7/16 vs. ARI
Reds lineup vs. D-Backs
*Joey Votto sits today. He is 9-for-32 (.281) since he returned July 3 from a left knee injury that put him out for two games. He had 0-for-4 games on Saturday and Friday. His last home run was on June 24.
**UPDATE – Dusty Baker said there were multiple reasons for giving Votto the break today.
“His leg is a little sore too,” Baker said. “Sometimes you don’t like it, you don’t want to do it, but you’ve got to do it or else you’ll end up killing him in the long run.
“You know every time Joey takes a day off he comes back smoking. It’s more of a mental day off more than anything. In his case, it’s mental and physical.”
**Baker also explained why he flipped Stubbs/Cozart in the order and has Stubbs leading off.
“In a perfect world or perfect scenario, that’s a better spot for Stubbs than Cozart because he uses his speed,” Baker said. “That’s an alarming stat that Stubbs has going. When he scores a run, we’re like something ridiculous like [30-2] Got to do what you got to do. And if Stubbs gets on that makes Cozart’s job easier to get more fastballs and not the other way around.”
**Also — Johnny Cueto is a go for Tuesday to start after being pushed back with a blister on his right index finger.
“Yeah, I think so,” Cueto said. “It’s better.”