The Reds undefeated season came to an end last night. The Reds dropped a heartbreaker 6-5 on a cold, rainy night at GABP. The Reds had a 5-2 lead going into the 8th inning. J.J. Hoover came in with two outs and the bases loaded in the 8th, and gave up a grand slam to Starling Marte.

The Reds will look to get back to their early season winning ways today. They will have the right guy on the mound, Raisel Iglesias. He will have his work cut out for him, as he will be facing the Pirates ace Gerrit Cole.

Programming Note: Today’s game is the free game of the day. You can watch the game here.

Starting Pitchers


Yup, this should be a fun pitching matchup.

Raisel Iglesias pitched very well on opening day for the good guys. Iglesias allowed a cheap GABP home run in the second inning, but settled down afterwards to pitch six innings of two run baseball. Maybe most impressive was that Iglesias had 7 strikeouts, and didn’t walk a batter.

Iglesias made two starts against the Pirates last year (both at GABP). The first one on August 1st went very well (6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K). The second one on September 8th didn’t go so well, as he didn’t make it out of the 4th inning (3.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K).


Gerrit Cole will be making his 2016 debut today. Cole finished 4th for the Cy Young award last season. Over 32 starts in 2015, Cole posted a 2.60 ERA/2.66 FIP with 8.74 K/9, 1.90 BB/9, and 0.48 HR/9. Cole was 9th among all MLB pitchers in fWAR (5.4). Cole has done an incredible job over his career at limiting home runs. He has a 0.56 HR/9 over his career, and last season he was 4th in all of baseball with 0.48 HR/9.

Cole was limited this spring because of a rib injury, and that is why the Pirates pushed his first start back to today. Cole only pitched 6.2 innings this spring (5.40 ERA). The Reds for whatever reason have owned the Pirates ace over his career. In six career starts against the Reds, Cole has a 5.23 ERA (32.2 IP, 41 H, 19 ER, 11 BB, 38 K). The Pirates have lost all six of Cole’s starts against the Reds.

Starting Lineups

Cozart and Mesoraco are both out of the lineup again. Bryan Price said he will be easing them into 2016, so giving them a day off after a night game is fairly normal. I’d expect both back in the lineup tomorrow. Billy Hamilton moves from the #9 spot to the leadoff spot. The Pirates have the same lineup as yesterday.

Pirates Reds
1. John Jaso (1B)
2. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
3. David Freese (3B)
4. Starling Marte (LF)
5. Francisco Cervelli (C)
6. Gregory Polanco (RF)
7. Josh Harrison (2B)
8. Jordy Mercer (SS)
9. Gerrit Cole (P)
1. Billy Hamilton (CF)
2. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Brandon Phillips (2B)
5. Jay Bruce (RF)
6. Scott Schebler (LF)
7. Ivan De Jesus (SS)
8. Tucker Barnhart (C)
9. Raisel Iglesias (P)

Melville to start tomorrow

The Reds announced that Tim Melville will start tomorrow. The Reds thought it would be DeSclafani tomorrow, but the Reds are being cautious with him. Melville will be making his MLB debut tomorrow. He was a 4th round draft pick back in 2008. He has a career 4.75 ERA in 668.2 innings in the minors.

Around the MLB


In case you haven’t been able to pay attention to the rest of baseball, here are some of the big storylines in the first week:

— Colorado Rockies rookie Trevor Story is off to an incredible start. He has 6 home runs through the first 4 games! (Video)

— The new second base slide rule has a major impact early in the season. There have been two occasions where the game has ended on a reviewed double play. It happened in the Astros-Brewers last night (Video), and in the Rays-Blue Jays on Tuesday (Video)

— The Cubs got terrible news yesterday. Kyle Schwarber will be out for the year with an ACL injury. The Cubs depth will be challenged right from the beginning of 2016.


Winning is much more fun than losing. I didn’t really like yesterday. Let’s get back to winning Redlegs, ok? Go Reds!

86 Responses

  1. CP

    Run directly to the bag. Slide directly to the bag. I’m surprised the players are having trouble getting the idea.

    • Patrick Jeter

      Yeah. Seems simple. No more breaking up double plays. Just run in and slide normally.

  2. Steve Mancuso

    One pitch, one out. Love it.

  3. Patrick Jeter

    Hamilton on 2nd base carries a run expectancy of “Money.”

  4. Steve Mancuso

    Second game in a row that Billy Hamilton poked the ball opposite field when batting LH. That’s a good approach for him. Good hustle taking second base on Marte.

    • Patrick Jeter

      When he was called up in 2013 and had several ABs I remember him doing that a lot.

  5. vegastypo

    You know, I wish they would leave that strike zone imposition on the screen all the time. That pitch to Votto looked like strike 3, but when they showed the strike zone box, the pitch was inside.

  6. Patrick Jeter

    I think I like watching Iglesias pitch more than any other Reds pitcher.

  7. preacherj

    I’m enjoying this team. Baseball is fun right now.

  8. preacherj

    Wow. The Dodgers pulling Stripling last night was an interesting decision. No hitter into the 7th and they took him out at 100 pitches. The reliever gave up a homer (JJ, is that you?) and the Giants won in extra innings.

  9. Patrick Jeter

    Thom thinks personal accomplishment are more important than wins, apparently. A long talk about Stripling from last night and Thom can’t imagine why he’s be taken out.

    I watched most of that game. Stripling didn’t look particularly sharp and started walking guys. The game was 2-0 against your chief division rival. Don’t need to blow the game to let a kid chase a personal achievement. Kudos to Roberts for taking the kid out when he thought was correct to win the game. Didn’t work out, but still.

    • preacherj

      The last pitch to Votto was pretty darn wicked.

    • Patrick Jeter

      If pitchers are going to consistently pitch Votto inside he’s going to have a lot of adjusting to do. He doesn’t hit that area well, not does he hit that area for power.

  10. VaRedsFan

    It’s stange, because most lefties prefer the ball down and in.

  11. VaRedsFan

    he’s tried several of those “foul it off” type swings this year, but without as much success as he’s had in the past

  12. preacherj

    Please don’t throw that pitch there again

  13. preacherj

    If the Reds weren’t playing for a DP that would have been a DP

  14. Indy RedMan

    Raisel!!! I thought this might be a good matchup today because the Bucs only have 2 lefties now. Lets get some more runs….don’t leave a close one to the pens please!!

  15. vegastypo

    Is Gameday’s strike zone accurate? If so, this ump is having a rough day calling balls and strikes.

    • VaRedsFan

      Close pitches seem to be going the batters way on the telecast.

      • Indy RedMan

        Its seems like the umps aren’t giving the pitchers the general vicinity of the corner this year! I love it!! Its going to mean alot more offense if they keep it up. That to me is the biggest reason for offense being down in mlb along with every pen having 4 guys throwing 95+

  16. preacherj

    If I have to listen to THOM! examine Tucker’s slide yesterday one more time……

  17. preacherj

    Watching baseball on TV, and watching the snow fall on my patio.

    • vegastypo

      Speaking of things falling from the sky, don’t get hit by that grand slam ball. It’s due to land anytime now.

  18. Patrick Jeter

    So much for Cole being rusty. He got over it quick.

    • Patrick Jeter

      The ‘ol reverse jinx worked! A walk and a single!

  19. vegastypo

    That fan might have kept Jaso from the catch. Perfectly legal, since Jaso was reaching into the seats.

  20. Patrick Jeter

    Glad to see the Reds are still a terrible, terrible base running team.

    • VaRedsFan

      Didn’t understand, or like that either. Getting to 3rd base with 2 outs isn’t that important.

  21. earmbrister

    Don’t like Billy H. shaking his arm after that long throw …

    • Indy RedMan

      Good throw has him there and Billy has a good arm! He had the ball b4 before the guy hit 3rd base

      • vegastypo

        Billy showed a good arm early on, but he’s been erratic for quite a while. And with the surgery …..

      • earmbrister

        Hopefully just a bit of scar tissue, with his apparent discomfort.

  22. Indy RedMan

    Raisel pitched Polanco like he was Barry Bonds….hate to walk a guy to bring the tying run up but overall he pitched well! Asking this pen for 10 outs is kind of scary though?

  23. mtkal

    I’m kinda starting to like this Blake Wood guy.

  24. Shchi Cossack

    Another good outing by Iggy under tough conditions. Price probably should have pulled him one batter sooner after Iggy walked Polanco, but no damage. Just 2 BB on a day like today was solid. Iggy looks more and more like a top of the rotation starter.

    • vegastypo

      With this bullpen, it’s hard to blame Price for trying to get an extra out from Iglesias.

      • mtkal

        Yep, that would have been the best angle. I thought he was safe, just not enough to tell for sure in terms of a replay angle.

  25. mtkal

    I don’t know if they have the angle to overturn it, at least on Root Sports where I’m watching. I don’t get FSO in HD.
    Bucs announcers are really smug BTW.

  26. mtkal

    Wood overcame my jinx. Nice job by him.

    • vegastypo

      With a big, big assist from Votto and whoever was yelling at him to make the play at second. Amazing.

      • mtkal

        Good point. It looked like Votto glanced over to 2nd after fielding the ball,


  27. earmbrister

    Anybody comfortable with a 2 run lead in the 7th?

  28. Indy RedMan

    I compared Suarez to Julio Franco b4 the season but he’s got more power. My question is….how did he only hit .255 or whatever it was with his time in Louisville last year? The kid is going to be a monster!!

    • mtkal

      I don’t want to blaspheme or anything, but are we gonna look back and realize 3B has been upgraded?

      • vegastypo

        Think of it also as whether this production could be coming from a shortstop.

      • docmike

        Frazier came up as shortstop too, I believe. But his bat was strong enough to play at third.

        Suarez’s defense at SS was pretty bad last year. He either needed to improve his defense to stick at short, or continue to progress as a hitter to be an effective third baseman.

      • vegastypo

        Dusty didn’t think Frazier had the glove to play short. Maybe Suarez doesn’t either. The way he has started this season at third isn’t helping that cause any either. Just keep hitting.

      • mtkal

        Oh absolutely. Way early. Just doing a bit of day dreaming. A lot to like about Suarez though.

      • TR

        Suarez reminds me of Edwin Encarnacion although he’s not the free-swinger that EE is. Hopefully Suarez defense will improve with time at third base.

  29. earmbrister

    That was quick; had to attend to my 8 yr old in the next room.

    Let’s win another series tomorrow !!!

  30. mtkal

    Maybe Hoover is already so entrenched in the “closer role” that he’s only comfortable starting an inning, not coming in with runners already on. Mostly kidding, but I’m just not sure he ends up a closer.

    • earmbrister

      When the Reds get healthy the bullpen will have many more options. I’m not sold on Hoover, but this is the year to let him sink or swim.

  31. sezwhom

    Hoover’s fine…unless the bases are loaded. I like Blake though. Suarez’s power has surprised me. That’s strong man. Nice win today.

  32. TR

    A good comeback today. Good pitching all around.