The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates will wrap up their 3-game series and their 2021 seasons this afternoon in Pittsburgh. The game will have zero effect on the standings. Cincinnati will finish in 3rd place in the National League Central and the Pirates are going to finish last.

Starting Lineups

Cincinnati Reds

Pittsburgh Pirates

Jonathan India – 2B Kevin Newman – 2B
Max Schrock – LF Yoshi Tsutsugo – RF
Nick Castellanos – RF Michael Chavis – 3B
Joey Votto – 1B Colin Moran – 1B
Eugenio Suárez – 3B Anthony Alford – LF
Tyler Stephenson – C Ben Gamel – CF
Jose Barrero – SS Oneil Cruz – SS
TJ Friedl – CF Michael Perez – C
Reiver Sanmartin – SP Mitch Keller – SP

Starting Pitchers

Reiver Sanmartin

The lefty is making his second start of his big league career. In his first start he allowed a run in 5.2 innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts.

Pitch usage from 2021 (1 start)

4-Seam 2-Seam Change Slider
Velo 89.5 89.4 84.6 79.9
Usage 19% 23% 33% 25%

Mitch Keller

On the season he’s made 22 starts for the Pirates and has a 6.27 ERA while giving up 128 hits in 97.2 innings. He’s faced the Reds twice in his last three starts. In both of those starts he allowed two runs, once in 5.0 innings and the other time in 5.2 innings.

Lefties are crushing him to the tune of .351/.426/.487 with 27 walks and 32 strikeouts in 224 plate appearances this year. Righties are finding success, too, hitting .298/.377/.468 against him. His home and road splits are severe, posting an 8.16 ERA at home (3.57 on the road) and hitters have a .953 OPS against him at PNC Park this season (.760 on the road).

Pitch usage from 2021

4-Seam Change Slider Curve
Velo 94.0 90.1 86.2 78.6
Usage 57% 4% 23% 15%

When and Where

  • Game time: 3:05pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 73°, cloudy, 15% chance of rain

Notes Worth Noting

Jonathan India is back

Yesterday before the game manager David Bell noted that Jonathan India may not play again this season. Well, it seems that India talked his way back into the lineup and he’s at second base this afternoon.

The Farm System that wins

The minor league season is officially complete with this afternoon’s contest for Louisville cancelled by rain. This year is the first year that as a whole the Cincinnati Reds farm system has had a winning record since 2011. It’s only the third time since 2005 that the farm system has had a winning record (we can’t go back further than that because Baseball Reference doesn’t have the international complex league records prior to that season). Louisville was the only team of the Reds six farm teams that had a losing record.

31 Responses

  1. CI3J

    Well, here we go. It’s all over but the shoutin’.

    Would be great to end with a win, but I’m happy to just watch the ol’ Redlegs one last time before the long, dark winter begins.

    Let’s go Reds!

  2. Jim Walker

    To everyone, a safe, healthy and enjoyable off season. Especially to those who go on hiatus from RLN over the winter, hope I will be seeing you here next spring because it will mean we all made it through.

  3. Kevin H

    Enjoyed my time posting this season. I came on late, however enjoyed. While we all may have different thoughts, opinions, we all have 1 thing we want a good Reds team.

    Die hard fan through and through. Here’s to a win and a exciting off season. GOD willing see you all next season. Hopefully a good off season in terms of signings and stuff. Be safe everyone

  4. Bet on Red

    If the Bengals had not played thursday I would have skipped this one…. looking at it now, the former Cincinnati reds pitching staffs… (SFG) will be the NL representive in the WS

  5. Bet on Red

    Honestly, surprised we got out of there only with one run scored against

  6. Bet on Red

    BUT BUT BUT….. 99 RBIs does he have one more

  7. MK

    Sparky used to say a team should be built defensively by their strength up the middle. Today the Reds have all rookies up the middle including the pitcher. Stephenson, Sanmartin, India , Barrera, Friedl. It either speaks well for the future or is bad for the present.

  8. Jim Walker

    SanMartin through 5 innings on 82 pitches after a nearly disastrous start. Yes, it is vs Pirates in game 162 but it is also the 2nd time they have seen him inside a week. I think he has at the least pitched his way onto the winter 40 man roster and a long look at a bullpen spot in 2022

    • Bet on Red

      agreed, we are about to have the too many pitchers problem

      • Jim Walker

        As many have said before me, a team can *never* have too much pitching. It is a storage of wealth and medium of exchange if not immediately needed

    • Old-school

      Sanmartin looks like a shifty lefty who changes speeds and keeps the ball down and hard to square up

      Reds have proven they arent paying for bullpen arms.

      Sims, Cessa and Garrett will get modest raises and not go to arbitration- say $ 1.25 mil/2 mil/2.25 mil each. Justin Wilson will exercise his player option at 2.3 mil
      Santillan,Warren, Moreta, and SanMartin would be MLB minimum -another $2.5 mil combined

      Thats an 8 man budget friendly 2022 bullpen at a combined ~ 10 mil.

      Givens and Lorenzen will not be back

      There will be the usual veteran reliever invites to ST as big money teams release or non tender

      This will be a budget bullpen in 2022 to offset the contracts of moose and akiyama

  9. LDS

    Garrett? Bell really wants to lose. Hopefully, this is Garrett’s last Reds appearance.

  10. Roger Garrett

    Amir Garrett is just so hard to figure but when he throws strikes with both pitches he can and does get guys out as do most pitchers.Often he just can’ throw strikes.I expect him to back next year.Not saying he should be but he is a lefty and hits 95 MPH at times and that is just hard to get rid of.

  11. CI3J

    Well, this is it, ladies and gents. The last ABs of the Cincinnati Reds for 2021.

    Enjoy it while it lasts.

  12. Melvin

    Votto just barely missed 100 RBI. Too bad he didn’t have four games instead of three at the end to try to get there. Same thing for India for 100 runs scored.

  13. LDS

    I’m sure I’m in the minority here but I’d like this to have been Suarez’s last game as a Red. Trade him for something, a SS, a CF, a 1B, even a 3B.

    • Melvin

      Big Bob will shed that money if he can I’m sure.

      • LDS

        Sad but true. Right now, I have more confidence in AA than Senzel, Moose, or Suarez and that is a monstrous shame.

      • Melvin

        I know I don’t have a leg to stand on considering what he’s done lately but my instincts, gut feeling, or whatever you want to call it tell me counting on AA in a full season would not be a bad thing.

      • LDS

        Agree though it’s hard to say. He needs regular playing time to figure that out and that’s just not the way it’s done. Oh well, we have several months to hope for positive change.

      • Chris Holbert

        I’ll pass on AA, he is gong to be 28 at the beginning of next season. and has shown weekly HR power..they can do better

    • TR

      It’s time to trade Suarez with the attractive contract and the Sept. offensive comeback. Don’t wait too long. Centerfield is a major Red’s need.

  14. CI3J


    Reds’ bullpen just HAD to give up a few more runs before the curtain comes down.

    You know, for old time’s sake.

    • Redsvol

      that might have a silver lining in Givens free agent price coming down. i’d like to have him back at 3-4M$. Rather see him than Amir Garret back.

      We also need to sign, or trade, for one decent 9th inning guy. I wouldn’t be comfortable relying on Sims in that role. I like a bullpen of Sims, Santillana, Cessa, Wilson, Moretta, Warren, Givens and a free agent closer. Much more confidence in that bullpen than the one we opened up with this year. As @Oldschool said, a budget bullpen for a budget team.

  15. Bet on Red

    once again, returning players get it done while the ones departing gives them up…. and that is it….take the L out of Lover, this season is over