The Cincinnati Reds (9-12) are playing the last of 15 games in a row as they look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the New York Mets (12-7). While we have plenty of stormy weather in the tri-state area, there is not predicted to be any rain in Queens tonight.


Jon Moscot 5.06 7.69 2.5 10.4% 8.3%
Matt Harvey 5.24 3.64 0.4 8.2% 14.3%

Jon Moscot is making his 3rd major league start of this season, his 6th major league start overall, and he has just 13 AAA starts under his belt. In each of his prior two starts, he’s given up 3 earned runs in five innings. Moscot has walked five and struck out four over 10.2 total innings.

Matt Harvey has had a rough start to 2016. His 5.24 ERA is almost double his career 2.66 ERA. His walk rate is up (8.2% compared to 4.9% last year) while his strikeout rate has dipped considerably from 25% of batters faced last season to just 14.3% so far this year. His pitch velocity this season is down about 1.5-2.0 MPH across the board on all four of his pitches.

Brandon Phillips remains out of the lineup for another day.

1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Ivan De Jesus (2B)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Devin Mesoraco (C)
6. Adam Duvall (RF)
7. Scott Schebler (LF)
8. Jon Moscot (P)
9. Billy Hamilton (CF)
1. Alejandro De Aza (RF)
2. David Wright (3B)
3. Michael Conforto (LF)
4. Lucas Duda (1B)
5. Neil Walker (2B)
6. Asdrubal Cabrera (SS)
7. Juan Lagares (CF)
8. Kevin Plawecki (C)
9. Matt Harvey (P)


Hal McCoy quoted an anonymous Reds player stating “Frankly,” he said. “I’m shocked that we’ve won nine games so far. We’ve won a few with magic mirrors.” The anonymous Reds player goes on to describe that he sees more wins on the horizon:

“The pitching will settle down when we get Homer (Bailey) and Disco (Anthony Desclafani) back in the rotation,” he said. “If we can get our rotation set as Bailey, Desclafani, Raisel Iglesias, Cody Reed and whomever, maybe Robert Stephenson, lined up, that would be a good rotation.” He left Brandon Finnegan out of the rotation and said, “I see him as more suited to the bullpen, which would help there immensely. And when are they going to realize that J.J. Hoover is not a closer? He has good stuff, but not the put away stuff a closer needs. He is better suited as a set-up guy. My closer would be Michael Lorenzen because he has both the stuff and the makeup to do it,” the player said. “Unfortunately he contracted mononucleosis and has lost quite a bit of weight and it is going to take him time to get back.


Johnny Cueto’s 100th win last night puts him in a tie with Mario Soto for 11th most wins of Dominican born pitchers. Other notable players on the list include former Red Jose Rijo and Mets starting pitcher, Bartolo Colon.

The Reds are looking to salvage a win in the series tonight. Matt Harvey is looking human in the early part of this season, so the Reds do have a chance for a getaway day victory as they head into their first off day in over two weeks.


95 Responses

  1. ohiojimw

    If at first you don’t succeed……..

    And so far, these Metz don’t look as fearsome as the Cubs or maybe the Reds pitching has had something to do with that

  2. IndyRedMan

    Suarez needs to do some damage on the road too….no Toddfather effect? Meso 5th too….please run into one and get your confidence back?

  3. james garrett

    If and when we get some pitchers back we will improve.Its still an audition year but I really want to see more of what our younger position players can do.Frankly I am not the least bit worried about our pitching as go forward this year into next because we have tons of talent that will play out to be very good but we need some hitters to step up so lets get em up here.

  4. lwblogger2

    4 of the 8 players tonight are legit MLB starters with 3 more legit MLB bench guys also in the lineup. Schebler is the one really fringy guy and I like him. With BP and Bruce out, the team is really exposed. Matt Harvey going for the Mets. This could be a decent game though. We at least are fielding MLB ballplayers.

  5. Shchi Cossack

    After a good, albiet pedestrian start, Jesse Winker now ranks 2nd on the Bats and 21st in the IL with an .806 OPS. Jermaine Curtis ranks 1st on the Bats and 1st in the IL with a 1.132 OPS.

  6. DHud

    Those are some pretty bold statements coming from this “anonymous player.” Frankly, it’s nothing anyone who’s followed this team hasn’t thought to themselves, but it would rock a lot of boats coming out of the locker room.

    • preacherj

      If this came from most anyone other than Hal, I might be a little skeptical of the statements. Any guesses on who Mr Anon is?

    • jessecuster44

      It’s Votto. I mean, who else would be so candid and spot-on?

  7. mikemartz

    Cozart is on FIRE! so far this season!! I sure like they way he has been making contact this season.

  8. mtkal

    Did this year’s Comeback Player of the Year just homer off of last year’s Comeback Player of the Year?

    • preacherj

      I’m not crazy about the hit-and-run with Votto at bat. Sure, he doesn’t strike out often, but I hate taking the decision on whether to swing or not out of his hand.

      • Patrick Jeter

        Ahh, makes sense now why Gameday showed him swinging at junk out of the zone. Votto striking out significantly more often this year than in his career.

  9. preacherj

    Can’t help but think we squandered a big opportunity there that may come back to haunt us

  10. preacherj

    Bet he wouldn’t have tried to run on Bruce

    • mtkal

      Was thinking the same thing. Wasn’t that bad a throw by Duval thought really. Zack just missed the catch on the bounce.

    • Indy RedMan

      Hate that guy…..need a new gameplan against him? He’s always killed us

  11. Darrin

    He may not be able to catch, but at least he can’t hit.

    • mtkal

      Evidently Shebler can’t do either.

    • Patrick Jeter

      He needs to be sent down. He’s been a train wreck. Perfect kind of guy for a AAA option… fantastic physical tools, just needs to work on making contact and keeping his head in the game.

      Anyone else think him chewing on his mouth guard all the time is distracting to him? Cant’ see how he focuses doing that constantly.

      • Kywhi

        The WOR radio guys agree with your observation of Shebler and the mouthpiece.

  12. Indy RedMan

    Pitt has been killing the ball and SF had 13 runs today. The Giants go crazy in GABP every time they come in. Oh well…player development. I still like Schebler….he did more in 1 series than Boesch did in 3 months but he’s prob a scrub? Moscot threw a beautiful change to K Conforto but he’s very ordinary…..not even a 5th starter or a long man on a good staff imo

    • Patrick Jeter

      Scheb seems like a guy with great physical tools who needs more seasoning.

  13. Patrick Jeter

    So this is Votto’s worst April by a significant margin. Even if he hits about 5 homers in the next 3 days, it’ll be the worst by far.

    2008: 126 wRC+
    2009: 157
    2010: 144
    2011: 209
    2012: 150
    2013: 149
    2014: 156
    2015: 185
    2016: 49 (as of start of this game)

  14. Indy RedMan

    We’ve already been no-hit….maybe Harvey will whiff 22 tonite? Can’t miss TV:)

  15. DHud

    At least our pitcher can put it in play…

  16. preacherj

    Great play by mes there. Very fine decision making

  17. preacherj

    3 walks, a hat, and 0 runs scored. That is walking a seriously Thin Line

  18. Indy RedMan

    Lamb’s turn for Lville tonite….3 ip, 3 hits, 0 runs/walks/or Ks. They could make him the situational lefty for the time being with that big curve but he has a upside where Simon/Moscot/Straily don’t imo so there’s that?

  19. preacherj

    We keep letting Harvey off easy.

  20. Indy RedMan

    Hamilton nice hit….doesn’t run…..not watching the OF on Votto’s hit and of course we don’t score. Suarez looks like he’s pulling his head…..a few GABP HRs and maybe he’s thinking of the long ball? Are we this bad? Philly is 10-7 since they played us and they have nothing

    • VaRedsFan

      Billy had to make sure the ball was down, he was stealing on the play. He retreated when he saw the ball was in the air. The fielder then caught the ball on 1 hop. No chance to score on the play. Billy played it like he had to.

  21. pinson343

    What happened to the Hamilrun ? I’m just following on GameDay, why didn’t he score on Votto’s single ?

    • preacherj

      He had to hold up to see if the Outfielder was going to catch the ball. He kind of got hung up at tween bases, so he could only get to third

      • pinson343

        Thanks, Preach. It’s too bad, I knew Suarez would K.

  22. preacherj

    We have certainly had our chances offensive believe. Opportunity squandered

  23. preacherj

    Neil. Walker. Rinse, repeat.

    Like Rickey Weeks and Craig Biggio

  24. vegastypo

    If Neil Walker is involved in the Home Run Derby, he ought to have a Reds pitcher serving up the pitches. Not sure it would matter which Reds pitcher, either.

    • VaRedsFan

      Hehehe…that’s funny…and true

    • preacherj

      Neil Walker, Neal Armstrong, Vince Neal…..dont care what Neil it is… long as a Reds pitcher was on the mound, my money is on them……

      • Indy RedMan

        How bout Curley Neal or Neil Patrick Harris or the drummer from Rush….Neil Peart or whatever it is

  25. RedAlert

    Moscot fits right in with this staff – gopher balls and walks galore. Pitiful.

    • VaRedsFan

      1 walk was a pitch around, another was after the ump called a ball in front of the plate foul, when the whole world, Mets announcers included, saw it was clearly foul.

      • RedAlert

        Point is he’s no better than what’s already here. Same results as most of the other gas cans the Reds run out there on a nightly basis.

  26. VaRedsFan

    Good form on the “not always be should be” execution of the bunt by Moscot

  27. Indy RedMan

    Suarez for the year coming into tonite

    .455 vs lefties and .218 vs righties (.289 and .277 last year)

    .348 home and .194 road (.301 and .258)

    A lot of people rake at GABP…..we can score 5 and lose on many nights. We need some thunder on the road too!!

  28. preacherj

    THOM! is “stunned” they didn’t take a look at the play. Obviously Votto didn’t make the catch, but obviously he took first. It was an out anyway

    • indredsfan

      Anyone else hope this “rebuild, retool” includes new announcers coming up through the system as well? Maybe we can trade ours for a bucket of balls to replace the ones our pitchers give to the fans in the outfield for souvenirs?

    • BigRedMike

      Mets announcers pointing out that only outfield plays can be reviewed. THOM is really not good at announcing a baseball game

  29. VaRedsFan

    That hit by Suarez went a whopping 54 mph!

  30. Indy RedMan

    Has Mesoraco hit more than 3 balls hard so far? I can’t remember him driving anything….one double off the wall in GABP I think?

    • VaRedsFan

      He has some flaw that’s causing him to hit everything on the ground

  31. VaRedsFan

    Moscot at 73 pitches. He had to throw 14 extra pitches because of the errors and the “foul ball” goof by the home plate ump

    • BigRedMike

      Looks like he is injured. Left shoulder

  32. preacherj

    Uh oh. Moscot is hurt. That left shoulder again. Lets see if hes done

    • preacherj

      Done. Its up to the pen now……

    • BigRedMike

      Too bad for him. Hate to see a guy getting his shot to start slowed by injury

  33. Darrin

    Scheb loves to swing at the chin level fastball

    • BigRedMike

      He really has a limited control of the strike zone. Very big swing

  34. preacherj

    Pacheco had an argument on that one. That ball was 4 inches off the ground

    • Indy RedMan

      Scream at the ump….get tossed….what difference does it make when you’re a pinch hitter? Fire up your team a little bit maybe? Oh well

      • preacherj

        Ive often wondered the same thing.

  35. Indy RedMan

    Somsen maybe? I haven’t seen him but his minor league #s are interesting

  36. preacherj

    Wood is fitting right in. Only needs to add the jack to the walks

    • preacherj

      2/3 of an inning…..1 walks. At least we have consistency

  37. VaRedsFan

    trouble brewing…Wood cant find the zone

  38. VaRedsFan

    Bailed out by BILLY!!! nice catch!!

    • preacherj

      On the plus side, Hayes did throw a strike….it was a strike I could have got off my couch and used my laptop to drive into the gap, but it was a strike.

  39. VaRedsFan

    aforementioned trouble…2 run double….2 walks come home to roost

  40. Indy RedMan

    Somsen has outpitched Drew Hayes by a mile in the minors but hey what do I know? This pen is the biggest collection of stiffs I’ve ever seen?

    • Big56dog

      Drew Hayes has to be your last choice, Why not stick with Wood? What’s the relievers stats with inherited forerunners?

  41. Kywhi

    The only family-appropriate name for this Reds bullpen is “The Unwatchables.”

  42. TR

    There goes the game thanks to the so-called bullpen.

  43. BigRedMike

    Likely to go to 1-6 in this tough 13 game stretch. Looking forward to the Brewers next week

  44. VaRedsFan

    Such a large amount of check swings by Joey

  45. Patrick Jeter

    Votto is striking out 25.3% more often than his career rate (23.3% vs 18.6%).

    Unfortunately, K-rate is one that begins to stabilize early on… like 60 PAs. We’re way past that.

    Take away: Votto’s approach and the way he’s been pitched so far have caused him become more strikeout prone.

  46. preacherj

    Shut up, THOM. Just…..shut. Up.

  47. VaRedsFan

    Thank goodness for home team broadcasts on extra innings

  48. dan

    Cozart coming back from injury looks like a new man.
    Mesoraco coming back from injury looks like he is washed up.
    Let me guess which one the Reds have under contract longer.