Home sweet home. The Reds return to Cincinnati to host the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park tonight at 7:10pm ET. The Reds will look to keep up their winning ways at home in a battle for what will be a spot in last place for the loser.

Starting Lineups

Chicago Cubs

Cincinnati Reds

Willson Contreras – C Jesse Winker – LF
Kris Bryant – RF Nick Castellanos – RF
Anthony Rizzo – 1B Joey Votto – 1B
Javier Báez – SS Mike Moustakas – 3B
Matt Duffy – 3B Eugenio Suárez – SS
Jake Marisnick – CF Tyler Naquin – CF
David Bote – 2B Nick Senzel – 2B
Nico Hoerner – LF Tucker Barnhart – C
Jake Arrieta – SP Wade Miley – SP

Starting Pitchers

Wade Miley

It has been a good April for Wade Miley. In his four starts this season he’s allowed just six runs over 22.0 innings with 14 hits, two home runs, just five walks, and he’s picked up 16 strikeouts.

Left-handed hitters aren’t given many opportunities to face him – they’ve had just 13 plate appearances against him in four starts thus far and have gone 1-12 with a walk. Right-handed hitters are going much better, but that’s only because it’s tough to do worse than 1-12. Righties are hitting .188/.233/.319 against Miley with four walks and 12 strikeouts so far this season.

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Change Curve
Velo 89.6 87.8 85.4 81.6 75.3
Usage 11.2% 2.4% 53.0% 31.8% 1.5%

Jake Arrieta

After two down years in a row with Philadelphia, Jake Arrieta returned to Chicago and he’s pitched much like he had prior to leaving after 2017. He’s posted a 2.57 ERA through five starts and 28.0 innings with just two home runs allowed, 11 walks, and he’s picked up 26 strikeouts.

Left-handed hitters have had more success so far this season against Arrieta, posting a .657 OPS against him versus a .578 OPS put up by lefties. This will be the third road start for Arrieta. Small sample size to the extreme, but he’s pitched better at home this season (1.59 ERA, .535 OPS against) than on the road (4.09 ERA, .772 OPS against).

Pitch Usage in 2021

2-Seam Slider Curve Change
Velo 91.2 87.7 79.8 86.1
Usage 59.4% 18.6% 15.7% 6.3%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio), MLB.tv
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 59°, Sunny, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Lineup Change

Initially the lineup included Jonathan India at second base. Just over an hour before the game the Reds announced that he had been placed on the injured list. That led to a lineup change that saw Nick Senzel sliding from center field to second base and Tyler Naquin moving to center field after initially not being in the lineup.

Tejay Antone’s offseason adjustments are paying off

There have been a lot of words written about Tejay Antone here at Redleg Nation. Chad Dotson and Chris Garber even spoke some words about Antone this week on Redleg Nation Radio. And why not – the guy has been absolutely lights out for Cincinnati since making his debut last season. But today we took a look at why he’s gotten even better this season as he’s tried to find more ways to strike out everyone he faces.

The Reds are bringing back Tim Adleman

Earlier today the Cincinnati Reds signed former big leaguer, and former Reds pitcher Tim Adleman to a minor league deal. They assigned the 33-year-old to the alternate site in Louisville, where he’ll likely begin the season in Triple-A when the season begins on Tuesday.

Roberto Alomar placed on the ineligible list

This isn’t Cincinnati Reds news, but it’s still pretty big news in Major League Baseball.

For those curious – The Hall of Fame released a statement noting that Alomar’s plaque will remain on display. You can read it in full here.

NL Central Standings

Playoff odds via Fangraphs

Team W L GB Playoff %
Brewers 15 10 0 65.5%
Cardinals 13 12 2.0 24.6%
Pirates 12 12 2.5 1.0%
Reds 11 13 3.5 17.3%
Cubs 11 14 4.0 12.2%

131 Responses

  1. JB

    Dont understand why men can’t keep their hands or their dirty thoughts to themselves. Treat a woman like you would want a man to treat your Mother, Wife or daughter. Respect is so hard for some to understand. Pete isnt allowed in the hall for gambling and Alomar shouldnt either for his sexual misconduct. In a way baseball is still sticking their nose up to women. Sad.

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    • Wayne Nabors

      He was already in hall when offense happened if it was 2014

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      • JB

        They can’t remove him? Some point in time the line needs to be drawn and enough is enough. Career is over so if you want to, go ahead and assault all the women you want. Your plaque is safe .

  2. Wayne Nabors

    Jb that would be hard to do I’m sure and it’s never happened that I know of

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    • Doug Gray

      It would be insanely easy to do, actually. It’s a plaque, not literal Mount Rushmore. It would take their team all of an hour to remove Alomar’s plaque and his entry on the BBHOF website.

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  3. docproc

    Any word on the India injury?
    Hope this doesn’t go back to his beaning.

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    • RojoBenjy

      Me too but if it does have something to do with it, look for India to get suspended and Molina to get NL player of the week

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  4. JB

    I know Wayne. Just venting. Mr. Alomars actions tell me everything I need to know about him. No integrity or character.

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  5. RojoBenjy

    The integrity of baseball itself is more sacred than the integrity of a human being’s sanctity?

    That’s the message of leaving Alomar in the HoF

    Violate gambling rules—banned. Violate another human being? That’s ok for the Hall

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      • RojoBenjy

        That’s right. But he was banned for the gambling. Since then it’s been discovered that he was with minors, etc, which many have used to additionally justify the ban in retrospect.

        So let’s be consistent with our messaging. Which is worse as a human being?

  6. LDS

    In the earlier lineup posted, Suarez was batting behind Senzel. Now he isn’t. I know India was IL’d. Was the 1st lineup simply an error?

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  7. Indy Red Man

    Hope India is ok, but glad to see Naquin in the lineup. Most seem to think he’s slumping, but he’s 6 for his last 22 (.273) with a hr & 5 rbis and a .385 obp. He’s a good fit for gabp.

    Lets get back in a groove at home! Didn’t the Reds sweep 4 from the Cubbies in gabp several years back. Disco hit a granny didn’t he? That was about the most fun the Reds have had in the last 5 years. Cubs fans everywhere at gabp is like getting home from work and seeing your mother-n-laws car in the driveway.

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  8. Chris

    Here are my bold (read: idiotic) predictions for the evening:

    Suarez goes deep
    Senzel makes an error at 2B
    Miley gets worked over a bit
    Antone pitches and gets the win

    Reds win 6-4 in regulation.

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  9. LDS

    Regarding Alomar, I’d be willing to bet that if every athlete who was guilty of “sexual misconduct” was banned, there’d be a lot of team vacancies and blank spots on the wall of the HOF. Maybe Alomar was particularly egregious but let’s not pretend it’s rare or that it’s always as reported.

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    • RojoBenjy

      I’m all for it. Vacate them all of that’s what they did. What if it was your relative or friend that was victimized?

      Anyway LDS I apologize if I seem personal in my responses really I think the debate belongs elsewhere. I think you’re a good commenter on the site.

      Ok I’ll say no more, I don’t want Doug to have to shut down the thread or something.

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      • LDS

        I agree it’s more appropriate elsewhere. My perspective derives from several decades of management in corporate America. I saw a number of these allegations and they were never fun, and often not as originally alleged. They were never fun.

    • Doug Gray

      The fact is, though, that this WAS reported. So we can stop trying to compare it to other cases where “well, maybe some other people did it too that we just don’t know about”.

      Reply
  10. DeadRed

    Am I the only one giddy to see Senzel at 2nd base today?

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      • DeadRed

        I hear ya. Not sure how much he’s played there in the past though. He and Moose could be interchangeable.

      • LDS

        How about Moose at 1st and Votto retires?

      • Doug Gray

        He’s not retiring, so be realistic.

      • Old-school

        Mainly responding to moose IL stent with farmer/ blandino playing 3b

        Ill take senzel at 2b/3b and cf 6 days a week. Injuries happen
        Covid happens . Vets needs rest at 3b 1b

      • RojoBenjy

        If Moose at third, then either Senzel or India at SS >>Suárez at SS. The other at 2B. Suárez at bench

    • MBS

      I’m excited to see the Reds decided to put their best players on the field. If this was 2 weeks ago, Farmer would have got the emergency start. Senzel becomes much more valuable playing in multiple positions.

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    • Melvin

      Looks like it’s “emergency time” in David Bell’s mind for Senzel to play infield. Haha Cool. Maybe there will be other “emergencies” at other positions eventually too.

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  11. docproc

    Is it just me or is the Bally telecast lacking focus? Seems like it’s in standard def rather than high def.

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    • docproc

      CF camera and behind-the-plate camera seem fuzzier than the others.

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  12. Dennis Westrick

    Battle for last place in the NL Central Division. For now the Reds are making Jake A. look like Cy Young!

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    • RojoBenjy

      Well— he has looked that good at times over his career

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  13. DeadRed

    That was a great rebound to get out of that inning with no runs score.

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  14. Old-school

    David Ross has no problem sitting Jason Heyward at $21 million with $44 mil still in 2022/23 for duffy 3b and Kris Bryant RF

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  15. VaRedsFan

    If Arrieta and Antone were standing side by side, I wouldn’t be able to tell who’s who.

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  16. Slicc50

    Great to see Joey Votto getting some huge hits for the team!!!

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  17. Old-school

    Congrats to future hall of famer Joey Votto on his 300 th home run.

    NL player of the decade 2010-19 and best Reds hitter of all-time.

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  18. Dennis Westrick

    With Miley at 65 pitches thru 3 innings, this game will be won or lost by the Reds schizophrenic bullpen! We need the GOOD Ricky Vaughn!

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  19. DeadRed

    Suarez showing some uncanny patience at the plate today

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  20. Old-school

    Geno!
    Sight for sore eyes. Beautiful swing and right of CF

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      • MBS

        I don’t think you’ll catch him saying that again.

  21. VaRedsFan

    Senzel finally pops one.
    Just keep looking for those low pitches….that’s all Jake A. throws.

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    • Slicc50

      Hopefully Bell keeps penciling Senzel in there everyday. He seems to be heating up now!

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  22. DeadRed

    The question mark was supposed to be a fingers crossed emoji. My bad.

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  23. RojoBenjy

    Well—I just watch Lil Senzi’s HR on Gameday

    That thing got out in a heartbeat

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  24. Old-school

    Senzel!!

    Arrieta is the guy who ripped cincinnati as a town with nothing to do.

    He can sit in his hotel room all weekend with his team of Cubs chiropractors treating his neck pain.

    3 and 1/3 innings and 3 dingers. Welcome to Cincinnati and GAPB Jake!

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      • RojoBenjy

        Oh, and it is an hilarious comment i agree!

    • RojoBenjy

      Hey now—

      Jake had a naked photo shoot in ESPN The Magazine

      Doesn’t that mean he’s awesome?

      /s

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  25. docproc

    Miley looks gassed. Must be from all that baserunning.
    Hope our bullpen is ready for a long stint.

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  26. Mark Moore

    That’ll do, Moose. Right on line and hard enough.

    Love beating up on the Stupid Cubs!

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  27. Melvin

    Nice play by Moose. Votto is looking a lot better at 1B lately.

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  28. JB

    Moustakas with a throw to first that took 43 bounces. I was starting to think it wasnt going to make it there.

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  29. LDS

    I predict a Farmer/Pitcher substitution with Senzel out after this AB. Feels like the Bell way.

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    • LDS

      Predictable as sunrise. Managing the Bell way is effortless. Is Farmer a better hitter or a better defender than Senzel?

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      • LDS

        Now it says Farmer for Naquin? Someday, I guess I’ll have to quit being cheap and subscribe to a good game source.

      • RojoBenjy

        LDS

        The unfathomable— no double switch. Farmer PH only

      • 2020ball

        sigh…..

        Every manager will make moves like this, including whomever you think is better

      • LDS

        Situationally sure. Routinely, nearly every game? I’ll stick with the Reds needing a new manager.

      • 2020ball

        “Situationally sure. Routinely, nearly every game?”

        Yes. To both.

  30. Melvin

    Wow. That’s wasn’t a very good play in CF. We’ll/Farmer will take it.

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    • RojoBenjy

      I seriously thought Marisnick was retired. And anyway wasn’t he a 1B? Lol

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  31. Mark Moore

    Farmer for a 1B and then to 3rd on that error. Stupid Cubs CF’er looked lost once he overplayed it.

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  32. Mark Moore

    No challenge … because Farmer beat the throw and the sloppy tag.

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  33. Old-school

    This is the worst Cubs team in 6-8 years. Cross them off with Pirates and Cards have issues as well

    NL central isnt that good

    Give winker and Farmer credit on a true bang bang play
    Wow

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    • RojoBenjy

      Hopes we can enjoy a laugher against the baby bears

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  34. docproc

    I notice Sadak has stopped saying “pull shift.” Thanks, John.

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    • RojoBenjy

      Now if he cuts down on the Kevin Milar “big fly” it will be another step in the right direction

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  35. Roger Garrett

    Now we can use 4 relievers to get 12 outs and clear the bench so all can bat.As long as we win what’s not to like

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  36. Melvin

    Winker hurt. Not as bad as Senzel in that regard but it is a reason to question a potential long term contract.

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  37. VaRedsFan

    Ughhh…Winker lifted….was motioning to his back….might be an oblique (just my uneducated guess) Hopefully just precautionary.

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  38. Melvin

    I don’t know about you guys but I don’t feel this game is over gentlemen. We’d better be careful. No way we should lose this game.

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    • Dennis Westrick

      I seem to recall a game or two earlier in the season where the Reds arsonist club, aka the bullpen, could not hold a 4 or 5 run lead.

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  39. Indy Red Man

    Sal Deleodrosian needs to go away and stay away. Still 5 run lead though. Always fun spanking the lil cubbies

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  40. Dennis Westrick

    Again, gentlemen! There’s no defense for a walk! Pitch to contact with a 6-run lead! And, of course the player who walked scores! Classic Reds relief pitching!

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  41. Melvin

    Moving Suarez down in the order is till a good idea. One HR does not bring him out of his slump I’m afraid. When you swing for the fences every time you will hit a HR every now and then. He needs to shorten his swing a little.

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  42. Indy Red Man

    Bell is obviously trying to save Sims and Antone, but I’d rather put the W in the bank then let it get scary. If 2 men get on then let Antone finish it. Hopefully Fulmer will perform?

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    • Mark Moore

      Yep – smart play and got exactly the right angle. Then threw a bullet in to 2B.

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      • 2020ball

        Yes that was very nice by Castellanos

  43. 2020ball

    Wow risky not to run right at him. Great play anyway but not by the book.

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    • Mark Moore

      Had the same thought … I was taught to do that and not fake throws. But it worked out anyway and they didn’t challenge it.

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    • Mark Moore

      Oh yeah … that back hand to glove it was something.

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  44. 2020ball

    Thats been a strike most of the day. How very “consistent” of the umpire.

    I was on the fence about robo umps for a long time, but I think its time. As long as the technology can be accurate I think its time.

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  45. LDS

    Where are the Nasty Boys when you need them? Chapman? Franco?

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  46. 2020ball

    “looking for his third save of the night”

    lol Sadak

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  47. MBS

    Good line by Sadak “Sims looking for his 3rd save of the night”. Come on ump

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  48. DeadRed

    When you don’t make a competitive pitch when you’re up in the count and continually run the count full this is what you get.

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    • RojoBenjy

      If umpires want to be called “professionals” then they need to learn how to ignore their biases.

      So–I am agreeing with you that this what happens, but also lamenting that the strike zone morphs because of a human bias.

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  49. 2020ball

    lol, mercy

    Good win, I missed all the offense and most of Miley’s day but good to see them scratch out game 1.

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  50. Indy Red Man

    Hung on, but it irritates me how opposing pitchers can be wild, but still get borderline pitches usually. The only time the opponent was probably squeezed all year was last week in St. Louis. A win is a win!

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    • DaveCT

      The 9th, in particular, was ridiculous. How many times did Sims have to strike out a guy?

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  51. Dennis Westrick

    Miley reminds me of Freddy Norman! Barely throws hard enough to break glass but battles and more often than not gives his team a chance to win.

    Reply

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