The Cincinnati Reds will look to stay alive for the playoffs this afternoon as they host the Pittsburgh Pirates in a make up of a previously postpone game. Cincinnati must win to remain in the playoff race as the Cardinals magic number is 1 for the second wild card spot. If you are outside of the Pirates and Reds markets, this game is available on MLB Network this afternoon.

Starting Lineups

Pittsburgh Pirates

Cincinnati Reds

Ke’Bryan Hayes – 3B Jonathan India – 2B
Yoshi Tsutsugo – RF Max Schrock – LF
Bryan Reynolds – CF Nick Castellanos – RF
Colin Moran – 1B Joey Votto – 1B
Anthony Alford – LF Eugenio Suárez – 3B
Cole Tucker – SS Kyle Farmer – SS
Kevin Newman – 2B Delino DeShields – CF
Taylor Davis – C Tucker Barnhart – C
Connor Overton – SP Reiver Sanmartin – SP

Starting Pitchers

Reiver Sanmartin

The lefty is making his Major League debut this afternoon. Sanmartin has pitched mostly in Triple-A this season, but did pitch in four games with the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts at the beginning of the year. We wrote a more detailed post about his season yesterday if you’re interested in more of a deep dive.

Expect to see a fastball in the 89-92 MPH range today coming from a low 3/4 arm slot with a little bit of funk to the mechanics. He’s also bring a slider and a change up in the low-to-mid 80’s.

Connor Overton

The Cincinnati Reds and Connor Overton have seen a lot of each other in the last two weeks. Overton started against the Reds on September 16th and then pitched an inning of relief against them on the 20th. He didn’t allow a run in the 4.0 innings between the two games. In his last start, which came on the 23rd, the Phillies touched him up for 4 runs in 2.2 innings. He’s only thrown 14.1 innings this season. Those 4 runs he allowed the last time out against the Phillies represent the only runs he’s given up this season in the Major Leagues across his 8 appearances.

When and Where

  • Game time: 1:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,, MLB Network (out of market)
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 78°, sunny, 0% chance of rain

Notes Worth Noting

Reds DFA Beau Taylor

Were you even aware that Beau Taylor was on the Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster? It’s ok if you didn’t know – he never really seemed like an option for the organization. Last week when the team needed a catcher, rather than call him up the team chose to add another catcher to the 40-man roster, Mark Kolozsvary, and instead call him up. The writing was on the wall then, and today, the Reds made the move to designated Taylor for assignment to create a spot for Reiver Sanmartin on the 40-man.

The team also placed Luis Castillo on the emergency family medical list. Hopefully everything is ok there. That move, though, did open a spot on the 28-man active roster for Sanmartin.

A Colombian first

Joel Luckhaupt points out that Reiver Sanmartin will be the first Colombian starting pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds when he makes his debut this afternoon, and that he will be only the second Colombian pitcher in the history of the organization.

Riley O’Brien to start on Tuesday

With Luis Castillo being placed on the emergency family medical list the Reds will have Riley O’Brien come up to start on Tuesday against the Chicago White Sox. It will be his Major League debut. We will have more on him following this afternoon’s game.

NL Central Standings

Playoff odds via Fangraphs

Team W L GB Playoff %
Brewers 94 62 0 100.0%
Cardinals 87 69 7.0 100.0%
Reds 81 75 13.0 0.0%
Cubs 67 89 27.0 0.0%
Pirates 58 97 35.5 0.0%

93 Responses

  1. Bet on Red

    If the reds win out and the dirty birds lose out is our only hope? Is that right?

    • Jim Walker

      So now watch the Reds run the table and the Cards go .500 or less in the last week so we can spend the playoffs discussing which 3-4 games were the worst ones for the Reds to have frittered away 😉

      • reds

        I predict the Reds win out and the Cardinals go 1-5. Because such is the life of a Reds fan.

  2. Jim Walker

    I can hardly recall that far back but I think when the Reds claimed Beau Taylor and DFA Deivy Grullon as “3rd catcher” at AAA was my first roster management groan of the season. Little did I realize……. 😉

    • JB

      I knew he was on the 40 all year and complained about only to be told that somebody needs to catch in AAA. True but he didn’t need to be on the 40. Nobody would have claimed a 30 something weak hitting catcher and if they did there are 100 more like him. Another dumb Reds move.

      • Doc

        And just how did this “dumb move” impact the Reds this season one way or another? If at any point they needed that slot it was only a DFA away. They went a good part of this season with fewer than 40 players on the 40 man so his presence had zero noticeable impact on this team’s season. It may have been a move of no consequence, but in so being it is hardly a dumb move.

  3. Indy Red Man

    Technically we don’t have a zero % chance?

    Have to give Farmer some credit. I wanted him replaced like everybody else, but he’s streaky good with the bat and if he reaches it then you’re out. My feeling is if Nick leaves then be prepared to rebuild with Barrero in 2022 and if he resigns then KF is probably the guy again.

    Geno? Hard to say he’s over it since he’s been facing AAAA guys all month. LA shut him down

    • Doc

      No, not “like everyone else”. I have been consistent in not wanting him replaced in a pennant race by a rookie who has yet to demonstrate he can hit his weight at the MLB level.

      • Indy Red Man

        Well drafting guys high and then watching them excel in the minors to be blocked by 30 something journeyman is a move only the Reds have mastered. Dusty did it with 25 yr old Cozart vs washed up useless Renteria. Its been going on here for 15 years atleast

  4. JB

    San Martin only needed 13 pitches and he struck out 2. Is that allowed by Reds pitchers in the first?

  5. Indy Red Man

    Decent crossfire lefties can go til 35, but not as starters normally. Loogy’s still have value but not like they did with the rule change.

  6. Redgoggles

    Apparently we are at least a AAAA playoff team.

    • Doc

      Only one other non-playoff team got as close to the playoffs without making it as did the Reds. I submit that makes them better than a AAAA team. Plus, they exceeded expectations of experts and non-experts alike.

  7. Chris Holbert

    Today’s lineup is an example of young guy opportunity. If thy are playing Deshields, a RH, and DB insists on playing Barrero in CF, then why not play him.

    • greenmtred

      You should ask him. India, Schrock and SanMartin playing. Young guys. More young guys yesterday. Reds 6 over .500 and ahead 4-0. And, oh yeah, old guys doing okay.

      • Chris Holbert

        The point is, if they are seriously thinking about Barrero playing CF next year, with the season realistically over, why would they play a guy with a career .246 AVG, .670 OPS, and and a 77+ OPS+. Seriously the argument with India, he has played all year, and San Martin was called up just today, emergency, and will go back tomorrow when Riley comes up. That is my point. This is future time, not retread

      • Chris Holbert

        That dose not include the Barnhart/TS situation.

      • greenmtred

        I did get the point. Deshields is a useful player: speed, defense , and gets on base. I think he may well be in the outfield mix next year, and they may be gathering information to help them decide. I did put forth the thought that they might be considering Barrero as a center fielder, but I don’t know, of course. If they are, it seems unlikely that they’re certain, so they might be watching their options with the time that’s left.

      • Chris Holbert

        Deshields history says, if he is in the mix, that is a sad state of the OF.

      • greenmtred

        If he were a starter, it would be a bad sign, but it certainly seems reasonable that he is in the mix as a 4th or 5th outfielder.

  8. Bet on Red

    but but but…. sitting in class watching the scoring notifcations come in over the phone

  9. Indy Red Man

    So if Sanmartin shuts down the Pirates again this weekend would that be a Golden ReReiver?

  10. Bet on Red

    BUT BUT BUT…. Joey out here stealing nuclear launch codes with that one

    • Mark Moore


      I just saw this (I was scrolling back up looking for it)

  11. Bet on Red

    SUAREZ….. maybe he has figured it out

  12. RedsGettingBetter

    Could Votto have the same caliber of this season in 2022 at age 38? 30+ HR, 90+ RBI , .930+ OPS , 130+ wRC..

    • Roger Garrett

      Why not but he will need more rest.He had 2 days off and facing minor league guys today is just what the doctor ordered.I always expect Votto to be at or above league average and he will be till he isn’t.If the league goes with the DH then that helps him and the Reds.

      • David

        When he gets rest. He can’t play every day for weeks on end.

        Another David Bell bobble-head moment.

      • greenmtred

        Let’s review Votto’s stats for the year. And remember that he famously wants to play every game. Votto is a poor exhibit in the I-hate-Bell-he’s-stupid-and-doesn’t-want-to-win presentation.

  13. Hanawi

    Nice outing from SanMartin. Was asking for him in the middle of the season as a bullpen possibility. Though he did get suspended for awhile after that, which set him back. Seems like they have decided Santillan is a bullpen guy and Sanmartin is a starter. Wonder if those will change next year?

    • RedsGettingBetter

      We’ll see him what he does in the next spring training

    • David

      You actually have to wonder if either will be with the Reds next year.
      No, seriously.

      Young pitchers are great trade fodder. Maybe they could get a good middle reliever for them.
      Or will Miley and Gray be back next year?
      As Branch Rickey once said, “better to trade a player a year early than a year late”.

      • Doc

        Did Branch Rickey leave any manuals on how to determine when it is a year early? Anybody can determine when it is a year too late, but it’s the too early that requires more GM talent than is generally seen in comments on this site.

      • greenmtred

        I also wonder if there are any manuals lying around about player development; specifically, the guidelines for introducing young players to MLB. Lots of commenters here profess great knowledge of the subject.

  14. Kevin H

    Deshields a nice pick up. He could be next year’s starting cf. At least a 4th or 5th outfielder. Speed and defense and hits around average.

    • Hanawi

      He has a sub-.700 OPS for his career over 7 seasons. There’s a reason he was toiling at AAA for the Red Sox instead of being in the MLB. Not like he’s some young prospect.

      Though he’s cheap and part of the family which are two big factors in how the Reds operate.

      • Chris Holbert

        The tell tale sign will be 40 man roster spots that he and Cabrera are using up now, in the off season. That will tell you all you need to know, about the FO.

      • Kevin H

        He passes the eye test in my opinion. We all have our opinions though. Great day to be a reds fan

      • Roger Garrett

        Yep and that’s why he is playing today instead of Friedl or Barrero or even Aquino.It sad the way this organization treats some players.This game is over and it matters little if the older players get another at bat.Watch

      • Chris Holbert

        As I said earlier in the chain, if he is on the outfield “mix’ for 2022, that is a sad state of the OF picture. Career .246 AVG, .670 OPS, and and a 77+ OPS+. I’ll take my chances with Friedl

  15. Votto4life

    What a terrific season by Joey Votto. It has been the highlight of the year for me.

    Someday, there will be a Joey Votto statue standing in front of GABP.

    • Doc

      It looks as though NC tying JV at 92 rbi yesterday lit a fire under JV. Stretched his HR lead over NC and re-took the lead in rbi with 4 so far today.

    • oklared

      Just thrilled this board did not trade him and we get to enjoy him still

  16. Mark Moore

    Just off a call. Caught up with Joey’s 2 and Geno’s 1. Now back to live action. Our young pitcher did pretty well for himself today.

    And the hit parade continues in the 6th.

  17. RedsGettingBetter

    Art Warren throwing fastballs between 95.8 and 97.6 MPH and the slider sitting 87 MPH.. I like his stuff overall. He could help the Reds in next season if keeps healthy up but i don’t know whether he is a FA… it is likely some teams show interest in him…

    • RedsGettingBetter

      Yes, he was picked up from waivers and has rookie status right now. It is not bad to have him next season specially healthy.

  18. Mark Moore

    Geno stretching that single on a lazy throw by Alford. Love that.

  19. Hanawi

    If they can get this September version of Suarez back, that would be go a long way toward helping replace Castellanos’ production if he opts out. I’m cautiously optimistic that he has found something in his approach.

    • Mark Moore

      Same. It does appear his approach is altered a bit. Doesn’t seem to be chasing as much. The HR I watched on video and the live two-base single were pretty sweet swings.

      • Doc

        And just a month ago he was persona non grata on this site, dumpster material, fire sale candidate…

      • Mark Moore

        Jury’s out in my book, Doc. If he finishes the season this way, that’s fine. But he also has to start 2022 with the same approach and not “declare” 50 HR’s while proceeding to whiff and strand runners at an appalling rate.

        So I’m hopeful or cautiously optimistic … but that caution does remain.

      • greenmtred

        Maybe starting 2022 with a healthy shoulder is the issue. He isn’t chasing as much, but his swing appears more compact, and he’s not pulling off the pitch.

      • Chris Holbert

        A month ago, he was still not recovered from the shoulder, but all of a sudden in Sept he is?

      • greenmtred

        I’ve had long-duration shoulder injury. Recovery was gradual, but, of course, as I progressed, more activities became possible. Your explanation for his better swing is just that the pressure was off? He’s been better for a month, and the Reds weren’t out of it at the point when he started hitting.

      • MBS

        Suarez is a guy who was sitting at .171 BA, with another veteran 3B in the organization. The pressure is not off. 2 options, self reflection on his approach, and or more strength / mobility in his shoulder.

      • Chris Holbert

        The pressure of the season is off, they are out of it, so it does not matter now what he does. If you are talking about Moose…seriously//he is hitting .200, and has been bad all year.

    • Kevin H

      Senzel back at his natural position would be a better fit. Suarez seeks like a nice guy, but loafs alot. Not great defense and strikes out way to much.

      Yes, I know about his previous numbers, but he in my opinion has become a liability.

      • Hanawi

        At that point, they’d have to get rid of both Suarez and Moustakas, which is unlikely in my opinion. Also, relying on Senzel staying healthy is at least as much risk and relying on Suarez to return to form. Both are gambles. Senzel still doesn’t have much of an actual production history to rely on either, in addition to being injury-prone.

      • oklared

        I want to keep Senzel but prefer Suarez if looking at production profile and availability.

      • oklared

        Sorry Hanawai did not read your post prior to posting

    • Roger Garrett

      You see I am of the belief that if he hits 240 with 30 homers its a win.Hitting below 200 with an OPS under 700 and a punch out rate of 30% is just awful.Casty,Wink and Joey are good hitters that hit home runs.Suarez just wanted to hit 50 home runs as he stated and he sold out on every other offensive stat to try and do it.Now can he or will he change his approach.Lets not get to carried away this last month over these last few games facing well minor league guys or vets cause neither will be around next year.

  20. Bet on Red

    Replacing the Miami Valley gaming commercials will be a critical point this offseason.

  21. Mark Moore

    Got to go mow the yard … I’m thinking this lead is pretty safe at this point.

  22. Indy Red Man

    If Nick bolts then my vote is for Starling Marte! Its hard enough to get by with an outfield of Nick, Wink, Naquin, and Schrock. Idk how good Marte is defensively but he can run atleast. Marte for Nick would save some payroll too. Marte is old though so if they went that route then might as well keep Miley & Gray and try to compete next year.

    Milw has their own Moose with Yelich. $23 mil/year for 8 hrs/8 steals and a weak arm. The book will get out on Adames too. I’m guessing he’s not a .900 ops hitter.
    Unfortunately Burnes has the 2nd best stuff in the NL imo and Woodruff & Peralta aren’t too far away. Burnes was throwing 96 mph sliders last start. Insane? Maybe it was a cutter or something, but dropped late like a great slider at 95-96. Unhittable.

    • wkuchad

      I want a #4 outfielder that can crush Lefties to start for Winker and Naquin against lefty starters.

  23. Bet on Red

    If rookie of the year was a homerun

  24. Bet on Red

    wow, Suarez trying to make this interesting. TS with the hops

  25. Bet on Red

    Suarez has a real chance of breaking .200 before the end of the season

  26. SOQ

    India’s numbers are up there with some of Dat Dude’s best years. His fielding will only improve

  27. Kevin H

    One last thing. Someone please correct me if I am wrwrong. Reds have control next season with Warren and Cesa, Sims, correct? I hope they sign Givens to a contract as well as Lorenzen. The rookie Mota, as well if so that is a 6 man pen off the cusp. If the cards fall right..

    • Bet on Red

      you are correct. WIlsons contract is weird but effectively allows for team control next year, all others are under team control

    • RedsGettingBetter

      Even Jeff Hoffman is Arb eligible and will be FA by 2025 but I don’t know if he should be DFA’d because it would seem there are better choices than him…Maybe could be traded…

  28. Indy Red Man

    Maybe the Reds should’ve tried Tony S. or Moreta instead of having HH blow game after game. Just a thought

  29. gusnwally

    The easiest solution to a problem for next year is.Tell Joey (who I love) you are sitting against lefties next year, and can play almost every day vs righties. the numbers .292 407 obp 635 slg vs righties .220 319 obp 397slg not to mention 32 K rate vs lefty.It really should be simple.

    • wkuchad

      Lol, you don’t tell the best hitter on your team and the guy with the 6th best OPS in all of baseball that he’s sitting against all lefties and some righties.

      Yes he’s getting older for a baseball player, and I hope Bell gives him adequate scheduled days off (all against lefties) for him to continue to bang next year.

      • oklared

        Exactly many other problems to solve before worry about Joey your most consistent hitter with a proven record. Maybe hope some of these minor leaguers perform as you hope when called up and push people out of spots not handed spots