After starting the season on the road for the first time in over 30 years, the Cincinnati Reds will open the gates for the first time at Great American Ball Park this season. The Reds split their opening series of the season with Atlanta and now host the Cleveland Guardians to kick off the home schedule.

Starting Lineups

Here’s the lineup for Tuesday’s home opener:

Cleveland Guardians

Cincinnati Reds

Myles Straw – CF Jonathan India – 2B
Steven Kwan – LF Tyler Naquin – RF
Jose Ramirez – 3B Tommy Pham – LF
Franmil Reyes – DH Joey Votto – 1B
Amed Rosario – SS Tyler Stephenson – C
Owen Miller – 1B Nick Senzel – CF
Oscar Mercado – RF Mike Moustakas – 3B
Andres Gimenez – 2B Kyle Farmer – SS
Austin Hedges – C Jake Fraley – DH
Shane Bieber – SP Tyler Mahle – SP

Starting Pitchers

Stats are from 2021.

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB% K%
Shane Bieber 96.2 3.17 1.21 8.1% 33.1%
Tyler Mahle 180.0 3.75 1.23 8.4% 27.7%
Links: Tyler Mahle’s Stats | Shane Bieber’s Stats

Tyler Mahle

The 2021 season was a breakout one for Tyler Mahle, though the breakout probably started in 2020. But some weird stuff happened in 2021 for Mahle as he was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball when he was on the road (2.30 ERA in 18 starts), but when he pitched at home he pitched like a guy who should probably be in Triple-A (5.63 ERA in 15 starts). His splits versus lefties and righties were big, too. Mahle dominated lefties, while righties were quite good against him.

In the season opener he picked up the win while being charged with an unearned run in 5.0 innings. He held the Braves to just three hits and two walks while striking out seven batters.

2021 Splits

RHH 387 92 18 2 18 7.8% 24.5% .270 .342 .493
LHH 372 66 13 1 6 9.1% 30.9% .198 .276 .297

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Slider Splitter
Velo 94.0 86.7 86.4
Usage 53.1% 31.1% 15.8%

Shane Bieber

One of the best pitchers in baseball, Shane Bieber has a 2.91 ERA over his last 63 games dating back to the start of the 2019 season. He’s made two All-Star teams in that span (there have only been two All-Star teams to be made) and he’s won a Cy Young Award.

Bieber has interesting splits. Lefties certainly hit better against him in 2021, but they also struck out significantly more. When they made contact they made it count – at least by comparison to what righties did.

2021 Splits

RHH 200 39 7 0 5 6.0% 29.0% .210 .260 .328
LHH 205 45 11 1 6 10.2% 37.1% .249 .337 .420

Pitch Usage (in 2021)

4-Seam Change Curve Cutter Slider
Velo 92.8 87.4 83.1 88.2 85.7
Usage 35.3% 4.7% 31.2% 3.2% 25.5%

When and Where

  • Game time: 4:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 65°, cloudy, 20% chance of rain

News and Notes

Phil Castellini tells Reds fans to be careful what they ask for

This morning Reds COO Phil Castellini joined hosts Mo Egger and Scott Sloane on 700 WLW and he said some things that if he were being advised by a marketing firm on what to say would absolutely have been on the list of things NOT to say. He complained that the games economics work against the Reds, said where else will fans go, a new owner might move the team to make more money – it wasn’t great. We wrote about it here, addressing many of the points Castellini attempted to make, and have a link so you can listen to it in its entirety.

Lucas Sims sent to Triple-A to begin a rehab assignment

Reliever Lucas Sims will join the Louisville Bats starting tonight for a rehab assignment. The Bats are on the road in Omaha for the next six days.

Nick Lodolo officially named the starter for Wednesday

The worst kept secret in Cincinnati was confirmed by the club this morning when they officially announced Nick Lodolo would start the game tomorrow. He’s not on the roster yet and the team will need to make both a 40-man and a 28-man roster move to activate him.

Luis Castillo threw a bullpen session today

Can the Reds get Steven Kwan out?

Guardians left fielder Steven Kwan has played in four Major League Baseball games. He’s picked up nine hits and five walks. He’s hitting an absurd .692 with a .789 on-base percentage. Kwan hasn’t struck out in the regular season in 19 plate appearances. He didn’t strike out in 34 plate appearances in the spring. Last year to end the season he played in four games against the Reds Triple-A affiliate the Louisville Bats and in four games he also didn’t strike out. His last strikeout game on September 26th against the Nashville Sounds – 72 plate appearances ago.

Around the Beat

Jonathan India’s rise

Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about Jonathan India’s journey and how he got the help from his parents along the way. Also, Jonathan India’s dad can bench press your dad.

Nick Senzel clears the air with the organization

Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer has a piece on Nick Senzel that looks back at what happened last year, how Senzel went about his offseason, and how things were addressed when he got into Goodyear.

132 Responses

  1. realist

    It certainly is sad what nepotism produces,

    • Redsfan4life

      I’d settle for Mahle being a better pitcher at GABP.

  2. ClayMC

    Really hoping the offense shows up. We’ve been singles-heavy in the first series and we can’t continue successfully sequencing those together forever. The offense’s exit velocity, through 93 balls in play, is last in the league by a pretty wide margin. Trying not to be pessimistic, but that’s potentially a huge red flag moving forward.

    Side note, the team’s hardest hit ball thus far is a Jake Fraley groundout that ranks as the 248th hardest hit ball this year. That means the average team has 8-9 harder hit balls than the Reds’ hardest hit ball. Hoping it’s just small sample size…

    • Indy Red Man

      Maybe its because Fried, Morton, and Ian Anderson are pretty good. Just a thought

      • Old-school

        Unfortunately Bieber is better than all 3.
        Unanimous 2020 Cy young.

      • ClayMC

        Are Fried, Morton, and Anderson any better than every other teams 1-2-3 starters?

  3. LDS

    I would have preferred Bell move Pham down, maybe ahead of Moose, and shift the other guys up. Pham is still hitless. May bounce back this season but hasn’t yet. And isn’t Fraley better defensively than Naquin?

  4. Mark Moore

    Well, THOSE were two really nice throws by TySteve. Right on the money for the tag. Big reset for Mahle getting out of the inning at 17 pitches.

  5. Mark A Verticchio

    Strange way to start a game, not a good challenge by the Indians.

  6. Indy Red Man

    Really dumb move by Cleveland when you consider the bandbox we play in. The OFs are so close that a hard hit single might not score a guy from 2nd even w/2 outs and they took a guy off the bases for their 2 best power hitters. As a fan its a much better game when people run, but it doesn’t make sense most of the time.

  7. Mark A Verticchio

    The Reds month of April schedule has to be one of, if not, the toughest in baseball.

  8. Bet on Red

    poor decision making by the Guardians… Pham strikes out again… gotta think that starting him at three was a mistake until at least he got up to speed.

    • Gpod

      take a look at his at bat…..gets ahead 2-0… a hitters count….with 2 outs you look to do some damage…..looks at 2 pitches right down the middle of the plate…then swings at a pitch in the dirt…..really

  9. Indy Red Man

    Welcome to Cincinnati Mr. EuTommyio Phamez!

    Pulling his head just like our boy.

  10. Bet on Red

    Ouch… 2 miscues in a row…. gotta get this under control

  11. VaRedsFan

    Speaking of Suarez….He went deep today.
    Lorenzen last night. 6ip 2 hits, 1 run

    • Votto4life

      I think the Reds are going to regret letting Lorenzen walk. Geno not so much.

  12. Old-school

    Nibbler Mahle at GABP doing what he does.
    He is afraid to throw strikes with men on base. This is mental.

  13. Votto4life

    There is that improved Reds defense

  14. Bet on Red

    an embarrassment of an inning Defensively… gotta get it stopped and score some runs

  15. TyGuy88

    Well atleast we got a proven player like Pham to replace Winker in the lineup and I on the field.

  16. Steelerfan

    I mean, that was just painful to watch, especially given an offensively challenged Guardians offense (against everyone other than KC).

    If Senzel end up on the IL in the nexteek, I will start to believe in curses.

  17. Mark A Verticchio

    This team is really offensively challenged, there is no other way to look at it. The lack of power is really going to hurt.

  18. Darrin

    I love how they’re hyping up this dumpster fire. Guys we have eyes. I think I’ll just hit mute.

  19. Steelerfan

    Sorry for off topic question, but does anyone know if they changed the old AL rule that a DH can’t switch and play a position in the field during the game unless the pitcher bats going forward? Tried googling and didn’t necesarily find an updated 2022 rule and was thinking that if our outfielders had both been hurt, with Fraley at DH (and gulp at that anyway) and had to move, might have been a problem.

    • Tom

      Only DH rule change I’m aware of is the Otani rule. If a pitcher is the team’s DH & is removed for another pitcher, he can remain in the game as DH.

      • Steelerfan

        Thanks! I wasn’t aware of that one, but makes sense.

  20. DaveCT

    Moose’s catch in foul territory has me concerned for the visitor’s dugout railing. That was one large tookus and, thankfully, it was not at ramming speed!

  21. Steelerfan

    Well, the Guardindians bullpen is potentially shaky, but with Bieber probably pitching two more innings, that might be enough.

  22. Votto4life

    Oh dear God, it’s a Jeff Hoffman day already.

  23. Darrin

    It’s a sad day when you’d prefer a strikeout

    • DaveCT

      Standard Operating Procedures for Castellani-Ball

  24. Steelerfan

    According to Cleveland radio, Bieber is limited to somewhere betwen 72 to 80 pitches.

    So after that inning, 8th inning in play?

  25. Gpod

    any prediction on how long we will have to watch the Pham “revenge tour”?

  26. Bet on Red

    Well, the first true white flag of the week

  27. Old-school

    This team desperately needs an MLB lefty bat and MLB lefty reliever. 2 glaring holes. It’s Votto and then reasonable Naquin and then nothing. Moose is going to continue to get thrown out there so he gets his chances and has the pedigree but Fraley is a 4th outfielder but not an every day hitter.

    This is starting to repeat last year. Only hope in 2021 was Suarez magic turnaround. Only hope this year is Moose magic.

    Has any Reds FA position player started off worse than Tommy Pham?

    • Indy Red Man

      Didn’t Moose go 0-27 right after the Pirates series when he came back? Wasn’t his first appearance like Pham obviously

    • Votto4life

      Cabrera was pretty miserable last year

  28. Mark A Verticchio

    Pham 0 for 15, he is getting to that dangerous point where you have trouble ever digging out of such a terrible start. Bell needs to move him down or sit him a game or two. Well now he is hurt, nothing is going right today. Hoffman on, oh boy. A very poor outing by Mahle, he does not resemble an ace in any way shape or form.

    • 2020ball

      Sitting isnt going to help, never really understood why people want to do that based on 4 games. Moving him down the order works for me, or maybe have him 2nd since he takes walks consistently.

      • Doc

        Most all the comments on this game are pretty much worthless only the 5th game into the season.

  29. DaveCT

    The Krall to the Castellani Family Finish Line, 2022, is underway.

    And no Phil, Bob, you will recieve no quarter after your display today.

  30. Steelerfan

    Almost again? What the heck is going on out here?

    • DaveCT

      I hope we see a chewing out of Aquino for that near collision. He put both Senzel and Farmer at risk.

      • Old-school

        Cut Aquino now. If he did that to Trout or Griffey he would be cut. Outrageously selfish dangerous play.

      • DaveCT

        Old School, yes., exactly. David Bell better get in Krall’s face and set the tone, now. You let Acquino set the tone for nonchalance on a player safety issue, you lose the team’s respect. Not good.

      • Indy Red Man

        Its really attempted murder when you consider Senzel’s history. I heard he was in a full body cast as a 4 year old from a Big Wheel accident

  31. 2020ball

    Ugh, just terrible defensive fundamentals for the LF to ignore the CF calling him off. That is how guys get hurt, and especially when its a guy with Senzels history that cant happen. Stupid for a minor role player to do that as well, not sure what Aquino’s thinking there.

    • DaveCT

      And Farmer, pretty much the only SS.

      • Bet on Red

        Farmer had pulled off at that point… the camera doesn’t show the full turn but he did pull off.

      • DaveCT

        I’d argue that ignoring the CF’s call put Farmer at risk, in general. Yes, he pulled off, but Acquino didn’t know that. He was looking up

    • DaveCT

      Coming minutes after a previous collision.

      • 2020ball

        I just tuned in so I missed that. That makes it even dumber. Nice throw earlier though, just watched the replay for that.

        More examples of bad fundamentals from this team though, which is on the coaching staff.

  32. Indy Red Man

    I see Bell put Jeff “The human white flag” Hoffman into the game. Maybe the Reds will battle anyway

    • MBS

      He’s not doing to bad, coming in on a clean inning is better for him

  33. Bet on Red

    Ty Steve is bright light in this otherwise bleak game

  34. Steelerfan

    To be fair, Hoff held down the fort.

    And whatever the Guardians saw in their scouting report to run on TS is not working out.

  35. Indy Red Man

    Look at the bright side. We could be the Pirates with the ever dangerous Kevin Newman batting 6th (.574 ops/5 hrs in 2021)

  36. Indy Red Man

    Guess who cashed Suzuki Over 0.5 rbis at +165! Just hit his 2nd hr today and 3rd overall.

    • Indy Red Man

      I got +230 on Stephenson the other night too

  37. Bet on Red

    Frailey breaks the NO NO… India… get us some runs

  38. Steelerfan

    Left Bieber in too long, take advantage…

  39. Old-school

    This just in. Jon India can play baseball.

  40. DaveCT

    That was beautiful hitting by Fraley, pretty much what we’ve been looking for several years running now. Almost Jesse Winker- like, before he started pulling for power. With the exception course that Fraley can run

  41. Old-school

    Aristides Aquino is being set up for a huge at bat

  42. Steelerfan

    Naquin against a lefty. Dang nice AB

  43. Indy Red Man

    Unreal! I have to look at his career stats, but he’s been a April-May hitter for us

  44. Old-school

    Anyone know who drafted and DFA’d naquin?

  45. Steelerfan

    Think in this context fair to answer Indians…

  46. Old-school

    This is Brandon Phillips V2. Cleveland is our best farm team.

  47. Kevin H

    I was wrong about Stephenson defense and arm. Still miss Barnhart, however catching position in good hands.

    Question. I live near Toledo Ohio. If I got mlb network would reds games be blacked out?

    Last season ballysports didn’t show the games like the guide said when I had spectrum streaming. Any suggestions..

    • 2020ball

      Yeah I was very confused why everyone wanted to move him off of C last season. His bat plays other positions, but why wouldnt you want that bat at the catching position, especially after putting years of development time into it. Plus I’m assuming thats what the player wanted.

    • 2020ball

      Also I’d just suggest pirating the games if that ever comes up, but it depends if youre comfortable with that.

      • LarkinPhillips

        I’m comfortable with it. Any tips on where/how?

    • Bet on Red

      MLB has a page on their website where you put in your zip code and it will show who is blacked out. I would assume it is is CLE and DET

  48. 2020ball

    Great jump and still almost got him.

  49. Indy Red Man

    I’m still irritated that they couldn’t keep Winker since everyone knew they were going DH fulltime. That and IDK why they couldn’t just let Lorenzen start instead of washed up/injured Mike Minor?

    Overall though…this team is watchable and has some nice potential down the road. Once Joey & Moose are off the books then maybe even Bob C. can go out and get somebody like Suzuki or a medium priced FA slugger like Moose was supposed to be

    • Old-school

      Don’t go there Indy
      Winker for me was your Duvall.
      But, this team is fun to watch.
      30 mins ago I was thinking no hitter.

    • Kevin H

      My opinion is Winker is better than Pham, Aqunio, and Fraley. So why they traded him makes no since. Winker to me is a solid base all player who could end up batting champ.

      • VaRedsFan

        Winker was in the deal so they could unload Suarez

      • greenmtred

        Winker is a better hitter when he’s facing RH pitchers. He’s not a good fielder or runner, and he misses tons of games. He gets injured swinging the bat, too.

  50. Mark A Verticchio

    I do believe the bull pen is a definite up grade from last year.

  51. Bet on Red

    No…. No… Bad Miami Valley Gaming

  52. Mark Moore

    Dinner is over, so I can chime in here now. Today marks 36 years for us and homemade crab cakes and grilled lobster tail were on the menu. Otherwise, I’d have eaten in front of the TV watching the game (it played in the background anyway).

  53. Kevin H

    This year’s bullpen seems better. So it begs are question.. why not pitch Cesa in this situation. Or have Warren or Satalin pitch 2 innings. MAYBE 1 of the rookies? As Strickland isn’t that great

  54. Bet on Red

    How much is Strickland making…. gotta think he isnt surviving long pitching like that with a bunch of rookies that are really hungry

  55. Chris

    I don’t know if it’s Bell, or just the foolish mentality of most manager’s now, but why do follow some sort of new rule that says a guy in the late innings can only go one inning? You just had to know that Strickland was going to give this game up. Plus he was horrible in the spring. Mind-boggling.

  56. Mark A Verticchio

    Bell should have been more aware of certain aspects, with a good chance of rain tomorrow he could have let Santillan go another inning. However, Strickland has flat out not gotten the job done.

  57. J

    Good to see the old David Bell has returned. You’ve got a guy who’s thrown 11 pitches and looks nearly unhittable, so obviously you need to get him out of the game for a guy who’s looked very hittable since the beginning of spring training. I was concerned I might actually have to start liking Bell this year, but that seems not to be a serious problem.

  58. Mark Moore

    I call Clete. Time for the old folks to watch Jeopardy.

    Back at it tomorrow.

  59. Bdh

    Santillan, a starting pitcher until mid season last year, can’t throw another inning after only throwing 11 pitches because David Bell needs to make sure he’s hit his quota on changes during a game. Last year that would’ve been where he double switched Winker out of the game as well. Lol he’s such a terrible manager

  60. Mark Moore

    Is Strickland on the block to make room for Lodolo tomorrow? Asking for a friend …

  61. Gpod

    and do you think anyone in the postgame will challange Bell with a question about it….zero chance… was a winnable game that you just gave away

  62. RiverCity Redleg

    I have been giving Bell the benefit of doubt the last 4 years. That ends today. To not bring back Santilan after throwing a clean efficient inning in the top 9 in a tie game in favor of the clearly worst bullpen arm is inexplicable.

  63. Chris

    …And people say that Manager’s don’t lose or win games. LOL

    • Kevin H

      Normally I say players win or lose the games. In this case yes Bell lost the game with his decision making. You could of pitched Warren or Satallian 2 innings, and Cesa to close.

      • Chris

        I think that is obvious to virtually any Reds fan, but even still, there will be plenty that make excuses for this move.

      • greenmtred

        You could have indeed, but the manager–unlike the fans–actually has to be concerned about keeping guys healthy for the whole season. The manager also has to find out, preferably early in the season, who is helpful and who isn’t, since every guy on the roster is going to have to used.

      • Chris

        No Green, that’s just foolish. Your job as a manager is to WIN ballgames; not see who can do the job in crucial moments of a game, when you have something working already in that moment. Your job is NOT to worry about health; that’s the GM’s problem. Your job is to play your players in games, using them correctly so that you WIN games. I’ve never seen a manager win manager of the year because he kept his players healthy.

  64. Mark A Verticchio

    So much for the bull pen looking better, but let’s be honest Bell made a major mistake and with this offense those types of decisions can not happen.

    • Kevin H

      Agree.. He still doesn’t have roles for his bullpen. I dunno this bullpen has 4 or 5 guys who can pitch. 7th, 8th, 9th should be Warren, Cesa, Satallian.

  65. Gpod

    if going 2-159 would get Bell fired, I would sign on the dotted line yesterday

    • J

      It would probably earn him another extension.

    • TR

      Bell does not have the managerial instinct of ‘go with your best, regardless, to win the game.’ Giving everybody a chance is not going to produce a winner.

      • Chris

        That’s why I think all managers should bet on their team to win. 🙂

  66. J

    Hindsight is 2020 and all that, but is there a single Reds fan watching this game who wouldn’t have let Santillan pitch the 9th? If such a person exists, surely they would have brought Cessa in, correct? Bell had a good game the other day, but he’s still terrible at this. He’s just so determined NOT to do whatever thing seems most obvious to everyone else. I just can’t imagine what goes on in his head as he repeatedly tries to prove how smart he is.

    • Kevin H

      If it were June or July. My thought would be maybe certain pitchers not available. This is game 5, and yes Satallian should of stayed or heck Warren for a 2nd inning. Cesa as well. As again its game 5.

  67. Mark A Verticchio

    I am afraid we will be having this conversation a lot in the coming months. It just shows the more things change the more they remain the same.

  68. Votto4life

    How many times this year will Cleveland’s offense score 10 or more runs in a game?

  69. Tomn

    If Moose ever gets hot, please trade him. I’m not hopeful they will of course. He looks old and over-matched.