Reiver Sanmartin gets the start tonight for Cincinnati as the Reds take on the San Diego Padres with the hopes of stopping their 7-game losing streak. The team tonight will be quite different than the one from last night as the team made four different roster moves (see below).

Starting Lineups

And here are the lineups for tonight’s game:

Cincinnati Reds

San Diego Padres

TJ Friedl – CF Austin Nola – C
Kyle Farmer – SS Manny Machado – 3B
Tommy Pham – LF Jake Cronenworth – 2B
Joey Votto – 1B Luke Voit – DH
Tyler Stephenson – C Jurickson Profar – LF
Colin Moran – 3B Eric Hosmer – 1B
Aristides Aquino – RF Wil Myers – RF
Alejo Lopez – 2B Ha-Seong Kim – SS
Aramis Garcia – DH Jose Azocar – CF
Reiver Sanmartin – SP Joe Musgrove – SP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB% K%
Joe Musgrove 12.2 1.42 0.71 0.0% 31.1%
Reiver Sanmartin 7.1 6.14 1.50 16.1% 12.9%
Links: Reiver Sanmartin’s Stats | Joe Musgrove’s Stats

Reiver Sanmartin

Three of the four games in the big leagues for Reiver Sanmartin have gone well. He’ll look to keep that trend going tonight in San Diego. The lefty has been dominant against lefties in his limited action against them in the big leagues, but righties have handled him fairly well. No hitter has homered off of him yet, in part due to his ground ball tendencies – 50% rate for his big league career.

Career Splits

RHH 48 13 3 0 0 10.4% 12.5% .310 .375 .381
LHH 30 5 2 0 0 6.7% 30.0% .179 .233 .250

Pitch Usage (in 2021)

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change
Velo 88.8 88.7 80.0 83.6
Usage 30.8% 15.0% 23.3% 30.8%

Joe Musgrove

Last season saw Musgrove have success against both lefties and righties, but left-handed hitters did find more success across the board. They carried a higher average and thus a better on-base percentage, and hit for a lot more power. He doesn’t walk many guys, and hasn’t walked a batter yet this season, and he gets plenty of strikeouts against hitters from both sides of the plate. He’ll throw six different pitches without leaning much on any of them.

2021 Splits

RHH 363 63 13 0 8 7.2% 27.8% .194 .265 .308
LHH 385 79 14 4 14 7.3% 26.5% .231 .308 .418

Pitch Usage (in 2021)

4-Seam 2-Seam Cutter Slider Change Curve
Velo 92.4 91.5 89.7 82.8 85.5 80.6
Usage 21.5% 6.7% 17.2% 24.5% 15.3% 14.7%

When and Where

  • Game time: 9:40pm ET
  • Where: Petco Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 63°, partly cloudy, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Jonathan India and Mike Moustakas to the injured list

The Reds finally made a decision on Jonathan India and placed him, along with Mike Moustakas on the 10-day injured list. They called up TJ Friedl and JT Riddle from Triple-A Louisville to take their place on the 40-man roster. Cincinnati has 12 players on the injured list – the most in all of baseball.

Luis Castllo is ready to go on a rehab assignment

Joey Votto is an American Treasure

No, really. It’s official and everything.

Around the Beat

Nick Lodolo’s improvement

Last night we saw Nick Lodolo pitch much better than he did in his debut and a lot of that revolved around better control and his change up. Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about that and spoke with Lodolo about how that came about.

112 Responses

  1. Redsvol

    hmmm, no Senzel or Fraley. Good to see Lopez and Friedl getting an opportunity. I hope they make the most of it.

  2. realist

    Glad for Friedl and Lopez as well having young guys with potential beats watching washed up veterans who no other team wants. Speaking of that why is Aquino playing? Maybe the should DH for him and let the pitchers hit.

    • Melvin

      hahaha Poor Aquino. If he somehow survives this he will be one tough dude. lol

    • AMDG

      Or, David Bell is outsmarting us by playing Aquino and leaving Senzel on the bench.

      That whole strategy of getting a guy back into the swing of things by not letting him play, and all that.

  3. Old-school

    Castillo is throwing his first rehab start Sunday with several more to follow …could be back by early May. Revier and Lodolo and Vlad get to compete. Similarly, Aquino and Moran and Fraley and now Friedl and Lopez get to compete between now and the time India and Moose and Barrero and Senzel and Naquin get healthy.

    Sorting sooner is better than sorting later.

    • Redsvol

      Don’t look now, but Ely De la Cruz is heating up in Dayton (actually Michigan) – which can’t be easy to do on a 39 degree night. And Joe Boyle with the big strikeout night. Head over to to check out Doug’s recap.

      • MBS

        Boyle 10 K’s 4 innings and 0 runs. Nice, but the icing on the cake only 1 BB, that’s a great start.

  4. ClayMC

    I pull down baseball savant data daily and track a few key metrics. Through 11 games (small sample size warning), the Reds somehow rank dead last in all of them:

    Average exit velocity: 86.0 mph
    Number of batters that exceed the league average exit velocity: 2 (out of 14)
    Strikeout% – Walk%: 20.2% (next highest: 17.8%)
    Average run differential: -2.45

    Anything can happen in any 11-game stretch, and there’s always a chance this is just our worst 11-game stretch of the season, but something tells me we should consider this the new status quo.

  5. Bet on Red

    Got to think that this is the writing on the wall for fraly, he has options so I suppose they will be used. glad to see Friedl, FINALLY glad to see an RHP on the other mound. Not upset Moose is on the IL, upset that India is on the IL. we cant go 2-160…can we?

    • MK

      GMs typically don’t demote the players they traded for.

  6. Indy Red Man

    Well this is the fans lineup, but Bell will still be the punching bag if they don’t get it together. It is nice to see Friedl, Lopez, and Garcia get a shot. I do have a feeling that Sanmartin mowing down LA was a mirage. The game was 3-0 and over by the time he came in. This is a good test for him though. Why not? Everything is a audition for the future

    • AMDG

      The “fans’ lineup” has Senzel and Stephenson on the bench?

      I’m not quite sure which fans those would be…

  7. Bet on Red

    alright, first bet of the season, taking reds and the points. Also, taking PHAM H+R+RBI at 3. Got a feeling

    • Bet on Red

      well that was a quick 30 bucks…. can we get Pham to think he is playing SD every day?

  8. JB

    Alright, let’s see if we can hold the lead for more than 2 batters tonight.

  9. Bet on Red

    PHAM BAM!!!! Now need a reason to repeatedly write the word but

  10. magi210

    I feel like I’ve seen this before…

  11. Jim Walker

    This is like deja vu all over again!

  12. MuddyCleats

    Both RHH catchers n the game vs a curveball RHP – brilliant! 3 LHP in a row & couldn’t consider it then. Joey was screaming 4 a day off yesterday & Stephenson was tired & slow

  13. Jim Walker

    So, what just happened is why you don’t use your 2nd catcher as a DH unless you ledgitimately have 3 catchers on the active roster.

    • Old-school

      In the 9 hole. Who puts their DH at the 9 hole?

      Kinda defeats the purpose if you carve out special only hitter bats last

    • MuddyCleats

      Exactly, & u knew it was going to happen n 1st game Reds tried it. Had to happen! Then again did Reds lose anything batting 9 vs 10? Which is why u give Tyler a game @ 1st to rest Joey & let Garcia play more. Tyler & Garcia can hit; a lot Reds players aren’t / can’t

    • B-town Fan

      I don’t like the DH, but If your going to have it, the fact that your going to lose it, because of injury is dumb. Dumb rule why even have it then. So then teams can’t use their backup catcher for the DH because this might happen. Dumb rule.

    • HoF-13

      I thought San Diego challenged that the plate was being blocked. No idea why the Reds would challenge.

  14. Old-school

    Id move stephenson to first base and identify a primary catcher

    Hes too valuable as a rh hitter and young nucleus

    • Jon

      They had one. They figured he was too expensive, so they traded him to Detroit and later signed Pham for about the same amount…

    • MBS

      Then you lose the edge of having an offensive oriented catcher. Having said that, the Reds don’t seem to have a 1B prospect on the horizon. Tough call

      • Jon

        I remember thinking the past few years that Winker would eventually sign an extension and end up at 1B after 2023 when Votto’s done. So much for that thought.

  15. Indy Red Man

    Wow. Reds just can’t catch a break. The only thing to accomplish this season is to get it over with. No hope of anything positive except a possible shot at the #1 pick.

    • Jon

      “Possible shot”…not even guaranteed anymore.

  16. Bet on Red

    SO the pitcher is hitting in the DH spot or in Stephenson’s spot?


        Sorry late to what happened, why is Stephenson out of the game

      • Randy in Chatt

        Play at the plate. Voit ran him over. Voit’s arms connected with TS’s head. Quite violent. Possible concussion. The umps determined it wasn’t an illegal slide.

    • Jim Walker

      Pitcher bats in the spot of the person removed from the lineup. i.e. Stephenson’s

      Bell gets blamed for a lot of things that are beyond his control. Managing himself into this mess is his own doing.

      • Chris Holbert

        Now he can double switch…happy like a pig in slop

  17. Mark A Verticchio

    This team is bad, no doubt, but they sure are unlucky. They also have several young starters, besides Green and Lodolo, who will be better than San Martin, Ashcraft and Williamson for sure.

    • Jon

      Honestly, when does the Reds front office try to contend again? 2023? 2024? The pitching may be there next year if Castillo and Mahle don’t get traded, but how do the Reds fill the three OF holes and the holes at 3B and DH?

  18. LDS

    Contrary to the “modern” mantra – lineups do matter. This one was high risk and didn’t work out. But I’m sure we’ll hear that Stephenson will be back in a day or so until he’s DL’d so time next week.

  19. Old-school

    Reds staring 2-10 in the face right now. They are literally a few more losses away from the season being over.

    • TR

      Any hope of competition this season is nil. CHANGE from top to bottom for the Reds is needed to keep it interesting.

  20. VaRedsFan

    I tuned in late. What happened to Stephenson?

    • Randy in Chatt

      Play at the plate. Voit ran him over. Voit’s arms connected with TS’s head. Quite violent. Possible concussion. The umps determined it wasn’t an illegal slide.

    • Indy Red Man

      Train crash you could see coming.

      1. Why are they sending slow Luke Voit with 1 out. He might flatten our guy
      2. Then Farmer’s throw turned that into reality

  21. Indy Red Man

    Whats up with Barrero? Finding out if he can play is one of the only things they can actually accomplish this season. I’m convinced I was right about Senzel 3 years and 11 injury/illnesses ago, but 2022 should be his all-in hand with the Reds too. Aquino? IDK? He might have value as a defensive OFer and pinch-hitter/spot starter if the guy doesn’t change speeds.

    Basically its open auditions. Help Wanted

    • Old-school

      Barrero has same injury 1 week earlier than Aquino last year

      Aquino was back early June assuming same trajectory- Barrero should be playing in AAA in mid- late May

      • Indy Red Man

        Thanks. I didn’t know it was that long. Not that it matters I guess.

  22. Mark A Verticchio

    Does anybody honestly believe the Reds can score 3 runs tonight, highly doubtful. I am beginning to think 100 losses might be something to shoot for, I could see over 110 at this rate. As was just mentioned 12 games into the season and the best thing that can happen is for it to end.

    • Daytonnati

      I make it point not to follow my exes. Just too much pain if they’re doing well 🙂

    • Indy Red Man

      3 bombs and 8 rbis already. I hope he has a great year! His problems were fixable imo. He hit a bomb in St. Louis last year off a guy throwing 98. Its not like he’s old and lost bat speed.

    • VaRedsFan

      AG 1.2 scoreless innings tonight. I wasn’t an AG guy, but he has arm talent. maybe just needed change of scenery.

      • JB

        AG,Doolittle and Cionel Perez have 0.00 ERAs

  23. DaveCT

    Heya. Kudos SanMartin. He’s just fun to watch. One part Browning. One part Tom Hall.

    • Indy Red Man

      You forgot one part David Copperfield. He make a lead instantly disappear

      • JB

        He might be the guy that needs an opener

      • DaveCT

        Or not. Could be one part Ross Grimsley.

  24. Mark A Verticchio

    As we all complain about this team, and I do, I can’t imagine what that dugout must be like right now.

    • DaveCT

      This. Watching now as a fan is almost a duty, to keep rooting for these guys who are gonna go out there and try their best.

      Everyone can see they are working.

  25. Indy Red Man

    Have we had a leader since Scott Rolen? Obviously Joey has had a great career, but thats just not his personality. You also can’t lead if you suck like Moose. You have to be able to still produce at an above average level to be able to get on a teammate occasionally. Pham? Idk? He’s played on some good teams atleast. Stephenson seems too nice. India down the road maybe?

    • Old-school

      Nick Castellanos and hes playing for the Phillies

    • DaveCT

      Man, great question. Taken as ‘quiet leader,’ yes, we’d had several. Bauer, however, was a vocal leader. Nick C., also, until MLB crucified him a week in.

      If things line up, I’d say Trevor Bauer on a 2-year to re-establish himself.

  26. Old-school

    This Reds Gi bug is a tough one. Votto cant shake it. Hes vomiting in the batters box over and over and over.

  27. Jon

    What do the Reds do when Barrero is healthy? Do they move Farmer to 3B? Or do they leave Farmer at SS and revisit the Barrero CF experiment?

    • JB

      Tough call. It’s not like you can depend on Senzel. Times running out on Senzel. There are guys coming for his job and other jobs on infield.

      • Jon

        Senzel is getting paid $1.25 million this year and has two more years of arbitration unless the Reds non-tender or trade him. Going to be tough to justify paying him if he can’t stay on the field consistently in his now-fourth Major League season.

  28. Moon

    With Stephenson out the Reds have only one guy in the lineup hitting over.200. I don’t think I have ever seen that before…

  29. Bet on Red

    I think that in the end Sanmartin is destined for the bullpen… well at least i break slightly over even tonight

  30. TheCoastMan

    Me oh my — only thing worse than watching the meltdown is listening to the Padre announcers. I think I’ll join the wife in the other room watching the Dodger game.

  31. Old-school

    I dont think San Martin has any potential on a playoff team.
    Maybe a long reliever as player 26.
    We went through this in 2017 waiting for Jackson Stephen’s and Rookie Davis and Amir Garrett and Robert Stephenson and Cody Reed and Brandon Finnegan and Sal Romano to be the core of a new pitching staff and the reality is only a few young pitchers make it. Castillo and Mahle made it. It’s fool hardy to think anyone other than Greene and Lodolo are future legit SP in a winning rotation. Sure- someone in AA and A will but most wont. You clear payroll and sign 1-2 more SP in 2024,

  32. DaveCT

    They’ll work him in slowly, slide him around 3B, SS, and 2B. Farmer’s a pro, he’ll deal with it no problem. He knows he’s established a lot of value. Here or elsewhere. Good for him. India will need the rest. I think we’ll see 3B have quite a cast of characters. Moose. Moran. Drury. Barrero. Farmer. Lopez. perhaps McLain, or Hernandez.

    • JB

      Farmer can play 1st as well and in a pinch catcher and outfield. We all thought Senzel would be the utility guy who plays all over but it will be Farmer.

      • Tom Reeves

        Senzel has turned into the futility guy….

        Try the veal, I’m here all week!

  33. Mark A Verticchio

    I agree about San Martin but I do have hopes for Williamson and Ashcraft, but you are correct they need to pick up a couple of experienced starters and Mahle is not one of them. They should have traded him and Castillo this spring, easy to say now though with everything that has happened. By the time Castillo throws a pitch this team will be firmly entrenched in last place. Actually, they already are.

  34. Nick in NKY

    How is Luke Voit still in the game? The replay shows him plain as day crashing down on TS and pushing his head. I thought they were ejecting people for hits like that now. No?

  35. LDS

    Wow, at the end of the night, likely 5.5 GB the division lead and 3.5 behind the Pirates, an 8 game losing streak, the worst record in MLB. And this is only the 12th game of the season. Can we go back to the lock down?

    • TR

      At 2-10, it seems the lock down is still on. If the Reds get behind there’s little hope of recovery with a thin roster without an offensive leader.

  36. kevinz

    Stephenson play at the plate.
    Confirms even more to me switch Positions.
    Quite the mash unit right now.
    go Reds just battle til the end.

  37. William

    Thus team is so bad that I am having to pick a second team to follow to enjoy the baseball season. Who is it? Los Angeles Dodgers.

  38. Mark A Verticchio

    You are 100 percent correct, Stephenson to first base asap and let Votto dh against right handers and sit against lefties. Votto has been a great player for the Reds, but he is not part of the long term plan and you must admit that his contract has become an anchor.

    • kevinz

      Yea I agree at least first and dh for Stephenson.
      Do not see bell benching Votto at all.
      Thought he did last year but could be wrong.

  39. Harold

    They are hard to watch. Long season coming. We should be in line for the #1 pick this year. Is there a way to mess that up? I’m sure our F.O. can find a way. It’s nice to hear Jeff Brantley. He’s great! Larkin and to other stooge are about as bad as our team is this year. It seems that Larkin doesn’t really want to do the games. I think Chris Welch does a good job. Hope Stephenson will be OK! A great young catcher. I really want to be more positive but I’m struggling with the makeup of this team and place the game on ownership.

    • Daytonnati

      I think the worst six teams enter a lottery for the #1 pick, like the NBA used to (and may still?) So yes, it is possible the Reds do not get the #1 pick.

      • Votto4life

        Yeah, the odds are they won’t have the #1 pick..less than 20%.

        I guess the most likely outcome is what 3rd overall pick? I probably don’t know what I am talking about.

      • greenmtred

        Doesn’t the NBA weight the lottery somehow in order to increase the odds for the team with worst record? I don’t know and am too lazy to check.

  40. DaveCT

    Alejo Lopez is very, very competitive. I want this guy in the team

  41. dhmorgan

    That was some slick play: Votto to Hoffman.

  42. Frankie Tomatoes

    This start to they year is one of the least fun I can remember in my 50 something years of being a fan. They haven’t even been competitive most night.

  43. Bet on Red

    Hendricks isnt staying for the next great reds team

  44. Hanawi

    Reds aren’t even competitive right now.

    • Daytonnati

      The question is how did this team beat the World Champs twice??

      • Hanawi

        I don’t think Atlanta is nearly that good and the Reds did have India and Senzel then. Braves caught lightning in a bottle in the playoffs last year. Like the Reds with Castellanos, they also lost their emotional leader in Freeman. I expected them to take a step back.

      • TR

        That was before the home/opening day deflating comments of Red’s COO, Phil Castellini.

    • TR

      Competition left with Castellanos and Winker.

  45. Votto4life

    2-10 last place 3.5 games behind the Pirates. Where are you going to go?

  46. Tom Reeves

    Every player who’s not on the team next year (and also Moose) needs to be let go to make room for young talent.

    If any of the veterans were “showing the young guys the way,” I’d say keep them. All the young guys are being show how to do is lose.