The Reds (51-69) have lost seven straight games and currently sit in the cellar of the NL Central. Two years ago, the Astros finished the season at 51-111. So, yes the Reds are playing very poorly right now, but at least they will still be better than the 2013 Astros. Sometimes, it’s the small things that are comforting.

STARTING PITCHERS
*All stats are 2015 actuals:

PITCHER ERA  FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Randall Delgado 2.70 4.14 1.08 10.4% 22.6%
Anthony DeSclafani 3.72 3.96 0.85 8.4% 17.7%

Despite taking the loss, Anthony DeSclafani pitched well in his last start against the Dodgers. Disco went 6.0 innings, yielding two runs–both to solo home run–and struck out six. The effort was DeSclafani’s fifth consecutive quality start, a stretch during which the rookie is 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 32.0 innings.

For the Diamondbacks is reliever Randall Delgado, who was reinstated from the DL just five days ago. Tonight will be Delgado’s first start of 2015 and the first since he started back to back games last September. This season, Delgado has made 43 relief appearances for the Dbacks, posting a solid ERA but a rather lackluster FIP in 50.0 innings. Delgado’s best pitch is his slider, generating a .140 average against and 20.2% whiff rate, but it might not be as effective over longer outings.

STARTING LINEUPS
Ryan LaMarre gets his first big league start as today’s Reds’ center fielder:

1. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
2. Eugenio Suarez (R) SS
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF
6. Brennan Boesch (L) LF
7. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
8. Ryan LaMarre (R) CF
9. Anthony DeSclafani (R) P
WESLEY

Aaron Hill will start at second and Jarrod Saltalamacchia will be behind the plate in today’s Dbacks’ lineup:

1. Ender Inciarte (L) LF
2. A.J. Pollock (R) CF
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
4. David Peralta (L) RF
5. Aaron Hill (R) 2B
6. Jake Lamb (L) 3B
7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (S) C
8. Chris Owings (R) SS
9. Randall Delgado (R) P
WESLEY

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TONY PEREZ WEEKEND
The slugging first baseman from the World Series winning Big Red Machine teams, Tony Perez, will be honored this weekend with a statue unveiling tonight as well as the post game ceremony last night. The first 30,000 fans to the game tonight will receive a free replica Perez statue and be treated to on-field ceremonies prior to first pitch.

Reds’ legend Pete Rose shared his thought on Tony and his career after the game last night.

And just for some perspective:

AROUND THE LEAGUE
–MLB.com did a complete breakdown of how Nationals’ rookie Michael Taylor has hit the longest home run in the league this year. Taylor’s blast traveled an incredible 493 ft, ten feet more than Nelson Cruz’s shot against Wandy Rodriguez in April. Personal aside, I saw Taylor play against Atlanta earlier this summer and was convinced the kid was no more than 19. Instead, he’s 24 and apparently holds vast amounts of power in his wiry body.

–After a fan was struck in the head by a line drive at Comerica Park, Justin Verlander has called for preventative measures to be instituted in Major League Baseball. While foul balls are an exciting part of the game, the risk of a liner scorching over a hundred miles per hour into throngs of distracted fans seems to be much too high.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

Today’s another day to end the miserable streak the Reds are on. Tony Perez deserves every accolade that will be heaped upon him tonight and Joey Votto deserves all of this and then some in a decade’s time. Other than that there’s not much to say.

GO REDS

111 Responses

  1. james garrett

    I would like to see Boesch and LaMarre play a lot the next couple of weeks.

  2. Indy Red Man

    Atleast the Reds are doing their part for safety! We always have atleast 22 guys that can’t hit a foul ball hard enough to wake you up if it hit you.
    On the bright side….it was pretty encouraging the other day to see Disco throwing harder (up to 95-96) than Zach Greinke. The problem is young guys are sometimes wild right down the middle which is part of the growing process too.

  3. DUDER

    reds suck. cards rule. again.again.again

  4. Evan armstrong

    Just an observation but Morgan does not look in good condition and its sad on Tony’s night the game isn’t a sell out.

  5. wildwestlv

    D-Backs are 14-1 in games when they’ve hit a home run. Best such record in MLB. No outs, 2 homers, 1st inning: Game Over.

  6. pinson343

    Bruce really struggling, obviously, but he did swing at a hittable pitch. Boesch has a habit of just waving at pitches he can’t even reach. I don’t know how he hit at AAA doing that.

  7. Jeff Morris

    Bruce continuing to Bruce! I really think he needs a change of scenery, a change of teams. But….who do the Reds get that is better? Maybe another player on another team, that also needs a change of scenery, also a change of teams. At least Bruce is good defensively. I totally agree with with Steve M, who said the Reds need to pursue players that have above average to good to great on base percentage. Also, someone who doesn’t strike out alot, and puts the ball in play. The Reds seem to be obsessed with getting Pitchers in these trades, which is good, but enough is enough. How many pitchers are they going to get to compete? When does the obsession with starts and relievers stop? Can the Reds take a step back (Reds Management that is) and start looking at position players that meet the above mentioned qualifications?

    • VaRedsFan

      When you trade away 4 starting pitchers, you have to restock the system. They did get Suarez.

    • pinson343

      WJ has said over and over and over that he’s trying to get hitting. He tried to get hitting for Chapman, didn’t get the players he wanted. Bruce and Chapman will still be on the trading block, the goal now is to get some hitters, most likely young ones.

    • pinson343

      And your point about a hitter with a high OBP: for sure, I hope so.

  8. VaRedsFan

    Lemarre a big kid…choked up on the bat.

  9. pinson343

    Watching LaMarre’s mother was hilarious. So relieved that he made contact, then directing her son to stop at first.

  10. pinson343

    They’re showing the Tony Perez Game 7 1975 HR off Bill Lee’s “Leephus” pitch. That was arguably the biggest HR in Reds history. Without that they probably lose that game, and the BRM only wins 1 WS, and they’re not even remembered as a great team – just a team with a great starting lineup.

  11. VaRedsFan

    They should pursue Pollack, so they don’t have to face him 6 times a year.

  12. pinson343

    Disco did a nice job of limiting the damage there.

  13. pinson343

    All right, Bruce. The Reds are now waiting on DelGado’s slow stuff.

  14. VaRedsFan

    Boesch bangs one off the wall!!
    FWIW he did hit the ball hard 3 out of 4 times last night with nothing to show for it.

    • pinson343

      He’s been getting regular ABs in the minor leagues and now is playing 2 games in a row. Keep Schu on the bench and play Boesch.

      • VaRedsFan

        agree…at least platoon him with Lamarre

  15. pinson343

    Nice piece of hitting by Boesch, also waiting on an off-speed pitch. For a second I thought he had his first HR.

  16. pinson343

    The Reds were shut out by the DBacks bullpen for 7 innings on Friday. Will they be shut out by their pen for 6 and 2/3rd tonight ?

      • pinson343

        Don’t know, but he thought Owings would be jogging to first.

      • pinson343

        The only reason I can think of that Suarez looked to 3rd is he wanted to check whether there was a runner there or not, he forgot.

  17. VaRedsFan

    how does a relief pitcher get a bunt hit when you know they are bunting?

    • pinson343

      Two bunt attempts by Dback pitchers: a sac and a hit. One bunt attempt by DeSclafani: easy force out.

      • VaRedsFan

        Dbacks are doing all the little things. Fundamentals and hustle.

  18. VaRedsFan

    Every D-back busts his butt down the line.

  19. VaRedsFan

    Disco leading off?? He has what, 1 more inning in him?

  20. Carl Sayre

    Saurez may just be young but IMO he isn’t a major league SS and I am thinking that he may never be. His bat must be in the line up so why not start the LF tryout now. I know it would be making multiple adjustments but as poorly as Frazier has played 3rd recently maybe he is the LF and Suarez go to 3rd.

    • pinson343

      Frazier has played LF without trouble, it’s a goo suggestion. But is Suarez alert enough to play 3rd base ?

    • VaRedsFan

      Yup, thought that might be a plan going into next year.

    • CP

      Ignoring the fact that we have no idea what Suarez’ defense would be like in LF, Suarez doesn’t hit well enough to play LF full time. I think people are extrapolating his results so far this year, but his track record does nothing to suggest that he can continue producing enough to play out there.

      I think Frazier could move out to LF under the right circumstance, but not for Suarez.

  21. VaRedsFan

    Leake had a good day. 6 IP 1 ER.

    • pinson343

      Usually good against the Pirates.

  22. VaRedsFan

    Goldy 1st 20/20 for a 1st baseman since Derrick Lee (2003)

    • VaRedsFan

      Reds pitchers are awful at holding runners on. Especially since Cueto is gone. Goldy had a running lead. Tucker made a quick/great throw despite the running start by Goldy.

  23. BigRedMike

    The one run there for Arizona was sooooooo much more impressive than the other 5 runs per Thom

    • pinson343

      They did score a run on only one hit, a single, and no walks.

      • VaRedsFan

        Another example of fundamentally sound baseball.

      • BigRedMike

        What is the example of the other 5 runs Arizona has scored?

      • pinson343

        Other 5 runs; Lots of hitting. That works too.

  24. DHud

    I’m a little late to the party tonight everyone, but….

    PRICE PUT A YOUNG PROSPECT IN THE STARTING LINEUP FOR ONCE!! Who knew they were allowed to do more than waste away on the bench!?

  25. DHud

    D-Backs management, “We want to get a good read on what we have for our future.”

    Somebody should talk to WJ and Price about that concept

    • pinson343

      The DBack pitcher was throwing pretty much nothing but 89 mph meatballs and no one made solid contact.

  26. james garrett

    Stewart/Larussa driving the D Backs and we have well you know who we have.

    • CP

      Stewart is considered one of the worst GMs in baseball.

    • VaRedsFan

      don’t forget we got the guy they let go…The great Kevin Towers

  27. VaRedsFan

    IMO…I don’t think it is close enough to overturn.

  28. DHud

    Can Thom whine a little more about these replays? Why do we keep giving him a mic?

    • CP

      Indeed, the worst part of extended replays is having to endure Thom for that much longer.

  29. VaRedsFan

    Brandon with the nightly web gem.

  30. pinson343

    Snow cone by LaMarre. Mom is happy.

  31. pinson343

    Should have done more off Godley in 3 and a third. One run, and lucky to score that.

    • pinson343

      The Reds have had better pitches to hit.

    • VaRedsFan

      how many THOM!…say it one more time

  32. VaRedsFan

    Tough chance, but Bruce should of had that.

    • pinson343

      And the young Bruce would have. I’m a fan of his but no problem with trading him at this point.

  33. jdx19

    Thom makes me sick. Going on 5 minutes now of gushing over Goldscmidt’s RBI total. What a terrible, terrible MLB announcer. Honestly, starting to like him less than his dad.

    • jdx19

      And, yes, I launched my browser just to say that.

    • BigRedMike

      It is pretty bad, Thom loves to talk about RBI

    • VaRedsFan

      No doubt. Welsh was trying to make a point the Dejesus has seen 24 pitches in 3 AB, but THOM! would have nothing of it.

    • Evan armstrong

      And yet isn’t RBI totals part of winning the triple crown? Some in the game still value it.

      • jdx19

        You don’t even know what the argument is. How many RBI would Goldschmidt have if no one had gotten on base in front of him all year? 24. That’s how many. RBIs are MORE of byproduct of how often players get on in front of you. That is why Frazier and Bruce have more than Votto despite Votto being in a completely different league as a hitter from Frazier and Bruce.

        I don’t see why you people can’t get this concept. It’s as simple as concepts get…

  34. VaRedsFan

    Pedro V has done some good stuff, but is he really supposed to be our guy with a 1 run game in the 7th?

    • pinson343

      After the game we keep hearing that a bunch of guys were unavailable. But it has been Price’s pattern to treat a 1 run deficit like a mop up situation.

  35. pinson343

    The man can hit (Suarez, that is).

    • RedAlert

      Whether Cozart returns on time or not, rhey better find a way to get his bat in the lineup as a regular next year

      • pinson343

        Yes but when Cozart returns, not at SS.

    • VaRedsFan

      Same here. Camera guy had it going into upper deck

      • pinson343

        Stupid camera guy. When you’re able to watch the OFer, you know whether it’s going out.

  36. RedAlert

    First 2 men reach , no outs , neither moves an inch , Reds get nothing …….like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day – over and over and over and over and over and over and over …

    • pinson343

      Yep. And over and over etc. with the middle of their lineup at bat. It isn’t that Price has been giving away outs with bunts in these situations.

  37. pinson343

    Frazier just missed on that hanging slider. Also had a fastball up and over the plate to hit, and fouled it back.

  38. pinson343

    Another rally fizzles. Why didn’t Tom say: “How many times have we seen a Reds rally fizzle in the last …..”

  39. BigRedMike

    The Reds are really a bad team, amazing that a team is actually behind the Brewers in the standings

  40. pinson343

    Twice now Saltalmacchia, a LHed hitter with pop, has rolled one over to 2nd base and Thom B. has assumed that’s what he was trying to do and praised his fundamentals.

  41. wildwestlv

    After tomorrow, makeup game with Detroit. Then the Dodgers roll in. How long will the losing streak last? Anybody want to suggest a number? I know wins and losses don’t matter. Just curious.

    • pinson343

      Actually I think Iggy wins tomorrow and then another losing streak starts.

  42. pinson343

    With the Reds down by 6, nice play by Bruce. Have a feeling that he cared about it more than Mattheus did.

  43. VaRedsFan

    Nice catch by Bruce. Looked like a tougher chance than the one that hit off his glove.

  44. VaRedsFan

    Thom, thanks for letting us know That Lemarre’s parents haven’t left yet, in his ML debut

  45. RedAlert

    This is just an atrocious team – and I am a lifelong Reds fan who will stick with them thru thick and thin. Man , it’s just sickening watching this proud organization suck wind like this – disheartening.

    • RedAlert

      Reds have some good players indeed – manager, not so much

  46. RedAlert

    Price FIRE-O-METER now at 19 under and counting …

  47. Jeff Morris

    Bruce hits a two run double, then next time, almost grounds into the 3-6-3 double play, overturned on the replay. But…my point is, see the inconsistency!