Behind a brilliant pitching performance from Luis Castillo, the Reds shut out the Cardinals 4-0 in game two of the series Saturday night. They go for the series win this afternoon at Busch Stadium. First pitch is set for 2:15 ET.

If the Reds win today, they will have won each of their last three series against the Cardinals. It’s quite impressive considering they started the season 0-9 against St. Louis.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Anthony DeSclafani 87.0 4.34 3.97 20.9% 5.9%
Luke Weaver 129.1 4.59 4.23 20.1% 7.8%

The Reds have been disappointed with the inconsistency of some of the young pitchers this sesaon, but at least one pitcher can be written in for the starting rotation in 2019, barring any health issues. Anthony DeSclafani has been the most consistent pitcher on the team since he was activated from the disabled list in early June. He has had a few hiccups recently, giving up four earned runs in 6.2 innings and 6.0 innings in each of his two previous starts at the Brewers and the Cubs, respectively. However, he’s lowered his ERA to 4.34 and his xFIP even lower than that at 3.97. If he pitches well in September, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the ERA drop below four.

DeSclafani is still giving up home runs–18 in only 87.0 innings, a career high. But he’s limiting walks, which is helping him when he does give up the home run ball as less people are on base at the time.

Here are his numbers against St. Louis. I’m not sure there’s a Reds pitcher who can get Matt Carpenter out.

desclafani vs cardinals

Luke Weaver, the Cardinals’ 2014 first round draft pick, is in his first full season in the major leagues. He’s faced the Reds twice this year, giving up only two runs and striking out seven in the first appearance and four runs on seven hits with five walks in five innings in the second appearance. His last three appearances for the Cardinals have been out of the bullpen, but he’s acquitted himself nicely down there, giving up only one run–a home run–and not walking a batter in four innings. Weaver is more of a ground ball pitcher, as 42.6% of his balls in play are grounders. He can also be a strikeout pitcher, having struck out 114 batters in 129.1 innings.

Here are his numbers against Reds batters:

weaver vs reds


The lineups can be found here.

News and Notes

Tucker Barnhart is hot right now, and he went 2-for-4 with an RBI last night as well.

Update on Reds minor league players:

I missed this yesterday, but this is an awesome gesture by Billy Hamilton.

101 Responses

  1. Shchi Cossack

    With Winker out for the season, I can understand very marginal prospects getting some playing time, but not at the expense of serious prospects.

    Dilson Herrera has a career MiBL OPS of .818, including .809 @ AAA & .967 @ AA
    Phillip Ervin has a career MiBL OPS of .753, including .759 @ AAA & .768 @ AA


    Mason Williams has a career MiBL OPS of .703, including .698 @ AAA & .611 @ AA

    If Williams is going to start, then Hamilton should sit, not Ervin and/or Herrera, but of course that’s not going to happen.

  2. Sliotar

    You folks around here with your advanced statistics, and probability theories, and obessing about home runs and third time through the lineup and the like.

    And, putting guys into manager roles with little to no experience or new ideas….guys like Aaron Boone, Joey Cora, A.J. Hinch, Kevin Cash.

    Working out well for those teams?


    When I tune in to the Reds, I am looking for…..”thousands of games of managerial experience and a strict adherence to the fundamentals — from rundowns to bunt plays to generally playing the game right. ”

    Go Redlegs.

    • Steve Mancuso

      More on that tomorrow morning.

      • Shchi Cossack

        Ah, morning coffee with Mancuso. Something to look forward to!

  3. Matt Hendley

    So glad billy sat for that double.

  4. VaRedsFan

    Scooter did what Scooter does. Bat meets ball

  5. Old-school

    Billy with a good double…Peraza moved him over, then 3 excruciating at bats for weaver- votto.gennett and Suarez refusing to make outs and working the pitcher and getting on base. This is a June like inning.

    Votto wont swing at bad pitches nor will Suarez. Gennett is the opposite ..he fouls off everything. Then gets a hit on a change up at his ankles . Best bad ball hitter in baseball.

  6. VaRedsFan

    Chance to break the game open, and get the starter out of the game.
    Inning ending DP

    • Old-school

      Well, you can’t say it’s Monday morning QB. Cossack first comment questioned why Mason Williams playing LF and Ervin.Herrera sitting. Riggleman plays the lefty/ right match ups more than anyone.
      Ervin needed that opportunity on Sept 2 and 20 games under .500 against a righty with bases loaded and 1 out.

  7. WVRedlegs

    Reds are going to regret only getting 2 runs in 1st inning. Had Weaver on the ropes and Williams let’s him up. Why Williams is starting is a mystery that Shaggy and Scooby couldn’t solve.

  8. Matt Hendley

    I have said it repeatedly, Williams will be DFA at the end of the Season.

  9. WVRedlegs

    Nice pick out of the dirt by Votto. Saved the inning.

  10. Matt Hendley

    Bengals start next week right?

  11. Matt Hendley

    5 Walks now. So glad that Peraza was able to hit that double to the wall to score that double to the wall to score Casilli and Hamiliton….oh wait… never mind. But hey leads all SS with wRC so I guess no other SS would of Done it either.

    • Matt Hendley

      I was fine leaving things alone, but people are piling on to the now 3 (or 4) day old post about Peraza so it got me started. Dont worry, as long as disco can hold the lead im calm for now.

    • Old-school

      I would have liked to see this lineup today.

      Casali/ barnart

      Get your best hitters more at bats and SG, JV and ES and SS pressure the pitcher relentlessly. Get Hamilton an opportunity to get on base ahead in round 2/3 in the order.

    • Matt Hendley

      Before i was being sarcastic and joking but now that the game has tied. I still don’t think that it was too much to ask for a SAC Fly or something to that extent. Seeing how the 4th turned out

  12. Cartel

    What in the world is Riggleman doing. This is plain stupid. Why would you take disco out in the fourth inning?

    • VaRedsFan

      Just idiotic. More so because Peralta is mostly hot garbage. Maybe he gets lucky this time.

    • msanmoore

      LOOGY rule. Brain stuck for a couple of decades.

  13. Cartel

    2-1 odds Peralta serves up a 4 bagger

  14. Sliotar

    Quest to Avoid 90 Losses…in full effect there with the pitching change.

  15. VaRedsFan

    Why was Votto playing so deep with runners on 2nd/3rd? 1 out.
    In at the corners right?
    The bunt came right to the grass/dirt cutout.

  16. Cartel

    Yep this feels like a ship without a captain or at least a captain without a clue…

  17. msanmoore

    Yep. Missed the shot at those runs in the first. Now it’s a 5 inning affair without Disco.

  18. Matt Hendley

    Looks like Both starters are out, Peralta came through (for once).

  19. Old-school

    The good news about this game is the Reds have 4 of the top 6 hitters. Add a healthy Winker and Senzel and this offense eliminates some holes.

    Hamilton needs to be the 4th outfielder but also start 30-40 games and I’m coming around to the idea of team positional flexibility. Senzel and Gennett can carry outfielder mitts…Suarez and winker get a first baseman’s mitt and Peraza might need to sit 25 games and rotate some. The Cubs do it.Votto can DH on the road in AL parks and sit an additional 10 day games after a night game.

    • DEN

      Awfully big assumption on Senzel, hasn’t been able to put a full season in over past two years on the minor league level and yet you and others have him penciled as a ML stud. Let’s see a healthy fully productive minor league season first…

      • Bill

        The entire lineup has an injury history. Votto has had multiple leg injuries and is aging, Gennett has been playing inured all season, Suarez has been injured, Schebler on the DL twice, Winker, has been injured, Herrera missed over an entire season, Hamilton gets injured almost every year. Any of those guys could break a finger, pull a hamstring, or get a concussion. The only difference for Senzel is the potential vertigo occurence which shouldn’t prevent him from being in the majors if he is the best option. If it reoccurs he gets DL’d and the next man steps up. I think that was the idea behind OLD-SCHOOL’s suggestion of flexibility and depth; mix and match to put the best bats in the lineup, give rest, and overcome DL stints. I wouldn’t get rid of one of my best employees because he got the flu two months in a row.

  20. Indy Red Man

    Sims!! He looks like he could give righties some issues! Up to 95 mph too…impressive. In a normal organization either Sims or Mahle would get Homer’s starts. BobSteve isn’t going to suddenly get it either.

  21. VaRedsFan

    With the lefty pitching, why is Williams leading off in the 6th?

    • VaRedsFan

      Now Sims is batting….in a tie game…in the 6th.

  22. roger garrett

    If we could score a couple we can win this game.Come on guys get it done.

  23. Old-school

    Why didn’t Riggleman double switch with Sims and Ervin/ Mason?

    • Old-school

      One out silliness with Peralta. Leave Disco in then pitch hit.

  24. roger garrett

    The difference is really the Cards are trying to win and we are just playing and hope we do.Their guy is mixing and matching and playing every out like its the 7th game of the World Series.We let lefty hit against lefty with Ervin watching and let Sims hit.Its ok to me but Riggs usually over manages so I guess its ok to fall asleep today.

  25. Indy Red Man

    Yelich with a GS today (941 ops). After he destroyed us….saw a few posters say he’d be useless to the Reds unless he could pitch. Thats insane? He’s a top 15-20 player in the game and they could’ve had him if they made some effort.

    Sims!! Kid has a plan out there. It doesn’t take me long to get carried away. Duvall had me for 2 years with his first Reds at-bat HR.

    • Matt Hendley

      Please tell me how the LA Angels are going to win the WS this year. In addition to Trout, they efectivly went out and got the Japanese Babe ruth. And what you would call “some effort” would have been ALL the legitimate prospects in our system. Green, Senzel and Trammel were the starting point for conversations (this is according to Dick Williams, reported over the offseason).

      • VaRedsFan

        Not true. Brewers gave their top prospect an 2 more outside of their top 10.

      • Matt Hendley

        That only proves that Dick Williams is either a bad negotiator or a Liar (or both). but that subject was brought up to the press during the offseason. Its also possible that Yelich heard Cincinnati, and said Hell na, send me elsewhere.

    • Bill

      What do you predict the Reds record would be with Yelich manning the RF or LF? I don’t even want to hear he is a CF, because we know Hamilton would still be starting the majority of games in CF. You also assume they didn’t make an effort, but it has been reported they would have had to part with Senzel and others to beat the Brewers.

  26. msanmoore

    That was one NASTY bender from Sims.

    • VaRedsFan

      Votto delivers! I like to see him pull the ball in the air. Good situational hitting.

  27. docproctor

    I’m ready to see Sims in the rotation. Let Bailey rot on the bench.

    • Matt Hendley

      And the 6 Man rotation has returned.

      • docproctor

        Nah. Disco, Castillo, Reed, Sims, Harvey.
        Romano stays in the pen.
        Homer rots on the bench.

  28. WVRedlegs

    Nice 2 innings so far by Sims. Pleasantly surprised with how he goes about his business. Quickly.
    Good hustle by Hamilton on his 7th inning 2B. Peraza gets him over and Votto gets him in without a base hit.
    Scooter with a nice f-bomb heard over the TV on his third out.

    • docproctor

      Heard Scooter loud and clear on that one. On a Sunday, no less. 🙂

    • Matt Hendley

      Thats going to come to a head soon, i know there are parents somewhere complaining about there kids hearing the Profanity.

  29. WVRedlegs

    A little surprised Riggleman let Sims start his third inning. Gives up a BB. Now he brings in Hughes.
    Good debut by Sims nonetheless. Hope he gets a start or two.

    • docproctor

      Sims is the pitcher of record if the Reds can hold this lead. That could help his case for the rotation.

  30. Indy Red Man

    Castillo, Disco, Mahle, Sims, and Lorenzen. I think they could put together 4/5th’s of a decent rotation in there somewhere….but they need an elite arm to have a shot to hang with the big boys. They’ll want to bring back Scooter and Billy so that doesn’t leave much to pay a new pitcher? I guess they could deal from their farm system….get a guy in there and then pay him some of Homer’s money going forward from 2020.

    On a separate note…Riggs gotta go. The bunting is bad enough, but what free agent pitcher is going to come here when the manager yanks his #1-#2 guy in the 4th inning of a 2-2 game with 72 pitches? Pitchers and their agents pay attention to that stuff.

    • docproctor

      Would like to see a lefty in the rotation. Reed if we’re dealing with the current group; Corbin if we buy a free agent.

      • Matt Hendley

        Go big or go home, Dallas K. backload the contract so it pays after Homer leaves. Wait, Doesnt Kershaw have an OPT OUT after this season?

  31. Matt Hendley

    Next year, Castillo, Harvey, Disco, Sims, and wait for it…… Bartolo Colon. I have found our cheap ace

    • Indy Red Man

      Their ace is Homer and their leadoff man is Billy. They’re both going to get it going. They’re working hard and really close:)

      Seriously….they can’t go thru another year of this with Homer? Not even the Reds front office is that oblivious to results and their dwindling fan base.

      • Matt Hendley

        THe Problem with Homer is that there are no Older Pitchers there to Guide and mentor him forward on his road to greatness. If we Get Colon then he will get that mentorship and turn into that .500 pitcher we always wanted.

      • Jeff Reed

        INDY RED MAN: With the Reds fan/Owner, I Wish I could be so sure.

  32. VaRedsFan

    No doubles defense???? I guess not. Right down the line she goes.

    • Indy Red Man

      You’re right on that one. Votto was 20 ft off the line? I think the only fundamental Riggs insists on is bunting and they can barely do that.

  33. Indy Red Man

    Reds should’ve put up atleast 5 on Weaver. Same old same old. I’m sure they’ll get a walkoff at some point. Peraza had a man on 3rd and swung at a pitch at the knob of his bat. The guy can hit, but you can’t improve if you swing at everything? Then Rigs with the bunt. Yeah it led to 1 run but we still needed 9 outs. Its not like Billy has never stolen 3rd or Peraza hasn’t snuck a basehit thru the right side. I just don’t see the Cubs or other good teams bunting like that? Even when it works it doesn’t seem to pan out?

    Walk off time like I said. Glad this (what Scooter said) season will be over soon

  34. VaRedsFan

    Scooter got the throw all the way to the plate…..PROGRESS

  35. Matt Hendley

    I said it, I said it, i said it. Peraza’s fault, OUTSTANDING job by Lorenzen, now get the Homer to win it.

  36. VaRedsFan

    Houdini act by Lorenzen.
    Bases loaded, no outs.
    Cards gonna Red

  37. docproctor

    Can’t believe we escaped that one. Thought the third out pop fly was going to drop. Bring on extras!

  38. roger garrett

    Won’t matter but lets play on.We stink when we are already on the plane.Go Reds.

  39. Matt Hendley

    Its funny how the Decibel Level at the Cardinals stadium just plummeted though. Preston Tucker has been traded, Suarez has homered, and my work is done here.

  40. msanmoore

    Scooter dropped another f-bomb on that pop up

    • Matt Hendley

      Noone is worse (or better) then Votto in that regard though (every strikeout)

  41. msanmoore

    GENO!!! ⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️⚾️

    100 RBIs

  42. Indy Red Man

    Suarez baby!!! Dixon too!! I think I’m about the only one on RLN that likes Dixon. Big strong & athletic kid if he can shorten his swing. Suarez shortened his swing quite a bit from 3 years ago. Brandon destroyed AAA pitching this year. Can play decent Inf/OF and can run a little.

    • Matt Hendley

      I like Dixon, I think he was brought up too early with the injury to Blandino. That is baseball though, I think he will start next year in AAA as the guy who is the position player fill in. unless they think he is the UT guy.

  43. msanmoore

    Against their closer to boot. How about that.

    Are we missing Thom’s “Are uou kidding me?”

  44. Matt Hendley

    WTF is this. P Tucker was traded back to the Braves for “Cash Considerations” he was here for 2 months, what kind of front office shenanigans is this?

      • Matt Hendley

        Having trouble, Weiss was released from Teran. Weisler and sims were already on 40 man. who do you think they could be adding then?

      • Old-school

        Winker Hamilton Schebler Ervin Aquino Williams Siri Herrera Dixon …..third string outfielders don’t get 10 spots on the 40 man roster.

    • Bill

      The questionable part seems to be on the Braves end. They just traded this guy for another OF and then for some reason want him back. For the Reds he was just the throw in guy along with the pitcher they wanted

  45. Old-school

    Matt carpenter is really good but comparing the Reds and Cardinals… Scooter and Votto and Suarez are super good. Schebler and ozuna are good too.

    Add Senzel and Winker to cards Martinez and the Reds are still superior to the Cards offensive.

  46. msanmoore

    Yes. No Thom plus a winn is a Sweet Sunday in my book

    • Matt Hendley

      Thom Breneman is also under contract with Fox to do NFL Football, so I am afraid you will not be hearing him any sunday after this one. Unless you like an NFC team which the Bengals are not

      • msanmoore

        I forgot about that. I don’t watch much NFL at all anyway.

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  48. Jeff Reed

    Iglesias hasn’t been himself. Trouble getting the ball over the plate. Now tying run up in Carpenter.

  49. Indy Red Man

    Iggy has been shakier lately then one of their bobbleheads…but TOBTTR