The Cincinnati Reds (3-13) finally ended their 11-game losing streak on Sunday with a well played 4-1 win against the Cardinals. The Reds were able to take some rare positive vibes into an off-day yesterday, and they will look to win two games in a row for the first time in 2022 tonight at 6:40 PM against the San Diego Padres (10-7).

Tonight will mark the return of the Reds highest projected wins above replacement player, Jonathan India to the Reds lineup. The Reds will also see the return of Jake Fraley, who has missed the past 10 games with a knee injury.

Starting Pitchers

Reiver Sanmartin will face the Padres for a second straight start. He got hit fairly hard in his last start (5.1 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 HR), but he did only walk one batter. It was fairly surprising the Reds didn’t choose to go with an opener after an off-day. Machado has a 1.515 OPS vs LHP this season. It seems like it would have been a good idea to have a RHP face him at least the first time through the lineup, especially with how well that Sanmartin pitched after an opener against the Dodgers (credit to @redsinfour for the thought on this).

Joe Musgrove has been really good this year. He is in a contact year, and looks like he is going to get paid this off-season. The Reds weren’t great vs Musgrove last week (6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K), but hopefully the Reds can have some success seeing him twice in a week. Tyler Naquin is 0-9 in his career vs Musgrove, but he was not in the lineup last week. Naquin is obviously a really good hitter vs RHP, so hopefully he can help. Votto has really good career numbers vs Musgrove, so hopefully him getting on base 3x in the last game can translate into a big game tonight.

Starting Lineups

Padres Reds
1. Austin Nola (C)
2. Jake Cronenworth (2B)
3. Manny Machado (3B)
4. Jurickson Profar (LF)
5. Eric Hosmer (1B)
6. Wil Myers (RF)
7. Luis Campusano (DH)
8. Trent Grisham (CF)
9. Ha-seong Kim (SS)
1. Jonathan India (2B)
2. Tyler Naquin (RF)
3. Tommy Pham (LF)
4. Joey Votto (1B)
5. Kyle Farmer (SS)
6. Nick Senzel (CF)
7. Colin Moran (3B)
8. Aramis Garcia (C)
9. Jake Fraley (DH)

What a breath of fresh air this lineup is. Every player the Reds are trotting out tonight is at least a legit big league player. Moran is a liability defensively at 3B, but him batting 7th against a RHP shows how much deeper this lineup is than anything they have run out the last couple weeks. India will get all of the headlines for returning tonight (and rightfully so), but Jake Fraley returning is big too. Fraley had a 130 wRC+ last season vs RHP.

News and notes

Jonathan India was activated from the injured list, Matt Reynolds added to the roster

Jonathan India came off of the injured list this afternoon and the team also officially added Matt Reynolds to the roster. That led to Alejo Lopez being sent to Triple-A and JT Riddle being designated for assignment.



The Reds are coming off a win, they have got two good players returning to the lineup and they are playing at home. Let’s hope the rare positive vibes from the start of this 2022 season can continue tonight. Go Reds!

91 Responses

  1. Old-school

    “Moran is a defensive liability at third base”. Good thing our starting 3b comes back soon to fix that.

    Lots of data on bad offense across baseball and bad baseballs again. Reds Cards series at GABP had 0 home runs.

    David Bell has surely already broken the MLB record in late April on # of times batting the DH 9th in a season. Bell needs a remedial class on how the DH is supposed to work. It’s not the worst hitter replacing the pitcher. It’s a top hitter who doesnt play the field so well.

  2. Old-school

    “Moran is a defensive liability at third base”. Good thing our starting 3b comes back soon to fix that.

    Lots of data on bad offense across baseball and bad baseballs again. Reds Cards series at GABP had 0 home runs.

    David Bell has surely already broken the MLB record in late April on # of times batting the DH 9th in a season. Bell needs a remedial class on how the DH is supposed to work. It’s not the worst hitter replacing the pitcher. It’s a top hitter who doesnt play the field so well.

  3. Bet on Red

    The lineup looks as good as it can get. I actually understand the Lopez move, evidently they do not want to have him at third so it would be better for him to get regular at-bats in AAA, unless he is needed again

  4. Votto4life

    Darn, I was hoping to see Greene pitch on Thursday.

  5. Mark A Verticchio

    Let’s guess the crowd. I bet under 10,000 in actual attendance.

    • Coach Gates

      Actual attendance 1300

      Announced will be 12,000

  6. Mark A Verticchio

    Good effort by Pham it just didn’t work, par for the 2022 Reds.

    • JB

      I like it. He made the outfielder make a perfect throw.

  7. VaRedsFan

    Moran not only got Senzel to 2nd by hitting the throwback from the catcher, he then bloops one in to score NS.

  8. Old-school

    Announcers muted

    Sadak is a 42 yo bald man trying to talk like hes the cool kid in 8 th grade

    Its a strong throw or an outfiekd assist… not a dime.

    Larkin just talks down from the lectern

    Sanmartin isnt a major league SP

    • Tom Reeves

      What’s wrong with being a 40-something bald man?

      Don’t bring me down with Sadek…. 🙂

  9. Bet on Red

    yep, this is the squeaky wheel… needs more AAA time.

  10. VaRedsFan

    That escalated quickly. Hosmer absolutely mashed that ball

  11. Mark A Verticchio

    San Martin is not good enough to get through a major league line up twice.

    • Bet on Red

      yea, i see the bullpen as his final destination. he is the one leaving when LC is finally ready.

      • JB

        He is the other lefty they need in the bullpen.

  12. GreatRedLegsFan

    Seems Sanmartin is the odd man out once Castillo is back.

  13. Daytonnati

    Fortunately, there’s not a lot of witnesses.

  14. Old-school

    Its a Hoffman game- again

    Whats the over under on average number runs reds give up at coors?
    Im starting at 9

  15. Eddie

    This dude okay from bullpen not a starter this game over he did will 3 inning max he can do on good day and now walk run in smh. Also Hoffman coming in smh game over

  16. Indy Red Man

    Turns out you can’t just throw a guy in versus the Pirates for 5 innings and then assume he’s a starter based off that. Who’d have thunk it?

    I have the Over atleast

  17. Old-school

    Hoffman is the opposite of Red Auerbach cigar

  18. Bet on Red

    The crowd is significantly more vocal than i remember last year

  19. VaRedsFan

    It didn’t work out for RSanmartin. I’m glad the tried him instead of a washed up vet. If you throw as hard as he does, then you have to have have pinpoint control and change speeds. It seems all of his pitches were the same speed.

  20. Daytonnati

    We didn’t get the “quality pitch”.

  21. Indy Red Man

    Mariners up 7-0. Geno 1-1 with a walk & Ops over .900. What were the Reds doing with him to help him turn it around? He took Hader deep in Milw so its not like his bat was slow/dead like Moose? He just kept pulling his head and uppercutting. Why do other batting coaches get the message across while our guys continue to flounder?

    • JB

      The Reds let Don Long walk. That’s what happened.

    • Old-school

      6 consecutive games against the Rangers and Royals heals all wounds

      Lets see the upcoming Rays Astros yankees etc

    • William

      I am just starting to watch this came. I look at the box score and see 9 runs in one inning by the Padres. Why did Bell leave Sanmartin in so long. Poor guy. He will be the first out of the rotation soon.

  22. Old-school


    This team is awful.

    Cant hit
    Cant pitch

  23. Eddie

    I say Hoffman cut and bring Castillo back up and put Sam in the pen

  24. Harold

    Who has the absolute worse T.V. two in baseball? John Sedak never stops talking and continues to try to impress everyone with his wonderful wisdom and wit. Barry Larkin obvious doesn’t enjoy the gig and seldom say anything pertinent. Thank you for Chris Welch. He could do the games by himself and do a better job. Bring back TOM!!!! He was excellent but has been sent away for his sins??? Will he never be forgiven by the WOKE media mob? I think he has said I’m sorry many times.

    • VaRedsFan

      Agree about Welsh.
      FWIW Sadek is better than last year.

      It ridiculous that Thom was let go for untimely words, but he was, by far the worst announcer in Reds history…IMO

      • Votto4life

        Anyone who uses that slur should be fired. No workplace in this country should allow it and I suspect very few would. It has had nothing to do with it being untimely. Sheesh

    • Bet on Red

      Its not about the homophobic slur being caught on air, its about it being said at all. Furthermore, anyone claiming that this broadcast team is the worst obviously missed last Fridays Apple plus….broadcast. A true failure right there.

  25. LarkinPhillips

    Glad I bought MiLB for nights like these!

  26. JB

    I’m surprised there are still fans there after that nice inning. They are probably waiting for the Matt Reynolds debut.

  27. Mark Moore

    Just checked the score in T4. Wow …

    Reiver back to AAA to polish his stuff. He’ll be back.

  28. Harold

    SELL THE TEAM BOB!!!!! Could we add the mercy rule??? Anyone attending tonight game should get free tickets to another game.

  29. JB

    Let’s see if the Reds can get the same results with the bases loaded as the Padres did.


    Reds are trying to make the case for a mercy rule.

  31. docproc

    Hoffman is awful about letting inherited runners score. His ERA is deceiving. Hope some other team doesn’t do their homework on him and asks for him in a trade.

  32. Mark A Verticchio

    I wonder how long this next losing streak will be. However, I think more than even injuries and lack of talent what has hurt this team the most this has been the schedule, it has been very difficult. That is not to make an excuse for a bad team but a series or two against the Pirates, Cubs, Nationals or a lower level American league team might have helped a little bit.

    • TR

      Phil C. has been very quiet and if that continues the next losing streak should not be too long.

  33. Bet on Red

    The dad with baby catch will go viral by tomorrow morning

    • Eddie

      Yeah that was best play of the night maybe reds should sign him what else we got to lose lol

  34. Bet on Red

    Gotta admit that was a good play at the plate

  35. Bet on Red

    Hits and smallball productive outs. First time in a while I am not confident we are out of this

  36. LDS

    Wow, just checked the score. So much for the winning streak.

  37. Old-school

    The Reds are last in mlb in team ERA at 5.79 and that before 9 runs in 5 innings as they head to colorado

    This show is getting worse.

    95 loss team

    • VaRedsFan

      67 wins would be a minor miracle

    • Grand Salami

      I am white clawing back to bed.

  38. SOQ

    The guys are showing some resiliency. Not giving up

  39. Eddie

    Those pirates tied with brewers and Suarez batting well and they are winning

  40. JB

    Hoffman and Strickland on the same night. Doesn’t get any better.

  41. Melvin

    Hard to a Reds fan right now. Just have to enjoy baseball.

  42. Mark Moore

    They think they’re hilarious … they are mistaken. They sound like a couple of immature clowns who are bored with the game.

  43. ryan

    The highest BA in tonight’s lineup is .250; Cesar Geronimo was the lowest of the machine at .270; wow!

    • Mark Moore

      Great Perspective. Plus we didn’t really have holes on defense.

    • Melvin

      He hit over .300 in 76 and the TEAM hit .280. 🙂

  44. Mark Moore

    It’s going to take some magic in the 8th.

    Nice work by Farmer.

  45. Moon

    I looks like the Reds one game winning streak is coming to an end….

  46. Bet on Red

    This one is on Sanmartin, gotta prove you belong up here, and he isn’t getting it done right now. 5 runs clears most of the offense, and the bullpen sans Hoffman has not given up a run,

  47. DaveCT

    I’m watching the Cincinnati Mariners. Geno is hitting, and good for him. One lesser recognized move they made was picking up Adam Frazier. This is a fun team to follow. I know, a foreign concept.

  48. William

    I think they need to prepare for 2023. Keep Hunter Greene and Nick Lodola in the rotation. This is about the dullest Reds team that I can remember, but I will keep following them. I have since childhood.

    • TR

      Same here. Regardless, this is a very important season for Greene and Lodolo.

  49. William

    I watched Seattle some. I am a Winker fan, although I think he needs to keep his mouth shut about the Reds. I do not think his negative comments help him. They did try to win the last two years, so he is not telling the complete truth.

    • VegasRed

      Not so much William. Remember the bullpen issues?

      That clown show lasted all year until the team stopped hitting at the end.

  50. LDS

    I bet the Cardinals are feeling embarrassed, letting the Reds win on Sunday.

    • Luke J

      I doubt you watched the game. The Reds battled all night looked like a team with some fight in them. They gave up 9 runs in one inning by a pitcher who should be in the bullpen as he can’t get through the order a second time. And many of those hits we soft seeing eye singles. One bad inning with some bad luck on top of it. Other than that, this looked like a different team with India in the lineup. They showed life tonight.

      • LDS

        Thanks. No, I didn’t pay attention other than check the score a couple of times. Too frustrating to spend that much time on a team and organization that has little interest in winning. Maybe they’ll get better but 90+ losses is looking pretty certain. Really thought they’d pull off 4th place.

  51. Indy Red Man

    Atleast Senzel has shown some life! I’ve been harder then anyone on RLN concerning him, but I’d love to be wrong. They have nothing to lose with him at this point. He will hit the ball line to line on you!