After a doubleheader sweep of the Tigers on Sunday, the Cincinnati Reds (4-5) are right back in the division race and now kick off the week with four games against the Cleveland Indians (5-5) in an effort to take back the Ohio Cup. The first two games in the ‘Nati vs. the ‘Land series will be played at Great American Ballpark, followed by two games in Cleveland.

First pitch for tonight’s game is at 6:40 ET unknown as it’s currently in a delayed start due to impending rain. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Ohio and on MLB Network for those out-of-market. For the radio listeners, it can be found on 700 WLW.

Starting Pitchers

Name IP ERA FIP xFIP WHIP K% BB%
Zach Plesac 8.0 0.00 0.32 1.67 0.38 40.7% 0.0%
Sonny Gray 12.2 0.71 1.89 1.14 0.55 44.4% 6.7%

             Zach Plesac’s 2019 Stats | Sonny Gray’s 2019 Stats

Zach Plesac

In his only outing of the season thus far, Plesac pitched eight brilliant innings against the Chicago White Sox, giving up just three hits while striking out 11 and walking zero. While his 2020 stats might be a little inflated due to small sample size, he had a decent rookie season in 2019. In 115.2 innings, Plesac had a 3.81 ERA while striking out 88 and walking 40 batters. He was a little prone to giving up home runs, as he gave up 19 in 21 starts and his HR/9 was 1.48, much higher than what it was during his minor league seasons.

Plesac relies on four pitches: a four seamer, changeup, slider and curve ball. Last season, he threw his four seamer and his change up most often, but in his first start of 2020, he relied on his slider much more than his change up, throwing it 33 percent of the time. His velocity sits around the low to mid-90s for his fastball and the mid-80s for his breaking pitches.

Sonny Gray

Aside from throwing back-to-back no hitters, I’m not sure Gray could have had a better start to the 2020 season than his first two outings. In 12.2 innings, he’s allowed only four hits, one of which was a home run to C.J. Cron on Opening Day, and three walks while striking out 20 batters.

Gray throws five pitches, but he’s rarely thrown his change-up yet this year. He’s been mainly relying on fastballs and the slider, with the curve ball mixed in a little. Gray’s been able to locate his pitches very well, while getting hitters to chase his slider.

(Side note: if you’re on Twitter and you don’t follow Rob Friedman, aka Pitching Ninja, you are missing out).

Lineups

INDIANS REDS
1. Cesar Hernandez (2B)
2. Jose Ramirez (3B)
3. Francisco Lindor (SS)
4. Carlos Santana (1B)
5. Franmil Reyes (DH)
6. Daniel Johnson Jr. (RF)
7. Oscar Mercado (CF)
8. Sandy Leon (C)
9. Greg Allen (LF)
1. Shogo Akiyama (CF)
2. Joey Votto (1B)
3. Nicholas Castellanos (RF)
4. Mike Moustakas (2B)
5. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
6. Jesse Winker (LF)
7. Freddy Galvis (SS)
8. Christian Colon (DH)
9. Tucker Barnhart (C)

One day after self-reporting symptoms and missing Sunday’s game, Joey Votto is back in the lineup. I’m happy he self-reported his symptoms, but I’m even happier to see that it appears to have been allergies or something similar.

Nick Senzel was scratched from the lineup because of his sprained finger. Christian Colon was placed in the lineup and the DH/outfielders were moved around.

Eugenio Suarez has a home run off Plesac in his career.

News and Notes

Nick Castellanos was named NL Player of the Week for helping the Reds beat his former teams.

Trevor Bauer had a lot to say about the delay and postponement on Saturday after his 7-inning complete game shutout last night. I don’t blame him for being upset about the situation.

Here’s a reason why the Reds pitchers so good right now: These pitchers are spinning, spinning, spinning. (Ok, that was my attempt at being witty….fail). There are a few relievers I was surprised to see on the lists in this article. It gives me hope that the bullpen will figure it out soon enough.

 

230 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    Hey Ashley!!! Bring us some good mojo for the Battle of Ohio Round 1 tonight!

      • Michael Martin

        So there can be no excuses if there is another 0fer night with a fielding miscue thrown in…

  2. Indy Red Man

    Sonny has really been impressive! I wanted the Reds to get him when he was still with Oakland, but figured he was a 3.60ish 3rd starter type. Oakland has a huge park with a ton of foul space which is completely different then pitching in bandboxs like the new Yankee Stadium/GABP. He really gets 100% out of his ability which is pretty rare. His slider is so sharp and his fastball has a ton of back up movement on it. Hard to believe this is the same guy that so bad in New York.

    • Eddie

      Baseball is a very hard sport. It doesn’t take much to struggle. I’m glad he is doing well and wish him the best.

  3. Sliotar

    Per FanGraphs, Indians have negatve WAR for the season (-0.1). Only 3 teams are worse … and the Pirates are one of them.

    That doubleheader sweep cannot be underestimated for being pivotal to getting Reds back on track to winning division.

    Lots of bad teams in the AL and NL Central … lots of possible wins still out there. Starting tonight.

    Go Redlegs.

  4. earmbrister

    Interesting info in the Bauer rant (justified rant). In his words:

    “I monitor my body extremely closely. So I went home last night, I did a bunch of recovery, I checked my blood three times. I checked muscle damage. I knew that today was going to be a struggle because I was twice as – like, my blood levels were twice as high as they normally are going into a start because of yesterday. I went out there, and I pitched anyway because (of) the competitor I am and we needed to a win. I’m here to win for my team, but what they did yesterday is absolute B.S. No other way around it. So yeah, I was, I was concerned that I might not be able to start today for all those reasons.”

    He said he checked his blood three times. What exactly could he be checking at home regarding his blood (other than that he bleeds when stuck, lol)? What “blood levels” would be twice as high? Were my mediocre results on multiple championship teams a result of not checking my blood levels? I know how my buddies would respond …

    • Eric the Red

      More power to him…but if he’s that finely tuned I hope the erratic scheduling of postseason baseball doesn’t prove troublesome.

      • earmbrister

        Thanks Doug. I didn’t expect that you, or anyone, would have a handy answer. Really interesting stuff.

  5. Roger Garrett

    Man I just hope Senzel can get back on the field.Guy plays so hard and brings so much energy to this team.

  6. Kim

    This doesn’t make sense to me. Why not use either Casals, Farmer, or even Lorenzen in the DH spot in place of Colon?

    • VaRedsFan

      Colon had a great game in his start yesterday

    • IndyRedsFan

      2 hits and 2 rbi yesterday.

      Glad to see them going with a hot hand.

    • Doug Gray

      Colon was in the original lineup before the team knew if Votto would be eligible to return tonight or not. When Votto was, Colon was replaced by Votto.

      Can’t say why Colon was the option instead of Casali or Farmer, or anyone else, really – but it seems that Bell wanted him in the lineup today.

      • JB

        Aquino must be Bells whipping boy because he cant get in the lineup.

  7. Doug Gray

    The game will not begin on time due to impending rain.

    • Mark Moore

      3rd verse, same as the 1st, a little be louder and a whole lot worse …

  8. FreeHouse

    Why Isn’t Senzel in the line-up?

    • Frankie Tomatoes

      Literally from the article you are commenting on: “Nick Senzel was scratched from the lineup because of his sprained finger.”

  9. Eric the Red

    It may be a sign I haven’t fully learned to trust our manager that my first thought on Colon getting a key hit to extend our lead late in a close game was “Nuts. Now I bet he gets a lot more playing time.”

    (It doesn’t help my confidence either that Bauer said he had to lobby to stay in from the 4th inning on.)

  10. VaRedsFan

    Shouldn’t they just cancel, so they can play two 7-inning games tomorrow?
    #lessbullpenusage

    • KetteringRedsFan

      Perhaps.

      Certainly, with the current forecast, it would be “prudent”.

      But the road to a hot sulfurous climate is lined with expedient “prudent” actions repeated and repeated and repeated……..

      It pays to keep in mind that the Titans of Baseball have been searching for the magic formula that would reduce game length significantly below 3 hours. With a 7 inning standard, we might get down to the Unholy Grail – i.e. 2 1/2 hours, sometimes 2.

      Just sayin’…………..

      • earmbrister

        Too funny Kettering. The Reds are built for a 7 inning game. Strategic thinking by the FO

  11. Klugo

    With all the criticism MLB has received this season, the question is will they keep everyone around until 9:00 to get this game in?

    • Mark Moore

      If the track holds true, 9 would be a little early to get them even warming up.

  12. Doug Gray

    The Reds have said that the weather group will reconvene at 7:30, so that’s about when I would expect to hear the next update as to when this game could begin.

    • Mark Moore

      Thanks … still not betting on a game tonight. If it happens, it will be way too late for this guy on a “school night”.

  13. Mark Moore

    Not looking too good based on current and projected radar … if it happens, it would be about the same as a West Coast start.

    Double-down 14 innings tomorrow? Can’t just keep punting to future dates (unless you are the Cardinals or Marlins), can you?

    • JB

      Marlins and Phillies are going to be doubleheader machines.

    • earmbrister

      Mark Moore = Debbie Downer

      Why are you raining on our parade?

      • Mark Moore

        So anyone stating the publicly available facts about weather is a Debbie Downer? Alrighty then … I guess that’s who I am.

        Believe me, I’d prefer watching one tonight and one tomorrow.

      • earmbrister

        Tongue in cheek. You are a ray of sunshine on this blog. Can I say that and keep my manhood intact?

      • Mark Moore

        I kind of suspected that … had to shoot back. We’re all good. And it looks like maybe a little baseball after all. 2-hour delay will still put a damper in how much I watch.

  14. earmbrister

    This blows. I was SOOO looking forward to a game that I could watch live here in CT.

  15. seadog

    The last thing I want to do is “pile on” Nick Senzel, but does anyone other than me see that he has issues—People call it “injury prom”. I just think he is maybe a Wuss. Sounds hard I know. But, come on. Play through this stuff if you want to be a MLB player.

    Just seems to me Castellanos wants to play everyday. Seems like Nick finds a way to not play. Bauer as well. You may hate his “tactics”. But. Man. He wants to be out there. Seems Nick does not.

    THOUGHTS??

    • David

      He did play through it yesterday. And he didn’t decide to scratch himself from the card I am sure.

    • Frankie Tomatoes

      My thoughts:

      You sound ridiculous.

      He’s rehabbed his way back from multiple surgeries in the last two offseasons. Doesn’t want to be out there? Yeah, you sound ridiculous.

      • Seadog

        I may. But, I think it goes deeper. I think it starts with David Bell. He is a very nice guy. He is not a “winner” at this level. He can’t control his team. Maybe it starts higher. This team needs more of Nick C. It needs more of Bauer. It also needs a “manager” that has a want to win. Ala—Davey Johnson/Lou or even Dusty.

        I still think Nick S is a good player. But, put your tampon in go out there and play.

      • Doug Gray

        “Put your tampon in go out and play” is awfully sexist.

    • earmbrister

      None of us can tell whether his finger is too sore to handle a bat. However, I’d rather he let it heal a bit, rather than turn it into a lingering problem.

      I’m a big fan of Senzel. I had all sorts of injuries in my early to mid 20s that I grew out of. It may be just a phase for him. The man can definitely handle a bat and will eventually win a GG in CF.

      The Indians sure were interested in adding a wuss to their outfield …

    • Matt WI

      I went to an injury prom once. It cost an arm and a leg.

    • Old-school

      Senzel’s mistake was running 29 feet / sec as hard as he could and then using his hands on a fixed object to stop his momentum.
      You only dive head first twice… Back to first base on the right field corner of the bag with fist closed and sliding past home to avoid the swipe tag with the catcher up the line. Senzel is a winner, a competitor and the CF of the future.

      He also needs to be in the top 2 of the lineup. He gives you a good at bat, has speed, power and plate displine and hits the ball to all fields. He competes his tail off. Reds need more guys like Senzel. Castellanos, Votto, moose , Bauer, Gray. These guys give 100% all the time have passion and live every day wanting to win a world series..

  16. David

    Enquierer reporting Sonny Gray headed to the Bullpen about 10 min ago.

    • earmbrister

      We could use a Sonny Grey in the bullpen

      • Mark Moore

        Clone him? Switch up the genome sequence and make him a LHP?

  17. Doug Gray

    Maybe 2020 has just taken the life out of me, but I’m about to “get off of my lawn” and say that I’m tired and wish the game weren’t going to be so late tonight because of this stupid rain.

      • Doug Gray

        I’m going to try. The last few days have really kicked my butt and I’m exhausted and grumpy.

    • Mark Moore

      Yep. And I’m sick of rain today in particular … and the big stuff hasn’t even hit my area yet. We’re looking at high winds after Midnight. Just hope the power stays on.

  18. ClevelandRedsFan

    Senzel a wuss is ridiculous. This guy has played through vertigo, changes his position, worked harder than any other Red in the offseason to rehab his shoulder, played CF for one year and says he wants to be the best CF in the league.

    Oh and by the way, he dropped 20 pounds during the COVID shutdown.

    He hurt himself busting it turning a single into a double and then played injured.

    He’s had bad luck, but he is not a wuss. He will be back in a few days tops.

  19. Matt WI

    But seriously. You can factually say Senzel has missed more games than anyone would like. To conflate that with a lack of competitive desire and a tendency to “try to not play” is utterly toxic.

    Castellanos also “really wants to prove he can play defense” but should have never tried to catch that ball yesterday. Desire and outcomes are not always correlated 1:1.

    • Matt WI

      Also funny that guys that are going well always seem to have the “fire” and “leadership” we need. Weird how that always lines up.

  20. Alaskadude

    I know I’m the exception, but I kind of like the later start.

    • earmbrister

      LOL. Or perhaps you could be watching at work?

      Weird for me was waking up at 7 am on my honeymoon in Hawaii and the “early” NFL games were already underway.

  21. VaRedsFan

    You knew it would be Lindor, after he was on the Reds radar this past offseason.
    Maybe Freddie will answer with one of his own

  22. seadog

    Doug,
    Sorry for the “tampon” comment. Yes, that was sexist. Shame on me.
    I still say though—This Team is good. It lacks “Urgency” from the manager. And many players. If You (as a player) have to ask your Mngr. to stay in a game and you are Nick C or Bauer. There is a problem.

    It is a huge problem

    • Mark Moore

      Urgency … that rings true for me.

  23. earmbrister

    Cleveland doesn’t need hits … Mercado on third

    • Sliotar

      Gray’s streak of 6 hits or less per start stays intact.

      It helps that’s he’s pitching in an era where batting average doesn’t seem to be important and “swing for the fences” is the norm.

      Still, it is one of the most remarkable streaks I have ever seen. What consistency.

      • Doug Gray

        What helps more than that is that guys are only asked to go 5 or 6 innings instead of 7-8-9.

        It’s still incredibly impressive, though.

  24. Mark Moore

    Completely crossed him up. Sonny is not on tonight …

  25. earmbrister

    That’s unfortunate. Mercado just jogged around the bases.

  26. JB

    Going to be a bullpen night. Our offense needs to score some runs.

  27. JB

    After a week and a half of games, it’s obvious that Umps are calling( probably because of the virus) anything close a strike. They are trying to get the games over as quickly as possible. So the Reds need to swing the bat. JMO.

  28. Indy Red Man

    I wonder why Colon is batting 8th after his record setting HR streak from last August? Oh wait??

    Seriously….anyone on the planet besides Bell that thinks he’s a better hitter then Aquino? Because he absolutely isn’t. Is Aquino unavailable too?

    • Old-school

      Indy, Aquino was sent to Prasco with Votto activation. Your point is well taken. How is he not one of the best 30?

    • Melvin

      Well gentlemen. I ask you to think about this. Think about our powerful hitters, Votto, Casty, Moose, Suarez, even Senzel. Think about them and then think about adding Aquino to that mix. That’s one powerful intimidating lineup. Even if AA does no better than what we’ve been getting, against right or left handed pitchers, which is highly doubtful, he still adds value. The pitchers have to have a little more stress if nothing else knowing he’s in there. I dare say opposing pitchers right now are looking forward to the DH spot in our lineup. That shouldn’t and doesn’t have to be. The DH spot for us is pretty much a disaster. It HAS to improve. IMO AA is the best all around option.

  29. Mark Moore

    OK, that’s better … now for some offense … please?

    • Mark Moore

      Uh … that wasn’t offense. It actually was a little offensive 😮

  30. Jack

    2 runs allowed facing this Cleveland pitcher may be too many. How do they keep coming up with all these guys?

  31. Jack

    Sonny is back on his game, hopefully not too late.

    • Mark Moore

      It’s only too late if our offense fails to “warm up” at all.

  32. Mark Moore

    Gray has taken until the 3rd to warm up … thank you again, weather delay. We’ll add you to the list of our least favorite thing about the 2020 season.

    Embrace the Weird … right Doug?

    • earmbrister

      Does it rain a lot in Cincy? This season’s weather is maddening.

      Perhaps cause we’re sports starved?

      • Jack

        Its just a normal April start to the season…oh wait its July?

    • Doug Gray

      Those are the rules. I even made them.

  33. earmbrister

    Gray giving Tyler Alexander a run for his money.

    Seems like Gray has it dialed in after a couple of setbacks

  34. Indy Red Man

    I really thought this offense would be fun to watch! Especially starting in the warm weather with starters on pitch counts and a DH. Hopefully they’ll get something going because this is pathetic. I watch alot of Korean league and those guys don’t have power like mlb, but they foul pitches off and use the whole field. I was hoping Shogo could that style and get on base alot. My usual complaint is that they sit around and wait on the 3 run HR, but they’re not walking or getting enough people on to play small ball either.

    • VaRedsFan

      Indy…Aquino was optioned out, when they activated Votto

      • Indy Red Man

        To keep a 31 yr old with 1 career HR and a .641 ops? Brilliant logic

        Lorenzen as DH makes 10x more sense

    • Roger Garrett

      Same team Indy as last year with just a few additions that’s why everybody looks like Cy Young against them.Its just so frustrating to watch them hit when you know what is going to happen.

    • Michael Martin

      I feel like the Reds and indeed their fans tend to overvalue some of their players – take Winkler – the reincarnation of Dr. Strangeglove – meets club foot. Oh please tell me how he mashes the ball (when not injured) he’s stroking .100 these days (I know limited sample size) but again what makes him anything more than a part-time player – possibly a DH. Then you have a player who commands gillions in salary and looks like he in the deep winter of his career but people on this site and elsewhere state they will soon name their baby after him…mind boggling. On a positive note – looks like the Reds have a gamer in right field (thanks Captain Obvious) I know heresy and third rail action about the other two right?

  35. Mark Moore

    Well, that cuts the lead in half. Let’s see if the Moose can cut loose.

  36. Jack

    Guess we just have to hope Nicholas has a couple more at bats if we want to score

  37. Old-school

    Roger I believe usually points out the Reds home run dependent offense. This is true. Reds need to get back to playing hitters who give professional at bats and get on base. Few guys can be Nick Castellanos. Everyone tries. I’d start over with Senzel and Shogo and put them 1/2 and tell them get on base as spray the ball to all fields.

    • Mark Moore

      Senzel certainly seems to be taking that approach. I’ll cut some slack to Shogo as this is his first full go-round with MLB pitching. But his previous stats say he’s a disciplined hitter who sprays it around. I’m hoping we see that soon.

    • Roger Garrett

      I agree but what do you do about Winker and Suarez who have 4 or 5 hits in almost 60 at bats.I said before the season it was a sprint and ask what would happen if players started slow and so you see what has happened.These two guys are killing us.Throw in Ervin and its a joke right now.I am surprised Nick even sees a strike

  38. Indy Red Man

    The White Sox just intentionally walked Hiuri to load the bases for Yelich and then struck him out. Yelich is hitting .069

    Its been a weird year in every way

  39. VaRedsFan

    One thing I love about Castellanos…He won’t be taking any called 3rd strikes.

    • earmbrister

      He definitely gets his cuts in. Kinda like my golf game

  40. Indy Red Man

    Why not DH the 3rd catcher Stephenson? They can run with 30 on the roster for a little while longer. This is just so inept? They just get mowed down game after game…not even a matter of stranding guys or lacking the big hit. They can’t get the 1st hit from anyone but Castellanos

    • Doug Gray

      Stephenson is not on the team right now.

  41. seadog

    Yes it has been a weird year. But, you just don’t send down Aquino. Leave Colon on the bench.
    I understand Colon was a first round pick. As a “catcher”. The Reds have three already. Makes absolutely 0 sense. There is a reason you pick him up. Because his bat stinks—bottom line. He has never hit But the Reds put him out there. Leave Aquino to waste in Mason. Just really bad judgment

    Maybe Colon has pic’s of David Bell. Maybe he will be a good Coach someday. Just makes no sense right now.

  42. FreeHouse

    What do you guys think, Colon over Aquino? I think not. Other than Castellanos and Moustakas this offense has been pretty pathetic.

    • Mark Moore

      Infielder over another outfielder? Aside from that, you’ve got me hanging by my sneakers.

      • FreeHouse

        They are both being used as DH though.

  43. Mark Moore

    Thank you Tucker!

    Finish him off, Sonny. You’ve done your job for tonight. It’s up to the rest of the team to pick you up.

  44. Roger Garrett

    Its just sad when your pitcher just can’t give the other team anything to have a chance to win.Our hitters are just terrible and aren’t showing any signs of getting better.Set Winker and Suarez and lets get AA back up here for goodness sake.Move Moose to 3rd and bring Senzel in to second.Use Shogo,AA and Nick in the outfield.Do something to get this team mad or upset or crying.Try anybody you want at DH cause nobody can be as bad as they have been.

    • Mark Moore

      I agree they need change … but what you are proposing is a little past radical for even me. Not ready to bench Geno yet. Not moving Moose. And Senzel is the best CF we have on the roster.

      • earmbrister

        I’m not moving Senzel from CF for all of the tea in China. Or all of the gold in Fort Knox. Or all of the corn in these corny references.

        Senzel WILL win a GG in CF. And he’ll give you professional, above average offense. Meanwhile, name 5 CFrs in all of baseball that you’d rather have then Senzel.

      • seadog

        I could name twelve if you would like me too.
        Senzel May win a “GOLD GLOVE”—problem is. He has to be out there/play to get considered. He lacks the want too. He has all the tools.

      • Melvin

        Senzel has POTENTIAL to be a really good CF but is far from it right now. Yesterday was a prime example. Not only did he not take charge and call Casty off but he also, if you look at the video, failed to get himself in proper position to back him up. Aki and Lorenzen are better right now. Aki should be playing there in this short season with every game meaning so much. Senzel can play LF and learn another time. IF, and I say IF, he stays healthy enough he will be a very good CF eventually.

  45. earmbrister

    Anybody else wince on that throw by Galvis. Not an easy pick by Galvis, but his throws tend to be on the high side

  46. Old-school

    Shogo sprays a leadoff hit to the opposite field. How refreshing .

  47. Sliotar

    Gray’s streak of 6 hits or less per start stays intact.

    It helps that’s he’s pitching in an era where batting average doesn’t seem to be important and “swing for the fences” is the norm.

    Still, it is one of the most remarkable streaks I have ever seen. What consistency.

    • Mark Moore

      Quite the feat … Sonny’s a gamer.

  48. earmbrister

    I like that Akiyama is challenging Plesac

  49. earmbrister

    yeah, Joey was able to put the ball in play …

  50. RedsMonk65

    Shogo-Votto combo comes through!

  51. Mark Moore

    2nd best thing is that picks Sonny up. He definitely earned it after he settled in.

    • earmbrister

      The Reds offense owe Sonny Gray.

      Yet another great start by Gray

  52. Old-school

    Plesac threw about 6x to first base with Shogo at first base. Might have impacted Votto at bat.

    • Mark Moore

      You have to think it did. Shogo “worried” him a bit and he forgot who was batting.

  53. Jack

    Votto is definitely handling that inside fastball better this year

  54. Chris Holbert

    I really do not understand about Colon at DH, is, he is not even LH, which normally would be Bell’s justification, but he is not even that. If you are going to go RH, then go Farmer, Davidson or Ervin even, although he is bad against righties, they are all three clearly more dangerous. The matchup would usually dictate JVM, but he has been terrible. I believe I heard DB say at the beginning of the season, the DH fit the Reds really well. I would say it has fit the Reds opponent really well, as an automatic out.

    • Doug Gray

      Plesac actually dominated lefties and is only so-so against righties. .754 OPS against with RHH and a .665 OPS against with LHH.

      • Chris Holbert

        I would still say Davidson, Farmer, or even Ervin, would have the potential to be more dangerous from the right side

      • Doug Gray

        Not exactly going to get an argument from me on that one.

      • seadog

        Good call and I would agree with that 100%. Problem is Colon over Aquino or Farmer for that matter!!!!!! I know Aquino is not on the roster. Why?

  55. JB

    Well is this 1 run enough for Lorenzen and the bullpen? God I hope so.

  56. earmbrister

    Crap. Lorenzen and his gas can have come to the campfire

  57. ClevelandRedsFan

    Lorenzen, for real???? Maybe David Bell is rolling out his 2020 all hate team from the fans.

    I’d go Amir, Pedro, and if needed Iggy.

  58. Indy Red Man

    Please no complaining about pulling Gray and how “real men” used to throw 147 pitches per start in the good old days)))

    Red pen / time to pray / but most likely bombs away

  59. earmbrister

    Lorenzen and his gas can have joined the campfire.

      • Mark Moore

        Debbie doesn’t like duplicate comments …

  60. Old-school

    Bullpen needs to shut this down. Gray plus Votto plus Castellanos are winning this game.

  61. Wayne Nabors

    Guess miracles still happen,lorenzen no runs

  62. RedsMonk65

    Good job, Lorenzen!

    Wish this was a 7-inning game.

  63. Mark Moore

    Well that worked out … Mikey looked more like we’d all hoped he would. Maybe his pine time caused him to “think about what he’d done” just a bit?

    • earmbrister

      Maybe Mikey needs to spend some quality time with Bauer at Driveline. Not on velocity, but on movement/spin rate. That was a great link by Doug at the top of this thread …

  64. Roger Garrett

    Does Mikey go back our for the 8th?

    • Matt WI

      Hope not, pull him with confidence for next time. Strop or Amir please.

  65. Matt WI

    For those keeping score, that is a go ahead HR for Joey “non clutch” Votto who doesn’t care much about winning. Sheesh.

    • earmbrister

      He was just inflating his OBP, not that he spent much time on base that AB!

    • Michael Martin

      Agreed but will this be an aberration or pattern going forward. I’m largely critical of his performance, but would no qualms about him performing well throughout the short season.

      • Matt WI

        Well that’s super magnanimous to rip him when he’s down but have the heart to be ok with him when he does well. Marty retired, was hoping some of that went with.

  66. Mark Moore

    6 outs … just 6 more measly outs … is that asking too much?

  67. Mark Moore

    By my count we have Strop, AG, and Iggy to cover the last 2.

    • Matt WI

      Yet Nate Jones is up with noone in the bullpen. Ok Bell.

  68. earmbrister

    AHHH, terrible break there.

    Is Garrett up?

    • Mark Moore

      Yep – bad break. I don’t hang that on Jones. Could have been a DP ball.

  69. RedsMonk65

    Oh, no …. This is beginning to look all too familiar.

    • Gonzo Reds

      Whew Nate Jones! And who needs Realmuto? We have golden arm Tucker!

  70. Jack

    This is not going to be good, hb and bad hop and now the big boys are up

  71. Melvin

    Why not Lorenzen if CF saving Jankowski for extra innings like we have him for?

    • earmbrister

      Jankowski > Lorenzen as a defensive CFr

    • Mark Moore

      Negates the DH is the only reason. And Jankowski is as good a defender.

      • Melvin

        Yeah. Wouldn’t want to mess with our hot DH hitters. 🙂

  72. earmbrister

    Did they check with the first bast umpire on that follow thru?

  73. Mark Moore

    Tucker is working for his paycheck this inning.

  74. earmbrister

    Galvis should’ve reapplied the tag

  75. Jack

    Looked safe to me, came off bag afterwards but he didn’t tag him after that

  76. Mark Moore

    I’m hoping that holds up. We need that out to stick.

  77. earmbrister

    That was huge. Big inning from Jones and Tucker

  78. Mark Moore

    Nothing too good to Lindor, please …

    • Aaron B.

      Meanwhile.. and I know this won’t last… but Galvis has better OBP than Lindor and just 1 less home run. At a fraction of the price.

  79. Old-school

    Reds need to win. Major news.Braves Ace out.

    • Mark Moore

      OUCH!!! That’s a nasty injury. Torn Achilles

    • VaRedsFan

      I was watching it….looked like Achilles or calf

  80. RedsMonk65

    Well, that’s turning the tables — one more to go!

  81. JB

    Nate Jones says we dont need Garrett and Strop.

  82. Matt WI

    Whew indeed. Who’s got an insurance run in them?

  83. Mark Moore

    If anyone is watching and not using the WLW overlay, it’s a great thing for me. And it’s about 1.5 seconds ahead of the video, so you hear some of the excitement just before you see it … like that Lindor swing and miss!

    • Matt WI

      I do that from time to time too. Much prefer the radio crew for sure.

    • earmbrister

      WLW overlay? Yeah, you lost me …

      • Mark Moore

        It’s an option on the MLB.tv feed. You watch the Fox video, but listen to WLW synced with it. Cowboy is great to listen to. And no Thom …

      • Matt WI

        Just means he’s listening to the radio call while watching on tv. Radio signal tends to come in ahead, especially on mlb.tv

  84. Indy Red Man

    I don’t have the Reds this year on dish and haven’t seen Nate Jones pitch in a while, but he reminded me of Yates with SD. Just a heavy ball that couldn’t go straight if it wanted to. He could be our closer if his arm holds up!

  85. seadog

    Good call on Jones. Can Bauer pitch the 9th??? Lol

  86. Old-school

    If the Reds have aspirations of winning, Iglesias has to be a closing part of the equation.

    Here we go.

  87. Gonzo Reds

    Thx to Mother Nature only going to get 6 hours sleep tonight but worth it! Back to .500! Gray 3-0 and on way to NL Cy Young.

  88. earmbrister

    Great win tonite guys and gals. We’re 5 and 5. G’nite

  89. RedsMonk65

    And this one belongs …. er, REDS WIN

    Nice game.

  90. Mark Moore

    That’s some nasty looking stuff … and then the high gas!!

    We’re even up and on a 3-game streak. That’ll play, boys.

  91. JB

    5 and 5 after 10 games. From where they came from that’s good.

  92. Melvin

    ..and this one belongs to the Reds……I just made that up…..feel free to use it.

    • Doug Gray

      *Doug Grays logs on*

      *Doug Gray likes this comment*

  93. VaRedsFan

    That was some nasty pitching by Iggy….nice win….back to .500
    You know they are going to cancel the season now.

    • Matt WI

      Hah. That is both harsh and funny. Maybe a few more games please!!!

  94. Aaron B.

    I guess the rumors of Votto’s demise were premature.
    I think this is honestly his best shot at being on a championship team as an everyday player. He’s not as good as he used to be but he is still special as he proved tonight.

    Also, I don’t understand why Oliver Perez didn’t make the ballclub two years ago when he had an invite to Reds spring training. He would have been an excellent LOOGY the past two seasons and has he showed tonight against 3 good lefty hitters. Instead we hung on to Cody Reed. I mean I understand going with youth, but Oliver Perez is an especially tough lefty vs lefty and just looks solid with a long track record. I hope the Reds plan to upgrade the pen by the deadline, I don’t think 1 lefty is enough.

    • VaRedsFan

      It’s all approach with Votto. If he commits to pulling the inside pitch in the air, he wins. Taking the inside pitch to left field, he doesn’t

  95. Roger Garrett

    We won because of the long ball but we will take it.We only had 5,yes only 5 base runners all night long and 3 scored.If this team can just hit a little well we will see.Sonny Gray is just a stud period as is Bauer.Now if they can just get Castillo in the game.