count and then finish you with the 1-2 pitch:)
    Think I’m done for August atleast. Have a good night

  20. Big Ed

    Senzel has a nifty .487 OPS in August. He is slipping into the disappointment zone.

  21. Roger Garrett

    Got to go.That inning at the plate after first two guys got on was just awful.

    • RojoBenjy

      Yep. Asleep and /or mailing it in.

  22. Big Ed

    The Reds’ minor league teams are losing by a collective 20-2 after about 20 innings.

  23. Pete

    Wainwright is a very tough test for Aquino and so far he is failing miserably. Each AB, Adam has started AA off with a fastball, probably should look for it next time up. After that it’s been soft and anything but straight.

  24. RojoBenjy

    Maybe Marty should ask the St Louis broadcasters of Castillo was tipping his pitches.

    • Pete

      Both Castillo and Bauer have the worst starts of their careers………..

      • TR

        Too much pressure going after the second wild card game.

  25. Seat101

    AA Has seen more than 1/4 of all the pitches Thrown by the Cardinals

  26. Pete

    Both Castillo and Bauer have the worst starts of their careers this week………..

  27. Seat101

    I would swear that the ghost of Matt Latos is hanging over our clubhouse. When a close call doesn’t go our way our pitchers either throw away outside or groove one

    It wasn’t mentioned in last nights recap but Melina gets away with murder on checked swings

    • RojoBenjy

      You sit Peraza for two games in a row and all kinds of trouble breaks out!

      😉

      • Seat101

        I think he’s warming up in the pen, so things are looking up!

  28. Rob

    This is an embarassment. Think I heard Wainwright stats on the road were horrible. I would certainly expect us to score 5+ off this guy. Wasn’t it the Cardinals who came back from 7-0 on us with 10 runs in the 6th?

  29. Ed

    I was walking the dog- missed whatever injury happened to Suarez. Was that on Senzel’s throw from center to third? Any idea what happened??

    • RedsMonk65

      I missed the play — but it’s his left thumb.

  30. RedsMonk65

    Yahoo, Reds score — the comeback commences!

    • Sliotar

      This is a flashback to so many late summer games over the last 4 years.

      No once does Garbage Time Offense better than the Reds, especially at home.
      Feels like they have 3 or 4 more runs in them.

      • Pete

        I’ll take anything I can get in a 2-1/2 hour, so far, stinker. If the team was made up of a group washed-up old timers, I’m out.

  31. Pete

    The home run drought wasn’t going to last forever…

  32. Curt

    Is this what happens when tired players still have ho idea what they’re going to be doing day after day until they show up for work? Ok, you over there, you in here, new guy in the middle, you, get off the field. Catcher, you pitch….

    nice to see the kids waking up at the plate now.

  33. Wonderboy

    Is Suarez thumb broken/dislocated? I’m starting to feel like Senzel has tanked for remainder of year. Consistently striking out or routine grounder to SS. VanMeter looking less positive too and Aquino maybe joining them. Basically bummed out since Castillo blew It last Sunday against the Cubs ….ugh….what a week!!!

    • Wonderboy

      Well apparently all 3 must have got wind of the comment after I decided to walk away…..we’ll see moving forward.

    • RedsMonk65

      Per Mark Sheldon: Left thumb sprain/X-rays negative.

      • Roger Garrett

        He has appeared in every game I believe so let him take some time off and lets see what another youngster can do.Just hope its nothing serious.Heck put him and Joey on the DL and bring up a couple from the minors.No need to risk further injury for either one of them.

      • Ed

        Hoping to see Suarez hit 40+ homers this season so hope he can play.

  34. Vada

    Anyone commenting on RN who actually believes the Reds have a chance to play in a World Series within the next 20 years is living in a world of FANTASY. Comments on RN this year prove my point. I suggest that if you want to feel good about supporting the Reds that you learn how to be content with a team that has no true value beyond being entertaining. In other words, learn to see baseball as a GAME, for that’s all it is. Only to the owners AND the players is it a BUSINESS. Learn not to let the business side of the game DRAW YOU INTO believing that the Reds were designed to be a serious contender more than once or twice every 30 years. Instead take the time to enjoy your mates, children, and family. You will be MUCH happier. Still not convinced? Consider this: I doubt there is a SINGLE Reds player who earns in one month LESS than ANY Reds fan earns in a year. Yet, it’s the FAN who takes the game seriously. Something is WRONG with this picture. You might be better off FOCUSING your energies on your families. At least they can love you back.

    • RedsMonk65

      You must be very rich, able to foretell events 20 years hence.

      Most Reds fans know it’s a game. It’s a diversion. Not life itself. We all have more important things to do and worry about. There’s nothing wrong with rooting for a baseball team. Takes a lot of arrogance to presume we don’t have anything else. Good grief.

  35. Chris

    Milton tonight!! Almost makes it worth it.

  36. Ed

    I could certainly look up the stats- but are all the new guys kinda slumping right now?

    • Roger Garrett

      Could be your right Ed but they could be getting tired.Some may have never played this many games in a season.Winker and Senzel both finished last year early because of injuries and I don’t know about JVM but he couldn’t have played much last year.Along with AA these guys are 24/25 years old and right now are in the big leagues with the big boys.Its a learning experience in so many ways.Sept 1 is coming up so no reason for anybody to play that is tired but I still want to see as much as these young guys as possible.For me its the youth movement in Reds land and its an exciting time.AA goes yard again.

    • Pete

      For the last week, wRC+:
      Aquino: 228
      Winker: 127
      Ervin: 112
      VanMeter: 94
      Senzel: 30

  37. RedsMonk65

    ON a fishing trip once in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Miserable day. Too cold, windy, and rainy to go out onto the lake. My Grandma, rest her soul, walked into a room of somber, restless fisherman and proclaimed: “This is a good day to stay in bed and get snookered!” (Made all the more funny because she was a saint of a woman.)

    Not advising anyone to get snookered. But the sentiment rings true: Go to bed, forget about it, tomorrow is another day.