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Updated: 2017-05-27T19:04:26-04:00


Phillies beat Reds on walk-off single in Bottom of the 9th


Tommy Joseph’s single did the deed. The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game Zack Cozart has been a revelation offensively so far in 2017, and Saturday’s outing against the Phillies just might be the pinnacle so far. Cozart was perfect at the plate - 4 for 4 with a walk - including a 2-run homer and a double, and he continues to make what originally looked like an early season hot streak look more and more real by the game. His power’s still there. His walk rate is way, way up. Pair that with his typical Gold Glove defense, and the dude’s firmly in the talk for the best player in all of baseball in the year 2017 who doesn’t play for the Angels. Honorable Mentions are due to: Austin Brice, who fired a pair of perfect innings of relief; Scooter Gennett, who went 2 for 4 with a double and a ribbie; and Billy Hamilton, who singled, stole a base, and scored a run. Key Plays The Reds wasted no time jumping on Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff. Hamilton singled to lead off the Top of the 1st, and after he stole 2B, Cozart mashed a 2-run homer to left-center. Reds led, 2-0. Solo dingers gave Philadelphia the lead eventually, as Cesar Hernandez (Bottom of the 1st), Michael Saunders (Bottom of the 2nd), and Tommy Joseph (Bottom of the 4th) all teed-off on Bronson Arroyo to leave the Reds behind, 3-2. Scooter tied the game with an RBI double in the Top of the 6th, plating Suarez, who had singled in front of him. Game tied, 3-3. Reds pitching held the Phillies completely in check for some four innings, but that fell apart immediately in the Bottom of the 9th with Michael Lorenzen on the mound. He allowed a leadoff single to Aaron Altherr, and a wild pitch allowed Altherr to scoot over to 2B with nobody out. That brought Tommy Joseph to the plate, and it was his single into CF that gave the Phils a walkoff victory. Reds lost, 4-3. Tony Graphanino src="" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="450" width="450" style="border:1px solid black;">Source: FanGraphs Other Notes Bronson Arroyo’s final line: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, BB, 4 K on 84 pitches. Given that all three runs scored on solo homers, that’s about as good as we can expect out of Arroyo at the moment. The Reds will wrap up their stint in Philadelphia on Sunday with Opening Day Starter (™) Scott Feldman on the bump for the rubber match. The Phillies will counter with Zach Eflin, with first pitch scheduled for 1:35 PM ET. Tunes. [...]

Reds at Phillies, Game 2: Preview/Predictions Thread



Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies

4:05 PM ET

Bronson Arroyo vs. Jerad Eickhoff

Not sure you can do much better than Tim Adleman did last night, but Bronson Arroyo gets the ball today to give his best shot at it. I’m not sure I would have believed you if you would have told me that by Memorial Day weekend, Arroyo would be one of two Reds starters from Opening Day still in the rotation.

He’ll face Jerad Eickhoff for Philadelphia, who’s still looking for his first win of the season.

Go Reds!

Tim Adleman spins a gem, Reds beat Phillies 5-2


Tim Adleman is able, man. The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game As the season has gone on, it has been easy to question where this Reds team would be if they had a dependable starting rotation. Multiple nights have had us hoping for a decent outing from the starter, only to see them get dingered to death and exiting in the 4th inning. Tonight was not one of those nights. Adleman took the mound and absolutely dominated the Phillies to the tune of 8 shutout innings, 1 hit, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. He induced 14 ground ball outs and needed only 100 pitches to get through those 8 innings. For a team that has struggled to find good outings from their starters in the first couple of months, a performance like that will always be welcomed. Have a trophy Tim, and here’s to many more starts of that nature. Honorable mentions go to: Adam Duvall, for going 2 for 4 with a solo dinger; Scott Schebler, for going 1 for 4 with a solo dinger; Jose Peraza, for driving in 2 insurance runs on a single in the 6th; Eugenio Suarez, for collecting 2 hits; and Billy Hamilton for stealing his 24th and 25th base of the season. Key Plays The Reds got on the board early and never looked back in this one. Billy Hamilton led off with a walk and, after a Zack Cozart fly out, he stole 2nd and 3rd while Joey Votto was at the plate. Votto was able to productively ground out to 2nd base and bring Billy in to score. The Reds weren’t done there, however, as Adam Duvall came up next and smoked a fly ball to left for a solo dinger. Eugenio Suarez grounded out to end the inning but the Reds led 2-0. The Reds added on to that lead in the top of the 2nd as Scott Schebler led off the inning with his 14th home run of the season to increase the Reds’ lead to 3-0. Things were quiet for a while, but the Reds struck again in the 6th inning. After a Joey Votto pop-up(!) for the first out, Adam Duvall and Eugenio Suarez would hit back-to-back singles to left. They would both move up to 2nd and 3rd after a ground out by Schebler. That brought up Jose Peraza, who took on the name Clutchy McClutchface for the moment and rolled a single into left to bring in Duvall and Suarez and give the Reds a 5-0 lead. The Phillies were able to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the 9th. Asher Wojciechowski came on to relieve Adleman in the 9th and ran into trouble almost immediately. After Brock Stassi grounded out to first to lead off, Odubel Herrera would smoke a line drive to right-center for a double. Andres Blanco would then walk to put guys on 1st and 2nd. That brought up Aaron Altherr, who would hit a line drive to right for a double to bring in Herrera. The Reds would bring in Raisel Iglesias, who immediately got a ground ball to third by Tommy Joseph. Unfortunately, the throw from Suarez would be dropped by Joey Votto to load the bases. Michael Saunders would ground into a fielders choice at 2nd to bring in Blanco. Thankfully, Iglesias would get Maikel Franco to strike out to end the game. Reds win, 5-2. Tony Graphanino src="" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="450" width="450" style="border:1px solid black;">Source: FanGraphs Other Notes Joey Votto was surprisingly the only Reds position player in the starting lineup to not collect a hit. He also failed to get on base, which ended his on-base streak at 27 games. Billy Hamilton stole his 25th base tonight, which means that if Billy Hamilton were actually a baseball team, he’d have the 14th most stolen bases in all of baseball. While the Reds have the rotation figured out for the Phillies, the recent injury to Amir Garrett leaves things up in the air against the Blue Jays next week. Zach Buchanan talked with Bryan Price today, who brought up a few names: Asher Wojciechowski, Robert Stephenson, and newly acquired Jake Buchanan. The Reds face off against the Phillies in g[...]

Reds at Phillies, Game 1: Preview/Predictions Thread



Cincinnati Reds at Philadelphia Phillies

7:05 PM ET

Tim Adleman vs. Aaron Nola

With the rainout last night, the Reds just pushed the rotation back a day, so everything I said about Tim Adleman yesterday is still relevant today, with an extra day of rest to boot. Adleman is still looking for a bounce back outing after a rough last start and recent injury trouble.

He’ll face Aaron Nola for the Phils, who’s making his second start after losing a month to a back injury. He was great in that first start back, holding the Pirates to one run in 7 innings, and represents the best hope for a floundering Phillies rotation.

Go Reds!

Cincinnati Reds links - Joey Votto decided to stop striking out


Friday links! Way back in December of last year, Joey Votto declined an invitation to play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic, as The Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecrans relayed at the time. “There were some aspects of my performance in 2016 that I have decided were lacking,” Votto said in his statement. “I would like to use 2017 Spring Training for preparation.” At the time, he was fresh off having hit over .400 during the second half of 2016, having logged his second consecutive Top 7 MVP finish with another banner offensive year. Offensive year, that is, since the former Gold Glove winner had also posted a career worst -2.4 dWAR on the season, far and away the worst defensive year of his career (knee and quad injury seasons included). So, the obvious assumption was that he was referring to his defense having slipped, something reiterated by Bryan Price in comments to’s Mark Sheldon at the start of Spring Training in late February. But what if defense wasn’t the only ‘aspect’ of Votto’s performance the star 1B was referring to? Over at FanGraphs today, Jeff Sullivan dove into something I’d begun to take notice of lately, too. Namely, how Joey Votto has just stopped striking out. It’s a fantastic read, one that went in a different direction than my initial admittedly light research had taken, one that focuses not just on how he’s shaved his K% from 19.4% in 2015 down to a minuscule 11.8% this year, but how he’s done so by refining completely how he swings at pitches both in and out of the zone. Considering where Votto was this time one year ago - back when he was mired in the worst start to a season of his career - the change is even more remarkable. On May 26th of last year, he owned a pedestrian .205/.337/.353 line through 47 games, but more importantly for this specific exercise, he’d struck out an alarming 51 times, good for a 26.8% rate that would’ve been far and away the worst of his career over a full season. Obviously, as his season turned around last year, the strikeouts dissipated, and so far this year he’s continued on that turnaround with just 24 Ks through 46 games (an 11.8% rate). That improvement alone is remarkable in its own right. However, a little bit of added perspective into how rare that is given his other statistical rankings helps show just how absurdly talented and unique he is in today’s game. For one, he’s striking out less while getting older, but he’s also doing so while the league as a whole is striking out much more than at the beginning of his career. Beyond that, Votto’s .293 ISO at the moment ranks 10th best among all qualified players in the game, and when you stack that up next to the players ranked near him, the disparity in their respective K rates becomes obvious. Bryce Harper’s 18.3% mark is the closest to Votto’s 11.8%, though those two rates really aren’t that close at all. In other words, among the league’s best of the best sluggers, nobody strikes out as seldom as Votto does, and it’s not even close. Next, when you look at the profiles of players who actually do strike out as seldom as Votto does - of which there aren’t many - you’ll see some pretty stark contrast in their numbers compared to Joey’s. Daniel Murphy’s .237 ISO is the closest to Votto’s .293, and again, those numbers aren’t even in the same universe as one another. Also of note, Buster Posey’s 11.2% walk rate is the second best among this group, and it pales in comparison to Votto’s 17.2% rate. Speaking of that 17.2% walk rate of Joey’s, it’s the third best in all of baseball. But if you look at the profiles of the players who walk the most frequently in the game, you’ll also see a bunch of players that don’t profile anything like Joey. Among those 12 players who walk at least 15.1% of the time, Cameron Maybin and Paul Goldschmidt’s 17.8% K rates are the close[...]

Farmers Only - Once, twice, three dingers a Friedl


TJ Friedl clubbed 3 homers on a busy, thumptastic Thursday. Rain 1, Louisville 0 The Bats game got banged before it ever had a chance to begin on Thursday. TBD will get the start tonight, and he’ll be determined to thump Lehigh Valley. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM ET, assuming the rain doesn’t wash that one out, too. Pensacola 2, Mississippi 0 Austin “Scott” Ross was nails once again, this time firing 7 scoreless innings to lower his season ERA to a microscopic 1.21. He allowed just 3 hits and a walk, struck out 4, and as an LSU product likely celebrated his alma mater’s 10-0 thumping of Kentucky in the SEC Tournament, too. Josh “Hippie” VanMeter waxed his 1st dinger of the season, a 2-run shot in the 5th off consensus Top 100 prospect Kolby Allard, and that put all the runs on the board that this game would see. Luis Castillo will toe the rubber for the Blue Wahoos tonight against Mississippi, with first pitch scheduled for 8:00 PM ET. Charlotte 3, Daytona 2 (Game 1 of doubleheader) The first game of Thursday’s doubleheader between the Stone Crabs and Tortugas needed an extra inning, though it was only the 8th inning due to MiLB’s 7 inning doubleheader rules. The game was scoreless through 7 before Alfredo Rodriguez bonked a 2-run single to put Daytona ahead, only for the least likely thing to happen - Tanner “SPF 50” Rainey getting rocked for a 3-run walk-off dinger. Wendolyn “Steal My Sunshine” Bautista, to his credit, fired 7 scoreless innings prior to that, though he walked 2 without striking out a soul. Charlotte 6, Daytona 2 (Game 2 of doubleheader) Things didn’t get much better for Daytona in Game 2, as Jonathon Crawford got rocked for 4 ER in 4.1 IP and the offense remained largely stagnant. Shed “Wallace” Long went 2 for 4 with a double and run scored to raise his average up to .322, Nick Senzel went 1 for 2 with a walk and a run scored, and Gavin “Diesel” LaValley went 1 for 2 with a ribbie, but that didn’t quite cut the mustard. Daytona will square off with Tampa on Friday. Someone will pitch - several someones, probably - but that hasn’t yet been defined. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM ET, though. Dayton 14, Great Lakes 6 After wrapping up a 16 inning marathon with a loss early Thursday morning, the Dragons went wild on the Loons yesterday afternoon. TJ “Hum” Friedl bogarted a pair of dingers just a few swings after homering late in the previous marathon, giving him a trio of dingers hit on the day and a .295/.383/.512 line that should have him looking for rental property in Daytona right meow. Tyler Stephenson went 2 for 6 with a double, Brantley “Ring My” Bell bonked a 3-run dinger, and Bruce “Soulja Boy” Yari went 2 for 3 with 2 walks, a ribbie, and 3 runs scored. All that backed Scott “Austin” Ross on a day where he finally wasn’t excellent, allowing 5 ER in 5 IP and continuing to make differentiating between “Scott Ross” and “Austin Ross” more difficult than it should be. Wennington Romero starts Friday night for Dayton at home at 7:00 PM ET. [...]

Reds at Indians, Game 2: Preview/Predictions Thread



Cincinnati Reds at Cleveland Indians

6:10 PM ET

Tim Adleman vs. Mike Clevinger

Tim Adleman gets the ball tonight, with one hand on the Ohio Cup. The Reds miraculously pulled out a win last night, and with another one tonight, would win 3 of the 4 games between the teams this year. Adleman was the latest Red to get knocked around by the Rockies in his last start, so he could use a solid outing to bounce back.

Mike Clevinger goes for the Tribe. He’s only had 3 big league starts so far in 2017, but his last one was by far his best, shutting down the Astros for 7 shutout innings on the road.

Go Reds.

Roster moves: Reds claim Buchanan from Cubs, Garrett to DL, DFA O’Brien



Garrett is shelved with hip inflammation, which hopefully isn’t bad

The Reds made a few roster moves today. They placed Amir Garrett on the DL with hip inflammation, claimed righty Jake Buchanan from the Cubs, and DFA’d Peter O’Brien.

Garrett is the 58th Reds starting pitcher to land on the DL so far this season. “Right hip inflammation” doesn’t sound all that fun, either. Red Reporter’s head trainer and physical therapist, arf-diggity, says inflammation in the hip flexor is preferable to inflammation in the hip labrum, so hopefully it is the former. The Reds haven’t clarified.

Buchanan is 27 and has pitched 15 innings between the Astros and Cubs over the last two seasons. He throws a high-80s fastball and limits both walks and strikeouts. Hopefully he can throw a few cromulent innings for this pitching staff, especially since Garrett is now out for a bit.

Peter O’Brien, we hardly knew ye, boy-o. He was claimed off waivers just a bit ago. He got 24 PAs with the Bats and will now probably get picked up by some other team.

Clearly, the Garrett news is the sucks part. It’s not like he has thrown particularly well so far this year, but we shouldn’t overlook the fact that he has thrown at all so far this year. As Wick said earlier today, the lineup is doing more than its fair share. Just a little bit of healthy effective pitching could do wonders for this team.