The high-scoring Cincinnati Reds (52-71) are looking to win back-to-back games after posting their first win in over a week last night. Tonight, it is the NL West’s first place Los Angeles Dodgers (67-56) in town for a three game series. These two teams just hooked up ten days ago with the Dodgers taking three of the four in that series. Since they last played, the Dodgers added Phillies veteran 2nd baseman Chase Utley to their lineup in a trade for a pair of minor leaguers.

Game one of this week’s rematch features the game two starters from August 14th.

STARTING PITCHERS

PITCHER ERA FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Alex Wood 3.79 3.59 0.6 7.7% 17.6%
John Lamb 6.35 3.30 1.6 3.9% 29.4%

Alex Wood is 1-2 with a 5.01 ERA in four starts since joining the Dodgers (from Atlanta) at the trade deadline. He’s allowed three to four runs in each start and hasn’t made it past 6.1 innings in any of those four starts. His one win? Yes, it was against Cincinnati on August 14th. He pitched 6.1 innings and allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three. All three runs he allowed were knocked in by Joey Votto, who homered and doubled off Wood in the game.

John Lamb had a promising major league debut against the Dodgers two weeks ago, but was undone by a big inning and a Adrian Gonzalez homerun in the 5th inning. Overall, he threw 99 pitches in his six inning start, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out seven.

STARTING LINEUPS
The Dodgers lineup:

  1. Jimmy Rollins (S) SS
  2. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
  3. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
  4. Justin Turner (R) 3B
  5. Scott Van Slyke (R) LF
  6. Chase Utley (L) 2B
  7. A.J. Ellis (R) C
  8. Enrique Hernandez (R) CF
  9. Alex Wood (R) P

Ivan De Jesus gets the left field start in today’s Reds lineup.

  1. Jason Bourgeois (R) CF
  2. Eugenio Suarez (R) SS
  3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
  4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
  5. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
  6. Jay Bruce (L) RF
  7. Ivan De Jesus (R) LF
  8. Tucker Barnhart (S) C
  9. John Lamb (L) P

THIS DATE IN REDS HISTORY

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
Hopefully, the Reds offense can keep rolling tonight and not let Alex Wood get comfortable on the mound. I’m looking forward to another John Lamb start tonight, as Jocketty may have found a key fixture of the Reds rotation for the next several years.

Go REDS!

55 Responses

  1. Carl Sayre

    I seen this date in Reds history and not one but two of my favorite Reds. I grew up in “The Big Red Machine” era and Conception was what most would call a solid SS unless you were a fan and watched him. He was almost an exceptional SS he made every play he should have about 60 percent of those “did you see that?” plays. Larkin on the other hand was always underated, Ozzie Smith probably was given 4 or 5 Gold Gloves that Barry Larkin actually won. I am not taking anything away from one of the greatest to ever play the position he just got a lot of nostalgia votes in his later years.

    • jessecuster44

      It is a travesty that Concepcion is not in the Hall of Fame. He pioneered the bounce throw to 1B, he improved as a hitter almost every year, he won two World Series, was the All-Star Game MVP, and filled almost every role during his career as a Red.
      He was Ozzie Smith without the backflip.

  2. citizen54

    I agree Lamb looks like a keeper with a 29.4% K rate, SSS caveat. It could play out that Finnegan becomes the worst piece in the Cueto trade. Right now Lamb looks like an absolute steal as the “throw in piece.”

  3. Steve Mancuso

    I’m excited to be headed to the ballpark to get my first look at John Lamb in person.

    And great weather for the game!

  4. preacherj

    I’m going to try to listen in and comment, as long as life doesn’t get in the way.

    • jdx19

      Life! That’s where I’m at… I have a company dinner after work tonight. I’d much rather be watching Mr. Lamb toss a gem.

  5. Jeff

    The Reds Outfield has combined for 334 strikeouts so far this year. I wonder what the record for strikekouts for a team’s Outfield is?

    • preacherj

      I think Adam Dunn struck out that many times all by himself as a Red.

    • gary

      Did Dunn, Stubbs and Bruce ever play in the same outfield? I don’t think so, but if they did, they would have had way more than 334 combined strikeouts.

  6. Indy Red Man

    I like Lamb alot! Fastball up to 94 and a 69 mph sweeping curve. He just needs to keep that fastball away til he starts getting his breaking stuff over. These young guys really snuggle with their pitch counts too! He should’ve ended that inning 10 pitches earlier.

  7. james garrett

    Good stuff but way too many pitches thrown.He will get better and next year he will be much better.

  8. RedAlert

    Jay simply needs a change of scenery – nothing ever changes with this guy. It’s the same roller coaster ride every year with him.I like him, but he just is not a good hitter period

    • Whoa Bundy!

      Isn’t it about time to create stats that show Bruce is having a good season?

    • jessecuster44

      Like the girl with the curl. When good, very good. When bad, horrid. Look at his overall stats, and they aren’t bad. But I think given the rest of the offense, a more consistent hitter is needed.

  9. RedAlert

    Wow, raise your hand if you didn’t see a leadoff double and man never moved except inning ending double play

    • Tom Billings

      I have both raised the team is pathetic

    • jessecuster44

      Let’s go back to inning #1 and remember how Bourgeois didn’t slide hard, allowing the DP on Suarez’ ball. Then, Votto is pitched around, BP swings at ball 4, and the inning is over.

      This team’s offense is so bad. It was bad at the end of 2013 and hasn’t gotten any better.

  10. james garrett

    Patience at the plate is not our strong suit.We forgot already how patient we were last night in the 6th.

  11. james garrett

    Lamb just has to throw more strikes can’t pitch from behind in the big leagues

  12. Indy Red Man

    These young guys? I hope Price is setting them straight? Gets Gonzalez down 0-2 on a 68 mph curve and then doesn’t throw him another one? Of course he ends up giving up a double on a fastball right down the middle? He Ks people right and left but you can’t make key mistakes like that? He’s got the slider to righties though and looks like he could get a little bigger and stronger next year and maybe a little more on the fastball?

    • jessecuster44

      Dodger hitters were sitting on his FB. But he struck Puig out on a FB that ran in on Yasiel. Give Lamb some time and he will improve.

  13. Indy Red Man

    I love Joey but that was pathetic? He literally moved out of the way of the ball to try and snag it instead?

    • jessecuster44

      … how he fields the position. Were you complaining in 2011? This isn’t new.

  14. james garrett

    Lamb’s stuff is just too good not to be successful in the big leagues as some point.Two strike hits as INDY said can’t happen.Hopefully Price is in his ear on that one but if he can improve his fastball command with that slow curve and slider he will be a good one.

  15. james garrett

    Lamb is done after 5 innings and even though he made some mistakes he did ok.His future is bright.Our young guys are going to be tough to deal with down the road

    • jessecuster44

      Lamb got behind too many hitters, but has excellent stuff. The pitch to Utley? nasty. If Lamb is handled well, he’s a front line starter in two years. If he’s handled poorly? LOGGY.

      … he might be a LOGGY. 🙁

      • DavidTurner49

        As to his getting behind hitters, is it due lack of command or just lack of confidence in his stuff? 6 K’s say he has good stuff.

      • jessecuster44

        I think he’s young, and he’s respecting the batters too much.

  16. RedAlert

    Mattheus sucks again , yet he continues to pitch for this team

    • RedAlert

      DFA this guy yesterday – he’s atrocious

      • jessecuster44

        If they DFAed everyone who deserved to be DFAed, the Reds would lose 33% of the 40 man roster.

      • jessecuster44

        … 33% of 40 man roster is atrocious. Dots connected.

    • jessecuster44

      also, who would you rather have out there when you’re trying to lose 100 games? Make no mistake, management want the Reds to suck for the rest of the season.

      • RedAlert

        Yep – management indeed doesn’t give a rip about this year – you are right. Then they will spend a top 5 draft pick on another freaking pitcher to top it off

      • DavidTurner49

        Does mgmt want butts in the seats? More of the same stuff we’ve been getting from Holmberg, Sampson, Matheus, will keep folks at home.

      • jessecuster44

        Give the sheep a bobblehead or a poster. They’ll come. Have you noticed that both pro sports franchises in Cincy have fairly mediocre products, yet seem to always draw an acceptable number of fans?

        The average Reds fan (and Bengals fan) is perfectly happy with what is happening. So nothing is really going to change.

  17. RedAlert

    Main thing I wish for is Bryan Price being canned – maybe the more they lose the greater the chance – whatever it takes ! Don’t think I can stand another year of his cluelessness

    • Chuck Schick

      Yes, that will solve everything. A team who has to play Skip Schumacher regularly is just a Jim Riggleman, Tom Trebelhorn or Stump Merrill away from greatness.

      • RedAlert

        Nope, won’t solve everything but it’s a start !

      • Chuck Schick

        The Reds have fired 15 managers in the past 35 years. ….about 1 every 2.5 seasons….and yet they’ve been amazingly mediocre during that period. Firing Price changes nothing.

      • jessecuster44

        It might not change anything, but it is certainly warranted. He’s been quite deserving of a firing since his 77 f-bomb tirade.

      • RedAlert

        sorry -We’ll agree to disagree on this one –

      • RedAlert

        Was in response to Chuck – I’m with Jesse ->Price doesn’t deserve to be back

  18. Tom Reed

    Within striking distance and then Mattheus strikes again.

    • RedAlert

      With an assist from but who else – Mr. Pitching guru himself > Bryan ” don’t know how the crap to manage a bullpen ” Price

  19. james garrett

    Dodgers are just afraid of Votto.Walked him again with two outs in the eight in a 4 run game.

    • jessecuster44

      Who else do the Dodgers have to worry about? They aren’t dumb.