Tonight, the Reds (55-77) kick off a ten-game homestand with Grateful Dead Night at Great American ballpark. The team will be giving away a Reds version of the Dancing Bears that make me wish more than usual I was in Cincinnati for the game. The Reds are 3-2 over their last five games since their 16 game stretch of futility starting in mid-August.

STARTING PITCHERS
All stats are 2015:

PITCHER ERA  FIP HR/9 BB% K%
Matt Garza 5.56 4.93 1.44 8.3% 15.9%
Keyvius Sampson 6.43 4.61 1.29 9.8% 18.8%

So maybe my faith in Keyvius Sampson was unfounded. Especially with the way John Lamb, Raisel Iglesias, and even Michael Lorenzen have pitched lately, my picking Sampson to be the dark horse of next year’s rotation was foolhardy. After three solid starts to begin his Major League career, Sampson has turned in three straight duds. Spanning 11.0 innings (the longest start of the three lasted 4.0 innings), Sampson has an ERA of 11.35, a FIP of 5.33, and a BABIP of .511. On the bright side, Pedro Villareal has gotten his fair share of work.

For the Brewers is pseudo-ace Matt Garza. I say pseudo because Garza can be considered the face of this staff on name recognition only. While rookie Taylor Jungmann has shined this year, Garza has faltered and fumbled his way to a 6-14 record which may still be generous. Heck, Garza gave up seven earned runs in 3.1 innings against the Reds his last time out and took a no-decision because somehow Keyvius fared worse.

STARTING LINEUPS
Skip Schumaker plays left field for the Reds today:

1. Jason Bourgeois (R) CF
2. Jay Bruce (L) RF
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B
5. Todd Frazier (R) 3B
6. Brayan Pena (S) C
7. Eugenio Suarez (R) SS
8. Skip Schumaker (L) LF
9. Keyvius Sampson (R) P
WESLEY

Khris Davis plays left field for the Brewers today:

1. Scooter Gennett (L) 2B
2. Jonathan Lucroy (R) C
3. Ryan Braun (R) RF
4. Adam Lind (L) 1B
5. Khris Davis (R) LF
6. Domingo Santana (R) CF
7. Jean Segura (R) SS
8. Elian Herrera (S) 3B
9. Matt Garza (R) P
WESLEY

RETURN OF BILLY THE KID


O CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
According to a report from Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, Bryan Price’s future with the Reds is in question. Heyman lists Barry Larkin as the most likely successor to Price and continues to explain that Walt Jocketty is expected to be back with the Reds but maybe not in the same capacity.

“Jocketty seems to be “planning on being there next year,” according to someone who has spoken to him recently, but some believe he could move into a different role. Few see him leaving the organization entirely as he has a very close relationship with owner Bob Castellini from their Cardinals days together.”

AMIR GARRETT HONORS
Amir Garrett has won the Co-Pitcher of the Year Award for the Florida State League. Garrett pitched this year with the Daytona Tortugas and currently ranks as the third best prospect in the Reds’ system. For the season, Garrett was 9-7 with a 2.44 ERA.

HOME STAND TICKETS AND TRAVEL
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CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
Andrew McCutchen deserved the Player of the Month Award. He really did. The Pirate had an absurd month of August where he hit .348/.470/.609, but c’mon guys, can’t Joey Votto get some hardware?


GO REDS

48 Responses

  1. DHud

    I would prefer to never see Bourgouis or Schumaker in the lineup period, but both of them together makes me sad

    • sezwhom

      Bourgouis hasn’t been bad. Who else you want playing Center? As for LF, enough of Schumaker. Why not Duvall? Why not anybody?

      • DHud

        Anybody that may provide future utility to the team, i.e. DeJesus, Duvall, or LaMarre. Odds are not good that 31 yr old Bourgeois works his way into the Reds future plans

      • GreatRedLegsFan

        It all depends if they’re able to find anybody else, for the time being I don’t see a better bench CF than Bourgouis, neither in the roster nor in the minors.

  2. RedAlert

    Schumaker in left , Bruce batting 2nd , Suarez batting 7th – nuff said . Can’t wait until Bryan Price gets booted at the end of the year. Dude cannot construct a lineup nor manage a bullpen – utterly clueless.

    • Gaffer

      Has to be one of 5 worst red managers. There will never be another Ray Knight.

      • GreatRedLegsFan

        I liked Sparky, McKanin & Dave Johnson too

    • Chuck Schick

      You’re questioning the line up for a team 30 games out? That’s like complaining about the soup on the Titantic.

      • VaRedsFan

        You could check the last 100 game threads and read the same comment.

      • RedAlert

        Love to get a jab in any way you can don’t you Va Reds fan? – don’t bother me none dude – fire away –

      • RedAlert

        Keep blowing sunshine up Price Va – you must be satisfied the way things are

      • VaRedsFan

        Pretty much think Price is out the door….so you’re wrong.

      • RedAlert

        And yea , It don’t matter if they are 40 games out – Price is one of the worst managers in MLB hands down

      • jessecuster44

        Managers still need to manage well, no matter the situation.

    • Evan armstrong

      And when the next management team comes in and does something you disagree with will you call for them being booted?

      • RedAlert

        Well hey there Evan. As always , a comment in the form of a question. Figured it was about time for you to chime in as soon as I made some comment about Price. Let me ask you A question. Are you happy with the way Price has managed the Reds this year ? I’ll give you credit. You seem to be his biggest advocate, and that’s fine. I just think he has done a poor job and a change needs to be made. At this point I most certainly want to see a fresh new management team in place.

      • Evan armstrong

        Outside the use of Chapman I have no issues. Hey has never had a full healthy roster, he has been given a team with huge issues in both the bullpen and bench. I have much more problems with how this organization is run from the owner/GM position then the manager.

  3. LoopingHR

    Bourgeois leading off because of his stellar .303 OBP

  4. tct

    The Reds already have a good candidate for their next manager that no one is talking about. He’s a successful player who is into analytics, but also loves the old school guys like Ted Williams and Pete Rose. Plus, he’s already under contract and has a relationship with the players.

    Joey Votto for player/manager in 2016!

    • Chuck Schick

      No one is talking about it for a few reasons:
      1. There is no chance it’s being considered.
      2. He has 10 years left on his contract and the average Reds manager has a 2.5 year shelf life. Firing him may impact his relationship with the next manager.
      3. A rebuilding team needs to keep it’s options open around trading it’s highest paid player.
      4. When was the last time such a set up actually worked?

      • tct

        I was just joking. Joey can’t be manager because he’s going to be the player/GM.

      • msanmoore

        +100 HAR and another +100 because the others missed your snark. Joey for player/manager indeed!!

    • Tom Reed

      Joey is too busy in his post-graduate study of the art of hitting a baseball.

  5. Tom Reed

    Skip again. I thought he was the Red’s premier pinch hitter.

    • Gaffer

      Duvall needs to get practice riding the pine, it was the secret plan for YRod!

    • sezwhom

      Suarez didn’t fare all the well batting 2nd. Seems better down the lineup. I’m fine with him batting 7th.

      • Gaffer

        The idea that success or not in a few ABs in one batting spot means something. . . . That’s very Brian Price! Even Dusty would not claim that horse phooey.

  6. VaRedsFan

    Any clue on the length of delay?

  7. DavidTurner49

    Not that Duvall is the future LFer necessarily, but Schumaker obviously is not. Why not give Duvall a chance, especially after his ph hr?!

    Price strikes again.

    • Gaffer

      He needs to learn how to PH. Price has said this garbage this year before.

    • Evan armstrong

      Could it be he is not a LF?

  8. seat101

    I would like to know if there is any word on the game might start please I am incommunicado otherwise

  9. seat101

    I’ve been so busy the last week I have had no chance to read all of the wonderful articles and of been posted in the last couple of days. Perhaps after my two-year-old goes to sleep I’ll be able to read some.

    What a great website! As we near the end of the season perhaps we should all rethink how much we have donated and maybe add a little bit more.

  10. HerpyDerp

    The only way to prevent Votto from getting on base is a rain delay.

    • msanmoore

      Cue the Joey Votto-isms …

      Joey Votto has a grizzly bear rug in his home in Canada. It isn’t dead, it’s just afraid to move.

  11. jessecuster44

    May lose 1/2 a game on the race to the bottom…