After a 5-5 road trip, the Cincinnati Reds (15-16) return home to host the Atlanta Braves (14-17) for a Monday night game on ESPN. The Braves come to town in the middle of a nine game road trip, which started off poorly as they were swept by the Washington Nationals over the weekend.

Game 1 features a rematch of the April 30th game starters between these two clubs.

STARTING PITCHERS

PITCHER ERA FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Shelby Miller 1.66 3.66 0.7 8.7% 20.7%
Mike Leake 2.47 4.09 1.0 6.0% 16.3%

Shelby Miller has had a great first month with the Braves. He leads the team’s rotation in ERA, WHIP, WAR, wins, and quality starts. In his last start on May 5th against the Phillies, Miller threw a complete game, three-hit shutout. The only Miller start that the Braves have lost was against the Reds two weeks ago. In that game, Miller allowed just one run through the first six innings until giving up back-to-back homeruns to Tucker Barnhart and Mike Leake in the top of the 7th.

Mike Leake is coming off 16 consecutive scoreless innings on the backs of two eight-inning scoreless starts. Against the Braves and Pirates, he combined to allow just 8 hits and two walks while striking out five over those 16 innings. Leake has thrown four straight quality starts.

BULLPEN
Braves closer Jason Grilli was listed as “day-to-day” yesterday due to back spasms. Jim Johnson will be given any save opportunities in his absence. Overall, the bullpen has been a real weak link for Atlanta. The Braves rank 28th in reliever WAR and 29th in reliever FIP. For comparison, the Reds enter play ranked 20th in each of those categories.

KEVIN GREGG
Kevin Gregg was designated for assignment today with Pedro Villarreal being called up from AAA.

STARTING LINEUPS
The lineup for the Braves features their regular starting platoon against right handed pitchers.

  1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
  2. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS
  3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
  4. Kelly Johnson (L) LF
  5. Alberto Callaspo (S) 3B
  6. A.J. Pierzynski (L) C
  7. Jace Peterson (L) 2B
  8. Cameron Maybin (R) CF
  9. Shelby Miller (R) P

Today’s Reds lineup is the same as we’ve seen the past few days. Marlon Byrd’s surge has pushed his OPS+ to 100 (league average). Tucker Barnhart is getting the start behind the plate.

  1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
  2. Marlon Byrd (R) LF
  3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
  4. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
  5. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
  6. Jay Bruce (L) RF
  7. Zack Cozart (R) SS
  8. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
  9. Mike Leake (R) P

RETURN OF THE BANANA PHONE
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FORMER REDS CLOSER
Ryan Madson is a former Reds closer who never threw a pitch for the team. Inked to a $8.5 million guaranteed deal prior to the 2012 season, his season ended without even throwing a pitch in an exhibition game due to a torn ligament in his right elbow. It was Madson’s injury that prompted the organization to move Aroldis Chapman to the bullpen for the 2012 season.

Pitching for the first time since that failed signing, Madson made the Kansas City Royals (at 10% of what the Reds paid him) as a spring training invitee and is putting up numbers that he did in Philadelphia. He has a 1.62 ERA, 0.66 WHIP and struck out 18 batters over 16.2 innings.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
The Reds and the Braves are both near-.500 teams, and they split four games just two weeks ago. Both teams have an expected win-loss record of 15-16 based on similar run differentials. Each team’s starter has pitched very well this season, yet each pitcher is outperforming his predictive pitching statistics. You could flip a coin to determine tonight’s winner!

Mike Leake and the Reds are going to have a national audience for tonight’s ESPN Monday Night baseball game. Let’s hope the coin flip goes in their favor.

Go REDS!

366 Responses

  1. Mack Ashley Potter

    Thank goodness the Reds finally bit the bullet and sent Gregg down. Cincinnati has too much pitching talent in the system right now to continue to let Gregg blow games. I hope Badenhop is next. Badenhop is good for one thing and one thing only. When in a must have ground ball situation and you have nothing else to lose, roll your chances and hope he can get you that 1 ground ball. Other than that, he’s worthless.

    • jdx19

      He’s been a very good reliever for 6 years in a row befor this one. Go look at this stats. I think I’ll take that data over 10 innings so far this year. He’ll be fine. Just needs to work out the kinks.

      • Mack Ashley Potter

        What good does stats over the last 6 years do the Reds? It’s all about the now. And this year Badenhop is horrible. You can’t keep running 80mph pitcher after 80mph pitcher out there and expect to get outs.

      • jdx19

        You missed the point.

        You can’t give up on a guy after ten innings. It makes absolutely no sense. It’s like Votto going 2-14 over a 4-game period and then DFA’ing him. That’s not the way to run teams.

        Badenhop has a long history of being a fairly good reliever. Therefore, it’s much more likely he’ll turn it around than a guy like Gregg, who does not have a history of being a decent reliever.

    • Tom Reed

      It seemed to me that Gregg was pushing the ball up to the plate. Or perhaps he was trying to throw a knuckleball.

  2. renbutler

    I’m sure it’s probably been mentioned at some point, but the Reds just completed a stretch of 20 out of 25 games played on the road.

    Yet they still have essentially a .500 record. Maybe some decent home stands will show that the team is capable of being more than that.

  3. GreatRedLegsFan

    Too bad it didn’t work for the Reds, good for the Royals, but that’s baseball

  4. jdx19

    National TV. Shelby Miller. Mike Leake coming off 16 scoreless innings.

    Has there ever been a better combination of things pointing towards a disaster for Cincinnati?

    Reds and Bengals both have given me a very, very pessimistic view about national TV games. Sorry for that!!

    GO, REDLEGS!!

    • wdwrolen2713

      Does anyone know our record in recent years while playing on national tv? I don’t even know if that stat exists, but I would assume it can’t look to good for the Redlegs.

      • jdx19

        It might just be a case of observers’ bias, but man… other than the LAD series in late 2013 (had a game on ESPN and on MLB Network) sure seem like the Reds struggle when the bright lights are on.

  5. ScotlandTheBRAVES

    Some pessimistic comments on here from Reds fans.

    Given the state of the Braves right now, I’d have though every team they played would be rolling out the red carpet for them while smacking their chops in anticipating a W for the home team.

  6. whereruklu

    My lineup except that I’d flip Byrd and Votto.

  7. mikemartz

    rain has stopped for now, but radar looks like there are still some scattered storms moving in shortly but will pass through just as fast

  8. wdwrolen2713

    I’m just glad (and suprised) that Madson didn’t suddenly revive his career with the Cardinals. Always seem like the Reds find themselves playing “rejects” that actually make it with division rivals. Just glad he is in American league and helping a team I somewhat like.

    • reaganspad

      Would have been nice if he felt something for the $8.5 million the Reds invested in him and give the Reds a chance this year. This would have been a signing better than Gregg

  9. Eric the Red

    Heck, I just saw who the home plate ump is. I predict an inconsistent strike zone that generally squeezes the edges. Since that’s what Leake needs in order to pitch well, it doesn’t bode well for his start. I hope I’m wrong.

  10. wdwrolen2713

    Cozart’s first injury was to his finger, not his wrist, right? I hope this new injury is nothing too serious. Reds will benefit from finally being home and knock the Braves out of town! LETS GO REDS!

    • vegastypo

      On the same day that he hurt a finger on his right hand on a ground ball, he got hit by a pitch on his left. wrist. He played both games of the doubleheader and then played yesterday. Not surprised the wrist is still sore.

  11. ohiojimw

    Cozart got plunked on the wrist with a pitch in the same game the finger got hurt. My recollection is that he got HBP first and seemed to be in some distress but a some length decided he could continue. Then in the next half inning or maybe an inning later is when the finger got hurt. They were saying by the time the team got to Pittsburgh that the wrist seemed to be the larger on going issue.

    • jmhall7961

      Did your picture change in the middle of this game thread or am I just seeing things?

  12. vegastypo

    Any updates about a possible starting time, or whether the game will be played at all?

    • renbutler

      It’s highly likely they’ll be able to play a full game. The rain should be essentially done for the night very shortly.

      It might be very breezy though, with the wind out to left.

  13. mikemartz

    The #Reds and Braves hope to play ball once this current weather cell moves through. Officials will meet again at approximately 8:15

  14. mikemartz

    #Reds and Braves expected to start at 8:50pm ET.

  15. jdx19

    HEY! The bleachers are open in Chicago. If you have access, go check it out! They look pretty slick!

    • jdx19

      At least in left field, they are…still construction in left!

    • Mack Ashley Potter

      I couldn’t care less about the bleachers in Wrigley, the cubs, or cubs fans. I spent an entire weekend in Chicago back in 2011 and it was the worst 3 MLB games I’ve ever been to in my life. Cubs fans are the worst on the planet. And Wrigley is the nastiest venue in sports.

      • jdx19

        Then don’t post a comment…

        Most baseball fans will likely be curious about what Wrigley looks like now since, you know, it’s been an institution of baseball tradition for 100 years.

        I’ve been to Wrigley, as well. I might even go back since they are making some improvements.

      • User1022

        I second what Mack said: who cares? We will see plenty of their stadium in due time.

  16. wdwrolen2713

    Is game actually shown on ESPN or will it be blacked out? I remember a lot of times people in the Cincinnati market couldn’t watch Monday or Wed. Night games.

    • wdwrolen2713

      Never mind, it is not blacked out. I always hated when ESPN did that even if you lived over 3 hours away from Cincinnati.

  17. BigRedMike

    Yea, Thom is back, throwing out Spectacular

  18. vegastypo

    GameDay described Leake’s last pitch to Markakis as a knuckle curve. Didn’t know he threw that pitch.

  19. jdx19

    Well, 0 for 2 on low ball strikes. Might be a tough night for Leake.

  20. earmbrister

    Last couple of AB’s were hard hit balls …

  21. VaRedsFan

    Bruce will probably say he should have had that

  22. BigRedMike

    No Thom, Byrd has not even been average degensively, let alone sssssoooooooooo good

  23. mwvohio

    Every time Thom talks about how great Byrd’s defense is I can’t help but shake my head.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Tenth worst defensive score in MLB.

      • User1022

        But he sure looks like he’s working hard diving for those balls hit five feet in front of him, doesn’t he?

    • wdwrolen2713

      Byrd makes his plays look good but a better fielder would make these same plays look easier and also execute the actual hard plays. When it comes to starting left fielders we’ve had recently, Byrd is definitely better than Ludwick and possibly Gomes. Although he didn’t start often, Heisey was probably the best defender we’ve had in left in the past 5-6 years. But he was just *too* expensive to keep; that money was necessary to acquire such great arms like Gregg and Marquis.

  24. BigRedMike

    Not good Votto

    Reds cannot get a runner in at this point

  25. User1022

    Whaddaya know? Votto is human afterall.

  26. Vanessa Galagnara

    The good news is we made him throw 23 pitches while facing just 4 batters. If he keeps doing that he’ll be out of there by the 5th inning.

    • User1022

      When facing the bottom of the order, he won’t need to throw more than 3 pitches to most of them until he gets to Leake.

      And that’s…. That’s sorta sad.

  27. BigRedMachine

    ESPN broadcast. Hamilton to 3rd on the error. And then: “Now their big RBI man comes to the plate in Votto.”

    I know a lot of baseball broadcasting is based on tradition but…./sigh.

  28. Mack Ashley Potter

    NOTHING makes me more mad than giving away runs. Unbelievable that Votto doesn’t even hit his daily weak ground ball to 2nd right there. Unreal.

    • User1022

      Not so fast, my friend.

      -Lee Corso

  29. jdx19

    In business. Let’s cash in this time!

  30. earmbrister

    Way to use your head Negron. Or shoulder

  31. jdx19

    “He is a legitimate major league hitter.” – ESPN Announcer

    Mike Leake, he of the 54 wRC+. That’s 2014 Cozart.

  32. BigRedMike

    Go on contact to stay out of the double play?

  33. Greg Dafler

    Bruce looked to be in a tough spot there…ball hit hard to the 3rd baseman. Not sure Bruce could have got back to the bag if he hadn’t been running on contact.

    • jdx19

      Oddly enough, there’s only an 87.7% chance of scoring with the bases loaded and no outs. BUT… run expectancy is 2.39 runs. Yeah, pretty sad.

      • Greg Dafler

        That’s the cost of a productive out. Barnhart got the run but lost an out. Leake hit it hard, just right at someone.

  34. mwvohio

    Shelby is such a weird pitcher. Great stuff but his control just comes and goes.

  35. AARON

    So run expectancy bases loaded no outs is 2.32 .. run expectancy third base 1 out, 1.29..

    Reds should expect to be up 3.51 to 0 🙂

  36. Vanessa Galagnara

    Brandon Phillips is definitely not one of our problems.

      • Vanessa Galagnara

        Ummmm….. pretty sure every writer for Redlegnation was and is hoping he gets traded for the past 2 years. He is fun to watch and still has game even if his OBP isn’t in the Vottosphere.

      • jdx19

        Hoping someone gets traded and being mad that he is playing “well” are two very very different things.

        Frankly, I think it’s sort of out of line to post something like this on a free site where the writers are volunteering their time. If you don’t like their writing, don’t read it.

      • AARON

        I love Chapman.. but i hope he gets traded. Just because you advocate a trade, doesn’t mean you don’t like the player.

      • mwvohio

        Oh. You’re equating want to trade with hate. Gotcha. I would shop BP in a heartbeat if we could get something decent in return. HIs contract is bad.

    • jdx19

      Not sure anyone hates when a Red does well… And face it, Phillips .690 OPS coming into this game is bad. IT’s not good. It’s bad.

    • earmbrister

      I hate BP’s haircut this year, but that’s about it.

  37. aktrainer

    Didn’t think Bruce did too bad a job there considering the pickle…at least he managed to delay long enough to put the double play out of possibility. And we got a run in! I’ll take what I can get.

    • VaRedsFan

      Negron was running on the play, so DP wasn’t possible

  38. mwvohio

    Meanwhile Leake’s just rolling along again. Ho-hum, whatever runs you guys feel like scoring will be fine.

  39. VaRedsFan

    After swinging endlessly in the 1st inning….Byrd watches 3 strikes in that AB…although strike 3 was outside.

    • earmbrister

      And Joey has struck out twice also

  40. AARON

    our 2 and 3 hitters are 0 for 4 with 4 SOs

    • jdx19

      Our 2 hitter is a bad hitter, and our 3 hitter is in a huge slump. Sounds about right!

      • earmbrister

        On the scroll before the game, they had the Reds #2 spot with the highest BA in MLB.

      • jdx19

        Votto was batting #2 while he was red hot at the beginning of the year, and Byrd has had several good games there. Doesn’t change that fact that Byrd isn’t a very good hitter and shouldn’t be hitting 2nd.

      • earmbrister

        Don’t forget that Cozart had a game or two in the 2 spot!!!

        And Byrd is NOT a bad hitter, despite the crowd noise here.

      • jdx19

        Maybe “bad” is too strong. Byrd is a “not good” hitter. Is that more accurate?

  41. jdx19

    That’s about as perfectly as you can pitch Votto. Everything right on the edge of the zone, everything away from his power zones. What an AB by MIller, there.

    • VaRedsFan

      He did it yesterday to in the 7th, with Cozart on 2nd…3 right down broadway

    • AARON

      Too bad too…it should be about 3/4 to 0 right now

  42. jdx19

    The light-hitting Simmons has Leake’s number.

    • jdx19

      After seeing the light-hitting Alexei Ramirez go off on the Reds in Chicago, I’m hoping Simmons doesn’t do the same this series.

  43. CBD

    well just like that… all that work the Reds needed to get 1 run… and BAM its tied.

  44. RedAlert

    That’s the problem with Leake right there – when he loses it it goes in hurry

  45. preacherj

    Anyone get the distance of the homer? Seemed like a GABP special.

    • jdx19

      StatCast didn’t pick it up, unfortunately. The reporting system has a ton of bugs, it seems. Only about 75% of balls in play actually get data recorded.

    • jdx19

      Looking through the log, only 2 balls in play have been logged tonight. Freeman’s lineout in the 1st, and Peterson’s ground out in the 2nd.

    • mwvohio

      Nah, it was into the bullpen out there about 5-7 feet over the wall? Just guessing from watching it.

  46. RedAlert

    Freddie Feeman owns Reds pitching –
    Tired of it

    • jdx19

      I’m convinced he’s Anthony Rizzo in disguise.

  47. rmhowell

    There goes the win. This team doesn’t come from behind or break ties. There is no hope for this team, biggest underachievers in the division.

  48. RedAlert

    Batting practice session in full effect now

  49. preacherj

    Number 5 hole guy bunting in the fourth. Nice.

    • preacherj

      …and that often happens when you have a middle of the order guy trying it.

  50. VaRedsFan

    we’ll see how the Braves handle bases loaded 1 out

  51. preacherj

    Good job by Negron and Phillips there. Just not quite enough time. Ball was hit hard. Mike needs out of this right now.

  52. preacherj

    Whew. Thankfully the Braves went with the bunt play.

  53. earmbrister

    Leake calmly worked his way out of that jam. Well done.

    • VaRedsFan

      It’s really become a problem with him doing that

    • VaRedsFan

      the unintentional intentional variety

  54. Steve Mancuso

    Hard to hold off, but Votto’s job is to know where Phillips is playing against Markakis. That wasn’t even a tough play for BP. Bad decision by Votto.

  55. preacherj

    Fortunately that ball was hit at someone. Houdini lives.

    • VaRedsFan

      their line drives are finding our gloves tonight fortunately.

  56. Mack Ashley Potter

    Why does JV do such stupid stuff so often it seems like?
    That’s about the 10th time this year he has cut in front of Phillips on a ball he has NO BUSINESS trying for. Also things like check swinging so often for no reason it seems. He tries to look way too pretty sometimes on defense.
    Don’t get me wrong, Votto is my favorite in all of baseball, I would trade him for Mike Trout….but CMON JV! TIGHTEN UP!

  57. jdx19

    Nats up 7-0 in the 2nd with Scherzer on the mound. That’s about as hard of a lock as you can get.

  58. jdx19

    Hamilton with 3 bunt pullbacks this game; a category he solidly leads the league in.

    • vegastypo

      I just feel like I’ve seen this movie a thousand times before. Groundhog Day, maybe?

  59. jdx19

    Votto having a very, very poor game.

  60. Mack Ashley Potter

    You’ll not catch me saying this often….
    About once a year to be exact….
    But…..YOU”RE KILLIN ME VOTTO!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    • ProspectCincy

      Correct and correct.

      Oddly enough, Pierzinski had this exact same thing happen 3 weeks ago against the Mets; he was called out initially, and then ruled safe.

      I kid you not, the EXACT same set-up by Barnhart and Recker for the Mets. Probably was safe on the slide, definitely safe because he was blocking the plate.

      Why Barnhart wasn’t on the plate, I have no idea.

  61. Vanessa Galagnara

    hopefully Leake can get out of this and Cingrani can pitch until we get the lead.

  62. jdx19

    Defense is going to lose this game for the Reds.

    For a guy who only exists on a major league roster because of his defense, it’s pretty terrible that Tucker didn’t have his foot on the plate. Just a few plays after Votto doesn’t have his foot on the bag. Pretty frustrating.

  63. preacherj

    This may be blocking according to the new rules. New, bad rules.

  64. Indy Red Man

    Why are Votto and Barnhart not standing on their assigned base when the throw comes in like you do in middle school?

    • VaRedsFan

      really …2 in one inning. spring traing anyone??

    • jessecuster44

      because the rule is confusing.

  65. ProspectCincy

    Unbelievable. Unbelievable.

    Whew.

  66. preacherj

    wow. I think we got away with one there.

  67. mtkal

    Lucky. Just not clear enough to overturn?

    • preacherj

      No, it was confirmed. That means it was clear…..I think.

  68. earmbrister

    Dodging all sorts of bullets here

  69. RedAlert

    Dumb move leaving Leake I’m here

      • RedAlert

        NO – that’s not what I meant at all – but what I’d expect out of the mangling of the bullpen that Price has done this year – it would be a typical move for him

  70. earmbrister

    Man, Leake is battling hard tonite

  71. jdx19

    Wow. No runs scored.

    No one can complain about the Reds being unlucky tonight!

  72. VaRedsFan

    Leake should play the lottery on way home from the park tonight

  73. preacherj

    Braves have left on 8 in the last 3 innings.

  74. Vanessa Galagnara

    The collision rule leaves a whole lot to be desired.

    • RedAlert

      Todd = boom or bust – mostly bust – horrible 4 hole hitter , just horrible

  75. preacherj

    That didn’t look foul. We will take it.

  76. TomatoTovotto

    Thom: “I have no doubt there will be another major league team that will take a look at Gregg.” FALSE.

    • preacherj

      “….and then think to themselves: our bullpen isn’t all that bad.”

      • preacherj

        The first part, the second part was me from my couch.

  77. Vanessa Galagnara

    This Miller character looks pretty good. Is he good or are we making him look good? That is the question.

    • jdx19

      He’s good, but sometimes struggles with command. Tonight he is ON.

      Couple that with the fact that no Cincinnati sports team can succeed in prime-time games, and you have a 2-hitter through 6 innings.

  78. preacherj

    I guess the Reds are not going to let this be a long game. Sheesh.

  79. jdx19

    Votto:

    Career: .310/.417/.533
    2015: .307/.406/.544

    After the scorching start he had, he’s been dowright bad since the 16-10 win in Milwaukee. Down to a roughly career-average year.

  80. Indy Red Man

    Here comes the pen….find dumpster add gas and a match

    • Indy Red Man

      Man on 3rd 1 out tonite and K’d……2nd game of the doubleheader the other night….same thing 1st inning. You have a 18 mil/year guy then he needs to atleast make contact and get the rbi

      • jdx19

        As much as you want it to happen, no major leaguer can ever keep himself from striking out at least sometimes. You can’t always get the run in every single time. Votto’s slumping. We all want him to do well. Hopefully he’ll break out of it soon.

    • jdx19

      Thankfully, he’s called it close to the same for both sides.

  81. earmbrister

    ESPN is covering the announcers’ dinner more than the game.

      • jdx19

        Yeah, and $65 all-you-can-eat is even somewhat reasonable in the “high end ballpark fare” category.

  82. earmbrister

    Meet your new set-up man, Tony Cingrani

  83. Vanessa Galagnara

    Tony strikes out the side way to rake!

  84. RedAlert

    Price looks like a complete idiot for not using Cingrani earlier in the year as one of the FIRST options out of the pen – another testament that he has no clue how to manage a bullpen , much less an entire team

  85. jdx19

    Atta boy, Brandon. Time to touch Shelby.

  86. jdx19

    Wow… Reds PH not named Skip are 0-28 on the year (with some walks). I would not have guessed that. Skip is 3-11.

  87. preacherj

    He knocked the snot out of that.

  88. jdx19

    7-innings of 3-hit ball against the Reds for Miller. Sounds about right.

    • vegastypo

      Especially when the pinch hitter is not going to stay in the game in a double switch.

    • bcw56

      Another solid use of Mesoraco. It’s pretty amazing how many useless parts we have on this roster. I figure we have SEVEN (!!!) players who we could cut tomorrow and would find zero takers around the league (Boesch, Skip, Negron, Badenhop, Villarreal, Parra and Marquis). Plus Mes who we all know shouldve been DL’ed a month ago. Plus Lorenzen and Barnhart, who are nice talents but realistically should be in the minors. And I very generously counted Diaz as someone who would get signed somewhere strictly on the basis of MPH.

      That means we’re going out there everyday with a roster of 15 legit major league players. That is pathetic.

      On the other hand, I just accidentally made a case for Bryan Price, your 2015 Manager of the Year.

      • tct

        Putting Tucker in the minors is like putting God on celebrity Jeopardy. It’s not fair to the other contestants.

  89. Indy Red Man

    How are we only 1 game under .500 with the horrible bullpen and .202 batting average with risp coming into tonite? Amazing

    • RedAlert

      Top that off with an inept manager and it’s really amazing

  90. wdwrolen2713

    Lots of missed opportunities by the Reds tonight, they have to eventually start taking advantage of key opportunities.

    • huskycardinal

      missed opportunities on post sides. bad call at the plate for the braves 2nd run. stranded bases loaded as well. Leake got bailed out by defense tonight.

      • wdwrolen2713

        Was call depending on whether Tucker got foot on the plate or was it based on him blocking the plate?

      • huskycardinal

        I thought for sure they would give it to him for blocking the plate but it was called a confirmed out(meaning they saw something I didn’t). I think Tucker didn’t expect Frazier to throw it.

      • tct

        No, the umps clearly saw he was safe. But they know better than to rule against the stupendous specimen of manliness that is Tucker Barnhart.

        It is said that when Tucker takes a shower in the clubhouse, he doesn’t get wet. The water gets Tucker Barnharted.

  91. tct

    My boy Tucker came in to tonight hitting .313/.389/.688 vs righties and he is 1-2 tonight with a sac fly. Keep him away from the lefties! Tucker for leadoff vs righties, says I. And I’m only half kidding.

  92. jdx19

    Well, 1-2-3 coming up. Time to earn some paychecks.

  93. preacherj

    Two good bullpen innings. We need some runs. Not interested in having to push our luck too hard.

  94. RedAlert

    Totally had enough of Billy leading off – he is pathetic from that spot – yet Price keeps running him out there every night

    • jdx19

      Yep. I predict he’ll have to get his OBP down to .220 or so before they even think about moving him. And that’s going to be on Friday at this rate.

      • RedAlert

        Fastest out in the Red’s lineup

    • spro

      After watching the Sunday Night Baseball game last night, Billy seems more like Jarrod Dyson. Need to get him out of the top of the order with that .250 OBP

  95. jdx19

    Not condoning Votto’s performance, but he hasn’t seen a single pitch anywhere other than right on the edge of the zone or outside. Not a single pitch close to mid-anything. Braves have pitched him better tonight than any other game this year.

  96. RedAlert

    Reds couldn’t hit their way out of a wet paper bag tonight – top of the order doing squat

  97. preacherj

    Does Price know this isn’t a save situation?

    • jdx19

      Showing some confidence in 4-5-6. I like it!

  98. jdx19

    Doesn’t it feel weird to say Votto is having a below-average season? That is now a true statement.

    • wdwrolen2713

      How has Votto been hitting the last 10 games? I know he had a 2 hit game in Chicago but that’s just about it. This team suffers if Votto is down for even a game or two.

    • earmbrister

      Votto’s right at his career averages, unless I’m missing something. Even after this slump.

      • jdx19

        With tonight’s games, he’s just below.

        .304/.403/.539
        .310/.417/.533

        Buuut, actually I guess I’m wrong. wRC+ of 155 versus career 154. I guess those .006 of slugging are worth more than the OBP.

  99. RedAlert

    Ok Price – gonna give you props for Chapman here

    • VaRedsFan

      not really…status quo at home in a tie game….the book says so.

    • RedAlert

      Maybe not – here we go again – Groundhog Day

  100. preacherj

    I wonder if Chapman even knows Barnhardt is putting down signs.

  101. earmbrister

    Time to start K’g some batters

  102. VaRedsFan

    looks eerily similar to yesterday

  103. jdx19

    I have a very bad feeling that Price’s proactive use of Chapman these last 2 games, followed by Chapman not getting the job done, is going to re-affirm Price’s initial slant towards save-only use of Chapman.

  104. RedAlert

    Ballgame – reds find another way to lose

    • RedAlert

      This team is simply hard to watch – wow

  105. CBD

    amazing. as bad as that was though, a total team loss if they can’t score in the 9th (haha) … you cannot win games when you only score 1 run

    • jdx19

      Yep. Agreed. Although, Miller threw a very good game. Reds had their chances early, but Miller located well throughout the rest of the game.

      • CBD

        Yep…Miller had a great game…but good teams dont leave bases loaded and runners stranded at third. At the end of 2 the game should have been 3 or 4 to 0 and essentially out of reach. Instead, inconsistency struck again (consistently inconsistent?) and they score 1 and then never to be heard from again all night.

      • jdx19

        I agree good teams don’t do that. The Reds are not a good team.

  106. jdx19

    Well, Diaz now calling pitches balls for Chapman he was calling strikes ALL NIGHT LONG FOR EVERY OTHER PITCHER.

  107. Kywhi

    Look at the bright side. Chapman’s screwup saves us from having to endure an extra inning or two with this pathetic excuse for an offense that was never going to score a second run tonight.

    • CBD

      True… I do need to get to bed. I’d have put money on the braves scoring on the Reds BP before the Reds scored on the Braves’

  108. RedAlert

    Freaking Freddie Freeman – just walk him intentionally from now on –

  109. huskycardinal

    At this rate, the reds are going to the basement of the central. Not sure when they’ll be relevant again.

  110. Hoodlum

    have we ever won a game televised on ESPN?

    • VaRedsFan

      Opening day 2011….walkoff 3 run HR by Ramon Hernandez

    • jdx19

      We beat the Dodges in 2013. Two games, actually, but one was on MLB Network. IIRC, I think it was Kershaw and Greinke.

      • jdx19

        These were the games right before the Pittsburgh series that the Reds mailed it in for at GABP right before the wild-card playoff game that the Reds mailed it in for.

      • VaRedsFan

        It’s bad when we can actually remember the games.

      • jdx19

        Hah! Yeah, you are right about that. Although, I cannot remember the same for the Bengals.

  111. RedAlert

    This team frustrates on a daily/ nightly basis – absolutely nothing more than .500 club -do not play sound, fundamental baseball – sleepwalk thru games

    • CBD

      Been a problem for years. Starting to wonder if maybe it wasn’t Dusty..maybe its just the guys personality.

  112. VaRedsFan

    outhit 11-3…we’re lucky it’s this close.

  113. jdx19

    Winning run at the plate. Two chances.

  114. CBD

    Bruce… stop chasing that low and way pitch…

  115. RedAlert

    Jay with the whiff – what else is new

  116. jdx19

    Well, BP, Leake, Cingrani, and Jumbo showed up to play ball. That’s something, I suppose.

  117. RedAlert

    Lose at home to another bad team – sickening

    • Hoodlum

      think we might be a bad team. sadly, we’ve spent 3 years not improving at all.

  118. AARON

    Disgusting.

    Great performance by Leake. The offense is beyond pathetic.

  119. VaRedsFan

    Good thing we are home now vs. a bad team

    • AARON

      Reds have faced a lot of “bad” teams and are still 2 under .500 … maybe the reds belong in the bad team category.

      • vegastypo

        there’s a reason why so many people think they’re at best a .500 team. Time to start all over again.

  120. Kywhi

    Hate to say it, but I hope the Reds pull the plug on this manager quicker than the Brewers did with theirs.

    • AARON

      I loved the brewers hire in Counsell… young, energetic…new life… and they have responded. Reds need something.

    • Aaron Bradley

      Price still has value in developing the young pitchers. I don’t think it matters who manages this team isn’t going anywhere as constructed.

      • CBD

        Agreed, you could put bubbles the chimp out there with a big wheel where he spins for various managerial decisions and you still have a lack of offense and poor pitching (save 4 guys). Doesn’t matter what order, method you use it.

  121. JimS

    Another great offensive display, and now Votto is in a funk…And a pathetic bench at best, how long before they decide to pack it in?

  122. RedAlert

    This team and organization top to bottom just wallers in MEDIOCRITY – that’s what they settle for and are satisfied with — ACCOUNTABILITY my butt !

    • CBD

      It’s settling for what is easy. No one seems to want to make the hard choices or the bold decisions.

    • Kywhi

      Losing three straight after scoring 10 to win seems even worse than mediocre to me, especially given the manner in which they lost the three. And we’re left hoping an unproven and struggling rookie can save us tomorrow?

  123. Aaron Bradley

    I’m starting to understand the rigidity in Chapman’s role. He really struggles in non-save situations considering his numbers.