The Cincinnati Reds (16-22) will continue their Bay Area road trip against the San Francisco Giants (16-21) tonight at 10:15 PM. The Reds and Giants just split a wild four-game series last weekend, and will play their final games of 2019 against each other this weekend.

Starting Pitchers

Luis Castillo is top 10 in the MLB in ERA, FIP and fWAR entering play on Friday. Castillo’s last start came against the Giants on Sunday. He took a no-hitter in the 6th, but he gave up 4 runs in the inning, including a 2-run home run to Buster Posey to tie the game. Castillo has a career 3.29 ERA in 2 starts against the Giants.

Dereck Rodriguez has not been able to match his breakout 2018 season so far in 2019. He has got hit hard this season, including allowing 9 home runs already. The Reds hit 4 of those home runs off him last Saturday and charged him with 8 ER on the night.

Starting Lineup

Reds Giants
1. Nick Senzel (CF)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
4. Jesse Winker (LF)
5. Yasiel Puig (RF)
6. Derek Dietrich (2B)
7. Jose Iglesias (SS)
8. Luis Castillo (P)
9. Tucker Barnhart (C)
1. Joe Panik (2B)
2. Stephen Vogt (C)
3. Evan Longoria (3B)
4. Brandon Belt (1B)
5. Mac Williamson (RF)
6. Brandon Crawford (SS)
7. Tyler Austin (LF)
8. Steven Duggar (CF)
9. Dereck Rodriguez (P)

Conclusion 

The Reds will come home after this weekend and play 12 of their next 18 games at GABP. The Reds are just 7-14 on the road this season, but they are 9-8 at home. It would be nice to see the Reds continue to beat up on Giants pitching this weekend and head home with some “positive momentum.” The Cubs play the Brewers and the Cardinals play the Pirates this weekend, so any wins will help the Reds climb the standings. Go Reds!

20 Responses

  1. Brian S Jolley

    The starters tonight have .185 home run average against Pudge Jr!

  2. Centerfield

    This is the lineup and batting order I would like to see for about 5 days in a row. Bell needs to stop tinkering and just “let ’em play.”

  3. Patrick Jeter

    Consecutive walks to start the game for Castillo. You east coasters may be in for a long one…

  4. Indy Red Man

    SF has no talent. NONE. NOTHING. This bs is unacceptable?

    They blew a 8 run lead and then you’re 4 hitters deep into the game and its 4-0 with your ace on the mound…blow that game too?

    Then should be determined tonite….thats as a bad of a 4 game split as anyone will ever have. If this was an equally bad Reds team like 2017 then it wouldn’t be an issue, but this Reds team has a good amount of talent.

  5. Indy Red Man

    No replay and the Reds get nothing. Wasn’t even close either

  6. Indy Red Man

    Back to Castillo’s bunt attempt for a second. I’m guessing Belt was about 45-50 feet away when the ball got to the bat. Some 1B is going to die doing that crap? Rizzo is the worst….he comes within 30 feet away?

    I think it was the Rangers that had a minor league 3rd base coach get hit and killed in a game about 15 years ago. Its going to happen again.

    • CP

      Nah, the NL adopting the DH is pretty much inevitable at this point and there will be no going back. The sac bunt is already dying, but these obvious sac bunt attempts will basically be eliminated as a result.

    • Indy Red Man

      Its nuts? Even a scrub hitter like Castillo is still a grown man with alot of athletic ability. He’s capable of hitting a hard line drive. A pitcher almost has to swing because the 1B is so close and Barnhart is usually the guy on 1st?

  7. Indy Red Man

    I predicted Puig to hit 35 and steal 20. It might end up the other way around? I like his aggressiveness on the bases, but he did get thrown out at 3rd w/2 outs not along ago. I like him, but I wish he’d move closer to the plate? I’m sure Turner Ward knows more then I do about hitting, but its too easy to get him out by pitching him away? If he crowded the plate more then he could really drive the ball on the outer corner. Of course he could get jammed more easily, but pitchers just don’t enjoy coming inside to 250 lb monsters. I think he’d become much more dangerous!

  8. Ethan L

    Duke has got to go. Garbage in, garbage out.

  9. steve stevens

    And Votto in Canadian is O-fer too.

  10. Ethan L

    Do you think they’ll actually DFA him?

  11. Ethan L

    Why don’t these guys focusing on winning and being consistent rather than looking foolish with goofy hairdos? Suarez looks like a skunk. Get a normal haircut, take out the earrings, and win some games. Cut the nonsense!

    • gusnwally

      Wayne, are you discounting Iggy and Derek D.

  12. Jeff Morris

    Zach Duke causing problems again and giving Reds stress. Need to have Cody Reed in the bullpen as a left handed reliever. Need to DFA Duke. Wayyy past time to do this.

  13. Hanawi

    Lorenzen has been sneakily really solid this year. Only one game giving up any runs in his last 13. It was the unfortunate 12-11 loss, but has still been strong.

  14. Ethan L

    Votto has -0.3 fWAR and a wRC+ of 78. Is ittime to give Farmer some more PT?

  15. steve stevens

    You certainly need to take a chill pill pal. Since the beginning of the thread you are the one that have talked crap and get called out for it from other posters. Everyone is entitled to have an opinion and like it or not has to be treated with respect.