The Cincinnati Reds will host the San Diego Padres this afternoon in the final game of their homestand, looking to break a 2-game losing streak. Cincinnati sends Tyler Mahle to the mound to match up against Nick Martinez with the first pitch set for 12:35pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Here are your lineups for this afternoon’s contest:

San Diego Padres

Cincinnati Reds

Trent Grisham – CF Jake Fraley – CF
Jake Cronenworth –  2B Tyler Naquin – RF
Manny Machado – DH Tommy Pham – LF
Jurickson Profar – LF Joey Votto – 1B
Eric Hosmer – 1B Kyle Farmer – SS
Matt Beaty – RF Brandon Drury – 2B
Jorge Alfaro – C Mike Moustakas – DH
C.J. Abrams – SS Colin Moran – 3B
Ha-Seong Kim – 3B Mark Kolozsvary – C
Nick Martinez – SP Tyler Mahle – SP

Starting Pitchers

Pitcher IP ERA WHIP BB% K%
Tyler Mahle 17.0 6.88 1.71 11.4% 24.1%
Nick Martinez 14.2 4.30 1.77 14.9% 19.4%
Links: Tyler Mahle’s Stats | Nick Martinez’s Stats

Tyler Mahle

It’s been a tough start to the season for Tyler Mahle, who has an ERA of 6.88 to begin the season. He missed the Padres in their previous series, so he’ll be facing them for the first time this year when he takes the mound today.

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 Splitter Slider
Velo 93.1 87.3 85.8 83.6
Usage 45.4% 11.3% 24.2% 19.0%

Nick Martinez

From 2018-2021 Nick Martinez pitched professionally in Japan. He returned to the US this spring when he signed with the San Diego Padres. He’s struggled a bit to throw strikes so far, walking 10 batters in 14.2 innings. He’s also given up five home runs. Despite both of those rates being very high, and the fact that he’s given up 16 hits, his ERA has remained solid. That’s not likely to continue if those rates stay anywhere near where they have been.

2021 Splits

Martinez didn’t pitch in the Major Leagues between 2018-2021, and he’s only thrown a handful of innings this year in the big leagues. It feels that including his splits here wouldn’t be all that useful.

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Sinker Cutter Change Curve
Velo 92.7 92.4 86.7 79.4 80.9
Usage 40% 9.1% 18.1% 21.1% 11.7%

When and Where

  • Game time: 12:35pm ET
  • Where: Great American Ball Park
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: 54°, cloudy, 15% chance of rain

News and Notes

Nick Lodolo placed on the injured list

Prior to the game this afternoon the Reds put Nick Lodolo on the injured list with a lower back strain. They activated Mike Moustakas (who is in the lineup today) to take his place on the roster.

Around the Beat

Phillip Diehl’s dream come true

Prior to last night’s game that saw Diehl actually take the mound, Bobby Nightengale wrote about the Cincinnati native getting a chance to play for his hometown team after being called up from Triple-A.

109 Responses

  1. CFD3000

    I’m optimistic about this game. The pitching matchup favors the Reds, and I’m hoping to see continued improvement from Votto. It feels like he’s been hitting the ball harder and striking out less, but I’d love to see that start to translate into hits, and especially extra base hits. Why not start today?

  2. Bet on Red

    Mahle at home… yep, a lineup devoid of India and Senzel…. yep Series sweep yep…. Now i understand givin Senzel a day, but india just got back

  3. MBS

    This team is easy to be negative about, so I’m doing my best to look at the positives. Farmer won me over. I was on the fence by the end of last year, but he’s continued to show the good bat and good glove this year.

    • VaRedsFan

      Farmer’s been doing it for 2+ years…once he got a chance

  4. BrianFannin

    This season is in no way connected to the decisions David Bell has made. The depleted roster, injuries etc. However, the last few games has added to the frustrations and has everything to do with Bell. Leaving San Martin (9 runs) and Guiterrez (6 runs) in until team has no chance.

  5. Bet on Red

    Its gotten so bad the sound guy quit for the bally broadcast

  6. Votto4life

    Man, the Reds line up looks particular bad today. .

    • Grand Salami

      Yeah less than half were starters last year and we have a rookie catcher who is in over his head, at least when batting.

      It’s tough to see more than 3 run from this group

  7. Old-school

    Pham with a great sliding catch to save mahle from further damage

    Im starting the Tommy pham fan club

    The guy plays hard

    • JB

      I like him too. I love his speed and aggressiveness. Weird not seeing runners go station to station.

  8. LDS

    Lodolo to the IL? India & Senzel not starting? Why don’t Bell just call “forfeit” and save the wear and tear on the players. Where’s Dick Williams when you need him? At least he fired Price who in all likely hood was a much better manager than Bell.

    • burtgummer01

      Yeah it’s Bells fault the Reds are so bad smh Really ???

      • LDS

        Actually, yes it is. Management 101, he fails at every turn. Very simple test – how many Reds are playing to their career average?

    • greenmtred

      Votto, for example. I know without asking what your answer will be, but I’ll ask anyway: You really believe that Bell could do something about Joey hitting under .200?

      • LDS

        Could give him a day off. Move where he hits in the lineup. Bell is doing what he always does. Same as with Suarez last year. Why is Suarez hitting better in Seattle?

      • greenmtred

        Suarez was also hitting better in Cincy–much better–towards the end of the season, so the turnaround didn’t start when he went elsewhere. Bell could, indeed, give Joey a day off or move him in the lineup. Given the players available to replace him, it’s unlikely to be an improvement, though, and would certainly result in lots of criticism from us. ” Why does he need a day off? The season has barely started.”

  9. Kevin H

    Why isn’t India and Senzel playing? Why is Fraley leading off.

    Why not play Winker, Suarez, oh wait…..

    • MBS

      Suarez is off to a nice start this year, he would be our best hitter right now. I’m glad he’s doing well, always one of my favorite Reds.

    • old-school

      India is probably getting the day game after a night game to not push his hamstring.

  10. Tom Mitsoff

    Exceptional defense by Pham twice in two innings!

  11. Eddie

    Geesh Tyler at 49 pitches only in 2 inning of work terrible as his usual average lately

  12. MBS

    OK I take back my thoughts of moving Pham to DH, nice glove work Pham!

  13. Rut

    Good grief, the Reds just are not a Major League product. Laughably awful…

    Would say I have seen this movie before but it was set in Cleveland and they were trying to lose to move to Miami… our version doesn’t have a hot lady owner either, but fat old dudes who just want to pocket all the cash they can.

  14. Joey

    I know fans are frustrated and this might be overkill but I love the Reds and I love Star Wars. Have any of you been on the Reds site to see the Joey Jedi Bobble Head promo? There is no way that someone designed that bobblehead with Joey Votto in mind. That has to be a previous casting of some other player from some other sports team. That is a commentary in and of itself of the leadership of this organization. Let’s have a competition and see who can figure out who the bobblehead is actually of. My vote is JJ Reddick.

  15. Mark A Verticchio

    I watch but, it just keeps getting worse. We pay for MLB but it won’t be long before I stop watching, as Farmer hits into a double play. I can only imagine what these players must feel like, it has to be awful.

    • Broseph

      Some I’m sure are mentally affected, but at the end of the day it’s a job. I take work seriously, but at times I’m just like “eh, I tried, I put in effort”.

      I’d imagine some similar thing applies to ball players.

  16. Broseph

    At least we’re on track for a fast game. Feels like 10-0 instead of 1-0

  17. Bet on Red

    WE TIED THE GAME!!!! Moose is somehow 2 for 2

  18. VaRedsFan

    Moose is 2-2….
    Trade him… his value has just peaked

  19. VaRedsFan

    1st career hit for Mike K? Congrats young man!

  20. Indy Red Man

    Everyone complains about Bell, but he does what he can to motivate his players!
    He arranged for Moose to have a 1 man slumber party at a Krispy Kreme if he started hitting and here you go!!!

    • Indy Red Man

      Fat guys are legendary within the game though. Favorite Babe story:

      The Yankees were playing the White Sox in Chicago and had a doubleheader the next day. Ruth had just destroyed the WS pitching so the manager told them to invite Ruth out for drinks and companionship, etc. to wear him down.

      So they take Babe out and he’s outdrinking everyone and has 2 girls on his lap. The next day he stumbles in 3 minutes before first pitch and hits a mammoth HR in his first at-bat. As he’s rounding 3rd he yells to the WS bench “Where we going tonight?”

  21. old-school

    It could be very interesting with Moose latest injury and only (1) lefty starter on the horizon-sunday in colorado. Bell basically said Moose may only be able to hit and not play the field for a bit so we could see a relatively set line up the next week or so x 3b

    Pham/Senzel/Naquin OF
    Moose DH
    Farmer/India/Votto SS/2b/3b

    Could we see an every day 7?

    Players like consistent roles to get in a rhythm. It will be interesting to see if an everyday 7 and regular lineup gets this offense out of the morass with Coors field as a lifeline.

    • Grand Salami

      The offense stinks but no reason to cuss! 🙂

  22. old-school

    Great move by Bell to bring in Santillan. Machado and Hosmer are great hitters. Mahle got them to the 6th and these are the high leverage outs needed to win the game. See if it works.

    • VaRedsFan

      Totally shocked it wasn’t Strickland

    • Indy Red Man

      Votto had the runner going to 2nd easily if he cuts off that throw cleanly.

      • Indy Red Man

        Thats our boys. Votto has been playing a million years and couldn’t/wouldn’t get the guy at 2nd and of course it comes back to eat us up

    • don moore

      Once again for Bell a decent logical move produces terrible consequences. Bell is snake bitten.

  23. Tom Mitsoff

    Catcher has saved about five wild pitches from Santillan.

  24. Tom Mitsoff

    Sometimes it seems like there are literally no players on this team who can be counted upon to deliver in the clutch. Maybe that is the case. Who knows?

  25. Bet on Red

    Clearly not Tonys day, or the reds day, Mahle did passable work today, but all for naught

  26. old-school

    This team is routinely overmatched. No consistent SP, no consistent RP and no consistent hitting 1-9.
    I don’t see how they go to Coors field and then Milwaukee and win a road trip.
    This team could very easily be 15 games under .500 by Mother’s day.

    • TR

      1-2 in both Den. and Mil. will be a good road trip and the start of a turnaround?

  27. Mark A Verticchio

    This is on Santillan, what a horrible outing. He could not throw a strike for crying out loud he hit 2 guys. This team can’t win for losing. I am sure all fans are upset. This once proud franchise has been reduced to garbage.

  28. Grand Salami

    Watched the Reds take a rare lead! …. And then lose it. I predicted 3 runs for this lineup so the games now out of reach.

    Inconsistency will be a theme that accompanies the youth movement. Santillian is the latest player in the band

  29. Joe P.

    Padres Kim is an “outstanding” hitter… only against the Reds that is. He’ll go back to hitting .200 against the rest of the league. No doubt the Padres wish they could play the Reds all day, every day. I thought the Castellinis owned the Reds…turns out the Padres do too.

  30. Indy Red Man

    Atleast 20-25 starting 1B could’ve determined Naquin’s throw was up the line a little and cut it off and then nailed the guy going recklessly going to 2nd. He was only halfway.

    Should still be 2-2

    • Broseph

      I don’t know. Hitting two batters and a walk in the same inning might factor into the score as well.

    • Kevin H

      Or pham diving and missing the ball allowing 3 runs to score. Are you pretending that didn’t happen? Or Satallin comes in and blows the game for Mahle? Or are you pretending that didn’t happen. We get it you don’t like Votto

  31. realist

    Don’t worry reds fans Krall is searching the waiver wires right now for some pitching and hitting. What will he turn up?

    • LarkinPhillips

      I am sure there is a light hitting, back up/utility player out there somewhere that Krall will sign so we can send some more young guys back to AAA.

      • realist

        exactly, and guys that had a great month 3 years ago too.

      • LarkinPhillips

        Come on realist, you have to give guys like that a chance to work it out and some time to get going. (sarcasm)

  32. Indy Red Man

    Thats why on good teams a guy will step up and have a teammates back. Can’t wait til 2024 and Jolene Votto is in the rearview. HOFer but he’s had his time. Moose free too. Of course they’ll keep the money or spend it on scrubs like Mike Minor, but atleast they’ll have opportunities in theory

  33. Indy Red Man

    Gotta get Strick going fellas. You know the drill.

    Remember how painful it was when Bell kept running David Hernandez out there to fail over and over and over

    • Indy Red Man

      That was 2019 and Hernandez hasn’t been in the bigs since. Probably AAA or the Fukiyama River Guppies or something

      • old-school

        Akiyama hit .348 for the River Guppies.

    • LDS

      Or Doolittle. I see I haven’t missed anything of note today. Another day, another loss.

  34. DataDumpster

    David Bell. Well, its too early to give up but let’s bring in the Walk King for a few rounds.

  35. VaRedsFan

    Padres batting averages in their lineup today. Which guys would you try to pitch around?


    Machado and Hosmer are 5-7 today.
    It’s not just this game….It’s been every game vs. the Padres this year.

    • Joe P.

      The Reds pitchers struggle against every batter in the lineup regardless of their average. Every batter looks dangerous against Reds pitching.

      I’ve been impressed with the Padres swings against us. Maybe we should hire their hitting coach?

  36. old-school

    Joey Votto has only hit under .240 for the combined month of Mar/April once in his career.
    He was .229 in 2016.

    He’s hitting .131 going into May. He’s looked at times like Pete rose did at 40. Roll over 4 hoppers to the second basemen.

    • LDS

      Maybe he needs a day off. No wait, only the kids need days off. JV probably needs to have a conversation with Pete Rose. Might get him back on track. Or age may have caught up with him. Whatever it is isn’t working so far. Maybe later it will but not at the moment.

    • ryan

      Is he the same guy who said several years ago that he would retire when he could no longer contribute?

      • LDS

        That would be the guy. He turned it around somewhat last year obviously but still couldn’t hit lefties. Hate to see him continue to struggle and give up his career .300 average.

    • CFD3000

      If anyone deserves a longer leash it’s Votto. Yes, he gets older every year (don’t we all) and yes, eventually he won’t turn around every slump. But if he says he’s close, I believe him. As for “turned it around somewhat” last year, he got MVP votes and was top 5 in OPs for the NL. Disappointing so far? Yep. Time to panic? Not even close.

      • LDS

        He still didn’t hit LH’ers. Expecting him to equal last year could be wishful thinking. We’ll see.

    • jessecuster44

      Votto has NOBODY to protect him in the batting order – he’s not getting great pitches to hit. He’s walking a lot. And yes, His skills are declining. But I swear, some of you just love to kick around one of the greatest players to ever wear the uniform. I wonder – if you were alive in 1982 – would you be roasting Johnny Bench for his performance? Probably.

  37. Votto4life

    Someone has to get fired on the off day this Monday right?

    • burtgummer01

      Unfortunately the owner can’t be fired

      • jessecuster44

        He can be tarred and feathered though, if you’re clever enough

  38. Bet on Red

    Ironically Moose has been the most productive today with 2-2 and a walk

    • Bet on Red

      and Matt Reynolds is still batting 1.000

  39. LarkinPhillips

    The tough thing to watch with the Reds isn’t only the poor effort and lack of talent, it’s also the inability to execute fundamentals on a routine basis.

  40. Indy Red Man

    I don’t know their farm system but how bout Farmer to SD? Looks like they need help til Tatis gets back and Farmer will get some playoff checks! Meanwhile we lock down the #1 pick.

  41. Hanawi

    Time for the whole coaching staff to go. Plenty of blame for the front office but this is an embarrassment from top to bottom.

    • burtgummer01

      So scrubs are supposed to be mvp caliber? Scrap players are scraps for a reason

      • Hanawi

        Serious question. Are you related to Bell? You only post to defend him.

        No other team has fewer than 6 wins. Whether or not he is primarily responsible, he has not made it better. It’s the lot of every manager.

      • Indy Red Man

        I’d like to see Bell go too, but 83 wins last year was really pretty remarkable on paper when you consider the pen they gave Bell and the injuries and Suarez/Moose going AWOL. Castillo was horrible in April-May too.

        Nobody is winning much with this collection of buffalo chips. Castellanos was the emotional leader too….they have no vocal leaders

      • burtgummer01

        Not at all,If he got fired I wouldn’t lose a bit of sleep over it.But i’m not ignorant enough to believe the Reds are so bad because of him or the coaches.It’s all on ownership and the front office

  42. Indy Red Man

    Same Game Parlay and I would’ve made over $300 for $50 but I picked Profar rbi instead of Hosmer((( That hurts. I knew better

    Hit one on Sunday for over $300 by the 3rd inning with Colorado at Detroit

  43. CFD3000

    So Warren threw 4 pitches to close out the 8th, but can’t come out for the 9th? Really?

  44. Joe P.

    There was no reason for Bell to take Dauri Moreta out of the ballgame to bring in Art Warren to face Machado. Why not let Moreta get that experience? Also, Votto quit running on that pop-up to the outfield off the bat of Machado that landed in front of Naquin. With 2 outs and a runner in scoring position, he has to try to make that catch.

    • Indy Red Man

      Truth is Joey has been bottom 5 out of 30 1B with fielding/baserunning for years. Atleast 3. I’m convinced he was the worst baserunner in mlb in 2020. He did make much more of an effort to pay attention last year, but 2024 needs to hurry up.
      Maybe TJ Hopkins at 1B? He’s hitting .327 (1.090 ops) and 5 steals at AA

      • Joe P.

        Not good when your first baseman, who’s hitting in the cleanup spot, through 19 games, has only 8 hits (only 1 2B), 0 HRs, and 3 RBI.

  45. Kevin H

    Reds battled today. Surely it will bounce in their favor. I do think a coaching change needs to happen. The bullpen today didn’t have it. Bell has wore thin on me. His analytical style of managing doesn’t work.

    • Tom Mitsoff

      It’s not Bell’s fault that he has a roster that is the equivalent of an expansion team.

      • burtgummer01

        Very refreshing,someone else who knows what the real issue is

      • Kevin H

        No its not you are correct. I agree , however comes a time when one has to go against the match ups and play your best 9. Not sure if India and Senzel were hurting or not. If not then no reason why they shouldn’t of been playing. Cesa and Simms didn’t pitch today. Satallian hit 2 batters yet stayed in game. He brings Warren in and another inherited runner scores. To me when you need a win, you play your best players not this lf lineup etc etc my two cents for what it’s worth

  46. Mark A Verticchio

    Larkin has lost his mind trying to defend Bell. As mentioned he may not have much of a line up but, every other manager has won at least 6 games. The managers job is to find a way to win with what he has Bell is hurting this team. A good example is the last two nights he left a young pitcher in way to long and today he pulls his best pitcher way to soon.

    • Daytonnati

      Larkin is losing credibility every game with his observations that “we’re close”. Reminds me of one of Putin’s generals.

  47. William

    Another day. Another loss. Thank you owners for taking care of us fans. I hope you are enjoying the money you kept for yourself. Please be honest with fans and tell them it is just a business to you. Profit is number one to you. You will probably make more if the Reds were winning. Have a good day.

  48. Joe P.

    The Reds are playing bad baseball, but they also have bad luck.

    I don’t recall seeing so many balls land in no-man’s land as what I saw in this series (and GABP is a small ballpark where those balls are normally caught).

    • Eddie

      I think the shift outfield is part of those reasons as well and less effort for chase down for the ball as well. 2023 no shift so should be interesting to see that I’m not fan of the shift

  49. William

    Look on the bright side: The Reds may get a high draft pick in 2023. Just joking. Laughter helps the pain.

  50. William

    Manager David Bell: I honestly like you for your optimism, and I know you try hard and have your players backs. I hope the Reds do not try to get better in a weird way by firing you. It is a possibility at this point. SORRY .

    • Mark A Verticchio

      I could not disagree more Bell is the worst manager in baseball and he deserves to be fired. If you watched Mahle’s post game interview you could tell he was upset Bell took him out and i don’t blame him.

  51. William

    I understand Mark. Many people agree with you. I would keep Bell this year for better or worse. Respectfully, – William.

    • Mark A Verticchio

      Nice post William I guess we will have to agree to disagree. thank you