The Cincinnati Reds (64-75) will host the Philadelphia Phillies (72-65) for the third game of a four game series tonight. The Reds are still looking for their first win in the series and they’ll turn to Trevor Bauer for some help.

Starting Pitchers

Trevor Bauer (10-12, 4.53 ERA, 186.2 IP, 28 HR, 76 BB, 222 K)

For some weird reason Trevor Bauer is starting on short rest. While his last two outings have gone terribly, and haven’t gone deep into games, he has thrown a lot of pitches in the two games. It’s September and there are expanded rosters – using a starting pitcher on short rest is highly questionable right now.

Over his 6 starts with the Reds he’s allowed 30 runs – 28 of which are earned in 30.0 innings pitched. He’s been hit a lot (38 hits), and he’s been hit hard (6 home runs). The Reds will be looking for him to get things back to what he was doing in Cleveland before the trade.

Aaron Nola (12-4, 3.45 ERA, 174.2 IP, 22 HR, 64 BB, 194 K)

One of the best starters in the National League over the last three years, Aaron Nola has a 3.06 ERA since the start of 2017. The right-handed pitcher has faced more hitters this season than any other pitcher in the league. He’s got a solid walk rate, but his strikeout rate stands out among starting pitchers.

Nola has some splits. Left-handed hitters are posting a .237/.323/.406 line against him with 32 walks and 87 strikeouts in 313 plate appearances against him this year. Right-handed hitters are struggling quite a bit more. They are posting a .217/.291/.354 line with 32 walks and 107 strikeouts this season in 414 plate appearances against him. He also has some home/road splits. On the road hitters have an OPS of .717, while when he’s at home they have a .656 OPS against him. His ERA reflects that, too. His ERA at home is 2.85, while on the road it’s 4.35. The strikeout rate is significantly higher at home, too.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

  1. Josh VanMeter – 2B
  2. Joey Votto – 1B
  3. Aristides Aquino – RF
  4. Tucker Barnhart – C
  5. Freddy Galvis – SS
  6. Nick Senzel – CF
  7. Brian O’Grady – LF
  8. Trevor Bauer – SP
  9. Alex Blandino – 3B

Philadelphia Phillies

  1. Corey Dickerson – LF
  2. J.T. Realmuto – C
  3. Bryce Harper – RF
  4. Rhys Hoskins – 1B
  5. Jean Segura – SS
  6. Scott Kingery – 3B
  7. Cesar Hernandez – 2B
  8. Adam Hasely – CF
  9. Aaron Nola – SP

Pre-game Notes

Since returning from the injured list on July 26th, over 33 games played, Tucker Barnhart has hit .310/.405/.500 with 14 walks and 22 strikeouts with 7 doubles and 4 home runs in 116 plate appearances.

Brian O’Grady is getting his second start in the Major Leagues. He started the game for the Reds on August 20th against San Diego. Last night he made a pitch hit appearance, drawing his first career walk.

Eugenio Suarez still isn’t in the lineup. This will be the third consecutive game he’s not started since being hit in the hand by a pitch against the Cardinals on Sunday. But, there’s a chance that he could be available today according to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.


Earlier today on

This morning Matt Wilkes looked into what’s happened in 2019 with Raisel Iglesias.

What happened to Reds closer Raisel Iglesias?

We’ve also got a non-Friday version of Mary Beth Ellis’ Baseball Is Life column from earlier today that you should be sure to check out if you haven’t already seen it.

Baseball Is Life: Like a Hurricane


80 Responses

  1. RedsMonk65

    Nice to see O’Grady with the start. We need to see more of him. And Van Meter playing 2B for a change! Woo-hoo! Seems like that hasn’t happened in a long while.

    Hope Bauer is able to get it together.

    This would be a good time for another multi-HR game from Aquino (or heck, from any Red).

    Not sure what I think about Tucker hitting cleanup, his recent resurgence notwithstanding.

    Mostly, I would like to see this team play with the vim and vigor so present earlier this year and which was markedly absent last night. Marty mentioned it on-air: “I don’t think the boys have their heart in it right now.” I know the season is a grind. The playoffs may be out of the picture for the Reds, but there are still plenty of things to play for — pride, personal records, momentum going into 2020, player evaluation in preparation for 2020, the role of spoiler, etc. (not to mention their win-or-lose paychecks). Winners have pride and persistence. Yes, it takes talent, but it also requires heart.

    Go Reds!

    • Eric B

      One thing more to play for……

      2019 Draft Position

      All those things you mentioned are very true amd in essence what we SHOULD ALL play baseball for.

      At this point though to me, the most important and only thing left they can realistically achieve that will improve the teams chances to be a contender in the foreseeable future apart from moves made in and with the trade market/free agent signings.

      They simply cannot afford to ‘miss’ with the next draft selection. It has to be top 6 and in my opinion, for a specific position as opposed to just the best player available. That would render his major league arrival date sooner. It’s time to draft a center fielder or other position specific talent instead of another third baseman only to put him in the outfield. (Senzel, India)
      Although he has the talent to successfully make the transition, Senzel should play either second or third base, his natural position. That’s why I could hardly understand the Galvis acquisition. There already existed a logjam at second base as is with young talented ballplayers who need regular playing time and consistent at bats.
      Spring Training is going to be very interesting and the season to follow highly anticipated.
      Things will be looking up sooner than later.

  2. matthew hendley

    I wonder what Aquino behind votto will produce? Hope Bauer gets it going, and quickly.

    • Pete

      Aquino is the textbook definition of a three-hole hitter: high average, high on base, good speed and hits for power. To boil it down: he is far and away the best hitter on the team. Where did Morgan and Griffey, Jr. hit? Where does Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon. Christian Yelich, Corey Bellinger hit? Yeah. third. Bell gets no credit from me, this should have been as obvious as the nose on his face. Also, you bat the pitcher ninth.

      • Eric B

        Good point. Some common sense would serve well for the manager.

  3. Steve Schoenbaechler

    Bauer needs to be stepping up. I always heard his name before, thinking he was suppose to be really good. But, then, once he got traded to us, I actually looked at some numbers. Sorry, but I wasn’t impressed. There were a couple of good numbers in there. But, overall, I still saw numbers similar to someone like Homer. Where, the couple of good numbers I saw could have just as easily been a fluke.

    From what I’ve heard from Bauer, he wants to play on the 1-contracts because he wants to play on winners, and he believes that’s how to do it. From what I’ve seen so far, I can’t imagine anyone bringing him in on a 1-year contract, essentially to be a “hired gun”. From what I’ve seen so far, for next year, right now, I wouldn’t mind trading Bauer off and bringing back Roark.

  4. Pete

    As far as Bauer, my hope is he has figured out he’s been tipping pitches, corrected the problem and anxious to start reviving his reputation. No doubt in my mind he is or has.

    • Eric B

      It really does seem like that’s what is taking place. Way too many consecutive hits being strung up. Not just singles either.

  5. Chris Holbert

    TB batting cleanup….come on

  6. Big Ed

    The Phillies gotta be giddy over the prospect of facing Boom Boom Bauer. Fabulous work by Dick Williams, trading Josiah Gray, Jeter Downs and Taylor Trammell, and end up with Boom Boom.

    They do have the option of trading him in the off-season, but he is unlikely to bring much. The idea of losing an arbitration and having to pay him $18 million ought to put some fear and loathing in the front office.

    • Eric B

      It was a good trade. Bauer will recover from this dismal start to his reds tenure and begin anew in 2020. Yea he’s not looked anything like expected thus far I think everyone knows that. But it’s hardly fair to banish him and much less the entire FO to the dungeon for trying to do what most everyone thinks they have to do to win. And that is aquire quality pitching. Bauer is just that.

  7. Jim Walker

    If you are just happening by to check in on things, don’t be like me last night and forget since Labor Day is behind us, the week night games are starting at 6:40 or thereabouts again.

    • Don

      This is one advantage of being out of Market and watching on MLB AP. I usually start watching the game 25 to 30 minutes after 1st pitch and I can fast forward through the 1/2 inning commercial and I catch up about the 8th inning to see the end of game live.
      This is the reason I usually do not post during games as I am usually about a few innings behind the live action until the last 2 or so innings. I also get to watch the 3 hour game in 2 hours of my time.

      • Eric B

        Exactly my thought. I don’t like posting about goings on during live game action. Too much of a rollercoaster ride and I don’t ever watch commercials of any kind.

  8. Pete

    Bauer 11 FB’s. That’s all. I like it.

  9. Chris Holbert

    I was pretty high on penciling Galvis at SS next year, I am leaning back the other way, sthe more I watch. sign J Iggy and decline Galvis’ option…

  10. Old-school

    Derek Johnson coaching TB.
    23 FB in 25 pitches. Van meter showing the glove at 2b. More of this.

  11. Old-school

    Phil Ervin getting some at bats against a good righty power pitcher.
    More of this.

  12. VaRedsFan

    That was a great piece of hitting by Votto, pulling the inside pitch into the corner for a double

  13. VaRedsFan

    More line work by Aquino….double into the other corner. 2 more runs

    • RedsMonk65

      Amazing. He has only been in the Show for a month, and already has 37 RBIs.

      • matthew hendley

        That is called Worldbeating.

  14. Pete

    Bauer 30 pitches, 26 FB’s, 0 curve balls. Huh?

  15. Pete

    Love it when TB doesn’t mess around: FB, FB, curve, 3 pitches – strike out. Efficiency.

  16. VaRedsFan

    4 great innings by Bauer undone by 1 bad one.

  17. Big Ed

    I don’t remember Jason Marquis being this bad. Heck, I don’t remember any Reds pitcher being this bad. Were any of the 1962 Mets pitchers this bad?

    Why are we supposed to believe that he will suddenly get better?

    • vegastypo

      Jason Marquis was simply a batting practice pitcher for other teams to feast on. He was awful. But he was a former Cardinal, so what the heck? That seemed to be worth a lot of extra credit when it came to hiring back in those days. …..

      Wasn’t following the game much tonight, but if someone implied that Marquis was not good, that person was correct. … In fact. Marquis was probably a better hitter than a better pitcher for all but a few of his seasons in the majors.

  18. Chris Holbert

    On the positive side Peralta will not pitch tonight…

  19. Eric B

    Very few players start out like gangbusters when traded to a new organization. Even the prolific ones like Bryce Harper do not have early success. He has only started playing like what was expected of him in August. That was four months of delivering below expectations. He seems to have adjusted now and the Phillies are more than likely going to the postseason as a wildcard. Just saying, if the reds don’t go to the postseason in 2020 I don’t think it will be because of Trevor Bauer. He will turn this around and be an asset as he was projected to be. I’m not going to say the turn around has started tonight but he has looked much better thus far.

    • Big Ed

      Yeah, JD Martinez stunk it up for the Red Sox last year. Gerritt Cole couldn’t get it going for the Astros. Yelich was an utter misfit for the Brewers last year. Harper slashed .249/.393/.496 last year; it’s .256/.370/.502 this year; he is what he always is.

      Bauer has given up 34 runs in 35 innings for the Reds. I will concede that he cannot possibly be worse. And I will say this — Bauer’s games are entertaining, but baseball isn’t really supposed to be a comedy.

    • matthew hendley

      I remember Mat Latos said something to that effect when he was traded to Cincinnati, and had a poor april. He then turned it around for 2.5 years.

  20. RedsMonk65

    Only now able to tune in.

    Looks like Bauer was really on — until he wasn’t. What’s up with his only throwing fastballs and cutters (no curveballs) at first?

    Glad O’Grady is getting a chance to prove himself. A couple of hits and a nice play in the field.

    Votto seems to have found himself — for tonight, anyway.

    What happened to Senzel?

    I see Farmer went on the IL today. Peraza is back.

    Bullpen has GOT to hold. No more horsing around. Need more runs, too!

  21. Eric B

    You are correct. It doesn’t happen suddenly. It’s a process of adjustments over time. As far as this or any night you go in with a game plan and try to stick with it. If it’s not working you go to your bullpen. If you want to label TB as a loser for life that’s entirely your perogative.

    • matthew hendley

      jinx I had not seen yours when I typed mine.

  22. matthew hendley

    BRRUUUUUCCCC……wait a minute something isn’t right?

  23. Don

    solid inning by Bob Steve in 6th.

    Great hit by OGrady LHP vs Left hitter.

    No clue why bell used most of bench in bottom of 6th and a single with two outs. Should have let Bob Steve hit and pitch in 8th.

  24. Don

    Offense will need to score some more runs tonight.

    Pitching staff giving up to many HRs tonight.

    They need to figure out how to win tonight for their own and fans mentality.

  25. Eric B

    The reds have got to start adding on in the late innings. They have an early spurt and more times than not it is left at that. No mas. Got to change that.
    Bob Steve has graduated from the doghouse to the big house. Good for him! I knew he could pitch, just needed to get that nervous monkey off his back.

  26. VaRedsFan

    Iggy4 claims the lead back..pinch hit style. Pinched for JVM

  27. RedsMonk65

    JIggy hammers one!

    Votto only a triple away from the cycle ….

  28. VaRedsFan

    Senzel shoulder issues….maybe from the wall crash the other night.

    • RedsMonk65

      Ouch. The way he sacrifices his body night to night, our pitchers and other hitters need to do their part. Hate to see someone get hurt, period, but it stings even more when the effort is not rewarded with similar inspired play by one’s teammates.

      Hope it’s not serious. Reds are getting really banged up at this point.

    • Eric B

      Yep. He hit that wall full on with no regard for himself. They have got to do something about these walls not giving. Maybe there would be more of Nick’s effort by others if they would. If they don’t he will learn the hard way it seems. I just hope he ain’t hurt bad, he’s a really good ballplayer and a great guy.

  29. RedsMonk65

    Aquino — Demon on the basepaths, too!

  30. Don

    Got one in the 7th with Iggy HR.

    Getting 5 runs off of the Phillies #1 starter tonight and getting him out of game in 5 innings shows there are possibility for some runs.

    BP needs to get 6 out with no more scoring to lock this game down.

  31. Eric B

    I wish the reds outfielders could be like Bruce.

      • Eric B

        I forgot that part……
        But I was partly joking too.
        No really I’m glad Mr.Bruce has found success this year. Good for him.
        An important role with a team having postseason aspirations.
        He was always the konsemant professional while in Cincinatti.
        He deserves it.

    • Pete

      I suggested bringing him back….. He’s a fan favorite. Frazier, Puig and Hamilton too. A Puig, Bruce and Hamilton outfield would be pretty cool.

      • Eric B

        You know what I hated to hear it when Bruce got traded. They should have extended him at least 3 more years.
        It seems as if they gave up on the postseason with all or most of those trades. It really hurt now that we know practically nothing came from any of them. Finnegan? Who knows.
        I guess a college world series champion closer then world series winning reliever the following year can’t cut as a major league pitcher.
        Who could have figured that trade would have resulted in a AAA assignment.
        The main reason I refuse to give up on Peraza is number one, he’s still young.
        Number two, he’s the last hope we have for seeing anything positive out of all those trades.

      • Eric B

        Very much true.
        Was frustrating when we know the ability is lingering just below the surface.

  32. matthew hendley

    Freddy Galvis straight up robbed. A little blame should go to that reds fan who backed off the play instead of laying himself out for the ball that had already gone over the fence. No Souvenir for him.

    • VaRedsFan

      Correct on both accounts….awesome catch though.

  33. RedsMonk65

    Lorenzen hitting for himself — HOME RUN!

  34. VaRedsFan

    Lorenzen leaves the yard…..boooom

  35. matthew hendley

    Phillies sleeping….. on Lorenzen

  36. RedsMonk65

    Good decision to let him hit. I was worried it would be Peraza, and then Iglesias on the mound in the 9th. 8-5 feels a lot better than 6-5. Still not a guarantee, though. I would leave ML in.

    • matthew hendley

      That would require some significant rule changes, as Peraza was an announced PH 2 innings prior and then pulled when the Philles changed pitchers. FYSA, if you are announced you are in the game, whether you take the AB or not.

    • VaRedsFan

      JP was burned earlier without an appearance, or he probably would have.

    • RedsMonk65

      Didn’t realize that. I tuned it relatively late.

  37. Reddawg12

    Did Thom really just say that Lorenzen is one of the 5 best hitters on the team?

  38. Aaron B.

    Is the game bullpen proof? Stay tuned…

  39. Don

    Fingers crossed good Iglesias shows up tonight after the Lorene Bomb to hopefully put it away.

    Iglesias is facing 6,7,8 so not heart of lineup.

  40. Don

    got 1st out with good speed on fastballs. None of this slider,change ups and hoping to fool hitter

  41. Don

    great catch by ervin to finish games, just like a good 1st out of the game battling the sun

  42. RedsMonk65

    Nice game. Polar opposite of last night’s. Keep it going!

    • RedsMonk65

      All is right with the world once again (not really, but we take what we can get, right?)

  43. Eric B

    But the world truly is a better place when the reds win.
    Our little world.
    Redlegnations world.