The Cincinnati Reds (36-44) fly to Washington DC for a three game series against the NL East leading Nationals (46-36). Washington is looking for revenge after the Reds swept the Nationals at GABP back at the end of May. Cincinnati was in 4th place in the NL Central and has remained there since that 3-game sweep.

The Nationals left Cincinnati 55 days ago with just a half game lead in their division, which they briefly lost to the NY Mets. Washington regained first place on June 20th and has since built their division lead back to 4.5 games over New York.

STARTING PITCHERS

PITCHER ERA FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Anthony DeSclafani 3.68 3.70 0.6 9.1% 16.6%
Doug Fister 4.34 4.65 1.2 5.2% 11.5%

Anthony DeSclafani gave up six runs over 6.2 innings last week against the Twins, though half of those came in his 7th inning of work. DeSclafani has been pitching pretty well overall, keeping opponents to three earned runs or less in 12 of his 16 starts.

Doug Fister has lost three of his last four outings, allowing 16 runs over 13.1 innings in those three starts. However, he did toss one gem in the midst of those starts, pitching seven shutout innings against the Braves on June 26th.

STARTING LINEUPS
The Reds lineup is what we’ve grown accustom to:

  1. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
  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. Eugenio Suarez (R) SS
  8. Anthony DeSclafani (R) P
  9. Billy Hamilton (S) CF

The Nationals lineup is similar to what we saw in May with the absence of first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who is on the 15-day DL with plantar fasciitis in his left foot:

  1. Denard Span (L) CF
  2. Yunel Escobar (R) 3B
  3. Bryce Harper (L) RF
  4. Wilson Ramos (R) C
  5. Clint Robinson (L) 1B
  6. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
  7. Ian Desmond (R) SS
  8. Michael Taylor (R) LF
  9. Doug Fister (L) P

REDS RECALL YORMAN RODRIGUEZ
The Reds recalled AAA OFer Yorman Rodriguez earlier this afternoon and sent Josh Smith to AA Pensacola. Doug Gray described last week how a few adjustments at the plate has paid off major dividends for Rodriguez over the past six weeks: Since May 21st the Venezuelan born outfielder has hit .323/.360/.471 in 165 plate appearances with six doubles, a triple and five home runs.

RAISEL IGLESIAS REHAB UPDATE
Raisel Iglesias (DL since June 5) made his second AAA rehab start last night. Doug Gray shares a positive report on Iglesias’ start:

The right handed pitcher threw 4.2 innings against Indianapolis, allowing two runs on four hits. Both runs came on one swing when he hung a breaking ball that was smacked for a 2-run homer. Outside of that one pitch, he was toying with the Indians hitters. He struck out seven batters in his 4.2 innings with 68 pitches thrown and 48 strikes. He also generated seven ground outs with just one fly out in the game.

ALL-STAR GAME ROSTER
MLB will announce the rest of the MLB All-star squads tonight, starting at 7:00pm ET. Of course, Todd Frazier is getting the start at third base after completely leapfrogging Matt Carpenter in third base voting.

Three weeks ago, Todd Frazier was over 2.5 million votes out of first place. By the next week’s update, he was still 1.2 million votes shy of first place. During last week’s update, the announced deficit was just 62,980 votes. Final voting, which ended on Thursday, put Frazier at almost 2.1 million votes ahead of Carpenter!

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
Nothing would better wash out the sour taste of that weekend series than another improbable sweep of the Washington Nationals.

Go REDS!

83 Responses

  1. Indy Red Man

    Improbable? With the Cincinnati Deads….improbable is not the word I would choose. They could pass for zombies except zombies are hungry.

  2. seat101

    Sigh.

    If I were a seller I would do the old “Frick and Frack” with any potential buyers.

    I would have the GM say “I am willing to trade but my boss isn’t.”

    It might also be smart to let potential buyers know that the owner of the team was “attached” to certain players, and that even extra special offers would be necessary.

    The thing is, if there are two or more potential buyers then there’s a chance that the Reds front office will know who’s good and who’s not.

  3. ohiojimw

    Per Sheldon on Twitter, it sounds like Rodriguez is a short timer fill in brought up because they had decided Smith would not make the start on Thursday but b
    Price allowed that “anything could

    happen”https://twitter.com/m_sheldon/status/618184540096438273

  4. VaRedsFan

    Yorman will be called up to sit the bench, maybe pinch hit, and possibly 1 start on a getaway day. Good luck kid.

  5. ColoradoRedsFan

    Thom Brennaman is aggravating. Trade him as well.

  6. Dr. K

    Neither Cueto nor Kershaw on All Star Team that’s terrible

    • Vicferrari

      A bunch of guys back out, they find guys that would be available, Simon made it last year

  7. VaRedsFan

    Chapman, the only Reds AS reserve.

  8. VaRedsFan

    Bryce Harper will not be in the HR Derby.

    • VaRedsFan

      Listening to the new format, I can understand why.

      • jdx19

        Yeah, the whole thing is ridiculous now. The Derby in 1993 at Camden Yard is actually what got me really into baseball as a kid. I can’t hardly even stand to watch it now.

  9. vegastypo

    What goes on? Just checked, and they started the game, only to stop it before they could finish ONE inning?

    • VaRedsFan

      shower popped up out of nowhere….came down in buckets for 5 minutes and stopped.

  10. Indy Red Man

    Votto rolling over 4-3 on a crushable pitch….rain….same old same old. Nothing to see here….hey its Shark Week

  11. msanmoore

    Blacked out in Raleigh because somehow we’re in the ESPN Washington Harpers market … so I’ll follow on Gameday while I watch the Astros v. the Indians. Stros currently killing them 4-0 middle of 2nd.

    • msanmoore

      Oh, and of course, the feed is really clean tonight for the Astros game.

  12. seat101

    Selfishly, I don’t want JC on the All-Star team. It will be easier to trade him sooner, don’t you think?

  13. VaRedsFan

    Cueto scheduled to pitch Sunday, so he probably wouldnt pitch tuesday anyway

  14. VaRedsFan

    Rope to right for Votto…good to see him turn on a pitch

  15. VaRedsFan

    Cueto a part of the final vote, along with Kershaw, Tulo, Famila

  16. jdx19

    Pena not too cat-like behind the plate.

  17. VaRedsFan

    Of course the guy that replaces Span gets a hit and makes a great read to score on a wild pitch

    • VaRedsFan

      The other side of that coin…Span probably catches that Bruce double

  18. jdx19

    I just saw Bryant made the All-Star team over Matt Carpenter! From 1st in the vote to off the team. Wow. I think he’ll be OK when everyone gets to watch him in October, unfortunately.

    • msanmoore

      That made me puke a little in the back of my mouth … but I fear you are correct, sir.

  19. vegastypo

    That was kinda funny. Welsh talks about Byrd trying to get the runner to third, so he pulls a low and outside pitch to third.

  20. VaRedsFan

    Bruce can’t score on that??? Little things add up.

    • vegastypo

      I was wondering about that too. Tempted to let up at third, thinking it was the third out?

    • VaRedsFan

      Rule of thumb is run HARD from 2nd on a 2 out ground ball and be ready to score in case of error.

    • BigRedMike

      Yeah, that was not aggressive baselining, must have assumed the play was going to be made

  21. TomatoTovotto

    Good ol’ pitcharound to get to the 9-spot

  22. Dr. K

    Looked like Hamilton might have taken his eye off that ball at the last second. Heard the wall coming at him.

  23. VaRedsFan

    Byrd dinger….call should stand

    • VaRedsFan

      call reversed….Nats announcer said ground rules were a ball hitting over the scoreboard on that green area is a HR

  24. VaRedsFan

    another line out at an infielder with RISP

  25. VaRedsFan

    Suarez makes it moot with the rbi single

  26. RedAlert

    why does the idiot in he Nats booth keep saying the green strip is flush with the top of the wall in right – CAN HE NOT SEE !!!??? THAT WOULD BE ABOVE THE TOP OF THE WALL

    • RedAlert

      Suarez took care Of that business

    • VaRedsFan

      He was saying flush with the leading edge of the wall…ie the same distance from home plate

  27. VaRedsFan

    Billy has caught Cozart 2014 disease

      • RedAlert

        And bullpen mismanagement ensues ….

      • RedAlert

        Give it time – this game still has 3 innings ….

      • VaRedsFan

        List what you would do, we we know where the mismanagement occurs

      • RedAlert

        If you know where it occurs then I don’t have to list it

      • RedAlert

        So far so good this game – in fact setting up nicely for Price now tjatbtheyvhave the lead in the 8th – the less he has to think the better off he is

      • VaRedsFan

        So if Parra gave up a HR last inning it would have been deemed mismanagement?

      • RedAlert

        Dude , you are making a mountain out of a molehill – will you just stop – if you’ve watched this team all year long,l ( and I’m sure you have) you know what I mean- Price has sucked managing the bullpen this year , absolutely sucked – when it’s not cut and dried like it has been this game, he’s been atrocious in that department

      • RedAlert

        I hope he doesn’t have to make any decisions regarding this team next year whatsoever – Walt neither

  28. jdx19

    Pena is sooo slow on the release. Only MIA and COL are worse at throwing out runners. And Tucker ain’t bad, so Pena… yeah. Not sure where he gets the rep for being a good defensive catcher.

    • VaRedsFan

      saw the same thing…he had a little hitch before releasing

    • jdx19

      Pena has thrown out 6 of 38. (16%)
      Barnhart has thrown out 8 of 22 (36%).

  29. jdx19

    Treinen with a platinum inning (or whatever they are called) if you don’t count the single and the walk! 9 pitchers, 3 Ks to BP, Todd, Byrd.

  30. RedAlert

    JJ has been straight money all year – done a nice job – pitching with a lot of confidence this year – glad for him – could certainly see him closing in future – trade Chapman and get some pieces while the iron is hot – he is an underused asset

  31. VaRedsFan

    Pena bothes the catch foe a PN….sigh

  32. Tom Reed

    If not the best, certainly one of the best games of the year.

  33. jessecuster44

    Good bounce back vs, a very hot team. Nice work.