Game 145: Reds at Giants

First pitch at 10:15 p.m. ET

Bourgeois 8
Bruce 9
Votto 3
Phillips 4
Frazier 5
Cabrera 2
Suarez 6
Schumaker 7
Lorenzen 1

The Reds have also announced a revamping of the rotation. Keyvius Sampson and Raisel Iglesias are currently out, and likely Michael Lorezen as well after tonight.

Wed at SF: RHP Michael Lorenzen (4-8, 5.45)
Thursday: Off day
Fri at Mil: LHP Brandon Finnegan (0-0, 0.00)
Sat at Mil: RHP Josh Smith (0-2, 7.36)
Sun at Mil: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (9-10, 3.67)
Mon at StL: LHP John Lamb (1-3, 5.35) vs TBA
Tue at StL: TBA
Wed at StL: TBA
UPDATE: Manager Bryan Price said that Iglesias has shoulder fatigue and the team is still deciding its options. Sampson had to leave for a couple of days to deal with a personal issue. He could make one of the starts that is currently TBA.

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Good, I am glad they are taking Iglesias out. To much of a chance to keep him going without the knowledge of how many innings to pitch him.

Very good. Especially when none of this matters. Also, I think there is ample innings and information on Iglesias whereby there is little doubt he will be one of the starting five next season. Keep em healthy!

this is the bright young pitching staff we were promised? aside from disco is there anybody they have starting that does not have an era over 5 and that can go at least 5 innings without throwing 100 pitches? and skippy in the starting lineup again? there is no logical excuse for this man ever to put on a reds uniform let alone be starting. the reds are a laughing stock right now for this very reason. Sept. is the month where you call up your top prospects to give them a taste of the big leagues whether they are ready or not but the reds call up 2 guys who are not top prospects in lamarre and duvall and refuse to give them any playing time while playing guys like skippy. what good is getting the top draft pick with jocketty in charge? you know he will selct the 20th ranked prospect and have him change positions to be never heard of again.

Sorry to hear another newspaper beat writer go the way of the dinosaur. Cincinnati Enquirer did some arm twisting to get John Fay to take an “early departure”. (cheap cheap) Good Luck John!

That saddens me too , where did you see that?

It’s been planned for a number of weeks. His blog has discussed it several times.

Thanks , thought something was up when they hired CTrent.

He’s a spot on follower of the Reds and spoke his mind; supporting or not. Really
like this guy. Even ran a time consuming, on going game time blog while answering
all the fans that typed in. Undying enthusiasm and devotion to the Reds, the game and the fans. Good guy.

Totally agree.

10 positives from a lost 2015 season
Posted on 09/18/2015
by Nick Kirby
It has obviously been a rough season for the Reds. The Reds just clinched their second consecutive losing season, and are buried with the Brewers in the NL Central basement. This season has not been completely lost though. The Reds have had some positives in the 2015. Here is a list of ten of those.


1. Anthony DeSclafani

The Reds picked up DeSclafani this past off-season in a deal that now is viewed as a complete steal. DeSclafani got off to a great start, and is well on his way to a great finish in his rookie season. DeSclafani leads all rookie pitchers in the MLB in fWAR (2.9), largely in part to leading the MLB in game started as a rookie (28). DeSclafani has a solid 3.67 ERA, and his 3.69 FIP shows that there has been virtually no luck in that number. His last two starts (coming against the Pirates and Cardinals) have been nothing short of incredible: 13.1 IP, 2 R, 0 HR, 16 K, 1 BB, 1.35 ERA, 0.97 FIP, 0.7 fWAR.

2. Joey Votto’s resurgence

Despite comments from the Reds radio play-by-play broadcaster that he was no longer elite on July 5th, Joey Votto has had an MVP-caliber season. Votto is 4th in the MLB in fWAR (7.1), and 2nd in wRC+ (174). Votto has shown that he is still one of the best players on the planet to those who might have forgotten. If Votto can stay healthy, he will earn every penny of the giant contract.

3. Todd Frazier’s first half

It is easy to forget just how good Todd Frazier was in the first half after his second half struggles. Frazier was 6th in the MLB at the All-Star break in fWAR (3.9), after hitting .284/.337/.585. Frazier has since fallen on the map, hitting .220/.269/.397, but he is still 21st in the MLB in fWAR (4.3). It is certainly looking like the Reds missed a great opportunity to sell high on Frazier, but 2015 still has to be viewed as a strong success for Frazier.

4. Eugenio Suarez

Zack Cozart was having a better season that anyone could have possibly imagined. Cozart then went down for the season, and that gave Eugenio Suarez a chance to play everyday. All that Suarez has done is hit, hit, hit, and hit some more. Suarez is 5th among all MLB SS with 300+ PA with a 109 wRC+, and has proven that he is an everyday MLB player. The Reds will have a good problem to have with two solid SS options in 2016.

5. All-Star Game and Home Run Derby

The All-Star game may have come to the Queen City on a really bad year, but the Reds played a great host to the midsummer classic. Todd Frazier then put on an incredible show in the home run derby, and the city got behind him leading him to victory. It was a special moment for Frazier and the Reds.

6. The Reds didn’t sign Mat Latos to a long term deal

The Reds not only got a great return on a pitcher with an expiring contract, but they avoided signing a pitcher who has been absolutely terrible in 2015. Latos has a 4.92 ERA in 2015, was traded again, and was eventually moved to the bullpen before being DFA’d by the Dodgers. Latos was once looking like a possible $200 million pitcher when he was with the Reds, but he certainly won’t get anywhere close to that now. It’s also now very apparent that Latos is a terrible teammate too. The Reds really dodged a major bullet here.

7. Raisel Iglesias

Raisel Iglesias has turned out to be a great signing with the Reds. Despite only making 16 starts so far in 2015, Iglesias is 10th among MLB rookies in fWAR (1.7). Iglesias has posted a stellar 9.82 K/9, to go along with a solid 3.54 FIP. Igleisas has certainly earned a spot in the 2016 rotation, and along with DeSclafani, he gives the Reds hope to have a solid rotation in the near future.

8. The initial returns for Cueto and Leake

Walt Jocketty waited, waited, and waited to trade Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake, and it sure looks like he pulled the trigger at just the right time. Cueto has struggled mightily in Kansas City, and the iron-man Leake has been on the DL with the Giants. The Reds got three very solid arms for Cueto, and the Giants would have certainly changed their mind on giving up the now #5 Reds prospect, Keury Mella for Leake.

9. Top draft pick in 2016

The one good thing about being really bad is that you get a top draft pick the next year. The Reds are almost a lock for a top 5 draft pick in 2016, and maybe they can strike gold. Right now, the Reds would draft fourth. The Cubs drafted Kyle Schwarber 4th in 2014. You never know.

10. Arolids Chapman

He may be completely underutilized, but Aroldis Chapman has been one of the best pitchers on the planet again in 2015. Chapman’s 1.86 FIP is the third best in the MLB of any pitcher with 50+ IP. It’s better than Clayton Kershaw.

Doesn’t mean JACK for 2016. Tired of the wasted now for the promise of a future that never comes because the Reds are terrible at development. They will screw it up.

Reds have been in the playoffs three out of the last six years. Asked the Cubs fans how many playoffs they been in in the last six years. We are going through a retooling right now just like they do in the auto factory for the new models it’ll take a little bit of time for the product to come out on the assembly line. I do like what we have gotten in exchange for the players we had to let go. We have broken the record for rookie pitchers starting games and each and every day we add to that record. Common sense tells us that it will take time for things to come back together.

At least I will watch a few innings today; have to see our new acquisition…
Mr. Finnegan. And that’s what the remainder of the season is all about, looking
at our newly acquired talent. Position players can be bought, traded for…they are
far more ample than SP. Say what you want about Jocketty, but he overloaded us
with some very good talent in exchange for bloated contracts. Now let’s see what can be had for Bruce, Phillips and Chapman; at minimum.

…should have said…what ‘would be’ bloated salaries; we just couldn’t afford them.
Although I had a dream last night that Cueto got so frustrated, he signed back with
Cincy for a less substantial contract cost. Unfortunately, I then ‘woke up’.

Appears he’ll have to settle for a lot less than he had in mind 2 months ago.

Game 146:
1.CF: Jason Bourgeois
2.LF: Skip Schumaker
3.2B: Brandon Phillips
4.3B: Todd Frazier
5.RF: Jay Bruce
6.SS: Eugenio Suarez
7.1B: Adam Duvall
8.C: Tucker Barnhart
9.SP: Brandon Finnegan

We all knew it, or at least we all should have…I for one did…
Just weeks after being acquired in a blockbuster deadline-day trade, Los Angeles Dodgers starter Mat Latos has been designated for assignment. Don’t expect to see him a Dodgers uniform again this season.

Latos’ stint with the Dodgers was short and forgettable. He was acquired on July 30 as part of a three-team, 13-player trade between the Dodgers, Marlins, and Braves. He made five starts and one relief appearance piling up a 0-3 record with a 6.66 ERA, and a .323 opponent batting average. The Dodgers were 2-4 in his six appearances.

Latos now finds his career at a crossroads. He is eligible for free agency this offseason after signing a one-year, $9.4 million deal with the Marlins last year in his final year of arbitration. The Dodgers are on the hook for what’s left of his salary in 2015. Latos will hit the free-agent market this year after pitching just 215 innings over the last two seasons and with a 4.14 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.

But there is still upside. Despite his turbulent 2015 he still has a 1.6 fWAR and is only 27. He had a breakout season for the Padres in 2010, finishing with a 2.92 ERA and 4.3 fWAR, and for the most part took that success with him to Cincinnati when he was traded in 2011.

The Dodgers appear poised to capture their third consecutive NL West division crown, and come playoff time will be set with a rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Brett Anderson and Alex Wood.

He unfortunately has recently and openly bitched about the Reds, the Marlins and now the Dodgers. Sad to see a once super arm (with the Padres, Reds) turn to the dark side and blame others for his own problems; classic immaturity imo.

Cubbies could be 1 game behind Pirates if Pirates lose to Dodgers tonight. Who would have thought.

If Pirates lose tonight, Cubs are tied for 2nd.

Game 147:
1.CF: Jason Bourgeois
2.LF: Skip Schumaker
3.1B: Joey Votto
4.2B: Brandon Phillips
5.3B: Todd Frazier
6.RF: Jay Bruce
7.SS: Eugenio Suarez
8.C: Tucker Barnhart
9.SP: Josh Smith

Wow – what a wacky game.

Hooray! The season is a success. We can’t lose 100 games. I should have had more confidence and realized that things would work out. Price is the man.

Game 148: Nothing like having a .100 hitter leading off and giving Frazier a day off 2 days since his last day off. Gotta keep him fresh.
1.CF: Ryan LaMarre
2.3B: Ivan De Jesus
3.1B: Joey Votto
4.2B: Brandon Phillips
5.RF: Jay Bruce
6.SS: Eugenio Suarez
7.LF: Adam Duvall
8.C: Tucker Barnhart
9.SP: Anthony DeSclafani

Observations for Sunday…
*LaMarre has a gun; threw out the runner at home (medium depth) on the fly…perfect throw. Not too sure Hamilton could have made it.
*Suarez is a breathe of fresh air, but his glove is lethal; not very good with the leather.
But, heck, at least he lets you forget the glove by virtue of his bat.
*Kids in LF continue to be on safari hunt when it comes to hard hit balls.
*Although DeScalfani pitched into a poor fielding effort by the Reds, he did give up
six H from seven batters. Should have been pulled; not when five R have plated.
(This is old news, as I believe Price is a magician at preparing his pitchers, but he has
no clue how to manage them in a G).
*Only 14 G to go…mercilessly (then the fun really starts!)

did you all see the comments that Jockety will look to add a vet pitcher. I can think of anything worse than the Reds going back out and signing a vet pitcher to add to this staff. let me see. lets name one signing that has worked out…. The only time things have worked out have been through trades or development. Please dont.

Didn’t see it, but it makes some sense to me. I believe what he was saying was that if the team consists of nothing but newbies (save Bailey), then it demands a veteran presence. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the Reds need an expensive veteran. Makes sense to me; we need merely look at when Rolen was brought aboard. One last note…it is also the problem with Votto; he can never be that influence as he is way too deep and introverted. He can only lead by action; not enough on this team.

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