Interest in tonight’s game is heightened by the worst-kept secret in Cincinnati sports:

There have been a lot of words spoken and written about the desire of Reds fans to have Nick Senzel, the organization’s top prospect, finally join the team. He’s not going to have to wait long to play. He’s in the starting lineup in center field — where most of Redleg Nation hopes he remains on a regular basis for the foreseeable future. With the way the outfielders are (not) hitting as a group, there is no reason to have Senzel platoon with anyone right out of the chute.

It will be interesting to see what sort of crowd shows up for tonight’s 7:10 p.m. Eastern time start at Great American Ball Park against the San Francisco Giants, who have the same 13-18 record as the Reds. Will the fan base thank the team with their wallets? We’ll see.

Starting Pitchers

Tyler Beede (2018) 7.2 8.22 5.63 22.5% 20%
Sonny Gray 29.2 3.64 2.85 30.3% 6.7%

Right-hander Beede is making his first start in the majors this season after starting the season at San Francisco’s Class AAA team in nearby Sacramento. He’s started five games there this season, and in 22 2/3 innings, he’s recorded a 1.99 ERA and 3.76 xFIP. Gray has been victimized by lack of run support in the first month-plus of the season. All of his numbers, aside from his 0-4 won-loss record, are lights-out. He is making the trade with the Yankees look like a very positive one from the Cincinnati standpoint.


The only reliever who has pitched in the past two games is Zach Duke, and he’s only pitched 1.1 innings over those contests. So it would seem that he and the full complement of Reds relievers will be available tonight if Manager David Bell calls upon them. Based on Bell’s track record in the first 31 games, he will certainly do so.

Starting Lineups

Giants Reds
2B Joe Panik 1B Joey Votto
LF Mike Gerber CF Nick Senzel
C Buster Posey LF Jesse Winker
1B Brandon Belt RF Yasiel Puig
3B Evan Longoria 2B Derek Dietrich
SS Brandon Crawford SS Jose Iglesias
CF Kevin Pillar 3B Kyle Farmer
RF Steven Duggar P Sonny Gray
P Tyler Beede C Tucker Barnhart

Like Senzel, Gerber was just brought up from the minors today. So far this season at Class AAA he has hit .357/.402/.655. The Giants designated veteran outfielder Gerardo Parra for assignment to make room for Gerber.

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News and Notes

This should not come as any surprise …

Perhaps teams won’t be using extreme defensive shifts against Senzel …

Senzel talks about the mental aspect of dealing with multiple injuries …

A historical perspective …