Apr 16, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Bailey throws against the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning at Great American Ball Park. (Photo: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports)

Reds v Nats – 4/26/13 – Probables and Lineups


Here’s hoping the road losing streak. After taking the first game in St. Louis, which was on April 8th, the Reds have dropped their last six games away from Great American ball Park. Last night’s game was one too pleasant to watch aside from seeing Joey Votto go oppo for a home run.

That’s more than just a good sign, too. He’s had a good 2013 thus far despite all the contrary chatter on Twitter and more particularly, other sources.

Here’s the pitching matchup and starting lineups for tonight’s game.

Reds: Homer Bailey
2013: 1-1, 3.24 ERA, 1.160 WHIP (4 games, 4 starts)
v. WAS: 1-2, 5.14 ERA, 1.714 WHIP (3 games, 3 starts)
@ Nationals Park: 0-2, 9.00 ERA, 2.375 WHIP (2 games, 2 starts)
Last appearance v. WAS: 4/5/13 (W, @ CIN) – 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 SO

Needless to say, Nationals Park has been none too kind to Homer. Only two ppearances there and both were pretty much debacles, especially his first outing there in 2008. In that outing, he lasted only two innings. Some would insist we are seeing a different Bailey these days as those from 2008. And a vast majority would agree.

Bailey v. Nationals Batters

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Jayson Werth 10 9 2 0 0 1 1 1 3 .222 .300 .556 0 0 0 0 0
Adam LaRoche 8 7 1 1 0 0 2 1 3 .143 .250 .286 0 0 0 0 0
Ian Desmond 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Denard Span 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .200 .333 .200 0 0 0 0 0
Danny Espinosa 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .250 .400 .250 0 0 0 0 0
Kurt Suzuki 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Zach Duke 3 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .667 .667 .667 0 0 0 0 0
Bryce Harper 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Chad Tracy 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Roger Bernadina 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 0
Dan Haren 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Total 49 44 7 1 0 1 3 5 12 .159 .245 .250 0 0 0 0 0
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Generated 4/26/2013.


Apr 10, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Zimmermann throws during the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Nationals Park. (Photo: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

Nationals: Jordan Zimmermann
2013: 3-1, 2.67 ERA, 1.074 WHIP (4 games, 4 starts)
v. CIN: 2-0, 1.88 ERA, 1.083 WHIP (4 games, 4 starts)
@ Nationals Park: 14-13, 3.64 ERA, 1.223 WHIP (42 games, all starts)
Last appearance v. CIN: 5/12/12 (W, @ CIN) – 7 IP, 5 H, R, ER, BB, 9 SO

Zimmermann had Tommy John in August of 2009…and was back in the bigs the following year, pitching in 7 games. Since his return from the procedure, his W-L might not be too impressive (to some) at 24-22, but an ERA of 3.17 and WHIP of 1.166 over his past 69 games is impressive.

Zimmermann v. Reds Batters

PA AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SH SF IBB HBP GDP
Jay Bruce 11 11 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 .091 .091 .364 0 0 0 0 0
Joey Votto 11 8 4 0 0 1 1 3 0 .500 .636 .875 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Phillips 9 7 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 .286 .444 .286 0 0 0 1 0
Bronson Arroyo 5 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .200 .250 0 1 0 0 0
Todd Frazier 5 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .400 .400 .400 0 0 0 0 0
Zack Cozart 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 .333 .333 0 0 0 0 0
Cesar Izturis 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
Mat Latos 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Xavier Paul 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 1
Total 50 44 11 0 0 2 4 4 11 .250 .320 .386 0 1 0 1 2
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Generated 4/26/2013.


Starting Lineups

Reds   Nationals
1. Shin-Soo Choo (L) CF   1. Denard Span (L) CF
2. Cesar Izturis (S) SS   2. Steve Lombardozzi (S) 3B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B   3. Bryce Harper (L) LF
4. Brandon Phillips (R) 2B   4. Jayson Werth (R) RF
5. Jay Bruce (L) RF   5. Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
6. Todd Frazier (R) 3B   6. Ian Desmond (R) SS
7. Xavier Paul (L) LF   7. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
8. Corky Miller (R) C   8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
9. Homer Bailey (R) P   9. Jordan Zimmermann (R) P

I’m going to leave this analysis of the Reds lineup to you. And your take is?

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  • sezwhom

    Good to see the SS batting 2nd. Only Dusty.

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      I have a slight raw spot on my head from scratching it over that one, too. Cozart was a short roll there for a minute.

      Not a defense here, more of a question or thinking out loud, who would you put there? Dusty’s not gonna move BP from cleanup. I don’t think Frazier’s the answer either. Can’t honestly think of anyone at this point.

  • metalhead65

    hey it’s early and nothing to worry about right? let’s see the reds are going to lose a series to a team the cards just swept and the cards are beating the pirates who swept the reds. so once again the cards are in first but because it’s only the end of April we should not worry. ok keep telling yourself that just like you did 2011 when they were what 10 games back at the all star game but they were just a hot streak away that never came from turning it around. so to sum it up not only can’t they beat the hated cardinals they can’t beat the teams the cards handle with ease. sure sounds like a way to make the playoffs to me but if it makes you feel better to keep saying it’s early go ahead but just tell yourself and stop saying it on here.

    • Josh Bresser

      After this many games last year, the Reds were .500. They won 97 games. There’s no real point to worrying now.

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      Where in this post did anyone say anything about it being early? No where within this post are those words or, quite frankly, anything else you note in your comment, even mentioned here.

      Furthermore, if I, any writer on staff or any person that leaves a comment on here wants to mention the words “still early”, “being early” or anything even closely related to that phrase/subject, he/she can freely do so. Have you not been extended the opportunity to freely express your views? You have and others will be afforded the same.