The Cincinnati Reds will look to end their 10-game losing streak this afternoon as they take on the first place St. Louis Cardinals. Cincinnati will send Tyler Mahle to the hill to face off against Dakota Hudson. First pitch is scheduled for 4:10pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Here are your lineups for this afternoon’s NL Central contest:

St. Louis Cardinals

Cincinnati Reds

Tommy Edman – 2B Tyler Naquin – RF
Paul Goldschmidt – 1B Brandon Drury – DH
Dylan Carlson – RF Tommy Pham – LF
Nolan Arenado – 3B Joey Votto – 1B
Corey Dickerson – DH Kyle Farmer – SS
Lars Nootbaar – LF Nick Senzel – CF
Harrison Bader – CF Colin Moran – 3B
Paul DeJong – SS Alejo Lopez – 2B
Andrew Knizner – C Aramis Garcia – C
Dakota Hudson – SP Tyler Mahle – SP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB% K%
Dakota Hudson 7.0 7.71 1.43 6.3% 18.8%
Tyler Mahle 12.2 7.82 1.66 10.3% 27.6%
Links: Tyler Mahle’s Stats | Dakota Hudson’s Stats

Tyler Mahle

Last season saw Mahle have enormous home and road splits. At home he pitched like a guy who should probably be in Triple-A (5.63 ERA) and on the road he pitched like a Cy Young contender (2.30 ERA). He hasn’t always had splits that extreme, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.

Where his splits were also extreme last year were against lefties and righties. Despite being a right-handed pitcher he absolutely dominated lefties. Right-handed hitters, though, hit quite well against him.

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 Cutter Slider Splitter
Velo 93.2 87.8 83.2 86.1
Usage 45.8% 12.2% 17.2% 24.8%

Dakota Hudson

Entering the 2022 season Dakota Hudson had a career ERA of 3.14 across 249.2 innings in the big leagues. In that time he didn’t exactly stand out in many areas – he walked 120 batters and only had 192 strikeouts. But he kept runs off of the board in a way that’s a little different than most pitchers in today’s game – big time ground ball rates.

Of course, it’s tough to really know exactly what kind of pitcher you’re going to be getting with Hudson right now. After throwing 174.2 innings back in 2019 he’s made 12 appearances since.


Hudson has only thrown 54.2 innings since the start of 2020, so citing his splits isn’t going to be all that useful.

Pitch Usage

4-Seam 2-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 91.1 92.1 88.4 86.6 81.5
Usage 10.1% 46.4% 26.8% 5.1% 11.6%

When and Where

  • Game time: 4:10pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 81°, Sunny, 0% chance of rain

News and Notes

Tyler Naquin activated

If you looked at the lineup above you probably already picked up on this one, but Naquin was activated this afternoon. The team sent TJ Friedl back to Triple-A Louisville and placed reliever Daniel Duarte on the 60-day injured list.

Around the Beat

How Aramis Garcia earned the backup catcher gig

Charlie Goldsmith of the Cincinnati Enquirer wrote about Aramis Garcia, his journey over the years and what led him to sign with Cincinnati and how he wound up winning the gig as the backup catcher this spring.

95 Responses

  1. Bill J

    If anyone is interested;
    The year’s most dominant pitcher takes the mound again Sunday.

    With all proper respect to 40-year-old marvel Adam Wainwright and the resurgent Madison Bumgarner, both scheduled to start that day, we’re referring to Japanese pitching sensation R?ki Sasaki.

    Sasaki, a 20-year-old right-hander, brings a streak of 17 perfect innings into Sunday’s start for the Chiba Lotte Marines of the NPB Pacific League. First pitch against the Orix Buffaloes is set for midnight ET from Kyocera Dome Osaka.

  2. GMan88

    Naquin is in the lineup, which means we should get a little break from Aquino. Having him in the lineup completely defeats the purpose of a DH. Most pitchers would outhit him. He should be DFA’ed. Worst player on the roster. That’s saying something.

  3. Bet on Red

    I am just watching now… as it is so ugly that it is fascinating…lol

  4. Old-school

    Brandon Drury in the 2 hole hitting DH. Against a righty is a tell.
    Reds are back to spring training evaluation mode and some players need to worry.

    1.) AA- he is done and gone
    2.) Colin Moran
    3.) Kyle Farmer- on the surface no. But, why are the reds giving Drury so many opportunities? DH against a righty against the Cardinals?

    Drury is the cheaper version of Farmer. Farmer makes $ 3 million +. Farmer is also no longer an emergency catcher. The Reds had an emergency when Stephenson got concussed and the back up catcher was the DH and Farmer still didnt catch. Farmer will be traded for a pack of sun seeds in July once Barrero is ready and Drury is the new utility guy at major league minimum.

    • Indy Red Man

      Barrero>Farmer? I think you’re using foresight and thats not a tool that the Reds front office/manager like to use. Farmer might be 3% better today in their mind and thats all that matters. Starting the development of a far superior prospect at the big league level is never something they consider. See Renteria>Cozart….nothing has changed

      • Old-school

        Mahle at home?

        Competed that inning.

        Gives up a cheap hit on a good pitch and still gets out of it.

        I’d like to see Lopez as one of the best 26 on May 1. His bat to ball skills are desperately needed on this team. He’s not a combine guy though so he will go back to AAA.

      • Tom Reeves

        Mark my words.

        The Reds will part with Farmer and he’ll end up on a World Series winning team.

        He has that sort of makeup.

    • burtgummer01

      I know some people here think Barrero is Barry Larkin jr but so far he’s a lot more like Brandon Larson jr

      • Old-school


        Hes not hitting well this year and defense is shotty with multiple errors and so pile on for his on the field poor performance.

        Wait…Barrero’s not even playing after dominating AA and AAA last year. I dont get the hate piling on a guy who is not even on the roster of the worst team in baseball but thats more of a “you” problem than a Barrero problem

        . The guy is a top 100 prospect at 24 who’s done everything at AA and AAA and has all 5 tools. yet…your insulting him as hes not even playing on 2-12 team and worst in baseball who doesn’t have a shortstop or 3b or Rf or LF.

        I think we know your take on Jose Barrero.

      • greenmtred

        I don’t have a Barrero problem. I hope he proves to be a star shortstop for the Reds. His numbers–in fairly limited time–at AA and AAA were impressive. His numbers in even more limited time in MLB were not. Doesn’t prove much yet, and he’s injured so we’ll have to wait and see. But he’s not a sure thing. Plenty of guys hit well in AAA and can’t make the transition to MLB.

  5. Indy Red Man

    April 23 and our big mission is trying to get within 4 games of the Pirates.

    Good times!

  6. Dennis Westrick

    Can we start calling the losing streak The Curse of Bob C.?

      • Kelly

        Stuck his flipping foot in his mouth!!!!!! Maybe Elon Musk will buy the team!!!!!! Is Lou Piniella still alive???

    • Kelly

      I hope he sleeping well up there in Ohio each night!!!!!! Definitely the most hated family in Ohio right now. The pain I endure being a Reds Fan in Cardinal country. The Test messages I get from my Cardinal friends. They put us back to the “Price Years” Oh’ Lord We need a miracle!!!!!!

  7. Mark A Verticchio

    This team isn’t very lucky either, Cardinals score on a bloop hit, but 2 walks and a dropped out at 2nd on a steal attempt.

  8. Old-school

    Mahle is pitching well. Cards are fighting off tough pitches for Texas leaguers. Reds dont do that. Cards compete and extend at bats 1-9.
    They are also wearing him out after 2 innings and 50 pitches.. This will implode soon.


  9. Mark A Verticchio

    At first I felt ok about Pham signing, thought he might help. So far I have been dead wrong.

  10. Mark A Verticchio

    I know people may laugh but I don’t think Senzel is the answer in center field. I believe they need to trade for one or make Barrero a center fielder and let Mclain or even De La Cruz be their next short stop. The Reds should have traded Senzel a few years ago when he had some value, his value now is zero.

    • Kevin H

      My own opinion, I think the organization really messed with his mind. Drafted as a 3rd basemen, then signed Suarez to a big contract. Asked him to move to 2nd base, then signed Moose. Then ask him to move to cf, then sign shoogo. I realize he hasn’t played a full season and stuff, however he has never to have found a groove. Then last year the mysterious fluid on the knee after they didn’t recall him from injury stint. I personally believe he needs a change and a organization to use him to his strengths. It is not with Reds. Again my opinion.

      • Melvin

        Messed with his mind too by manipulating his service time and starting him in AAA. That didn’t help either. Doing that also was a big factor in getting off to a terrible start that year as I recall.

      • LDS

        Don’t forget they also changed Senzel’s batting stance which also didn’t work out. BTW, they did that to AA also.

      • Indy Red Man

        Wasn’t Craig Biggio a catcher originally? If you can hit then you can hit. Senzel can’t hit. If he actually started hitting then he’d fall off his porch and end up in a body cast for 2 months. Adios. Why does RLN always pile on Aquino and leave Nick Snowflake alone? Atleast AA closes his eyes and runs into one occasionally plus he’s the best defensive OFer they have

      • LDS

        @Indy, I agree with you. Keep AA, trade Senzel. He’s fragile and well past his hot prospect days.

  11. Dennis Westrick

    Same old Mahle the Nibbler! 2 walks and 60 pitches thru 3 innings! BP will be pressed into service early, again!

  12. Melvin

    So many of our guys look lost. Some more than others.

  13. Indy Red Man

    This game is dying. For every 5-4 game you have 2 or 3 snoozefests.

    1. Ban the Shift which they’re doing
    2. Ban 4 man outfields
    3. Slide beats the ball into 2nd or 3rd then you’re safe. Do they really want to cut back on running attempts in baseball? Steals aren’t really statistically feasable anymore. All I ever see are throw outs. Bader would’ve been out if Lopez makes the tag

  14. William

    I think McClain and De La Cruz are going to be a good MLB players in a few years. Barrera will move to the outfield. He has to prove he can hit at this level, but I believe he will. Reds will have another good team in a few years. I know that is not comforting now. I do not like the present situation anymore than the rest of you. Go Reds!

    • Mark A Verticchio

      The next good Reds team – First base = Stephenson, Second base = India, Third Base = Mclain, Short stop = De La Cruz, Centerfield = Barrero. They need to find a couple outfielders and a catcher. Starters = Green, Lodolo, Ashcraft, Williamson and maybe Petty. You can tell I am very bored with this team.

  15. Joe P.

    Here comes the home 4th inning. The Reds have yet to score this year in the 4th inning. Will the Reds score this time?

  16. William

    Senzel needs to just pick up the bat and hit. I do not feel sorry for someone making 20 times more than me. I thought he would be good. He can still be good. I just do not see a lot in that swing that they tried to change.

    • Melvin

      They tried to change him from just being a good hitter but one with a launch angle. smh

  17. Melvin

    Lopez doesn’t hit with much long ball power but he does hit the ball though and get on base. The hard line drive is still a valuable tool in baseball. For me he’s kind of refreshing to watch in today’s game. Please give me some .300 hitters who can just plainly hit.

  18. Votto4life

    The Chicago offense is having quite the day. Cubs 21 pirates 0

    • Dennis Westrick

      That’s more touchdowns than the Bears score in most of their NFL games!

  19. Votto4life

    I really like this Garcia kid. Probably should move Stephenson to DH and/or 1B.

    • TR

      Agreed. Garcia is not exactly a kid at age 29.

  20. Bet on Red

    The shift has failed us yet again, Mahle at home has failed us yet again, at least we do not have to watch the Apple Plus prattle today

    • Kevin H

      Mahle didn’t fail anyone. He gave up 2 runs. Reds haven’t scored. Hard to say Mahle failed.

      • Bet on Red

        couldnt go 5, taxing the bullpen, multiple walks…. yea he failed us

      • J

        If you’re a starter with an ERA over 4 and you average 4.1 innings per game, you’re failing regardless of how bad your offense is. By that standard, Mahle failed today, because he went 4.1 innings with an ERA over 4. Any starter who can’t get through 5 innings because he refuses to throw strikes has failed his team no matter how putrid their offense is.

  21. Mark A Verticchio

    Another note on the next good Reds team Bell will not be the manager.

    • LDs

      If a 10 soon to be 11 game losing streak doesn’t get him neither will a couple of more years.

  22. Mark A Verticchio

    Well, Bell made the right move and it just didn’t work. I thought putting in Warren was a good move but it just didn’t work. I really think a good organization in this situation would let the manager go simply because you have to do something and a new voice in the dug out might help, it sure couldn’t hurt.

  23. Kevin H

    Mahle battled today. He is a great pitcher and come into his own on the mound.

  24. Old-school

    Why was Bryan price fired other than 3-15?

    He had a far worse roster than David bell.

    Why is David Bell immune to that which other managers are not?

    David Bell has had a decent roster with a Cy Young Winner and 2 All stars and a 49 home run guy .

    Reds are approaching historic futility

    • Mark A Verticchio

      Bell will be lucky to be 3 – 15, and yes he should be fired. The difference is Price didn’t have dad influencing the front office.

      • Melvin

        You’re most likely correct I’m afraid. Bryan Price was probably too much of his own man for Big Bob and Son.

    • Melvin

      I agree with you on that one. I liked Bryan Price. He was humble, always trying hard and getting better all the time. He didn’t have to have things “his way” and wasn’t afraid to try new things. I always said that if he had the talent David Bell has had he would still be managing and accomplishing a lot more. He was the first one to take Billy Hamilton out of the leadoff spot and bat him 9th you might recall.

    • Votto4life

      Bell was signed to an extension. I would think Krall goes before Bell. Maybe neither for awhile. Little Phil won’t want to admit he made a mistake.

    • Bill J

      He is still there because he has family in the front office.

    • greenmtred

      It’s questionable that Price’s roster was worse, never mind far worse. This current roster–partly due to illness and injury–is not a major league roster. To be clear, I don’t know whether Bell is a good manager or not. He had a decent team last year–albeit with flaws and lots of injuries–and that team exceeded most expectations. Managers often get fired because, as the cliche goes, you can’t fire the whole team. The FO at some point needs to look proactive, even though the only thing that will turn a team around is better performance from the players.

  25. Joe P.

    Good to see Senzel hit a double down the right-field line.

    We need him to be good.

  26. Hanawi

    Two hits in 5 innings against a pitcher that had given up as many runs as inning pitched coming into the game. Just brutal hitting. Something has to give soon even if is a symbolic change.

    • Mark A Verticchio

      I agree and we all know what that symbolic change has to be.

    • LDS

      And 8 games out after 15. I’m guessing it’s time to give Bell a raise.

  27. Kevin H

    11 in a row. 4-0 hope I am wrong but to big a lead to overcome.

    Have a great Saturday everyone

  28. Dennis Westrick

    This Reds team will win again when Pete Rose is in the HOF!

  29. Old-school

    Reds haven’t scored stilll.
    Winker and Castellanos arent here again.

    Stupidity expecting different after august and September when castellanos and Winker were hurt and Reds imploded

    This roster is awful

    Start over .

  30. Kevin H

    I wonder if the organization misses Winker, Suarez, Barnhart, Gray, Miley, Lorenzen, and even not offer Nick C a Contract.

    The Reds aren’t “better in a weird way”

  31. Mark A Verticchio

    Well, at least, Pham can’t hit into a double play.

  32. Mark A Verticchio

    Well that would have been a double play.

  33. DavecT

    I wonder how long before the Castellani’s start offering tickets packages, including dining and lodging, to St. Louis, Chicago, and Milwaukee? Yadi Molina (who I admire) bobblehead. Christian Yelich Night. A Reds Competitor Hall of Fame.

  34. Melvin

    I think I’d like to have Pujols as a DH on our team. lol

  35. Mark A Verticchio

    As you watch this team, the first thing you notice is that there is no fire, they are simply going through the motions. They need a different voice in the dug out badly. As a long time Reds fan this so embarrassing. I knew they would not be a good team but I never thought they could be this bad.

    • Kevin H

      I agree. Injuries have hit this team, however still no excuse for losing 10 soon to be 11 in a row. Indeed a new voice is needed.

  36. Mark A Verticchio

    Do you think Bell is concerned about his job, I don’t think he is. I think he know the front office would never fire him and I hope he is wrong. On a side note Strickland needs to go, a waist of money.

  37. Bet on Red

    No… it is not Awsome… Miami Valley Gaming is not reading the room correctly right now

  38. LDS

    Strickland Doolittle at your service. Has he had a scoreless inning yet this year?

  39. realist

    Fire the batting coach these boys can’t hit even with Aquino out of the lineup. I have a feeling they are going to pull this out.

  40. Mark A Verticchio

    They need to find a way to move Mclain up, he is young but he is the future and I would rather watch him they these clowns.

    • Kevin H

      McClain I feel is ready I wonder if they r keeping him down for a year of team control.

      Cruz is high A as well as Allen but man they can’t do worse than Moran, AA, Pham

  41. Eddie

    Your feelings are wrong unfortunately realist. This team can’t hit just popups or ground out. This offense terrible

  42. Gpod

    the day after losing the second game to Clevland, I posted that it is possible this team could go 2-159….who in their right mind would think, 2 weeks later, I can still post the same thing….I have never ever seen such futility. I starts with a manager that has no business being a big league manager….last years team should have made the playoffs, but because of Bell’s total incompetence …..they fell short & he should have been fired after last season… this dumpster fire only proves my point more. He has done nothing as the Reds manager and no one in their right mind could defend him.

    • Mark A Verticchio

      I agree 100 percent. The question is how long will this front office let this continue. They will not be Wainright tomorrow so it will 12 in a row and 2 – 14. Oh my got is that bad.

    • Votto4life

      They will win their share of games (65 or so) but it will be long past the point of people caring. We probably are already past that point.

      In the game Sim City, if you build your city too fast it starts to fall apart. After it becomes a ghost town, things slowly start to get better. Your town still sucks but because you used to no growth, a little growth occurs and things start to look up.

      I think after this horrific start, some of the young players will become established and the team will string together some wins in the second half.

      We will be left thinking that that the team might really take off in 2023. But we will be wrong, it will just be fools gold. This team is years away from a championship.

      • Votto4life

        The Reds will experience a dead cat bounce at some point this summer..something to look forward to I suppose.

  43. Joe P.

    What’s truly amazing is that it takes over 3 hours to play a game where the Reds have only 3 hits.

  44. Mark A Verticchio

    Four over the minimum, I don’t know what there is to say. I think they will soon be no hit.

  45. Bet on Red

    This is painful to watch… i really hope they make the season more interesting. The bengals are still to far off… at least they are not only trying, they are succeding.

  46. Joe P.

    The Reds have scored a grand total of 15 runs in the last 10 games.

  47. Mark A Verticchio

    They have scored 9 runs in there last 8 games.

  48. IrishMike

    My favorite “professional” basketball team was the Washington Generals. Parallels with this Reds team are easily drawn. I want my MLB package money back.

  49. Kelly

    Thanks Bob and Phil!!!!!! Right now the blame is still on you both!!!!!!!!!! I hope your not sleeping well at night!!!!!! I hope your enjoying the nightmare you have Caused!!!!!! You really make bleeding Red hurt!!!!!! good thing I don’t Cuss. Lord we need a miracle.