Of all of the Reds 150th-anniversary throwback uniforms, tonight’s event will hit particularly close to the heart of yours truly and many, many others here at Redleg Nation.

It is the 1975-76 team that captivated my interest in baseball in general and this franchise specifically. Seeing Cincinnati ballplayers take the field wearing these specific threads will provide some flashbacks to feelings of pride and glory from the past. Unfortunately, the resemblance between this current club and the 1976 team ends at the apparel.

Game three of the four-game weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park begins at 6:40 p.m. Eastern time.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA xFIP K% BB%
Miles Mikolas 137.1 4.13 4.26 17.7% 4.0%
Anthony DeSclafani 117.2 4.51 4.39 24.4% 7.1%

Right-hander Mikolas fits in the mold of the rest of the Cardinals pitching rotation – performing at the level of an average major league baseball starting pitcher on most occasions. On July 20 vs. the Reds at GABP, he pitched six innings and allowed three runs in a 3-2 Cincinnati victory. DeSclafani has had his ups and downs. In July he was looking as though he might be finally recapturing that above-average form he displayed for the Reds before his series of injuries that deprived him of parts of two summers. However, in three August starts, he’s allowed 13 runs (and five home runs) in 14.1 innings.

Bullpen

About all that needs to be said about the Reds bullpen at the moment is that the two lowest earned run averages on the team among relief pitchers belong to position players (Jose Peraza, Kyle Farmer, 0.00). A major rebuild of this group will be necessary in the offseason.

Another change was made today:

Alaniz pitched four innings over four games earlier this season with the Seattle Mariners, allowing 11 hits, three walks and nine earned runs. His numbers since being acquired on waivers and placed on the Louisville roster have been much better, and the hope is that his Cincinnati numbers will more closely resemble Louisville’s than Seattle’s.

Starting Lineups

Cardinals Reds
CF Dexter Fowler CF Nick Senzel
RF Tommy Edman 1B Josh VanMeter
1B Paul Goldschmidt 2B Freddy Galvis
LF Marcell Ozuna RF Aristides Aquino
C Matt Wieters LF Phillip Ervin
2B Kolten Wong C Tucker Barnhart
3B Matt Carpenter SS Jose Iglesias
SS Yairo Munoz 3B Jose Peraza
P Miles Mikolas P Anthony DeSclafani

Eugenio Suarez, Joey Votto and Jesse Winker are out of the lineup today with maladies of varying degrees. Suarez’s is presumably the most serious.

None of the first five hitters in today’s lineup was on the opening day roster, with four of them in the minor leagues at the time.

Additional insights into the statistical history of the players in today’s game are available all season long at BaseballSavant.com.

News and Notes

Who knew that Trevor Bauer had a social media channel? It’s not clear when this particular conversation with Scooter Gennett took place …

13 Responses

  1. Roger Garrett

    Reds seem to want to play short handed and I am not sure why at this point in the season.I know nothing about their injuries but Joey and Eugenio could use some time off period.Neither will be available tonight so why not just DL them and call up some guys and give you some flexibility to play the game.One injury tonight and who goes in to the game?Farmer your back up catcher?You send down Bowman and that’s understood but you bring up a pitcher I guess cause Garrett isn’t here.Can’t double switch,can’t pinch hit unless its Winker.I must be missing somebody or something.

  2. Roger Garrett

    Disco up in the zone and with his slider ain’t going to work.Got out of it though and needs to keep that ball down.Nick with the blast

  3. Roger Garrett

    Who knows but right now he just killing it.Big time power guy in the middle that can just change the game just like that.

  4. Roger Garrett

    What’s not to like with the young guys getting it done.So glad the Reds have developed some guys this year and have brought them up and just let them play.May not work out but man there is hope we are forming a nucleus that will be around for awhile.

  5. Aaron B.

    I know his OBP isn’t where you want it, but Galvis looks like a good player so far to me. He is making solid contact nearly every time he is at bat. My only criticism is that hair-do, that really needs some work.

  6. Aaron B.

    Disco was very shaky. Senzel threw out a runner otherwise that inning might have blown up. He was in trouble nearly every inning. He only had the fastball nothing else was working for him.

  7. Roger Garrett

    He is locked in for sure.Kid just has awesome power and in GABP if he just lifts it then it will go.

  8. Roger Garrett

    JVM on base 4 straight times.Just got to love it.

  9. Roger Garrett

    That was a really good at bat by Galvis.Guy is hitting 100 on the gun and he just kept fighting them off.Major league at bat to put it in play to score the run.

  10. Roger Garrett

    So far just an excellent played game by mostly young players.Good rebound after getting hammered last night.Just never know about young guys and oh ML brought his A game tonight.Big lead helps but his stuff is just to good to walk guys and just seemingly lose it quickly at times

  11. Roger Garrett

    ML with 2 hits so I guess my comment before the game about playing short handed was on me.Looks like Bell was going to use him to pitch and hit.Guess if he isn’t too busy he could sell concessions between innings,Just a heck of an athlete.

  12. Roger Garrett

    The new guy gets them in order and this one belongs to the Reds.Heard it I believe it was in 74 when Marty took over for Al Michaels and will miss hearing it.