Game 2 Preview

After winning the first game in what was a roller coaster affair, the Reds go for the sweep of the double-dip behind Trevor Bauer.

Game 2 Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Detroit Tigers

Phillip Ervin – LF Victor Reyes – CF
Nick Castellanos – RF Harold Castro – SS
Eugenio Suarez – 3B Miguel Cabrera – DH
Matt Davidson – 1B Jonathan Schoop – 2B
Curt Casali – C Christin Stewart – LF
Nick Senzel – CF Jordy Mercer – 1B
Christian Colon – 2B Travis Demeritte – RF
Aristides Aquino – DH Grayson Greiner – C
Kyle Farmer – SS Dawel Lugo – 3B
Trevor Bauer – SP Daniel Norris – SP

No Mike Moustakas, who took a pitch to the forearm in game 1.

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB% K%
Trevor Bauer 6.1 1.42 0.47 4.5% 59.1%
Daniel Norris (2019) 144.1 4.49 1.33 6.2% 20.5%
Links: Trevor Bauer’s 2019 Stats | Daniel Norris’ 2019 Stats

Trevor Bauer

After being acquired by Cincinnati at the trade deadline last season, Trevor Bauer struggled to keep the ball in the ballpark. As a result of that his ERA jumped from 3.79 with Cleveland to 6.39 in 10 starts with the Reds. His walk and strikeout rates were both better with Cincinnati, but his home run rate made a huge difference.

But in his first start this season, against Detroit in the opening series, Bauer dominated. He allowed a run on two hits and a walk with 13 strikeouts in 6.1 innings. He’ll look to do it again this afternoon. Let’s take a look at how he performed last season when it comes to his splits, and what to expect from his pitches.

Splits

Split IP ERA HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
Home 100.1 4.66 22 8.9% 29.9% .216 .308 .453
Away 112.2 4.31 12 9.1% 25.9% .242 .320 .407
1st Half 132.0 3.61 17 9.2% 26.8% .214 .305 .390
2nd Half 81.0 5.89 17 8.8% 29.4% .256 .330 .489

It’s tough to make much of his splits for home/road since he only made 10 starts with the Reds. He only made four home starts with Cincinnati, but had a 4.15 ERA in 26.0 innings with six homers allowed. In six starts on the road he threw 30.1 innings with six homers allowed and an 8.31 ERA. Small sample sizes on both ends of that one.

That said, the first half and second half numbers for Trevor Bauer are dramatic. His ERA jumped up by more than two full runs. A lot of that was a much higher home run rate, but his BABIP against also jumped from .269 to .325.

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
vsRHH 491 94 27 3 14 8.3% 31.0% .216 .294 .388
vsLHH 420 90 16 4 20 9.8% 24.1% .247 .339 .478

When it comes to splits against hitters from both sides of the plate, Bauer is much better against right-handed hitters. His walk rate is lower, his strikeout rate is much higher, and his home run rate is much lower. Lefties just make more contact, and they hit for a lot more power – or at least they did in 2019 – against Bauer.

Pitch Usage and Value

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change Curve Cutter
Velo 94.8 95.0 79.8 86.3 79.4 84.8
Usage 38% 4% 16% 20% 14% 8%
Value/100 -0.33 1.68 -0.21 -0.96 0.88 0.34
MLB Rank 82 9 62 80 16 18
MLB Rank among 130 pitchers with 100 IP in 2019

Trevor Bauer seems to throw everything but the kitchen sink. Well, that and Alex Blandino’s knuckleball. On one side, he’s bringing an above-average 2-seamer, curve, and cutter to the table. On the other side of that, of the six pitches he throws, those three account for just 26% of the pitches that he throws. The three pitches that he threw most frequently in 2019 were all of negative value according to Fangraphs Pitch Values.

Daniel Norris

The Tigers were without Daniel Norris the first time through the rotation. He had tested positive for COVID-19 during Summer Camp and wasn’t quite ready to go when the season began. Last year the left-handed starter went 3-13 for a putrid Tigers team, while posting an ERA of 4.49 – which was good enough for a better than average 106 ERA+. He made 29 starts and three relief appearances, but threw just 144.1 innings as he was not one who went deep into many games.

Splits

Split IP ERA HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
Home 56.2 4.61 13 5.4% 20.1% .268 .311 .496
Away 87.2 4.41 12 6.7% 20.8% .280 .332 .458
1st Half 90.2 4.96 15 5.9% 18.1% .293 .337 .483
2nd Half 53.2 3.69 10 6.9% 24.8% .242 .301 .455

Last season saw Daniel Norris give up a lot more homers, on a per-innings-pitched basis at home. His walk and strikeout rates were nearly identical at both home and away ballparks – it was just the home run issues at home that plagued his ERA a bit at home.

But there were some big differences in the second half. His ERA dropped over a run in the second half as his strikeout rate took a big jump. That led to a lower average and on-base percentage against. He still gave up a bunch of home runs, but the damage on those was mitigated by fewer base runners.

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
vsRHH 496 127 24 2 20 6.3% 20.2% .279 .324 .471
vsLHH 114 27 4 2 5 6.1% 21.9% .260 .325 .481

The left-handed pitching Daniel Norris didn’t see many lefties last year, with just 18.7% of his batters faced being right-handed. Keep that in mind when looking at the fact that lefties did hit him well last year – it is very likely that only the best lefties in the league were in the lineup against him, while the lesser lefties who tend to struggle against other lefties were out of the lineup that day.

Still, lefties that did stick around the lineup to face Daniel Norris did damage against him last season. Righties didn’t exactly under perform, either. Both sides showed off plenty of power as Norris struggled to keep the ball in the park.

Pitch Usage and Value

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 91.1 90.7 84.6 85.9 76.1
Usage 45% 6% 23% 19% 7%
Value/100 -0.73 -2.00 1.25 0.90 -1.20
MLB Rank 97 79 25 38 78
MLB Rank among 130 pitchers with 100 IP in 2019

Last season opponents did a lot of damage on the fastball against Daniel Norris. He’s mostly a 4-seam guy, occasionally mixing in a 2-seamer – but both pitches were below-average in 2019. It’s the slider and the change up that tied up hitters against Norris, with both pitches playing out as well above-average offerings. His slow curveball doesn’t get used much, but when it did last season, it didn’t fool hitters much.

Game 1 Preview

First pitch is set for 2:15pm
The Cincinnati Reds (2-5) and the Detroit Tigers (5-3) will attempt to complete Major League Baseball’s first ever 7-inning doubleheader today. Their game was postponed on Saturday due to rain despite the game being moved up by five hours to try and avoid just that situation. Mother Nature can be a real grinch at times.

With doubleheaders being rare for the game threads I’m going to do my best to pack as much information as possible in without typing out 2000 words and making it a real chore to get through. The second game’s lineup won’t be available until following the first game, so it will be added once that happens.

Game 1 Starting Lineups

After the initial lineup was posted the Reds placed Joey Votto on the injured list. The first baseman was in the lineup and no new lineup has been released yet. We will update it below when it’s available.

Cincinnati Reds

Detroit Tigers

Shogo Akiyama – LF Niko Goodrum – SS
Nick Castellanos – RF Jonathan Schoop – 2B
Mike Moustakas – 2B Miguel Cabrera – DH
Eugenio Suarez – 3B C.J. Cron – 1B
Jesse Winker – DH Christin Stewart – LF
Nick Senzel – CF Victor REyes – RF
Josh VanMeter – 1B Jeimer Candelario – 3B
Freddy Galvis – SS Austin Romine – C
Tucker Barnhart – C JaCoby Jones – CF
Anthony DeSclafani – SP Rony Garcia – SP

The way things were handled in Detroit yesterday with regards to the rain has led to both starters who were scheduled to pitch on Saturday being pushed back and won’t be throwing in game 1 (Trevor Bauer *may* be able to start game 2 according to David Bell pre-game, but we don’t know yet according to C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic). The Reds have stacked their lineup with lefties in the #1, 3, 5, 7, 8, and 9 spots in the lineup today. Eugenio Suarez, who is hitting .080 on the season so far, was slid down to the #5 spot in the lineup after hitting 3rd all season, but with Joey Votto out he’s up a spot to #4.

Game 1 Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB% K%
A. DeSclafani 166.2 3.89 1.20 7.0% 24.0%
Rony Garcia 3.0 6.00 1.00 0.0% 25.0%
Links: Anthony DeSclafani’s Stats | Rony Garcia’s Career Stats

Stats above for Anthony DeSclafani from 2019

Anthony DeSclafani

Coming off of what was likely his best season of his career in 2019, Anthony DeSclafani began this year on the injured list. But the Reds right-handed pitcher only missed one start and he’s ready to go.

Splits

Split IP ERA HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
Home 82.1 3.50 15 8.1% 24.9% .227 .294 .422
Away 84.1 4.27 14 6.0% 23.1% .248 .297 .422
1st Half 86.2 4.26 17 7.0% 24.1% .267 .322 .481
2nd Half 80.0 3.49 12 7.1% 23.8% .204 .265 .354

Home or road in 2019, Anthony DeSclafani was about the same. But the first half and second half were quite different. His ERA was lower thanks to fewer home runs. Part of that is probably related to the fact that his ground ball rate went from 38% to 48% from the first to second half.

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
vsRHH 333 73 12 0 12 3.0% 25.8% .230 .257 .381
vsLHH 363 78 16 1 17 10.7% 22.3% .246 .331 .464

For Anthony DeSclafani there are clear splits versus lefties and righties. Lefties walk more than three times as often, strike out a little less, and hit for significantly more power than righties do.

Pitch Usage and Value

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 94.9 94.7 89.4 88.6 83.2
Usage 37% 18% 25% 14% 5%
Value/100 0.14 1.14 1.13 1.43 -1.30
MLB Rank 61 18 27 21 81
MLB Rank among 130 pitchers with 100 IP in 2019

Only the curveball for Anthony DeSclafani was considered a below-average pitch in 2019 according to the Fangraphs Pitch Values. He’ll bring five pitches to the plate, and it’s the curveball that gets the least amount of usage. The fastball, either one, comes in about 50% of the time. He’ll mix in an above-average slider and curveball plenty to back up the fastball.

Rony Garcia

Today will only be the second big league start of the career for Rony Garcia. The 22-year-old right hander made it just 3.0 innings in his debut last week against the Kansas City Royals who scored two runs on three hits – including a homer.

Despite being just 22-years-old and already in the Majors – Rony Garcia has only been a top 30 prospect in his organization once in his career and that was following the 2017 season with the Yankees. Last year in Double-A he posted a 4.44 ERA in 105.1 innings with 38 walks and 104 strikeouts.

Splits

Split PA H 2B 3B HR BB% K% AVG OBP SLG
vsRHH 261 46 10 3 7 8.4% 27.6% .197 .273 .356
vsLHH 287 69 20 1 9 8.0% 19.9% .267 .334 .457
2019 Minor League Splits at Double-A

Splits at Double-A aren’t exactly useless, but they aren’t always useful, either. We don’t know how the ballparks all play in that league. And particularly for guys who were 21, we don’t have the best information about what they were doing at different part of the year and where they may have improved. That said, we do know that he pitched significantly better at home than he did on the road, with nearly a .200 point difference in OPS (.624 OPS at home, .817 OPS on the road with 11 homers on the road versus just 5 at home in 32 more plate appearances at home).

Pitch Usage and Value

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change
Velo 93.2 94.5 86.5 87.5
Usage 57% 2% 31% 10%

We’re going to skip over the pitch value since he only has one game pitched in the Major Leagues. In his first start he only thew one pitch that was deemed a 2-seamer, so he may not even have that pitch and it was classified incorrectly. Either way, everything he throws has some velocity to it. His fastball isn’t overly hard, but his slider and his change up are both in the mid-to-upper 80’s. Not a lot of separation in the velocity range from Garcia in his debut.

When and Where

  • Game time: 12:10pm ET
  • Where: Detroit’s Comerica Park
  • Watch: Fox Sports Ohio, Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 70° and cloudy with a 20% chance of rain.

NL Central Standings

Team Wins Losses GB
Cubs 6 2 0.0
Brewers 3 3 2.0
Cardinals 2 3 2.5
Reds 2 5 3.5
Pirates 2 6 4.0

News and Notes

Joey Votto Placed on the Injured List

Just before 11am the Reds announced that Joey Votto has been placed on the injured list. No reason was specified. Read into that what you will.

Cincinnati Reds place Joey Votto on the injured list

Cardinals and Brewers series postponed

The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers series has been postponed after the Cardinals have had six members of their traveling party test positive for COVID-19, including three players. St. Louis, as of now, is scheduled to begin a 4-game series against Detroit at Comerica Park where each team will be designated as the “home team” twice.

Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez out for the season

Boston pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez has been shut down for the season after he developed myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) after “recovering” from COVID-19. Rodriguez reported feeling exhausted after throwing just 20 pitches in his return to the Red Sox in Summer Camp and was checked out by the team doctors. From Ian Browne of MLB.com:

“This case, while it’s something that’s persistent, is not something that has impacted or damaged the functioning of his heart, which in that event, the prognosis is good and these things just take time,” said Bloom.

“Now, myocarditis following COVID is obviously not something that the medical community has a lot of data on because the virus itself is new, much less in an athlete, but everything we know about myocarditis itself indicates that when you have a case like this, the long-term prognosis is good, the recovery should be complete, it’s just a question of time.”

Eric Davis goes 30-30 in 1987

245 Responses

  1. BO

    It will be interesting to see how today plays out. Live in Detroit and think they will be able to get these games in but they should have played yesterday. I get what they tried to do in moving the game up but it was clear in the early afternoon that the evening was the window. Had they kept the game as originally scheduled they would have been able to play.

  2. Mark Moore

    So Bauer won’t start today. I get his frustration. Good to see the “regular” line-up and we’ll have to see if the call to the BP can be avoided.

    4 and 5 at the end of the day would at least be encouraging. We shall see if our guys can knuckle down and hit.

    • Colorado Red

      Hope it is nothing more then a Cold, and he gets a few more negative tests, and is in the line up in a few days.

  3. ClevelandRedsFan

    Reds really lucked out with the rainout. If I’m Detroit, I’m mad,

    Reds biggest weakness is their bullpen and that’s now 4 innings fewer they need to cover with the 7-inning rule.

    I want to see solid at bats today and good plate discipline. Sweep today and the Reds truly are back in contention. Get swept and I fear the season may be over already. That’s all assuming it’s not cancelled.

    No cursing. Please watch the language.

    • Mark Moore

      Yes … we SHOULD benefit from 2 7-inning games based on what we’ve seen so far. I suppose we’ll know later this evening, right? 🙂

  4. Eric the Red

    Doug, you do great on these. Thanks for everything you do.

    I also appreciate the Eric Davis shoutout. When he was healthy he was a joy to watch play.

    If we can’t hit a mediocre AA pitcher, we might as well root for the season to be called. Go Reds!

    • Doug Gray

      If I had a “baseball time machine”, that 1987 season for Eric Davis would be among my top 10 things to go watch. #1, however, would be going to watch Josh Gibson play. There’s just so little footage of arguably one of the greatest players of all time and man I’d just love to have more to see. Alas….

      • Old-school

        If you’ve not seen the exhibit ( Pursuit of a Dream) at the Reds museum, you should check it out.

        Very well done. There are several murals/ paintings depicting fans at the game. Didn’t realize how baseball was such an event and folks dressed to the nine’s.

        If you get aboard that time machine, better hit the tailor first.

      • Sliotar

        Thumbs up on any and all Eric Davis references on RLN.

        Under-appreciated (especially nationally) for the extremely rare talent he was.

      • Colorado Red

        Along with watching Josh Gibson, I would love to watch Page pitch in is prime.

      • Byron

        Watching Eric Davis play was sheer excitement. He hit some of the hardest, fastest home runs I have ever seen. I was at a Reds game, in San Francisco, in the late 80s and he hit a home run that I swear took less than two seconds from the time he hit the ball until it was over the fence–an absolute rocket.

  5. ClevelandRedsFan

    Doug,

    I’m sorry if there was language in my post. Not my intent and was either just a typo or something picked up by the bots.

    • Doug Gray

      There could be a slight amount of confusion here, but you said you are “p.o.’d”. Maybe that’s not cursing to everyone, but it’s on the wrong side of the moderation here. It’s not a big deal – it gets flagged for a reason. Nothing in your post history says you’re a problem poster – but just wanted to be sure to edit the post, approve it, but also be sure to note the language.

      Now let’s just hope they play the games today and the Reds can pick both of them up.

      • Mark Moore

        Any word on the start time? Weather channel radar shows clearing and the rest of the stuff sliding well North of downtown Detroit.

  6. Eric the Red

    This is another example of how bad the FSO guys are. There’s no reason—legal or otherwise—they can’t inform their audience “since he’s not on the 10 day injured list, that means that he will have to take MLB mandated tests in the coming days, and we know he won’t be back on the field until he has at least two negative tests 24 hours apart”. They can fill that out with all the disclaimers they want about not knowing anything about the state of his health or why he was placed on the list.

    After all, not everyone reads RLN so not everyone knows as much as we do 🙂

    • Mark Moore

      Correct, sir … HIPAA law applies to employers and medical professionals, not you, me, or the broadcasting team. It’s one of the most misunderstood things about it.

      I do have to wonder if this is at all serious, will Joey pack up and go home for the rest of the season?

      • Michael Smith

        Broadcast team is employed by the team

      • Mark Moore

        Most specifically the employer part applies to the management chain. But I get they are walking a fine line until the official news is published.

  7. Colorado Red

    Any updates on when they might kick off this game.
    Not getting getting info here.

    thx

    • Mark Moore

      I keep watching here, Reds page, Reds FB page … nothing to report.

      • BO

        Living in Detroit my guess is soon. I’m not sure why they haven’t kicked it off already

      • Mark Moore

        Right BO … Weather channel radar didn’t look like anything much. We just moved DD#1 out of an apartment on East Jeff by Belle Isle a couple weeks ago. I had Detroit on my regular list of weather check-in places.

  8. IndyRedsFan

    This isn’t meant to be snarky, I really am just interested to know….

    Why can’t a starting pitcher warm up one day and then the next day, warm up again and ptich.

    Relief pitchers warm up and pitch 2 or 3 days in a row.

    • JB

      Totally agree. I mean cut him down to 50 pitches then. It’s still better than what they put in his place. You think Bauer would say he is pitching considering he wants to pitch every 4th day.

    • Mark Moore

      And especially when Bauer openly asks to be put on a 4-man rotation.

    • Doug Gray

      As a former pitcher (non-pro, mind you) even warming up will put wear on your arm. Obviously it won’t be the same as if you went out and pitched, but these guys aren’t out there just tossing and warming up like a second baseman is. They are throwing 150-200 feet and letting it fly in their warm up process.

      • IndyRedsFan

        Doug,

        I understand it’s different from a second baseman, but is it that much different than what relief pitchers do??

      • Doug Gray

        Yes and no. It’s different in the aspect that relievers arms are trained differently. Relievers aren’t doing long toss to warm up, as one example of the process itself that’s also different.

    • greenmtred

      I would suppose that the difference is that relief pitchers usually throw far fewer pitches in an appearance than do starters.

  9. docproc

    Today’s #Reds and Tigers game will begin at approximately 2:15 p.m. ET.

  10. Klugo

    I like this lineup so much, I wouldn’t mind Votto replacing Vanmeter right where he is when he gets back. If he gets back.

    • Mark Moore

      And I have to think that’s a significant “if” … he doesn’t “need” to play ball from a financial standpoint. And “if” he’s COVID positive, the outcomes may prompt him to push off this season anyway. I still think more will make that choice in the coming weeks.

  11. ClevelandRedsFan

    I’d like to see 100% JVM and 0% Davidson.

    • Melvin

      Not comfortable with JVM either. Maybe we can find a way to move one of our outfielders to 1B.

  12. Mark Moore

    OK, 14 innings … that’s all we need today. 14 solid innings. Great faith in the starting pitchers. Got to hope the hitters have come to hit.

    Go get ’em, Disco!

  13. docproc

    Trevor Bauer will take the hill in the second game of today’s doubleheader.

    • Mark Moore

      Excellent news. I was hoping that would be the case.

  14. Mark Moore

    2 up, 2 on, 2 in … that’s a good start.

  15. ClevelandRedsFan

    Please don’t leave, Nick

  16. Mark Moore

    Reminder to self … 420′ to the CF wall in Detroit. That’s a long way no matter who you are.

  17. Mark Moore

    Sorry, Wink. You just don’t have the track record to get that call your way. And it was a strike anyway. Bat off the shoulder …

    • Melvin

      Winker has to be or should be on a short leash. Not getting it done. Can’t wait for him.

  18. ClevelandRedsFan

    I’m impressed, the reds didn’t swing at a single pitch outside the zone in the first inning.

  19. Mark Moore

    Also liking Nick in the #2 … and Moose #3. Let Geno sit at 4 or below. And Joey as well since he’s not swinging it hard aside from the first game.

  20. Mark Moore

    6 pitches … that’s a great way to start your first inning back.

  21. Old-school

    Nick Senzel coasts over to his other side for another out. This kid is the Reds center fielder for a long time. He plays every day in CF.

  22. Eric the Red

    They did it again. It is not against the law—even for an employer—to describe the process: “Joe Blow can not come back and play until he has 2 negative tests at least 24 hours apart”.

    FSO can absolutely describe MLBs protocols in excruciating detail without telling anything about Votto’s health. Which is what they should do.

    • Mark Moore

      If that’s where his IL falls. We don’t know for certain yet, but that looks like the case.

  23. Mark Moore

    At least we turned over the lineup … let’s see what Disco’s 2nd inning brings.

    I do like both Sinzel and JVM selecting the pitch they did to hit. Freddy as well. Tucker just lucked out a bit.

  24. Old-school

    Disco is sharp after 2… err…4

  25. Preach

    With this rotation and with the bullpen woes, I’d be happy to see 7 inning games all year.

  26. Eric the Red

    At this rate, maybe they should let Disco pitch both games.

  27. Mark Moore

    4-5-6, under 20 pitches. Very nice start.

    Now back to Nick for some offense!

  28. Mark Moore

    Kiss that baby goodbye! – The Cowboy

    A little flair that just won’t stay in the park. Got to love that.

  29. Preach

    Wow, yanked him quick. Maybe the delay had something to do with it.

  30. ClevelandRedsFan

    Pretty please don’t leave, Nick

    • Mark Moore

      Yes. Can’t really fault Moose. Legitimately fooled on those two.

  31. Sliotar

    Maybe Castellanos used the off day to re-visit Greektown.
    Back “at home” today, for sure.

    Reds need an easy win. Nothing has seemed easy this season.

    • Mark Moore

      And growing … but still, the focus doesn’t seem to be there for Geno and Winker.

  32. Mark Moore

    Geno doing his best Winker impression … bat on his shoulder. He just looks lost to me still.

  33. Mark Moore

    Speaking of looking lost … 😐

  34. RedAlert

    Time for Winker to sit – had had his chances

  35. Preach

    I wouldn’t recommend defending like that, but the runner stayed at third.

  36. Roger Garrett

    We always have a chance at winning every game we play if we can homer 3 or 4 times.So far so good.

  37. Preach

    Suarez is in the 6 hole. Runner should be half way down the line

  38. Preach

    Leadoff triple and strands em there. That’s getting it done.

  39. Mark Moore

    Nice way to work out of a jam. Still around 30 pitches, so that’s a good trend. Let’s save the bullpen for #2 … and then hope Trevor doesn’t need them anyway.

    • ClevelandRedsFan

      The goal is to avoid the disaster of a bullpen!

  40. Eric the Red

    That was nice work by DeSclafani. Now let’s try adding some runs without hitting a homerun. Let’s bury these guys so they start thinking about the next game.

    • Mark Moore

      But let’s be clear, Eric. We’re all OK with dingers being a part of the attack today.

      • Eric the Red

        Sure. But it would be nice to get a sustained rally going. Swing at everything and hope you make contact and it goes over the wall doesn’t seem to be generating a lot of wins (or excitement).

  41. Mark Moore

    Cy Alexander bringing us back down to Earth …

  42. Old-school

    Tigers have 2 good lefties in the bullpen. Good news is Alexander is done for the day. Soto still to come.

    Disco 96 mph 2 seamer inside corner unhittable.

  43. Roger Garrett

    Yep.Here it is hit it and we can’t even put it in play.Sad but hey we have 3 hits and 3 runs and that might be enough who knows.Swing hard guys it may go.

  44. Preach

    Nothing gets on my nerves quite like Thom explaining things.

    • Mark Moore

      It’s why I’m listening to the WLW audio feed today. Just couldn’t handle more of Thom.

    • JB

      And he was a lefty. Reds keep waiting on Reed. Wonder how many more years that will happen.

  45. JB

    Tigers bullpen are pitchers. Reds are throwers. Instead of hitting their spots and taking a little off on pitches, they are trying to hit 100 mph every pitch.

    • Roger Garrett

      Yep cause the guy just struck out all 6 batters he faced and I don’t believe he hit 91 or better on any pitch.

      • Old-school

        Make it 8 Roger. But, he’s being burned for the day and Reds winning.

        Disco is throwing a gem.

  46. Mark Moore

    It’s a Sunday School strike zone for sure today … Deep & Wide!

  47. JB

    I know I’m in the minority but I’ve had enough of Winker and Vanmeter.

    • Mark Moore

      VanMeter I’m okay with if we need a little D … but Winker has one job and he’s not doing it right now.

  48. Mark Moore

    4 innings, 40 pitches, 13 batters … I think we’ll take that with a zero-run cherry on top!

    • Eric the Red

      Yes. But let’s put 4 or 5 more runs up so they give up this game. 3-0 is too close for comfort.

      • Mark Moore

        Oh, I’m with you on that. Still have to keep them quiet for 3 innings. Disco does look fresh, but a little more support would be nice.

  49. Mark Moore

    Not looking like our lead-off hitter today, that’s for certain. Maybe Senzel needs to move up.

  50. JB

    For the love of God get the bat off your shoulders.

  51. Mark Moore

    Tip of the cap to Alexander … and relieved we won’t see him in game #2.

  52. Preach

    What’s the record for consecutive Ks?

  53. Eric the Red

    Maybe bringing in a guy responsible for the offensive juggernauts in San Diego and San Francisco to fix an underachieving offense wasn’t such a great idea. Just a thought.

  54. Old-school

    Reds need to add Soto or Alexander from the left side.

    With Garrett, that’d be 2 tough lefties.

  55. Roger Garrett

    I don’t have any words to even try to explain that other then we may need some different players.

  56. Mark Moore

    “Yesterday that’s a ball. Tomorrow that’s a ball. But today that’s a strike.”

  57. Mark Moore

    Give him credit … he worked Disco hard to get that one.

  58. Mark Moore

    Nick was ready to get the 4th out there …

    Way to buckle down and keep them from plating a run. Disco still doing OK from what I can see, but if we see Sims for 2 innings, that’s fine as well.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I’d let “T-Bone” go out there next inning until he allows a baserunner, then turn to Sims.

  59. Eric the Red

    Well, DeSclafani’s return is something positive for a team not exactly swimming in great results/news.

  60. ClevelandRedsFan

    Hey, at least he’s consistent. Disco has been getting favorable calls today as well.

    • Mark Moore

      Thinking the same thing. Can’t complain if it’s the same both ways.

  61. Mark Moore

    OK – at least it wasn’t the hand. Still, that’s gonna hurt for a while.

    And if Moose K’d, I’d bet money on Alexander owning the new record at 11 K’s with the way Geno has been performing.

  62. Mark Moore

    Davidson on deck … AA must be in hiding?

    • JB

      Davidson is Bells go to guy apparently. Farmer cant get an at bat.

  63. ClevelandRedsFan

    Should we be worried about Suárez’ shoulder?

      • Mark Moore

        +500 I’m in complete agreement on this statement.

  64. Eric the Red

    Sure. That makes sense. Davidson’s game is all about punching singles into the outfield.

    • Mark Moore

      He walked and chased Alexander … that’s something I suppose.

      • Eric the Red

        I was talking about the stolen base. Against a LHP and with Davidson’s game being “hit the ball over the fence” it seemed a less than ideal time to try to make something happen with a steal.

  65. Mark Moore

    I like the challenge regardless of the result. It at least breaks Alexander’s rhythm. It was close.

  66. Mark Moore

    He worked the walk … that’s way more than Winker was doing.

  67. Eric the Red

    Yes it was a wide strike zone, but the sad thing is it didn’t look like it made that much difference. That was just a putrid offensive display against Alexander.

    • Mark Moore

      First one to Moose, he earned. Many of the others are our guys being lazy and off balance before they stepped into the box. 90% of the game is 50% mental …

  68. Mark Moore

    First hit would be nice about now, Josh.

  69. Mark Moore

    “Might have got him in the tenders.”

  70. Hanawi

    I had high hopes for Van Meter, but he hasn’t shown anything in the majors. Reds’ depth is really not good. And if Suarez and Winker don’t pick it up, it’ll be a long short season.

    • Mark Moore

      Nope … he certainly hasn’t.

  71. Hanawi

    The pickoff/caught stealing is the only thing keeping the Reds from making 13 straight out via strikeout. That’s impressive.

    • Mark Moore

      And the HBP the way he was dealing may just have meant the MLB consecutive record for him.

  72. Eric the Red

    I’d have sent DeSclafani out there until he gave up a baserunner. I hope this works.

    • Melvin

      If he was able I agree even with one baserunner.

  73. Melvin

    Maybe we can use one of our outfielders at 1B while Votto is out.

    • Mark Moore

      Mikey isn’t pitching right now … I’d wager he could handle it … maybe … or not.

      • Melvin

        Yeah. I’d try it. Aquino has played there a little.

  74. Mark Moore

    So good news … the wife is done watching TV so I can put the game on the big screen.

    Bad news … I can’t figure out how to get the WLW overlay so I “get” to listen to Thom …

    • Mark Moore

      Found it! Back to the WLW feed.

    • Eric the Red

      Just have your wife shout a lot. And say “straight up in the air” every couple of minutes. That’s a good chunk of the THOM! experience right there.

      • Mark Moore

        +500 – that’s your limit today, sir! 🙂

  75. Melvin

    Ohhhh Myyy. Should have left Disco in if it wouldn’t have hurt him. We cannot lose this game.

    • Mark Moore

      Yessir … but Mr. Bell knows something we don’t, right?

    • Mark Moore

      Looks like he’s coming in now … a little late.

  76. TR

    With six innings in, 3 runs & 3 hits is not enough. Every swing does not have to aim for the fences, especially at Comerica. The Reds need more poking of the away pitch to the opposite field. Base runners, not only home runs, win ballgames.

  77. Indy Red Man

    Votto & Moose out. Nobody is hittting….everyone seems shook up, but Castellanos and the starters. I don’t know? Its probably hard to take batting practice or even concentrate when the season may be (should be?) ending.

  78. JB

    This is why you get pulled for defense Castellanos

    • Gonzo Reds

      Exactly! He better not say a thing next time he’s lifted for D!

  79. Mark Moore

    And we’ve got a dumpster fire … very disappointing. Looked to me that Senzel had a shot at it and didn’t call him off.

  80. Melvin

    That was Senzel. He should have caught it. Aki is more experienced. He would have taken control.

      • Melvin

        In a short season when every game is big, IMO, Aki should be playing CF and they can switch as this was a prime example why. Senzel can learn more next year in a full season. There is too much at steak. We survived this time. Next time????

  81. ClevelandRedsFan

    And now here comes Iglesias. Automatic runs and Reds lose game 1.

    This team just keeps finding new and exciting ways to lose baseball games.

  82. Mark Moore

    Nope – it’s Iggy in a non-save situation. Heaven help us all …

    • Melvin

      Hahaha! He fooled us all and not only did he pitch well but made a spectacular play.

  83. JB

    Senzel should have had it but Castellanos called him off. This team is something else.

  84. Sliotar

    Wow. Nothing easy.

    Needing a sweep today, just to split season series with Tigers.

  85. BigBill

    When are we going to fire this manager? Your starting pitcher is mowing people down and you take him out. It becomes obvious that Sims can’t throw a strike than with his fastball and you just leave him in there. I know Castellanos should have caught it but the strategy from Bell is little league. He has been a loser in every situation he has been in as far as a leader. Always seems to make the exact wrong move. Got the job because of his last name should lose it because he has no idea what he is doing.

    Please keep the insults out of it. You can voice your frustration, but do so without personal insults.

  86. JB

    Senzel should have had it but Castellanos called him off. This team is something else.

    • Melvin

      RF does not call off a CF. It’s the other way around. CF has anything he wants. Casty called it originally but the ball was tailing. Senzel should have called him off. They gave Casty the error. Unfortunate.

  87. Roger Garrett

    Did anybody think we were going to actually win this game?Come on this is the big leagues and we are and play like little leaguers.

  88. Sliotar

    Wow. Nothing easy.

    Needing a sweep today, just to split season series with Tigers.

  89. Gonzo Reds

    Exactly! He better not say a thing next time he’s lifted for D!

  90. ClevelandRedsFan

    And now here comes Iglesias. Automatic runs and Reds lose game 1.

    This team just keeps finding new and exciting ways to lose baseball games.

  91. Old-school

    I disagree on all this. Disco was dominant and threw 64 pitches. Little league 10u allows more. Sims walks a guy and hit a guy. You need a shut down bullpen. Up 3-0 that’s not on disco or Senzel or the guy who gave you a 3-0 lead.

  92. Eric the Red

    Bell should be fired between games. It’s not just the losing…they don’t look mentally ready. Errors, dumb pitch calls, 10 strikeouts in a row to a reliever not exactly in Chapman’s class. Poor pitching decisions. Just everything.

  93. Preach

    So, we might be looking at extras in a 7 inning game? When does the starting a runner at 2nd work then?

    • Eric the Red

      The way things are being decided on the fly, MLB and the player’s association are probably on the phone about that right now.

  94. Preach

    With this bullpen, playing for one run is a mistake.

  95. Steelerfan

    “Watching” on computer how did we get a 3 run error?

    • Doug Gray

      Bases loaded, long fly into right-center saw Castellanos call off Senzel for the catch, then Castellanos dropped it. All 3 runs scored.

    • Old-school

      Long fly ball to right center.. nit routine. Should have been caught. Castellanos called. Probably CF ball. Caltellanos drifted and didn’t get.

      But.. disco dominated game and got yanked after 64 pitches. Sims gave up a hit a walk and then hit a guy.

  96. Melvin

    We’ve got great starting pitching. If it won’t hurt him and hes’ throwing great then a seven inning complete game should be in order with a 3-0 lead especially with our pen lately. I’m getting a sick feeling in my stomach.

  97. Jack

    This team has one strength and that is the starting pitching. Ride it to a win or this team will lose. Pitching is always risky but 64 pitches? come on

  98. Mark Moore

    OK, that helps Tuck!

    Time for Shogo to earn his paycheck and show his reputation as a hitter.

  99. Preach

    I say just let Akiyama play. See what happens.

  100. Mark Moore

    That one helps … that’s what a professional, veteran hitter should do.

  101. Mark Moore

    One of those multiple doubles from Nick would be nice …

  102. Sliotar

    Feast – famine – more feasting.

    Good thing this isn’t a 9-inning game.
    Close this one out.

  103. JB

    Bell better have Garrett and somebody else up in the bullpen.

    • Eric the Red

      But we already have our closer in. That would be unpossible!

    • Mark Moore

      Agreed. Just remember if he brings somebody in, it’s for 3 batters minimum.

  104. Preach

    Seriously, what is the protocol if it’s tied after 7? When does the runner go to second? Or does he?

    • Mark Moore

      7 = 9 as I see it. That means you start with a runner on 2nd. Anyone else see it differently? The goal in this little experiment was to lessen the burden on the teams for a double header day.

      • Kettering Reds Fan

        Well, -that- was nervewracking……….

        For a time, I was wondering whether the boys were absolutely determined to play the traditional 9 inning style of ball………instead of this postmodern 7 inning version.

        We’ll take the win………….

        Now on to Bauer………..

    • Mark Moore

      And let’s hope we don’t have to find out first-hand either 😮

    • Doug Gray

      To begin the 8th inning, if that were to happen.

  105. Mark Moore

    OK, who is that wearing the Iggy uniform and make up?

  106. Preach

    Look, VanOver just wants to go home. He doesn’t want anymore replays?

    • Mark Moore

      +250 for the exact same thought (again)

  107. ClevelandRedsFan

    Bell let Castellanos tell him I don’t DH. Bell let Castellanos tell him you don’t take me out as a defensive replacement. Bell rolled over and said OK.

    I just hope Castellanos tells Bell I now manage.

    • Mark Moore

      The upside? I doubt Nick would make some of the same decisions.

    • Melvin

      In all honesty no matter who was in RF Senzel should have called him off and taken control. Casty got the error because he touched it and that’s the rules but it should have in reality gone to Senzel.

  108. Eric the Red

    That was insane. Great play by Iglesias. Maybe he can sub for Votto 🙂

  109. Old-school

    Galvis is gritty as is tucker. Shogo needs to play abd give Iglesias credit. He had some fire and competed.

  110. earmbrister

    Wow, just tuned in. Iglesias is now a middle reliever? Why not, it should be all about high leverage situations vs not …

    • Mark Moore

      No, it’s a 7-inning game (as is the next one)

      • earmbrister

        LOL, it pays to read the game thread writeup. Was in a bit of a hurry as I just got in. That game was more like a hit and run for me, lying on the pavement wondering what happened …

        Thanks for clueing me in.

  111. Tom Mitsoff

    THAT was a huge win. To bounce back after a backbreaker like the dropped fly ball, and then to have Iglesias make the great play at first base.

    • Melvin

      Yeah. We were VERY fortunate. Hope we learned some things. 🙂

  112. Jack

    Heck of a play by Iglesias and he actually pitched well too. We need a whole lot more of that from him.

  113. Eric the Red

    Just like they drew it up…

    Go Reds! Anybody know when the 2nd game will start?

  114. Mark Moore

    Shared game ball between Freddy, Tucker, and Shogo.

    Nice closer work by Iggy, I’ll give him that much.

    And Nick, despite not letting Lil Senz run the outfield, you did get us this far today.

    Off to mow the yard, friends. We’ve got some nasty weather trekking up the East Coast.

  115. ClevelandRedsFan

    I loved seeing a rally and guys putting the ball in play. See Reds, it is possible to score without hitting homerun!

  116. Steelerfan

    Thanks Doug and old- school, very much appreciated. Going to be interesting how defensive substitutions work going forward. Not normally a fan, but in this abbreviated and uncertain format…

  117. Old-school

    I’m ready for 7 more innings. Let’s go.

  118. Steelerfan

    Nice win. Shogo needs to keep playing.

    GL all next game!

    • Melvin

      Yeah. Why do I feel like he’s not going to though? lol

  119. Melvin

    Just saw the lineup. Guess who’s not in it. It also features Davidson, Colon, and Farmer.

  120. ClevelandRedsFan

    Is Moose too hurt or too left-handed to play?

    • Doug Gray

      The indication (from both Trent and Bobby, via tweets) is he’s hurting.

  121. earmbrister

    Colon can not be stopped, you can only hope to slow him down, lol.

    Early contributions by Davidson and Colon

  122. Hanawi

    7 LOB in the first 4 innings. Need to add a few more to feel comfortable. Or hope Bauer can go the whole 7.

  123. Frogem

    Did not like Winner for Aquino sub, especially after Aquino got a hit. Sure, they brought in eighty, but now we have Winker against their lefty Soto. So shortmindded and with a disregard for a player’s flow.

    • Hanawi

      They managed to get Aquino one plate appearance over two games today. Amazing.

  124. Hanawi

    Suarez is killing the offense right now. He really needs to get on track or they need to drop him down in the order.

  125. Hanawi

    Bauer is over 100 pitches. Wonder if he’ll come back out to finish the game.

  126. renbutler

    More 7-inning Reds games please. 😉