After the first walk-off win of the season on Tuesday night thanks to Joey Votto, the Cincinnati Reds (8-9) are back at it again tonight to try and finish a two game sweep of the Kansas City Royals (7-11). First pitch is at 6:40 ET from Great American Ball Park.

Starting Pitchers

Royals

I’m going to be honest. I thought Royals starter Brad Keller was a rookie because I had never heard of him before this season. So I was quite surprised to discover he’s been pitching for Kansas City since 2018 and was in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization from 2013-2017. Keller has only made one start this season, a five inning shut out performance against the Cubs in which he gave up three hits, walked two and struck out seven. He had tested positive for COVID-19 early in summer camp, so he’s still working to return to full arm strength.

In 2019, Keller had a 4.19 ERA and a 4.35 FIP with 122 strikeouts in 165.1 innings. Keller has four pitches in his arsenal, but he only throws three with any regularity: a four-seamer, a sinker and a slider. His fastball tops out in the mid-90s, while his breaking pitches average around the mid-80s.

Nick Castellanos is the only Red to have faced Keller multiple times. He’s 2-for-11 against him with a double and two RBI.

Reds

After pulling a groin muscle in the second inning while pitching against the Cubs on July 27th, Wade Miley makes his return to the mound tonight. In 2019, Miley pitched 167.1 innings in 33 starts for the Houston Astros. His ERA was close to four and his FIP was 4.51. He wasn’t the same pitcher in Houston that he was in Milwaukee in 2018, when he had a 2.57 ERA and a 3.59 FIP in 80.2 innings enroute to helping the Brewers win the NL Central and make it all the way to the NLCS.

Miley relies on five pitches and will throw his cutter 50 percent of the time, followed by his change up and then four-seamer. He rarely throws the curve ball or the sinker. It’s interesting that in 2018, Miley threw his curve about 18 percent of the time. Since then, he’s moved away from the curve, throwing it less than ten percent of the time now.

Quite a few Royals batters have faced Miley from his time in the American League. Whit Merrifield is 4-for-6 with a double and an RBI off Miley, and Adalberto Mondesi is 2-for-3 with a run scored. Bell will likely have him on a pitch count tonight. This leads me into the Reds bullpen situation.

Bullpens

I don’t have answers for the Reds bullpen. It seems almost none of the relievers can enter the game and be relied upon to hold a lead right now. Lucas Sims, with his 1.08 ERA, is the one guy who has been consistently good through the first two weeks of the season (and now I probably jinxed him). The Reds used four relievers Tuesday and only one pitched less than two innings. If Miley can’t pitch at least into the fifth inning tonight, the Reds might have a bit of a worn out bullpen for the Pirates series.

Lineups

ROYALS REDS
1. Whit Merrifield (CF)
2. Jorge Soler (DH)
3. Salvador Perez (C)
4. Hunter Dozier (RF)
5. Ryan McBroom (LF)
6. Maikel Franco (3B)
7. Ryan O’Hearn (1B)
8. Adalberto Mondesi (SS)
9. Nicky Lopez (2B)
1. Shogo Akiyama (LF)
2. Nick Castellanos (RF)
3. Joey Votto (1B)
4. Eugenio Suarez (3B)
5. Jesse Winker (DH)
6. Nick Senzel (CF)
7. Freddy Galvis (SS)
8. Kyle Farmer (2B)
9. Tucker Barnhart (C)

Jesse Winker is 11-for-his-last-19 (.579/.652/1.000). He is the designated hitter against the righty Keller.

News and Notes

Prior to the game today, Joel Kuhnel was optioned to Prasco Park to make room for Wade Miley on the active roster.

Mike Moustakas on his injury and his leadership

Mike Moustakas spoke about how soon he will be ready to come off of the injured list (he expects the IL stay to be the minimum), as well as what it’s like being one of the leaders on the team.

Mike Moustakas on being the Reds leader, updates on his injury

Final Thoughts

I’m just going to leave this brilliant tweet here. The Reds social media team is good at their job.

182 Responses

  1. docproc

    Glad that David Bell had the good sense to reward Kyle Farmer with a start today (against a righty, no less) in light of his great game last night.

    • Sean D

      If you don’t recognize the name Brad Keller, he’s the pitcher who Tim Anderson hit the bomb off of and had the “bat throw” or whatever and then nailed Tim Anderson in a later at bat.

      • Doug Gray

        I’m just going to drop on by and say that watching Tim Anderson play the game of baseball is incredibly enjoyable.

  2. Old-school

    Good lineup.
    Mahle should be stretching early.
    Nick Senzel brings youth, energy and talent to this team. Great optics watching him score the winning run and celebrate. Hope he stays healthy and plays CF every day.

  3. Indy Red Man

    Can anyone explain to me why Bell is going with Miley tonite when all their key hitters are right-handed when we have Pittsburgh tomorrow?

    I don’t know much about the Pirates current roster, but just turning around Bell is huge! Lifetime ops .853 vs rhp and .730 vs lhp. I don’t get it? I think they’ll get atleast 5-6 so we better have our hitting shoes on tonite!

    • Jefferson Green

      The Royals crush fastballs. Miley won’t be trying those much…

      • Indy Red Man

        There’s the 5th….cashed KC Over 4.5

  4. Sean D

    Honestly, I don’t know if I like Shogo in the leadoff spot. At least, not until he has gotten used to MLB pitching. I like winker against righties, senzel against lefties

  5. Roger Garrett

    Miley was signed to start and he will.Soft tossing lefty that works quickly but must have pin point control to have success.Hard to imagine him having that control tonight but in his case Bell will go with him.He needs innings as a starter but I expect Mahle and others to follow him.I hope for 5 innings and just keeping us close.Any more is a bonus for his second start.Senzel should always lead off and right now the other Nick and Wink need to hit right after him

    • Michael

      Why is Davidson not in the lineup?

      • Doug Gray

        Michael, you’re new so this is the warning – don’t try to avoid the swear filter in your posts. Thanks.

  6. ClevelandRedsFan

    Votto is going to have to get on these boys about being sloppy again.

  7. Melvin

    Very fortunate only giving up one there. Need to take advantage.

  8. IndyRedsFan

    no TV here in Indy tonight. What’s going on with the delay in the first?

    • Doug Gray

      Umpire took a pitch off of the hand. Lots of blood. Another umpire went back to the dressing room, presumably to get into the gear to make the move behind the plate.

  9. Mark Moore

    Late to the party … what happened to the ump? I just saw the trainer, and blood, and him leaving …

    • Mark Moore

      Well, for starters he battled … but he’s out because he tweaked his ankle covering 1st for the 2nd out.

      • Jefferson Green

        Something may have happened earlier. The Reds already had Mahle warm before the inning started.

  10. docproc

    Saw Shogo lay off some pitches in that AB that he had been swinging at earlier in the year.

  11. Hanawi

    Maybe they need to flip Castellanos and Votto back to where they were at the beginning of the year. Not sure why they switched to begin with but hasn’t seemed to do either of them any good.

  12. Jack

    Couple 1 pitch at bats and now Keller is all set to go deep into the game

  13. Matt WI

    C’mon Reds. Start thinking crooked numbers and get ready to break .500 playing the Pirates. Gotta attack.

  14. VaRedsFan

    Boy, the shift has robbed our guys of plenty of hits this young season.

  15. Old-school

    @doug.
    Irritated at Thhhhhom. Is A$# acceptable? If not ,,,what is?.

  16. Mark Moore

    5th inning and it feels out of reach already. Not our night all the way around.

  17. RedAlerr

    Bell yanks everybody and leaves Mahle in when he’s clearly lost it – no clue , has zero clue

    • RedAlert

      Pitiful management of pitching staff – pitiful

  18. Old-school

    Can’t win if you don’t score

    • Mark Moore

      +5000

      No, you can’t. Can’t score if you can’t get on and/or hit.

  19. Jack

    Mahle bad but looks like it doesn’t matter because Reds offense is offensive again

  20. Mark Moore

    Well, that’s one way to get on … nicely executed as well.

  21. Melvin

    I thought that ball had Grand Salami written all over it. Big break. We STILL can win. Great bunt by Galvis.

  22. Jeffery Stroupe

    Needing a “Hal King” moment

  23. Melvin

    Barnhart should have been bunting. He’s a very poor hitter with the top of the order coming up with two in scoring position.

      • Melvin

        It also would have kept us out of the double play which just happened. LOL That ground ball may have scored a run.

  24. Old-school

    Runners at 1/2 no out down 4-0.

    .160 double play machine with no power Tucker barnhart up. What outcome is expected?

    Bring up Tyler Stephenson or bunt.

    This catching tandem is putrid offensively

    • Sliotar

      It’s a 1 thru 6 offense.

      Which is as good as it’s going to get, apparently. Bunch the hitters at the top.

      All 3 of the Royals 7 thru 9 guys tonight are better than the Reds’, especially having Mondesi at 8, who can steal a base.

      • Old-school

        It’s time for Tyler Stephenson. This catching tandem is awful offensively

  25. Preach

    Not making excuses for the O, but a little credit needs to be given to the defense positioning by the royals. They are doing a good job

    • Mark Moore

      Yep … they’re killing us being in exactly the right spots.

  26. Preach

    Guys: you don’t need to start your appearance with a walk. Thanks for coming to my Tech-talk

    • Don

      I thought a walk or HBP was a requirement to be a Reds reliever. Thanks for clarifying that is not.

      • Preach

        Kinda like starting a runner on 2nd in extra innings. I understand

  27. Preach

    Does that seem wrong to anyone else that the term “Golden Sombrero” wasn’t coined until the mid 80s?

    • VaRedsFan

      The first time i ever heard it was when Dave Parker was with the Reds…I think he pegged Eric Davis with it once.

  28. docproc

    Reds seem to be sleepwalking through this game.

    • Michael

      That wasn’t a rhetorical question earlier, I really do wanna know why Davidson wasn’t in there tonight and didn’t come off the bench ? Side note, holy cow we absolutely cannot hit with risp this season, just brutal .

  29. Don

    Time for the front office to find some players whom can hit it where the defenders are not instead of trying to hit it very hard right at the defenders

    • Jack

      Hitting it hard on a consistent basis would actually be a nice improvement

  30. Jack

    The Reds are nothing if not boring offensively on a consistent basis

  31. Jack

    With the expanded playoffs they’ll never actually be out of it till late so they won’t be aggressive and try to make any changes…and honestly the farm system doesn’t offer much of anything to help anyway. Stephenson maybe

  32. Old-school

    Reds have have major offensive holes at catcher 3b SS 2b 1b .

    The bullpen has been bad.

    Time to play Farmer at SS.. get moose back and bring up Tyler Stephenson. Also time to put joey Votto in regular DH rotation.

    Stop favoring the veterans.
    I’d bench Eugenio Suarez 2 games. He’s singing to Jim day about good vibes only. How bout Suarez just plays a good 3b and hit instead of going an error machine hitting .130. Tired of reds players marketing themselves. Just play baseball and win .

  33. Indy Red Man

    I have zero faith in this team to hit a C+ or better starter. Keller (3.62 career era) is one of the more underrated starters in the AL.

    I don’t know what Bell can do to hlep this offense? Suarez’s swing looks so long & slow. Joey Ripken not much better…..changing his stance/swing constantly despite playing for 23 years. You knew Castellanos wasn’t going to keep homering 4 times a week.

    Winker…..well there’s one back!

  34. Old-school

    Jesse winker is the reds best left handed hitter.

    • Jack

      subtract left handed and leave it at that

  35. Jefferson Green

    I think Jesse Winker can hit.

  36. FreeHouse

    At least the Reds are playing consistent this year and we know what to expect. The starting pitching is awesome, the offense is good on paper but they suck, the defense is sloppy and the bullpen sucks as well. I really think Aquino is the chosen one to get this offense rolling but it seems they’ll rathe have Jankowski and Van Meter take up space being 1 for something this season.

    • Don

      That was my 1st thought, did the players put on the wrong uniforms

  37. Jefferson Green

    Didn’t see that coming. Maybe Galvis is ready to deliver his usual power…

  38. Melvin

    When you’re playing in the Great American Launching Pad most anything is possible. 🙂

  39. Indy Red Man

    Lorenzen loaned his gas can to Kennedy.

    Lets Go!!!!

    • Indy Red Man

      No more Colon….really. Freddy Boom Boom/Farmer can play SS and Farmer/JVM can play 2B til Moose gets back

  40. VaRedsFan

    Settle down folks …Lorenzen warming up.

  41. Indy Red Man

    J V M

    The kid has some talent! If hitting 13 bombs in a month at AAA was easy then dozens of guys would do it

  42. Don

    Tucker, swinging at balls under his feet

  43. Jack

    Truly awful swing by Tucker, he really isn’t seeing the ball

    • Mark Moore

      I think he was seeing that bucket he mashed in the dugout thought

  44. Indy Red Man

    Tucker is a great guy….on radio all the time here in Indy. He’s got a water commercial too, but HE CANNOT HIT????? He’s got a great arm, but he doesn’t frame it that well either. He’s like a B grade defensively, so why exactly does he get the catcher job by default every year?

  45. Don

    No Lorenzen in the 1 run game, he was going to be the pitching down 5 run guy, Garrett has to be better than yesterday at least he is facing lefties for the 1st 2 batters.

    • Don

      have to give credit to Bell for not using Lorenzen.

      • Melvin

        Yep. He had us worried though. 🙂

  46. Roger Garrett

    I like Tuck but he can’t hit.The good news is that Eugenio and his 7 for 60 start now at .117 is up second in the 8th.He is sure to swing hard and may and I mean may just actually go deep.I like Eugenio but he is absolutely lost at the plate.

    • Don

      It is time to see what Stephenson can do at catcher. His service time clock has started so no real reason unless the pitchers do not like him on defense.

      Suarez is on a > 200 Ks pace is this was a 162 game season.

  47. Indy Red Man

    Leadoff man swinging 3-0? Thats bad baseball. Maybe if Rizzo is leading off or something

  48. Roger Garrett

    Make that 7 for 61 for our clean up hitter.

  49. Don

    way to go winker,

    that is why speedy is on the roster

    Drive him in Senzel

  50. Jb

    Winker needs to give one of his bats to Suarez to try.

  51. Preach

    Smart running by Winker, and that was a heck of a bender to get Senzel

  52. Mark Moore

    Nuts! That bender just froze Senzel.

    • Don

      great pitch to get Senzel. Galvis has to get another hit

  53. Old-school

    Painful to be a Reds fan .
    So close.

  54. Preach

    Man, that’s a viscous breaking ball at the top of the zone.

  55. slicc50

    My god man…….does this team have ANYONE who can get a runner home from 3rd? It’s maddening watching these guys

  56. Don

    wow, that is a disappointing end to the 8th. Did not even put a ball in play.

  57. Tom Mitsoff

    That Staumont is one heck of a reliever. Throws 98 and can drop a curve in for a strike whenever he wants. He could be the next great reliever.

    • Doug Gray

      He has now struck out 17 of the 39 hitters he’s faced this season.

    • Jack

      Bell way overvalues pinch runners to the detriment of later offense…we’ll get Colon instead of Votto

  58. docproc

    C’mon, Freddy–you had to KNOW that pitch was coming.

  59. Melvin

    Same pitch. Both batters. Hitters don’t have a defensive swing mindset even on two strikes. It’s all about the long ball swing and they get locked up.

  60. Preach

    Bell may be outsmarting himself with these moves.

    • Sliotar

      VanMeter and Colon are half of the infield right now, down a run.

      You telling me this is what Bell will be doing should the make the playoffs?

      Bench needs deepened before trade deadline. Desperately.

      • Old-school

        This is where Aquino has 1 swing difference.

    • Indy Red Man

      Bell got Jankowski into the game and he made 3rd with 1 out which set up getting the winning run to 2nd with 1 out, but we had 2 strikeouts. It happens. Putting in speed over a slug like Joey to try to tie the game in the 8th….makes sense to me!

  61. David Rutherford

    Staumont has been doing the same thing to other teams the entire season. Those were ridiculous pitches especially when you have to gear up for 98 on the fastball

    • Tom Mitsoff

      I have no idea how you can try to be ready for a 98 mph fastball and a slow curve that drops into the strike zone at the same time.

  62. Indy Red Man

    Bottom of the 9th has to be:

    JVM
    Davidson
    Shogo
    Castellanos
    Pinch-hitter (Ervin?)

  63. Preach

    Good inning by Jones. Let’s have a walkoff

  64. Old-school

    Anyone want Aquino pinch hitting for Barnhart?

      • Mark Moore

        Is Stephenson on the 28-man roster? I don’t believe he is.

  65. Mark Moore

    Got to pinch hit for Barnhart regardless of what JVM does. He’s completely lost up there tonight. We at least need a chance from that AB.

  66. Preach

    Wait a minute, JVM is a pretty solid base runner. What happens if we go extras? Our bench is already been depleted. I don’t get this

  67. Mark Moore

    Okay Mikey!!! At least we know he won’t be pitching?

  68. renbutler

    Michael Lorenzen just came in to pinch run.

    The Royals immediately scored three runs.

  69. Mark Moore

    Nope … just under 1/2 a step. So much for Tucker’s bunting skills.

    • Sliotar

      Marty is ranting in North Carolina, having flashbacks of failed bunts gone by

      • Mark Moore

        I’m sitting in NC hoping we can at least tie this thing.

        C’mon, Nick! This is your time.

  70. Preach

    This guy can’t throw a strike, and we’re busy bunting and pinch-running

    • Mark Moore

      This is the great Trevor Rosenthal …

  71. Mark Moore

    Time for Shogo to show us something special

  72. Preach

    Bring in Casali to pinch-run for shogo

  73. Indy Red Man

    Bell? We may win the game, but he rarely makes any sense. Why take JVM out of would could be extra innings? Is Lorenzen .01 faster in the 40 yd dash? They’re lucky Barnslug didn’t bunt into a doubleplay

    • Preach

      Yup. And if it goes extras, you might want to use lorenzen as a pinch-runner then.

    • Hanawi

      He needs a 20 man roster to keep from over managing everything.

  74. Melvin

    Barnhart should have bunted his last at bat. It was a good bunt except you can’t bunt to a guy who’s standing right in front of you. Looking forward to Votto getting another walk off…..ooops.

  75. Mark Moore

    OK, Mr. Colon … you have ONE JOB!!

  76. Jack

    Bell way overvalues pinch runners to the detriment of later offense…we’ll get Colon instead of Votto

  77. Tom Mitsoff

    Let me just say before anything happens .. I would hit Davidson for Colon here.

    • Indy Red Man

      My Dish doesn’t get the Reds, but its on FSN tonite with the KC broadcast. All they talked about was how much Davidson kills the Royals…..so of course Bell never lets him hit. Using Mr .136 with 1 career HR to end the game

      • Tom Mitsoff

        If Davidson were to hit for Colon, Bell would have had to move guys all over in positions they normally don’t play if the game went to extra innings. I say, who cares? Want to lose right now, or have a chance at extra innings and see what happens?

      • Melvin

        I agree Tom! I like to see you get fired up. That’s cool. 🙂

  78. Preach

    every game it seems like the lineup in the ninth inning doesn’t resemble anything close to the lineup in the first

    • Jack

      Bell over manages practically every game

    • RedAlert

      Where was Davidson ??! Just another
      stupid move by Bell . Par for the course ….

  79. Melvin

    Aw man. It’s like you can see a tornado coming down the road and you can’t stop it. Smelled that all the way. Wish I was wrong.

    • RedAlert

      Reds ain’t going nowhere with this guy managing. Please find a way to get Stephenson, Aquino and Greene up here .
      Gotta make sure everybody plays and bats … bush league managing

  80. Indy Red Man

    Bottom line. Rosenthal was trying to give it away, but Bell gave it back.

    He was walking people because he didn’t want to get hurt, but 1st pitch to Colon was right down broadway. Why fear a AAA hitter?

    • Indy Red Man

      Doug feel free to defend this one? Ted Bundy’s defense lawyer had an easier job

      • Doug Gray

        Do you feel better now? I hope this made you feel better.

      • Indy Red Man

        I’m sort of semi-retired, but I work at Amazon. Bezos/Amazon catch it all day/every day. Sort of it warranted…most of it not so much. I do appreciate the position you’re in!!!

  81. Vandermint

    Kinda would have preferred Votto there.

  82. SoCalRedsFan

    This one is 110% on David Bell

  83. Hanawi

    Bring up Aquino, Garcia and Stephenson. No excuses for having Colon hitting with the bases loaded in the 9th inning of any game

  84. SoCalRedsFan

    Christian Colon does not belong on any Major League roster, yet, here he is, batting with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, for our Cincinnati Reds.

  85. Chris

    Well maybe, just maybe the Bell apologist are starting to catch on to what many of us have been talking about. This guy is an absolute joke as a manager. Bell continues to over-manage, and puts this team in a bad position. Votto or Colon. Who would you rather have up there. Barnhart bunting against a pitcher with no control, and even when both corners are sitting 15 feet from him. Geez. You would have thought a pitcher was hitting. This team will not go anywhere with Bell as manager. These players will start to resent him soon too.

    • Indy Red Man

      Votto was the tying run and he’s probably the slowest/worst baserunner in the NL. I don’t have a problem there. That move actually led to 2nd/3rd with 1 out, BUT
      we have enough trouble hitting with 3 available outs so why give away 1? Lucky that wasn’t a doubleplay as well. 3B was on top of Barnhart. Then pinchrun for JVM? Then let Colon lose the game to top it all off. INEXCUSABLE

      • Chris

        Indy, you might be right if this was a game 10 years ago, but when guys are striking out at this rate, hoping for base hits at the expense of your best players, is not a good idea, and rarely works. We saw proof of that, once again tonight, as well as last night. What is it now, 35 – 40% of the results are either a walk, K, or HR. Bad decision, once again.

      • RedAlert

        Same crap carrying over from last year . Sick and tired of watching the same scenario play out time and time and time again – Bell has learned NOTHING AT ALL from his managerial experience from last year . Continues to make the same stupid , mind boggling decisions . Got take some of his toys away to limit what he can do ….. the fewer options he has the better

    • Indy Red Man

      Think for a second how much flak Bell would catch if Barnslug bunts into a doubleplay or Lorenzen got picked off first. Just nonsensical thinking? Baseball wiring in Bell’s brain does not compute. Wait 30 seconds and update/restart

  86. TR

    There is no excuse that this game was not, at least, tied in either the 8th. or 9th. innings.

  87. Indy Red Man

    vs. KC 28 100 19 31 6 0 12 24 11 24 0 0 .310 .384 .730 1.114

    Thought I would copy/paste Davidson’s career 1.114 ops vs KC. The Royals announcers feared him all inning. Colon has 1 career HR. Davidson had a HR yesterday

    • Indy Red Man

      12 hrs in 100 career at-bats vs KC

  88. RedsFan11

    I wonder what the front office thinks of these moves by Bell? Do they regret signing him? Seemed to go for an unknown analytics guy over a well known x player who has the feel for the game. Have to think an x player manager would of had the smarts there to make a move

    • Chris

      By the way, that’s one of my beefs about the analytics guys. They tend to think they are playing a video game, and not dealing with real humans. This tinkering with the lineup during a game each and every night almost, is going to start to wear on the players, especially if it’s not working, which it isn’t. Two nights in a row he did this stuff, and they were, to most folks, terrible decisions, and fortunately, despite Bell, the Reds still won on one of the two nights.