We are going to have an abbreviated game thread today as it’s Labor Day and, well, most people aren’t going to be hanging out today discussing the game.

Starting Pitchers

Anthony DeSclafani – 9-7, 4.05 ERA

He’s been pitching well in the second half of the season, posting a 3.67 ERA in 49.0 innings. That’s come with 16 walks and 49 strikeouts. His home run rate is still concerning, but he’s been strong in every other category in the second half of the year.

Drew Smyly – 2-56, 6.95 ERA

He’s pitched better with the Phillies this season than he pitched with the Rangers. In seven starts with Philadelphia he’s posted a 4.97 ERA across 38.0 innings. He’s struggled to keep the ball in the park, but he’s really improved his walk rate in that time. With the Rangers he had 34 walks and 19 home runs allowed in just 51.1 innings.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

  1. Nick Senzel – CF
  2. Joey Votto – 1B
  3. Phillip Ervin – LF
  4. Aristides Aquino – RF
  5. Jose Iglesias – SS
  6. Curt Casali – C
  7. Kyle Farmer – 3B
  8. Anthony DeSclafani – SP
  9. Alex Blandino – 2B

Philadelphia Phillies

  1. Corey Dickerson – LF
  2. Brad Miller – 3B
  3. Bryce Harper – RF
  4. Rhys Hoskins – 1B
  5. Cesar Hernandez – 2B
  6. Scott Kingery – SS
  7. Adam Haseley – CF
  8. Andrew Knapp – C
  9. Drew Smyly – SP

Pre-Game Notes

There hasn’t been a medical update on Eugenio Suarez, but his hand does feel a lot better today.

Pre-game reading

Earlier today we asked a few of the Redleg Nation writers about chases, if any, that they were looking forward to following in September with the Reds essentially out of the playoff race. There were several different answers given by the staff. Go check it out.

45 Responses

  1. Chris


    Anyone for that matter, why is David Bell either so obtuse or stubborn or both?!?!? Look at our lineup today. Vanmeter cant play against a mediocre lefty over Alex Blandino? Are we really going Iglesias, Casali, Farmer, blandino??

    • RedAlert

      Bell is an utter joke – dude ain’t got a single clue how bout to manage a professional MLB team . Going nowhere fast with this guy , this front office , and this owner . Please sell the team to somebody that gives a crap !

  2. Seat101

    Ever since Dusty I have felt that we will not be a winning team until we can beat Philadelphia on a regular basis

  3. matthew hendley

    JVMR played in all 4 games in the previous 2 days if memory serves. Probebly getting the day for a break. Blandino on the other hand needs a look at.

  4. FreeHouse

    Cory Dickinson back to his favorite ballpark. Not good for Disco today.

  5. RedsMonk65

    Good news on Suarez — nothing broken. Marty B. just announced it on the radio. Very good news.

    • RedInIND

      Yes, this is good news. Injury sounds almost devastating in this interview by Nightengale for the Enquirer. Verbatim: “I don’t feel good about this, but I understand this is baseball,” Suárez said. “This is how they pitched me. He got me on my hand. I just want to say put everything on God and see if I’m back this year.”

      • RedsMonk65

        I thought that sounded pretty ominous, too. Glad the official prognosis — contusion — is much better. Probably will still miss a couple days at least, I would think. But nothing broken is very good news.

  6. ToBeDetermined

    Suarez seems to get hit on the hand an awful lot.
    I wonder if there is something he could do a little different to not get hit there.

  7. CI3J

    The Punisher does what The Punisher does.

  8. Jonathan Linn

    I wonder if Aristides Aquino could win ROY. What do you all think?

    • CI3J

      It’s an interesting idea, but I doubt it. I he had come up in June and had close to 40 HR by now, then yes, he’d be right there in the discussion.

    • Jim Walker

      I think probably not. If the team would have elevated it play and gone on an historic run led by the Punisher, maybe but to many out of Cincy, he is now probably a tree falling unheard in the forest. Perhaps a curiosity but little more.

    • Andy Wills

      If we were an AL club, I could realistically see him winning, lot less challengers on that side. Unfortunately, even the Die-Hard Reds fan in me couldn’t bring myself to vote for him over guys like Soroka, Alonso and Tatis. Aquino has been insane, but NL rookie of the year is gonna be a tough one this year.

    • RedsMonk65

      Would be nice, but he started so late. I would think Alonso (Mets) is pretty much a lock.

      • TR

        It means nothing but I called for Aquino to be brought up to the Bigs in June. It has always puzzled me why other teams often bring up their prospects earlier and the Reds usually keep them in the minors until they’re almost in their mid-twenties.

  9. Daytonnati

    I wonder if Blandino has any problems getting a date?

      • TR

        Stanford is known as a bastion of academics, not so much a party school.

  10. RedsMonk65

    Aquino impressing in the field as well. Nice catch.

  11. Old-school

    With no CF anywhere near MLB ready in the farm system, it does appear that Nick Senzel will be the every day CF, barring an off season huge move. AA is carving out an every day spot in RF. Good developments .

  12. RedsMonk65

    More hits/runs, please! That’s typically how you do it ….

  13. RedsMonk65

    FundaMENTALS (lack thereof) killing this team. Senzel gets hung out to dry, then Votto walks. Now one on, one out instead of two on with no outs. In September!

  14. Seat101

    How do you all just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in. And tell you there’s going to be a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh-inning today

    • yorktownred

      So we’ll lose 7-5?

      Why does David Bell continue to run Wandy Peralta out there in high leverage situations? Why does Dick Williams keep bringing him back time after time?

  15. Pete

    I can’t believe they used Hughes for more than an inning, what’s that all about?

  16. Seat101

    It is certainly off-topic and it is certainly a rant.

    I really don’t feel affected by this but the way you feel about this is the way I feel about the designated hitter

  17. RojoBenjy

    Gosh, Wandy. We sure did miss you while you were gone.

  18. RedsMonk65

    Wonderful. Phillies are teeing off on Peralta (why was he brought back, anyway?). Can’t see the Reds’ offense coming back from a 7-1 deficit in 2 innings. Hope I’m wrong. But if recent history is any indicator….

    Seems like day after day, we barely push enough runs across the dish. Sometimes, when the Reds starter is really on, that is enough until the 8th or 9th inning — when it becomes a whole new adventure with the bullpen. All too often, we lose those. Then there are the games where we hang within striking distance until late in the game, only to have a our reliever walk batters and/or throw meatballs to drive the nail into the coffin.

    Offseason, this team MUST address:
    1. Bullpen
    2. Bullpen
    3. Bullpen
    4. Acquire another bat for the anemic lineup
    5. Fundamentals — running bases, etc.

    • Seat101

      I believe one way to improve the bullpen is to expect that our starting pitchers girl six or seven innings per start more often than they don’t.

      I believe we are going to go to a closer by committee next year. If for no other reason then when someone who will not perform as anything but the closer they’re not on our team

    • TyGuy88

      I would say getting an impact bat is much more important. Reds are 12 of 15 in NL in batting (Runs) while 4 of 15 in pitching (ERA). Not to minimize the need to get a better closer, internally or externally. And certainly avoid the castoffs like Peralta and Duke. But according to the team stats the batting has underwhelmed this season, while the pitching (especially starting) has improved.

  19. RojoBenjy

    I don’t like butt slapping either.

    But i’m secure enough with guys hugging.

    • Aaron B.

      The hugging doesn’t really bother me that much, it shows unity. The problem with the butt slapping is the frequency and you just don’t ever see this behavior in any other career or sport not even soccer. When you watch the game with someone not familiar with the sport it stands right out and you have to explain it away and I don’t know how to do that without saying I think it might be from pervy little league coaches and it just became a tradition, and then I realize how bad that sounds and then you can’t not notice it anymore and how frequent and bizarre it is.

  20. RedsMonk65

    Pretty said when all the Reds fans in GABP have to cheer about is the possibility of free pizza.

  21. RedsMonk65

    Too disgusted to watch the 9th. Should have cut out earlier. This team is driving me nuts.

    Happy Labor Day to all

  22. Aaron B.

    Some good news: with this recent slump the Reds have manuevered their way to get a top 10 draft choice (tied with the Padres at number 10 right now). From what I hear this is a strong draft class with everyone in the top 10 expected to be a difference maker. With not much else to gain I think the Reds should embrace losing for the final month. This can be blamed on the ridiculous bullpen situation. I mean how Wily Peralta can be considered a major league pitcher is beyond my ability to fathom. The Reds gave up on Hughes too soon as evidenced by his good showing today, but they weren’t going to make the post season when they decided to cut him, which to me is further evidence they are jockeying for draft position at this juncture and sorting the young arms in the pen to see who might be a keeper.

    • Burtgummer

      Yeah but their drafting has been awful which is why the Reds won’t be competitive any time soon

  23. RedNat

    Glad Disco is getting deeper into games now. We need our starters to go 7 innings routinely if we are going to be competitive next year. The guys looked just like plain tired out there today. Hope they get some rest tonight and come out swinging tomorrow

  24. Rob

    Really disappointed in the Reds over the last few weeks. Thought they might get to 500 with the soft schedule but got swept by the Pirates, lost a game to the Marlins who started a AA guy, and nearly swept by the Cards. Yeah the bullpen sucked, and the hitting was similar to all of 2019. I really really thought this 2020 version of the Reds would move us to 500 in the last 40-50 games. But I think I was too optimistic. I am now beginning to wonder if they can keep it within 10-12 games of first. This has to be an absolute terrible feeling for Reds management who I think tried really hard to give us a competitive product this year. And maybe they will win 18 of the last 25 or so. But if they dont, one really has to ask what has to change between the current 2020 team and the 2020 spring version? One thing I think we will need is more speed among the starters. We lose too many runs with Winker, Votto, and Barnhardt on the bases. 2nd and SS are better but not overwhelming. We also need more patient hitters ….. like Van Meter. I don’t necessarily mean walks but I mean working the count to get a more hitable pitch. Votto is a problem that needs addressing. You can’t be slow, hit 260, and drive in 45 runs and bat anywhere but the bottom third of the order. We have tradable assets toward improving this team. Ervin, Winker, Stephenson, Greene, and Lorenzen would seemingly be enticing. I would look at the stars on other bottom tier teams. Like 2+ young guys for Merrifield. Etc.