The Cincinnati Reds will look to bounce back this afternoon at PNC Park and pick up a series win against the Pittsburgh Pirates after losing on Tuesday night.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates

Nick Senzel – 2B Ka’ai Tom – LF
Jesse Winker – LF Kevin Newman – SS
Nick Castellanos – RF Phillip Evans – 1B
Mike Moustakas – 1B Gregory Polanco – RF
Tyler Naquin – CF Erik González – 3B
Eugenio Suárez – 3B Wilmer Difo – 2B
Tyler Stephenson – C Ben Gamel – CF
Kyle Farmer – SS Michael Perez – C
Sonny Gray – SP Trevor Cahill – SP

Starting Pitchers

Sonny Gray

Coming off of his best start of the year, Sonny Gray will look to keep things going. Against the White Sox last week he threw 7.0 shutout innings and struck out eight batters (and he fanned 11 in the start before that). That performance dropped his ERA to 3.92 in 20.2 innings with 10 walks and 31 strikeouts.

Gray missed the first two weeks of the season, so he’s only made four starts so far this season. That means that everything is a small sample size here. With that said, he’s dominated left-handed hitters so far, holding them to a .167/.271/.310 line with six walks and 18 strikeouts. He’s struggled against right-handed hitters, though, who had hit .297/.381/.541 against him with four walks and 13 strikeouts.

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Curve
Velo 92.6 92.9 82.3 79.9 85.6
Usage 21.1% 28.4% 14.6% 31.0% 5.0%

Trevor Cahill

It’s been a tough start to the year for Trevor Cahill who is 1-4 with a 6.75 ERA in 29.1 innings through six starts. He’s walked just nine batters and he’s struck out 26 while just giving up three homers, but he’s also been tagged for 37 hits, too.

Left-handed hitters have had their way with Cahill this season, hitting .370/.414/.574 with 4 walks and 11 strikeouts in 58 plate appearances. On the flip side he’s had his way against right-handed hitters who have hit just .262/.301/.323 with 5 walks and and 15 strikeouts in 74 plate appearances.

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Change
Velo 90.2 89.5 84.9 82.2 78.5
Usage 7.1% 29.7% 17.9% 22.7% 22.5%

When and Where

  • Game time: 12:35pm ET
  • Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio (formerly Fox Sports Ohio),
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 57°, cloudy, 3% chance of rain

News and Notes

Wade Miley and Luis Castillo get new rotation spots

Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that Wade Miley and Luis Castillo are slipping spots in the rotation this week. Miley will now pitch on Friday in Colorado, giving him an extra day of rest following his no-hitter. Luis Castillo will pitch on Thursday against the Rockies.

Hunter Greene has another strong start

Over at we looked back at Hunter Greene’s start for Double-A Chattanooga last night where he picked up seven more strikeouts to push his league leading total to 15 through two starts. The righty topped out at 103 MPH, but that wasn’t the most impressive thing he was doing on Tuesday night in Montgomery.

NL Central Standings

Playoff odds via Fangraphs

Team W L GB Playoff %
Cardinals 22 14 0 48.7%
Brewers 19 17 3.0 51.1%
Cubs 17 18 4.5 15.1%
Reds 16 17 4.5 15.4%
Pirates 15 20 6.5 0.3%

138 Responses

  1. Klugo

    Gotta win the series, man. I got confidence with Sonny on the mound.

  2. Melvin

    Push hard from the beginning of the game and don’t take anything for granted because it’s the Pirates.

  3. RedsMonk65

    Nick S. — No stealing bases when Jesse is at bat!

    Jesse — No stealing/stretching bases at all!


    • Melvin

      Haha I would say to him, “Jesse, you’re a great hitter but when it comes to running bases, when in doubt…..don’t run.” 🙂

  4. OHRedsFan

    Stupid comment but I have not been able to listen to the Reds on 700WLW iHeart radio station (desktop). Is anybody else having this issue? Thanks!

  5. Old-school

    3 week griubdballs
    Cahill flipping up offspeed pitches and nibbling

    Reds hitters going to have to take theur walks and get baserunners. Cahill isnt challenging anyone with the fastball in the zone

      • Old-school

        Fat fingers

        Senzel with an almost spectacular barehand play. Overturned but senzel is playing well

  6. MBS

    I am surprised they put India a SS. It will be interesting to see how he looks

      • MBS

        Nope, I misread it. Just turned on the game

      • Melvin

        Don’t be messing with me like that. lol

      • MBS

        I just got my second shot of Moderna at 12:20, maybe poor reading is a temporary side effect

      • Melvin

        I drove an hour yesterday just to get the Johnson & Johnson so I didn’t have to take two. I may be feeling side effects too. LOL…and then you mess with me about India playing SS. Good play by Senzel there. He’s got talent. Runner was safe though.

  7. Indy Red Man

    Reynolds is 4-8 off Sonny with 2 hrs so he gets the day off.
    Polanco is now 0-10 with 4 Ks and he’s batting cleanup. Bell would figure that one out I think.

    Reds have to win this game and 3 of 4 in Denver. If you can’t beat the bad teams then how can you beat the good ones consistently?

  8. Indy Red Man

    Cahill hung a breaking ball and recoiled because he thought it was 3-0, but Geno just popped it up. I don’t think he’s ever reaching .200? He’s not even getting knocks when they give him a cookie((

  9. Old-school

    And farmer swings at a pitch 8 inches outside that bounces

  10. GreatRedLegsFan

    It’s really hard to see Suarez at the plate these days, I hope he’ll turn it around soon, his line now: 145/230/322.

    • J

      He’s hit a couple balls hard the opposite way in the last couple days, so it’s possible.

    • Roger Garrett

      I do as well cause nobody else is taking his place in the lineup.We need our vets like him to produce.Just hard to believe he has fallen so far in such a short period of time.

      • Old-school

        Im a wait till memorial day guy but geez… its may 12

  11. Melvin

    Wow. I don’t know how Senzel got that one. Still think he could be an average SS.

  12. VaRedsFan

    Senzel is making a ton of great plays at 2nd. He looks like a natural.

  13. Old-school

    Sonny gray with a wicked 2 seamer for the backwards K with runners on 2/3 and 1 out after infield single, blooper and wild pitch

    Great recovery

    Mlb network has mets orioles

    Matt harvey pitching to jose peraza after freddy galvis just hit in the top of the inning

  14. Indy Red Man

    Impressed with the Pirates today. They’re overmatched, but playing it right. Taking some pitches and running up Sonny’s pitch count and not trying to murder the ball, but just find some holes. If Senzel doesn’t make a nice play then they do some damage. The Reds should borrow that gameplan against alot of guys.

  15. J

    I sure wish Reds pitchers would stop throwing pitches in the dirt with runners on base and a weak hitter at the plate. This team just seems determined to make *everything* harder than it needs to be.

  16. Roger Garrett

    Cy Cahill is cruising.Harder we swing the softer he throws it.

  17. Dennis

    The entire Reds team, with the exception of Votto & Winker, lack plate discipline! Votto is obviously not in the lineup so that leaves it up to Winker!

  18. Roger Garrett

    Soft stuff away and a roll over double play.Cy Cahill marches on.Unless they give us a couple more or we shut them out we lose this game.

  19. Dennis

    Pathetic! Two (2) hits so far against a ML pitcher with an ERA of 6+

  20. Roger Garrett

    Nothing else to say when Suarez is swinging on 3-0.

  21. Chris Holbert

    Scenario: 1-0 game…a .145 hitter up to bat….3-0 count. What would you do………..SWING!!

    • Dennis

      Again! Lack of situational awareness and plate discipline!

  22. Roger Garrett

    This type of stuff that this team continues to do is just beyond belief.Please can we just try different players or a different manager.Doesn’t anybody have a clue as to how to win ball games or even play to win games? I always said we won games despite Dusty and his ways but since he left we don’t even resemble a team.

  23. J

    This is your classic matchup between a team that’s trying to figure out how to win a game despite having considerably less talent and a team that really really really wants to hit home runs.

    • Roger Garrett

      Can’t argue that point at all cause you are right.

  24. SultanofSwaff

    For as long as he’s been a Red, it’s amazing how many good Sonny starts fall apart in the 5th inning.

  25. Indy Red Man

    Another one getting slip sliding away. Lets see if Sonny can rally and hold them to 1?

  26. Dennis

    Can’t blame Sonny! He’s the Jacob deGrom of the Reds! Little run support almost every time he pitches!

  27. VaRedsFan

    It’s a new record…4 wild pitches in a game!

  28. Roger Garrett

    Antone sighting.First time in over a week.First one may go to the screen.r

  29. VaRedsFan

    Antone in…he needs to slam the door. Beware the Pirates trying to steal a bag right away. Teams have been running at will on TySteve.

  30. Roger Garrett

    Need to score to win.Time to go right now.

  31. Red Thunder

    Third time thru the lineup vs Cahill, time to see if the reds make the adjustment against him or not.

    • Roger Garrett

      Their manager was way ahead and lifted him in favor of a lefty.


    Pirates might be helping us there! After only 74 pitches for Cahill

  33. Roger Garrett

    WOW Blandino for Naquin.Never saw that one coming.I though Tyler was the anointed one but must be only against righties.

  34. Roger Garrett

    Shogo for Blandino and Bell is just beside himself.

  35. VaRedsFan

    Tyler hits lefties… Bell subbed him out for Blandino, forcing a pitcher change…Bell counters with Shogo.
    Why not leave Naquin in vs a struggling pitcher???
    Because left on left never works in Bells mind.

    • VaRedsFan

      Well Pirate announcer fooled me.
      Naquin vs lefties .233/.333/.462 this year.

      But still rather have him vs a lefty over Shogo vs a righty

  36. Roger Garrett

    Didn’t work and we are down Blandino and Naquin for the rest of the game.This is better then cutting the grass for sure.

  37. TR

    Six innings in for the Reds offense and 3 hits.

    • Roger Garrett

      Yep but we have Suarez leading off in the next inning and Antone is due up 4th so stay tuned it is going to get interesting.The drama unfolds in the steel city on a chilly afternoon as we go on with this titanic struggle.The battle these teams were in back in the 70’s is playing out right before our eyes or in at least this old guy’s eyes.

  38. Tom Mitsoff

    I think using Antone once a week for a couple of innings is a fantastic plan that should continue. (JK)

    • Melvin

      Yeah. We wouldn’t want to overwork him would we? smh After all he is the best pitcher we have. Oooh boy.

  39. Reglegger54

    Burned 2 players off a 4 man bench with 2 outs in the sixth inning of a tie game….Tinker Bell is at it again…….

  40. Old-school

    This just in .

    Suarez waits on a breaking bell and hits a solid single

    Wild pitch and kyle farmer is in the hit seat

  41. Tom Mitsoff

    Wonder if the Reds could work out a deal for one or more of these relievers Pittsburgh uses in close games? They’re not bad compared to the guys at the back of CIncinnati’s bullpen.

  42. Old-school

    Farmer goes the other way with a professional bat and the Reds have the go ahead run at 3b

    • bug

      Yep. I knew that would be our last chance to score. You don’t think the Pirates would have sent him home? Any team would,..but the Reds. They prefer to let the runner die on third.


    Smart play by the Pirates now Tejay is out of the game, lol

  44. Chris

    I’ve never seen anyone manage a player worse than David Bell manages Tejay Antone.

    • Frankie Tomatoes

      We saw Dusty Baker manage Corey Patterson and Wily Taveras together didn’t we? That was much worse just in the opposite kind of way in that it was involving terrible players being utilized in a very bad way.

  45. VaRedsFan

    Thought that would be a run for sure….slow hit ball thru the right side. Tyler got the stop sign….The throw was good FWIW.

    • Corky Miller

      Thought it was too…. Stephenson would have been toast.

      Sadak went on and on and on about it, you’d have thought Mayor Mallory threw it.

  46. Roger Garrett

    India against a righty or Tuck against a lefty?

  47. Roger Garrett

    Tuck never made contact for out number 2.

    • Dennis

      Again, lack of baseball awareness and fundamentals! Reds deserve to lose this game!

  48. Chris

    We’re going to lose this game by 5 runs.

    • Roger Garrett

      Maybe not by 5 runs but we will lose it.Bell chose Tuck over the rookie with a chance to go ahead and well Tuck punches out and that is all she wrote.

  49. LDS

    Great, I tune in just in time for Doolittle to enter the game. Think I’ll tune back out.

    • LDS

      Looking over the box score, he pulled Gray with less than 5 innings? And TA only went 21 pitches? Was Gray doing that poorly? The box doesn’t indicate that.

      • J

        Gray wasn’t looking especially sharp, but he had just induced a grounder to short with runners at 2nd and 3rd (leading to an easy at home), and probably would have been able to get the last out of the inning. I would have left him in. If you’re going to leave him in the game with runners at 2nd and 3rd and one out, with a strikeout artist in the bullpen, I have no idea why you take him out with runners on the corners and two outs. But I’m sure Bell had his “reasons.”

    • bug

      Bell is single-handedly responsible for losing 25 games per year by making stupid moves no one else in baseball would do. It is what it is. When we win it usually in spite of his dumb moves.

      • Melvin

        Naaaw. I manager doesn’t make a difference does he? LOL


    That seems to the Reds offense with runners on first and third and one out -K or dp! That way for years now

    • bug

      Yep. Not a clutch player on the team,..other than maybe Winker. He’s the lone clutch player. Suarez has a hole in his bat.

  51. Chris

    Let’s recap:

    -burn Blandino for nothing in strict adherence to righty-lefty matchups.
    -burns Antone after 20 pitches (the whole week) using the backup catcher for today – to inevitably face a lefty – off of whom he bats like .050.
    -Runs Doolittle out to face a bunch of righties – thus ignoring the right-lefty matchups you thought were important enough to waste a bench bat earlier.

    We are trying to lose. We are point-shaving. Pete Rose would manage us better on a day when he had 5 grand on the Pirates to cover.

    • Roger Garrett

      Its just what Bell does and will continue to do.I was shocked when he pulls Naquin and it all went down hill after that.I know the dude is smart and much smarter then I am but he just tries to hard to prove it.All he needs to do is just watch the game and go with it.Feel for the game that day and knowing you players as to what they can do or can’t do is just as important as all the data in the world.Naquin against a lefty in the 6th with two out is not good but Tuck against a lefty in the 7th is good with the go ahead run on third.Tuck has struck out a bunch and I mean a bunch so far and if he hits in on the ground it is likely to be a double play

      • Dennis

        And therein lies the problem! Bell has no “feel” for the game that’s happening in front of him! Constantly tinkering and over-managing! Choose your best players and let them perform!

    • realist

      Pete Rose would manage us better on a day when he had 5 grand on the Pirates to cover. Now that is funny!

  52. Old-school

    Raise your hand if you picked Doolittle retiring the side of all righties 1-2-3 with 11 pitches

    • Tom Mitsoff

      The third batter was a lefty, Frazier.

      • Old-school

        Yes- lefty pinch hitter didnt work out for the Pirates

  53. Indy Red Man

    Shogo? Men on last time and 2-0 count and he took a feeble half-derrierre swing? This time just smoked like a high school kid. IDK about him. I’d already given up last year and didn’t see his September success. All I’ve seen is him getting smoked like everybody throwing 95+ is DeGrom.


      Shogo should still be at Louisville working on his spring training. He didn’t really have one because of injury. But since Bob is paying his salary he wants him to earn it while playing at this level when clearly he not ready, IMO. If India isn’t playing more why isn’t he playing at Louisville. He needs to play to get better especially if he is in the reds future plans.

  54. Roger Garrett

    Hope this works out for Eugenio right here.

  55. Old-school

    Suarez meaningful at bat with runners on base

    Swings 79 mph slider- unhittable ball borderline strike
    Takes a ball
    Swings at a ball and fouls it off at his ankles.
    Swings and misses on gas

    When do you bench Suarez ?

    Its getting close to sending India down to AAA and play 3b

    • LDS

      Trade Suarez for a SS, start India full time. Since it appears the Reds are going nowhere this year, at least develop the young guys.

      • LDS

        I’ll take a rookie batting .150 over a guy in his 8th season doing the same.

  56. bug

    Forget it. Bell will play Suarez no matter the cost. He’ll strike out his normal 200 times this year,..may bat .180 for the year,..and he’ll play every single game. The Reds organization will never learn. Sad.

  57. Indy Red Man

    Jon Gray going for the Rocks right now. We skip him and his 3.05 era. Get this win and get 3 of 4 in Colorado! The time is now!

  58. realist

    Who didn’t know Suarez and Akiyama wouldn’t come through. Stephenson is worrying me with his ability to block pitches. Please don’t bring AG into this close game.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      He can’t come in. He’s suspended.

    • docproc

      Don’t need to worry about that. 🙂


      AG will not pitch, can’t mlb took care of that!


    Lets get a run or 5 right here!

  60. VaRedsFan

    Hard to believe this is a 1-1 game and 3 hours old thru 8 innings. Here’s to you Wade Miley and your fast paced approach.

    • Corky Miller

      And Wade’s strike throwing helps even more

  61. Indy Red Man

    I wonder what the numbers say, but it feels like the new extra inning rule gives the road team a better chance! If we can get it to the 10th?

  62. Frankie Tomatoes

    The old Tomato would like it if the team could score more than one run today

  63. Tom Mitsoff

    Now it’s the battle of the questionable portions of these two bullpens.

    • Melvin

      Sure would be nice if we had some young talent to bring up and help our pitching staff. 🙂

  64. Old-school

    India needs to go to AAA and play 3b every day. Its time to plan for suarez replacement. He gets a few more weeks hitting 7 th but india and Senzel and Garcia are the future and they need to be groomed.

    Its mid May and Suarez clock is running out

    Jesse winker All Star

    • Corky Miller

      Agree on India, but Farmer has earned the SS job until he cools off or Garcia is ready.

      Suarez will not be benched. He stays at 3B. Moose goes back to 2B when Votto returns.

      Senzel and Shogo platoon in CF. They are similar players…. even though Senzel is our only “ballplayer”, whatever that means. I’ll take ballplayers that produce.

    • Jim t

      We are far from starting try outs for next year. Also It may be a bit early to give up on a guy who mashed 49 hrs 90 some odd games ago.

  65. VaRedsFan

    Winker breaks the tie…..need to add more please.

  66. VaRedsFan

    Professional hitting by Winker and Nick C.

  67. VaRedsFan

    Hembree will pitch next.
    Looks like Hoffman will bat for Sims.

  68. Tom Mitsoff

    Hopefully that will turn things around for Suarez!

    • Melvin

      Was talking about Miley. Happy for Suarez.

  69. VaRedsFan

    Huge hit by Geno!!!!!

  70. DaveCT

    Good for Geno. Thats gotta feel good.

  71. Doc

    If the Reds hold on, Miley’s IF fly rule pop out, rather than a Home to first DP, could be a play of the game candidate!

  72. Indy Red Man

    Told you extras might be nice)) Now if they throw strikes then its over.

  73. Tim

    Happy for Suarez. Went with the pitch. Great results.

  74. Old-school

    Reds getting it done
    Won a series
    But india needs to go AAA and get 150 at bats the next 6 weeks and play 3b and 2b

    Suarez is very questionable

    • Indy Red Man

      Geno in April K’d over 43% of the time
      Geno in May K’d less then 28% of the time

      baby steps sir….baby steps