It is a beautiful June night for baseball with game time temperatures expected to be about 70 degrees. The Cincinnati Reds (21-36) play host to the St. Louis Cardinals (30-27) for the first time this season. It’s the first meeting between these teams since the Reds lost two of three in St. Louis back in mid-April. That series win put the Cardinals two games over .500 and kept them in 2nd place behind the Cubs. In the six weeks since that series, the Cardinals have played just one game over .500 and have fallen to third place in the division. They enter play today 10.5 games behind first place Chicago and just a half game behind second place Pittsburgh.


Mike Leake 3.82 4.59 1.3 5.0% 14.8%
John Lamb 5.58 5.57 1.5 9.3% 11.4%

Mike Leake is facing his former team for the first time since being traded last season for Adam Duvall and Keury Mella. In the first year of a five-year $80 million contract, Leake’s numbers look the way they always do. An ERA in the high threes, good control, and not a lot of strikeouts. Leake had a rough start to his 2016 campaign, allowing four or more runs in each of his first six starts. However, he bounced back in May to pitch five consecutive quality starts, allowing just six total runs over his last 34 innings.

John Lamb may be playing for his rotation spot as other starting pitchers begin to return from the DL. However, repeated performances like his start last week against Colorado (one run, six hits over seven innings) will make the front office reconsider that.


The Reds send what has become their regular starting lineup minus Tucker Barnhart to face Leake tonight. Adam Duvall is the only starting Reds player to face Leake in a regular season game.

1. Matt Carpenter (2B)
2. Aledmys Diaz (SS)
3. Matt Holliday (LF)
4. Stephen Piscotty (RF)
5. Jhonny Peralta (3B)
6. Matt Adams (1B)
7. Yadier Molina (C)
8. Randal Grichuk (CF)
9. Mike Leake (P)
1. Zack Cozart (SS)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Brandon Phillips (2B)
4. Jay Bruce (RF)
5. Adam Duvall (LF)
6. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
7. Billy Hamilton (CF)
8. Ramon Cabrera (C)
9. John Lamb (P)

The Reds optioned SP Jon Moscot to AAA and called up OF Steve Selsky to the big league club today. Moscot is losing his rotation spot to Anthony DeSclafani, who will return from the DL to pitch against the A’s on Friday.

Last week, the Reds and the Cardinals won each of their last two series. The Reds beating both Colorado and Washington while the Cardinals have bested the Brewers and the Giants. The Reds just want to keep a good thing rolling, and I can’t think of any other team to beat back down to .500 than the St. Louis Carindals.


87 Responses

  1. wizeman

    Bad move. Should have sent Simon and kept Moscot. Neither has pitched well but nothing good going to come from Simon hanging around.

    • preacherj

      Cant send him to the minors without his permission, I believe.

      I hate the Cards. Go Reds

    • Chuck Schick

      You would have to release Simon since its improbable that he would accept the assignment. He’s been slightly less awful as of late and no reason to throw 1.3 million out the door when you’re in last place.

  2. wizeman

    Pirates have called up Talleson. Super 2 cutoff should be imminent.

    • Patrick Jeter

      You might have stumbled onto a good nickname for him!

  3. Eric The Red

    I hope Leake gets a warm welcome. And pitches six shutout innings. And then watches as we shell the Cardinals bullpen on our way to a 16-0 victory.

    • reaganspad

      I am ok if Mike has one of those Leake days….gets all the warm welcome and such and then gives up 8 thru 3 1/3

    • Jack

      I hope he gets a warm welcome and then we shell him. Sorry but he is playing the Reds and he is a Cardinal now.

  4. Indy RedMan

    Big game for Lamb tonite! The Cards are hitting .267 overall but only .252 vs lefties. Piscotty is the big dog….OPS’ng 1.221 vs lefties. Leake is pretty hittable but at the same time I can see him rolling thru some 10 pitch innings if the hackers in our lineup can’t lay off some borderline pitches early in the atbat?

  5. james garrett

    Leake knows we are hackers so he won’t throw it over the plate.I looked at the Bucs lineup today against the Mets and the player with the lowest OBP was the MVP in centerfield and his was .337.Hard to believe sometimes that our whole team is so impatient at the plate.I don’t know if this is just at the major league level or if it is the same way in the minors but it needs to change.

  6. Aaron Bradley

    All right I am tuning in to the radio for my first broadcast of the year. I couldn’t bear to listen/watch until now but the team has earned my respect with the way they did the past two series. If they can just fight hard and improve a little bit I will be content.

  7. Mack Ashley Potter

    Lamb is not a starter period.
    He is just filling a spot right now.
    But he could be a very valuable LOOGUY in the future.
    Not matter what kind of team the Reds have..rebuilding, contender, whatever, I’d rather have Adam Duvall than Mike Leake 10 to 1. But tonight will still be weird.

    • reaganspad

      Until he shuts down the cards, and then wins his next start. the guy has stuff.

      Finnegan and Lamb are as if they are rookies, or second year players. they are still puppies. I am not sure what we have yet with either of them but I could ride Lamb and Finnegan in the rotation for 100 games to find out.

    • Indy RedMan

      I think you’re wrong on Mr. Lamb! He changes speeds better then anyone on this staff! I think strength training would do him a world of good as well! Not to get bulky like someone like Lorenzen but to have stronger legs and back would prob get his fastball from 90-91 to 93 and that might make a lot of difference! I think he can be as good or slightly better than Mike Leake for instance….except Leake is so durable. The jury is out on Lamb with that too.

      • reaganspad

        I agree Indy, he might be the Bronson Arroyo on this staff now that Rasael is destined for the pen.

        Great to have that change up and curveball disturb the hitters timing in the rotation. If all of our guys throw 95 from the right side, not as good as having 2 lefties who have Lamb’s and Finnegan’s stuff.

        They do need to learn how to pitch in the bigs but they have the stuff to be there until someone takes their spot in the rotation, unlike Moscot at this point

    • Chuck Schick

      You really nailed it with your Lame…I mean Lamb comment. He looked totally overmatched tonight. Wrong again. Period.

  8. james garrett

    Leake at 36 pitches threw 3 innings and we have 3 hits two of which came in the second when he threw 7 pitches.These type of things amaze me with this team.

  9. (@dixon606)

    The Cardinals tv guys just said Lamb had began watching video of the opponent for the first time recently at the suggestion of the Reds’ (former Card) pitching coach.

    What? Please tell me this isn’t true.

    • Takao

      A lot of pitchers don’t do that. They leave it up to the catcher or the staff to call the game instead.

  10. Eric The Red

    This umpire is horrible. And if I remember correctly, the guy who will be behind home plate tomorrow night is even worse. This is a bad, bad crew.

    • Indy RedMan

      He made a bad pitch to Adams on 1-2 or it would still be scoreless. A 87 mph slider for some reason? For some reason he doesn’t seem to throw that big slow curve very much? That would seem like a weapon to me vs lefties especially?

    • reaganspad

      His stats thru 3 innings are Cy Young
      His stats after that are worthy of Milton showing his Orthadonically correct face

  11. Indy RedMan

    BP almost ran a 3 run HR into a 2 run HR…..for no reason but it worked out! Duvall is a keeper baby!!! That swing is so short and powerful….if he can layoff the bad sliders then he’s pure money!!

    • seat101

      I thought it was good base running by Phillips. As explained on TV the throw was coming in right behind the runner.

      On the other hand, had he been called out and then there was the homerun I might’ve said something……

      • reaganspad

        no issue with BP on that play. if anything, it looked like he took the base on the slow play of the CF. He was coasting into second and then saw he could get a base

  12. Eric The Red

    Cozart is really a very good Shortstop. We’re going to miss his defense. If you believe that for the next 4 years he’ll hit .300, never walk, and show the same kind of power numbers he’s shown this year, what would you sign him for?

    • Indy RedMan

      Zack will be 31 in August and really we don’t offensive examples for the young guys like Cozart and BP. They can do damage but its almost impossible to walk either one of them? Bruce on the other hand won’t be 30 til Opening day next year and is better then he’s ever been!

  13. Dan

    Duvall is looking like a valid replacement for Jay Bruce’s bat. Winker is playing more right field so it very well may be Winker and not Holt that fills out right field

  14. seat101

    That was six pitches in the sixth inning. That’s a page out of the red’s playbook, isn’t it?

  15. old-school

    I get Duvall doesn’t walk enough and he strikes out a lot, but he hits for average and his slugging is approaching babe Ruth. The guy has a proven power bat throughout the minors….and this is GABP. ….Why cant he hit .258 and hit 40 HR and 33 doubles and bat 5th and give 3 WAR and 120wRC+? Adam Dunn shattered all attempts at labeling him a certain way….why cant Duvall?

    • Indy RedMan

      They’ll have to start walking him? Teams just aren’t going to let a guy hit 10+ HRs a month every month.

    • Chuck Schick

      He’s on a nice run and perhaps he will be a consistently good player. Way to early to tell.

  16. james garrett

    We tried but it took us 8 pitches in our 6th inning.

  17. james garrett

    Duvall isn’t missing when he gets a pitch to hit.

  18. james garrett

    Great outing by Lamb tonight.Watch more tape young man.

  19. james garrett

    Billy just went yard and it was left handed.The stars are aligned tonight.

  20. VaRedsFan

    Cozart adds insurance…he’s seen Cingrani pitch before

  21. james garrett

    WOW back to back errors on BP.Lamb should be in the dugout.

  22. DHud

    Glad I finally got to tune in to see Blake Wood blowing a 5 run lead

    • hof13

      Wood was a little unlucky and BP didn’t help matters much. The Reds have made 4 errors tonight. You don’t win too many games making 4 errors.

  23. Indy RedMan

    Wood doesn’t have it either? He throws hard but no change of speeds….hanging slider after hanging slider and they’re in the 90s too so doesn’t upset their timing? We need an entire bullpen rebuild! Straily is the long man and Cingrani in their somewhere and everyone else needs to go or get more experience in Lville like Ramirez

  24. Indy RedMan

    Time after time after time:( Its really unbelievable? Cingrani is throwing harder then he ever has but you just can’t throw 95% straight fastballs? Unless it cuts like Mariano Rivera or somebody and his doesn’t?

  25. TR

    Leading in the 9th. inning and then not leading in the 9th. inning.

    • Dan

      yes, but he didn’t draw a walk. That would have been so much better.

  26. james garrett

    A great effort by Lamb tonight gets wasted.As Dusty used to say we will get them tomorrow.

    • msanmoore

      +25 thinking the same thing. And Tony gets a cheapo win for his effort to try and give it away.

  27. VaRedsFan

    Exciting win, if you happened to be at the game. Way to fight back.


    omg! yay! all those innings in the lead – in the end winning even after the tie!!! thank god!

  29. earmbrister

    There’s not much better in a Reds fan’s life than beating the Cards, particularly with a walk off homer …

  30. msanmoore

    Don’t look now, but that’s 20 total errors by Suarez and BP. Didn’t see the game, but I’m thinking that’s a bad set of numbers.


      Yeah – very concerning. Suarez – has an excuse playing 3rd baseman for the first time (normally short stop) – but BP’s errors is shocking– he’s a veteran. Wonder if he’s dealing with pain or discomfort of something… just not like him…

      • jazzmanbbfan

        Except Suarez was a horrible SS last year so I have no confidence he will become even mediocre at third base.

  31. Matt WI

    Thank you, Joey Votto. Man that was a sight!

    • Matt WI

      Also, that was a beautiful demonstration of sample size against a pitcher not mattering. 0-10? No biggie for #19.

      • Patrick Jeter

        Exactly! Batting average needs 900 some at-bats before it begins to stabilize… 10 means literally nothing.

        Saw something about Adam Dunn v Clayton Kershaw… he was like 8-12 with 4 HR or something silly like that. That line would lead you to believe Dunn is the best hitter in the history of baseball by a wide margin.

  32. Indy RedMan

    A walk off big fly by our star:) Glad to Joey give up on squatting down and choking up so much! He’s def on his way back to being himself again!

  33. Indy RedMan

    I checked on Louisville to see what they did tonite and noticed Nick Masset was on Syracuse! He’s still on 34? Man…he had some of the nastiest stuff I’ve ever seen but he couldn’t keep it going? They ought to bring him back for old times sake? He couldn’t be any worse then some of these guys!