The Cincinnati Reds will look for their second win of their series with the Atlanta Braves this afternoon after splitting the first two games. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Atlanta Braves

Cincinnati Reds

Ronald Acuña Jr. – RF Jonathan India– 2B
Freddie Freeman – 1B Jesse Winker – LF
Ozzie Albies – 2B Nick Castellanos – RF
Austin Riley – 3B Joey Votto – 1B
Dansby Swanson – SS Tyler Naquin – CF
Guillermo Heredia – LF Eugenio Suárez – 3B
William Contreras – C Tucker Barnhart – C
Ender Inciarte – CF Kyle Farmer – SS
Ian Anderson – SP Luis Castillo – SP

Starting Pitchers

Luis Castillo

It’s been a tough season for Luis Castillo, but he’s been pitching well for the last five weeks. Dating back to May 18th he’s made seven starts and posted a 3.63 ERA in 39.2 innings with just three home runs allowed and he’s struck out 45 batters.

In that stretch he’s held right-handed hitters to a .211/.291/.324 line in 79 plate appearances, walking six and striking out 19. Lefties haven’t hit as well, posting a .183/.326/.268 line in 89 plate appearances against him – but they have walked 15 times with 26 strikeouts.

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam 2-Seam Change Curve
Velo 96.8 96.9 87.7 85.4
Usage 30.7% 20.3% 31.6% 17.4%

Ian Anderson

It’s been another strong season for Ian Anderson. After getting his feet wet in the big leagues in 2020, making six starts with a 1.95 ERA, he’s now made 14 starts this season and has a 3.33 ERA in 75.2 innings with 79 strikeouts. He has been a bit inconsistent in the last month, allowed four earned runs in three different starts that didn’t see him record an out in the 5th inning in two of them and only one out in the 5th inning of another, but also having two starts where he hasn’t allowed a single run.

Anderson has been good against both lefties and righties this season, but there are some small reverse splits happening this season. Left-handed hitters have a .195/.269/.297 line against him. Right-handed hitters have a .239/.311/.362 line against him.

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam Change Curve
Velo 94.8 88.0 80.5
Usage 47.8% 32.2% 20.0%

When and Where

  • Game time: 4:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: ­85°, cloudy, 3% chance of rain.

News and Notes

Tejay Antone placed on the 10-day injured list

Just prior to the game this afternoon the Reds placed Tejay Antone on the injured list with a forearm strain and called up Cionel Pérez. We’ve got more details here if you are interested.

Louisville Bats manager Pat Kelly ejected during a wardrobe malfunction

I’ve been covering minor league baseball for 16 years now. Last night I saw something I have never seen before and probably will never see again: Pat Kelly was ejected from the game after the home plate umpire had a wardrobe malfunction and was putting on a new belt during the game. There’s some video and a bit more of an explanation of the situation here if you’re interested in the theatrics.

NL Central Standings

Playoff odds via Fangraphs

Team W L GB Playoff %
Brewers 43 33 0 68.3%
Cubs 42 34 1.0 30.9%
Reds 27 37 5.0 11.1%
Cardinals 26 40 7.0 3.0%
Pirates 28 46 14.0 0.0%

98 Responses

  1. dhmorgan

    Scrolling through past pieces I came upon “Regleg Nation Predictions For The 2021 Reds Season” posted in late March.
    Six members of the Redleg Nation staff projected their win-loss numbers which averaged 83 wins and 79 losses. If the Reds win the next two games against the Braves, they will be squarely on target (although we can hope for better numbers going forward).
    Speaking of being on target: There was another piece titled “Is Nick Castellanos Poised To Have A Big Season For The Reds” by Ashley Davis. Me thinks it’s time to remove the “Is” and the “?.”

  2. BatsLeftThrowsRight

    Reds need to go to a six man rotation when Gray gets back, have the starters try to go as long as possible. This bullpen has one reliable arm left, Brach. Others need to step up to avoid this team cratering right before All-Star break

  3. LDS

    I see TA is back on the IL. That could make for a very long couple of weeks. At least the Reds still have Doolittle. He’s going to regain his form any day now.

    • Dennis Westrick

      And what form would that be? Looking over his shoulder as the ball lands on the outfield bleachers?

      • LDS

        Well, I can be hopeful. He was good once.

  4. Bet on Red

    Injuries piling up. Not looking good. Wind is 14MPH 10 mins to game time, Coming in from right again. Mother nature must be a braves fan

  5. Klugo

    Deflating news leads to blowout loss. Seems I’ve seen this movie before.

  6. Old-school

    Castillo looked strong
    Pounding the zone

    • Bet on Red

      There are hits that are bombs, that was a nuke

      • RedsMonk65

        You bet. And through a cross-wind.

  7. RojoB

    We should not know the name Laz Diaz but we all do

  8. Old-school

    Winker 109 mph and 435 feet
    Base-running much better.

  9. Indy Red Man

    Braves have alot of guys that could’ve let Suarez throw to Votto and then score from 3rd, but luckily Riley isn’t one of them. Nice rally by Luis!

  10. Melvin

    Farmer has to be loving this year. He pretty much plays every game, every AB no matter what. Talk about job security.

    • Dennis Westrick

      Farmer would not be on the roster of any other MLB team except maybe the AAA Pirates!

      • Melvin

        I would like him as a backup catcher and an emergency replacement other places. Only problem with that is we know David Bell would not use him that way. So as long as DB is the manager I’d rather him not be on the roster.

      • Jimbo44CN

        That’s not true. He is an average shortstop, adequate on defense and a bit below par on offense. He would make a lot of other teams.

    • JA

      He’s our more reliable SS we have available, however.

      • Melvin

        We’re way too much afraid of the DFA thing. The name of the game is to try to win. We’re not using all of our assets to do that.

  11. Roger Garrett

    Farmer is just wearing down.He never has been an every day player.Reds knew that and have gone that way after Senzel and Moose went down.Help is available.Just got to bring up a guy that is a legit short stop and let him platoon or take over.

  12. Old-school

    Castillo struck out acuna with high inside FB

    Ump didnt call it

    • RojoB

      See above

      It’s why we known his name

      It’s on a short list with some others

  13. Steelerfan

    Ok that was some crazy wind on the flyball there

  14. Indy Red Man

    Strange. I’ve never seen the wind do much at gabp for some reason. Interesting. Luis pitching to contact and its loud contact, but zeroes are zeroes

  15. Tom Mitsoff

    Keep in mind later in the game: Riley has 109 and 112 exit velo off Castillo in two at-bats.

  16. Indy Red Man

    Steal 2nd base!! He throws alot of offspeed and Nick will handle the fb.

  17. Dennis Westrick

    LC is dodging more bullets than Neo in The Matrix!

  18. RedsMonk65

    India+Winker+Nick C. = runs (usually, in some combination).

    Good deal!

  19. RedsMonk65


    Reds 3-0

    This is what I like to see….

  20. Old-school

    Larkin talking about fun inning and different approach hitting this year
    Hit the ball hard on a line and make productive outs.


    A real baseball game with lots of fans has broken out at GABP

  21. Dennis Westrick

    That’s more like it Votto!

  22. Dennis Westrick

    Suarez, Barnhart & Farmer all striking out in the bottom of the 4th? C’mon guys! Put the bat on the ball and put it in play! Something good may happen!

  23. Roger Garrett

    Got Acuna on a change up.Rare when a righty throws one to a righty.No need to mess with Freddie and he didn’t but he gets Albies.Luis has been good for awhile now.

  24. Tom Mitsoff

    Reds are playing defense today!

  25. RedsMonk65

    Nailed at the plate!

    Some good defense (by both teams) this series.

  26. DaveCT

    Goodness, Jonathon India can play the game of baseball.

    • Roger Garrett

      Should be leading off and playing second base for a few years.

  27. Mark Moore

    Nick is playing some fine D. Held him to a single then a near perfect throw to the relay. Fun to watch.

  28. RojoB

    What are these rumors that Winker has left the ballpark?

  29. Randy in Chatt

    and why was Winker taken out of the game??? I had to look to see if it was a double-switch when I realized LC was still in the game.

  30. Roger Garrett

    Glad we got 3 off of Anderson before he kicked it in gear.Ten straight after Joey’s single.Guess he is gone now and thats a good thing.

  31. Steelerfan

    He worked around some issues, but great start by Castillo. It feels like he is just “this” close to getting things figured out

  32. Roger Garrett

    Castillo still at 98 in the 7th.Guess is he is done at 106 pitches.He was really good today.

  33. Steelerfan

    Place without sound, if anyone has Winker update would appreciate it.

    Thx all and have great weekend.

    • RojoB

      Twitter so far says: he entered the dugout after his groundout, Bell told him something, he grabbed gear and exited.

      Also some are noting that he made a dive for a ball in the fourth, so perhaps it’s an injury and Bell told him he’s out until it’s looked at

      All speculation.

      It would be so Reds FO if he’s been traded for Archie Bradley, Jr or Raisel Iglesias rofl

      • Steelerfan

        Thx for update really appreciate it!


    • RedsMonk65

      Right hip contusion — according to radio booth

      • RojoB

        That’s what i heard too

        Maybe taken out as a precaution (that’s my two cents)

  34. Dennis Westrick

    A couple more runs would be nice before Bell has to play Reliever Roulette!

  35. Tom Mitsoff

    Very, very interesting move in the top of the eighth by Bell. First two batters are Freeman and Albies, lefthanded. But Bell brings in righthander Brach. Does Bell consider Brach the best he has at the moment? Perhaps.

    • Steelerfan

      I can’t read it another way.

      Indians rained out so actually getting to watch game. Yay…

  36. Roger Garrett

    We will see but normally he is about match ups.

  37. LGR

    Larkin needs to watch his mouth about getting Antone and Sims back by the deadline being all the bullpen needs lol.

    • RojoB

      All they need?

      Interesting take there

      • LGR

        He said getting them back is like making a trade. I’m not.. or we could you know.. get a few more arms, too?

  38. Randy in Chatt

    Winker with right hip contusion

  39. Roger Garrett

    Walks are just so bad but especially late in games.Just have to make the other team hit their way on.

  40. Roger Garrett

    Just can’t get out of our own way.Man you would think it couldn’t get any worse.

  41. Dennis Westrick

    Again, batter walked by Brach scores!

    • RojoB

      It always feels less painful if the opponents scores by earning their way on base

  42. Old-school

    Stephenson- like winker- has no power

  43. Roger Garrett

    Love it when the young guys come through.Gives me hope in a couple of years we may really be a contender.

      • Roger Garrett

        Can you imagine him setting behind the dugout hollering at players?

  44. RojoB

    The question now is…

    Who will it be for the 9th?

    I vote Art Warren

  45. Roger Garrett

    Brach is the 8th inning guy or he was today so who closes?

  46. RedsMonk65

    Here is the chance AG has been looking for …

  47. RedsMonk65

    Reds win! Nice performance by Castillo — and Garrett, and several others.

    • RojoB

      It would be great if he keeps it together right now with Antone and Sims injured

    • DaveCT

      Last slider was broke about eight feet. P

      • AllTheHype

        Yup but then he hung 2 sliders at the top of the zone to earlier batters, one of which was hit for the single. Hence AG’s struggle with consistency. If he could throw them all like that last one, he’d be good most of the time.

  48. TR

    It’s nice to see Castillo and Garrett on the way back. This version of the Reds is a fun team to watch.

  49. Roger Garrett

    Just saw the replay of the slider to Freddie and it was nasty.He has to protect and it looked good but boy as DaveCT said that had some break on it.

    • AllTheHype

      But he hung 2 sliders before that, one hit for single, the other taken.

    • DaveCT

      Freddie was disarmed and despatched

  50. Doc

    Kudos to AG. He beat the best the Braves have to offer. Has anybody noticed that he has dropped his ERA by 2+ runs over the past week or two while the naysayers have continued to denigrate him?

    Brach gave up a run. Oh my, he is terrible. Good relievers never give up any runs. The sky is falling; watch out, Brad!

    The key to a better bullpen is better starting pitching going deeper into games. Case in point today.

    • Dennis Westrick

      You hit the nail on the head my friend! Quality starts by the SP staff inherently makes your BP infinitely better!