Two runs that scored on errors by Tucker Barnhart and Jose Peraza gave the Phillies their margin of victory. The Reds bats were largely silent, wasting a good start by Tyler Mahle. A former Reds player hit a two-run opposite field homer. 

Reds 2 – Phillies 4 | Game 62 of 162

Box Score | Win Probability | Exit Velocity | Pitch Velocity

Run Prevention

Tyler Mahle pitched about as well as you could expect for the first four innings, allowing one hit and no walks. He struck out two. In the fifth inning, he gave up a soft single to JT Realmuto before surrendering a 2-run homer to not-so-affable Jay Bruce. Mahle’s pitch to Bruce was a good breaking ball, low and out of the strike zone. The third run given up while he was pitching was unearned. Mahle was lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth. 

Jared Hughes pitched two sparkling innings of relief, covering the sixth and seventh innings. Wandy Peralta pitched the eight.

The Reds defense was terrific early in the game. In the first inning, Joey Votto dove to rob Bryce Harper of a double down the line and Eugenio Suarez crashed in for a short hop to cut down Jean Segura.

In the third inning, Jesse Winker made a sliding catch up against the left field line wall, picking the ball up right off the ground.

Derek Dietrich ranged behind 2B and made a jump throw to get a runner at first.

But the key play of the game turned out to be a poor defensive decision and play by Tucker Barnhart. In the fifth inning, Barnhart threw a ball into left field trying to pick a runner off third base with two outs. That put the Phillies ahead 3-2.

Jose Peraza, who has seen his playing time shrink and shrink, entered the game at shortstop in a double switch in the eighth inning. David Hernandez induced an easy double play ball that Peraza threw about 20 feet short of first base for an error, allowing the fourth Phillies run to score from second base. Peraza is batting .212/.274/.333 with a wRC+ of 59. On his only plate appearance tonight, he swung at the first pitch he saw, out of the strike zone, popping the ball up softly at 49 mph in the infield. If Peraza can’t be a reliable back-up shortstop, he has absolutely no role on the team. Philip Ervin could be called up to  play LF against RHP — he’d be a better hitter and defender in left.

Run Production

Joey Votto hit his fifth home run in the first inning.

Votto had a single later in the game and drew a walk. The Reds managed only four other hits. Jesse Winker had a double (his ninth) and a walk. Nick Senzel went 0-for-5 and his wRC+ is now 96. 

After Votto drew a walk in the top of the ninth, Eugenio Suarez batted as the go-ahead run with two outs. Suarez struck out on four pitches.

Good Review on Draft Strategy

Craig Edwards at FanGraphs takes a look at the Reds draft strategy in a post this afternoon and gives the front office a good review. The strategy is to select players who it will take well above slot salaries to sign and pay for them by selecting college seniors who can be signed well below slot salary. The question Edwards looked at is this: Does the value the club gains by selecting the expensive player make up for what they sacrifice by choosing college seniors instead of best available players. Edwards concludes that while several other clubs failed with this strategy, the Reds came out looking good. 

“From a relatively objective standpoint, it looks like the White Sox and Marlins gave up too much value to potentially sign overslot players, while the Mets and Reds did quite well.” 

What’s Next?

The Reds (28-34) and Phillies (36-27) play tomorrow afternoon at 4:05 PM ET. The starting pitching matchup features Tanner Roark and Nick Pivetta (26, RHP). 

65 Responses

  1. Mark Lang

    Something has to change and change fast. This group, as is, will find a way to fail and they’ve got a special genius in discovering new ways to do it everyday – it’s gotten so that’s about their only entertainment value – coming up with ways of failing that you would not expect.

    • Steve Mancuso

      Reds are 27-25 in last 60 days.

      • Mark Lang

        Sounds impressive – but I watched all those games. A decent team would have won at least 5 more (and that’s being conservative) of those games – this team certainly can find a way to do just enough to get a split when they should have gotten a series win or sweep.

        Is there another team in baseball history to have a top 3 pitching staff in their league and be in last place?

      • Steven Ross

        Well, spin doctors show both sides so:

        15 & 15 at Home
        13 & 19 Away
        4 & 6 in last 10

        Last Place

  2. Reddawg12

    At this point, it’s really hard to understand why Phillip Ervin isn’t on the big league roster. The offense has been a huge disappointment overall this season. I was expecting way too much from guys like Winker and Puig.

  3. Steve Mancuso

    Complaining about the defensive shift is like complaining about math.

    • Jim Walker

      My dad used to say that statistics don’t lie but people often lie with statistics. His point was that statistics are only as valid as the philosophy and methodology behind them.

      So, my question is do the Reds really look at why guys hit balls where they do? Seems to me that’s dependent on pitch selection and pattern plus a pitcher’s ability to consistently hit his spots. And that’s just to begin with.

      Hopefully there is a cross checker in the Reds analytical department comparing their outcomes against shifts to the outcomes of other teams so they can continually make improvements and adjustments.

      • Steve Mancuso

        I’m pretty sure the Reds consider pitch selection and pattern and constantly check whether or not it’s working. The skeptics here don’t give the Reds enough credit.

        You know that the shift can’t stop all hits, right? It’s playing percentages. It’s like deciding to wear your seat belt even though seat belts don’t prevent all driving injuries.

    • VaRedsFan

      Shifts only work if your pitcher, catcher, and defense are on the same page. And in so many instances this early season, that hasn’t been the case. The extreme shifts have cost the Reds dearly. Notice how the stupid 4-man outfield hasn’t shown up for a long while? (it held Freeman to a single instead of a double …ONE TIME, while costing them base hit after base hit, and several runs in close games). The no fielder on the left side needs to go. (remember Descalso?)

      • Steve Mancuso

        Do you have any data to support your claim that the shift doesn’t work? Basing it on the few examples that stick out where it didn’t work seems like a flawed methodology, doesn’t it? You need to also count up the number of times the shift helped.

      • VaRedsFan

        Well, the two I cited….The 4 man outfield has stopped, since it wasn’t working. The at bat after Descalso bunted, the Reds put Suarez on the left side (instead of an empty left side). So obviously, the Reds are seeing the same things.

        So to answer your question, the Reds reactions in real games, lead me to believe that they thought it wasn’t working either.

      • Steve Mancuso

        Anecdotes aren’t really evidence against the shift. They are just examples when it didn’t prevent a hit. Everyone understands the shift doesn’t guarantee there won’t be hits. But it does reduce the odds since you put players where the batter hits the ball.

        The Reds haven’t stopped using the 4-man OF, although they used it less in May and June. That might be a function of playing fewer batters like Freddie Freeman. I saw it work a couple times in a game I attended.

        But if you’re right, that the Reds have started to reduce the use of the shift when they think it isn’t appropriate, what exactly is the complaint?

      • VaRedsFan

        FWIW, I think shifting is smart. It was just the extreme shifts that they got burned on so many times, that had detrimental results.
        Good convo 🙂

    • Mark Lang

      That would only be true if there was no free will/adjustments made by those presented with a shift.

      • Steve Mancuso

        You think the data the Reds have doesn’t account for the adjustments made by batters over hundreds or thousands of plate appearances?

      • Richard Lang

        How would u quantify someone’s future reaction to take that into account? What’s a unit of adaptation?

      • Steve Mancuso

        You’d look at what batters have done against the shift in the past. It’s not like the Reds are the only team doing it. They aren’t even close to the top of teams deploying shifts. So you simply look at what batter X does against the shift. Is he successful against it? Does it cause him to sacrifice power? Remember, in many cases, getting batters to adapt is winning part of the battle, especially when pull power is being emphasized as a way to hit homers. So the unit of adaptation is batting average, isolated power, take your pick.

    • Old-school

      Jake Arrieta is not a fan. It does look silly when a guy hits a routine ground ball to the normal 2b position and it rolls into RF. The shift is not what’s hurting the Reds.

      It’s the hitting. Can’t win 1-0 and 2-1 and 3-2. #Fixtheoffense.

  4. matt hendley

    Peraza needs to go. There literally should be no complaining about any other player on the Reds roster, until he is gone. THe ammount of attempts given to him is staggering. Ervin deserves to at least play against LHP.

    I am by no means talking about replacing him in center, but could Senzel benifit from a singular day off. Maybe to sit back and reflect for a minute. Even just having him PH or DS him into a game. Something to provide him a jolt.

    There is shading (which i understand) and then the shifts that abandon a defensive portion of the field. (which i dont) These are people not machines, they will adapt. SO Many runs and more then a couple games have been lost on the shift alone.

    Do it again tommorow. Glad to see VOtto is back to his normal ways.

    • Pete

      Yeah but Peraza is young….I’ve been told. Don’t we have a ton of young guys in the minors? Why aren’t they up here.

      I haven’t been on the bash Jose Peraza bandwagon but I’m on it now. There has to be better options. If management doesn’t care, why should I?

    • Steven Ross

      Peraza led the team in hits last year with 182, he’s 25 years young and is being jerked around this year more than a hyper dog on a long walk. Blame Bell, not Jose.

      • Scott C

        Sorry, but Peraza has been given chance after chance and except for the outlier of the second half of last year, he has not produced. His defense is no where near good enough to make up for his offensive shortcomings. He has been around long enough to have better plate discipline. He has nearly 1550 AB with a OPS under 700. I believe that if he could learn not to swing at pitches outside the strike zone he could be better but he has not shown that tendency. It is his fault not Bell’s that he does not produce.

      • Pete

        Send him to AAA and he won’t be jerked around – problem solved. Only AB, he swings at the first pitch with a very weak pop-up to third base and then makes a horrific error. This is the Jose I have come to know in 2019 and I’ve seen enough. We have better people who need to get some time in.

      • RojoBenjy

        @Steven Ross

        But we aren’t seeing last year’s Jose. The long term record on this guy matches what we see this year. Last year is more like an outlier. Can’t live in the past unless you are talking about players with longer records of success like Votto and Puig. Those two are much more likely to turn it around.

      • Steve Mancuso

        A bunch of Peraza’s hits last year were soft hits, with low probability of becoming hits. He was one of the softest hitters in baseball. It was easy to see looking at the details of his performance last year there was a good chance he wouldn’t repeat it. He’s been “jerked around” because other players have outperformed him. Are you saying the Reds shouldn’t play Derek Dietrich at 2B vs. RHP or Jose Iglesias at SS?

      • Lwblogger2

        I’m not on the bash Peraza bandwagon, although the type of hitter he is doesn’t often translate into sustained MLB success. You’re right in that he’s 25 and has shown flashes. That means I wouldn’t just dump him. I’d probably want to option him so he can get consistent playing time… That said, “Blame Bell” doesn’t fly. Peraza was given the starting SS slot and has been worked in when Bell has felt he had his best chances for success. If Peraza fails, it isn’t on Bell.

  5. Roger Garrett

    Too many holes in the line up so its difficult to string hits together.Just hard to watch this team hit.Whatever the plan is at the plate they need to step back and take a look cause its not working.Hard to fathom that everybody is so far below their career numbers and it not be tied in to coaching.While I love Puig its just hard to imagine a player with an OBP of 256 continuing to play everyday.Especially with the odds on him returning next year at near zero.Its just time to give guys like Ervin a shot.

  6. Sliotar

    Taking Mark and Steve’s interaction up above to another level…..

    According to this, the Reds would need to win 62 of their remaining 100 games to force a play-in with the Cubs for the division title.

    This club, playing at .620 pace the rest of the way feels extremely unlikely, IMO.

    So, 2 questions…

    1) Would this team upgrade in July to chase a Wild Card, knowing others likely will
    (Brewers almost for sure, Braves signed Keuchel, Rockies might…maybe Mets, too)?

    2) If this team is out of it in September, are we going to be watching Puig and Gennett at RF and 2B every night?

    If the answers are “No” to 1, and “Yes” to 2….then you know why folks like Mark Lang and myself already have a sense of “is there actually a plan to this season?”

    (My theory has been “just don’t lose 90 games again”….but that really isn’t a plan.)

    • RojoBenjy

      There probably is a plan. But is it a good plan?

      The track record since 2013 has left us very skeptical.

      A team that wants to field a winner would not be running Puig out there every game with his abysmal production. But the plan with Puig is to market the stuffing out of him, which they have done. So non-baseball planning wins there. Someone must be forgetting that winning sells tickets, not promotions. It’s a plan, but not a winning plan.

      The reason that Peraza would realistically still need to be on the team is…that he can play shortstop. Ervin cannot. That’s a plan. Not a plan that wins baseball games, but a plan nonetheless.

      So the more I see this year, the more inclined I am to think the ultimate plan is “don’t lose 90 games.” And I don’t trust those that run the team to use what they have to improve the team for next season via trades and such.

      • Mason Red

        They have to field Puig in order to trade him. That was the plan from the beginning and it’s how the Reds do business regardless of owner or FO. It was like that in the off-season before the 99 season. The Reds made a splash by bringing in Greg Vaughn who had hit 50 HR’s the year before. But the idea was to trade him. It was part of the “plan for the future”. Of course it backfired. The Sean Casey led Reds nearly made the playoffs even though Vaughn got off to a horrendous start (sound familiar?). After that near miss the Reds made a even bigger splash by trading for Griffey Jr which was the right move. Of course the small market folks will say it set the Reds back because they deviated from “the plan”. Again and again it’s about this franchise accepting the whole small market thing. There’s never a real plan. It’s roll the dice and hope for the best and if it doesn’t work break it all down and start over.

      • Pete

        If the plan is not to lose 90 games, then the plan will surely provide 90 losses. Set your expectations too low and you are unlikely to even reach those. The team is getting harder to watch as the season progresses. I’ve missed nearly all the last 3-4 tears and it’s getting stale.

        Bob C. has to be conscious of this fact. Chad’s podcast with Jason basically agrees with my premise but they love them some Jose Peraza and Tucker Barnhart. These guys will not put fannies in the sets or eyeballs on TV sets. Yup, Scooter is the #4 middle infielder per Chad & Jason’s podcast. Really? Your justification is nonsense. If Scooter is not immediately inserted into this impotent lineup on the day he gets back, I may not be able to go forward in 2019.

  7. CFD3000

    Positives: Votto and Winker at the plate – they had 3 hits, 7 total bases and two walks, and both appeared to be playing well. Mahle on the mound – the pitch that Bruce hit out was not a meatball, just good hitting by Bruce, and obviously the Barnhart error was ill advised and not his fault. Jared Hughes in relief – the Reds need him to return to good form. Jose Iglesias in general – sign this guy to an extension (and demote Peraza) asap. He’s been a brilliant discovery for the Reds. Alex Blandino can back up short very soon and will be an upgrade over Peraza in many ways. And lastly… the defense. Votto, Winker, Suarez and Dietrich with some really nice plays. Negatives: Already addressed – see comments above. I don’t have an answer for the Puig conundrum but something has to give there. But I choose to remain optimistic. This Reds team IS better than recent years, it IS competitive, and I do believe they’ll win more than they lose when all is said and done. Don’t they play again tomorrow? Can’t wait. Go Reds!

    • CFD3000

      I meant to say both Votto and Winker appeared to be seeing the ball well, which is really important for both. If they are, they walk more and are on base more, but as importantly they swing at more good pitches and fewer bad ones. Which translates to more hits and more extra base hits. Which I’m pretty sure is good…

      • Indy Red Man

        The thing is….even when Joey is hitting they have a huge power disadvantage? I have to also point out that its pretty flukey that the Reds have allowed so few HRs so far? Roark had 2 allowed all year going into his last start? Thats insane. He then doubled his total in 1 start. Disco gives them up like crazy. Then look at our offense. Joey? Maybe 14 or something? Tucker, Peraza, and Iggy? No power. Senzel & Winker? They might hit 35 between in a full season? Puig has been horrible. DD isn’t going to be on pace for 40+ very often if ever again.
        They don’t run much either? I think Peraza has 4 steals. Now add 25th in batting average to the lack of power/speed. Walks? Why walk them? They can’t hit? No need to nibble. I thought coming in that this could be a very very good offensive team. Joey and Winker take walks and spray the ball around. Puig has walked 60+ with LA previously. Suarez & DD can work pitchers and draw walks. I thought they had a chance to become a real grinding lineup with a good obp.

        Where do they go from here? Senzel, Winker, Garrett, Mahle, and Lorenzen all advanced from the minors to the Reds. They’re pretty well tapped out in the minors now. No help is available anytime soon.
        I liked the offseason deals, but it was like trying to slap a band-aid on a missing limb. I would deal Puig for whatever and play Winker full-time. I sort of like how JVM looks at the plate. I would platoon him in LF with Farmer or Ervin. They need to see more of Farmer. I’d get more out of Lorenzen too. SP, OF, and backup 1B. He could start a game then take a day off. Play 2 games in the field and then take a day off before his next start. Roark will be my age before the Reds field a good team again. Anyone over 28 needs to go. This team is a project.

        What they really need is to deal guys like DD, Scooter, and Puig and try to hit on a couple of returns like they did with Castillo and Suarez. Its a long shot, but they’re not playoff bound with any of those guys.

      • Pete

        IRM – deal DD? That’s a real crowd pleaser. One of two consistent bats on this putrid offensive and we deal him? Why? How is his production replaced. JVM? You like how he looks at the plate. Seriously. Philip Ervin, maybe he can replace DD? Sure, let’s give it a go.

        You rightfully point out the team is power deprived and the next sentences suggest trading DD? Can you explain further your thinking because I’m not getting it.

        One of the few things where I can agree with you is getting Farmer more looks and dispatching Peraza to wherever.

      • Indy Red Man

        Because DD is 30 and this team is 5-6 years away. 5-6 years if they suddenly starting drafting well…..which is unlikely. They would be finally freed up from Joey’s National Debt per year salary.

  8. Pete

    Heck, while I’m on a rant: I think you could tell Yasiel Puig you are going to pump him high heat, pitch after pitch, and he still couldn’t make contact. What happened to his bat speed? If by the ASG he still can’t catch up to good fastballs up in the zone, I would try to off load him if only to save the money left on his contract. Maybe my expectations were too high. If this come to pass, here’s my idea on position players who start:
    CF-The Kid
    RF-Winker/Ervin platoon

    I don’t think Winker hits well enough against LHP to start against them – sorry.

    • Lwblogger2

      Book on Puig has always been you could get him with hard stuff up. The big key was making sure it was actually up because if you missed in the zone he’d crush it. This year, pitchers are executing their pitches up out of the zone and when they done, Puig is sometimes missing them. That’s the difference. Even when he hasn’t missed them, he’s tended to hit them at people. I’m not sure what needs to happen there.

      • Pete

        From reviewing his heatmaps and pitch type tables at Fangraphs, it appears they have been pitching fastballs up in the zone the last couple of seasons. They are also throwing a higher percentage of fastballs year-after-year since his rookie season, 2018 being the only exception. Also, he is seeing much higher percentage of curve balls than any other season.

        The fastball % he sees is very high when compared to Votto, Suarez, Winker and Senzel. Puig faces 66% fastballs. Note: those are the only players I looked at to compare.

        Until 2016 he killed fastballs but since that time he has been in the negative. If I was a betting man, I would surmise they have figured out Puig. Now it’s his move. Can he adjust?

  9. Steven Ross

    I’ve supported Tucker in the past but it’s time for Casali to start. In 161 PA, TB has 28 hits & finally made it over the Mendoza Line. Casali in 98 PA, has 26 hits and is batting .292. 2nd in average only to Iglesias at .294. I know, smaller sample size but our best average is only .294! Hard to believe.

    • Jim Walker

      I’ve found myself wondering if Barnhart has fallen into the trap of being too comfortable as a key player on bad team which seems to have progressed to mediocre.

      By all accounts he has pushed and even exceeded his projected ceiling. However when every MLB season a guy has played as a regular has been with a 90 loss team, where does the knowledge and push to get beyond mediocre come from?

  10. Jim Walker

    Phillip Ervin has not played for several days. He last appears in a box score and play by play recap for the Bats (AAA) on Tuesday (June 4). In the 5th inning he reached on a single and scored from 1st on a following double. He was then subsequently replaced in the OF at the start of the 7th inning. He has not played since. Nothing in the play by play of the June 4 game indicates an injury; and, I haven’t been able to find an explanation.

    Also Jose Siri returned from his mysterious suspension (6 games) last night (Friday).

    • RojoBenjy

      The suspension was for trying to eat the home plate umpire after being called out at home in the 10th inning of a game last week. He really wanted a piece of him. Instead got some peace and quiet in time out.

      • RojoBenjy

        I mean he really went after the umpire. And halfway to the clubhouse, he got loose and came back after him.

  11. Darrin

    The reds have mismanaged Peraza since day 1. The kids a second baseman, not a SS and not a left fielder. The funny thing is according to baseball reference up until yesterday he had the same war as Votto, and is still higher than Puig and Winker and I don’t see anybody calling for them to be eaten by lions. Hopefully the reds trade him and another team that actually plays him at his position and doesn’t keep him in limbo at all times.

    ***Edited for profanity workarounds. Asterisks don’t cut it. We want kids to read this site. Easy to communicate same idea without profanity.

    • RojoBenjy

      If we can find another team that lives Peraza like the Reds do? We could get a top 50 prospect in return.

      But no other team loves him like our Reds.

    • matt hendley

      you want something really funny? Look at VOttos Career WAR, Puigs Career war, WInkers Career WAR. Then Look at Perazas again.
      Puig is under daily assault on these threads. Until recently, had i not known better before reading these things I would have assumed that Votto was a reanimated Corpse. Winker has had his share of detractors as well.
      Peraza has had chance after chance after chance. This team moved fan favorites and made strategically poor decisions (in hindsight fair enough) to allow Peraza the maximum time to succeed. He failed. He is not a starter. He is barely a backup. Peraza should have been traded last year after his outlier season, as the haul back would have brought new life to the Fraizer trade. But the FO failed again.
      There is only one person to blame for Jose Peraza’s struggles, and that is Jose Peraza.

      • Pete

        Joey Votto has an oWAR of -2.3 and doesn’t even show up in the top 25 1B’s in batting

        Yasiel Puig has an oWAR of -11.0 and ranks 30th out of RF’s in batting.

        That there are some who dare to question the offensive contributions of these two players is completely, 100%, understandable. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make Peraza and Barnhart’s numbers look anymore impressive by comparing them.

        We have a problem, a big problem: we are very,very poor hitting baseball team. There is no way to dress it up to make it appear better. I’m about at the point of suggesting we need a new hitting instructor and soon. When one or two guys are still putting up dismal numbers after the first week of June, that’s one thing. When nearly the whole squad is, that’s another.

        Votto has been much better lately but make no mistake he and Puig have been horrid in 2019.

      • VaRedsFan

        I’m pretty sure that there was never a plan, nor will there ever be, a plan to acquire a young player like Peraza, have him break out with 180+ hits, and then immediately flip him in a rebuild cycle.

        He progressed to a young cheap asset. Teams (except the Marlins) don’t get rid of those.

      • Pete

        VA, what is ironic I have been told second basemen are available at such a low premium that Scooter’s wRC+’s of 2017 (123) and 2018 (125) are of no value. Peraza is no Scooter Gennett nor is he ever likely to be, at least the last two year’s version. Let us all call for higher standards for our beloved Reds. We can do better than Jose Peraza, in house. We can not afford to jettison a guy with a 123-123 wRC+, just can’t.

    • RojoBenjy

      If we can find another team that lives Peraza like the Reds do? We could get a top 50 prospect in return.

      But no other team loves him like our Reds.

      Let me add that Peraza was named starting 2B out of spring training—and he lost his job because he wasn’t hitting, or getting on base.

    • Pete

      Here we are in agreement, I hope they trade him as well. By all accounts Tucker and Jose are super good guys and wonderful people but neither has any business being a starter on a major league baseball team. I realize that years of losing have conditioned many of us to accept such mediocrity without question because said players have likable personalitys. It is past time to get on with the business of winning baseball games.

    • Indy Red Man

      The kid is a AAA player….thats what he is. A mediocre defender with little power that hacks at everything. Thats not the definition of a guy you can win with.

  12. WVRedlegs

    The disappointing losses under David Bell are certainly starting to mount up. That can really take a serious toll on the team psyche. 2019 has been so disappointing under Bell so much that 2020 is looking like another rebuild year and another losing season.

  13. RedsMonk65

    My 2 cents:

    Within the next couple weeks or so:

    — Trade or send down Peraza. Send Van Meter back down.
    — Bring up Blandino and Ervin.
    — Scooter is back!

    I realize this limits defensive flexibility for David Bell, but heck, we need bats, and I’d like to see what this infusion could do. Let me say it again: We need bats!

    • VaRedsFan

      You can’t send 2 down , and add 3.
      I’m thinking Blandino will be AAA, until there is an injury need on the Reds.
      I’m good with adding Ervin, to platoon with Winker.

      • RedsMonk65

        Yes. I wasn’t trying to even it out math-wise — only stating I’d like to see what an infusion of Scooter, Ervin, and Blandino (who can play SS) would do offensively.

        Obviously, someone else would have to go. I would cut loose a reliever (I have my candidates), but that’s not something the Reds are likely to do. Wishful thinking, all of it.

        Regardless of all else — Ervin needs to be up. Pitchers are not afraid of our hitters. I doubt they will be petrified of Ervin, either, but at least it gives us a different look, and another right-handed bad.

    • Indy Red Man

      My apologies beforehand because its not just you, but where did all this Blandino love come from? He sucks. He has little to no talent

      • RedsMonk65

        Don’t necessarily love the guy. But with only 147 MLB plate appearances (Peraza has well over 1,600), it’s way too soon to say Blandino stinks. Though he certainly didn’t tear up the league last year, before he got hurt I remember him coming up with several clutch hits, and I remember him playing a pretty good SS defensively. Can’t be worse than Peraza. Just would like to see what he can do is all, given the chance.

        Whatever the case, our options are limited at AAA, to be sure. No one like Aaron Judge to call up and instantly instill fear and dread among opposing pitchers (wouldn’t that be nice?). But the current group with the Reds is certainly not cutting it. Scooter will help. Ervin would provide another RH bat off the bench that we desperately need, and Blandino can play SS (or 2nd or 3rd) whenever one of the starters needs a day off.

      • greenmtred

        Indy, I think that we Reds’ fans are like shipwreck survivors bobbing in the water, and Blandino looks like a bouyant piece of driftwood.