The Cincinnati Reds (73-73) will be hosting the Milwaukee Brewers (86-70) tonight at Great American Ballpark. The Reds were off yesterday, and tonight kicks on the final homestand of the season. They’ll host the Brewers for a 3-game set before heading to Pittsburgh to wrap up the season.

Starting Pitchers

Sonny Gray (11-7, 2.80 ERA, 170.1 IP, 16 HR, 66 BB, 199 K)

In what will be the final start of the season for Sonny Gray he will be looking to make one final statement with the hopes of gathering up some Cy Young votes. While it’s unlikely he can win the award, anything that lowers his ERA will certainly help. He is sitting on 199 strikeouts for the season. One more will put him in the 200 strikeout club on the Cincinnati Reds for the year along with teammate Luis Castillo. If he gets it they will become the first Reds teammates to ever reach the mark in the same season.

Adrian Houser (6-7, 3.83 ERA, 103.1 IP, 14 HR, 36 BB, 109 K)

Doogie’s cousin (his nickname is actually Doogie – because of course it is) has pitched well for the Brewers this season. He’s pitching for the Brewers playoff lives. They are currently in a playoff spot as a wild card, and they control their own destiny when it comes to making it – but they haven’t clinched anything yet.

Houser has struggled a bit on the road. He’s posted a 4.42 ERA in 55.0 innings away from Milwaukee (3.17 ERA, 48.1 innings). The home run rate on the road is significantly higher, as is his WHIP. Lefties have had a much better time against him than righties. Left-handed hitters have a .282/.364/.482 line against him this season, while right-handers are hitting just .227/.285/.356 against him. That’s probably why he’s spent half of his games this season in the bullpen – the splits are drastic.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

  1. Phillip Ervin – CF
  2. Joey Votto – 1B
  3. Eugenio Suarez – 3B
  4. Aristides Aquino – RF
  5. Tucker Barnhart – C
  6. Jose Iglesias – SS
  7. Derek Dietrich – LF
  8. Jose Peraza – 2B
  9. Sonny Gray – SP

Milwaukee Brewers

  1. Trent Grisham – RF
  2. Yasmani Grandal – C
  3. Mike Moustakas – 3B
  4. Keston Hiura – 2B
  5. Ryan Braun – LF
  6. Eric Thames – 1B
  7. Lorenzo Cain – CF
  8. Orlando Arcia – SS
  9. Adrian Houser – SP

Pre-game Notes

MLB Network will air the Reds game on Thursday with the audio being provided by 700 WLW for Marty Brennaman’s final Cincinnati Reds broadcast.

MLB Network to air Marty Brennaman’s final Reds game

Earlier today at Redleg Nation

Wes Jenkins spoke to why he’s not yet inspired by the organization for hope in the 2020 season.

Why the Reds have yet to inspire hope for 2020

26 Responses

  1. Sliotar

    Factual support as to why the Reds have to #GetTheHitting this winter.

    Doug wrote…”While it’s unlikely he can win the award”

    It made me think about Gray’s standing in the NL.

    As of today, there are 30 NL starting pitchers with 2 WAR or higher.
    The Reds have 4, including Bauer’s, spread across 2 teams.

    But… the Cubs have 4 SPs at 2 WAR or higher, and the Cardinals have 3.

    (How the Brewers could win 90 games without one SP on the list is a credit, I suppose to their manager and the #Craigtember meme the team is pushing.)

    So… it’s an arms race (literally) in the division, but the Cubs and Cardinals both have a core of 2.5 or higher WAR offensive players that the Reds have to get or hope breaks out (Aquino/Senzel/Winker) beyond Suarez.

  2. Seat101

    Isn’t Whitson, the Homeplate umpire the guy who changes the strike zone when new pitchers come in?

  3. Seat101

    When was the last time we got two doubles in a row?

  4. Eddie

    Thanks for still reporting about the reds

    • Seat101

      Thanks! I really wanted to come to the game today but I’ve come down with something.

      I want to enjoy this while I can. I do hope that the Reds are as interested in the off-season this year as they were last year

  5. Seat101

    I’m usually the guy who complains about the people in the booth not talking about the baseball game. But I’m willing to cut Marty some slack today. He better not make a habit of it

    • VaRedsFan

      It was a joy to hear him. Unfortunately, we got more than we bargained for, because it was a long half inning.

  6. Seat101

    Now that I have the floor. I like it when people talk about what the announcers on the other teams are saying about our team. Especially the criticism we don’t get from our own announcers.

    I will say that every time I listen to a San Francisco Giants radio broadcast all they talk about is the weather. We used to have satellite radio and we’d listen to those games just to hear what those guys had to say about the weather of whatever city they were in

    I’ve always enjoyed the Cleveland broadcasters.

    • VaRedsFan

      I am a fan of most of the other team’s TV broadcasts. That’s why I like when the Reds are on the road. I probably dislike the Pirates broadcasters the most.

  7. Seat101

    If Houser throws that curveball to Joey Votto again that baseball is going to join the one Tony Perez hit against Bill Lee in the 1975 World Series

  8. Seat101

    Did the guy that Ryan Bron get fired get his job back? Did Braun ever apologize to the guy in person

  9. Broseph

    Votto vs Suter: The quest for the fastest pre-pitch routine has been completed. Not sure if this was Votto trolling, but he seemed to rush getting ready, faster than Suter was trying to deliver.

    Worked out for JV with a single

    • Broseph

      I actually like this. Suter has thrown two innings worth of pitches in less than five minutes this inning. More of this from the MLB please

      • VaRedsFan

        Yes indeed. A thing of beauty.
        Watch the 1975 world series if you want to see fast working pitchers.
        The #1 way to speed up the game.

  10. Seat101

    Tell Thom , Please that there’s a baseball game going on

  11. Seat101

    And the red swing at the first pitch speeds up the game tremendously especially when they make outs

  12. Indy Red Man

    Many on RLN seem to hate on Puig, but he got another hit in the 1st inning tonite. Cleveland is tied for the wildcard and he’s hit .375 in September when they’ve needed him! He’s also not station to station like most of the Reds roster

    • VaRedsFan

      Perhaps we could grab the Indians hitting coach too.

    • BigRedMike

      wRC+ of 100 for the season and 1.3 WAR, amazing season
      Puig ISO .192
      Aquino ISO .315

  13. Seat101

    Oh my goodness I can’t take this anymore I’m going to bed

  14. Seat101

    That should’ve been an error on the right fielder

  15. Indy Red Man

    Matt Bowman….just one of about 6 guys that were better then old man Hernandez this year. Too bad Captain Obvious wasn’t the Reds bench coach and could relay that info to Bell. Bell pitched him 25 out of 30 games and sank the Reds battleship. I don’t think I’ll forgive Bell for that stupidity. He’s as dumb as Priggleman and definitely not the skipper of the next winning Reds team. If there is another one in my lifetime?

  16. Old-school

    The Reds can’t get on base because they have the wrong personnel. A hitting coach can’t teach on base percentage or plate discipline. By the time a player is in MLB, it’s part of their hitting DNA. Getting on base matters and having an OPS over .800 matters- all year long against all comers

    And not splits on night games in Colorado against lefties with home ERA’s of 9.

    These hitters are awful. Barnhart has had over 2000 PA in his career. His OPS is .690 this year. Peraza has had 1800 PA . His OBP is .290 with an OPS of .650. Derek Dietrich has 2 hits since July. Aquino has an obp of .308. Ervin is in free fall hitting. Iglesias OBP .311.

    Moustakis has an OPS of .850.
    Grandal is on base machine…382.

    The Reds have a talent problem.Get those 2 Brewers and get a healthy Senzel and Winker back and build from there.

    • TR

      Yes, after the long struggle to reach the major leagues, I’m sure a hitter’s DNA is pretty much established. But the hitting philosophy of a team is not unchangeable. That to me, is a part of the job of the hitting coach. if it’s not possible to gradually change the hitting philosophy, then the coach is there to basically only check hitting mechanics that have been set. If the Red’s offense continues with the homerun as the goal to win ballgames, then 2020 will be a repeat of 2019.