Another rubber match for the Reds as the winner of today’s early evening game claims the series victory. I can’t begin to predict what will happen in a Reds game right now! All I can tell you for certain in this game is: Alfredo Simon is starting for the Reds, the Nationals announcers will be terrible during it, and the lineup below is the one posted by Price.

Oh yeah, I can also guarantee that you loyal followers of this great blog and the Reds will discuss the game here! Go Reds!

1. Hamilton CF
2. Cozart SS
3. Phillips 2B
4. Mesoraco C
5. Frazier 3B
6. Ludwick LF
7. Pena 1B
8. Bernadina RF
9. Simon P

117 Responses

  1. lwblogger2

    Le Sigh… That’s just not a very good starting 8. It’s like a getaway day special but done out of necessity due to injuries… Also, does anyone know if Schumaker got injured the other night?

    • Joseph Graber (@TedTappett)

      I was actually thinking that all things considered, this isn’t a bad lineup. I wish Cozart was hitting somewhere else (like 10th), but I’ll take it.

  2. the next janish

    Where have all the leftys gone? Oh yeah they are all injured.

  3. Drew

    Reds finally put Votto on DL retro to May 16…boy glad they didn’t rush into that…

  4. preacherj

    I’d be very tempted to take Cozart out, push everyone else forward, and put him back at 7th just before Bernadina. Re-arranging deck chairs of despair.

    • preacherj

      But Bernadina is in RF? Is this one of those ‘he’s activated but we are going to take it slowly’ things? That’s not activated IMO.

  5. Redgoggles

    How about Ludwick at 2 (basically a singles hitter at this point, but will see more pitches than Cozart for Hamilton to steal on) and drop Cozart to split up the left handedness of Pena Bernadina. Hamilton (especially if bunting), Cozart, BP has the makings for a real quick inning.

  6. Drew

    But lordy bee…Bruce is back off the DL already…hope they are not rushing…

    • lwblogger2

      Me too. I read that there was still swelling in the knee but it felt good. I don’t like that there is still swelling in the knee though.

  7. lwblogger2

    I can understand why they waited to put Votto on the DL. There aren’t a ton of good options to bring up instead and when it’s one of your star players, you try to weigh playing short handed for a few games versus having him out of the lineup longer than he needs to be. It’s what the Twins did with Mauer earlier in the year and it’s not that unusual to delay a DL stint for one of a team’s better players who may have a shorter recovery period than 15 days.

    • Aaron Bradley

      This would be far more acceptable if they actually had a back up first baseman on the roster. But they don’t. Considering Votto is one of the more injury prone players they have, you would think foresight would have dictated having a respectable back up first baseman JUST IN CASE.

      • lwblogger2

        I think that guy was supposed to be Hannahan and then when he got hurt, WJ felt that Soto could do the job. He hasn’t done so well with it however and WJ hasn’t been able to bring anyone else in to do the job.

  8. Shchi Cossack

    You gotta be friggin kidding me! Bruce is activated and he’s NOT in the lineup? Votto is injured for 5 days and NOW the Reds place him on the DL? The Reds are still playing a man short now WITH Votto on the DL? Who’s running this asylum?!

    • vared

      Agreed. I guess they have no confidence in anything the farm system has to offer – bats or relievers. To me it feels like they’re playing more than a man short when you look at the status of some of the guys in the pen.

  9. Steve Mancuso

    My translation on the Bruce move: He’s available to pinch hit in an emergency because Ludwick is probably not available. Day off tomorrow. Bruce would have been activated on Friday for Cardinals anyhow.

    • Vicferrari

      So who is batting 6th and playing LF or did I lose something in your translation, my translation they are afraid to make a move on the 40 man roster despite that it needs to be done

    • hof13

      I am listening to the broadcast. Marty said what multiple people here have said, including some of Hamilton’s biggest supporters. He needs to hit the ball on the ground. He also said he is a work in progress. He didn’t say anything untoward at all concerning Hamilton. (I wish there was an eye roll icon)

  10. Steve Mancuso

    On Votto: They weren’t short-handed the first two games of the Phillies series because Cingrani wasn’t active yet. Barnhart was on the roster. They were a player short the final game of the Phillies series and the first two games of the Nationals series (including the 15-inning game). Depending on whether Ludwick can really play today at all, they’re a player short today or not.

    Basically, they took the hit for four games so they would have the flexibility to possibly use Votto in the St. Louis and the LA series. They’ve now decided Votto won’t be ready for those series. Their decision frame may have been pushed up by two days for a number of reasons. Maybe Votto’s condition (for the worse) clarified. Maybe Ludwick’s injury forced it.

    But the real issue here is the lack of depth on the bench and in the minor league system making all of these shenanigans necessary. The blame for that falls squarely on the general manager.

    • John Walsh

      This is very succinct, well-structured, and well-reasoned analysis.

      All in favor of Steve being the new GM?

    • hof13

      FWIW, On the radio broadcast, C Trent said he spoke to Ludwick and Ludwick said he could play. However he was scratched before the game so evidently they dont want to unless they have to.

  11. WVRedlegs

    Lutz to Cincinnati on Friday, its looking like.

    • Shchi Cossack

      Two weeks too late! Lutz should have been with the Reds when Bruce went on the DL…period! The only issue with not assigning Lutz to the 25-man roster was if he wouldn’t get regular playing time. When the only LH power hitter on the roster goes on the DL and Lutz is the only LH powqer hitter available on the 40 man roster, what is so hard about making that decision?

      • WVRedlegs

        I’ve given Jocketty kudos when he has done well. I have given him grief when he hasn’t done well or itisn’t going well. My grief button is working in overdrive right now.

    • Vicferrari

      getting ugly, they were competative in most of all the games the first 6 weeks

  12. Robert Meyer (@Vandy1Fan)

    These nuggets from Joel Luchhaupt
    BP, Heisey and Cozart have fewer walks combined (21) than Bruce (22).

    Reds hitting .213/.279/.333 since Bruce went on the DL. .209/.273/.299 since Votto went down.

    The -24 differential includes pitching 2 shutouts.

  13. Robert Meyer (@Vandy1Fan)

    This also from Joel Luckhaupt –

    The Reds roster moves demonstrate how little they believe in the upper levels of their farm system.

    That about says it all.

  14. jas428

    Where was called third strike on Heisey with RISP?

  15. ci3j

    Every time Simon pitches, I can’t help thinking:

    What happened with those accusations against him? I remember there was a lot of drama surrounding it for about 24 hours, then poof! Haven’t heard a word about it since.

    • Kurt Frost

      Not a whole lot you can say with a pending court case?

      • ci3j

        Sure there is, but we’ll just leave it at that.

  16. Kurt Frost

    It’s not like they are going to miss Votto, all he was doing was getting on base 41% of the time. Maybe he’ll come back from the DL less selfish and start flailing wildly at pitches outside the strike zone like the rest of the team.

  17. lwblogger2

    A 6-pitch inning after Simon had to work pretty hard. (begin sarcasm font) That’s giving your pitcher a real break right there after a tough inning (end sarcasm font)


    Marty was critical of Reds management re: Votto’s DL announcement and Bruce’s activation but not in lineup…..are we happy now?

    • Kurt Frost

      Kurt Frost without a chocolate pie 21 days into May. Both stats are unimportant.

  19. ToddAlmighty

    Can we fire Walt already? I want to see some of this accountability business I have been hearing about.

    • Kurt Frost

      Price never should have said accountability.

  20. Whoa Bundy!

    Heiseys swing is much quicker with his hands held lower. I hope he keeps it. The hits will fall.

  21. ToddAlmighty

    Also, can Hamilton stop bunting already? Dude’s like 2 for 20-something bunting and hitting like .259/.297/.356 .. what would he be hitting if he stopped giving away free outs? Often 1 pitch outs.

    • charlottencredsfan

      Fangraphs has him bunting at a .357 average. I’m seeing regression with young Billy since the no K streak ended. Pop-ups and K’s are the only thing that can derail this kid’s career but it can do it. Go look at some video tape, BHam, or something. He proved for 30 days or so he can do it but it’s the Big Leagues and it doesn’t come easy.

  22. lwblogger2

    Reds unable to get the runner over. Hamilton and Cozart making easy, non-productive outs there. Now BP needs to actually get a hit to score Simon and probably not right at an OF either with the pitcher running.

  23. lwblogger2

    There’s a hit but now Mes needs another one.

  24. SPRO

    Well the Bryan Price pep talk lasted 1 whole inning. The next inning, Simon leads off with a double, but lack of situational hitting again kills, and this time with the top of the order.

  25. SPRO

    I’m tired of Frandsen leaning into pitches. He leant into one from Cueto yesterday, and 2 from Simon today but didn’t get hit. If I were Simon, next AB I’d throw a 4-seamer right in the middle of his back and show him what getting hit really feels like.

  26. lwblogger2

    Not sure why Frazier thinks he’s Lou Brock all of a sudden.


    Steve, Call Marty on the bananaphone…..tell him off!

  28. lwblogger2

    So the Reds challenge (I hate replay), and now the baseball gods are angry and they’ve brought down hard rain from the heavens. Now, it’s rain-delay time.

  29. lwblogger2

    And of course the call was upheld.. He was out.

  30. SPRO

    I know it’s better to keep replay in New York, but whoever is rotating there from game to game seems to be doing a terrible job. The glove definitely hit the ground first, not the foot, then Frazier got his foot into the bag before. It seems a lot of these replays are being held up because of inconclusive evidence, but the video has a much better angle than the ump does in most of these cases.

    • hof13

      I agree with this. The more I look at it I think he was safe. I really think they don’t want to overturn a large percentage of calls so it has to be egregious. The more I see of replay the less I think of it.

    • pinson343

      The umps don’t like overturning their brethren on the field. Who would have thought ? (sarcasm)

      • preacherj

        Actually, if I remember correctly it seems like early on they were overturning a lot of calls, including many that were made correctly.

      • pinson343

        I don’t recall a single one of those. I do hear a lot of screaming from broadcasters, managers, etc. about obvious bad calls not being overturned, that replay is not “getting it right” as promised.

  31. preacherj

    For the life of me, I don’t understand why in the world replay takes so long. This is baseball, people. If you have to look at it 50 times, then it’s not very conclusive and you go with the call on the field. Duh.

  32. Redgoggles

    Bullpen game now. 4 innings to go. 1 run game. I assume LeCure isn’t available. Hoover, Parra, Broxton, Chapman. What could possibly go wrong?

    • pinson343

      Yes and the Nats have a good bullpen. The rain delay a bad break if play is resumed.

  33. Steve Mancuso

    Both starters will return. Game about to resume.

  34. Rich Kern

    There is no way Simon should lose his rotation spot when Latos is healthy. He deserves to stay. While Homer probably should go to the pen based upon his performance, th management will never do it based upon his new contract. I say move Cingrani into Marhalls roll. Mix and match Cingrani and Broxton as set up and release Marshall’s before it takes up any more bench space!

    • AnnapolisHoosier

      Trade Chapman and make Cingrani the closer.

      • charlottencredsfan

        I could actually see this happening.

    • preacherj

      I think you have provided the most logical solution.

    • Michael Maffie

      Gotta keep innings limits in mind. He only threw 87 innings last year. He was at 57 now. Pitchers tend to wear down once you push them too far past their yearly limit — so if we want Simon for August and beyond, he should go to the pen once Latos comes back.

      Plus, I can’t imagine that Simon will be all that annoyed by this decision. He is in line for a major contract in the offseason and I doubt he would want to harm his stats by by wearing down later in the season.

      • Vicferrari

        Very sensible, I thought this post was intended for only ridiculous comments

      • charlottencredsfan

        Yours certainly meets the standard.

      • charlottencredsfan

        Simon is built like a bull, keep him in there. Bailey could use a spell in the pen to work on getting outs. We need wins and Simon gives us a much better chance than either Homer or Tony. Just being objective.

        I highly, highly doubt Alfredo would want to return to the pen, I imagine few would if given a choice but maybe you’re right. I doubt it though.

      • Michael Maffie

        The 20% yearly inning increase is pretty much targeted at young arms, something that Simon certainly is not. Yet, if you look back at the last time he had a starting gig (115 innings), it did not go so well. He has only thrown 384 innings in 7 years of pro ball. I am not a pithing expert, but I imagine that workload has to change the durability of a player’s arm.

        Simon has also been around long enough to see other players get “dead arm” or tired as the season progresses.

        I am sympathetic to the idea that the competitor in him will make him want to stay in the starting rotation. But it should be easy to convince him that we need him all season and that he can contribute in critical situations all though the season (and hopefully playoffs).

        You also have to consider his own employment history: he got waived from the O’s. Now he has a shot at maybe getting a 2 year deal, and a team could gamble cheap starter money (5M/year?) on him thinking that at worst, they move him to the pen if he doesn’t work out as a starter. Simon doesn’t have that many contracts left, and the chance of making it big for his final few years in MLB has to be tempting.

  35. Dale Pearl

    Cingrani is the only player the Reds have drafted since 2010 that is playing professionally. I think the guy is pretty good too. He’ll be a middle of the rotation starter for most clubs.

  36. Dale Pearl

    And does anyone believe that Simon has the “stuff” to stay being this good all year? I don’t. I have more faith in Bailey turning it around and Cingrani only getting better.

    • preacherj

      But you have to ride the horse until he can’t go any more. You can always make a switch later. I don’t know how you can justify pulling Simon from the rotation until it becomes clear he isn’t cutting it.

      • VaRedsFan

        That would be like playing Rolen over Frazier in 2012….OOOPPSS

      • charlottencredsfan

        Huh? I don’t get the comparison, please elaborate. Frazier was looking great and Rolen was looking old. Simon is looking great, Cingrani and Bailey are looking average at best.

      • Dale Pearl

        I don’t get that comparison either. I do have to admit that Bailey and Cingrani aren’t looking as good as last year. I still think Cingrani “can” be above average with the addition of another pitch.

      • VaRedsFan

        It was an attempt at being sarcastic. I wholeheartedly wanted Frazier playing over Rolen…just as I think the should keep Simon in the rotation. Don’t mess with success

      • charlottencredsfan

        I’d rather see Homer in the pen and Tony starting until Homer gets himself straightened out. If we are playing to win, that is exactly what would be done. Are we?

      • charlottencredsfan

        VA you got me, good man.

  37. VaRedsFan

    ballgame…clean inning by Chappy

  38. Ohioindiaspora

    that´s strike 3, way to go Chapman we needed a series win!

    • Vicferrari

      Evening out, pretty difficult to score 2 runs and win a game

  39. Dale Pearl

    nicely done Chappy, nicely done. Hopefully he is getting into a zone and he’ll be our dependable closer.

    • Vicferrari

      expect about 80% or so, 1 more in his next chance and he is there, then another cycle starts

  40. charlottencredsfan

    They say that two out of three ain’t bad!

    Alfredo is the man again.

  41. Dale Pearl

    Great game nothing to complain about as long as we win. Maybe we’ll run off 20 straight now.