In the aftermath of a crushing 12-11 loss to the Giants, the Reds host the second game of a four-game series today at 7:10 p.m. Eastern time at Great American Ball Park. As part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first professional baseball team, the Reds will wear “throwback” uniforms both today and Sunday.

Brian Erts posted some historical background on today’s throwback uniform earlier today here at Redleg Nation.

This afternoon, the Reds made a move which really needed to be made:

It needed to be made because Schebler was struggling so mightily that he was not able to contribute to a team that needs players who can hit right now. He needs to get his hitting stroke together at Louisville and perhaps rejoin the Reds later in the year. And Reed will help a bullpen that is overworked.

Also, the Reds today announced the release of outfielder Matt Kemp, who is on the disabled list with a broken rib. Kemp clearly was not the player he was in the early part of last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Reds will eat the remainder of Kemp’s $21-million salary for 2019. In effect, that’s a little less than they would have had to eat had they released Homer Bailey outright instead of sending him to LA in the deal that brought Kemp to Cincinnati. The move opens a spot on the 40-man roster, which may be filled by the player mentioned below in the news and notes section.

Today’s moves mean you have your starting outfield for the foreseeable future set in Jesse Winker in left, Nick Senzel in center, and Yasiel Puig in right. For tonight’s game, however, only three position players are available off the bench — Kyle Farmer, Jose Iglesias and Curt Casali.

Starting Pitchers

Dereck Rodriguez 31 4.35 4.32 19.1% 6.5%
Tanner Roark 28.2 4.08 5.12 20.5% 11.4%

Judging by the statistics, the Giants would appear to have the advantage in this matchup. Righthander Rodriguez strikes out about three times as many batters as he walks. Unless he rights himself, Roark is likely a candidate for a long relief role down the road. He seems to get through his first two times through the batting order in pretty decent shape, but the wheels begin to come off when he hits that third trip through. He would also be a good candidate to serve as an “opener” pitcher who starts a game but is not expected to pitch any more than two or three innings.


Zach Duke has appeared in three consecutive games. No other reliever has pitched in the past two games. Robert Stephenson and David Hernandez would seem to be the freshest, having not appeared since Thursday. It’s become very clear why David Bell wanted to start the season with eight relievers. His pattern is not to allow his starting pitcher to go through the opposing batter order more than twice unless he is dominating. Then, when the bullpen is called upon, Bell is matchup-driven. Newcomer Cody Reed will probably be called upon if Roark gets into trouble early in today’s game.

Starting Lineups

Giants Reds
2B Joe Panik 1B Joey Votto
LF Mike Gerber 3B Eugenio Suarez
C Buster Posey LF Jesse Winker
1B Brandon Belt RF Yasiel Puig
3B Evan Longoria 2B Derek Dietrich
SS Brandon Crawford CF Nick Senzel
CF Kevin Pillar SS Jose Peraza
RF Steven Duggar P Tanner Roark
P Dereck Rodriguez C Tucker Barnhart

Additional insights into the statistical history of the players in today’s game is available all season long at

News and Notes

So, Josh VanMeter has pretty much come out of nowhere with an amazing early-season performance. The Reds acquired him from the Padres in December 2016 in a trade that sent Rule 5 draft pick Luis Torrens to San Diego. Torrens, a catcher, had been drafted by the Reds from the Yankees organization. Torrens spent the entire 2017 season with the Padres, batting .163. Since then, he has been at the lower levels of the Padres organization.

20 Responses

  1. Art

    Fortunately, I have to go to my granddaughter’s dance recital tonight.

  2. Chris Holbert

    Nibbler Roark….no wonder he gets too 100 pitches in 5 innings…

    • Aaron B.

      I just don’t get his first quote after being traded to the Reds “Attack attack attack..” was he being sarcastic?

  3. Mark Lang

    Puig needs to be sat down right now. He should have been warned yesterday when he did the same thing – today, it should be he sits.

    • Mark Lang

      Be sat for the day. I didn’t think that needed to be said.

  4. Chris Holbert

    The guy gets three hits last night, the pitcher is in the on deck circle…come on DB…..

  5. Chris Holbert

    Roark 65 through 4 maybe his lowest output of the year…

  6. Chris Holbert

    Thom keeps saying took a home run away…I don’t believe that was out, it would have been nice for Senzel, but it looked short to me….

    • yorktownred

      Agree with that. I think it would have hit off the top of the wall. No way was that equivalent to an Edmonds or Hamilton robbery. Almost an Ozuna moment for the centerfielder.

  7. Chris Holbert

    Rodriguez went to the wind up….Hamilton would have been on third….lol

  8. Big Ed

    Roark has thrown 79 pitches. Time for the beloved manager to take him out.

  9. yorktownred

    GABP special for Dietrich! Followed by Senzel!!!!!

    Save some for tomorrow boys……wait…….what? On second thought, keep pouring it on.

  10. Indy Red Man

    Could start a new era for the Reds? Senzel might give them a spark on offense. DD needs to play every time vs RHP

    It would be nice if Reed got a few innings?

  11. yorktownred

    Nice comeback Cody. Needed that.

  12. Mark Lang

    Puig finally found a way to get on base without making an out.

  13. Roger Garrett

    He didn’t nibble as much and was really good.His stuff plays.Not over powering but good enough if he doesn’t nibble.The run support helped obviously as it does with all starters.Room for error is a good thing.

  14. Roger Garrett

    Reed is back.Another solid move by the Reds.Just never understood why he was sent down to begin with.Swing and miss stuff from a lefty is a good thing.Fastball command and that wipe out slider plays

  15. Mark Lang

    2 hits and 2 rallies nullified by him making outs on base running errors.

  16. yorktownred

    Roark didn’t look lighter. Reed must have lost weight.

  17. stuck with the Redlegs

    hate to see Sheb loss his spot but he had more than a chance