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Updated: 2017-08-16T20:00:02-04:00

 



Game 123: Reds at Cubs (8:05 PM ET) Bailey vs. Lackey

2017-08-16T20:00:02-04:00

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Today's Lineups

CINCINNATI REDS CHICAGO CUBS
Billy Hamilton - CF Ben Zobrist - 2B
Zack Cozart - SS Kyle Schwarber - LF
Joey Votto - 1B Kris Bryant - 3B
Eugenio Suarez - 3B Anthony Rizzo - 1B
Scooter Gennett - LF Alex Avila - C
Jesse Winker - RF Ian Happ - CF
Jose Peraza - 2B Jason Heyward - RF
Tucker Barnhart - C Javier Baez - SS
Homer Bailey - RHP John Lackey - RHP



Reds at Cubs, Game 3: Previews and Predictions

2017-08-16T18:00:01-04:00

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Cincinnati Reds @ Chicago Cubs

8:05 PM ET

Homer Bailey vs. John Lackey

Homer had a good bounce-back performance last week, after his 10-run stinker before that. John Lackey goes for the Cubs, who hasn’t given up more than 3 runs in a start since June.

The story in this one, though, is that Joey Votto can do something that hasn’t been done since 1948 if he reaches base twice in this game. It’d be his 21st game in a row.

Go Reds!




Joey Votto chasing idol Ted Williams, on-base history

2017-08-16T13:07:17-04:00

He has reached base at least twice in 20 straight games. Before leaving to serve his country in World War II, Ted Williams had already logged a Triple Crown season for the Boston Red Sox, doing so at age 23 in a masterful 1942 season. And, after returning from the war, he added another Triple Crown to his ledger at age 28 with a sparkling 1947 campaign. He twice was the American League Most Valuable Player - though in neither of those particular seasons, surprisingly - and his .406 batting average in the 1941 campaign stands as one of the most mythical marks in modern baseball’s statistical history. Williams posted the kind of counting stats that made the back of baseball cards stats the back of baseball card stats. Four times he led the AL in RBI, on four different occasions he led the league in HR, and in six different seasons he took home a batting title. The approach he took to getting those numbers, came with a much lighter level of reporting in Williams’ day, one that in retrospect looks both mesmerizing and a tad familiar. While twice he took home a traditional Triple Crown - batting average, dingers, and ribbies - in nine separate seasons he led all of Major League Baseball in OPS. Seven different times he led all of baseball in OPS+. Eight times he led his league in total number of walks, and on a whopping twelve individual occasions did he lead all of baseball in on-base percentage. Williams .482 career on-base percentage ranks as the greatest in baseball history, though that was hardly the statistic he was most famous for while plying his trade in the Boston OF. It was, however, reflective of Williams’ specific techniques and preferences while in the batter’s box, an art he eventually detailed in his 1970 book The Science of Hitting. And as most ardent fans of the Cincinnati Reds over the last decade know well, Joey Votto bought a copy of that book the day after he was drafted and carried it with him for some five minor league seasons, as none other than Paul Daugherty relayed in a 2010 interview on the heels of Votto’s first National League MVP award. It’s no secret that Votto has long studied Williams, and while the game has changed from featuring routine eephus pitches to consistent 100 mph fastballs, Votto has done an admirable job in replicating Williams’ style and production to the best of his modern ability. Votto currently owns a .427 on-base percentage for his career, which ranks both 12th on the all-time list and leads all active players by a whopping .017. Five times has Votto led his league in walks, he’s twice led his league in OPS, and twice he’s claimed the league lead in OPS+, too, counting this season to date. And as recently as the 2015 season, he again found himself being written about in the same breath as Williams as his incredible second half OBP surge caught the eyes of great writers like Joe Posnanski. Two years later, Votto is at it again, this time chasing a Williams’ streak that has been the benchmark of its kind in MLB history since 1948. In the first game of a May 31st doubleheader against the Philadelphia Athletics that year, Williams went 2 for 4 with a homer, two runs scored, a walk, and three runs driven in. And while he went 0 for 3 in the second half of that doubleheader, he managed to walk twice. For 19 games after that through a June 24th doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox, he got on base at least twice in every single game, a 21 game stint that is the longest such streak of its kind. In doing so, he hit .486/.635/.851 (1.486) in 104 PA with 36 hits (5 HR) and 32 walks, striking out only twice (!) in the kind of mythical run in which seemingly only he could pull off. Votto, to date, sits with a current 20 game streak of reaching at least twice in each game, one he began on July 26th in Yankee Stadium with a 2 for 2, 2 walk, run scored outing. During his streak, he’s hit .435/.611/.742 in 90 PA, with 27 hits (5 HR) and 29 walks and 2 HBP, striking out just 9 times in the process.[...]



Farmers Only: Mahle, Rookie, and Trammel Dominate The Night.

2017-08-16T08:00:06-04:00

Things are good for the top prospects. Louisville 3, Pawtucket 1 Tyler “Good Golly Miss” Mahle didn’t have one of his very best nights, but was still quite awesome. He’s so awesome. Mahle gave up an earned run over 5 innings pitched on 8 hits, 1 walk, and 4 strikeouts. Alejandro “Cha-Ching” Chacin struck out 3 over 2 scoreless to pick up his first save for Louisville. Alexander “The Great” Blandino went 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored, Brandon “Mason” Dixon went 2 for 3 with a triple, RBI, and run scored, and Zach “Rhymes With Horsey” Vincej went 2 for 3 with a triple and a run scored. Louisville 5, Pawtucket 1 Rookie “Boogie” Davis was even better than Mahle, which just sounds ridiculous. He gave up an earned run while finishing all 7 innings for the complete game. He allowed 6 hits, no walks, and struck out 6. Hernan “The Barbarian” Iribarren was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Adam Brett Walker also doubled in a run. Pensacola had the night off. Presumably it was to give the opponents of Nick Senzel a break. It has to be tiring watching Senzel be immaculate every single night. Deck McGuire will be on the mound at 7:00 PM CT. Daytona 3, Bradenton 5 Jonathon “Crawdad” Crawford didn’t retire a batter. He gave up 4 earned runs on 3 hits and 3 walks. The job of cleaning things up went to Juan “Don” Martinez who was fantastic. He struck out 5 and only gave up 1 hit and no runs. Sandy “Cheeks” Lugo struck out 3 over 2 innings, and Joel Bender “Like Beckham” struck out 1 in a scoreless inning. Shane “Mardi Gras” Mardirosian hit a 2-run tater, and Reydel Medina went 2 for 4 with a double, run scored, and a solo dinger. Alfredo “Baby Pasta” Rodriguez was 2 for 4 with a run scored. Wyatt Strahan is on the mound at 6:30 PM ET. Dayton 5, West Meatchicken 7 Wennington “Wet To Beddington” Romero was not good. He gave up 5 earned runs over 4.1 innings. He only walked 1 but gave up 10 hits, a dinger, and struck out 4. Taylor “5 Tool” Trammell continues to be ridiculous by going 3 for 5 with a solo wanger and 2 runs scored. It was his 10th dinger of the year. He also stole his 33rd base. Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayum. He good. Scott Moss pitches at 7:00 PM ET. Billings 7, Idaho Falls 5 Jhon “Dijon Mustard” De Jesus was decent. He did give up 2 earned runs (3 total) over 5 innings, but that came on 6 hits, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Connor Ryan finished the final 1.2 innings to pick up the save with a strikeout. Stu “Ball” Fairchild was 3 for 4 with a triple, run scored, and 3 RBI. Montrell “We Are” Marshall also went 3 for 4 with a double, triple, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI. Jeter “Churchill” Downs also contributed to the win by going 1 for 3 with a walk, run scored, and a ribbie. Mac Sceroler pitches at 7:15 PM MT. The Baby Reds were losing to the Baby Angels in the 6th, 4-1. [...]



Joey Votto extends crazy on-base streak, Luis Castillo excellent as Reds beat Cubs, 2-1

2017-08-15T23:14:33-04:00

That’s a damn fine combo, all told. The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game Luis Castillo was utterly fabulous for the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, tackling the Chicago Cubs in his 6 inning stint in a fashion usually reserved for resident aces. The Reds’ rookie allowed just 2 hits in his 6 IP, fanning 7 against just 2 walks in his 80 pitch outing. The entirety of the affair lowered his season ERA to 3.39, and his mastery of the fastball/change-up combination had everyone who watched him drooling at the prospect of this rookie in the Reds’ rotation for the next five plus years, at least. Honorable Mentions are due to: Joey Votto, who walked thrice to extend his streak of games having reached base at least twice to 20 games, just one off Ted Williams’ 1948 MLB record for such a streak (Votto actually was on base 3 times, of course); Eugenio Suarez, who singled, walked, and made a nifty grab at 3B; Adam Duvall, who singled and had yet another OF assist at 2B; Jesse Winker, who had a pair of hits, a walk, and a run scored; and Billy Hamilton, who went 2 for 5 with a ribbie and his 50th stolen base of the season. Key Plays It took until the Top of the 8th inning, but the Reds finally got on the scoreboard on a night when the wind was blowing firmly in at Wrigley Field. Unsurprisingly, Votto spearheaded things with his 3rd walk of the evening, and after he moved to 3B on Adam Duvall’s single into LF, Scooter Gennett cranked a deep fly out into RF to allow Votto to tag and score. Reds led, 1-0. Wandy Peralta allowed a pair of Cubs to reach in the Bottom of the 8th, but Raisel Iglesias took over with enough mojo to escape the inning unscathed. That took the Reds into the Top of the 9th with a 1-0 lead, but they added-on with Hamilton’s RBI single after Winker had walked and moved to 3B on Jose Peraza’s ground rule double. Reds led, 2-0. After Iglesias escaped the Bottom of the 8th, he allowed back to back singles to Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward to begin the Bottom of the 9th, and both runners moved up on a sac bunt by Javier Baez. Ben Zobrist then cranked a single into RF to score Schwarber, but Iglesias responded by striking out Jon Jay and later got Alex Avila, too, and the Reds held on to win, 2-1! Tony Graphanino src="https://www.fangraphs.com/graphframe.aspx?config=0&static=0&type=livewins&num=0&h=450&w=450&date=2017-08-15&team=Cubs&dh=0" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="450" width="450" style="border:1px solid black;">Source: FanGraphs Other Notes Castillo was pulled after just 80 pitches with a pair of runners on in the Top of the 7th in favor of pinch-hitter Patrick Kivlehan. The Reds didn’t score, but fortunately the next half-inning rendered that situation moot. Still, the thought process seemed a bit incongruous when turning the pressure PA over to Hamilton with 2-out. As the Reds noted on Twitter, Hamilton’s 50th steal in his 4th consecutive season makes him the first Red to do so since the great Joe Morgan. That’s some damn fine company, so congrats, Billy. Homer Bailey and John Lackey will butt heads in Wednesday’s tussle between these two squads. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 PM ET. Tunes. [...]



Game 122: Reds at Cubs (8:05 PM ET) Castillo vs. Hendricks

2017-08-15T20:00:02-04:00

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Today's Lineups

CINCINNATI REDS CHICAGO CUBS
Billy Hamilton - CF Jon Jay - LF
Zack Cozart - SS Tommy La Stella - 2B
Joey Votto - 1B Kris Bryant - 3B
Adam Duvall - LF Anthony Rizzo - 1B
Scooter Gennett - 2B Victor Caratini - C
Eugenio Suarez - 3B Albert Almora - CF
Jesse Winker - RF Jason Heyward - RF
Tucker Barnhart - C Javier Baez - SS
Luis Castillo - RHP Kyle Hendricks - RHP



Reds at Cubs, Game 2: Previews and Predictions

2017-08-15T18:00:02-04:00

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Cincinnati Reds @ Chicago Cubs

8:05 PM ET

Luis Castillo vs. Kyle Hendricks

Happy Castillo Day! This is really the only thing we have to look forward to right now. Enjoy it, Reds fans.

Go Reds!




Farmers Only: Billings hits a lot, including four by Hunter Greene

2017-08-15T13:17:36-04:00

Hashtag Let Him Hit Louisville was off last night They’ll make up for it by playing two tonight. The Bats will send Rookie Davis to the mound tonight when they take on Pawtucket in the first game of a doubleheader beginning at 5:30 ET. Tyler Mahle will pitch in the “night” game. Since it’s a doubleheader, don’t be the least bit surprised to see Mahle pitch another no-no. Pensacola Blue Wahoos 9, Mobile BayBears 7 Both teams scratched out 11 hits, but the Wahoos were able to score two additional runs for the win. Jose “George” Lopez was fine in his 6.1 IP, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, walking 3 and striking out 5. Domingo Tapia was batter dipped and fried however, getting only 0.1 inning of work allowing an extra 4 runs on 4 hits. Yikes. “Danny” Tanner Rainey allowed a run on 2 hits in 1.1 IP, while Zach Weiss got the 1 inning save, striking out 2. 2016 Number 2 draft pick but number 1 in our hearts, Nick Senzel, had only 1 hit and 1 run scored, showing that he is mortal after all. Gab Guerrero had a double as part of 3 hit night, scoring 2 runs. Gavin “Down In” LaValley doubled and singled as well, scoring 2 runs and batting 3 in, while Chad “Drompf” Tromp batted in 2 on a 3 hit night. Up Next: Pensacola is off. Daytona Tortugas 6, Bradenton Marauders 13 Was not a great night for the Dragonas. Wendolyn Bautista lasted only 3.2 IP after surrendering 7 hits and 6 earned. “His Name Was” Jake Paulson was better in 2.1, but still allowed 4 hits and an additional 2 runs. Ryan Hendrix was in a Purple Haze, allowing 2 more walks, runs, and hits in his 0.2 IP. Jake “Record Scratch” Ehret was bad, too, allowing another 3 runs, 2 walks, and 2 hits in 1 inning. Guh. Daniel Sweet “Tooth” singled 3 times and scored a run, while Reydel “Funky Cold” Medina doubled and tripled, batting in 2. James Vasquez did his best Nick Senzel impression, bashing 2 dingers on the night. Up Next: Jonathan Crawford will take his 0-8 record to the mound against Bradenton at 6:30 ET. Dayton Dragons 7, West Michigan Whitecaps 4 Matt “The Other” Blandino got the start for Dayton and was okay-not-great in 5 innings of work, scattering 8 his but only allowing 3 runs with 0 walks and 4 Ks. Alex “Spider” Webb allowed only 3 hits and 1 walk, striking out 3, for the 4 inning save. Taylor “Bubba” Sparks hit a 3 RBI triple, while Cassidy Brown hit a 2 RBI double. Hector “Lars” Vargas batted in 2 of his own. Jose Siri didn’t record a hit, but did score 2 runs. Up Next: Wennington “FTW” Romero will pitch for the Dragons at 7:00 PM ET. Billings Mustangs 17. Idaho Falls Chukars 14 F/12 The ‘Stangs went into many extras. Luis Alecis gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks, striking out 4, while Zac “K” Correll allowed another 4 hits but only 2 earned runs. Things went off the rails for John Gyzel “Bundchen”. He allowed, get this, another 4 hits, but 3 earned runs (2 more unearned) while striking out nobody in only 0.2 IP. Connor Bennett went 2.1 innnings, striking out 5, walking 2, and allowing only 1 run. Miguel Aguliar got the distinction of blowing a save and earning a win for his role in allowing 2 earned runs in 4 IP. But hey! The Mustangs scattered 22 hits and scored 17 runs, so forget about all that bad pitching and defense. Hunter Greene hit 4 times, including 2 doubles from the DH spot. Jeter “Re2pect” Downs hit 3 times, including a dinger. And a bunch of other people did a bunch of other things, so you should probably click on that box score. Up Next: Jhon De Jesus will get the ball against Idaho Falls at 9:15 PM ET. The Baby Reds lost to the Baby Padres, which you can find out about here. The DSL Reds had 2 games. They lost to both the DSL Mariners and DSL Diamondbacks. [...]