The Cincinnati Reds are sitting at 3-20, the second worst start in Major League Baseball since 1900, and they’ve gone 1-18 since Phil Castellini’s famous opening day chewing of both of his feet. Vladimir Gutierrez will face off against Freddy Peralta tonight to try and get things turned around and going in the right direction in Milwaukee. First pitch is set for 7:40pm ET.

Starting Lineups

Here are the lineups for this tonight’s NL Central contest:

Cincinnati Reds

Milwaukee Brewers

TJ Friedl – CF Kolten Wong – 2B
Brandon Drury – 3B Willy Adames – SS
Tommy Pham – LF Christian Yelich – LF
Mike Moustakas – DH Andrew McCutchen – DH
Colin Moran – 1B Rowdy Tellez – 1B
Kyle Farmer – SS Hunter Renfroe – RF
Alejo Lopez – 2B Luis Urias – 3B
Matt Reynolds – RF Lorenzo Cain – CF
Aramis Garcia – C Victor Caratini – C
Vladimir Gutierrez – SP Freddy Peralta – SP

An hour prior to the game the Reds placed two men on the injured list who were in the starting lineup. Naquin and Senzel were replaced in the lineup and put 15 guys on the Cincinnati injured list.

Starting Pitchers

Vladimir Gutierrez 17.0 7.41 1.94 15 11
Freddy Peralta 18.0 5.00 1.33 8 23
Links: Vladimir Gutierrez’s Stats | Freddy Peralta’s Stats

Vladimir Gutierrez

Control, or a complete lack of it, has been a big issue so far this season for Vladimir Gutierrez. He leads the league with 15 walks as well as leading the league with 4 hit batters. That’s 19 free bases he’s given out in just 17.0 innings this season.

Left-handed hitters are posting numbers that would make and MVP blush. Gutierrez has walked 11 of them with just 6 strikeouts while they’ve posted an OPS of 1.133 against him. Righties aren’t hitting for nearly as much power, but are still getting on base at a .421 clip against him so far this year.


RHH 38 8 3 1 0 4 5 .276 .421 .448
LHH 45 10 2 2 2 11 6 .303 .467 .667

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 91.9 82.6 82.0 78.2
Usage 51.4% 12.1% 19.2% 17.3%

Freddy Peralta

A 2021 All-Star, Freddy Peralta has started out a little bit slower in 2022. He’s given up just one home run this season in 18.0 innings, but he’s also given up 10 runs – giving him an ERA of 5.00 through his first four starts.

He has dominated against lefties this season, holding them to an OPS of .486. Right-handed hitters have found more success, hitting .282 with a little bit of power to go with it. With that said, after struggling in his first two outings of the year (9 earned runs in 7.0 innings), Peralta has allowed just one run in his last two starts (11.0 innings) and given up just six hits and two walks while striking out 13.


RHH 43 11 3 0 1 4 11 .282 .349 .436
LHH 35 5 1 0 0 4 12 .167 .286 .200

Pitch Usage

4-Seam Slider Change Curve
Velo 92.7 80.0 86.4 77.1
Usage 54.6% 18.2% 13.0% 14.2%

When and Where

  • Game time: 7:40pm ET
  • Where: American Family Field
  • Watch: Bally Sports Ohio,
  • Listen: 700 WLW AM (Cincinnati area)
  • Forecast: They have a dome

News and Notes

Reds pick up Robert Dugger on waivers

The Cincinnati Reds claimed right-handed pitcher Robert Dugger off of waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Tyler Naquin and Nick Senzel to the injured list

The Reds put Naquin and Senzel on the injured list prior to the game. They called up Ronnie Dawson and Albert Almora Jr. from Triple-A to take their place.

Luis Castillo to pitch Monday, Joey Votto might miss real time

Castillo pitched his final rehab start for Louisville this afternoon, tossing 4.1 shutout innings while giving up three hits, walking two, striking out seven, and he threw 76 pitches with 48 strikes.

Six Reds prospects are on Baseball America’s latest Top 100 list

Baseball America updated their Top 100 Prospect list earlier today now that the season is a month old and there are now six prospects from the Reds organization among the Top 100 prospects in baseball. Three of them are in the top 40, while another three are in the 70-100 range.

122 Responses

  1. Mark Moore

    Seems maybe we’re getting healthier in a weird way …

    Can we break the streak tonight?

    • Votto4life

      You spoke too soon. Naquin and Senzel to the IL

      • Mark Moore

        I saw that. So basically this is L’Ville + vs. the Bernies tonight.

  2. Votto4life

    Naquin and Senzel are on the IL

  3. CI3J

    Am I crazy, or are other teams also dealing with the amount of injuries as the Reds? I thought there would be a lot of injuries this year due to the shortened ST, but the Reds seem to be really getting clobbered on that front.

    • Votto4life

      I wonder if it is Covid related with Naquin and Senzel. Such a late scratch

      • Doug Gray

        Yes. They went onto the injured list with no designation. Doesn’t mean they have COVID, but they are showing symptoms.

  4. Votto4life

    Guess we will get to see what Ronnie Dawson and Albert Almora Jr. can do

    • Mark Moore

      Maybe we will, maybe we won’t.

    • JayTheRed

      At this point I’m willing to have them try anyone from the minors.

  5. Mark Moore

    One minor bright spot … and I’m really stretching here, folks … the two IL stints bumped Pham back into the outfield and Moose to DH.

  6. Votto4life

    “More than a couple of days” sounds like the 60 Day IL in Krall speak.

  7. Votto4life

    My goodness that’s an ugly line up.

    • Mark Moore

      Like ugly on an ape … there’s more of it and it just keeps coming

  8. Mark Moore

    And no TySteve … just a little curious to me. He needs AB’s to get back into a groove.

    • LarkinPhillips

      I suspect he will play tomorrow, one of two in the DH and Sunday, so today is to prevent him from playing 5 straight days. My guess. But who knows with Bell. I’m pretty sure he uses a random lineup generator everyday.

      • Melvin

        “random lineup generator everyday” – hahaha!

  9. LDS

    We should start a pool on how long Dawson and Almora sit on the bench before Bell gives them a start. They don’t really meet his preferences.

    • Mark Moore

      This weekend if Naquin and Senzel stay on the IL. Otherwise, they’ll barely see dirt until they go back to L’Ville

  10. JB

    Hopefully Dawson will get to play and do well. SMH with Senzel. It might be time to move on.

    • Mark Moore

      I’m not ready to throw in the towel with Lil Nick just yet. I think this is one of those fluky things due to and because of the COVID IL without a set number of days out.

  11. Joe P.

    I like the Reds tonight. All the pressure is on the Brewers to win, is it not?

    Senzel and Naquin and Votto are out, so the Brewers will be overconfident for sure.

    Go Reds!

    • Mark Moore

      I’d love to join you in that optimism, but I need to know what color the sky in that world is first … 🙂

      I hope they can break the skid, but it’s stacked against us in a big way now for certain.

  12. Mark Moore

    That works as well. The very definition of a productive out.

  13. Indy Red Man

    Ok RLN….its time to run up the white flag on Senzel. Dream all you want but it ain’t happening. He might hit for a week, but it doesn’t last and he might be available but that dang sure isn’t going to last.

    Moose is actually starting to hit. If he keeps it up then they might be able to move him for something this summer. Or keep him for a shot at 70 wins next year

    • Mark Moore

      I’m not convinced it’s time to white flag Senzel. I’m not buying that he’s completely injury snake bit just yet. As for his performance, it’s as much a product of the system as anything, so I’ll cut him slack there.

      • Indy Red Man

        Really? Maybe its 14th time is the charm for Nick? Does 3-20 convince you that this team is bad? I might be a wee bit negative, but some of the optimists on here?

      • Mark Moore

        Never said the team is good. I said I’m giving Senzel some leeway. I don’t see a lot of better options sitting around to play CF.

    • VaRedsFan

      Might as well give him the whole year to sink or swim. No harm. Covid IL doesn’t really fall in category is the other IL.

      It’s not like they he’s blocking someone at AAA

    • Old-school

      Wait …. its not injured list IL per beat reporters.

      Its could be covid rule out panic stop the presses dont show up at the park until we rule stuff out…. IL

      Is it naquin and Senzels fault Votto gave them whatever Votto has?

      Bell said votto
      Isnt just a couple day thing

      • Mark Moore

        Right. At least we leveraged that IL instead of running out a short bench again.

  14. Mark Moore

    Ugly end to the inning. I’m thinking anyone but The Moose makes it to 2nd.

  15. Mark Moore

    Deep count followed by a high and deep shot down the line. SMH!!

  16. Mark Moore

    Sure … groove one to Yelich. Lucky it stayed in the park.

  17. Mark Moore

    Well THAT was painful to see …

  18. VaRedsFan

    How is that an error on Vlad?
    Weathermen are better at their jobs then some of these scorekeepers.

  19. Indy Red Man

    Time to try some openers. This Peters kid for Pittsburgh has given up 1 run in 16 innings. The Reds don’t and won’t have 5 capable starters….they’re having trouble finding 2

    • Mark Moore

      I don’t know if the “opener” would work, but it’s worth a shot. Of course, DTBell would likely screw that up more than a little.

    • LarkinPhillips

      I never worried about mine.

  20. LarkinPhillips

    Infield in in first inning?! Bold strategy!

    • Joe P.

      It’s been a staple of Bell’s strategy for years. I don’t understand why they risk giving up a big inning to possibly cut off 1 lone run early in the ball game. It seems like it backfires more often than not.

  21. Mark Moore

    Got to respect Cutch running all the way on that one. Rowdy just slapped at it.

  22. Old-school

    This is not a lost year

    Its a critical year for young pitchers to get SP innings every 5 th day in
    Mlb and bullpen arms high leverage situations and 500 at bats to young unproven prospects

    • JB

      Unfortunately I don’t see the Reds management doing that. Now you and I have been screaming for the kids to play for a year. But what do we know. It takes a certain kind of stupid to manage a team to 3-21.

      • Old-school

        Great point JB

        Vlad is sorting himself out of the SP picture.

        Luis Castillo performance is huge the next 3 months

        If hes really good- he could bring a kings ransom….. or be jose berrios long term ace

    • Indy Red Man

      Yes and no imo. The only thing Vlad is going to accomplish by going out there and get his brains kicked in every 5th day is reinforcing that feeling in Stephenson and India that they have to get out of this dumpster fire asap. Get stolen away by a bigger market that cares. You want to keep young talent then win some games and make decisions that show that you care. Problem is the Castellini’s are incapable of making smart baseball moves

      • Indy Red Man

        Matt Reynolds? I thought he was done 2 years ago. TJ Hopkins is 25…what are they waiting on? Get him in the lineup or atleast a couple week in AAA to see if he can handle it. Thats the kind of thing I’m talking about. The Reds love playing scrubs over youth

      • JB

        I can’t speak for old school but Vlad has had his moment. To me he is bullpen material. Its time to put somebody else in and give them some innings. India and Tysteve will leave to the team that supplies the money. That’s today’s game and you can’t blame them. Bob won’t outbid anybody that’s for sure.

    • Mark Moore

      We keep hearing things like the Reds management “acting more like Tampa Bay”. Yet this isn’t the way they did it and, at least back in the day, they had one of the best baseball minds managing in Maddon. So the results still say to me they are clueless.

      • Mark Moore

        +1,000 JB. And the Rays play in a WAY tougher division.

  23. JB

    The Reds are tied going into the 2nd. That’s Like a win, right?

    • LDS

      No worries. They signed Duggar today. That changes the whole trajectory of the season. All the fans were screaming for action and this is what we got.

      • JB

        Just more flea market pickin by Bob and the boys.

  24. Bill

    Covid how confident for these guys. A very good coverup. Who is the best player in the draft for next year. The Reds are for sure to draft first

    • JayTheRed

      Nope they could be as far down the drafting board as 6th with the new lottery

  25. Old-school

    Second half of the year is longer than first half with make ups and Reds can trade some guys in july

    Lodolo and Greene#1 priority this year to build innings mileage

    Senzel and india and Stephenson to stay healthy and play every day #2

    Warren santillian moreta diaz in bullpen #3

    Barrero every day when healthy SS and continued development of McClain going to AAA hopefully in june and 3b in september

  26. Bill

    Who is the best baseball player in the draft next year? We are for sure going to pick first

    • Mark Moore

      Only if we draw the first pick in the lotter. But we’re in the lottery for sure.

    • Luke J

      Druw Jones, Andruw’s son, is likely the best player in the draft. Unfortunately, there is now a draft lottery so being in last place doesn’t guarantee the first pick.

      • JayTheRed

        Don’t worry with the Reds luck we will get the 6th pick in the draft.

  27. Mark Moore

    3rd inning, 4 run blast, we’re cooked.

    Time for a Clete, friends. This really sucks … a LOT.

  28. Indy Red Man

    Vlad is just mentally shot. He’s gotta go. He’s almost as bad as SanMartin. Sit Hunter down til he’s throwing 100 again. Bring up whoever or use Sims/Cessa as openers whatever it takes. We have a shot at the 62 Mets. Pittsburgh is going to kill them too

    • Mark Moore

      I tend to agree on Vlad. He needs to go clear his head. I give Hunter one more start, but if he can’t amp it up when needed, there are bigger issues brewing.

  29. LDS

    So much for the turnaround. Come on Krall, man up and fire someone. Quit claiming the cast off nobodies and pretending you’re doing something.

      • LDS

        Haha, the days of folks resigning because they aren’t performing their jobs well are, I fear, years in the past .

  30. JB

    I’ve seen enough of Vlad. Send him down before he kills somebody.

  31. Bet on Red

    Well, now we have the guy that we are sending down for Luis Castillo

  32. LarkinPhillips

    How many games this year have we given up 4+ runs in at least one inning?

  33. Indy Red Man

    Castillo, Mahle, Overton, Hoffman (or Lodolo), and opener. No point in planning for high leverage, etc when the game is over by the 4th inning every day

  34. Joe P.

    Hit by pitch, walk, single, grand slam HR – seems about right.

  35. Indy Red Man

    First 6 picks in the 1st round are lottery picks with the 18 non-playoff teams. So of course the Reds will have the 7th pick

    • Votto4life

      Indy, you have just made me even more depressed… I assumed the teams with the 6 worst records would draw for the draft order.

      I didn’t realize it was opened up to the 18 teams not making the play offs. This team is doomed. It’s literally doomed.

      • Votto4life

        So it’s possibility the Reds could be picking at #18 overall next year. Great. Just Great

    • Doc

      Does every team get one ball or are they weighted according to position in standings?

  36. Beroader

    I’m a Columbus Blue Jackets fan. In over 20 years of following a team that has missed the playoffs way more often than making them, they have NEVER received the first pick via the lottery. Their pick has actually gotten worse four times compared to where they were in the standings. So I’m totally jaded against the Reds getting a good pick in the MLB lottery.

    • Votto4life

      So the Reds could be picking at 18 right?

      • Moon

        No. They do a lottery for the first six picks and then after that it is worst record. So if Reds end up with worst record and lose the lottery they would pick at 7.

      • Votto4life

        Moon thank you. I was almost suicidal thinking the Reds picking at number 18.

  37. Old-school

    Kyle Skipshufarmarcher is now

    1.) 0- St Louis
    2.) 0- Colorado
    3.) 0- Milwaukee

    Thats 0-27 for RLN favorite most consistent .578 OPS hitter

    • LDS

      Yeah, but apparently Moose can hit, if and only if, it’s against Milwaukee.

  38. Bet on Red

    but yea… we are better in a weird way…. There is no way any free agent is signing with us. I would wager that extensions will be hard to come around with

  39. Chris Holbert

    There are some who say DB is not at fault, but, this has to the record for the worst record without a managerial change….

  40. Bet on Red

    Teams need to hit a certain point and then just let the game finish…. I mean this loss is taking too long… just get it over with

  41. Old-school

    The 1982 Reds had Mario Soto

    Maybe Castillo can be that

    But right now this team doesnt have a good SP or a good relief pitcher or a good hitter.

    They are bad everywhere

    Ive not seen collective failure like this ever. That would normally say Krall should be fired except the owners told him to cut payroll to $100 million and get rid of guys. Krall was a good soldier

    He did what bob said to do.

    • LDS

      It’s hard to say who is worse DJ, Zinter, Bell, Krall, or Catellini. So let’s get rid of them all and start over. None have a single success to their name during their tenure with the Reds.

      • Old-school

        I would start with Krall because the GM or whatever they are called now hires the manager who picks the coaches

        All the Bell haters…. Let him go 60-102? This team isnt winning and no one is ever hiring Bell as a manager after 4 years in cincy.

        Find a new GM in the offseason who finds a new manager in 2023. But theres no rush. Let the current group fail collectively

      • LDS

        I understand your reasoning. However, my concern is the damage done to the younger players. For example, Gutierrez looked much better earlier last year. What role has DJ played in that? Or Mahle? Bell plays the old guys ahead of the young guys. Does Barrero start? You get the drift. My view is the longer these guys are in control, the dimmer the future looks.

      • Old-school

        I cant disagree

        Krall and Bell arent part of the long term solution. Its a question of timing

  42. LMore

    If you’ve heard the pre-game Bell interview on WLW the last few days, either he’s truly delusional or about to create the greatest miracle in the history of baseball. Says he’s confident this season will have a great outcome and that the boys should just keep plugging away and it’ll all be alright. They do have a chance to make history, I’ll agree – but not the kind of history a team wants.

  43. Nick in NKY

    Barely May and I all can hope for this year is Moose and/or Pham to get hot enough to trade for a decent reliever by the deadline.

  44. Bet on Red

    I think i know what happend…. in order for the Bengals to go to the superbowl…. the Sports gods of Cincinnati demanded a sacrifice…. lol

    • Daytonnati

      We should have at least gotten the win in the SB for this kind of punishment 🙂

      • Bet on Red

        not even the football gods can overcome no offensive line

  45. Bet on Red

    get a position player in there…. oh we cant… have sims play the field cause he aint pitching

  46. Old-school

    Its 18-3!

    @Doug. Can you start a priority points program or something for still watching???

  47. Joe P.

    Telez just missed hitting that one out. He easily could have 10 RBI tonight. All 3 pitches were in the same spot, on the inner half, elevated, practically sitting on a tee.

  48. LDS

    Don’t win many games issuing 9 BBs, 17 hits, 3 hrs, and 2 errors

    • Joe P.

      The walks have to stop. If you look at the box score after every game, just look at the strikeouts and walks for each team, and compare them: just by looking at those two stats, you can almost always tell which team won and which team lost.

  49. BatsLeftThrowsRight

    When will this owner, manager and GM be held accountable for this sorry excuse for a MLB team? They are AA at best. God….this is getting so pathetic.

    Who does Bell know that he remains here with a job? What other team would tolerate keeping the manager at this point?

    • Daytonnati

      He knows Buddy, his Dad. Vice President and Senior Advisor to the General Manager.

      • LDS

        Yep, that’s why I preferred to work for companies with strong anti-nepotism rules.