The Battle of Ohio, or the Ohio Cup, or whatever other silly name they want to attach to this series starts tonight in Cincinnati between the Reds and Cleveland. Cincinnati will send Jeff Hoffman to the mound at 7:10pm ET to face off against Logan Allen.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds


Jesse Winker – LF Andrés Giménez – SS
Nick Castellanos – RF Cesar Hernandez – 2B
Eugenio Suárez – SS José Ramírez – 3B
Joey Votto – 1B Eddie Rosario – LF
Nick Senzel – CF Amed Rosario – CF
Jonathan India – 2B Josh Naylor – RF
Kyle Farmer – 3B Roberto Pérez – C
Tyler Stephenson – C Jake Bauers – 1B
Jeff Hoffman – SP Logan Allen

Starting Pitchers

Jeff Hoffman

Two starts for Jeff Hoffman with the Reds this year and he’s posted a 3.86 ERA in 9.1 innings with three walks, one home run allowed, and he’s struck out eight batters. He’s hoping tonight goes more like his first outing when he allowed one run in 5.0 innings with six strikeouts rather than the last time out when he gave up three runs in just 4.1 innings with three walks and just two strikeouts out in Arizona.

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam Change Slider Curveball
Velo 93.3 85.1 82.6 76.7
Usage 57.9% 12.6% 15.7% 13.8%

Logan Allen

The lefty has also made two starts this season, throwing 10.0 innings for Cleveland with five walks and eight strikeouts to go with a 2.70 ERA. He’s only thrown 48.1 innings in the big leagues in his career, and he’s struggled to throw strikes in that span as he’s handed out 25 walks with just 32 strikeouts.

Pitch Usage in 2021

4-Seam Change Slider Curveball
Velo 92.9 82.4 81.1 75.5
Usage 48.8% 18.9% 28.7% 3.7%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ballpark, Cincinnati
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio),
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 60°, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Mike Moustakas is a late lineup scratch

Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer was the first to report that Mike Moustakas was a late scratch from the Reds lineup just after 6:20pm. It’s a non-COVID related illness. Kyle Farmer in at third, lineup shake up from the originally posted lineup.

Aristides Aquino has surgery

While on the west coast road trip outfielder Aristides Aquino suffered a hamate bone injury in his left hand and had surgery this morning to have the bone removed. The general timeline to return from this is 4-6 weeks. The team recalled Max Schrock to replace Aquino on the roster. We wrote about both moves earlier today if you want to take a bit of a deeper dive.

Shogo Akiyama continues to work his way back

Some good news on outfielder Shogo Akiyama, from C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic earlier this afternoon

NL Central Standings

Playoff odds via Fangraphs

Team W L GB Playoff %
Reds 7 5 0 27.9%
Brewers 7 5 0 54.9%
Cardinals 6 6 1.0 22.3%
Cubs 5 7 2.0 13.1%
Pirates 5 8 2.5 0.3%


69 Responses

  1. Sliotar

    Winker in leadoff spot vs. LHP … two thumbs up. He is his prime now. Ride him.

    .440 OBP to start season … until he proves he can’t hit LHP or the OBP falls off the table … play him every day he can go, have him hit leadoff.

    If Votto/Suarez are going to remain 3/4 … Winker/Castellanos every day as 1/2 makes a lot of sense.

    Hoffman feels like he is living on borrowed time as an SP … but only Rosario/Ramirez feel scary. No Franmil Reyes to start is a break.

    Go Redlegs.

  2. 2020ball

    Show of hands – who think either team has nerves because the Ohio cup is on the line?

    • 2020ball

      Because you can “throw the stats out the window” because of this according to Barry

      • Amarillo

        I don’t think anyone actually cares about the Ohio Cup, but commentators hyping up the games is a good thing. We’ve had years of thom and others talking about how much better baseball used to be. Their job is make the game sound fun and exciting. Finally doing that is what we want.

  3. DeadRed

    First inning: swinging at everything.

  4. Roger Garrett

    95 right down the middle goes a long ways.Tribe up 1-0. I like Hoffman coming right after the hitter though.Sometimes when you miss they don’t

    • Indy Red Man

      5 straight heaters to their #5 hitter though? Guys wouldn’t be batting 5th if they couldn’t hit the heater. They wouldn’t even make the bigs. Now if its DeGrom or Thor and its coming 99 then thats another story, but everyone else needs to mix in breaking stuff

  5. Roger Garrett

    Thought with the off day and returning home to face a soft tossing lefty we may hit but so far we look just as bad as we did the last game out west.I will check back later and hope they are doing better.

  6. Roger Garrett

    Not watching but ESPN is showing we are chasing balls out of the zone and the guy is just soft tossing everything.

    • j

      That’s exactly right. The strategy seems to be “swing at everything, or at least take a half swing.”

  7. Indy Red Man

    I don’t have to look up stats to know that Arizona, SF, and Cleveland weren’t hitting at all coming into the series with us and yet another bottom feeder will try to outhit us. No Beiber so no excuses if we fail to win this series.

  8. Sliotar

    Dangerous spot here with Rosario up.

  9. JB

    Already at 52 pitches in the 3rd. Cross our fingers tonight when the bullpen comes into play.

  10. Indy Red Man

    He got out of it! There we go!

    Senzel 5-7 in the 2 blowouts vs the Pirates. 3-26 (.115) in every other competitive game where we actually need additional hits

  11. Sliotar

    Scrappy Reds.

    Set up for big inning now.

  12. Indy Red Man

    Hate to be negative Nancy, but you gotta score from 2nd on that ball? Clear as day that ball was falling in. C’mon? Barry jumped all over it! Great atbat though by Hoff

  13. JB

    Great at bat by Hoffman. First pitcher I’ve ever seen take a step forward on the bunt attempt to be at the front of the box.

  14. JB

    Allen’s a different pitcher with guys on. They need to put some runs on the board here.

  15. Indy Red Man

    There you go….Hoff 1st to 3rd. Not too many pitchers do that on non 2 out singles.
    Way to be a competitor!

  16. Indy Red Man

    There you go baby! I’ve been whining about station to station since Rolen & BP had them running hard and thats been a while. It can’t always be HR derby. Now the only fear is Hoffman will fall apart next inning. Pitchers run the bases and suddenly have nothing on the mound.

  17. Frankie Tomatoes

    This is a fun 3rd inning! Best inning of the season!

  18. Sliotar

    Fielding error … HBP … Wild pitch … Hoffman then gets a hit.

    That is how it got started.

    Kudos to the Reds for (hopefully) putting a game out of reach … when they were gifted such a good start to an inning.

    • Mark Moore

      And I LOVED Nick C’s aggressive turn and score

      • 2020ball

        Probably shouldve been out, and was sent w no outs. But hey, it ended up all right 🙂

      • MBS

        That’s what can happen with aggressive base running. It doesn’t always work out, but it can force errors. I’ll take aggressive ie bang bang plays, not stupid, out by a mile.

      • 2020ball

        Yeah it took a perfect throw and tag to get him. I like the aggressiveness from Nick of course, that call is up to the coach.

    • Frankie Tomatoes

      This old man is! I yelled on the Suarez double so loud that I am sure my neighbors heard me!

  19. 2020ball

    Hoffman was not “on the bench a long time”, he was getting RBIs and taking extra bases……

  20. Mark Moore

    And once again, the flex-o-zone haunts us. What was a strike an inning ago is not but will be again.

  21. 2020ball

    Shut down inning would be nice here

    • 2020ball

      Nice, giving them runs back there would’ve brought them back into the game.

  22. Indy Red Man

    Houdini Hoffman!! I like the guy, but seems to give up alot of fly balls? Thats pretty scary in gabp

    • JB

      I like Hoffman and think he has the stuff to be a starter but I would flip flop him with Antone. I think Hoffman would be good out of the pen and Antone would dominate as a starter.

    • 2020ball

      Straily was a fly-ball guy, he had his career year pitching out of GABP

      • Indy Red Man

        Good point! Now he’s the Korean Cy Young))) I made alot of $ on DS last year when KBO was on espn. He got ran out of mlb in Florida which is twice the size of gabp. If you pitch well then you can find outs

  23. Indy Red Man

    Cubs lost. Cards down 6-0. Milw has better pitching then the Reds and they’re scary, but Yelich/Cain already hurting. Burnes is nasty, but he’s never pitched more then 60 innings. Reds have a real shot!

  24. RedsMonk65

    This team looks different in GABP. Not surprising, but it’s such a huge difference.

    • Mark Moore

      Yep … got to figure things out on the road.

    • MBS

      1 more win on the road, and we’d have a different feeling about the Reds. That’s a good sign, right on the edge of what they need to be.

      • 2020ball

        They were in the game most of those losses too, the only ugly game I can think of was opening day.

      • Indy Red Man

        Ok Al Pacino))

        It keeps me sharp, on the edge, where I gotta be.

  25. JB

    This is the game to get Perez and Doolittle in the game and get some work in. Lets hope Bell doesnt waste any of the good relievers.

    • MBS

      Let Hoffman go 7, then Perez 8, Doolittle 9. Let’s Go!

  26. Mark Moore

    Feeling good about tonight. Leg 1 of the Ohio Cup journey!!

  27. 2020ball

    How are they not on 2nd there? embarrassing D but I’ll take it

  28. Matt WI

    Whale of a game from Joey all the way around. Props to the old man.

    • Indy Red Man

      Yeah all the 4-3s in the last 2 years. I miss the shots to left-center. Normally the only time vintage Joey ever pulled the ball was breaking balls in

    • 2020ball

      Lorenzen coming back as a starter? Shoulder injury plus setbacks, yet Antone can get a chance to save his life. Strange arbitrary shoehorning of pitcher roles.

      • 2020ball

        hm, should be a reply to main thread

  29. centerfield

    Pretty good game from the 5th starter. Especially liked how he shut the door after we went up big. Hats off to Joey Votto, great game. I guess it is good to be home.

  30. Grand Salami

    Home cures what ails ya.

    Stephenson has some kind of bat. Is he Mahle’s catcher plus all lefties?

    • MBS

      Stephenson also was the catcher for Castillo’s gem. I’d like Stephenson batting behind Moustakes in the 6 hole.

  31. Roger Garrett

    I knew if I bailed the Reds would get it done or at least I hoped they would.Maybe I should make that an every day thing.Looks like Hoffman got us going and it snowballed from there.Great job by him on the mound and at the plate.

    • Indy Red Man

      He even hoofed it 1st to 3rd on a single. Hoffman competed hard tonite! He’s got decent stuff. Off speed drops a lot and got him 2 doubleplays. He might’ve given up 3-4 runs in the summer with some of those flyballs, but he’s not bad. I still want Antone in the rotation.

  32. JB

    Man I cant remember the Reds ever having a bench like they do this year.

    • Mark Moore

      I’m thinking back and there were some years, but this does look very special.

  33. Indy Red Man

    Cam (run) Explosion. Its time to find your lifes work son

  34. Roger Garrett

    Just took a look at the box score and Bell is just having so much tonight and so are we.Not complaining but he must be in heaven right now with all the moves he is making.Go Reds.

    • Indy Red Man

      Arizona, SF, and Clev were all ice cold with the bats. Well SF has been hitting HRs, but everyone is under .200. We really need to sweep to make up for the road trip. Clev really only has 1 scary bat in Ramirez.

  35. Grand Salami

    Love the game but Bedrosian is a blight. He is not a MLB pitcher but persists.

  36. Roger Garrett

    Yeah right now Bedrosian is close to being lifted with a 7 run lead in the ninth and that is bad.Guy needs to go and work on some things.Sal’s job is to pitch in blow outs anyway.

  37. Mark Moore

    Pie-Rats up 4-1 over the Brew Crew in the 7th. Could be a VERY good night for us.

    • Grand Salami

      Bases loaded 7th and Shaw first pitch fly out to end the inning. We complain about SS but sticking with that guys an a starting 3b man is insanity.

      Brewers down to two more chances and lost their best opportunity