The Cincinnati Reds (5-7) are in Milwaukee (2-10) for their last stop of this 10 game road trip. The Brewers were swept by Pittsburgh over the weekend and have lost five straight. They have the worst run differential (-35) in all of baseball. They are also last in runs allowed per game and defensive efficiency and second-to-last in runs scored per game and team fielding percentage.

There’s not a lot of offseason roster changes to review. According to Nick Carrington, the Brewers followed the Reds plan of hope their core players stay healthy and produce in 2015.

STARTING PITCHERS
The following stats are all 2014 actuals except for the 2015 FIP projection (ZiPS).

PITCHER 2015 FIP 2014 FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Anthony DeSclafani 4.49 3.77 1.1 3.4% 17.8%
Wily Peralta 4.35 4.11 1.0 7.3% 18.4%

Anthony DeSclafani is the only Reds starter credited with a pitcher’s win so far this season, and is the only Reds pitcher to get a win in the past eight games.

Wily Peralta had the Reds number in two starts last season. In 15 innings, he allowed just six hits, four walks, and one run while striking out 12. While it is a little early to dive into 2015 seasonal stats, it is worth noting that Peralta’s fastball and slider velocity was down in his first two games compared to prior seasons. Peralta has both a four seam fastball and a two seamer that he threw about 95 MPH. So far this year, it’s averaged 93 MPH, including just 92.2 MPH against the Cardinals in his last start. His 85 MPH slider is also down in the low 80’s so far this year. I have not found whether that is intentional for better control or he has something else going on. While Peralta has walked just one batter in 12 innings, he also only has three strikeouts.

BULLPEN
The Brewers bullpen shares the same -0.1 WAR as the Reds bullpen. Neal Cotts and Will Smith are brought in from the left side, while our old friend Jonathan Broxton and Francisco Rodriguez pitch late inning right handed roles.

STARTING LINEUPS
Billy Hamilton returns to the lineup after a one day absence. Devin Mesoraco had to leave yesterday’s game early and is not with the club today “for family reasons“. Price said that Mesoraco is expected to be back on Monday.

1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Joey Votto (L) 1B
3. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Marlon Byrd (R) LF
6. Brayan Pena (S) C
7. Zack Cozart (R) SS
8. Kristopher Negron (R) 2B
9. Anthony DeSclafani (R) P
10

Carlos Gomez was placed on the 15-day DL late last week with a hamstring sprain. Geraldo Parra has been getting starts in center field in the interim. Second baseman Scooter Gennett sliced his hand in the shower requiring stitches. Hector Gomez get the starts for him tonight.

1. Jean Segura (R) SS
2. Jonathan Lucroy (R) C
3. Ryan Braun (R) RF
4. Adam Lind (L) 1B
5. Khris Davis (R) LF
6. Aramis Ramirez (R) 3B
7. Gerardo Parra (L) CF
8. Hector Gomez (R) 2B
9. Wily Peralta (R) P
10

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
The Reds will face the Brewers seven times over the next 10 days while missing #2 starter Matt Garza in this four game series. Both teams are trying to snap their respective losing streaks and looking to avoid finishing the month in 5th place.

Go REDS!

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  1. Steve Mancuso

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    • Greg Dafler

      VEGASTYPO – I just added a comment on Mesoraco’s situation. Price said that he had to go home for a family reason and is expected back tomorrow.

      I don’t know why Phillips isn’t in the lineup.

      • vegastypo

        thanks for the update. Why not just DL the guy and get another body on the roster?

        Thom said it was just a day off for Phillips, for what that’s worth.

      • Greg Dafler

        They didn’t expect to use him at all in the Cubs series. I don’t know why he wasn’t used in the first two games of the Cardinals series. It sounds like he might have been used instead of Pena last night but he had to leave the game early for said family reason.

        That doesn’t answer your question, though, because Price said that he still couldn’t catch…hit and run only. If he cannot catch, then DL him. He’d be available to come off the DL next week.

    • VaRedsFan

      This is unofficial (in other words I made it up.)
      “We are continuing to monitor Devin, he is day to day, and maybe could pinch hit if Shumaker has already been used. Hopefully we’ll have Devin back in a day or by Friday.”

  2. jdx19

    OK, FOLKS! For a free REDLEG NATION HAT courtesy of VAREDS FAN, name the first non-Votto Red to draw a walk!

    Aaaaaaand GO!

  3. VaRedsFan

    I am posting this for JDX.
    The 1st one to predict the 1st Reds to draw a walk tonight, will win the RLN hat he got from me last night.

    • VaRedsFan

      disregard this obviously…see above.

    • The Next Janish

      Will this be a game thread worn cap? Also does the walk have to happen this game or is this an indefinite opportunity? I’m saying Wednesday but with how the lineup is being changed lately I can’t guess who will be playing at that point.

      • jdx19

        Just throw a name out and it’ll be continuous if no one draws a walk.

      • The Next Janish

        Then I’m picking Disco tonight. He might have to pull a Bronson and hit a home run if he really wants to win.

  4. jdx19

    Time for Marlon to earn his paycheck!

  5. VaRedsFan

    Small sample applies, but Byrd is 4-6 vs Peralta

  6. jdx19

    OK, FOLKS. For a free RLN hat… name the next non-Votto red to draw a walk.

    Doublenohitter has Hamilton. already.

  7. VaRedsFan

    walk followed by 1st pitch swinging Cozart…on a ball up no less

  8. (@dixon606)

    Brewers announcers just said that Brandon Phillips is the best in MLB at second base. Hitting, fielding,.. the total package.

    • jdx19

      Ugh. Challenge. I don’t like this going the Reds’ way.

  9. Jeremy Forbes

    Are the walks due to Peralta distracted by the front left of the diamond seats? Heh

    • mdredsfan

      She routinely sits there, if you aren’t too distracted you can see her keeping score.

  10. vegastypo

    I wish Pena had touched the plate with his front leg instead of his trail leg.

    • VaRedsFan

      He slides like Bruce…front leg up. Obviously not important enough to work on in Spring Training. Fundamentals and stuff.

  11. Art Wayne Austin

    Nothing like playing for the cellar. Negron had a good bat. Pena and Anthony showing some athleticism but call over-ruled at the plate.

  12. mtkal

    Not sure how definitive that was. I didn’t see an angle that confirmed the front foot was up off the plate. Maybe they did.

    • VaRedsFan

      Brewers feed showed it for sure, he was out.

      • mtkal

        Thanks. Needed a ground level shot to see between the plate and foot, and the Reds broadcast didn’t show it.

  13. Ryan Lykins (@ryan_lykins)

    Wonder what this could be about from Rich Rovio who covers the Brewers:

    @rrovito: Unofficial count from pre-game tirade by Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price in meeting with reporters…77 f-bombs. Unhappy with coverage.

  14. jdx19

    For the hat contest I think I’ll figure out a trivia question like CHARLOTTENCREDSFAN did last night. I’ll have to think of a good one.

  15. spro

    Why in the world would you hook slide into home plate?

    • Vicferrari

      I never understood the physics of sliding into home, I can understand trying to dive under the tag if the catcher is standing upright on the 3rd base side of homeplate, but is their any advantage of sliding into the ground slowing down instead of running right through the plate like 1st base and ideally hit it with your first foot.

    • mtkal

      I’ll take similar results for his career.

  16. VaRedsFan

    He’s very good on the quick reaction plays. It’s the slow rollers to his right that he struggles with.

  17. jdx19

    OK, TRIVIA QUESTION FOR THE FREE HAT! First posted correct answer wins:

    Which player hit the most home runs in a season directly after a season in which he was not in MLB?

  18. jdx19

    Well, that’s about as good as you can pitch Votto. Three pitches on the edge of the zone.

  19. Vicferrari

    Anybody know who lead the league in getting thrown out at home last year, I thought it might have been Pena, I cannot believe that play was even close given where it was hit

  20. Steve Mancuso

    Wow. Michelle Andrews just joined the All-Star Club at Redleg Nation with a $150 donation. Thanks, Michelle!

  21. charlottencredsfan

    Alfredo Simon being Alfredo Simon against the Yanks:
    5 IP
    4 H
    1 R
    0 BB
    5 K’s

    • jdx19

      That sample size keeps getting bigger and bigger. Yeesh.

  22. Paul

    Wait. If the infield shifts drastically leaving a large portion of the infield open, the batter is actually allowed to hit the ball to the open area? Can Price challenge that?

  23. jdx19

    Negron moves like Cozart in the field. That’s a good thing.

  24. preacherj

    First pitch infield pop out. Huh.

    • jdx19

      Yep. Hope it doesn’t come back to bite the good guys.

  25. Kywhi

    I’m beginning to wonder if this Reds offense could even score a run off Kevin Gregg in an intra-squad game.

  26. VaRedsFan

    Tough error on Votto, though he would probably to you he should of had it.

    • jdx19

      Yeah, I think if the runner had been a step closer at time of drop they’d have scored it a hit.

    • Vicferrari

      I like playing teams who do dumb things, Cubs did not Cub much and for some reason do not recall the opponent doing this recently

    • preacherj

      Which beats saying “Curse you, bunting ineptness”….which is what I’ve said quite often lately.

  27. Paul

    Good Lord. Watching these two teams bat reminds me of something an old radio engineer I once worked with used to say: “It’s like a monkey trying to fudge a football.” Although he didn’t say “fudge.”

  28. jdx19

    My internet is crapping out. Video feed is gone. Listening to my first Marty game of the year! Wish me luck! 😉

    • VaRedsFan

      prefer a 2 run (or more) trot to set up Gregg for the 8th.

  29. liptonian

    I think Todd might actually be learning from Joey. Maybe it is my limited sample size and hopeful perception but he seems more patient this year.

  30. True Creature

    MB wanted Bruce to bunt. With Byrd coming up. Oy.

  31. VaRedsFan

    Horayyy Pena. But we need more than 1 here.

    • Vicferrari

      Does now, watching the MLB feed, Brewers announcers were literally talking about how he has never been a hitter for average but he had a little pop but only hit 4 HR’s last year just as the pitch was delivered…awesome

  32. preacherj

    Cozart’s killing people tonight

  33. VaRedsFan

    Since his hot streak, Cozart is swinging at everything

    • VaRedsFan

      OK…that’ll do Cozzy! 3 run bomb

  34. Paul

    “FORE! Oh! I should’ve yelled ‘two!'”

  35. liptonian

    Wow, the Brewer’s announcers were just talking about how Cozart used to have more pop haha

    • Vicferrari

      exactly what I posted in response doublenohit above, hilarious

  36. Paul

    Way to go, Zack!

    Now, can Chapman pitch four innings?

  37. earmbrister

    Meet your new cleanup hitter: Zach Cozart

  38. Mack Ashley Potter

    Cozart swinging the stick this year. You can tell someone really put in work this offseason. I’m likin it.
    Byrd is PITIFUL.

    • Vicferrari

      It is April, I will be shocked if Byrd’s stats are not better by season’s end

      • CBD

        If they aren’t better by May’s end, the Reds will be in trouble.

      • liptonian

        But maybe Price should move him to 8th until he proves it? Or would that require him to do something, anything.

      • BigRedMike

        Not sure Byrd’s stats could get worse, so, it is likely they will get better. He is bad regardless

  39. liptonian

    Desclafani wastes zero time coming to the plate. I really like that approach.

  40. RedsFanEd (@RedsFanEd)

    I think it’s time for the Byrd – Boesch platoon in LF.. Bryd is just not cutting it. Of course Brian Price won’t do it and blame the press for it.

    • vared

      Yep. I think Byrd will get more rope than usual because he was Walt’s guy for the left field problem. Kind of like the 1st round draft pick getting way more opportunities to prove himself than the 7th round guy.

    • Vicferrari

      I was surprised that Boesch did not get the start after 2 hits last night, exactly what I was thinking, at least let Byrd find his stroke against lefties

  41. VaRedsFan

    A doughnut after getting 4 runs of support. He must not know the ropes around here. Nice work Disco!

  42. True Creature

    Zack attack!

    So, I was born (1968) and raised in Cincy. And I’ve lived in Milwaukee since 2005. I couldn’t go to the game tonight, and I can’t go tomorrow, but I hope to go Wednesday and Thursday.

    I’ll say this for the Milwaukee fans–they are real nice people. Every time I’ve attended a game at Miller while the Reds are in town, and I’m wearing my Reds hat, I’ve been treated well. Milwaukee fans ask if I’m visiting, they recommend places to visit, recommend the best local brews, discuss baseball. Twice, I was even bought a beer.

    Time and again Milwaukee fans have told me that, for the most part, they like the fans from every NL Central city who visit Milwaukee. Except for Cubs fans. They absolutely HATE Cubs fans.

  43. liptonian

    Desclafani is having a more professional at bat than Byrd, what does that say?

  44. BigRedMike

    Not a big fan of Jocketty as GM, but, dumping Latos for Desclafani has potential

  45. Vicferrari

    So here is a delightful dilemma, Disco is at 65 pitches, he gets 2 more shutout innings and is at under 100, do you leave him for the shutout despite Chapman not pitching for over 5 days?

    • Vicferrari

      83 thru 7, I say let him go for the shutout

  46. charlottencredsfan

    Best hit ball by BHam in quite a while.

  47. vegastypo

    Thom calls it an “easy three” and Hamilton is nearly thrown out at third. Shut up, Thom.

  48. VaRedsFan

    3 bags by Billy… Did he wince?

    • jdx19

      I second this question. How did Billy look running?

  49. charlottencredsfan

    MVP strikes. 6-zip, yes!

  50. earmbrister

    NOW the Reds finally unpack their bats …

  51. liptonian

    Oh my, what do we do when the Reds score more than 2 runs? Hugs for everyone!!

  52. mtkal

    Bases loaded, no out, scoreless game in the 6th with the team having trouble scoring runs, pitcher throws balls the first two pitches.
    In that situation, wouldn’t a little league player know not to swing until the pitcher gets a pitch over and has at least one strike on him? — But not Marlon Byrd. SMH
    There is a SERIOUS problem with the coaching/management of this team IMO.

    On the other hand, the offense is no longer having trouble scoring runs it appears.

  53. msanmoore

    What a complete waste of Billy’s triple!!! I’m ashamed …

    • liptonian

      I was thinking the same. Why couldn’t Votto have just hit a sac fly so the triple would have been worth it?

      • Vicferrari

        He would have preferred to draw the walk, Peralta throwing off his game plan with that neat

  54. VaRedsFan

    Votto/Billy duo strikes again…great to see the 1st half of that duo produce again.

  55. charlottencredsfan

    Not to poke a hornets nest but will we see Gregg tonight?

  56. True Creature

    Yay! There’s a worse team than the Reds in the NL Central!

  57. BigRedMike

    phillips is right, Votto only cares about OBP

    • jdx19

      What a selfish move by Votto. A sac fly would have been just fine, there!

      • BigRedMike

        The great Schilling and Kruk stated Votto would rather walk than get a sac fly

  58. Mack Ashley Potter

    Man it feels good watching Votto smash those opposite field bombs again. When healthy there is no player in baseball I’d rather have. And that’s an honest statement.

    • George Mirones

      Mack;
      You make my case for the Votto trade to Boston. He would bat .400 there. They can afford him and with the DH he could hit till he was 40. He won’t get the publicity here that he would get in Boston.

  59. earmbrister

    Hope Billy comes back out to the field. Looked like he might have tweaked the groin injury.

  60. VaRedsFan

    Was Billy OK after the triple? Thought I saw him wince.

    • earmbrister

      Well, he’s fielding his position, albeit on an easy chance.

  61. liptonian

    The Brewer’s announcers are amazed that Joey has swung at the first pitch 3 times tonight. Is this just Joey adjusting to pitchers trying to take advantage of his “passiveness”? Or is this an aberation?

    • jdx19

      I don’t think it is an aberration, but I do think it is part of Votto’s approach.

      I think every PA he’s looking for a certain pitch in a certain spot. If he gets it, he swings. I think tonight he’s just been guessing right, maybe.

      Fun stat: From 2012 to 2014 Votto has put 144 balls in play when he’s swung at the first pitch. His slash line? A cool .410/.410/.729

      Hard to find things he doesn’t excel at when looking at a sufficient sample size.

  62. VaRedsFan

    Very impressive Disco after the leadoff walk.

  63. CBD

    Fun fact:

    With a win tonight the Reds will be 5-2 against teams not located in Missouri.

    • earmbrister

      Gotta run, but I find no fun in that ever distressing set of facts. Good night all.

  64. VaRedsFan

    RLN servers blew up after the Reds score 6 😉

    • George Mirones

      Vegas;
      Not a bad approach with this bullpen unless we can some more on

  65. Mack Ashley Potter

    I’ve said it from the 2 times I was able to watch him pitch in the spring, and you may have seen me mention here a time or two, but barring a 35 HR year from Bryant or Soler in Chicago, Anthony DeSclafani is your NL ROY people. Write it down. The Reds totally destroyed Miami in that trade.

    • jdx19

      Looks good so far for Disco. No homers for Bryant yet (although, he’s got an OPS over 1.000 in his first 3.5 games, mostly on the strength of several walks!)

    • Vicferrari

      Don’t get cocky kid, next thing you will be saying Cozart wins the silver slugger award

  66. PETEROSE_HOF_NOW

    tyrd 0-4, but a run scored..wow! Ok, maybe we’re all wrong and byrd comes on plays to his average, but for now he bats 5th?!!?! WTF

  67. VaRedsFan

    Note to Byrd: Pena just took a pitch on 2-0. IT IS ALLOWED.

    • RedsFanEd (@RedsFanEd)

      There used to be a sign used by the third base coach to take the pitch. Wonder if the Reds have or use it? I would say no but they should in those situations.

  68. seat101

    Howdy all! Fun game. I think MLatos is about to get his manager fired. Should be the GM!

  69. VaRedsFan

    Is AD on an innings limit this year?

    • jdx19

      Interesting question. Haven’t heard anything about it.

      2012: 123 IP
      2013: 129 IP
      2014: 162.1 IP

      Looking at those numbers, I’d say probably not.

    • jdx19

      I think all of us at RLN are having fun tonight! A timely homer by Cozy followed by an oppohomer by JMVP and a dominant performance by Disco.

      Good times for all!

  70. VaRedsFan

    Big Pasta line tonight: 7 1/3 7 H 1 ER 7 K 0 BB. Tiger lead 2-1.

    • jdx19

      The guy just keeps getting it done. Man.

  71. preacherj

    I can’t stand THOM! calling games.

  72. VaRedsFan

    AD …only 91 pitches thru 8. That’ll do.

    • VaRedsFan

      doing the handshakes…He’s out….well done sir.

  73. Vicferrari

    91 pitches, let him get the shutout

  74. PETEROSE_HOF_NOW

    if Price puts in somebody for disco in the 9th, price s/b fired!

  75. jdx19

    If my calcs are correct, assuming Disco finishes the game off, he’ll be 70% of the way to his ZiPS WAR projection of 1.0 WAR. He had 0.3 in his first 2 starts and I think this one will be worth 0.4 WAR by itself.

    • CBD

      “its ****** hard enough to win here”
      the pressure is getting to him

      • jessecuster44

        This is what you want him fired for?

    • George Mirones

      I just read the article and they both (Price and Rosey) missed the point. Why is Mes listed as active and not on the DL and have why not have his spot filled with a position player. I don’t care if he was in AZ sipping tea, I care about an open slot on the bench that leaves the team more vulnerable than the other team knowing who is available. That tirade is a classic example of OLD SCHOOL, super secret baseball thinking. But it also detracts from the real issue of managements handling of the players health issues vs. the DL. Rosecrans missed a great chance to really nail Price but failed to really confront the issue.

  76. RedsFanEd (@RedsFanEd)

    There used to be a sign used by the third base coach to take the pitch. Wonder if the Reds have or use it? I would say no but they should in those situations when the pitcher’s having trouble throwing strikes they should because this team swings away in those situations and gets themselves out. Doing the pitcher a huge favor and killing a rally.

  77. PETEROSE_HOF_NOW

    WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF! why take him out, is a 6 run lead safe for Gregg or PArra?

  78. charlottencredsfan

    Simon wins again against the Yanks. Line:
    7-1/3 IP
    7 H
    1R
    0 BB
    7 K

    3-0, 1.74

    • jdx19

      Pretty impressive. I’m at the point where I will no longer try to come up with some sort of sample size argument. 🙂

  79. FLA Red

    What an outing by Deslanfani. Awesome. Or do you think it’s because of the Brewers? Nonetheless, this is salve on the 3-loss weekend in St. Louis, no?

    • jdx19

      Quite the salve! We (they) needed this!

  80. jdx19

    2-4, HR, 2RBI, BB.

    What a Votto line.

  81. msanmoore

    BoB … now that’s more like it. No more of this monster HR crap!

    • jdx19

      I think he realized he already did what he’s paid to do, so he can go ahead and work a walk in there. 😉

  82. preacherj

    This is when I would you Gregg or Parra. Seriously.

  83. Pooter

    Why is he in the game/on the roster?

    • preacherj

      I like Badenhop. I think he’s fine. I just don’t really understand using him here.

      • jdx19

        Yeah. Use Parra/Gregg here. Curious call.

      • jessecuster44

        No no no. Never Gregg. He’s give up a 6 run homer.

    • jdx19

      Chapman has given up a homer before, too, ya know? Sometimes former MVPs hit homers off you. It happens.

    • Pooter

      I guess I had a knee jerk reaction. But why not let Disco go for the CG/SO?

  84. AARON

    I feel bad for Price.

    After a great game by his starting pitcher he looks to the bullpen and he’s forced to choose death by lethal injection, electric chair, firing squad, or hanging.

    • George Mirones

      AARON;
      That really is so funny,:) too bad we can name the pitchers who fit the choices

  85. vegastypo

    Having just read that tirade of Price’s, directed to the media, I have lost off-the-field respect for him as well as the on-field doubts I have about him.

    • RedInInd

      I’m with you on that one. These are the first expletives I’ve ever heard from Price. The language itself doesn’t offend me at all, but the appropriate place for all of that would be for the team only and behind closed clubhouse doors. I don’t get jumping on the media like that, especially making it public, for doing their job. Very unprofessional.

    • jdx19

      Last night and tonight were snappy games.

  86. VaRedsFan

    I don’t mind Price’s outbreak. He thinks giving out player info gives the other team an advantage. He made it a point to let CTR know that it wasn’t OK. So I bet he won’t have that problem again. Alot of managers blow a gasket every now and then. Maybe it’ll light a fire.

    • George Mirones

      I just read the article and they both (Price and Rosey) missed the point. Why is Mes listed as active and not on the DL and have why not have his spot filled with a position player. I don’t care if he was in AZ sipping tea, I care about an open slot on the bench that leaves the team more vulnerable than the other team knowing who is available. That tirade is a classic example of OLD SCHOOL, super secret baseball thinking. But it also detracts from the real issue of managements handling of the players health issues vs. the DL. Rosecrans missed a great chance to really nail Price but failed to really confront the issue.

  87. Tom Reed

    Disco is a smooth looking pitcher who gets the ball over the plate. Just one more inning; why not let him get a complete game? The bullpen could use the rest.

  88. Art Wayne Austin

    What you know Bruce participated in a winning rally with a single. Is this his first one?