The Reds (48-57) and the Cardinals (68-39) play the final game of the three game series, which is also the final game of this seven game home stand. After each team worked deep into their bullpens last night, the Reds are looking for Michael Lorenzen to work deep into today’s game and for the weather to cooperate to avoid multiple rain delays.
Unlike most business day specials, today’s game will be shown locally on Fox Sports Ohio. If you live outside the Cincinnati television market, today’s game is available as the MLB.TV free game of the day.
Michael Wacha has thrown six innings or more in 15 of his 20 starts this season. His first two starts of the year were against the Reds. He only allowed two runs over 13.1 innings and was credited with the win in each of those games.
Michael Lorenzen has had his good starts, but you can expect inconsistency from rookie pitchers. Lorenzen was roughed up in his last three starts for 17 runs over 13 innings. He hasn’t thrown more than 6 innings in a start since his last victory on June 21st, and he’s only pitched six or more innings seven times in his 15 starts. This will be his first career appearance against the Cardinals.
Shortstop Johnny Peralta and catcher Yadier Molina are getting a day off in the Cardinals lineup.
- Matt CarpenterÃ‚Â (L) 3B
- Stephen PiscottyÃ‚Â (R) LF
- Jason HeywardÃ‚Â (L) RF
- Randal GrichukÃ‚Â (R) CF
- Kolten WongÃ‚Â (L) 2B
- Brandon MossÃ‚Â (L) 1B
- Tony CruzÃ‚Â (R) C
- Greg GarciaÃ‚Â (L) SS
- Michael WachaÃ‚Â (R) P
Tucker Barnhart and Jason Burgeios are the changes in today’s Reds lineup:
- Brandon PhillipsÃ‚Â (R) 2B
- Jason BourgeoisÃ‚Â (R) CF
- Joey VottoÃ‚Â (L) 1B
- Todd FrazierÃ‚Â (R) 3B
- Jay BruceÃ‚Â (L) RF
- Marlon ByrdÃ‚Â (R) LF
- Eugenio SuarezÃ‚Â (R) SS
- Tucker BarnhartÃ‚Â (S) C
- Michael LorenzenÃ‚Â (R) P
SEAN MARSHALL THROWING
It was reported during last night’s game that Sean Marshall threw his first bullpen session since May shoulder surgery. Bryan Price stated that there is a possibility that Marshall could still pitch in a major league game before the season is over. Marshall hasn’t pitched for the Reds since June 20, 2014.
REDS PROSPECT RANKING UPDATED
The Reds top 30 list on MLB.com was recently updated to reflect the recent draft and July 31st trade deadline. Two recent trade acquisitions and three draftees made it into the top 10. The top five include Jesse Winker, Robert Stephenson, Amir Garrett, 2015 #1 pick Tyler Stephenson, and Keury Mella (acquired from the Giants in the Mike Leake trade.) The full list of 30 prospects can be found on the MLB.com website.
If today’s game is played, the Reds have a chance at a winning record on this home stand, having gone 3-3 in their first six games. The weather forecast isn’t very promising for the early afternoon hours. So, we’ll have to see how long the umpires give to Mother Nature before deciding to call the game.
After this afternoon’s game, the Reds will head West for a 3 team, 10 game road trip. are 3-3 on this seven game homestand with a chance to leave town