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.
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.
The Reds lineup is what we’ve grown accustom to:
- Brandon PhillipsÃ‚Â (R) 2B
- Joey VottoÃ‚Â (L) 1B
- Todd FrazierÃ‚Â (R) 3B
- Jay BruceÃ‚Â (L) RF
- Marlon ByrdÃ‚Â (R) LF
- Brayan PenaÃ‚Â (S) C
- Eugenio SuarezÃ‚Â (R) SS
- Anthony DeSclafaniÃ‚Â (R) P
- Billy HamiltonÃ‚Â (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:
- Denard SpanÃ‚Â (L) CF
- Yunel EscobarÃ‚Â (R) 3B
- Bryce HarperÃ‚Â (L) RF
- Wilson RamosÃ‚Â (R) C
- Clint RobinsonÃ‚Â (L) 1B
- Danny EspinosaÃ‚Â (S) 2B
- Ian DesmondÃ‚Â (R) SS
- Michael TaylorÃ‚Â (R) LF
- Doug FisterÃ‚Â (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!
Nothing would better wash out the sour taste of that weekend series than another improbable sweep of the Washington Nationals.